Wetumka, Hughes Co., Oklahoma
J. M. WATKINS, prop. and editor
Friday, August 5, 1921
Chief MOTY TIGER
Chief MOTY TIGER, age 87 years, who was elected second chief of the Creeks in 1897 in the last tribal election ever held, died at his home near Sharp, six miles southwest of Okmulgee, Tuesday evening.
His death marks the passing of one of the dominant figures in the political and social history of the Creek Nation. He was at one time one of the most influential men in the Creek tribe.
Funeral services in memory of the deceased were conducted this afternoon at his home. The services were attended by a large number of friends, including Creeks from various sections and pioneers from Okmulgee and vicinity.
MOTY TIGER lived six miles southwest of Okmulgee near Sharp. He was a typical full blood Creek. He was the last man to be elected to the office of second chief of the Creeks, having been chosen second chief when General PLEASANT PORTER was elected chief in 1897. He served as second chief until 1907 when he succeeded General Porter as chief after Porter’s death. Tiger was the officer head and leader of the Creeks until advancing age resulting in his resignation in 192. After his resignation, Col. GEROGE W. GRAYSON was appointed chief by President Woodrow Wilson.
Tiger was 87 years old and his wife, KIZZIE TIGER, who was a teacher in Indian schools and a full blood member of the Eufaula clan or “town” to which Tiger belongs. He was name Moty in honor of MOTY CANARD, once a famous Creek chief. Moty Tiger was a Methodist minister who preached to the Creeks.
Moty took active part in the payment in 1891, seeing to it that all members of the Tuckabacha clan paid their debts in full.The Indians often appealed to Moty Tiger for aid in various matters and I never heard of him refusing to help any person who was deserving of aid.
Tiger, as a minister, died much for the cause of the Methodist Church and he was always liberal in his contributions to the church. It is said that he provided the greater part of the funds with which the Methodist Church at Honey Creek was erected.
He was one of the few Indians who engaged in the cattle business on an extensive scale.
The Tuckabacha clan to which Tiger belonged was composed entirely of full blood Indians in pioneer days. It was the largest and one of the most powerful clans in the Creek Nation. Printed in the Okmulgee Democrat.
Mrs. J. H. STITES is ill.
LEONA WILSON and RUFUS COLLINS, SADIE HURLEY and ELMER WILSON attended church at Big Springs.
REECE BIFFLE and family visited here parents at Ragtown.
JOHN SMITH and family visited his brother BILL SMITH and family.
ANDREW COLLINS says SADIE and ELMER must have been Holdenville bound Sunday as he could not chase them down with an old gray horse.
AMBROSE YOUNG called at the CARNEY home.
SADIE HURLEY and LEONA WILSON were all smiles Sunday night, wonder why.
EARL and ADA YOUNG were at the Taylor shop.
Mrs. E. G. HURLEY was called to Texas on account of the death of her son-in-law.
JIM TROUT was looking sad Sunday. Cheer up, Anna will be home soon.
IKE COLLINS guesses he will have to quit calling 289 for ever time he calls, central cuts him off and he certainly does not want to be any shorter.
CHARLIE SMITH and ELMER WILSON called at the BARKER home.
JACK MARTIN says he is glad he purchased a car for he caught two best looking girls at Valley View Sunday.
FARLEY WHEAT took dinner with ELBERT JONES Sunday.
Mrs. ESTHER WALKER was at the TROUT home.
Camping on the lake between here and Wewoka were Dr. FRED HICKS family, Mrs. LOVE and children of Oklahoma City, Dr. C. A HICKS and wife, W.A. GEREN family, H. M. BRAZIL family, CHARLES RICE, IRA CHANEY, OTTO MOSES, J. H. HICKS and wife, Mrs. DUKE and daughter, ROY RICE, Mrs. T. W. MACKEY and family, O. P. HARRIS.
Hickory Ridge by Texas Jack
Born to Mr. and Mrs. LUTHER WAGGONER, a bouncing baby boy.
ELVIN SMITH left to visit his sister at St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. LAFERRY and Mr. and Mrs. HERBERT LAFERRY were guests of Texas Jack and Patsy.
Mr. and Mrs. OSCAR COWHERD visited Mr. and Mrs. JOHN W. PIERSON at Ragtown.
