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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 17

February 10, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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           A Rust-Eaten Sword and a Man's Skeleton Found in a Gulley.

     Hanging on the Wall of Dr. J M Howard's office over the postoffice is to be seen a somewhat gruesome relic of the early days of Fort Gibson. It is an old rust-eaten sword and part of the skeleton of what was once a man. When The Post man was told of how they came into the possession of the doctor and such of their history as was known, all sorts of tragedies, duels and encounters were suggested to his mind.
     This old rusty sword and decaying skeleton were discovered in the side of a deep-washed gulley near Mrs. Flora Thornton's residence in "Old Town" last summer by Shorey Ross, who was prospecting for minerals. It was just after a heavy rain had fallen, causing the sides of the ravine to cave in anew and wash out deeper. The sword and bones when discovered were protruding from the side of the gulley about two or three feet below the surface. The undisturbed portion of the skeleton was found to be wrapped in a blue looking substance resembling the apparel of a soldier of more than the ordinary rank. The brass buttons, buckles, etc., were still entact, but when the supposed cloth was touched it crumbled to dust and the buttons, buckles and bones were all that could be preserved in their natural state. The sword lay peacefully the side of the skeleton, with hilt protuding and the horn handle eaten away by the ravages of time.
     The sword and some of the bones
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were gathered up by Ross and presented to Dr. Howard to be kept by him as a gruesome relic of an unknown soldier who for perhaps a half a century or more slept in an unknown grave. Some of the bones, glistening in the noonday sun, may still be seen in the gulley where they were discovered in "Old Town" and some of the more superstitious old darkies who have lived thereabouts for years will tell you that when the north wind howls dismally and the nights are dark and moonless, wierd-looking lights may be seen flitting to and fro and strange noises are heard in the vicinity.

     The permit law of the Cherokee Nation is still in force, reports to the contrary notwithstanding. In answer to an inquiry regarding it Acting Commission Tanner wrote to Mrs Thos Howie of Vinita as follows:
     "Sir: In reply to your letter of January 10, 1898, received by department reference, I have to state that the permit laws of the Cherokee nation, requiring the payment fees for non-citizens employed as farm laborers, etc., in that nation, have not been repealed by any act heretofore passed by congress, and are in force and effect, so far as this office is informed."

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     Violates of Law Answering to Various Charges.
           A long List of Cases Disposed of
           by Judge Thomas at the Present Session.
(Special Report to The Post) - Vinita, I.T. Feb 6
     So far Judge Thomas has disposed of the following cases at his present term of court at this place.
John Coker, larceny, continued
J C Wells, larceny, bond forfeited.
Sam Childers, liquor, nolle entered.
John McCracken, larceny, continued.
Charles Frank, liquor, nolle entered
Sam Childers, selling without license, guilty
Wm McCain, liquor, continued
Wm McClain, Liquor, continued.
Charles Sanders, assault, plea of guilty, $25 fine
John Nave, liquor, mistrial
Rich Riley, liquor, mistrial
Boot Miller, liquor, plea guilty; sixty days and $100
Chas D Pendleton, liquor, nolle entered
J M Ireland, liquor, not guilty
Cole Payne, drawing deadly weapon, nolle entered
Cole Payne, drawing deadly weapon, nolle entered
<listed twice possibility of two different charges>
Robert Williams and Mittie Davis, adultry, nolle entered
John Scott, liquor, continued
John V Kinney, assault, nolle entered
Grant Carnahan, larceny, guilty, four years
John and Thomas Foster, liquor, transferred to Wagoner
William Reed, larceny, guilty
Mack Smith, liquor, plea guilty, sixty days and $100
Isac Nolen, murder, set for Feb 15
John Gossett and Charles Berryhill, liquor, plea guilty, 60 days and $100
William Page, assault, plea of guilty, seven years in reform school.
James Secondine, manslaughter, continued.
Abe Johnson, larceny, transferred to Muskogee
Jesse Woolman, larceny, plea of guilty
Dan Parks, larceny, transferred to Wagoner
Sam Childers, bigamy, nolle entered
Barney Haskins, larceny, nolle entered
Wm Bell, liquor, guilty, two and one-half years and $300
Isaac Glass, postoffice robbery, plea of guilty
William Lynch, Geo. Lunch, N Gibson and Charles Landrum, postoffice robbery, plea of not guilty, set for Feb 14
Charles Kingsbury, liquor, plea of guilty, 90 days and $100
John Pace, assault to kill, acquitted
F Marion Moss, larceny, nolle entered
John smith and John Gibbs, larceny, nolle as to Smith. Forfeiture of bond set aside and case continued generally.
Joe Gibbs and John Clark, liquor, Gibbs waives arraignment and pleads guilty, transferred to Wagoner, trail set for Mar, 1898
Chas Franks, liquor, nolle prosed
Sam C Childers, selling malt liquors; guilty, sentence suspended.
Fred McEnery, liquor, nolle entered
J P Carter, liquor, nolle entered
Peter Barnes, larceny, default of bond alias warrant issued and cause continued generally
Hugh Walter Campbell, larceny. Order of court modified to the payment of costs amounting to $114.70 by defendant, transferred to Wagoner and trail set for March 18. Same order as to other indictments against Campbell
Thomas French, set for Feb 23
Geo Hallet and Joe Hallet, larceny, not guilty
Bill Buzzard, Jack Buzzard and
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Lee Simonson, larceny, trail set for Feb 7
Thomas A Latta, libel, continued, trial set for Oct 10
Wm Reed, larceny, two and one-half years
John Thurman, continued
Alfred Shobe, plea of not guilty
John Hunter, liquor, guilty, two days and $100
Ellis Moore, assault to kill, guilty
Lewis Cohen, liquor, transferred to Wagoner, trial set for March 15
Vandever Manley and John Johnson, liquor, Johnson sentenced to 60 days and fined $100. Sentence suspended
Wm Coffey, larceny, 5 years
Geo Bradford, liquor, 60 days and $100
Harry Dawson and Wm Mulkey, receiving stolen property, set for Feb 15
Ed Campbell, Chas Moore and Jeff Sheets, on call
Moses Smith and Jack Foster, larceny, transferred to Muskogee
F Marion Moss, larceny, 4 years
Henry Borrow and Richard Borrow, assault with intent to kill, set for Feb 18
Sandy Davison, liquor, two days in jail and $100
Turner Barnes, liquor, 60 days in mail and $100
Hiram McKinney, liquor, 60 days in jail and $100
Ches Scott, liquor, 60 days in jail and $100
John Mizer, assault, $25 fine
Andrew Gilbert, 5 years and pay cost of prosecution.
Wm Porter, liquor, having been already fined and imprisoned the district attorney entered a nolle pros.



