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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 32

Thursday June 23, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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The good old time is not far distant now when all Indian citizens will be put in possession of what belongs to them. The days of the land monopolist and the boodle gang have about passed and a new era of equality and prosperity is at hand.

The nomination of candidates for Fort Gibson's municipal offices has been deferred until after the 3rd of July. By this time it is to be hoped that all good citizens will have agreed upon the best men for the positions to be filled and that sweet peace and harmony will reign supreme.

Well nigh a calamity has befallen Wagoner. Last week the town council of that little burg imposed a tax of $1,000 a year on retail dispencers of hop ale, while a tax of $150 was placed on the wholesale dealer. Now the Wagoner man who drinks the stuff hereafter must buy it by the barrel instead of the schooner.

Already we have begun to enjoy the good times that was prophesied would follow the passage of the Curtis bill. Yesterday we found a quarter on the sidewalk, and this morning one of our patrons volunteered the encouraging promise that he would try to pay us what he owned us inside of the next twenty-five years.

The Post will have a few words to say during the coming municipal campaign. Don't forget this. We have some political data on hand and we are getting more, and faith, we'll print it if necessary. Some old, though interesting stories may be revived and told in all their truthfulness, to the shame of certain officious ones.

The sooner the farmers around Fort Gibson learn to let cotton alone and begin to raise more wheat and corn and hogs the better it will be for both the farmer and the community. There is nothing in cotton, except a hard year's work and it is surprising that so many farmers will continue to enslave themselves by raising it when there is more money and less work in corn and wheat.

As soon as the allotment lines have been established by the Dawes commission and each citizen is put in possession of what belongs to him, then improvements will begin. Old dilapidated houses and fences will be torn down and replaced with new ones and this fair land will be made the garden spot of the world. Towns, like Fort Gibson, will spring up and rapidly become big cities and the dollars will jingle in all our inside pockets.


M Phillippe of the Wagoner Record was a visitor in Fort Gibson yesterday.

Rob Czarnikow of Lees Creek passed through here Tuesday enroute to Tahlequah.

Ed Lee, Jas A Harris and C A Coker were passengers on the train yesterday to Arkansas.

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Ed Blackstone, who has been attending the Male Seminary at Tahlequah, was here Monday.

The well drillers on the Coleman residence lot struck a fine stream of water at a depth of 45 feet.

We learn that Brady Mer. Co. of Muskogee, I.T., Tulsa, I.T. and Nevada, Mo. made an assignment Saturday evening at Muskogee.

Mr. and Mrs. J H Huckleberry of Vian, are visiting Mrs. Huckleberry's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gott, a few miles east of the city.

The first home-raised roasting ears of the season were served on the dining table of F H Nash and family this week. Pretty early corn, that.

Billy Miller and his sister, Miss Ira, departed Tuesday for Conway Springs, Kan., where they go to visit their sister, Mrs. Monroe Bailey.

Harry Nash and T W Collins continue to hold their luck at fishing in the Lake. Tuesday they caught several large trout, some weighing five pounds.

J W McSpadden and Frank McSpadden, of Tahlequah, passed through town Tuesday enroute to Chelsea to attend the funeral of their kinsman Joe McSpadden.

Mrs. L R Nash went up to Chelsea Tuesday to be present at the funeral of her uncle, Joe McSpadden, who died several days ago at Albuquerque, N. M., of consumption.

W M Gibson has the misfortune of losing his entire bottling works at Wagoner last Friday night by fire. His loss was about $2000. Insurance is $900. Origin of fire unknown.

The honor of being the first person to receive the degree of bachelor of arts from any of the educational institutions of Indian Territory belongs to Miss Lucile Waldron of Muskogee, who received this degree recently from Kendall College.

James Hamption and Allison Manus, the two Cherokee boys who maliciously shot into Dr. Bitting's drug store at Tahlequah, were bound over by Commissioner Tollett at Wagoner last week and in default of bond were jailed at Muskogee.

J Louis Rogers of Vian was in the city Tuesday exhibiting a three pound eyeless fish, which was caught of Zeke Parris' well at Tahlequah. If the fish can be kept alive Mr. R. intends to send it to the Omaha exposition.

There were two men killed at Claremore last week. They were Jess Simms and Mack Smith, who were wanted for whisky peddling and were shot by Deputies Bud Trail, Bill Newson and John C Duncan while resisting arrest.

Tahlequah is represented in the volunteer army at Chickamauga by Harvey S Dye.

Stove wood taken on subscription at this office. Also country produce. Bring it along and pay up.

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W D McBride was in Tahlequah several days this week.

The railroad section crews are now working only half time.

The big oil tank near the depot has been repainted grey.

Attorney F J Boudinot attended to legal business in Muskogee Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Miller went to Fort Smith Saturday last, returning Sunday.

Sheriff J J Cookson of this district, has been spending several days in this city.

W M Gulager, of the chief office of Tahlequah, passed up the Valley Sunday evening.

A well is being drilled on the Emma Coleman residence lot, occupied by Agent Shaffer.

W M Gibson of Wagoner, proprietor of the depot lunch stand was a visitor here this week.

