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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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J. Gus Patton (con't)

creating a townsite commission to survey and plat townsites where towns of 200 or more population were located. Mr. Patton was sent to survey and plat the town of Tulsa. A part of the town previous to this time had been surveyed by private individuals. Mr. Patton complied with the previous survey as much as possible, and created very little disturbance. Later the town lots were appraised and those who were living on lots received title to same upon payment of one-half of the appraised value.
       Gus has been a citizen of Tulsa ever since his arrival. He has many old time friends. He is still engaged in surveying, being employed by oil companies and various other corporations. He lives at 1404 S. Norfolk avenue.

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Photo of A H Poage

       Mr. Poage was an early Frisco railroad agent in Tulsa. Since then he has followed the oil business to California very successfully.
       Albert A. Poage was agent for the Frisco railroad in Tulsa from 1888 to 1902. He left Tulsa many years ago. A. A. Poage is treasurer of a Standard Oil company at Richmond, Calif., the home of one of the largest refineries in the world. He married before leaving Tulsa and has three sons, all of them graduates from the university at Berkeley, Calif.


Photo John Day

       John Day was agent for the Frisco railroad at Red Fork in 1896 and in 1899 returned to Tulsa and engaged in the restaurant business. In 1904 he went with the Tulsa Packing Co. Later he was in the real estate business for a time. Since 1912, however, he has been in the oil business. He was a young man when he came to Tulsa and he married here. Now Mr. and Mrs. Day have two interesting young daughters, one in Stephens college at Columbus, Mo., and the other in high school at home. The Day family home is at 1502 S. Boulder Ave.


       Armed with this Doctor Kennedy, George W. Mowbray, Sr., and Joe Price were appointed a committee to meet a Mr. Rea of Marshall, Mo., in St. Louis. Mr. Rea was a retired railroad director who was also interested in a business way in Tulsa. The committee also called on President Allen of the railroad and made a powerful argument for the line through Tulsa. Chief Engineer Yale also spoke and then President Allen closed the discussion with this remark to the engineer:

"It is one thing to construct a rail road, but another thing to operate one. It is your business to construct; ours to operate. We want the best road grade

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