Ardmore, Carter Co., Oklahoma
Sunday, December 15, 1929
Beams Recalls Early Days Here
This section of the country looks altogether different to GEORGE BEAMS of McAlester, who left here in 1885, after seeing the railroad advanced beyond the Red River.
Beams was here this week visiting W. F. WARREN and several cronies whom he mingled in the early days, and they had a little reunion over long past events.
Beams was well acquainted with all the old settlers, many of whom passed away, he recalled when the BLACK JAMES ranch in the Arbuckle Mountains near Crusher was about the only habitation for many miles around. Beams tells a good one on Warren, who came to this country from Baltimore, and up until the time he landed in the west, knew very little about farming. Beams said Warren attempted to cut a large oak tree on the place near Berwyn and instead of going about the matter as a true woodsman, hacked the tree completely around as though to deaden it. Beams took the axe and demonstrated how the job should be done.
Board Bottoms, north of the present city of Ardmore, was named by Beams for the reason that it was favored with good timber and many settlers went there to hue out boards for roofs and buildings. Sorghum Flats and Strawberry Plains close by were also favored spots for campers in early times, he said.
Oil Springs was then as it is now a favorite resort for hunters and picnic parties, Beams said. He recalled one Indian woman living near that place, although a full blood, was one of the best educated women he ever met, but where she managed to acquire that education no one in this section ever knew, he said.
For the past 44 years Beams has been living near McAlester and this is his first visit to Ardmore since he left in the spring of 1885, and he was somewhat surprised at the outlook now and what it was when it was the old 700 Ranch with one log house beside a big spring.
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