Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 17
February 10, 1898 (Part 2)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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FORT GIBSON FEB 10, 1898
One after another the great men of the Cherokees are passing away. Col. Wm. Ross, Chief Joe B Mayes, John Lynch Adair and others have within the past decade answered to the last earthly call and now, in the fading twilight of tribal government, ex-Chief Busyhead probably the best known and most prominent Cherokee of his day has laid down the vexatious problems of state and earthly affairs to cross over and join the mighty host who have gone on before. Now that Bushyhead is dead, the whole Nation will rise up and say what many of his political enemies have for years witheld that he was a great and good man and an honest politician, when in politics. He was a martyr to his honest convictions. His whole public life was characterized by a spirit of progress and although his expressed ideas of eight or ten years ago cost him much of his political influence with his people ere he died he saw his predictions coming to pass and his ideas of allotment of lands being enforced by the United States government. Bushyhead saved the nation from bankruptcy once, and had his people listened to his advice later they would no doubt be in much better condition as a nation today. Busyhead is going but his name will probably figure more conspicuously in Cherokee history than any of his dead or living people.
Fort Gibson is all right as the best town site in the west but she needs the dough. This she will have ere long.
Our boom edition to be issued next week, will be a cracker-jack. If you are not in it you should be.
TO FRIENDS OF FORT GIBSON. We are now preparing and will issue a sixteen page paper, containing the best write-up of our business men and the town ever published. We will set forth to the world the unparalelled natural advantages and resources of the best townsite west of the Mississippi river, giving the reasons why Fort Gibson - the oldest town in the Cherokee Nation - is not now the largest city in the Indian Territory and showing why, under a new and progressive regime, now setting in, the town will be twenty times its present size before another decade has passed away. This big edition will contain also all the history and tradition of the place that can be obtained, besides many columns of other interesting matter, all of which will make the paper the greatest advertising medium ever put forth in the Indian country. Four thousand extra copies will be printed for distribution all over the country, which our enterprising citizens are expected to send out for the benefit and advertising of their town.
We will be put to a great deal of extra expenses in issuing such a paper, but we feel confident that all will help us out by advertising their business or subscribing a few dollars towards the enterprise. This is what it takes to make a town, and we all know Fort Gibson can be made the best city in the Territory.
Now is the time to show your hand. If you are a friend to Fort Gibson give us your assistance now.
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RIPPLES FROM THE FALLS.
What They Have Been Doing the Past Week at a Thriving Town.
Special Report to The Post - Webbers Falls, I.T. Feb 8 -
Senator Wm Vann, George Jennings, Albert and Dave Barricks are out on a bear hunt in the Kiamitia mountains of the Choctaw nation.
Webbers Falls not only has telephone connection with the outside world, but with the inside world. Last week a line was completed from this place to Starrville, and now there is extra work for the "hello" girl at this end of the earth.
W M Gibson, a leading merchant of this place, achieved a feat last week for which everybody in the town is grateful. He made the largest cotton deal ever made in the Indian Territory by the sale to T R Nance, of St Louis, his entire lot of cotton
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numbering 1,500 bales. It brought Mr. Gibson about $45,000.
Ed Lolar and Millard Slaughter both students of Bacone were here on a visit last week.
Tom Neal, the veteran tonsorial artist of the Falls still holds down the trade of his "old town."
A strong effort being made by our people to obtain the best school system in the entire territory.
M J Maples is still doing a general business. He will shave you, sell you or haul you. Maples is a rustler.
Jess Raymond, Cherokee councillor and all around gentlemen, has quit the city for the winter and moved with his family "down on the farm."
A most important incident of the past week was a re-survey of the town, by which Webbers Falls may later enjoy an ever and systematic development into a modern city of at least 2,000 inhabitants. A confirmation meeting was held Saturday last at the court house and the "goose hangs high."
It may not be generally known, but Webber Falls has a band - a real brass band - which we have had for a year or more. Mr. O L Hayes is business manager and secretary C M Witt treasurer and H L Sanders musical director. Our band is master of any kind of band music and is prepared to fill a long felt want in Fort Gibson or any other "old town."
Webbers Falls is proud of the Hayes Mercantile company which is one of the most substantial in the Indian Territory. The recent splendid success of this concern is largely due to Mr. O S Hayes, business manager of the company. Mr. Hayes is comparatively a young man, but he was raised by his father in business and he has forgotten nothing. Considering the assets of the company, Mr. Hayes bears the distinction of being the youngest and ablest business manager in the whole Indian Territory. Last week the Hayes Mercantile Co sold to Z C Howell, representing a Shreveport, La., firm, something over 600 bales of cotton.
