Ft. Gibson Post
Vol III No 43
Thursday September 8, 1898 (Part 1)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
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A BIG FLOURING MILL
One is Practically Assured for Fort Gibson
Water Works and Electric Lights May
Also be Put In - Our Great Water
Power to be Utilized
IRISH POTATO RAISING.
A Renter who has Money in the
Bank Raising "Spuds"
J R Edmunds, of Fort Smith, one of the best known and successful potato growers in the vicinity of the "Border City," was in town last Saturday, looking at the country hereabouts, with which he is much pleased. He says that the bottom lands in this vicinity is the place for growing Irish potatoes, and that it is an extravagant waste to raise cotton when two crops of potatoes a year can be grown on the same land at a better profit for each crop. Mr Edmunds raised last year about 10,000 bushels of potatoes, the early crop realizing him about 50 cents a bushel and the fall crop about $1 a bushel. He had an extra piece of land containing 7 acres, on which he raised last year 300 bushels to the acre, first crop, and about 200 bushels to the acre, second crop.
Mr Edmunds came to Fort Smith about four years ago, with no worldly wealth save some household goods, a team and wagon. But he was a worker, leased some bottom land on the Cherokee side of the river, and went to raising potatoes. Today, he owns several fine teams, has plenty, with money in the bank, all in four years from raising potatoes on hired land. It is needless to say that no such results can be obtained raising cotton.
OUR COAL FIELDS
Some one should take hold and develop the coal fields in this vicinity. It is known to exist in various places around town. That was a fine vein found on Mrs Andre's place, last summer.
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NEXT IS A PAPER MILL
Grand River Water Found to be
The Right Quality
Favorable Report Made by an Expert
Who Was Sent Here to Make a
FINE BUILDING MATERIAL
Fort Gibson Leads All Other Territorial
Towns in This Line
One of the finest stone buildings in the south-west is going up at Muskogee, the material of which is a very fine quality of sandstone of a bright yellow color, which is found about 4 miles from town. The same kind of rock is found here in Fort Gibson in
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the vicinity of the old garrison within the corporation, and also about half a mile from town south-east, and lots of it.
But this is not the best nor finest building rock found in this vicinity. There is a grey granite rock of fine quality, white lime rock, and brown marble, which takes a high polish.
But, perhaps the best and most profitable building rock for ordinary purposes is of bright blue color similar in appearance to blue limestone, found in large quantities near this town. This rock is in regular horizontal ledges perpendicularly seamed, easily taken out in long blocks ten inches to a foot and more in thickness, about as smooth and even as if done by man, and lay up in wall nearly as smooth and regular as brick work. This rock is mostly used for building foundations all over town, a specimen of which may be seen in front of the postoffice. Then, there is a fine quality of shale here, such as makes verified brick, the same as manufactured in Fort Smith.
Another great resource here is a superior quality of sand, so handy on the banks and shoals of Grand river that flows through town. Then for concrete work there are thousands of tons of the finest gravel. Thus it may be seen that there is no other town in the Indian Territory where natural building material is as plentiful and convenient. Nature has done much for Fort Gibson and vicinity in this line.
CHEROKEE WARRANT GOOD
For Tuition and Board at the
National High Schools
A short time ago Agent Wisdom issued an order to the effect that tuition and board of pupils at the Cherokee High Schools must hereafter be paid in hard cash instead of national warrants or tickets, as has been the custom for years past.
This new order of things was discovered to be very unsatisfactory to both the Cherokee nation and to the patrons of these institutions, and on Saturday last J E Butler and Geo W Mitchell, members of the Cherokee school board, went over to Muskogee to discuss the situation with Agent Wisdom and Indian Inspector Wright. The result was that the gentlemen of the school board were received cordially by the aent and inspector and a new order was issued allowing Cherokee scrip to be used as payment for tuition and board at the Cherokee high schools, as heretofore, the only difference being that such script shall be placed by Treasurer Lipe in the Bank of Tahlequah subject to the order of Agent Wisdom. Agent Wisdom and Inspector Wright showed a disposition to help rather than to retard the progress of the Cherokee schools, and the members of the Cherokee school board were greatly pleased with the treatment they received at the hands of the agent and inspector. They say they are gentlemenly officials of the first water are disposed to treat the Cherokees in the most considerate and friendly manner in all matters pertaining to their welfare.
Inspector Wright will shortly visit the Cherokee high school in company with the board of education and report to the secretary of the interior as to their management and conduct.
In this connect it is not amiss to say that Inspector Wright is rapidly winning the confidence of the people of this country by his manifest consideration of their welfare, and it is evident that no mistake was made in his selection for the responsible position he now holds. Agent Wisdom already has the utmost confidence of our people and he will only strengthen it by his continued fair dealing and incumbency in the office of Indian agent
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