The Daily Ardmoreite
First published in Ardmore, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, then in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.
September 20, 1898
Yesterday deputy marshal GEORGE STEWART made a trip to Pauls Valley to look after the peace of that place. His first work was the arrest and capture of three casks of beer, and which he deposited at the jail at that place. He then arrested DICK GLOVER, under indictment for selling malt liquors. He was brought to Ardmore and placed in jail.
W. J. STONEof Velma is among the visitors within our city today.
Mrs. J. W. SPARKS of Thackerville is visiting friends in the city.
WILL WARREN, Berwyn’s postmaster, was in the city this morning.
N. B. GRAY, prominent Healdton merchant, was in the city today.
MEL KIRKPATRICK of the Bulletin has moved his family from Paris to this place.
S. C. TREADWELL of Tishomingo was among our visiting attorneys here this week.
JEFF C. JOHNSON and C. MOSS, both of Leon, are here before the Dawes Commission.
H. R. ROWE, manager of the Norris Bros. Peerless Dog and Pony show, was a pleasant caller at our office today.
T. I. HAMM and family from Pauls Valley will interview the Dawes Commission on the question of enrollment.
Mrs. M. E. LOONEY, who has been spending several months with relatives and friends in Illinois and St. Louis, returned to our city last evening.
Mrs. M. E. SPURGEON has returned from St. Louis and other eastern markets, where she has been selecting and purchasing an elegant line of millinery for her business.
W. W. HYDEN and DOL JACKSON, both of McGee, are interested parties before the Dawes commission.
Miss MINNIE SMITH, after a pleasant visit with friends here, has returned to her home in Woodford.
HENRY CLAY, colored of Woodford, was in town today and left his name on the Ardmoreite books. His overseer in the ante-bellum days was a great admire of the champion white, Henry Clay, and named his servant for the great orator, a name he has borne ever since.
September 21, 1898
Talk from Tussy
Tussy, Sept. 29--The heaviest rain of the session fell Saturday evening.
Coppenbarger & Coulter ginned 30 bales of cotton last week.
Mr. WINTER has proven up his right as a Chickasaw.
JACOB RILEY went to Pauls Valley on business.
A dance at TOM ANDERSON’S was held last Friday night.
JIM VAMPOOL came home Saturday from Hope where he has been visiting relatives.
Prof. FOWLER is at Dr. THRELKELD’S down with malarial fever.
Dr. THRELKELD team ran away Saturday evening, damaging the buggy. The doctor and his wife had just returned from a pleasure drive.
The academy will be completed, ready for the school the first Monday of October.
At an entertainment given at the schoolhouse last Saturday for the benefit of the bell and clock fund for the academy, Miss EMMA LISTEN was awarded a premium for being the handsomest young lady present. Miss DORA TUSSY received the prize for gathering and putting fifty marbles in a box with greatest speed.
BYRON CATES received a prize for rapid pie eating.
HENNIGAN ANDERSON received two prizes, one for the best marble shooting and one for best at ‘blindfold.’
Parson SMITH preaches the first sermon in the academy next Sunday.
Tussy is on a boom.
Glenn, Sept. 20--Cotton picking is the order of the day.
Some have begun sowing wheat although it is real dry, yet dry weather does not keep down our prosperous business farmers.
W. R. HOLT’s new gin is in perfect running order, all the machinery is new.
Dr. HIGGINS has placed material on his lot for a new residence.
The patrons of the school are using their best efforts to make a success of the school this winter.
IKE HARMON of Elk was here last Saturday buying cattle. We are informed he bought a bunch of steer calves from E. H. RICE at $11 per head.
There is considerable sickness in our community but none fatal.
The low price of wheat does not appear to discourage our farmers in the least who are preparing another large crop.
Sulphur, Sept. 20--A couple of little strangers found admittance to the home of our recorder, D. H. COLBERT, who is the happiest man in town. It is a girl and a boy.
Dr. G. L. RYAN has been on the sick list for over a week. We are all glad he is improving.
ELDER CARPENTER bought a store building at the mines with the intention of locating there and opening up a grocery business.
