OKLAHOMA – Week of July 2
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OKLAHOMA – Week of July 2

We made a brief stop in Guthrie our first year on the road as full time RVers, got a very good impression of the city, and planned to return one day but never had the chance. Lots of history there — Guthrie is the largest urban historic district in Oklahoma, containing 2,169 buildings.


Guthrie, OK
Week of July 9, 1895

Population 1890: 5,333
Population 2015: 11,270

July 2, 1895

Fatty Won the Race

Fatty Hopkins, one of Marshal Nix’s most active men, came in yesterday to settle his monthly account. Fatty is now flashing a roll on the boys as big as his leg. Fatty is all right if even if he can’t read or write.

July 3, 1895

Light and Shadow

  • This is a good time to turn off the electric lights. The moon is at half-mast and nine saloons have subsided.
  • Isenberg says he “wished one of the bullets had struck him.” Isey can get quick action for his talk by returning to Enid.
  • There is a well-defined disposition in Oklahoma City to treat Dizzy Lewis as a remarkable piece of fungus.
  • Dizzy Lewis is still in session, but we will be as patriotic as we can on the Fourth and try and forget out troubles.

Three Deaths

A family by the name of Tesch living on a claim ten miles northwest of Stillwater were taken suddenly ill last Friday, their symptoms indicating they were poisoned. Dr. H.M. Winn was sent for and upon arrival and examination found the whole family were suffering from poison. The manner in which they secured it is unknown and could have occurred in no other way that by being put in the flour or baking powder, possibly by someone with malicious intent. Three of the family of six persons have since died: Maude, aged 9, Madison, aged 7, and Susie, aged 4. The father, mother and other child will recover. Update: The poisoning was malicious, Rough on Rats having been put in a sack of flour. It is said that the head of the family has a bitter land contest on his hands on account of a claim three miles from Stillwater.


July 4, 1895

Picnic Today

May’s Grove was visited last evening by parties especially interested in the picnic today and found it in good condition. It is desired that every Christian in and near Guthrie, all Sunday school pupils and everybody else desiring to have a basket picnic and a general good time, should meet in this grove to celebrate the Fourth. The grove is reached by a road leading north from the west side of Guthrie and crossing a good ford opposite the grove, or by a road leading directly north from Division Street and turning west at the first railroad crossing.

July 6, 1895

Hello There Everybody

The new telephone line is now complete to Langston, Perkins and Stillwater and parties wishing to talk with these places can do so at any time for 25 cents, the telephone in this city being at Seaton’s drug store. The line will be complete to Chandler in 15 days and then pushed to Tecumseh and other points.

July 7, 1895

Slightly Mixed

A combination of a proofreader’s negligence and a printer’s carelessness made the Leader say yesterday morning that J.M. Lundsford had been brought in by a deputy marshal on a charge of counterfeiting, when it should have read contempt, he having failed to appear when summoned as a witness. There was no criminal charge against him.

After Sixteen Years

Perry, OK — Oscar B. Fowler, formerly of Kentucky, once a major in the Confederate Army, arrived here yesterday in search of his wife, Mattie, and his daughter, Gail, whose he had not seen in sixteen years.

During the session of the Missouri Legislature in 1879 at Jefferson City, Major Fowler, in a quarrel over a game of poker one night, shot and wounded a member of the Legislature. He left Missouri immediately and went to Oregon and from there sailed around Cape Horn and went to Liverpool where he remained three years. From there he went to London and obtained a position on the London Times, which position he held until a month ago when he left for America in search of his wife and three children. He found a son, the daughter and mother were in Perry, and he came here. He learned this morning that his wife was living some miles west of here and went out to join her and the daughter, the latter now 18 years old. Major Fowler was a citizen of Clinton, Missouri when his trouble occurred.

Population information and featured photo from Wikipedia.

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