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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 2

September 30, 1897 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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<The Post: Standard section on rates, etc>


Judge Killgore, who died at Ardmore, last week had many good traits of character.

There are railroads and rumors of railroads, but the much-talked-of M.O&W fails to materialize.

The destruction of the town of Afton, west of this place, last week, shows the necessity of fire protection.

What has become of the U.S. Senate committee that was to visit this territory about the 15th inst? Where is it "at?"

Mr. H M Jacoway, secretary to the Dawes Commission has been relieved from his position for political reasons only, to make room for a Republican. There has been no better nor more competent man on the commission than Mr. Jacoway, who was universally liked by all with whom he came in contact, especially here in Ft. Gibson, where he was located for some time.

The appointment of Leo E Bennett as U.S. Marshal for the northern district of the Indian Territory appears to meet with general approval from press and people. Mr. Bennett is well qualified for the position and will make a good and efficient office, which ought to be sufficient regardless of party. Frank Hubbard of the Muskogee Phoenix, first deputy, is also a good man for the place. In this connection we might state that the retiring marshal, Mr. Rutherford, has made a good officer.

Hon. H. Sisson, Judge of Sequoyah, Flint, and Illinois districts, informed The Post that in his rounds among the people he finds a general sentiment among the Indians in favor of retaining A S McKennon on the Dawes commission, as being an honest, competent and just man, who understands the Indian situation here, and in whom they have confidence. Judge Sisson says if it did any good a very large petition in favor of Mr. McKennon could be easily secured in the Cherokee nation, and he thinks, throughout the Territory.

There is a great religious excitement at Fort Smith, where a noted outside preacher, assisted by local preachers, gets together nightly in a big tent upwards of 3,000 people. The big preacher the other night have a sermon on "Open and Secret Sinners," and allowed that the latter were the worst of the two by several hundred per cent, which created a sensation. About the same sentiment expressed by Bobby Burns when he said: - "I'd rather be a atheist clean than under Gospel banner hide, just for a screen."

The versatility of the Vinita Chieftain is remarkable. A year ago it proclaimed that the only salvation for the poor Indian was to treat with the Dawes commission for allotment, and that the Dawes commission were honest men and would do the right thing by the Indians. Since then it has changed its tune, and says the Cherokees did right in refusing to treat that the Dawes commission deserved failure because they are all rascals. No wonder the citizens of this country have so little confidence in what the Chieftain says. It changes base entirely too often to be sincere in its advice to "the poor and much-robbed Indians"

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THE CREEK AGREEMENT: The Creek Agreement. The Agreement of the Creeks with the Dawes commission, the full text of which is published in this issue, is a good thing for those Indians, who have stolen a march, as it were, on the Cherokees, with all their statesmanship and intelligence, are now in the background. Now may we expect to see the Creek towns flourish and increase in population. Just watch Muskogee and Wagoner from now on.

ROBERT COOPER KILLED. When Oscar Ingram and Robert Cooper, two boys who live in the bottom near Fort Gibson, went to the field to pick cotton last Saturday morning they were good friends - indeed they were thought to be chums. Out in the field they began playing "seven-up" with 10 cents on the side. They quarrelled and Ingram shot Cooper in the left shoulder with a load of squirrel shot. Cooper died this morning and Ingram is in jail at Muskogee.

TERRITORIAL SURVEY. The United States survey in the Indian Territory is now progressing rapidly, and promise to be completed in November. There is one gang of surveyors at work east of Muldrow, who are working westward, completing the work of sectionizing as they go, from the Arkansas line. Town lines have been already run, and the survey is expected to be completed to Muldrow the first of next week.
     According to the township survey, Muldrow will be about the center of the first county west of the Arkansas line on the K&AV railroad, the west line running through the western part of the village of Sallisaw. About the center of the next county west is the village of Vian, and the next west is Fort Gibson. From their geographical locations the three towns mentioned are quite sure of county seats in case of statehood.

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<The Creek Agreement (continued from page 1)>

Signatures on agreement: Pleasant Porter, Chairman; Joseph Mingo; David H Hodge; George A Alexander; Roland Brown; William Brown; William Sapulpa; Concharty Micco; Creek Commission. Tams Bixby, Chairman; Frank C Armstrong; A S McKennon; A B Mortgomery commission of the Five Civilized Tribes. A L Ayleswroth, Sec.

