Newspaper Summaries for 1907

News about County Residents (Grouped by Year) Taken from the “Local and Personal Columns” in Early Newspapers.
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Cheyenne Star January 3, 1907

A.J. Smith, one of Cheyenne’s progressive and energetic young businessmen and Miss Erma Price were married at the residence of the Bride’s parents, Mrs. and Mrs. H.B. Price, 8 miles north of town on Sunday evening last. Judge Gilkerson performed the ceremony in his most happy manner. Married at the home of the bride’s parents 8 miles northwest of Cheyenne on Dec 22, Miss Pearl Scott to Mr. Charles D. Stopp, a traveling salesman. Miss Pearl Scott is the beautiful and highly accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Scott and well known to the people of Cheyenne and surrounding country.


Jacob L. Ivy of Day County was down Wed. and made application of final proof on his claim before Carter. Mrs. Brownfield and daughter, Ollie who have had charge of the telephone office here for the last two years left for Foss where they will reside in the future. The Central office here is now in charge of the Misses Harty from the Carpenter neighborhood. Mrs. Zylpha Myers of Grimes has charge of the “farmer’s wife” department of the Oklahoma Agriculturist. Mrs. Myers is an interesting writer and each issue of the Agriculturist contains some good things from her facial pen. Charley Shufeldt who leave the management of Herring & Young store here this week leaves many warm friends whom he has made by his fair treatment and always courteous manner. He is succeeded by Jack Croning. If you have fat hogs or cattle to sell, John Stahl will pay you the highest market price for them. {Stahl had the meat market} The WCTU will meet at Mrs. Hodges Friday at 2:30.


The Wilson boys living near Prentiss had the misfortune to have their feed and corrals destroyed by fire. The damage is estimated at about $500. The fire was caused by a neighbor burning a fireguard around his house and letting the fire get beyond his control. S. Jackson made a trip to Grand this week. The school entertainment, which was postponed during the holidays will be given next Friday night, Jan. 4 at the school house. The proceeds will go to the school library fund. M.D.Cox has just completed one of the neatest rock milk houses in this part of the county. Mr. Cox has also made quite a number of other improvements on his home, which add greatly to its appearance and convenience. Mrs. Huff has closed her rooming house and turned a number of her boarders on the mercy of the town. Mrs. Huff will move to the Parrish farm in the near future. Ed Taylor received a $500 soda fountain, one of the finest ever sold in western Oklahoma. Mr. Taylor will store this fountain until his new store is completed. With this in operation next summer, we can surely keep cool. Stahl Star Meat Market carries home cured hams, homemade fresh lard and fresh meats of all kinds. John C. Hendricks, A.S. McKinney, G.W. Hodges and Milo Burlingame are at Guthrie this week taking in the Constitutional Convention. E.F. Cornels went to Elk this week.


J.O. Long has sold his Berlin Herald, formerly the Cheyenne Sunbeam and the same will be moved to Erick. We understand that the promoters of the Doxey-Berlin Railroad are paying off their indebtedness and they claim that work will resume on this line in the near future. Grand, Day County, has a saloon fight on hand with the chances all in favor of the saloon losing out. R.V. Converse of the Farmers and Merchants Bank was in Oklahoma City.


Abner C. Tittsworth made final proof near Cheyenne. John Mac Bonner of Berlin bank was in town. Miss Lela Hext of the Hext Ranch near Cataline Texas spent a few days in Cheyenne a guest of Misses Huff. W.T. Bonner spent this week at Guthrie watching the wheels go round at the Constitutional Conv. FOR SALE: A three room house and three lots enclosed with chicken wire fence, corn crib and good cistern. Convenient to town and school in Cheyenne. Rents $120 a year. Price is $450, which is less than the improvements cost. See R.K .Houston, Sayre, O.T.


Cheyenne Star, January 10, 1907

DISASTROUS BLAZE: About three o’clock Tuesday morning last, the dread cry of “Fire! Fire!”, the discharge of firearms and ringing of church bells, brought all of our citizens to the business portion of our little city. The Falconer building, occupied by A.G. Boon was found to be in flames and the fire had progressed so far before being discovered that it was impossible to save any of the contents or the building, and all efforts were directed to saving the adjoining buildings. The tin armored building of the Cotton Exchange Bank on the west, withstood the terrific heat for some time, but after every effort of willing workers, it was doomed to the devastating flames. Hard energetic work prevented the flames from spreading farther west, and the thick stone wall between the Falconer building and the Hodges Building(to the east) occupied by the Herring and Young Mercantile Firm, protected the latter and was the cause of its being saved. The roof of the latter building was on fire at several different times but the flames were each time extinguished. As the bank building burned it was concluded that the only means available to stop the spread of the flames to the west would be to tear down some of the framed buildings between the bank building and the Hotel Black and acting on this theory the frame building occupied by Bebout’s Barber Shop was soon wrecked. But the work of the volunteer bucket brigade had been effective and the fire was stopped at the Burns Building adjoining the Cotton Exchange Bank on the west. The fact that the night was calm and hardly a breath of air stirring, together with the heroic and well applied work of our citizens, is the only cause that we do not have to chronicle a much greater loss. This is the first fire of any great damage that has occurred in our little city and shows our great need of a more adequate and effective fire fighting apparatus. The losses are about as follows: Falconer Building loss about $700; no insurance. A.G. Boon loss on drug stock, $3000; with $1800 insurance. Cotton Exchange Bank loss on building $900; $500 insurance. Burns building damaged $75; no insurance. Herring & Young damage by removal and water $200. Bebout Building loss by being wrecked $300. Furniture and fixtures of the Cotton Exchange Bank and Bebout’s Barber Shop were removed in good condition and with little loss. Quite a number of smaller losses were reported by being lost and damaged by removal from buildings endangered by the spread of the fires, but the foregoing were the main losers. While the losses are heavy on individual losers; it was a very common remark heard on our streets Tuesday, “it was the luckiest fire I ever saw”. The Cotton Exchange Bank opened in the rooms occupied by John E. Leary at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, and have made arrangements for the erection of a new building on the burned site at once. Mr. Falconer will also building as soon as possible. {This area is between the junction of highways 47 and 283 and the National Park Service Office-this fire is not to be confused with the one that caused the present vacancy}


Willie Huff has been pardoned from the State Penitentiary where serving seven years on charge of cattle stealing. E.E. Tracy was on Monday last appointed Probate Judge of this county, to fill the vacancy of the office caused by the resignation of C.S. Gilkerson. Gilkerson in the future will devote his entire attention to the practice of law. The county boundaries, so reports from Guthrie indicate, will remain as drawn by the “geography class” and adopted by the convention before the holidays. The delegates will now get down to business and make a new constitution for the state. The eighteen month old child of J.E. Montague accidentally fell into a new dry cistern one day last week, breaking one limb in two places and receiving other serious bruises. The little fellow is resting easy and will recover. Public installation of the newly elected officers of the Washita Aerie of Eagles, on Wed was largely attended despite the bad weather, the crowd being estimated at 150. The installation ceremonies were in charge of Grand Worthy President J.C. Hendricks and Grand Worthy Conductor A.H. Carter. The following officers were installed: Worthy President L.W. Pate; Worthy Vice President R.N. Higgins; Worthy Secretary Charles McClain; Worthy Treasurer Milo Burlingame; Chaplain H.V. Guernsey; Inside Guard Oscar Casady; Outside Guard Jesse Black; Worthy Physician C.W. Tedrowe; Trustees A.G. Gray, John Salyer and H.B. Dewey. Following the installation all present went to the Hotel Black where an elegant banquet was served to which all did ample justice. Herring and Caudle are the delegates to the State Convention. Red River is the name of the newly created county with Cheyenne as the main town. Roger Mills County has their major town as Sayre.


Beaty and Huff have opened a new butcher shop on the north side in the old Turner Building and desire a share of your patronage. The entertainment given by the scholars of the Cheyenne Public Schools at the Baptist Church on Friday evening was a most pleasant affair and an entire success. Oscar Casady has just completed a nice residence for Mrs. Tessie Ratliff, west of town. The Dobbs and Anderson horses are matched for a race next Saturday afternoon and all lovers of good horse flesh are anticipating a close run. Mrs. Maude Falconer has been appointed postmaster of Cheyenne in place of Scotty “Cosmo” Falconer who tended his resignation some several weeks ago.


Cheyenne Star, January 17, 1907

G.W. Githers the assessor from Mayfield was here Tues. and gave us a pleasant call. Don J. Cox is located at Capitan, New Mexico and is well pleased with his future outlook. A.G. Boon purchased a carload of cattle which he shipped to Kansas City this week. Miss Nancy Roberts, daughter of our new groceryman, arrived from Oklahoma City last week. Miss Roberts is an expert steno-grapher and secured a position with the T.M. Miller Abstract Company. The social given by Mrs. C.W. Tedrowe last Sat. evening in honor of the 20th birthday of Buford Fields was one of the pleasant social events of the season. Julius Parman of Albany, Missouri who was down in the Grimes neighborhood visiting his nephew, A.J. Mount of the Grimes neighborhood last week, thought so well of the county that he purchased F.W. McClellan claim paying $1500 for the same. Rural Free Delivery Route #1 will be established out of Cheyenne March 1. Examinations for carriers will be held here before that time. The pay starts at $720 a year. Carrier to furnish own team and rig.


Rain and misty sleet Tues. and Wed. made traveling a disagreeing undertaking. T.L. Miller of Sayre is now in charge of the dry goods department at Herring and Youngs. Charles Shufeldt is at Elk City this week. Charley is an expert accountant and was called to Elk to balance up the accounts of the Herring & Young firm. S.Jackson, A.G. Gray, Dr. Tedrowe, A.S. McKinney and T.M. Miller were at Elk City Tues. night when they conferred the commander degree at the Masonic Lodge. The Cotton Exchange Bank has the framework of its new home all ready in place and the building will be completed just as soon as possible. Jesse Allen has purchased the Redwine Livery and Feed Stable and will refit and place in commission at once a lot of new rigs and informs the public that he desires a share of their patron-age. The Miller Livery Barn in Cheyenne and Sayre has first class rigs and will run a first class hack line, carry the U.S. Mail between Sayre and Cheyenne. Leave Cheyenne at 7 a.m. arrive Sayre 11:30 a.m. Leave Sayre 1:00 p.m. arrive Cheyenne 7:00 p.m.


Cheyenne Star, January 24, 1907

Quite a number of good looking “School Marms” and “School Misters” that are not so good looking are in town this week taking the annual examination for teachers’ certificates. Another railroad is headed this way and it is backed by the Rock Island System. Cheyenne is bound to have a railroad sooner or later. Save your corncobs; they make fuel. Jay Moeller and son of Hamburg, O.T. has a self-feed corn sheller and will come to your crib and shell your corn. Your cobs will more than pay for the shelling. The corn must be husked. They use a gasoline engine.


Sayre won out over Elk City in the temporary location of the county seat of the new county of Beckham. O. Short, living some three miles west of town, lost two of his children from diphtheria last week within 5 hours of each other. They were 5 and 7 years old; and were buried in one coffin and grave at the cemetery Sat. Two other small children of Mr. Short’s have been down with the same dread disease, but we are glad to say that they are improving.


James Cauble, an old resident of Cheyenne, was instantly killed at the site of the new bridge on Sgt. Major on Tuesday last. They are building a new bridge across this creek near the Leary place and Mr. Cauble was working on the same. He was engaged at the time of the accident in digging a trench for the foundation when without warning the bank caved in, burying him under about three feet of dirt. When removed, a few minutes later, he was dead and from the condition of the body when recovered, it was thought that death was instantaneous. Mr. Cauble was an old settler of the Cheyenne country and was well known by all. He leaves a widow and three small children and hosts of friends to mourn his untimely taking away. Funeral services were held Wednesday and remains interred in the Cheyenne cemetery.


Members of the WCTU meet the first and third Friday. Members are Mrs. Dr. Miller, Mrs. Ella Hodges, Mrs. Ruth Bonner, Mrs. S.A. Wallace, and Mrs. J.F. Sims.


Cheyenne Public Schools close their fourth month on January 11 with total enrolment of 179. Average daily attendance 129. Pupils ranking highest in their respective grades: Tenth-Olive Pascal, Jewel Miller, Pearl Huff and Hilary Warren. Ninth-Captola Reynolds, Nannie West, Rex Curry. Eighth-Viola Pascal, Chester Tracy, Grace Blackburn. Sixth-Alice Montague, Nona Dewey, Frances Montague. Fifth-Katie Leary, Vivian Burger, Jessie Tunnard. Fourth-Margie Falconer, Eddie Tracy, Lee Reynolds. Third-Julia Tracy, Oran Hasse, Katherine Falconer. Second-Marguerite Goode, Winnie Kendall, Andrew Tunnard. First-Arthur Dunlap, Sarah Thornton, James Montague, Graham Leary. Kin-dergarten-Roy Cunningham, Lloyd Stahl, Iris Campbell.


Cheyenne Star, January 31, 1907

Charles Shufeldt came up from Elk City Tuesday and went out to the farm at Redmoon. Charley says that the latchstring will always hang out to his friends at the farm on the bank of the Washita. A.E. Parrish of Amarillo, Texas was in town this week, called here by the accidental death of James Cauble, his brother-in-law. Charley Bebout is erecting a meat building on the site of his old barber shop, which was wrecked during the recent fire. It will be larger and more commodious than the old building. W.H. Lee has purchased the Mrs. Hornbeak residence on south main street and will move into the same in the near future. The Cotton Exchange Bank Building is nearing completion. It is considerably larger than the building destroyed by the fire and will afford ample room. Sell Boehme will conduct a public auction of horses, mares and mules on February 7 offering nine months credit at 10%. Quite a number from here attended the box supper at Square Top School House on Saturday night and all report a most pleasant time. Ira Walters and Frank Roberts of the Rankin neighbor-hood made final proof, Joseph W Finch and Miss Theresa Finch also made proof on their claims before Carter on Saturday last. Uncle Johnny Anderson and sons, Ben and Will of near Redmoon, were in the city this week looking after business and buying supplies. They are of our best citizens and came fourteen miles to trade in the best market in western Oklahoma. They are staunch democrats but are very much disgusted with the way our delegates are doing things at Guthrie.


Jack Cronin, Herring & Young’s manager at this place spent Sun. at Elk City. Mrs. Josie Taylor, aged 59 years, died at her residence in Cheyenne on Thursday night, January 24. The deceased leaves a husband and five children, Edward, Sally, and Nannie of Cheyenne; Joe Taylor and Mrs. Mary McGarrity of Texas.


Cheyenne Star, February 7, 1907

S.A. Elliott last week purchased the Conner and Collum of general merchandise and will continue the business at the old stand. E.F. Cornels and his bride, Miss Carrie Brown arrived home today. The bride is the daughter of J.W. Brown and has resided in Cheyenne for the past several years. Mr. Cornels was the efficient Deputy County Clerk and is now engaged in the abstract business. They are now at home in the new and commodious residence that Mr. Cornels has just finished in the south part of town. You can get your watches and clocks repaired by Bud Smith next to Cheyenne State Bank.


E.L. Mitchell, editor of the Canadian Valley Echo, at Grand arrived at Cheyenne yesterday with a good outfit and will begin the publication of a new democratic paper at this place. The initial number will appear on the 14th and it will be called the Roger Mills Co. Sentinel.


Frank Turner and son Earl, who went to Mexico from here with the Blaylock colony, is visiting friends here this week. Edgar W. Butler, E.B. Randall and Elmer Brown were among the parties who made final proof of their claims this week. John Mac Bonner has resigned as Cashier of the Berlin Bank, George W. Seifert takes his place. M.L. Gardner is Chairman and Joel Welch Secretary of Sweetwater’s Republican Club. Post Office has moved into the Stahl Building formerly occupied by the Farmers and Merchants Bank. This is an elegant place, roomy and with an excellent light, and will prove much more convenient and pleasant to both the postmaster and patrons of the office. The family of the postmaster will also occupy the near rooms of the building as a residence. R.V. Converse will occupy the Falconer property in the south part of town.


Claude McClendon was brought in and placed in jail Tuesday under a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The difficulty occurred at a dance south of Elk City and Jeff Lucas was cut with a knife. Claude is accused of the cutting and his bond was fixed at $300. Failing to give same, he has now taken up quarters at Hotel de Elliott (Elliott is Co. Sheriff). A.U. Burk of the Nine Mile neighborhood was given an examination before the Co. Judge on Monday on a charge preferred by J.N. Sanford putting out and poisoning domestic animals, to wit five hogs. Bond was set at $500. The little five year old child of Mr. Watons living about 4 miles west of town, died on Sunday night last. Stonewall Jackson is a lucky “cuss”. Last week just as the carpenters removed the roof of the old bank building preparatory to enlarging the room, a fine healthy “blizzard” dropped into town. So Stoney had to transact business all day without fire in his overcoat and only kept warm by cheerfully whistling “a hot time in the old town”, while Gibbs’ teeth chattered in accompaniment.


Cheyenne Star, February 14, 1907

The Star is one day late this week caused by our express package being delayed somewhere between here and Oklahoma City. The express lines in this county are just a little slower than the Mississippi raft, and a raft is not noted for its speed. The Cheyenne State Bank has enlarged and re-modeled their office. The Oklahoma Sunday Post contained a descriptive write-up of the Battle and battlefield of Custer’s fight with Black Kettle’s band of Cheyenne Indians. This article was specially featured with scenes of the different portions of the battleground, and while also interesting, is quite an advertisement for Cheyenne, which is located on a portion of the battlefield. The Cotton Exchange Bank are now located in their new quarters. A.U. Burk of the MacArthur neighborhood who has been in jail under a bond of $300 on a charge of poisoning domestic animals belonging to J.M. Sanford of the same neighborhood, filed a bond in the required sum Monday and was released. The following parties from Cheyenne are at Guthrie this week attending the session of the Grand Lodge of AF&AM: C. Falconer, H.B. Dewey, T.M. Miller, A.G. Gray, A.S. McKinney, S. Jackson, Mrs. S. Jackson and Mrs. Hornbeak. The Cheyenne Public Schools closed the fifth month with a total enrollment of 178. Pupils making highest averages in their respective grades: 10th Jewel Miller, Olive Pascall, Pearl Huff; 9th Nannie West, Rex Curry, Vera Tracy; 8th Grace Blackburn, Chester Tracy, Viola Pascall; 6th Nona Dewey, Alice Montague, Lonzo Jefcoat; 5th Katie Leary, Vivian Burger, Jessie Tunnard; 4th Marjorie Falconer, Madge Gray, Eddie Tracy; 3rd Julia Tracy, Katherine Falconer, Isabella Fields, Effie Roberts, 2nd Marguerite Goode, Winnie Kendall, Andrew Tunnard, 1st Sarah Thornton, Arthur Dunlap, Madge Osborne, James Montague; Kindergarten Ted Roberts, Lloyd Stahl, Iris Campbell. Beaty and Huff have opened a new butcher shop on the north side and desire a share of your patronage in the old Turner building. A first class butcher and meat cutter is in charge and every effort will be made to please. Roberts’ new grocery store offers the highest market price for your produce and fresh groceries at lowest possible prices at Tunnard’s old stand. F.H. Penrod of Rankin was transacting business in Cheyenne yesterday. William Spake, of Rankin was in town Wednesday accompanied by two brothers from Princeton, Illinois who are taking a look at this part of the county with a view of locating. Judge Gilkerson was in town Wednesday having been out in the western part of the county returning through here. Extensive prairie fires have been burning west of Cheyenne for the past few days. We understand that the fire started across the line in Texas and has burned as far east as Croton Creek. We have not as yet, heard of any damage except to the prairie grass. The new building of Charles Bebout is nearing completion and will soon be ready for occupation. The painter and paper hanger is now at work on the finishing touches. Charley will soon have one of the neatest barber shops in the western part of the county. Masquerade Ball in the Bebout building on Thursday night was well attended and all report a most pleasant time. The music was furnished by Daniel and Smith. Dr. Wallace, formerly of Hamburg, but now located at Shattuck was in town Sun. and Mon. Dr. Allison and John Casady of Hamburg spent last Sun. in Cheyenne. Bud Smith the old reliable jeweler is again ready to do your work next to State Bank. If you have hogs or fat cattle to sell, John Stahl will pay you the highest market for them. Stahl’s Star Meat Market carries home cured hams, homemade fresh lard and fresh meat of all kinds. Jess Allen now has a first class clean stock of fancy groceries and will put in staples as soon as they can be brought from the railroad. The commissioners met on February 4, 1907 with present Bascom Bates, I.H. Carmichael, John H. West, Deputy Sheriff N.R. Monroe, County Atty, John C. Hendricks and Co. Clerk John H. Osborn. Total claims in the amount of approximately $350 for the month; this included everything from bridge lumber, medical services, examining teachers, supervising a building and mileage to support for a pauper and coal for the court house. WCTU met Sun. evening. The following parties made proof of their claims before Carter this week. Herman O. Hass, George Coy, George W. Blosser, William Baker, Louis N. Edwards, John E Lacey, Clarence A. Myers.


