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The Broken Arrow Ledger
Broken Arrow, Indian Territory
Vol 4, No 12
July 12, 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, [Boxed Announcement containing the following on Broken Arrow] spanning 4 columns

What She Is.
What She Has.
What She Produces.
What Her Climate Is.
What She Needs.
  Just three years old. In the Creek Nation which is the choicest portion of Indian Territory. On the M.K&T. railroad, in the most fertile portion of the Arkansas river valley thirty-seven miles northwest of Muskogee, in the center of 900 square miles of unsurpassed agricultural lands. Is the largest corn market in Indian Territory.
     BROKEN ARROW HAS   Two thousand inhabitants. A high healthful and picturesque location. Graded streets. Good water. Numerous elegant residences. A handsome brick public school building costing $15,000, and employes eight teachers, who have more than four hundred pupils enrolled. Two church edifices and 7 church organizations. About Thirty brick business houses and many frame ones. Three banks, 4 grain elevators, two cotton gins, two newspaper, four lumber yards, four livery barns, five hotels, a brick plant, steam laundry, bottling works, electric light plant now being built also broom factory, and all other lines of business well represented. Coal mines with orders of 1,000 acres of coal, and an inexhaustable supply of coal, timber and stone.
     WE PRODUCE   Corn, wheat, oats, vegetables, fruits, cotton, hogs, cattle, horses, mules and everything else produced in either the north or the south. Two crops of potatoes each year. Last year (1905) approximately 1,000,000 bushels of corn grew tributary to Broken Arrow.
     OUR CLIMATE   Is very mild, salubrious and heathful. Winters are never severe and summers are cool and refreshing. No matter if the summer day be warm the night will be cool
WE NEED Farmers and business men and manufacture of various kinds.

     The following is a complete Financial Statement of the condition of the City of Broken Arrow from April 12, 1906 to Jun 30, 1906:
     Indebtedness April 12, 1906 - Less bonded indebtedness - $4,571.39
And Indebtedness - $7,500.00
Total: - $ 12,071.39
Receipts April 12 to Jun 30, 1906:
General Taxes - 200.00
Poll Taxes - 24.00
Dog taxes - 4.50
Fines - 91.00
Licenses - 199.50
Rent use of grader & Scrapers - 6.50
Sale of cemetery lots - 70.00
School tuition etc - 23.50
Total Receipts for qtr - 619.00
City Warrants drawn from Apr
12 to Jun 30, 1906 - 650.20
School Warrants - 729.00
Cash paid by school board
From tuition etc - 6.00
Total Warrants Issued - 1,385.20
City Warrants Issued for Qtr:
Apr 19, McKeehan, Medicine for Jack Harshman - 3.35
J Crone, nursing Harshman - 14.50
W T Brooks, Judge of election and taking returns to Muskogee - 7.55
Barth, tent for smallpox cases - 13.05
L M Thompson, goods for J A Thompson while quarantined - 3.15
H Kubic clerk of election - 2.00
P A Fox judge of election - 2.00
K Waring, clerk of election - 2.00
I M Thompson, judge of election - 2.00
J Crone, nursing Harshman - 7.50
E N Hart, nursing Harshman - 9.00
Apr 24 - R R Jackson, preparing financial statement - 5.00
H L Pierce assisting in same - 2.00
S L Hirshberger assisting in same - 2.00
Lacy, assessing City, 1906 - 148.50
J Lopp, meals for Harshman - 12.60
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Apr 26, Dickason-Goodman lumber - seats for City hall - 13.40
May 4 - Hart, nursing Harshman - 3.00
J Crone, same - 4.50
May 17 - C H Carbutt, salary as marshal, killing dogs, etc. - 43.50
Laws Brs rent city hall for Apr - 15.00
Ledger, ordinances and job work - 15.00
Owl Drug Co, drugs, Harshman - 17.85
Dorsey Pr't'g Co, Civil Docket - 10.60
May 24 - Atty Severson, part pay't in case of H.O.& G. Co. vs City of Broken Arrow - 20.00
June 7 - W F Taylor, cash adv for lumber for cemetery fence - 3.50
W F Taylor, money loaned to city, without interest - 15.00
Laws Brs rent city hall for May - 12.50
J Lopp, board Harshman, etc - 45.60
Sprague & Parker, wire, nails, etc. for cemetery fence - 65.70
Ledger - printing and supplies - 16.50
O.K. Transfer, drayage - 1.25
J W Bower, cash to Harshman - 5.00
June 19 - Mrs Alice Bearman taking and transcribing evidence in case of H.O.G. Co vs city - 11.00
Democrat, P'rtg financial S't'mt - 4.00
D & G lumber Cem gate - 1.40
I M Thompson, lumber - 3.55
C H Carbutt, May salary - 40.00
C H Carbutt, killing nine dogs - 4.50
Dr Laws, quar smallpox cases - 27.00
J S Severson, salary City Atty for April & May - 10.00
McGill, taking Jordan children to the country - 2.50
G Trusler, repairing fire engine - 2.00
Total Warrants - 650.20
The above statement is correct - R R Jackson, Recorder

