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    Locust Grove, Mayes County, Oklahoma

    Post by Admin on Tue Mar 31, 2015 12:38 pm

    A friend of mine loaned me a newspaper he has.  I’m not sure who published it.  It says “Special Commemorative Edition - In Honor Of Our Diamond Jubilee Celebration - Founder’s Day 1987”.  Below & to the side it says “May 1, 1987, Locust Grove, OK. 74352”.  In little boxes it says “75 Great Years & looking forward to 75 More!” & “Reprints Courtesy of The Family of Herman Greathouse.”  There’s a big bold line then under that it says “Locust Grove, Oklahoma - The Wonder City of Grand River Valley.”  In little boxes it says “Mayes County.”  There’s another big line then under that comes the story:

    “On May 13th, 1912, the surveyors who were laying the foundation of a new road through one of the best wheat & small grain counties in Oklahoma were sitting eating their noon day repast when one of them remarked that this location would make an ideal townsite due to close proximity of the Grand river & the sloping condition of that immediate place formerly called Markham’s Prairie.  At this O. W. Killam of Grove, Oklahoma, hearing of the splendid future of the vicinity came to Markham’s Prairie & through his foresightness purchased the entire townsite.  When the new M. O. & G. railroad was finished Mr. Killam had a full grown town to show the world.  Not a village but an up-to-date city of second class with modern buildings & modern business men.  There is oil & gas in the vicinity of this Wonder City.  A gas well can be found three miles from the City of Locust Grove.  The Wonder City has a territory of 25 miles which comes to purchase their supplies.  Locust Grove will have a population of 5,000 in the next year due to its excellent location.  The surrounding country is alive with prospectors who are delving in the Mother Earth in the search of oil & gas.  The farmers of the surrounding country grow corn, wheat, cotton, alfalfa, oats & in fact any grain can be grown in this productive soil.  At the present time there are four churches & two more in process of building.  A 10,000 (?) school house is now in course of construction.  The building activity of the Wonder City is something that can not be duplicated in any city in Eastern Oklahoma.

    The Wonder City is now contemplating putting in a modern water works system.  There is ample water at the present time to supply the needs of all the residents.  There is also a spring which furnishes the best water in the State of Oklahoma.  The center of the city.  The Wonder City has one of the liveliest commercial clubs in the state with a membership of 100 who get together every Monday night.  The weekly newspaper, two banks, one of the largest lumber yards on the new railroad.  Locust Grove is made up of spirited citizens who are alive to the welfare of their city & vicinity.  The location of the Wonder City is an ideal one for a large city of factories.  Natural gas can be used for fuel as well as heating & lighting purposes.  Natural gas & oil are in the vicinity of the Wonder City which doubly assures the rapid growth of the City of Locust Grove.”

    Also on the front page are ads, pictures & biographies of some of the citizens who lived here.  Naturally one of the first is the owner of the townsite O. W. Killam.

    “O. W. Killam – Owner of Townsite.  Every large city & town in the various states of the Union always had a birth & its development depended upon the splendid business capacity & integrity of the owners or its promoters.  Many towns have advanced to the front & become important trade centers while others did not fare so well on account of the proper energy of the head men.  The owner of the townsite of Locust Grove, situated on the M. O. & G. railroad forty miles north of Muskogee, is O. W. Killam, & a man that has been a public benefactor to the upbuilding of the northeastern part of the state since coming to the state.  He was born in Lincoln county, Missouri, & located at Grove, Oklahoma, in 1900, & at once became identified in the upbuilding of Delaware county & represented that county in the state legislature in 1910, & by his master mind he was known as one of the best law makers in the state & the citizens of Grove recognized in him as a live wire & an honorable business man.  Since becoming the father of Locust Grove he has made it one of the best governed cities in the state.  He has advanced good fellowship among her people & there is no clique or faction existing in Locust Grove.  All the people are working for the betterment of each other & the upbuilding of their growing city.  Mr. Killam’s personality & “square dealing” methods have brought this about.  The people abroad as well as at home speak in high terms of his honorable business methods.  Locust Grove will go to the front at a rapid gate & the influx of new people into the state will take cognizance in their investment for new homes on account of the liberal hearted people that reside at Locust Grove & the honorable business methods of the town owner, O. W. Killam.”

    “E. B. Markham, Locust Grove, Oklahoma – Stockraiser & Ranchman.  One of the big land & cattle men in the northeastern part of the state is Ewing B. Markham.  He was born near Locust Grove & has been reared in Mayes county.  He came from a family of noted Cherokees, who own 390 acres of land near Locust Grove, the new growing city which is built on what is known as the Markham prairies.  He has a wide acquaintance & has done business in Indian Territory since childhood.  He is now in the cattle business & one of the most prominent & substantial men of the state.  We publish the picture of himself on his famous horse & one of his home & family.”

