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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 29 (the May 7th issue was No 28)

Thursday June 2, 1898 (Part 3)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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     The country adjacent to Fort Gibson is rich in minerals of nearly all kinds. Coal of the finest quality crops out in many places at the grass roots and can be had in great quantities simply for the digging. Lead, zinc and iron ore can be picked up in the creek beds and in the ravines to the north and east of the town, giving evidence that it exists in great abundance in the vicinity. Some indications of rich deposits of silver have been discovered, while oil is known to exist near the town in paying quantities when developed. Tripoli, or filtering rock, is already being worked near the city. This pro-
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duct is being shipped to north-eastern cities and promises to ere long develop into a paying industry.
     Fort Gibson's climate is about the finest in the world. For this reason the United States government selected it as a desirable site for military post as far back as 1828, which has been kept up until recently. Those who sojourn here for a few days are wont to leave. A delightful breeze constantly blowing, and the summers and winters are neither too hot nor too cold. Sickness is almost unknown and people seldom die except from old age. The mild, balmy air, the days with their clear, cloudless skies, and the nights brilliant beyond description with the lustre of countless stars; like diamonds set in an azure field, present a picture, which not even the vaulted clime of sunny Italy can rival. In such a climate disease seldom live or germinate. Any who contemplate coming to the Indian Territory need have no fears about our climate.
     Peaches, apples, pears, plums, cherries, grapes and all other kinds of fruit attain their greatest perfection in the vicinity of Fort Gibson. Tomatoes, melons, cabbage, beans, sweet and Irish potatoes, (two crops of the latter a year), strawberries and all other kinds of vegetables can be grown with little labor and shipped in endless quantities, and at a great profit to the producer. The cultivation of Irish potatoes for shipment, like all other industries of this country, is yet in its infancy, but is proving to be one of the most profitable crops that can be grown. Two crops per year can be raised from the same ground, the yield, generally, is from 100 bushels on the upland to 200 bushels per acre on bottom lands. To the industrious farmer who is sick of the drouth and blizzard swept sections of the north, with their short planting seasons and uncertain crops, this new and undeveloped country of sunshine, pure water and beautiful climate offers unsurpassed inducements. A fortune
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awaits those who take advantage of the opportunities.
     Fort Gibson has no equal in the Indian Territory or the whole southwest as a site for a great manufacturing and commercial city. No other townsite offers the natural advantages, the pure water, the natural drainage, the healthy climate and every other facility that could be desired. Building stone, lumber, clay for verified brick and nearly all other building material necessary can be had right in the vicinity at small cost. The shipping facilities of Fort Gibson are excellent. It is also the distibuting point on the great Iron Mountain Route of all freight, express, mail and passengers to Tahlequah and other interior towns of the Cherokee Nation. Fort Gibson is well suited for manufacturies of all kinds, which is expected to help make her a city of vast population in a few more years of progress. Town lots can be purchased now at moderate prices and now is the time is secure them.
     The above statement of facts, it is hoped, will give people who are looking for a good location a fair idea of the grand opportunities and advantages that Fort Gibson offers for labor and capital. Here, as well as everywhere else, energy, perseverence and hard work will lead to success and wealth, and he who expects to reach it by any other way should stay where he is. No more drones in the hive of industry are wanted here. We have more of this class of humanity than we need already. Any man of experience and honesty who will come among us and work will certainly prosper. We do not want tramps; we want men with money, with brains, with muscle; men with an honest intent to live with us and help us develop a country that is amply blessed by Providence and that has long been neglected.

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Chas G Watts, a bright young lawyer of Wagoner, was a caller last Friday.

Mrs. T W Collins and the children spent Sunday with relatives at Hoto switch.

Sheriff J J Cookson, of Illinois district, was in the city this week on official business.

Brice Adair, of Saline district, died last week at his home near the Cherokee Orphan Asylum.

Dr. Joe Turnham was called to Gibson Station Monday evening on account of the serious illness of his uncle, W H Turnham.

A new arrival was reported at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A R Matheson last week. It's a boy and Alex has been wearing the regulation wide smile.

Harry Nash and his sister Miss Ida Nash, who have been visiting relatives in Louisiana for some time, returned to their home in the city last week.

Judge J G McCombs, United States commission at Vian and Sallisaw, has organized a full fledged company of volunteers at the latter place and is now awaiting orders from the war department to move on Cuba or the Phillipines.

