The Claremore Progress (Claremore, Okla.), Vol. 26, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 29, 1918 Page: 1 of 8

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The Organization To Be Permanent
For Duration of War; To Meet
All War Demands
The Future Quotas Will Be Flared In
a More Equitable and Just
The Rogers County War Board is
to be a permanent organization for the
duration of the war to handle all war
activities in the county which shall
include all drives for the sale of Lib-
erty Bonds, Red Cross donations, Y.
M. C. A. donations and War Savings
Stamps sales.
The Board is composed of the fol-
lowing members: G. D. Davis, chair-
man; A. A. Dennison, U. S. Jefferies,
Claremore; N. O. Colburn, Collinsville,
and J. B. Milam, Chelsea, members;
Walter W. Shaw, Claremore, secre-
Heudquarters are to be established
in Claremore nnd from this general
office most of the work of looking af-
ter the war work and organizing the
county to receive the same will come.
Mr. Shaw will devote his entire time
to this labor.
The War Board was created for the
purpose of getting a better organiza-
tion in the county by having capable
men on the job all the time, planning
not only for the present but for future
demands of the government as the
war progresses.
In the past Rogers county has not
fallen down except in one instance,
that of Thrift Stamps. We are still
short this quota, hut it too, in all prob-
ability will be forthcoming before Jan-
uary 1st, 1919.
Yet in spite of the fact that we have
done well, the method of procedure
has been more or less hap-hazard.
People have been buying bonds and
War Savings Stamps and donating to
the other war activities out of pro-
l>ortion in a great many cases. In the
end it would become a burden.
Now the War Board intends to go
about the matter of placing the vari-
ous quotas in a far more democratic
way. In the past this unequal giving
to war activities and buying of war
securities has come about from the
fact that people generally did not
know what they ought to give or buy.
They were at sea. Willing to do
their bit, they gave and bought—but
at random. The raising of quotas by
this method was of course very uncer-
tain at all times.
One of the chief duties of the War
Board will be to arrange a plan by
which all may know what they should
give or buy, as the case may be, when
the quotas are assessed. And this
amount, assessed each individual in
the county in proportion to his or her
financial ability, will be expected
without fail. The matter of raising a
quota then resolves itself down to a
surety when each individual comes
thru with his or her just part of the
ouota. The burden of the same is in
tnis manner equitably and justly dis-
tributed in a democratic way,—a
heavier burden on those able to bear
it, a lighter burden on those not so
able financially.
In order to get about determining
each individual's financial ability to
absorb a part of a quota, at the re-
queit of the United States govern-
ment. the War Board will begin imme-
diately to take a census of the popu-
lation of the entire county, men, wom-
en and children. While this census is
being made data on each individual in
the county will be secured on a spec-
ially prepared census card for the War
Boara. This is to ascertain informa-
tion about each person's financial
standing that his or her part of the
quota may be placed justly and accur-
Tne census card pre
ing blanks to be rilled in: Card No.,
e census card provides the follow-
School disk, No., Division No., Name,
Age, Married or Single, White or Col-
ored, Number of Children, Boys over
16 years. Number Working, Number
not working, P. O. address, street,
No., Phone No., Ward No., Occupa-
tion, Average Wages, per week, Will
you assist in carrying on war work in
Rogers county? In what way? What
war organization are you a member?
Born U. S. citizen? Naturalized citi-
zen? When? Nationality by birth?
Husbands or sons in the army, Names,
Divisions, Do you need assistance ? Do
you need labor? What kind? How
much? When? Have you spare labor
or teams? What kind? How much?
When? If of draft age, under what
class? Have your purchased Liberty
Bonds, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th; War
Havings Bonds, in 1918, in 1919, in
1920? Have you contributed to Red
Cross? 1917, 1918, 1919, To Y. M. C.
