The Mountain Park Herald (Mountain Park, Okla.), Vol. 4, No. 31, Ed. 1 Friday, July 26, 1907 Page: 1 of 8
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The Mountain Park Herald
[Successor to the Mountain Park Lance]
MOUNTAIN PARK, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY JULY 26,1907
FIRST FOURTH IN OKLAHOMA
Greer County Fourth of July Cel-
ebration Held in the
[BY HENRY dale]
Out west from Mountain Park,
across the North fork of Red
river, in the land that was once
known as Greer county, stand
the beautiful Navajo mountains.
In this land and in the neighbor-
hood of these mountains, in the
year 1887- was held the first
Fourth of July celebfafion that
was ever held in West Oklahoma?
except those held at the govern-
ment posts. It is now more than
twenty years ago. It was in the
days when the American cow-
boys were foremost in all enter-
prises in this country. It was in
the days when Quanah Parker
was chief of the Comanches, the
Arrangements have been made
to hold a convention of the sing-
ing classes of Kiowa, Comanche
and Greer counties at Glenwood
Park on Sunday, August 18th.
This will be the first affair of the ,
kind ever held in these parts and (ab’sis °f the rainfall at F t. Sill
it is expected there will be the | die past thirty years, that
greatest gathering of musical j the cultivation of the country in
talent ever held in southwestern ; d*e past fifteen years has not in-
RA1NFALL HASN’T INCREASED
Ft. Sill Government Record Re-
veals No Marked Differ-
ence Since 1875.
Secretary McNabb has reach-
ed the conclusion, through an an-
In the forenoon therd will be a
contest between the classes for a
prize of $50. A beautiful banner
will be awarded the class which
the judges decide to be second
creased the rainfall in any way
By dividing the rain periods
into divisions of five and ten
years, and by taking the first
fifteen and making a comparison
with the last half of the period, !
The committee in charge want I no difference in the rainfall
every singer in the three coun- n°tcd. During the year 1876 the
ties to be present and wish to, rainfall was over 52 inches and
have as many classes as possible , averaged from that time to 1906
to enter in the contest. For any , about 29 inches. Last year the
further particulars write to W. 1 was something over fifty
J. Dickson, president, or Ben incbes* thus making the years of
most noted tribe of Indians in all _ _________f _________^ ____
the great Southwest, , Southern, secretary. 1876 aiui 1906 about e(iual-
On the west side of the Navajo ’ --- ‘ In 1876 there was but little
mountains, and one mile from Horse and Colt Show 'cultivation in the Southwast,
their base, there was in those The date of the horse show to , while in 1906 the entire territory |
days a small store, ow ned by i be held at Glenwood park has been was in a high state of cultiva-
the writer of this article and changed from August 6 toSatur- j tion. In addition to this fact the
his partner in business. It was day, August 10. Over $100 has arid country south of Ft. Sill and
a trading place for the cowboys been raised already for prizes southwest, has developed rapid- j
and Indians who liveft in this ] and the stockraisers of this vie-j ly as well, thus leaving the con-
country at that time. Two miles inity have assured the committee elusion that cultivation has abso-
south of the Navajo mountains,
near where the town of Head-
rick now stands, was located the
in charge that they will co^oper- lutely no influence on the fall
ate heartily, so the success of rain.
the show is assured. There will! Secretary McNabb, however,
great “Chain C” cow ranch, run i be good prizes for the winners in ■ is thoroughly convinced that the
by men who have since that time! each class and there will be many cultivation of the territory has
figured extensively in the affairs entries.
and business enterprises of. this I The committee is arranging an
new country. Further south, on | interesting program to be given
the west bank of Red river, was in addition to the show for the
located the “Three D” line
camps, whose hustling cowboys
were always awake and ready
for anything that might happen
to come their way. Six or seven
miles west of the Navajos, on
benefit of those who do not care
increased the moisture in the at-
mosphere and increased the pro-
ductiveness of the soil several
fold-and at the same time tem-
pered the winds, which in years
for fine, stock, so that everyone past in many instances were of
who attends the show will be well
For further information in re-
gard to prizes, etc., see hand-
the old government cattle trail, J bills or write to E. M. Bentley,
was located the “One-fourth”
cow camp, with its full comple-
ment of notorious cow punchers.
From forty to sixty miles north-
west of the Navaho^, anc[ west
of where the town of Granite
now ptands, were located the big
“T Fork” and “Bar Y” ranches.
Fifteen miles west and three
south of the Navahos was the
lit. le town of Frazier. It was
two miles west of where that
splendid city of Altus is now lo-
cated. It was on the old Vernon
and Mobeetie trail and was the
stopping place for the weary,
tired and thirsty freighters who
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Temperance Lecture .
The chalk talk given in the M.
E. church Friday night by Rev.
J. W. McBurnej, of Apache,
was one of the best entertain-
ments ever given here. The
audience was fair sized, but if
such a hot nature as to almost
ruin crops in a day or two. Dur-
ing the last few years the winds
have become less and less de-
structive until today compara-
tively little^ fear is entertained
from hot winds, unless they fol-
in the wake of an unusual period
Secretary McNabb believes
that in a few years, with the in-
crease of population and more in-
tense cultivation, crop failures
he ever returns he will be greet- win become practically unknown.
ed by a house full of our citizens. _--
* Notice oI School Meeting
A special meeting of school
district No. 4 will be held at Mt.
Park at 2 o’clock p. m. August 3
for the purpose of changing the
date of the opening of school.
The Herald for job ; minting.
His verbal arguments were logi-
cal and when reinforced by his
crayon, were unanswerable.
Great benefits must necessarily
follow such a lecture. Those who
missed these pictures missed a
The Wrong Man
H. N. Graves, sheriff of Macon
county, Missouri, came to Hobart
last week to arrest W. A. David-
son of that place for a murder
committed in Missouri 27 years
ago. Davidson, who is a highly
respected citizen of Hobart, and
has resided there since the open-
ing, refused to go with the sher-
iff without requisition papers.
The sheriff then made a fool of
himself by standing around on
the streets offering to bet $100
to $10 that Davidson was the
guilty man and then backing out
when anyone offered to call him.
Lem Lytle of Roosevelt went
to Hobart Monday and made a
statement that he had known
Davidson since he was a boy and
that he was living at Eddyville,
Iowa, at the time Graves alleges
he committed the murder in
Missouri Davidson drew papers
to sue Graves for $3,000 damages,
but the Missouri sheriff left town
between two days.
Notice to Farmers’ Union
The officers and other mem-
bers of the Union will be at the
following locals on the dates
named and desire to meet all un-
ion members, whether in good
standing or not, to formulate
plans for marketing crops and to
attend to any other business that
may come before them.
Cooperton No. 360, Friday, Ju-
ly 26; Rustler No. 407, Saturday,
July 27; Law No. 259, Friday,
August 2; Union No. 383, Satur-
day, August 3.
W. S. Britt,
Geo. F. Penn,
New Clothing 5tore
GhW. Stevenson, of Canyon
City, Texas, has been in town
for several days and is so well
pleased with Mountain Park that
he has decided to put in a line of
gents’ furnishings in town. Mr.
Stevenson appears to be a wide-
awake, enterprising business
man and is certain to enjoy a
good patronage. His goods will
arrive in about ten days and will
be installed in the old McAlester
I am prepared to do family or
gentlemen’s washing at reason-
able rates. Also carpet weaving-
Mrs. S. F. Burnsw
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