Cheyenne Star, February 21, 1907

We heard a man the other day kicking for work. That was a false alarm. No man who wants to work these days doesn’t have to be without for 10 hours, there is plenty of work in this county and good wages can be secured by good men. The train failed to connect with the Cheyenne fast mail yesterday, so we are absolutely unable to tell what the State Constitution Convention did on that date. But we are confident it is still in session and grinding out laws. We understand that discussions were so heated that there have been ink bottles being thrown.


The following made final proof before Carter this week: Sarah M. O’Bryant, Charles B. Cross, Mary L. Bean, Snively L. Stamy, Robert Wells, Robert W. Butler, Thomas F. Wells, Mary L. Kearns, Susie Kearns, Joe Plemmons, Thomas Ladd, Tessie Ratliff.


W.A. Beaty, better known to all old timers as “Bill” came in from Odessa, Texas last night. Mr. Beaty has one of the finest farms in the Cheyenne country, joining the townsite and will look after his spring farm work while here. Mrs. Beaty accompanied him home and will remain for some time. A good sized “blizzard” dropped into Oklahoma this morning and is causing considerable uneasiness among those having orchards, which were on the verge of budding. It is also causing an uneasy feeling in the region of the purse strings of many as they sadly look at the fast diminishing coal pile. Photo gallery run by Addison is in Cheyenne for the month of February. Director W.L. English and Prof. Moorhouse of Agriculture College at Stillwater will deliver a lecture at Berlin on March 5. Farmers interested in growing corn should attend.


Roberts don’t keep groceries. He sells them so cheap that he can’t keep them.  Ed Taylor carries at all times a full line of fine confections and pies. Judge Casady is erecting a new residence in the south part of town. The judge says that a carpenter has just as good a right to live in a good house as anyone. Early improved Crawford cottonseed at $1 a bushel. Forty bolls of this cotton makes a pound and 1400 pounds of seed cotton will yield a 500 lb. bale of lint. See J.W. Finch, 6 miles north of Grimes or 6 miles southwest of Cheyenne.


The land contest case of Rogers vs. Russell, involving land in the neighborhood of Berlin in which abandonment and failure to reside and maintain a residence thereon was set up as grounds for contest, occupied the time of Deputy Carter last Friday and Saturday. Each side was represented by attorneys. A large portion of the population of the Berlin neighborhood was in attendance. James Hall, who resides 4 miles west of Cheyenne, brought in this week a specimen of his beet crop. The one brought in weighs 8 pounds and it was our intention to keep it on exhibition for some time, but the lady who looks after the culinary welfare of our household took possession of the beet and informed the editor that it would make pickles enough to last the family for a month. So that is the reason it is not on exhibition. P.C. Hughes has just received notice of his re-appointment as postmaster at Elk City. NOTICE TO MEN AND BOYS: It is a violation of the law to race or run your horses on the public streets and highways. This practice must be stopped on the streets of Cheyenne. I have asked the sheriff to enforce this law. Signed John C Hendricks, Co. Attorney. Howard Bonheur’s new Moving Picture Marvels train dogs and midget pony, smallest scene in any show will exhibit at the Court House next week. One new moving picture that will be shown is the “Love and Adventures of a Cowboy in Wyoming”. Will be worth the price of admission. The film is nearly 2000 feet long and cost $200. An expert image operator manages the 1907 model machine, makes the oxy-pyroid an ozo-carbi gases that produces the effects far superior to electric light. Don’t miss this treat!


Bonheur’s monarch of all moving picture shows, after exhibiting in Cheyenne Tuesday and Wednesday nights of next week will exhibit at Berlin Schoolhouse, Thursday night February 28.


J.F Pyle desires to say that if the party, who is known, will return his wagon sheet which was stolen at the gin yard Monday night, no prosecution will follow, otherwise he will after to go after him. Mrs. Milo Burlingame and Grandma Milligan are recovering after being on the sick list for several weeks. Tom Hughes, who has been under bond on a charge of hunting on private property without permission of the owner was tried before special Probate Judge Gilkerson on Saturday and acquitted. M.M. Gilliland of Grimes, was in town Monday and had the office get out some bills advertising his fine stallion. WANTED: Tenant for the Dr. Laird farm near Cheyenne. See John E. Leary. Ex-Judge Gilkerson was in town Fri and Sat. acting as special probate judge in some cases in which Judge E.E. Tracy was disbarred.


Roger Mills Sentinel, February 28, 1907

The Mitchell Brothers have come to Cheyenne to publish the Roger Mills Sentinel.  The new Roger Mills County cannot boast of the amount of taxable property as compared with what it had before the division of the counties; but nevertheless we have a county, which through the development of its varied resources will be one of more than ordinary prominence in the new state. We shall yet be proud of Roger Mills County. (2007 note: With the new division of counties, the railroad and the larger communities of Elk City and Sayre with higher assessments were separated from Roger Mills County-Roger Mills did not receive anything from the north that would compensate) On Friday Cheyenne Public Schools will observe Washing-ton’s Birthday with appropriate exercises.


J.L. Curry of Northeast of town was a caller at the Sentinel shop yesterday. He says that he will be a candidate for Sheriff. Perry Madden, Harry Marsh and W.L. Knight of the Roll vicinity were here Wednesday with cotton. Hogle Madden and Arthur Owen of Streeter were in town last night. A. Owen and his wife, who have been living on their farm near Streeter for the last two years, passed through Cheyenne today in route to Elk City to take the train for their former home near Topeka, Kansas. T.C. Moore of Durham announces his candidacy for Co. Supt of Public Instruction. G.H. Wallace has moved to Shattuck and building a house which costs $1200. Cheyenne Indians are said to be better cotton pickers than negroes are. In Custer and other counties, the Indians got out most of the crop of last season. Oscar Galloway who has a fine farm up near the Canadian River was in town Saturday night. He intends to sow a big acreage to spring wheat. Mrs. W.H. Lee stepped on a nail Fri. and sustained a painful injury.


Day County was at one time the wealthiest county in the territory according to population, but the last few years it was one of the poorest, until something over a year ago, its warrants were not worth face value. The present efficient administration has managed to put the county on a cash basis and at the same time made more public improvements than all previous administrations. Postmaster Falconer informs us that Rural Route #1 out of Cheyenne will be established on the first of next month. Applicants for the position of carrier should report for examination on Feb. 16.


We moved a part of the Sentinel outfit over from Grand and got the whole business “bogged” in the Canadian River. After working in the ice and water for twenty-four hours, we have succeeded in getting across the treacherous stream.


Sam Kendall and George Taylor of Rome were transacting business in Cheyenne a few days last week. It is reported that there are several cases of smallpox in Day County west of Grand.


The new barber shop of Bebout’s was completed last week (burned in recent fire). It is a little unusual to see farmers picking cotton at this season, but it is the situation in western Oklahoma. The gins are busy all the time these days. S.D. Brown of Rankin was in town. John E. Leary was in Hamburg looking after insurance matters. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan living west of Hamburg lost an infant. A.W. Hanawalt and Clyde Giffin were over from Roll. J.L. Pascall and J.E. Keen both of Rankin were in town Monday. Mrs. A.D. Jones of South Crawford passed through Cheyenne in route to Sayre to be with her son who is seriously ill. W.P. Madden and Mrs. E.L. Mitchell drove over from Streeter Saturday to spend a few hours in Cheyenne. The post office at Trammell has been discontinued and hereafter the patrons of that office will be supplied by a rural carrier. T.A. McAlester of Clifford was here a few days last week. He has bought a nice bunch of yearling steers in this locality. W.T. Bonner and Milo Burlingame spent several days in Shattuck last week where Burlingame has a profitable business. W.C. Redden and his wife of Streeter were in Cheyenne. Much of the cotton crop has yet remained unpicked in the fields. There has been considerable bad weather the last two months and cotton pickers are hard to find. The post office has been moved to the building formerly occupied by the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Atty. John C. Hendricks and his son, Adlai were in OKC a few days last week to consult an occultist. Adlai has an infliction of the eyes that is causing his parents more or less anxiety. Atty. A.W. Giffin of Roll was transacting business here. He informs us that he had sold his fine farm and would move to Washington D.C. where he will have a position in the Interior Dept. M.N. Dudney of RedMoon was here for a few days this week.


Hamburg Blade, March 1, 1907 (No Star or Sentinel)

The Literary Society of Hamburg will meet March 8, 1907. Among those on the program are: Mrs. Frank Cole, Mrs. Metcalfe, Mrs. Matt Shaw, Mrs. Mark Cole, Maggie and Mary Coon, Westley and Ira Cole, Julia Stephenson, Mr. Roby, Ray Cole, Jim Pollock, Winnie Cole, Carl Kent, Earnest and Verge Stephenson, Jewel Purvis, and Lee Wilson.


Cheyenne Star, March 7, 1907

A supplement to the Hamburg Blade had four pages of ads for the Gerlach Mercantile of Canadian who were selling out. Some of those were: overalls .49, fleeced underwear .39, Tweed Suits $7.59, wheat .65 a bushel, broomcorn $30 a ton, chickens .06 a pound, 14 inch mouldboard plow $16.50, 25 pounds of navy beans $1.00, coffee .12 a pound.


CRESTON: Grandma Crumley has been on the sick list this week. Henry Hartzog of Antelope was in the Creston neighborhood on Monday. Louis Beck is sowing oats this week. Mesdames Millard and Crumley were in Grand last week and made final proof on their homesteads. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hartzog who have been in Canadian for six months, returned to their home near Creston last week.


An addition to the board of directors of the Washita Valley Bank at Hamburg, was made public today. J.F. Cole, George Young, J.T. Owen, and F.M. Hammond of Hamburg have purchased stock in the above named bank and their names placed on the Board of Directors. This paper contained an ad from J. A. Moad as an auctioneer. J.P. Wilson of Creston was transacting business in Hamburg Thursday. Hamburg has been rather quiet this week on account of so many people attending court at Grand. J.H. Wood has been hauling cotton seed for Trammell this week. He will finish hauling Monday and then get busy plowing. Washita Township will hold a Sunday School Convention at the Durham Schoolhouse April 1. Mrs. McColgin of Liberty will give an address. Seth Duncan of Durham, Mrs. Carrie Duncan, Mrs. Bertie Tomlinson of Fairview, A.M. Vreetenburg of Durham, Mrs. Bryson of Creston, Mr. Wilson of Liberty, Dicey Thomas of Fairview, Jettie McCord of Durham, Margie Millard of Creston, Mr. May of Creston, Minnie Foster of Durham, W.B. Cecil of Fairview, Mrs. Neva White of Antelope, G.W. Saffer of Durham, Miss Josie Thomas of Fairview and Louis Beck of Creston are all on the program.


A.C. Wilson is an auctioneer from Hamburg. John H. Carr is the proprietor of the River side Saloon. Cantrell and Plemmons operate a Blacksmith Shop. Boots Fields and Willie Cheatham passed through Hamburg Friday, they had been delivering a bunch of cattle at the old YL Ranch. E. Swindle has purchased the restaurant building of Henry Berry and will move his family into it soon, and convert it into a dwelling. Remember the Hamburg Gin will only run two more days this season, March 21 and 22, make an effort to have your cotton on the yard early on those days. Avoid crossing that treacherous river by having your final proof made before W.C. Hawkins, U.S. Court Commissioner at Texmo. Flake Hammond returned Saturday from Elk City where he marketed some cotton. J.C. Casady spent Sun. and Mon. with home folks in Cheyenne.


Frank Hobart was a business visitor in Hamburg as well as Silas Wood and O.A. Kent. The pie supper at the Moeller School House Wednesday night was well attended. The party who borrowed a buggy tongue at my blacksmith shop in Cheyenne will please return it at once. R.R. Bull.


Hamburg Blade, March 8,1907

A.D. Jones of Crawford was down Sunday and order sale bills for his big sale to be held Monday, March 11. J.R. Emerson, the meat cutter who has been handling the saw and butcher knives at Stahl’s Star Meat Market for the last two years, is now located in a meat market at Canadian. Beaty and Huff have opened a new butcher shop on the north side in the old Turner Building and desire a share of your patronage. L.W. Pate has just returned from the markets and the shelves of Collins and Pate show the results of his trip. In this issue will be found the advertisement of W.G. Moad, the chicken fancier of Elk City. Mr. Moad has some of the finest and purest bred fowls in Oklahoma and if you are an admirer of fine chickens, it will pay you to secure some of these fine birds.  W.S. Farmer was appointed treasurer of the Kiowa township to fill out the unexpired term of J.L. Brannon, who resigned.


Cheyenne Star, March 14, 1907

Attention homesteader: if you expect to make proof in the next four months, you must make application now. The land office is way behind and you cannot get an early date. The department holds that final receipt or patent will not issue until land has been inspected and report of special examination made. Lawton and Guthrie offices are behind. The social dance at the hospitable home of J.P. Wilson last Sat. was well attended by the young people of that neighborhood. Mr. Shelton representing a wholesale grocery company of Clinton has been sick at Hotel Hamburg several days this week. A.L. Purvis left Thursday on a business trip to the state of Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shaw were transacting business on Thursday.


J.P. Insleman of Ridgeton was a business visitor in Hamburg. Others doing business here were Roy Stoton of Durham, M.A. Day, A.F. Findley, K.C. Paulk was selling a steam plow, T.B. Upton of Ridgeton, Mr. Thornton, Mr. Weisbrod of Cheyenne, Charles Gould and family, Henry Berry, Burt Myers and J.C. Upton of Hamburg. Sheriff Ellis of Grand seeing about the appt. of a deputy at this place. John Cantwell was appointed and Hamburg will no longer be with out a peace officer. J.W. Parsons, John H. Wood and Miss Nellie Wilson made application for final proof in Cheyenne.


Jack Roach a progressive farmer of the Durham neighborhood was accused of the burning of the Ross barn some 2-3 months ago and placed under bond to await the Grand Jury, which was in session at Grand this week. Their being no evidence for indictment he was exonerated.  Matt Shaw and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Pat Wilson at Hotel Hamburg. Warren Anderson and Misses Sadie Anderson, Dollie Wilson and Mary Roberts of RedMoon spent Sat. and Sun. at the J.P. Wilson home near Creston.


Hamburg Blade, Mar 15, 1907

Herring and Young is selling the new P.&O. Canton Victor Cultivator as well as a full line of farm implements. George Cozart of Hammon and Miss Addie Sullivan of Carpenter were united in marriage at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watson on Wed. evening. The murder case against George Elmo Vance, which was taken from this county to Canadian County on a change of venue, is set for trial at El Reno on Monday next. It is thought that the case will be tried at this term of the Canadian Co. District Court. Little Paul Hendricks had the misfortune to break his left arm on Sunday last, by falling from the barn loft.


George H. Corrigan of Rankin made proof on his well improved claim in that neighbor-hood on Tuesday before Deputy Carter. Huff & Beaty Stock Sale on Saturday last was well attended and prices ranged fairly good. A.X. Grace of Vernon, OK was the auctioneer. Saturday was another busy day for Cheyenne. Load after load of cotton came in to the gin and “oodles” of people took in the stock sale, while hundreds of customers thronged the stores at all hours of the day. The little infant girl of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Higgins died on Saturday evening last and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Cheyenne School enrollment for the month is 199.


Hamburg Blade, March 22, 1907 (Star files are missing)

CRESTON: Allen Garber is erecting a new house on his farm one mile north of Creston. Fayette Anderson of RedMoon was here Monday in route to Canadian where he intended selling some yearlings. Mrs. George Catterline made a business trip to Sayre. Mr. and Mrs. James Metcalfe and Mrs. Corson visited Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Wilson Sunday. Roscoe Anderson of RedMoon and Clarence Wilson made a business trip to the Oasis, north of the Canadian River. F.T. Hartzog is in Canadian this week working at the gin. Mrs. Olva Hartzog and Nellie Millard of Redmoon visited Mrs. Millard. Grover Wilson was in town. Mrs. Catterline and daughter visited at the J.P. Wilson home on Sunday. Clay Anderson of Redmoon visited town. A prairie fire came in from the south Sat. and did considerable damage, burning F.T. Hartzog’s crib of corn amounting to about 700 or 800 bushels. Mrs. James Metcalfe has full blood white plymouth rock chicken eggs for sale at .75 a setting. John Casady along with G.L. Converse were at J.P. Wilson’s Tues. where John got some vine cuttings to decorate his office. J.H. Webb of Durham was transacting business in Hamburg. John Cantwell our energetic blacksmith has purchased the butcher shop and has had it moved down in south town where he has had it remodeled and thereby making a neat little residence. The green bugs are hurting the wheat. The literary society will hold a program at Hamburg Friday, Mar. 29. Those on the program giving recitations are: Lola Stephenson, Jim Pollock, Inez Kent, Winnie Cole, Mrs. Rakes, Frank Cole, Mrs. Mart Cole, Lelia Kent, Earnest Stephenson, Mrs. Matt Shaw, William W. Rakes, Goldie White, F.W. Pollock, Florence Stephenson, Lloyd Purvis and music by the orchestra.


Visitors to Hamburg during this week were: Mrs. Voorhees of Ridgeton, J.P. Wilson and Dan Gillespie of Creston, Mr. Coin of I.T. looking for a farm to locate, Misses Lizzie and Dollie Wilson, Bertie Racey. Dr. Dean of Crawford was called to the bedside of Mrs. C.W. Hundley on Tues. Mrs. Hannah Sheldon visited at the home of F.W. Pollock in Hamburg for several days. News comes to us as we go to press that the depot at Gage has burned to the ground. R.H. Wallace of Durham has brought in his cotton. Numerous prairie fires visited this section. The fires came from Texas and were set out by ranchmen. Owing to the high wind, it became unmanageable and crossed the line into Oklahoma. It did considerable damage to fences, stables and feed. A large number of fence posts were burned and required a great deal of work to prevent burning of farm houses in its path. Several stables are reported to have burned. Omer D. Lucas of Cuthbert, a well known and progressive farmer of that vicinity was in Hamburg Thurs. with a load of cotton and doing some trading with our merchants.


Cheyenne Star, March 29, 1907

Dr. Geroge H. Wallace of Shattuck and Mrs. Ruth Thomas were quietly married at the residence of Dr. C.W. Tedrowe on Sunday last in the presence of a few relatives and intimate friends. Dr. Wallace has been an active practitioner at Hamburg for the past several years and a short time ago, left Hamburg and located at Shattuck. The bride is a sister of Mrs. C.W. Tedrowe. It is quietly rumored that John C. Hendricks of this county will be a candidate for the circuit judgeship of this judicial district. He has been county atty. for Roger Mills for two terms. Joe Long of the Sayre Standard, had another serious attack of liver trouble last week and sent up a wail against Cheyenne in favor of the county seat being removed from this town and wants the same located at Roll. John Mac Bonner will leave in a few days for Shattuck where he will enter the land, loan and insurance business. The examination of pupils for common school diploma will be held at Sayre, Elk City and Cheyenne on April 11 and 12. Respectfully submitted by Co. Supt. A.R. Harris. A letter from Roll to the editor of the star says, “I notice that several newspapers have published the statement that the Roll Townsite Co. is seeking to defeat Cheyenne for the County Seat of Roger Mills County. These statements are unfounded, period. Our object is to build a good town and getting the county seat is not a matter of which we worry. Of course, we shall not object to having the county seat thrust upon us.” Signed J.F. Curtis, member of the Roll Townsite Company.


