In the fall of 1911 three families cried, "Westward, ho!, and five covered wagons moved slowly through the hills of Marion COunty, Arkansas, forded Water Creek, passed the Five Brothers Mountains, and began a ten-day trek to Mayaes COunty, Oklahoma.The families of J. W. Herrington, his brother-in-law Quincy Adams, and their niece and husband, Mary and Virgil Rice, responded to the beckoning promises of a new state.The first night out of Marion County the train camped on the outskirts of Harrison, Arkansas.At daybreak Crooked Creek was flooding from a rainstorm during the night.The journey westward had to wait while the waters subsided before the wagons,18 horses and mules, two fox hounds, and the Hrrrington's dog, Old Shep, could cross..One of the other well-remembered camps along the way was at Rattlesnake Springs in eastern Oklahoma.
At the end of the journey, the train camped on the east bank of Grand River across from Bryan's Chapel in Mayes County.As the families made camp for the last night, they were hailed by Dr. Jimmie Adams, brother of Mrs. Herrington and Mr. Adams.He had crossed the Grand to welcom them to their new home.Dr. Adams and his family had come out a year or so earlier, as had another brother, Perry.Dr. Adams practiced medicine in Chapel and Perry taught in area schools.
Morning found the three families separating to begin the task of establishing new homes.The J. W. Herringtons crossed the Grand and lived in a tent on the outskierts of Chapel until they could move onto a farm nearby.The Quincy Adams family also settled at Chapel.The Rices joined her parents, the Tom Youngers, in Riley's Bottom.
J. W. and Louisa Herrington's three children enjoyed young adulthood in Mayes COunty.Dan Herrington was superintended of the Salina schools in 1915 and 1916.There he met and married the primary teacher, Mary Palmer, a Kansas sunflower transplanted in the Sooner State.Miss Palmer was the Salina school's delegate to the Muskogee Bureau of Indian Affairs and secured the first Indian monies for Salina Public Schools.Through the years that followed Dan and Mary Herrington taught in other Oklahoma schools.Later they were in the mercantile business in Locust Grove and now enjoy their retirement in Tahlequah.Dolph Herrington became a doctor and practiced medicine for most of his life in Pryor.His widow, the former Sybil Schuler, still live in Pryor. Tulia Herrington now lives in Texas.
Quincy and Minnie Swafford Adams lived all their lives in Bryan's Chapel.Their children are Mae, widow of Sam Gwartney, still living in Chapel; Clara Stevens of Tulsa; Roy Adams and his wife, the former VIola Keirh, now retired from teaching in Indian Service and living in Pryor, Mida, also a teacher, deceased; Whalen (Pete) and his wife the former Jo Bogle, retired as Oklahoma teachers and living in Pryor; Audrey and husband Milo Stamps living in Borger, Texas; and Jim Russell and his wife, the former Vivian Coleman, living in Little ROck, Arkansas.
Perry and Maudie Stone Adams lived and died in Mayes County.Their daughters Dorothy (Mrs. Pete) Garner and Marie (Mrs. Calvin) Smith still reside in Pryor.Their son Homer is deceased as is a daughter, Jessie.
After J. W. Herrington moved his family to Mayes County, two brothers and a sister and their families came to join him.Henry and Nellie Branch Herrington lived at Chapel and Salina.Several of their grandchilcren and great hgrandchildren still live in Mayes County.Jim and Roxie Adams Herrington lived at Chapel, Salina, and near Locust Grove.Their only living son, Loy, and his wife the former Mollie Osage, reside in Pryor.Bashaba Herrington and her husband Green Adams lived in Chapel for a time, but later moved to Miami.
Dr. Jimmie and Ruie Matlock Adams moved to Hobart.Their children are Dr. Sylba Adams and Helen Swoboda.Sons Dick and Idus are deceased.
The older Herringtons and Adams, farmers, business men and women, and members of the professions, contributed to the growth of a new state in a pioneer era through their willingness to labor for the good of family and community.Perhaps the warmest commndations paid was that their word was their bond.The greatest compliment their descendants can pay them is to choose to follow this creed.
This was found in THE MAYES COUNTY HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHT, A FAMILY HISTORY OF RESIDENTS FORM THIS AREA. Pryor Public Library.