    “Walter Markham, Locust Grove, Oklahoma – Stockraiser & Ranchman.  Walter Markham resides on his big ranch, two & a half miles from Locust Grove.  He is one of the best known stockmen in the eastern part of the state & all his dealings with men they have pronounced him as always on the square.  He comes from one of the best Cherokee families & secured his education in his native home.  He was born in Mayes county & has been an important factor in the development of the new state.  He is one of the most popular among the people of the new state.  We publish a picture of himself, family & farm home.”

    There’s also a story about “Ex-Governor C. N. Haskell, his son, Joe & his son-in-law, Joe Hall are incorporators for a Missouri Pacific connecting railway starting from Fondu Lac street between Main & Mill street, run north for a short distance & then turn directly east connecting with the Missouri Pacific about two & a half miles south of Fort Gibson.  As railroad promoters & builders, Muskogee needs the Haskells.”
     
    Then another story about “Senator Chamberlain’s resolution proposing a woman suffrage amendment to the constitution was ordered favorably reported by the senate women suffrage committee.  Chairman Thomas & Senator Owen, democrats, & Senators Jones, Sutherland & Clapp, republicans, voted for the resolution.  Senator Catron, republican, voted against it.

    W. B. Anthony, editor of the Marlow Review, member of the first, second & their legislatures, private secretary to Ex-Governor Haskell was settled upon by both houses as one of the state capital commissioners.”

    Page 3 continues with the ads, pictures & biographies.

    “Thomas Price – Wholesale Produce & Flour.  Mr. Price came to Locust Grove, Oklahoma & started in the produce business.  He built a building adapted to the business & started in buying & shipping poultry, butter & eggs & has made Locust Grove one of if not the best on the M. O. & G. from Muskogee to Joplin.  In face he ships as much poultry & eggs as most firms do in larger towns.  He pays cash for everything & don’t stop at that put pays the highest prices & keeps out competition.  He is as fine a fellow as you wish to meet & always a gentleman & a first class business man.”
     
    “Blevins & Nichols Livery & Feed Stable.  Blevins & Nichols have one of the best equipped livery stables in Mayes county & the traveling men claim they get the best rigs from the Blevins barn that they get from any stable along the M. O. & G. R. R.  You can find Mr. (George) Blevins always at the depot when all trains arrive ready to be accommodating & willing to do what is in his power to do for the traveling public.  He is acquainted with every dealer & farmer within a radius of 100 miles of Locust Grove.  When you go to Locust Grove be sure & give Blevins & Nichols a call & you will be so satisfied you will always be one of their best customers.”

    “Dr. R. C. Snodgrass.  Dr. Snodgrass is a graduate of the University of Chicago where he also had taken a post graduate course in dentistry.  Mr. Snodgrass is a native of West Virginia coming to Oklahoma 12 years ago.  He is well known in Wagoner, Mayes & Delaware counties.”

    “L. W. Ross General Store.  Mr. Ross is one of the oldest Cherokee citizens & business men of Locust Grove.  He is postmaster of the city, also he carries the largest stock of dry goods, gents furnishings, clothing, boots & shoes, hats & caps & groceries & does the largest business in that section of the country.  Associated with Mr. is Mr. J. A. Griffin, one of the best known business men in the county & you can be assured with Mr. Griffin’s help the business will increase two fold.”

    The pictures without bios include one of main street, one of Charles Karney’s country home, one of B. G. Stroud – a former mayor of Locust Grove, one of Lee Dougherty’s residence & one of Mrs. G. S. McMullen’s hotel.  The ad on this page is for Collins Bros. Lumber Mill.

    There’s also a story about “Lead & Zinc in Oklahoma.  The final figures showing the producing of lead & zinc in Oklahoma in 1912, prepared by J. P. Dunlap, of the United States Geological Survey, show a mine production of lead & zinc valued at $1,101,042, compared with 812,190 in 1911.

    The quantity of lead concentrates sold in 1912 was 4,257 tons, valued at $231,678, of which all but 1 ton came from the Miami district.  The quantity of zinc carbonate & silicate sold was only 92 tons, valued at $2,500.  Most of this (?) concentrate came from the Peoria district, where little mining was done in 1912.

    The shipments of sphalerite concentrates in 1912 amounted to 12,129 tons, valued at $494,379.  Of this output, 250 tons came from the Arbuckle mountain region, Murray county, in southern Oklahoma, 1,621 tons from the Quapaw district, & 10,258 tons from the Miami district.  Many mines in the Quapaw district made no sales of concentrates, & the shipments of galena concentrates declined 328 tons & those of sphalerite more than 600 tons.