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FRANK LAMAR DEAD. The St. Louis paper of Monday gave detailed accounts of the finding of the dead body of F <...> Lamar of Fairland I.T., in a deserted hallway adjoining a St. Louis variety theater. At first it was thought Lamar had been murdered, but investigation brought out the facts that he had accidently fallen down stairs and received injuries from which he died. At any rate, this was he verdict of the coroner's inquest held over the body on Monday.
     It appears that Lamar, Ben Phillips, George Nidiffer, J H Conelly, D W Vann, F M Conner and his son Alonzo, Bill Raines and Bill Davis were a crowd of excursionists who went to St Louis Sunday. Sunday night they were all out together seeing the sites. About 12 o'clock Lamar left the crowd at a variety theater, and it was supposed he had gone to room at the hotel. Nothing more was seen of Lamar until his dead body was discovered as above stated the next morning.
     Frank Lamar was 42 years old and leaves a wife and seven children. He has been a member of the Cherokee council from Delaware district for a number of years, and was well known and like by everybody.

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NOTICE! The following R R Time checks were stolen out of my safe on the night of Sept 21st, 1897, made payable to the following parties: W T Anderson, $100.05; Pete Grissom 14.30; James Slate 20.20; George Mathis 6.10. All persons are warned not to purchase said checks as they belong to me and I have this day stopped payment of same through Auditor of the Mo. Pac. Ry. J J Patrick, Braggs, I.T.

500 COTTON PICKERS Wanted at Redland by the Hays Merchantile Co. Apply at once.

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TAXES! The Fayetteville Building and Loan Association is sure to please you as death or taxes is to come. The Only Association Issuing Free Withdrawal Prepaid Stock; Common Stock; Children's Futurity Stock; The Only Association In this part of the county being managed by men of twelve years experience in the building and loan business. Pre-paid stock pays 18 per cent interest. J C Parker Agent, Fayetteville, Ark; Dr J T Reid, Agent, Tahlequah, I.T.

This is one of Jno. F Wilson's splendid turn-outs going to Tahlequah. <picture of two horses pulling a carriage> John F Wilson, the veteran Tahlequah liveryman, now owns and conduct a splendidly equipped stable at both ends of the line, and runs the old reliable Fort Gibson and Tahlequah Mail Hack Line. When you ride, ride with Wilson.

<Large Ad at bottom of page spanning column 3 & 4 - Largest and Cheapest Line of Fall Goods; Every <sic> Brought to Fort Gibson Just Received at F H Nash's. Large photo of the store; My stock of boots, shoes, hats, etc., for the fall and winter trade is the most complete you ever saw in this country, and in prices I will not be undersold. Every department of my big store is chock full of bright, fashionable, new goods and I invite you to call and see them. F H Nash, Fort Gibson, Ind. Ter.>

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Professional Cards

<...> Bradley, C C Wells, H R Bonner; Bradley, Wells & Bonner, Lawyers; Wagoner, Ind. Ter; General Practice; Notary in Office

J P Mullen; Attorney and Counsellor at Law; South McAlester, I.T.; General law practice in the courts of Indian Territory. U.S. Supreme court at Washington, Court of <...>, Court of Appeals Eighth Judicial District, Executive Department at Washington.

S B Daws, Luther Kyle; Dawes & Kyle, Attorneys At Law, Tahlequah and Muskogee, I.T.

G W Baker; Lawyer; Tahlequah, I.T.

J Warren Reed; Attorney at Law; Fort Smith, Ark., and Muskogee, I.T.

Physician: James M Howard; Physician & Surgeon; East Fort Gibson, Ind. Ter. Office Hours - 8 to 10 a.m. - 4 to 6 p.m. Office and bed-room upstairs over postoffice.

F L Leister; Physician & Surgeon, Special attention given to all chronic diseases. Will visit any part of the country. P.O. Address, Hanson, Ind. Ter.

R D Seals; Resident Dentist, Fort Smith, Ark; office No 690 over National Bank <ad includes a picture of dentures>

D J W O'Kelly; Surgeon Dentist; Office Cor. 6th and Garrison Ave Over Fort Smith National Bank; Fort Smith, Ark <ad includes a picture of dentures>

Palace Barber Shop; W M Lynch, Prop. Fort Gibson, Ind. Ter; You are invited to call at my shop whey [sic] in need of a hair-cut, shave or sea-foam. Best of barbers and polite attention.

For Cheap, First-Class Lumber, Sashs, doors and Blinds, Go to the new Lumber Yard in East Fort Gibson, where you can get all kinds of building material at the lowest figure. James Coleman, Proprietor, Contractor and Builder

We can fit you in a fine "hand-me-down" suite of clothes or will take your measure for a tailor made suit. Butler Mer.Co.