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It is about time to begin gardening.
Mrs. Smith, one of the Crusaders who went to Tahlequah, is reported dangerously ill at that place.
A number of the young people enjoyed a dancing party at the home of judge and Mrs. R M Walker last Friday evening.
One of the social events of the past week was a "Candy-Pulling Party" at the home of Mrs. Smith on Garrison Hill last Friday night.
Miss Lura Rowland, principal of the School for the Blind of this city, was on the sick list for several days the past week, but has about recovered.
An enjoyable time is anticipated by the young people at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Kneeland tomorrow (Friday) night. It will be the first social of the Christian Endeavor Society, both old and
Several car loads of cattle were shipped out of Fort Gibson Monday.
The funeral of the late D W Bushyhead occurred at Tahlequah Sunday afternoon. The prosession, we learn, was more than a half mile in length.
Morris Cooper, the erstwhile blacksmith, has quit his trade to accept a more lucrative job with the K&A.V Railroad company. He is now night watchman down at the Hoto Bluff.
Attorney Frank Boudinot and others explored a big cave up a short distance on Grand river Monday, but, strange to say, no startling discoveries were made and all the gold and silver had been removed.
Reports from Tahlequah say that the Crusaders are doing even greater good in that wicked town than they did in wicked Fort Gibson. Their services are well attended and up to Tuesday eighty sinners had been converted.
J H Benge, of Sallisaw, was here Monday.
Deputy Marshal J C C Rogers of Sallisaw was here Tuesday.
Dr. and Mrs. G A McBride, returned last Friday from a visit to Wagoner
Dr. C M Ross, Jo R Sequichie, Roy E Wolfe, Neal Thorne and District Sheriff A B
Miss Gena Finley, of Tahlequah, passed through the city Friday last.
Judge W H Hendricks, of Manard, was in town yesterday on business.
Ed G Ross, the mineral man, went to Fort Smith Tuesday on business.
W M Galager, one of Chief Mayes' secretaries was in town yesterday.
O F Kirkbride, representing the Wagoner Record, called on us on Saturday.
Mrs. Hubbard Ross, departed Tuesday for a visit to her former home at Boonsboro, Ark.
Attorney F I Boudinot was in Muskogee last Friday and Saturday attending to legal business.
Hon Henry C Lowery, Cherokee senator from Canadian district, was here Tuesday, on his way to Fort Smith.
Rev J H Messer went over to Tahlequah Monday to lend the Crusaders a helping hand and to visit old friends.
Miss Florence Wilson, principal of the Female Seminary, passed through the city Friday last on her way to Tahlequah.
Jack Walker, a prosperous farmer living out on the Bayou, was in town Tuesday and renewed his subscription to The Post.
Dr. J S Fuller, who is attending a course of lectures at Kansas City, came home on a visit Saturday last, returning to Kansas City Tuesday.
John Starnes, ex-councillor from Illinois district, and, by the way, one of the true friends of the people, was in town last evening on business.
Robert McDaniel, of Illinois station, was here yesterday. He now owns the Walker bottom place near hear and is a prosperous Cherokee farmer.
W H McBride, one of Tahlequah's leading attorneys, returned through the city Tuesday to his home. He had been attending commission McComb's court in Vian.
Frenchy Miller, Jessie Bagwell and Sam McGheehe were a party of Fort Gibson converts who went up to Tahlequah Tuesday night of this week to attend the Crusader's revival.
Mr. I W Rowland, of Weddington, Ark., father of Miss Lura Rowland of the School for the Blind, was in town a few days last week visiting his daughters and attending to business.
James smith, of the Tulsa Republican, was in to see us yesterday. He was returning from a visit to Arkansas and stopped over a day in Fort Gibson, the guest of G W Henry, of the Blind school.
Mrs. S M Rutherford and her daughter, Mrs. Dowd, nee Emilese Rutherford, of Fort Smith, Ark., passed through the city Saturday on their way to attend the funeral of the late D W Bushyhead at Tahlequah.
Prof D W C Duncan was in the city yesterday going to Tahlequah. Prof Duncan is the brother to Hon W A Duncan, one of Cherokee delegates to Washington. He is of the opinion that no Indian legislation of any consequences will be enacted at this Congress.
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DEATH OF BUSHYHEAD.
Passing Away of One of the Most Prominent Cherokees.
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