Colony Pioneer Lost
Colony Pioneer Lost Claim To
Sooner Outlaw in 1889
Colony - Driving an
ox team to Oklahoma City and filing on a claim northeast of Norman only
to lose it to a notorious outlaw are among the memories of A. T. Graham
of Colony. Graham was born Sept. 25, 1862 near Quincy, Ill.
He came wes as a young man and helped build the grade for the Santa Fe
railroad thru the Oklahoma territory before it was opened for settlement.
The 91-year-old pioneer
went to Kansas in 1889 and then made the run, staking a claim on the Little
River northeast of Norman. He gave up the claim to a Sooner, the
notorious outlaw Bailey Isabel.
Graham drove an ox
team to Oklahoma City in 1882. It took two days to make the 18-mile
round trip. Later he moved with his family to Shawnee where he farmed
and raised cattle.
In 1907, the year
Oklahoma became a state, Graham moved to the community northeast of Colony.
He bought a farm that year and still owns it.
Mrs. Graham died
in April 1942, and since then he has made his home with his children.
He has two daughters and two sons living. They are Mrs. Mae Wilson,
Siloam Springs, Ark., and Mrs. Jennie Luekenga, Colony; also sons, Arthur
of Colony, and Tom of Topeka, Kan. Another son, Frank, was killed in action
in World War I.
The "91 Club" member
is a member of the Republican party and a Mason.
From: "Eldon & Connie
This is a news
article from the Carnegie, Ok newspaper in 1953 about Archibald Theodore
Graham, born Sept. 25, 1864. He was the youngest son of William A. and
Lucinda (Shuler) Graham and was born near Birmingham, Ill, Schuyler County,
Ill. He was my great-grandfather, James S.'s youngest brother. I
don't have his obituary yet but thought this article was an interesting
account of this Schuyler County native.