    The Miami camp was very active.  Extensive drilling operations were conducted, & several new concentrating plants were built.  At many of the older mines shafts were sunk to a lower run of cre, & in consequence a small quantity of concentrates than usual was produced, but the developments were satisfactory & will probably result in a large production.  The new properties in the northern portion of the camp made  a large yield after the plants were started.  In 1912 the Miami district shipped 1,408 tons of galena concentrates & 1,867 tons of sphalerite concentrates more than in 1911, & the value of the recoverable metallic content increased $229,958.”

    Page 4 continues with the ads, pictures & biographies.

    “O. E. Nelson.  Mr. Nelson is one of the staunch business men of the Wonder City who has one of the best stores in Mayes county.  A full line of gents’ furnishings, boots, shoes, hats, clothing, dry goods & groceries are in stock which makes his store resemble a department store of the large city.  Mr. Nelson came from Iowa 10 years ago & is one of the best citizens of Locust Grove.”

    “O. K. Livery.  W. B. Paris conducts an up-to-date livery & feed barn, one of the best in Mayes county.  Commercial travelers make the O. K. their headquarters when they wish to visit other points adjacent to Locust Grove.  They go to the O. K.  Mr. Paris came to Oklahoma from Missouri 16 years ago.  He has been in the livery business for the past three years.”

    “John N. Hays.  Mr. Hays conducts one of the leading confectionery stores in the Wonder City.  He is the son of A. L. Hays, the Murphy Druggist.  When in Locust Grove give him a call if you want the best."

    “Sam Jones.  Farmers struck a gas well at 109 feet, he was drilling for water three years ago & is running yet.”

    The pictures without bios include one of A. L. Snyder – Pastor of M. E. Church.  The ads on this page are for Bates & Hartweg – Contractors & Builders, L. K. Miller – Real Estate & Farm Loans, Andrew V. Jordon – Will Sell Your Farm & City Property & First State Bank.

    There’s also a story about “To Stop Filibustering.  The many good democratic members of the finance committee decided to hear no more manufacturers on tariff schedules after Tuesday.  Senator Owen announced he would introduce a resolution to prevent dilatory tactics & filibustering.”

    Then another story about “It became certain that the legislature will not submit to popular vote the question of abolishing any state educational institutions when the senate killed the house joint resolution providing for such submission.  Among bills approved by Governor Cruce were these: Restoring laws relating to Sabbath breaking that were omitted from the Harris-Day code; increasing the bond of the Insurance commissioner to $25,000; providing for collection of delinquent personal taxes by clerks of auction sales & other persons having disposition of personal property; making an appropriation for maintenance of the boys’ training school at Pauls Valley; making an appropriation for the support of the A & M College & Stillwater; abolishing township government in counties between 45,000 & 50,000 population; proposed constitutional amendment giving counties local option in abolishment of any county or township office & an act providing for the location by a board of control & for the maintenance of a state school for incorrigible girls.”

    Page 7 continues with the pictures & biographies.

    “Steve Foreman.  Mr. Foreman is a native of the Wonder City, born in the precincts of the town.  He conducts the only transfer & storage concern in the city.  His wagons are always busy which speaks well for the fact that his patrons are pleased with his treatment.  He is the original booster of the Wonder City.”

    “Commercial Hotel & Café – Lon Montgomery, Prop.  The Commercial Café is the home of the commercial traveler & the tourist who when in the Wonder City want the best the market affords know where to go.  Mr. Montgomery came from Missouri 23 years ago to Grove, Oklahoma, where he conducted the Montgomery Hotel for years before coming to Locust Grove.”

    “Locust Grove Drug Co.  This growing concern is a credit to the growing of Locust Grove.  The Locust Grove Drug company carries a full line of drugs, sundries, cigars, tobacco & toilet goods.  Virgil Nichols is the proprietor & manager.  Mr. Nichols is a resident of Georgia who came to Oklahoma 10 years ago.  He is a registered pharmacist.”

    “William Niemier.  Mr. Niemier is a native of Oklahoma & one of the active members of the Locust Grove Commercial Club.  He is engaged in the business of painting, paperhanging & sign painting.  The new up-to-date signs of the Wonder City are samples of his workmanship.”

    “Dr. J. P. Bewley.  Dr. Bewley is one of the Wonder City’s Best Boosters who is alive to the future possibilities of Mayes county.  Mr. Bewley is a native of Arkansas coming to the State of Oklahoma in 1901.  He is a graduate from the Memphis Medical College & is a post graduate of the hospital of the same college.”

    “Locust Grove Telephone Co.  The telephone service of Locust Grove is an excellent one due to the untiring efforts of the local manager, C. N. Bradshaw.  All points in this state & surrounding states can be reached by long distance.  Mr. Bradshaw is a native of Arkansas who came to Oklahoma 25 years ago.  He started the local exchange last May.  He is well liked by his patrons in the Wonder City.”

