"There was a saloon keeper in Kiowa, named "Billy" Morris and living with him as his wife was a girl whose name was Cora Bennett. This poor girl had been living an irregular life, but was true to this man, who had promised her time after time to marry her, but was only deceiving her. She entered his bar room one day and told him he must fulfill his promise to her now, or she would kill him. He tried to laugh at her. She fired a shot and killed him on the spot; then the poor girl fell on his dead body screaming in a distracted manner."Written by Carrie A. Nation
Although, Cora Bennett put Kiowa on the map, it is the destruction of Carrie Nation that the Kiowa people remembered. Kansas was the first prohibition state (1880) and Carrie Nation disapproved of how they were enforcing the law. Abandoning non-violence, Carrie Nation and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) preferred “hachetation” (as she called it) smashing bars and destroying the saloons.
"Go to Kiowa, and" (as in a vision and here my hands were lifted and cast down suddenly.) "I'll stand by you." I did not hear these words as other words; there was no voice, but they seemed to be spoken in my heart. I sprang from my bed as if electrified, and knew this was directions given me, for I understood that it was God's will for me to go to Kiowa to break, or smash the saloons."