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Cleveland County Leader, Lexington, OT,

Jan 10, 1894

Little Leaders

Miss Nettie STOVAL is visiting friends in Norman this week.

Jimmie ELKINS is training his fine Hamiltonian on the track.

Col GWYNNE went to Norman Wednesday on legal business.

"Dad" PETRO is building a nice residence over the Chouteau.

C W TAYLOR, recently of Lexington, will make his future home in Pottsboro, Texas.

Homer BRADFORD returned from Kansas Monday, where he had been to enjoy the holidays.

Louis NEVOCHE made a business trip to Ardmore this week. He reports dull times in that burg.

Capt Jas M. JARBOE returned from Darlington Tuesday, where he had been to inspect his furture quarters.

R S WALTERS, wife and daughter returned from Oklahoma City on Monday where they spent the holidays.

Mrs Col. ABERNATHY has been very ill recently with la grippe. The Leader is pleased to state that she is improving.

LITTLE & SMITH are putting in new improvements in the rear of their business house for the purpose of enlarging their business.

See advertisement of livery, sale, and feed stable, Neal SMITH manager, and when you desire anything in that line call on him.

Will A SNEED, the genial drummer of Purcell, was over Wednesday mingling with our Merchants in the interest of his house.

Mont PATRICK and son Harry, of Indiana are visiting here, the guests of R S WALTERS and wife. Mr. PATRICK is the brother of Mrs. WALTERS.

J W CHILDRESS, an experienced newspaper man of Fort Worth, will have charge of the editorial columns of the Leader and will improve it  otherwise.

Miss Mollie MORRIS, daughter of George MORRIS, who resides in this  vicinity, died on the 27th ult., aged sixteen years. She was said to be an excellent young lady.

Mrs. Maude FUGATE, the accomplished teacher in the Denton neighborhood, spent the holidays with relatives in Oklahoma City, she returned Saturday and resumed school Monday.

Charles SHUMAKER was tried on the charge of attempted arson before Judge GWYNNE and committed to jail in default of bail in the sum  of $600 for his appearance at the Feburary term of the District court of Norman.

Col J M STOVALL, assisted by his excellent wife and daughter, Miss Mellie, gave a pleasant entertainment at their country home, three miles from the city on Christmas Day. The day was pleasant and  numerous guests arrived and departed in good humor, all wishing the Colonel and his family a Merry Christmas.

Don't buy a baby carriage until you see Dave KOSTENBADER.

Although train robberies, hold-ups, thefts, burglaries and  numerous other crimes come to us daily through our exchanges, we are pleased to note the entire Christmas week passed away  without a single incident to mar the occasion. It may be that Lexington is destined to be the great religious center of  Oklahoma.

For the week ending Jan 6, 1894:
Lots 19, 20, and 21 in block 50 from D F and Millie ATKENS to Robt LONG,  considerations, $100.
Lots 17 and 18 block 50 from D F and Millie ATKENS to Robert and  M H LONG, consideration, $62.50
Lots 9, 10, 11, 21, 22, 23, 24 Block 72 from J C and Diana CRUSE to  W A ROWE.

Rev W A ROWE, recently of Gainesville, GA, but now a resident of  Lexington, pain the Leader a brief call on New Year's day. He is a pleasant gentleman, and we hope and believe that he will find as congenial friends here as he left behind. He has shown his  faith in the future of Lexington by purchasing property and will proceed to build immediately.

Col ABERNATHY recieved on last Saturday morning the sad intelligence that his mother, Mrs M ABERNATHY, after a short illness from "la grippe" departed this life at Blue Springs, East Tennessee, on December 27. This remarkable lady was in the ninety-fourth year of her age, and was the relief of Rev. B ABERNATHY, long a  prominent local minister of the Methodist church in the Halston conference. She had been a member of the Methodist church seventy-six years. At the time of her death her descendants consisting of children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, being five generations numbered 131 persons. She had lived 3 quarters of a century in East Tennessee, was a woman of large information, and was honored and respected by a large circle of friends and  acquantances.

H W STUART, the real estate broker and notary public, has a neat display card in this weeks paper. Read it, and if you wish to make a real estate deal or have some notary work done, call on him.

