Purdy, Indian Territory
Publisher: T. L. Allsion
A Paper for the People
June 18, 1904
I have no apologies to offer for beginning the publication of “The Isonomy” further than the fact that I was in search of a suitable place to engage in the newspaper business and Purdy impressed as being the place, and the businessmen and citizens of the town assured me of their hearty co-operation and support if I would venture the enterprise.
I am not launching my little barque on the great journalistic sea to sink or swim, survive or perish, we are here to stay. I set sail like that at Duncan a few months ago and the first big wave I encountered on that giant ocean…
Purdy is a thriving little town, situated in one of the richest farming belts in the Chickasaw Nation ten miles south of Lindsey and thirty miles west of Pauls Valley. It is backed up by the rich valleys of Rush Creek o the south while on the north, east and west is large bodies of fine grass land, dotted here and there with small but fertile creek bottom farms. The present population of Purdy is about 500, a large percent of which have taken up their abode there within the past two years.
The place as formerly known as Rush Creek Mills, and the first store as near as we can learn, was established about twenty years ago, by Mr. Cochran. The name was changed to Purdy in 1893, after R. S. Purdy, who was the town’s first postmaster and who now resides in Oklahoma.
The town was incorporated March 4, 1899 and William Harp was the first mayor. The incorporation covers the whole of Sec. 23, T. 4 N R. W. containing 640 acres.
There are three church organizations here: Methodist Protestant, M. E. Church South, and a Missionary Baptist. There is also a union Sunday school having a large enrollment and a good average attendance.
Purdy has a moderately good school building and supports a ten months school each year. Prof. J. M. Stanley from the Free State of Van Zandt had charge of the session recently closed and gave such perfect satisfaction that he has been enjoyed for another term.
There are in Purdy at present: six general stores, three drug stores, two blacksmith shops, two mills, tow cotton gins, one practicing physician, one hotel and a cold drink stand.
The present officers of Purdy are Mayor: J. W. Pyburn; Recorder: W. J. Mitchell; City Attorney: William Harp; Marshal: Mac Graham; Street Commissioner: James McCabe; Aldermen: W. J. Campbell, J. T. Welch, E. F. Van, V. Smith, A. H. Mitchell.
He Can Run Some
Sam Carroll, who farms on Hazel’s land across the river, gave the officers a chase Wednesday that started the sweat on them. It seems that he traded horses at Erin Springs a few days ago without asking the other fellow about it. When a kick was made, he traded back, but that didn’t satisfy the grand jury. Wednesday deputy marshal Black went to Lindsay and in company of the town marshal, drove over to get Carroll. They got to see him at a distance of about 400 yards, but that is as close as they got. They sent a few bullets… Jim Lindsay says it was the finest piece of foot work that he ever saw. They followed the fellow a mile and half and he was gaining speed every step.
Carroll is the same young man who was arrested and fined at Lindsay last winter for carrying a revolver. As he has a growing crop, it is not probable he ran far.
Mr. Eagan’s brother and wife of Guthrie are visiting this week.
Miss Willie Piper visited the Misses McGaughey from Friday till Monday.
Mrs. Charles Cutler who has been quite sick was reported better Tuesday.
Mr. Graves has bought Charles Cbtler”s (Cutler?) crop and assumes ownership of all the grass therein.
Last week we had plenty of rain which puts the farmers a little behind with their work.
Grandma Hancock, who has been quite sick for the past two weeks, was some better Wednesday.
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ward are the proud parents of a fine boy which arrived last Friday night.
Mr. & Mrs. Frank See, Dr. & Mrs. DeSpain and Uncle Tom Ford attended the Children’s Day celebrations at Bailey Sunday and report a good time, especially a good dinner.
Last Thursday night a week ago, C. Queen and Miss Bonnie Deshzo were married at the parsonage by Rev. Hancock. They started in life together quite young, but we all join in and wish them a long and happy life. They have started to housekeeping and on Saturday night after they were married, the yong people thought they would treat them right and give them some music on tin pans, old buckets and bells, but the young couple heard of their intention and gave the dodge by hiding in the harness shed of Mr. Hill. After they had ceased with the racket and could not find and finally found them and took the groom down and made him treat them to candy.
F. J. Chambers went to Chickasha Monday to see the sights.
Mrs. S. D. Everett and two children have gone to Kentucky to spend the summer.
Williamsons are putting up a substantial, iron covered awning along the wide front of their big store.
Mr. & Mrs. Clint Eagan of Guthrie are visiting with Mr. Eagan’s brother, W. C. Eagan at Erin Springs.
Mrs. Claude FeForce (DeForce?) was seriously ill part of last week from a violent attack of congestion of the stomach, but has not practically recovered.
