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George Washington Oaks
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Birth: Jul. 30, 1840
Miami County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1917
Pima County
Arizona, USA

One of Col. Forsyth's scouts that fought the Battle of Beecher's Island in eastern Colorado Territory in September of 1868.

In July of 1869 he was a packer with Carr's 5th Cavalry at the Battle of Summit Springs, north west of Beecher Island. His Beecher Island comrade, Thomas Alderdice's wife, a Kansas captive of the Indians, was killed at the start of the battle to prevent her escape.


George Oaks enlisted at Marysville, California, on August 17, 1861, and was mustered in as a Private in Company I, 1st California Infantry, on August 16. He was mustered out at Fort Union, New Mexico, on August 31, 1864. He was a member of Tombstone's Burnside Post, G.A.R., from 1892-98, and of Tucson's Negley Post, G.A.R., from 1898-1917.


Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday morning
February 7, 1917

George W. Oakes

The funeral of George W. Oakes, a pioneer resident of Arizona, will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the chapel of the Reilly Undertaking company. The services will be conducted by the Rev. J. H. Clifford. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery. Mr. Oakes was born July 30, 1840 in Miami county, Ohio, and after being scout in the northwest, came to Arizona in 1878. Later he went in the mining business and accumulated a small fortune which enabled him to spend his last days in comfort, residing at a local hotel. He died Monday. Mr. Oakes was a friend of "Buffalo Bill".


Tombstone Epitaph Prospector
Tombstone, Arizona
May 05, 1896
Page 4


George Oaks Narrowly Escapes Death

George Oaks, formerly chief of police in Tombstone, but who is now on the police force of Tucson, and officer Finley, of that place, had an encounter with a man last Sunday morning who had been rendered temporarily insane from drink and the loss of money at the gambling table, in which Mr. Oaks came near loosing his life. Of the affair the Star has the following detailed account:

"The preliminary hearing of Charles Lindenborn, charged with threatening to slaughter all the habitants of Congress Hall about 3 o'clock last Sunday morning, was begun before Justice Scott yesterday afternoon. Lindenborn is accused also of trying to kill officers Oaks and Finley, who arrested him.

"Only testimony for the territory was introduced, and at the request of Lindenborn's attorney, Frank H. Herford, the examination was concluded.

"About 3 o'clock last Sunday morning the two officers were told that a stranger at Congress Hall had a revolver and was threatening to use it. They reached the place in time to see Lindenborn standing at a faro table with his hands on the table and saying, "If you don't give me back that money I'll kill every man in the house." Officer Oaks seized him by one arm and Officer Finley by the other. He started to go with them, but stopped suddenly, wrenched himself away from Finley, drew a gun, and placed the muzzle against Oak's stomach and tried to discharge it. The struggle for possession of the weapon lasted two minutes, not withstanding Finley's effort to stun the stranger with his club. At last Oaks got the revolver and clubbed Lindenborn into submissive conduct, though he threatened to sometime kill both officers.

"He called at Congress Hall early the evening before and seemed to have been drinking. He began playing roulette and faro and lost about $80. He won about $42, after which he lost all he had. During the play and before he began to talk trouble he kept his revolver on his lap. He drank frequently during the night, but the only effect it seemed to have was to sober him. When he had made his last losing he began to talk of murder, saying, "I'd just as soon be dead as alive and broke. I've got a wife and two children dependent upon me and can't afford to lose that money. I'll have it back or I'll kill every man in the house.

"Lindenborn's conduct more nearly resembled that of an insane man than of a sober or drunken player, and in he felt any interest in the proceedings yesterday he carefully concealed it."

Family links: 
  Samuel Oaks (1795 - 1844)
  Mary Anna Schnieder/Snyder Oaks (1805 - ____)
  John Oaks (1832 - 1899)*
  Sarah Elizabeth Oaks Max (1835 - 1876)*
  Mary Ann Oaks Shroyer (1836 - 1880)*
  Priscilla Oaks Iddings (1839 - 1924)*
  George Washington Oaks (1840 - 1917)
  Hannah Margaret Oaks Johnson (1842 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Park
Pima County
Arizona, USA
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Record added: May 02, 2006
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- Steve
 Added: Jan. 21, 2011
Grave Site GPS: 32.26627 -110.98140
- C. Fahey
 Added: Mar. 7, 2010

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