DREW MAY, who has a good position at the mines, and Miss Julia, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. C. L. THOMPSON, were married last Sunday, Rev. BULLARD officiating.
HUGH KERR, the son of W. KERR and wife who are teaching at the mines, died suddenly last Tuesday. He had been sick only two days. He was buried Wednesday.
W. H. BERNHARD has been lecturing at the mines several days. Good audiences as well as good attention was given him.
School opened Monday with Prof. BEWLEY as teacher. He is a graduate of Normal College, Danville, Indiana and a teacher of great experience.
Details of a horrible double tragedy reached the Ardmoreite office yesterday evening insubstance as follows:
At NEAL’S schoolhouse, which is situated between Center and Roff, in the northeast portion of the Chickasaw Nation, Mrs. AB HARDIN, while leaving church Sunday accompanied by her mother, was waylaid and shot by her husband, a worthless and tough character who had not lived with his wife for over a year. Mrs. HARDIN died instantly. Hardin then tried to shoot his mother-in-law and was only prevented in his purpose by her grappling with and holding him until the arrival of some men who were attracted to the scene by the report of the shooting.
They at once disarmed him, tied him with rope, threw him in a wagon and started with the demon to the U. S. commissioner at Center.
In the meantime, J. O. PAGE, the father of the murdered woman, having learned of the awful deed, mounted his horse and followed the murderer. Overtaking them on the way he drew his pistol and fired six shots into the body of the miserable wretch, killing him instantly.
Owing to the absence of the commissioner at Center, Mr. PAGE came to Pauls Valley and surrendered himself for a preliminary hearing.
While the awful deep is deplored, the best class of citizens in the neighborhood accompanied Page to Pauls Valley to endorse his deed and make his bond.
ELMORE STUBBLEFIELD, age 32 years, grandson of Mrs. T. H. PARKER, died at the family residence on Main Street at 4:45 this morning, a victim of consumption. The funeral took place at 3:00 this afternoon,. Services were held at the grave by Rev. J. M. MARTIN of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. In the funeral cortege, were many mourning friends and relatives. Deceased was well-known to our people, having lived here for nearly eight years.
Prof. RUDISILL called today and subscribed for the Ardmoreite to be sent to his son Robert at Anniston, Alabama where he is stationed with his regiment. He has written his father that they expected to be mustered out, when he would return home, but his hope has been blasted, as the regiment has to remain in the service. Robert is the principal musician in the Second Arkansas.
GID STARKS, one of Collin County’s solid farmers, is in our city. He has a claim before the Dawes commission.
Mrs. R. T. TAYLOR of Courtney Flats has just entered two pupils at Indianola College.
Jim RECTOR, a prominent Chickasaw from the Jimtown country, is here.
ED SIMPSON, a progressive intermarried Chickasaw, is here with his family from Marlow and gave the Ardmoreite a pleasant call.
BUD YOUNG and his family returned to Berwyn, having completed their enrollment with the Dawes commission.
ELI WRIGHT of Leonard, Texas is here visiting the families of the two ROBERTS brothers.
IRA SEES of Terral has been here and entered two pupils in Indianola College.
JOHN R. RALLS, one of Ryan’s merchants, was a pleasant caller this morning.
SAM BLACKand J. L. JORDAN of Marietta are guests at the Whittington.
September 22, 1898
Conway, Sept. 20--The Conway gin ginned its first bale of cotton today.
A new grocery store has opened here by a Mr. LESLIE, hailing from Shreveport, LA.
George BOWLIN has completed his barber shop and will be open for business today.
EDNA, the six-year-old daughter of G. L. BOWLIN, died last Friday with inflammation of the stomach. The entire community sorrow with the bereaved parents.
There is considerable sickness in this community.
Etchings from Elk
Elk, Sept. 21--The farmers are all very busy picking and if the weather remains favorable for 30 days, the entire crop of prairie cotton will be gathered in that time.
JOHN HALL has business with the Dawes commission at Ardmore this week.
IKE HARMON went to Ardmore this week.
Dr. WILSON now occupies the house recently vacated by W. L. DEAN.
