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Pioneer Woman Statue

Ponca City, OK – Bryant Baker, Sculptor – Dedicated April 22, 1930.

Marland Mansion

Ponca City, OK - Constructed 1928.

Ponca City Library

Ponca City, OK – Constructed 1935.

Standing Bear Museum & Education Center

Ponca City, OK - Dedicated September 29, 2007.

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK – Constructed 1926.

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Little tidbits of information found in the daily newspaper!


Weekly Republican Traveler
Sept. 21, 1893

Santa Fe

The above is the new name of Kirk. Yesterday afternoon the citizens of Kirk held a meeting and elected a full set of city officers. Colonel Bowman of Garnet, was chosen mayor. The name of the new town was then voted to be changed to Santa Fe and will hereafter grow and flourish under that cognomen. A committee on post office was appointed and a petition was circulated and signed up by at least 1000 people asking for the establishment of a post office at Santa Fe. There is no doubt but that the request will be granted.
At present Santa Fe is the largest city on the Santa Fe between this city and Wharton. Whether it remains so is a question that its citizens will have to settle. The indications now are that it will make a good county seat town of from 2,000 to 3,000 inhabitants. A beautiful and fertile country surrounds it and is equal to supporting a good town. All kinds of business are already represented there. Four newspapers asking for honors and some of them will get left.
Four wells and a spring supply plenty of water at Santa Fe.
The townsite commissioners will be there tomorrow to issue certificates.

Ark City Traveler
Sept 21, 1893

E. P. Hurford

E. P. Hurford was one of the first men upon the townsite of Kirk and he homesteaded the court house square. Joe White, O. S. Gibson, Dell Woods and several others also had lots in the square. Some of them discovered their mistake in time and secured other lots but not the choice.

Ark City Traveler
Sept 21, 1893


Kirk, the county seat of K. county was a surprise to everyone. No one thought it would amount to much but every lot on the townsite was taken. It is the largest town between this city and Perry.

The Blackwell Eagle
Blackwell , Oklahoma
August 3, 1894

A New Enterprise

C H Parker, of Guthrie, is here as the agent of the Anheuser Busch Brewing Association to build a large and well equipped cold storage building. The work has already begun and soon will be completed. It will face Blackwell avenue in the third block east of Main. The building will hold eight loads of Ice and will be constantly refilled by wagons hauling from the station. Mr Parker says it is expected to keep it so supplied as to furnish all the needed supply of ice to the city. This is the filling of a long felt want and we are fortunate in getting it and also in having such a pleasant gentleman as Mr Parker for its manager.

The Times-Record
February 13, 1896

Bart's chicken coop
Bart Anderson bought three full blood, Clydesdale roosters the other day and started a chicken Ranch. Taking his roosters home with him, he deposited them under a tub for safe keeping and forthwith proceeded to build a chicken coop. As he proceeded with his work of construction he whistled and sang in glee, the vibrations of his melodious voice dancing over the undulating prairies like the shimmer of a silvery moon upon the rippling water. He whistled and sang, and hammered and sawed until about dusk building a chicken coop strong enough for a bear cage.
He worked upon the inside of the structure, and when it was completed poked his hammer and saw out through a crack, and started it to get out, when lo and behold he discovered the dreadful fact that he had forgotten to make a door to the coop and had thereby nailed himself securely inside with no means of escape owing to the fact that he had thrown his hammer and saw out.
He didn't whistle anymore. Neither did his voice in musical riplets go dancing over the sea of prairie grass. He cooned up the inside of that chicken coop like a squirrel in a cage in his wild and fruitless efforts to get out. He had built his work exceedingly well and kick and pull as he might he couldn't make a hole big enough to crawl through. Finally, however, his struggles attracted the attention of George Nichols, who came to his rescue and assisted him to escape. Of course this story sounds a little bit fishy, but George Nichols, who came to this office yesterday and related it, swears by the sacred memory of the dog Star that it is true.

Kildare Journal
March 19, 1896

Everything in the grocery line at M Truesdales. Corn taken in exchange for groceries at M Truesdales.

Seed Sweet potatoes for sale at Ed Richard’s grocery.

Everything cheap at the Racket – Blackwell, Oklahoma.
“The Racket” sales agents for Wannamaker & Brown tailor made clothing. Come in and get a nice stylish suit as cheap as a hand me down.

Remember when you go to Ponca City that you can get fresh oysters served to your notion at the White Eagle Restaurant on North side of Grand Avenue.

Undertaking Goods! A full line of Undertaking Goods as large as any in the Strip now on hand at Tonkawa. Call and see us before you buy anything in this line and we will use you right. TONKAWA UNDERTAKING CO.

Smith & Mize Blacksmiths ad Woodworkers. Satisfaction Guarant’d – Tonkawa, Oklahoma

Kildare Journal
June 5, 1896

The real estate firm of Sours and Lowrey at Newkirk report brisk business and many inquiries for claims.

J H Miller, Samuel Farmeer, W M Ferguson, S M Billingsly, C L Cuppy, P W Smith, J M Nichols, J H Harold, T O Williams, J A Brown, J R Scott, G P Endicott, F Geisler, H C Brooks, D Jackson, Fred Beal and L McKinlay, all of Newkirk, have secured a territorial charter for a county fair association

Times Record
December 24, 1896

Election of Officers
The following officers were elected by Blackwell Lodge No 22 of the Ancient Order of United Workmen on last Thursday night: Master workman, Jno Davis; Foreman, W S Prettyman; Overseer, George W Hines; Guide, Geo L Lage; Recorder, M P Briggs; Financier, Chas R Ogg; Receiver I E Cordery’ Inside Watch, J B Stanten; Outside Watch, Jno B Sheets; representative to Grand Lodge and Past Master Workman J W Chambers; Medical examiners, Dr Paden and Elliott. After election a good social time was had and then lodge adjourned to meet on the first Thursday night in January, when the newly elected officers will be installed. All Workmen are cordially invited to atten. J W Chambers MW – M P Briggs, Recorder.

Blackwell Times Record
Blackwell, Oklahoma
June 3, 1897

The Chikaskia Valley Brick and Tile Works furnished 10,000 brick for the new court house at Newkirk, the first of the week.

Kay County Sun
May 27, 1897

Mt Olive Cemetery
Some necessary work has be done in the Mt. Olive cemetery. The lots have been staked off and the grounds otherwise improved. L H simmmons kindly superintended the pllatting.

Kay County Sun
July 1, 1897

Fulkerson & Son at the Corner Cash Grocery would like to figure on your grocery supplies for harvest.

Examine the “Centaur” collar pad at F Frank’s harness shop. The best thing of the kind on the marker.

G W Ogg, traveling salesman for the Wheeler & Wilson sewing machine spent Sunday in the city visiting his brother, CC R Ogg, the butcher.

Buy your shoes of West & Dyer. They sew all rips free of charge.

Fruit cans and fruit jars at Hughes Brothers.

Kildare Journal
July 9, 1897

A New townsite has been laid out in the Strip, five miles north of Orlando and has been named “The City of Asp”, after Hon. Henry E Asp, the solicltor of the Santa Fe.

The Times-Record
October 14, 1897

Ed. Herwell, one of the Rock Island train robbers was captured near Taloga by deputy marshal, Gene Hall and posse, Tuesday. Herwell says that Al Jennings was the leader of the gang that held up the train.

The Times-Record
October 14, 1897


Sylvester Soldani was badly cut with a knife by a man named Moffet at Ponca City, last Thursday night. One of his eyes was cut out, his nose cut nearly off and a very bad cut in the back, besides several minor cuts. The chances are that he cannot recover. The trouble began over an old matter. Both men had been drinking heavily. Soldani is a wealthy ranchman in the Osage Nation, and the man Moffet claims he is part Osage. The trouble grew out of the fact that Soldani has used his influence to keep Moffett off the Osage pay rolls.

Blackwell Times Record
July 21, 1898

Blackwell has four brick plants and yet brick are engaged for sometime ahead. There will be considerable building in Blackwell this fall and it will be of a substantial character.

