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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 33

Thursday June 30, 1898 (Part 3)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Miss Rover Eiffert is at Tahlequah.

John Taylor of Tahlequah was in the city Saturday and Sunday.

Miss Lutie Nash is visiting Miss Anna Scott of Muskogee this week.

Corn and cotton crops around Fort Gibson were never more promising.

Don't fail to attend the mass meeting next Monday evening at 8 o'clock.

Little Hilda Nash is visiting her cousins, the Misses Burks, at Webber Falls.

W B Miller of Wagoner spent Sunday last in the city visiting friends (?). [typed as printed]

Cliff Rogers was among the Fort Gibsonites who went over to Tahlequah this week.

Flo. Nash went over to Tahlequah Tuesday to be present at the seminar commencements.

Miss Jennie McMakin of Canadian district passed through the city Monday enroute to Tahlequah.

The south bound passenger was six hours late Monday, on account of a wreck north of Coffeyville.

The report of fine crop prospects comes in from all directions - from bottom land and from prairie.

John F Wilson, the popular liveryman, spent Monday and Tuesday in the city looking after business.

Attorney S B Dawes of Muskogee was delayed here several hours Monday on his way to Sallisaw.

The largest attended colored funeral in Fort Gibson for a long time was that of Gus Young last Sunday.

Miss Fannie Willey is at Tahlequah this week attending the commencement exercises of the high schools.

The interior of Lynch's elegant new barber shop in the F H Nash block has been repainted this week.

Mass meeting in the Nash building at 8 p.m. Don't fail to attend and help nominate your choice for city officers Monday night.

C E Eiffert has moved his large stock of groceries and drugs into the Brewer house on the corner, formerly occupied by McEnery.

Miss Emma Coleman, who holds a clerkship with the Grand Leader store at Muskogee, was over to see the home folks Sunday last.

Now that the Curtis bill has passed it is expected that Mark Hanna and other money kings will begin to invest in Fort Gibson real estate.

Miss Fannie Nash went to Fort Smith Monday to visit her friend, Miss Annie Bollinger, who is to be married this (Thursday) evening.

Mrs. R Lee Comer of Claremore, accompanied by Miss Julia Phillips, went over to Tahlequah Tuesday to visit and attend the seminary closing festivities.

A careful canvass shows that there are about 135 qualified voters within the corporate limits of Fort Gibson. This would indicate that the town has a population of about 750.

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The first closing exercise of the International School for the Blind, located in this city, was held in the chapel of that institution last night. An interesting program was creditably rendered by the faculty and pupils of the school. Gratifying progress has been made during the first session of this school, for which Miss Lura Rowland, principal, and the rest of the faculty deserve much credit. With the assistance of the charitably disposed people of Indian Territory the next session can be made even a grander success, and all good people should help it along.

Butler Mercantile company are taking their regular semi-annual invoice this week. The interior and exterior of their big stores are being repainted and put in readiness for an immense stock of Fall goods, which is now being ordered. In view of immense crops being made this season around Fort Gibson a larger trade than usual is expected and the Butler Mercantile company is preparing to more than compete with rival towns.

The fate of the colored boy, Gus Young, who was drowned in the Lake Saturday last, should be a warning to other boys who are in the habit of going in swimming there. Who knows but other boys may be gobbled up by huge alligator gars or attacked by cramps.

Jesse McLain had a wagon load of June apples in town for sale Monday. The fruit was large and fine and gathered from Mr. McLain's orchard near this city. Such an example should induce everybody in this section to plant big orchards.

It will soon be water-melon time, and the farmer who present The Post with the first ripe melon of the water variety will be given a big ripe "puff" and a year's subscription in return.

Chas F Willey, who has been assistant teacher at the Male Seminary at Tahlequah during the term just closing, will return to his home in this city next week to spend the vacation.

C L Bowden, who resides on Garrison Hill, was severely bit on the thigh by a vicious dog Sunday last. Such dogs should either have their teeth extracted or their heads amputated.

Prof W A Caldwell, who was principal last year of the Cherokee Male Seminary, has closed a contract for the management the ensuing year of Worchester Academy at Vinita.

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Lester Walker, late of Muskogee, is now with Butler Mercantile company as a salesman. Mr. Walker has had much experience in the mercantile business and will no doubt please the numerous patrons of this popular firm.

It is thought that the Indian Territory will be allowed to furnish four companies for the new battalion to be recruited. This will give all the fighting boys a chance to go to the front.

Mr. O. Laton, an experienced machinist, will begin in a few days the work of completely overhauling the machinery of Butler Mercantile company's big gin. Considerable trouble was experienced with it last year, but it will be put in shape to handle the cotton of the vicinity this Fall.

Attorney J W Breedlove Jr., of Muldrow, passed through out city Saturday enroute to Tahlequah.

Marshal Bennett with his efficient deputies, Jas Rector, Dick Downing, Jake Barker, Wiley McIntosh and Geo Mitchell passed through last Friday from Tahelquah to Muskogee with twenty-five prisoners.

The potato crop in the vicinity of Fort Gibson proved very successful this year. Connell Rogers and others shipped out four car loads last week and are now planting the second crop on the same ground.

Prof. W A Caldwell, principal of Worcester Academy at Vinita, was in the city for several days last week.

Jas S Stapler, one of Tahlequah's enterprising business men, was in Fort Gibson Friday on his way to Muskogee.

For all the late war news see pages 2 and 3 of this issue.

