Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Name: John Martin
Post Office: Daisy, Oklahoma
Birth: about 1892
Place of Birth:
Father: John Thompson
Mother: Sarah (Aunt Sally)
I moved to Daisy, then called Etna, Indian
Territory with my family in the year of 1894 or 95 when I was two years
old. Etna was on the old stagecoach line, which ran from Stringtown to
Tuskahoma. It was also called "Fishers Old Stand" or "Many Springs". I
think George ROLLEN ran the store at that time, and Billy McARTHUR was
the store clerk.
My parents John and Sarah (Aunt Sally) Thompson
lived one half mile south of Etna on the old Ward COBB place, now known
as the WILLIAMSON place. My father hauled freight for the store. He sold
the freight to Dr. WOODS, who boarded at our house much of the time. His
wife stayed in McAlester with her son by a former marriage, Carl
KELLOGG. He and his half brother Willie Woods ran a big store in
Later Dr. Woods married Bertha WHITEHEAD, our school
teacher. She was my second school teacher, the first one being Miss
Alice DESHASO. Miss or Mrs. GUM was the first teacher I can remember. My
sister and I were the only white children in the school. The next
closest white family to us was the WASSEN family, which lived north
across the mountain on the LOWMAN place.
My father was stricken
with cancer and died in the hospital at Little Rock (?) Arkansas, where
he was also buried. My mother was left with the children.
1907, the year of statehood, the name of the post office was changed to
Daisy and E. S. OLIVER was the first postmaster. My mother was the
second. George HENDERSON had the contract to carry the mail from
Stringtown to Daisy, and John BENSON was the first mail carrier for the
Following are names of other families settled in the
Daisy area in the early days. Indian families were: Isac BILLEY,
Arlington MORRIS, Cub IMPSON, Jessie BONDS, Israel P. RENNYS (or PERRYS), Ellis
CARNS (or CAIRNES) Aaron PETERS.
White families, by
the time of statehood or shortly after, were, in addition to my father,
John THOMPSON, Jim THOMPSON, George HEWETT (HUET), George POUND, Dave
POLLOCK, and Guy BAILEY.
The house my family first lived in was
located at the site where the Daisy school was later built. If Mrs.
Maudie Thompson GARSIDE of Stringtown is alive, she is the oldest white
settler, if not, I am the oldest.
About the turn of the century,
the Miner Miller Ranch was built by Dock MILLER, then Joseph RAMEY
settled east of Daisy, now called the Miller Ranch, and Buster
Springs settled on the old Dave BOND Place. Ross BELL and Ira settled
one mile east, and a family by the name of MANOR or GARDNER settled in
"Happy Hollow". The man was bitten by a mad dog and died two weeks later
My mother later married N. B. SMITH, and my
uncle, N. B. Smith, settled on the Lowman or LAMAR place. Another uncle,
W. S. Cole, settled on the old WASSEN (?) place. Mrs. Cole was Aunt Sally
East of Daisy, the families were: HENDERSON,
RICE, FLOWERS, RENFROW, McDONNAL (?) and SUTTON.
In 1907, when
statehood occurred, there was a boom and lots of newcomers arrived. The
Gulf pipeline came through and brought lots of new families with it.
The first white preacher was named WEAVER. He was a "brush
arbor" preacher. The next preacher was named SMITH, and he preached at
the schoolhouse where the Daisy Cemetery is now located. Then preacher
GOSS came and established a church at the Goss community. They were all
Missionary Baptist preachers. The Indian preachers said Jesus Christ in
English, where they had no Indian words for him. The white man also
taught the Indians to curse, where they had no swear words in their
The first person buried in the Daisy Cemetery was the
wife of George PHILLIPS. I have a Grandfather, mother, brother, aunt,
and mother-in-law buried there.
One time the Governor of the
Choctaw Nation, and Billy FLETCHER, a well known lawyer, were staying at
our house during the time that the court was in session. When they came
in for dinner, the Governor told my mother about a fight my father and
the lawyer had in the courthouse earlier that morning, My father was a
witness in a case regarding a debt that someone owed the store, and the
lawyer tried to make him appear to be lying, which was a mistake. A fist
fight followed, and the Governor said that they fought all the way out of
the courthouse, and out into the yard. He said that my father had the
lawyer down, and the lawyer's brother pulled up a fence post and started
to hit Dad with it, but old Dave POLLOCK hit the brother and knocked him
loose from the post. I can remember how the Governor's belly shook when
he laughed as he told about the fight, for he was a big Indian weighing
about 300 pounds.
I can remember when they whipped Simon BILLY
and Horson BONDS. I remember that they shot Charley HOMES, and I think
it was for killing someone. I can remember that Charley and another
indian came to our house and talked to my father while Charley was
waiting to be shot. The indian court had sentenced him to be shot and
had given him 30 days to hunt and fish and take care of his personal
business. There wasn't any jail, and a man's word was his bond. When his
30 days were up, he was expected to come in for execution, which he
[Submitter's note: This document came from Charles Thompson. John Martin
was his father and was the son of (John Perry Jr. 1861-1907). I don't
know the exact year that he dictated these memories to his daughter who
wrote them down for him.]
Transcribed and submitted
by Dale Thompson <email@example.com> July 2000.