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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 23

Saturday March 26, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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           Bones Supposed to Be Those of a St. Louis Couple.
     Two skeletons, supposed to be the remains of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Taylor, once residents of St. Louis, who disappeared thirty-one years ago, have been found near Wewoka, I. T. The theory is that they have been murdered by Indians. Theodore Taylor is alleged to have been a nephew of Zachary Taylor.
     The story comes by wire from Independence, Kansas. It is that Henry Johnson, overseer on a big cattle ranch near Wewoka, found the skeletons of a man and a woman while digging a well. Among the bones were found several rings, a necklace and a large gold medal and a locket. On the medal was inscribed "Nemo me impune Lacessit" - No one wounds me with impunity. Beneath the inscription was Octavia Malcolm. On the locket was engraved "From Ted."
     It is related that in 1867 Theodore Taylor, a cousin of Col. Dick Taylor, and nephew of President Zachary Taylor, visited St. Louis. Here he met Miss Octavia Malcom, of Mississippi. They were married and the young couple set out for Texas. They were last seen near Fort Gibson, I.T., in November 1867. They were traveling southwest. In their party was a Mr. and Mrs. Durville. Durville's body was found in the woods, mutilated by Indians. The trail indicated that Mrs. Durville and the Taylors had been carried away. Nothing was heard of any of them till Overseer Johnson turned up the two skeletons.
     Whether Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were murdered by Indians or died from exposure and starvation will probably never be known.
     Some friends of the Taylor family in St. Louis have a hazy rememberance of Theodore Taylor's marriage. Others have no recollection of the young man.
     The finding of the bones and jewelry has been reported to the Department of the Interior.


"Butch" Johnson, the bone man, bids fair to be a millionair in the near future. He has an eye for business. He sold a car of bones, losing three dollars on the ton; then he bought a case of eggs at five cents a dozen and sold them for four cents per dozen. "Butch" is now buying Spanish chickens and says he knows where he can give them away.

The school at Vian, under the efficient management of Mrs. Lizzie Starr, is in a flourishing condition. Aggregate, 54, with an average of 27.

Rev. J J Lovett, presiding elder of the M E church south, was in Vian this week. He was entertained by Brother Turner, pastor of the church, while here.

Mr. Wm Thompson, Judge of the Illinois district, is now in Louisiana buying cattle. Judge Bill got stuck on that country last winter where he went for a short stay.

John Cornelius, son of T. Cornelius, died last Saturday at 3;30 a.m. He had been complaining for several weeks and his ailments finally culminated in inflamation of the liver and stomach. He was buried at the Vian cemetery last Monday.

Mr. Mack Corelius and his sister, Mrs. Robert Bell, are lying very sick four miles south of Vian. Dr. Bryan of this city and Dr. Campbell of Illinois Station are attending on them.

A young son of Mr. Wm. Hall, who lives near McKey, has been very sick at Mr. Mark Ross' residence.

Fish are reported to be very plentiful
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in all the streams. People are catching them in large quantities.

There is now about 150 acres of early potatoes planted in the vicinity of Vian. Potato men are very sanguine in their conversations about the probably price of this great staple. With potatoes, strawberries, beans and cantalopes for the early June market, Vian will certainly be in the lead.

Our pastor, Brother Turner, seems to be the right man in the right place. A practical christian gentleman, treading the wine press, so to speak, for the glory of God and His great work. More such men in the ranks of the Lord's labor would not hurt the church.

A new firm is now a permanent fixture in our city. The firm of Hayes & Parker is now all the go. Mr. Hayes is at the head of the firm and chief interpreter, while Mr. Parker is the course head writer.

Mr. Morley from Genson Ark., is in the city looking up a location for a first-class grocery business. It seems that Vian is certainly the mecca for business men.

Robert Sanders took a tumble from his bycicle last week and has not been able to perambulate the streets or ride the country roads up to date.

Messrs. Wm and Robt Byrnes of Iowa, has rented the Rogers dwelling in the west addition.

Mrs. Peck, representing Isaac Cohn of Ft. Smith, took dinner with Mrs. Wallace Thornton last Thursday.

Harry Gaines, "the only Harry," spent a couple of days in the city this week as a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Thornton.

Mart Ross, the great big little man around town is making daily trips to his corn ground, with a sack full of cobs with which he stops all crawfish holes.

Mr. M F Carey, of the North mountain came in this week, he reports all mountain streams on the boom.

Real estate traffic is now booming. Houses are wanted.

Two new billiard rooms are now in the city.

Jacr Brockman is still after the dogs and Mr. Scott's peas are all frost-bit.

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Re-plant your gardens.

The hobo won't always hoe, or split wood, either.

Henry Eiffert has been attending court at Wagoner this week.

Lady Africa Specialty Company at Opera House on Tuesday night.

F J Boudinot and wife returned Monday from a trip to St. Louis and Chicago.

Cabbage, Onions, Potatoes, Oranges, Bananas and Lemons at C E Eiffert's

Solicitor E A Walker, of Braggs, was here on business Monday and Tuesday.

C D Glass, a prominent young Cherokee of Braggs, was here Monday on business.

D W Wilson of Tahlequah came down Tuesday and spent several hours in the city.

F H Nash was over at Muskogee Wednesday on business, returning Thursday night.

The sun! The sun! The beautiful sun, came glittering down upon the beautiful white snow Wednesday afternoon.

J F Vanhoy comes to town almost daily these troublous times to discuss prize fighting and the probabilities of war.

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The dancing party at Dr. and Mrs. J M Howard's Wednesday evening, was a much enjoyed affair. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Marshal, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ross, Mr. and Mrs. F J Boudinot; Misses Gertrude Rogers, Emma and Minnie Coleman, Fanny Nash, Clara Haigood, Bettie and Marie Eiffert; Messrs. Harry Nash, Will Blake, Chas. Koehler, Chas. Dege, __ Collins, Hallonquist, Al. Belt.

The rain of this week came near washing away the corps of surveyors, camped in the Ross Grove, tents, baggage and all. During the high water Monday the first story of their tents was completely inundated and the inhabitants thereof only escaped a watery grave by perching themselves upon the tops of some friendly tables until the flood subsided. Boats, unfortunately, were not included in their camping outfit.

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

FOR SALE - Business house and lot, centrally located on Front street; lot 60 by 150 feet; good business house on same. Apply at once to Will T Canup, agent, Fort Gibson, I.T. There is a great bargain here, and those interested should lose no time in making application.

12 pounds good green coffee $1.00, 8 pounds best green coffee $1.00, 20 pounds brown sugar $1.00, 2 pounds can of corn 10 cents, canned apples 5 cents a can at C E Eiffert's.

All early gardens, not covered, were killed by the heavy sleet and snow of this week. It's really discouraging, isn't it?

We will continue to accept kitchen stove wood on subscription. If you want The Post, bring 'er in.

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