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W. W. Howerton
Post Office: Pauls Valley,
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Field Worker: Maurice
Vol. 5, page 201
Mr. W. E. Howerton, now
assistant city clerk of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, (1937), came to the locality
now known as Garvin county in 1889.
During the same year of
his arrival to this country, Mr. Howerton remembers that the first mortgage
issued in Indian Territory was a cattle mortgage given by R. E. JENNINGS.
In 1895, Mr. Howerton
recalls that a militia, composed of Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians, came
through the country to collect a fee of $4.00 from those operating any
kind of business. The spokesman of the militia was Dick MCCLISH. Upon failure
to pay the demanded fee, members of the militia would take the individual
across Red reiver. The militia, according to Mr. Howerton, would come into
a community and make camp. They would work in a vicinity about twenty miles
circumscribing the camp. After completing their work in one community they
would break camp and move to another location. Part of the militia would
take those individuals, who failed to pay the fee across the Red river.
After accomplishing their task, the members of the militia returned to
their company. Mr. Howerton lived by a family who had been taken across
the river and had returned. Some were successful in returning before the
members of the militia had amble time to rejoin their company.
The first killing in this
locality that Mr. Howerton remembers was in 1899. Kid WILLIAMS killed Bill
LUKE over gambling. Mr. Howerton and five men held an inquest for Bill
Luke, although they had no authority to do so only as citizens. One of
the five men that helped Mr. Howerton was Frank CHILDS, now deceased. The
next killing was in 1903. Jack HUFFMAN shot and killed Grant BELL over
a drunken quarrel. The next morning Huffman knew he had killed someone.
He asked his son-in-law to bring him to Foster, as he lived six miles from
the town. They started to town in a buggy, and had a shotgun sitting at
their feet leaning up against the dash board. His son-in-law stopped to
open a gate, while he was out of the buggy, the team started up and the
gun fell, discharged and killed Jack Huffman. These were the only three
men killed while Mr. Howerton was there.
Mr. Howerton believes
the Cherokee Town - Wynnewood is the white man's oldest burial ground in
Mr. Howerton was postmaster
at Foster, Oklahoma, in 1898. He owned a grocery store, and the post office
was in the back of the store. He said the mail was brought to Foster from
Pauls Valley in a buggy. He has witnessed several gun battles between whitemen
while he was post- master.
He and his brother intended
to make the Run, but due to an accident a few days before the set time
he was unable to do so.
From Indian Pioneer Papers,
Historical Collection of Oral Interviews by the WPA
Bryan County Genealogical
Society, Calera, OK - microfilm Vol. 5, page 201.
Retyped 01 May 1999 by
Kaye Eden with no changes from the original.
Submitted to OKGenWeb by Kaye Eden <email@example.com> 05-1999.