Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: May 25, 1937
Name: Old Lone Wolf Cemetery
Founded: 1901 by town of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma
Abandoned; 1903, because it was school land
Present owner of premises: Dock Hunter or A.B. Hunter
Address of present owners: 1206 East 9th Street,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Original owners of the premises: not located, one time owner
was W.L. Avis
Approximate number of graves: 4
Approximate number of marked graves: stones have been
General condition of headstones, including inscriptions:
Number of inscriptions copied:
Condition of the premises: Is in a field and cultivation is
Legal location of burial ground: Kiowa County, Section 13
Township 6 Range 20
Field Worker: Ethel B. Tackitt
CEMETERIES -- Kiowa County --
When the town of Lone Wolf in the
Kiowa Country was opened for settlement by white people on August 6, 1901, it
became a town of tents over night, with all kinds of businesses, post office, grocery
stores, dry goods stores, saloons, and a great number of gambling places.
That Fall an epidemic of pneumonia from
exposure followed but there were no deaths in the town until December 20, 1901,
when an infant of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGuigan died and a cemetery was started on
the N.E. 1/4 - S 13 -T 6- R 29.
On February 9, 1902, a Mr. Keith and a two
year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bird were buried. All had succumbed to
A young man named James Berry
(Perry?) had come to town and had worked in saloons, pool halls and such places,
drinking much. His face was scarred as if it had been burned.
He lost his money gambling. Then he told his associates that Lone
Wolf had everything but a cemetery and he was going to start that. He
killed himself and was buried on March 18, 1902.
It was found that a cemetery could not be
started on school land, which this section proved to be, and in 1903 the
cemetery was abandoned. All bodies were moved to the new cemetery except
the bodies of James Berry, Mr. Keith and the two Bird children. Their
graves remain in a sad state of neglect.
No Indians were ever buried in this
Mrs. F.E. Walker, wife of Dr. F.E. Walker
practicing physician at that time, gave the above information.
There is no city record of this
Submitted to OKGenWeb by Brenda Choate, August 2001.