The Mountain Park Herald (Mountain Park, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 29, Ed. 1 Friday, July 12, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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The Mountain Park Herald
[Successor to the Mountain Park Lance]
MOUNTAIN PARK, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY JULY 12, 1907
THE GLORIOUS FOURTH
Southwest Oklahoma Celebrates
the Nation’s Birthday in
Mountain Park entertained the
usual enormous crowd last Thurs-
day and on Friday and Saturday
furnished amusement to all those
who were not tired out.
The immense gathering proved i
that the people of southwest Ok-1
still think Mt. Park is the besti
place to celebrate. They still
agree with the speaker who once
said: “I feel sorry for the people j
of Mountain Park. Everbodyi
else in Oklahoma has some place,
Our Greer county friends com-
menced arriving Wednesday af- j
ternoon in their prairie schooners
and from that time until Thurs-
day afternoon there was a steady
stream coming in on every road.
We could not estimate the num-
ber of people here, but the big i
park, the streets and the ball
• ground were full to overflowing.
The best of order prevailed,
and few arrests were made. A
boot-legger who was caught sel-
ling firewater to the Comanches
took a trip to Hobart, and one of
the soiled doves was forced to
languish in the city bastille.
Dr. White delivered the ad-
dress, of welcome in a pleasing
manner and IV' iss Ora Dale read
the Declaration of Independence
Manitou beat Mt. Park by one
score in a five-inning game.
The barbecue was a great suc-
cess, the meat being unusually
well cooked, and there would
have been enough for all if some
had not made off with whole
quarters and three or four loaves
of bread. Pueblo’s Comanches
will live for weeks on the meat
that was thrown away.
Hon. Robert L. Cwen deliver-
ed a thoughtful and eloquent ad-
dress on the wonderful develop-
ment of#the country since its
birth 131 years ago and dwelt
long and earnestly on the prob-
lems that confront the American
people today. His speech was
not the usual Fourth of July ora-
tion. Not that the versatile Col-
onel can’t make the eagle scream
as long and loud as anyone, but
as he remarked, he did not come
* 300 miles merely to entertain an
audience, but to give them food
for serious reflection.
The Manitou ball team defeat-
ed Yernon in a fast game by a
score of 6 to 5.
Dave Smith found that he
could not bring his steers across
the quarantine line, so there was
no roping contest, but broncho
busting was an interesting part
of the program.
The program for the second
and third days was spoiled by
the failure of the speakers to put
in an appearance. This' was in
no way the fault of the commit
tee in charge, as all the orators
advertised had promised to come.
Haskell, Gore and Cameron plead
illness and the others gave no
Judge Hays and Clint Worral
gallantly rushed to our rescue
with excellent impromptu ad-
dresses and the balance of the
program was filled in with races,
Indian dances, ball games, etc.
Manitou trimmed Vernon again
6 to 4, and Mt. Park slaughtered
Snyder in two games by scores
of 6 to 3 and 14 to 2.
GOOD PR05PECT FOR OIL
Farmers’ Union Meeting
The Farmers’ Union of Kiowa
county met in regular session at
the park Thursday evening.
The following officers were
elected: H. H. Stallard, presi-
dent; James Thrasher, vice-pres-
ident; Geo. Cales, door-keeper;
J. C. Erwin, conductor; Mrs.
Geo. Penn, secretary; executive
committee, Solon Bracken, W. S.
Britt and Geo. Penn. H. H.
Stallard, Solon Bracken and Geo.
Penn were elected delegates to
the state convention at Shawnee.
Park local is greatly honored by
having two of its members hold
J T. Armstrong, the retiring
president, has made an efficient
officer and has worked hard for
the success of the order. His
successor has an excellent record
as an active and progressive
worker for the cause and the
Farmers’ Union is certain to
prosper under his direction.
C. C. Worral made a stirring
address urging, among other
things, that the Union keep out
of politics lest it go the way of
the Grange and the Farmers’ Al-
The new officers decided to
canvass the county next month.
Oil Well Being Drilled on Jones
Place Northeast of Mt. Park
Down 300 Feet
The James O’Neill oil rig has
been drilling a well on the Chas.
B. Jones farm five miles north of
Mountain Park and had reached
a depth of about 300 feet when
work was temporarily suspended.
They had reached the black
granite, which is one of the best
indications of’the presence of oil
and if they can get through the
they are practically certain to
to strike a pool of oil below.
It has been generally known
since the opening that there was
oil in this vicinity. In many
places oil has come to the sur-
face and has been seen on the
water of creeks and springs. At
Gotebo, in the northern part of
the county, oil has been found in
paying quantities and the town
is lighted with the gas from the
At present work is suspended
on the Jones well. The drill hit
a crevice in the granite and
stuck so ‘ frequently that Con-
tractor Jordan suspended opera-
tions until he received further
orders.- If the company decides
to abandon the well they expect
to try for oil closer to town.
The drillers are confident that
the oil is here and it may well be
that Mt. Park is soon to become
“the Tulsa of the Southwest.”
With oil and gas for fuel and its
unsurpassed location, this town
would afford great inducements
to all kinds of mills and factor-
In the park or between there
and Snyder, a mileage book con-
taining 600 miles, on July 4,1907.
Return same to New State Hotel
and receive reward.
On July 4, a ladies’ hand bag
containing money and other ar-
ticles. Owner ean have same by
proving property and paying for
Henry Meadows and Mark Ben-
net allege that they killed a 17
foot rattlesnake one day last
week. The snake was just about
to swallow one of Hank’s goats.
The Fourth of July
No doubt it would be a difficult
task to find out just how many
different towns and communities
in Oklahoma celebrated the 4th
of July that has just passed. Of
course they were all a success.
A Fourth of July celebration can
not be anything else where there
are American boys and girls to
take part in it. It makes no dif-
ference whether they have more
than one flag on the grounds or
not, if they have a few bunches
of fire crackers and some snap-
guns. Unless every one of them
is too hoarse at the beginning to
speak above a whisper, they will
make such an occasion a success.
Yes, a howling success. You
can depend upon that.
Our celebration here at Moun-
tain Park was no exception to
the rule. It is true that some
parts of the program could not
be carried out as planned. Some
were disappointed because Has-
kell, Gore and other speakers
were unable to appear. A few
others may have felt pangs of
hungry disappointment because
they failed to obtain a morsel of
the coveted barbecued beef, so
amply served by the harassed
and overworked committee. Our
committees themselves may have
felt disappointment because of
the difficulties and entanglements
that always come up on such
great occasions; things they
could not foresee when they set
about making the preparations.
But what does the majority df
the American boys and giris, or
men and women for that matter,
care for these little disappoint-
ments? They come out on the
Fourth of July to enjoy them-
selves, and should they fail to
find enjoyment in the way some
one else has planned for them
they will have a good time in
some way of their own, for the
true spirit of American patriot-
ism is abroad in our land on that
day: the spirit that breathes of
plenty of life, plenty of liberty
and plenty of the pursuit of hap-
Now that our 1907 Fourth of
July celebration is a thing of the
past, I will fulfill a promise made
to some friends that day and, in
next weeks Herald, tell of the
first celebration ever held in
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Coy, Charles L. The Mountain Park Herald (Mountain Park, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 29, Ed. 1 Friday, July 12, 1907, newspaper, July 12, 1907; Mountain Park, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc853496/m1/1/: accessed October 29, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.