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The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory
Vol 3, No 41
January 25, 1906 (Page 8)
Abstracted / Transcribed by Linda Haas Davenport
When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all
This is a special edition - promoting Broken Arrow & celebrating its 3-year anniversary. The issue is full of detailed information about (and photos of) local businessmen, and photos of businesses and residences.
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[Photo, O R Johnson, Photographer]
Up-to-date in all other respects, Broken Arrow is not lacking in the least in photograph galleries. Johnson's studio is centrally located on Main street and Hughes' studio is conveniently located at this time near the business part of Main. It is the intention of the latter to have a new brick home in the near future, and the former is planning a photo car for the use of the gallery. As work is herein reproduced from each gallery and will, in a manner at least, speak for itself.
COLONEL G. W. GIST.
Among the most prominent and conspicuous men of Broken Arrow is Col. G. W. Gist. The Colonel, who numbers his friends just as he increases his acquaintances, is a gentleman of the old school, hailing from the matchless blue grass region of Kentucky. Born in Henry county, and having lived for many years in the city of Lexington, where he was a successful wholesale hardware merchant, Colonel Gist came to the Territory early in 1903. At that time an old friend, Col. D. M. Wisdom, was Indian agent at Muskogee, and he had been all over the Territory and was familiar with every nook and corner. Colonel Gist asked him where was the most attractive section here. Colonel Wisdom replied: "I've been all over the Territory, and I have concluded that the choicest spot to be found is that between the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers, right about where the new town of Broken Arrow is being built.
Colonel Gist came here immediately, determined to locate here and help build up the town. The Colonel erected at once the leading hotel - The Kentucky Colonel-a half-tone engraving of which, as well as some description of the same, is given elsewhere in this issue.
B. H. KERNS.
The subject of this sketch operates one of the large implement houses of the city, carrying farm Implements vehicles and harness. In addition to his business venture, Mr. Kerns is also an extensive property holder, all of which proves his faith in Broken Arrow.
Nearly three years ago M. McKenna came to Broken Arrow and established the Broken Arrow Ledger. The first issue was published April 23. 1903, and each week from that date until the 4th day of December, 1905, on which day Mr McKenna turned the paper over to his successor, Mr. G H Foster, there came out one of the cleanest, best papers ever published in the Territory. In no other one cause can the
[Photo M. McKenna]
growth and development of Broken Arrow be attributed more certainly than to the Ledger.
Mr. McKenna has made here a host of friends who appreciate his earnest, faithful work as a journalist.
The special edition contains a half-tone engraving of this gentleman who has done so much for the town and surrounding country.
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In the line of trades and professions Broken Arrow is quite well supplied. In the line of professions we take particular pride in referring to the proficiency of our attorneys-at-law and medical practitioners. In the former class are W. B. Williams and C. T. Byrd, comprising the well-known firm of Williams & Byrd, with offices in the First State Bank. F. L Haymes and Z. I. J. Holt comprise the firm of Haymes & Holt, with offices in the First National Bank. G. L. Holt and Harry Hood are the members of the partnership of Holt & Hood, with offices in the First State Bank. J. S. Severson is a bright young gentleman with offices over the postoffice. F. B. Righter is a young attorney who has offices in the Arkansas Valley National Bank. C. L. Fleshman is one of the promising attorneys, with offices over Neibling & Bell's mercantile establishment.
The medical profession is represented by Dr. A. J. Pollard, with parlors over Neibling & Bell's mercantile establishment; Dr. J. B. Haggard, with parlors in the Laws building; Dr. J. H. Laws, with parlors in the Laws building; Dr. C. B. Maddox, with parlors over McKeehan's pharmacy; Dr. F. C. Myers with parlors over the First State Bank; Dr. F. P. Dunn, with headquarters in McKeehan's pharmacy; Dr. J. N. Shippey, with parlors in the Laws block, and Dr. R. B. Fowlkes, with headquarters at the Owl drug store.
These people recently located in our city with a large stock of general merchandise, which was brought here from Wagoner, where they secured it as a bankrupt stock. They have been doing a very satisfactory business ever since locating here. Their place of business is the Fishburn building, on the east aide of Main street.
J. A. BEARMAN.
One of the newest and neatest stocks of clothing and gents' furnishings ever brought to Broken Arrow was brought here by J. A. Bearman, who conducts his business in the building first door south of the Arkansas Valley National Bank. Mr. Bearman is a South Carolian and has spent most of his life in this line of business, and as a consequence is a master of the business. He is pleasant and courteous and has been enjoying a lucrative trade.
