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First published in Ardmore, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, then published in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.
September 1, 1898
Charles Petty, aged 66 years, died yesterday of typhoid fever, at this home four miles east of town. Deceased leaves a wife and two children.
Clam, the eight-months-old son of Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Crews, died yesterday at the family residence six miles north of town, on Caddo.
Sam Billings, aged 21 years, died yesterday morning of pneumonia near Norris school house on Sandy.
A number of our people are unduly excited over the arrival here of the soldiers thinking they are from a fever stricken district. This is all a mistake, there is no sickness in this company, and a glance at them will satisfy the most skeptical on their health bill.
The Ardmoreite is informed that the Negroes living in the vicinity of the Second Baptist Church (colored), south of the section house, have been notified by the property owners to vacate their premises. We learn that the colored folks do not take kindly to this notice, and may cause a little trouble, although they are only renters.
Our old friends, Jack Cornish and John Murphy, well known conductors on the Santa Fe, are back on their usual runs after a layoff of a few weeks.
Today G. W. Garrison purchased a load of seed cotton from Mr. Beem of Lone Grove, paying $1.55 per one hundred pounds for it.
At the Jail
Arrested: Henry Taylor, Lee May, Roy Carter, Jack Smart, Roy Thompson
The Soldiers Located
Shortly after 9:00 this morning the special train carrying Battery G, Heavy Artillery, numbering 175 men, from Fort Point, Galveston, arrived in our city under the command of Lieutenant Merrell.
As per previous agreement then lieutenant was met at the depot by Mayor Galt, and they, accompanied by the company’s surgeon and Captain Whittington, took a carriage and proceeded to find a location for the company. In the meantime a large crowd had assembled to see the soldiers who, by the way, are fine and healthy looking specimens, able, we should judge, to hold their own at any odds. There is not a sick man in the company and they have the appearance of having been well fed.
They were allowed their freedom for about an hour during which time they took in the business portion of our city.
In seeking a location the party visited the large reservoir on the railroad north of town and other points. The one meeting the approval of the officers most closely was the Whittington park in the southeast portion of the city, and it was decided that there they would pitch their tents.
The matter of moving their equippage out to the part was placed in the hands of Farley Richmond and was accomplished.
There is a well already in the park but another will be put down at once. Lumber is also being hauled out to the camp, as they will erect a barrack, it being the intention of the government to allow them to remain here for two months or probably longer.
Cal Knight of Berwyn is in the city.
Julius Kahn of Gainesville is here today.
O. F Haley of Gainesville is in the city.
B. R. Neal of Dallas is at the Whittington.
E. E. Smart of Weatherford, Texas is in the city.
Pena Archerd of Lebanon was in the city today.
Mrs. Ed Colbert of Berwyn is visiting in the city.
George Culp, Esq., of Gainesville is in the city today.
Mrs. Robert Scales, we regret to state, is seriously ill.
Silas Heflin has accepted a position with Sig Simon & Bro.
Miss Etta Thompson left this morning for Sunset, Texas.
Ernest Payton has returned from his father’s ranch in Nebraska.
Frank Churchill can now be found selling groceries for R. W. Randol.
Deputy W. W. Everheart came in today suffering from a malarial attack.
T. Von Dollins returned to the city last evening from Sapulpa, full of malaria.
Mrs. Walter Hardy went to Davis today where she will visit with Mrs. William Guy.
Mrs. L. C. Young who has been visiting in Liberty, Arkansas for sometime has returned.
Mrs. B. W. Carter accompanied her sister, Mrs. Schoeppe, home to Dougherty today.
Judge and Mrs. O. Love of Marietta are here the guests of Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Douglas.
Miss Ruby Sanders who has been visiting friends in Gainesville and Paris returned today.
Mr. & Mrs. D. H. Brown returned last evening from a month’s visit to the old home in Kentucky.
On return of the excursion train from Denison to Atoka and Coalgate last Sunday, deputy Thompson did a land office business. He arrested 15 men for introducing old family disturbance in the shape of real bad whisky sold at Denison for Territorial purposes. Seven of these men got away because he could not guard all of them. He captured eight, however, and held them, four of these gave bond and four, Wesley and Oscar Barnett, Eugene Strup, and John Seiall were brought to this city yesterday and incarcerated in the federal bastile.