ROBERT POYNER, the druggist, is just completing a near little residence near his drug store.
Dr. L. M. MASTERS has been called to Tussy on professioanl business.
DICK WOLFE, aChickasaw freedman nearly 90 years of age, is accompanying the Dawes Commission on its rounds over the Chickasaw Nation to identify citizens. Every Chickasaw formerly had a “house name” that is something by which the family was identified in the old regime when they lived in Mississippi. For instance Gov. JOHNSON’s house name was CLIMBING PANTHER. All the Chickasaws formerly had such names to distinguish one family from another, and going back to the original root of the family, their citizenship is more easily and clearly established. This old freedman has all the early history of the Chickasaws at his tongue’s end and tells it in splendid fashion.
Woodford, Sept. 20--We had a fine rain here Sunday.
Our popular ginner is turning out the fleecy staple as through it was worth ten cents a pound.
Dr. LESLIE and wife, after a pleasant visit here, have returned to their home at Thackerville.
Mr. COGGINS, the man who was recently so severely stabbed, is rapidly recovering.
Our physicians are doing a large practice here now.
Mrs. J. L. KOLB is quite sick with fever.
W. J. JENNINGS and wife went to Ardmore this week.
Our school is doing well under the tutorage of PROFESSOR WALLACE. Many of his pupils however arehaving to quit for cotton picking season.
J. H. AKERS, our popular merchant, is receiving a very large stock of goods for the fall trade.
At Perry, Oklahoma, JOHN F. CRANDALL was put on trial for the killing of DR. WILLIAM MCCOY, which occurred near Shawnee, 15 miles southeast of there five months ago. CRANDALL and DR. MCCOY lived in the same house, and CRANDALL was away from the home contracting. On his return, CRANDALL’s wife complained of insults and assaults from MCCOY and CRANDALL shot him.
J. O. PAGE, the man who so promptly revenged the murder of his daughter by killing the murderer near Center last Sunday, had a preliminary hearing before JUDGE PFEIFFER at Pauls Valley yesterday. The charge was reduced to manslaughter and the bond was fixed for $1000. The eagerness with which the bond was singed was conclusive proof of the justification of the act among MR. PAGE’s friends.
The baby girl abandoned in Gainesville by its parents about a week ago, an account which appeared in the Ardmoreite at the time, has been sent to the county farm by JUDGE HALL. It has been placed in charge of MRS. ETHERIDGE, the matron who has christened her EMMA LEONA ETHERIDGE.
Deputy BUCK GARRETT brought in LON SHORT, from Davis last evening, charged with violating the internal revenue law--selling mal liquor without a revenue license. SHORT was taken before JUDGE HARDY, who set a bond for $300 for his appearance here for trial on Monday, the 26th.
Miss MAE MCCAMISH leaves Gainesville today for Chicago where she will assume her duties as instructor in college. Miss MCCAMISH endeared herself to many of our people during her short, pleasant stay and recital in this city.
We learn that W. H. ROGERS of this city has secured a suitable house is now receiving a large stock of furniture which he proposes to open up to the public at Davis about October 1. This will not interfere with his business here.
THOMPSON PICKENS, a prominent Chickasaw,accompanied by a number of his tribe, came in today.
JAMES L. KIBBE,a member of the BAILEY CAVALRY COMPANY, who left Ardmore and enlisted at Gainesville at the beginning of the war, has been allowed a 30 days furlough and arrived this morning from San Antonio.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. MIKE GORMAN, a daughter.
MISS BESSIE HEAD, who returned recently from Texarkana, is quite sick at her home on Broadway.
MRS. ZULEKA DAVENPORT returned last evening to her home at Gainesville after a two day visit here.
J. A. SLAYTONof RUSH SPRING was a pleasant caller at the Ardmoreite yesterday.
Ex Rough Rider A. C. SCOBY who has been battling during the summer months in Cuba is now here battling the Dawes commission.
JIM DAVIS killed at section hand at Yukon, Oklahoma yesterday morning by stabbing him.
