Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 5, 1908 Page: 5 of 6
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT
THE TOWN^OF EDMOND
A Special Writer for Hie Labor Unit Tells
of the Resources and Industries of that
Prosperous Oklahoma Municipality.
In the northern part or Oklahoma. conducted by Stewart & Son In Ed-
county, on the Santa Fe railroad,
about 14 miles from Oklahoma City,
Edmond is located.
Surrounded by a country that pro-
duces all manner of agricultural pro-
ducts, in highest forms of development
in abundance, and being the natural
market for a vast scope of this coun-
try advantages of Edmond are appar-
ent. A state Normal school is here,
with 1,000 students, and a corps of
about 30 teachers.
It is reported that corn In this sec-
tion this year yielded 30 to 75 bushels
per acre, of good quality.
Population of Edmond Is estimated
at 3,000. There are two good cotton
gins, flour mill, one feed mill, three
banks, five churches, one public school
with two substantial buildings, two
newspapers, two hotels.
Light and Water.
Now the town Is being piped for
gas and water. Bonds have been
sold for this purpose and 165 men are
now working on the street piping,
Edmond is a specially fine hog and
cattle market, and two buyers are
continuously stationed here.
What is considered a valuable ac-
quisition in the way of public enter-
prise is that of J. B. Bell, late of Hold-
ridge, Nebraska, a horse man of note.
He has purchased a farm near Ed-
mond, where he will establish a half
mile track, and to which he will trans-
fer his string of 'turf horses. In this
string is the famous Tony Bell, who
recently won the $10,000 purse at Den-
Business firms of Edmond are fully
up-to-date in size, variety and quality
of their offerings. Those who con-
tributed interviews and assistance to-
ward making our special writeup there
a success, are noticed in the follow-
ing comment. Nearly 3,000 extra
copies of the Labor Unit containing
this exposition of Edmond interests
are distributed In this section:
They are pleased to please their
patrons, therefore, goods bought froul
their store may be relied upon.
We met J. H. O'Dell at Edmond re-
cently in the transaction of his bus!
ness as representative of the Wrought
Iron Range Co., of St. Louis. "Home
Comfort" is the name of a steel range
that is being especially promoted by
this company, and Mr. O'Dell has eight
men and teams taking orders and de-
livering these "Home Comfort" ranges
to farmers and others in this section
The company has had teams and men
in this country five years, and Mr.
O'Dell has had charge the past two
years. Ho reports a flourishing bus
iness and the "Home Comfort" range
has only to be seen and examined to
A PROSPEROUS COMPANY.
The Farmer*' Union Clearing House
An Important Factor of Edmond
The Farmers' Union Clearing House is
by a company of farmers, and com-
prises one of the very strong commer-
cial interests of Edmond and the new
This is a regularly incorporated com.
pan.v, composed of 110 stockholders,
with a capital stock of $30,000^' Offi-
cers are, C. L. Harpater, president;
N. Brant, vice-president; E. M. Chil-
ders, secretary; J. M. O'Conner, treas-
urer; with the following board of di-
rectors: C. L. llarpster, J. N. Brant,
E. W. Childers, J. B. Howery, J. C.
McCain, H. W Stingley and M. J. O'-
Conner. These and the stockholders
are leading men of this section.
Holdings of the company Include
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.
Edmond has an active Chamber of
Commerce, composed of fifty business
men of the town, that is doing good
work in the way of promoting public
enterprises. Officers of the club are
Wm. D. Thompson, president; I. W.
Rodky, vice-president; A. D. Sheldon,
treasurer. The directory is composed
of the president and secretary and G
H. Fink, J. P. Hagen, Dr. F. W. Brit
ham, C. M. Tool and D. C. McGowaL
LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER.
