White Goes to Squaw Creek and Commits Suicide – Wright’s Father, Dr. J. B. Wright of Caldwell, Notified of His Son’s Death and Remains Will Be Held for Relatives

**See the News Page for the assault that happened the prior year and the Suicide Page for the death of White.**

Meadows, Feb 23 – Tennyson Wright was shot and killed by Fred White at Goff on February 22.  Immediately after the killing White went to Squaw creek where he committed suicide by shooting himself.  The tragedy was the climax in a long series of bickering between the two men over the possession of land.  On a previous occasion.  White shot at Wright and gave him a sever beating.

White will be buried at Squaw creek.  Wright’s father, Dr. J.R. Wright of Caldwell, has been notified of his son’s death and the body will be held at Goff until the relatives have been heard from.

Tennyson Wright was a son of Dr. J.R. Wright of Caldwell and a brother of Junius Wright of this city.  He leaves a widow.

The father was notified by telephone from Meadows, the message conveying the additional information that the deceased met White at Goff, both being on their way to Grangeville to attend the trial of the latter for the assault upon deceased last May.

This information was telephoned by Dr. Wright to his son here last evening.  He further informed him he was sending a messenger to the scene to bring the remains to Caldwell for burial.




Tennyson Wright the Victim of a Cold Blooded Murderer



The Two Men Were on Their Way to Grangeville Where White Was to Have Been Tried for Assault to Murder Wright – Bloody Culmination of a Feud Which Existed for Years and in Which White Was the Persecutor and Wright the Persecuted

Details of the killing of Tennyson Wright by A.E. White at Goff on the evening of Thursday, February 22, and the subsequent suicide of White, show that Wright was shot down in cold blood without the slightest warning.  The shooting occurred at Levander’s place in Goff and two of the Levander boys were eye witnesses.  Wright was in the act of leaving the house in order to avoid a possible clash with.  White, when the latter suddenly drew an automatic revolver and shot Wright twice, killing him instantly.

The story of the tragedy from its inception to its climax reads like that of a Kentucky mountain feud, excepting that Wright at all times was a law abiding citizen and did his utmost to keep out of trouble.  He was shot at time and again, his horses, cattle, hogs and dogs were killed, his hay burned, his fences demolished, his crops destroyed and he was even arrested on a trumped up charge of insanity.

The trouble arose over the possession of a tract of land in the Squaw creek district.  Wright being the oldest settler, had first claim to the land.  When the survey was made it was found that White’s house and a portion of his improvements were located on the tract claimed by Wright.  White contested Wright’s claim and was beaten in the courts.

Last autumn when Wright’s title to the land was cleared by the courts, he notified White that the latter must move his improvements from the land within 30 days.  White became enraged and beat Wright over the head with a revolver and threatened to kill him.  White was arrested on a charge of assault with intent to kill and bound over to the district court.  The two men were on their way to Grangeville to attend the trial when the tragedy occurred.

Subsequent and prior to the last assault Wright’s life was in constant jeopardy.  White and his friends were determined to run Wright out of the country and they resorted to despicable and criminal means to accomplish their purpose.

His cattle were shot down, one by one until he only had one head left.  The same thing happened to his horses.  Even his dog did not escape the bullets of his belligerent neighbors and his hogs were killed or stolen.  ON several occasions White and his friends tore down Wright’s fences and turned their stock into his fields, daring him to interfere.  Shots were fired into Wright’s house time and again and when he attempted to save his hay from from destruction by fire bullets whizzed by his ears.

Through the instrumentality of White and his friends Wright was arrested on a charge of insanity.  Mrs. Wright was away from home at the time and it is supposed that the White faction intended to burn down Wright’s house and barns when the latter was under arrest.  The timely arrival of Mrs. Wright on the night of her husband’s arrest, it is believed, prevented the execution of the plan.  The charge of insanity was disproven with ridiculous ease and Wright returned to again become a target for his neighbor’s bullets.