    “J. M. Henton.  Mr. Henton is a native of Kentucky where his people are lovers of horse flesh coming to Missouri 30 years ago.  Mr. Henton engaged in stock raising.  Some of the thoroughbreds of the last generation speak of Henton’s professional practices of raising the best of stock.  He came to Oklahoma 23 years ago, where he has raised some of the best stock in the Southern states & in the vicinity of Locust Grove.  Mr. Henton is also an active member of the Locust Grove Commercial Club.”

    “J. T. Green City Bakery.  Mr. Greene came to Oklahoma from Illinois & runs a first class bakery & restaurant.  He serves the best of meals & makes homemade bread.  Mr. Greene is a man of good business ability & has made good in Locust Grove in a business way.  He is one of the hardest workers & boosters in the town & deserves success.  Give Mr. Green a trial when you come to Locust Grove.”

    “Locust Grove Times.  All cities boast of a real live newspaper, but the Times is in a class by itself.  J. D. Barnes is the editor & proprietor.”

    “V. F. Emery.  Mr. Emery came to Oklahoma 14 years ago & engaged in business in Vinita before coming to Locust Grove.  His firm carries a large stock of groceries & meats, flour, feed, candies & other articles that are carried in all large mercantile houses.”

    “B. B. Racket Store.  The B. B. Racket Store of Locust Grove consists of most everything that is kept in any first class department store.  Its manager, W. J. Gambill, who has had wide experience in the mercantile business & is widely known to the people of Mayes & Craig county.  In visiting this store you will receive the most courteous treatment & you will find this store in all departments kept clean & up-to-date & under its management you will find no loafing but everything going harmonizing & in the most business way.  This store has 1,000 feet of floor space which consists of two buildings, the largest department store in town.  Mr. Bennett, its general manager does most of the buying for this store & is one of the best business men in Mayes county.  He is a good judge of merchandise in all branches.  His main hobby is to buy goods for the least money & sell them cheaper than anyone for cash.”

    The pictures without bios include one of a street scene.  There are no ads or stories on this page.

    Page 8 (final page) continues with the ads, pictures & biographies.

    “J. B. Patterson – a Practical Farmer.  For Sale – Mr. J. B. Patterson is one of the leading farmers of (?) Mayes County.  His forty acre farm (?) is one mile north of Locust Grove.  His land is adapted for all ? of grain.  He deals extensively in stock raising, among which is a fine stallion, two fine jacks, 25 head of young mules besides various other stock.  He has large business interests in Texas & in consequence of this desires to sell his interests here.”

    “City Drug Store, J. D. Bewley, M. D., Prop.  The City Drug Store is one of ? modern drug store in Mayes ?.  They carry a full line of drugs, confectionery, cigars & stationery.  Mr. A. Hays is the resident manager.”

    J. B. Sexon.  Mr. Sexon is considered one of the best mechanics in the ? ? on automobile work or machinery of any description.  He conducts a large machine shop as well as a blacksmith shop in the Wonder City.  He came from Missouri 12 years ago to Oklahoma.  Repairs of any kind can be handled by this firm.”

    “D. M. Daniels.  Locust Grove boasts of one of the best & modern Tonsorial parlors in the state.  This shop is ? by D. M. Daniels who is considered a past master in the barber’s art.  Mr. Daniels came to Oklahoma from Kansas sex years ago.  He conducted a shop at (?) Tulsa before coming to the Wonder City."

    “J. M. Bryan & Son – Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes & Groceries.  Mr. Bryan is one of the oldest merchants of Locust Grove.  Mr. Bryan has been in business for the past 18 years near Locust Grove.  He is a Cherokee Indian.  Martin Squerman (?) is manager of the business, he has been with Mr. Bryan for 17 years.  He is a Cherokee Indian, born & raised in this country & one of the most popular men in this community.”

    “Henson-Pitman Lumber Company.  This progressive firm was one of the first to start in business at Locust Grove due to the far-sightedness of Mr. Henson who saw the foundation for one of the best cities in Mayes county.  This firm is the largest dealer in Lumber, Building Materials, Hardware, Staple & Fancy Tinware, Enamel Ware, Sporting Goods, Etc., Etc. between Wagoner, Oklahoma & Joplin, Missouri.”

    “Charles Karney – Farmer & Stock Raiser.  Mr. Karney came from Texas ? years ago to Oklahoma.  He ? 1,000 acres of land, in the vicinity of Locust Grove.  He is a big shipper of livestock to Kansas City & St. Louis markets.  Mr. Karney belongs the distinction of building the first house in Locust Grove.”

    The pictures without bios include one of T. L. Mart????? – Secretary of Commercial Club & City Attorney & a lady sitting in a tree.  Can’t read sentence posted under her pic.  The ads on this page are for the town looking for Homeseekers & one for the Locust Grove Undertaking Co.  T. R. Palmer was manager of Undertaking Co.

    There’s a sentence under the middle column that says “Fifteen republicans & not one democrat have died in Grant (?) county since (?) last election.  There’s another sentence under the right column that I can’t read.