Blackwell Times Record
February 16, 1899

All cold weather records broken
Oklahoma City, Feb 13 – All cold weather records in Oklahoma were broken yesterday morning when the thermometer at the United States weather bureau at Oklahoma City registered 17 degrees below zero. The coldest weather known before in Oklahoma was 11 degrees below zero.
El Reno, Okla Feb 13 – The thermometer at the signal station at Fort Reno registered 18 degrees below zero Saturday night. Ten degrees lower than the lowest previous record in the history of the post.

The Blackwell Sun

Tuesday Was Intended by Our Citizens to be a Great Day in the History of Our Young City, And Every Expectation was Realized.

On the afternoon of the third quiet and heavy rain fell which was to the delight of all, but it did not prove to be only a shower, as shortly after dark the rain fell almost in torrents and continued until midnight. The morning of the Fourth was still cloudy and muddy everywhere but before noon the sun shed forth her hot rays and the mud began to disappear and throngs of people filled the streets. Owing to the condition of the streets the grand parade which was to have taken place at 10:30 was postponed. At 11:30 it was announced that the balcony of The Hotel Blackwell by Mayor John R. Tate, that the exercises at the Park would be carried out and that the procession would start at 12:30 for the beautiful park, which was handsomely decorated by the hand of nature. The exercises consisted of orations, patriotic music and a great variety of amusements.
The procession to the park was led by our home band followed by a float beautifully decorated containing 43 girls handsomely attired, who sang patriotic songs from the city to the part. The exercises at the park were very interesting.
The orations by H.S. Gurley of our city, and Messrs. Bradshaw and Fisher of Winfield, were tinged with patriotic sentiments and allusions to the wonderful strides of progress since the memorable declaration of Independence Issued. The large and beautiful park afforded ample room for the immense crowd and amusements.
The day’s work was concluded by a game of ball near the park between a team of the Chillocco Indians and Thompson Creek's nine. Before the ball game ended it was announced that the races which had been advertised would take place on the track north of the city. The races which were very good- lasted until quite late in the afternoon.
The fireworks at night were one of the most interesting features of the celebration.
Thousands of people who came from a distance remained for the fireworks and were not disappointed as the display was first class.
As soon as the flash and smoke cleared away from the fireworks the usual Fourth of July dance in two or three large dance halls and so far as your correspondent knows was kept most of the night
The great crowd went away perfectly satisfied and glad that they came to Blackwell to spend their Fourth.
The Times-Record
October 19, 1899

The eight-year old daughter of Wm Friend was run over on Main street by an Osage Indian today and hurt perhaps seriously. The Indian was driving at a furious rate and never slackened his speed. This incident suggests a danger which will be constantly with us during the week, and every possible precaution should be taken to prevent its reoccurrence. – Ponca City Courier.

The Times-Record
May 3, 1900

Judge Burwell, dismissed court, Wednesday of this week, upon receipt of a telegram announcing the serious illness of his mother. He wired Judge Hainer who was holding court in Oklahoma county to come to Newkirk. Judge Hainer was but recently called home on the same sad mission, and his sympathy as well as that of the bar of Kay county and the people generally, will be with Judge Burwell, and their hope will be that he may find his mother recovering.

Salt Fork Valley News – Tonkawa
February 08, 1901

Thomas Brothers

Thomas Bros., proprietors of Riverview farms, purchased J. H. Moulton’s school quarter recently. This gives these energetic, young farmers control of seven-quarter sections of land, four of which are homesteads. They have over 500 acres of wheat sown, and will put in 160 acres in corn in the spring.
Their deeded lands are all free of encumbrance, and telephones connect their houses. The boys are not only hustlers, but are businessmen from the word go.
Each carries heavy insurance on his life, that his family may be fully protected in case of death.
Their marvelous success since coming to Oklahoma is only evidence of what grit, energy and brains will do, when properly combined.

Salt Fork Valley News – Tonkawa
February 08, 1901


After a little over five months struggle for existence, the Tonkawa Ledger breathed its last, early Monday morning. The plant passed into the hands of other parties and Mr. Canutt returned to his home in Kansas City, with a great deal more experience and a great deal less money than he had when he came here. The paper never was a success and never would have been, simply because there was not enough patronage here to support it.
It is needless for us to recall the circumstances that brought the Ledger into existence. It was advertised for and secured solely for the purpose of antagonizing the News – and perhaps its object was accomplished, if it was, we didn’t know it. It might be well to add right here, now that there is but one paper in Tonkawa, that one paper will reach all the people, and there is no use for our business men to support two institutions at double the expense of one, in order that the town can say, “We have got two papers.” Everyone knows that the merchants and businessmen of a town support the newspaper, and it is useless for them to support two when on will answer the purpose. In other words, it is not business for a merchant to pay for two advertisements, when one will reach the same people as the other, and also a paper published in a town the size of Tonkawa is not supposed to give as much outside news as a metropolitan daily, but it is intended to fill the home field – give the home news. It is also unnecessary and an extra expense for our people to subscribe for two papers in a town the size of Tonkawa, and they will not do it. During the life of the Ledger we treated its editors courteously and never, at any time, threw a straw in its unprosperous way, as we knew its “obituary was written.”
The plant is for sale on easy terms, any information can be had at this office. If it is not sold soon the chances are it will be removed to some new town and a paper established.

The Blackwell Sun
April 04, 1901



The Termination of Famous Daughson-Seiglin Adultery Case. Excitement Intense Mrs. Seiglin May Die.
The Daughson-Seiglin adultery case of Newkirk has terminated in an attempted murder of Mrs. Ella Seiglin the woman in the case by Daughson's wife. Mrs. Seiglin had just been convicted of criminal intimacy with Mr. Daughson , and after paying her fine of $300, started to create trouble on the Daughson homestead. Mrs. Daughson fired two shots at her victim, both taking effect. Details are very meager but excitement about Newkirk is intense. Mrs. Seiglin may die.

The Blackwell Sun
April 04, 1901

Mrs. Daughson Released

Mrs. Bosa Daughso of Newkirk, who shot Mrs. Ella Seiglin, as reported in the NEWS last Tuesday, must answer to the charge of shooting with intent to kill in the next term of the district court. Court adjourns tomorrow and the case could not be tried this term. Mrs. Daughson has been released on a heavy bond. It is understood that she shot the woman in self defense and she may be able to win out on this plea.
Mrs. Seiglin is improving rapidly and it is understood that she can walk a little with the aid of crutches. There is no longer any doubt that she will fully recover.

The Blackwell Sun
April 04, 1901

This morning's session closed the Kay county W.C.T.U. convention. A very interesting session is reported and all the delegates express high appreciation of the hospitality and courtesy of Blackwell people, particularly Mr. and Mrs. W. D. McKnight.
The attendance was comparatively small owing to the inclemency of the weather, but delegates from Tonkawa, Braman, Kildare and Newkirk were present. Last night's session was particularly interesting, being addressed by Miss Minnie T. Johnson, Kansas state lecturer who spoke entertainingly from the subject of "Faithfulness."
At the session the Blackwell W. C. T. U. was recognized with Mrs. Celeste May as president. The local union will meet at Mrs. May's next Saturday afternoon.
New officers were elected for the ensuing year in the county organization as follow: Mrs. Susan Ward, Kildare, president, re-elected, re-elected; Miss Fay Pritchard, Newkirk, recording secretary; Mrs. Snavely , Tonkawa, corresponding secretary; Miss Mae Loomis, Braman, treasurer.
A letter of greeting was received from Mrs. Dorothy J. Cleveland of Anadarko, territorial president; another from Mrs. Miller of Guthrie, territorial organizer, but too late to read.
The next session will be in Tonkawa in June.-Tuesday's Daily