All those knowing of my indebtedness to them will please call and get their money, or hold their peace forever  afterwards. DR. GREGORY

The Oyster supper given by the young ladies at Lexington Thursday night for the purpose of raising funds for church purposes, was largely attended and liberally patronized--quite a snug little sum of money was realized, the young ladies worked like trojans to make the affair a success. Among those deserving particular  praise are Misses Ida BLACKBURN, Anna KOSTENBADER, Katie FARMER, and Belle and Ettie WILLIAMS.

There will be a protracted meeting held at the Masonic hall to-morrow (Sunday) at 11 am; Rev Henry F WARLICK officiating.  
All are invited.

Married, on Jan 2, 1894 at the residence of L. GWYNNE, Jasper E MONTGOLD and Miss Edna C. CURTIS.

Capt A T BALL, late cashier of the Purcell National Bank, having  resigned his position to engage in more active pursuits, took a bird's eye view of Lexington the past week. The Captain will take a short vacation and in the meantime visit Kansas City. He is a valuable acquisition to any community in which he may locate.

The Leader desires for the New Year: Better times, departure of  the grippe, an end to anarchy and cranks, a brisk business to  our advertisers, settlement of the Sandwich let and situation, peace on earth and harmony in Lexington, a ark of prosperity, along with a new tariff bill.

Ora UPP, formerly the handsome cashier of a prominent business house at Purcell, is now following agricultural pursuits on his father's place near Lexington.

A J MORRISON and J W MARCUM left Thursday for Perry and other points in search of a location.

Capt Bill HARNESS left Thursday for a big hunt in Comanche Country,He was accompanied by a party from Purcell.

A certain paper published at the county seat of a certain county, not a day's travel from Lexington has "bit off more than it can chew" It seemed a rival paper was awarded the county printing at legal rates, and charged for it accordingly. This seemed to render the o. p. somewhat unhappy as it thought the aforesaid institution should be patriotic enough to do the aforesaid printing gratis, and offered to publish the proceedings one year free. Now after publishing the proceedings for three months the end of the  first quarter, the patriotism has all vanished, and it now demands payment for its services. There is a moral attached to this.

Hon J M DANIELS, one of our honored county commissioners, came down from Norman Wednesday night and spent a part of Thursday in Lexington.

Commissioner HICKWELL was at Norman all week looking after the county matters.

Jan 13 1894

[note: "The Two Territories is a ready print column out of Oklahoma City. I try to catch it in whatever paper I find it in, If I happen to repeat one of the dates in the ready print, my apologies to the reader]


Mrs Dennis FLYNN is still very sick in Washington.

A girl named Annie ROONEY teaches school near Edmond.

Judge DALE adjourned court at Perry for the term Saturday.

The Enid post office is a money writer office commencing Monday.

Kingfisher has an institution called the Southern Fur Company.

Woodward wants to be connected to Enid by a mail route.

The merchants of Perry do a large business with the Otoe Indians.

Sid CLARKE may be able to put a big bug in Chairman WHEELER's ear.

Fire Chief DOWELL of El Reno has ben presented a souvenir badge.

The Capital National Bank of Oklahoma City has $118,289.56 in individual deposits.

Single statehood lost a warm friend in the death of Judge MONROE of  Duncan.

Johnny LITTLE-MAN-WARPATH is at the head of the second reader class at Watonga.

The Santa Fe train that went through Oklahoma Friday night had twenty-seven guards on board.

ADAMS, who shot COUCH, is still in the Kansas penitentary. He reads the Oklahoma City papers regularly.

Senator John M PALMER is one of the bondsmen of Charles WHITETALE,  who is charged with killing an Indian over in Osage country.

Deer must be getting scarce or the Oklahoma hunters uncommonly poor shots. W. H. RILEY of El Reno spent ten days hunting in the Wichita Country recently and brought down only one deer.

Killikinick or Kinnikinick, which the indians are in the habit of mixing with tobacco, is rapidly becoming extinct. Several plants have recieved this name which have no right to it. The true herb is the  inside bark of a young willow.

Three tourists have lost their lives in attempting to ascend the higher of two peaks of the Gross Glookner. Dr. KOHN's body has been recovered, but those of his companions, believed to have been PICK and D. PASSAU have not yet been found.

Sidney CLARK left for Washington last Monday.

Miss NOE of Edmond recently said yes in a ceremony at Oklahoma City.

The merchants of Enid have presented the City Marshall Charles BELL with a gold star.

A Choctaw Indian has been arrested for hugging women, red, white, and black on the streets of Caddo.

John P JONES, a Hennessey man who was known all over the territory had skipped by the light of the moon.