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    Yonkers, Wagoner County, Oklahoma

    Post by Admin on Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:36 pm

    Page 2 is about Yonkers, Oklahoma (ghost town).

    In a box in the middle column it says “Yonkers, Cherokee county is the first important trading point north of the Grand river after leaving Wagoner.

    It was named after Yonkers, New York, the birthplace of Mr. George H. Lowerre by whom it is owned & operated.  Alfalfa & cotton are the staple crops of Yonkers & considerable fruit is grown there.

    Though Yonkers from its nearness to Wagoner has not so far been considered as likely to become an important town there is no doubt but that it will prove to be one of the best shipping points on the line & with the establishment of a cotton gin the little town of Yonkers will hold her own both in progress & development with many of the others on the M. O. & G. R. R.”

    Then there are ads, pictures & biographies.

    “S. A. Price – Dry Goods, Boots & Shoes & Grocer.  Mr. Price is a native of Oklahoma & was born in the Old Indian Territory of Cherokee parentage.

    He is a splendid business man & one of the best boosters for the city, ? has been postmaster ever since Yonkers was born.  Before coming here he was postmaster of Piggs for six years.  The people like him & that is the secret of his success & he will enlarge his business as fast as the town & country develops.  When you go to Yonkers don’t fail to call on Mr. Price.”

    “Langley & Williams – Dry Goods, Boots & Shoes, Hats & Caps, Full Line of Groceries.  Mr. Langley was born in the Indian Territory & is a Cherokee Indian & has been in business for some years, & made plenty of money.  ? is a large property owner in this city.  He is a man of his word & ? business dealing with him you ? consider you will be treated on the square.  His word is as good as the bank of England note.  Mr. Williams his partner is one of the largest tie contractors on the M. O. & G. & if you need anything in this line, Write to Langley & Williams Yonkers, Oklahoma.”

    “B. E. Williams – Meat Market & Ice Dealer.  He came to old Oklahoma seventeen years ago from Iowa & knows what it takes to develop a new country.  He knows it takes meat & ice & he has plenty of it & gives you a square deal on all occasions.  If you have not time to call just wait for the wagon with all kinds of meats & produce.”

    “Dr. J. H. Collins.  Was born in Georgia in 1870 & is the third youngest in the family of twenty-eight children.  He was educated at Mount Cumberlin University in north Georgia & received his medical education in the University of Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1896.  He was married to Miss Malinda Palmer in 1893 & moved to Oklahoma four years ago & has been practicing in Yonkers since last June & stands very high in the community.”

    “W. Butler – Soft Drinks, Ice Cream, Confectioners & Cigars.  Mr. Butler, who is a young man of good business ability came from Missouri to Oklahoma fourteen years ago.  He runs a place that would be a credit to any city larger in population than Yonkers.  He is accommodating to his customers & always keeps everything in his line which is first class & up-to-date, keeps everything in season.  Yonkers ought to be proud to have a place of business such as he has & he receives a liberal patronage.  He is a booster for that place.”

    “J. C. Butler – Groceries, Flour & Feed.  Mr. Butler came to Oklahoma 14 years ago this fall, from the “Good Old State of Missouri” & was farming up to two years ago, when he engaged in business.  He has made good & enjoys a good trade among the people.  He is one of the men of Yonkers.”

    “Capps & Hatfield Milling Co. – Grinder of All Kinds of Chops, Meats & Feed.  Also Dealer in Hogs.  Capper & Hatfield are the proprietors of one of the largest mills in the county & are kept busy all the time.  They had an eye to business when they started up this new town furnishing the feet for the farmers.  They also deal in hogs, because the county around is an ideal place to raise them as the surrounding country is heavy timber.  When you deal with this firm you get a square deal.  Call on them or correspond with them.”

    “T. W. Capps – Blacksmith & Wagon Repairing Shop.  M. Capps came from Arkansas to Oklahoma 14 years ago & is one of the old timers in the sticks.  He is a first class horseshoer & the farmers come miles around to have him do their work.  Just meet him it will do you good.  He is a man with a big heart.  He is a man that will go out of his way to do you a good turn.  He is what you would call the village blacksmith as he is the only one in Yonkers.”

    The pictures without bios include one of Pensacola, Okla. & one of a cotton field near Yonkers.  The ad on this page simply states “Locate in Yonkers On the M. O. & G.”

    In a box in the middle column they have “Husbands have a sweet time of it when their wives are fretting all the time.

    President Wilson attended services at a country church last Sunday with fifty farmers that have not been out of their neighborhood for fifty years.

    Representative Prouty of Iowa is one of the sharp critics of the currency bill.  He says it is an improvement over the Aldrich currency measure, but is still “very full of ?”.