The Times Record
June 27, 1901


For some time past Truman Detrich and a Mr. Acker, of Rock Falls township, have had more or less trouble over one of the valuable claims of that township, which culminated Sunday of this week, in the shooting of Kellie Johnson. Both Detrich and Acker, had possession of the land until recently, and their case was in the courts; Acker put in about 40 acres of wheat, giving a bond for the rent of the land should the case go against him. He was dispossessed, but last week his case was reinstated by the court, and Detrich was served with a notice of his reinstatement.
Acker’s attorneys advised him to get his wheat, so with several men to help him, including young Johnson, he went to the place Sunday prepared to take his crop. Several versions of what followed have been heard; one story is that Detrich came out and talked with the men good naturedly, and then returned to the house, coming back again accompanied by his father and brother and a Negro, all of them armed, two with shot guns. Detrich is accused of having pulled his shot gun on one of the party, and that the fellow walked up to him and told him he had better shoot sure, if he shot at all, and that Detrich raised his gun on him the third time without shooting, and then turned and shot Kellie Johnston. He is also reported as pulling his gun on Acker, but the cartridge did not explode, and Acker left the field. The Johnston boy is pretty badly hurt, the charge, bird shot, seemed to center in one thigh, but they have taken shot from nearly all parts of his body. After the shooting the Detrichs, all went to the passenger train and boarded it, and were apprehended by the officers here. They were taken to Newkirk and are now out on bond. The Johnston boy, is doing as well as could be expected during this hot weather, and the relatives and friends are hopeful of his recovery. There was some talk of there being an old grudge held by Detrich against the Johnston boy, and that he embraced the opportunity to get even. It is a deplorable affair, and the neighborhood as far as we have heard from are against the man who did the shooting.

Tonkawa News
October 17, 1901

Ranch Hand Arrested
On Suspicion of Being the Assassin of Santa Fe Detective Montgomery at Winfield.

W. C. Johnson, a ranchman on the “101” ranch was arrested Sunday charged with the murder of Detective Montgomery at Winfield, Saturday night, October 5th. The arrest was made by Detective Ferguson, who is very confident he is the right man.
Commenting on the case the Eagle says: Whether rightly or wrongly, the 101 ranch in Oklahoma is the center of Winfield suspicion concerning the crime. Time will tell whether the suspicion is just or unjust. The ranch is owned by George Miller of Winfield The fact that he is a bitter enemy of Santa Fe road has undoubtedly cut no small figure in the molding of public opinion. The first trouble apparently was a controversy over freight on some cattle brought from Alabama. The next trouble was the accusation of the late Mr. Montgomery that some of the 101 ranch employees robbed a Santa Fe newsboy. This led to a lawsuit and a personal encounter, in which Montgomery whipped Miller one time and his son at a time. Then came threats against Montgomery. He was told that if he ever got off at Bliss the cowboys would kill him. He was absolutely fearless. The next time he was down the road armed cowboys were on the platform at Bliss. Taking two revolvers Montgomery stepped out upon the depot platform from the train and fairly dared them to combat, saying that nobody could tell him there was a spot of American soil he could not stand upon.

Tonkawa News
October 17, 1901

McCredie Hardware Opening

Saturday the McCredie Hardware Co. had their opening and drew immense crowds all day. Mrs. Gardner was superintendent of the biscuit baking and all day turned out red-hot biscuits, which were served with butter and coffee to the many visitors. The McCredie Company are doing business; they are doing something all the time to keep the people thinking about them, and that they are succeeding admirably the crowds at that busy store last Saturday will bear witness.

Tonkawa News
October 17, 1901

Goes Into Drug Business

C. H. Perry who was formerly in the banking business here, has bought the Palace Drug Store of Roberts Bros., and expects to move the stock into the room recently vacated by the Martindale-Bowker Merc. Co. He went to St. Louis Saturday where will buy a sufficient stock and fixtures to make him one of the finest stores in the county. Mr. Perry is a druggist of thirty years experience, having been actively engaged in the business in Iowa for that length of time, where he is registered and was one of the leading pharmacists of the state. Mr. Perry is a good businessman and we are glad that he has concluded to locate in Tonkawa.

Tonkawa News
December 26, 1901

Geo. W. Hamel and W. L. Stainaker, Jr., have purchased the L. H. Wise grocery and will take possession of it the first of the year. We predict for the new firm a nice business for they are both good boys, have always been attentive to business and have a host of friends. George Hamel probably has more substantial friends than any young man in the town, due to his long service to business here and his appreciable, pleasant manner.

Blackwell Times-Review
Feb 06, 1902

On next Sunday at 11 o'clock in the morning the Richland church will be dedicated. It is a new church just completed this week, and is a neat and attractive building and is located two miles west and four south of Blackwell. The church has a seating capacity of 200, and will start out with a membership of over 30. The Sunday school will be organized next Sunday morning. Rev. E. S. Stockwell, presiding elder for this district, will have charge of the dedicatory exercises and Rev. E. C. Delaplain, of the Methodist church of this city will preach in the evening. The pastor in charge at Richland, will be Rev. Kleinsteiber of Tonkawa who will divide his time with Richland. The people of that community are to be congratulated on the successful completion of their new building and the realization of their efforts in that direction.

Blackwell Times-Review
Feb 06, 1902

It is practically settled that we will soon have three rural mail routes out of this city. The special agent that was here inspected the routes, and settled upon three of them, and carriers have been selected for those routes. Mr. Murlin will have route No. 1; John T. Shaw, route No. 2 and B. R. Butcher, route No. 3. The report of the special agent has to go to the department, and then if accepted the routes will be ordered established.

The Times-Record
May 1, 1902


As a result of a boys quarrel, one boy is probably fatally injured, and another boy’s liberty is in jeopardy. The boys were playing in lkerd’s pasture south of town, and becoming involved in a quarrel, they passed words to blow, some rocks were thrown and the Pugsley boy finally struck the Whittaker boy over the head inflicting a serious wound. The boy has been unconscious since he received the injury, Wednesday afternoon and the skull seems to be fractured. Such happenings are deplorable under any circumstances and especially so when boys 9 to 13 years of age are the offenders. We have not learned full particulars but understand they are practically as stated above.

The Times Record
December 11, 1902


Private Solider Post G. At R. No. 62 of this city, met December 6th, with 9 men members present. Reports from headquarters read and ordered placed on file. On motions of Comrade W.S. Voris, the altar was ordered draped for a period of 30 days out of respect to the memory of Comrade Barnes., Order was ordered drawn on the treasury for the amount spent for crape on account of the funeral Comrade Barnes. The Post elected officers for the ensuing year as:
W.S. Voris, Post Com.; Jos. H. Johnston. Sen. Vice Com.; Chas Day, Chaplain; S.W. Howell, Quartermaster; James Gaylor, Quartermaster; Sergt.; H. Gilbert, Officer of the Day; G.B. Lawson, Post Surgeon; Jacob Crites, Adjt. Varner Guard.
A committee of 3 composed of Chas. Day, G.B. Lawson and Jacob Crites was appointed to draft resolutions on the death of Comrade Barnes. O.P. TRIPP, Adjt.

The Blackwell Sun
April 03, 1903

Cigar Factory for Blackwell

John Bowman will open a cigar factory in Blackwell, probably next week. The factory will be located in the Blackwell Bottling Works. Mr. Bowman will employ several hands, and his shop will be a union shop. There is no reason why cigars cannot be made here just as well as elsewhere and there is no doubt that Blackwell people will patronize a homemade article, rather than a foreign one if it is as good and no more expensive.
The Times-Record
June 11, 1903

Geo. Wasson, with several of our local fisherman while seining in the Salt Fork last Wednesday, caught an alligator that measured 39 inches in length. The boys were so excited that the alligator got away and was making for the deep water when some one took a shot at the alligator and killed it, much to the regret of the boys. The high waters in the rivers have caused these reptiles to come further north this spring than ever before. -Jefferson Review.