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Mr. Henry Eiffert is on the sick list.

The new town hall building shows up in fine shape

A new lot of extra fine candies and other goods just arrived at Walker's Drug Store

Mrs. Coleman has returned from a visit with her daughter, Mrs. Bohnam, at Vian.

Nash & Cox have found it necessary to build an addition to their new restaurant.

Harry Nash and Sturt Cox have put out fine sign of their new restaurant on Cherokee street.

Mrs. Shafer, wife of station agent Shafer, has returned home after a long visit among relatives and friends.

Mrs. Eiffert was on a visit to Tahlequah this week to see her daughters. Miss Bettie is teacher of art and drawing in the female seminary.

James Coleman, the lumber dealer, is prepared to furnish coffins and burial caskets, a full line of which he now carries in stock at his lumber yard.

Miss Ellen Gladney, of near Tahlequah, was in the city Monday. She is one of the many pretty Cherokee school ma'rms and will teach the Eureka school this term.

Harry Nash is the proprietor of the only fresh oyster parlor in the city. It is located in the old commissioner's office. A first class restaurant is also run in connection.

Butler Mercantile Co have just received their fall and winter stock of shoes, the best shoe leather ever brought to Fort Gibson. See them before buying elsewhere.

Hon Ridge Paschal of Tahlequah was in town on Tuesday. Mr. Pascal is a good lawyer and has the distinction of being the first Indian Judge before whom a white man was tried.

The Presbyterian Pastor has been working on the parsonage and will soon be ready to move in his family. Good sign to see a preacher labor, and for that matter, other people also, "for Satan finds some mischief still for idle hands to do."

H L Rogers of Sallisaw was in town this week. Hal is a candidate for chief constable of the Vian court. He ought to stand a good show of getting the office his father being an old soldier and himself having done considerable fighting for the Republican party with his mouth.

W J Watts of Wagoner passed through town on Tuesday, on his way to Muskogee. He said that the case between himself and Robinson in the Wagoner land matter is now before the Federal court at Muskogee and expected to be acted upon in a few days. Mr. Watts says he is not afraid of being ejected from the Creek nation and thinks he will continue to "hold the fort."

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HOT TIMES AND FUN IN OLD TOWN. It appears from reports that there were hot times mixed with fun, frolic and scrapping, in old town, last Monday night. It appears that one of the soldiers from the garrison got a little more than comfortable full, and after having what he called a good time among the boys, thought he would have a better one among some of the female portion of old town who are not above suspicion. He visited a place kept by two females, who are supposed to be some what on the order of Photapher's wife of ancient fame, and there disrobed himself of Uncle Sam's uniform and arrayed himself in female attire.
     In this novel array he sallied forth to make the rounds of the female settlement in the suburbs, and was having a jolly time and his own way generally till he struck the ranch of one Cora Ackerman, a colored lady of shady reputation who appears to have been solicitous for the moral and religious welfare of one of her boarders, Miss Blanch Webber, a white lady of the town, who one week ago last Saturday, tried to "shuffle off this mortal coil" by the morphine route, her late partner, Grace Crosse having succeeded in "crossing the divide." The colored lady wouldn't stand any such fooling around there, and wouldn't stand no huggin from any white man in woman's clothes and wouldn't have a bad example set before Miss Blanch, so she pitched
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into him in a rather unceremonious manner, and there they had it up and down rough and tumble. The colored lady being at "herself" proved the best man of the two, and pretty soon "one of Uncle Sam's men" was scudding around under bare poles - that is the colored lady had disrobed him, when there was a scene that beggars description, and the crowd gave the vanquished soldier the horse laugh, and he began to get out of that, but not before they had lots of fun with him, one Grace Flynn coming in for her share.
     Well, the long and short of it was there was a big time that night in old town, much to the disturbances of the better class of society who made complaint to Mayor Walker, who ordered Marshal Smith to pull in the whole crowd of disturbers of the peace, which was according done, and arraigned before his honor at <...> o'clock Tuesday morning. Mayor Walker being sick, Hon S S Stidman (colored) acted as mayor, and tried the cases. Grace Flynn was taxed about eight dollars for her share in the rucas and the soldier about the same amount. The latter plead jurisdiction and the other "ponied up" and it is hoped that peace, virtue and happiness may hereafter reign supreme in old town.

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