A., 1917, 1918, 1919? Farm owner,
farm renter, how many acres owned ?
acres; Total cultivating land in use,
Total cultivating land not in use,
ucres; Wheat, acres, 1918 crop, bush
els, Oats, Corns Hay, Kafir, Cane,
(same questions as to bushels);
Amount of grain stored, bushels; City
or town property owned, where loca-
ted? Do you own bonds, stocks or oth-
er securities, value? Total indebted-
ness, Net annual income, live stock,
number of acres pasture, numl>er of
Milk cows, cattle, brood sows, hogs,
work horses, cars, poultry; Remarks
about garden.
After having secured all of this in-
formation the War Board will find
itBelf in a position to deal fairly with
each individual in assessing the quo-
tas. When a quota is assessed to
Rogers county, the War Board will
immediately determine the quota of
each school district in the county. This
will be done from the census card by a
comparison of the number of school
children in the district as compared
with the total number in the county,
values of personal property assess-
ment in each school district, real es-
tate assessments, public service cor-
poration assessments, all averaged so
as to give the quota of the school dis-
Then on a percentage basis, from
the card index wnich will be made
from the census card, the individual
quotas will be assessed to each per-
son in the district just as the card in-
dicates their ability to absorb it in
proportion to all others in the district
and county.
This will all be preliminary work to
a drive. When the drive comes on
each chairman of a school district of
the county will be supplied with lists
giving the name of each person in the
district and how much they should
The chairman will then, after hav-
ing sub-divided his district, give to
the team captains '.ists of persons in
their particular of the district. It
will be the duty of i he separate teams
of the various school districts to see
to it that their team sees every per-
son on their list.
The War Bt «ird must necessarily
have completed the organization of all
of the districts prior to active work.
The board will do this.' Then when
all have been seen the workers report
to the chairmen, and the chairmen to
the War Board the results of the la-
bors. By this plan it will be possible
to go over the top in one day if every-
body does their part and it is another
duty of the War Board to see that ev-
erybody does his or her part as it shall
l e designated from time to time by the
War Board, the recognized authority
in Rogers county for all war demands.
The Boy, 23 Years"Old, Who Wrote
This Letter Now Lies Severely
Wounded in a Hospital in Franee
(Editor's Note:—Here is an inter-
esting letter from Thomas F. Ferra-
ra to his uncle, D. Ferrara, of this
city. It will be remembered that
Thomas was reported as severely
wounded in the American casualty list
of Tuesday, August 12th. This fetter
was written before that time, ob Aug.
August 3, 1918.
Dear Uncle:—I am glad to know
you and the family are doing well. 1 lie
nice garden and chickens interaat nte
also, because I certainly do miss mine.
I see that you are doing your bit like
all loyal citizens. Keep it up; you are
doing fine. I waut to thank you for
your good wishes. I am enjoyiag the
best of health and the highest at spir-
its. The French people tell me that I
am always gay and singing. And so
it is.
The Y. M. C. A. information could
best be gotten over there. You might
write to them at 23rd Street, New
York, or Hanson Place, Brooklyn.
There are many many soldiers of our
nationality under arms and the gov-
ernment makes good use of them. So
that inquiry may be considered an-
swered. I regret that there is noth-
ing I can do for you.
I could not answer your letter soon-
er because 1 am eighteen kilos away
from our depot. I am detached fiom
my company for over a month now.
The work of thiR detachment is to
bring in from different villages re-
quisitioned horses and mules and from
the depot we take them to the front.
This work is great fun and more or
less work. So you see I have a good
opportunity to see France. I am with-
in a stones throw of the country I
would like to see.
The French people invite me to their
homes, where we sing for them. In
return we receive their kind hospital-
ity and perhaps some French musle. if
there is a piano and an angel to play
it. One girl played "On the Missinip-
pi" for me—a song that I sang in a
Sur Le ministrel show at our annual
church ministrel of 1913. One 4oes
get surprises in this country, neir
customs are different in many re-
spects. I could write forever about
this. There is no ice cream, candy
and cake, that we love so much in the
U. S. A. All you can buy is liquor
and that flows like water.
It is already time to fall in ao I
must say au revoir.
Affectionately, THOMAS.