W. W. Gilcrest, proprietor of the 0.K. barber shop, was one of the very first men of the profession to locate in Broken Arrow, coming from Kansas City, where he spent a number of years in the business. He is a highly respected and jolly fellow, and does very good business.
The K. C. barber shop was first to locate in the city and is now owned by Rogers & Maxwell, who are two very courteous and obliging young men, and who enjoy a pleasant and lucrative trade.
The Broken Arrow Shaving Parlor is owned and operated by Ross Ramsburg and J. P. Walts, two steady, proficient and reliable young gentlemen, who are deserving of good patronage
SECURITY ABSTRACT CO.
The only set of abstract books in Broken Arrow is those of the Security Abstract Company, with offices in the Arkansas Valley National Bank. The officials of this company are as follows: W. S. Fears, president; J. F.Darby, vice president; and Guy Bowman, secretary and treasurer. Arthur Farmer, a practical abstracter, is in charge of the books and the business. This company has as complete an abstract office as can be found in the Seventh recording district, which corresponds to a county in a state. It is especially valuable to all who desire abstracts of title to lands or town
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lots here or in this vicinity, because, as soon as requested, the company is fully prepared to give a correct abstract of title. The Security Abstract Company began business at the same time and with the Arkansas Valley National Bank and those interested in the company are very much gratified with the business accomplished.
This is a new firm, having located in Broken Arrow in December, 1905, and engaged in the handling of carpets, curtains and novelty goods, making a specialty of music and musical instruments, and carrying a complete line of 10-cent novelty goods for children. This firm is composed of C. A. and G. L. Slawson and will be under the immediate supervision of R. G. Waithal. It is the intention of the firm to carry not only a complete line of musical Instruments, but also of vocal and instrumental music and, as Broken Arrow already has much more musical talent than Is ordinarily found in a new town, the efforts of this new firm will doubtless be generously rewarded with patronage.
For the instruction of those of our readers who may never have been in a cotton producing section of country we will state that a cotton gin bears the same relation to a cotton producing country that an elevator does to a corn or wheat country. The cotton, when picked from the stalk, contains both seed and fiber, and in this condition is brought to the gin and sold. The cotton passes through the gin somewhat similar to the manner of ear corn through a sheller. It passes through the gin stand in which are numerous circular saws, which saw
[Photo of a Corn Scene]
the fiber away from the seed and then the fiber is carried to the baling press, where it is baled and ready for market. Broken Arrow is especially fortunate regarding cotton gins, as it has two. One is known as the round bale system and the other the square bale system. With her two gins Broken Arrow has just closed a cotton marketing season in which the price of seed cotton has been better here than at any other town in this section of country and this has been an excellent thing for the cotton planter, although we are informed that it was a rather disastrous thing for the gins.
While several houses in the town carry more or less paint in stock there is but one exclusive paint and wall paper house. This is operated by John Shrader and S. M. Thompson, under the firm name of Shrader & Thompson. These gentlemen make a specialty of not only selling these goods, but also of putting them where they will do the most good and appear the most artistic. They are experienced specialists in painting, paper hanging and decorating.
O. P. Marshall is a red-headed specimen who came from Tulsa to Broken Arrow and engaged in the flour, feed and seed business. He is one of the most pleasant fellows you ever met, and his winning smiles and winning ways are winning patrons rapidly for his store. He carries a large. stock of flour, grain, hay and seeds of all kinds and is doing a very creditable and satisfactory business.
In addition to the stocks of groceries of which special mention is made elsewhere in these columns, it is well to make note of a few others. A. N. Smith conducts a neat little stock of groceries on North Main street. Berning & Hartman have a choice stock of groceries in connection with Marshall's feed store. J. S. Mann operates a rather extensive stock of groceries in his store.
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Early In the spring of 1903, while the town was still nothing mote than a mere hamlet, S. F. Donaldson and E. Deeds purchased a quarter of a block of land on West Commercial avenue and established thereon a lumber yard, offices, sheds and such other buildings and equipments as are needful to make a complete lumber yard. The style of the. firm is the Donaldson-Deeds Lumber Company, and from the beginning it has been under the efficient management of Mr. Deeds. From this yard much of the material has been purchased which has been used in the construction of various business and residence houses of the town. This company also has yards at Coweta. Haskell and Alsuma, but the headquarters and principal offices are in Broken Arrow.
The Forest Lumber Company, so widely and favorably known throughout this Southwestern country, was quick to discern the fact that Broken Arrow would be am excellent place for a branch of their business and they purchased a quarter of a block on West Commercial avenue, where they have constructed extensive offices, sheds and other buildings, and where they constantly maintain a complete line of builders' material. The principal offices are in Kansas City and their local office is under the management of Ed Dalton, who was one of the early settlers in the town.
