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The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory
Vol 4, No 15
August 2, 1906
Front Page Only

Transcribed by: Linda Haas Davenport

I copied only the front page of this issue of the Ledger to give you a sample of what can be found in the old Ledger newspapers. The Broken Arrow Historical Society has the Ledger newspapers on microfilm.

Page 1, column 1

     With roasting ears ripe the green corn dancers are now in full bloom in the Creek Nation. The dances have been held at various points in the Creek country during the past week or so. There is one now in full progress on Duck Creek about six miles from Bixby.
     The women have a two days dance, the men then indulge in a like frolic for two nights. Then comes the starvation period which continues for several days, during which time the braves and squaws partake of the most nasty medicine prepared by the wise old medicine men. When everyone has gotten sufficiently sick the Indian social event is wound up with a monster all night dance in which the men, women and children join.
     To those who have never witnessed a genuine stomp dance, held in the midst of the primeval forest, a treat is in store for them.
     It is a weird sight on a pale moonlight night to drive through the country and suddenly come upon an Indian stomp dance. Usually in a circular clearing in the heart of the forest will be found the stomping grounds. Seated in a circle about the leaping brushwood fire the old bucks beat a monotonous thump on the unmelodious tom-toms, while the leader who circles and twists about the bright fire, howling an uncanny weird, soul stirring chant. One by one the dancers join in until the entire company dance and sing as around and around the fire they circle. The tortoise shells, filled with loose pebbles, which are tied to the ankles of the women adds to the weirdness of the animated scene and it is not until after daylight that the revelers finally succumb to the laws of nature and are wooed in the arms of Morpheus - Bixby Bulletin.

Before the Commissioners.
      W.S. Fears and W. T. Brooks appeared before the Districting Board at Muskogee Friday in behalf of Broken Arrow. They found in this section as in all other parts of the territory that about fourteen towns were overlapping each other's territory. However, they were more than pleased with the courteous treatment received from the Board and came away feeling that the map which they filed would receive fair consideration.

Fry Ball Team at Sapulpa.
     The Fry ball team assisted by Earl McNally went to Sapulpa Friday and played two games - one Friday afternoon and one Saturday morning. The first game stood 6 to 0 in favor of the Fry boys, while the second stood 5 to 4 in favor of Sapulpa. The battery for Fry was Dave Haikey, Sam Chisholm, and Earl McNally. The other members of the team were John and Ellis Haikey, Ben Long, Wm Malooney, Noah Moore and Will Alexander.

A Strong Lodge.
     The local camp of the Modern Woodmen has made a large growth during the past year and now numbers over 100 members. They are arranging to take fifty candidates to Muskogee August 30 at which time a class of fully 500 from all parts of the Territory will receive the work.

[ad] The supply does not half equal the demand for well trained business men and women. Take a course in the Tulsa Business College in Bookkeeping, Stenography, or Telegraphy, and prepare for this practical age. They will send elegant artistic cards of your name for small list of names of young people wanting Business course.

[boxed ad] spanning columns 1 & 2 ... drawing of a child with a basket ... Little Red Riding Hood didn't carry in her basket more precious dainties than this little child. Her mother sent her to our store we filed the order. IT'S AS SAFE FOR A CHILD to buy of us as for you or your wife. We are even more particular in filling orders through children. Fresh, cheap groceries we give you or your child. T. C. LANCASTER.

Page 1, column 2

     Mr. Editor: - You are interested in things which advance or manifest the progress of our country, and permit me suggest to all of your readers the subject of holding a street fair in Broken Arrow on the 4th anniversary in October or earlier if thought best. I have no doubt but that the business men will fall into line and offer premiums for the best products of the farm and shop. Coweta county can put up a display that will surprise all spectators. Offer premiums for blooded stock - horses, cattle and hogs, draft horses and mules. Fruits such as apples, peaches, plums, pears and all kinds of canned fruits. Corn, wheat, oats, onions, cabbage, beets and other farm products. Bread, butter, pies and cakes from the hands of good house wives. All things from the garden and the farm. Have foot races, sack races, but eliminate roping contests.
     Works of art, fine sewing and painting may well be considered, and we must not forget bright eye babies up to two years of age; and if a school exhibit such as we had at the close of the school year could be displayed it would make it educational. That should be the object of the street fair. Let it boom. Rev John Tenny

     On Sunday afternoon at the home of Bruce Miller near Fry, Miss Birdie Baker, of Fry, to Mr. Eugene Alton Miller, of Scales. Rev. Postle of this city performing the ceremony. These young people are well known and have the good wishes of many friends.

