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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 27

Saturday April 12, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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MULDROW ITEMS. An Interesting Budget of News From a Special Reporter - April 21

D S Hart, for several years station agent at this place, has been superceded by R A Blakely, recently of Palarm, Ark. Mr. Hart has made one of the best agents ever stationed at this place and has friends among all classes.

The Press is making a manly effort to wake up the city authorities and the people of Muldrow generally, to make improvements in the way of side walks, drainage, etc. The condition of any town shows about the character of its people. People who live by some of the mudholes should have pride enough to drain them. Good for The Press.

A hunting party, including Abe Hassett, and some of the principal candidates for office at the late election, started in two wagons for a hunting and fishing frolic in the Brushy mountains, last Saturday. "Peace reigns in Warsaw," but Uncle Gibson says there is "something rotton in Denmark."

Jack Ellis, a Cherokee, has commenced suit in the U.S. court to obtain possession of Gov Watts place at Paw Paw. Gov says 'nix comrouse." Pay me and you can take the place.

It appears that the matter of prosecuting the recent election fraud at this place has been abandoned but not forgotten. Chicanery and rascality don't always win.

"Dr." Will Blackard will soon be located in his new drug store, which is one of the finest fitted in there parts.

Marion Mabray is putting up a new two story building 20x10 feet on the ground.

R B Jenkins has been confined to his house for the past week.

The Turnham stone building begins to loom up, work being above the second story windows. It has a
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frontage of 43 feet, and will be the finest building on this line between Fort Smith and Wagoner.

G M Nichols, one of the Watts family has given up his place for which he got pay, and is going to Oklahoma.

Marvin Byrd is talking of putting in a harness shop.

Jim Payne is running a temperance saloon.

Fine rain on Monday.

FIVE TRIBES IN CONGRESS (continued from first page)

... Later - April 20 - The Curtis bill has gone to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. An early consideration of it is promised. ... Senator Jones .. said .. "The bill will be considered just as soon as the committee can reach it. I have not polled the Senate or the committee, and would not like to predict what Indian legislation will pass. ...

The Cobb House, the leading hotel of Vinita, has recently changed hands, Mr. Jacob Arter, an experienced hotel man of Coffeyville, Kans., being now in charge.

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W D McBride went up to Tahlequah Thursday.

M R Brown of Tahlequah was here yesterday.

Harry Miller has worked the roads between here and Muskogee.

W L Hallonquist went down to Sallisaw Tuesday on business.

J W Fortune of Marshall, Texas, is in the city taking insurance.

Mrs. C J Dick returned to her home at Tahlequah Wednesday.

R J Miller, of Shibley & Woods Groc. Co., was in the city this week.

Messrs Gip Scott, Chas Koehler and Chas Dege spent the day in Muskogee Sunday.

R E Butler, manager of the Butler Mercantile Co., went up to Wagoner Thursday evening.

The young people of the Fort will spend a days outing on the Bayou Creek some time next week.

Mrs. Louie Nash and family who has been spending a few days at Chelsea returned home yesterday.

C F Dege who has been working at F H Nash's for the past three months will leave the city the first of next week.

W J Mounts has moved his business from the McLain building down on Front street, next door to Lynch barber shop.

H G Wood, one of Tahlequahs' big merchants was here Wednesday on his way to Fort Smith to replenish his grocery stock.

F H Fash Jr., Gertrude Rogers, Fanny Nash, Mrs. Shaffer and Frank Nash made a flying trip to Muskogee Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. R E Butler, Mrs. C W Turner of Muskogee, and Miss Hattie Lindsey of Chouteau, went up to Kansas City Thursday for a few days visit.

W J Mounts deserves credit for being enterprising. He has filled the gaps in the sidewalk on Front Street and greatly facilitated foot passage thereon.

Frank Pack, one of the progressive, go-ahead colored men of Tahlequah, was in the city Wednesday, on his return from Wagoner, where he has been on business. Frank ordered The Post sent to him for a year saying he could hardly do without it.

News reached Fort Gibson Wednesday of the death the day before of John F Lyons at Redding, Cal. He was a brother-in-law of our townsman, H C Meigs, and was well known in the Cherokee nation as an attorney of prominence.

J D Crafton of Tahlequah, accompanied by his brother-in-law, Mr. Colby, came down to the Future Great Wednesday. "Uncle" Joe, as he is familiarly known, is as jolly and good natured as ever, and his visits are always pleasant ones.

The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Minnie Vann reached here Wednesday. Mrs. Vann died near Bayou Goula, La., Tuesday. She was well known to many Territory people being the grand mother of Louie, Harry and Miss Ida Nash of this city.

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Capt. C H Taylor of Coffeyville, Kans., dropped in on us Tuesday. Captain Taylor was on his return home from Muskogee, where he had been to get an order from Agent Wisdom for the removal of certain intruders from a farm Mr. Taylor won by a late decision of the Cherokee supreme court. He got the order and will soon be in possession of his farm.

Among those mentioned casually for probable candidates for mayor of Greater Fort Gibson are Alex R Matheson, R M Walker, C H Shaffer, Hubbard Ross, T J Thornton, M V Benge, C L Bowden, F J Boudinot and some others. There will be a hot time in both Old and New Town when the best men are nominated.

Attorney F J Boudinot is preparing a petition to Judge Springer asking that commissioners' court be held at Fort Gibson one week in each moth. This is what we should by right have, even if we do incorporate, as examinations for even murder may be had here instead of having to trot off to some other town.

