Wagoner Record

Wagoner County, Indian Territory (OK)

Vol II No 26

March 30, 1894 (Part 1)

Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport

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EARLY POSTAGE RATES. - Postage was a luxury in 1816. It cost six cents to send a letter thirty miles or less; from thirty one to eighty miles the charge was ten cents; from eighty one to one hundred and fifty miles, twelve and one half cents, from one hundred and fifty one to four hundred miles, eighteen and three fourth cents, and over four hundred miles, twenty five cents. These rates were in force until 1845, when Lysander Spooner of Boston decided to run a mail route between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, in opposition to the government. He contended that the government had no constitutional right to prevent by law private individuals from carrying the mails, so he established his route, charging five cents a letter.

The legal part of the question seems never to have been decided but Congress appears to have reduced the postal rate chiefly to avoid competition. The rate was made as follows: under 300 miles five cents; over 300 miles, ten cents; drop letters, two cents.

This rate held for six years, when the three cents prepaid rate for 3,000 miles was established. If the postage was not prepaid, five cents was collected of the person who received the letter. For a distance over 3,000 miles the rates were doubled.

In 1883 letter postage was again reduced to two cents per half an ounce, and in 1885 to two cents per ounce.

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"SOONERISM" IN OKLAHOMA - Washington DC, March 19 - An important case, growing out of the "soonerism" at the opening of Oklahoma, will be given a hearing by the interior department within a short time. The case is Thomas Burch vs. Anton Caha, involving the latter's homestead entry made April 25, 1889, on a section of land on which Oklahoma City is now located. Burch commenced a contest against the entry in May, 1889, alleging that Caha entered the then prohibited country prior to noon on April 22 of that year, in violation of the act of Congress and the President's proclamation opening the land to settlement. The local officers recommended the dismissal of the contest, which was sustained on appeal by the General land office. A motion for rehearing was filed with the Secretary of the Interior, since which Caha and many of the witnesses for the defense have been convicted of perjury for testimony given in this case. The defendant alleged that the courts of justice have been unknowingly made the tool of designing persons to affect the disposition of the case. Twelve other cases are to be determined by the testimony to be taken soon.

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[article about the Kickapoos being enrolled]

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Senator Colquit of Georgia is dead.

The Keebs miners are trying to organize a strike.

The Dawes commission is making head quarters at South McAlester while the Choctaw council is in session.

Judge R F Wyle, who is now in Washington looking up the records of the money transactions the Cherokees have had with the government, reports that he has been able to find a considerable amount of money due the nation. Quite a large sum seems to have been long since due on some land in the state of Tennessee, sold to the United States years ago by the Cherokees. - Chieftain

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CATTLEMEN'S CONVENTION. Fully one hundred representatives present. An Enthusiastic Meeting - ... called to order by Vice President Leo E Bennett. ... W D Swank ... of Chicago .. elected [as inspector] by the committee. A C Cunningham ... also elected. ...Price McFarlan was elected Inspector for the Union stock yards of St. Louis. ... each allowed $100 per month ... Executive committee elected ... W E Gentry, J W Gibson, S T Davis, J E Campbell, C V Rogers, J C Hogan and Jas M Taylor. ... Executive committee to meet in Wagoner, the first Saturday in May and Wagoner was selected as the place for the next annual convention ... an expression of thanks be tendered the people of Wagoner for their courtesies extended the members of the association during this convention.

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THE CATTLEMEN'S PROTECTIVE ASSOCIATION. - ... We maintain Inspectors at the Stock Yards of Chicago, Kansas City and Chicago during the shipping season, whose duty it is to cut out and take charge of all stock belonging to members of the Association, when shipped by parties other than the owner, or without written authority from the owner, but they cannot do so for anyone not a member of the Association. ... The Inspectors are, Chicago, W D Sank; St Louis, Price McFarlan; Kansas City, A C Cunningham. ... T A Parkinson, Secretary


Our city still improving.

A new business house is going up on the north side of Main street just east of the bakery and will be occupied by Jas H Harris as a bakery, and a grocery store.

The lot has been bought for a restrautrant that was spoken of in our last report and will be built at once. Wm Bryant of Chouteau is here to build it.

Street lamps were put up on Main street on Friday the 25th, inst. Which adds to the looks of our street very much.

A saddle, harness, boot and

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shoe shop will start up at once in the Dege House on Main street, run by Dege & Parker.

Mr Clint Davis, livery man of Talala, was in our city three or four days last week.

Mrs O O Snider returned home Sunday evening from a visit to her relatives north of Parsons, Kas.

Another car load of fruit trees from the Clinton, Mo., Nursery, is being delivered here to day. A part of them will go to Wagoner.

The cold wave we have had for the last few days is bothering the farmers considerable.

W T Whitaker has put a nice plant fence around the two dwellings east of Adair street, and otherwise improving this property.

D W Vann, Geo W Mayes and S H Mayes are in the city at this writing.

W T Whitaker is talking of having his old livery stable moved off of Main street, and rent it for a hay barn.

Noah Allen has received a commission as Deputy Marshall for the Muscogee Court, and we believe Mr Allen will make us a good officer and one that will be liked by all.

The last report from the strip money is, that it will be forth coming, but had rather see it than to hear so much talk about it.

D I Elliott is having his garden pailed, which adds to the looks of that part of the city.

ADMINISTRATOR'S SALE. - By virtue of an order of sale, obtained from the judge of Honorable United States court of the Indian Territory, First Judial Division, I offer for sale on the 31st day of March, 1894, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m one five room house and all other improvements on two lots east of S S Cobb & Co.'s lots on Cherokee street, in the town of Wagoner, I.T. Terms of sale - CASH. J E Newberry, Administrator of Walter Ornie, deceased. This March 9th, 1894.

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