Dr. Bowling, the dentist, began his out of town practice with a day at Purdy last Monday and is well pleased with the prospects. He will be at Maysville next Monday.
Mr. & Mrs. C. T. Dycus are rejoicing over the arrival of a beautiful daughter who came to gladden their home Friday night of last week. Charley ahs been smiling about like a coon in a cornfield ever since.
Miss Georgia Wilson and Dan Warwick took the Wednesday morning train to Chickasha returning Thursday morning as man and wife. They go to housekeeping at once in a home already prepared. The bride is the daughter of J. A. Wilson and is one of Lindsay’s most estimable young women. The groom is a member of the firm of Warwick & Swartz and has charge of the business here. He is a hustler and has a good business established. The News wished them success of the best brand.
C. F. Dayton and family spent last Sunday with relatives at Purcell.
F. E. Rice was in Pauls Valley the first of the week on legal business.
H. C. Power who is attending business college at Chickasha spent Sunday with his friends here.
Mrs. E. N. Payne and daughter of Purcell are visiting Mrs. Payne’s sister, Mr. C. F. Dayton.
Mr. & Mrs. A. W. Bell and their two children returned from the World’s Fair a few days ago.
C. E. Castello, Mr. & Mrs. J. Lee Smith, and J. L. McGaughey (McCaughey?) left for Tishomingo to look after their allotments.
J. A. Davis visited in Gainesville over Sunday returning Monday afternoon. Mrs. Davis who has been visiting there several days will be home the last of the week.
Henry Green went to Pauls Valley Monday. He was all dressed up and looked mysterious but wouldn’t say a word.It is reported that he intends to try to get a license to preach.
Mayor Penn must be thinking of starting a new hotel. He is said to have purchased about enough furniture the past week to furnish the “Inside Inn” at the World’s Fair.
Ed Sheegog has a mile walk each morning now. He goes out to the pasture every day to move his pony. When the animals eats all the grass in reach, it has to be moved to another spot.
C. A. Goode was in Tishomingo from Monday till Wednesday and completed the filing on land for his family. He reports the land office full of business and that the grafters are doing a nice business.
Dr. Wilson reports the birth of a new son to Mr. & Mrs. Frank Ward of Erin Springs last Friday night. The youngster was almost big enough to chop cotton at the start as he weighed 12 ½ pounds,not guess work, but tested by the scales.
J. W. Griminger of Elwood, Nebraska is in town this week. He is here with a view to locating if pleased with the situation. He has looked over the town and surrounding country and likes it. It is probable he will stay with us. Mr. Griminger is such a man as this new country needs.
The recent heavy rains have been tough on prairie dogs. Hundreds of them have been driven from their dens or drowned. It has also proved hard on young wolves. Many have been driven from their dens and have become easy victims. W. J. Brumley killed 8 and W. T. Coffelt killed 10 last week. Many others are said to have been slain.
A large number of Odd Fellows from this place drove to Ireton last Saturday to attend the funeral of Dr. Steelman, who died at his home of Laflin Creek the day before from kidney trouble. He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge at Ireton and of the Baptist Missionary Church. He leaves a widow and several children, some of them small. Dr. Steelman was 54 years old and was such a citizen as the community can ill afford to lose.
Tom Cassidy who talked so much about his hopes during the leap year was only bluffing. He has been known to decline two offers of marriage recently. This week a handsome girl proposed to him in the presence of several witnesses. Tom only blushed, but he declined to name the day. “Dad” Marshall who made the same kind of talk, dares them to try him, but they pass him by. He stands back with his mouth watering while the fair creatures buzz around Tom.
We Hear It Whispered
That crops are going to be good in this section.
That there will be lots of goods sold in Purdy this fall.
That the croquet game is a very interesting cuss.
That Shorty is a very impudent chap.
That there are other young men who would like to follow the example set by Mr. Conger if they had a chance.
That some boys in Purdy don’t act just as they should when at public gatherings.
That a certain young man in Purdy is in very great danger.
That Purdy has a baseball team ready to go against the best of ‘em.
That some of the women appreciate the hot sun because it will break up the croquet game.
That the Children’s Day exercises in Purdy will be a success.
That Purdy’s population will double in the next twelve months.
Waples-Painter Co. for lumber, barb wire, and rubber paint
The Lindsay Baker for fresh bread, pies and cakes, cold drinks of all kinds with Tom Cassidy as prop. At the post office building.
J. W. Tucker, physician and surgeon at Purdy
J. W. Childer’s barber shop
Everything in the blacksmith and woodwork done in first-class order and at reasonable rates at Van & Graham.