    Woman is especially endowed to sooth disaster.  She is called the weaker vessel, but all profane as well as sacred history attests that when the crisis comes, she is better prepared than man to meet the emergency.  How often have you seen a woman who seemed to be a disciple of frivolity & indolence who, under the stroke of calamity changed to be a heroine?  There are scores & hundreds of households today where as much bravery & courage are demanded of woman as was exhibited by Grace Darling, Marie Antoinette, or Joan of Arc. – T. Dewitt Talmadge.

    Three of the biggest railroads in Western Arkansas have declined to make the Arkansas 2-cent fare effective on their lines in this state, despite the fact that the law has been upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Iron Mountain only sells tickets at the 2-cent rate for its Hot Springs Special.  The Frisco has refused to place the rate into effect at all.  The Kansas City Southern refused to use the 2-cent rate to Arkansas points because its trains both north & south bound pass in & out of Oklahoma.  It is using the 2-cent rates from Arkansas to Oklahoma points.”


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    Salina, Mayes County, Oklahoma

    Post by Admin on Tue Mar 31, 2015 3:49 pm

    Page 5 is about Salina, Oklahoma.

    In a box at the top of the page it says “Salina On the Grand.  Incorporated Town.  No Bonds.  No Indebtedness.  Good Place for Business.  Ideal for Homes.  Business Lots from $125 to $500.  Resident Lots $50 to $60.  Farm Land $5 to $75 per Acre.  Situated Among the Oklahoma Ozarks.  Come & See Us.”

    In a box at the bottom of the page it says “We are a New Growing Town.  Come and ‘Jine Us’.”

    In between these 2 boxes are pics & stories.  The pics include one of the foot of Perry Street, one of the noted Salina Spring, one of a public school, one of Bayle Gin, one of R. A. Odle Bargain Store & one of Star Grocery.

    There are two stories – both following.

    “An Opportunity to Double Your Money.
     
    Salina is located very near the geographical center of Mayes county & on the east bank of Grand river which flows centrally through the county from north to south.  Grand river is one of the most beautiful streams in the Southwest & it has been declared by the United States government as navigable to the mouth of Spring river.

    The Grand river valley is known far & near as one of the most fertile in the country.  Corn, wheat, cats, alfalfa, potatoes & cotton do well here & all of the fruits & vegetables adapted to our zone grow in profusion.  The energy, thrift & social qualities of the inhabitants of this community would be the delight of any country.  Within Salina’s trade territory will be found many productive farms & ? homes while a great portion, is as yet, undeveloped & capable of maintaining many times our present population.  The City of Salina is located on the site of the old Cherokee “Orphan’s Home” – which, for many years was known as one of the “most beautiful spots in the Nation. “  This location is all that heart could ask, high & dry with plenty of natural shade – oaks.  Near the heart of the city & on lands reserved for a public park is to be found one of the finest springs of pure, sparkling water that ever flowed from the earth.  The present population is about 500, but the advent of the M. O. & G. railway, lately constructed, & the development of the agricultural & timber resources will promote a steady growth.  Various lines of industry are already represented & we have openings for many more.  If you are looking for a delightful place to make a home we suggest that you come to Salina & see for yourself; you will not be disappointed.  If you wish to purchase a farm where it is an assured fact that he who sows & cultivates will also reap, the country surrounding Salina will certainly appeal to you.

    As a western town of historic & romantic setting Salina is in a class with Fort Gibson, and, with that single exception, probably has all of them bested.  During the early Twenties Auguste Chouteau, a half-brother to Pierre Lisquiest (Liguest) the founder of the City of St. Louis, established a trading post near what is now the west end of Ferry street in Salina, for the purpose of trading with the Osage Indians, who at that time owned & occupied the country, & did a thriving business for several years.  He had great influence among the Indians & enjoyed the friendship of many men famous in history among whom was Washington Irving, who visited him at this place in 1832 immediately before making his famous “Tour of the Prairies.”  Chouteau died at Fort Gibson in 1839.  (See Thoburn & Halcomb’s History of Oklahoma, page 54.)  When the Cherokees moved west in 1838 Lewis Ross, a brother to Chief John Ross, located here & erected a commodious home built of brick, are located near the center of the finest west of the Mississippi.  This home formed a part of the orphans asylum building, the ? of which are located near the center of the city.  Ross was a man of considerable wealth & much energy.  He owned more than fifty slaves who occupied a row of cabins just north from the ruins.  What was later known as the “Wash-house” was erected when Ross lived here & was used as a “Loom room” where the wearing & spinning was done for the clothing worn by members of the Ross family & the slaves.  The Cherokees were slave holders, but were not hard task-masters & it is said that the Ross “n******” lived as well as did the members of the family.

    The old “salt wells” located a few yards from the M. O. & G. depot, stands as a monument (pardon the metaphor) to Ross’ enterprise.  This well was drilled in 1842 & is about eight hundred feet deep.  (See Starr’s Oklahoma Encyclopedia.)  Just how the old-timers managed to drill so deep a hole is a mystery.  Modern drilling machinery was unheard of 70 years ago.  During antebellum days this well furnished salt for the entire country & is today belching forth volumes of strong brine which the ingenuity of man may yet convert into use & wealth.

