Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 28 (the April 23rd issue was No 27)
Saturday May 07, 1898 (Part 2)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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Fort Gibson, May 7, 1898
The War with Spain will not interfere with the steady substantial boom that is just beginning in Fort Gibson.
With such formidable fighters in the field as the Territory Sharpshooters, the Texas Rangers, the Montana Cowboys, Buffalo Bill's Scouts and the Arizona Kickers, the Spaniards won't last long after landing on the western hemisphere.
In case of treaty resubmission and the return of the Dawes commission to the Territory for dill-dallying purposes, it will be in order for Chief Mayes and the Cherokee council to name the Cherokee delegates a do-nothing commission to negotiate for more time - more time, you know.
The Fort Smith Record is growing in popularity in Fort Gibson as the war with Spain progresses. The very latest war news is read by our citizens each evening in the News Record and Editor Kendricks is taking advantage of the present opportunity to push his circulation along the Valley route.
Who is Captain Wood, anyway? A call has been made in his behalf for 165 crack shots from the Indian Territory to fill out his company of mounted riflemen. The Indian Territory is able to take good care of herself in the war with Spain, and Captain Wood should be able to take care of his regiment outside of the Territory unless he is willing to accredit our valliant sharpshooters to the Indian Territory.
Senator Platt who has no doubt been copiously "tipped" by the Cherokee delegation, has prepared an amendment to the general deficiency appropriation bill providing that $7,500 be paid out of interest money due the Cherokees to ex-Senator Call as a lobby fee for defeating progress in the Territory. Call was employed by the Cherokee delegation to defeat the desires of a large majority of Territory people. Money talks, you know, even if the people do have to unwillingly furnish the money.
The lake just southwest of Fort Gibson will be worth millions to this city when its population grows to 20,000. The lake is about two and a half miles long and from 25 to 100 yards wide, the depth of which at some places is 20 feet. It is the finest place to fish in the Indian Territory, containing thousands of trout, speckled bass, perch and other fish that are easily caught. Hundreds of people line its banks almost daily, all of whom bring away with them nice strings of fish. If this lake's wealth of piscatorial sport was extensively known fishing parties would frequent it from St. Louis, Kansas City and other large cities.
Many letters of inquiry have been received since our last issue from persons wanting to locate in the coming city of Fort Gibson. To all of them we say come, and come at once. There is plenty of room for all.
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Our Washington advices this week do not indicate that there will be any satisfactory Indian legislation accomplished at this session of Congress, although it has looked very favorable until now. The sentiment in the Senate seems to be changing in favor of resubmitting the whole Indian problem to the Dawes Commission and the Five Tribes for settlement. This means that the Indian lobby at Washington, with the money of their respective nations, are masters of the situation, as a few of their deluded followers, who had rather see every cent of the invested funds to go hades via the attorney fee route than to see the Indian country prosper as it should. It means that Indian delegations are opposed to progress as long as long as they can fleece their countrymen out of the necessary spondulix to pay themselves and the freight, (bribes, attorney fees, etc.) It means that the Curtis bill will be tabled (for a money consideration); that the treaty farce will be resubmitted (for a money consideration); that the Dawes Commission will return to negotiate with Poor Lo (for a money consideration), and that the Indian Territory will go to weeds and the devil for two years to come (for nothing).
The Post, like some of our business men, has its short comings, and under the circumstances it has a perfect right to have them. When a local paper has to look to a very few business men of the town for its support, it results in hardships to all except those who are too close-fisted and stingy to display even a symptom of public enterprise. There are a few business men here who deserve all the patronage of the community, and then there are others who are a serious drawback to the town and who deserve to "go broke", because of their lack of public enterprise.
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Walnut logs still coming in.
W H Henricks of Manard was here Tuesday trading.
Fishing parties to the lake and bayou are of frequent occurence.
Spring has at last made its advent and the bluebirds are singing merrily.
C L Bowden brought in the first Irish potatoes of this years growth this week.
The river is falling, but very slowly. No lives have been reported lost up to this morning.
Dick Parris and Will Cunningham, two scorchers from Tahlequah, came down Tuesday on their wheels.
Miss Vivan Scott and Miss Benge, students of the Female Seminary at Tahlequah, were down this week on a home visit.
Secretary of the Cherokee treasury R B Ross came down from Tahlequah Wednesday, taking the evening train for the west.
Henry Eiffert, one of our most enterprising citizens, was over at Muskogee one day last week attending to business.
Manuel Holland, a prosperous farmer living near Manard, was here Tuesday laying in a supply of seed and farming implements.
W I Marshall, the genial day operator at the depot, will move his family into the cottage residence near the McBride House on Second street.
Will Palmer and George Austin, two handsome young gentlemen of Muskogee were over Monday last looking around the city and greeting numerous friends.
J Mode, who lives one mile south on Frenchy Miller's place, had his house and contents entirely consumed by fire on Wednesday night of last week. Loss about $400.
J C Buchanan, the clever insurance man of Webber Falls, came up Wednesday. Mr. Buckanan has his eye on some Fort Gibson property and will probably purchase before the boom comes.
Mr. O Laton, recently of Webber Falls, has come to Fort Gibson to locate permanently. Mr. Laton is a dealer in machinery and says he thinks Fort Gibson is the right place to settle in just now.