Bart Goode is building a commodious addition to his residence on the hill. A.G. Gray and wife and S. Jackson and wife attended the Shriners’ Meeting at Oklahoma City last week. Orville Monroe will leave this week for Mangum where he will assume his duties as manager of Greer County for the Southwestern Mutual Insurance Co. J.L. Bice was up before his honor Judge Casady, today on a charge of stealing rent cotton. The charge was not sustained and he was turned loose.


John Robinson of Day County, who was operated upon by Drs Tedrowe and Wallace last week for appendicitis, is improving and will soon be able to be around. Kirk Walker of Rome, who has been in town sometime under treatment for blood poisoning is slowly improving. D.D. Fitzgerald will be here in a few days and will take up the matter of locating and building the line of railroad from Clinton to Canadian, Texas at once. This road will pass through Cheyenne and the prospects of its early construction are not very bright. Charles Willis who was sent to the penitentiary for two years on the count of assault with deadly weapon is declared insane and will be returned to the county jail for safe keeping. Willis was sent to the asylum at one time and returned to the county. The officials at the asylum declared that he was only shamming. Billy Brown and Mr. Hutton have purchased a fine percheron stallion. He weighs 2135 pounds and will make the season at the farm of Billy Brown two miles east and six miles north of Cheyenne. Ollie Swanson, Lyman Barbee and George W. Beattey of Ridgeton made proof before Carter on Tuesday. The case of the territory vs. George Elmo Vance was tried at El Reno last week, occupying four days. It took the jury four hours to declare a verdict of guilty(of murder in the first degree) and sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor. It is well remembered that Vance was a bartender in a saloon at Sayre and the killing was a result of a general row in the saloon in which he was employed. The defendant was not involved in the row and from all accounts of the trouble by the various witnesses, he deliberately fired into the crowd several loads from a shotgun, instantly killing Shahan and wounding Henry Maddux from the effects of which wounds Maddux died in a few days. The conviction will have a tendancy to stop the promiscuous gunplays that have been so frequent in this county and is a fair warning to all would be “bad men” that the reign of the “six-shooter” is over forever in this part of the county.


Mrs. Volina Ambler has just opened an extra fine display of spring millinery at S.A. Elliott’s new store. Lots of sickness is reported and the doctors of this place are on the go night and day. Dr. Riley, county coroner and J.W. McMurtry were in town the first of the week attending the Mrs. Stevens insanity inquiry. Just a little wind and a little sand was the record of Thursday. The comet failed to make good but the sand and wind did not fail us.


Cheyenne Star, April 5, 1907

The Land Office at Lawton is, at the present time one of the busiest places in the territory. Hundreds of proofs and applications for proofs are on hand and being looked after as fast as possible, and in addition to this regular run of work, the filing of the successful bidders in the “Big Pasture” are now being handled at the rate of 100 per day. NOTICE: if you have any government land under fence you had better “look a little out” as the U.S. Marshal might get you. Orders are mandatory for the removal of all illegal fences. The farmers will not get busy, the rain has put the ground in fine shape, and prospects are good for another bumper crop. Wheat and oats are looking fine, and no damage has been done by the greenbugs in this part of the territory.


We have it upon good authority that the editing committee of the Constitutional Convention have made a change in the boundary lines of Roger Mills County and said line now goes three miles south of the original line as heretofore given. This will place the south line 1 ½ miles south of Berlin and gives our county considerable more territory and taxable evaluation. So rapidly that wild ducks are disappearing that the Dept. of Agriculture at Washington is taking the matter in hand with a view of saving the birds from extinction and calls attention to the fact in a circular, unless stringent laws are enforced the wild duck will go the way of the buffalo, the wild turkey and wild pigeon. The wood duck, according to the circular, is likely to be known only from books or by tradition while the canvas backs and redheads are exceedingly scarce. W.B. Stoval, recently connected with the Roger Mills Democrat at Elk City, has purchased an outfit and will start a brand new democratic paper at Sayre in the very near future. H.D. Cox has received 1000 rolls of wallpaper and is selling it so cheap, you can’t do without it.


FOR SALE: A $25 road cart, has been used but little, will sell for $10. Inquire at this office.


Milo Burlingame and wife were called to Montana Mon. on a telegram announcing the serious and dangerous illness of Mr. Burlingame’s mother. Ed Taylor has moved into the Teck Building, next door to the Hotel Black thoroughly renovated the room and is installing an elegant $500 soda fountain and fixtures. Everything is neat and up to date and Taylor will do his part towards keeping the people cool during the coming heated spell. John Stahl, of the Star Meat Market, has put in a very large refrigerator and meat cooler and will be ready for the hot weather. He will also handle ice for the trade.


Cheyenne Star, April 12, 1907

From July 1, 1906 to April 1, 1907 the county’s expenditures to operate county government was $91,052.10; roughly $10,000 per month. William Meier, one of our good German friends from the Ridgeton neighborhood made proof on his claim before Carter on Tuesday. Prof. Harris has been putting in full time lately visiting the various schools throughout the county. J.P. White of Weather-ford was in town Tuesday on the return trip from Weatherford. Mr. White is engaged extensively in the lumber business and contemplates putting in a lumber yard at Crawford. Frank James, a once noted citizen of Missouri in the palmy reconstruction days, was a Cheyenne visitor last week. He is a witness in the Francis-Stevens libel suit. This suit has been continued indefinitely on account of the illness of Herman Stevens, the defendant.


Saturday another large crowd was in town. The auctions on stock and other articles, attracted large crowds and the bidding was lively. The stores were crowded all day and the merchants did a large business while load after load of farming implements leaving town, shows that the farmers are getting busy.


Stahl’s Star Meat Market carries home cured hams, homemade fresh lard and fresh meat of all kinds.


I am prepared to furnish eggs to set this season from my pure-bred Rhode Island Red Hens at 50 cents per setting. D.C. Reed of Rankin.


W.D. Kendall and J.J. Ray are in Day and Dewey Counties this week in the interests of the Southwestern Mutual Insurance Company. H.A. Russell, Flee-wood Bell, John Livingston, J Frank Trimble, P.G. Gum and others were up from Sayre on Tuesday, interested spectators and participants in the suit of Bank of Sayre vs. Gum on trial in the probate court. A.G. Gray, T.M. Miller, A.S. McKinney and G.W. Hodges were down to Elk City Tuesday night and instituted a commandry Lodge, AF&AM. They report a most pleasant trip and that the new commandry starts off in good shape. W.O. Horr of the Cotton Exchange Banks, was a Cheyenne visitor the first of the week. J.C. Nealey of Hamburg, has just received a check for $75 in full payment of his claim from the National Livestock Insurance Company of Dallas, Texas, for insurance on one horse which was killed by falling off a bluff. H.D. Cox has sold his lumber yard to the White Lumber Company of Weatherford. Mr. Cox has had the only yard at this place since the opening and has always kept on hand a full stock of everything pertaining to his line, and his many friends regret to see him go out of business. He will still run his furniture and undertaking establishment.


Beginning the second Saturday in April and second Saturday of each month thereafter, livestock of all kinds will be sold, bought and exchanged at private sale or public auction at Cheyenne.  W.G. Moad of Busch has eggs for sale for hatching from Moad’s celebrated strains of standard bred poultry, White Wyandottes, S.C. Brown Leghorns and Barred Plymouth Rocks.


Cheyenne Star, April 19, 1907

All homestead entrymen on section 13 in O.T. are affected by a decision recently made by the Commissioners of Public Lands in Washington. Under this decision entrymen on section 13 cannot relinquish their lands to purchasers, but must first secure a patent before making a transfer. Section 8 of the Enabling Act provides that Section 13 of all vacant land now or hereafter existing within the territory of Oklahoma revert to territory for public school purposes for the future state. The commissioner holds that the moment that the relinquishment is filed the land reverts to the public schools of the territory under this act. A few weeks ago Albert Wills purchased from entryman Fritz a quarter section of land in Roger Mills County, paying Fritz $2,050. The relinquishment of Fritz was filed and immediately Wills made homestead entry upon the land. The land office accepted the filing, but when it reached the commissioner, it was rejected under the ruling that the quarter section became the property of the territory the moment the relinquishment was filed by entryman Fritz. Under the ruling of the commissioner the land now belongs to the territory and is not subject to entry by either the original entryman or the purchaser of the relinquishment. When original Oklahoma was open to settlement, section 13 was not reserved for public purposes. The same condition existed when the Iowa, Sac and Fox, Cheyenne and Arapaho countries were opened to settlement. When the Cherokee Strip was opened, section 13 was reserved, also when the Kiowa, Comanche and Caddo country was opened. Section 13 was reserved when Greer County was attached to Oklahoma. Therefore, the decision does not affect these lands, as they are already in the possession of the territory. Mr. Wills has appealed the case from the decision of the commissioner and a copy of the brief has been received by the school land department. The provision of the Enabling Act is clear and leaves no doubt as to the land reverting to the territory when relinquishments are filed. This makes it necessary for each homestead entryman on section 13 to secure a patent from the government before he can transfer the land. The decision is far reaching and one which will no doubt be fought out in the courts before a final decision can be had.


April 19, 1907 is the 14th anniversary of the Cheyenne Country and settlement of Cheyenne. Great changes have occurred in this country since that date and the “old timers” of that time would have trouble in locating themselves should they now drop into Roger Mills Co. Instead of a raw prairie, they would find comfortable, well improved homesteads and a country that will compare favorably with any of the old states.


Maggie Wheeler and Lizzie Wheeler of Rankin made final proof on their claims before A.H. Carter last Tues. J.T. Smith of Crawford was in town Tues. Charley Miller of Sayre was called to Cheyenne Tues by the serious illness of his father, A.O. Miller, who suffered a severe stroke of paralysis and has been in a very precarious condition since. J.W. Finch of Rankin and Joseph A. Hall of Cheyenne made final proof before Carter on Thurs. Uncle John Anderson of the Red Moon neighborhood passed through town yesterday enroute for Elk City with numerous wagon loads of fine fat hogs. Since the first of April, Judge E.E. Tracy has issued 18 marriage licenses. Several bales of cotton were badly damaged at the fire at the gin on Sun. The fire started on hot cinders. L.W. Pate has purchased the residence property formerly owned by Mr. Montague. Bob Thurmond was in town the last several days looking after his interests here. Bob will reside in Elk City hereafter. H.B. Dewey will buy a good span of mules and pay all their worth. John C. Hendricks made a trip down in the territory this week. It will be well for all jurymen and witnesses summoned for the coming term of the District Court to be on hand promptly as court will convene promptly and a tardy witness or juror is liable to have trouble on his hands. W.A. Beaty left Tues. for a few weeks visit with his family at Odessa, Texas. The Sayre Journal, edited by W.B. Stovall and “devoted to the interest of Sayre and Beckham County”, made its initial bow to the reading public on Thursday last. W.T. and Mrs. Bonner left Mon. for a several days trip through New Mexico. They will take in the National Cattlemen’s Convention at Roswell, New Mexico this week. Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Goode have gone to Roswell to attend the convention also. The next examination of teachers will be held in the Court House at Cheyenne, April 25-26. Signed A.R. Harris, Co. Supt. The Constitutional Convention re-convened which was no doubt the cause for the cold wind that drifted in from the north that morning. D.C. Reed of Rankin has 85 bushels of clean Red Amber Cane seed for sale. J.P. White, the lumberman came in from Weatherford Tues and Wed. morning began invoicing the stock of the Cox Lumber Yard at this place which he recently purchased. Mr. White is a pleasant gentleman, a thorough businessman and the kind of man that Cheyenne needs.


The editor and his better half with Mr. and Mrs. Bart Goode drove up to the thriving little village of Crawford, 22 miles northwest of Cheyenne on Sunday. Between here and that place we found worlds of good land and on nearly every quarter a good substantial and comfort-able residence, while many had large barns and orchards and in fact, look as well improved and bore as good evidence of the prosperity of the residence as many of the older settled states. We found Crawford a neat little town with two good general stores, a drugs store, a physician, a good bank-one of the string of Cotton Exchange Banks- a good gin, a blacksmith shop and the prospects good for two more general stores and other improvements. The situation is ideal for a good town, and has excellent water. While the town is not on a boom in any manner, they are ready always to welcome desirable residents and businessmen and we believe Crawford will soon be a hustling village of several hundred people. While at Crawford, we enjoyed the hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Bynum which fact is a guarantee that we did not fair badly.


Cheyenne Star, April 26, 1907

M.C. Stanberry of Arnett was in Grand Saturday. He has always been a Republican, but he says we need another Democratic administration. Mr. Stanberry says that he saw cotton picked for 50 cents a hundred during the Democratic administration while the same work brought $1.50 recently. The kind of horse that sold for $25 then sells now for $125. Corn sold at 8-12 cents a bushel then, now it brings 30-50 cents. The idle laborers traveled the country by thousands with Cox’s army and similar organizations, now all classes of labor are so busy that through the greater portion of the year you cannot get farm help or mechanics at any reasonable price. Everything is too high says Mr. Stanberry (ironically) and we need another Democratic administration to bring prices down. Allen O. Miller born in Indiana and died at his home in Cheyenne on April 22, 1907 at the age of sixty-one years of age. He came to the Cheyenne country at the opening on April 19, 1892 and settled on the claim adjoining Cheyenne and has resided here since that date. He has been engaged in business ever since the opening. He served four years during the rebellion, entering the service as a private at the tender age of 16 years, and at the time of his discharge, had been promoted to the post of Company Sergeant, for bravery and meritorious conduct.


Peter Wolfrum, an old resident of Rankin neighborhood was transacting business in town on Wed. Court will convene Mon. next. If you are on the jury or have been subpoenaed as a witness, it will pay you to be on hand promptly. Old Van Cushman of Elk City who has been in jail here for several weeks on a charge of adultery, was released this week, the charge being dismissed by the complaining witness. Milo and Mrs. Burlingame and children who were called to Mile City, Montana several days ago, by the dangerous illness of Mr. Burlingame’s mother, returned home Wed.


Now that the state constitution has been signed, it should be carefully read and freely discussed. The graduation exercises of the high school will be held at the Baptist Church on the evenings of May 5, 6 &7, and the pupils of the lower grades will picnic at Goode’s Grove on May 3.


Emil Cornels returned last Sat. from Guthrie where he had been looking after the boundary line matters. W.S. Martin one of the Republican wheel horses of Durham was in town Tues. He is in the general insurance and real estate business at Durham. W.O. Horr was in town Sat. looking after matters connected with the Cotton Exchange Bank. The heavy frost on Tuesday morning last has created quite a scare among our fruit growers. At the session of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of OK, last week at El Reno, Dr. W.C. Tedrowe of this place was elected Grand Master of the First Vail. The Roger Mills Co. Singing Convention will meet at Excelsior (Buffalo) School House, twenty miles northwest of Sayre on May 4 & 6. Ed Casady has purchased the Walter Huff Farm near town, paying $3200.00 for the same.


The Commissioners selected to overlook all election matters in connection with the election on August 6 are H.B. Dewey, J.H. West and William Brooks, with J.H. Osborn as Clerk. Snow Friday, warm Saturday, rain Sunday, with several white frosts in between, have given us a varied weather the past week. Today is teacher’s examination .About twenty teachers are taking the examination and many of the applicants are newcomers.


Another railroad was chartered to build 500 miles of rail between Denver and Snyder, Oklahoma. The railroad is to run through Roger Mills County. {note: never happened}


Cheyenne Star, May 3, 1907

G.M. Goode, W.T. Bonner, W.A. Beaty and Buford Patterson recently purchased a very fine percheron stallion at Roswell, New Mexico. The animal is one of the best ever brought into the county. He is two years old past, and weighs sixteen hundred pounds. The progress of Roger Mills County farmers is asserting itself in their demand for the very best grade of stock that is to be had.


Monday was a most miserable day, and the town was crowded with jurymen and witnesses all shivering in the chilly blast. The Grand Jury Is still in session with O.H. Solomon, Foreman; F.T. Jordan, F.A. Noe, J.T. Atkerson, Charles Ulmer, A.L. Ours, F.E. Abbott, J.P. Hooper, W.P. Graham, B.L. Trimble, J.H. Williams, J.T. Gibbons, G.F. Watson, J.C. Chandler, A.C. Prestridge, and J.B. Barnes.


Editor Mitchell of the Roger Mills Sentinel is at Grand today, where he will submit final proof on his valuable homestead north of the river. Ben Ousley of the Rush Creek locality, who brought his wife to town recently for medical treatment, reports that his wife has slightly improved, although still very ill. Frances Madden of Rankin was an attendant at court this week. Ben Osborn of Rush Creek was in town this week as a witness in one of the cases before the district court. April 26, being the anniversary of the founding of Odd Fellowship, the local lodge and the Rebekahs celebrated with a banquet at the hall. The table was fairly weighted down with good things to eat and a general good time was enjoyed by all. Ed Taylor received a load of ice Saturday night; being too busy to unload it, he left it out overnight and it was severely frostbitten. W.H. Mouser of Grand, democratic candidate for attorney circulated here this week. “Boots” Burtnett of Rush Creek was circulating here this week. Mrs. Burtnett was accompanying him and assisting in the care of Mrs. Ben Ousley, who is seriously ill of blood poisoning. Prof. Harris’ little seven year old daughter had the misfortune to fall down this week, severely cutting her lip and chin, requiring three stitches to sew it up. Sylvester Grim, democratic candidate for treasurer, was mixing with the people this week. J.L. Pascall was looking after his political interests this week, he being the democratic candidate for representative from Roger Mills County. E.A. McCaskill of Rankin passed through town this week returning from Elk City, where he had been sojourning for a few days. Bert Myers of Rush Creek was in town this week, summoned as a witness in a territorial case. Ed Keen, democratic candidate for treasurer was building political fences here this week. S.D. Brown of Rankin was in town this week. J.M. Evans, democratic candidate for sheriff was sizing up the situation here this week. Tom Alsup of Rush Creek was also in town this week. Dick Price, who has been visiting his father, H.B. Price for several weeks, returned to his home at Coalgate, I.T. on Sunday last. The school commencement exercises given at the Square Top Schoolhouse, east of town last Saturday night was well attended and all present report a pleasant time. Miss Lela Burt, who has been teaching at the new schoolhouse northwest of town, closed her school last Friday. The box supper given at this schoolhouse was well attended and all present report a good time. Joe Price left Saturday for Oregon where he expects to locate. D.A. Mayer of Elk City is in town this week. F.E. Herring of Elk City is attending court here this week. Cheyenne Public School closes this week.


Cheyenne Star, May 10, 1907

Mr. C.C. Perry, who purchased the Skeins Farm northwest of Sayre, happened to quite a serious accident Tuesday. His horse stumbled and fell with him breaking his leg below his knee. A doctor was summoned by phone, and at last reports Mr. Perry was getting along well. He is an old settler of Roger Mills, having lived in the Sweetwater country for several years. The ladies of the Eastern Star are making arrangements for a grand entertainment in the near future. The Clinton, Sayre, Cheyenne and Elk City Aeries of the Eagles will join in a big picnic and entertainment at Elk City on June 5, a big time will be had and all are invited to participate. The Eagles will fly high on that date. Brother Mitchell’s family arrived from Day County this week and they are located in the Hodges House on the hill south. Mitch looks well pleased over the prospects of keeping his feet under his own mahogany three times each day. {Soon he will be the editor and publisher of the Roger Mills Sentinel} The present warm days have put vegetation on the boom and it is now making up for the slow growth of the cold weather.


