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    Henry "Heck" Thomas Document Signed. One page, 8" x 3.25", Oklahoma Territory, July 13, 1894, certifying payment of $6.00 to Deputy U.S. Marshal Thomas for "Board and Lodging, Subsistence for Self and Horse" while "Endeavoring to Arrest." Two small holes near the upper right and left corners.

    When talking about legendary lawmen, the "Three Guardsmen" always come up. Heck Thomas, Bill Tilghman and Chris Madsen earned this nickname as they pursued the Doolin Gang in Oklahoma. Upon leaving the Fort Smith court, Heck (1850-1912) worked as a deputy marshal in Oklahoma Territory between 1893 and 1900, meeting Tilghman and Madsen along the way. In three years they arrested more than three hundred wanted men. It is said that Heck picked the most dangerous desperadoes to go after because the largest rewards were paid for them. He paid a price in being wounded half a dozen times in gunfights. He moved to Lawton, Oklahoma Territory in 1902 where he served as chief of police for seven years. He retired in 1909 after a heart attack, and died on August 15, 1912.


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    October, 2013
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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