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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 17

February 17, 1898 (Part 2)

Special 16 page "Boom" Edition - Page 5

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     Are the Business and Professional Men of
           Fort Gibson, Indian Territory.
     The post today presents to its readers the names of Fort Gibson's business men who are more than willing to do their share toward the upbuilding of our city. They should receive the cordial and hearty support of the residents of the surrounding vicinity and city, who have the interest of Fort Gibson at heart. It is possible to purchase anything in Fort Gibson that is obtainable at any other town in the territory, and as cheap. Patronize home industry and you will see Fort Gibson with 10,000 inhabitants inside of ten years.
     Following are a few of Fort Gibson's business men:
Butler Mercantile Co
     This concern has been doing a good business in Fort Gibson for about five years. Their store is perhaps the largest one of its kind in the Cherokee nation, carrying everything needed by mankind. R E Butler is manager of the company, and the splendid success which has attended his wise management is evidence by the enormous and deserved popularity of this house with the farmers and planters especially, as well as all others who have ever had dealings with this firm. No better evidence can be given of these facts than that all those who have ever had any dealings with this house, whether farmers or others, but what will put themselves to considerable trouble to go there again. Under its wise and careful management a customer once secured is afterwards retained. The grade of goods sold, which is always kept up to a first class standard, and carefully purchased, the lowest prices and as careful and courteous treatment given for a small purchase as a large one, has had much to do with the building of this enormous house. The people who have been there and had dealings are themselves the best advertisers of this house. Again, this firm keeps a large and varied stock, and they will all say, "If Butler has not got it, and of the best and cheapest, it is no use to seek elsewhere." This house no doubt carries a great many things that are often called for and which when sold, makes little profit, simply to accommodate the public. The public in return have learned to appreciate the kindness and courtesy of the house, so that a mutual friendship seems to exist between this firm and those who once patronize it. The salesmen for this firm are Judge G O Sanders, Charles R Koehler and E Butterfield.

F H Nash
     Everybody in and around and anywhere near Fort Gibson knows F H Nash, the kind, genial and affable merchant. Mr. Nash is one of our oldest and most enterprising citizens. He is ever ready to help along anything that will benefit or be of interest to this locality. The picture of his store appears on the first page. He is a merchant of long experience and a man universally liked by his friends and acquaintances, and all who have ever had dealings with him. His long acquaintance with our farming and industrial classes causes them to have the utmost confidence in him as a merchant. He buys his goods carefully, and earnestly requests those having anything to buy to call and see him and examine his stock and prices before buying elsewhere. He claims that he will sell as cheap and give as good and courteous treatment as you can get anywhere, and if your are not already numbered among his friends and patrons he earnestly requests you to give him a trial. His propositions are certainly fair, and we bespeak for him his share of the public favor and patronage. L R Nash, familiarly known as Louis, son of Mr. Nash, is the head salesman of this house. Charley Dege and Frank Nash will also be found on hand to wait on customers.

W S Nash
     W S Nash wants it distinctly understood that he is in the Fort Gibson mercantile element with a stock of goods that defies competition. He is one of the bargain merchants of
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the city. He keeps a complete stock of dry goods, also groceries, furniture and hardware. He wishes anyone who ever contemplates buying to call and see him and let him make them prices and compare goods. No trouble to show goods. His motto, as will be seen from an advertisement kept standing in these columns, is: "Don't buy until you have examined and priced my goods."

C E Eiffert
     The popular family grocer, while known to every man, woman and child in Fort Gibson, may not be generally known to the public at large. Eiffert makes a specialty of family groceries and supplies, and you will always find his store crowded with purchasers. No better evidence can be given than that he gives good satisfaction. In connection with this popular trading resort is a drug store attached, where A R Matheson, a druggist of ability, can be found who will carefully compound all prescriptions.

The Trent Hotel
     is one of Fort Gibson's leading hostleries. It was formerly known as the Ross House and was built by the late Col. Wm P Ross. Mrs. M K Trent is the present owner and proprietress. She has had considerable experience in the hotel business and knows how to please her patrons. Special attention is given to commercial men.

J R Bagwell
     came to Ft. Gibson shortly after the Cherokee payment in 1892, and started a blacksmith and general repair shop. During this time he has made many customers and friends by his impartial treatment. Jess will make you any kind of a horse shoe you want and do first class work on any job you bring to his forge.

Jesse Mc'Lain
     is a fixture in Fort Gibson. He has been here and he means to stay. He will do to tie to. He is a substantial citizen and has the interest of the town at heart. The McLain House, one of the leading hostleries of the city, was built by Jesse McLain. He is also proprietor and manager of the McLain meat market, which is one of the necessary and leading industries of the coming future great. Mr. McLain has recently repainted and renovated his hotel and he enjoys a good patronage, from both the traveling public and the meat-eating public.

R L Taylor
     is a professional blacksmith. He knows his business and attends to it stictly. He lives in Fort Gibson and is proud of it. He means to continue to live here and do good blacksmithing at living prices. He like everybody else, looks for a big boom in the near future, and is willing to stay with us.

Turner Roach
     is the right man at the depot. He is known by the railroad boys as the "Owl Man," but he does not resemble a fowl very much. Turner is attentive to business, and not only has the good will of our entire population, but the confidence of the railroad company for which he works.

M D L Dowell
     came from Sherman, Texas, to the Cherokee nation. He for many years conducted the hardware and tin establishment of the late John S Scott. He afterwards embarked in the tin and coffin business for himself, and was clerk of the town council of Fort Gibson while the late Col Wm P Ross was mayor. He filled the place with credit to the administration, so said Mayor Ross and others. Mr. Dowell and his integrity still remains with us, although having borne the weight of heavy misfortune, and holds his prominence as notary public for the united States court in the Northern district of the Indian Territory.