The commencement exercises of the Cheyenne Public Schools were held at the Baptist Church on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. The graduation program of the high school took place on Monday night and was very interesting and every selection was a gem in its way, and slow careful painstaking effort by the pupils, and thorough instruction in every detail by the teacher. Rev. W.F. Farrar made the address and presented diplomas to the class. On Tuesday night the 9th grade presented their program to a very large audience. Each number was well rendered and well received. The address to the class was made and diplomas presented by Rev. Farrar. The 8th grade exercises which closed the program was on Wednesday and as on each evening preceding, the building was not large enough to hold the crowd attending. Every number on the program was presented in a most pleasant manner and a most interesting evening enjoyed by all. D.W. Tracy made the address to the class and presented diplomas. Thus closes another very successful term of the Cheyenne Public Schools, and teachers and pupils both are to be commended on the interest manifested. Cheyenne can well feel proud of both teachers and pupils. It is about time that arrangements were being made for that big fourth of July celebration. Cheyenne has always had a magnificent time, and the people are looking to the town to provide them the biggest celebration ever and they must not be disappointed. Get busy!


Guy Kendall, of the north part of this county, who has been on the sick list for some time, is improving. On Sunday night last, Henry Collum while sleeping on a porch at the residence of Mrs. Huff, one and one-half miles west of Cheyenne was bitten on the hand by a civet cat and the hand quite badly lacerated. He left for Oklahoma City Monday to have the wound attended to, and will apply a mad-stone. W.A. Beaty who dropped in to attend court, returned to his home at Odessa, Texas on Tuesday. Bob Ross, 14 years old was arrested by the U.S. Marshal on Thursday last, charged with removing a mailbox, waived examination and was placed under $1000 bond. Clarence and Mrs. Madden were in town a few days this week. They are now located at Shattuck and have the appearance of prosperity and good cheer. Charles McClain,


Rob Turner, Milo Burlingame, Guy Burger and other members of the Cheyenne Aerie of Eagles were at Elk City this week. There will be an all day singing at the Custer Bend School House the fourth Sunday in May. Prof. Dennis of Delhi, Prof. Ramsey of Sweetwater and Rice Brothers of Elk City and several other noted singers from various places will be present. Prof. Scott of Cheyenne will give a short lecture on music at 11:00 a.m. We are informed by John C. Hendricks that he has decided not to make the race for the District Judgeship for this judicial district. J.T. Rankin of the Rankin neighborhood was in town Tuesday. S.A. and Mrs. Elliott made a business and pleasure trip to OKC this week. Charles Willis who was sent to the penitentiary in the September term of court and who was returned to the county by the penitentiary officials as being insane, was taken to the territorial insane asylum. We understand that the little town of Roll, north of Cheyenne has quite a building boom on at the present time. The country around the town is good and has a large trade territory and there is no reason why Roll should not make a good town and a good place to live and do business. Carpenters are now at work on Scotty Falconer’s store building. It will be 20 x 60 feet and will fill up the vacant lot where his old building stood, and will help the looks of that side of the street materially. As soon as completed, the post office will be moved into the building. (This is directly in front of the Santa Fe Salon of today, 2009) The White Lumber Co. has purchased the lots west of the Bull Blacksmith Shop and is now engaged in fitting them up for the largest stock of lumber which this enterprising firm has at the railroad. Mr. and Mrs. E.K. Thurmond returned Monday from their wedding trip in old Mexico, and will now make their home among the people of Sayre. H.D. Cox last week purchased the Smith Building known at the Turner Stand, from A.J. Smith. The second examination of pupils for common school diploma will be held at Cheyenne on Thursday and Friday of the third week of May. A.R. Harris, Co. Supt. The White Lumber and Coal Company is seeking teams to haul lumber and coal from Elk City and Sayre to Cheyenne.


Cheyenne Star, May 17, 1907

County Republican Central Committee met at Cheyenne on Saturday last. Those attending were: A.H. Carter, County Chairman; Cosmo Falconer, Secretary; J.M. Farris, Charles Sever, W.T. Hart, R.V. Converse, L.M. Dudney, W.M. Rakes, E.W. Franklin, A.C. Bradshaw, J.A. Moad, H.B. Dewey, John Cowardin, H.F. Schertz, L.W. Pate, C.Y. Libby, Press Roberts.


Jim Wineinger of Rankin is spending the week in town, the guest of Dr. Tedrowe. J.M. Miller of Rankin passed through town Thursday headed for Elk City with a big load of fat hogs.


I.C. and E.K. Thurmond and quite a crowd of Elk City witnesses were here in attendance at probate court this week. They came up in Klebe’s new red automobile and claimed they had no trouble either in the sand or on the hills. Bob Wheeler of Rankin was in town Tuesday.


The court decisions in regard to county boundary lines has begun to foment new county seats already. Dr. B.C. Smith, Dentist, will be in Cheyenne at the Black Hotel on May 27-30. (Several articles concerning the writing of the state constitution and preparation for statehood)


A. Wineinger of Rankin attended the Republican Convention last week. In this issue of the star appears the card of A.W. Clapp, painter and paper hanger. Alex is well known here as a neat and careful workman and always gives satisfaction. See Alex if you are needing anything in his line. Among those making final proofs for homesteads this week were: Wingfield E. Crane of Rankin; Fred E. Hillman of Roll; Frank D. Taylor of Rankin; John S. Dickason of Roll; Jacob L. Ivy of Roll and James Roach of Crawford.


Chester Leary and Miss Viola Kirby, well known young people of this place, were married on Sunday last and left Monday for a trip to Missouri points. Roy Finch of Rankin was in town Wednesday. J.R. Hillman of MacArthur and Bessie Cowart of Progress were married at the office of the probate judge. John Stahl will pay you highest market price for fat hogs or cattle. The Socialist Party of Roger Mills County are hereby called to meet at the Cheyenne Court House on Saturday, June 11, 1907 for the purpose of nominating a full county ticket and for any other business that may come before it. The Roger Mills Singing Convention met May 4 at the Excelsior School House at 2 p.m. Among those present were: E.L. Barrett, Custer Bend; Rev. Dillard, J.W. Dennis, Delhi; Eustis Quinn, Secretary; J.W. McAthern, Buffalo; J.W. Brady, Sweet-water; M.L. Gardner, Mulberry Grove; unnamed delegates from Spring Creek, Mulberry Grove and Blue Ridge School houses. Next meeting will be at Berlin August 30-31 & September 1.


Cheyenne Star, May 24, 1907

The Eagle Aerie and Odd Fellows Lodge will give a grand picnic at an arbor near the gin in Cheyenne on June 20, 1907. A big time is planned for all who attend with speakers and amusements. There will be a box supper at Dead Indian School House Saturday night, June 1 for the benefit of the school. Candidates and everybody else cordially invited to attend.


Scotty Falconer new building is nearing completion, and the post office will be moved into it in a few days. Mr. James of the Northwestern Telephone Company was in town this week looking after the interests of his company, and has been making some decided improvements at this place. R.E. Echols of Elk City, candidate for the Democratic nomination for State Senate, at the coming primary election, was in town this week on legal business, and while here took a feel for the political pulse. Mc and Mc’s is a well known little show and has been with us for a portion of this week and will close their engagement here Saturday. They have novelty musical act, character impersonations, dances, and latest songs of the day; mime and marionettes for the little folks. Their bill is good, clean and entertaining and it is an hour well spent when you spend it in their tent. Their comedy sketches are of more than ordinary ability and their cartoonist is simply great and would prove an attraction in any city. If you have the blues, take in this show and you will go home feeling better for having attended.


The candidates and the “chuck wagon” are now in the north part of the county and are now headed this way. We have had to put out scouts so that they will not come in on us unaware. John C. Thornton returned Wed from an extended trip to lower California points. He visited Los Angeles and comes home with a mighty good opinion of that land of flowers and fruits but says that Oklahoma is good enough for him. John C. Hendricks and son, Adlia, left for Ft. Worth Texas where Adlia will be treated for eye trouble.


The Eagle Lodge of this town does not confine its charitable work for its members alone. Several weeks ago Mrs. Ben Owsley of north of Cheyenne was brought to town for medical treatment for blood poisoning and has been in a precarious condition ever since, although now on the road to recovery. Mr. Owsley is a poor man and has had to depend upon his work to maintain his family and provide care and medical treatment for his invalid wife, and since she has been so dangerously ill, he has not been able to leave her to earn the money necessary for her cure and medical treatment. This matter came to the hearing of some of the members of the Eagle Aerie and although Mr. Owsley is not a member of that lodge, the order took the matter up and in a short time, a paper was in circulation and over $40 was raised in a few minutes for the purposes above mentioned. An act of this kind belongs to no order or to any one class and is another example of the old saying, “That all mankind is of one kin”, and is only one instance of many that can be mentioned that can be found in Cheyenne and vicinity.


W.O. Horr of Elk City spent several days in town this week looking after the interests of the Cotton Exchange Bank. The White Lumber Company’s Office Building is now nearing completion and work will begin at once on the lumber sheds. John McBonner is in town this week visiting relatives and friends. STRAYED: One bay pony, about 14 hands high, branded X4 on the left hip, has white in one eye. Reasonable reward for return to Milo Burlingame, Cheyenne, OK. L.W. Pate is building an addition to the building recently purchased of John Stahl. When completed he will put in a complete line of hardware. FOR SALE: Ron’s Turkey eggs. Setting of 15 for .75. 2 ½ miles east of Cheyenne. Mrs. Mann Casady. The County Normal Institute will be held at Elk City beginning June 4, continuing for four weeks. All teachers and prospective teachers make arrangements to attend. This will doubtless be the best summer normal we have had so far. A.R. Harris, Co Supt. Feed and grist mill on easy terms. Must be sold. H.D. Cox.


Ed Taylor has the Edison and Columbia records for sale—some of the latest pieces selected.


Cheyenne Star, May 31, 1907

Rev. Farrer was unable to fill his regular appointment Sunday night last because of a hurt he got Sunday morning by falling from a buggy. Lot Laughton, bookkeeper for Herring and Young made a business trip to Ft. Worth, Texas this week. Today, Decoration Day is a legal holiday and the post office closed until 6:30 p.m. while the postmaster took advantage of the time in preparing to move into the new building.


The mail hack broke down on the return trip from Sayre a few miles south of town on Saturday last and the passengers came in and brought the mail in a big farm wagon.


Miss Verna Young, Mildred Wallace and Will Keen who have been attending school at Weatherford returned home Saturday last. A.C. Smith returned Monday from an extended visit at Texas points.


Messiers Swindle, Young and Hammond of Hamburg, were in town Monday in the interests of the Hamburg Bank, which recently closed its doors. The Ft. Worth Telegram predicts 15 cent cotton this fall, basing this price on the present outlook. Miss Eula Cheatham gave a birthday party to a number of her young friends today, this being Miss Eula’s 12th birthday. Estimates of what Democratic Candidates for the U.S. Senate have spent in their campaigns are subject to daily revisions; ranging from $40,000 to $75,000.


The farmer who held his wheat last fall is now reaping his reward. Wheat is now above $1 per bushel with chances in favor of it going still higher. R.E. Echols passed through town enroute to Grand where he has legal business.


Thurmonds are now the owners of the First National Bank of Clinton. C.E. Ganaway formerly with the Sayre Bank will be cashier and in charge at Clinton.


The Cheyenne Short Order has changed hands and Burger and Cardwell, are the new proprietors. The dining room has been re-fitted and is now one of the neatest, cleanest, short order places in this part of the country. R.V. and G.L. Converse, President and Cashier of Washita Valley Bank at Hamburg which recently closed its doors, were arrested on charges preferred at Grand, charging alleged mismanagement of the bank at the time the same was in liquidation. They left for Grand Wednesday evening. R.V. Converse gave bond here for his appearance in the future to answer the charges, and G.L. will make bond at Grand after looking into the matter there.


Erwin McKinney, who has been attending a military academy in Missouri, is home for the summer vacation. The Eagle picnic to be held at Cheyenne on June 20 will have bread, pickles and coffee furnished by the lodge; bring your own basket. A purse will be provided for the baseball game, horse racing and other sports. Speaking by candidates for various state and county offices, a box of cigars given to the best speaker in the bunch. Dancing platform will be provided. If you have hay to bale, see J.L. Perry at the new wagon yard. The annual school meeting of this district was held at the schoolhouse on Tuesday afternoon last and was well attended. The report of treasurer, read and approved. John C Hendricks resigned as Clerk and S.A. Elliott was elected to fill the vacancy. It was decided to employ an additional teacher for the coming term provided means to be raised to build another room. S.A. Elliott, J.R. Casady and A.H. Carter were appointed a committee to devise means and see what could be done in regard to this matter. It was decided to have not less than 8 months and if possible 9 months term of school. The little two year old boy of Lee Balch, living in south Day County was accidentally shot on Sunday last, the load striking in the right hip, The baby was brought to Cheyenne and placed under the care of Dr. Tedrowe, and while not yet out of danger, the chances are favorable for the little fellow’s recovery. Volume 1, Number 1 of the Dispatch published at Durham, Oklahoma reached our exchange table this week. The editor is E.H. Hoyt, and it is Republican in politics, and it will devote its best efforts to the up building of Durham. It is a neat five column quarto and deserves a liberal patronage which we trust it will receive. John C. Hendricks has carpenters at work building an addition to his home. Mrs. Hendricks has also made arrangements to have a new and up to date photo studio on the lots north of the Elliott Building. Henry Perry of Rome was in town Monday and made application for final proof on his land. The Eastern Star entertainment at the courthouse on Friday night last was a most pleasant affair and was greeted by a crowded house, standing room even being at a premium. The woes of the candidate for lodge honors were faithfully portrayed and enjoyed by all. T.L. Miller the dry goods man for Herring & Young, left Tuesday for Ft. Worth, Texas to visit relatives and friends.


Cheyenne Star, June 7, 1907

T.L. Miller, manager of the dry goods department at Herring & Youngs, returned from an extended visit at Texas points on Wednesday last. Reports reach here just as we go to press, of a very destructive cyclone at Leedey, a little village about 35 miles northeast of Cheyenne. The report is to the effect that nearly every building there was destroyed and the loss of stock was considerable. The path of the storm was westward and a number of farm houses and other buildings were demolished. No loss of lives are reported but narrow escapes from death and serious injury are numerous. The Socialist held a convention at Roll and elected officers: L.F. Piper, Chairman; H.K. Colman, Secretary Pro Temp; L.N. Thompson, Permanent Secretary; County Committeeman, T.J. Smith, John Boal, H.P. Simpson, M.B. Bain, K.F. Wilson. County Candidates nominated by the party: County Judge R.H. Dean; County Attorney K.F. Wilson; District Clerk H.P. Simpson; County Clerk A.C. Scott; Sheriff W.T. Stauber; Treasurer E.C. Davis; Register of Deeds Joseph Stauber; Surveyor Ralph Bain; Supt of Schools A.M. Vredenburgh; Representative T.A.C.Durr; Commissioner of NW District James Hafer; Comm. of S. District T.J. Archie; Comm. NE District L.F. Piper. If you have hay to bale see J.L. Perry at the new wagon yard. If you have fat hogs or cattle to sell, John Hall will pay you highest price for them. Miss Lucille McKinney who has been attending school at Edmond, returned home last week. Miss Carey Fields returned Thursday from Weatherford, where she has been attending school this last winter. Miller Moehler of the Hamburg Grist Mill was in town Monday.


The little two year old baby boy of Lee Balch, who was accidentally shot several days ago, died from the effects of the wound at the Hotel Black on Thursday night last. The remains were interred in the Cheyenne Cemetery Friday afternoon. Miss Jewel Miller is at Elk City attending the teacher’s institute. Quite a crowd of our young people spent Sun. last at Mrs. Fields’ north of town. Miss Thresa Finch, who has been employed in the public schools of El Reno for the past several years, arrived home this week and will spend her summer vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Finch. Their other daughter, Mrs. C.W. Friend of Memphis, Tennessee is visiting her parents southwest of town. W.A. Young and family have moved to town and now occupy the residence recently vacated by John H. West. Miss Lucille McKinney entertained a number of her young friends on Sat. evening last.


John Spycher, who has been in jail here for the last several months on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, was released on a $500 bond on Monday. Tuesday night’s storms did considerable damage at the White Lumber Yard, blowing down and demolishing the 150 foot lumber shed in course of construction. The shed will be re-built at once. Quite a number made tracks in the direction of their “fraid holes” Tuesday night during the high winds. Several from the Harrington neigh-borhood were in yesterday and report considerable loss in that vicinity from hail Tuesday night. Considerable damage was done by the hailstorm in the Dead Indian neighborhood also. Some report entire loss of growing crops while others report only partial losses. A.U. Burk had one of the Stanford boys arrested last week on a peace warrant. The complaining witness failed to substantiate the charges and the case was dismissed at costs of the prosecuting witness. Fred Tunnard made a trip to Mangum this week, returning Tuesday. N.R. Monroe spent a few days in Mangum this week visiting his sons, D.H., Orville and Grover.


Ed Gustin was brought in from Sayre Tuesday evening and placed in jail on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. L.W. Pate is in Chandler this week on business. Anzley Ellis, Sheriff of Day County, was in town this week.


Cheyenne Star, June 14, 1907

A most deplorable affair, resulting in the almost instant killing of J.W. Colbert by Dave Koontz, occurred Monday afternoon. The scene of the difficulty was about 7 miles northwest of Cheyenne. From all accounts and the story of Koontz, there had been some trouble over a fence line between the land of the two parties, and the tragedy was the result of this trouble. On Monday, the two men met and in the difficulty that occurred, the killing took place. Only one witness was present in the person of the small son of the deceased. Koontz claimed self-defense and immediately after the shooting came to Cheyenne and surrendered to the officers and is now in jail here. The preliminary examination will take place on Friday and no doubt the facts of the killing will then be brought out. Ed Taylor has one of the latest ovens and is manufacturing ice cream cones. You will find them at the ice cream parlor along with ice for sale and he also has fruit.


Paul Habeck and Edward L. Flack of the Rankin neighbor-hood, made final proof on their claims before A.H Carter, U.S. Commissioner on Wed. L.W. Pate returned from the eastern markets last night. He informs us that his stock of hardware is now at the railroad and that he will open up as soon as it can be brought to Cheyenne. As usual Cheyenne will celebrate on the Fourth of July and as usual Cheyenne will have the biggest celebration in western Oklahoma. We understand that Ben Cooksey, well and favorably known to all in this community, will open a drugs store in the Falconer Building in the very near future. The post office is located in the new quarters of the Falconer Building. Monday brought quite a crowd to town, the attraction being the official count of the Democratic Primary. Little Ray Bonner, the three year old child of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Bonner, drank coal oil Monday morning and was quite sick for a while. Milo Burlingame investigated his acetylene tank on Sunday afternoon last and while making the investigation, struck a match, resulting in quite an explosion, burning him quite seriously. The burns while severe and painful, are not quite dangerous, but you can bet the last cent you have that in the future Milo will not investigate his gas tanks with a lighted match in his hand. Mrs. Ben Owsley, who has been dangerously ill with blood poisoning for the last several weeks, has improved rapidly and was able this week to be removed to her home north of Cheyenne. F.E. Tanner left Monday for Kansas City to be gone several days.


Take your cured meat and lard to Sam Elliott’s new store and get the highest cash price for it. A big two day picnic will be held at Young’s grove, near Streeter, on June 26 and 27. John B. Harrison of Sayre, member of the Constitutional Convention from this district, was looking after legal matters at the county seat on Tuesday. James Sprowls, one of the good looking clerical force from Herring and Young’s Foss establishment, spent a few days this week at Cheyenne and vicinity, visiting relatives and friends. John Casady and Mr. Neblitt of Crawford were in town Monday. Mrs. J.F. Simms is at Shattuck visiting her daughter, Mrs. Dr. Wallace. Misses Rae Fields and Nona Hornbeak were at Clinton, guests of Mrs. C.E. Ganaway. William S. Kendall of Cheyenne, Grant Reynolds of Berlin, and Louis E. Parker of Harrington made proof on their claims before commissioner A.H. Carter on Tuesday last.


