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The Beginning of Tulsa
(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)
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W. E. Halsell's Ranch (con't)
cook and the coffee was served black. The hard-riding cowboys relished the meal. But supper made it up to the visitor. A large calf was killed and cooked.
TROUBLE WITH FARMERS
Mr. Halsell had a great deal of trouble with the farmers. Many of them tried to keep the cattle out of their growing crops with a two-wire fence, and it didn't work, The ranchman paid the farmers more for their crops than they were worth and this made them less careful about keeping up their fences. One day a big, trifling fellow came to town and became intoxicated. He was on the front porch of the Hall store letting out wild Indian whoops and telling everyone that he intended to whip Mr. Halsell the first time he saw him. The writer was standing in the store door watching the big crowd that had gathered. Mr. Halsell drove into town, stopping in front of the Archer store across the street. Archer told him of the threats and warned him to avoid the drunken man. Mr. Halsell heard the storekeeper's story, leaped into his buggy and ran his horses across the street. He dropped the lines to the dashboard, jumped from the buggy to the store porch, threw his hat to the floor, gave a mighty Texas whoop and slapped his astonished detractor on both sides of the face while those in the crowd gasped.
W. O. WOODLEY
W. O. Woodley was one of the first men to ship cattle to Tulsa from Texas. He came from Waco in the Lone Star state and at one time had 15,000 head on the range in what are now Tulsa and Osage counties. One year he had 4,500 head near Red Fork. He had some trouble with agents of the Frisco railroad over shortage of cars and the high freight rate between Red Fork and Tulsa. The river was high but the cattleman's temper was higher. With his cowboys and helpers he swam the 4,600 cattle through the stream near where the wagon bridge now stands. He had volunteer helpers, among whom was Lon Stansbery. Mr. Woodley has retired from active business and now lives in Milwaukee, Wis.
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