The Leader – Peckham
August 6, 1903

Last of the Cook Gang

When Thurman Baldwen, whose sentence of thirty years was recently commuted to ten years by the president, is released from prison next year he will be the only survivor of the notorious Cook gang of outlaws, which a few years ago terrorized the Indian Territory. He pleaded guilty to larceny and robbery before Judge Parker, of Fort Smith nine years ago.
Baldwin was the notorious “Skeeter” and operated with the Cook gang for years. Of his mates, Jim French was killed while resisting arrest; Cherokee Bill was hanged at Fort Smith; Bill Cook died in prison while serving a forty year sentence; Jim Cook, who fell into the hands of the Cherokee authorities, was sentenced to a seven year term in the Cherokee National penitentiary and was afterwards liberated by the operation of the Curtis Law that abolished tribal courts, was shot and killed by a Negro a few miles west of Tahlequah. – Parsons Eclipse.

The Blackwell Sun
September 10, 1903

The following gentlemen were participants in the contest for the prize offered for corn by W. O. Fleming & Co. A.O. Griss, southeast of Blackwell; John Carlson, southeast of Blackwell; B. Scrogin, northeast of Blackwell; Dr. Buellesfeld, 1 and ½ miles south of Nardin; Capt. Hamilton, east of Blackwell; Geo. Schweishberger, east of Blackwell; and D. M. Modesitt on the C. O. Baker farm southeast of Blackwell. Each and every sample of corn was the very highest quality and perfectly demonstrated the fact that Kay County is one of the best corn producing counties in the west. Mr. Turner McIntire; E.L Peckham, Mrs. Stober, Capt. Rickey , W. P. Carmichael, Mr. Goodler, A.N. Merriman, Mr. , W.M. Case, W.M Watson, James Skelton, J. S. Curry, W.L. Olmstead , S. N. Lewis, Mr. Durand, J.W. Hines, J.T. Bradbury, Mr. LaForge, W. Harshman, W. M. Landrus, J.S. Jewett, and T.H. Burns were all the liberal contributors of fine fruit, vegetables, grains, and grasses.

Blackwell Times
Blackwell, Oklahoma
September 24, 1903

Weather Flag Signals
Postmaster John R Tate has secured weather flags and is flying same fromm the flag pole on Foster Mercantile Co’s big store. The weather flags are used in nearlyh every city in the United States and are a great convenience in forecasting the weather. The interpretation of the signals follow:No 1 is a square white flag; No 2 is a square blue flag; No 3 is upper half white, lower half blue; No 4 is a triangular black flag; No 5 is a square white flag with a black center.
No 1, alone, indicates fair weather, stationary temperature. No 2, alone, indicates rain or snow, stationary temperature. No 2, alone, indicates local rain or snow, stationary temperature; Now 1, with No 4 above it, indicates fair weather, warmer. No 1, with No 4 below it, indicates fair weather, colder. No 2, with No 4 above it, indicates rain or snow, warmer. No 2, with No 4 below it, indicates rain or snow colder. No 3, with No 4 above it, indicates local rain or snow, warmer. No 3, with No 4 below it, indicates local rain or snow, colder

Blackwell Times-Review
September 24, 1903


The Blackwell Inter-State Fair Association will have a meeting at the opera house in this city next Saturday, Sept. 26th, at 2 o’clock p.m. The meeting is for the purpose of hearing the reports of the soliciting committees, and the committee on location. The association can only be made a success by every man interested taking stock, and the solicitors are reporting only fair success. If you have not already subscribed for stock see some of the committee at once, or better still, go to the meeting Saturday afternoon, and by your presence and subscription encourage the project. There is no question as to the benefit of a good fair, and that is only possible through organization. Newkirk papers are throwing cold water on the scheme, and will do everything in their power to knock it. Go to the meeting Saturday and help push the fair association.

The Blackwell Sun
Blackwell, Oklahoma
November 05, 1903

By a Farmer in a Stubble Field Near Bliss, O. T.
Robbery Was Probably the Motive

A dead man with two bullet holes in him was found by a farmer three miles east of Bliss, on Wednesday evening. The farmer was plowing his oat stubble when he discovered the body. He at once notified the authorities and upon examination they found that the man had undoubtedly been murdered, as he had been shot twice from behind, one ball entering the back of the skull and coming out at the right eye, and the other entering about the middle of the back and coming out near the breast bone.
The man had evidently been dead for weeks or months, as the flesh was nearly all off his bones when he was found. There was not a piece of paper or a mark found about his person or clothing by which he could be identified. He wore a pair of overalls, calico shirt, and had a blue handkerchief tied about his neck.
It is generally believed that the man was a wandering farm hand and that he had been working on some of the farms in that section, but no one has been missing. He was a medium sized man, but owing to the condition of the body when found, his age could not be ascertained. Evidently robbery was the motive of the crime. The shooting was done with a 38 caliber gun, probably a Winchester. The body was buried near Bliss, Thursday.

The Leader – Peckham
January 14, 1904

The Catholic Church, which is about 7 miles northwest of Peckham, is to be moved immediately to Peckham. Ground has been purchased and the church will be located about one block north of the Christian church.

The Blackwell Sun
May 12, 1904

William Ramisch Left His Home Eight Weeks since and has Never Been Heard of.

William Ramisch, an old soldier, has mysteriously disappeared from his home in the Baptist college addition. About eight weeks ago, he started in his buggy, as he said, to hunt up a location. He did not state to what part of the country he was going, or how long he expected to be gone. He took his pension papers with him, and told his wife that when he drew his pension, he would send her some money. He draws his pension at Topeka, and April 4 would have been his pension day, but his wife has heard nothing from him. If the earth had opened and swallowed him he could not have disappeared more effectually. He and his wife lived together alone in their neat little home on the west side. When he went away he left her alone and she has been alone ever since. She does not have the remotest idea what has become of him, and naturally is very much disturbed and uneasy about his continues absence and unbroken silence.
Of course a thousand imaginary misfortunes that may have happened to him pass through her mind. He may have been taken suddenly ill and lost consciousness or he may have met with foul play, somewhere or some how, in his travels.
The couple came here from Nebraska and bought the place where they live, some two years ago.

The Blackwell Sun
August 18, 1904


A Suspicious Circumstances That Looks Like Murder

A little over a week ago a German Farmer, living nine miles south-west of Medford, arrived home late one evening from town, bringing with him some coal and other articles needed on the farm. The members of the family had retired for the night according to the story told by his wife, but he, after eating his supper, did not retire, but sat in a chair. Sometime in the night his wife awoke, and missing him she went out to the barn and about the place, searching for him, but failed to find him, whereas she returned to bed and slept until morning.
But when morning came there was nothing to be seen of the old farmer. Several days passed, and he was still missing, but the family said nothing to any of the neighbors, nor did they make any effort to find the old man. A couple of mornings ago a grown son announced that he had dreamed of his father, the night previous. He said he dreamed the old man was dead and that his body could be found in the cane field, lying between two straw stacks.
Some of the smaller children were sent out to investigate the matter, and the body of the old man, badly decomposed was found in the cane field lying between the two straw stacks.
Possibly the son had just such a dream, but the fact that no effort was made to find the old man, that nothing was said to the neighbors about his absence, naturally strikes one as being a rather fishy story, and a bungle some effort to cover up a crime.

Blackwell Sun
September 8 1904

The University of Oklahoma is making a very rapid growth. In 1903 the main building was destroyed by fire. At that time a new main hall was almost completed. The fire occurred January 6, 1903 and the classes moved from temporary building in the city to University Hall, March 15th. A new Science building has been built with the insurance money on the old. A Library has been built with a $30,000 gift by Mr Carnegie. All the buildings have been equipped by a special fund provided by the last legislature. There is no better place for higher education anywhere. School opens this year, September 13th.
The Fall semester of the University of Oklahoma begins September 13th. Ample room and equipment is provided for Oklahoma and Indian Territory Students. Tuition is free….

