The Randall County Story from 1541 to 1910 Page: 19
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soldiers found Goodanuff tied to a cottonwood tree, but he
was tied so high his feet wouldn't reach the ground. (*) (*)
(Information from Charles Goodnight to J. Evetts Haley)
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Library
Recollections of Charles Goodnight, given to J. Evetts
FIRST WEDDING IN THE PANHANDLE
The Casners, after getting help to their property, settled
in the country on Oake's Creek, now in Donley County
southeast of the town of Clarendon. While there they got
acquainted with a Miss Field, their nearest neighbor, living
some sixteen miles away. The Fields seem to have drifted
into the country with the buffalo. It seemed they origi-
nated in Arkansas. They had been with the buffalo about as
long as the buffalo had existed; anyway, the children seem
to have grown up in the wilderness with no education
whatever. They followed buffalo hunting and such other
pursuits as belong to the frontier. Being isolated from
stores, or from some other cause, it seems that the lady's
apparel was made of flour sacks. Judging from the breadth
of the skirts, one would think that those sacks were not
very plentiful, as their width did not admit of a very long
When the young lady and Lew Casner decided to marry,
the cowboys of two or three ranches got together and
escorted the couple to the South Fork, where Clarendon
now stands, and where there was a supply store. They first
fitted out the young lady with wearing apparel, the best
saddle they could buy, a hat and ribbons. It appeared that
everyone had a different taste as to ribbons, and every
fellow bought a ribbon to suit his own fancy. It ended up
that the young bride looked more like a butterfly in the
tropics, with a ribbon of every hue and width, all streaming
from her hat to the ground. The boys had had no chance to
spend their money for two or three years, and being
anxious to spend some, they must have blown in two or
three hundred dollars fitting out the girl.
Then it occured to them that they lacked a preacher or
officer of the law to perform the ceremony, as it was a
good hundred miles to such a person. Then they happened
to remember that one of their number, through a joke, had
been elected constable or magistrate. He had never given
bond or been sworn in and undoubtedly had never seen the
inside of a law book. Of course they didn't need a Bible, so
he was called on to perform the ceremony, which he did.
Being a bad stammerer when he was excited, the ceremoney
must have been a beautiful mess. Let this be as it may, the
couple made good citizens for the state and settled a little
south of Clarendon.
Dodge City Times, May 6, 1877
COLD BLOODED KILLING IN
BOTTOM OF THE PANHANDLE, TEXAS
We received a report this week of one of the most
atrocious and cold-blooded murders ever recorded in the
annals of this country. It appears that a man named
Goodfellow (this is the man Col. Goodnight called
Goodanuff), who owns a ranch on the Canadian, has been
suspected and accused of complicity in the murder of the
Casner Brothers. Subsequent events continue to strengthen
the suspicion until it has almost become a certainty, and
the recent premeditated murder and robbery which he
committed upon the presence of Mr. Bottom in front of the
victim's dwelling in the presence of his family and other
witnesses proves him to be capable of killing the Casner
Brothers for their gold and sheep.
This man Bottom had been taken by the surviving
brothers (this was the father John Casner and his son Lew,
sometime spelled Louis.) of the murdered Casners, on the
suspicion that he knew something of the murder and after
giving them the desired information and satisfying them of
his innocence, he was released.
Ft. Elliott, May 12, 1877
Some six weeks after the murder of the two Casners in
the Palo Duro, the father and brother of the two murdered
men came into the Canadian settlement (Tascosa). Their
names are John Casner and Louis Casner, and they had with
them four hired murderers. The first, Harrison, from
Cimaron, N. M., one of the men who rode with Tom
Stogton when he rode through New Mexico and killed
twenty Mexicans and stole 1,700 head of cattle. Second,
John Bottoms, another murderer from the same place; Lea
Dyer (a brother of Mary Ann Dyer, (Mrs. Charles Good-
night) and one whose name is unknown.
These Casners have money, and have proposed to Jack
Martin to hire him and he is now in their gang to hunt who
they can murder.
Syracuse, Kan., June 16, 1877
The writer of the following is the same Frank Macnab for
whom the Casner Brothers are offering a reward. They
charge him with being one of the murderers of the two
Casners who were murdered in the Panhandle last winter.
Editor Times - Sir: - In reference to an article which
appeared in your columns lately, implicating Macnab and T.
Hall as being accessories to the murder of the Casner
brothers on the Palo Duro (Creek), Texas; in reply I would
say, it is one of the foulest and most malignant calumnies
that ever was sent in circulation from the press.
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