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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 14

January 13, 1898

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Beginning with this issue only Items of Local Interest will be transcribed. This will speed up the transcriptions.

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     Fort Smith the Victim of a Fearful Disaster.
           Fifty People Killed and Over a Hundred Injured
           Much Damage Done to Property, etc.
     Fort Smith was the scene last Tuesday night of one of the most disastrous cyclones ever known in that part of the country.
     The latest reports give the number of killed at fifty, and over a hundred injured, many of them fatally.
     The cyclone struck the city about 11 o'clock, sweeping down buildings as though they were but play houses.
     The list of dead, so far as learned, is as follows:
Ed Ferrell
Roy Ferrell
Irene Ferrell
John Botdt
Mrs. Burgiss
J J Riley
John Martin
Lafever boys (2)
Jo Kiles
Mrs. Will Lawson
Frank Richardson
George Love
George Carter
Louis Senel
John Martin
Silas Mincer
Mary Zimmerman
Harvy Rutledge (colored)
John Grisword
J M Fautx
Malt Knadton, Jr
Buster Lucas (colored)
John Adams
Mrs. Chas Marer
Phillip Ritter
Miss Holden
Baby of Mrs. Sheenan
Louis Woehle
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James Smith Jr
Mrs. Malt Knapton
C H Hunter
Mrs. Sones
Mr. Greb's son
Mr. Hoover
Marty Wilkerson
Etta Kies
Six unknown.

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Charley Dege, who has been with Bulter Mercantile Co. for some time, has accepted a position with F H Nash. Charley is an adept in both displaying and selling goods.

Two wrecks occurred yesterday on the Valley between here and Fort Smith. Nobody hurt but little damage done.

The Crusaders will leave Monday. They have done much good in wicked Fort Gibson and the majority of our citizens are very thankful they came and are loath to see them go.

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     W J Watts, the "King of the intruders," was in the city today, having arrived yesterday from Wagoner. Mr. Watts is on his way to Washington, where he will take up the questions pertaining to the interests of the intruders with the Secretary of the interior.
     On his way to the capital, Mr. Watts will stop off at Memphis, and tomorrow in that city he will wed Mrs. L J Maddux. The bride is an accomplished and educated woman, who for a year past has been the stenographer of Col. Watts. The prospective bridegroom was in a very happy frame of mind today and was shaking hands with his numerous friends in he city over the doming event.
     In talking with a representative of the News Record today Col. Watts said: "I shall probably be in Washington for sixty days. I have got with me a roll of Watt's claimants whose Cherokee blood is established, and I shall endeavor to determine just what can be done for them. We believe that we shall get fair treatment from the Washington fficials and from Congress. It is true that Congressman Curtis, of Kansas, who himself has Indian blood, has introduced a measure that is in some respects hostile, but we believe that Congress will look at the matter in the right light.
     "The town site questions ought to be settled without delay, so that while settlers in the territory can acquire property on which to make improvements, or on which improvements have already been made. Wagoner will make vast strides forward when this matter is definitely disposed of. Wagoner by the way is growing very rapidly.
     You will hardly recognize it when you go there again.

Canadian District Court,
Special Report to the Post, Webbers Falls, I.T. Jan 12
     The regular term of District Court for Canadian, convened on the first Monday of this month, with his Hon. Herman J Vann District Judge presiding.
     The Docket consisted of the following cases and disposed of in their order.
     Cherokee Nation vs Fred Buinage charged with larceny of cattle, the Defendant was under bond and failed to put in an appearance. His bondsman were allowed until the 24th of this month to report with their man at which time the bond will be declared forfeited upon failure to have the prisoner on hand.
     C.N. vs. C T Clark, charged with a misdemeanor, on bond and failed to appear on last calling, boundsman given until 24th inst as in above case.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. jack Hanis charged with larceny of cattle 4 cases 1 nolleprossed, 1 case tride and hung jury, and continued to the 24th 1 case to july term 1898.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Joe Smith, charged with misdemeanor. Pleaded guilty; and fined $25 and cost.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Jim Fields, charged with misdemeanor, tried, hung jury, and continued to the 24th.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Henry Heton, charged with running a gaming house, and selling intoxicants continued to july term.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Jack Smedley, pistol case dismissed.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. John Hood Sr, charged with misdemeanor, dismissed, on limitation of actions.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. John Hood charged, same continue to july term.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Robert Lafew charged same july trial, not guilty.
     Cherokee Nation v.s. Loyal Wells, charged with horse stealing, on bond failed to appear. Bondsman allowed as in first case, The Judge instructed his grand jury to investigate violations of laws in the jurisdiction of his court up to Jan 1st 1898, the grand jury remained in session all week.
     Prominent attorneys before the court were J T Drew of Fort Gibson, and J H Dick of Tahlequah of course the District Solicitor was on hand, and they of course could not have every thing their own way.

