Purdy, Indian Territory
Publisher: T. L. Allsion
A Paper for the People
June 25, 1904
The Children’s Day exercises in Purdy last Sunday were conducted throughout in a manner that reflected credit on all concerned. The largest crowd that has been seen Purdy for some time was assembled at the schoolhouse to witness and hear the program rendered by the children of the Purdy Union Sunday school last Sunday, fully 500 being present. The school assembled first in the grove in the south part of town and marched to the school house, after which the program was rendered.
Prayer by Elder Terrell
Welcome address by Della Roberson
Song by the children
Recitation by Rosie Welch
Song by the children
Recitation by Arthur Graham
Recitation by Beulah Roberson
Recitation by V. Crow
Song by the children
Recitation by Ruth Sullivan
Recitation by Dolia Welch
Song by the children
Recitation by Pearl Welch
Duet by Ruth and Sidney Sullivan
Song by the children
Song by the children
Address by Elder Terrell
Song by the choir
Then the dinner hour was announced and boxes, baskets and buckets were brought out of the wagons and buggies…
Song by choir
Recitation by Deila Robertson
Recitation by Bertha Graham
Recitation by Ollie Mitchell
Recitation by Vea Crow
Song by the children
Address of C. W. Gray of Wallsville
Recitation by Miss Annie Highsmith
Recitation by Miss Eula Henson
Address by Prof. J. M. Stanley
Address by William Harp
At the close of the program, Prof. Woods called the choir together and the large audience was entertained the remainder of the afternoon by the rendering of some excellent vocal music.
Owing to this being the busy season but little time could be given to preparing the program, but as said before, it was rendered in a way to reflect much credit all concerned, and especially those in whose hands the training and drilling of the little ones rested.
This was the twelfth annual children’s day celebration of the Purdy Children Sunday school and my it survive to enjoy many more as pleasant as that of last Sunday.
Several Good Animals Reported Missing this Week
Last week mention was made of an attempt to arrest Sam Carroll, near Erin Springs, on charge of trading horses without consent of the other fellow. It will also be remembered that Carroll outran the officers and got away, but it was supposed he would come back, as he had left his horses and growing crop.
But he didn’t come back. It is learned that when starting to run, he took off his shoes and that he ran through the brush so fast that he tore his trousers into strings. It has also been learned that he stayed all night a farm house near Wallville, at least a 16-year old girl in the family so reported. He was also furnished a pair of shoes and a pair of pants at that place, according to the same story. So far as known that is the last that was seen of Mr. Carroll.
Another odd thing is the fact that during that particular night 10 head of horses and mules belonging to W. A. Burris, broke out of his pasture and took a fool notion to stroll along the lane where the young man lodged. The next morning when these animals were rounded up, one horse and two mules were missing and nothing has been seen or heard of them either, though a careful search was made. Another odd thing is the fact that all the gates on the road leading to Purdy were open… Mr. Burris says he worked hard for his property and would like to get his hands on the man who took them.
Ben Marshall who lives southwest of Lindsay also had postal cards printed the first of the week announcing the loss of two valuable horses. They have been missing some time and a careful search in every direction failed to uncover them. He is now convinced they were stolen. He also offers $50 for the capture of the thief if they were stolen. If not, he will pay liberally for information leading to their recovery.
T. B. Brown , a prominent citizen of Royal, was here Sunday.
Jim Bradley and Mac Graham made a flying trip to Pauls Valley last Friday.
Elder Terrell occupied the pulpit at the school building a few weary hours Sunday night.
Miss Annie Highsmith returned to her home in Marlow Monday after a pleasant visit with friends here.
Mrs. Winnie Meeks, accompanied by her little brother Bennie Harp, left Monday morning on an extended visit in West Texas.
A. B. Hughes, the clever and accommodating postmaster of Royal, was over Sunday greeting friends and attending Children’s Day exercises.
Henry Graham, W. Mitchell, Joe Campbell and the Isonomy Man were looking after business matters and seeing the wonderful sights of Lindsay Monday morning.
Wils Mitchell undertook an irksome of teaching a young calf some valuable lessons at the milk pen a few evenings ago and in his excitement, plunged his right hand a little too hard against the bovine’s jaw which supports the teeth. It is not any too safe to ask Wils why he has so many of his fingers tied up.
