Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 28, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 16, 1909 Page: 2 of 8
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OKLAHOMA STATE REGISTER.
1)HIM((\ OK ST A TKHOOD IIOItlF.S I\ SPLPJH'K.
A HISTOHV (>!'IM'KKKSTIXi I'KKSONA1.IT1ES.
(Mark Goodwin in Dallas News.)
The Sulphur reunion of statehood ' chief of the Creek Nation, was made
bodies on Sept. 17 and 18 will be per- c hairman or president of the conven
haps, the most notable Rathering ever !tion. Charles N. Haskell, now gover
li'ld in II Southwestern .state, it will nor of the :.tate, was the vice chair
• dug together men whose energies ami j man and each or the cMrfs of the
resourcefulness pavd the w,ay for a other four civilized Indian tribes
Mate embracing the two territories and were made vice presidents. William
whose diligence and perseverence fifial
Jy consummated what the people had
Jieen hoping for many years.
Jn obedience to the action of the so
rial organization of the Constitutional
(Convention, taken during the summer
>f 1907, William H. Murray of Tisho-
mingo, as president of the Constitution
a! Convention issued a proclamation
ior a reunion of these leaders, a num
bfr of whom have since become promi-
nwit in state's affairs, to be held
Aug. 19, 1908. Floods of that year made
j.t. impossible for many to attend, so the
dale was extended to Sept. 17 of this
year, the second anniversary of the
ratification of the Constitution at the
polls. In his call Mr. Murray said:
As one of the vice presidents of the
-Sequoyah convention (the president,
lOesn. Pleasant Porter, having departed
chis life), I call the Sequoyah conven
v ion to meet, because it paved the way
"As president of the Constitutional
^invention of Oklahoma, I call it be-
cause it framed the organic law. As
c ommanding officer of the Chickasaw
Squirrel Rifles, which ratified the con-
stitution at the polls, I call that grand
•limy of patriots. As speaker of the
yij-st legislature, which vitalized he
Constitution, I call it to join in one
.grand commemoration of the most
eventful period of our state."
Some of Those IVlio Attend.
There were 185 members of the Se-
quoyah convention, 112 of the Oklaho-
ma Constitutional convention, 153
members of the First legislature and
legion," as Mr. Murray explains it,
■rotnpose the Squirrel Rifle.
Cyrus leeper, Oklahoma City; Mi-
as l^asater, Pauls Valley, and Carl-
ton Weaver, Ada, members of the Ok-
lahoma Constitutional Convention.
11. Murray of Tushomingo, later (lis
tingulshed as president of the Okla
moha Constotutional Convention and
as speaker of the House of Represent
atives, representing Governor John
son of the Chickasaw Nation, was
once of the vice presidents.
Some of the Officers and Members
;fladn-?reydar,8fmh shr cinfwy cmf
The late Alex Posey of Eufaula, fi
mous for his Fixico letters, depicting
the humorous side of Indian life, was
the secretary. Assistant secretaries
were William H. Paul of Pauls Val
ley, James Culbertson of Durant and
A. B. Cunningham of Tahlequah
Robert Nichols was sergeant-at-arms
and his assistant was Fred Wiswell
of Muskogee. E. H. Doyle of Hailey
ville was the official reporter. A
Grant Evans, then of Muskogee, and a
member of the convention, now presi
dent of the State University, made the
prayer that opened the convention's
first session. The address of wel-
come was delivered by Dr. F. B. Fite
Mayor of Muskogee, and the response
was made by William H. Murray as
the of the Chickasaw Nation.
Among the members of the conven
tion were S. M. Rutherford of Mus-
kogee, Charles Leflore, Choctaw Na
tion; Joe M. Lehay, now of Claremore;
James 8. Davenport of Vinita, Oklaho-
ma' first congressman from the Third
Disprtct; Thomas Owen of Musko-
gee. at present member of the Crim-
inal Court of Appeals; Judge John R.
Thomas of Muskogee, author of the ju-
diciary portion of the Sequoyah con-
stitution, who is now a member of the
state code commission; G. A. Melton
and Charles Baggs of the Chickasaw
Nation, W. W. Hastings of Tahlequah,
M. V. Johnson of Antlers, George W.
Scott of the Choctaws, D. C. McCur-
• •ompose the committee named two tain, son of the Choctaws' principal
riRars ago to draft a program for the chief and who was also temporary
nwirting. It is Indicated that among J chairman of the convention; U. S.