VIAN, A COUNTY SEAT. That is What It Will Be in the Sweet Bye-and-Bye. Vian, I.T., Feb 8 -

The recent work accomplished by the geologist surveyors in this country, confirms the general impressing that Vian is to be a town of more than ordinary importance. Coming east from the Arkansas line, Muldrow will be a county seat, Vian another and Fort Gibson will be the capital. This is not official, but, considering the location, natural advantages and lines of the survey, this prediction, will undoubtedly be verified by future development. Vian is a good townsite, has a good, progressive set of business men and citizens and is surrounded by all the natural advantages that could be desired. Good land, plenty of water and wood near by, and plenty of enterprise to help push a good thing along. Come to Vian and you will wear diamonds and at the same time be in the main push.

W H Hunter is contemplating getting independently rich by exploring a cave near this place by and discovering untold dollars of hidden Spanish wealth.

Judge J G McCombs divides his time these dull days between evil-doers and innocent quails.

E Bunham is one of our substantial business men and is due much credit for his enterprise and stick-to-itiveness.

Vian has read of The Post's big edition, and Vian means to be "in it."

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     Notwithstanding that we now have no municipal government to look after our streets and sidewalks, they are being improved by our enterprising merchants adjacent to their respective places of business. Henry Eiffert employed Wm. Hudson last week to grade and gravel the crossing between Butlers and the Red Star grocery store. F H Nash has put in a substantial "blind ditch" running along the east side of his store; and this week R M Walker is having the street and sidewalk in front of his new building improved. It is certainly encouraging to see this work going on, as it denotes push and enterprise on the part of our business men.

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     Fort Gibson's First Burying Ground Washing Away.
     Since our ghost story about the fining of the soldier's skeleton and rust-eaten sword in one of the gulleys, for which "Old Town" is noted The Post man has made some personal investigations in the gulley district of the city, and found another rather strange thing to relate. Just west of the railroad track in "Old Town" was in Fort Gibson's early days, the first military burying ground of the place. Many private citizens were also buried there a long time ago. In later years, however, the soldier's bones were all taken up and removed to the national cemetery a mile east of town. Many other graves, unmarked and unknown, were left unmolested. Since then briars and scrubby bushes have grown up and nearly all traces of the remaining graves have been obliterated, and but for the inroads of the gulleys they probably would never again been thought of. Each heavy rain that falls causes great chunks of earth to slide into the stream and be carried out into the Grand river. When the writer was conducted to the locality mentioned yesterday by F J Boudinot a large slab of earth had recently slumped into the ravine on the side next to the abandoned graveyard, and protruding from the perpendicular bank about two feet from the top were to be seen the bones of a skeleton. An examination showed that other graves were near the edge of the gulley, which before the spring rains are over will be robbed of their contents by the current of water that passes that way and be carried out into the Grand river. Mr. Henry Eiffert, one of our old residents, informs us that this old time burying ground once contained several hundred graves and had a stone wall around it.

     Mr. J Perry Wheeler and Miss Nancy Benge, both of Sallisaw, were united in marriage at Fort Smith last Tuesday morning, at the residence of P C Fletcher, who performed the ceremony. The young people took everyone by surprise, some of Mr. Wheeler's nearest relatives not knowing his intentions until after the ceremony was performed.
     The groom is the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W W Wheeler, of Sallisaw.
     The bride is a niece of Mr. Charley Frye, with whom she has lived for some time past. She is the happy possessor of all those personal charms that go to make up a lovable character, and is very popular.

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