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The Daily Ardmoreite
First published in Ardmore, Pickens County, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, then in Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma.
September 9, 1898
Cutting at Woodford
Information of a cutting scrape at Woodford reached here yesterday afternoon and deputy Tom Covington was dispatched to investigate. He returned today without his man and informs us that one Jim Beverly, who has skipped out, seriously cut L. B. Cogin on both sides and twice on the arm. Mr. Covington says the wounds are quite serious, but he believes that Cogin will make it through all right.
Thw two men, Bowers and Porter, arrested for ‘raising’ bills--counterfeiting--in the Indian Territory were taken before Commissioner Murphy at Sherman, where they waived examination and their bonds were fixed at $1000. Failing t give this, they were taken to the federal jail at Paris to await the action of the grand jury.
Because of the whitecap warnings sent out among the Negroes in Texas, numbers of wagons loaded with colored families and their household effects are coming into the Territory. The majority of them intend going on the Oklahoma.
Henry Winters, a 10-year-old boy of Sedalia, committed suicide Wednesday. His father, it is said, also attempted self-destruction.
Two Negro preachers of Sherman, Texas are advocating the separation of the laboring Negroes from the loafing Negroes.
Dole Wilson and J. C. Cook are under arrest at Wichita Falls, Texas, charged with the murder of Sim Abbott Mosely, August 31.
Miss Nannie Pulliam left this morning for Eagle Lake, Texas to resume her position as teacher in the public school.
A man supposed to be Otto Mathes, the murderer of State Senator Wall of Staunton, Illinois, was shot and killed in Tennessee.
Deputy Garrett reports the arrest of a doctor at Sulphur yesterday on a charge of embezzlement. He was taken to Pauls Valley to await the arrival of Gilliam 7 Fisher of the Sioux Remedy fame, who went there to testify.
September 11, 1898
E. C. Chastain has just returned from a ten days’ visit with his son near Oakland. He says that crops could scarcely be better, and he has words of praise for the Jackson Limbless cotton.
William Beard, who has just returned from a trip over the country west from here, reports wheat sowing at a standstill on the west side of the Chickasaw Nation owing to the lack of rains. The ground can not be plowed until it rains. Further west, however in the Comanche country good rains have fallen, waster is plentiful and the grass is excellent.
A man named Carter, a stranger in the city having been here but 3 weeks, died yesterday morning at the Jones house on South Court street. Dr. Gardner was called to administer to the unfortunate man who has been unconscious several days. His brothers were notified by telegram of his condition, but they replied that sickness in their own families prevented their coming. He was buried last evening.
Gas has been found near Ardmore, so it is said. May be artificial or natural--published in the Wichita Beacon.
It may be a detached vein of the foul mouthed gas bag sent here by the Beacon to write up the Ardmore jail and its inmates, or it may resemble in flavor the breath of the windy correspondent to the Beacon who announced fifty fights in Ardmore on election day.
At the Jail
Fred Curtis, charged with assault to rape, brought in by deputy Everheart, was the only admission yesterday and Henry Taylor (incest charge) was released on bond.
September 12, 1898
Cornish, Sept. 10--The recent norther caused many to hunt up their old coats.
Dulaney Bros have finished threshing this week. Their gin made a good start yesterday and they anticipate a good run this fall.
Cornish seems to be headquarters for traveling men judging from the way they have piled in here this week.
Many of our farmers say Ardmore is the hot stuff. They have been selling oats in Ardmore for 15 cents which they could not get a bid on at Ryan.
There is much sickness throughout the country at present. We had two deaths, the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Goode and the infant child of Mr. & Mrs. O. B. Gravely.
Rev. Gage of the M. E. church has just closed a protracted meeting here and much good has been done.
Will Beard, the Chickasaw from Simon, was here a few days ago.
M. S. Adams, who has been here several weeks, is visiting his family at Loco.
Healdton, Sept. 10--Fall is here with bad colds for all, yet is more pleasant than the extreme warm weather.
Cotton picking is in full blast, our gin has out 35 bales.
Dr. Bentley has moved to Woodford.
Cotton growers and pickers all agree that the crop will be light and with favorable weather, will soon be picked out. Corn is making a good yield and all are gathering.
Mrs. Woods, aged 76 years, mother of Charles and Newt wood, died this morning. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.