    A few years after the Civil War the national council established the orphans’ home permanently at this place & here it remained until destroyed by fire about ten years ago.  This institution was maintained by the nation & was rightfully “home” of all orphan children of Cherokee blood & some of the brightest men & women of the country have been connected with it.  Honorable Robert L. Owen, our present United States senator, was at one time superintendent.  This position was also held by such prominent men as W. W. Hastings, present national attorney for the Cherokees; Rev. Joe F. Thompson, of Tahlequah; E. C. Alberty, of Claremore; W. W. Ross, of Chelsea, a nephew of Lewis Ross; & Professor Harvey Shelton, now a well known educator & late superintendent of schools at Vinita.

    Salina has a trade territory for 47 miles east, 20 miles south & 10 miles west.  The valley contains acres of diversified crops.  For years the people have forded & ferried the river at Salina & they have come from miles west of the river.  A new bridge will span the river at the foot of Ferry street.  Salina has some good stores & well stocked.  One of the largest in town is the general store of A. F. McLaughlin.  He carries a $20,000 stock & the farmer can get everything at this place or at the other stores.  He is a pioneer in that part of the state & commenced with very little cash.  By close attention to business & square dealing he has accumulated plenty in & around Salina & has the largest general store in Mayes & Delaware county.  Across the street is the new bank that is up-to-date in fixtures, time locks & asphalt pavements.  The streets are wide & will be paved at once.  It is an incorporated town of 400 people & covers 200 acres.  The plat was filed on February 2nd & lot selling commenced January 1st.  The streets are 80 feet wide with 15 feet walks & 45 feet alleys, with two parks square.  One of the best ? in the county.  Salina has ? live ? commercial clubs.  The officers are: President, Fletcher H. Pratt; vice president, W. T. Holland; secretary, C. L. Pratt Jr.  There are 70 members.  Wires will be strung ten miles from Pryor & will furnish power for lighting the city & Manufacturers.  The Salina Herald by W. R. Harper is one of the papers of that part of the country.  Editor Harper is a pioneer & can give you plenty of information.  For information relative to resident & business property, club houses, etc., address C. L. Pratt – Secretary Commercial Club.”

    “The Oklahoma Ozarks.

    Land values are increasing in Oklahoma.  Not so very many years ago Illinois & Iowa land sold for fifteen dollars an acre.  More recently Nebraska land sold at that price.  Look at them now.  What makes them so high?  People – nothing but people - & lots of them.  History will repeat itself in Oklahoma, only it will not take so long.  The Southwest is growing very fast; much faster than any other section of the United States.  Oklahoma land is just as good as Illinois, Iowa & Nebraska land.  But there are not enough people to utilize it all; that’s the reason it is cheap.  How long do you think it will take Oklahoma to get as many people per farm acre as Illinois or Iowa?  Just above five years – ten at the very outside.  When that time comes you will have to pay just as much for land in the Southwest as you would pay in Illinois or Iowa.  Why not buy a farm in the Oklahoma Ozarks now, when you can get it cheap?  A few years hence you will be looked upon just as the man who owns a good Illinois farm is looked upon today – a substantial, well-to-do, leading member of your community.

    We are close to latitude 36, & a little east of longitude 95.  Elevation, 1,000 to 1,200 feet.  The elevation is above malaria.  All the Ozark country is noted for its healthfulness, some of its health resorts being widely known.  The climate is an ideal one & may be enjoyed about all the twelve months of the year.  No long winters to be endured or to provide for.  The average annual rainfall is about 45 inches, a good percentage during the season of growth.  There is less dampness in the air than father east, due to the nearness of the open western country.  The waters consist of numerous fine springs & clear, running streams.

    The climate & flora of north & south meet in these southern Ozarks.  Nearly all products not tropical can be grown & their quality is the best.  It is the home of the apple, the grape & many fine fruits.  The Shannon Pippin, finest of the “King of Fruits.” Originated here, as also the Cynthiana, the finest of the red wine grapes.  Of the wild fruits & nuts of these woods there are the plum, persimmon, paw-paw, may apple, service berry, mulberry, dew berry, blackberry, raspberry, gooseberry, huckleberry, black & red haw, wild cherry, walnut, hickorynut, hazelnut, chinkapin or found chestnut, & a variety of wild grapes.  The season of fruitfulness is long.  From the strawberry in early May one may have a succession of fruits for the home & market into November.

    Corn, wheat, oats & the various grasses do well.  Cotton may be grown, but not as abundantly as in other sections.