Clabe Dirickson has stepped into
the blooded cattle business. Reaait-
ly he purchased 31 fine Hereford heif-
ers at Princeton, Mo., and a Repanter
bull, a grandson of Repeater the VII,
cnan _
_ s hongh
by Dirickson at Harris, Mo., for thi
world champion in 1916, who sold for
127,000. Tne grandson was bought
sum of $1,200. The heifers cost ttOO
each, according to this young cattle-
man. He will pasture them on his
father's ranch near Collinsville.
W. F. Rosen and associates last
week brought in an oil well on the
Moss Bond farm near Foyil. The well
is said to be good for 50 barrels. Mr.
Rosen is of the opinion that an ex-
tensive oil field waits to be developed
in that part of the county. He and
associates are also drilling in tha Sa-
geeyah field.
Betsey Mackie, 86 years old. moth-
er of Mrs. J. W. Hunter, following a
brief illness, died at the home of tier
daughter in this city Tuesday evening
at 7 o'clock. The body was prepared
for burial by the J. Herbert Moore
undertaking establishment and will be
shipped to McAlister Thursday for
services and interment.
Vess Berryhill and W. C. Kates had
a slight altercation on Third street
Monday evening, the trouble arising
over an article in Monday's Daily
Progress, to which Berryhill took ex-
n "
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Retail 7

—Harry Murphy in the Chicago Examiner
The Board Met Thursday Afternoon
\ i>d Began Work of
N. O. Colburn, Collinsville, J. B. Mi-
hm, Chelsea, A. A. Dennison and G.
1>. 11 ivis. Claremore, four of the five
ui'Miil <ts of the Rogers County War
board met at Mr. Dennison's office in
the court house Thursday afternoon
and began the work of organizing the
board by selecting a chairman and
secretary. G. D. Davis was made
chairman and Walter W. Shaw secre-
Mr. Shaw is to receive a salary and
will devote all of his time to the work.
He went to Nowata Friday to look in-
to the details of the Nowata plan of
handling the various war activities.
The plan adopted in Rogers county is
1 identical and the same.
The War Board will have headquar-
ters in Claremore just as soon as suit-
able room is found. One large room
curtained off or several small rooms
will be required to accommodate the
needs of the board. A general office
and committee rooms will be needed.
U. S. Jefferies is the other member
of the War Board in addition to those
named above. It will be the purpose
of the War Board to handle all war
activities in the county and thru the
office of the Board the county is go-
ing to be organized for that purpose.
Home Service of Red Cross and In-
surance Explained;
Patriotic Songs Sung
Large Crowd of Relatives and Friende
Here to Bid Them Good-bye
And Good Lurk
Quiet Orderly Bunch And No Liquor
Following Stern Talk By Jot-
Chambers Monday
Got a W. S. Stamp.
One hundred and twenty-five Rog-
ers county draft boys left Claremore
Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 for Camp
Pike, Little Rock, Ark., on a special
Iron Mountain train. Relatives and
friends from all parts of the county
were here in force to see them off and
wish them good-bye and good luck.
Howard DeLung, of Collinsville, was
in charge of the Rogers county bunch.
All of the boys were sober. They
were a quiet orderly bunch and reflect-
ed credit on themselves and the com-
munities from which they came. In a
stern talk Monday afternoon at The
Yale Theatre Joe Chambers, chairman
of the local draft board, impressed up-
on the boys the serious results that
would follow in the event any of them
were found drinking. The message
was well received and the boys heeded
the warning.
The registrants reported to the lo-
cal board Monday and between then
and entrainment had a good time,
most of them spending the last few
hours with relatives and friends. They
left in high spirits.
The ladies of the Canteen Commit-
teen of the local Red Cross Chapter
had on hand and served to the local
boys and all others on the train, ice
water and 760 ice cream cones. They
wore blue dresses with blue caps ana
the Red Cross emblem. One little lad
walked up and asked, "Are all of you
ladies going across?"
The following went:
(1917 Registrants)
Lee Stiedy, Inola.
Everett M. Ramsour, Collinsville.
William R. Whitebread, Collinsville.
Charles Ernest Howard, Verdigris.
Millard Bussey, Collinsville.
Buford Burd, Claremore.
Charles Brady Bacon, Verdigris.
