By A Sooner
by Sheldon Washburn
January 10, 1989
is a true story in every detail, told to Mr. Washburn in
1908, by Mr. B. Stewart, Cashion, Oklahoma.
are now celebrating the Run of '89
Most of the 50,000 that ran got a home at the time.
They ran from the north line, the 36th Parallel;
They ran from the south, Lexington and Purcell;
They ran from a line west of Kingfisher;
Some who hid out got there sooner.
the time, there were two unpopular men;
They were the Sooner and the Squaw man.
The Squaw man was one who married an Indian for land;
And the Sooner, who was there before the Run began.
moved to Oklahoma twelve years after the Run.
Our neighbor was B. Stewart, living in Cashion.
He was a Sooner and proud of the name,
On the Cottonwood River he staked his claim.
told his story to his son, Archie, and me,
How he had fooled the U.S. Army;
How they patrolled the allotted land
Arresting those hiding in the land,
How he had run cattle for years past
Along the streams, where the grass was the best.
he heard of the land opening, he made his plan
To stake his claim on a piece of land.
He hid in a cove from the Army Patrol;
Kept out of sight 'til it was time to go.
He said, "I covered my horse all over with suds,
Made from the Yucca plant roots and buds;
Then I rode him hard for a mile or so
'Til the horse was sweating and began to blow."
staking my claim a soldier rode by; didn't bother
When he saw my horse panting and covered with lather,
He said, 'Good luck, man, you out-ran the Boomers'
And that is why I am called a SOONER."
Run Of '89
by Sheldon Washburn
ride with me in fantasy
in the Run of '89,
the camp fires by the thousand
of campers along the line.
sleeping, some resting,
saiting for the Run --
visiting -- taking it easy,
enjoying the fun.
22nd of '89,
by President Harrison's decree,
land would be open for the Run
of Oklahoma Territory.
thousands have gathered --
from every walk of life,
to get some free land
and start a new life.
have come from every state,
encouraged by the Boomers
those who slipped by the soldiers
are called -- Sooners.
came on horses -- in wagons,
and on foot to get a home.
miles north of Guthrie,
along the 36th Parallel,
on the south of the Canadian River
and the town of Purcell.
April 22nd --
exactly at twelve o'clock,
soldiers along the line
fired the starting shot,
raced across the prairie,
sixty thousand strong,
stopped to stake a claim
while others rushed on.
trainloads went to Guthrie
to stake out lots in town;
thousand were there to register,
from the country around.
is no law enforcement
to settle the dispute and brawl
it is the seat of Government,
to be the Capital.
the south they came
to Oklahoma City, from the town of Purcell,
thousand came to claim lots
for business and to swell.
is the first Run;
there are others to come;
the Run of '89
will always be called The Run.
22nd of '89
sixty thousand came to stay,
each year we honor it
as OKLAHOMA DAY.
FROM A PIONEER MOTHER TO HER DAUGHTER
TELLING HER HOW TO WASH CLOTHES
John R. Pedrick, GCHS
Build a fire in backyard to heat kettle of rainwater.
Set tub so smoke won't blow in eyes if wind present.
Shave whole cake of lye soap in water.
Sort things, making three piles, one in white, one of
colored and one of rags and britches.
Stir flour in cold water to smooth for starch and then
thin down with boiling water.
Put dirty spots on board, then boil. Rub colored but
don't boil. Take white things out of kettle with broom
handles, then rinse and blue and starch.
Spread tea towels on grass. Hang old rags on fence.
Pour rinse water in flower bed.
Scrub privy seat and floor with soapy water.
Turn tub upside down. Put on clean dress. Comb hair. Brew
up tea. Sit and rest a spell and count blessings.
is a letter written by Anna Pigg [Mrs. George] Davenport
to their children who stayed at home [in Winfield,
Kansas] while they made the Run into Oklahoma.
of this letter
Emory, Roy and Hugh...sons of George & Anna
John and Frank....half-brothers of Anna
Donna Davenport Netters - Moore, Oklahoma.
Anna Davenport is her great-grandmother.
1 Tuesday morn
We got to Bro Ev's all right he had gone to register isnt
back yet Andrew & Lewis found us last night We left
there this morn went to the south part of town to camp We
unloaded our wagon took our team us Lewis Andrew &
Jessie came our here We are as close to the booth as we
can get with the team roy & [several words illegible]
have gon affot to see them We will pull back to town it
is a sight campers every where for miles We saw Frank
& rosa he had registered this morn his no was
over 3000 sister Champion & hancock registered
yesterday morn and was back for dinner to town I haven't
seen her. We bought some meat at Bro Thomas cheeper than
Winfield Bro I. bittle and evinger about a doz are to
gether have some boy hired to stay bring them water &
provishions We met the tomkins four Wimen one morn They
were going back to town We bought hay of little F. Smith
South of hack for 25 per bale there is three booths one
man just told me he laid all night inn line frank roe two
but now they give them nos that holds their place for
next morn I am on the north side of the road the wind in
the south a constant travil I have to blow the dust off
my paper the road is the line We see the promis land but
here a wire fence four stran intervenes between the
fenced land is the school land the school buildings is
about a mile west & a little south it is a beautiful
country We saw Wade here I am enjoying the trip roy is
well but I never saw so much dust If we could get reg to
day We would
come home but don't think we will go in line to day Some
of us may We are going back to camp then hugh & me
will stay there every body is frendly & sivel Rosa
said they wasn't going home was having to good a time she
had her little baby in her lap hope you are all well
don't get measy We are doing fine Jesse is standing it
fine andrew & Jesse and gorge took nombers to reg
they don't have to be there in line till tomarah 8 oc geo
is captain some of them has to stay to night to hold the
companys place Five have their nombers & four hasen't
they will no this after noon as they all have gone there
on their horses
Emory let manday read this andrew sais tell you he is
well. They hape their nombers 2100 ahead of them to
register We are all together. We got to camp after dinner
i got dinner for Andrew Jesse and us all eat together put
two bales of hay together for a table covered it with my
old oil cloth cooked potatoes fixed meet maid coffee
& tea had a camp fire the dust got in the burner that
the gasoline won't burn. Captain Davenport of
Company 43 no 2190, 2191, 2193, 2194 has gone to the
front to stay all night for his company is called the
other boys haven't got their nos yet they have gone on
their horses hugh and me are alone no one can reg now
unless they have a no they was crowding so bad they had
to no them geo saw Jim Williams he said yesturday he was
all most to the front and they crowded in so he isn't
near there yet the no 2190 means there is that
many ahead of you to reg that has their no in your line
there is four lines I think. So you can have some idea of
the crowd they think they will reg some time tomorah We
will not come home till after the race. I think after
they reg we will go west about 10 miles Lewis wants to
they went in Lewis' wagon took their breakfast a keg of
water their bed and horse feed will not have to stay in
line but will be there at rool call at eight o clock in
the morn thought they would go to night to
watch for fear their co got there to night if you get
this and read it in town write us a card before you leave
town tell us if you are all well and how Laura and Manda
is our chairman is Watson sister Evenger thought. she
couldn't tell where Bro Seath went Bro Door took sister
Hancock home from church last night she sais they will
marry Bro Ev did no go to conference was on a trial could
not get away they would not let him off he was a witness
love to all roy is climbing
all over me so I can hardly right We can't understand how
John & frank Smith both reg to gether yesterday as
frank did not come till yesterday take good care of your
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