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The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory
Vol 3, No 41
Special Edition
January 25, 1906 (Page 7)

This is a special edition - promoting Broken Arrow & celebrating its 3-year anniversary. The issue is full of photos along with detailed information about local businessmen, businesses and residences. The photos on my copies are not clear enough to put online. If you want copies of any of these photos contact Broken Arrow Historical Society they have the microfilm.

When the print is so faded that it cannot be read <.....> will be used . All transcription will be as found in the paper, misspellings and all

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[Photo spanning columns 1 & 2 - Residence of Daniel B Childers]
Page 7, Column 1

     Living as we do in an Indian country, many of those into whose hands this special edition may fall have heretofore doubtless had a very vague idea of the Indians. As this idea can best be corrected by illustrations we are very glad indeed to be able to present in this issue some illustrations of Indians and their home's. Herewith we present the Broken Arrow residence of Daniel B. Childers and believe that a few words concerning Mr. Childers will be of interest to our readers. Mr. Childers is now 26 years of age, being born a few miles south of where Broken Arrow now stands on December 27, 1879. He has spent all his life except when he was temporarily out to attend school or on business or pleasure. He has a wife and two bright little "papooses"
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and to himself and each member of his family the government has deeded a quarter section of choice lands, so they have a section of land in the family. They lived until a few months since in an attractive and happy farm home, near his place of birth, but being of a progressive turn of mind he purchased the residence shown herewith and moved to town in order that his little children may receive the benefits of our schools. Mr. Childers is proprietor of the bowling alley and conducts a very creditable and successful house. At the last Creek election he was elected to the house of warriors in the Creek council, which corresponds to the house of representatives in state legislatures. Mrs. Childers is a highly educated and bright woman and of recent years has always been one of the chief clerks during sessions of the council.

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     Scarcely had the little town of Broken Arrow been plotted and lots placed on the market for sale until the subject of this sketch came here and
[Photo Richard A. Waller]
opened up a first-class drug store Mr. Waller is a native of Mt. Vernon, Mo., coming to Broken Arrow and engaging in business in November, 1902. He is, in fact the pioneer druggist of the town, and has had the pleasure of witnessing her phenomenal growth and contributing no small share toward her development. At the present time he operates the Owl Drug Company's large pharmacy presiding over the prescription counter. Mr. Waller is in accredited pharmacist and makes a specialty of prescription work, in which line he has had many years of experience. In addition to this line the Owl Drug Co. carries a complete and artistic line of drugs and drug sundries of all kinds and is as attractive and well kept a pharmacy as can be found in any town of the size of Broken Arrow. Mr. Waller is worshipful master of the Masonic lodge here, a member of the board of trustees of the M. E. church, South, is serving his second term as member of the city council, and is a public spirited business man, and it is a source of very much gratification indeed that we are enabled to present our readers with a halftone likeness of himself.
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     The subject of this sketch came to Broken Arrow somewhat less than a year ago and opened a new and second-hand furniture establishment on North Main street. His is a complete house outfitting establishment, and in the selection of his stock Mr. Benson has an eye single alone to the needs of the community, quality always being the first consideration. At the present time he is having a commodious addition <....> store constructed in order to accommodate his constantly increasing business and stock. He informs us that he is highly elated with Broken Arrow and the surrounding country.

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     Some people live to eat and others eat to live. In the town of Broken Arrow, no matter which view of this matter one takes, he must necessarily take notice of the elegant and extensive, exclusive grocery store of Page Brothers. Immediately on stepping into the well arranged and tastefully appointed store room, with its high ceilings and crowded shelves, one is instantly reminded of the model fancy grocery stores of the larger cities.
     The Messrs. Page are brothers and are here from Gibson county, Tennessee, having opened up for business here on December 20, 1904. In that time it is safe to say no house in town has grown more steadily in the volume of its business done and n the number of friends that have been made by these resourceful and energetic business men.
     Mr. J. J. Page resides with his Family on Commercial avenue, and Mr. C. E. Page is a bachelor.
     This house buys largely in carload lots of the heavier groceries, and is doing a large and constantly growing business. This firm is one of the solid, substantial ones of the town.

