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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.
Personal Letters From A Few "Old Timers" (con't)
January 6th, 1933
Robert Fry, Creek, native of Oklahoma, grew to manhood in the neighborhood of his present farm home, which is 18 miles southeast of Tulsa.
His father, Mut-te-lo-kee, and mother, Millie Deer, both Creeks.
The first school he attended was the Tullahauee mission, a national school of the Creek Nation, Indian Territory, Shawnee mission, Shawnee, Oklahoma Territory.
Later he attended Westminster college, St. Louis Missouri. Also attended business college in St. Louis, Missouri.
Has been engaged in farming the greater parts of his life, and is still interested in this work; he has served as District Inspector for the Creek Nation, 1889; in 1891-93 elected Tax Collector, elected member of the House of Warriors 1884-98; 1903 elected by the Tribal Council as auditor for the Creek Nation, and was the last auditor for the Nation, serving until statehood.
He still represents the Council from Tulsa Locherpoka town, this being about the same as the House of Warriors.
When Tulsa first started in 1883, he clerked in J. M. Hall's store as an interpreter.
January 19th, 1933
Born July 7, 1876, the son of James Scott Day and Myra Elizabeth Osborn. First came to Indian Territory in the capacity of relief agent for the Frisco railway at Red Fork, I. T., in the year 1896. Later on in January, 1899, came to Tulsa, I. T., and engaged in the restaurant business until January 1904, when we moved to Muskogee, I. T, to continue in the restaurant business until October of the same year, when we returned to Tulsa, I. T., and became engaged in the real estate business until 1909, when he became the vice president of Tulsa Packing Co., with which company he remained until 1912, when he became engaged in the oil and gas business as an independent producer until 1915, when he became associated with the Savoy Oil Co. as vice president until 1927, when he again became an independent oil producer.
Married December 3, 1900, to Katherine Denman Miller of Guthrie, Okia. To this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Myra Day Boddie of Oklahoma City, 0kla., born October 11, 1909, and Mrs. Mary Alice Glenn of Columbia, Mo., born May 13, 1913.
In the year 1886 as near as I can remember, my father made a trip into the Indian Territory, visiting Fairland, Afton, Vinita and Tulsa, and his very vivid and interesting description of the country, its sources and possibilities, imbued me with the idea and desire to come to the Indian Territory to grow up with it. I have never once since that time had cause to regret that desire or decision, and still feel and know that there are just as many resources and possibilities here now as there were when I first had that desire to come to this free, open and God blessed country.
JOHN N. DAY.
January 3, 1933.
In 1898 while living with my parents in Parsons, Kansas, I received a letter from my brother, J. H., who at that time was working for The Tulsa Banking Co., to come down as he had secured a job for me with Williamson Bros. Mercantile Co. As usual with a boy still in his teens, I gladly accepted and left town at once for the "Wild Indian Territory." If my memory serves me right I had to pay ten cents a mile to ride on the Katy and Frisco. The train, a combination freight and passenger, left Vinita in the morning, stopping several times during the day for the crew to shoot prairie chickens. We finally arrived late that same afternoon-and please believe me it was some long trip. If you will stop to consider, we had covered only sixty-five miles.
My above mentioned job was a real one. My days work began at 6:00 a. m. and closed at 9:00 p. m., or later, and I received the magnificent sum of $35.00 per month. But those were the good-old days.
We had a town baseball team and when we played an important game most of the stores closed up. I would set the old bank clock up thirty minutes so we could start the game at 4:00 o'clock.
At that time all the young men boarded at the St. Elmo Hotel. Just think, we paid only $12.00 per month and we had good eats.
Now you can agree with me or not but I think the small town is the only place to raise a family. everyone in town is interested in how you should raise your family even the Ladies Aid Society.
Yours for the Good Old Days,
January 3rd, 1933.
Forty-one years ago, it was my privilege, in response to the call of the Master, (as I believe) to come to the then little town of Tulsa, and there to join hands with one of the great missionary leaders of our church in the Indian Territory.
Dr. Robert M. Loughridge after over
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