J. H. COLLINS of Fresno, California visited friends Mr. and Mrs. W. B. PROCTOR.
E. A. PRUETT of Friendship called here.
Mrs. NATHAN LEE is home from Oklahoma City.
Miss RUBY COX of Fate, Texas is visiting her cousin Miss RUTH ROBINSON.
Rev. and Mrs. W. T. BRINSON were at Okmulgee.
Dr. G. W. PATTERSON visited his family at Okmulgee.
C. C. HARBERSON of Kansas City was here looking after business.
Mrs. J. W. ROGERS of Fort Smith visited her daughter Mrs. TOM SYMES.
CARL HAUBOLD is attending a Dodge Bros. automobile dealers meeting at Enid.
Mrs. W. Z. NEAL and daughter MARGUARITE are visiting at Quinton.
Mesdames J. M. WATKINS and F. R. PHELPS left for Siloam Springs, Arkansas to help Mrs. Phelps improve her health.
Mr. and Mrs. M. D. LUCAS enjoyed a visit from her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. LEAKE, at Fort Smith.
Mrs. J. C. DENNEY of Sapulpa visited Mrs. M. BLEVINS.
Mrs. O. L. BYNUM and three children from Hickory visited her sister and her husband, Rev. and Mrs. M. L. SIMS.
Mrs. J. H. KENNEDY returned from visiting her parents at Burlington, Kansas.
CHARLES COACHMAN, a good Indian friend of this paper, renewed his subscription.
WILLIE CAIN had an operation for appendicitis.
ORION ROBINSON is visiting his grandmother at Chisholm, Texas.
JOE ADWON attended the funeral of a cousin at Oklahoma City. The young man was killed in France.
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. WILLIAMS and son GEORGE went to Siloam Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. MORRISS and Mr. and Mrs. R. F .VAUGHAN are at the resort at Siloam Springs.
Mrs. E. BAXTER and three boys of Wichita Falls are visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. H. L. BROWN.
Rev. and Mrs. M. L. SIMS and his mother, FELIX and JEFF CANARD attended the funeral of Chief Moty Tiger.
R. C. WIGGINS of Tuscon, Arizona is visiting his father J. C. WIGGINS who is ill.
S. M. BLEVINS and S. M. PURYEAR were at Okmulgee.
Mrs. and Mrs. H. H. HOLMAN attended the Tiger funeral.
Mrs. CHARLES KLEIN returned from Columbus, Ohio where she visited relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. GEORGE KNEIRIM and son returned from visiting at Fort Madison, Iowa.
W. H. BROWN and wife of Saskawa helped his brother and family with their grain crop.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. TATE and W. B. KIRKPATRICK left for Rogers, Arkansas.
Mrs. I. B. MANLEY and daughter MARGARET of Houston visited her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. WATKINS and Mr. and Mrs. F. R. PHELPS.
H. WEBB of Logan County, Arkansas visited Mr. and Mrs. J. A. CAIN and family. Mr. Webb is the grandfather of WILLIE CAIN who had an operation for appendicitis.
Mr. and Mrs. EARL JAMISON and baby of Wichita Falls, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. OLIVER JAMESON and daughter of Henryetta are visiting Mr. and Mrs. O. JAMISON.
Misses MYRTLE and ELLA BRAZIL had a party attended by some Okemah young people, Miss PAULINE MCKINNEY, LESTER PALMER, ROME RUST, WALTON BREWER and R. A JOHNSTON.
W. M. TIPPEN, a good friend, brought us a nice cantaloupe and watermelon.
Friday, August 12, 1921
Mrs. ROY CHOWINS was at Oklahoma City.
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. GORDON of Wetumka visited at Konawa.
M. C. MOORE, a hustling farmer south of town, renewed for the Gazette.
C. N. NEWTON and family drove to his old home near Dallas, Texas.
W. M. FARMER of near Lamar renewed for the paper.
T. W. ROBISON of Oklahoma City visited his sister Miss NELLE ROBISON.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK MEADORS and children went to Nowata to visit her sister.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. JARRETT and children are visiting relatives at El Paso, Texas.
C. L. HUGHEY, the picture show man, visited at Dallas.
J. D. STEPHENS, a hustling farmer on Route 2, renewed his subscription.
A note from ELMER KIRKPATRICK asked the paper sent to Tribbey where he and his wife are teaching at the high school.