     The subject of this sketch was born in Missouri and learned the tonsorial art in Minneapolis, Minn. He has been a resident of Broken Arrow but little
[Photo J. P. Walts]
more than half a year, but during that time he has deported himself in such a gentlemanly manner as to secure for himself the warmest friendship of the entire community. Mr. Walts began his career in this city wholly unacquainted, opening up a barber shop in competition with two old established shops. He conducted the business alone for a time and then associated himself with Ross Ramsburg in the ownership of the Broken Arrow Shaving Parlor, which institution is today doing a very satisfactory business. It is indeed a pleasure to present to our readers a photo of Mr. Walts and to attest to his gentlemanly qualities and behavior during his residence in our city.
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     In a new and growing Country nothing is more essential than good and adequate banking facilities. In this respect Broken Arrow is especially fortunate. Standing as a factor of prime importance in the business activities of this growing young city, the First National Bank is conspicuous. Beginning its business career as the Traders & Planters Bank, in December, 1902, just after the location of the townsite, It soon became favorably known. This bank came rapidly to the front as one of the main factors in aiding development of town and country until February 23, 1904, on which date it became nationalized under the style of the First National Bank of Broken Arrow.
     Its nationalization not only lends to it a prestige and standing in advance of what it might have otherwise had, but it guarantees to depositors and stockholders government supervision.
     One of the secrets of the growth of this bank is to be found in the fact that several members of the board of directors are old bankers of ripe and wide experience. The officers are President, John Lonnberg, of Meriden, Kan.; Vice-President. W. T. Brooks; Cashier, F. S. Hurd; Assistant Cashier, G, B. Chenoweth. President Lonnberg is a well-known railway contractor, whose labors for years have helped shape the destiny of the Union Pacific Railway.
     Cashier F. S. Hurd is originally of Jefferson county, Kansas, and came to the Territory in November, 1902, locating here with a view to entering into the banking business. As an official of the Traders & Planters Bank Mr. Hurd soon became well and favorably known throughout this section, and as cashier of the First National has contributed no little to its growth and popularity by reason of his energy, sagacity and fidelity.
     Of Vice-President Brooks, a banker of large experience, full personal mention is made elsewhere in these columns.
     Assistant Cashier G. B. Chenoweth is originally from Lathrop, Mo. He is an experienced and skilful accountant and was in this capacity connected successively with the Wagoner National Bank and the First National at that town. Mr. Chenoweth is one of the highly esteemed young men of the place.
     Mr. A. M. Laws, the bookkeeper, is from West Tennessee, and has been serving the bank most satisfactorily in this capacity for more than a year and a half. An accountant of unusual ability and accuracy, his labors and individuality of character lend much to the successful operations of the bank.
     An indication of the splendid growth of the First National, showing also incidentally the growth of the town, is found in the significant fact that the deposits on November 11, 1905, aggregated $100,415.05.
     On the same date the surplus and undivided profits amounted to $11,415.05 - a showing that is not only gratifying to the stockholders, but an additional source of confidence to the more than 400 depositors of this most excellent house.
     The directors of the First National are, in addition to the president and the cashier, the following gentlemen of means, character and high standing: N. L. Sanders, W. T. Brooks. S. M. Allen, G. W. Law, Jas. Laws.

     This prominent and reliable firm of real estate men is rapidly becoming more and more popular as time passes.
     The firm is composed of C. S. Turley and P. A. Fox and has been in business about a year here. The junior member of the firm has been a resident of the town but little more than a year, coming here from Stillwater, Oklahoma, while Mr. Turley has resided in the territory about twenty years and is acquainted with all the roads and trails and cow paths in this vicinity. The firm makes a business of real estate, loans and collections, and always have on their books a considerable list of farm lands and town property for sale and exchange. They maintain a large correspondence list throughout the different states and each mail brings to their office inquiries concerning Indian Territory in general and Broken Arrow and vicinity in particular, and they take particular pride in contributing their mite toward the betterment and upbuilding of their adopted home.
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[Photo spanning columns 4 & 5 - Residence of Roley Jay Moore]
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     In all agricultural communities the demand for farm implements is governed by the amount of land in cultivation. Recognizing that the demand for agricultural implements must necessarily increase rapidly as the large scope of fertile prairie lands would soon be occupied by farmers, W. H. Ruth chose Broken Arrow as a good location for an implement house. As he was one of the very first business men in the town and has been continuously in the business ever since, he is the pioneer implement man of the town.
     Associated with Mr. Ruth at this time is Charles Whitenack and the firm name is Ruth & Whitenack. As evidence of their success, we will state that they are now nearing completion a handsome two-story brick home for their business, and it is with sincere regret that we are unable to give a view of this handsome structure because it is not yet completed.
     Ruth & Whitenack carry a complete stock of all kinds of farm implements, vehicles, harness, saddles and all other goods to be found in an up-to-date implement house anywhere. Theirs is the largest implement house now in the city, and they are two of the most obliging gentlemen now engaged in any line of business here.

