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Ft. Gibson Post

Vol III No 42

Thursday September 1, 1898 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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     And She Proposes to Let the World Know it.
           This Hustling Town Will Incorporate
           Soon and Sell Lots Under the Curtis
           Law to Outsiders.
Vian, I.T. - Aug 30 -
     This town shows evident signs of prosperity. A boom is coming and can't be put off much longer. When the Curtis law takes full effect, which will be in a few months, then there will be an outside rush into this country and Vian will boom and expand. We have the finest land and more of it, tributary to this place than any other town on this line - Sandtown bottoms which extend from about two miles south of town, a distance of 8 miles, and further east and west. Then there is Blackgum prairie to the north and west, a very large scope of country noted for richness of its soil, while all the surroundings are good. And the water: the two Vian creeks run on the east and west of the town, within the proposed corporate limits, thus affording plenty good water for all purposes. Then the location otherwise is a good one, being on the edge of a high rolling prairie which extends to the north and east.
     But, with all these great natural advantages, what makes assurance doubly sure that Vian is the coming town of this section is its central geographical location in the newly surveyed county which, with other conditions, assures this town the location of a new county seat. Such is the situation. Who can say that Vian will not boom in the near future and is not the coming town of this section?
     The town will soon be incorporated, steps to that end having been already taken. The limits will be one square mile, or half mile, each way from the railroad depot The work of organization or incorporation is now in the hands of a committee chosen at a meeting of the citizens, namely; Henry West, J H Huckleberry, junior; Judge Wm Thompson, who will
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tend to this matter before Judge Springer's court.
     A large cotton gin with three stands is going up here by Mr McDaniels of Webbers Falls.
     J Keener and Will Sharp are getting together the material on the ground for a new store building near the drug store.
     Mr O Laton, formerly of Fort Gibson, erecting a 4 room dwelling.
     The Vian Trading Co., formerly Blackstone & Co. are erecting a 40 feet addition to their store building. Mr Canada, formerly of Oklahoma, has bought a half interest in this firm. A large additional stock is to be put in.
     Judge McComb's court has been in session here the past week with little criminal business. The next session of his court will be at Muldrow, and after at Sallisaw.
     Vian is well laid out by the new survey, the streets being 75 feet wide except for 2 avenues which are 80 feet. The alleys are 20 feet wide. The building lots are 140x150 feet, and business lots are 50x140 feet. It is the policy of the progressive element to sell lots cheap and encourage emigration. Vian is surely coming, coming to the front.
     Twenty car loads of potatoes were shipped from Vian this season, which will be greatly increased next year.
     Those agricultural articles in The Post are read with much interest. What is true of Fort Gibson is true of Vian. Our people must quit raising so much cotton and more other crops.
     Mrs. Huckleberry is keeping a good hotel. Elder J B Barry appears to do most of the marring in this section, which, together with his grocery business keeps him tolerably busy.

     The remains of Will Barksdale, a colored man who parents reside about eight miles north of town, was brought in by a local train last Saturday morning. It appears that he was sitting on the end of a small bridge or trussel in the vicinity of Cedar gulch, with his head on his hands, when a freight train came around the curve. The whistle failed to move him and before the train could be stopped the man was hit and badly mangled.

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     And Some More Details of the Killing
          of William Nail.
     U S Deputy Marshal Dobson of Muskogee was in town last Saturday, when a representative of The Post had a talk with him. Mr. Dobson is the man who lead the party that recently captured the outlaw Bill Nail, in the Greenleaf mountains east of this place. It was supposed that Miller and Nail were hiding out together, and as they were known to be desperate characters and dead shots, hiding in their own strongholds, it was necessary to take the utmost precaution in hunting them.
     As the story of Bill Nail's death and capture has already appeared in this paper it is not necessary to go into details here. Marshal Dobson had a close call from Nail's winchester bullets, marks of which may still be seen on his face. When Nail fell Marshal Dobson took possession of his winchester, which had the name "Cherokee Bill" with date 1894 cut on the stalk. It is not claimed that this is the gun that Cherokee Bill gave to Ed Reed before his execution in Fort Smith, and with which Reed afterwards killed the two Crittendens at Wagoner.
     Will Van once owned this gun and sold it to Shoot Starr, who let Nail have it. It is a 45-70 caliber and a wicked shooter. Cherokee Bill's gun "Dolly" which he gave to Ed Reed was bought by Deputy Marshal Ike Rogers after Reed was killed at Claremore. Ike Rogers carried the same gun when he got off the train during the Freedmen payment at Fort Gibson last summer. When Clarence Goldsby, Cherokee Bill's brother, shot Ike Rogers on the depot platform here, he picked up his brother's gun when it fell from the hands of Rogers and escaped to the woods midst a fusilade of bullets fired by several deputy marshals who were present. Clarence Goldsby still keeps that gun, the winchester captured by Marshal Dobson being another one.