Mr. and Mrs. H. H. HOLMAN and children are visiting his brother at Stuart.
CHARLES E. MCKINNEY, once of the Gazette force, came to visit.
Mrs. G. T. GIBSON and BEN GIBSON returned from Boonville and Magazine, Arkansas.
Miss EVA MILLER and ENNIS BROWNING were married on Wednesday by Rev. A. J. COOK.
Mrs. M. E. SIMS of El Reno visited her son Rev. M. L. SIMS and family.
W. H. STEED of Ada assisted his son, A. P. STEED, in straightening out his grocery stock.
S. P. MEACHUM of Detoma, Florida visited his sister Mrs. G. W. GORDON and her husband south of town.
W. A. GEREN and family left for Flint to join the families of W. C. FARMER and X. X. MCGEE.
Dr. and Mrs. P. E MITCHELL, H. W. SHABER, J. H. SHABER and wife, Mrs. M. L. NICHOLS and PAUL NICHOLS returned from a camping trip in the Kiamichi Mountains.
Mrs. J. M. WATKINS came from Siloam Springs and reports the Wetumka crowd there having a fine time.
Mr. and Mrs. IRA W. FORBES and Rev. J. A. GRIMES of Dustin, and Mrs. C. E. CLAPP and children of Chandler visited Rev. and Mrs. M. L. SIMS.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. JONES returned from west Tennessee and Kentucky.
Dr. J. P. GILLE returned from vacation.
L. M. MOFFET, sales manager for Oklahoma for the Ford plant was here and spoke highly of their agent, J. E. JARRETT here.
Mr. and Mrs. ED ROBERTS returned from their old home at Morrilton, Arkansas.
W. C. MOORE, a progressive farmer south of town, brought to us seven fine cantaloupes. Mr. Moore is one of those good old Arkansas men who like to put a little joy into the life of the editor once in a while.
MELVILLE DAVIS, who has been with the Davis Drug Co. for a long time, is visiting his parents at Prague and then will take a course in pharmacy. His brother John takes his place in the store.
Mrs. S. M. PURYEAR returned from Abilene where she visited her mother and her sister. She was accompanied home by her brother, CAMPBELL ANDERSON.
JOHN F. FRASIER and SANFORD COLE of Marshall Co., Alabama are visiting here and are looking the country with a view of locating. They are good farmers and good men; they made the trip by automobile.
Mr. and Mrs. V. W ANDERSON and children of Marionville, Missouri and Mrs. SARAH JONES of Billings, Montana arrived to visit. Mrs. Jones is the mother of LEE JONES and Mrs. GRANT HERRING and Mrs. ANDERSON is their sister. They in their car, making the trip 316 miles in one day.
Dr. I. LEVY of Oklahoma City formerly of McAlester, has practiced for 15 years and will be here at the Brick Hotel Friday for anyone who needs glasses.
The soul of little ETHEL KATHERINE HATCHER, four day old baby of Captain and Mrs. FRITZ HATCHER of Oklahoma, died Wednesday morning Aug. 3. She was the only grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT MCCLELLAN. The body was laid to rest in the family lot at Evergreen Cemetery. Printed in the Gainesville, Florida Daily News.
Twenty-four wells at Gertie in Hughes County were ordered closed by Dr. A. R. LEWIS, state health commissioner due to typhoid.
Hickory Ridge by Texas Jack
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN COLLINS and J. H. COLLINS visited Mr. and Mrs. DAVE HANKINS.
Mrs. SALLIE ELKER, Mr. and Mrs. TOM COLLINS, Misses ELSIE and FAY COLLINS visited Texas Jack and Patsy.
Mr. and Mrs. FRANK MCELROY of Weleetka visited Mr. and Mrs. EARL BAKER.
JEWEL and BRUCE NORMAN and Miss GUILA NORMAN visited Miss LUCY AYERS.
The sister of ELVIN SMITH left the hospital at St. Louis and reached home, but she relapsed and died.
Consolidated District No. 2
The summer school term is progressing nicely under the supervision of WYATT W. SMITH, Misses MRYTLE ROBERTS, ANNA SHERRY and ESSIE MEANS.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. HEAD, Mr. and Mrs. ED FRYER were guests of Mr. and Mrs. FRANK OZMENT.
