The Muskogee Phoenix
July 1, 1904
A brand new town 30 miles southeast of Muskogee, in the Cherokee Nation, just north of the Canadian river, on the Midland Valley Railroad.
Is and will be the only permanent station between Russell and Stigler; the logical and only railroad trading point for the rich valleys of both the Arkansas and Canadian rivers, covering a wide district. Business blocks surrounded by streets 100 feet wide for fire protection; residence blocks level, drainage perfect.
Openings for all lines of business and a large trade ready and waiting. Agent now on the ground ready to close sales; title absolutely perfect and warranty deeds given now. No auction sales; no lottery drawings; just a plain business proposition that will make money for buyers. Remember this: trains are now running direct and it is not a question of possibly a railroad some day in the future; leave Muskogee at 8 a.m. and returning leave PORUM at 2:30 p.m. Come down today; see a beautiful valley, picturesque scenery, and an ideal townsite in the heart of the richest, most productive part of the Cherokee Nation.
INDIANOLA CONTRACTING CO., Muskogee, I. T.
Adapted from Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma by John D. Benedict, 1922
Porum is a town of 600 people, located on the prairie, thirty miles south of Muskogee. The townsite was platted by Walter R. Eaton in 1903, upon the arrival of the Midland Valley Railroad. The firm of Cole & Matthews were the first to erect a substantial store building and fill it with a stock of general merchandise. T. H. Williams and Joseph Francis were also pioneer merchants, as were also H. G. and Frank Finklea. As the town began to grow some of its citizens organized the Bank of Commerce. A few years later a National Bank was established. These two banks were finally combined into one strong financial institution which was named The American State Bank.
Porum maintains a good public school, two churches and now has four general stores, two cotton gins, two drug stores, two hardware stores and several small stores and shops.
John D. Benedict, Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma Volume I (Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1922). p.487, 488.