     Taken up - one dark sorrel pony, white hind legs half way to hocks, branded L i on left hip; about 5 years old. This horse was raised on the Alex McIntosh place and was sold last summer to James Buckingham, of Boynton, who sold him to a man in Broken Arrow some time last fall. The horse has been on the range since early in the spring. See or write to Solomon McIntosh, Hitchita, I.T.

Dalton Brothers want ten thousand pounds of live poultry, and will pay the highest cash prices consistent with shipping value.

[Ad] spanning column 1 & 2 .... T C Lancaster - groceries

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     There are perhaps many people in Broken Arrow who are not aware of the fact that six miles to the southeast of us is one of the quaintest old villages in the territory, if not in the whole southwest. For more than a half century the old village of Weer has been the trading point of the Creek Indians and a few white settlers who might wander in and secure a lease on a piece of rich land from his Red brother. The village though once prosperous is now rapidly going the way of all towns whose lot is so unfortunate as to fall a few miles to the right or left of the railroad. It was laid out in the midst of a forest of giant oaks whose grandeur has never yet been marred by the woodman's ax. Even in the streets, travelers must yield to the first occupants - the massive oaks. This village though containing perhaps a hundred people has become a one man town.
     J H Weer, the big farmer and merchant is the town and the town is his. He farms several thousand acres surrounding the town and a majority of the inhabitants are his tenants.
     R Weer, though a white man, was adopted by the Creek tribe of Indians when a child and though now a man more than fifty years of age, he is still a great favorite among them, speaking their language and having been several times elected to the house of warriors and once to the house of Kings, the highest tribute ever paid to a white man by the Indians.
     But to return to the village and the question: have you ever been to Weer? If not, go. The quaint surroundings will do you good. You will feel that you are 10,000 miles from the hum-drum and cares of a busy world. We were there. We are going back for we believe we could find old Rip Van Winkle some where near by, in fact: we believe we got a glimpse of his dog, Snider, while we were there.

     Perhaps many of our people are not aware of the fact that two miles to the east of Broken Arrow at the coal mines is a tent village of several hundred people, but such is a fact. Looking down into the broad Adams Creek valley one would think he was approaching an army in camp, but upon investigation he finds the white village occupied by peaceful families who make their living by working at the mines. The village is located in a broad meadow along the banks of Adams Creek, where shade and water are abundant. Off to one side is the large Supply store, a post office, blacksmith shop and several residences where the managers of the mines reside. It is indeed a growing mining camp.
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STRAY NOTICE - A light bay pony, blaize face, with white hind feed; 14 hands high; weighs about 750; no brands. Also one bright red heifer 2 years old are in my pasture just east of Broken Arrow. Owner can have same by proving property and paying all charges. J B Morrow