Blackwell Sun
October 20, 1904

Oklahoma Ahead
Govenor Ferguson has just received a telegram stating that Oklahoma had won the gold medal on the general display of agricultural products at the World’s Fair

Blackwell Times Record
November 24, 1904

Thanksgiving Proclamation

T - is for thankful -- we are -- are you?
H - is for Have you been in and our stock gone through
A - is a better life, let us all do our best
N - is for now come in and see us; we will do the rest
K - is for kindness bestowed on one and all
S - is for sure; we have a swell line this fall
G - is for good -- we all can be
I - is for if you can't "do" us, let us do you
V - is for vanity, thus sayeth the preacher
I - is for "if your wife doesn't know this is the place to trade -- then teach her
N - is for nature so wonderful and grand
G - is for good -- He who has so wonderfully blessed our land
And now on this another Thanksgiving day we are truly thankful to Him who
has so generously blessed our community and allowed us to enjoy an excellent
West & Dyer
The Store That Always Pleases
Blackwell Oklahoma
The Blackwell Sun
Dec 15, 1904

George Shelby Shoots and Kills John Porter.
Said to Have Caused the Killing

Special in the News.

Ponca City, Dec. 8. - John Porter was shot and killed last evening by George Shelby. The shooting took place in the Hotel De Horse, a livery and feed barn, on south Second street, in this city, about half past seven o'clock yesterday evening. The shooting occured in the office of the barn, there being no one present in the office aside from Shelby and Porter, although there were one or two men at work about the barn at the time. Shelby shot Porter in the face, the ball coming out at the back of the head. inflicting a fatal wound from which Porter died in about fifteen minutes. Shelby was at once placed under arrest, and the coroner is holding an inquest this afternoon. At present it is what lead up to the tragedy. Last Monday, Shelby who had been running the barn, sold it to Porter, and turned the posession of it over to him. It further seems that Porter had been drinking quite freely for several days past, and that a few days ago his wife and he parted, she taking the children with her.
It is also said that Porter had killed one or two dogs belonging to Shelby, and that this is what really lead to the killing of Porter. The prevailing opinion is that Shelby went to the barn in search of Porter, to settle with him for killing Shelby's dogs. Porter is said to have been drunk at the time Shelby called on him. What passed between the two men in the office prior to the firing of the fatal shot, no one but George Shelby can tell, for Porter never uttered a word from the time he was shot up to the drawing of his last gasp.
[There is more information on this in the online Volumes of “Some obituaries of early Kay County, Oklahoma Pioneers” Vol I and II]

The Blackwell Sun
Dec 15, 1904

Mrs. Maggie White in a Fit of Rage
And Threatens to Kill Herself and Child

Quite an excitement was caused Thursday afternoon on south Main street, by a woman named Mrs. Maggie White, trying to poison herself with strychnine. Friends saw her with the bottle and took it from her before she had time to take the dose. For fear she had swollowed some of it, Dr Miller was called and took the bottle containg the poison. An emetic was given her, but she had not swallowed any of the poison.
Her husband is Frank White, and they own a nd live on a farm twelve miles southwest of town. It is a little difficult to tell what caused her to kill herself, if she did. Thursday morning early, she hitched up a buggy, took two of her children, and dtove to town, as she said, to try to get work to support herself and children, though there was from all no counts no occasion for it. Her husband who is Frank White, is said to be a good man, and he says his wife had trouble with one of their children Wednesday night and threatened to kill it, but he caught her in time to prevent her hurting the child.
Soon after she left home, he got another team and followed her. She had been around town all day saying she wanted work, until she got the poison. The question in the minds of Dr. Ikerd and Dr. Miller is whether she is crazy or ugly and stubborn possibly a little of both. It is said that three or four weeks ago she got some laudanum and said she was going to take it and give it to the children, but she did not carry the threat into execution. Some of the people among whom she has been during the day, says the poison play was only a fluff, though she had the strychnine sure enough and had spilled some of it on the ground and on her clothes.
If she really meant to "shuffle off this mortal cull," she went at it in a very blundering way. May be she will make a better stagger next time. The reporter ventured to ask her, her name.
"None of your business" came the quick reply.

The Blackwell Sun
Dec 15, 1904

In December of 1904

4,500 inhabitants
Railroads running out in six different directions.
An electric light plant.
Waterworks system owned by the city.
Seven hotels.
Seven church buildings.
Three mills.
An ice plant.
One daily newspaper and two weeklies.
One steam laundry.
Two machine shops.
One high school building that cost $15,000 and one ward school building.
The Oklahoma Baptist College.
Four lumber yards.
Four drygoods stores.
Three rachet stores.
One exclusive shoe store.
Three bakeries.
Eleven grocery stores.
One second hand store…

The Blackwell Sun
Dec 15, 1904

Lead to the Arrest of a Broker at Guthrie
In Disposing of School District Bonds

Guthrie, Okla, Dec. 10 - Major N. D. McQinley, one of the most prominent citizens of Guthrie was indicted by the territorial grand jury, last night, and arrested this morning on a charge of embezzling the sum of $3,000. Immediately after being arrested he gave a $3,000 bond with many of the best citizens of Guthrie as security. He maintains his innocence and will allow the case to go to trial. McGinley is a Civil war veteran, and also a veteran of the lucian wars.
For a number of years McGinley has been engaged in a general bond, trust and mortgage business here, and has been successful. Some time ago there were some school bonds voted, in the sum of $3,000, by the district, in which is located the town of Tonkawa. The bonds were sold to a Tonkawa bank, and by the bank sent to McGinley to sell. The bank now charges that although McGinley sold the bonds, he did not turn over the money, but used it for his own benefit. This charge caused his indictment and arrest. McGinley has always stood well here and the majority of the people believe him innocent of any intentional wrong doing.

The Blackwell Sun
Dec 15, 1904

Jury at Perry Goes Against Zack Miller

Of Violating the Cattle Quarantine Law

Guthrie, O. T., Dec. 9. - Secretary Thos. Morris of the Live Stock Sanitary Commission, yesterday received word from R. H. Hahn at Perry, stating that on Wednesday night at 9 o'clock, the jury in the case of the United States vs. Zack T. Miller, brought in a verdict of guilty. The sentence has not been fixed, but the law prescribes a fine of not less than $1 nor more than $500 or imprisonment.
The case grew out of a violation of the quarantine law. Miller and a man named Vancellous drove some cattle over from Red Rock and Bliss without inspection and sent them to Kansas City.
Inspector Allen had them arrested together with the railroad agents.
The matter was taken up by the Live Stock Bureau and the department at Washington decided to have a rehering on the sase, which was done, and with the result of the conviction of Miller.
The other case will be tried in a few days.

The Blackwell Times Record
January 05 1905


Program of the County Teachers' association meeting to be held at Ponca City, Saturday, Jan 7, 1905.

11:00 a.m. - Report of committee on needed school legislation.
1:30 a.m. - Song
"School Room Decorations" Paper by Mrs. L C Skinner, Ponca City. Discussion-Miss Idabel Hedges, Ponca City High school; Miss Nola Harney, Blackwell.
"What Credit should be given Teachers attending County Teachers' association?" Paper by Principal Fred Harris, Ponca City High school. Discussion-Supt. E B Wood, Newkirk; Principal J E Epley, Kaw City; Mrs A E Lavety, District No 72.
"Management of Primary and Intermediate Grades in Rural Schools." Paper by O L Zook, Kildare. Discussion-Principal E M Garner, Cross; Miss Crete Museiler, Peckham.
By order of Executive Committee.
A D Kersey, J T Butcher, J A Bigbee, L A Shaw.

Blackwell Times-Record
March 2, 1905


Sam Howell and family, with the exception of Carl who is in school at Stillwater, left Wednesday of this week for San Jose, California. Mr. Howell has for years been resident manager for the Waters-Pierce Oil company and is transferred to California at his own request, in hopes that the climate there will benefit the health of Mrs. Howell. Mr. And Mrs. Howell, Miss Cora and Carl, all have firm friends here who regret their departure and the occasion for it and will hope that the change will be beneficial and that they will all enjoy good health and prosper in their home. Mr. Howell and family have been actively identified with the Presbyterian church and will be missed in all branches of church work. Last week the classmates of Miss Cora who graduated two years ago who still live in Blackwell, gave her a surprise and leave taking party and with one accord expressed their regret at losing her. Mr. Howell goes direct to San Jose, but is not certain that that city will be his headquarters, but expects to be located somewhere in that part of the state.