W R Harris of Tahlequah was down Monday to see after his fine bottom farm near this place.

W R Smith of Muldrow, while in the city Tuesday called in and ordered The Post sent to him for a year.

J Louis Rogers of the enterprising town of Vian was here Sunday evening, on this way to Tahlequah.

Wm P Faulkner and Roary Wilson, both of Muldrow, were here Monday on their way to Tahlequah.

The James Buchanan case at the Illinois district court house was postponed from last Monday till July 25.

There was a vitascope show at Walker's Opera house Monday night which drew a very good crowd and was enjoyed.

J K Blake has returned from a pleasant visit to his old home at Rogers, Ark., and is again at his post of duty at the depot.

W T (Buck) Richards, one of the prominent merchants of Tahlequah, passed through Tuesday on his way to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he will spend a few weeks recuperating.

We learn that our townsman, Henry Eiffert, has received a letter from John Adair, who joined the Rough Riders. John's company was then on its way to Cuba, and John himself had been made a sergeant and was well pleased so far as with his army life.

J F Haas, the shoemaker, has recently purchased for this business one of the finest stitching machines made ...

Joe Copeland, who is working Mr. F H Nash's fine bottom farm a mile south of town, has the finest crops ever seen in this vicinity. He has 40 acres of corn laid-by, that has no equal, and his cotton field is as clean as a yard and very promising. Mr. Copeland is a noted farmer.

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A mass meeting of voters of Fort Gibson was held in the F H Nash block last Monday, to talk over in a harmonious way the best methods to pursue in our coming municipal election. Owing to the transcripts of the incorporation papers having not been issued until June 3rd it was decided advisable to not make nominations until July 3rd, 30 days thereafter. After discussing matters fully the meeting adjourned to meet again on July 4th, when nominations will be legally made. Then the election can occur 10 days later, which will be July 13th.

Henry Eiffert is well satisfied so far with his experiment in grape culture. He has a nice vineyard that is yielding splendidly this season. He thinks this climate to be unsurpassed for grapes and contemplates planting forty or fifty acres this fall on his mountain farm north of town. Mr. Eiffert's garden has been the earliest and finest in the vicinity this year.

J Warren Reed, the well known Fort Smith and Muskogee lawyer, passed through the city Monday evening, going to attend court at Tahlequah. Attorney Reed conducted the defense in the famous Ketterning case at Fort smith recently and was rewarded for his earnest work and ability by winning. He is usually very successful with his cases.

A Greenwood, night watchman down at Hoto Bluff, was bitten on the hand a few nights ago by a centeped. Fortunately he carried an antidote with him at the time and escaped any serious results from the bite by promptly applying it.

Deputy Bud Trail of Claremore and is posseman, Jno C Duncan, passed through the city last Saturday going to Muskogee with prisoner, Lute Cochran, who was charged with assault and attempt.

Judge McCombs passed through the city Monday returning to his duties at Vian. He had been to Muskogee.

Attorney W O Bruton of Sallisaw, was here Sunday evening on his way to Tahlequah to attend to legal matters before the U. S. court in session at that place this week.

Capt. Wm Jackson of Wagoner was here Monday on his way to Tahlequah.

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Those fellows who have been promising to pay us what they owe us for the past six months and who have failed to do so are liable to see their names in the "black list" very shortly if they don't come to time. The friendship of a man who will lie out of an honest debt he owes his home paper is not prized very highly by The Post. If you owe us you know it, and you had better pay us, or you are liable to get some free advertising.

Dr. G A McBride and James Coleman went to Cooweescoowee district yesterday with a view of selecting farms there.

The grocery and drug store of C E Eiffert will be moved into the Brewer building on the corner immediately.

The members of the Dawes Commission are expected to arrive in the Territory inside of the next two weeks. Their first work will be the completion of the citizenship rolls, then allotment of lands.

Five hacks containing the court officials and 21 prisoners, passed through the city Sunday last. They were going over to Tahlequah where Judge Springer is holding court this week.

Judge Isaac Jacobs, W H Norrid, Thos J Watts and W R Smith, all of Muldrow, passed through the city Sunday evening going to Tahlequah to attend Judge Springer's court.

M V Benge and James Buchanan went down to the Greenleaf courthouse Monday on business.

It is reported on what seems to be good authority that a town to be named New Bartlesville, has been surveyed and laid out in town lots three miles north of the present site of Bartlesville. This has been done, it is said, because a new railroad could not easily reach Bartlesville where it is now located.

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     Saturday afternoon a serious shooting affray occurred at Jack Brewer's hop ale stand, resulting in the slight wounding of Sam Benge and Jack Brewer, the two participants. Brewer had the tip of his left forefinger shot off, while Benge received a flesh wound to the neck. About ten or a dozen shots were exchanged, and two horses hitched in the back yard were killed, or rather shot so badly that it was necessary to kill them. One of the horses belonged to Sam Benge and the other to his brother, Jesse Benge. The cause of the trouble is not known to The Post. Both participants were arrested by Deputy J C C Rogers.

Judge Fears of Muskogee returned from Tahlequah Wednesday where he had been attending to legal matters in Judge Springer's court.


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