Mr. Joe Latty departed this life Jan 9th, 1898, with that dreaded disease CONSUMPTION.

Rev David Shiew preaches at Fronties school House next Sunday.

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     An Interesting Budget of News From a Special Reporter. Special to The Post - Muldrow, I.T., January 4 -

A good deal of improvements going on in Muldrow in the way of street opening and improvements with begins to show up to good advantage. One of the main streets will run parallel with the railroad track Skinbyo Creek.

Several new building going up in town.

W J Watts, knows of "chief of and intruders, started from this place for Washington fis of the week He was attended by a lovelye delegation of the Watts famley and others at the depot. He made them a parting sheerh from the car steps, telling his people among other thing to go on with their business in this country as usual to start thir plows early in the spring, and never mind what any sais. He was lonly cheard the cherokees think that thore places that have been for fis by the cherkee nation will have to be given-up, the same are now orderde for sale next month.

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<Ad for Butler Mercantile - note prices in 1898>

4 packages Oatmeal for 25c, two 15c
30 lbs Beans 1.00
1 bucket Syrup 45c
1 can Sardines 5c
1 package Lion Coffee 10c
1 gallon best Krout 20c
1 bucket 15lbs Mince meat 75c
12 lbs Green Coffee 1.00
10 bars Soap with 11b Gold Dust 25c
Baking Powder 10c
1 lb Arm and Hammer or Cow Brand Soda 5c
100 lbs Spot Cash Flour 2.50
Bran 100lb 75c
Meal 40c

Boots and Shoes Regular 1.50 to 5.00 on sale for 1.25 to 4.00
Ladies Jackets Regular 4.00-6.50 on sale for 3.00-4.00
Blankets 40c-2.00
Wool Dress Goods 12 1/c to 75c
Calicos & Ginghams - 4c to 10c
Suits Regular 6.50-15.00 on sale for 4.00-11.50
Boys Overcoats Regular 6.50-12.00 on sale for 4.50-9.00


Fort Gibson is soon to have a national bank.

Miss Fannie Willey has been ill for the past week with pneumonia.

Fresh groceries at C E Eiffert's.

Frank J Boudinot has been in Tahlequah on legal business this week.

Town lots in Ft. Gibson are now in demand.

Something new on foot - the famous fiting Shoes made by Peters Shoe Co at Butler Mercantile Co

R C Adams, who is now in Washington, had his bicycle sent to him this week. He evidently intends to take a turn or two on Pennsylvania avenue.

Go to Effert's Grocery store for eatables. Their goods are fresh and they sell cheap. Free delivery to all parts of town.

Master McBride, who was thrown and kicked by a mule some time ago, has about recovered.

A lady of Louisville, Ky., desires a position in a college or private family. Teaches the English branches elocution and physical culture. Graduated in Philadelphia, Pa. Took lessons in elocution of Mrs. Randal Diehl of New York City. Successful experience. Terms fifteen per month and board. Address Box 159 Harrison, Ark.

Joe E Butler, president of the Cherokee Board of Education, received a telegram while at Tahlequah Monday, stating that his mother was dangerously ill. He left immediately - leaving the primary school teacher unappointed. The list will appear next week, however in The Post.

Bring your eggs, butter, chickens, etc., to C E Eiffert and get the highest cash price for them.

Harry Nash, who had the misfortune, last Thursday, to dislocate his shoulder, is recovering from the injury as rapidly as could be expected. Dr. F B Fite, of Muscogee, came over Friday night and assisted Dr. Howard to replace the dislocation.

Groceries sold cheaper at C E Eiffert's than can be sold in Fort Gibson.

