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Chief Byrd has been recognized by Secretary Vilas as Governor of the Chickaway nation in Indian Territory. (Saturday, February 2, 1889 - The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, Or., transcribed by Jim Dezotell)

There were 2,493 births and 772 deaths in the state of Oklahoma during the month of July according to the bulletin of the state department of health just issued. Of the births 1,333 were males and 1,160 females. There were 32 sets of twins and one set of triplets.
Of the deaths, 37 percent occured before the age of six years. Ten accidental drowning, six suicides and one legal hanging were recorded by the department.
From Stephens county came the report that a mother and her baby were killed when the horses which the mother was driving became frightened during a cyclone, ran away and threw the mother and her baby into a tank alongside the road.
The bulletin calls attention to the fact that department inspectors report extraordinary variations of weight in the general run of flour and meals on the markets within the state. Millers are also cautioned against the improper branding of flour. Several mills operation bleachers have been lax in meeting the label requirements which impose upon millers the duty of labeling such flour.
[The Daily Oklahoman 13 Sep 1912, Submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]

Oklahoma Briefs

Willis Griffin, the first white child born in Guthrie and the territory after the opening of the old Oklahoma in April, 1889, is dead.  His parents participated in the run, secured a claim and have lived there ever since.


Intense excitement prevails in Taloga and Dewey Counties over the discovery of gold, copper and iron ore on the farm of R. M. Maloney, five miles northeast of Taloga.  Business has been practically suspended there, so great is the excitement.  Hundreds of people are flocking to the scene.


It is estimated that this season’s cotton crop in Oklahoma will reach 175,000 bales, the greatest in the territory’s history.  Out of the twenty six counties in the territory, twenty are cotton producers.  Dealers state that the total acreage increases gradually each year.  The ruling price during the season has been 8 cents.


The cost of care and maintenance of Oklahoma’s deaf and dumb and insane as well as the territory’s convicts, all of which is done under contract for two years, at shown by Territorial Auditor Baxter’s statement recently made public is:  Insane, $122,757; convicts, $69,894; deaf and dumb, $28,675.


Oklahoma City was in danger of destruction one day last week.  A blaze that started caused a loss of ¼ million dollars.  The wind was so strong that for a time it seemed as if the fire could not be checked.  Calls for aid were sent to Guthrie, El Reno and Purcell.  All three counties responded.  Fire departments were sent by special trains.  The got there in time to aid in stopping the flames.


At Mangum, even the electric light plant does not run on Sunday, because the manager was notified to keep it shut down, under penalty of prosecution for violating the Sunday law.  Causing the electric light plant to shut down Saturday night as 12 o’clock and remain shut down until Monday morning is rather inconvenient for the townsman of that city and they are trying to have the law changed.


Some week since an Oklahoma merchant ordered ten pounds of salt peter from his jobber and received it immediately by fast freight.  It was sold to farmers of the neighborhood, who used it in curing meat.  Recently so many complaints came in of the aperients properties of the meat treated that the wholesaler was asked to look into the matter, and it was found that a careless packer has sent6 Epson salts.


Fifteen families passed through Shawnee the other day for South Pottawatomie County, where they will settle on ands recently purchased.  Most of them were from Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, although several were from Northern Iowa.  Immigration to South Pottawatomie County is rapidly increasing and most of the incomers are prosperous and money farmers from the Northern states.  In nearly every case they are inaugurating substantial improvements in the way of placing pioneer houses with good frame houses and other improvements.

(Transcribed and contributed by:  AFOFG - American Citizen - 1903-03-06 page 2)

’s Counties
The Order Defining Their Boundary Lines Issued by Secretary Noble

Washington, September 17.— Secretary Noble has issued an order defining the boundary lines of counties in Oklahoma in compliance with the act of congress authorizing him, before any of the lands in Oklahoma are opened to settlement to divide it into counties, which shall contain as dear as possible not less than 700 square miles.  The counties whose boundary lines are thus fixed are Payne, Logan, Kingfisher, Canadian, Oklahoma and Cleveland.  As the law provides, the unnamed counties created, (which are also defined), until their names shall be determined at the first election, the secretary describes and defines in alphabetical order.  It is probable that the proclamation opening more than 1,800,000 acres of land in Oklahoma will be issued by the president at once.
(Transcribed and contributed by: AFOFG - Bismarck Tribune - 1891-09-18 page 1)

Destructive Wind Storms Sweep Over Four Counties
Seven Villages
Wiped Out
Many Persons Known to Have Been Injured and a Number Are Reported Killed—Section Devastated Isolated and Thinly Populated

Woodward, Oklahoma, May 12.—A succession of tornados swept over the district lying two miles southwest, south and southeast of Woodward.  Several small isolated villages, all off the railroad and without telegraphic communications, are reported destroyed, many persons have been injured and a number are reported killed.

Seven villages are reported to have suffered damage more or less severe.  They are Grand, Arnett, Vicit, Mutual, Estelle, Cooley and Richmond.  AT each place casualties are said to have resulted.  The known casualties are:

At Arnett – Hale, killed; half a dozen persons injured, one fatally.

At Vicit – Hauser, physician, fatally injured.

At Mutual – Arthur Sibel, his wife and several others were seriously injured.

Grand, the county seat of Ellis County is said to have been wholly wrecked.  The town of Estelle, Cooley and Richmond also are reported to have been devasted.

At Little Robe, fifty-five miles southwest of Woodward, Mrs. J. E. Hale was killed.

In the vicinity of Arnett, O. E. Null and daughter were caught in the storm while driving.  They escaped injury, but their team was killed.

The little town of Costos, Dewey County, also is reported wiped off the map.

