Galveston Daily News
September 5, 1879
Career of Dr. HENRI STEWART, Who Was Hanged Aug. 29
The Denison News has some notes about Dr. HENRI STEWART, lately
hung at Fort Smith for murder committed in the Indian Territory, at the
same time with COLORADO BILL, a noted desperado.
About 3 years ago, two young ladies were on the banks of Red River
at Rock Bluff ferry, waiting to cross. The ferryman told the young ladies
it was extremely hazardous to cross the swollen river, but they wanted
to cross. A young man rode up on horseback and volunteered to take the
girls across which they did. The young ladies were impressed by the young
man and extended him an invitation to visit them in Denison. ? later the
liquor business of F. C. J. LEBERMANN in Denison was burglarized and HENRI
STEWART was jailed, finally released on bond.
The circumstances of the murder of Dr. JONES by HENRI STEWART: Dr.
Jones was at the railroad platform at Caddo, waiting for the postoffice
to open. HENRI and WILEY STEWART, cousin, rode up. Wiley, intoxicated,
cursed Jones and charged Jones on informing on HENRI and WILEY for introducing
liquor in the Territory. Jones replied; HENRI drew his revolver and shot
at Jones. Wiley took his shotgun and shot Jones in the neck. They rode
a circuit around the town, reinforced by ?Texas Dick,? and returned to
the scene. A Chickasaw official gathered a posse chased them. One of the
Stewarts? horses was killed; another horse was stolen and traced to Vinita
where HENRI sold it and took the train for Missouri. Wiley has not been
apprehended. Henri went to Alba, Jasper County, Missouri where his family
resides, and was soon arrested, tried and convicted of murder. ? (a few
sentences described by HENRI about his version of the Jones killing)? HENRI
said he was born in Mayhew, Choctaw Nation on Oct. 28, 1848. He was the
youngest of four issued between CHARLES STEWART of Scottish parents, and
TRYPHENIA WALL, 1/8 degree of Choctaw blood, springing from the FOLSOM
family of Choctaws. His mother died in the spring of 1849 and his father
afterward married Miss JULIET SLATE, a missionary at Fort Towson, I. T.
The living issue of this last marriage are ARTHUR T. and ALICE E. STEWART.
The former is in business at Topeka and Atchison, Kansas and the latter
is with her mother at Manhattan, Kansas. After his father?s death in 1853,
his stepmother moved with the children to Connecticut near Hartford, and
HENRI was placed in school with the ultimate object of being educated for
the medical profession, which course was pursed at Hartford and completed
in the medical department of Yale t New Haven. At the early age of 19,
he obtained a position as ship surgeon on board the Santiago de Cuba, between
New York and Aspinwall. He was transferred to the Oregonian running between
Panama and San Francisco until 1868 then he obtained a similar position
with the Pacific steam navigation company between Panama and Varpasco(?).
(long description of his positions, including being in Peru when the earthquake
hit in 1868?) In 1870 returned to Hartford, then went to Europe? then 1871
was in Manhattan, Kansas to visit family? in 1873 married the widow of
the late J. W. GREGG, an extensive cattle dealer of Illinois. In June 1874
moved to Choctaw Nation within 30 miles where he was born, remained there
except for nine months in Texas after his family moved away. His wife moved
to Alba, Jasper County, Missouri in May 1877? no children, two were born
but died. I have a sister near Nashville, Tennessee and one at Holyoke,
Mass. ? I practiced medicine in the Nation. I deny reports that that I
led a wild and reckless life or being part of Sam Bass? gang. The liquor
I introduced in the Nation was for use in my practice as a physician?.