Brother Sanford is quite low, with little hopes of recovery. He is quite old.
The ‘phone men are setting up posts in town.
Tussy, Sept. 10--Good rain Tuesday followed by a cool wave.
The first bale of cotton was ginned on the 6th for Elijah Lawley.
The farmers report the cotton not nearly so good as it was last year.
Henry Tussy and family returned Saturday from Woodville where they have been visiting relatives.
J. M. Anderson and wife from Hope are visiting Col. Anderson’s family this week.
Rev. Parker of Oakland passed through town Thursday on his way to Marlow to hold a protracted meeting.
Jim Vampool went to Ardmore this week.
Lebanon, Sept. 10--The weather is cool, clear and pleasant, and the farmers are busy gathering the fleecy staple and preparing it for market.
Our little burg has received several bales up to date, but the price is so low, the farmers are much discouraged. Low price and short crop makes the outlook for both the farmer and merchant gloomy. I suppose this country will average 1/3 of a bale to the acre.
There has been considerable sickness here this season.
Walter Roberts who has been very low with slow fever is much improved.
Jerome Whitsell has a very sick child.
Mrs. J. W. Woody, who had the misfortune to break her leg, is fast improving and will soon be up again.
Sore eyes is raging here so much so as to be almost an epidemic.
Miss Fannie Null of Oakland is spending this week in the burg visiting friends.
Dr. Eula Miller and wife left week for Atoka where they will make their future home.
Prof. Johnson, G. M. D. Holford, and J. F. Burnitt visited Ardmore this week on business.
Rev. J. W. Holland, assisted by Bro. Derrick of the Orphan Home and Rev. Willie Moore of Gordonville, Texas have just closed a very interesting meeting in our town. There were a great many conversions with several accessions to the church, and all Christians seem wonderful revived.
Rev. J. E. Williams of this place is holding an interesting meeting at Wilson.
Lebanon Lodge No. 100, A. F. & A. M. was instituted under charter last Friday by R. W. Choate, assisted by Bro. Lanier of McMillan. Following is a list of officers: R. W. Choate, W. M.; G. M. D. Holford, S. W.; W. M. Ligon, J. W.; J. A. White, Treas.; W. S. Derrick, Secre.; Jesse Turner, S. D.; H. W. Choate, J. D.; M. B. Laning, S. S.; W. B. Malone, tiler.
The soldier boys proved more than a match for the regulars yesterday in the ball game at the park; the score standing 8 to 2 in favor of Battery G.
Capt. Marrast and Alex Callahan, two of the soldier boys stationed at Galveston, were shot Sunday evening by policeman Harry Owens. Owens claims he did the shooting in self-defense; as the two were trying to stab him with knives. A bystander named Jack Elliott was also shot. The soldier boys are dead.
Captain John L. Galt received work of the death of his brother F. P. Sewell at Judsonia, Arkansas yesterday.
George Conner and family have gone to Blue where they will enjoy camp for about a week.
Miss Tommye Leard of Melton, Choctaw Nation, is the guest of Mrs. A. Walcott and will attend Hargrove College this session.
Rev. L. L. Thurston was called to Cumberland to officiate at a funeral service.
James Wallace came from Valley View this morning to resume work for A. C. Young, the furniture man.
R. Herz returned last night from Cincinnati where he has been attending the encampment of G. A. R.
September 13, 1898
From Porto Rico
Our townsman, Ed Roberts, is in receipt of a letter from his younger brother, Sydney Roberts, who is well known to many of our people, having lived here for a time a few years ago. Sydney writes from Porto Rico (Puerto Rico?). He is a member of Company H, 19th regular infantry, Wilson’s division, ahs seen some service and gives a most graphic description of the movements of his company. Life on a transport he declares is ‘hell,’ a disease breeder, followed by death. They landed at Ponese and found Miles in possession of the city. His company was one of the advance corps on the island, they had frequent skirmishes with the Spaniards until the news of peace reached them. His description of the island makes it seem a veritable paradise, hill and valley covered with a greener verdure than he saw on land before. Tropical fruits, flowers, and birds are innumerable. The natives he says are lazy and shy at first but improve with acquaintance. They are glad that Spanish rule on the island is broke. Taxes are exorbitant and everything is taxed. He does not when or where the company may be called, the soldier life in time of peace he says is too inactive for his blood.
