|Birth: ||Dec. 18, 1873|
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1939|
Original Choctaw Tribe enrollee #4028
Will Everidge Succumbs To Injury Received Last Friday
Will Everidge of Antlers. Okla., age 65, died at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at the Sanitarium of Paris, the result of internal injuries suffered when he was thrown by his horse last Friday. The accident occurred while Everidge, a stock farmer, was riding after some cattle.
He was son of the late Captain Joe Everidge and a member of one of Choctaw County's best known families. The body was taken to Antlers for funeral service at the Presbyterian Church Friday morning, probably at 11 o'clock, burial to be made in the afternoon at the Everidge family burying ground east of Grant, Okla. He was born December 19, 1873, in what was then Indian Territory.
As a youth he had attended old Spencer Academy and afterward became a member of the Choctaw Council. Prior to statehood, he was an interpreter for the U. S. Indian Agency and later was appointed deputy United States Marshal. He then served as special officer for the Santa Fe railroad with headquarters at Ardmore. Five years ago he retired, and had been engaged since in stock raising at Major Victor M. Locke's ranch near Finley, Pushmataha County.
Surviving are three sons, Edgar Everidge of Oklahoma City; Earl D. Everidge of Tulsa; and Joe Everidge of Okmulgee; his step-mother; a brother, Governor Jones Everidge of Window Rock, Ariz., and these sisters:
Mrs. Paul C. Harris, Antlers
Mrs. Emma Wilson, Stillwater, Okla.
Mrs. Josie Maye Irvin of Houston
Mrs. Ophelia Kelleam of Idabel, Okla.
Miss Gertrude Everidge, San Angelo
Mrs. Robert Leard, San Angelo
Mrs. Robbie Tugwell, all of San Angelo
-- The Paris News, July 6&7, 1939, p 1/p 5; Hugo News, Thurs, July 6, 1939, page 1
Mr Everidge may have been an excellent peace officer but he had a wild and lawless side. In about1896, after a night of drinking in Paris, Texas, he got into a gunfight battle aboard the Frisco train over politics with James "Shub" Locke, resulting in Mr. Locke's death ten years later on June 13, 1906 due to an abscess on his kidney, the site of the gunshot wound.
On May 27, 1912 he was charged in the shooting death of his estranged wife Virginia Winship two days earlier near Eagletown (McCurtain County). Fearing for his own life, he rode hard back to Hugo and surrendered May 26 to the sheriff of Choctaw County.
This act of violence was the last straw for the family; they refused to help in his defense. He was convicted and given a life sentence to the state peninteniary but apparently served very little of the sentence. The governor refused to grant pardons to Everidge, a prison trustee, and nine other men after they aided officers during a prison riot in 1914, in which seven people were killed, including three inmates. But at some point later Mr. Everidge must have gained an early release from the state pen. Governor Williams often gave paroles for a good conduct record.
Joseph William Everidge (1853 - 1911)
Susan Ervin Everidge (1857 - 1891)
Minnie Everidge (1878 - 1960)
Earl Everidge (1897 - 1954)*
John Denton Everidge (1907 - 1952)*
Thomas William Everidge (1873 - 1939)
Emma Everidge Wilson (1875 - 1958)*
Joseph H Everidge (1877 - 1918)*
Susie Florance Everidge Harris (1879 - 1972)*
James Standley Everidge (1881 - 1887)*
Robert E Lee Everidge (1883 - 1899)*
Eddie Everidge (1885 - 1888)*
Frankie Everidge (1887 - 1888)*
Josie Maye Everidge Irwin (1888 - 1978)*
Governor Jones Everidge (1891 - 1946)*
Ophelia Everidge Kelleam (1894 - 1969)**
Tommie G Everidge Leard (1896 - 1981)**
Lydia Gertrude Everidge Johnston (1900 - 1953)**
Robbie Everidge Tugwell (1902 - 1988)**
Created by: Kathy Leach
Record added: Oct 17, 2011
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