The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory. (Tulsa Co, OK)
Vol 4 No 12
July 12, 1906 (Part 14)
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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SLAWSON BROTHERS.This is a new firm, having located in Broken Arrow in December, 1905, and engaged in the handling of carpets, curtains and novelty goods, making a specialty of music and musical instruments, and carrying a complete line of 10-cent novelty goods for children. This firm is composed of C. A. and G. L. Slawson and will be under the immediate supervision of R. G. Waithal. It is the intention of the firm to carry not only a complete line of musical Instruments, but also of vocal and instrumental music and, as Broken Arrow already has much more musical talent than Is ordinarily found in a new town, the efforts of this new firm will doubtless be generously rewarded with patronage.
COTTON GINS. For the instruction of those of our readers who may never have been in a cotton producing section of country we will state that a cotton gin bears the same relation to a cotton producing country that an elevator does to a corn or wheat country. The cotton, when picked from the stalk, contains both seed and fiber, and in this condition is brought to the gin and sold. The cotton passes through the gin somewhat similar to the manner of ear corn through a sheller. It passes through the gin stand in which are numerous circular saws, which saw
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the fiber away from the seed and then the fiber is carried to the baling press, where it is baled and ready for market. Broken Arrow is especially fortunate regarding cotton gins, as it has two. One is known as the round bale system and the other the square bale system. With her two gins Broken Arrow has just closed a cotton marketing season in which the price of seed cotton has been better here than at any other town in this section of country and this has been an excellent thing for the cotton planter, although we are informed that it was a rather disastrous thing for the gins.
PAINT HOUSE. While several houses in the town carry more or less paint in stock there is but one exclusive paint and wall paper house. This is operated by John Shrader and S. M. Thompson, under the firm name of Shrader & Thompson. These gentlemen make a specialty of not only selling these goods, but also of putting them where they will do the most good and appear the most artistic. They are experienced specialists in painting, paper hanging and decorating.
FEED STORE. 0. P. Marshall is a red-headed specimen who came from Tulsa to Broken Arrow and engaged in the flour, feed and seed business. He is one of the most pleasant fellows you ever met, and his winning smiles and winning ways are winning patrons rapidly for his store. He carries a large. stock of flour, grain, hay and seeds of all kinds and is doing a very creditable and satisfactory business.
GROCERIES. In addition to the stocks of groceries of which special mention is made elsewhere in these columns, it is well to make note of a few others. A. N. Smith conducts a neat little stock of groceries on North Main street. Berning & Hartman have a choice stock of groceries in connection with Marshall's feed store. J. S. Mann operates a rather extensive stock of groceries in his store.
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LUMBER YARDS.Early In the spring of 1903, while the town was still nothing mote than a mere hamlet, S. F. Donaldson and E. Deeds purchased a quarter of a block of land on West Commercial avenue and established thereon a lumber yard, offices, sheds and such other buildings and equipments as are needful to make a complete lumber yard. The style of the. firm is the Donaldson-Deeds Lumber Company, and from the beginning it has been under the efficient management of Mr. Deeds. From this yard much of the material has been purchased which has been used in the construction of various business and residence houses of the town. This company also has yards at Coweta. Haskell and Alsuma, but the headquarters and principal offices are in Broken Arrow.
The Forest Lumber Company, so widely and favorably known throughout this Southwestern country, was quick to discern the fact that Broken Arrow would be am excellent place for a branch of their business and they purchased a quarter of a block on West Commercial avenue, where they have constructed extensive offices, sheds and other buildings, and where they constantly maintain a complete line of builders' material. The principal offices are in Kansas City and their local office is under the management of Ed Dalton, who was one of the early settlers in the town.
The Burgner-Bowman Lumber Company, with principal offices at Kansas City, has a branch office and yard in Broken Arrow on the south side of the railroad. It is under the management of G. E. Cullen, who is at all times prepared to make estimates on bills or buildings and to transact a general lumber business.
