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Choctaw Kisses, Bullets & Blood is a true story by Vance H. Trimble, an Oklahoma journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner.
Trimble tells the story of Victor Locke, a white man who wanted frontier power in the 1860s.
In the 1830s, adventurous white men intruded into the Western wilderness where the U.S. Government had exiled the Choctaw Indians. One of those men was a Confederate boy-soldier from the Civil War in Tennessee. Considered dangerous, with a notorious reputation as a revenge killer, Locke came to Texas in 1866. Ragged, penniless and hell-bent on becoming chief of the Choctaws, Locke boldly eloped with a pretty and savvy Choctaw girl.
As he learned the native language and counseled tribesmen, he won friends and political clout, and opened a store. And sired 10 children. One son, Victor Jr. having one-quarter Choctaw blood, was eligible to become chief and did. Delve into a tale of political rivalry, bloody feuds with six-guns and Winchesters – corpses floating in Dead Man’s Lake. It’s also a tale of romance.
Choctaw Kisses, Bullets & Blood is a spectacular action-filled story of two daring and reckless singular frontier stalwarts whose sharp minds and deadly trigger fingers markedly changed Indian Territory and Oklahoma history. Filled with footnotes, photos and maps, this book is more than just a true story, but a piece of history. Great for any history buff’s reading library.
Author Vance H. Trimble – journalist, editor and author, has written 11 published books, including the bestseller biography “Sam Walton.” In Washington, D.C., Trimble won a Pulitzer Prize in 1960, for his national reporting in recognition of his exposé of nepotism and payroll abuse in the U.S. Congress. He was in the newspaper business for more than 50 years. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1974. The author resides in Wewoka, OK, his boyhood hometown and residency. Trimble was born in Arkansas in 1913.
An Oklahoma Treasure