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Mr. C L Rowden, the Tripoli man, is soon to startle the world with his most recent discoveries in filtering rock. A new mine of Tripoli has been discovered near Ft. Gibson, which will be a great thing, probably, for the town. Mr. Bowden has given much of his attention to the development of this industry, and The Post hopes he will be rewarded in the near future for his "stick-to-it-ive-ness".

When you can't think of anything else to do, bring us a load of wood.

Supertendent Stephens of the government cemetary, has succeeded in getting a appropriation favorably reported in congress for a macadamized road from the depot to the National Cemetary. This means several dollars to our town.

Stove wood taken on subscription.

Jas. S Stapler, the well-known merchant of Tahlequah, returned through the city Tuesday from St Louis and other Wholesale markets. Mr. Stapler is one of the rustling business men of Indian Territory and like his illustrious Father, he is always looking ahead to the development of the Country.

Pure New Orleans Ribbon Syrup, 50c per gallon, at C E Eiffert's.

The attempt to burn the Butler Mercantile Co's gin last week was evdently the work of the same parties who set fire to the Presbyterian Mission at Tahlequah and then robbed Stapler's store. Robbery was their object here, too, of course.

For low-priced groceries go to C E Eiffert's.

Attorney Jno T Drew of Tahlequah has moved his family to this place and settled on the ground floor. Attorney Drew knows a good thing when he sees it.

10lbs good coffee $1.00 at C E Eiffert's

It is reported on what seems good authority that Mr. Johnson Thompson, one of the leading business men of Tahlequah has sold most of his Tahlequah property and will move down and located in Ft Gibson in a short time. Good men are always welcome in a good town.

Christian Gulager, a prominent farmer and stockman living out on the Talequah road, was in town Tuesday.

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Frank Boudinot, the brilliant young Cherokee lawyer, has decided to permantly locate in Ft. Gibson. He has occupied the up-stairs room over the post office formerly occupied by Dr. McBride. His office fixtures are splendid and attorney Boudinot of Ft Gibson is a fixture.

I have got them rustling to keep up with low prices. C E Eiffert.

Oscar Hayes, the had of the Hayes Mercantile Co., of Webber's Falls and Red Land, is figuring on putting in a big department store in Ft. Gibson. He is now negotiating for a suitable lot on which to erect a large brick structure.

Cluclu Gulager, one of Chief Mayes executive secretaries, passed through the city Tuesday, returning the next day to Wagoner.

The crusaders, who, by the way, have been a great deal of good work in the town, will leave after this week for other fields.

LOST-A purse containing some notes and a one hundred dollar bill, Finder will be rewarded by leaving same with Mrs. L E Snook, at Blind School. A liberal reward will be paid for return of purse and contents.

The new year is opening up all right for Ft Gibson. On Jan 1st dirt was broken for a big mill on Main st.

Attorney Baines, of Talequah has decided to locate in Ft Gibson. He is a good lawyer and is now here permanently.

BLACKSMITHINGW M Cooper, the well-known Fort Gibson blacksmith, has taken charge of the old B F Noah shop near the depot, and invites his old friends and customers to call on him there when wanting good work done at reasonable prices.

George Congdon, later marshal of Tahlequah, is now on the road for several newspapers, in the capacity of solicitor and collector. Mr. Congdon called on us yesterday and added The Post to his list.

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Dr W B Master, Fort Gibson, dentist, will call at residence when required.

A Beautiful Home for Sale Cheap. Comprising Ten Lots. - Located in Fort Gibson, in the most desirable part of town. A handsome four room house - plastered, brick flues, one fire place, two closets, hallway and complete from bottom to top. Also kitchen and dining room. A large yard with splendid variety of bearing fruit trees, grape vines, shrubery and shade trees, a good well of pure soft water, one acre in garden, large barn, cellar and all other houses needed to make a home complete. Object in selling is to move out on farm. T J Thornton, Fort Gibson, I.T.

FRUIT TREES FOR SALE - I have a lot of fruit trees for sale very cheap. Apple trees go at from 5 to 10 cents. Pears from 10 to 25 cents. Cherries from 10 to 25 cents. Plums from 10 to 25 cents. Peaches from 2 to 15 cts. Grapes from 5 to 10 cts. Trees are home grown and warranted as presented. Address, J S Holden, Muldrow, I.T.

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