Cold Blooded Murder

Wright arrived at Levander’s on the afternoon of February 22, intending to remain there over night.  He was on his way to Grangeville to appear in court.  A short time after his arrival White rode up to the house, tied his horse and went into the room where Wright and the two Levander boys were sitting.

What transpired afterwards is told by Stage Driver Freeman and a Mr. Thompson who was a passenger on the Meadows stage.

When White came in Wright said: “I’m afraid of you, White, and I don’t want to go out with you.”  “That will be all right, Tenny,” responded one of the Levanders, “we will not put you in the same room and if you don’t want to you need not sleep in the same house.”

Wright immediately started to leave the room and as he did so White whipped out a revolver and shot him twice.  One shot took effect in the neck and the other in the short ribs.  Wright dropped to the floor dead.

Immediately after firing the last shot White dashed out to his horse, mounted and started back towards his home.  The Levander boys started after him on horseback.  As they neared Squaw creek, about three miles south of Goff, they overtook White.  As they did so they heard a shot and supposing that White had fired at them they turned back for help.  Returning with a posse they found White’s body about 60 feet from the road with a bullet through the brain.  It is supposed that White feared he was about to be captured and committed suicide.

White was buried at Pollock on Friday afternoon.  Wright’s body was brought to Pollock on Friday and will be taken in to Caldwell at once, reaching the latter place on Tuesday morning.  The funeral will probably occur at Caldwell on Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Wright’s father, Mr. Fuller of Moscow, will accompany the remains.

Tennyson Wright came to Boise in 1876 and lived here until 1885.  He went to Squaw Creek about 10 years ago and located the land over which the dispute arose.  White and others came to the district some time later and immediately began to make trouble for Wright.  Their conduct was notorious and at one time the matter was brought to the attention of the state authorities and the officials of Idaho County were instructed to protect.

It is possible that the tragedy will result in a searching investigation of conditions at Squaw creek and possibly some indictments.




Evidence Obtained by Idaho County Officers Shows That Alfred White Planned to Kill Wright at Goff

The Grangeville Standard published the following account of the investigation connected with the murder of Tennyson Wright by Alfred White at Goff and the suicide of the murderer:

Sheriff Greene and Coroner Irvin have returned from their trip up the Salmon River where they investigated the circumstances of the death of Tennyson Wright and Alfred White.  They say that there can be no doubt as to the correctness of the facts as stated in recent reports.  There can be no question as to the fact that White ended his own life, and the powder marks on his coat showed that the gun had been pressed close against him when the shot was fired.  The bullet passed directly through his heart.

The evidence in the case they say shows that White had no intention of coming to Grangeville, but left home with the avowed intention of killing Wright.  They were both sitting in the waiting room at the hotel.  White had arrived late, his horse lathered with sweat, and when he entered he did not speak to anyone, a performance very different from his ordinary action as he usually was very sociable.  He was asked by Mr. Levander if he was going to Grangeville.  He nodded that he was.  He was asked if he wanted a ticket, and only pulled out a $10 bill and handed it to Levander over his shoulder never taking his eyes from Wright.  When it came time to go to bed everyone else had left the room, and White and Wright remained alone.  IT is supposed that each was waiting for the other to leave.  Wright finally made a start, and he had no more than stepped outside the door, when White sprang to his feet and was after him.  Riggles who was standing in the door saw him draw the gun, and spoke to him, but White turned the weapon threateningly to toward him, and he kept silent.  An instant later a report rang out, “oh,” was the only exclamation which came from the wounded man.  White shot him twice more as he was falling, and a fourth time as he lay prostrate on the ground.

The weapon used was an automatic Colts, that belonged to Wright.  It is supposed that White has had the weapon ever since their trouble last fall.  It is supposed that White heard Levander and Riggles coming after him and fearing there was a mob that would end his life, he decided to turn the weapon upon himself rather than be caught.  White was buried at Riggins.





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