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    Autograph Letter Signed "Heck Thomas," Horse Thief from Oklahoma Territory, 1900. Henry H. "Heck" Thomas Autograph Letter Signed "Heck Thomas". One page, "8 x 10.5", Anadarko, Oklahoma, Oct. 14th 1900, Department of Justice letterhead, to U. S. Marshall C. H. Thompson.

    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 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.
    Heck Thomas 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.

    Great content one page letter from Heck Thomas, Deputy. Document reads: "Department of Justice, Office of United States Marshall, Territory of Oklahoma. Anadarko, Okla. T. Oct. 14th 1900. Hon. C. H. Thompson, U. S. Marshall, Guthrie O.T. Sir I have had the enclosed warrant for Joe Cortez, since the first of Aug. and have made several effort to capture him, and finally asked the Under Sheriff at Kingfisher O.T. to watch Cortez wife, who is living in Kingfisher. Thought I could get him there. Last night I received the enclosed telegram & have written W. Kidy that I notified the U. S. Marshall of Cortez arrest. It is a dead sure Horse stealing case against this man and all the witness we need to convict him are gray Mountain & Ned Leach; of course I can make the trip to K. C. after Cortez if it is not convenient for any one else to go. I would like to see this man. He has committed thefts all over this county. Respt. Yours, Heck Thomas Deputy."

    Fine, two tears at top about half-inch each.

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