The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory. (Tulsa Co, OK)
Vol 4 No 12
July 12, 1906 (Part 7)
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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OXFORD CAFE.This popular and commodious eating house has been in operation but a few months, but during that time has enjoyed a very liberal patronage, which is due partly to the personal popularity of its proprietors and partly to the excellence of the meals and service given to the patronage.
Ben Banks, John Baker and Denford Brumbaugh are the proprietors, and three of as model young men as could well be found at any place. The firm name is Banks, Baker & Brumbaugh. They take pride in their work and are uniformly courteous and pleasant with each and all.
At the Oxford, meals and short orders are served at all seasonable hours and in addition to this feature, they also carry a complete line of confections and all other things ordinarily found in a first-class cafe.
CAPLINGER'S CAFE. This popular establishment has recently been purchased by Frank Caplinger, an experienced restauranteur, who has but very recently located here, coming from Judson, Ind. At this cafe meals, short orders, soups and chile are served as ordered.
D. ABBOTT & CO. Furniture, Hardware, Queensware and Undertaking. One of the prime necessities in a new country is the house that supplies the builders hardware to go into the construction of the new home and then the furniture and utensils to make it comfortable and fashion it into a resemblance of the home that was back yonder.
One of the oldest and most popular and substantial houses of this sort to be found in Broken Arrow is that of D. Abbott & Co., located on Main street near the Kentucky Colonel Hotel.
Mr. D. Abbott is a young man of fine business abilities who came here from Grundy county, Ill., in 1903, and immediately identified himself with the town and its every interest, and has made many friends in his new home. He resides in the northern part of the city and is looked upon as one of the substantial, earnest businessmen of the place.
Mr. Thomas Blair, of this firm, is also originally from Grundy county, Ill., and has spent a number of years in the southwest. A man of affairs, of ripe business experience and high character, Mr. Blair has impressed himself on his fellow citizens as a most potent factor in the interesting work of town building and in every public question his voice is heard and his counsel sought. As a recent member of the town council and also being on the first school board, Mr. Blair has been in a position to help shape the destiny of the new town. To the labors of no one man is the city more
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indebted than it is to this public-spirited citizen for the superb commodious brick building which has reflected so much credit on the town and known heretofore as the public school building. Owing to a thoughtful provision suggested by him, in the deed conveying this property, it was distinctly set forth that should this town become a county seat the grounds and the structure are to become county property and the court house will be, in that event, ready for occupancy. The suggestion looks prophetic, as in the late election, Broken Arrow received an overwhelming majority as the county seat of Coweta county.
In business, Mr. Blair is earnest, active, capable and holds high position in the esteem of the people of all classes. As organizer for the Modern Woodmen of America in the Creek nation, Mr. Blair became widely known in this part of the Territory. One of the strong camps organized by him is the one at this place.
Mr. Blair is a member of the Oklahoma and Indian Territory Embalmers' Association and as a skillful embalmer of long experience he serves his house in a most important capacity. Mr. Blair lives on Commercial avenue, one of the prettiest parts of the town, and has just reason to be proud of the part be has played in the upbuilding of this thrifty and attractive town,
With a full and imposing looking stock of all kinds of furniture, hardware and queensware, this remarkable house does a large share of business in it's lines and has the satisfaction of seeing the trade growing steadily as the town and surrounding country advance.
BOWER & BROWN ELEVATOR CO. Very early in the progress of the town it was evident that it would shortly develop into a grain center, as the town is surrounded by a large area of choice agricultural lands. With this knowledge in mind Dr. J W S Bower and G. A. Brown, two hardy pioneers of East Tennessee, associated themselves into, a business partnership, which they styled the "Bower & Brown Elevator Company," and erected a handsome and commodious elevator on the north side of the railway.
During the past year they decided their facilities were wholly inadequate and accordingly they increased the capacity of the elevator and replaced their gasoline engine with another and a much larger one. The capacity of the present elevator is about 20,000 bushels, with a working capacity of 5,000 bushels of ear corn per day, and we take great pride in presenting to our readers a half-tone engraving of this large institution, which is of such much importance and value to the town and community.
In addition to their elevator at Broken Arrow, Messrs. Bower & Brown have large elevators at Porter, Coweta and Alsuma, and do a thriving business at each of those points.
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