September 2, 1898
Indian School Service
The following appointments have been made from Washington in the Indian school service: Henry Conklin ofSouth McAlester, I. T., industrial teacher, Osage, Okla. $600; Sarah E. Murray, Pawhuska, Okla., female industrial teacher, Osage, Okla. $600; Maud L. Thomas, Pennsylvania, kindergarten, San Carlos, Arizona $600. Authority has been granted for the employment of a housekeeper at the San Felipe day school, New Mexico.
At the Jail: Wallace Owens (colored), H. S. Odell
There were a few cases before his honor this morning which were disposed of as follows:
J. U. Fitzwater, refusing to work the street, $1 and costs
James Hughes, gambling, $10 and costs
H. A. Youngblood, gambling, $10 and costs
F. D. Pirtle, gambling, $10 and costs
Nina McFarland, a soiled dove from the East End, disturbing the peace $1 plus costs=$10.15
A girl in jail at Guthrie has served out her term of imprisonment, but she refuses to leave the place and says that they put her it there and she intends staying.
Ed Noble has returned from New York and other eastern points, highly elated over his trip.
Dr. J. F. Young left this morning for Wynnewood, from there he goes to Webber Falls and other points.
Miss Nora McMillan, teacher of the primary department of Hargrove College, arrived this morning form Waxahachie, Texas.
Captain D. J. Kendall, after an absence of several weeks at his farm and ranch, is here handshaking with his many old friends.
Mrs. Zeno Wadlington of Marshall, Texas is in the city visiting Mrs. A. M. Burch, having also visited Dr. Helm’s family at Provence.
J. E. Perkins will open up a produce and grocery store in his new building on the corner of Caddo and Broadway next week.
September 4, 1898
Viola, Aug. 31--We had a fine rain here today, but it was not needed.
C. J. Hiltbrunner’s father and mother of Pickens County are visiting him this week.
George Yeager, traveling salesman for the Singer Manufacturing Company, was here yesterday; George says he is doing a land office business.
We hear of some complaint of boll worms in this section, but we have made a personal investigation and find the bollworm is only the little sharpshooters…
The Indian Baptist Association at Lyman D. Worcester’s last Sunday was a grand success. The meeting was in charge of Rev. J. S. Murrow, D. D., general superintendent of Indian missions. Every tribe of Indians almost was represented. Among the most prominent were the Kiowas, Comanches, Chickasaws, and Choctaws. At *:30 there was preaching by Rev. Crawford, followed by Miss Spanswick, the missionary sent out from Chicago to work among the Kiowas, Comanches and Arapahoes. At 11:30, a sermon was delivered by Rev. McClure, a Choctaw. His sermon was a treat to great many, as they had never before hear an Indian preach in his own language. In the evening, services were conducted by RE. C. A. Loveless and another Choctaw brother, whose remarks were listened to with great interest. Then the congregation proceeded to the creek a half mile away, where all had the pleasure of seeing three Indians receive the baptismal rites of the Baptist church. At night there were closing remarks made by the brethren in charge and the right hand of fellowship given to those who were baptized, and the association adjourned. Among those who attended from Viola were: F. B. Wilson, J. W. Swafford, John Shoemake, Joe Bowers, Mid Ashlock, Walter Allen, I. L. Strange, and Misses Effie Kessinger and Leila Strange.
September 5, 1898
Healdton, Sept. 3--September is here with cotton picking, haying and corn gathering.
Our gin received its first bale yesterday; Mr. Henley brought it in. The general impression is that cotton will be light, with no top crop at all. While the boll worm has done but little damage, the general weather conditions have been unfavorable for the cotton crop.
The yield of corn will be heavy and away above the average, still not what was at one time expected.
A conservative estimate gives our gin from 800 to 1000 bales of cotton this season. Last year, we reached the 1600 mark.
An interesting meeting is being held at Red Oak under the management of the Baptist, and is accomplishing much good.
The holiness meeting is in session at Graham.
Mrs. Jones of Montague County, Texas is here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Gordon.
Everyone here whom we have heard express themselves are standing pat with the Ardmoreite on its views of the Curtis Bill and the Atoka Agreement, and more especially the freedmen question--showing as it does, that it respects the rights of the Indian and all concerned. We trust that the uneasiness heretofore existing may disappear and the farmer and all else be ready to go to work in /00 on a safer and more successful era.
Dr. Bentley and Mr. Maxwell have gone to Iona. We learn that Dr. Bentley intends moving to that point.