H. R. Able, blacksmith, carriage and wagon shop. Satisfaction guaranteed. Horseshoeing a specialty.
Pioneer Drug Store wit J. S. Garrison, prop. at Purdy. Our motto: Fair treatment to all.
T. H. Roberson will sell your dry goods and groceries.
Cold Drinks, confectionaries, and canned goods at Shorty Campbell’s in Purdy.
The City Drug Store is the place to get pure drugs, patent medicines, toilet articles, perfumery, etc. at the lowest prices for cash. J. A. Allen, prop. in Purdy.
A. B. Shelton & Son. Dealer in dry goods and groceries, business in the same house of Everybody’s Drug Store. Terms strictly cash.
Mr. May, proprietor of the Diamond Drug Store at Lindsay, and Mr. Bush representing the American Book Company were Purdy visitors last Saturday. Mr. Bush contracted with the school board to furnish us with school books for another three years.
Purdy has always been noted for her hospitality and the successful manner in which she handles public gatherings. There is now a movement on foot to have an old settlers’ reunion and barbeque on July 22-23. It is needless to say it will be a grand success.
Mr. VanDoff, residing three miles south of town, is having a tough time of it. Scarely was he up from his lingering spell of inflammatory rheumatism than he must suffer the torture of an abscess on his knee.
Next Sunday will be observed as Children’s Day in Purdy. An elaborate program for an all day’s exercise is being arranged with dinner on the ground. Mr. Harp will superintend the children in the exercises while Prof. Woods will conduct the singing. A cordial invitation is extended to all.
On last Saturday night, Mrs. Taylor passed out of existence and her spirit was wafted back to the God who gave it. The remains were interred at Whitebead Sunday. The sorrowing husband and family have the profound sympathy of the entire community.
Mr. Pyburn, who was appointed mayor to fill out the unexpired term of J. L. Tryner resigned, is executing the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all. Mayor Pyburn is being commended for his fair and impartial rulings under all circumstances. We need just such a man, one who will execute the law without fear or favor.
Still the mill of justice grinds, M. L. Holland was arrested and arraigned before the mayor’s court Wednesday on a charge of obtained goods from J. Bradley under a false pretense. Attorney J. S. Garrison was appointed by the court to prosecute the case and Lark Sadler represented the defendant. After a stormy contest, the defendant was bound over to await the action of the grand jury. The bond was placed at $250.00.
Mayor Pyburn’s baby was quite sick the first of the week.
H. C. Hovis was reported on the sick list Monday morning.
J. J. Van has gone to Oklahoma for his health.
J. S. Garrison and family spent last Sunday with country friends.
A child of Mr. Hardin, 2 ½ miles north of town, is reported very sick.
City Attorney Harp and Marshal Graham made a business trip to Lindsay Monday.
Our streets are in bad condition. Some places are almost impassable.
Miss Highsmith of Marlow is visiting friends and relatives here this week.
Jesse Campbell began the erection of a new house on Main Street Wednesday.
W. J. Mitchell and family were shopping in Lindsay Wednesday.
Cal Mill and family returned home last week from an extended visit in Comanche country, Oklahoma.
Rev. Laney, pastor of the M. E. Church South at this place, preached to a large audience last Sunday night.
The South Methodist congregation at this place have decided to begin their protracted meeting the second Sunday in August.
Henry Graham has ordered a horse power saw and is going to engage extensively in the wood business.
John Mitchell and son Joe, accompanied by Mayor Pyburn, made a flying business trip to Pauls Valley Monday.
The little boy of Mr. Cummins, who has been confined with an abscess on his leg, is reported improving.
On last Sunday afternoon, Elder H. C. Hovis pronounced the solemn words that bound together in the holy bonds of wedlock Amos Conger and Miss Lula Betts. We join with their many friends in extending congratulations to the happy young couple.
Elder Cherry, a Missionary Baptist minister who is presently holding the responsible position of conductor on the Purdy & Marlow fast express, preached an able sermon to an appreciative audience last Sunday morning.
Dr. Bowling, the affable young dentist of Lindsay, was in Purdy Monday, fortifying our citizens against all manner of stomach troubles and indigestion by filling their teeth and recommending a perfect diet.
Mac Graham is figuring on putting a daily hack line between Purdy and Lindsay. We sincerely hope he will meet with sufficient encouragement to induce him to undertake the enterprise, for it is badly needed.
****************Shot Through the Foot
Monroe, the 14 year old son of Jim Goode, who lives about four miles northeast of Lindsay, accidentally shot himself through the foot with a 22-calibre rifle last Saturday morning. The boy saw a crow on the fence near the house and decided to take a shot at it. He put a cartridge in his gun as he walked along and in some way it discharged. The ball passed through the boy’s pants at the knee, then entered his foot at the high part of the instep… Lindsay News