This bank in Edmondwas estab
lislied in 1901, has a capital stock of
$25,000, and has been a paying invest-
ment to its owners, with undivided
surplus and profits about $3,000 at
present. The stock is owned by eleven
substantial home people. Officers are
O. N. Weiser, president; J. Cj. Adam
son, vice-president; C. E. Tool, cashier
The bank is equipped with a Mosler.
screw door, safe; has safety deposit
boxes, and modern fixtures through
out. Deposits aggregate $75,000, and
on account of the business ability and
integrity of officers and owners, the
Citizens of Edmond has always
joyed the unstinted confidence of the
public, hence has been among the
prosperous banking houses of the new
state since its establishment. Its con
tinued growth and prosperity are evi
dences of the able management. The
Citizens' Bank of Edmond ranks
among the safest and best in financial
centers, and we predict that its future
success will at least be commensurate
with the general development of that
city and section.
CITY MEAT MARKET.
FURNITURE AND UNDERTAKING.
D. N. McGowan represents all that Is
McDonald does all work in | desirable in furniture and undertaking
the tailoring line and does It nicely.
Ladles tailoring Is also done here. Mr.
McDonald learned his trade in men's
tailoring in London, and ladles tail-
oring in Paris. Repairing Is done on
short notice and as Mr. McDonald is
one of the most thorough tailors In
the country, all work left with him is
properly, as well as promptly, done.
He does pressing and altering quick-
ly. • Mr. McDonald has been here about
three years and is gaining friends on
merit of his work
M. Kanaly handles flour, feed, pota-
toes, cabbage, onions, farm seeds, etc.,
buys butter, eggs, poultry and hides,
paying highest market prices for same
The benefits of this produce house are
urge general store in Edmond, estab-'apparent, as furnishing town people
lished two years ago last April, now j with the best In flour, feed and pro-
under the efficient management of J. j duce, and furnishing a constant mar-
Roach. Also a gin and warehouso t kel for producers of this section. Mr.
Piedmont, under the management j Kanaly began this business last Jan
of W. S. Hunsecker, from whence a nary and is pleased with Ills growing
fine business is reported. | patronage and prospects.
This is strictly a co-operative com-1
patiy of farmers, a principal object be-] HOTEL LEA.
ing to make a better market for pro-
duce in the way of butter, eggs, poul-
try, fruits, potatoes, etc, and Edmond
is the central point for all their bus-
iness. They have purchased and ship.
ped all potatoes, apples, and other
fruits offered since in operation, and
these shipments amount to thousands
of bushels. Fifteen cars of flour and
feed were disposed of by this house [house enjoys
the past year. Groceries, notions,
flour and feed are handled at the Ed- The firm of Barrett & Bryant is ad j This Is one of the houses that makes
mond store, in connection with which ded to our honor roll, in Edmond They Edmond a good trading place. It .s
they have spacious warehouses. They! have been in business eight years, a most complete retail drug store, at-
are largest Importers of farm, garden handle first class groceries and pro- tractively displayed from handsome
and field seeds. The house gets what' visions of al; kinds, buy produce and :show cases and shelving in a spacious
people want in the line of standard have established a growing trade. j room. Besides the regular line of
goods and supplies them to the public — [drugs, the house has splendid lines o
at right prices w MILLINERY AND DRESS MAKING, school books, and school supplies of
Four people are employed regularly jaU kinds, stationery, an especially at-
to wait on the trade, with extra sales- Mrs M. B. White opened a stock of ;tractive display of toilet articles^aw
men Saturdays. Lump and crushed millinery in Edmond last spring, and druggists sundries generally.
This house and business belong to
F. P. Lea. Llenty of good victuals,
comfortable beds and courteous treat-
ment are the rules. Mr. Lea was for-
merly In the real estate business, but
took personal charge of his house Nov.
1st, ult. There are 20 comfortably
furnished guest rooms here, and the
Ill Edmond. His salesroom discloses
handsome designs in furniture of all
kinds, while carpets, rugs, linoleums,
shades, eitc., are in evidence. Appar-
ently any design or grade of chair,
table, cabinet, bed, desk, etc., may bo
selected from this stock. Sewing ma-
chines are in connection, A hearse is
owned for fuuernl occasions. A fine
stock of wall paper is in connection
This house sells the Foley-Willlams up-
right pianos. The stock proper rep-
resents an investment of about $10,000,
and is most creditable to Mr. Mc-
Gowan, and to Edmond. A deck In the
main Btore augments the display
while spacious warerooms are required
for surplus stock. A specialty sold
hero Is the Practlcus incandescent
lamp, which generates gas from coal
oil, furnishes 100 candle light power,
costs only one cent for six hours con
tinuous burning, is simple, safe, and
odorless. This is one of the new and
useful Inventions from Germany, and
must be seen to be appreciated.
