CHISHOLM TRAIL JOURNEY ENDS
|CHISHOLM TRAIL CARAVAN WELCOMED --- The American flag is presented to a Caldwell Boy Scout Saturday afternoon at the Chisholm Trail site south of Caldwell as the Oklahoma Historical Society's trail caravan arrived at the Border Queen city. Later the state flags of Kansas and Oklahoma were presented and placed on the speaker's platform
CHISHOLM KIN --- Cecil Chisholm, 1405 S. Second St., Arkansas City, a distant cousin of the Chisholm Trail's founder, Jesse Chisholm, is shown as he was introduced to the crowd at Caldwell Saturday afternoon.
OLD AND THE NEW --- Styles of two different centuries met Saturday in Caldwell. At right is Mrs. R. C. Trail, the former Martha Bothwell of Caldwell, dressed in the mode of the Chisholm Trail era, and at left is Miss Mary Shrenkengast, Ponca City camera club model, in modern day garb. They are standing by a Model T. Ford after Mrs. Trail rode the Cyrus K. Holliday into Caldwell Saturday morning. Mrs. Trail's husband is a lieutenant colonel in the air force at McConnell AFB, Wichita. Miss Shrenkengast is a Ponca City high school senior.
CALDWELL --- Just as it did 67 years ago, the old Chisholm Trail came to an end Saturday afternoon when approximately 2,000 persons gathered on the old trail ruts south of Caldwell to welcome the Oklahoma Historical Society's Chisholm Trail caravan as it completed a three-day tour of the route from the Red River of Texas to the Border Queen railhead.
A dramatic moment in the observance came when Cecil Chisholm, 1405 S. Second St., Arkansas City, a distant cousin of the trail's founder, was introduced to the crowd gathered in the Campbell pasture south of Caldwell where grass-covered ruts of the original trail still are visible. A wave of applause from Oklahomans, Texans, and Kansans gathered at the trail site greeted Chisholm as he stepped up to the public address system at the request of the Caldwell Border Queen Association.
Chisholm was accompanied to the celebration by Mrs. Chisholm and their two children, Cecil Jr., 12, and Beatrice, 17.
Colorful figures whose past is a direct link with the Chisholm Trail era were on hand for the Oklahomans' reception.
Mrs. E. D. Luder, Sr., of Caldwell, the first white child born in the Cherokee Strip, and her husband were on hand at the Border Queen Museum to show the Oklahomans' around the newly organized exhibition.
Also greeting the reception were a group of Sumner county residents driving antique automobiles brought out of storage for the occasion.
The festivities at Caldwell got under way at 10 a.m. Saturday when the Caldwell high school band paraded through the business district to the Santa Fe station where, at 11 a.m., the Santa Fe's No. 1 train, the Cyrus K. Holliday, puffed into town under its own steam. Aboard were about 85 Caldwell residents dressed in the fashion of the Trail era. As the group left the train, they proceeded to the trail site reception.
Visitors also went through the Rock Island's No. 9 train drawn up alongside the R. I. depot where the click of an old-time western telegraph key was plainly audible. A feature of the Rock Island's exhibit was a "Palace" dining car complete with coal oil lamps, and green plush carpet on the floor.
As the Oklahoma caravan arrived at the trail site, the Caldwell Saddle Club escorted the group tot he speakers' platform where the flags of the United States, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas were presented to Boy Scouts and mounted in flag stands.
Then, speakers appearing, in order, included Fielding Norton, master of ceremonies for Caldwell; Mayor C. V. King of Caldwell; Gen. W. S. Key, president of the Oklahoma Historical Society; Don Stallings, president of the Border Queen Museum Association; Elmer Fraker, secretary of the Oklahoma Historical Society; Nyle Miller of the Kansas Historical Society, and Chisholm.
(Arkansas City Traveler ~ Sunday ~ May 6, 1956 ~ Page 1 ~ Submitted by Lori DeWinkler)