Hon. W J Watts, the noted "Chief of the Intruders," was in the city Wednesday returning to his home in Wagoner from Muldrow. Mr. Watts is still sanguine that he will come out on top in the final wind-up.
Chas. Kochler, the efficient young salesman at the Butler Mercantile Co., made a flying squadron to Muskogee last Friday. Charley didn't go to join the army, either, reports to the contrary, notwithstanding.
Judge Springer last week handed down his decision in the famous Jno O Cobb citizenship case. It went against Cobb. The decision also included the Flippins, Bells and Paynes, who appealed from the decision of the Dawes Commission last year.
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Mr. A Greenwood, Fort Gibson's cabinet maker and scroll worker has just completed a boat (not a gunboat) to be launched in the Grand river. Mr. Greenwood is a good workman and makes a specialty of fine scroll, table and ornamental work. When you need any of this kind of work call on him.
A party of fishermen and fisherwomen went out to the Bayou last week and spent the day in piscatorial sport. The party consisted of Mrs. C H Shaffer, Mrs. L R Nash, Misses Fannie Nash, Clara Huber, Minnie Coleman and Cora Rowland; and Messrs Chas F Denge, G R Scott, Flo H Nash and Charley Koehler.
Chas. F Dege, who has been with the big mercantile firm of F H Nash for some time, departed this week for Kansas City on a visit. Fort Gibson social circles sustains quite a loss in Mr. Dege's departure from the city, as he became popular with both young and old during his stay here.
"Doc" Joe Turnham, late of Walker's drug store, after spending a couple of weeks hunting and fishing, is in our midst again as genial and lively as ever. "Doc" is thinking very seriously of going to the war with Spain as a member of the Indian Territory sharp shooters.
Frank Pack of Tahlequah was here Tuesday on his way to the wholesale market to lay in a supply of goods. Frank is one of the most intelligent Cherokee freedmen men and has numerous friends in Fort Gibson.
John C Dannenbery and Miss Okla Spraddling, two prominent young Tahlequah society people, were married on the 23rd ult.
We learn that an effort is soon to be made to organize a walking squadroon in Fort Gibson to go to war with the Spaniards.
Attorney S M Rutherford was in the city Thursday on his way to Fort Smith.
John F Wilson, the Fort Gibson and Tahlequah liveryman, came in yesterday to look after business.
It is probable that the first mail for several days will come in this evening at 60:2.
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Henry Eiffert has the earliest garden in the community, as far as known. He has been eating home raised vegetables for three or four weeks.
C L Lynch, chief justice of the Cherokee supreme court, has ordered that said court meet in adjourned term on July 11th, next.
T J Adair, one of Tahlequah's big, substantial merchants, was here Tuesday on his return home from the wholesale market.
Ed Fish, J M Riley, Louie Garland and T F Cunningham, students of Bacone University, came over Monday to see the city.
It is estimated that nearly 2,000 good-sized fish were caught out of the lake with hooks last week. Trout, speckled bass and white and sun perch principally.
Ed Reynolds, the blacksmith, is quite a successful fisherman. He made a big catch in Grand river Monday night, some buffalo and cat weighing 20 and 30 pounds each.
Jesse Benge has opened up a refreshment stand in the building formerly occupied by McLain meat market. "Tete" has numerous friends in Fort Gibson and vicinity, and all wish him success.
Miss Olive Heath, who has been studying for the stage in New York City for a year or two, is the guest of Mrs. R A Evans of Muskogee this week. Miss Heath is a beautiful and accomplished Cherokee girl and has attracted considerable attention in theatrical circles throughout the country.
The Muskogee and Tahlequah Odd Fellows met at the Nevins Ferry, near Fort Gibson, Tuesday and joined in the celebration of the 79th anniversary of the order. Judge Thomas of the United States court was present and delivered the address of the occasion. A big dinner was spread on temporary tables in the beautiful grove and genuine good old time was the result.
CUT HIS OWN THROAT.
At Muskogee Monday evening about 6 o'clock Victor Erricson, a laborer, committed suicide down near the depot. He and a friend had eaten their supper and Erricson suggested that they take a stroll. When they had walked a short distance together, Erricson sauntered off alone and when the friend turned to look after him, he saw a terrible sight. Erricson was slashing his throat, first on one side and then on the other. He died in a very few moments.
There is no known cause for his act. He had $23 in his pocket and a gold watch, besides several letters. When examined, it was found that he had completely severed both jngular veins. He was a K of P and the body was sent to friends in Kansas for burial.
Page 5, column 4 & 5 - reprint of Ft Gibson's incorporation notice
Page 6 & 7 - preprinted
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F H Bowden of Columbus, Oh., is visiting his father, C L Bowden, of this city.
Jas L Walker of Stillwell was in the city yesterday returning home from Tahlequah. Mr. Walker has been appointed assistant revenue collector for the Flint district.
Dr. Joe Turnham and Fred Holden went over to Muskogee this week to join Captain White's company of Territory sharpshooters, who will depart in a few days for Cuba to do battle with the Spaniards. Both are valliant young men and their many friends wish them much glory and a safe return home.
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