Almost every man in Beaver County has an extra load in his gun for ORMSBEE, the man who got up the seccession articles.

Immediately after the opening, Mr. D E COOK of Newkirk started a school, it was the first in the Cherokee Strip.

Acording to the Enid Wave, William Henry Harrison Jasper JONES made applention the other day to file on a claim but was refused for the reason that his name overlapped over on the adjoining quarter that had already been filed on.

The territory of Oklahoma has at this time six Episcopal, 165 Methodist, twenty-five Baptist, twenty four Presbyterian, twenty-five Catholic, twenty-four congregationalist churches, three Epworth Leagues, and fifty Christian Endeavor societies.

Little Leaders

Homer BRADFORD visited Norman Monday.

Judge HOCKER was over from Purcell, Wednesday.

Editor INGLE was down from Norman Sunday and returned Monday.

Ed JARBOE's little girl baby, two months old, died Tuesday night.

Lee HARRIS, the register's representative, was over from Purcell Monday

That rustling farmer and stockman, J M WAGONER, of Noble vicinity, was in town Monday.

Mat EADS and Bob BRIM returned from Kentucky Tuesday, where they had been on an extensive trip.

Mrs Maude FUGATE and Miss Teale DENTON visited friends at Oklahoma City Saturday and returned Sunday.

Weldon OSLAH has bought the interest of H C EASTON in the grocery business and is now sole proprietor.

J H EVERST, a prominent attorney of Oklahoma City, did some legal business here Tuesday in Judge GWYNNE;s court.

Judge GREEN, one of the prominent legal lights of Oklahoma City was here Tuesday, and had a suit in Judge GWYNNE's court.

Neal SMITH went up to Perry Sunday and returned Tuesday. Neals says he found two contests on one of his lots and one on the other.

Capt Bill HARNESE killed a hog a few days ago which weighed six hundredand thirty five pounds. How is that for Oklahoma product?

H T MILLER, the founder of the Purcell Topic, we are informed has taken charge of that journal again. It, of course will be democratic with Henry at the helm.

The Leader had been awarded the county printing job for the coming 12 months, thanks commissioners, a half loaf or relief is better than no bread at all.

The highest temperature for the past month was 78 degrees, lowest  temperature 25 degrees. mean temperature 44 degrees, rainfall 1.69 inches.

Judge MOSELY paid a flying visit to Perry last week. The judge says that Perry contains a population of 6000 inhabitants, sixty saloons, forty-five gambling houses, two dance houses, and 300 lawyers.

John VARDEMAN the old reliable deputy Marshall was apppointed constable of this precinct at the last meeting of the County court in place of MINIER, who has resigned. The Leader predicts that John will make an efficient officer.

Rumor says that our friend Joe PHILLIPS took himself a bride on Christmas Eve. As Joe has not been round to set up the cigars, we would not believe the story if Parson HOLSENBAKE had not said so.

I wish to return thanks to my friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness of my deceased wife. ---W T KING

Weldon OSIAH is building a handsome residence on Capital Hill.

DEATH OF MRS. W T KING---Mrs W T KING died Saturday, Jan 6. She was a most estimable lady and her demise has cast a gloom over the entire vicinity. She was buried Sunday, her remains being followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sorrowing friends. The Leader mourns with the grief stricken husband and the broken  hearted orphan children in the loss of their dearest and best friend--but have the consolation that their loss is her eternal gain.

Real Estate Transfers--
J B PETERS to James SLAVIN, lots 1 to 16 inclusive in block 78 Considerations $500
H W STUART to Luke BLACKWELL 5 acres out of nw q of sec 8 considerations,$250
H W STUART to Joseph LANENEL 9 acres out of nw q sec 8 considerations, $450
H W STUART to D N KOSTENBADER 3 acres out of same. considerations, $150
J L FREEMAN to J A LACE lots 9 and 10 block 66 considerations, $50.

Mrs H W STUART returned Friday from an extended visit to Guthrie.

Jan 20 1894


Will Sam SMALL allow a devil in his newspaper office?
[transcriber's note: Sam SMALL was a minister and also the founder of the Oklahoma Times, a "devil" being a printer's errand boy, this comment is a joke made by the editor of the Leader]

Three thousand dollars was refused for a claim a few miles east of Pond Creek recently.

The Indian is never called a "colored man" though he is just as much colored as the negro.

