Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: January 21, 1938
Name: Fannie Evans (Mrs.)
Post Office: Drumright, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: Edmonson County, Kentucky
Place of Birth:
Father: William Winfield
Place of Birth:
Information on father:
Mother: Sarah Ann Doyle
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Information on mother:
Field Worker: L. W. Wilson
I am of white descent and I was born
January 10, 1863 in Edmonson County, Kentucky. My parents were Mr. William
WINFIELD and Mrs. Sarah Ann DOYLE Winfield.
My husband, John EVANS, and I lived in
Missouri, but could see opportunities in the Indian Territory and with a camp
outfit we started to make the journey into Oklahoma.
In a covered wagon, drawn by two mules,
the trip was started. With no highways, it was necessary for us to travel dim
wagon roads and trails. Often times the roads were so dim it was necessary to
follow blazed trees. There were no bridges and all streams were either forded
The days and nights on the road were long
and dreary. We usually prepared our meals before dark but kept the fire aglow
all night to ward off wild animals and "varmints" from attacking our
camp. We had read so many Indian stories.
The First House
This small, log hut is the first house ever built in Drumright. It was
constructed by J. W. FULKERSON on what would now be South Ohio Street near the
site of the First Baptist Church.
The same city marshal has served Drumright for the past twenty years or more.
His name is Jack ARY. Ary is the second city marshal the city ever had
and he is the first ever to be elected.
He was at first appointed to complete the
un-expired term of Marshal COOK, who was killed in a gun battle as previously
Mr. Ary excelled in bravery, toughness and
lead-absorbing qualities which he displayed when in a fight with "Blackie"
THOMPSON and his gang. Mr. Ary received five wounds from rifle slugs but
managed to live and later to see those bandits on the road to prison.
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