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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 40

Thursday August 18, 1898 (Part 2)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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Henry Eiffert shipped all his grapes to Tahlequah where he sold them at a good price, and could have sold three times as many. It appears that no grapes to speak of are raised in the vicinity of Tahlequah, although the finest conditions exist there, limestone soil. About the same with other fruits. This whole country needs developing.

Jess Bagwell is spreading out a little in his blacksmithing business. He has secured the services of Mr James Eley, an experienced carriage workman and horseshoer, and now wants 10,000 buggies to repair and 5,000 horses to shoe.

Joel Bryan of Locust Grove, son of the late J M Bryan, who died at Chouteau recently, was a visitor in Fort Gibson this week. Mr Bryan says The Post is the best Territorial paper that comes to his postoffice.

Miss Maggie Ross, daughter of Judge H C Ross of Locust Grove, was the guest of Mrs Wm P Ross of this city this week.

Through the good offices of Mrs L R Nash The Post will go to her aunt, Mrs C P Williams of Miami, I.T. from now on.

Capt Stair is doing a good job on the streets, and appears to understand the business. Street work is a new thing in this town.

Those citizens of Fort Gibson who want their dogs to live here are duly wanted for the last time to pay their dog tax.

C L Bowden is getting out Tripoli rock and intends in a few days to ship to Detroit, Mich, about fifteen tons.

Ed Reynolds, the blacksmith, is now sick with ever in Kansas City, where he went on business.

Dr W B Masters, the well-known dentist, made a professional trip to Braggs this week.

Attorney Frank J Boudinot and wife returned yesterday from a trip to Tahlequah.

Mrs R E Butler and son returned this morning from a visit to friends at Muskogee.

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     The grand society event of the season in this place was the ball and entertainment given at the residence of ex-Mayor Walker Monday night last. The assemblage was large. The beauty and chivalry of Fort Gibson was there. Most all were Cherokees. The blond and the brunet of both sexes mingled together in the mazy dance, and appeared about the same as in the States, and all happy as a marriage bell. Sims celebrated band dispensed excellent music to about 40 couples. People from Tahlequah, Wagoner, Muskogee and other towns were there. A delicious repast was partaken of. The whole vent was a quiet, enjoyable and happy one.

     In the town of Fort Gibson lived one Richard Walker, who "battled" away 'till he wasn't worth a pound; his father he died, and made him a man again, he left him a farm - hundred acres of ground. He gave a large party to friends and relations who stood close by him when he "went to the wall," if you will but listen I'll make your eyes glisten, with the fine times and good things at Dick Walker's ball. (To be continued, perhaps) Hank Skidway

     Mrs. Mary Scott, known to her numerous friends and relatives in Fort Gibson for years as grandma Scott, died at the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs Bell Scott, last Friday morning at 1 o'clock, at the age of 86 years. Mrs. Scott was the mother of the townsman, W A Scott, and was one of Fort Gibson's oldest and most esteemed citizens and leaves many friends and relatives to mourn her loss. The funeral was held from her late residence Saturday afternoon and was largely attended.

Pages 6 & 7 - preprinted

Page 8, column 1

     The Farmers of Ft. Gibson Express
     Themselves on the Subject.

[article reporting the need to grow several different crops]

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     Resolutions Adopted by the Cherokee District
     Conference of the ME Church South.
[list of resolutions against intoxicants in Indian Territory]
signed by C M Coppage, Pres. Elder and J E Vick, Sec.

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A surry full of stylish ladies of commerce from Fort Smith paid this town a visit one day last week, and some of our "bonton" young men had the gallantry to escort them out of town. They encountered no St Ignatius by the way side to pour out divine thunder on their heads.

Women democracy is reigning in town to some extent. There is one woman who is teaching her husband that home is the place for him after supper. If some others would follow this wife's example it might be better for the moral aspect of the place.

Jos Shermer has bought out Will Mabray's stock of goods and will do business on a large scale.

Considerable sickness in town, but nothing serious.

G S Young, Will Mabray and Will Breelove have gone to Galveston to look at the ocean and wash some of the Indian out of their skins.

That woman who went gunning for her husband and his "lady friend" the other night has a good deal of sympathy. She made it lively for the pair. If all such offenders high and low were dealt with accordingly, and their names published, it might have a tendancy to make such things less popular.

Some folks here seem to have more time than they know what to do with. They are too light for heavy work, and too heavy for light work, so they sit around whittling boxes, chew tobacco, talk big and save the country.

Wait till Muldrow gets the county seat - emigrantion pours in, barnacles cleaned out, then see her grow and prosper.

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