Oklahoma State Register. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 23, 1909 Page: 2 of 8

Alfalfa County News.
You ask me to write about the early
days for your anniversary number on
September 16.
I reached Kiowa after a four weeks
«.\£ an overland trip with a yoke of cat
tie and a covered wagon, my Wash-
ington hand press and some type in
tile spring of 1883. The nearest rail-
road at that time was Harper, Kansas.
J will never forget my lirst vision of
the Medicine river. It was the first
lime I had ever seen red water. A
flood was on and about five o'clock in
the evening we undertook to cross it.
Prank Holmes my early partner was
with me and when we got about mid-
way of the river the oxen balked. It
was April; the water was cold and
you can imagine not ouly how I felt,
but how I looked when I found it was
necessary to leave the wagon and by
all means of persuasion and all lan-
guage known to humanity, used in
a three hours' effort to convince those
oxen that our business necessitated
reaching the other bank. We finally
4C0t Into Old Kiowa at dark, turned
the cattle loose and got something to
«at. There were hitch racks all
around the town to which probably
twenty-five or thirty cow ponies were
standing. There was a drug store,
Rumsey's & Reemer's general store,
a hotel and three houses. It was my
first experience in seeing the cow-boy.
I didn't know which frightened me the
most, the size of their spurs or their
Holmes and myself began the publi-
cation of the Kiowa Herald 011 a
guarantee from the business interests
■of the town endorsed by Alex Hop-
kins, of an advertising patronage of
not less than $00 a year. Old man
Bush had a little shack a short ways
out of town which was included as a
bonus and furnished us rent free. It
■was a little short of windows and
wherever light was needed we punched
openings in the side. We slept on the
floor of this printing office and there
1 was convinced that crickets were
the best friends that sailors had, be-
cause at the end of the season, out-
Ride of the clothes we had 011 our
'backs we had nothing fit to wear. I
think it was in 1885 that Mr. Barnes,
then superintendent for the outhern
Kansas Railroad ompany met with a
number of gentlemen who afterwards
formed what is known as the Kiowa
Town Company ami located the town
of New Kiowa 011 the Neutral Strip
about three miles south of the old
Major Drum was president of the
.company; Frank Shelley was secre-
tary; A. W. Rumsey. treasurer and
Crate Justice, Oliver Kwell and W. E.
Campbell its stockholders.
T think the railroad reached Kiowa
in the summer of 1SSii Everybody
moved. When I say everybody. I
mean about ten people, because that
constituted the population of the old
town. 1 was appointed postmaster of
the new town without my knowledge,
011 the recommendation of Tom Mc
Neal, much to the chagrin of old man
Male, who was postmaster at the old
town. I was postmaster in name only,
as I turned the office over to Dr.
Downtain who looked after the details
in his drug store.
New Kiowa boomed for a long time.
It reached a population at one time
of about 2.00 . Main street
sold as high as $2,500 a piece. Every-
thing was sunshine and plenty.
The people who originally settled in
New Kiowa, in my judgment, were
the best and most generous people
•who ever lived. I cannot recall all of
them because they have scattered to
great many others whose names
this moment skip my memory.
The editor of this paper was almost
a Kiowa product, as he was a little
boy when his father and mother
moved to Kiowa.
One of the most prominent citizens
of Kiowa was Dr. A. Claud, who after-
wards made the run ill the strip and
got a claim somewhere in your sect-
tion. Another one of the jolly ones
was Hill Henderson, who now lives at
Alva, also John Duncan, a brother-in-
law of W. E. Campbell, who was after-
wards a merchant in the strip.
I could go on, if I had the space and
take up your entire issue with men-
tioning names and deeds of the early-
settlers of Kiowa, who moved like
grasshoppers into the Cherokee Strip
in September, 1893, when the same was
thrown open to settlement. I was not
present at the opening of the Strip,
having been elected delegate to Con-
gress from Oklahoma, but I have not
forgotten it. I don't think the early-
settlers will forget Hoke Smith or
the Booth certificate either.