WAYNE,the 3 months old babe of Mr. & Mrs. W. G. WALLACE living in the Ferndale Addition, died at 8:30 this morning, Interment will take place from the residence at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.
HILLARY GROOMS, one of the men arrested and imprisoned for “raising” bills and passing them, has been released from jail on bond of $500.
ISAAC BAILEY was arrested today by MARSHAL HAMMER and lodged in jail on an old indictment in which he is charged with disturbing the peace. Had it not been that IKE wanted 40 acres of Indian domain, he might have yet been enjoying his liberty. He came in to register to theDAWES commission and CAPTAIN HAMMER at once recognized the man whom his deputies has for a long time been wanting.
At about 3:00 Saturday afternoon, the spirit of MRS. ETTA WHEELER WOLVERTON soared from its earthly habitation to the presence of the God who made it. A household is in deepest grief, a loving husband bowed in sorrow and heartbroken, wounded beyond the power of earthly healing. No soothing words can stem the tide of grief which rises in his bosom; his loved one, now cold in death and resting in its fell embrace; that tongue is hushed, the bright spark of the eye is dimmed forever.
MRS. WOLVERTON has suffered for several week and, although the most skilled treatment was administered, she died.
Services by REV. A. J. WORLEY will be held at the family residence on West Main Street at 2:30 this afternoon with interment in the South cemetery.
The Mayor’s Court
His honor has several case before him yesterday. A charge of disturbance was lodged against two of our citizens, each of whom was fined $2.50 and costs.
HENRY WILLIAMS, charged with fighting
BEULAH HILL, prostitution
J. T. BROWN, keeping an immoral house
Long description of a child’s death at Earl: J. H. GREEN, a resident of Earl, gave the details to the newspaper of a four year old son of JAMES PHELPS burning to death in an explosion caused by the child playing with matches around a can of kerosene…
A Fighting Negress
A description of BELLE DOUGLASand another woman were fighting near the ice plant…Night policeman BOB BIGGARS was detailed for arresting them…
September 28, 1898
Truths from Tussy
Tussy, Sept.28--The thermometer registered over 100 degrees in the shade Sunday and Monday.
COPPENBARGER & COULTER ginned 41 bales of cotton last week.
SAM CARSON’Sbrother from Texas is here on a visit.
MR. & MRS. POTTS are visiting friendat Center this week.
Mr. & Mrs. HOBBS were called to Caddo a few days ago on account of illnessin the their daughter’s family.
Mrs. WILL PEARL has arrived from VANZANDT, Texas.
MRS.GASTON is on the sick list.
PASS HODGE is sick.
JESSE TURNER has two very sick children.
CANE MILLER, one of our merchants, is down with congestion.
A public ball and supper will be given at the academy Friday night, Oct. 7.
Echoes from Emet
Emet, Sept. 2700All is quiet in town this week. Many have gone to Tishomingo to register with the Dawes commission.
Gov. D. H. JOHNSTON returned from Tishomingo Saturday and spent Sunday with his family.
PROFESSOR WOMACK is teaching a very interesting session of singing school.
S. C. PAINE contemplates the erection of two college residences at once.
There is not a vacant house in Emet and inquiries for houses to rent are made daily.
J. R. ROPER, FRANK PANGHBURN, and others intend building dwellings at once.
FISHER & CASEY are erecting a new business house.
MR. ROACH, of the firm of RAY & ROACH, has located in our town and is superintending the firm’s fine gin and mill property. They have already ginned a large amount of cotton.
J. T. WHITE has sold out his stock of groceries to JONIGAN & ROACH, who will continue the business. Mr. WHITE will erect a new business house.
THOMAS & WHITLEDGE have recently put in a stock of general merchandise.
Lively completion has begun among our merchants.
MRS. BRIDGEShas suspended the national school for the week in order to attend registration at Tishomingo.
Much interest is manifested in the non-citizen school, and a successful term is earnestly hoped for.
REV. HEIRONIMOUS preaches here tonight.
A telephone lien is being erected between Denison and Tishomingo which will have as intermediate stations Silo, Robber’s Roost, McKinney, and Emet. This places Emet in direct competition with the metropolis, Ardmore.