Mr. McGowan succeeded F. E. Ros-
enberg In the furniture business last
March. He is well pleased with the
consideration accorded him by the peo-
plo of that section and will keep right
on furnishing them a splendid place
for furniture supplies. He sells goods
on the Installment plan when desired.
His house is one that gives Edmond
prestige as a trading place, and we are
pleased to see it very prosperous
CITY DRUG STORE.
DRY GOODS AND SHOES.
Forster & Jayne Is the style of an
Edmond firm that handles dry goods,
ladies' and gents' furnishing goods and
shoes. The stock makes an attractive
display in a spacious store building.
Ready-to-wear garments for ladies are
here, along with stylish dress goods.
Johnson-Rand shoes are specialties for
style and wear. Belts, bags, combs
and handkerchiefs, appropriate for
Christmas presents are here In attrac-
tive variety. It requires four people
to serve the trade here. Mr. Forster has
been in Oklahoma since the opening.
His firm enjoys ail enviable reputa-
tion among the good ones of Edmond.
H. H. HIatt conducts a popular pho-
tograph gallery In Edmond. He does
enlarging portrait work, and with his
up-to-date appliances makes the very
best of photographic work. He has
conducted this gallery three years.
The post eight months Mr. HIatt has
been conducting the Odeon, a moving
plolure show here, that has delighted
the public on account of the variety
and excellence of pictures shown.
Those who see samples of work at
Hiatt's gallery and test his skill, make
up their minds they can do no better.
far as modern photography Is con-
The Thomas-Hollis Lumber Co., fur-
nishes all kinds of lumber and build-
ing maiterial in Edmond, including
paints and builders hardware, glass,
sash, doors, lime, cement, coal, etc.,
in stock with best grades of lum-
ber. F. E. Buell Is manager In charge
and reports a good trade.
rock salt Is excusively handled here/ by handling the latest styles and va-
and is most economic for stock. Flour. rieties in ladies' headgear has done a
and feed are purchased in car load lots: nice business the past summer and
the famous O. B. brand from the Win-' fan. She expects to stock up larger
field, Kansas, mills being a leader and| than ever in the spring to supply grow-
successfully 'meeting all competition.' |ng demands. She recently added a
White Lilly is another popular brand j dressmaking department to her store
of flour handled. A free city delivery! thait will no doubt be much appreciated
was established last July and is meet-j hy ladies of this vicinity. Good, styl-
ing with local favor. j |sh goods and work, with reasonable
Benefits of the Farmers Union Clear-j ]irices are rules of Mrs. White.
Ing House in Edmond are in the facts;
that they have contributed much to the:
general prosperity of the place. They! The Unit special scribe had the
have made a more staple market for; pleasure of mee ng . . y
produce. They have attracted people! mond the past week. Mr ra re -
here to trade, and all have received a resents the Hockaday Paint Co., of
provisions for Christmas have been
made here, and the stock of holiday
presents Is so laige and varlgated that
Santa will have no trouble getting
what he needs for the children. Mr.
Wood Is a regular pharmacist, and
prescriptions are carefully, correctly
filled here. Mr. Wood has personal
charge of the store for the most part,
and that he Is obliged to employ three
assistants is evidenced that the splen-
did stock and store Is appreciated by
H. F. Martin, general superinten-
dent of tile Ramona Light, Heat and
Power Co., with a force of men, has
been laying pipe and preparing to light
Edmond with gas at an early date
Headquarters of the Company are at
Tulsa, with field office at Chandler,
Their main line extends from the gas
fields in the east part of the state as
far west as Oklahoma City, north to
Guthrie and south to Shawnee. Mr.