[boxed ad] spanning columns 2, 3 & 4 ... ALWAYS UP TO DATE Last week NEIBLING & BELL received the first shipment of new FALL MILLINERY, and the ladies in and around Broken Arrow are cordialy invited to inspect ONE OF THE NEATEST ASSORTMENTS of New Autumn Styles in street and early FALL HATS there is to be found in any city much larger than Broken Arrow. They are in ALL SHAPES AND COLORS, SUCH AS LIGHT PEARL, CHAMPAIGN, WHITE, BLACK, RED, NAVY and GREEN. ... YOURS FOR EARLY BUSINESS. ... NEIBLING & BELL

[ad] What a Great Convenience is a Fountain Pen. Any person who will secure six new subscribers for the Kansas City Weekly Journal at the rate of 25 cents per year each, making a total of $1.50, and send the amount to us, together with the names, will be mailed, as a present a beautiful Fountain Pen; fine rubber handle, 14-karet gold pint, fully warranted. Address The Kansas City Journal, Kansas City, Mo. this offer expires Oct. 1, 1906.

Page 1, column 3

     A.H.T.A. [Anti Horse Thief Association] Lodge, number 254, of Fry held their first annual picnic in the beautiful Robert Fry grove last Thursday. Fully 1,000 people took advantage of the beautiful day and enjoyed the cool shade and hospitality of our good neighbors on the southwest.
     The program was excellent as was also the music furnished by the Broken Arrow Cornet band. The ladies choir rendered very beautifully several patriotic selections. W. C. Ricketts gave an interest talk along the lines of law and order as taught by the A.H.T.A. He was followed by P. A. Fox of Broken Arrow who gave the members facts and pointers that will help to make the local lodges a success. Mr. Hughes, the genial Fry merchant, gave evidence in his address of considerable ability along the line of oratory and held the close attention of the large crowd.
     The principal address of the day was delivered by Hon. A. P. McKallop of Muskogee, Territorial president of the order, who gave interesting figures illustrating the strong growth of the order during the past few years.
     The afternoon was devoted to sports of different kinds for the young people while the older ones had a good time visiting. The bountiful crops caused everyone to be in the best of spirits and late in the evening all departed for their homes feeling that they had enjoyed one of the happiest days ever spent in the Territory.

     In the Allen pasture, eight miles east of town, eight head of horses have died from what seems to be genuine Texas fever. Mr Wheeler, the liveryman, owned three of them and he is at a loss to know just what was the matter. The owner of the pasture should investigate and if possible find out the nature of the disease.

     The Porter Enterprise was badly misinformed by the ball boys of that town as we have made careful inquiry and find the facts just the reverse to those stated in the Enterprise. Our boys were not given their supper after the game at Porter, while here the Porter boys were entertained at supper and shown many other courtesies.

Following is a list of letters unclaimed in the Broken Arrow post office for the week ending August 1 1906.
Katie Baker,
Gracie Baker
F. N. Ewer
C. E. Jackson
Katie Kirk
Monday Lincoln
James A. Longan
C. L. Nicoll
Eld. Roberts
E. H. Shores
Benie Tramel
Julia Walters
     Parties calling for any of the above will please say "advertised". W. T. Brooks, Post Master.

Page 1, Column 4

[boxed Ad] Spanning columns 4 & 5 - - drawing of a well dressed lady in a buggy .... THE LADY LOOKED EVERYWHERE for a buggy but could not find just what she wanted until she reached our big implement, wagon and buggy house. She demanded BEAUTY, STRENGTH, WORKMANSHIP AND MATERIAL all combined, and fund them at RUTH & WHITENACK.

