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John Mahoney,  Deputy U. S. Marshal

 

Pioneer Logan County Sheriff Dies At Guthrie

 

May 3, 1943—Guthrie, OK—Funeral for John Mahoney, 79-year-old ‘89er and pioneer and colorful Logan County peace officer who served a restraining order on Gov. C. N. Haskell and was ordered “thrown in the guard house” for his trouble, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic church here.

            Mahoney, who died Friday at his home after a long illness, served the order on Haskell in an Oklahoma City hotel in 1910 during the height of the fight between Oklahoma City and Guthrie for the state capitol.  Mahoney was Logan County sheriff when the order, an attempt to keep Haskell from moving the capitol from Guthrie, was issued.

            Mahoney, who knew many of the state’s early day outlaws, came to Guthrie about 2 p.m. April 22, 1889, homesteading four miles southeast of the city.

            He was appointed deputy sheriff in 1901, and later night chief of Guthrie police.  In 19906 he was named on the staff of Bill Fossett, then a United States marshal, before serving three terms as Logan County sheriff.

            After retiring, Mahoney became a member of the police department here a second time in 1929, and served in executive positions until 1937.  In 1936 he was state president of the 89'ers association.

            Burial will be in Summit View cemetery here.  He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Miss Betty Mahoney, both of the home, and a brother, R. C. Mahoney, Detroit, Michigan.