C H Shaffer
     Fort Gibson's genial and accommodating station agent, is a veteran in the business. He knows how to serve the public and he serves the public well. The K. & A. V. railroad did
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well in securing his service. He has been in Fort Gibson seven years. He has been in the railroad business 18 years. Mr. Shaffer is a Pennsylvania Dutchman, being born in that state 38 years ago at the village of Madisonbury. He moved to Wisconson and remained there a year, coming to Fort Gibson seven years ago. He is a Democrat of the most pronounced Bryan type and an all-around gentleman. He is agent, not only for the great Missouri Pacific system at Fort Gibson, but is also agent for the Waters-Pierce Oil company, the Pacific Express company, the Cherokee Telephone company and other companies too numerous to mention. He has an interesting family, and is to be considered a social and business fixture of the future metropolis of Indian Territory.

     is a shoemaker of more than ordinary ability. He has been in Fort Gibson for a number of years, and he has no idea of leaving. His place of business is on Front street, near Dr. McBride's office. He does all kinds of saddle and shoe repairing, and guarantees satisfaction. He also manufactures fine shoes and boots to order.

Fresh Oysters.
     Harry Nash and Stuart Cox, both experienced men in business, run the only up-to-date fresh oyster restaurant in the city. Mr. Nash is proprietor and Stuart Cox is manager. They make a splendid team, and the public is well satisfied with the service rendered.

Henry Spears
     has been conducting the Depot Lunch Stand for more than a year, giving the best satisfaction. He has had much experience in the restaurant business, and knows about what the public wants. He is enterprising and never fails to encourage a worthy project.

W M Lynch, The Barber
     is a stayer. He has been in Fort Gibson for years, and means to stay as long as he can. He is a tonsorial artist of the first water and the town is satisfied with him. He owns his own home, a horse and buggy, and rides to his place of business like a real estate agent. He does all kinds of barber work with neatness and dispatch and a sharp razor.

James Barnes
     is proprietor of the Central Grocery Store and Meat Market. He is an old resident of the town and believes in the future of the same. He handles all kinds of staple groceries, fresh meats and provisions.

T W Collins
     runs a blacksmith and wood shop in the central part of town and enjoys a good patronage. He is a good workman, and by fair treatment of his patrons he manages to maintain his share of the country's business.

W J Mounts
     is a carpenter and builder of well known ability. He has built many of the prettiest homes of the city and is still building. He is now at work on Walker's Opera House, assisted by R V Root and other good workmen.

Feed Store
     Of course Fort Gibson would not be complete without a feed store. This we have, and it is first class. Harry W Miller is proprietor and he sells all kinds of feedstuff at the lowest prices. He also handles seed oats of the best quality, and guarantees them to come up as advertised.

Willey's Store
     is located in what is now commonly known as "Old Town," but which will ere long constitute an important part of a great city. Mr. Willey is one of our old and substantial residents, and never fails to do his part for the up-building of what everybody expects to be the leading territory town. Mr. Willey handles groceries and provisions of all kinds, and being located conveniently, he sells them rapidly. He is one of our town councillors and thoroughly interested in the city's progress.

R M Walker
     has grown up with the town. He is one of our leading men. He is always ready to "chip in" for the good of the town, as all good men do. He runs Walker's drug store and does a good drug business. He is also the "main guy" of Walker's opera house, now in course of construction, and ex-mayor of the town. Judge Walker is one of our most progressive and substantial citizens. Recently he has began the erection of a large business house on North First street. It is to be known as Walker's
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     Opera House, the first floor to be used by the Acme Mercantile Co., as a grocery emporium. The building is now nearly completed, and will add much to the architectural beauty of the city.

A R Matheson
     Mr. Matheson's is headquarters for wall paper, paints, varnishes and all kind of sign painting, etc. Mr. Matheson keeps skilled mechanics, well up on the art in his line, to turn out his work. Percy, the sign painter, and C W Baughan are in his employ. Call on Mr. Matheson when needing anything in his line.

Wilson Hack Line
     If there ever was a man suited to his business, and who gives good satisfaction to the public, it is John F Wilson, the veteran liveryman and operator of the hack line from Fort Gibson to Tahlequah. He owns stables at each end of the line. He was burned out three times at Tahlequah and each time, like the proverbial Phoenix, arose from the flames. But the Phoenix business got obnoxious and monotonous and he now has a fire proof barn at Tahlequah.

E Stair
     has the only saw mill in Fort Gibson and is prepared to put into lumber all the logs in this vicinity. He also has the facilities to do all kinds of saw filing for outside parties.

E H Reynolds
     a first class blacksmith, has recently located in Fort Gibson, just west of the depot, and solicits his share of the work in that line.

James Coleman
     handles all kinds of lumber and building material, being proprietor of the leading lumber yard in the city. Mr. Coleman is also a contractor and builder of ability, being at work now on the Walker opera house.

Druggist J J Turnham
     familiarly called "Doc" Turnham, is known to nearly every one. He has been with R M Walker for several years and knows his business well. He is thorough in his knowledge of the drug business, being a graduate from a first class school of pharmacy.

E Blevans
     is a barber who has recently located in Fort Gibson. His place of business is on Front street just east of E E Eiffert's.

New Bakery
     Otto White and Leo DeSilver are putting a fine bakery over on Front street. Mr. DeSilver is a good baker and proposes to keep our people supplied hereafter with fresh bread, pies and cakes.

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