Yhe speakers will be Governor Has-] Russell, now editor of the Shawnee
Veil, who was a member of both the Herald, then representing a record-
Sequoyah convention and the Okla-Jing district of the Choctaw Nation;
horna convention: Henry Asp, leader Judge A. S. McKennon of MsAlester,
of the Republican minority of the Ok- j Dr. Halley of Haileyville, Solomon J.
.lahoma convention; R. I,. Williams^ Homer of Caddo and Joe Colbert of
nnd Jesse I,. Dunn, members of the the Chlckasaws.
Supreme Court; John R. McCalla and Rev. K. N. Sweet of Lawton was
.1. Klnier Thomas, members of
the. present in the interest of the consti-
First legislature, and Joe B. Thomp- j tutional prohibition, which the con-
son. state Democratic chairman and ( vent ion adopted. A. P. Murphy, then
st lieutenant colonel in the Squirrel rencently of Muskogee, but a member
Practically all of the state admin-
istration heads. Including; both
mi, 1'nurts, will be there.
| of congress from a Missouri district,
was introduced as "the first Indian
I Territory congressman," and made
Murray: a speech.
vil) preside, as lie did during the Oklahoma Content ion the Next Year.
•ou mi ti on days, and during the ses-, The Sequoyah movement failed, but
sions of the First legislature in the following Congress passed an
Guthrie. He will use the same gavel J enabling act for Oklahoma and Indian
a .1 apply the same rules of pro-| Territories to form one state and
cedure that obtained throughout the the convention assembled in Guthrie
■sessions being commemorated.
When history of the Sequoyah con
vtntion is reduced to an unbiased rec-
.vrii. it will nrolmblv show that th« '
in December, 1906.
i Haskell was a potent factor in the
j Oklahoma convention and Murray was
1. will probably show that the the „re8lldent. Pete 1Ianratv now
movement was, among other things, | state m!ne lnspector, was first vice
/or the purpose of giving the eastern , preglde„t* and A H Eni8 or orlando
JkaH or the prospective state of politi-|wag secoll(j v|(.e president John j,
cal foothold. It had no semblance M Young of Lawton was tlle
«>£ a Jieotile's government and no I>o- j secretary. Joseph E
Stoical organization save one for the
>urpose of making rec ommendatiops
m rhe distribution of Federal patron-
*gp which by the 1
luif) to go to the Indian Territory.]
The western sMe was already organ-
| Alva, the assistant. E. ('
, secretary of the State Corporation
Commission, was the journal clerk.
essity of things Bob williams of Altus acted as read-
clerk, being assisted by N. A. Gordon
of Oklahoma City, who also served In
ed with a territorial government . , . , ,
" i the !• irst and Second legislatures. The
chaplain was Rev. Naylor of Pawnee,
now chaplain at the state peniten-
tiary. W. A. Durant, a member of
both Oklahoma legislatures, was the
Ohio 4. Iowa 4, Kansas :i, Virginia 2, doomed to defeat. Murray wanted only
Georgia 2, North Carolina 2, South j four delegates at large and Haskell
Carolina, Pennsylvania. Wisconsin, En- wanted eight. During the session
gland, Scotland and West Virginia on* Walter Ferguson, who is a republican,
each. In occupation. 43 were farm- telegraphed the commander: "Shall I
ers, 20 lawyers and 11 merchants. The |bring up the Squirrel Rifles?" The
oldest member was Cucle Clem Ros- j 'message served to give the situation
ers of Claremore, 6S, and the young- a somewhat humorous cast and took
est Mr. I.iedtke of ICufaula, 24.
Among the members were: J. S.
Buchanan of Norman, profesor of the
State University; John J. C'ary of IC1
Reno, now on the District Court bench
A. II. Ellis of Orlando, mentioned as
the probable candidate for lieutenant
governor; J. Clint Graham of Marietta
president protein of the state senate:
Sam W. Hayes of Chickasha. R. L.
