Chief Lone Wolf


Chief Lone Wolf, whose Indian name was Quo-Pah-ko, one of the best known and most influenntial Kiowa indians in Southwest Oklahoma, died at his home a mile and one half southwest of Hobart, Saturday morning, 11 August 1923 about 9 o’clock from the effects of cancer of the liver.  He was about 80 years of age.
Lone Wolfe was a native of Oklahoma.  He was born on the Arkansas River, in the northern part of the state.  His father had two wives, Alkoo and Same-kee.  By one of these wives he had four sons, of which Lone Wolf was.  The other three were Spotted Bird, Jack Wolf and Black Turtle.  Black Turtle is dead, but the other two are living in this county.  Spotted Bird on his farm 3 miles southwest of Hobart and Jack Wolf in the vicinity of Rainy Mountain Mission, on Sugar Creek.  He has one half-sister living.
The deceased had only two children, Walter Lone Wolf and Sarah Lone Wolf, both of whom live in this countty.
Lone Wolf was one of the survivors of the Battle of Washita, in which general Custer spurprised and overcame Black Kettle, chief of the Cheyenne.  At that time he had hardly reached man’s estate, but was old enough to bear ams.  He also participated in a skirmish with U.S. Soldiers on Tepee Creek in this county.
Later the whole Kowa tribe surrendered to the federal goverment and were taken to Foryt Sill.  Among these Lone Wolf, who later joined the army, it is claimed and became a corporal.
Lone Wolf did not come into prominence until 1901, when the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache reservation was thrown open to white settlement.  He oppossed the opening and sought to enjoin the goverment.  However he did not succeed in his effort but his suit brought his name before the entire country.,  He cheerfully acquired in the judgment of the couryt and took upon himself the task of recocilling his band to the ways of the white man.
When President McKinley, was assasstined in 1901, and when the new town of Hobart gathered together to pay their tribute of respect to the departed chief, Lone Wolf was among the number.  Whiel he was unable to speak the English language fluently he manifesteed his great love for McKinley and deep sorrow at his untimely death.
Since the opening of the country, Lone Wolf has lived quietly on his farm near town, but was not an unfamiliar figure on the3 strfeets of Hobart.  He wore conventional white mans dress, including a black derby hat, kept his hair cut short and always looked neat and clean.  In fact he possessed a gentlemanly bearing and is said to have been very eloquent in his native tongue.
Since 1901 he and Kiowa Bird, another influential Kiowa Indian have made four trips together to Washington on business matters for the tribe.  He was received by Ex-President Wilson and the late President Harding.
He had great influence with his tribe, and all looked to him for council and guidances.  He professed Christianity about thirty yearts ago and joined the Baptist Church.
At the funeral the Indian chanted: “Our great leader is gone.” Of course this is but a translation of the Kiowa utterance.
Hobart Democrat Cheiftan, Hobart, OK 16-Apr-1923