The party at the home of HENRY MEADORS was well attended.
Misses LONA HEAD, MERYLE WAGGONER, CLARA, EDITH and GRACE MOORE and BERYL OZMENT, Messrs HERMAN HEAD and HASKE MOORE were guests of CLARA and ILA HARRISON Sunday.
C. A. BALTZELLE of Joplin, Missouri is visiting C. C. MCFARLAND and family.
Rev. W. J. HATFIELD of Wagoner, a Presbyterian minister, will hold a revival here.
SUDIE DELL WHITEHEAD is ill.
CECIL PERRIEN, one of the heroes of the World War, was buried at the Fairview Cemetery last Wednesday.
Miss ALICE CRUMP of near Weleetka is visiting relatives here.
Mrs. EARNEST HODGES and Miss LENA JORDAN of Henryetta and Mrs. FRANK MILLER and little son W. E. of Morris and Mr. L. E. SHABER visited at the ODOM home.
OSCAR GARRISON returned to resume his work on the Midland Valley railroad at Muskogee.
EVERETT GARRISON was ill.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. TIMS, little baby and son, TOM, WESLEY GRIGSBY and family and ROY CHOAT and family are visiting relatives at Ada.
Friday, August 19, 1921
There will be a free Chautauqua next week here.
Preparations for the Hughes County Indian Fair are being made.
The Palace Drug Store was sold by J. B. CORNETT to W. S. ROBINSON of here and S. V. ROBINSON of Healdton.
There were 108 men who volunteered to work on a mile of extra bad road.
Mrs. G. ALEXANDER of Carson, one of the most highly respected Indian women, died. Some of our citizens attended her funeral.
Miss MILDRED CRAWFORD of Shawnee visited her sister Mrs. M. O. VAUGHAN.
Miss PEARL STREETER returned from visiting at Charleston, Arkansas.
T. J. SISK of Memphis, Texas is visiting his daughter Mrs. W. H. BURKES.
Misses GRACE HARRISON and EDITH LYONS of Maud were here.
Work remodeling the CLARENCE COLLINS’ home is almost complete.
W. B. KIRKPATRICK returned from visiting his brother at Rogers, Arkansas.
NEAL PARSLEY and son GORDON went to Calvin and Atwood.
Mrs. M. D. LUCAS went to Indianola to visit her brother who is the Chautauqua there.
Mrs. W. H. BURKES and daughter ROBERTA visited her sister at Sapulpa.
Mrs. HENRY BOWLES enjoyed a visit from her mother Mrs. AUTEN of Ada and her sister Mrs. BEULAH WILSON of Okmulgee.
PARIS RICHARDSON of the Weleetka American was here.
Mr. and Mrs. FRED KOCH and WILLIE and GUS KOCH of Eudora, Kansas visited their niece, Mrs. CARL HAUBOLD and other relatives.
JAMES CAMPBELL, one of our friends on Route 4, renewed for the Gazette and also sent it to his son-in-law, CLYDE RIDDING at Visalia, California.
Mrs. W. Z. NEAL and daughter MARGUERITE returned from Quinton.
Mr. and Mrs. ROBERT SMITH of Yeager visited his sister Mrs. P. E. MITCHELL.
Miss RUTH WILLIAMS of Oklahoma City visited her friend Miss BENNIE CHITWOOD.
Miss NELLE ROBISON and little miss MARGUERITE HAYS are visiting her parents at Ada.
NEAL PARSLEY renewed the Gazette.
W. A. RILEY, who went to Tucson, Arizona some time ago, will move back.
B. R. STEPHENS of Elgin visited old friends here.
B. F. SCOTT is packing his hardware stock and shipping it to Las Cruses, New Mexico where he will open a store. BOB POOLE will go with him. Mrs. Scott will go later.
MAXIE KING, brother of LOUIS KING, died Sunday after an illness of several months. His illness began while in school and he had not been able to get relief. The funeral was held Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. JOHN SCHREIBER and children and WILLIAM KLEIN left for their home at Pittsburg, Pa. Mrs. Schreiber and children had spent five months with her parents Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAM C. KLEIN.
