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A Second Letter
Posted by: Martha Smith (ID *****6412) Date: November 14, 2007 at 14:21:17
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This is another intersting lettter written by Charles Park Johnson to Mrs. Rubye Johnson May concerning Leonard Hayes Harral. Also mentioned in his letter is Charles' brother Washington P. Harral (1860-1961).

Fort Worth, Texas
October 14, 1946

Dear Cousin,

It has been a long time since I received your letter. I have been busy and running around trying to find the date the Indians came to the Indian Territory, as you seemed to think that L. H. Harral was too young to come with them. I went to the Ft. Worth library and found that the Choctaw Indians were in Ala. and Miss. as late as some time in the 1820’s.

I went to see my oldest brother and the only brother I now have, he is about eight years older than I. He said that L. H. Harral was the one that came with the Indians. He also said the government owed the Indians $30,000.00 and told the Indians that when they got settled for them (the Indians) to select a commissioner and send back and they would pay him the money. The Indians selected L. H. Harral and would not allow anyone to go or come back with him, so he made the trip and brought the money.

Jewel’s husband was going to Dallas and I went with him, and only had one hour and I spent it at the library. I found there that the Choctaw Indians was in Ala. And Miss. as late as 1835.

About two weeks ago I went to Hugo, Okla. I asked Prof. (Balep?) if he could tell me when the Choctaw came too the Territory, he said he could not, but he had a book up at the school he thought it would give it. If I would came up the next day between 12 and 1 o’clock he could tell me so I went up and he had already found the date and let me read it. It said the Choctaws moved to the Indian Territory in 1837. The name of the book was (The American Educator) that would make L. H. Harral twenty seven years old.

As to the dates my Father and Mother birth, marriage and death are at Hugo, Okla will get them the next time I go up there, or will get them from my brother, W. P. Johnson, Dawson, Texas.

We are all well and hope you are well and enjoying good health.
I am as ever your cousin,
C. P. Johnson

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