It is learned on good authority that the Carter-Pendleton Drug Co., of Tahlequah will shortly move their entire business to Muskogee, where they propose to increase their stock and run the finest drug store north of Dallas or south of Kansas City. 

Turner Roach, the genial "owl man" at the Missouri Pacific depot, located at this place for some time past, was this week transferred to a like position at Conway, Ark. Turner made numerous friends while here who will kindly remember him.

Dr. J M Thompson and Colonel R M Dannenberg, two prominent citizens of Tahlequah, were in the city Tuesday. Dr. Thompson was going to Muskogee as a witness before the grand jury while Colonel Dannenberg came down to look at some Fort Gibson real estate.

I N Black, who shot and killed Wm Smith near Muldrow in October, 1896, was tried at Muskogee last week and acquitted. Black shot Smith twice with a shot gun while the latter, intoxicated, was attempting to enter the former's house at night. Wm Smith was a son of J M Smith of Tahlequah.

The Arkansas River is to be bridged at Webbers Falls. Mrs. Susan Lynch and Dr. Campbell are the promoters of the enterprise, and the necessary bill granting the right to construct the bridge has already been passed by congress. It is said that work on it will begin very soon and that the bridge will be open for traffic by fall.

At a mass meeting of the citizens of Muskogee last week the following candidates were nominated to filled the city offices under the new incorporation of the town: For mayor, P J Byrne; for recorder, W R Shackleford; for aldermen, C W Turner, F B Severs, W H Harsha, A W Robb, and P N Blackstone. The election occurred yesterday, June 1st, but we have not learned the result.

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Decoration Day was duly observed in Fort Gibson last Monday. All the principal business houses and the postoffice closed their doors in the afternoon and many citizens went out to the National Cemetery, where patriotic speeches were made during the evening. Many people from Tahlequah, Manard and other points were in attendance, and the occasion was a complete success.

W L Marshall, assistant day operator at the depot for several months has been transferred by the company to Oolagah, where he will act as both agent and operator. W S Rice, late of Conway, Ark., has been sent here to take his place.

The Cherokee school of this place will have a picnic on the banks of the Arkansas river near Connell Roger's place, next Friday.

F H Nash, one of our leading merchants, went over to Muskogee on Tuesday to attend the closing exercises of the Harrell Institute, at which place he has a daughter attending.

Mrs. R E Butler and sister, Miss Hattie Lindsey, attended the closing exercises of the Harrell Institute of Muskogee yesterday.

Miss Hattie Lindsey, of Choteau, is visiting her sister, Mrs. R E Butler, this week.

S S Boyles and family, of Tahlequah, accompained by Mrs. John Commingdear attended the Decoration Day services here on Monday.

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Dr. J M Howard is quite sick.

Flo H Nash Jr, made a flying trip to Muskogee Sunday last.

Miss Lillie Spears, we understand, will depart in a few days for Iowa, where will make her future home.

Mrs. Fair McSpadden of Chelsea was a guest of Mrs. I R Nash Monday. She is now visiting relatives at Tahlequah.

Misses Ida and Fannie Nash went to Muskogee yesterday to visit Miss Anna Scott and to attend the Commencement exercises at Harrell.

J F Haas, the shoemaker, has recently purchased for his business one of the finest stitching machines made, which enables him to turn out the finest work that can be done by anyone. With it ladies fine shoes can be repaired while you wait and made to look as good as new ones.

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Page 8 - Ads & a story about the Rough Riders


F J Boudinot, Attorney at Law, Ft. Gibson, I.T.

Horace Bradely, C C Wells, H R Bonner, Lawyers, Wagoner, I.T.

Wm N Littlejohn, Wilson O Bruton, Jas W Breedlove, Attorneys At Law, Sallisaw & Muldrow, I.T.

William F Rasmus, Attorney at Law, Tahlequah, I.T.

G W Baker, R M Wofe, Attorneys at Law, Tahlequah, I.T.

J Warren Reed, Attorney at Law - Fort Smith, Ark & Muskogee, I.T.

James M Howard, Physician & Surgeon, East Fort Gibson, I.T.

Palace Barber Shop, W M Lynch, prop, Fort Gibson, I.T.

A R Matheson, painter, paper hanger

H Ross Agent for Protective and Detective Association of Texas and Indian Territory, Fort Gibson I.T.

"Official War Book" by Congressman James Rankin Young


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