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Post  billie0w on Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:26 pm

I found this news article while doing some transcribing. It's rather long. I guess after all the hullabaloo to get the Outlet opened for settlers they discovered it wasn't all that good a place after all. One interesting line reads, "Others say they would not take a claim for a gift." It was/is land better suited for cattle than farming.

St. Paul Daily Globe. (Saint Paul, Minn.) 1884-1896, September 18, 1893

STRANDED IN KANSAS.

PEOPLE LEAVING THE CHEROKEE STRIP BY THOUSANDS.

THEIR BIG DISAPPOINTMENT

Was Too, Much to Bear, So They Skipped Back to Civilization--There Was lack of Food and Water and a Plethora of Heat, Hot Wind and Dust--Incidents of the Race.

Arkansas City, Kan., Sept. 17.— Thousands of people who yesterday made so great an effort to get into the Cherokee strip were making equally strenuous efforts, to get out today. Even as soon after the rush as yesterday evening hundreds of people came out of the strip and took up quarters here. Some .failed in the great race to get claims, and others, after having located claims, relinquished them rather than endure the discomforts and hard ships of a frontier life in a desolate country such as the strip now is. Today the return move became an exodus, and tonight the city is as badly crowded as it was the night before the race.

Many are departing by trains, but others, being too poor to buy even railroad tickets, are stranded here. What to do with this latter class will be a question to be decided by the city authorities. All those returning tell the same story of the lack of water and scarcity of food, but of an oversupply of heat, hot wind and dust. There are many
stories of crime and casualties, but, all being strangers to one another, names are missing. The crimes are mostly isolated murders which took place yesterday in the fight for claims. Fatal accidents are reported as the result of yesterday's rush— men trampled to death by horses or killed by falling from the overcrowded excursion trains.

Orlando, O. T., Sept 17. -- Thousands of people who left their homes in
Oklahoma to seek new homes in the Cherokee strip are returning. They
thought they were in hard luck in Oklahoma, but are now convinced life there is a paradise compared with what it would be in the new country. Thousands returning have secured good claims, and have come back to take up positions in the line at the land office, hopeful of a prosperous future. Others say they would not take a claim for a gift.

Caldwell, Kan., Sept., 17. -- Rival towns nave been started in the Enid
district. One clusters around Enid, the county seat officially established by the government. The other also calls itself Enid, and is located a short distance south of the county seat, lt was established by a number of men who were disgruntled at the selection for the seat, and who claimed that the official site was a bad selection. They claim many advantages for the rival town and hope to vote their town the county seat when the matter comes before the people for decision. Pond Creek has 5,000 people. It would have 7,000 if there had been enough lots for all comers. Many were
disappointed and are returning. Caldwell is crowded with disappointed people. They have been coming in all day from the strip. Some failed to get
lots and some failed to get farms, while others found that the land was not what they believed it to be. It is believed that not over half of the people who went into the strip will stay in. Some cannot stay because they got no claims and others will not stay because they prefer to leave.

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Post  billie0w on Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:20 pm

I have no idea where Terry and Cross were. I don't believe they still exist, at least with those names.

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bluebird wrote:This is great information. Some we have not seen.
Where was Terry and Cross? Are they still towns? Thanks for this article.bluebird. flower

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Post  billie0w on Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:17 pm

bluebird wrote:This is great information. Some we have not seen.
Where was Terry and Cross? Are they still towns? Thanks for this article.bluebird. flower

The rail road could make or break a town, much like interstate highways do today. The town of Terry could have died if the rail road didn't stop there. The rail roads were the life line for commerce. Business's would follow the rail roads lead.

The Rock Island wanted to put their depot in North Enid rather than the town of Enid proper. Certain people kept tearing up the tracks and dynamiting the bridge in Enid forcing the train to stop there. Finally the Rock Island relented and built their depot in Enid. North Enid now is just a "sub-division" of Enid.

Also many towns changed names over time and could be known as something else now.

Another thing to look at is personal transportation. When the territory was first opened people had horses and wagons for long range transportation. Many walked. Most "communities" were about ten miles from each other. Making it a days travel to town and back for those furtherest from town. Everyone was a farmer. They had chores that had to be done morning and night so they generally couldn't be gone from home for longer periods unless they made arrangements for someone else to look after the place for them. As personal transportation improved [cars and trucks] they could travel further to buy what they needed so they started going to the larger towns. Larger towns had better selections. Many little communities died.

I know the lady that is the sole resident of Midway in Logan County. Her parents had a little "convenience store" there back in the thirties and forties. [ Didn't know there was such a thing back that far did you ]. Midway was a "corner store" off the highway about four miles. They had some groceries and a gas pump. They lived in the back of the store. Now she doesn't sell anything but the old "store" is still there pretty much like it always was. Even the old cash register. Some of the little "communities", like Midway, left no traces.

Look at your particular situation. Between Ark City and Ponca City you can buy just about everything you need. But, if you go to Wichita, Tulsa, or Oklahoma City you find a larger selection to choose from. We live about halfway between Guthrie and Edmond. All of the necessities are readily available. BUT, if we make that little extra effort [ and fight the traffic ] and go on into Oklahoma City we have much more to choose from.

OK, I'll shut up and quit rambling now.

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great information

Post  bluebird on Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:53 am

This is great information. Some we have not seen.
Where was Terry and Cross? Are they still towns? Thanks for this article.bluebird. flower

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After the Run

Post  billie0w on Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:43 am

The morning call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1878-1895, September 20

STILL THE EXODUS.
Thousands Are Coming Out of the
Cherokee Strip.
Arkansas City, Kans., Sept. 19.— The
railroads are carrying thousands of disap-
pointed people from the Cherokee Strip
and hundreds are passing through in
wagons, on horseback and on foot. Light
rains fell this afternoon, but the water
sank into the parched ground so quickly
that they had little beneficial effect. Sup
plies of food have been received at the
new townsites and settler's can now live at
moderate expense. Great inconvenience
still exists, however, because of the insuf-
ficient supply of water. Frame buildings
are going up in all the townsites, but the
majority still live and do business in
tents. The Rock Island still refuses to
stop its trains at the Government site of
Pond Creek, and is giving all advantages
possible to the independent rival town
sites. At Terry the Santa Fe is pursuing
a similar course and fostering the rival
towns of Wharton and Kildare.
A mass-meeting was held last night and
resolutions adopted demanding an inves-
tigation of the Killing of John R. Hill of
New Jersey by soldiers, and asking the
punishment of the officers responsible
therefore.
Guthrie, O. T., Sept. 19.— Five more
dead bodies were found on the strip to
day, all having perished from prairie fires,
and two more are reported to have killed
each other over a claim near Cross.

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