Married, Wednesday evening, June 23, 1904 at 8:30 at the Methodist parsonage, Mayor S. H. Penn and Mrs. Anna Shreve, with Rev. J. D. Salter officiating.
The ceremony was witnessed only by the relatives of the contracting parties, after which the happy couple took a moonlight drive about town and out into the country, returning to their new home, already prepared, about midnight.
Mayor Penn has been the chief executive officer of Lindsay ever since the town was organized, having been elected twice, once without opposition and the second time almost unanimously…. The bride is a native of Kentucky, but has lived in Lindsay nearly since the town was started. She is an estimable woman who enjoys the respect of everybody and is a fitting life companion for Lindsay’s respected mayor.
Miss Minnie Rew left Thursday to attend the World’s Fair.
J. R. Johnston has resigned his position with A. J. Davis & Son and is working at his trade as painter and paperhanger.
Miss Essie Gibson, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Thad Clements, will leave for her home at Gainesville Saturday.
Miss Minnie Hayes of Miama, Texas, who is on her way to the World’s Fair, stopped off here Thursday to visit her sister, Mrs. J. A. Lee.
Presiding Elder Lamar of the Methodist church preached Friday night and Sunday night, holding quarterly conference at Alex Sunday.
Tom Cassidy drove out into the country Sunday to inspect the growing crops. He reports corn and cotton looking fine and the mosquitoes are all healthy and active.
“Dad” Marshall is busier than a dog in flea time these days. Besides his regular duties he has to look after the brick work in front of Davis’s new building.
J. G. Wise, who moved into a house on South Grant street a few days ago, has set an excellent example of having the weeds to the center of the stree and alley cut.
T. D. Wagner is keeping in close touch with the progress of events in the Eastern war. He has a complete map of the country over which they are fighting and keeps the battles marked off showing just how the forces are moving.
Rev. G. T. Black of Ardmore, a Christian evangelist, will preach at the M. E. Church Wednesday night, June 29. He will be accompanied by a singing evangelist, Brother Sweetman. Everybody invited. All members of the Christian church are especially invited.
Mr. London of Ardmore is in town this week making improvements on the lots he owns…
Mayor Penn outwitted the boys who intended to treat him to a charivari Wednesday night. After the ceremony, he took his bride for a moonlight drive and did not return until the boys got so sleepy, they gave up and returned home. But he didn’t escape entirely. His daughters, Mrs. Charles and Mrs. Brooks, had visited his new home and piled so much furniture against the front door, the only one for which he hadkey with him, that he had to sweat and grunt quite a time before he could force it open. Then some mischievous person suspended a lot of empty tin cans above the door, using a twine string in such a way that when the couple stepped upon the porch, the cans fell with a great clatter, frightening his honor out of one year’s growth. But he was and down town bright and early the next morning, looking as cute and happy as ever.
J. L. Oliver was convicted at Durant of the murder of Troy McMillan, a Katy brakeman, and given a life sentence. The crime was committed near Caddo on the night of September 24, 1903.
Chester Harmon, 8 years old, whose parents reside near Cashion, fell into the wheat bin in the elevator at Piedmont last week and smothered to death before help arrived.
While attempting to ride the lead horse to a self-binder near Ingalls, Jennie, the 9 year old daughter of Frank Pickereil, was thrown to the ground and both legs were cut off by the sickle.
Drowned in Rock Creek
Sulphur. While swimming in Rock Creek, John Wilson, formerly of Abilene, Kansas, was drowned. There were several persons in the creek with Wilson, and attempts were made to rescue him, but were futile. The body was shipped to Abilene for burial.
Deputy Jim Mays was here from Pauls Valley yesterday.
Meeks Bros. have just completed a 53 foot well for Matt Bell.
A. B. Shelton made a business trip to Marlow Wednesday.
Prof. Stanley is slightly indisposed from a bilious attack.
F. H. Carr and John Taylor made a flying business trip to Lindsay Monday morning.
J. H. Allen has been suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism, but is able to be at his place of business at present.
Mr. & Mrs. Will Davis are rejoicing over the arrival of a fine baby girl at their home. Mother and child doing well.
Dr. Tucker was called to Erin Springs Tuesday night to see Mrs. Hancock, who has been dangerously sick for some time. He reports the lady improving.
Cal Miller and family are preparing for an extensive visit to Texas soon.
William Campbell is figuring on an extended visit to his old home I Texas in a few days.
Jesse Campbell’s new house on Main street is now completed. Messrs. Harp and Graham had the work in charge.
