The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory. (Tulsa Co, OK)
Vol 4 No 12
July 12, 1906 (Part 10)
Abstracted / Transcribed byLinda Haas Davenport
This issue is a special promotional issue, promoting the town of Broken Arrow. The photos are very dark. I don't know it if is possible to clean them up enough to post them in the Photo Gallery.
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WARNER POWELL FRAKER.Amid the rough and rugged mountain scenery for which eastern Tennessee is so widely famous and in a cosy little farm house nestled snugly under the mountain side, about 45 years ago a healthy boy was born into this world of "sin, sorrow and put due bills." Doubtless the importance which attaches to the naming of the baby in each and every home throughout the entire civilized world was one of the momentous questions of that happy little Tennessee home until it was finally decided that the baby should be named "Warner Powell Fraker," and during the almost half a century which has elapsed since then the little fellow has grown through the successive stages of boyhood life and in each stage has manfully performed well his part.
Given birth there, and surrounded during the years of his early manhood by the rocks and cliffs and forests, and the gurgling ripple of the crystal waters, flowing unceasingly on toward the mighty Atlantic, Mr. Fraker drank deep of the picturesque and rugged scenery, and the rough exterior which is all the passing stranger notes, hides well from the glance of the casual acquaintance a heart and soul filled as full of deep-seated human sympathy as ever were given to mortal man.
After assisting with the work on the old home farm until he reached the age of twenty he decided to seek a field in which he thought greater possibilities were afforded the strong and willing worker into which he had developed. Accordingly he turned his face toward the setting sun, nor did he pause until be reached the little village of Kellogg, Ia., where he secured employment as a farm hand, at which vocation he continued until the first quarter of a century had passed in his life.
At the age of 25 he began farming for himself and continued at that business fourteen years adding to the business of farming, that of stock raising, and was deservedly successful throughout, and accumulated a neat little competency for his pains.
In the spring of 1899 he disposed of his farming interests and once again
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turned his face toward the west and toward a new country. Locating at the Rock Island and near the boundary line which divides Indian Territory from Oklahoma, he engaged in the mercantile business, which he conducted until the spring of 1903, when be again disposed of his holdings and
<Photo: W P Franker>
this time moved eastward, landing in Tulsa in March of that year, and in July of the same year he again changed locations, moving then to Broken Arrow, where he purchased stock in the First State Bank and immediately entered upon the duties of cashier of this well-known and substantial institution to which position he was elected by the board of directors.
During the brief period of time elapsing since then he has continued in this responsible position, and, largely through his tireless energy, and the judicious executive ability which he brought the institution, the capital stock has been more than doubled, has all been fully paid, and is at a remarkably strong premium at this time, and the old one thousand dollar building in which the bank was first established has given place to a modern two story brick which, with the latest fixtures obtainable represents a value of $11,000.
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BRUMBAUGH & WAHL. Real Estate - City and Country.It is to the real estate men to which the balance of the community must necessarily largely look in regard to the initial steps of the further and completer development of this new country, by catching the attention and holding the interest of those desirable people in the states who are looking out for homes and farms in the southwest. The town of Broken Arrow has been singularly fortunate in having as its pioneer real estate concern the firm of Gaibreath & Brumbaugh - the senior member of which has just retired to other fields of activity. Succeeding to the large operations of this business is the firm of Brumbaugh & Wahl. Mr. W. T. Brumbaugh came here from Portsmouth, 0., early in 1904. A live, skilful and experienced business man, Mr. Brumbaugh saw at once, with sagacious discernment and with a judgment almost prophetic, that this town and section must necessarily, owing to its superb environments, quickly, rapidly assume a phase of development which less favored spots could not enjoy. With indefatigable energy and good judgment, Mr. Brumbaugh devoted himself at first to the work of familiarizing himself with conditions here-studying the questions of title to land, qualities of soil, products, methods of sale and then getting acquainted with the people who owned the lands, both in town and country, and then closely studying the features, locations and qualities of the lands by a careful personal inspection.
The writer does not hazard anything in saying that Mr. Brumbaugh, haying availed himself of the benefits of the long and varied experience of his former partner, Mr. Galbreath, who preceded him here several years, and having so fully posted himself in all that pertains to real estate here of all kinds-that owing to these facts there is not a man in this section of the Creek country who is in better position than Mr. Brumbaugh is to aid an intending purchaser in finding just what he wants, finding it quickly, and in securing for him good, safe title to the same.
Mr. G. H. Wahl, the junior member of this concern, came to the southwest some ten years ago from Illinois. In Oklahoma city Mr. Wahl had nine years of successful experience in the real estate business, coming to Broken Arrow in December, 1904. Having just formed the co-partnership with Mr. Brumbaugh, they are sure to take rank as one of the leading real estate agencies in this southwest country.
Both of these gentlemen, standing well in the ccommunity, honorable and high-minded, a homeseeker will find it pleasing to do business with Brumbaugh & Wahl.
Any correspondence making inquiries about real estate of any kind will be cheerfully and promptly answered by these wide-awake and reliable real estate dealers. Their offices are located in the building of the Arkansas Valley National Bank.
ROSS RAMSBURG. Herewith we take special pride in presenting to our readers a "likeness" of one of our bright, and energetic young men. Ross Ramsburg has spent most of the time during the past two years in Broken Arrow. He was born at Altamont, Kan., and has done tonsorial work at Sulphur, I. T., and in Broken Arrow. About six months since he formed a partnership with J, P. Walts in the ownership and management of the Broken Arrow Shaving Parlor and this useful business establishment has steadily grown in popularity under their excellent management. Rosa Ramsburg is one of the most model young men in the city and is popular and highly respected in all circles.
<Photo Ross Ramsburg>
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