John C. Hendricks and D.W. Tracy are at Grand this week looking after legal matters. Leo Beaty and Sam Bowman left Sat. for Elk City, Clinton and Oklahoma City, and returned yesterday. The funeral of J.W. Colbert, who was killed by Dave Koontz on Monday last, was held at the Welcome School House Tuesday afternoon and the remains interred in the Cheyenne Cemetery. A large concourse was in attendance and all sympathized with the bereaved family and deplored the unfortunate affair. The deceased leaves a wife and several small children who have the heartfelt sympathy of all. Winners of the Democratic Primary: Representative J.L. Paschal, Probate Judge E.E. Tracy, County Attorney W.H. Mouser, District Clerk W.P. Madden, County Clerk J.H. Osborne, Sheriff J.M. Evans, County Treasurer J.E. Keen, Register of Deeds A.G. Gray, Co. Surveyor R.N. Higgins, Co. Supt. T.D. Moehler, Co. Comm. G.W. Hutton, Sam Kendall and A.W. Gannaway.


Cheyenne Star, June 21, 1907

Rock Island Railroad has decided on a 103 mile extension westward and northward from Clinton to Canadian, Texas passing through Custer, Dewey and Day Counties in western Oklahoma and into the panhandle country. The road will follow the divide between the South Canadian and Washita Rivers. From Clinton to Canadian the most direct route would be up the Washita valley to this town of Cheyenne and then diagonally across the divide to Canadian.


Preliminary examination of Dave Koontz for the killing of J.W. Colbert, was held before Esquire Casady on Friday and Saturday last. The defense set up the claim of self-defense, claiming the defendant was attacked by Colbert with a monkey wrench and that the shooting was done in defense of his own life. After hearing testimony and arguments the court held the defendant in bond in the sum of $3500 for his appearance before the grand jury. John C. Hendricks and R.E. Echols represented the territory and D.W. Tracy looked after the interests of the defendant.


Herring and Young at this place has recently sold 26 self binders and is estimated that 50 binders have been sold in the territory adjacent to Cheyenne this season. This portion of Oklahoma is rapidly developing into a small grain producing country. The Cheyenne Cotton Exchange Bank on June 1, 1907 reported assets $47,850.00 while the Cheyenne State Bank reported assets of $132,842.00.


Cheyenne will host a two day Fourth of July celebration on July 4&5 of games, dances, races, music by the Sandhill Band; D.W. Tracy will give opening address; Miss Irene Tanner will read the Declaration of Independence; J.C. Hendricks will deliver a report on the progress of our country; tournament riding, ball game, boys’ race, girls’ race, old man’s race (must be over 50 years old) and first prize given by Milo Burlingame will be a choice of half-gallon of whiskey or a box of cigars; second prize is the same given by Charley McClain; horse races; (horses can run in only one race); bronco bustin’; pony race; quarter mile free for all race; 3/8 mile free for all race, roping contest; best lady rider between 12 & 20; prettiest baby contest; girls’ baseball throw(age 12-63); oldest man and woman; fattest baby; longest beard; girl with reddest hair; free dinner for the fattest man; plug of chewing tobacco to the ugliest man; laziest man contest; prize for man with largest family; thinnest couple; woman who can drive 6 nails the quickest; tug of war between 6 old men and 6 young men. Roger Mills County Singing Convention met at Excelsior School house on May 4, 1907. The Third District Singing Convention meets at Blue Ridge School House 1 mile north, 1/2 mile east of Harrington post office on July 20-21.


Cheyenne Star, June 28, 1907

Jack Cronin, manager of Herring and Young, is at Elk City today. The State Constitutional Convention is meeting.


Colonel M.L. Clark and Sons’ Circus will also be in Cheyenne on July 4&5. They have a herd of elephants, reptiles, daily parade, clowns, jesters, aerialists, strong men and women, Russian skaters, acrobats, trick dogs and ponies, and other marvels.


From all indications cotton will demand a great price next fall due to unfavorable growing conditions. Cotton men are already talking of a price of 15 cents per pound. Dr. John Standifer and family came up from Elk City and are visiting relatives and friends in Cheyenne. John C. Hendricks , T.M. Miller and S.A. Elliott are at Hobart this week in attendance at the Democratic Congressional Convention. The creeks and the Washita River were higher on Friday last than at any time this season and crops on the lowlands were damaged considerably. The bridge over Current Creek on the Sayre Road was made impassable by the late rains and repairs are now in progress on the same.


Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Dewey are now at home after having made a wedding trip to the Jamestown exposition where they spent several weeks. Ed Taylor will have 200 loaves of fresh bread on Sunday morning June 30 at 5 cents a loaf.


A twelve old son of Mr. Robinson living near Red Moon died on Monday last and was buried at the Cheyenne Cemetery. Prof. H.B. Scott, who has had charge as Principal of the Cheyenne Public Schools for the past two years, has been tendered and accepted the principalship of the Alva Schools for the ensuing terms at a salary of $1200.


There will be no excuse for not celebrating this year. Picnics will be held at Streeter, Hamburg, Buffalo, Croton and last but not least Cheyenne who will celebrate on both the 4th and 5th. Miss Rae Fields was married to Ben Duke Cooksey at the ME church in Cheyenne Wednesday evening at 8:30 o’clock, the Rt. Rev. Matthews officiating.


On Saturday afternoon on the main street of Sayre, James W. Dobbs shot and instantly killed W.M. Branch, Justice of the Peace of that town. It seems that an old grudge had existed between the two men for some time, and of late the bad feeling between them had grown and the difficulty in which the killing took place was the out growth of this trouble of two years’ standing. From the best information obtainable it seems that the two men met on the street Saturday morning about 11:00 and after some words, Dobbs caught Branch around the neck with his left hand and thus holding him with his right hand, drew his revolver and shot him in the face. The bullet entering at the corner of the mouth and coming out at the back of the head in the base of the skull, killing him instantly. It is stated that Branch was unarmed at the time of the killing. Dobbs came to Cheyenne after the tragedy and is now in jail here. No preliminary examination has at yet been held and it may be several days before the examining trail is had. At that time, the full details of the affair will be brought out.


Cheyenne Star, July 4, 1907

On Wednesday last, Mrs. Manning living on Adams’ Farm near Durham left her little six weeks old baby lying on the bed, while she went to the garden near the house after vegetables. Returning to the house after about twenty minutes absence, the baby was missing. A hurried search resulted in finding the lifeless and horribly mutilated remains about 50 yards from the residence where it had been dragged by a large dog. The vicious animal had taken the baby from the bed and carried it to where it was found. The entire face and breasts of the baby had been devoured by the vicious brut before driven away from its little victim.


Crowds in Cheyenne for the 4th and 5th are expected to be record breakers. S. Jackson, who has been on the sick list for the past few days, is improving and will be able to see the elephants go round and the monkeys dance at the show today and tomorrow. Miss Laverne Young left Friday for Topeka, Kansas where she will spend a few weeks visiting relatives and friends. Charles Bebout and wife returned Saturday from an extended visit with relatives and friends at Missouri points. Rev. H.O. White formerly pastor of the Baptist Church at this place has been in town the last few days. Our farmers are now busily engaged in harvesting their wheat and oats. All reports are to the effect that these crops will turn out better than was expected. Keep off the fever by drinking Coca-Cola at Ed Taylor’s Ice Cream Parlor. County Court was in session Monday, Judge Tracy presiding. The coroner’s jury in the inquest on the body of W.M. Branch returned a verdict of willful and felonious killing against J.W. Dobbs. The preliminary examination will be held before Judge Andrews at Sayre on July 17. Growing crops have improved greatly during the last month and now the chances for a big corn crop are bright. Cotton is doing well and is rapidly making good the time loss because of cold weather in the spring. The ground is now full of moisture, which insures great growth for several weeks. The following parties made proof of their homestead before A.H. Carter, U.S. Commissioner, during the past week: Minnie Gillespie of Crawford; Fred W. Campbell of Rankin; Nathan B. Ford of Roll; Finley E Mason of Rankin; Henry E Barbee, Ridgeton; James W. Thompson, Roll; Henry E. Thompson of Roll.


Arrangements have about been completed to change the road leading to the river north of town, so as to place it west of Sgt. Major. As it is now located, it is almost impassable in wet weather. This change will place the road on higher ground and is a move in the right direction. Nothing helps a town more than good roads thereto. A meeting of the Farmers Union Gin Company was held at the Court House Monday afternoon. A new board of directors was elected and arrangements made for placing the machinery and outfit in proper shape to take care of the coming cotton crop.


Cheyenne Star, July 11, 1907

The celebration on July 4&5 was a grand success. Winners of the prizes and purses were: Bronco Bustin Mr. Pinkston of Grand; 300 yard pony race, Roscoe Anderson first; Charles Armstrong second; Quarter Mile free for all race “Starter” owned by Anderson first, “Cub” owned by Joe Branch second; 3/8 mile free for all won by “Pat” owned by Jacks first, Shelton’s mare was second; Roping Contest Irvin Hunt 1 minute 6 seconds first, Orville Monroe 1 minute 38 seconds second. Lee Anderson threw his steer and tied in 37.5 seconds but failed to win out as the steer got up after being tied. Will Cheatham threw in 1 minute and 40 seconds. The other five entries failed to rope their steers during the time allowed. The best lady rider was Miss Carey Fields. Prettiest baby contest was won by little boy of Mr.and Mrs. Otis Vanderpool. Mrs. Robinson’s baby carried off the premium for the fattest baby under six months old. Oldest man on the grounds went to 87 year old Grandpa Thornton of Cheyenne. Miss Nance received a quart of ice cream for the auburn hair. Rev. Farrar took dinner at the expense of landlord Black as the fleshiest man on the ground. James Davidson was named the ugliest man while Billy Bonner was named laziest man at the celebration after a close race. Baseball game between the fats and leans was finally won by the leans. The fats were handicapped by the failure of Dad Cox and Rev. Farrar, the two main players of the heavy crowd, failing to show up when “Play Ball” was called. The game of ball between Red Moon and Lone Star was good and was won by the Lone Star Team. G.W. Sparks had the largest number of one family on the ground with 13. The tug of war between the old and the youngs was won by the old men led by Mr. Robinson. Mrs. Douglas carried away the nail driving prize. We don’t know what bait Oscar Casady and Bob Turner uses, but as a usual thing they bring a number of fine channel cat every time they go fishing.


Albert L. Archer, James W. Speck, John M. Holloway, Bartley C. Lytle, Thomas F. Smoot, Hannah Koontz made proof on their respected claims before Commissioner A.H. Carter on Wednesday. The annual session of the Farmers’ Institute to be held at Berlin on August 17. Rev. J.B. Green, a Baptist minister, aged 70 years died at his home near Rome on Sunday last and was buried on Monday evening under the auspices of the Masonic Order. Rev. Green had been a resident of Day County for the past five years and at one time was pastor of the Baptist Church at Dead Indian. He was well and favorably known in Cheyenne having held meetings here at various times. He leaves a widow and nine children, eight daughters and one son to mourn his loss. The Masonic brethren attending the funeral from Cheyenne were John C. Hendricks, T.M. Miller, E.E. Tracy, A.G. Gray, J.H. Osborne, A.J. Smith, F.O. Leach, T.W. Thornton and J.H. Kendall. The Rev. H.O. White has purchased the Dewey property and will again take up his residence in Cheyenne. John Gober of Woodward has been in town the last few days. Strayed to Mrs. Bryant’s farm four miles south of town a few weeks since, a yearling heifer.


S. Jackson who has been confined to his residence with an attack of fever is getting along nicely and will soon be able to be out again. John Salyer has been quite ill for several days but is now improving. In 1896 the public debt of USA was 2, 675, 000,000.00, which is $77 per capita. Now the debt is scarcely 966,000,000.00 or $11.55 per capita. It used to cost every American $4.12 to meet the debt; now it cost each of us .28 only. Thomas P. Smoot of Rankin and his witnesses, H.T. Smoot and John R. Taylor made proof on his place before A.H. Carter on Wed. last. Warren D. Goodman of Hamburg made proof before Carter yesterday. His witnesses were A.C. Wilson and E.N. McGlothlin. Herman Guernsey left for Crawford Wed. morning where he will have charge of the Cotton Exchange Bank at that place for the next month or two during the absence of cashier Bynum.


Cheyenne Star July 18, 1907

R.R. Bull and wife are the happy possessors of a brand new baby boy. Bills are out advertising the annual Streeter picnic on Aug 23-24. This is an annual affair at that place and is always a grand success. Miss Hattie Osborne of Miami, Texas is visiting her brother J.H. Osborne and sister, Mrs. R.N. Higgins. On Sat. morning last about 2 o’clock, fire broke out in the old Berlin Exchange Building and before being stopped had burned south to the corner completely destroying everything in its pathway. The fire fighting facilities of the little village were very meager and all efforts to stop or control the spread of the flames were futile. The bank building was owned by Oscar Caudle and contained the fixtures of the Berlin Exchange Bank, which closed its doors several weeks ago. The loss on the building was total with fair insurance. A small barber shop adjoining was a total loss with no insurance. Prentiss Rogers lost his entire drugs stock and building valued at $2,000 with no insurance. This building also contained the post office and fixtures which were a total loss. The Peebles and Hasket Pool Hall a total loss, no insurance. Rosser and Sons building and $6,000 stock of general merchandise was a total loss with but little insurance. The origin of the fire is unknown. This loss will be keenly felt in the little town both as an individual and community loss and the sympathy of the entire county is extended to the town and individuals of the town. Mrs. W.E. Kendall who has been in a very precarious condition for several days with typhoid fever is at this writing, resting well and prospects are considered favorable for her recovery. She has been attended by J.A. Adrain and sister of Elk City. Orville C. Cardwell passed to the great beyond on Friday, July 12, 1907 at Cheyenne. He was ill of typhoid fever for approximately one month. He was 25 years old.


Preliminary examination of J.W. Dobbs for the killing of Judge W.M. Branch at Sayre about three weeks ago is being held before Probate Judge Tracy at the Court House today. John C. Hendricks and D.W. Tracy are representing the territory and


John B. Harrison of Sayre and Col. R.B. Forrest are looking after the interest of the defendant. Quite a number of people are present and the trial is attracting considerable attention. Alex Clap, the painter, is around again after wrestling several days with a severe attack of fever. Gilbert Thompson of Roll, and George W. Feilner of Rankin made proof of their respective claims. Ben Egnew of Harold made proof on his Day County claim. Lot Laughton, Herring and Young’s efficient bookkeeper left Tuesday for a well earned vacation, which he will spend with relatives and friends in Iowa. Buford Fields is spending this week at Ft. Worth, Texas. Billy Comes(sp) left Tuesday for Ardmore, I.T. Leo Beaty is at Elk City. Henry Collums left Tuesday for Connorville, I.T. A big bunch of ponies passed through town Tuesday in route from Arizona to Comanche County. R.E. Echols of Elk City and D.W. Tracy and John C. Hendricks were at Grand Monday attending the preliminary examination of the Converse Brothers in connection with the closing of the Hamburg Bank. The defendants were bound over to await the action of the grand


jury. The infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Bean, died on Saturday last and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery Sunday. Jess Rosser was up from Berlin Sunday and spent the day with friends near Cheyenne. Ben Eggleston has leased the dining room at Hotel Black, taking charge last week. Mr. Black still has charge of the rooming department. Mr. and Mrs. S. Jackson welcomed the arrival of a sweet little baby girl on July 8. Dr. Simms who has been at Shattuck the past two months, returned to Cheyenne Sat.


Cheyenne Star July 25, 1907

S. Jackson and A.S. McKinney were at Grand the past week. John Casady of the Crawford Blade and H.B. Guernsey of the Cotton Exchange Bank were down from Crawford Sun.


The Clifton Remedy Country closed a week’s engagement here Saturday night last. They gave good clean entertainments and received a liberal patronage. The two fine rocking chairs were secured by J.R. and Mrs. Casady being the most popular couple in town. W.H. and Mrs. Lee who have been confined to their rooms for several days are now on the mend. Mr. Brown, formerly of the firm of Brown, Thornton and Montague at this place, but now located in Oklahoma City, is in town this week on business. Marriage license: W.F. Welch and Miss Belle Griffith both of Hammon. In a drive west as far as Rankin, it is noticeable that while all crops are late, that the prospects are good. Corn is looking green and growing fast and cotton looking well. Wheat and oats are in the shock and the yield per acre will be good. In fact with a sufficient moisture the rest of the season, the farmers of Roger Mills will have nothing to complain of. W.T. Bonner has been confined to his bed for the last week with slow fever, but at this writing is improving and will soon be out again. Walter Blackburn is out again after a few weeks hassle of typhoid fever. E.C. Winford and Miss Florence McGee of Anson, Texas were married at the home of the bride’s parents July 3, 1907. The bride and groom arrived at Cheyenne a few days ago and will make this their home. Margie and Katherine Falconer are visiting at the Dudney home at Redmoon this week. Little Alfred, the 8 month old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Gray, died on Tuesday evening last and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery Wednesday afternoon after funeral ceremonies at the Methodist Church. The baby was sick only a short time and its death was entirely unexpected. Carl Kemp is having a well dug on his lots south of the Court House and will we understand, erect a residence in the near future. Stoney Duke was here from Elk City yesterday. Lee Anderson was up from Sayre Monday. Ben Cooksey of the new drug, has been on the sick list and confined to his room the past few days. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Watson left Saturday for a several day visit at Mangum. J.E. Montague, the hustling real estate and loan agent, has been on the sick list several days.


Quite a number of Cheyenne progressive citizens are discussing the proposition of incorporating our town under the territorial laws governing towns and villages.


A grand Farmers Union Picnic will be held at Graves Grove on the banks of the Washita, six miles northwest of Cheyenne August 2&3, 1907. Several prominent speakers will be in attendance. The affairs of the Union Gin Company have been arranged and the plant at this place will be put in perfect condition for the fall season. A.C. Smith will have the general management and control of the plant for the coming season. The 8 month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Little died Friday and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery Saturday.


The preliminary examination of J.W. Dobbs for the killing of W.M. Branch at Sayre was held before Judge E.E. Tracy Thurs-day. D.W. Tracy and John C. Hendricks and Judge Brown of Mangum represented the territory and John B. Harrison of Sayre and R.B. Forrest of El Reno has charge of the defense. The testimony brought out about the same facts as heretofore published and the court held that the charge of murder had been sustained and held the defendant without bond to await the action of the grand jury.


Cheyenne Star August 1, 1907

The Roger Mills Democrat at Elk City has again changed hands. C.S. Gilkerson and John Winn are now the proprietors, buying it from W.P. Francis. It is understood that Judge Gilkerson will be the editor and manager beginning with next week. While Tom Watson was rebuilding his barn Wednesday, a pole fell and struck him on the head causing a painful but not serious wound. Pauline Higgins, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Higgins is very sick. After August 1 persons mailing postcards and postal cards may write upon the left hand of the front of the card or postal card, leaving only 2/3 of the front of the card for the address. That has always been the case in foreign countries and after August 1 it will be permissible in the USA. The Post Office Dept. has now established the name of the Elk City Post Office as Elk City instead of Busch. P.C. Hughes was also appointed postmaster. Deputy Sheriff J.R. Richerson arrested on suspicion a man at Sayre yesterday and placed him in jail at this place. The man is supposed to be James Richerson who killed a deputy sheriff in California on the 15th day of last March for whom there is a reward of $1000. {There are two articles concerning railroad rates of from 2 to 2.25 cent passenger rate, which the writer assumes to be per mile-does anyone know for sure?}


Reports from the Land Office at Guthrie show that as of July 1 Roger Mills County still contained 2,000 acres of vacant land, which is subject to homestead rights. Stockholders of the Farmers Union Gin Company are requested to be present at a meeting on August 1 at the Court House. Called by O.E. Brown, President. Mrs. Clyde Young left Mon. for Eureka, Montana to visit friends. Attorney R.E. Echols of Elk City was transacting business in probate court yesterday. A.J. Smith and wife left today for a visit with relatives in Georgia. Mrs. Huff left Tuesday for Elk City where she will spend several days visiting her daughter, Mrs. Ira Hensley. Miss Minnie Hart has resigned her position as Telephone operator here and Mrs. Anna Shaffee of Shattuck, OK accepted the position as telephone girl at this place. Miss Minnie Hart is now permanently located in the Telephone Office at Hollis, OK. Miss Verna Young returned Friday from an extended visit with friends and relatives in Kansas. Editor A.H. Carter is at Tulsa this week attending the Republican Convention. The alfalfa growers of this vicinity are harvesting their third crop for this season.