Many of the old settlers remained
in Kiowa when I left. I was appoint-
ed postmaster at Guthrie in 1889 and
moved to Guthrie, living in a shack
with my wife and children until I
could dispose of enough property in
I Kansas to build a tw o-room house.
When I left Kiowa times were pretty
hard. We had not had a successful
farming season in four or five years.
In the winter of 1S86 the Cherokee
strip and southern Kansas were cov-
ered with about two feet of snow for
about six weeks. It had rained and
sleeted 011 top of that and it was im-
possible for cattle to paw through
for grass. 1 well remember it. I
had given my note to A. W. Ramsey
for $45 in the summer before to buy
the first pony I ever owned. I turned
It loose in Streeter's pasture and in
the spring found its bones and hide in
one corner of the wire fence.
It took some time, as I did not have
a metropolitan Journal to earn the
$45 to pay that note.
Jim Dwyer, a son-in-law of old man
Chowan, had the hotel at Kiowa.
Holmes and I boarded there at $3.50
a week. Everything but the ham was
canned. 1 well remember that we
owed Dwyer for a month's board and
he wantf'l money. We offered to give
him a mortgage 011 the Washington
hand press and whatever we had in the
printing office, but Dwyer's remark
w as that he ."had 110 desire to become
an editor," I well remember.•
he has no one to blame but himself.
I have taken a great deal of pride
and have been delighted every time
I have been able to meet one of the
You, yourself, have grown up; you
have been of a migratory nature, but
you have alwuys been able to hold
your own. Y'our father and I were
great friends as were all of the old-
timers. We did not all agree in poli-
tics, but we all had a love and admir-
ation for one another. As time goes
011 I hope that the feeling will be
strengthened, and regardless of one
another's views on public questions,
I shall always pray for the success
of the men and women who came to
Oklahoma, and by thrift and energy
laid the foundation of what is today
one of the greatest states in the Union.
I think I have many good and true
friends throughout the state of Okla-
homa, but my heart beats stronger
and my friendship necessarily must
be greater for those early Kiowa ac-
quaintances who, like myself, have
made this state their home.
Yours truly,
IN Okl.A-
Army Officers Assert that the New
Vaccine Is Successful.
Washington, Sep. 12.—Medical of-
ficers of the United States army be-
lieve that the new anti-typhoid vaccine
now being tested at the various army
posts will prove to be successful.
More than a thousand men, both of-
ficers and privates, many of them in
close contact with typhoid patients
have been vaccinated, and not one of
these lias contracted the disease. Of
those vaccinated only 8 percent were
Incopacitated for duty, aud none was
excused for longer than forty-eight
The reports so far received are pre-
liminary in character, but they have
created an impression favorable to the
method among army medical men.
The vaccine is an invention of the
British army, where it has been used
with success. Its use in the army here
is the result of a recommendation by
a distinguished group of medical
scientists brought together in 1908 as
an army board.
The mail was brought in one of the I agha 'guc
Id-time stage coaches if there were 0rie„t, Fr
any passengers; if not in a buck-
board from Harper three times a
Uncle Nat Lane and Charlie Van-
tire ran the stage line. They brought
the ready prints from the railroad for
the Kiowa Herald. The express was
usually about 45 cents per week. Per-
haps I should not admit it, but there
were times when our receipts for the
entire week did not amount to the ex-
press charges.
Old man Kirkpatrlck and Major La-
month who were down in the neigh-
borhood of the T 5 ranch were occas-
ional visitors to Kiowa and it was
said the poker game lasted for a week.
There was prohibition in old Kiowa,
but when the new town started there
were at one time 23 saloons there,
brass bands and string bands were
playing on the sidewalk in front of
these places of refreshments. It was
run something like some places in Ok-
lahoma are now run. -The officer
could not be convinced that intoxicat-
ing liquors were sold.
A damage suit was once attempted
r named Mc-
every- i Cauge against the city of Kiowa. He
Oliver Ewell and
never surpassed
A meeting of the board of directors
of the Beaver Valley and Northwest-
ern railroad which was chartered one
year ago with $4,000,000 capital to
build 400 miles of railway, was held
in Beaver City during the last week.