The Burgner-Bowman Lumber Company, with principal offices at Kansas City, has a branch office and yard in Broken Arrow on the south side of the railroad. It is under the management of G. E. Cullen, who is at all times prepared to make estimates on bills or buildings and to transact a general lumber business.
Rogers & Johnson are proprietors of the 0. K. feed yard, which is very centrally located and a very accommodating place for travelers, having not only plenty of room for the shelter and care of stock, but a good camp house for patrons to occupy while they stay.
W. W. Gipson is proprietor of the pioneer feed yard of the city. Mr. Gipson is, in fact, a pioneer of the city, as he was here in its very infancy and freighted between Broken Arrow and Catoosa long before the railroad reached here. Mr. Gipson has his yard well equipped with camp house and other conveniences.
Brader & Son operate a large and popular livery and feed stable on East Commercial avenue and enjoy a splendid business. While they have as many friends as they have acquaintances, they have no "pets" and each patron is treated with the uniform courtesy extended to every other one.
O. J. Harsen & Sons occupy a quarter of a block with their commodious livery, feed and sale stables one block from the depot. They are among the pioneer business firms of the town and enjoy a very satisfactory patronage in both the livery and feed business.
Morris & McAnally are young men who recently engaged in the livery business of the town, but occupy the pioneer livery barn of the place. These two young Tennesseeans are courteous and enterprising and wide awake to the best interests of their patrons as well as their barn and themselves.
PAGE & MARKHAM.
Among the many business firms in Broken Arrow perhaps not one pays out more money with less flourish of trumpets than the firm of Page & Markham. This firm is composed of J. J. Page and W. A. Markham and for many years they were prominent wholesale and retail horse and mule buyers of Dyer, Tenn., from where they came to Broken Arrow in 1904 and opened up in their large barn near the depot. They handle horses and mules, but make a specialty of the latter, purchasing for shipment to Tennessee and Mississippi, where they find a ready sale to the cotton planters of those states. Although they buy and sell at all seasons of the year they do their heaviest business during the fall and winter seasons, and already this fall they have bandied a number of carloads. While they do a wholesale and retail business, they prefer to sell at wholesale at their barns in this city, and always have bargains for buyers.
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[Photo: A E Hughes, Photographer]
A. F. ROSELLE & Co.
This is a jewelry establishment and is located in the Owl Drug Store, It was the first permanent jewelry store established in the city and has enjoyed a very profitable and satisfactory business from the very beginning. Though a rather young man in years, Mr. Roselle is an experienced jeweler and repairer and warrants his work.
REYONLDS' SHOE SHOP.
While the ministers are engaged in saving the spiritual souls of the people of the town, J. M. Reynolds, the pioneer shoemaker, is pegging away on the shoe soles and is doing a very praiseworthy service, too. Mr. Reynolds is kept very busy all the time and is as faithful as the return of dawn.
WAHL FURNITURE CO.
G. H. Wahl is the proprietor of this busy establishment and within its portals may be found a very compact and complete stock of new and secondhand furniture, together with all accessories to an establishment of this kind.
Most of the brick used in the construction of the numerous handsome brick buildings in Broken Arrow was manufactured at the Broken Arrow brick plant. This very desirable manufacturing establishment is located just west of the city and is under the efficient management of W. R. Sullivan, who has operated it ever since its foundation. An excellent quality of brick is the product of this plant and it has been kept quite busy most of the time since it was first started in order to supply the demands of the building industry.
DRAY AND TRANSFER.
Owing to the rapidity of the growth of the town, and the consequent growth of shipments of goods, the dray business has been good almost from the very first, and especially since the trains began bringing in goods. At this time Rogers & Johnson operate three or four drays, Wm. Jaynes one and Mr. Thomas one, and they are each and all careful and courteous workmen.
WALT WIGHTMAN VANDIVER. [Photo W W Vandiver]
Herewith is presented to our readers a half-tone representing Major Vandiver, who was largely instrumental in the preparation of this special edition of the Ledger. Major Vandiver is a typical Southern gentleman. He is a man of much ability, observation and experience, and in his travels over the uneven highway of life has learned much which would have escaped the attention of the person with less
observation and inquisitiveness, all of which has proven valuable, indeed, many times. Major Vandiver is a specialist in the line of special editions, together with his many other attainments, and has done much of this class of work throughout Indian Territory of recent years. His home is at Coweta, Ind. Ter.
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