Atoka County Indian Territory Newspapers


Published Weekly by The Indian Citizen Publishing Co.

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April 6, 1899

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The Indian Citizen will be typed exactly as it appears in the paper. I have high-lighted the names for easier reading. I find it amazing that the news coverage in this paper is excellent. There is an article on the King of England, War in the Phillipines, etc. Many newspapers today could take a lesson in what appears in "this" newspaper. I am omiting many of the commercial adds, and stories. The stories are just that, stories, fables. They do not pertain to anyone in the Choctaw Nation. I chose not to set up this page in newspaper columns, simply because it would take up entirely to much space, and I would have to decrease the font. That would pose a problem for some. Let me know what you think, any suggestions for improvements will be appreciated. This page was created by Ruth Atteberry Adams, Jan. 21, 2000. You may not link directly to this page, but you may link to the Main Atoka County Page and reference this site. Information contained on this page is not to be reproduced, used for commercial, or any other use for gain, nor is it to be copied to another site. It is here to help those researching Atoka County. If you have questions please send email to

Town Site Instructions

Commissioners for Both Nations received the same Instructions.
Department of the Interior
Washington, D. C.

You have been appointed town cite commissioners to lay out townsites where towns were located in Choctaw Nation on the ratification, August 24, 1698, of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Agreement, set forth in section 29 of the Act of June 28, 1898 (30 stats, 495), otherwise known as the Curtis Act, and to appraise the lots within such towns. (This subject will be found further into the newspaper.) R. Adams

Easter Services

at the First Baptist church Sunday were conducted by Rev. J. S. MURROW and a large audience attended. Much preperation was in progress for an elaborate service on that day; but the sickness and deaths at the Academy cast such a gloom over all, and time for practice could not be taken.

The M. E. church services was pesided over by Rev. TRICKEY , who very appropriately selected for his subject and theme the rendition of Christ's birth, life, death and The Resurrection. The choir rendered several selections and the final climax was a solo by Mrs. J. T. CLAPPER no one could fail to enjoy the sacred sentiment of the song, the simple yet perfect manner and style of rendering. Mrs. Clapper's most kind and accomodating spirit is only (?) by the thorough appreciation of the audience.

The Presbyterian congregation gathered and found a most beautiful - and appropriately decorated church last Easter morning. Novel and artistic designs were formed over and around the pulpit, and the organ was hid behind a tasty arrangement of lovely hot house plants. The Sunday School pupils had a perfect program in arragement and rendering. the choir selections were all in harmony with the day and its significance.

Lehigh Election

The following town officers were elected at Lehigh Tuesday. Dan SHEA , Mayor; Gilbert BROWN , Recorder; John B. COBB , Assessor; John KALB , Marshall. Alderman-Sam JONES , Wm. MINTON , John PETERS , Fred ELLIOTT , Henry BECK .

Choctaw Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the Choctaw Nation convened at Tushkahoma, April the 3rd, 1899.

The following cases were disposed of:
Mrs. Mary HUSLEY vs Choctaw Nation, violating Permit Law, reversed.
Abdrew COLBERT vs Stephen ONTAHYUBBE , controversy, from Boktokie County. Reversed.
T. D. HIBBEN , Clerk

Officers present were Judge J. W. EVERIDGE , Judge Jospeh GARLAND , Clerk T. E. HIBBEN , Attorney Genreal C. J. VINSON , and Louis McIINTOSH , Sheriff of Wade County, Choctaw Nation.


Boone WILLIAMS of Lehigh spent Monday in Atoka.

Ladies' crash shirts at D. N. Robb & Co's

A fine line of high grade canned goods at D. N. Robb & Co's.

J. D. BALL, one of Wapanucka's merchants was in town on the 30th.

E. W. USHER, the nurseryman from near Coalgate was here Monday.

(Ilegible) WILLIAMS of McGee Valley and Jackfork County was in Atoka on the 1st.

P. R. PHILLIPS of Lehigh was in Atoka on Sunday last to see his mother and other relatives.

Mrs. HANNA and the Misses FOHRNEY from Boggy Depot were spending in town last Saturday.

Mrs J. HAAS is still in Denison where she went for recreation and said to be very much improved.

Born - To Judge and Mrs. ? G. FOLSOM on Tuesday night last, a son. One more Choctaw to be put on the rolls.

The infant of Mr. & Mrs Luther PAIR who live three miles northeast of town has been quite sick, but is inproving now.

We can shoe your feet in the fintiest style, the latest fashion and the best wear. Give us a trial. S. DAMIE

See our line of mattings directly imported and best quality for the lace ever brought to the Territory. H. & A. HAAS

Ladies and gents furnishings, dress goods, clothing and a staple (?) of groceries, are our specialties. DOWNING & SALMON

Judge Jno. M. HARRISON , Sheriff L. WARD and Clerk, Robert<> HARRISON were holding their regular term of county court in Atoka on Monday last.

Dr. Thurmond's Catarrh cure, for catarrb and colds in the head. Sold, no cure, no pay. by J. D. LANKFORD .

