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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 2

September 30, 1897 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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[The spelling, grammar and proof reading of The Post editor are not the best. Following is typed as found in the paper.]

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[This section appears in each issue. I will not transcribe it again unless something changes ..... Found on page 4]

THE POST: Published every Thursday at the proposed Capital of the new state to be made of the Indian Territory, and guarantees the largest bona fide circulation of any Indian Territory newspaper; J S Holden and Will T Canup, Editors and Publishers .

Terms in Advance: One copy one Year $1.00; One copy six months 50 cents; One copy three months 30 cents.

Address all communications and make all remittances to the Fort Gibson Post. We will not be responsible for money paid on advertising or subscriptions to persons unauthorized to receipt for same. Correspondence containing news of interest desired from all parts of the Indian Territory.

Advertising rates made known on application to this office.


Page 1, Column 1, 2,3 & 4

THE CREEK AGREEMENT. [Full text of the Agreement looking to the Abolishment of Tribal Government in the Creek Nation]

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     Still "Holds the Fort" at Wagoner - Won't Surrender
           Watts proves a "Bad Man on a Dusty Road."
           - Indian Agent Wisdom has a Job on Hand
Special Report to The Post. Wagoner, I.T. Sept 28, 1867 -
     W.J. Watts, known among the Cherokees as "chief of the intruders" still "holds the fort" here, though ordered out of the Creek nation by Indian agent Wisdom, who has his orders from the commissioner of Indian Affairs at Washington. Watts appears to be backed up by the entire intruder element here, the city council, Mayor McInally and the marshal, who is an ex-intruder and would tackle the devil to sustain Watts.
     The situation here is a perculiar one. At the last election the intruder element and their allies, under the leadership of Watts carried nearly everything, and have had things about their own way since then. The Creek citizens look upon this state of affairs with alarm, especially when Watts commenced speculating off the public domain on a large scale, and determined to check him in his unlawful methods before he got as fast hold as he had in the Cherokee nation. It is generally believed by the citizens here that Watts feels his defeat but is whistling to keep up his courage. A special from this place to the Fort Smith News Record, dated Sep 28 contains the following:
     "Although the powers that be have decided that W J Watts must leave the Creek Nation, that gentlemen is still here, as cool as a cucumber and wears his usual expansive smile.
     "He does not appear to be in the least alarmed nor to be worrying over the present state of affairs.
     "There is nothing new in regard to the situation," he said, last night to a representative of the News Record.
"You don't admit that you are beaten?"
Mr. Watts gave play to one of his peculiar smiles.
"Not at all."
"What is the next step you propose to take?"
"I am going to apply to the Federal courts for an injunction."
     Mr. Watts, it is understood, proposes to lose no time in taking this step. The outcome of this new phase of the fight will be awaited with a good deal of interest not only through the Creek Nation, but all over the Indian Territory.
     Since the above was published Mr. Watts has succeeded in getting a temporary injunction from the authorities at Muskogee, which will tide him over for a few days until Judge Springer arrives when he will apply for a permanent injunction to have the merits of the case tested in the courts. But it is thought that no permanent injunction will be granted. Indian Agent Wisdom says he does not wish to be arbitrary in this matter, but that his duty is plain and will in a few days disposess Watts of the land in controversy, according to instructions from Washington

A new religious paper called the Arkansas Cumberland Presbyterian, is to appear in Fort Smith next month, with Rev. F M Wiley as editor

<Ad for Dr Price's Cream Baking Powder>

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Fort Gibson Post; Published Weekly at the Proposed Capital of the New State by Holden & Canup; One Dollar per year in advance

<Story ... Long Life In Norway; Another View of the Question Muck disputed Nowadays>

<Article: The Big Things; A Claim That Women Have Never Done Them .... Article talking about college educated women not doing much in any professional field>

PASTING LABELS ON CANS. An ingenious mechanical device just invented pastes paper labels on 100,000 can in ten hours. Down a chute rolls a ceaseless procession cans and each can picks up a label as it passes.