Blackwell Sun
May 4 1905

New School Board

The board of education met in regular session Monday evening and reorganized by seating the newly elected members in place of those whose terms had expired. As now constituted the board is as follows:
President—P E Hall
Clerk—B D Ashbrook
Treasurer—J W Moore
First Ward—R A Neff and M M Lively
Second Ward—B D Ashbrook and CC B McLaury
Third Ward—P E Hall and H E Martin
Fourth Ward—C R Ogg and G M Warinner
Attached Territory—V A Wood and J B Sheets
Prof J M Bunten was elected superintendent for another year.
The board then adjourned to meet again Thursday evening.

The Blackwell Sun
June 26, 1905


The Wonderful Results of Doing Business on the Square.

The Star Bakery of this city is doing a large and increasing business. It ships bread to five different towns. Namely, Peckham, Braman, Deer Creek, Wakota and Tonkawa, and ships on an average 2000 loaves a week, and has shipped as high as 700 loaves in a day. It has paid the Blackwell Milling Company $2500 in the last six months for flour. It supplies every grocery store in town, all the hotels and all the restaurants but one. A gentlemen who was formerly in the bakery business, made the remark the other day, that the Star Bakery not only turned out the most, but the best bread in Kay county. Mr. Elsasser, the proprietor, has employed an expert baker from Germany, who has been in the business for about eighteen years, and who can make anything known to the baker’s trade.
The Star Bakery uses nothing but the best materials that can be had. The demand for its goods is such that it never has to sell its customers stale bread. In short the Star Bakery is the bakery par excellence of northern Oklahoma, not only in the quantity of bread sold, but in the quality as well. There are no ingredients in the Star Bakery’s bread that are deleterious to health. Mr. Elsasser believes when he gets a customer in treating him, so that he will always be a customer. The result of adopting this principal and carrying it out, is that the business of the Star Bakery is rapidly growing and its proprietor is beginning to reap the reward that always comes to the man, who follows the principle of giving every man his money’s worth, and who not only wants to live, but is willing to let live.

The Blackwell Sun
October 19, 1905


Fred Voils, as Osage Indian squaw man, was released from custody at Newkirk, where he has been held in jail since September 11, on a charge of murdering Roy Shaver, president of the Newkirk Dry Goods company, on April 20, last. Shaver went to the depot with some friends and when returning home he was shot from ambush, dying several days afterward at a hospital in Winfield, Kans. A total of $1500 in rewards was offered for the arrest and conviction of Shaver’s murderer, $500 from which was offered by Governor Ferguson on the part of the territory. The release of Volis, because of insufficent evidence against him, elliminates the only clue the authorities have been able to secure in connection with the Shaver murder. Volis is about 35 years old and a member of a highly respectable family of Cowley county, Kansas. He married an Osage Indian squaw. Several days ago C.T. Askinson of Arkansas City, as attorney for Volis’ release and made application on a writ of habeas corpus. The Kay county attorney, A.F. Mow, immediately submitted the case to the Grand Jury, and his discharge was ordered no evidence being found to convict. Volis intends to sue the officers of Kay county for false imprisonment, seeking big damages.

Blackwell Sun
Feburary 15, 1906

To see the White Father
Ponca City, Feb 10—A delegate of the leading men of the Ponca tribe of Indians have gone to Washington in the charge of J C Miller, president of the 101 ranch company. The delegation is composed of Horse Chief, hereditary chief of the tribe, Little Soldier, Sam Hinman, Lem Serre, Big Goose, Mike Roy, George Primeaux, White Tail, John Bull and Yellow Horse. Matters of great importance to the tribes will be taken up with the department in Washington and it is hoped that arrangements can be made for the modification of rules and regulations regarding tribal affairs which has not been satisfactory to the tribe. The delegates expect to remain in Washington about two weeks.

The Blackwell Sun
May 10, 1906

Ponca City Shooting
Ponca City, May 4. – About 8:30 o’clock on Wednesday evening Oscar Taylor was shot and seriously if not fatally wounded by his divorced wife, Mrs. Lotta Taylor. The man was in town from his farm near the city and was getting ready to return home. As he passed the stairway of the Simms building on Grand avenue, where Mrs. Taylor had rooms, she rushed out and opened fire upon him with a revolver at short range. The first shot took effect in his back, just above the left hip, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. This was followed by three or four more shots two of which took effect in the left shoulder.
The wounds are severe and may prove fatal, though there is a chance that he may recover.
The woman was arrested and placed in the city jail and was taken to Newkirk where her preliminary examination will be held as soon as the result Taylor’s wounds can be ascertained with some degree of certainty.
Taylor and his wife have had trouble for some time and were recently divorced, Mrs. Taylor being given custody of their one child, a boy about six years old.

The Blackwell Sun
May 10, 1906

The New Town of Foraker

Foraker is the name of a new government town just established on the Midland Valley railroad about 25 miles northwest of Pawhuska in the Osage reservation. The lot-sale occurred there on May 1, a post office has been established, four banks chartered and a newspaper started, called the Foraker Tribune. There is a general store, two restaurants, a hardware store and blacksmith shop, a barber shop and three lumber yards doing business. The prospects are that it will soon be one of the best towns in that section, as it is surrounded by a rich agricultural county, well watered, that will produce enormous crops.

Blackwell Sun

Neighborhood News

Received too late for last week.

Mrs. R. H. Jamison and Bertie are on the sick list.
Mr. and Mrs. Lades have departed for their home in Beaver county.
About eight couples gathered at the home of M. Bacon Saturday evening. Games and dancing were in order.
The shortage of cars has interfered with the plans of some of our Bethel people. We could chronicle the departure of several but for this fact.
Those of our people who attended the lecture given by Mrs. Bessie Bellman at Blackwell Sunday evening speak very highly of this entertaining lecturer. The meeting was largely attended. She will deliver another lecture on Feb. 10.

The many friends of Mrs. Everet Macy were somewhat started on Sunday evening to learn of her sudden departure from this life. While Mrs. Macy had been ailing for some time, her cheerfulness had led her friends to hope of recovery. She died Sunday evening at 4 o'clock surrounded by relatives and friends. She leaves a husband and twin boys four years old. The funeral occurred at the home of her parent, N. H. Butler, Tuesday at 2 p.m., Interment being made in Odd Fellows cemetery at Blackwell.
Blackwell Times-Record
July 19, 1906


The rifle team that will represent Oklahoma at the national shoot at Sea Girt, commencing about Sept. 4, is as follows: Lieutenant C. S. Curran, Guthrie, company A; Capt. B. C. McCoy, Chandler, of B; Captain Eltie Wright, Blackwell, of D; Jas. A. Ingram, Pawnee, of E; Capt. A. L. Edgington, Watonga, of F; Capt. J. P. Alley, Hennessey, of G; Capt C. B. Blake, Edmond, of H; Sergt. C. C. Willard, Alva. Of I; Corporal J. R. Cullison, Jr., Enid, of K; Sergt. Ray Abraham, Perry, of L; Capt. F. W. Hunter, Oklahoma City, of M; C. E. Elliott, private, Lawton Engineer Corps; Major J. C. Herr, Chandler; M. F. Highley, adjutant, Oklahoma City, and Lieutenant Walter Ferguson, of Watonga, constitute the team. Colonel Hoffman is spotter; Captain King of the Engineer Corps, coach, and Gen. A. J. Niles, captain of the team. They expect to be gone about one month and their experience at the shoot will be of great value to the organization.

The Blackwell Sun
July 19, 1906


The number of persons of Indian blood in the new state is 99,925, as follows:
Indian Territory – Seminoles, 2,763, Choctaws, 23,573, Chickasaws, 9,713, Cherokees, 35,255, Creeks, 15,359, Senecas, 277, Wyandottes, 291, Eastern Shawnees 20, Ottawas, 157, Modocs 57, Peorias, 178 Quapaws, 217, Miamis, 80,
Oklahoma – Pawnees 633, Osages 1,895, Kaws 247, Poncas 568, Otoes 367, Tonkawas 52, Sacs and Foxes 491, Iowas 90, Pottawatomies 1,686, Shawnees 657, Kickapoos 247, Cheyennes 776, Arapahoes 521, Apachee 158, Kiowas 1,161, Comanches 1,401, Wichitas 433, Caddos 532.
In addition there are about three hundred Apaches held as prisoners of war at Fort Sill. Mixed bloods predominate greatly among the Indians in Indian Territory while the Indians of Oklahoma are mostly full bloods. The Negro population of Indian Territory is about twenty-eight thousand of Oklahoma, twenty-three thousand.