The County Commissioners met Monday for the purpose of making this year’s tax levy. The recent rains will insure a large corn crop for this community. Evangelist H.O. White left Sun. for Colorado, where he will conduct a series of protracted meetings. The picnic on the Washita Friday was well attended and all present reported a good time. Clarence Madden of Rankin neighborhood was in town Monday. Harry Brown left Monday for Texola where he intends to spend a few days visiting his brother, after which time he contemplates leaving for Arizona. Misses Pearl Huff and Carey Fields accompanied Miss Lela Hext to her home at Cataline, Texas Sun. and will spend a week visiting. Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Black and daughter, Miss Vie left Fri. for Kansas City where Miss Vie will receive treatment by an ear specialist. Editor Long of the Sayre Standard was in town Tuesday.


Messers Frank and Will Kendall left Mon. for an overland trip to Cheyenne, Wyo. The little six year old daughter (Claudia) of Mr. and Mrs. Collier was badly burned with coffee Monday morning.


Cheyenne Star August 8, 1907

Whenever the town of Cheyenne gets large enough to install a system of waterworks, it will have a supply of water available which cannot be excelled in the state. At the head of the Sgt. Major Creek, about 5 miles from Cheyenne, is a string of three artificial lakes known as Kendall lakes. They are fed by the largest springs in Roger Mills County, and the water is soft and good. These lakes are situated about 300 feet above the level of the town of Cheyenne and all that would be required to furnish a perpetual water supply for the town would be to run a pipe from the lakes. The natural fall would supply enormous pressure, no pumping plant would be necessary and the plant could be operated at a minimum of expense as the only labor required would be just enough to keep the system in proper repair. These lakes are stocked with game fish and are becoming a popular summer resort.


Roger Mills County Farmers Institute will be held in the City Hall at Berlin August 17, 1907. The programs on cotton growing by the director of the OK Agriculture Experiment Station; corn growing by J.H. Smith of Berlin; Stock Food vs. Horse Sense by the Secretary of the OK Board of Agriculture. There will be a basket dinner; raising broomcorn by J.H. McFarland of Elk City and O.H. Robinson of Harrington; Livestock and the factor of cotton production by the Ok Director of the Experiment Station; Alfalfa raising by Paul Oehme of Sayre. O.F. Hines is the President of this Institute and Alice Blackburn serves as secretary.


Mrs. Georgia Morris, widow of W.G. Morris, who has been a resident of Cheyenne since the original settlement of the town, died at Mobeetie, Texas on Thursday last and was buried at that place. She leaves four children the oldest being only fourteen years old. Francis Madden aged about 21 years, died at his home near Rankin on Tuesday last and was buried in the Family Cemetery on Tuesday. Francis was well known here at Cheyenne where he was a general favorite both with young and old, and it is regret that we chronicle his early demise. He leaves a mother, two brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.


Mrs. C.W. Tedrowe and son John left Wed. on a trip through New Mexico. The irrepressible Boots Fields returned Wed. from a three week visit in Texas and Indian Territory. Clyde Young is contemplating the erection of a good business building on his lot adjoining the Allen Barn. Herman Guernsey who has charge of the Crawford Exchange Bank during the absence of Cashier Bynum, has returned and is now at the assistant cashier desk of the Cotton Exchange Bank at this place. Joseph Pyle had the misfortune to have a runaway team run into his buggy on his way to Cheyenne Tuesday morning, turning the buggy over and throwing Mr. and Mrs. Pyle out. No serious damage was done except Pyle’s face was badly scratched and his beauty impaired for several days. It was a narrow escape and Mr. Pyle and family are congratulating themselves over the fortunate termination of what might have proven a serious accident. Little Pauline Higgins, 12 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Higgins died on Friday last and was interred in the Cheyenne cemetery following Saturday. Pauline was a promising, bright child and the loss is felt keenly by the bereaved parents. It looks as though providence has laid his hand heavily on this afflicted family; this being the fifth death among the children of this family within the past 16 months. They have the sympathy of the entire community.


Rhett D. Jones and Myrtle Thompson of Roll secured the necessary papers from Judge Tracy this week and will travel life’s road in the future. George Hutton and wife have gone to Hot Springs, Arkansas where Mrs. Hutton who has been in poor health for some time, will take treatments. Just as we go to press the dispatch reached Cheyenne bringing the sad news of the death of Mrs. J.A. Brown at Shattuck. Mrs. Brown was well known here at Cheyenne and vicinity and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Pierce, and a sister of Byrd and Bunn Pierce. A.H. Carter is calling the republicans of Roger Mills Co. to hold a mass convention at the court house in Cheyenne on Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 sharp.


Cheyenne Star, August 15, 1907

J.B. Waugh a democratic speaker from the I.T., is billed for the court house Friday night at 8:00. Quite a number are making final proof on their claims at the present time. Among those who made final proof before A.H. Carter, U.S. Commissioner, during the past week were: J.L. Ray, John H. Wood, Adolph Miller, Thomas Archer as Guardian for Quincy M. Miller, (insane), Ishom Chesney, A.C. Scott, J.W. Parsons, John Walker, Gostav Schelletier, J.R. Park, Nellie Wilson, John W. Farmer, William H. Martin, John Cook, William G. Black, Sally H. Cannonm, Louis Hoover, Leslie C. Chase, and Patterson N. Oakes Jr. Fully as many will make proof on their claims next week and at the rate the homesteader is making application for final proof, it is only a question of a very short time when all the land in Roger Mills County will be patented. This will also make quite a difference in the taxable wealth of the county. Judge Tracy has issued since January 1, 1907, 125 marriage licenses. B.W. Archer and Miss Minnie Okirksey, living east of Cheyenne, were granted a matrimonial permit Wed. and were quietly married at the probate judge’s office.


A.C. Smith will have charge of the Farmer’s Union Gin this season and is now fitting it up in preparation for the cotton season. Texmo has a big two days picnic on Aug 221-22. Mr. and Mrs. R.N. Higgins have returned from a few days visit at Miami, Texas. NOTICE: I have sold my drugs store and all parties indebted to me are requested to call in and settle and save collection fees. F.W. Pollock, Hamburg, OK.


Herring and Young Store has for sale the grand busybee disc talking machine(Grammophone) The Masonic Lodge of this place has secured the necessary ground in block 48(our understanding that Sam Maddux gave this land and is the same block where the Masonic Lodge stands today) and will within a few days break ground for the erection of a fine two story pressed brick building 40×70 feet. They will use the upper story for lodge rooms and the lower floor will be fitted up as the finest storeroom in the county. This building will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000 and will be a most substantial addition to the business buildings of our town. The members of the lodge are to be congratulated on the enterprise and progressive spirit displayed in this enterprise. The Roger Mills County Farmers Institute will be held in the city hall at Berlin Aug 17, 1907. Among the topics to be covered will be cotton growing by a representative of the OK Agriculture Experiment Station; Corn growing by J.H. Smith of Berlin; Ag Education by Professor at Stillwater; Broomcorn growing by J.H. McFarland of Elk City and O.H. Robinson of Harrington; Alfalfa growing by Paul Oehme of Sayre.


JC. Hendricks is at Mangum today where Judge Irwin will hear arguments on a motion to grant bond to J.W. Dobbs now confined at this place charged with killing of Judge W.M. Branch. Mrs. Pearl Huff and Carey Fields returned last week from a few days’ visit with friends at Hext’s Ranch.


In this issue of this paper will be found a card of Dr. B.V. Grant, physician and surgeon who has recently located at Hamburg for the practice of his profession. H.D. Cox and wife left Monday for Mineral Wells, Texas for a several weeks sojourn.


Cheyenne Star, August 22, 1907

Whittom and Maltby have leased the Miller Livery Barn and will take charge at once. New rigs will be put in and everything brought up to date. Give the boys a call. They will treat you right. Attend the R.N. Higgins’ sale at his farm ½ mile south of town Saturday, August 31, 1907, where he will sell all of his personal property. We understand that Mr. Higgins contemplates a trip to the Klondike in the near future. J.R. Emerson, our old time butcher and meat cutter, and one of those general, wholed soul fellows is always good to meet is in from Canadian, Texas this week, shaking hands with his many friends. Stoney Jackson has returned from a week’s outing from New Mexico points. Milo and Mrs. Burlingame returned today from a several days’ visit with friends at Elk City.


The two days picnic and farmer’s chautauqua held at Berlin last Fri and Sat. was well attended and so much a success that arrangements are already being made to have a two days farmers’ chautauqua at the same place next year. There were speeches, ball games, footraces and etc. which were greatly enjoyed. A large number of stands were on the grounds along with a merry go round and a good time was had. A fine display of products were shown and the people were amazed at some of the things on exhibition. Timothy hay, 4 feet high raised by John H. Magill, southwest of Berlin; Alfalfa ready to cut the fourth time this season was shown by J.J. Parrish, south of Cheyenne; Bermuda grass planted in May with runners 8 feet long by O.F. Hines; Corn so high it could not stand up in the hall and excellent specimens of barley, wheat, potatoes, onions, cotton, etc, shows what Roger Mills County can do. J.M. Johnson of Elk City who was in attendance told us that the creamery at Elk City expects to soon have a station at Berlin and also a route from Harrington. Mr. Lee Barton and Miss Ethel Goodell were married Sun at the home of the bride’s parents seven miles northwest of Cheyenne. Lon Osborn who resides near town, brought in a large badger which he killed near town Monday. Charles Finch and Mr. Lozier of the Dempsey neighborhood were in town Wed. Mrs. Alice McDaniel has moved to her farm on the Washita River near RedMoon. John C Hendricks and family left Mon for Colorado Springs for a several weeks’ outing. There will be a big picnic at Hasbrooks’ Grove on Nine Mile Creek on Wed. and Thurs. Sep. 4&5. Among those who have submitted proof before A.H. Carter, U.S. Commissioner within the past week are: Josie Crane of Harrington; Carl Davis, John J. Robinson, James Parkinson, Joseph Q. Davis, William Hanawalt of Roll; George W. Underwood, James W. Provines, William E. Popham, Robert C. Provines, H.C. Jaeger, Sarah C. Ford, William McDaniel, B.F. Ford, Jesse T. Moore, Henry Perry, George H. Dodgien, John R. Taylor, W.H. Jencks, Sarah C. Fields, John H. Swearingen, Louie W. McKnight, Abraham L. Grace, Elmer C. Colton, Charles A Jencks. A big picnic will be held at Moad’s Grove near Carpenter north of Elk City on Wed. and Thurs. Aug 28 & 29. This will be one of the big events of the season. All political parties will be represented by prominent speakers and the issues of the campaign will be fully discussed. Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Stephens are the proud parents of a fine baby boy.


Durham Dispatch Newspaper, August 1, 1907 (Cheyenne Star missing files of August 29, 1907)

This is No. 11 of Volume 1 of the Durham Dispatch, August 1, 1907 and the final issue.

Mart Bledsoe is still very ill at this writing. He moved to town the first of the week. Dr. White had a coal house erected the first of the week. Price and Holstine done the work. Rural Route #2 started this morning with W.R. Potter as carrier. Mr. and Mrs. Owens went to Canadian Sun. Mrs. Owens returned Thursday but George will remain at Canadian for the time being. W.C. Barber and George Lewis each received a check for $150, amount due them from the National Livestock Insurance Company for horses lost. Remember the SS picnic at Hughes grove the 15th. S.F. Guier was in Canadian the first of week on business. There was a singing at the Durham Schoolhouse Monday evening. The postoffices of Creston and Cuthburt were discontinued this week. Mail comes to Durham. Mrs. Dr. White is suffering from an abscess on her hand. W.B. Rakes of Hamburg was in this city today. Moore and Winford the hustling and genial farm loan men of Cheyenne were circulating in these parts the first of the week. BORN to Mr. and Mrs. George Williams of Eller Flats, July 30th, a baby girl. S.E. Millard of Creston will hold a sale Aug. 13. A.X. Grace the hustling auctioneer will cry the sale. Gantz Bros. threshing engine set fire to two wheat stacks while threshing at W.J. Noblitt’s on Wed. and both stacks were completely consumed. The machine man and neighbors made heroic efforts to save the grain but all efforts proved futile. A.L. Vaughn was taken quite sick on the road to Canadian Tuesday and had to consult a physician after arriving in town. F.W. Duttenhaver made a trip to Canadian the first of the week. EVELYN ECHOES: A weary Willie (a tramp) called at Barbers one day last week and demanded something to eat of Mrs. Barber’s mother, Mrs. Manning, who is not used to tramp’s and was much frightened, but Mrs. Barber soon settled his trampship and he didn’t get the lunch either until he paid for it. John Keller lost another horse this week. Born to Mrs. and Mrs. Dan Humphrey, Sat, July 27, a daughter, who will answer to the name of Beulah. Mrs. Manning is now visiting her son Don. Rev. Dougherty preached a stirring temperance sermon Sun. at the Durham Schoolhouse. It looks like a series of temperance lectures would do more good in this community than a singing school. There is another threshing machine in the neighborhood which is threshing at Mr. Cecil’s today. Bob Davidson has returned from Mexico. Mr. Abram threshed last week. He only had a small crop of oats, 4,000 bushels in all. He had them contracted at Canadian at $1.60 per hundred. Saturday, he had 10 teams on the road hauling as his contract expired Sat. night. Walter Fluellin’s baby fell over on its face on the bed and smothered to death while the family were at supper. There was an attempt made to organize a singing school at the Durham Schoolhouse Mon. evening, but owing to the busy season, it was postponed. W.C. Barber and C.E. Perry went to Canadian Wed.


There was a dance at Billy Adams’ Tues. night. A good time was reported by one of the boys.


MELROSE NEWS: John and Henry Baker was called to the bedside of their sister, Mrs. Henry McBratney of Higgins. D.O. Cloud and E. Poff spent Fri. and Sat. at Arnett. ADS: Durham Realty Co., Crawford Cotton Exchange Bank, G.M. White, M.D., A.X.Grace Auctioneer, W.S. Martin Insurance, G.W. Little Department Store, Durham Blacksmith, R.W. Duttenhaver Prop. VERNON NEWS: J.F. Cowarden run a nail in his foot with the want of a sole.Charley Fisher is cutting hay for J.F. Cowarden this week. The Briggs boys completed Jim Hartnett a fine well this week. The dance at Hammond’s Thurs. was well attended. Miss Lena Bureaw and Jim Cain attended Camp Meeting on the flats Sun. FROM SOUTH OF DURHAM: Mr. Brison is to have a sale with A.X. Grace auctioneer. Tom DeBord bought two O.I.C. sows this week. Frank Griffin is in the near future going to move into the house on the McClure place. The new home of Caal Gates is rapidly nearing completion. Curtis McClure bought a nice team of one year old horses at Crosses’ sale Tues. J.H. Roche sold 12 head of milk cows and 8 calves to Teddy Trammell at $23.50 a head. Kurt White bought a gray “hoss” the other day. Thieves stole a set of harnass belonging to Fred Cross. Watch out you don’t buy or trade for them. In the near future John Pullum is going to have a well drilled on his place by those hydraulic experts, Cain and Evans. Nail and Sadler took their binder to the Grace Ranch last week and cut 50 acres of oats and barley, average per acre about 35 bushels. If you want to learn to raise good cotton, call on either John Pullum or Mr. May. Will Coym declines to chop cotton on the Sabbath, that is right Will, but don’t let the preacher know that you stay out late on so many nights. About 300 yards north of McCord’s is a dangerous hole in the section line. Look out for it! E.H. Hoyt, Editor


Cheyenne Star, September 5, 1907

R.N. Higgins’ Sale on Sat. last was well attended and prices ranged good on everything sold. H.D. Cox purchased Bob Higgins’ fine buggy team at the sale and now claims to have the best driving team in this “neck of the prairie”. The court house was crowded to its utmost capacity and close attention was paid to one of the best, most logical and most convincing temperance speeches we have ever had the privilege of hearing. It was delivered at the courthouse by “Cyclone” Davis, the noted Texas Temperance Orator. Quite a number of hunters are out after the festive prairie chicken and a great many of them cannot tell the difference between the chicken and the quail. The game warden has this distinction down fine, boys and you had better “look a little out”. Miss Velda Tomlinson and brother Grant left Wed. for El Reno where she will attend school this coming winter. Miss Odeca Franklin is very sick of fever. J.W. Dobbs family have moved up from Sayre and now occupy the residence recently vacated by E.E. Tracy. W.H. Lee is building an addition to his residence. The residence being built by Carl Kemp in the south part of town is near completion and when finished will be a very neat residence. Three loads of Broomcorn came to town today. Will Casady, who resides 2 miles southwest of town, had on exhibition this week a fine sample of cotton.


On the 10th of Sep the University of OK will begin its 16th year. It began with a wild prairie for a campus, a rock house downtown for a building, three men for a faculty and some 100 youth who never had a high school training. Among those who made final proof before A.H. Carter were: R.E. L. Webb, William Allen, C.T. Eades, Crawford; Eva Stickland and James H. Baker of Durham; Homer Tomlinson of Ridgeton.


J.M. Farris of Sweetwater, candidate of Republicans for Co. Atty was transacting business in town. Mr. Tomlinson of Rankin neighborhood had the misfortune to have his large barn destroyed by fire on Thurs. night last. J.W. Finch one of our most progressive farmers, has been appointed as a delegate from Roger Mills Co to attend the Farmer’s Congress of the U.S. to be held at OKC during October. Charley Finch left last week for Weatherford where he will attend the Southwestern State Normal School this winter. Miss Lucile McKinney returned to Edmond on Saturday last and will spend the winter there attending school. S. Jackson, wife and little baby girl were thrown from their buggy on Sunday evening last while out driving. Mrs. Jackson and baby were severely bruised but not seriously injured. R.V. Converse undertook one day last week to couple up his freight wagons on the run. He made the coupling alright but lost the first joint of the index finger on his left hand. R.V. says as a surgical operation, it was a complete success. W.H. Jencks one of the enterprising farmers of the Berlin neighborhood will leave in a few days for Sumner Iowa where he will spend the winter. Jim Moore had the misfortune to have a valuable young mule killed by lightening on Sat. evening last. Miss Verna Young and Mrs. Emma White left Mon. to attend the Weatherford Normal School. Willie Keen left Sun. to attend School at Weatherford.


Republican County Convention met at the courthouse Sat. Central Committeeman A.H. Carter; C.Falconer, Secretary; D.G. Moore of Texmo elected Chairman; Charles Shufeldt, Secretary. Committee on Resolutions consisted of S.M. Riggs, J.T. Rankin, A.W. Dane, J.M. Farris, George W. Seifert were appointed. Nominations for upcoming election were as follows: For legislature Richard Zimmerman, Texmo; Co Atty J.M. Farris of Sweetwater; Sheriff Joe A. Moad of Kiowa; Co. Clerk Lee M. Dudney of Redmoon; Register of Deeds E.W. Franklin of Grimes; District Clerk A.H. Carter of Cheyenne; Co. Treasurer G.H. Dodgion of Cheyenne; Co. Supt Miss Lizzie Borden of Grimes; Co Surveyor Charles Finch of Dempsey; Co. Judge S.A. Fisk of Croton; Co. Comm #1 S.A. Hardy; Co Comm #2 W.T. Hart; Co Comm. #3 S.H. Phoenix.


Cheyenne Star, September 12, 1907

The Cheyenne Lodge of the Order of Rebekahs will hold their anniversary celebration at Wallace’s grove on Sept 20. We all know that one of the cardinal virtues of a member of Rebekah Lodge is good cooking so we can rest assured that the inner man will be well provided for. Miss Jewel Miller left Sun to enter school at Ft. Worth, Tx. Mrs. Grace Farrar will attend school at Guthrie. Ed Morris will hold a public sale at his farm, 11 mile southwest of Cheyenne on Thurs. Sep 19. Livestock, farm implements of all kinds, crops of corn, cotton, kafir corn, cane and alfalfa will be sold. James E. Anderson of Rome, Dicie Smith of Cheyenne, W.W. Sanford of Roll, T.J. DeBord of Durham, May Ingram of Crawford, Thomas W. Briggs of Crawford were among the number who made proof before A.H. Carter this week. George W. Franklin of the Dempsey neighborhood gladden the hearts of the Star force by leaving two nice large watermelons last Sat. M.J. Calvert had on exhibition one day this week a cotton stalk which had 90 well developed bolls. Reports are to the effect that if frost will hold off, the cotton crop will be the best ever raise.