Martin informs us that they Intend to
place gas in all towns on their main
line. Edmond Ls the sixth town that
the Remona Company has piped, and
the field work will continue until all
the towns are supplied.
About sixty men and a number of
teams are in the field. Mr. Martin is an
experienced gas man from the east
and knows how to advance his work
with greatest celerity, and when com-
pleted, it is done right. He is much
pleased with the proposition of
Ramona company to supply numerous
localities with gas, because it will he
such benefit to a large number of cit-
izens, likewise a saving to them for
lights and fuel. The work at Edmond
will be pushed with vigor, and people
there are jubilent over the prospects
for cheaper and better lights and fire.
This is the enterprise of Wm
Schirck, in Edmond, and in the way of
neat fixtures and the splendid variety
of meats handled, it is indeed a com
plete market. Beef, veal, pork, and
muttoi from the finest herds of this
section are slaughtered for ti.-s shop
by its owner. Mr. Stjhirck says the
best is none too good for his customers
and he serves them accordingly. Fine
sausage is made here, and pure lard
rendered. Sweet, sour and dill pickles
are here, with a line of fancy canned
goods and table condiments. Fresh
fish and game are handled in season.
A new lard cooler has just been In-
stalled to add completeness to the
shop. Mr. Schirck has been conduct-
ing this market the past threet years.
He has won a liberal patronage be-
cause he handles the best, renders
prompt, efficient service and prides
himself on excellent variety with rea-
sonable prices. Mr. Schirck is one of
the butchers of this section who has
had years of experience, has profited
by his experience and is giving the
peope of Edmond a market to be proud
benefit. They are thoroughly in sym-
pathy with every public enterprise.
They rely upon best goods, courteous
treatment and right prices to win. That
their ideas along this line are correct
is evidenced by their trade that has in-
creased several hundred per cent, and
the growth serais Inte- mlnable.
We desire t: say foi Manager J. ;
Roach that he has been incessant in
his efforts not only for the success of
his company, but in behalf of Edmond.
He owns a nice farm, upon which are
45 acres of orchard In fine condition.
He is greatly interested in fruit cul-
ture and is the pioneer potato raiser
of this section. He intends to plant
a much larger acreage of "spuds" next
year so he informs us. He possesses a
medal from the late St. Louis World's
Fair for the best display of Kaffir com.
While he Is making a signal success
as manager of the important affairs of
the Farmers' Union Clearing House in
Edmond, he expects in the future to
return to farming. He is energetic and
untiring in whatever he undertakes.
Much credit is attributed to his zeal
for the splendid success of the Far-
mers Union Store.
Mr. Roach informs us that his com-
pany owns their buildings here, rep-
resenting about $15,000 investment.
STOVES, PLUMBING, GAS FITTING.
„ . This is a new enterprise in Edmond,
Wichita, which company manufactures M|ghed by Me,sra Wetaer & An-
a paint for. and sold only in the south-1 an A complete stock of gas
west, on account of its peculiar fitness ^ f|x(ures ]lluml)lllK sul,plle8
for this climate. Another of the really | utenalla ,a 0„ dlsp]ay> ond prac.
With capacity of 100 barrels daily,
furnishing the "White Frost" and
"Gilt Edge" brands of excellent flour,
also a corn mill in connection, turn-
ing out splendid family meal, the Ea-
gle Mills compose a valuable produc-
tive enterprise for Edmond. A con-
stant top market for grain Is furnished
here. This Is the enterprise of Messrs.
Rodkey & Farrar. Mr. Farrar Is a
member of the city council from the
second ward. A storage capacity of
25,000 bushels Is In connection with
meritorious products of this company
is "Interio," a paint used exclusively
for interior furnishing. It is not only
handsome, but urable and cheap, wll.
stand washing and always holds a
beautiful lustre. Some of the finest
public buildings of Wichita, Guthrie,
and other southwestern cities are fin-
isned with "Interio," and the Wichita
company Is to be congratulated on be-
ins the exclusive manufacturers of so
valuable a product.
