Three Local Guard Units Out; GOVERNOR ACTS TO STOP RIOTING
BY Associated Press State Wire
Jun 1, 1921
1/20/13 at 7:38 AM
Soldiers Disperse Whites at Armory When They Go for Equipment
OTHERS HELD READY
Companies at Capital, Wagoner and Muskogee to Move on Moment’s Notice
CHEERS GREET THE TROOPS
Crowds Applaud as Khaki-Clad Boys Appear on Scent in Motor Trucks
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 31 – Three units of Oklahoma National Guard were called out by Adjutant General Charles F. Barrett late tonight to assist police officers of Tulsa in handling the situation arising out of armed conflict between whites and negroes, which is believed to have arisen out of the arrest of a negro charged with an attack on a white girl. Governor J.B.A. Robertson said tonight that following a call from the chief of police he had given Adjutant General Barrett full authority to proceed at his own discretion.
Company B, one service company and a sanitary detachment of the National Guard at Tulsa were called out.
Upon reaching the armory, the guardsmen reported they first had to disperse a mob of white persons, who, they said, were attempting to break into the storeroom for arms and ammunition.
National Guard officers at Oklahoma City, Muskogee and Wagoner have been asked to hold their units in readiness in case they should be required, Adjutant General Barrett said.
Colonel L.J.F. Rooney, commanding the first battalion, third infantry regiment was placed in command by the Adjutant General by telephone from Oklahoma City and at once ordered out the service company B.
Members of these units under their respective unit commanders were placed in the down-town portion sections of the city and with bayonets fixed, patrolled the banks and other building throughout the night.
When the khaki-clad boys appeared on the street they were met with cheers from crowds that lined the walks and surged into the streets.