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Oliver Yantis

Orlando, Logan County, Oklahoma

Written, submitted & © by: Bill Cooper

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From the Oklahoma State Capital Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, weekly newspaper
Saturday, December 3, 1892.


A Train Robber and Desperado Shot
At Orlando

He Fights Very Game

He is Wanted for Bank Robbery in Kansas
And is Suspected of Being one of the
Gang Which Held up the Last
Santa Fe Train at Wharton - He
Will Probably Die

This morning Oliver Yantis, a desperado, was shot by United States marshals near Orlando. He is one of the three men who robbed a bank at Spearville, Kansas, and is also suspicioned of being one of the train robbers at Wharton. His mother keeps the Commerce hotel, at Stillwater. Some of the bankís money that was robbed was found on his person. A detective, sheriff of Ford county, Kans., and Tom Huston, marshal of Stillwater surrounded his sisterís house last night, and this morning when he came out of the house was told to hold up. As he did so he lifted a revolver in the air and shot. In return he received two shots, one in the leg and one in the stomach.

He is at Orlando, and is not expected to live.

Editorís notes: The date of death on Oliver Yantisí gravestone is recorded as November 29, 1892. He is buried in the Rose Lawn Cemetery, Mulhall, Oklahoma. Wharton Station was the original name of the train stop for the present day city of Perry, Oklahoma. Tom Huston (name in the news article was misspelled and should have read Hueston) was the U.S. marshal at Stillwater, Oklahoma Territory in 1892. Ten months later Hueston was shot at Ingalls, Oklahoma Territory in the shootout with outlaws on September 1, 1893. He died of a gunshot wound to the stomach on September 2, 1893 and is buried in the Fairlawn Cemetery, Stillwater, Oklahoma. [Bill Cooper, June 6, 2001]

© by Lloyd C. Lentz III
Submitted by: Robert Chada

Photo from:
"Guthrie: A History of the Capital City 1889-1910"
by Lloyd C. Lentz, III

Published by:
Thirty Seconds Press, PO Box 248, Guthrie, OK 73044

"The First Published History of Guthrie, OK."

Used here with permission

Oliver's body was brought to Guthrie for positive ID, as was the custom back then. While here, it was photographed by Lentz Brothers Studios. Lloyd Lentz II is the grandson of David Lentz, who ran the stuido along with his brother Charles. Lloyd wrote the book "Guthrie" A History of the Capital City 1889-1910".

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