147 YEARS AGO
Thursday, June 15, 1876
The following dispatch, bearing the date of June 7, was received at the Department headquarters from the commanding officer at Fort Laramie: Spotted Tail, chief of the Brules, arrived here today on a visit, and reports that his people are at home and will not go out on the warpath. Large numbers have gone from Red cloud and other agencies on the Missouri river and are concentrating on the Powder river for a fight.
The chiefs are haranguing the men and urging them to stay in camp until the troops come in, and not go out in small parties. He reports over 1,700 lodges collected together.
A dispatch from Carson, Nevada, says anti-coolie men continue their demonstrations, demanding the discharge of Chinese laborers, but as yet have committed no violence.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
The scalping knife has been achieving some blood work in the mountain fastness and on the plains of Dakota. Hundreds of white men have been slain. Custer City has been attacked, and the mining operations nearly put to an end.
An Indians vengeance has been rendered in an Indians way, and now some of the press are calling the onslaughts of the red men a god-daring and man-hating malignity which should be checked, even though it result in the extermination of the northern Sioux.
What is the true cause of this trouble? While the Indian Bureau had complete control of these natives everything glided along smoothly. No murders were committed, no scalps were lifted and general quietude rested upon the country form the Niobrara to Harney’s Peak.
Something over a year ago gold gleaners began to wander toward the charmed bourne and to trespass on the reservation which had been solemnly pledged to the Sioux by the United States.
The Indians warned these men to turn back. Time and again they dispatched messengers to the little squads of gold hunters and told them that they must not invade their country, that it belonged to them by the force of solemn treaty stipulations and any infringement upon their rights would be punished according to the savage idea of justice.
120 YEARS AGO
Friday, January 9, 1903
The Eufaula delegation to the Oklahoma City statehood convention left Monday on the south bound flyer. The delegation was composed of the representative citizens, who are capable of caring for the welfare of their people.
The ladies of the Methodist church met Tuesday evening and organized a society, known as the “Kings Daughters.” The object of this society is to do all “in His name.”
Shakespeare Club Reception
The most notable social event of this festive season, if not of all times in Eufaula, was the reception given by the ladies of the Shakespeare club at the residence of Mrs. C.H. Tully on the afternoon of January first.
L.H. Wall The following taken from the Little Rock Gazette is self-explanatory: Among the passengers on the west bound Choctaw train a day or so ago were Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Wall, who were enroute to Eufaula, I.T.
There is nothing strange in that, except that the couple had been recently married and that the husband is a fullblood Chinaman. He had advertised in a Chicago matrimonial paper for a wife and started a correspondence with Miss Lucy Ramsey of Alamine, Va.
Finally, he proposed and was accepted, and it was arranged that he should make the long journey from Eufaula to Alamine, and that they should be married Christmas day.
He made the journey and reached the home of his promised bride on the day set. When he arrived the young lady was disposed at first to back out of the bargain, on account of his race, but she finally consented, and they were married on Christmas day. The groom is in the laundry business at Eufaula.
100 YEARS AGO
Thursday, November 1, 1923
SALTSMAN WILL INVESTIGATE PEN AND KU KLUX KLAN Eufaula Member of State Legislature is Placed on Important Committee
Representative Mike Saltsman of Eufaula has been named on a committee by Speaker McBee of the House of Representative to investigate the state penitentiary at McAlester and the activities of the ku klux klan of Oklahoma.
Neither Mr. Saltsman nor any member of the committee are members of the klan.
JEFF HIGHWAY NOW OPEN FOR TRAFFIC Ferry Boat Being Operated On Stream Beyond River Known As “Posey Hole” After being shut off from the north of us for more than two weeks, with no highway travel at all from the north on account of the recent floods on the Canadian rivers near here, the county commissioners have his week installed a ferry boat at the stream about one-half mile north of the North Canadian river, known as the “Posey Hole,” and cars began crossing late Wednesday afternoon.
The highway was badly damaged in this particular vicinity, and the boat will be operated until the damage has been permanently fixed.
FLOODS HAVE COST EUFAULA $200,000 The recent floods on the North and South Canadian rivers near here has cost the people in and around Eufaula at least $200,000.