    The passing of these Indian lands affords an opportunity to get the home many are hunting the great West for in vain.  The lands are cheap & fertile, the climate mild & the seasons are natural & reliable.  Investment in such lands while virgin & cheap is the best that any homeless man may do.  The many pleasant home features & natural helps make it a desirable location in which to build the ideal rural home.

    These Oklahoma Ozarks are an extension of the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri & Northwest Arkansas which, on account of orchard, berry & other development, are world famous.  Development of these Oklahoma lands has been prevented by Indian restrictions.  These were in the main removed by act of congress May 27, 1908.  These same lands just across the line in Arkansas, where improved with orchards, are held at $100 per acre & up; the fruit alone on good orchards selling from $40 to $100 per acre & the purchaser gathers it.

    Practically all the new lands of the United States are reclaimed swamp or desert lands & the sameness & monotony of life, together with the sultry climate & liability to disease, offset the advantage of frequent & bounteous crops.  We have railroads on every side & will soon have two directly through our country.  Land values range from ten to forty dollars per acre, depending upon character of land, state of improvement & location.

    The lands are being taken & present values cannot last.  If you have no home it is your opportunity.

    This section is best reached by way of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, but may be conveniently reached through Tahlequah or Pryor Creek, Oklahoma.

    Pratt Brothers”


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    Murphy, Mayes County, Oklahoma

    Post by Admin on Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:30 pm

    Page 6 is about Murphy, Oklahoma (near ghost town).

    This page has it all – stories, pics, biographies & ads.

    In a box at the top it says “Murphy is an enterprising town of 200 inhabitants situated 17 miles north of Wagoner on the M. O. & G. railroad. It is surrounded by one of the most fertile farming countries in Northeast Oklahoma. They raise corn, oats, wheat, cotton & in fact all kinds of small grain – they can raise all kinds of vegetables, small fruits, such as strawberries, blackberries & raspberries, also they have orchards that raise peaches, apples, cherries & plums in abundance. They have the best of water & it will pay any home seekers that are looking for good farms with an idea of locating to pay Murphy a visit.”

    One pic says “William Fleming, General Store, Murphy, Okla.” Bio says “J. W. Fleming. Mr. Fleming who is a son of S. B. Fleming was born & reared in the Indian Territory. He has followed farming until about a year ago, when he entered into the mercantile business. From the success attained up to the present time places him on the road to fortune as he is still a young man.”

    Another pic says “Sam B. Fleming, General Store, Murphy, Okla.” Bio says “S. B. Fleming. Mr. Fleming came to Oklahoma from the state of Missouri 27 years ago & has lived in the Indian Territory & Oklahoma since that time. He has proved himself a success as merchant & farmer & has a host of friends in the community. He has proven upright & honorable in all his business dealings.”

    Another pic says “J. E. Stamper, Postoffice General Store, Murphy, Okla.” Bio says “J. E. Stamper. J. E. Stamper came to the State of Oklahoma from the good old state of Kentucky. Mr. Stamper was appointed postmaster of this town about three years ago & has held that position unto the present time. He has an assistant who acts as general manager of the business, who is none other than his estimable wife.”

    The last pic says “A. L. Hays, Drug Store, Murphy, Okla.” Bio says “A. L. Hays. Mr. Hayes come from Arkansas five years ago. He is one of the most up-to-date in this part of the state. He is now manager for the City Drug Store of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Arkansas & is a registered pharmacist, & understands the drug business thoroughly as he has been in the business for quite a number of years & in his new venture at Murphy is bound to make a success. He has proven very popular wherever he has been.”

    There’s 4 ads – one for S. C. Henderson, Wholesale Grocery Co., Established 1871, The Oldest House in Southwest MO., Joplin, MO; one for Acme Engraving Co. out of Muskogee; one for Joplin Barbers’ Supply Co. & one for L. S. Boucher out of Joplin.

    The lone story says “A Scenic Route. The M. O. & G. has made no claims as a “scenic” railway, but it is one just the same. The editor of the Herald has recently made several trips over the route between Wagoner & Fairland & having traveled over several so-called “scenic” routes does not hesitate to say that the trip of country mentionel with the best of them. The trip from Ketchum to Wagoner is one continuous panorama of scenic beauty & gives as much pleasing variety as the trip from Denver to Aspen or from Salt Lake to Los Angeles. Neither the Cats-kill, the Allegehanas or the Rocky mountains furnish more awe-inspiring grandeur than do the crags & bluffs along this line.

    The River Grand is as beautiful as the Wabash or the Colorado, the Valley as delightful as that of the Oregon or the Sacramento & its soil as fertile & productive as can be found in the great Mississippi basin. It is alright to go to California or Switzerland to “see the sights” – if you have the time & the means, but we suggest that you make a tour of the Grand River Valley first. – Salina Herald.

    Finally, there’s a box at the bottom of the middle column that says “Locate In One Of The New Towns Along The M. O. & G. Railroad.”


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