Williams of Durant and M. J. Kane of
away part of the sting of defeat which
OPTOMISTl OKI WHO IIK A lis
(•Rl'M OK HIS OWN HOGS.
(Editorial Dallas News.)
I.ast Friday morning the following
editorial paragrph appeared in The
"And among other records being
Kingfisher, all members of the supreme ! broken The News recorded the break-
court; G. A. Henshaw of Madill, As- j i K of the high price record for hogs
sistat Attorney General assigned to the | on the Fort Worth market last Wed-
corporation commission; J. H. Maxe> . nesday. On the day before A. F. Dow-
of Shawnee, deceased who had also ney of Marlow, Okla., sold eighty-nine
been a member of the Misouri Const!- head oil that market at the extraordi
tutional convention of 1876; C. I* j nary price of J8.021-2 per hundred
For Infants and Children
sred would have appeared to a decid-
ed advantage compered with the un-
organized Indian Territory.
Sequoyah Convention, IttO.I
' i'hat the Sequoyah convention was
in any sense the final wedge driven
in the interest of Statehood has been
("lispuUl. There was a large one-
:4taie element in Indian Territory op-
• ":-ing the Sequoyah \r.ovement,
.-ontendiiig that Washington was al-
ready preparing to either give state-
"•wind to both territories or a territor-
ial Jorm of government to Indian Ter-
sergeant at arms, with Pat Oats of
Alva as his assistant. S. O. Dawee,
a prominent Farmers' I'nion worker,
now librarian to the Supreme Court,
was the postmaster, and In charke of
the cloak rooms was C. W. Meek of
McAlester, the present marshal of the
Corporation Commission.. Sam A. Op-
pliger. private secretary to Murray in
j Tishomingo, and Orville T. Smith, law
■ iiory. They were skeptical as to clerk to Governor Haskell, were two
value in the Sequoyah convention. „f the official stenographers.
At any rate the "Separate Staters," | The number of Oklahoma conven-
es Sequoyahlans were denominated. t|on members who were also members
gathered in Muskogee Aug. 21, 1905. j of the Sequoyah convention is not
They were 183 strong, and after six known. Politically the Oklahoma con-
week sf labor produced a constitution velitlon was ninety-nine Democrat
'*h'ch was sent to Washington with twelve Republicans and one Independ-
people's petition for recognition. Thejdent, the last being Rev. F J. Stowe of
invention is spoken of as having j Wynnewood, leader of the Republi-
can contingent was Kenry E. Asp of
as having j Wynnewood
liHfln without, political alignments
ranfl as the movement was essentially
niide a native one, delegates were
ohiefly of Indian blood and inter-
married citizens. The Muskogee
Phoenix of that date asserted: "There
. re a few pale-faees in town helping
make medicine." To make medi-
. "me in this country is to log-roll or
. -aucus politically.
The late C.en. Pleasant Porter, then
Guthrie, while leader of the Democrat-
ic element shifted as the convention
Members Have AcUie Distinction.
A complete poll of the convention
showed that the nativltyy of the mem-
bers were: Texas 16, Misouri, 12;
Illinois 12, Indian Territory 9, Ken-
tucky 8, Mississippi 7, Tennessee 6,
■Vrkausas 6, Indiana 4, New York 4.
Moore of Enid, Assistant Attorney Gen"
eral; J. M. Sandlln, Judge of the Su-
perior Court of Logan County, and T.
C. Wyatt of Wannette, measuring a lit-
tle over four feet in height, the small-
est man of the convention.
The First Legislature, which vitaliz-
ed much of the Constitution, possessed
several members who had been mem-
bers of the Constitutional convention.
Haskell was then governor and Mur-
ay was speaker of the House of Rep-
resentatives. It has 153 members, with
the political alignment showing a gain
for the republicans.
Chickasaw Squirrel lililes.
The fourth and perhaps the most
noted organization in Oklahoma, and
unique as never having held a meet-
ing is the Chickasaw Squirrel Rifles,
commander-in-chief of which is Mur-
ray. Up to date the organization is a
myth, save for numerous commissions
the commander in chief and his aides
have issued. Walter Ferguson, editor
of the Cherokee Republican, is chief of
£|taff, with rank of colonel, and Sam
. Oppliger of Tishomingo is adjutant,
ith rank of major. Be it known that
everybody is a corporal or better,
there being no privates, and in this
particular the Squirrel Rifles differ
from Hoyt's "Milk White Flag." The
latter organization had one private.