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     Only a Three Days' Session on the Criminal Docket.
           Special Report to The Post, Tahlequah, I. T., June 28
     The April term of the federal court for Tahlequah, which was postponed to Monday of last week, lasted but three days, although the big docket that has accumulated would justify a month's session. After disposing of only a portion of the criminal cases on hand, Judge Springer adjourned court to the September term. No civil cases were reached. The illness of Judge Thomas and Mrs. Springer were the reasons for the shortness of this term.
     Cases disposed of since my last were:
     Lizzy Martin, adultry; not guilty.
     Jim Hampton, larceny; not guilty, but held on another count.
     Dick Spaniard and Simon Rosin, two charges grand larceny; plead guilty as to one count. Given three years each at Fort Leavenworth, and other count dismissed.
     Bud and Nate Hill, disposing of mortgaged property; dismissed.
     Tom Taylor and Cook Still plead guilty to aggravated assault on Anderson Sanders. Each sentenced to one year and one month to the penitentiary. Tom Foreman, charged jointly with Taylor and Still, plead not guilty. His bond was fixed at $1,000 and case continued to next term.
     Uilyses King and one Nave, jointly tried for larceny; given five and three years respectively at Boonville, Mo., reform school.
     The grand jury reported forty true bills, only one of which was made known - that of Isreal Poorboy, charged with rape.
     It appears that the "good Republicans" are getting rather scarce hereabouts, chargeable, perhaps, to their valor and patriotism in having gone to the Cuban battlefields. At all events, the Republican administration has been driven to the necessity of pressing into service no less than four "good Democrats" to properly run the court at this place. However, this is no reflection on anyone, as their efficiency is not questioned.
     All Tahlequah, and especially the lawyers and their clients, find it a great hardship to have had the doors of the Cherokee tribal courts closed, and the substituted U. S. courts not grinding but little grist. We are evidently in bad favor with somebody. But then, it might be proper to expect that "as we make our bed so we lie,"

This is a gala week at Tahlequah. Lots of visitors, pretty school teachers and sweet girl graduates are much in evidence.

The program at the Male Seminary closing exercises tomorrow (Thursday) will be as follows:
Salutatory, R Vance McSpadden
Oration, "A Dream of the Past," James P Evans
History of the Class, Albert James
Oration, "A Purpose Essential to Success," Nathaniel D Smith
Oration, "Individual Rights," John E Buffington
Prophecy of the Class, Thomas A Scott
Oration, "Our Cherokee Nation," Joseph F Gladney
Oration, "Character," Homer L Smith
Valedictory, Robt. W Fields
Presentation of Diplomas.

The exercises at the Female Semi-
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nary will be held Friday, July 1st. The graduates are Lena Carlile, Jennie M Foreman, Pixie A Mayes, Juliette Schrimsher and Lura Ward.

Walter Bates was arrested here Saturday on a charge of embezzlement. It seems that he collected a considerable sum for attorney Anthony Crafton and then was held up and robbed (?) of the cash by unknown parties before he could reach town. On the strength of contrary evidence, however, Bates was indicted by the late grand jury and will be required to prove his story of robbery.

Mrs. James Shelton, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Tahlequah, died at her home in this city Friday last. She was an Old Settler Cherokee and her husband and an interestest family of children survive her.

W Penn Phillips has been elected cashier of the First National Bank of Vinita. Penn is an old Tahlequah boy and deserves his good fortune.

Jno. P Damet, formerly of Tahlequah, who went to Cuba with the Rough Riders was killed in the first land battle last Friday.


Miss Anna Scott, of Muskogee, is visiting friends in the city.

Capt. E Starr who has been quite sick with fever is now convalescing.

Mrs. Sartain, mother of W R Sartain of Tahlequah, is visiting Miss Bettie Eiffert.

Capt. Cox has returned from a pleasant visit to his son, H C Cox, at Clarksville, Ark.

J M Smith, the veteran organ and piano man of the Cherokee nation, was in town Tuesday.

Miss Gertrude Rogers went over to Tahlequah Tuesday to attend commencement and the teachers institute.

A A Taylor, auditor of the Cherokee nation, returned from Claremore to his home at Tahlequah yesterday.

It is learned that Judge Springer has appointed, at the suggestion of the town's agents, Harry Sisson, G O Sanders and John Berd to serve as election judges of our coming city election.

R A Hosey, the well known Indian Territory marble dealer of Wagoner, came down yesterday to attend the regular meeting of the Knights of Phythias lodge.

Columbus Stewart, charged with committing rape upon a 13-year-old blind girl named Fannie Caldwell at McKey, was taken through Fort Gibson to Muskogee Tuesday by Deputy J C C Rogers.

Walter Bower, a young printer who has been with the Tahlequah Arrow for some time passed through here Tuesday enroute for South McAlester where he goes to visit his aunt, thence he will return to Petosky, Mich., his home, where he intends to study pharmacy.

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J R Long, secretary of the International School for the Blind, came down from his home at Wagoner yesterday to be present at the closing excises of the institution last night.

Dr. D H Burk, of Webber Falls, accompanied by his daughters, Misses Lucile and Eva, came up yesterday to attend the closing exercises of the International School of the Blind.

Miss Ella Rogers returned yesterday from a very pleasant visit to Webbers Falls.

G Col Starr, a popular young Cherokee living at McKey, passed through the city yesterday enroute to gay and festive Tahlequah.

Miss Maud Blair of Tahlequah is visiting Fort Gibson friends.

Ed Faye, assistant postmaster at Sallisaw, passed through our city yesterday enroute to Tahlequah to attend the commencement exercises at the high schools.

Miss Eliza Baldridge of Muldrow was in our city yesterday on her way to Tahlequah to attend the closing exercises of the Female seminary.

Miss Lillian West, of Conway, Ark., is visiting Miss Bettie Eiffert.

Billy Miller and sister, Miss Ira, returned Tuesday from their visit to Conway Springs, Kans.


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