The villages where the damage is reported are all small places.  Grand is the largest of the seven and it has only a few hundred inhabitants.

The scene of the tornadoes is the northwest corner of the old border of Oklahoma, close to the Texas and Kansas State Lines.  As far as learned it traversed four counties and covered a distance of seventy-five miles.
(Transcribed and contributed by:  AFOFG - Aberdeen Daily News - 1908-05-12 page 4)

A distinguished financier of the east recently expressed himself as pleased, and there was a veiled admission of surprise in what he said, over the fact that Oklahoma has an executive who grasps public questions in a spirit of fairness and has the courage of his convictions.
Such comment, coming as it does from time to time, is interesting, not only as giving Oklahoma credit to which she is entitled, but as emphasizing the high degree of provincialism, characteristic of the east. Such observations are made because those who make them believe ment and institutions in Oklahoma that are creditable are exceptional. As a matter of fact the political personnel of Oklahoma compares very favorably with that of the country as a whole.
Especially creditable to Oklahoma is the record that is being made by its judiciary. The district bench has enlisted men of high ability, as is proved by the record of cases appealed; the criminal court of appeals is regarded as a court of justice, whereas many courts are courts oflaw only; and the state supreme court is recognized wherever it is known, as a court of unusual clearness in its pronouncements. Its decision in the Oklahoma City charter case was not only direct and conclusive on the issues, but it was forthcoming with a promptness that shows the state's highest court to be both able and inclined to serve the public interest at all times. Its decision in this case relieved a situation that was more than unpleasant and inconvenient, being little short of desperate. The Oklahoma supreme court decision in the state capital case determined a proposition going to the fundamentals of our government; and the upholding of our own court by the federal supreme court, insofar as the propositions presented to the two courts were identical, is a circumstance that will reflect credit upon the Oklahoma court through all time. The fact that there were non-concurring judges in the Oklahoma court, as also in the higher court at Washington, indicates that the case was considered exhaustively from all points of view.
Regardless of the degree of capacity or integrity that might have been enlisted in the service of Oklahoma or other departments of her government, our state would have made a sorry start upon its career, and would have been irretrievably discredited beyond its own borders, had it elected a supreme judiciary lacking in moral courage, deficient in its grasp of legal propositions, or in any degree reflecting political prejudice.
Under the form of government that has been developed in this couintry there is little to hope for if the judiciary fails. Oklahoma citizens should congratulate themselves, therefore, that their judiciary from the inferior courts of record to the highest court of the state, are today and h ave been from the beginning of statehood, of a character to command full respect and approval both at home and abroad.
(Transcribed by Christine Walters - The Daily Oklahoman June 12, 1911)

Elaborate Letter Invites President To Come To Oklahoma
Sent by Senator Owen
Want Wilson to Come Here to celebrate the States Birthday Next April
Washington, May 17, 1913
The attention of President Wilson has been called to the many virtues of the state o fOklahoma in an elaborate invitation which has been extended to him to attend the 25th anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma to homestead settlement which will be held in Oklahoma City on April 22, 1914.
The invitation is as follows:
"The President, Washington
Sir, The people of the state of Oklahoma, acting by their delegation of senators and representatives in congress, do most cordially invite you to attend the celebration at Oklahoma City, on April 22, 1914, of the 25th anniversary of the opening of Oklahoma to homestead settlement.
To the author of the "History of the American People," how inspiring it would be to see with his own eyes the miracle that a part of the American people have wrought by transforming the country that was, 25 years ago, an almost unpeopled solitude, into one of the great states of the American Union. Formed of old Oklahoma Territory and old Indian Territory, our state is dowered prodigally with the raw materials of a nation's wealth. First of all the states in oil, natural gas, asphaltum, gypsum and glass-sand, it has incalculable deposits in high=grade coal and great forests ofhardwood timber an dpine. In agriculture, it is rich beyond the dream of avarice. Where else on the continent will you find growing side, cotton and corn, wheat and oats, kaffir corn and broom corn, while the air is heavy laden with the odors from the blue bloom of the bee-haunted alfalfa fields?
At this celebration, if you attend, you will see assembled a countless multitude where on the 22nd day of April 1889, was a green prairie, with no signs of human habitatio. Upon that virgin soil in 25 years, a great city has been builded our capital, a center of vast commerce, a Christian city of happy homes, magnificent churches and unsurpassed public schools. Oklahoma City is but the type of many other cities in our state whose growth has been as wonderful.
Our people want their president to come and see their beautiful country.
There are more Indians in the state of Oklahome than in all of the other states combined. It is the home and was formerly, the domain of the Five Civilized Tribes, the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Seminoles, Creeks and Cherokees - a people who have made long advance from their primitive state an dhave reached a high civilization. Yet the Indian population of Oklahoma is only 4 1/2 per cent of the total population. Oklahoma is an American commonwealth. Seventy-five per cent of its inhabitants are white with both parents American born. Out of a population of 1,675, 155, by the last census, the total foreign born are but 40 thousand. Most of these ae of the hardy German stock and there are no better citizens in the world. Our people come from the north and south in almost equal proportions with the strong qualities of both sections and the prejudices of neither.
Oklahoma, by its constitution, called revolutionary six years ago, has contributed much to the cause of progressive government and you will find in that organic law foreshadowed, many of the reforms and ideals of that "New Freedom," taught by you to the American peopled.
We invite you to participate with us in this historic birthday festival. You have never been in Oklahoma.
Our entire delegation express the wish of all of our citizens, that they may have the high honor of giving you an Oklahoma welcome on April 22, 1914..
Very truly yours,
Robert L. Owen, Chairman
(Transcribed by Christine Walters - Tulsa World - May 18, 1913)


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