Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
History Project for Oklahoma
August 27, 1937
Name: M. W.
Date of Birth:
September 20, 1852
Place of Birth:
William B. Maupin
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Information on father:
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Interview # 7428
I was ten years old when the Civil War broke out and was living at Shawnee Town, Kansas. The Union soldiers were camped near our town. I often rode the soldiers' horses to Turtle Creek and watered them.
I came to the Indian Territory in 1893, settling at Blue, where Armstrong now is. I was working on the railroad as a section foreman from Armstrong to Caddo. Later I operated the pump station at Armstrong where all trains stopped for water.
In those days thirty cars were a load, with seven men a train crew. The trains would often stall on the grade the other side of Blue, and would have to back up and get another start.
I operated a grocery store in a one room log house, supplying the Patton and Gibson crew that built the double track on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. They also raised the bridge seven feet. They were a year building the bridge but the trains were never stopped.
I had a short-order counter in my store and fed many people. I also served as banker for the working men cashing their checks, charging them ten percent.
Mr. Sexton controlled 1100 acres around Armstrong and I was the only one allowed to operate a store. My business was so good that I had to build a larger store and I made lots of money.
After the railroad was finished I moved to Durant and operated a grocery store there until a year ago.
[Submitters note: A. N. Leecraft's wife was a first cousin to Mr. Maupin.
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