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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 21

March 10, 1898 (Part 3)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Fort Gibson's townsite will prove a veritable Clondyke to those who get here first.

In al this war talk and diplomatic controversy where does poor old Secretary of State John Sherman come in? Is he dead, or forgotten, which?

When the troops in 1823 pitched their tents on the banks of Grand river and called it Fort Gibson, they knew it was an admirable location for a great city.

The presence in Fort Gibson for the past week of so many prominent men of money and shrewd business foresight should be a sufficent hint to the wise to come also.

The Post is to busy these balmy spring days to devote much editorial space to the uncertain talk about the war with Spain. We have some thing more certain to talk about the future of Fort Gibson.

The war news in the big dailies is crowding out the Indian news from Congress, but The Post has a correspondent in Washington who keeps our readers well posted on the progress of Indian legislation.

Fort Gibson should not "sleep on her arms," as it were, and wait till the Curtis bill passes before the town is re-incorporated. There are inestimable advantages to be gained by incorporating before it passes. Don't look to other towns without a future to lead us. Incorporate now.

     Many people not familiar with Fort Gibson, the oldest and best located townsite in the west, is no larger than it is at present. But to those acquainted with the history of the Cherokee Nation and its peculiar laws which have been in force for more than a half century - the prejudice of the average Cherokee statesman against progress, and the impracticability of investing money in this country - the reason is plain.
     Fort Gibson is the oldest postoffice in the Cherokee Nation. It was selected for a government post before the Cherokees came west because of its splendid water, heathful climate and natural advantages. There was plenty of good building stone, wood, water and all other natural resources needed by man. All these things are here yet, and the great city is near at hand.
     Bacon University, near Muskogee, should be in Fort Gibson today. The promoters asked the Cherokee council to give them the privilege to build here and the Cherokee council refused. Harrell Institute, also now located at Muskogee, wanted to build at Fort Gibson, but was in a like manner denied the right. The Presbyterian school at Tahlequah was denied a like privilege. Many other good institutions and enterprises that go to make up large cities have been excluded from Fort Gibson by Cherokee political pull-backs. Even the last council refused to entertain a proposition from the government to establish a government post at this time. The Cherokees have for years [corner turned up - words obscured] themselves and their towns
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with their own laws and prejudices, thereby building up larger towns just without their borders on un-watered and unproductive alkali prairies. They have always considered commercial progress a menace to tribal government, and for this reason have opposed progress.
     This idea, however, is no longer upheld in the Cherokee Nation, except by the full bloods and the more ignorant and prejudiced halfbreeds. The intelligent Cherokee is now in favor of allotment, townsites and progress, and they will hail with delight the early passage of United States laws that will enable them to show to the world that they have the best country, the most desirable townsites and that they are a progressive and go-ahead people.
     In anticipation of the inevitable change of former conditions in this country people are now coming to Fort Gibson, the great natural townsite of the west, and buying up lots and farms while they may be had at reasonable prices. Much building is already going on, and many other projects for the residences and large business houses are in contemplation.

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Seed potatoes at Eifferts, the best on the market.

First-class carriage repair work done at Reynolds' Depot Shop.

Roddy Reese of Manard was noticed on our streets Wednesday.

J E Long, city marshal of Wagoner, passed through the city Monday, going to Webber Falls.

Fresh groceries, good and cheap, at the new Acme.

Mrs Hubbard Ross has returned from a two or three weeks' visit to her former home at Boonesboro, Ark.

Sandals and oxfords in all colors for ladies, misses and children. Butler Mercantile Co.

J A Lawrence, a well known business man of Tahlequah, came in Sunday from the eastern markets on his return home.

W T Richards, one of Tahlequah's big merchants, was here Sunday on his way to St Louis and the east to buy stock.

Men's shoes in coffee, tan, oxblood and vici kid, just received. Butler Mercantile Co.

Albert A Taylor, auditor of the Cherokee Nation, was in the city Sunday. He went to Claremore on the evening train.

W M Gulager of Tahlequah, familiarly known by his many friends as "Cluclu" is a rustler and is looking out for bargains in property in and near Fort Gibson.

Jack Walker of the Bayou Manard neighborhood was here on business Wednesday.

Thomas Berd and his son, John Berd, will go to Hot Springs this week, for the benefit of the former's health.

Frank Smith, Indian police, residing in Canadian district, was in the city Wednesday on official business.

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The members and congregation of the First Presbyterian church of Fort Gibson will hold a meeting Sunday, March 13, at 3 o'clock p.m. for the purpose of electing a board of trustees and calling a pastor for the coming year, and the consideration of the general work of the church. All members of the church and congregation are urged to be present.

Percy Kidd, the sign painter employed by A R Matheson, the painter, paper hanger, decorator and druggist, is an artist of the water color variety. He (Percy we mean) has been engaged industriously for the past week in painting the drop curtain of Walker's opera house and, although not yet completed, it is a beauty already.

Attorney Geo B Curtis, of Sallisaw, was in the city Tuesday attending to legal business. Mr. Curtis is thinking of locating in Fort Gibson permanently. He likes Sallisaw, but it has no such water as Fort Gibson, and everybody likes good water and good health.

Capt. C H Taylor, one of the big farmers of Cooweescoowee district, who resides at Coffeyville, Kansas, was here Tuesday, returning from a business trip to Tahlequah. Capt Taylor is not only a successful, farmer, but a successful lawyer as well, and is now engaged in the Cherokee real estate business. He has some bargains in Cooweescoowee farms, which may be taken advantage of by Cherokee citizens.

Hon Chas Pierce and Deputy Sheriff T J Cookson, both of Braggs, came up Tuesday to make a division of the property involved in the late Cherokee supreme court decision in the case of Emma Harris vs. Georgia Walker. The division was postponed, however, owing to a disagreement between the late litigants.

Charley Walker, colored, of this pace, who has been wanted for some time for various offenses, came in Wednesday of this week and surrendered to Deputy O. Dobson. Deputy Dobson also arrested and took to Muskogee with him Bob Gray, colored, charged with cattle theft.

Henry Eiffert made a business trip to Tahlequah Tuesday.

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Miss Emma Scott is up home this week.

Miss Allie and Bertha Nash of Kendall College was over recently to visit home folks.

Master Jack Scott gave a party to the little folks Saturday evening.

Rev H F Huber has left us for a few weeks, to conduct a big meeting near Tahlequah.

The Rev Hamilton will preach at the Presbyterian church next Sunday.

Miss Minnie Coleman is visiting her sister, Mrs. Hailey, at Ivydale.

Joe Copeland had his collar bone broken Monday by his horse kicking him.

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