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Wagoner Record
Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)
Vol II No 20
February 16, 1894 (Part 2)

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Wagoner Record; $1.00 per year in Advance; $1.50 at End of Year; M Phillippe; J C B Lindsey - Editors. February 16, 1894.

ROOMS OF THE UNITED STATES COMMISSION. Musocgee, I.T. Feb 12, 1894 - To the Citizens of the Five Civilized Tribes:

The conditions existing in the territory occupied by the Five Civilized Tribes are not satisfactory to the government of the United States. For several years suggestions have been made in Congress looking to a change of these conditions, and matters have been growing worse, until now we believe the Government has fully decided that this territory must be reorganized. It is too late now to enquire who is to blame. The one thing the country is interested in, is to find and apply a remedy.

The steps necessary in affecting this change are:

First - Allotment of the lands among the owners, so each will hold his share, in severalty.

Second - An abandonment of tribal organization.

Third - The organization of a Territorial Government, or a union with Oklahoma.

We believe these steps will inevitably be taken in the near future, and the question is not whether there shall be a division of land among the owners, but in what method it shall be done.

... When these treaties were made, this Territory was far from the habitations of white men, and it could scarcely be anticipated that the Tribes would be surrounded by settlements, as now, and that the time would come when there would be in the Territory, two white men to one Indian, and that Territory would become a refuge for criminals, preying on surrounding communities, and that the Indians would be so well qualified for citizenship as they now are. ...

Twenty thousand children, both white and Indian, are growing to maturity without the opportunities of obtaining a common school education. ... they are [also] without moral and religious instruction. This is the road to barbarism, ...

The earlier the settlers, and the more enterprising and avaricious, under the laws and usages of tribal governments, are enjoying a monopoly of nearly all the best land, and have fenced tracts of land containing ten times their share, while the diffident and retiring full-blood Indians have been crowded back in to stony, wooden hills and worthless lands ...

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... Numerous towns, ranging in population from 100 to 5000, have grown up without being platted, and in which large and valuable buildings have been erected, while the title to the ground on which they stand belong to a Tribe and is held in common. ... Coal mines, leased and opened, and on which large sums of money are being expended, are continually adding to the difficulties of allotment. ... Many complaints of the various tribes that a few influential men are obtaining leases from the Councils for extensive tracts of the best land at a nominal rental, and subletting these leases to white men for grazing purposes for large sums of money ... The trials in Indian Courts are a farce and justice a by-word. ...

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[article continues with an in-depth discussion of remedies that might work]. Article signed by Henry L. Dawes, Merrdith H Kidd, Archibald S McKennon; commissioners.

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[Ad] ... Still At the Front; The Davis & Jones Mercantile Co; Dealers in General Merchandise; We are Right in the Push; And Have Bargains for; Big, Little, Old and Young; Come See Us, West Side of Railroad, Wagoner

[Ad] NEW FIRM! NEW GOODS!; I have just received and opened up an immense stock of New Goods in the large and commodious building lately occupied by W T Whitaker & Co., which I have marked at a very close margin for cash.; My Motto Is And Always Shall Be "Quick Sales and Small Profits"; My stock consists of a full line of; General Merchandise.; We are here to stay and we respectfully ask the citizens of Pryor Creek and vicinity, one and all, to give us a call. Our salesmen will be pleased to show you goods and make you prices.; Respectfully Yours, Wm R Mills; Pryor Creek, I.T.

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[Notice] J.A. Norman, Wagoner, I.T. - Ranch 5 miles south east of town on K & A V railroad, in Cherokee National. Brand triangle and cross on left side, swallowfork in each ear. Cattle of this brand are sold only for shipment; some cattle in other brands and marks.


Pryor Creek continues to improve and business men continue to do a fine trade.

W T Whitaker is going to erect a large two story building just east of the post office. The upper story will be used as a town hall, and he will use the lower story as an office.

Dr W A Clark, who has recently come in from Bald Knob, Ark., is having a good practice and we are glad to say is well pleased with his location.

On the night of the 8th, the boys gave our town a nice sernade. The music was excellent and all that was lacking, there was not enough of it.

Meadows & Co. have bought out the furniture and undertaking establishment of S I Whitaker & Co., and are improving the stock.

S H Mayes, C D Marcum, D W Vann and E B Right, all prominent Cherokee citizens and influential politicians were in town on the 7th, for the purpose of making some arrangements in regard to electing some one to fill the vacancy in the cherokee council, caused by the death of the late Tickeater.

Mr J J Hayden, formerly of this place but now of Chouteau, was here Wednesday last, accompanied by his esteemable lady. Mr Hayden was helping R M Choat invoice his stock of groceries, and attending to other business.

S C Blake has purchased one-half interest in the grocery store of R M Choat and they are now ading a line of dry goods, and will do a more extensive business than formerly.

The death of the infant child of Mr and Mrs W T Whitaker occurred the first of last week, and the bereaved family have the sympathy of our entire people. The little one was a bright and lovely child, but is now free from al the trials and sorrows that have to be borne by the human family in this world of sorrow and dispair.


A new Baptist church has been dedicated in Eufaula.

There are fifty one prisoners in the jail at Ardmore.

The Tomato growers' association of Thackerville will plant 250 acres in tomatoes for early shipment.

An Indian woman named Assoohoye, said to be 120 years of age, was found frozen to death in the woods near Muscogee.

The Headright is the name of a paper now issued at Hartshorn, I.T. J W Edgall is editor and proprietor.

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[Ad] F E Smith (Successor to Coyne & Smith) Dealer in Drugs, Medicines, Toilet Articles, Etc.; Prescriptions accurately compounded day or night by a first class prescription clerk.

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[Professional Cards - ads]

W B Masters, Contractor and Builder; Webber Falls, I.T.

Mrs. W B Masters, Milliner and Dressmaker; Fancy Sewing a Specialy; Webber Falls, I.T.

Dr Gunn's Onion Syrup for coughs and colds [patent medicine ad]

Thos A Hancock, General Insurance and Collecting; Agent; Notary Public; Claremore, Ind. Ter.

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C H Sypert, Attorney At Law, Wagoner, I.T.

Ed Thomas, Barber Shop; W J Smith Tonsorial Artist, Wagoner, I.T.

W B Myers, DDS, Resident Dentist, Tahlequah, I.T.

J W Trulove; Watchmaker and Jeweler, Nowata, I.T.

John Moeser, Harry Daniels; Stone and Brick Work; Wagoner, Ind. Ter.

Leo E Bennett, Law Office (late U.S. Indian Agent) Muskogee, I.T.


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