1904 pistol donated to Chickasaw Cultural Center

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

SULPHUR, Okla. (AP) - A 110-year-old Colt .45 single-action Army revolver has been donated to the Chickasaw Nation and is on display at the tribe's Cultural Center.

The nickel-plated firearm was purchased in 1904 by Chickasaw citizen Holmes Willis. It was handed down through three generations of family before being donated by Willis' great-grandson, William Holmes Willis.

Joy Herron is Holmes Willis' great-granddaughter. She says it is believed that the Colt .45 was one of two purchased by Willis as a matching set. Relatives do not know what happened to the second weapon.

Herron said the gun was donated to the Chickasaw Cultural Center because the family is Chickasaw. She says William Holmes Willis wanted the gun to go somewhere to be appreciated and admired.

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