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July 2 - Mayor, Recorder and all the Councilmen except Sprague, present.
     Petition of property owners on Commercial avenue and Broadway to grade those streets to 40 feet for diving purposes, leaving 20 feet on either side for park purposes. Granted.
     Financial statement for first quarter read, approved and ordered published.
Bills were allowed as follows:
     Mayor Taylor, salary for three months - 50.00
     Recorder Jackson, salary and fees for three months - 17.50
     Councilmen Williams, Ash, Walton, Grube and Sprague, salaries for first quarter 9.00 each - 45.00
     Atty Stevenson, salary for June - 5.00
Ordinance placing license of $30 per quarter on skating rinks passed.
July 7 - The Mayor, Recorder and all members of the council present except Grube.
     The Mayor and Mr. Sprague were instructed to purchase a fire bell.
     Sidewalk ordinance referred to ordinance committee. The Gas franchise of C S Crane deferred indefinitely.
Bills were allowed as follows:
     M B Sanders, Street com 72 hrs at 25 cents an hour - 18.00
     G B Thomas, drayage - 2.45
     City Atty Steverson, fee in HO&G Co vs city - 30.00

     E P Hinton this week sold to Irving Stacy who recently came here from Kentucky, a fine farm lying on the creek two miles west of town. Mr. Stacy will begin the erection of a new house at once and expects to bring his family here. The price paid was 32.50 per acre.

     One of the most novel displays were seen in this city is on exhibition in one of the large windows of the Barth Mercantile company. It is a true miniature production of an American battle ship, made entirely of steele saws, steele and copper wires and numerous metals all kept in stock by this enterprising firm. We would like to describe if fully but do not know how as the mechanism is to complete for our crude mind along the line of invention, but the plans were all studied out and executed by Mr. Hart and his enterprising clerks.

[ad] Fruit jars, rubbers and caps at St Louis Racket Store

[ad] spanning column 4 & 5 .... Ruth & Whitenack - seller of fine carriages

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     We desire to call the attention of our readers living in townships 17, 18 and 19 Range 14, that all instruments affecting your property, both real and personal, should hereafter be filed for record in Tulsa instead of Wagoner.
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     Mr. Davidson, living south of town, was painfully hurt last Saturday afternoon by falling from the top of a load of sheaf oats which he was unloading at the City Livery Barn, caused by the team giving a sudden start. He was unconscious for several hours and an ugly gash cut on the head which had to be sewed up by the attending physician. It was thought at first that Mr. Davidson was fatally hurt but he is now recovering nicely.

     Little Vera Horton, a niece of Prof Horton's, had the misfortune to run a needle into her foot while playing at her home in Tulsa. It went so far in that the doctors could not locate it so her parens brought her to this city that an X-Ray machine might be applied, which was done and the needle located. An operation followed which was unsuccessful and the little one still suffers. Her father, J E Horton came down Sunday. If the pain does not cease another operation will follow. The little one suffers intensely.

     The old soldiers of Broken Arrow and vicinity effected a permanent, G.A.R. organization last Saturday afternoon with 21 members. Commander J F Ayers and Adjutant Hardesty were here from Tulsa and assisted in the work of organizing.
     Following is a complete list of the first officers elected:
     Commander, W C Ricketts
     Sr Vice Commander, H L Pierce
     Jr Vice Commander, Peter Wilhour
     Quarter Master, W R Sullivan
     Adjutant, I H Buttrick
     Officer of the Day, Luther Van Fleet
     Chaplain, Rev John Tenny
     Office of the Guard, S C Hopper
     Quarter Master Surgeon, P Roberts
     Guard, W L Lacy
     Sergeant Major, W H Booth
     The number of the post is 41 and the regular meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

     Hon Roley McIntosh was mighty proud of his Indian ball team which he brought up from Eufaula last Thursday to play our boys, and well might he be proud of them for besides being fine examples of young manhood, they were beyond all doubt the best ball team ever on our diamond.
     Following are the names: David, Henry, N. and T. McIntosh. George Hubble, S and Frank Carr, T Deere and H Burch.
     The first day, the game was hotly contested, but the Red Men of the Forest were too much for our boys who went down in defeat by a score of 2 to 6. Our boys hoped to make it a draw by winning on Friday but the ground once lost could not be regained, for the score stood at 2 to 8 in favor of the Indian boys.
     For his fine playing, Dan Childers presented Henry McIntosh with a 2.50 glove. On Friday evening the boys led by their gallant old chieftain boarded the train for their home, carrying the kindest regards of our people.

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