Bargains in Real Estate.
     Seven lots with good four room house; good well; choice varieties of fruit; all in good condition. $750 if sold soon.
     Good five room house, good well, five lots and close in. Only $1,000.
     120 acres choice land all under cultivation; small house; 1 1/2 miles from town. Only $40 per acre.
     80 acres good smooth land; large orchard, peaches, apples and small fruit. $47.50 per acre. S.M. ALLEN & CO.

     A lady's pocketbook containing $7.10. Finder please leave at this office and receive reward.

[First Published in the Broken Arrow Ledger July 26, 1906] In The United States Court for the Western Judical District of the Indian Territory at Muskogee. In the matter of James M. Sheppard, Bankrupt. In Bankruptcy No. 6554-1-2
     Notice is hereby given by the undersigned trustee of the estate of the above named bankrupt, that by virtue of the order of sale issued out of the United States Court for the Western District of the Indian Territory in Bankruptcy, in the above entitled cause, said order being made by Clark J. Tisdel, Referee in Bankruptcy on the 11th day of July A.D. 1906. I will on the 7th day of August A.D. 1906, at ten o'clock A.M. in front of the gin building belong to the estate of James M. Sheppard, bankrupt, in the town of Broken Arrow, I.T. offer for sale and sell to the highest bidder therefore for cash in hand, at not less than seventy-five per centum of its appraised value, the following property belonging to the estate of said bankrupt, to wit: Block 71 and the East Half of Block 72 in the town of Broken Arrow, I.T. as same is designated on the official plat of said town, on file in the office of the Clerk of the United States Court at Wagoner, I.T. together with the gin building situated thereon, and the gin machinery situated therein, except that part of the machinery upon which the Continental Gin company has a first and superior lien. JAMES A. SCOTT, trustee

     Wanted at once. Men and women at the Adams Creek coal mines. $3.00 per day.

Page 1, Column 5

     In considering the time of year is approaching when continued fevers are prevalent, the board of health ask the assistance and co-operation of the people in keeping streets, alleys, vacant lots, back yards and fences perfectly sanitary.
     Conditions of privies should have careful attention as flies breed and feed upon excrementitious matter and carriers of many contagions, notably typhoid fever. A box of lime must be kept in each privy and use upon each dejection. Doors should be kept closed as files prefer the light.
     Pantries, dinning rooms, and kitchens should be carefully screened, especial pains taken to keep flies out of sick rooms.
     Manure piles about stables should be treated with lime and as far as possible protected from flies.
     At last meeting of the board of health it was decided that people occupying dwellings and business houses should keep weeds mown in back yards and property owners to keep weeks cut upon all vacant land. Water harbor many insects especially the mosquito which is responsible for much of the malaria and miasmette diseases.
     Pools of water are the greatest breeding places for the mosquito and where possible should be drained or filled up. Where this cannot be carried out they should receive a good coat of kerosene or other oil. Avoid throwing debris of any kind in pools.
     Privies should be removed as far as possible from wells or cisterns to guard against contamination. Where any doubt exist as to purity of water it should be boiled and filtered before drinking. DR. J. H. LAWS, Secretary Board of Health.

     On Monday evening, July 30th, 1906, at Tulsa, Miss Flo Shields of this city and Mr. Samuel Tanner, of Muskogee, were united in marriage by Rev. Kerr of the First Presbyterian church of Tulsa, officiated. The bride is the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Shields of this city and for more than two years has been an efficient assistant at the post office where by her kind and courteous treatment she has won the admiration of all the patrons of the office who are sorry to see her go. The groom is the son of J. H. Tanner the well known stockman, and is a steady young man with good business ability. After receiving the congratulations of their many friends, the happy young people boarded the Tuesday evening train for Muskogee, where they will be at home to friends. The usual rice shower was indulged in at the train.

Council Makes Tax Levy.
     The City Council met in regular session Monday night and made the tax levy for the coming year. The total levy is 19 1/4 mills distributed to the various funds as follows: School 10 mills; general fund, 4 mills; officers and police, 2 1/4 mills; sinking fund, 2 mills; street and bridge fund, 1 1/4 mills; electric lights, 1/2 mill. The above levy will net about $12,000. The present administration had hoped to get the city onto a cash basis but owing to the incidental indebtedness of $4,500, it can not be done before another year.

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