J. E. Butler handles new and second-
hand furniture and household goods in
Edmond. He also conducts the Ed-
mond Seed House, from which the past
season he sold more garden and field
seeds than any other dealer In this
vicinity. In his stock are beds, tables,
chairs, carpets, rugs, stoves and a va-
riety of useful household articles, and
This bakery by Wm. D. Thompson,
is the result of Mr. Thompson know-
ing his business and attending to it.
Fresh bread, pies and other bakers'
products from here are appreciated on
account of their excellence, and upon
this point a liberal patronage lias been
won. Mr. Thompson has been in the
businessin Edmond about three years.
His public spirit is recognized by his
fellow citizens, who have elected and
retain him as president of the Cham-
ber of Commerce, and he is also rep-
resenting the third ward in the city
council He is an untiring worker for
business of H. R. Stewart & I public weal while seccessfully looking
They also buy hides, after his own affairs.
G. D. DOXSIE.
LIVE STOCK AUCTIONEER.
HARNESS AND SADDLERY.
J. W. Potts furnishes the people of
Edmond and vicinity a splendid store
of harness, saddles, blankets and har
ness fixtures, to select from. His goods
are made here and are therefore most
durable, and the purchaser can make
easy choice in either light or heavy
goods. Poultry food and Haas stock
fpods are In stock. Repairing is
specialty. Mr. Potts has been in the
business here about two years, has
been in Oklahoma since the opening,
knows the people, knows his business,
I has property interests in Edmond and
I s a valuable business man for the
tical plumbing and gas fitting are done furnishings; also sewing machines,
by experienced hands. In vliw of the specialty is imade of repairing stoves
inaug.ration ol gas into the :!ty, thl.'and furniture. Mr. Butler succeeded
house is on tlift ground floot with all
fixtures used. We notice Mr. Weiser
is president of the Citizens' ank Bank
of Edmond. He is a man of means,
who "does things." With the practi-
cal experience of Mr. Angerman we
believe the new store for gas fixtures
and stoves will be appreciated. The
stock Is one from which selections
may be easily be made, as It is large,
and contains a splendid assortment.
EDMOND'S OFFICIAL FAMILY.
The selling of farm, field and garden
seeds and the best of all kind of feed
Son In Edmond
furs, poulty, and coutry produce gen-
erally. Three different kinds of best
known stock and poultry foods are
also sold here. Their feed like their Mr. Doxsle Is a successful real estate
other goods are handled because they dealer of Edmond, has much property
are the best they can find; all sold at listed for sale or exchange and is him-
reasonable prices with prompt deliv-' self a leading property owner of Ed-
ery Stewart & Son succeeded to this mond. The opera house and several
business about two months ago. Tin 'other valuable business sites are his,
are pleased with their patronage and and he owns a farm adjoining the town
the way their trade is growing. A limits, where he lives. As. Mr. Doxsie
first class feed and seed house that is perfectly responsible, he is a proper
furnishes the public goods they may person to call upon relative to prop-
rely upon, is a benefit to any com- erty conditions and values in this sec-
munity, and this is the kind of house tion.
Col. R. H. Mahoney is a resident
auctioneer of pedigreeed live stock. He
has resided in the state four years—
in Edmond the past year. He is qual-
ified as an auctioneer theoretically
and by practice, therefore his services
are generally in demand, and at this
time he has stock sales billed from
four different states. Col. Mahoney
has been engaged in fine stock raising
fifteen years, including fine cattle,
horses and hogs. He represents two
of the largest Jack firms In the United
States. Those who desire to purchase
a Jack for the coming season will do
well to call on or address him at Ed-
The "Free" sewing machine Is sold
fn l-ldmond and vicinity by Aaron
Frctz. It is beautiful in finish, runs
quietly, easily, embraces all the good
qualities of other machines and many
other features that are exclusive. It
is a comparatively new invention and
is appreciated by all who see it. Mr.