Freddie McKinley Howard, Verdi-
Samuel R. Jackson, Collinsville.
Neeley N. Alloway, Catoosa.
Loyd Ray Griffin, Oolagah.
Claud Augustus Routh. Collinsville.
Samuel Floyd Omsteaa, Claremore.
Allen L. Knox, Claremore.
George Alberty, Collinsville.
Ernest G. llopp, Sageeyah.
Claude C. Johnston, Chelsea.
Deal Epperson, Claremore.
Roy Raymond Wilson, Collinsville.
Siggle Applegate, Inola.
■ Benson Pace, Collinsville.
Albert C. Janzen, Inola.
William J. Sullivan, Claremore.
Joe B. Brimmer^ Collinsville.
Lewis Gregg, Claremore.
William M. Greer. Collinsville.
George Haddock. Collinsville.
Jesse L. Cruse, Inola.
Harris E. Burr, Pryor.
Howard E. DeLung, Collinsville.
Newton Emmer Davis, Collinsville.
Ernest J. Chanhall, Inola.
Fred W. Cole, Catale.
Filmore W. Secondine, Chelsea.
Albert W. Sallisberry, Claremore.
Charley E. Couch, Chelsea.
Syrus Klzy Chambers, Collinsville.
Willie L. Kelsey, Foyil.
Frank H. Hannon, Collinsville.
Noah Quinton, Collinsville.
Burl wells, Inola.
Lon C. Horner, Claremore.
Robert L. White. Collinsville.
William P. Rollen, Claremore.
Joe B. Houck, Collinsville.
Elmer L. Flesher, Oolagah.
(1918 Registrants)
Koran Perry, Claremore.
Lem Lowther, Inola.
William K. Casey, Claremore R3.
Vannie M. V. Lister, Collinsville.
Jerney Watson Morrison, Claremore
John I. Whitson, Talala.
John G. S. Ward, Bushyhead.
Joseph B. McKnight, Chelsea.
Willia n N Horner, Chelsea.
James A. Bell, Chelsea.
Horace Burch Bell, Chelsea.
Henry E. Austin, Oolagah.
Reese B. Mitchell, Claremore.
Benj. F. Collins, Owasso.
Robert Byrd, Chelsea.
William V. Thompson, Catoosa 112.
Frank Mayfield, Collinsville.
Henry Chester Willis, Talala.
Sidney Hunt, Catoosa.
Ernest A. Corns, Collinsville.
Dave Miller, Collinsville.
William 11. Lutz, Claremore.
Frank W. I .ay ton. Claremore.
Harlow I). Harbeson, Catoosa.
James F. Willis, Verdigris.
Leroy McKay, Chelsea.
Julius O. Dykes, Chelsea.
Oliver W.. Hollingsworth, Collins
Joseph S. Legate, Chelsea.
• has. G. Harmon, Claremore
William Ellis, Claremore.
Jacob J. Rader, Claremore R2.
Fred A. Ryser, Chelsea.
Robert O. Carlile, Collinsville.
June A. Jackson, Collinsville.
Walter D. Flesher, Oolagah.
John Owens, Oolagah.
Frank Blair, Catoosa.
Leonard R. Grace, Chelsea.
Jesse J. Carson, Catoosa R2.
Chas. B. McClain. Claremore.
Clarence J. Yahne, Claremore R2.
Homer R. Williams, Catale.
Roy Holmes, Collinsville.
William J. Bee, Chelsea.
Jefferson O. Ball, Claremore.
Charlie L. Hawkins, Talala.
Charley J. Stevens, Collinsville.
Elmer Parker, Chelsea.
Richard Taber, Collinsville.
Daniel L. Heath, Chelsea.
Edgar L. McKechnie, Inola Rl.
Walter M. Martin, Claremore R2.
Henry Rockenhous, Catale.
Henry W. Jacobs, Chelsea.
Clarence R. Barnes, Collinsville.
I.*vi E. Hannon, Talala.
Charles E. Conger, Claremore.
Tory F. Findley, Claremore.
Wallace D. Martin, Claremore R2.