Jim CORBETT is a bookkeeper at the Guthrie National Bank. That is the way the Champion started.

Springvale township, near Guthrie is in the throes of a race war over a black vs white Justice of the Peace.

The cheap excursion rates on the Rock Island are bringing in a great many homeseekers to Oklahoma.

If anyone wants to die rapidly and neatly, all he has to do is get the  contract for taking the census of a strip town.

Ira WOODS of Guthrie, 20 years old, has kidnapped Nancy DRAPER, 14 years of age. In Oklahoma the penalty for this is a $1,000 fine and 5 years in jail.

Mayor HOBART of El Reno doesnt wait for a policeman. A fellow got wild and wooley on the street the other day and HOBART jailed him in a jiffy.

John DORSETT, who was to have hanged friday, has been reprieved for sixty days. This was the first death sentence ever passed on a man in the territory. On Janurary 5, 1892, DORSETT poisoned Sherman LONG, his rival for the love of an Indian girl

On Saturday night, a colored man by the name of Jack, while beating his way on a freight train, fell from the place and was run over. the  wheels passing over both lets, over one leg above the knee, and cutting off the other leg between the knee and the ankle. One of the local physicians was called and requested to do what he could to relieve  the sufferings of the man. He wired the officials that he would have  nothing to do with the case. The railroad men did all in their power to relieve the victim, and were justly filled with indignation against the inhuman action of the physician. The people of Mulhall are noted for their generosity and would have gladly ministered to the wants of the sufferer hand they known anything about the matter.

Little Leaders

S H FOSS, a prominent citizen of Kingfisher, was killed in Guthrie on Friday the 12th, by George DURR. Bad blood has existed between the parties caused it is said, by illegitimate relations existing between the  deceased and the slayer's sister.

Mrs Nancy SHOBERT will weave your carpets. Orders taken at the post office.

I have, on my farm, two miles east and one mile south of Lexington, three full-blooded Jersey Bulls, and the best stallion and Jack in the county for sale.---J S LITTLE, Lexington, OT

Vienna Sausages at Louis NOVOCHE's short order house, West Broadway.

John F. MORRIS, one of the oldest and best known detectives in Southeast Texasm was shot and killed at Houston Texas the 17th, by James MCKANE. They were both proprietors of Detective agencies.

Henry BOWIE was down from Perry the first of the week.

J T CAMPBELL, a prominent stockman and farmer is on a business trip to Missouri.

Col GWYNNE was on the sick list the first of the week and scarcely able to attend to business.

J C HOLIDAY,a farmer who lived in the Pott country, on Pond Creek, died Monday of pneumonia.

Capt Bill HARNESS returned from his big hunt in the Chickasaw Nation, Saturday, He didn't return loaded with "bar" either.

George SMITH, Cleveland County's efficient sheriff, was here Wednesday,looking after official matters. He made the Leader a short call.

The body of T P NICHOLS, who died five miles east of Lexington, with apoplexy, passed through the city Monday en route to Topeka.

Rev D HUGHES, the new Methodist minister, preached two excellent sermons here sunday, morning and evening, to large appreciative audiences.

Sam C. SMITH of Lawrence, Kansas, and an old friend of our fellow townsman Dave KOSTENBADER, sojourned in town several days this week. His visit here was looked on with suspicion, not in the criminal  way, however, Mr. SMITH was also here on business representing one of the largest nurseries in Kansas.

L L ANDERSON, cheif clerk at the depot at Purcell, spent the evening of Tuesday last in Lexington. It must be a rich treat to one coming from a town that has village ways to a wide awake and rushing city like ours where the wheels of wagons and the shrieks of locomotives never cease.

The man who killed young FULLER of Wawoka Springs one day last week now languishes behind bars of an Oklahoma City jail. He is said to be an all around "tough".

Maurice CAVA, who formerly lived here and the boys called "Butch" but whose post office now is Johnson, Was in town Wednesday circulating among the boys. "Butch" dropped a dollar into our till for a year's subscription to the Leader, for which we return thanks. Bully for "Butch".

Homer BRADFORD came up from Lexington Monday. He says that he and the new Leader man couldn't "'gree".---Norman Transcript. For the Information of the Transcript we will state that no business connection whatever has existed in the past between the above named person and the party whom it thinks proper to characterize as "the new Leader man."