Stone masons are busy on the west wall of the new jail building and it has a foundation which will puzzle the jailbirds wonderfully to go through. Messrs. Doak and Robinson aim to have this completed as soon as the courthouse is ready for occupancy.
Mrs. Forris Norris is at home after a visit of several weeks at Chickasha. She was accompanied by her brother Willie and grandmother mrs. Black.
Miss Maggie Culwell of Van Alstyne, Texas is visiting her friend, Mrs. Jo Biles.
O. M. Redfield, accompanied by his mother, left this morning for Sherman, Texas.
W. S. Mason, one of our cotton buyers, went to Pauls Valley.
E. B. Luke is in Oklahoma City on business.
September 15, 1898
A Death in Camp
About 4:00 yesterday evening, Private Rudolph Goodman of Battery G., First Artillery, answered his last roll call to the Ruler of all armies. Private Goodman was sick four or five days, his death is attributed to cerebral spinal meningitis. The young man hailed from Philadelphia, PA. Interment took place this afternoon, Rev. L. L. Thurston of the M. E. church officiating. A very large concourse of mourners were in the procession. The deceased was buried with military honors by a detachment of the battery under command of Lieutenant Merrell. A salute of three volleys were fired over the grave and a bugler blew ‘taps.’ The young hero lies at rest, having fought his last battle and although conquered by the dark angel death, his spirit goes forth forever. His body lies on the hillside of a territory graveyard far from those he loved dearest on earth, yet surrounded by hundreds of loving hearts who revere the hallowed spot on hear. “All that is mortal must die.”
Near Berwyn, last evening at 8:00, at the residence of Mr. 7 Mrs. C. W. Henderson, their daughter, Miss Elsie, was united in the holy bonds of matrimony to John Mulkey of this place. A large number of immediate friends of the family were present. After the usual courtesies and congratulations of the occasion were passed, the happy party sat down to the marriage feast, an elaborate supper having been prepared. The newly wedded couple were the recipients of many valuable presents from their friends. Miss Elsie is a talented young lady and has a host of friends, not only in Ardmore, but wherever she is known. The groom is also well known to our people as a quiet young business gentleman, who has many close friends. The young couple will arrive in Ardmore this evening.
G. G. Martin of Dixie was here today.
Judge William Pfeiffer of Purcell was in the city last night.
Rabbi Friedman of Gainesville was in our city last evening.
S. R. Taliaferro of Oakland was in our city yesterday evening.
Sam Perkins, the lumberman, made a business trip to Dougherty today.
J. T. Rowland of Spanish Fort is visiting his friend, J. S. Martin.
H. Splawn of Bob, accompanied by his daughter, Miss Ella, is in the city.
R. L. Rowland and family of Grady are visiting friends in the city.
Miss Ella O’Mealy of Hickory is here visiting her brother and also friends.
Mrs. B. W. Trice of Gainesville is visiting her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J. S. Martin of this city.
J. M. Moore, a knight of the trip, is spending a few days in the city with his sister, Mrs. Byron Drew.
September 19, 1898
A Rough Rider Returns
Our friend A.J. Jones was one of the proudest men in Ardmore yesterday. His son has returned from the camps of soldiers, hearty and well. Jones jr will be remembered as one of the original members of Kendall’s Kowboy Kavalry, which went from here to Muskogee when they were mustered into service and sent south. Later this company which formed part of Roosevelt’s Rough Riders was sent to Tampa where, under command of Capt. R. H. Bruce, of this place, it remained until the protocol of peace was signed and the troops returned from Cuba to Montauk. To this latter place, the company went, and Mr. Jones, says the change was a heartily welcome one to all the goys who had been fighting flies and mosquitoes in the sunny Southern clime. A few days ago, the entire regiment was mustered out and all who were able returned to their homes. Many are sick in the hospitals, he says, and unable to reach home.
Work on the H. H. Pennington building on Springer Street is progressing quite rapidly. This structure, taking the place of the old shacks which formerly stood there, is a decided improvement on the street.
G. D. Boyd and family left yesterday evening for Terrell, Texas, their future home.
Miss Jennie Hargis, regret to state, is seriously ill of fever.
Rosa, the little daughter of Mr. & Mrs. R. McLish, is quite ill with fever.
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