Robert L. Rodgers, Chelsea.
Roy Robert Washom, Claremore R2
orpha L. McClain, Inola.
Wm. B. Taylor, Bushyhead R F D
Virgil Cecil Johnson, Collinsville.
Harry Renfro, Chelsea.
Everett McMullen, Catale.
Fred Swallows, Claremore.
Andrew F. Rodman, Chelsea.
James B. Brown, Chelsea.
The Management of Yale Plays Host
To The Soldier Boys—
Friends Pay
An entertainment was given for the
125 draft boys who left Tuesday
afternoon for Camp Pike, Ark., at The
Yale Theatre Monday afternoon. The
entertainment was given under the
auspices of Home Service Section of
the local Red Cross Chapter.
The work of the Home Service Sec-
tion and the operation of the War
Uisk insurance law were explained,
while special music was a feature of
the afternoon. Miss Agnes Evans
sang "liver There," while Mrs. A. T.
Challburg led in the singing of pa-
triotic songs, after which a one-reel
feature, "Pershing's Triumphant He-
roes," was shown. This picture was
the Historic Fourth of July litis in
Paris." Following this u five-reel
feature, featuring Little Mary McAl-
ester in "Young Motherhubbard," was
The management of The Yule ad-
mitted all draft boys and soldiers free
luit friends and relatives were charged
the small admission fee of 5 and 15
Last week The Progress carried a
story about the disappearance of Har-
old Freeman and asked that informa-
tion concerning his whereabouts be
phoned to his mother, Mrs. Pearl Free-
man, at Tulsa.
The ad found Harold, according to
the following letter received from his
Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 22, 1918.
Progress Newspaper:
I am writing to let you know I
found my boy, Harold Freeman, thut
1 phoned you about last week. I got
a ietter from Inola Okla., that tlicy
had read iti the pa;ier about him and
then wrote me. f certainly thank you
r. thousand t mes for i* was a great
favor. I was so worri d about him. I
lira, Gratefully,
Several convictions were secured in
the county court Tuesday. Sam
Schumun was found guilty of con-
veying liquor but the jury left the
assessment of punishment up to the
court. He will be sentenced Friday.
Chub French entered a plea of
guilty to u charge of conveying. He
also will be sentenced Friday, the
court to assess the punishment.
Edwin Blackwell, negro, was con-
victed on a charge of pointing a
deadly weapon at John Spann, the
ice man. The punishment was left
deadly weapon at John
to the court.
W. R. Blake entered a plea of dis-
possessing another and was handed a
fine of $5 anil costs.
A jury in the county court Tuesday
morning found Walter Bowers guilty
of the charge of having in his posses-
sion intoxicating liquor. A penalty of
a $500 fine and six months in juil was
The Training School for Rogers
county teachers opened at the E. U.
P. S., Monday morning and is now
progressing nicely. A great number
of the teachers of the county are in
attendance and the interest is good.
Miss Mary Sullivan, sister of Jef-
ferson I). Sullivan, a Rogers county
draft l>oy who has been stationed at
Camp Travis, Texas, died at the home
of her mother, Mrs. Ella Sullivan, 7
I miles northeast of town, Wednesday
morning shortly before noon. She had
been ill for some time and her hroth-
i cr arrived Monday night on a fur-
lough to be with her until the end.
Interment was announced for Sulli-
van's cemetery, in that neighborhood.
The city put its tractor to work on
the city streets Monday after the rain
of Saturday.
E. G. Berridge writes from Paris
Island, S. C., that he is enjoying life
in the Marine corps fine. He enlisted
from Tulsa.
Shooting Scrape Took I'lace in Front
of Lyric Thursday Night
At 10:30
The War Board Will Ha e Headquar-
ters Here as Soon as Suitable
Room is Found
The Bullet Struck Husband and Glanc-
ing Struck Woman in Left
Ixiwer Limb
Wulter Morrison, of Chelsea, had
business in Claremore Wednesday.
Claremore experienced a shooting
scrape Thursday night aliout 10:30 in
front of the Lyric Theatre. The
principal involved were Mr. and Mrs.
