Connected successfully  The Okie Legacy: Vol 18, Iss 37 1889, I.T., All Headed For Oklahoma

Soaring eagle logo.             Okie Legacy Banner. Click here for homepage.

Moderated by NW Okie & Sadie!

                             Volume 18, Issue 37 -- 2016-10-13                     

Bookmark and Share

Weekly eZine: (347 subscribers)
Subscribe | Unsubscribe

ParisTimes Genealogy
Okie NW OK Mysteries
1910 Opera House Mystery
Prairie Pioneer News

Stories Containing...

IOOF Carmen Home
castle on the hill
Flying Farmers
Genealogy Search
Ghost Haunt
Grace Ward Smith
Home Comfort Cookbook recipes
Kemper Military
Marriage Alva
McKeever School
Sand Plums
Hurt Paris
McGill Hurt
McGill Paris
McGill Wagner
McGill Warwick
McGill Gene
McGill Vada
Hopeton Oklahoma
Dust Bowl 1930
WWI Soldier
WWII Pearl Harbor

Blogs / WebCams / Photos
Southwest CO Cam
NW OkieLegacy

OkieLegacy Blog
Veteran Memorial Blog

Okie's Gallery
Old Postcards
Southwest Travel
California Travel
Midwest Travel
Historical Photos
Wagner Clan
Volume 18
1999  Vol 1
2000  Vol 2
2001  Vol 3
2002  Vol 4
2003  Vol 5
2004  Vol 6
2005  Vol 7
2006  Vol 8
2007  Vol 9
2008  Vol 10
2009  Vol 11
2010  Vol 12
2011  Vol 13
2012  Vol 14
2013  Vol 15
2014  Vol 16
2015  Vol 17
2016  Vol 18
2017  Vol 19
Iss 1  1-4 
Iss 4  1-25 
Iss 7  2-15 
Iss 10  3-7 
Iss 13  3-28 
Iss 16  4-19 
Iss 19  5-9 
Iss 22  6-6 
Iss 25  6-27 
Iss 28  7-28 
Iss 31  8-22 
Iss 34  9-13 
Iss 37  10-13 
Iss 40  11-5 
Iss 43  11-28 
Iss 2  1-11 
Iss 5  2-1 
Iss 8  2-22 
Iss 11  3-14 
Iss 14  4-5 
Iss 17  4-26 
Iss 20  5-16 
Iss 23  6-13 
Iss 26  7-4 
Iss 29  8-4 
Iss 32  8-29 
Iss 35  9-21 
Iss 38  10-20 
Iss 41  11-12 
Iss 44  12-8 
Iss 3  1-18 
Iss 6  2-8 
Iss 9  2-29 
Iss 12  3-21 
Iss 15  4-11 
Iss 18  5-2 
Iss 21  5-30 
Iss 24  6-19 
Iss 27  7-18 
Iss 30  8-12 
Iss 33  9-5 
Iss 36  10-4 
Iss 39  10-28 
Iss 42  11-21 
Iss 45  12-18 
Other Format
eZine Version
Okie's Google+
Okie's Facebook
Okie's Twitter

1889, I.T., All Headed For Oklahoma

As we learn more about the Run of 1889 into Indian Territory, we find the Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, dated 19 April 1889, Friday, page 1, with he following headlines: "All Headed For Oklahoma." Reports from Southwestern towns were showing the rush to be increasing.

Found on

Fort Smith, Ark., April 18 (1889) -- Long trains of wagons bound for Oklahoma were disappearing, and in their places hundreds of boomers were passing through bound for Muskogee, which was one-third of the distance between this city and the border. James Screed, a prominent merchant of Conway, Arkansas, had organized a party of boomers said to represent $500,000, and pushed through in a special car over the Missouri Pacific during the night.

A feature of boomers' outfits was the abundance of arms. A party coming through by wagons on that day were halted by a constable and two men arrested for carrying concealed weapons. Upon learning of this the boomers all carried their guns in their hands, passing through the city unmolested. The procession as the most belligerent outfit ever seen here. Pistols of all kinds and knives of all degrees of deadlines were carried through to the number of several thousand.

Deputy Marshal Hawkins arrived there at daylight and said that a large body of troops, headed by body of Indian Sheriffs of the Wichita Agency, were on the trail of the cattlemen who did the fighting at Canadian Ford, and more trouble at the same place was imminent. Cattlemen had been herding in that valley for many years and offered resistance when compelled to move out.

Naturally, they had the sympathy of the boomers along that borders and the combined forces threatened desperate measures if molested again. Sacred Heart Mission, a small post just across the Pottawattomie border, had sprung from a place of 150 inhabitants to one of 3,500. Shawneetown had expanded similarly. Wellington, Kas., April 18 (1889) -- The stream of prairie schooners moving southward had not diminished. The streets of the city were filled with boomers, and they continued to pour in from the North, eAst, and wEst. Such an emigration had never before been witnessed in this section. Old settlers familiar with he Cimarron River, which all settlers entering Oklahoma from the northwest cross, said that its waters were high and that it was as much as a man's life is worth to cross it in its swollen condition. Its bed was composed in a large part of shifting quicksand, and where a sage crossing could be made today tomorrow, in all probability, the same place would be a death trap. Many parties who intended to go from here with teams had abandoned the attempt and would go by rail, being fearful of serious accidents in fordin thsi river.

Winfield, Kas, April 18 (1889) - Almost a continual line of covered wagons passed through there. One colony of 500 left on that date to be on the line early tomorrow, when they were allowed on the Cherokee strip. All the streams there were high, and some of the boomers were preparing to cross the railroad bridges by laying planks across and leading their horses. Guthrie would receive most of the boomers and business. There would be seventeen different lumber yards, and other business tin proportion.

Purcell, I.T., April 18 (1889) -- The South Canadian had overflowed the country and the boomers believed that it would not subside sufficiently for them to ford it the 22d. Desperate schemes were talked of to force an entrance and troops were being rushed in front he east and west. The main body of the boomers from he north - about 1,500 wagons - reached a ranch thirteen miles south of Arkansas City and were camped there for the night.

Topeka, Kas., April 18 (1889) - Eight carloads of mules went through he city on a fast freight on the Rock Island to Pond creek, Indian Territory. They would be used to transport the Rock Island's Oklahoma settlers over the stage route in addition to those already provided by the stage company. The reports of high water in the Cimarron were so conflicting that General Passenger and Ticket Agent Sebastian left for Caldwell, where two immense ferries were to be constructed under his supervision, to be used if found necessary. Indications point to a small migration from this city and vicinity, but advices from the east and south shoed that the new Territory was the principal topic.
View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Add your two-cents (BACK TO FULL ISSUE)

email (leave blank unless you want to subscribe to story):

Create Your Badge
NWOkie's OkieLegacy photoset NWOkie's OkieLegacy photoset
© 2018 by wwwPubCo | All Rights Reserved. c/o Linda Mcgill Wagner | PO Box 619 | Bayfield, CO 81122-0619