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Re: IDABEL, was it a CHOCTAW RESERVATION?
Posted by: Faye Brown (ID *****5630) Date: October 29, 2005 at 15:50:36
In Reply to: IDABEL, was it a CHOCTAW RESERVATION? by Sharleen Metje of 675

I was born at Idabel Oklahoma in 1941 and attended High school at Haworth,Oklahoma.You might find a great deal of information at the McCurtain County Historical Society, 302 Southeast Adams, Idable, Oklahoma 74745.As they have books published on McCurtian County re: Indian of McCurtain County. Yes, Idabel was not yet a town but was located within the Choctaw Indain Reservation. In 1900 post offices at Alickchi,Bethel,Clear Creek,Eagletown,Fowlerville,Goodwater,Harris,Hocatown,Janis,Kullituklo,Lukfata,Shawneetown and Smithville. The first Choctow Indian chief I have information on for what is now McCurtain County, Choctaw Principal Chief Peter P.Pitchlynn 1864-1866. He is buried at Tom Oklahoma. Cheif Pritchlynn had a sister Sophia.Almost forgot there was a Chief Garland just before Chief Pritchlynn.
Oklahoma became a state in 1907, Broken Bow was McCurtain County first county seat, then Idabel. All the borders and roads that border Oklahoma belong to Oklahoma.
There was established other Indian Reservaiton for other tribes in Oklahoma as well. I believe the Indian Trail of Tears march into Oklahoma from other places and states was about 1824 and was ordered by then President Andrew Jackson,even though the Senate and House of representatives opposed it. Approximately 50% of the Indians died on the March. Many who came to Oklahoma to what is now McCuratin county came through Horatio,Arkansas and on into Oklahoma.
Faye Brown an Okie bfbrown@centurytel.net


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