Mac and Shelly Tracy left Sat. for Norman Oklahoma where they will attend school. Milo Burlingame is selling out his liquor store. John C. Hendricks and family returned Fri from a month’s outing at Colorado Springs, Colorado. L.W. Pate, Charley McClain and Bob Turner, who have been for the past ten days attending the National Lodge of Eagles at Norfolk, Va. returned from their trip Mon. While away they attended the exposition at Jamestown and they reported it the biggest thing ever.


Cheyenne Star, September 19, 1907

John T. Cronin, the good looking and affable manager of Herring and Young’s establishment at this place made a sneak on his many friends on Sun. last and took unto himself a bride. The happy bride is Miss Nona Hornbeak, one of the most popular and highly respected ladies of Cheyenne. The ceremony was very quiet and only the high contracting parties and the bride’s sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. S. Jackson being present.


Ed Lozier and J.W. Finch of Dempsey neighborhood came in Thurs. to see how it happened. Election returns for Tues. Sep. 17 were: The County voted Yes for the State Constitution and Yes for the Prohibition Question. Governor C.N. Haskell, Congressman 5th District Scott Farris, Congressman 2nd District Elmer Fulton, State Senator R.E. Echols, Representative J.L. Paschall, Co. Judge E.E. Tracy, Co. Atty. W.H. Mouser, District Clerk W.T. Madden, Co. Clerk John H. Osborn, Sheriff J.M. Evans, Co. Treasurer J.E. Keen, Register of Deeds A.G. Gray, Surveyor R.N. Higgins, Supt of Schools T.C. Moore, Co. Weigher E.F. Stephens, Coroner C.H. Madden, Commissioner#1 G.W. Hutton, Comm #2 A.W. Ganaway, Comm. #3 Sam Kendall.


L.A. Anderson will sell at his place 12 miles northwest of Cheyenne on the Washita River on October 1, 1907, at 10:00 fifteen head of horses, mules, cattle, 250 hogs, farming implements of all descriptions and various other article too numerous to mention. Farmers Union Gin Company started operation this morning and ginned out several bales this being the first bales being put out at Cheyenne for this year. J.H. Westbrook brought in the first load on Mon. and received $3.70 per hundred weight and a premium of $25 for first bale. Census for Roger Mills Co for 1900 was 13,239 people. Oklahoma City has 40,000. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hiatt of Carpenter were in town Thurs where Frank transacted business with county officials. T.H. Madden will hold a public sale at his place four mile east of Rankin Mon, Sep 30. All horses, mules, calves, cows, household goods, farming utensils will be sold to the highest bidder. J.E. Jones left Editor Carter’s family a most luscious watermelon. A young man named Stevens of the Hamburg neighborhood had an arm severely bruised and crushed in a broomcorn thresher one day last week. Cheyenne Public Schools opened on Monday last with the following teachers: Prof Rust, Principal; Miss Jo Redden, Miss Ethel Stevens, Mrs. M.A. Converse assistants. George S. Cogill, age 54, died on Sun afternoon last at the residence of his sister, Mrs. L.L. Collins. His remains were shipped to his old home in Ohio for burial and were accompanied by Mrs. Collins, his sister and S.A. Wallace and Mrs. Mollie Casady. Lester H. Brown of the Berlin neighborhood was in town today. Sat. evening several boys took a notion to “ride up” the town, and after the sheriff and justice of the peace got through with them, they were just $14.75 wiser.


Cheyenne Star, September 26, 1907

Every Section 13 in the territory, not already filed upon, will now be set aside for school purposes in a recent enabling act passed by the state. Frank Blosser was arrested today and will be taken to New Mexico where he is wanted on a charge of burglary. W.A. Beaty will purchase your fat hogs. Mrs. L.W. Pate is selling out her millinery stock at cost. Fresh eggs are worth 15 cents per dozen this week and firm fresh country butter is worth 20 cents a pound.


Marriage Licenses: George A. Blackburn and Miss Pearl Bashaw both of Texmo; B.B. Howard and Miss Lena Butler both of Grimes. Sedalia is now taking on a “Boom”, having laid out a town site, contracted building of a gin and expect to have a good town there in the near future. The man who drew ticket #99 for the famous “Rose Valley” Whiskey given away by Milo Burlingame can present your ticket and get same. C.H. Madden, of the Rankin neighborhood is holding down the prescription case at the Cooksey Drugs Store during the illness of Ben Cooksey. The Dobbs Livery & Sale Stable at Sayre was totally destroyed by fire Tuesday night. This building had but very recently been purchased by Prof. Cole of Cheyenne and the total destruction of the same will cause a severe loss. The barn was one of the largest and best livery stables in western Oklahoma and was leased to Lee Anderson, formerly of Cheyenne. Mr. Anderson loses several buggies, harness, feed and other fixtures. The building carried $2,000 insurance but this amount will not near cover the loss.


Cheyenne Star, October 3, 1907

The recent heavy rains had again demonstrated the fact that western Oklahoma is not in the “drought” strip of America. The Cheyenne Public Schools now in its third week are settling down to business and the prospects point to a most successful term. Little Miss Edna Madden who has been quite ill for some time was removed to El Reno this week for treatment. T.H. Madden, her brother, accompanied her to El Reno. Dr. C.W. Tedrowe, of Cheyenne who is interested in the new hospital and sanitarium at Shattuck. He was visiting with his brother-in-law, Dr. Wallace.


Rural Route #2 will be in operation from Cheyenne beginning Nov 16. This route will cover the territory east going nearly to Sedalia post office, and will be of great benefit to the country covered. Wilson Daniels places us under obligations for an extra fine watermelon which was duly appreciated by the whole force and also the Carter family.


The series of protracted meetings being held at the Baptist Church by Revs Farrar and White are well attended and considerable interest is manifested. A heavy hail Sunday evening did an immense amount of damage to growing crops north and west of Cheyenne. J.C. Thornton, Cheyenne’s hustling real estate dealer, sold the Smith-Harrison Farm near town last week to William Lamb of Caddo County. John C. Hendricks went down to Sayre last week to look after his interests in that town. He has recently purchased the Hugh Bell property on fifth street, where he will make his residence in a few weeks. Milo Burlingame applying for liquor license and some were protesting it. A. Falconer who has been down the cashier’s desk at the Day County Bank at Grand during the absence of J.P. Johnson, returned to Cheyenne Saturday evening. Herman Guernsey who had been spending his vacation at OKC and vicinity is back at his desk at the Cotton Exchange Bank. Mrs. H.B. Dewey offers a 20 day course in physical culture for $5.00; elocution at $4 per month. Young ladies will be more graceful and beautiful after taking this course. Mrs. L.W. Pate is closing out her millinery stock at cost. Shell Caffey offers 160 acre farm for sale. The houses of Will Jergens, Carl Kemp and W.H. Lee are nearing completion and will soon be ready for occupancy. A.S. McKinney and H.D. Cox are building large feed barns. Broomcorn prices have been on the boom for the past few days and our farmers have been crowding that product to market. Hunters should remember that it is unlawful to shoot quail before October 15. The season opens too soon, the quail should be protected.


Cheyenne Star, October 10, 1907

Married at the home of the bride’s parents on Sunday last, Miss Abby Kendall to Leon Young, Rev. H.O. White officiating. The bride is the daughter of W.D. Kendall and groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Young.


John T. Kendall of Cheyenne,;Alice M. Condo of Streeter; William L. Shugart and Jess L. Shugart of Roll; made proof on their claims before A.H. Carter, U.S. Commissioner. J.A. Mayberry, ex-County Commissioner was up from Sayre Monday and Tuesday seeing the “wheels go round” in the administration of county affairs. W.D. Kendall, who is as good a farmer as he is a county official, sold A.S. McKinney on Monday last, 250 young hogs, receiving therefore the neat little sum of $1200.00. All of this stock was raised by Mr. Kendall within the past 6 months, and with sales of pigs made previously makes his receipts from this stock alone, over $1500.00 during that time. Don’t tell us that the hog business, when taking in connection with an alfalfa farm, isn’t the proper caper in Oklahoma. At the Beckham County fair held at Elk City last week , the three year old draft percheron stallion, owned by Beaty, Bonner, Good and Patterson of Cheyenne, carried off the blue ribbon over all competitors. The owners are to be congratulated over the good judgment shown in purchasing an animal that is recognized as second to none.


John B. Harrison, one of the legal lights of Beckham County, was in town Tuesday. L.W. Pate is in OKC this week purchasing new goods and taking in the sites at the fair. Burlingame was granted his saloon license.


Cotton is coming in quite freely and bringing a good price. The late rains and the frost Tuesday morning caused the bolls to open freely and the fields are now white with the fleecy staple. N.R. Monroe is having an addition built to his residence. The fair at Elk City was a grand success despite the inclement weather on Thursday and Friday. Good attendance from Saturday through Tuesday. Lloyd Monroe, Orville Monroe, Lewis Elliott, Lafe Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Leon Young left Sunday for OKC where they spent several days attending the fair. The blizzard Monday is a gentle reminder that summer is on the wain, and that you had better begin to look out for the coal pile that will be needed to keep you comfortable when winter does arrive.


“Cheyenne has more worthless cur dogs to the number of inhabitants than any other town in the new state”. So said a traveling man as he sat in front of the Hotel Black once day last week. We believe he knew what he was talking about. Mrs. Alice Blackburn of Berlin is arranging for a county convention of Singing Schools. S. Naran(s)g , who handles the cleaver and knives at the Stahl Butcher Shop, received word Thursday of the death of his mother, aged 83 years at her home near Mansfield, Ohio. The little two month old baby of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Sine died at the home of Milo Burlingame Friday morning. When Mr. and Mrs. Sine had just arrived from Indiana the previous day and were on their way to Mr. Sine’s farm near town.


Don Cox and family arrived last week from New Mexico, where they have been residing for the past year, and is again located in Cheyenne. Don says there are worst places than Cheyenne in the world.


Cheyenne Star, October 17, 1907

The late Federal Census of the new state taken under the direction of the Federal Census Bureau, shows that our total population is 1,414, 042. The Aerie of the Eagles are making arrangements for a grand supper and ball under the auspices of that order on the night of Nov. 20. Numerous mandamus proceedings have been begun in several Oklahoma counties to eject squatters from the lands allotted to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians. The squatters refuse to move, claiming a right to live on the lands through leases, which they obtained from the Indian owners, but which have never been approved by the Interior Department. The Indian always in need of money, is easily, is easily persuaded to lease his valuable allotment for pittance at the sight of ready cash and in this manner, land that is worth several hundred dollars a year is obtained for $40 or $50.


Prof. Harris, County Supt. is holding the last teacher examination at the court house today, that will be held in old Roger Mills County. Dr. Riley, the man whom three years ago the Democrats of Roger Mills County elected to the office of Coroner of this county, was again before Squire Casady, on Saturday last charged with carrying a six-shooter. It seems from the evidence adduced at the trial that a general free for all was taking place in a wagon yard at Elk City, and that Riley took it upon himself to go over to the yard and quell the disturbance, and in the quieting of this rowl he flourished a gun, as one of the witnesses put it, in the neighborhood of a “foot long” and in consequence of this act was arrested. The defense demanded a trial and he was found guilty as charged.


A new swindle is abroad in the land and a number of farmers throughout the west have suffered. The swindler sells barbed wire stretching machines. He has various ways of getting into the confidence of his victim but the following trick has been played most frequently, and we regret to say, quite successfully. He leaves the machine and 40 rods of good wire—sometimes putting on the wire as a sample of his good work—for trial, requiring the farmer to sign for the return of the stretcher. The farmer signs for $3, which he learns from some bank where the paper has been negotiated, turns out to be $300. It pays to deal with well-known parties, especially when you sign your name.


Cheyenne Star, October 24, 1907

The little infant baby of Justus Brown, (old time resident of Cheyenne, now residing in Shattuck, engaged in the bakery business) died at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. L. Pierce this morning.


It is now thought that the proclamation admitting Oklahoma into statehood will be made between the 10th and 15th of November. S.A. Elliott is making preparations for the erection of a commodious residence in the north part of town. Everybody has been out and had a few shots at the quail since the 15th, and quite a number of good bags are reported. Milo Burlingame spent last week in Canadian, Texas. R.R. Bull asked that you come in and settle your blacksmith bill at once and save the cost of collection. District Court has been in session at Grand this week and disposed of considerable business. The cases against Converse Bros., growing out of the Hamburg Bank failure were dismissed and the U.S. cases against A.W. Griffin of Roll, under indictment for fraudulent use of the mails were continued until the following term. The recent showers have not benefited the cotton and broomcorn raisers to any extent but it makes the farmer who has wheat in the ground, look happy. Mrs. H.B. Dewey has a new piano for sale.


Both gins have been running full time this week and cotton has come in rapidly. The little year old child of A.J. Minatree, which was severely burned some time ago, died from the effects of the injuries last week and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery.


Cheyenne Star, October 31, 1907

The regular October term of District Court convened on Monday morning last with the following officers in attendance: C.F. Irwin, Judge presiding; S.A. Elliott, Sheriff; E.M. Hegler, Clerk; John C. Hendricks, Co. Atty.; B.F. Sartain, Court Recorder; T.F. Jackson, Court Crier; A.H. Carter, Resident Deputy Clerk. Among the attorneys present from Roger Mills County were: J.W. McMurtry, M. Martindale; Ben Bouldin; W. Booth Merriill; C.S. Gilkerson; John B. Harrison; John Livingston; R.K. Houston; F. Bell; J.F. Trimble and the local bar.


The Grand Jury was impaneled with F.M. Tidwell, Foreman, and consisted of the following citizens: M.F. Spurlock, A.H. Noah, J.L.M.Curry, J.R. Lane, W.P. Graham, H.S. Penn, Walter Jencks, W.L. Wade, E.M. Gatton, Calvin Moore, J.T. Mullins, T.J. Morgan, S.P. Valch, B.H. Martin, R.E. Poarch, L.S. McGraw, Smith Nerans, T.K. Little, F.W. Moore, M.L. Wright, G.W. Robnette. The Petit Jury constituted this panel and reported for duty: E.A. Clark, T.B. Smith, G.H. Crumley, F.M. Kelly, J.B. VanVactor, J.L. Cook, Virgel Drew, W. Pliley, C.A. Kent, C.D. Duree, H.H. Ellis, Dee Ross, Robert Smith, J.O. Lindley, W.B. Ross, A.J. Armstrong, J.L. Caffey, L.A. Anderson, S.A. Hunter, M.G. Robinson, B.M. Smith, J.R. George, W.H. Sans, A.L. Bradshaw, I.F. Linch, J.A. Plunkett, C.H. Mills, J.B. Lacey, R.L. McDonald, G.A. Braidy, and H.C. Trollinger.


The territory vs. J.W. Dobbs and an indictment returned in open court on charge of murder. Defendant enters plea of not guilty; bail refused by court and cause continued for term. (There are many other cases and actions taken).


A cantata will be given at the Methodist Church by the pupils of Miss Blackmon on Friday night. Remember that Hez Cox runs the grist mill and will buy good white corn at all times and pay the highest market price for it. He also offers custom grinding. Shell Caffey has for sale 160 acre farm with 130 acres in cultivation; 90 acres growing cotton, 40 acres growing grain. E.E. Tracy and family and Mrs. Raby returned Sunday from an extended visit with relatives and friends in Tennessee. Much discussion has arisen among the saloonkeepers of the new state as to when the prohibition clause of the constitution will become effective. Joe A. Moad, one of the largest livestock dealers in western Oklahoma was in attendance at court Monday. E.M. Hegler, Clerk of the District Court was called to Guthrie Monday noon by the serious illness of his father, Capt. B.F. Hegler, Clerk of the Supreme Court. S.H. Rimbey and family of Missouri are here on a prospecting tour, and also visiting Mr. Rimbey’s mother and the family of his half-brother, L.W. Pate. Accom-panying S.H. is his brother, W.S. Rimbey who has been in the commissary department of the U.S. for the past eight years and located in the Philippine Islands. He is well impressed with the country and will no doubt locate in this section of the new state. J.W. Fimple upon the Canadian River, will have a big sale on October 31. Among other livestock to be sold, 300 sheep, 25 angora goats, 70 hogs, 6 horses and other articles. Joe A. Moad will do the auctioneering act. Lee’s Drugs Store has a new piano for sale at $205.


Cheyenne Star, November 7, 1907

The cantata given at the Methodist Church was the musical event of the season. The house was filled to its utmost capacity. The cantata was rendered by the people of Miss. Blackmon and while Cheyenne has always been noted for the musical ability of her people, this event more than surpassed any previous effort. John Tedrowe’s 13th birthday came around on Monday last and 35 of his schoolmates arrived at his home to help him celebrate the event. Elbert Tracy and Mrs. Eva Collier were married at the residence of Mrs. J.W. Dobbs on Wednesday last, Judge Tracy officiating. E.S. Taylor returned this week from Dallas where he attended the Texas State Fair. S.A. Elliott’s new house in the north part of town is going up rapidly and will soon be one of the attractive homes of Cheyenne. One of the first official acts of Gov. C.N. Haskell will be the appointment of two U.S. Senators of Oklahoma, T.P. Gore and Robert L. Owen. The two senators cannot be formally elected until the legislature meets at the earliest date, December 2. There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Farmers Union Gin Company at the Gin yard on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16 at 1:30 sharp. The aerie of Eagles of this place have made all arrangements for a “high-fly” on the evening of November 20 and will give a sumptuous banquet and ball. No expense will be spared and it will be the big social event of the season. The wings of the members will be fully tested as to endurance. John H. Osborn was in Guthrie Monday in attendance at a meeting of the county clerks of the new state. Among those who made proof on their claims on Tuesday last were: John E. Vines and A.C. Young of Cheyenne; Omer D. Lucas, Durham; Jess O. Eakins, Hammon; R.T. Wood, Hammon; and E.M. Rogers, Crawford.


H. Adams of near Berlin had his house burn including all of his household goods on Wednesday night of last week. He and his family were away from home and the origin of the fire is unknown. He had his cotton crop hailed out in September and the second misfortune is a calamity to him indeed. The Roll Graphic, published at Roll, Day County has reached our exchange table and is a welcome edition. R.L. Mitchell is the publisher and it is a lively sheet and if given the encouragement it deserves, will wield a big influence in the material welfare of that enterprising little town. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Dobbs who have been visiting here for several days returned to home at Sayre on Mon. John C. Hendricks and family are now residents of Sayre, moving to that place last week. Mr. Hendricks has formed a partnership for the practice of law with John B. Harrison, and we predict that this will be a strong and successful legal combination. Prices: 8# coffee $1.00; Best Brand Flour 100# $2.65. Herring & Young.


R.E. Dudney of RedMoon has groceries and notions. A.U. Albin of the Fairview Fruit Farm three miles south and ½ mile west of Harrington has home grown small fruits for sale. (blackberries, raspberries, dew-berries and grapes).


Cheyenne Star, November 14, 1907

J.W. Dobbs, who has been in jail for the past several months under the charge of killing William Branch at Sayre, was granted bond on Tuesday last by Judge Irwin of the District Court, in the sum of $8,000 and will be released from custody as soon as bond is made and approved. George Adams and George Bouldin who were arrested last summer for selling “tin-top”(Intoxicating liquor) at the Moad picnic were arraigned before Judge Tracy this morning and pled guilty to the charge as brought. Adams was fined $100 and costs; while Bouldin had a 30 days jail sentence added to the same fine. Joe Stultz, who was arrested on the same charge was discharged. Frank Hiatt, of the Carpenter neighborhood, 15 miles north of Elk City, will sell at public auction on Nov. 14 a fine lot of personal property consisting of fine horses, first class range and milk stock, hogs and farming implements, and if you are wanting to purchase something good in this line, you will attend this sale, as Frank Hiatt’s stock is always of the best and in first class condition.