It is estimated that 1,000 bales of cotton were lost, to say nothing of the corn, other feed stuff, livestock and loss and damage to property.
A number of farmers lost everything they had, including their homes and furniture.
EUFAULA DEFEATS PRYOR IN HARDEST GAME OF SEASON Ironheads Continue Their March Towards the Conference Championship
Eufaula continue here march toward the Conference championship Friday when she defeated the famous Pryor Tigers 20 to 14. It was a battle from beginning to end and one of those games that gave you a thrill every minute.
Captain “Bood” Pipkins and “Dooley” Hurt bore the brunt of the attack for the Ironheads.
75 YEARS AGO
Thursday, November 11, 1948
City Dads To Listen While People Talk About Sewer Bonds
The mayor and city council members, who usually talk over and attempt to solve problems of the city of Eufaula, will sit back and let the people do the talking while they listen next Tuesday night at the community hall.
A mass meeting has been called for that evening to get the opinion of the public on a bond issue to finance an adequate sewer system for the city.
Estimated cost of the project is $176,000.
Hanna to Dedicate Gymnasium Monday
HANNA – Ken Miller, Tulsa radio commentator, Mayor K.C. Burnham of Eufaula and E.H. Bingham of the state board of education, will headline the speakers program for dedication ceremonies at the Hanna school gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15.
The sixty by eighty foot wooden frame building is more than just another building erected for school and community purposes. The building got its start by the citizens of Hanna digging down into their jeans and coming up with the where withal.
The building consists of a combination basketball court and auditorium with stage and two classrooms.
Joe McKinney and Dr. R.O. Waddle Share Honors with Big Buck Joe McKinney, Eufaula postmaster, and Dr. R.O. Waddle are sharing the honor of bringing home a 120-pound, eight point buck from a hunting trip to the Kiamichis this week.
Each of the hunters fired at the big prize deer and hit as the animal appeared in their range Tuesday afternoon.
50 YEARS AGO
Thursday, November 15, 1973
Mayor Tully O’Reilly stated and requested that all cars must not park on Main Street December 1st or December 15th, since the street needs to be clear for both the Christmas and Lucious Selmon Day parades.
Citizens cooperation will be appreciated.
The Stites Furniture Co. has received their third order of handmade Indian jewelry (genuine turquoise and sterling silver). This jewelry has been selling so fast we urge you to see it soon before it is all sold again.
Community Services For Thanksgiving Sunday November 18
The annual Thanksgiving Community Church service, sponsored by the Eufaula Ministerial Alliance, will be held at the Assembly of God Church here, Sunday, November 18 at 7 p.m., it has been announced.
Reverend Charles Saviers, minister of the United Methodist Church, will deliver the message. Each member of the Alliance will have a part in the service.
The Eufaula Community and surrounding areas are cordially invited to attend the Thanksgiving community service.
25 YEARS AGO
Thursday, November 5, 1998
Eufaula Has Interim Mayor
Bill Day is the interim mayor of Eufaula, according to unofficial election results tabulated Tuesday night by the McIntosh County Election Board.
Day, who is currently Eufaula City Marshal, also an elected post, was elated with the victory.
He said that he will resign the marshal’s post as soon as he is sworn in as mayor.
Day is filling the vacancy left by Joe Johnson, who was removed from the office of mayor in August after a McIntosh County jury convicted him of 10 felony counts.
Mowery Wins Close Contest
Gene F. Mowery narrowly won reelection as Associate District Judge in McIntosh County.
The incumbent Mowery tallied 3,032 votes to 2,977 for challenger Jim Pratt, a difference of only 55 votes.
Jail Escapee Back – Again
An escapee from the McIntosh County jail was back behind bars last Saturday night – again.
Steven Wayne Hellinghausen, had escaped from the jail previously on Oct. 13 by allegedly crawling through a window. Early Thursday, Oct. 29, he allegedly unlocked the door and escaped again, according to McIntosh County Sheriff bobby Graves.
Hellinghausen was jailed earlier in the month on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, speeding and driving under license suspension.