FEED YARDS. Rogers & Johnson are proprietors of the 0. K. feed yard, which is very centrally located and a very accommodating place for travelers, having not only plenty of room for the shelter and care of stock, but a good camp house for patrons to occupy while they stay.
W. W. Gipson is proprietor of the pioneer feed yard of the city. Mr. Gipson is, in fact, a pioneer of the city, as he was here in its very infancy and freighted between Broken Arrow and Catoosa long before the railroad reached here. Mr. Gipson has his yard well equipped with camp house and other conveniences.
LIVERY BARNS. Brader & Son operate a large and popular livery and feed stable on East Commercial avenue and enjoy a splendid business. While they have as many friends as they have acquaintances, they have no "pets" and each patron is treated with the uniform courtesy extended to every other one.
O. J. Harsen & Sons occupy a quarter of a block with their commodious livery, feed and sale stables one block from the depot. They are among the pioneer business firms of the town and enjoy a very satisfactory patronage in both the livery and feed business.
Morris & McAnally are young men who recently engaged in the livery business of the town, but occupy the pioneer livery barn of the place. These two young Tennesseeans are courteous and enterprising and wide awake to the best interests of their patrons as well as their barn and themselves.
PAGE & MARKHAM. Among the many business firms in Broken Arrow perhaps not one pays out more money with less flourish of trumpets than the firm of Page & Markham. This firm is composed of J. J. Page and W. A. Markham and for many years they were prominent wholesale and retail horse and mule buyers of Dyer, Tenn., from where they came to Broken Arrow in 1904 and opened up in their large barn near the depot. They handle horses and mules, but make a specialty of the latter, purchasing for shipment to Tennessee and Mississippi, where they find a ready sale to the cotton planters of those states. Although they buy and sell at all seasons of the year they do their heaviest business during the fall and winter seasons, and already this fall they have bandied a number of carloads. While they do a wholesale and retail business, they prefer to sell at wholesale at their barns in this city, and always have bargains for buyers.
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A. F. ROSELLE & Co.This is a jewelry establishment and is located in the Owl Drug Store, It was the first permanent jewelry store established in the city and has enjoyed a very profitable and satisfactory business from the very beginning. Though a rather young man in years, Mr. Roselle is an experienced jeweler and repairer and warrants his work.
REYONLDS' SHOE SHOP. While the ministers are engaged in saving the spiritual souls of the people of the town, J. M. Reynolds, the pioneer shoemaker, is pegging away on the shoe soles and is doing a very praiseworthy service, too. Mr. Reynolds is kept very busy all the time and is as faithful as the return of dawn.
WAHL FURNITURE CO. G. H. Wahl is the proprietor of this busy establishment and within its portals may be found a very compact and complete stock of new and secondhand furniture, together with all accessories to an establishment of this kind.
BRICK PLANT. Most of the brick used in the construction of the numerous handsome brick buildings in Broken Arrow was manufactured at the Broken Arrow brick plant. This very desirable manufacturing establishment is located just west of the city and is under the efficient management of W. R. Sullivan, who has operated it ever since its foundation. An excellent quality of brick is the product of this plant and it has been kept quite busy most of the time since it was first started in order to supply the demands of the building industry.
DRAY AND TRANSFER. Owing to the rapidity of the growth of the town, and the consequent growth of shipments of goods, the dray business has been good almost from the very first, and especially since the trains began bringing in goods. At this time Rogers & Johnson operate three or four drays, Wm. Jaynes one and Mr. Thomas one, and they are each and all careful and courteous workmen.
WALT WIGHTMAN VANDIVER. Herewith is presented to our readers a half-tone representing Major Vandiver, who was largely instrumental in the preparation of this special edition of the Ledger. Major Vandiver is a typical Southern gentleman. He is a man of much ability, observation and experience, and in his travels over the uneven highway of life has learned much which would have escaped the attention of the person with less
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observation and inquisitiveness, all of which has proven valuable, indeed, many times. Major Vandiver is a specialist in the line of special editions, together with his many other attainments, and has done much of this class of work throughout Indian Territory of recent years. His home is at Coweta, Ind. Ter.
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