A proposition wa3 received from the
Metropolitan Investment company of
.Chicago to finance the building from
Gage, in Ellis county, north and west
through Woodward, Harper, Beaver
and Texas counties to Hooker, on the
El Paso line of the Rock Island. Presi-
dent of the Chicago company met with
the board and submitted the proposi-
tion, asking the railroad company to
give a first mortgage on the entire road
of 400 miles, as called for in the char-
ter and then float bonds to build the
road. Fifteen thousand cash is de-
manded with which to start construc-
This line of railway through West-
ern Oklahoma, with Woodward as tem-
porary northern terminus, is being
projected by Major E. C. Gordon of
Atlanta, Ga., brother of the late Gen.
John B. Gordon. He Is traveling over
the proposed route investigating con-
ditions and making tentative proposi-
tions to towns interested. He is mak-
ing his Oklahoma headquarters at Mu-
tual. His proposition is to build north
to a connection with the El Paso line
of the Rock Island in Southern Kan-
sas and south via Cestos, Lenora and
[Taloga, in Western Oklahoma to Chick-
Such a line will cross the
isco and Choctaw railroads
1 in Western Oklahoma, and in Chicka-
sha connection would be made with the
main line of the Rock Island and Fris
J. A. Kemp, president of the Wichita
Falls and Northwestern railroad, has
announced that the road will shortly be
extended northwest from Mangum, in
tersecting the Rock Island either at
Sayre or Elk City. The extension
front Frederick, west to Mangum,
will be completed by October, and the
northwest extension by February. The
line is now in optration across South
ern Oklahoma from Wichita Falls, Tex-
as, to Frederick, in Tillman county
the four winds. , ■
Jessie Ellis who had a bank at Kiowa) be brought a lawye
was a friend of everybtdy and
body was his friend.
Crate Justice were
in kindness and generosity. Many of
the citizens of Oklahoma who aie
prominent today were cow boys or res-
idents of New Kiowa.
Where your town is now located.
«ir a short distance from it was the
fi«a<Squarters of th
old T 5 ranch.
Will Carter general live stock agent
,>f the Rock island railroad company
was the foreman The best brand of
horses ever on the raner was the 1 ■
V,. O. which were the only ones that
-were ralBid there. The Cherokee
Strip at that time was fenced off in
■pastures and was under control of by
lease, by the Cherokee Strip live stock
drove from Medicine Lodge and un-
der the leadership of Tommy Wilson
and some of the other Kiowa stand-
bys he was thrown several times into
a duck pond, lie left immediately. I
have never heard from Tommy or the
other boys whether he has stopped yet
or not.
There was lots of fun of a good-na-
tured sort and everybody was happy.
Men's words were good then;
house ever had its door locked
man was ever known to be hungry.
We have become civilized since.
Doors are not only locked but win-
dows are barred ami the civilization
that we read about has dawned upon
us and all of the old-timers are com-
I iielled. if they keep up with the pro-
The Pacific Monthly of Portland
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Foraker Tribune.
The mass meeting held in Pawhuska
last Saturday was a success in every
particular. There were several hun-
dred farmers and business men pres-
ent and all were enthusiastic in their
support of the movement looking to the
elniination of southern cattle from
Osage county. The meeting was call-
ed to order by W. R. Dutton of For-
aker, who read the call for the meet-
ing. The meeting then elected Mr.
Dutton chairman and Editor Sams and
Editor Gray secretaries. The follow-
ing committee on resolution was ap-
pointed by the chair: Hon. J. F.
Palmer, Ben Roebuck, L. L. DeNoya, E.
F. Scott and A. J. Montgomery. While
the committee was out Judge A. R.
Musseller addressed the meeting, con-
fining his remarks principally to tick
eradication and the development of the
county. His address was an able one
and was enthusiastically received by
the audience.
Hon. J. F. Palmer now reported the
esolutions, which asks for the ex-
lusion of southern cattle from Osage
county; that grazing leases be limited
in size and be made for one year only;
the removal of restrictions from sur-
plus lands as rapidly as possible; that
all ection lines be opened and roads
be improved so that school children
will not be compelled to walk across
attie ranges on their way to school;
that all records in connection with the
leasing of the land be kept open st^
that the public may know what condi-
tion the lands are in at any time with
regard to lease.