Page 2, Column 2 & 3

<Art in Architecture; Designed And Written Especially For This Paper ... Drawing of a "Tasteful Cottage for Town or country" ... Two story house ... accompanying description of the house and floor plans. .... The article ends with .... the cost of the dwelling illustrate in this article, including modern improvements, is from $1,800 to $2,000. In some places it might be built for less. E. Allen Payne.>

POOR FELLOW. REPORTER - What shall I say of this man who was found shut up in a folding bed? City Editor - Say that he was gathered into the fold.- N.Y. World

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<Poem: For Young People; Home Measurements. Author Nell Kimberly McElhone, in St. Nicholas.

<Article: The Chesapeake Mill; Building Made from the Timbers of a Famous Battle Shop. ...The story of The Chesapeake and the battle it was in>

TRAVELS OF THE EYE. Has it ever occurred to you to reckon how far your eyes travel in reading? A million letters in ordinary type would measure hardly more than a mile placed side by side. In a lifetime the average reader wends his way through 2,200 miles of print. The average novel of 300 pages contains one mile of reading.

THE STRENGTH OF SHELLFISH. If the human being possessed strength as great in proportion as that of shellfish the average man would be able to lift the enormous weight of 2,976,000 pounds, pulling in the same degree as a limpet; and if the man pulled in the same proportionate degree as the cockle he would sustain a weight of no less than 3,106,500 pounds.

FUN AT A BALL GAME. John Lakey laughed so hard at a ball game near Carlisle, PA., when the ball struck another spectator's head and bounded high in the air that he couldn't close his mouth again, and had to be carried 1 1/2 miles to a surgeon.

The archbishop of Canterbury has established a smoking room at Lambeth for those of his guests who enjoy the fragrant weed.

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BRIGHT CHICAGO BOYS: They Have Discovered a New Way to Fly Their Kites. Several north side boys have discovered a great scheme for flying their kites. Instead of funning with a string and getting all of out breath one of the boys starts the kite and then hands the string to a companion who is mounted on a bicycle. He pedals off at a good speed, and up goes the kite, twice as fast as it would ordinarily. Another boy has designed a simple little reel for the handle bar of his bicycle. On this he winds the kite string and pays it out over his shoulder while his wheel is in motion. He has been experimenting with this new device, and he thinks he has made a valuable discovery. Let some of our other boys try this method of kite flying and report how it works. - Chicago Record <in the center of this article is a boy on a bike with a kite behind him. ... In the drawing is a billboard and telephone poll & lines>

<Article: Buried the Snake: How Prairie Dogs Disposed of an Evil-Disposed Reptile. ... story about prairie dogs filling in a burrow with a snake inside.>

<Article: Kites Puzzle Birds: Amusing Experiences of Scientists While Making Experiments. ... story about birds attacking kites>

<A Neat Little Experiment. Short article on how to use a turkey feather to get an idea of how X-Rays work>

Page 3 Column 1

<Poem: A Sunset Symphony by J. Edgar Jones>

Page 3, Column 1, 2, 3 & 4

<Story: Mrs. Bascom's Things by Caroline H Stanley>

<Humorous short Story: The Loss and The Gain. ... about a doctor bill>

Page 3, Column 5

<Article: Caused by Torn-Up Streets; Pemphigus Acutes Contagious and A Painful But Not Dangerous Disease. - St Louis Republic>

THE VOGUE IN WINTER MILLINERY. Certainly if there had been any doubt of Henry of Navarre being forgotten it would be dissipated by the fact that on the head of almost everything feminine there waves, this autumn, his historic white plume. It stands up as bravely as possible. In addition, feathers of all shades obtain, although they have not driven either flowers, ribbons, velvet or spangles out of the field. The shape preferred is the one most becoming to the individual. Furs especially sable and chincilla, are fashionable garnitures, and rich velvets and silks are draped over soft frames, producing wonderfully effective results. Purple is still holding the imperial sway it has for three years, although a wonderful deep red is a close rival to it, while royal blue, silver gray, black and white, white and black, all black, and all white obtain. Brilliant buckles and pins are used to fasten flowers and plumes to position. Indeed, wherever an effective bit of color or brightness can be artistically arranged, there it is in evidence - Isabel A Mallon, in Ladies' Home Journal.

<An Auriferous Inspiration. ... a polite way to describe flaming red hair >

WILLING TO OBLIGE. OLD LADY - You don't chew tobacco do you, little boy? Newsboy - No 'm; but I kin give yer a cigarette. - Up to Date

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