J. S MARTIN, who is farming on Route 3, came to renew for the Gazette. He is one of our best carpenters and just completed the THOMAS LONG Church near Yeager.
Officers of the Kurian Class at the Baptist Sunday school:
MILO LUCAS, LENA COOK, EDNA DILBECK, RAMONA LUCAS, MAY YOUNG, BIRCH WALKER, FAY GAMMILL, and teacher FRED G. WATT.
Friday, August 26, 1921
The Hughes County Indian Fair is the only county Indian fair in the United States.
CLIFFORD OWEN TIPPIN was born Nov. 15, 1915 and died Aug. 21, 1921. He was laid to read in the Wetumka Cemetery Aug. 22.
Mrs. M. MASSAD of Drumright visited her nephew JOE ADWON and family.
MILO LUCAS drove to Dustin to meet his wife who visited at her brother at Indianola.
C. J. GARRISON, one of our friends at Okemah, was here.
J. H. KENNEDY is having a potato house built on his place south of town to take care of the splendid crop being grown.
Mrs. LEE WOFORD and grandson C. F. returned from Sulphur where her daughter Mrs. EFFIE CLOWERS will remain for the benefit of the mineral waters.
C. W MAYBERRY returned from New Mexico and other western states.
Miss BESSIE NEELEY of Ada arrived to begin teaching in our school.
Mr. and Mrs. C. B. WILLIAMS and son GEORGE returned from Siloam Springs and Eureka Springs.
Mrs. and Mrs. TOM SYMES and son WALTER returned from Fort Smith and Blue Mountain and were accompanied home by Mrs. FITZGERALD, a cousin of Fort Smith, and Mrs. SEEVER of Blue Mountain, their daughter.
Postmaster J. C. PURYEAR was ill. This is the first time he failed to be at the office in six years. His assistant Miss MAUD MEEKS kept everything in fine shape.
The five year child of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. TIPPIN drowned while bathing in the river Sunday afternoon. This was the baby child of a family of ten children, seven boys and three girls, and the first death in the family. The funeral was held Monday.
Mrs. LUCY BUTLER of Nebraska visited Mr. and Mrs. BELLAH and other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. SAM BRYCE and Mr. and Mrs. WILLIE RIDDICK were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. PROCTOR.
Mrs. W. M. BELLAH visited her sister Mrs. GEORGE WAGONER in Lincoln Co.
Friday, September 2, 1921
Three Children Drowned
Three children, all colored, drowned while trying to catch fish on Greenlee Creek Tuesday afternoon. Two little fellows, about eight years old, DERK CLARK and DICK JEFFERSON, got in deep water and were struggling to get out when ALICE JEFFERSON, age 14, sister of Dick, jumped in to rescue the boys and in the struggle, lost her life. Some other small children on the bank gave the alarm and the bodies were recovered.
Mr. and Mrs. CHESTER GORDON of Konawa visited here.
ROY DUNCAN of Holdenville was here.
B. G. HOFF of Konawa arrived to charge of the C. O. D. Grocery meat department.
THEO. P. EMMONS shipped his household goods to Vinita.
Miss MAE MASTERSON and Mrs. J. H. KLEIN returned from visiting relatives at Tahlequah.
Mrs. H. R. JACKSON, east of town, received a message about the death of a brother at Rogers, Arkansas following an automobile accident. She attended the funeral at Springdale, Arkansas.
ROME WILKERSON and Miss UNA BROWN, accompanied by some friends, drove to Judge H. H. DARKS’ home Sunday afternoon, armed with the proper credentials and requested the judge to unite them in matrimony, which he did.
Miss MILDRED GEREN entertained with a swimming party and watermelon feast. She was assisted by her mother, Mrs. W. A. GEREN, and her sister GLADYS. Attending were MARGARET BRAZIL, LOUISE ALDRICH, MARIE RAMSEY, HAZEL HAYDEN, MARGARET FARMER, FAMA HAWKS, ALICE WINTERS, MARIE GEREN, NEVA THOMPSON, WILLIAM MCCOY, KENNETH TIGER, MERRIT CLANTON, DEL RAMSEY, EDWARD BENSON, CLYDE HAYDEN, RAYMOND KIRKPATRICK, JEFF CIAN, ELDRED OSTRUM and GEORGE WILLIAMS.