Mayor Galt has a short string of business before him today as follows:
Houston Stephens, keeping a gaming house, $10 and costs
Levin Higginbottom, keeping a gaming house, $10 and costs
Gladys Day, prostitution, $5 and costs
Williams Binks, willful neglect to pay occupation tax, paid same with costs
W. B. Frame went to Davis this morning.
L. T. Davis of Weatherford is in the city.
W. L. Keel spent Sunday at his Gainesville home.
Miss Minnie Smith of Woodford is visiting in the city.
S. W. Frost of Dougherty was in the city this morning.
M. C. Crumley of Dallas is a guest at the Whittington.
J. ABivens returned from Berwyn yesterday evening.
Misses Zoe Olive and Susie Frame returned from Berwyn yesterday.
Mrs. Frank Scivally and the baby returned this morning from Marietta.
T. A. Thurmond made a business trip to Oklahoma City this forenoon.
Dr. Jack O’Scanlon has returned from a week’s sojourn in the country.
Simon Westheimer of Marietta was here to see the soldiers yesterday.
Wiley Chitwood, the Dougherty druggist, was in the city this morning.
Charles Cravens, the big hearted cattleman from Roff, was in the city today.
Tecumseh McClure, prominent Chickasaw citizen, was here this morning.
Mr. & Mrs. A. Kioski, after a three weeks’ visit to New York, returned.
W. L. Thomas, formerly of this place, now of Dougherty, was here this morning.
Mrs. Byron Drew left this morning for Marlow where she will visit for a few days.
G. D. Lawrence is at Dougherty repairing machinery for the Brunswick Asphalt Co.
A. J. Shackelford, of the Ardmore Paint and Paper Store, is hanging paper in Berwyn today.
Dr. W. T. Gardner returned today from Oil Springs, where he has been spending the past week.
Rev. W. D. Sauls and wife of Dougherty are here the guests of Rev. and Mrs. C. F. Roberts.
Miss Beulah Cobb will sing some of her sweetest songs Friday at the opera house.
Deputy Fore arrested Bob Williams and Hattie Bohanon at Dougherty and lodged them in jail charged with fornication. They had a hearing before Judge Bradford this morning who placed them under bon of $250 each which they have not yet given.
Poor Old Tishomingo
Tishomingo has no newspaper now. Mr. Hugart, who published the Herald there and made a very creditable paper, passed through Durant a few days ago. He said, “Tishomingo has gone to sleep. Her people are so indifferent to the interests of their own town that they have actually starved me out. The businessmen are a slow-going lot and now they have no newspaper and no means of inducing business or information the balance of mankind that Tishomingo even exists. The town will go down and I know it no good reason why it should not. Published in the Durant Eagle.
T. H. Dulaney and family and James Russell and family of Kaufman, Texas were in Ardmore today prospecting. Mr. Dulaney is thinking of locating here and starting a horse stable.
Joe McCoy was released from jail today, having furnished bond in his case.
For Sale or Rent
One farm, good bottom land, 500 acres, near Velma, I. T. known as the “Fisher farm.” Address Treadwell, Murray & Lucas, Attorneys, Tishomingo, I. T.
School will open for the coming year the first Monday in September. Tuition is reasonable. Mrs. W. M. Robinson
C. H. Carroll, formerly of Kaufman, Texas, now of Dougherty, I. T. was in town today. He is in the grocery and livery stable business at Dougherty. He is a quiet and honorable gentleman.
September 7, 1898
Hints From Hunton
Hunton, I. T., Sept. 5--Hunton is beautifully located on a rolling prairie.
Our crops are as fine as can be.
We are having too much rain at present.
Keel 7 Co. have completed their new gin, an enterprise which is badly needed in this community.
There is considerable sickness in this community.
An efficient school teacher is wanted in our community. The right party can find a good opening.
Whole Family Drowned
J. J. Chohand of Roff, I. T. was in Eufala recently for information as to his lost child. On May 7 of this year, Mr. Chohand;s wife and little daughter were crossing the South Canadian River in a wagon at a point in the Chickasaw Nation, and as the river was high, the team and wagon were washed away and all were drowned except a little girl who managed to get on a log that was floating nearby and when she was last seen, was still holding to the log. Mr. Chohand, the heart-broken father, heard rumors of the rescue of his child at several places along the river, but can get nothing definite. He is a poor man and has offered $25, all he can pay, for information that will lead to the return of his little girl. This is a pitiful case indeed as the chances are that the little girl was also drowned, but the grief stricken father fondly clings to the hope that his child was saved and is still prosecuting the search for his lost darling. Published in the Eufaula Journal.