Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 40
Thursday August 18, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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CURTIS LAW STRAIGHT,
Is the Way it Now Stands With the Chrokees.
Their Council Adjourns Without Providing for
Treating With the Dawes Commission. Tahlequah, IT
August 16 -
[article continues with details of the meeting]
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WITH THE ROUGH RIDERS.
Thrilling Experience of a Fort Gibson Boy in Cuba.
John M Adair Was in the Thickest
of the Battles at Bloody La Quasina and San Juan Hill.
We are glad to note that our townsman, Charles Willey, is starting an enterprise beneficial to the place and surrounding country, in the form of a sorgum molasses steam plant about a mile east of town. The works will have a capacity of 200 barrels a day and will be presided over by S W Woss, a man who has had much experience in this business. The works will be in operation in about 15 days. Molasses made by steam is much better than that made by the old boiling process, being of a uniform light color and of finer flavor. This new industry should encourage raising of much cane in this vicinity, as a paying crop. Sorgum cane will grow on the poorest kind of land, poor land cane, so Mr W. informs us, making a better quality of molasses than that grown on rich bottom lands.
A dispatch from South McAlester says that Governor McCurtain has issued a proclamation disfranchising 700 Choctaw freedmen, who will not be allowed to vote at the treaty election next week. It has created a big sensation among the freedmen, and serious trouble is looked for.
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FORT GIBSON, AUG 18, 1898
The Postis laboring for the interest of Fort Gibson and surrounding country, materially and morally and we naturally expect the people to help the enterprise along to the extent of their ability not in charity but in a legitimate way. Remember that The Post has most to say for the interest of Fort Gibson and vicinity than all other newspapers.
How does it look and how is it in principle for a businessman of this or any other town to send abroad to have job printing done when just as good and cheap could be had at home? A local newspaper and printing office that is laboring for the interest of the town and community is certainly entitled to home patronage, at least, in preference to a distant city office.
Always patronize home institutions and home industries when you can, which is one good way to help build up a town and community. The man who gets the benefit of his home paper, then goes abroad to get job printing done, when he can get it good and cheap at home, is about like the man who gets credit from the home merchant and when he has money spends it with a merchant in some other town. What is sauce for the goose should be sauce for the gander and such things don't help build up any town or community.
THE LOCAL NEWSPAPERS.
There are some people who ought to know better, but yet do not seem to appreciate the value of a local newspaper to the town or community in which it is published. It must be indeed a poor sheet that is not directly of more benefit to the community in which it is published than any big newspaper published miles away which has no more interest in one town than another - just subscribers is all. Yet some people who either don't know or appreciate the difference will say - "That little Fort Gibson Post - a dollar a year - why I can get the New York Herald, St Louis Republic and lots of other big city papers for that price."
All very true, but what are those papers doing for your town or community? Are they doing anything to build it up and benefit the people? What paper is it that mentions and encourages Sunday schools, church building, benevolent societies and institutions, manufactories, and enterprises that build up a town and make it a good and prosperous community? It is the local paper that does this.
Then look at the free "puffs', local mentions, free church and society notices, saying nothing of numerous other things to please or profit the entire community - farmer Jone's fine stock - that elegant wedding of Mr and Mrs Brown - that darling baby that has made it appearance at the Smith residence, and other things too numerous to mention, all of which are expected to be duly chronicled and embelished in the local newspaper, and those who find the most fault and do the most "kicking" because the paper is no better nor as big as a city sheet are generally the ones who do not subscribe for the paper saying nothing of other patronage. We have "been there" for several years and know whereof we speak.
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BRIEF LOCAL ITEMS
Stand up for Fort Gibson.
W R Miller shipped out two car loads of cattle Saturday.
Don't forget your dog tax, or your dog must suffer the penalty.
Don't forget the farmer's meeting at the opera house Saturday the 20th at 2 p. m.
Chas M McCellan of Claremore was in town Saturday on his way home from Tahlequah.
Grand river is now at about its normal condition - clear as crystal and good drinking water.
Miss Susie Morris of Tahlequah spent several days in the city this week, guest of the Miss Eiffert.
The colored Baptist have been holding nightly protracted meetings here which are largely attended.
Christian Gulager, now in the cattle business inn Inola, was down to take in the ball Monday evening.
Gip Scott and Flo Nash had business in Muskogee Sunday, spending a very pleasant day attending to it.
J D Miller and wife departed for Tennessee on Monday, by news that Mrs Miller's mother was at the point of death.
The Post is working for the people of Fort Gibson and vicinity, and why should not those people support this paper?
A young white man named Russell, who lived with his parents out near the bayo, died Sunday of a congestive chill.
Miss Mollie and Josie Blackston, two charming young ladies of Webbers Falls, came up Friday last and visited friends in Muskogee Sunday.
Dan Bailey was convicted in Mayor Shaffer's court Monday of carrying a guy, and in default of paying his fine he now languisheth in the town bastile.
The new town incorporation under the administration of progressive officials is starting out to the satisfaction of all who want to see the town grow and prosper.
Our townsman James Coleman is feeling well over a large corn crop, which is already made, which he estimates at 10,000 bushels or more. He says the corn is the largest he had ever seen in this section.
Charley McDonald, step son of C L Bowden, was accepted by the recruiting officer at Muskogee Saturday and will become one of Uncle Sam's regulars.
Those of our citizens who desire to keep posted on the town laws can do so by purchasing a complete copy of the Town Ordinances in pamphlet form. For sale by the Reorder A R Matheson at 10 cents per copy.
There is a fine stone building going up at Muskogee built from a nice quality of bright colored sand rock found several miles from town - just such rock as abounds here in Fort Gibson in great abundance, but no one to use. And there is abundance of nicer rock than that here which some day may be utilized.
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