Buford Patterson is erecting a large and commodious building on the lots north of Collins Hardware Co. to be used as a sale, feed and livery stable. The assistant Postmaster reports that at the end of October, Oklahoma had 734 rural free delivery routes in operation, and Indian Territory, 42.


The recent cold snap has put quite a number of the boys to wondering why they didn’t invest more of their summer wages in clothing, instead of spending of said wages in politics and other luxuries. Mr. Sleighter was arrested Wednesday and being held in the jail at this place pending an examination as to his sanity. From the number of new buggies and carriages being delivered in this neighborhood, everybody is going to ride in the future. W.D. Coatney got his foot badly crushed Wed. by a wagon loaded with cotton. G.W. Smith, aged 26 years, residing 5 miles northwest of town, died on Friday last and was buried in the Cheyenne Cemetery Saturday. He leaves a wife and two small children and a host of friends to mourn his loss.


Stoney Jackson made a trip to Elk City Sat. and he and Mrs. Jackson who had been visiting in eastern Oklahoma, returned home Sunday. Stoney says Sunday was too frosty for comfort. A.W. Griffin, one of the leading farmers and stock dealers of the Roll neighbor-hood, and also a practicing attorney, was transacting business at Cheyenne Tuesday. H.B. Dewey has a span of young workhorses for sale cheap.


Charles Staton of Durham is making a delivery of fruit trees at Cheyenne this week and from the number of deliveries and amount of each, it will only be a short time until this part of Roger Mills will be a veritable orchard. Collins Hardware Co. has just received a carload of the celebrated Florence wagon, one of the best wagons manufactured. He has a full line of stoves and ranges and pumps and windmills.


Cheyenne Star, November 21, 1907

The Ball and Banquet given by the Washita Aerie of Eagles was one of the leading social events of the season. An excellent program consisting of speeches, instrumental and vocal music had been arranged. Following the banquet, the Eagles and their guests proceeded to the ballroom where they tripped the light fantastic until the early hours of the morning. The Daniels orchestra furnished music for the occasion. The Eagle lodge was organized in February, 1906, with a membership of 45 and have grown until they now have about 82 members. Fred Tunnard has lost 5 head of black hogs weighing about 350 pounds each. The new state of Oklahoma has 70,430 square miles, or an area greater than the whole of New England. It has nearly 6,000 miles of railroad. Percent illiteracy is 7 compared with 10.75 per cent for the whole United States. The state produces cattle, corn, cotton, fine small fruit, potatoes, all cereals, coal, asphalt, oil, natural gas, granite, marble, gypsum, lead, zinc and valuable woods.


Indian Territory organized June 30, 1834. Oklahoma Territory organized May 2, 1890. The statehood bill was approved June 16, 1906 and the Constitutional Convention first met at Guthrie Nov. 20, 1906. The constitution was adopted and State officers chosen at an election September 17, 1907. Oklahoma was admitted to statehood by President’s proclamation November 16, 1907. With statehood a certainty, the prohibition clause took effect at 9:16 a.m. Saturday; but by common consent the saloons did not close until 11:50 p.m. on the 16th. From the looks of the boys, they have had “the lid” on tight since that time.


George Little who lives near the Antelope Hills was bridling a stallion last Monday morning and the horse grabbed the man’s arm in his mouth and attempted to run away, when another man who was standing near, struck the horse with a stick and caused him to turn loose the man’s arm. His arm was torn almost off, only the main leaders holding. They immediately sent for the doctor and he inserted medicine into the wound but before he had time to operate on the limb, Mr. Little was dead. E.S. Burlingame died Wednesday Nov. 13, 1907 at Canadian at 8:00 a.m. and was buried there. He was the father of Milo Burlingame. A.H. Carter of Cheyenne was among those appointed to the U.S. Commissioner. O.E. Null of Grand was also appointed as well as H.A. Russell of Sayre. With the coming of statehood new county officers were elected and sworn in on Saturday afternoon last. John H. Osborn succeeded himself as County Clerk; Ed Keen stepped into W.D. Kendall’s place as Co. Treasurer; A.G. Gray supersedes W.O. Mounts as Register of Deeds; Atty. Mouser found his office of Co. Atty. vacated by John C. Hendricks; Co. Supt. was occupied by T.C. Moore in place of Prof. Harris who had gone to Beckham County; A.H. Carter gave up his place as District Clerk to W.P. Madden; outgoing sheriff was S.A. Elliott who was succeeded by Jim Evans; R.N. Higgins was elected Co. Surveyor but being absent, John B. Tracy was appointed to fill the vacancy; Clarence H. Madden as Coroner Elect took charge of the cadavers. F.B. Forbes of the Roll Hardware Company was a Sunday visitor at Cheyenne. Cashier Bynum of the Crawford Exchange Bank and J.C. Casady of the Crawford Blade spent a short time in town Sunday. John B. Harrison came up from Sayre Monday, called here by the serious illness of his mother.


W.A. Redden residing at Streeter had the misfortune to fall from his wagon Sunday evening near W.A. Young’s place and the wagon loaded with coal passed over his leg breaking the bone in two places. He was brought to Cheyenne Sunday night, when the fracture was reduced and at this writing is resting fairly easy.


Cheyenne Star, November 28, 1907

The first Sunday School convention of the new county of Roger Mills will be held at Cheyenne December 18, 19. Among those on the program are Judge E.E. Tracy, Mrs. Dr. Tedrowe, Mrs. B.D. Cooksey, Miss Kate Wallace, Mrs. Dr. Allen of Texmo, Dr. Miller and Mr. John Osborn. Jesse Pitts, Jr. age 16 years died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Pitts east of town Tuesday night and was buried today, (Friday) in the Custer Bend Cemetery.


The dance at the Court House Thursday night was well attended and all present report a pleasant time. The Daniels Orchestra provided the music. Fred Tunnard has two well broke four year old work steers for sale at a bargain. The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Keen Barr, which has been seriously ill at the home of its grandparents, H.D. and Mrs. Cox of this place, is improving and is now considered by attending physician, out of danger.


Miss Lucille McKinney who has been attending school at Edmond is home this week on a visit. Mrs. J.W. Dobbs is visiting her son and daughter at Sayre this week. The Capitol remains at the present territorial seat of government-Guthrie until 1913. The Enabling Act provides that no change will be made until that time. At the recent conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. W.J. Hale was assigned to the Cheyenne circuit.


Jesse May, daughter of Charles and Mina Kimball was born April 17, 1889 and departed this life November 4, 1907. She came here with her parents less than two years ago, she began teaching here at the age of 17. She contracted typhoid fever at home and became one of its victims. She leaves to mourn her parents and three sisters.


Cheyenne Star, December 5, 1907

Leon Young has purchased the Conner House and lots formerly occupied by S.A. Elliott and will move into the same soon. Mrs. H.O. White and children left Sat. morning last for Utah where they will join Rev. H.O. White, who is now located in that state. The report of the accidental death of Dr. Laird’s baby girl and the suicide of the Doctor, proves to be without foundation, as John E. Leary received a letter from the doctor only a few days ago, stating that himself and family were enjoying the best of health. This will be good news to Dr. Larid’s many friends here. Charles L. Shufeldt is at Elk City at present looking after the bookkeeping department of Herring & Young establishment. Charles Beebout contemplates moving to New Mexico in the near future where he will engage in the hardware business. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for the construction of a vault for Roger Mills County will be reviewed by the County Clerk of said county at his office in Cheyenne, Oklahoma until December 6, 1907, said vault to be of the following dimensions: 8 feet inside; 20 feet long, 16 feet long inside; 9 foot walls; 2 feet to be put into the ground; walls shall be 2 feet thick, and be built of stone laid in cement; floor of concrete 4 inches thick, one inch cement face. John H. Osborn, County Clerk. Moore and Winford are now located in the building formerly occupied by the T.M. Miller Abstract Co. One of the pleasant social events of the season was the reception tendered Miss Lucille McKinney on Friday evening last at the residence of Mrs. W.T. Bonner.


Miss Mildred Wallace has been employed to teach the school at Dead Indian and began the winter term on Monday last. Charles McClain and mother moved to their farm near Berlin this week. Charley will leave in a few days on a prospecting tour of the west, looking for a suitable place to engage in business.


On Sunday last while Madden Miller and Miss Golda Miller were out on a pleasure drive, the team ran away throwing the occupants of the buggy out and severely bruising Miss Golda who has been confined to her room since. The team were caught uninjured, but the buggy was badly demolished.


The United States has now a parcel post. The rate is 16 cents a pound and the package can be sent weighing 4 pounds. A four pound package of merchandise can now be sent in the U.S. mails 4,000 miles for 60 cents. Leon Young is erecting a neat office building on the lot west of the restaurant, and will use the same for a real estate office. Chris Linderman, one of Cheyenne’s popular barbers left Monday for New Mexico, where he will locate. After several days of forced idleness on account of a defective boiler, the Farmers Union Gin is again in running order and ginning away on the large amount of accumulated cotton on hand ready for ginning.


Cheyenne Star, December 12, 1907

Agriculture Experiment Station in neighboring Texas have demonstrated that gar is superior to alfalfa in both protein and yield. They believe that gar will become well adapted to this territory. The Eastern Star Lodge held its annual election of officers Tuesday night and the following were elected for ensuing term: Mrs. S. Jackson, Worthy Matron; Dr. Tedrowe, Patron; Miss Martha Bonner, Secretary; Mrs. J.M. Evans, Treasurer; Mrs. Tedrowe, Associate Matron; Miss Volina Miller, Conductor; Mrs. Hornbeak, Associate Conductor. Mrs. Nona Cronin was initiated into the mysteries of the order.


The traveling bronco busters gave an exhibition in an enclosure on Tuesday last which was, we are informed, very lightly attended but from all reports the attendance was better than the entertainment given. The time has past when entertainments prove paying attractions in this community and in fact, “bronco busting” and “roping contests” are a thing of the past in Oklahoma. Charley Thompson, an ex-sheriff of Roger Mills County, living northeast of Cheyenne, visited Elk Saturday for the first time since the town started. Charley was greatly surprised at the big growth of Elk. He said that the boys told him of it, but he could not realize it until he went there. Charley was a popular sheriff in the olden days. He is of that pleasing disposition that makes friends wherever he goes. He expects to make some real estate investments in Elk this spring. Elk City citizens will soon be eating bread that is made of homemade flour. The wheels in its new mill will be started this week. W.L. Cravens and Mrs. Pearl Bennett both of Cheyenne, were married at the office of the Co. Judge on Tuesday afternoon last. Judge Tracy officiating. On Friday last, Charles Hundley and Homer Swindle, two boys aged about 12 years, engaged in a fight at Hamburg. During the fight young Swindle struck Hundley on the head with a bar of iron, making a jagged puncture wound, seriously injuring him. Young Hundley was taken to Kansas City Friday night for surgical treatment. Dr. V.V. Grant, of Hamburg and the boy’s father, C.D. Hundley accompanying him. Cashier Bynum of the Crawford Bank and John Casady of the Crawford Blade drove down from that enterprising little burg Saturday night, returning Sunday. Milo and Mrs. Burlingame returned Saturday from a week’s visit at Canadian, Texas. Mrs. Huff has moved into town and occupies the house recently vacated by Charles McClain. A warrant was issued Tuesday in the County Court for the arrest of Osa Hunnicutt on a charge of an assault with a deadly weapon by flourishing and pointing a revolver at Mrs. Mattie Saling, all parties reside near Texmo. There will be a grand ball given at the courthouse in Cheyenne on December 26, 1907. Good music furnished by the Daniels Orchestra.


Cheyenne Star, December 19, 1907

At Newton, Kansas on Tuesday, December 3, 1907, Mr. I.C. Thurmond was united in wedlock to Mrs. Flora M. Shelton. The sister of the groom, Mrs. Florence Ganaway accompanied them to Newton and thence to Kansas City. The happy couple will be at home to friends after January 1, 1908.


Census takers have found that there is not a negro in all of Roger Mills County. Herring & Young has plenty of good coal at $12 per ton. Gip Moore of Texmo was in town several days this week looking after legal matters in probate court. Atty. Turner of Texmo was transacting business in probate court on Wed. Bob and Joe Cunningham and the two Maltby boys were arrested on Mon. on the charge of stealing cotton and arraigned before Co. Judge Tracy. The boys all pled guilty to the charge and were fined $25 each and costs and sentenced to jail terms of 30 days, the jail sentence to be suspended during future good behavior. It has been suggested by a number of interested parties that Judge E.E. Tracy go into the cotton buying business as cotton brought the highest price ever known in Oklahoma in his court last week. 1000 pounds of cotton, which was in controversy brought about 25 cents a pound besides the jail sentence and lots of trouble to all concerned.


John Stahl sold his butcher shop on Mon. last and James W. Dobbs is now the proprietor thereof. Mr. Dobbs will also purchase livestock of all description for the market and pay the highest cash prices. N. Nerans, the meat cutter who was with Mr. Stahl will have charge of the knives, cleavers and blocks under the new management.


Arrangements have been made for Christmas exercises and the Christmas tree in Cheyenne and every effort is being put forth to make it not only a grand success for the children, but also an entertainment of more than ordinary merit.


GRIMES ITEMS: J. Wickstrum made his usual trip to Sayre Saturday. School is progressing nicely with Miss Stella Arno as teacher. French Lancaster was a Rankin visitor Sunday. Mr. F.H. Cook was out in the past week and Wayne was the happy possessor of a new watch. The Woodmen lately gave a supper to buy lumber to finish the schoolhouse inside. Strangers who attend service at Grimes hereafter may be sure of a warm welcome. The farmers around Grimes are so busy taking off their cotton, gathering the corn and attending to the late crops, that they have not had time to talk about the hard times. Church services at Grimes were well attended Sunday. The joint meeting of the Rankin and Grimes Epworth Leagues, which occurred last month, was quite an enjoyable affair.


Cheyenne public schools will close Friday for a two week holiday. W.H. Mouser, Co. Atty. returned from Texmo Tuesday and the many friends of the family will be glad to learn that his two children are improving and on the rapid road to recovery. Charles Bebout and family are off on a visit to friends and relatives at Oklahoma City, Edmond and Orlando, Oklahoma. Remember the Holiday Ball at the court-house in Cheyenne on Thursday evening, December 26 and Tuesday evening December 21. Quite a number of towns are reporting that liquor is being sold since prohibition took affect. Cheyenne has the lid on good and tight, and if a fellow “got snake bit” here he would just have to take his chances on dying. Our officers are enforcing the law and this town now is “on the water wagon”, good and plenty.


Miss Grace Farrar, who has been attending school at Guthrie is home for the holidays. H.B. Dewey is erecting a neat residence on the hill south of town. Bud Owens is in charge of the carpenter work. The Star now has one of the neatest and best lighted composing rooms in the state of Oklahoma and justly proud of their new quarters. Cheyenne has plenty if not too many dogs at the present time and many of them would be missed without loss to anyone. There are black dogs, white dogs, yellow dogs, brindle dogs, black dogs trimmed in white and vice versa of both genders. J.A. Brown, an old resident of Cheyenne, but who has been running the “City Bakery” at Shattuck for the past 18 months, was in town Saturday. J.A. informs us that he has disposed of his business at Shattuck and is now looking for a location and from the expression on his face, we are confident that Cheyenne looks good to him.


Cheyenne Star, December 26, 1907

Roger Mills Co. Sunday School convention met at Methodist Church. Participating were Alice Blackburn, Berlin; Mr. Louie Carr of Berlin; and thirteen delegates from the various Sunday Schools throughout the county. Rev. Hale of the local ME church welcomed them with all the pleasures and comforts that Cheyenne afforded, especially its “cistern” water. Mr. J.J. Crawford responded in lively manner. Others on the program were Mr. Knight, Messrs Johnson, Lee and Miller with a cornet solo by D.W. Tracy. Mrs. C. Duncan of Durham, Mrs. A.G. Gray of Cheyenne, Mrs. C. Griffin of Roll, D.O. Cloud of Roll, R.R. Wilson of Roll, and Mrs. Dr. Allen of Texmo. W.C. Linville of Sandstone has purchased machinery for manufacturing of brooms. His machinery is very neat and complete in appearance. Mrs. Falconer, post-master at Cheyenne, received a welcoming intelligence Monday evening that the office at this place has been rated as third class and thus becomes presidential with a neat increase in salary.


Christmas passed off quietly in Cheyenne. Christmas tree at the courthouse on the evening of the 24th was a grand success and was enjoyed by the juvenile population of the town as well as many of the more mature age. J.W. Finch and his estimable wife are different from most people as they know that the printers have to eat, so they loaded a fine fat turkey in their rig and dropped into the star sanctum a few days before Christmas and it is needless to say that the bird was well taken care of by the Carter Family. Members of the Odd Fellows who made a trip to Crawford on Friday last and instituted a lodge at that place were John C Hendricks of Sayre, L.W. Pate, W.H. Mouser, Ed Keen, L.L. Collins, Bird Pierce, N.R. Monroe, Orville Monroe, T.L. Graves, W.W. Smith, Ed Kendall, S.A. Wallace, R.N. Higgins, W.P. Madden, George Prestridge, Prof. Bellamy, J.C. Whittom, Charles Maltby, the Mrs. Redwine and others made the trip. Despite the inclement weather a big turnout was had and the new lodge starts out in good shape with an excellent membership.


Marriages: E.C. Denton and Miss Emma Batchelor; H.H. Ellis and Miss Jenny Marvin; Alonzo Ingram and Miss Mattie Campbell; J.L. Upton and Miss Ether Keen; Frank B. Ogle and Birdie R. Banner; Oscar Johnson and Miss Myrtle Davidson.


Austin Goode of Texmo Cotton Exchange Bank spent the holidays with his parents at Cheyenne. Mrs. Gussie Kirkley is spending the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Cox. Editor Bradshaw received a handsome 10 pound baby boy for a Christmas present and is happy thereby. J.W. Dobbs at the Star Meat Market wants 15 or 20 fat cows. Buford Fields made a trip to Elk City this week. Miss Ora Warren entertained a number of her friends Monday evening. Dr. and Mrs. Wallace of Shattuck spent the holidays with old friends and relatives. Miss Lucille McKinney came in from Blackwell Sat. and will spend the holidays at home. Misses Nene Alexander and Mary McCaskill are home from Oklahoma City for the holidays. Miss Verna Young and Will Keen, who have been attending school at Weatherford are at home for the holidays. The rain and disagreeable weather of Sat. combined to make that day one of the dullest ever known at Cheyenne. Miss Teresa Finch, one of El Reno’s popular teachers of Cheyenne is at her father’s J.W. Finch home. Mac and Shelly Alexander who are attending school at Norman arrived at home Sat. morning for the holidays. Miss Jewel Miller and Ora and Hillary Warren, who have been at Ft. Worth, Texas attending school are spending the holidays with homefolk. Buford Patterson of Cheyenne has been in the hospital for several weeks with typhoid fever is up and about again. J.J. Moore of Cheyenne has assumed the position of secretary of the Southwestern Mutual Insurance Assoc. John Stahl, who has been a resident of Cheyenne from early days, has disposed of his business here and will open a butcher shop at Elk City, moving his family to that town at once.




Population in Oklahoma was over 1,400,000.


The life expectancy was 47 years. Only 14% of the homes had a bathtub. Only 8% of the homes had a telephone. In the entire United States, there were only 8,000 cars and 144 miles of paved road.


The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 miles per hour. The tallest structure in the world was the Eifel Tower. The average wage in 1907 was $.22 per hour and the average worker made between $200 and $400 per year. A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year. A dentist $2500 per year, a Veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.


More than 95% of all births took place at home. 90% of all doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and the government as “sub-standard”.


Sugar was 4 cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, coffee was 15 cents a pound. Most women only washed their hair once a month and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo. Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason. The five leading causes of death were pneumonia, influenza; tuberculosis; diarrhea; heart disease and stroke. The American Flag had 45 stars. The entire population of Los Vegas Nevada was only 30. Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea had not been invented yet. There were no Mother’s or Father’s Day. Two out of every ten adults couldn’t read or write. Only 6 % of all Americans had graduated from High School. Eighteen % of households had at least one full time servant or domestic help. There were about 230 reported murders in the entire USA. Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.