Mr. Palmer, in speaking to the re
solutions, made an able, earnest plea
for the exclusion of the southern cat
tie and for the settlement and develop-
ment of the county. J. W. Edwards
and W. U. Bennett spoke against the
resolution ftsking for the opening of
all section lines. They argued that
such action would work an unneces-
sary hardship on the land owners. The
resolution, as reported hy the com-
mittee, however, were adopted hy an
overwhelming majority.
A committee of live was appointed
to secure signers to the resolution and
petition to be presented to the tate
Board of Agriculture at their meeting
in Oklahoma City, October 5th. It was
also arranged to have a delegation of
farmers and business men attend this
Congressman B. S. McGuire volun
teered to address the mass meeting in
awhuska, last Saturday, or send a let-
ter to be read in his absence. He did
neither. Why? Hundreds of farmers
were present to hear him and were
sorely disappointed when he failed to
show up. Mr. McGuire, no doubt, has
a legitimate excuse for his absence and
he owes an explanation to the people
he disappointed.
TI10 Kiiul You Have Always Bought, ami which has been
iu use for over 30 years, has home the signature of
- and has been made under his per-
^ sonal supervision since its infancy.'
S-ccccAtM. Allow no one to deceive you in this.
All Counterfeits, Imitations and "Just-as-good" are but
Experiments that trille with and endanger the health of
Infants and Children—Experience against Experiment.
What is CASTORIA ,
Castoria is a harmless substitute* for Castor Oil, Pare-
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contains neither Opium, Morphine nor other Narcotic
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Bears the Signature of
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(to pay postage and packing).
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>> W Goats
Are Ideal for Summer Wear
They are made in four distinct kinds. A
coat for every purpose of most attractive
appearance and you are always prepared
for the frequent summer showers. The
styles aro adapted from the approved
Paris and New York models.
Ask your dealer. If he does not sell them,
write to us for style book and samples.
C.Kenyojr Company
754-7X4 Pacific Street,Brooklyn,NY.
association. Col. Hired, now postmas
ter at Alva was lu-ailof the directors cession "To do as Rome does
rdtot Association. He owned a great {of these old Bettlerssecuredclatos.
that strip between what They were not consideied 5
aud old Kiowa. He able at the time of the opening.
in the looked for a year or two as if it was
.ienl of land 011
is now Oklahoma a
:^hTe.fa!rtaTtreleHronw„'gen-|not going to rain any more In Ok,a-
eroslty and liberality is probably the noma than it did In Kansas, but a 0
cause now in his old age of his ac-
t-opting the Alva post office.
There were good boys who came
■from the ranches to Kiowa. Among
them was Alfa Upkagraft, now state
accent on the "PUS."
Teacher—Now, Jimmy Green, can
you tell me what an octopus Is?
Jimmy Green—Yes, sir; it's
eight-sided cat.
geneiui, corbin is dead.
The End Came lu New lork. Follow-1
An Operation.
New York—Gen. Henry C. Corbin
died at the Roosevelt hospital in this
city at 3:30 o'clock this morning after
operation. General Corbin re- J
turned from Europe only a few days ]
ago after taking treatment at Carlsbad.
His condition was improved by this |
treatment and he went to London in I
August, but suffered a relapse and
went to Paris for further consultation |
with physicians.
senator from one of the western coun
tics. Young and Georgo Short aud a
that is changul. Farms have improv-
ed in value. The Almighty favored
the settlers with bountiful crops and
while at times there may be a short-
age of rain, the early settler, who has
been frugal, should have a competency
and If If be has not, in my Judgment,
For Infants and Children.
The Kind You Hate Artways Bought
Dear? the
Signature of
wished he was guilty.
Pretty young lady (entering music
publisher's shop, to young man sorting
music): "Have you 'Kissed Me by
Young Man (turning around with
surprise): "It must be the other young
man behind the counter. I've only
been here a week."—Human Life.
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New W. B. Reduso N-o. 771. Is the same as
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Hose supporters front and sid?4. bu-ss 20 to 36,
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