Fritz repairs all kinds of sewing ma-
chines. Those who would make a fine
present to a lady friend should see th
beautiful "Free" sewing machine at
his shop, 217 South Broadway, Ed-
Edmond is acting under incorporate
laws, has a splendid set of officers
selected from the people, and Is one
of the most law abiding, as well as
progressive little cities In the new
state. City officers are, Jno. L. Robin-
son, mayor; Wm. B. Meek, city clerk;
C. M. Tool, treasurer; Jno. Roaten,
attorney; Jno. Sumner, city marshal.
The city council is composed of M. C.
Broad, Wm. Huffman, C. O. Glrard,
Geo. Farrar, Mm. D. Thompsom, 1'. It.
Barber, Jas. Binger and M. A. Wood.
THE STAR LIVERY BARN.
Tills barn in Edmond is conducted
by M. D. Murphy. A string of good
horses, safe reliable buggies and turn-
outs with careful drivers are the rule.
Boarders are given the best care. Mr.
Murphy has earned an enviable repu-
tation for his barn by careful attention
to the wants of the public. We may
add that Mrs. Murphy, wife of M. D,
Is conducting the Chamrock boarding
house, well patronized on account of
good accommodations at reasonable
W. I. Mclnturff In this business about
four months ago. He buys and sells
all kinds of household goods and mer-
chandise, and furnishes homes with
articles good as new, at less than
wholesale cost of same. He Is hav-
ing a good trade.
SPOT CASH GROCERY CO.
Staple and fancygroceries and
queensware, compose the large stock
of this house, under management of
J. P. Hayen. Chase and Sauborn's
coffees and teas are only to be found
here as this Is the exclusive,agency
for them In Edmond. Helnz's pickles,
the best brands of canned of canned
goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, in
fact all that goes to make up a first
class grocery house may be found here
In large variety. "Gilt Edge", "White
Frost." and "Pride of Perry" flours are
sold. There are none better. Corn
chops and bran are carried in the feed
line. Mr. Hoyen is a pioneer merchant
here and a good one. He keeps up
with the times in furnishing best pro-
visions for the people. He has served
on the school board, and aside from
being one of themerchants who con-
tributes a full share toward making
Edmond a good trading place, he is
one of the leading citizens In public
F P. Lea was united in marriage to
Mrs. Laura Caldwell, at the residence
of and by the pastor of the Catholic
church in Oklahoma City, Wednesday,
Dec. 2nd, 1908, at 6:15 p. m. Mr. Lea
Is proprietor of the Hotel Lea In Ed-
mond. and his wife was an amiable
Oklahoma City lady. Both are re-
ceiving congratulations of numerous
Wagons, carriages, plows, farming
implements of all kinds, feed mills,
gasoline engines, cream separators,
harness, etc., compose the stock of
A. E. Ham in Edmond. It is the idea
of Mr. Ham to keep the best there is
In these lines and sell at right prices.
Upon this basis he has built his busi-
ness. He succeeded Lynch & Starr
nine months ago, and is giving people
of this section a complete Implement
Tim Shampnor's pool hall, is where
the boys frequently meet to "roll the
Ivory." There are five tables here with
RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE.
Be It Resolved, By Local Union 807,
Oklahoma City, Painters, Paper-
hangers and Decorators, That by the
recent death of Brothers Belford and
Miilias. our union has lost valuable
members, and the heartfelt sympathy
of this union goes out to the bereaved
families and relatives of the deceased.
We recognized them as thorough me-
chanics and worthy brothers, and since
they have departed from us, we can
only add this simple testimonial of
our respect and appreciation of their
worth while here. May He who sees
the sparrows fall, have a kind and
all other necessary equipment that is' gently guiding hand over the bereaved
up-to-date. A variety of cigars and soft ones, and may an eternity see them
drinks are served. Mr. Shampnor has again happily united In a realm that
been conducting this pool hall two knows no parting.
years and has made many friends by j The sympathy of this body is also
treating the people courteously and extended to Brother Young and his
conducting his place In a first class family, over the loss of their little
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