Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: August 16,
Name: Mr. F. M.
Post Office: Pauls Valley,
Residence Address: South Cherry Street
Date of Birth: 1855
Father: P. G. Tolbert
Father: born in
Mother: Louisa Smith
Information on Mother: born in Ohio
Worker: Maurice R. Anderson
I was born in 1855 in Ohio. I came from Ohio to
old Oklahoma with my family in a wagon. I took a homestead in
Canadian county just after the run in 1889. We lived in a tent the first
winter and in the spring after I got my corn and rye planted, I cut cottonwood
logs and hauled them to the sawmill and had them sawed into lumber and I built
a house on my homestead.
That year corn did not make a good crop and by the fall
of 1890 there were several homesteaders who had settled in this community and
several of us got together and built a sod school house and that winter we
held a three months school.
There was a small town where I bought groceries named
Frisco. At that time there were around two hundred people living at
Frisco but after the railroad was built it missed Frisco by about four miles
and a town was started named Yukon and the stores and the people moved from
Frisco to Yukon.
We did not buy much in those days; we tried to raise our
Homesteaders would settle here and sometimes not stay but
a few months; they would trade their one hundred and sixty acres of land for a
span of mules or anything they could get.
There was a cattle trail that went through Canadian
County. I do not remember where it crossed the Canadian River but it
crossed the Cimarron River south of Dodge City. There were not many
cattle driven over this trail after I moved there but there had been lots
driven over it in the early days for this trail was beaten down in places two
feet deep. I have helped take a few small herds of cattle over this
trail to Dodge City, Kansas; this trail was called the Santa Fe
Our only transportation in that day and time were
horse-drawn buggies and wagons.
Our clothes were mostly overalls, hickory shirts and ten
When I came to old Oklahoma, there was lots of wild
game, not many deer but the prairie was covered with prairie chicken, and
there were plenty of fish in all the creeks around where I lived.
I now live on South Cherry Street in Pauls Valley,
Transcribed for OKGenWeb by
Brenda Choate <email@example.com> November 2000.