Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
History Project for Oklahoma
Date: March 16, 1938
Samuel Wesley Haymes
Post Office: , Oklahoma
Date of Birth: April
Place of Birth: Webster
Place of Birth:
Information on father:
Place of birth:
Information on mother:
Field Worker: Loudolphus
Volume 92, page 328
Samuel Wesley Haymes
S. W. (* Samuel Wesley)
Haymes was born in Webster County MO April 6, 1891. He married Etta (* Belle) Rogers and
they have five children.
S. W. Haymes came to the
Territory with his parents. They traveled in four wagons and had five teams.
They came by the way of the Military Trail which was the only trail through
this part of the country. At the time they settled on Markham Prairie,
there was only two fences between them and the Kansas state line.
They got their corn ground
meal at Flint Mill, Arkansas. They mixed corn meal and flour all together.
They ( * the mill) took a toll of the meal for their fee for grinding.
The family killed prairie chickens and deer for their meat and the rest
of their food was raised on the farm.
Schools and Church
S. W. Haymes attended
a subscription school taught by Mrs Bryant in the south part of what is
now Pryor OK. They also went to church at this same schoolhouse.
He attended this school three or four terms of three months each, paying
$1.00 per month.
He made his first crop
with three yoke of oxen, because horses could not live and work on prairie
Bridges and Fords
There was a ford on the
Military Road crossing Rock Creek. The first bridge was at Squaw Hallow
and the next one was Hogan's Bridge, located across Pryor Creek.
First Train Depot
The first depot here in
Pryor was called Kyugay (* Coo-y-yah), the Cherokee word for "huckleberry".
It was called this because the Indians sold huckleberries to the railroad
section hands. Then the railroad company built a depot which was named
Pryor Creek. After statehood the town became known as "Pryor" (* but by
a vote of the citizens they retained the official name of the town as "Pryor
S. W. Haymes was hunting
prairie chickens one day when he saw attempt to rob the train at Squaw
Hollow. In the ensuing gun battle one of the robbers was shot. They got
Dr. Adair at the town of Adair, blindfolded him and brought him down to
treat the wounded man and then gave the Dr. $25.00 and put him on the train
and sent him on home. S. W. Haymes was also present when the Starr
boys held up the train at the Pryor depot.
(NOTE: items marked *
is information derived from other sources)
(* NOTE: for additional
information on the Haymes family from Webster County MO, contact Charlene
Hook - Chook35@msn.com – 09-1999.)