Roy Young and the latter's sister,
Mrs. Tob Sorter. Mrs. Sorter was the
proverbial innocent bystander who re-
ceived the bullet intended for another.
According to the story Young was
scanning in front of the Lyric when
his wife came up, accompanied by
Mrs. Sorter, and asked him to go
home. It seems Mr. and Mrs. Young
for the past two weeks had been hav-
ing domestic trouble and hee did not
want to go, starting to walk off.
At this juncture the wife is said to
have reached to her bosom and drawn
a gun. The husband saw and tried to
grab the wea|K>n. The hammer came
down, sending a bullet glancing thru
Young's right side at the stomach, in-
flicting only a minor flesh wound. The
bullet hit the sidewalk a glancing blow
and then struck the sister, Mrs Sorter,
in the left lower limb above the knee,
passing thru, but not striking the
Young took the revolver away from
his wife, the officers came up and the
incident was closed for the time be-
ing, except that both injured parties
were given medical attention and Mrs.
Young was placed under arrest.
Friday afternoon she made a $500
ap|>eurance bond before Justice J. H.
Hraden to guarantee her appearance
for trial on a charge of assuult with
intent to kill sworn out by her hus-
band .
George A. Dawson's Big Barn Burns
To The Ground on the Morning of
August 22nd
Another disastrous fire took plao
early Thursday morning, Au 'ust f
on George A. Dawson's farm ist
Claremore. Mr. Dawson and i -
young son, Arthur. wer sl< <• n, m
the hay mow at the time "i ml- i" ■
Mr. Dawson first noticed i> o
about 1 a. m. just a few feet Lruii
whero they were sleeping. By some
lucky event he awoke, saw the con-
tents of the barn on fire, at once cried
to his boy to escape for his life, and
then called to his son, Sam, and wife,
who were sleeping in a house nearby.
After mustering all the help avail
able, they tried to save the animals,
Ford ear and other property, but the
flames spread so fast that it became
dangerous to veuture near.
In conversation with Mr. Dawson
Thursday he placed the value of the
barn at $10(10. At the time of the fire
the burn contained fifty tons of hay,
a new Ford car, 2500 bushels of oats,
severul sets of harness, some cows and
a stiillion, and many other things of
value. Aliout the only item mentioned
above which Mr. Dawson could save
was the cows. Aside from this, it is
believed the loss was almost total.
The only inurance carried wus with
the 1). Ferrara Agency, $300 on the
Ford car by Mr. Dawson, and $750 on
grain by his son, Sam.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
The local Red Cross Chapter now
has quite a number of second-hand
automobile casings to be sold. The
movement to donate old casings to the
Red Cross started only a short time
ago. People were asked to leave them
on the block of concrete at Third and
Catalayah. This was done until quite
a pile accumulated. Now they are be-
ing left at each of the main corners on
Third street in the business section.
When enough have been secured for a
shipment they will be sold and the
money given to the local Chapter.
The following marriage licenses
have been issued at the court clerk's
Saturday, August 24th, W. J. Ben-
nett, 18, and Miss Opal D. Younger,
18, both of Claremore.
Monday, August 26th, Oscar J.
Shears, 26, Tulsa, and Miss Katie
Pope, 18, of Henryetta.
Book 4 of the marriage records at
the court clerk's office was completed
Thursday evening when a license was
issued to Oscar L. Adams, 26, of
Adair, and Miss Jessie Davis, 19, of
Ixtaf, Okla. J. 11. Braden, justice of
the peace, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. F. M. Fountain has received
the sad news that her mother, who is
at present with a daughter at Wichi-
ta, Kan., has become totally blind
from the growth of u catarach over
her eyes. She will undergo an opera-
tion for the same soon.
A full train of draft boys from Law-
ton passed thru the city Wednesday
evening over the Frisco bound for
Newport. They were a jolly bunch.
Just for a little bit of rain, a mem-
ory of ancient history.
Jim Moore has returned from a visit
to relatives at Little Rock, Ark. He
says he has a flat tire. Someone stole
his automobile while he was away*
also his son, John's bicycle.

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