Found Dead on His Claim
Guthrie, I.T., Dec. 14 – Dr. Martin Cheney, formerly of Kingman, Kan., was found dead on his claim about six miles southeast of here yesterday afternoon. He had been shot in the head with a rifle and was still warm when it was reported and the deputy marshals reached him. When shot he was sitting on a log at the edge of the woods and was probably mistaken for a deer, as several hunting parties were scouring the woods at that place. He had been here since April 22 and had a fine claim and no contest. He leaves a sister and two children in Waco, Tex. The Globe-Republican, Dodge City, Kansas. December 18, 1889. Page 2. © Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies Inc.