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The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory. (Tulsa Co, OK)
Vol 4 No 12
July 12, 1906 (Part 2)
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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WERE YOU EVER AT WEER?There are perhaps many people in Broken Arrow who are not aware of the fact that six miles to the southeast of us is one of the quaintest old villages in the territory, if not in the whole southwest. For more than a half century the old village of Weer has been the trading point of the Creek Indians and a few white settlers who might wander in and secure a lease on a piece of rich land from his Red brother. The village though once prosperous is now rapidly going the way of all towns whose lot is so unfortunate as to fall a few miles to the right or left of the railroad. It was laid out in the midst of a forest of giant oaks whose grandeur has never yet been marred by the woodman's ax. Even in the streets, travelers must yield to the first occupants - the massive oaks. This village though containing perhaps a hundred people has become a one man town.
J H Weer, the big farmer and merchant is the town and the town is his. He farms several thousand acres surrounding the town and a majority of the inhabitants are his tenants.
R Weer, though a white man, was adopted by the Creek tribe of Indians when a child and though now a man more than fifty years of age, he is still a great favorite among them, speaking their language and having been several times elected to the house of warriors and once to the house of Kings, the highest tribute ever paid to a white man by the Indians.
But to return to the village and the question: have you ever been to Weer? If not, go. The quaint surroundings will do you good. You will feel that you are 10,000 miles from the hum-drum and cares of a busy world. We were there. We are going back for we believe we could find old Rip Van Winkle some where near by, in fact: we believe we got a glimpse of his dog, Snider, while we were there.
A TENT VILLAGE. Perhaps many of our people are not aware of the fact that two miles to the east of Broken Arrow at the coal mines is a tent village of several hundred people, but such is a fact. Looking down into the broad Adams Creek valley one would think he was approaching an army in camp, but upon investigation he finds the white village occupied by peaceful families who make their living by working at the mines. The village is located in a broad meadow along the banks of Adams Creek, where shade and water are abundant. Off to one side is the large Supply store, a post office, blacksmith shop and several residences where the managers of the mines reside. It is indeed a growing mining camp.
STRAY NOTICE - A light bay pony, blaize face, with white hind feed; 14 hands high; weighs about 750; no brands. Also one bright red heifer 2 years old are in my pasture just east of Broken Arrow. Owner can have same by proving property and paying all charges. J B Morrow
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July 2 - Mayor, Recorder and all the Councilmen except Sprague, present.
Petition of property owners on Commercial avenue and Broadway to grade those streets to 40 feet for diving purposes, leaving 20 feet on either side for park purposes. Granted.
Financial statement for first quarter read, approved and ordered published.
Bills were allowed as follows:
Mayor Taylor, salary for three months - 50.00
Recorder Jackson, salary and fees for three months - 17.50
Councilmen Williams, Ash, Walton, Grube and Sprague, salaries for first quarter 9.00 each - 45.00
Atty Stevenson, salary for June - 5.00
Ordinance placing license of $30 per quarter on skating rinks passed.
July 7 - The Mayor, Recorder and all members of the council present except Grube.
The Mayor and Mr Sprague were instructed to purchase a fire bell.
Sidewalk ordinance referred to ordinance committee. The Gas franchise of C S Crane deferred indefinitely.
Wills were allowed as follows:
M B Sanders, Street com 72 brs at 25 cents an hour - 18.00
G B Thomas, drayage - 2.45
City Atty Steverson, fee in HO&G Co vs city - 30.00
BUYS FINE FARM E P Hinton this week sold to Irving Stacy who recently came here from Kentucky, a fine farm lying on the creek two miles west of town. Mr Stacy will begin the erection of a new house at once and expects to bring his family here. The price paid was 32.50 per acre.
A BATTLESHIP One of the most novel displays were seen in this city is on exhibition in one of the large windows of the Barth Mercantile company. It is a true miniature production of an American battle ship, made entirely of steele saws, steele and copper wires and numerous metals all kept in stock by this enterprising firm. We would like to describe if fully but do not know how as the mechanism is to complete for our crude mind along the line of invention, but the plans were all studied out and executed by Mr Hart and his enterprising clerks.
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