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Early Arrivals to Guthrie, O. T.

Taken from Guthrie Daily Leader, 89er Edition
Sunday, April 14, 1974
© Guthrie News Leader

Submitted by: Bob Chada

Cassius Barnes was one of the earliest arrivals in Guthrie, having been appointed Receiver of Public Moneys of the United States land office.
Barnes was born in Livingston County, New York in 1845. At the age of four years, he moved with his family to Michigan.
Very active in early politics, Barnes was a real leader in the Guthrie community and the territory. He served as Territorial Governor and served serveral terms as Mayor of the City of Guthrie.
Dennis T. Flynn was Guthrie's first postmaster. He was appointed on April 4, 1889. He arrived in Guthrie on the first train April 22, 1889. He received telegraphic orders to open the office at once. (His official appoinment did not come for serveral weeks.)
A large amount of mail was waiting distribution with the first day.
Flynn opened the post office in a 10 x 14 tent situated near the southwest corner of the Government Acre, on the site now occupied by the DeFord building.

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