The Squirrel Rifles has both male
and female members. Governor Has-
kell has a commission as the little cor-
poral, while Miss Kate Bernard, State
ommlssioner of Charities and Correc-
tions is on the roster as chief of the
Red Cross. All memners of the Su-
preme Court have commissions as bri-
adeadvocates, while W. A. Ledbetter.
of Oklahoma City, is the Judge Advo-
ate General. The rosters are swelled
ith the names of prominent state
ople, designed as colonels, lieuten-
ant colonels, captains and lieutenants
ith a few generals for good measure,
he army has a battle flag. It is
striped in red and white, showing the
army's emblems, the coeklebur and fox
squirrel. Murray is the perpetual
commander in chief. Only once did he
relinquish control, being absent from
the state when Seth K. Cordon of Mus-
kogee was designed temporary com-
The organization of the Squirrel
Rifles started as a joke. During the
first statehood campaign Murray was
igorously lampooned and cartooned as
ocklebur Bill, an appellation which
emained with him during the tight for
tiflcation of the Constitution. He
as pictured in clothes covercd with
ickieburs. When the fate of the
onstitution was in the balance, when
it was doubtful whether President
Roosevelt would approve it, tied up in
the court by injunction and the makers
of it were being belabored by the par-
tisan press, Murray issued a statement
from his Tishomingo home that If nec-
essary he would lead the Chickasaw
■Squirrel Rifles and march to Guthrie
to compel honest treatment of the Con-
I'irst Annual Encampment.
The army has never seen service,
neither has it been in an encamp-
ment. The Constitution went through
by a large majority, but the cockleburs
on ills clothes and the elongated rifle
balanced on his arm made a picture of
Murray that remained in the public
Atthetirst legislative session Walter
Ferguson, sou of the ex-governor of
Oklahoma Territory, assigned himself
as adjutant of the army and began is-
suing proclamations. The scheme took
and commissions were issued, signed
by Murray as comander in chief. Ap-
pearing on the commission blanks is
the self-same cartoon used during the
campaign to depicit the constitutional
convention president, cockleburs, rifle
and all. Muray insists that the grand
army of patriots, as he calls the legion,
rallied at the polls and saved the Con-
stitution from defeat.
When the commander in chief anil
the governor of Oklahoma were argu
ing before the Muskogee convention in
1908, which elected delegates to the
Denver convention newspapers rported
that the commander in chief was
These hogs were kept on grass till
July 15, when they were put on corn
They averaged 200 pounds each and
brought their owner $1,220.41. From
which it would seem to the average
man that "pigs is pigs."'
In the same issue in which this
'appdai'sj, 'vi(as the (following news
items, which show that it is no trick
at all for hog price records to be
"Fort Worth, Tex., Sept. 8—Again
the record for high prices on hogs at
the Fort Worth stock yards was broken
by a margin of 12 l-2c per hundred
pounds, when today W. S. Lassiter of
Kingston, Ok., sold 74 head, averaging
229 pounds at $8.15 per hundred pounds
Aside from this car Mr. Lassiter had
the record broken in two other car
loads, which brought $8.10 per hun
dred, but at this price he was tied by
E. G. Whatlev of Frederick, Ok., with
two loads which reached the same fig-
One feature of these items which
speaks well for Oklahoma is the fact
that each of the men obtaining these
high prices for hogs lives in that state.
The hog is like a bale of cotton
wagon load of wheat in one respect—
he is sure of sale, and for cash.
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SPECIAL JUDGES APPOINTED.
Governor Haskell Wednesday
morning appointed E. G. McAdams of
Oklahoma City as special judge of
the criminal court op appeals in the
cause of Eav Wood vs. State of Ok-
lahoma. vice H. M. Furman disquali-
Judge C. R. Buckner of Guthrie was
appointed special judge of the criminal
court of appeals in the case of the
State vs. Ira Brown, vice T. H. Doyle
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