J. M. SELF and wife of Lehigh, and J. C. WALDON and wife of Durant, were in Atoka the latter part of last week, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. HARRISON .

Rev. and Mrs. Maurice WRIGHT are moving to Lehigh, where they will have charge of the Presbyterian congregation, and we learn it will be their sole charge.

Captiain J. S. STANDLEY left Monday morning for Savanna, from which place he is expected to go on to South Canadian, then to Sedalia and on to Washington City.

Mike CONLON and Greenwood LaFLORE left on Saturday for Antlers with eleven prisioners who are to be tried at the term of court now being held at that place.

The nimrods of Atoka should cease their preparations for hunting trips for a few days, and give the weather a chance to clear up. It will never do it until they do.

Hayden LINEBAUGH cut his hand severly this week by falling on a bow case at the store of R. A. Robb & Co., where he works. The wound was painful but not dangerous.

Special low rates via M. K. & T. San Antonia, April 19th from Indian Territory points. The "Battle of Flames," the event of the year, is held ther April 24th. The particulars, call on or address Market Agent M. K. & T.

The Ladies Pioneer Club met at the home of Mrs. D. M. MILLER on Tuesday afternoon, the 4th. Mrs. John LINEBAUGH and Mrs. J. T. CLAPPER are new members of this club; and Mrs. I. W. (?) of Ardmore was a vistor at this meeting.

W. H. HARRISON made a trip to Lehigh on Tuesday last.

J. D. LANKFORD went to Denison on business last Monday.

Commissioner G. T. RALLS went to Durant Monday to hold court.

Dr. J. H. MILLER , collector for this district , is making his usual rounds.

The young folks literary society met as usual last week and had a profitable time.

J. D. BALL of Wapanucka was in town Tuesday to take out some goods for his store.

Green JACKSON of Globe, I. T. spent the day in Atoka Monday and renewed his subscription while in town.

The weather in this locality has been extremely unpleasant for this time of year, during the past ten days.

Effective March 18th, second class fare to San Francisco, Los Angeles and intermediate points, from Atoka only $32.50.

A new line of ladies hats, childrens hats, boys and babies caps, just received at my shop. NORA B. SMISER

Philip JOHNSON came up from Blue county on the 31st, to carry home the remains of his daughter who died at the Baptist Academy on the morning of the 30th.

Master Howell COBB was painfully bruised this week by having a horse to fall down with him. However, his wounds are not serious.

Charlie COBB came in from Boggy Depot to spend Sunday with his family. They expect to move out to Boggy Monday morning.

The Washington correspondent of the South McAlester Capital states that the Secretary of the Interior has taken full charge of the schools in this Territory and will dischanrge the memebers of the Indian boards. He also states that Mr. J. Blair SCHOENFELT , of Wyoming has been apointed U. S. Indian Agent for the five Tribes and Agent Wisdom removed.

Again Atoka has two McBRIDE boys in business places. Once not so long ago, McBRIDE Brothers were business boys in our city and now another generation is going in the fathers foot steps, Murrow McBRIDE is, Message boy and Wm. McBRIDE , Jr., is in at G. A. COBB's. If Wm. Jr., or famillarly " Bud McBRIDE ", developed to be the clerk his father was, Mr. COBB will be fortunate to have him. Bud has the ability and if he will, put the application to his ability he will succeed. We wish them both sucess.

Edmond BILLY , Abel FOSTER , Stephen ROBERTS , Calyin ALLISON , Lee ALLISON , H. C. WILSON E. S. BOND , Taylor DURANT , Wm. McKINNEY , Martin CHARLESTON and others attended county court here Monday.

Before you paper your rooms see my samples, the largest and finest line of wall paper ever shown in Atoka, at prices that all can afford to buy. I also keep a few patterns in stock. C. R. SMITH

G. A.VAN HALL, the leading druggist of Butler, MO., writes: "We are having splendid success with Beggs Blood Purifier and Blook Maker. It is the best seller we ever had, and gives satisfaction to all who have tried it. We take pleasure in recommending it.Jno. M. HODGES

Strayed or Stolen

One dark bay horse, six years old, about 14 1/2 hands high, four black hoofs and legs, hoofs large and round. His neck is crease fallen, has one or two small saddle marks on back. He has what would be called a hog back or high hips. Has a very smal wire scar on inside of one fore leg near the hoof. He disappeared from Lehigh the 25th day of October, 1898. Will pay ten dollars reward for his delivery to me at Lehigh. Isaac TROW, Phillips, I. T.

$10 Reward

Stolen from my place on the night of February 27, one bay pony, black mane and tail, foretop cut off but growing out again, has scar in forehead; barbwire scar below left eye; is about 14 hands high; branded D¯O on the right thigh, slightly blotched. Will pay $10 for delivery of said pony to me. DAVE OWEN , Connerville, I. T.


At the residence of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. FULTON in Atoka, on Monday morning last, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. FULTON , age about 24 hours. The little one was laid away in the cemetery on the hill Tuesday afternoon. The friends and relatives of these young peole, throughout the whole country, will join us in sympathy for them at the loss of their first born. Mr. FULTON came down from South Canadian Saturday and returned on the late train Wednesday.

