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Levi Boone "Lee" McMurtry
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Birth: Sep., 1841
Callaway County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jun. 21, 1908
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

Wichita Daily Times (Wichita Falls, Texas) > 1908 > June > 22

Death of L.B. McMurtry

The death of L.B. McMurtry one of Wichita Falls oldest citizens, occurred at
6:30 yesterday
morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. D.W. Harcrow of Fort Worth. While it
was known the
deceased was in bad health, and had gone to Fort Worth to be treated by a
specialist, the
announcement of his death comes as a surprise. The remains reached the city at
1:30 this
afternoon, and were convoyed to the home of the deceased. Corner of Ninth and
Bluff streets,
where funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.J. Dalton, pastor of the
Presbyterian Church,
at the conclusion of which the Masonic Lodge of which deceased was a member,
took charge of the
remains and escorted them to Riverside cemetery where they were deposited in
their last resting
place with all the honors that could be conferred by that order. There were many
offerings and other evidences of the respect and esteemed in which the deceased
was held by
those who knew him best. At his death, the deceased was in his 68th year, and
was an old
confederate soldier. He came to Texas from Missouri and settled in Wichita Falls
about 25 years
ago. In the early days of the county, he was a prominent and quite well to do
cattleman, but
met with reverses. Later, or in 1896, he was elected Sheriff and tax collector
of Wichita
County and served for four years or two terms in that capacity. Since going out
of office he
again embarked in the business of buying and selling cattle. He leaves surviving
him a loving
and devoted wife, who was at his bedside at his death, and two daughters, Mrs.
D.W. Harcrow of
Fort Worth and Mrs. J.W. Houston of Salt Lake City. A telegram from Mr. Houston
to a friend in
this city announced that it would be impossible for him and his reach to reach
here in time for
the funeral.

Wichita Daily Times (Wichita Falls, Texas) > 1908 > June > 23

Lee McMurtry in Last Sleep

Fought With Quantrell and Jesse James Dies Here

Fort Worth Telegram:

Lee B. McMurtry, 66 years old, died Sunday in Ft. Worth and with his passing of
one of the most
remarkable characters of the early days of the southwest goes to its final
reward. McMurtry was
a personal friend and long time associate of Jesse James in the days of his
career in Missouri.
He has told many listeners how he was with Bill Quantrell when he was shot
toward the close of
the civil war and last fall at Wichita Falls met Cole Younger for the first time
in 36 years.
McMurtry was present at the famous massacre at Lawrence, Kansas when the entire
city was shot
up and burned. Once with a few comrades when surrounded by Colorado troops he
cut his way
through the military cordon and in his flight that day had three horses shot
from under him.
When the James boys were broken up he fled to Mexico and later returned to New
Mexico. Here he
freighted for years, but later returned and stood trial, coming clear of all
charges made
against him.


Next he appears as peace officer and was made sheriff of Wichita county. At
Wichita Falls he
made the best sheriff thereabouts had ever known. He was absolutely fearless and
enforced the
law to the letter. It is told of him that when a member of the Quantrell
guerilla band during
the civil war he once saved the life of the now Senator Stephen B. Elkins, who
was a school boy
friend of his. McMurtry who case his lot with the Quantrell band, often told how
he came to
join that organization. The company he always explained was raised of fearless
and daring men
on the frontier who were accustomed to ride and shoot and was intended as a
light horse
attachment of the Confederate army. Their recklessness led them into trouble
with the leaders
of the Confederacy and before they were aware if it they were declared outlaws
and the hands of
both the federal and the Confederate governments were against them. "I fought
under the black
flag for two years", said McMurtry to a Telegram reporter last fall at Wichita
Falls, "And I
tell you it's a might dangerous business."


At one time the United States government placed a reward of $10,000 upon
McMurtry's head. That
was in the days directly following the civil war and when the James gang was
raiding through
Missouri and Kansas. His home was in Clay county Missouri. Last fall when Cole
Younger started
out with his show company the meeting of the two men at Wichita Falls was
touching. Younger had
only a short time before been released from a long term in the penitentiary as a
result of his
many expeditions in the early days of bandit operations. The two men recognized
each other
after a separation of thirty six years and Younger was taken to McMurtry's home,
where they
spent hours in telling their reminiscences of the days when the only law was the
law of the
gun. The death of McMurtry came very suddenly Sunday. He was visiting at the
home of his
daughter in this city at 1514 Lawrence avenue when he was suddenly stricken and

Riverside Cemetery
Wichita Falls
Wichita County
Texas, USA
Created by: Ron Alderson
Record added: Apr 15, 2012
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Levi Boone Lee McMurtry
Added by: Julie Coley
Levi Boone Lee McMurtry
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