It is learned Mrs. R C Adams and the children will return from Washington to their home in this city about the first of May. Mr. Adams will remain in Washington until Congress adjourns.

Treasurer D W Lipe and ex-Chief C J Harris of Tahlequah, were in the city Tuesday and went up the road on the evening train.

Miss Emma Ingram came down from Pryor Creek Wednesday to visit her sister, Mrs. Flora Thornton, of this city.

The incorporation of Fort Gibson according to the late survey will contain about 500 acres.

F H Nash has been named as one of the grand jury for Judge Springer's May term of court at Muskogee.

E C Eifferts' horse ran away with his delivery wagon and two large sacks of coffee Monday, demolishing the wagon.

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The death of Mrs. Jas. S Stapler occurred at her home at Tahlequah Saturday night last. Her death resulted from congestion of the stomach, she being ill but a few days. Mrs. Stapler was the wife of one of Tahlequahs' most prominent merchants, and leaves a devoted husband and three small children to mourn her. She was one of the Cherokee Nation's most estimable ladies and her death will cause great sorrow, not only to those so near and dear to her, but to all who knew her. The Post joins the numerous friends and relatives in sympathy and condolence.

Attorney J H Pitchford and Sheriff A B Cunningham of Tahlequah were in the city Monday night, on their return from Muskogee. Tahlequahs' petition for incorporation came up before Judge Springer Monday and Attorney Pitchford and Sheriff Cunningham acted as agents pro tem for the town. The petition was granted by the Judge, who will order an election of municipal officers in a short time.

Pastor Messer of the M E church south went to the Bayou fishing Monday, but didn't catch anything worse than a bad cold.

Col Perry Brewer, a good-natured whole-souled farmer living across Grand river, was in town Tuesday arguing war probabilities with Col J F Vanhoy.

Flo. H Nash, who has been taking a business course in a college at Sedalia, Mo., returned home Saturday.

George Candy and his little sister passed through the city this week from Claremore, going to Tahlequah, where the latter will enter school.

John R B Smith, returned Monday from a visit to his home near Illinois station.

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Reprint of Incorporation Notice for Fort Gibson

Page 6 & 7 Preprinted

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IT IS WAR [this is a banner headline]
     First Battles Occurred Yesterday and Last Night.
           Moro Castle Attacked Last Night But Not Captured.
     Actual war is now in progress between the United States and Spain. The first engagements occurred in Cuban waters yesterday when the U.S. battleship Iowa captured a Spanish gunboat and killed 22 Spainards. A Spanish merchant vessel was also captured.
     The very latest came over the wires last night, to the effect that the U.S. squadron under the command of General Sampson attacked Moro Castle at Havana, that the fleet was fired on by the Spainard and that three broadsides from Sampson's battleships silenced the guns of Moro. The Castle was not captured, however, and a big battle will no doubt be fought today.


Mr. Al Belt, of the Fort Smith Engineering Co., has been quite ill, but he is recovering.

The probabilities are very probable that our carpenters, stone and brick masons will ere long have more than they can do in Fort Gibson.

The supreme court of the Cherokee nation, will meet in adjourned term on the first Monday of May, next. 46 cases remain on the Oct 1897 docket to be disposed of.

Don't forget Stuart Cox's Restuarant when you are hungry. His bill of fare for today is enough to induce you to eat whether you are hungry or not.

Mrs. Sue Hamilton, nee Thompson, of Muskogee, passed through town Wednesday going over to Tahlequah to visit relatives.

Al Belt, the genial manager and solicitor of the Fort Smith Engineering Co., returned Tuesday from the Choctaw nation, where he had been on business.

Joseph Sylvester Mullen, who is known to many Territory people, has gone to writing Indian romance. Last week's Van Buren Argus has one of his stories - a Fort Gibson legend of the long ago - which is very interesting to lovers of romance and the improbable. Young Mullen is now attending the law school at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT. - Whereas it has pleased the almighty Ruler of the universe to remove from our midst Charles Courtney Mitchell aged 14 years, son of Bro. L N Mitchell, who departed this life on April 9, 1898.
     Be it Resolved, That Geo. B. Shaw Lodge, No. 29, K of P., tender their deepest sympathies to the stricken family in this sad hour of their bereavement.
     Resolved further, That a copy of this be spread on the lodge records and one given to the family.
- J C Berd, R R Butler, H W Miller, Committee

FORT GIBSON WILL BOOM (continued from front page)
     One of the most encouraging indications that Fort Gibson is ready to throw off her swaddling clothes which she has slept in for nearly a half century is the forming of a real estate firm in the town this week, who proposes to sell lots to all who come to purchase, and who will guarantee to those who buy a title to the same in due course of time. This firm is that of Boudinot & Eiffert, both citizens of the Cherokee nation, men thoroughly responsible for what they do or promise to do. Both are large Cherokee real estate holders in Fort Gibson and Tahlequah and propose to give everybody who desires a chance to come in and help built a city of the first class. Their advertisement appears in this issue of The Post and we direct your attention to it. Those who read this and want to get in on the ground floor of what in the years will be a city of 10,000 inhabitants or more, should correspond with them or come to Fort Gibson at once and select desirable lots before they are picked over. After the enevitable boom begins lots will go up like a skyrocket. The boom is not far distant.
     It's rumbling can be heard, distinctly already and, like the war with Spain, it will be on us in all its gigantic magnitude in a few weeks more. Come!


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