     Several cases have been tried in the mayor's court since our last issue. Saturday last Mose Fox, a Cherokee from out on the Bayou, tanked up on bug juice, ran afowl of a colored
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citizen. It cost $5 and trimmings, amounting to $12.35 in all.
     Frank Cunningham, a young colored gent from Van Buren came in on the west-bound Valley passenger Saturday evening. He had taken passage in an empty baggage car and locked the doors from the inside. When the train reached here Conductor McNamara had occasion to enter Cunningham's private car and was refused admission. The conductor then broke a window glass, unlatched the door and captured the colored gent, turning him over to City Marshal Perry. Cunningham was fined $10 and costs Monday and in default of payment in cash will work 30 days on the streets.
     Monday Col Thornton was arraigned on a charge sworn out by one Gates for carrying a pistol, which instead proved to be a bottle of hop ale he had concealed in his shirt bosom. Thornton was acquitted.

     An important discovery has recently been made about three miles north of town, in the form of white sand rock of a superior quality for the manufacture of glass. The find is an important one, and will be utilized in the near future.

     The camp meeting at Eureka, north of this place has been largely attended. Among those from this place who attended last Saturday night were Lester Walker, Cecil Eiffert, W S Coody, F H Nash, Frank Nash, Rover Eiffert, May Benge, Amy Benge, Ollie Walker, Ina Matheson, Bessie Walker, Mrs R M Walker, Trim Morris of Tahlequah, Cricket French and Will Harris of Tahlequah.

     William Bates, well known to the traveling public between Fort Gibson and Tahlequah, has just put on a new and elegant rig between Ft. Gibson and Muskogee. He drives his own team and rig. It is needless to say that he understands the business. Travelers, will be safe and treated well by Mr. Bates.

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     An Enterprising Citizen Who Proposes to Give Them Away.
           On the Condition that a Substantial Business House
           Is Erected at Once Thereon.
     S J Hart is one of our enterprising citizens who believes in pushing Fort Gibson to the front as quickly as possible, and he is willing to help do the pushing. Yesterday he informed The Post representative he would give away business lots, absolutely free, to such persons as would immediately build substantial business houses upon the same; or he would give lots to any who will furnish him with sufficient lumber to erect a substantial business house.
     This is certainly a very liberal and commendable proposition and will undoubtedly do a great deal to help along the big boom just started in Fort Gibson, the great natural townsite of the beautiful and fertile Indian Territory. This is not only a liberal proposition but a wise one, from the fact that the erection of a number of business houses on Mr. Hart's premises would easily increase the value of his possessions to ten times what it is at present. The importance of this proposition, both to Mr Hart and to the town, can be seen at a glance, and no doubt other large lot holders will join Mr Hart in helping to push a good thing along.
     Mr Hart's land is situated near the depot, just west of the railroad and within a block of the present business portion of the city. It consists of about 15 or 20 acres, and lays in what is expected to soon be one of the busiest part of a busy city of many thousand inhabitants.

     The colored Baptists have been holding religious meetings here for past three or four weeks, in which much interest has been taken. The house has been thronged nightly, with crowds outside. Intense feeling has been manifested, and 30 or more have united with the church. On Wednesday night of last week there was a sermon on the "Sacrifice of Abraham," which seemed to have great effect on Cal Robinson, a regular attendant, who came next night and placed his boy stark naked on the pulpit before the audience with an open Bible before him, at the same time telling the people that God had commanded to do as he did. He then left the building and soon returned with two other of his children whom he said God had commanded to treat in the same manner; but they were taken from him. The man had to be bound and locked up the next day, and is now being cared for by friends.
     This case has created considerable talk and comment among the colored people here, some of whom say the man "conjured" or "hoodood" and that powerful influence will have to be used to get him all right again.

John Hubbard, who lived at Mannard, died at this place Monday from effects of sunstroke received a few days before while working with a thresher in the vicinity of Claremore.

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