Healdton, Sept. 24--Fall is here, still summer days hold their own. The weather is fine for cotton picking and all are taking advantage of it. The crop is fast being picked. Our gin has put up 250 bales.
ED CRAFT,a respected citizen, died suddenly here yesterday. He was about 45 years of age.
The infant child of C. GERMANY died last Monday and was buried at Dixie.
MISS IDA MCINTYRE is still quite sick.
BENNIE HEALD is on the sick list this week as is BILL GRAY.
Mr. & Mrs. BEN COLLINSreturned home from Tishomingo.
Dr. BENTLEY is here from Woodford, shaking hands with his many friends.
N. B. GRAY made a trip to Ardmore yesterday and we learn he intends moving here.
School has opened under the care of PROFESSER GIBBS from Mississippi.
Our farmers here are a unit in saying there is no medium that can equal the Ardmoreite on all questions affecting the changing conditions of the country.
Farmer Kicked to Death
Guthrie, Ok., Sept. 26--JOHN KIETHER, age 74, a prominent farmer living south of here, was kicked to death by his horses while putting them in the stable on return form church last night.
Marsden, Sept. 26--The weather is fine and cotton is opening fast, but the crop is much lighter than was expected. It is estimated by several to average one bale to every 3 acres. The light crop and exceeding low price will bring many out in debt this fall., as with 4 cent cotton and corn at 18 and 20 cents, we cannot pay many bills. More attention must be given to raising home supplies. Let cotton alone. Try corn, wheat, and hogs and few other products. This will knock out the mortgage system and leave us with fewer debts to pay.
The Masonic brethren are now occupying their new hall.
Our merchants are receiving heavy shipments of goods, showing they are receiving a liberal patronage at home.
Little FRANKIE BUFORD, who received a broken leg by falling from a wagon, is mending nicely.
DR. MCDONALD and family will leave in a short time for Texas, their future home.
There is but little sickness in our community.
September 29, 1898
Old Settler Passes Away
One by one the old landmarks pass away.
UNCLE HARVEY HOWETH died last night about 7:00 at his home in Northeast Gainesville at the ripe old age of 77 years. His death was directly the result of paralysis.
Uncle Harvey came to Gainesville, or rather to this county, in 1858, just 45 years ago. He watched the growth of the city from its infancy and, until late years, always took a prominent part in anything, looking to the advancement of his chose home.
He leaves a wife, long past her 3 score and ten, and seven children: MRS. JAMES JONES, MRS. CHARLES GILLUM, JOE HOWETH of Wynnewood, JEFF HOWETH of Farmer I. T., HARVEY of near Purcell, I. T. and one son in Missouri.
The funeral will take place today. Published in the Gainesville Hesperian.
Preacher Is Found Guilty
Fort Worth, Sept. 27--REV. G. E. MORRISON, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Panhandle City, who has been on trial at Vernon for a week on the charge of murdering his wife, October 19, 1897, was found guilty and his punishment fixed at death. Morrison administered strychnine to his wife after returning from church. The jury was only out two hours.
Before the death of his wife, Morrison was engaged to wed MISS ANNIE WHITTLESEY of Topeka, Kansas, and when intercepted he was at home. It developed in the trial of the case that Morrison was infatuated with the Topeka young lady and he chose to put his wife out of the way in order that he might marry Miss Whittlesey.
Cornish, Sept. 28--Weather continues fine and the farmers are all busy gathering crops--the cotton crop will soon be gathered as it is not more than half as good as was expected.
S. G. BITTICK and son of Terral were here yesterday looking up a location.
FRANK WARD and family of Duncan were in our city yesterday.
JESSIE WALL of Marlow was visiting friends here yesterday.
DR. TAYLOR and Professor CARTER are busy building an office near Main Street.
L. JACKSON and mother are quite sick this week.
REV. JOHN T. LAUTERDALE of St. Jo, Texas is holding a protracted meeting at this place.
JAMES DUSTONand family are visiting friends here this week.
ISAAC TAYLOR from Newport was visiting his brother, F. M. TAYLOR, of this place this week.