     The St. Louis Racket Store is the oldest institution of its kind in Broken Arrow. Pierce & Rouser, the proprietors of this popular institution, opened up for business in the spring of 1903 and have been continuously in business ever since. One of the very best evidences that they are doing a good business is the fact that they are constantly enlarging their stock in all desirable lines and adding new lines as demands seem to justify.

     In addition to the large area of rich agricultural lands lying on all sides of Broken Arrow there is another source of wealth which, in itself, is doing and will continue to do much to attract people to our vicinity. This is the almost inexhaustible deposit of bituminous coal of a superior quality which underlies much of the surface of the earth at a very shallow depth. But little more than two miles east of Broken Arrow the Wear Coal Company of Kansas City is opening extensive banks. A spur has been constructed from the Katy railroad to the banks and already the average shipments of coal from these banks by this company amounts to about nine cars daily, although the banks have been in operation but little more than a year. During November, 1905, $3,000 was paid in wages to coal miners. The management of this important enterprise is in the hands of J. H. Calvin, an experienced man at the business. The company sells coal at the banks for $2 per ton and haulers deliver it in bins in town for the very nominal sum of $3 per ton. As the coal lies so near the surface the mining is done by "stripping" the earth off from the vein of coal with plows and scrapers in very much the same manner as roads are worked, or railroad grades are built. The vein averages about thirty inches in thickness, is a free burning grade, and free from clinkers.

     H. Peller is the proprietor of this popular business establishment and is doing a very satisfactory business. In the Leader will be found at all times a large stock of dry goods, clothing. head and footwear and such other articles as are common to institutions of this character.
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[Photo spanning columns 4 & 5 - Residence of Roley Jay Moore]

     The Creek Indians, possibly more noticeably than any other of the civilized tribes are rapidly showing their tendency toward a culture and refinement that makes them most worthy and valuable citizens of any community in which they may reside. The Ledger takes pleasure in presenting herewith an illustration of the cottage home of Roley Jay Moore, a young full-blood Creek, who resides four miles south of Broken Arrow, and
[Photo Roley Jay Moore]
also is given herein a half-tone reproduction of a photograph of Mr. Moore. He was a student for three years at Eufala high school and later at Bacone University, Muskogee, and is one of the useful and well known citizens of this section, and is a highly esteemed member of the Odd Fellow fraternity.
     Mr. Moore's allotment is within a quarter mile of where he was born, and he has hosts of friends among all classes in this portion of the Creek country.
     He is conducting large agricultural operations near here on his allotment and is contemplating soon entering the study of the law.

 Drugs and Jewelry - Druggist.

     Among business houses, as a rule, the drug stores in point of attractiveness and neatness of arrangement, are preeminent. This rule finds an apt illustration in the handsome drug store of Dr. George McKeehan, a two-story brick structure, modern in style and elegantly furnished. There is an element of surprise to the casual visitor in Broken Arrow to find so tasteful and city-like establishment as McKeehan's drug store, especially when the fact is taken into consideration that the town is only about three years old.
     Not only is here to be found a most complete line of drugs and all the leading proprietary medicines, but a feature that is especially striking is the extensive line of druggist's sundries alike splendid in quality and surprising in variety and extent, and these goods pay an eloquent compliment to the residents of Broken Arrow and community indicating as they do the culture and refinement of the people who buy and use these elegancies of toilet and these modern requirements for the bath room and for the comfort and need of the physical person.
     Dr. George McKeehan, the proprietor, is a native of Kentucky, and came to Broken Arrow more than two years ago, and in that time has not only built up a most desirable and extensive trade, but has made hosts of friends in this new town in which he takes pride in aiding its still greater growth and development.

     This gentleman conducts an extensive and busy meat market and grocery store in his own brick building on North Main street and is always busy and in a rush to finish this minute in order that he may be ready when the next one arrives.
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