Mr. Burns, the photographer, favors us with two subscriptions, one for himself and one for A. C. Hart of Hillsboro, Texas.
Mr. Shelton made the trip to Marlow and returned without being captured by any widows, but his haggard appearance show that he must have had some close calls.
We learn that extensive preparations are being made for a big picnic at Foster on the 14th of this month.
J. H. Barnett, one of the progressive farmers of this section, was in town Tuesday and had his name enrolled as a regular reader of The Isonomy.
Dr. Tucker orders The Isonomy mailed regularly to W. B. Titus of Indianapolis, Indiana, Fred Walker of Gibson Station, I. T. The Dr. appreciates a good thing.
Mr. Walls is here from Poteau, Choctaw Nation, on a visit to his son-in-law, Andy Allen, south of town, and looking for this country with a view of taking some allotments.
Prof. Vaughn who was formerly principal of the school here but who is now engaged at the real estate business at Maysville was greeting old friends here this week.
C. W. Gray, postmaster of Wallville, was here Sunday and rendered some valuable assistance in the Children’s Day exercises. Mr. Gray formerly resided here and was at one time mayor of Purdy.
T. H. Roberson, Jim Bradley, E. F. Vann, Wes Childers, and others spent Monday on Rush creek seining and report a big catch. In fact, they captured so many of the finny tribe that Jim Bradley has not been able to eat anything since and says he believes he is bilous.
Purdy ahs an interesting character in the person of “Uncle” Andy Mitchell. Nowithstanding, the fact he has been totally blind since his childhood, he has kept well abreast the times and is thoroughly conversant on the history of this country. He is a natural genius and follows watch and clock repairing for a livelihood. He can repair any kind of a time piece and can do it with ease and dispatch. He goes any and everywhere about the town unattended, knows every person for miles around by their voice, and seems to enjoy life as much as anyone who is blessed with sight.
Dominoes are bout to take the place of croquet in Purdy since the weather has become so warm, it is the opinion of several who have been taking some interest in the game that Henry Abel and John Garrison may learn to play a little at the game by the time the summer is gone if they lose no time.
I will begin the summer school at Purdy, I. T., Monday, July 4th and will continue until September 1. Tuition rates will be the same, or nearly so, as they were last term. Very respectfully, J. M. Stanley
The Purdy Gin Company is making elaborate preparations for handling this year’s cotton crop. An entire new outfit, with the exception of the engine and boiler, will be put in. The new machinery is now at Lindsey and will be hauled out this week.
Four 70-saw Murray gin stands will be put in, which will have a capacity of 30 bales per day.
The new foundation is being put under the engine and boiler and everything put in first class working order for a big season’s ginning.
The Kunnel Not Pleased
For years the people of Purdy and surrounding have contributed largely to the support of the Ardmoreite in the way of subscriptions and otherwise. In fact they have been endured the punishment of listening to the school boy statesman speeches off the paunch-bellied, wind-jamming proprietor of that weak policied step child of the Dallas News.
But now that Purdy has a real newspaper, published by a newspaper man who is not in the business for the sole purpose of furthering his political ambitions, the Ardmoreite snubs the people of Purdy by refusing to print a news squib sent to him by its regular correspondent at this place.
This snub was given the Purdy people for two reasons: The first and mainest one was because the editor of The Isonomy dared show Sidney Suggs up in his true light when he insulted the democratic party last winter by asking its endorsement for national committeman and handed him an editorial package through the Cornish Reasoner that shook some of the egotism out of him, and secondly, because Suggs sees the establishment f a paper in Purdy, a falling off of his former patronage, and he has no use for a community where there is neither subscription money nor political support for him.
Oh well, Colonel, we know your weakness, and are willing to pass it up. Come over to our picnic this summer and we will talk the matter over.
The Holland Case
The case of the Town of Purdy against M. L. Holland, charged with obtaining goods from J. Bradley under a false pretense, came up in Mayor Pyburn’s court yesterday morning for a second trial.
J. B. Thompson of Pauls Valley represented the defendant and J. S. Garrison conducted the prosecution.
A jury was impaneled and the witnesses for the prosecution examined. The defense introduced no testimony and after short talks from the lawyers, the case went to the jury.
After being out about two hours, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty, and thus the case that has been the central figure of interest for the past several days was ended, and the marshal no longer has a boarder.