A Card of Thanks

The Principal and teachers of Atoka Baptist Academy wish to express thanks to the many friends who in so many ways assisted in the care of the children in our Home during the recent illness and deaths. It is hard to give up those in whom we have become interested. We confidently hoped for their recovery up to within a few days of their death. God's ways are not our ways. E. H. RISHEL


The District Conference and Sunday school convention of the A. M. E. church will convene in Bethel A. M. E. church from April 11th to 16th. Quite a number of preachers and delegates are expected to be present during the week. Let everybody prepare to enjoy the meeting. District love feast Friday night and quarterly conference Saturday and Sunday. Yours in Christ and the race. I. H. HAWKINS , Pastor.

$25 Reward

$25 reward for the arrest and conviction of the man that stole from Atoka, February 24th, 1899, one bay mare, 6 years old, branded on left shoulder, 15 hands high, shod in front. Had on large saddle, iron stirrups; saddle pockets torn and repaired; some nursery books in them when lost. Any information give; will be rewarded. E. W. USHER , Coalgate, I. T.

At the A. M.E. parsonage April 1st, at 8 o'clock p.m., Mr. Alex FLAX of Atoka to Miss Jennie HOWELL of Caddo, I. T. We wish them success in their new life. FRIEND.

Called Home .

Isabella JOHNSON , daughter of Philip JOHNSON near Bennington, I. T. passed away at midnight, Wednesday night the 29th . She had been under the care of the physician for several weeks, but in spite of his watchful care and all that friends could do for her, the deceptive disease proved fatal.

Isabella has been at the "Home" of the Academy during the year and she was loved and respected by all who knew her. She was a quiet, unassuming, earnest Christian girl. She as never corrected or reproved in her school work and was a bright and faithful student. during her long sickness she was always patient and was grateful for the smallest favor. If you asked her how she was, her reply was, invariably_"I am better." She was so young, only fifteen; and she wanted to live, but when told that she could not she said, "It is all right, I am ready." And so now instead of mourning for her, let us think of her in the "brighter, Better Land" where there is no more suffering or sorrow. Her remains were taken to the family burying ground near Bennington, I. T., for burial .

Elizabeth THOMPSON usually called Beth, came to the Academy early in September in company with her brother and two sisters. She was very shy at first, but soon came to be a favorite with all. But few have ever made more rapid progess in the mastery of the English language, or manifested a deeper thirst for knowledge. she received the same care as the others, and seemed to develop no alarming symptoms. On Thursday morning, March 30th , shortly after the physician had made his usual morning round and had said that she was doing well, she was taken with a spasm from which she never rallied. Her remains were kept until Friday at three o'clock in hopes that the gandfather might come to the funeral. Her body was laid away in the Atoka cemetery to await the great resurrection morning .

Minnie YOTA , about seven years of age, was brought to the school by her aunt, Mrs. Betesy WILLIAMS, from Tushkahoma, on Jan. 9. 1889. She was a strong and hearty a child as we had in the Home. Always happy and well until she took measles about March 4th. No alarming symptoms developed until pneumonia set in March 25th, and her condition did not seem critical until Wednesday. Every care was taken to give good attention, but death seemed to claim her for his own. She was conscious to the last, and those who saw her during the last hours of her sickness will remember her as a dear little heroine. Her aunt and brother reached her twelve hours before she passed away and she talked freely with them. She died at noon, April 1st and her remains were sent to Tuskahoma for burial .

Never before has the Academy Home been visited by death. God has seen fit to take these and we know they are safe with the Savior. We extend to the relatives of the deceased our sympathy and prayers, and assure them that the teachers and friends of the school mourn the loss of the dear ones who were so suddenly taken from us. A FRIEND.

Work Commenced.

Gutherie, Ok April 4, - A large force of graders began work on the extension of the Hutchinson and Southern railway from Blackwell, southeast to Ponce City. The work will be pushed rapidly and cars will be running to Ponce in six weeks. From there the road will go down the Arkansas valley.

Cruel Measures.

New York, April 4. - Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt in an interview said: " The news from Manila is satisfactory, Aguinaldo does not seem to know when he is whipped .

If he should be captured, he should be treated as a prisoner of war. "There will be no cruel measures."

"Do you look for prolonged fighting?"

"No. The Fillipinos are not prepared for that sort of thing. We shall not have a repetition of our American Indian experiences in the northwest."

Historic Relic

Cincinnati, O., Mar 31. - It is learned from relatives of Col. Harry Egbert, recently killed at the head of his regiment while fighting in the Philippines, that he possessed a historic relic of 100 years ago that has been in the family for that length of time. The relic is the case and dueling pistols with which the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was fought in the year 1864. The pistols have been in the Egbert family since that time, being handed down from farther to son. Congressman Albert S. Berry of Newport has announced that he will make an effort at the first assembly of the next congress to secure a pension for the widow of Col. Harry C. Egbert, commersurate with the service rendered by her late husband.