History of Bartlesville & Washington County, Oklahoma

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Washington County, OK

Thornton

This place is memorable only because Thomas J. Thornton had a post office here in 1895. That year Thornton's wife was living and working in Bartlesville and he went to town to try and convince her to move. At the end of his visit he shot and killed his brother-in-law, Johnnie Ortner. Thornton escaped but was later captured in Colorado and returned to Bartlesville where he was sentenced to hang. He was subsequently given a new trial in Muskogee, Indian Territory and sentenced to 10 years in the state prison at Columbus, Ohio.


Washington County Carrel