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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.

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Tulsa "Firsts" (con't) & Other Incidents in the Story

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The first Methodist church, South, was organized in 1893.

The first Baptist church came into being in 1897.

The first Catholic church was organized in 1890.

The first Christian church followed in 1902.

The first merchant came in 1882.

The first mill and ice plant followed in 1893.

The first school was formed in 1884

The first school board was chosen in 1898.

The first post office was established in 1882.

The first doctor came in 1882.

The first water well was dug in 1883.

The first Fourth of July celebration was held in 1884.

The first lodge organized here was a Masonic order in 1893.

The I. 0. 0. F. was organized in 1896.

The first barber shop was opened in 1882.

The first telephone was installed in 1898.

The first Commercial club was organized in 1902.

The first Booster trip to the St. Louis World's fair came in 1904.

The first Missionary society was formed in 1889.

The first band was organized in 1902.

The first exclusive lumber yard was established in 1894.

The first bank was organized in 1895.

The first coal mine was opened in 1882.

The first lawyer came in 1894.

The opening of old Oklahoma came in 1889.

The University of Tulsa was established in 1907.

The Arkansas river railway bridge was built and the railroad extended to Red Fork in 1883.

The first mayor was Col. Ed Calkins, elected in 1898.

The first city marshal was Wess Kennedy, appointed in 1898.

The first city treasurer was C. B. Lynch, 1898.

The first county judge was N. J. Gubser, 1907.

The first county sheriff was Lon Lewis, 1907.

The first county treasurer was H. T. Richardson, in 1907.

The first district judge was L. M. Poe, 1907.

The first railroad agent was Frank Waymouth, in 1882.

The first drug store was opened by Dr. H. P. Newlin in 1882.

The first blacksmith shop was opened by Ed Crowell in 1884.

The first man killed in 1883.

The first cemetery was laid out in 1882.


    The story is filled with hundreds of other incidents of early Tulsa - the early farming and cattle raising, description of W. E. Halsell's immense cattle ranch, tales of other cattlemen, chapters about the first United States court and the Indian Agency, a record of the first street fight in Tulsa, the early walnut log industry, the stomp dances of the Indians, buried treasure, big game and bird hunting, the efforts to establish orderly government and get proper deeds to property, the creation of a city water department, the development of heating and lighting by gas, the organization of the Pioneer Association, the visits of early traveling men, the depredations of the many early day outlaws, the gripping stories of the early day murders and gun fighting, the organization of the United States Marshal's force, intimate stories of the cowboys who lived near Tulsa and records of the men who lived in Tulsa in the early days but have since moved away.

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