The Blackwell Sun

New Trial for Zach Mulhall

St. Louis, Nov. 27, -Zach Mulhall, Oklahoma cattleman and livestock agent of the Frisco railroad, who was sentenced to serve two years in the penitentiary for a shooting affray at the world's fair two years ago, obtained a new trial by virtue of a supreme court ruling. Although reversing and remanding the trial court of St. Louis, Judge Fox pointed out measures which, if applied by the prosecution may bring him to trial again. On the night of June 8, 1904, Mulhall became involved in trouble with Frank Reed on the pike at the world's fair grounds. Several pistol shots were fired, and Ernest Morgan, who was not implicated in the trouble, was struck by a bullet and seriously wounded. Mulhall was convicted of shooting Morgan. In touching upon the evident attitude of the trial court, Judge Fox said: "It is made manifest from the declarations of law in this case that the trial court took the position that it made no difference, so far as the commission of the offense defined by Section 1847, whether the defendant shot at prosecuting witness and wounded him with intent to kill him or that he shot at Frank Reed, without justification, with intent to kill him, and in the commission of such wrongful act the prosecuting witness was wounded. Under either state of facts the defendant would be equally guilty of the offense defined by the statutes . We are unable to give our assent to that position.
Blackwell Times-Record
July 11, 1907

First published in Times-Record July 11, 1907,

An ordinance making and specifying the tax levy for the fiscal year 1907, on the taxable property in the City of Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory, for said City of Blackwell.
Be it ordained by the Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory.
Section 1 - There is hereby levied upon all the taxable property in the City of Blackwell, Oklahoma Territory, the following tax levies at the following rates, and for the following funds of said City of Blackwell, for the fiscal year A. D. 1907, for municipal purposes of said City as follows.
A levy of 2 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for a street and bridge fund.
A levy of 3 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for a fire and water supply fund.
A levy of 1 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for contingent and supply fund.
A levy of 5 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for street lighting fund.
A levy of 1 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for a salary fund.
A levy of 14 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made as a sinking fund to pay interest on the bonded indebtedness.
A levy of 2 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for a park fund.
A levy of 3 mills on the dollar of the taxable property of said city is hereby made for sinking fund to pay bonded indebtedness at its maturity.
Section II - This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force from and after its passage, approval and publication once in the Times-Record, the official city paper.
Passed by Council this 8th day of July, A.D. 1907.
Approved by the Mayor this 8th day of July, A.D. 1907.
(seal) JAMES SHAVER, Mayor.
Attest: G. W. HINES, City Clerk

The Blackwell Sun

Her Life a Tragedy
Braman, Aug. 3-Mrs. Lark Fulton Simpson, who was shot by her husband who afterwards took his own life at Wichita, came home to her uncle Chas. Hartgrove, to make her future home with him. Mrs. Simpson was raised in Braman by her uncle, where she is well liked by everybody. She was a fine looking woman and a handsome girl, having attended Sunday school and church ever since Braman was a town, consequently all were interested in her welfare. She met Simpson and a case of love at first sight sprung up and they were married against the wishes of her uncle’s folks and from the first the match was never a pleasant one. She, true, to her womanhood, stuck the closer to her bargain and tried to make a home for her husband. She came home time and again to her uncle and was given treatment for herself and child and the good friends of the family rallied to her help. Mr. Simpson invariably forgot to settle the doctor bills, to say nothing of other expenses. In all the twelve years that Mrs. Simpson lived here no man ever heard a word or act against Larkey Fulton as she was called. She is now a hopeless cripple and will be all her life.
Blackwell Times-Record
Sept 26, 1907

Mrs. Gertrude Henderson, primary teacher in the public schools, received a cablegram from Honolulu, Hawaii, this week tendering her a position there at a salary of $1,000 per year. She will not give up her work here, however, this year. The offer is certainly a fine testimonial to her genius and ability as a teacher - Ponca Courier.

Blackwell Times-Review
September 26, 1907


Ola Goodson, the well known farmer who lives on the Chicaskia, five and a half miles south-east of this city, this week sold the half section comprising his home place. The farm is unquestionably one of the best in Oklahoma, and the improvements are valued at $7,000 to $10, 000. George Crue, of Rantoul, IL, is the purchaser and he only paid $100 per acre we congratulate him on his bargain, for that land will be worth $150 per acre in 10 years just as certain as time continues. Mr. Goodson still has some Kay County farm land, but we understand that for the present at least, that he will retire from active farming and move to the city.
Blackwell Sun
October 03, 1907


Fare to St. Louise, $11.15.

Fare to Chicago, $16. 45.

Fare to Memphis, $12.80.

Jamestown Exposition, Norfolk, VA, round trip, season tickets, $56.90; 60-day tickets, $47.45; 15-day tickets, $27. 65; via New York at slightly higher rates.

Eureka Springs-30 and 60 days tickets on sale daily. Rates very low. An easy journey to a delightful recreation place.

$10.30 Kansas City and return, on sale Sept. 21 to Oct. 5; final limit Oct. 7. Also Oct. 12 to 19; good to return Oct. 21.

$1.45 Winfield and return. Cowley county fair, on sale Sept. 30 to Oct 4, good to return Oct. 5.

$1.95 Enid and return. Oct. 16, limit for return Oct. 17. Ringling Bros circus.

$5.45 Claremore, I. T. and return, sale Oct 21 to 23, return Oct. 28, Horse Thief Asso.

$3.30 Pawnee and return, sale Oct. 1 to 5, final limit Oct. 7.

$. 95 Arkansas City and return, on sale Oct 9. Final limit Oct. 10, Barnum G. Bailey circus.

The short line to the east, north and south. Quick time to St. Louis, Memphis, and Birmingham.

Through connection by the 6:00 p.m. train to Kansas City and the north.

For further participation inquire of Joe. W. Hall, Agent, Blackwell, Okla.
Blackwell Times-Record
Oct. 31, 1907


There is so much rheumatism here in our neighborhood now that the following advice by an eminent authority, who writes for readers of a large eastern daily paper, will be highly appreciated by those who suffer.
Get from any good pharmacy one half ounce Fluid Extract Dandelion, one ounce Compound Kargon, three ounces of Compound Syrup Sasparlila. Shake these well in a bottle and take in teaspoonful doses after each meal and at bedtime; also drink plenty of good water.
It is claimed that there are few victims of this dread and torturous disease who will fail to find ready relief in this simple homemade mixture, and in most cases a permanent cure is the result.
This simple recipe is said to strengthen and cleanse the eliminative tissues of the kidneys so that they can filter and strain from the blood and system the poisons, acids and waste matter, which causes not only rheumatism, but numerous other diseases. Every man or woman here who feels that their kidneys are not healthy and active, or who suffers from any urinary trouble whatever, should not hesitate to make up this mixture, as it is certain to do much good, and may save you from much misery and suffering after awhile.
Our home druggists say they will either supply the ingredients or mix the prescription ready to take if our readers ask them.