The Leader's old freind, Uncle George WISSEHANN, was over from  Purcell Wednesday, and while here he renewed his acquaintance with the Leader by dropping a dollar inot the exchequer box. Uncle George, may you live always.

County Commissioner BLACKWELL has sickness in his family all week.

Dave KOSTENBADER painfully hurt himself Monday by his right ankle turning, which has caused him to be on the hop-and-go-fetch it list ever since--hardly able to meander around.

REAL ESTATE TRANFER For the week ending Jan 20th: Conveyed by warranties deed, eleven feet off of the west side of lot 3 and seven feet off the east side of lot 4 block no 54 Town of Lexington, Sarah E and L W STUART to Louis MARTELL considerations, $72.

Miss Nellie ROGERS, a vivacious young lady of POTT country, is in town stopping with the Leader family.

Deputy Sheriff R N MAXWELL informs the Leader that JAMES, one of the men present at the killing of Edwin FULLER at Wawoka Springs las week was arrested early Monday six miles north of here. He was arrested in bed, not having the opportunity to resist. Two six-shooters and three Winchesters were found underneath the covering. the Spring wagon and three horses which they had in their possession were undoubtedly stolen. It is now thought that these three men are the parties who robbed HALL'S store at Red Fork, IT, Jan 4. A roan horse found in the possession of JAMES has been identified as the property of  J D HARLES of Red Fork, IT.

H F DENT of Kansas City, and a nephew of H W STUART, spent the last Sabbath in Lexington, the guest of his aunt.

E J KELLER is a whole team in any community when anything for its prosperity is in demand.

W E THRASHER, editor of that sterling democratic paper, the Norman Call, was sight-seeing in Lexington the past week. As he seems to know a good thing when he sees it, it may be probable that he was in search  of a corner lot in the "coming city" of the Canadian Valley.

Contributed By
Nalora Burns vashti@theshop.net

Cleveland Enterprise

November 2, 1917, Page 1

James Thos. WILLIAMS
J. T. Williams, for 21 years a resident of this vicinity, died last Sunday in the hospital at Fort Smith, Ark., after an illness of about three weeks. He was engaged in the furniture business during early days in Cleveland, and afterwards conducted a livery here. He had a wide acquaintance, and a host of friends. He had only recently bought property at Mena, Ark., and expected to make that his home.
The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church here on Tuesday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic Fraternity.
Mr. Williams was born in Nashville, Tenn., March 15,1844, and was 73 years, 7 months and 13 days old. He married Priscilla Guinn in 1866. Mr. J. C. Williams and Mrs. Zella Swope being children of that marriage. Their mother died in 1874. Five years later he married Sarah Ellen Wilson, Who survives him. Their children are Elbert Williams, Mrs. E. R. Perry, Mrs. Bessie Criner, Mrs. Ruby McClure, Mrs. June Smiley. Two sisters, Mrs. Q. A. Rice of this city, andMrs.M. E. Hyatt of Lockwood, Mo., also survive his decease.
Mr. Williams was a veteran of the Civil War, having been engaged on the Union side in a Missouri Regiment.
Submitted by Granddaughter,  Ann Warwick Chesshir C639@aol.com

August 1944

Sarah Ellen Wilson Williams, pioneer Oklahoma woman, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. P. McClure, July 30, 1944, at the age of 91 years and 18 days.
She was born in Lawrence Co., Missouri, July 12, 1853, was married October 23, 1879, to James T. Williams, who preceded her in death a few years ago. To this union five children were born, one son and four daughters.
They came to Oklahoma in 1893 at the opening of the Cherokee Strip. They settled on a claim 11 miles south of Pawnee, later moving to Cleveland in 1897. Here she has made her home continuously since. She has watched the growth of Cleveland from a few hundred to its present size and has always been an active member of the Presbyterian Church since its founding and until her illness kept her at home.
Direct descendants of Mrs. Williams are a son, Elbert Williams, who died in 1926; four daughters, Alma Perry and Ruby McClure of Cleveland, Bessie Criner of Tulsa, and June Warwick of Gladewater, Tex., one step-daughter, ZeIIa Swope, and a step-son, James C. Williams of Sapulpa; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church at 10:30a.m.,Monday, July 31, 1944. In the absence of the pastor, Rev. F. F. Dobson, Rev. Lawrence C. Carty, pastor of the Christian Church, officiated. Interment was made in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Submitted by Granddaughter,  Ann Warwick Chesshir C639@aol.com

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