This young man is identified as Ed Davison. The photographer, Henry James Stevenson, opened his first photo gallery about 1895 in El Reno, Oklahoma Territory. If you’d like to learn more about Oklahoma before it became a state, check out what the Oklahoma Historical Society has to say.
Disappointingly, I didn’t find any records or newspaper articles about Ed’s desertion from Fort Reno on Sunday eve June 11, 1899. I’m curious about who the author of this writing might have been. Did this cabinet card serve as a type of wanted poster? Was Ed captured and court marshaled or did he manage to escape the law?