Blackwell Times-Record
November 14, 1907


The new Grand opera house, under the management of G. M. Warinner, was formally opened Wednesday night of this week. The house has been practically finished for a month, but owing to the delay in shipment of chairs the formal opening was announced for this week, with “At the Cross Roads” as the bill.
The lower floor had been pretty well sold by the Commercial club at $5.00 per seat, and a fair crowd was in attendance. The house is one of the best arranged in Oklahoma, and when finally completed will be one of the prettiest.
The stage is 30x50 and 44 feet high; the dressing rooms, five in number, are in an annex to the house proper, at the rear of the stage, and on the stage level; the drop curtain and all of the scenery is first-class and the opera chairs are modern and comfortable. The downstairs has a seating room of 400; first balcony, 200; second balcony, 200; boxes, 24; a ladies’ rest room and toilet to the right, are appreciated accessories. Gas heated and electric lighted, with gas lights in dressing rooms, make it modern in that respect.
The play “At the Cross Roads” is one that has pleased thousands, having as it does for its plot scenes from the south with which we are all more or less familiar. The company presented it in a very creditable manner, a number of the characters being unusually clever.
Manager Warinner is entitled to the commendation of all our citizens for furnishing such a creditable play house and as well a hall that will be suitable and fir for conventions and other gatherings, something we have long needed.

Blackwell Times-Record
Nov 28, 1907


Pancoast & Hill is the title of a new law firm in this county, the individual members of which are Judge J. L. Pancoast of Blackwell and Ira A. Hill of Newkirk and they will have offices in Blackwell and Newkirk. Judge Pancoast is a lawyer of wide experience, and for the past seven years has been Judge of the Western Oklahoma district, and a member of the Oklahoma supreme court, and has a reputation as a jurist second to none in Oklahoma. He has permanently located here and will give his time and attention to the practice of his profession. The Blackwell office of the firm will be upstairs in the new Beatty building on South Main Street. Ira Hill, the junior member of the firm who will have charge of the Newkirk office, is well known to the people of Kay county, and his many friends and acquaintances will gladly welcome him back to the county and to the practice of his profession. We bespeak for the new firm that measure of success that their talents and personality deserves.

Blackwell Times-Record
Dec 19, 1907

Emmanuel Commandry No. 16 elected the following officers last Monday evening W. W. Stephenson Eminent Commander; B. D. Ashbrook, Generalissimo; John W. Beatty, Captain General; M. A. Ashbrook, Senior Warden; Ben F. McCully, junior warden; D. W. Miller Prelate; Wm. Risley Treas; J. R. May Recorder; P. H. McElhone Standard Bearer; J. W. Morse Sword Bearer; P. S. Wheeler warder; Fred W. Stone Sentinel; J. R. Tate F. J. Goold and J. W. Randall guards. The officers present were installed by Past Eminent Commander Fred H. Hoppe.

Blackwell Times-Review


The Blackwell Brick & Tile company has had a series of misfortunes since starting, in loss by storm, by accident etc., etc. of much property, and loss of time, but Monday of this week their minor misfortunes were forgotten in the catastrophe that confronted them. They were just completing a permanent kiln with a capacity of a quarter million brick, and the arch of the roof had been completed Saturday night, and Monday as the workmen were removing the supports the roof fell in on them burying six men in its fall. The other workmen at the plant summoned help and went to work digging out the men, and before help arrived from town had them all out. It was that four of the six were seriously injured and they were carried to the new office building where the physicians attended to their injuries before removing them to their homes. Foreman Thayer and Dave Shultz escaped with comparatively slight injuries, and put off surgical attendance until after the other men had been looked after. The physicians worked heroically to relieve as far as possible the injured men, and as fast as they were made ready they were taken to their homes.
H.B. Fahs was taken out alive and conscious but his condition became alarming Monday afternoon, and he died during the night. He was literally crushed in, his ribs puncturing the lungs, causing internal hemorrhage, which was his immediate cause of death.
William Wolf, who was standing right close to Fahs when the accident occurred, is seriously injured and has two fractures of the left hip bone, upper and lower, two ribs fractured, and three scalp wounds. He is suffering greatly but this morning his condition is satisfactory to the attending physicians.
Herman Kiper has two fractured ribs, and abdomen and back crushed, but he is doing nicely with prospects good for his recovery.
Harvey Shouse has a dislocated shoulder, a fracture of both lower bones of one leg and a crushed foot on the other leg, but seems to have sustained little or no internal injury and is doing nicely.
Many versions of the cause of the accident are offered. The arch, about two layers of brick thick, had been completed Saturday and the heavy rain of that night is supposed to have prevented the mud from hardening, so that when it was jarred in removing the wall supports that it started the keys, causing the whole roof to fall in. The one great wonder is that every man was not instantly killed.
The loss to the company is considerable, but that of course is not considered by them or the public because of their anxiety for the man who are so seriously injured. We are all hoping for the uninterrupted recovery of the men.
Blackwell Times-Review
Jan. 16, 1908


Miss Lulu English, who is the proprietress of the Coney Island lunch room, was severely burned Monday morning of this week. Miss English, who rooms over the West Dyer Dry Goods company store, was getting ready to go to her work Monday morning, and while dressing was standing with her back to the gas stove, the flames in some way was blown out reaching her skirts, and in a moment she was ablaze all over. While attempting to tear off her skirts she severely burned her hands and then, with rare presence of mind, she ran and jumped into the bed, where she soon succeeded in smothering out the flames.
She is severely burned, but stood the shock heroically, and the attending physician anticipates her recovery.

Blackwell Times-Review
Jan 16, 1908


The regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the Blackwell Brick and Tile company was held at the office of the company was he;ld at the office of the company, Tuesday evening of this week, and the following named persons were elected directors for the ensuing year: Z. A. Harris, N. D. Kistler, W. H. Thompson, Willard Foster, W. M. Vickery, M. J. Gottschalk and C. P. Austin.
It was decided to erect a number of permanent kilns and also the matter of putting in a tile plant was taken under consideration, and it is probable that this will be added to the plant within the next few weeks.
The directors of the company met at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Z. A. Harris, president: N. D. Kistler, vice-president: C. P. Austin, secretary; W. M. Vickery, treasury.
There is a big demand for all kinds of brick product, and the board has taken under consideration plans by which it hopes to meet this demand fully within the next few months.

Blackwell Times-Review
Jan 16, 1908


The stockholders of the Blackwell National bank met Wednesday afternoon of this week, and elected directors as follows: W. C. Robinson, Winfield, Kans; V. G. Hagaman, J. W. Morse, John Bonicamp, Sr., and J. F. Walker, all of Blackwell. The officers for the ensuing year are W. C. Robinson, president; V. G. Hagaman, vice-president; J. W. Morse, cashier, and J. F. Walker, assistant cashier.

Blackwell Times-Review
Jan 16, 1908


The State National bank stockholders met Tuesday of this week and elected the following directors: C. I. Blake, E. P. Blake, H. M. Blake, W. H. Thompson and E. A. Lentz. The officers as elected for the year are C. I. Blake, president: E. P. Blake, vice-president and cashier, and E. A. Lentz and W. J. Vincent, assistant cashiers.

Blackwell Times-Review


The Northern Oklahoma Marble and Granite Works, Hahn & Kohler, proprietors, are putting out some especially nice work this spring. They have yards at Blackwell and Enid, the local being in charge of Gus Kohler. Their stock of granite and marble is second to none in the state and in addition to Norway, Vermont and Georgia stone they are showing some very pretty Oklahoma stone both in reds and grays. They do really first class work and those in need of that class of work will do well to see them, as they are right in price and workmanship.
Ponca City Democrat
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Thursday May 11, 1911 Page 4

Submitted by Carolyn Dillion

Al Hatten to Build

The first of next month, Al Hatten, the produce dealer, will begin the erection of buildings on his lots west of the Arcade hotel, now occupied by the County Feed Yard. The main building will be of brick, 25x80 feet in size, built especially for the produce business, with cement floors, and water, gas and sewer connections. It will be practically fire proof. There will be numerous other smaller buildings for storage, etc. He has ample room, having three lots, and when everything is fitted up as contemplated will have one of the most complete and convenient produce establishments in the state.

Blackwell Morning Tribune
Blackwell, Oklahoma
November 28, 1935

Submitted by Vicki Ebert

The Mason Service station, 723 South Main street, which sells Sinclair products, announces reduction in the price of gasoline.  Effective today, the H-C gas will sell for 16 cents a gallon and the U.S. Motor Specification gas will sell for 12 cents a gallon.  This is a cut of 4 cents in the latter product and 2 cents on the H-C.


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