Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History
Project for Oklahoma
Date: May 25, 1937
Post Office: Ada, Oklahoma
Residence Address: 107 East 14th Street
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth: Texas
Father: Samuel N. Weldon
Place of Birth:
Information on father: deceased
Mother: Sarah Ann Chambers
Place of birth: Texas
Information on mother: deceased
Field Worker: Maurice R. Anderson
Interview with Mrs. Minnie Hope, 107 East 14th Street, Ada, Oklahoma.
I was born in Texas and my husband I came to the new townsite of Ada in June 1900.
My husband, Tom Hope, and Frank Jones purchased the northwest corner of what is now Main and Broadway, and made arrangements to open the first bank for the new town.
The prospectors were coming into this new townsite thick and fast and the noise from the saw and hammer could be heard all day and half the night.
Some people opened up their places of business in tents while waiting for their buildings to be completed.
All the lumber was hauled from Pauls Valley and Holdenville while this new town was going up fast.
The people did not know what to name the new town. There being an inland town about one mile north of this new town named Ada, they decided to name the new town New Ada until arrangements could be made to establish a post office but the wheels of the Government turned too slowly for these old pioneers and in July 1900 about midnight a dozen or more men with a fine big span of mules made a trip to Old Ada. Soon after arriving there a house on wheels could have been seen winding its way slowly to the south end and at daylight this house rested on a new foundation in the new town and the postmistress, Miss Hall, opened for business as usual but henceforth there was only one Ada.
The business men of Old Ada began moving to the to
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Mr. A. L. Constant owned a real estate office.
Mr. W. C. Rollow owned a hardware store.
Mr. J. C. Halliferio owned a hardware store.
Freeman and Thornton owned a dry goods store; Henley and Bi
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