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for The Caddo County Genealogical Society.
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The Anadarko Record
John R. Lane, Editor
C.O. Robertson, Manager
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Friday, October 18, 1901
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OUR CANDIDATES
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WILLIAM H. DIVERS, our enterprising candidate for mayor, was born in Johnson county, Missouri forty years ago. His father and grandfather were Democrats of the good old Thomas Jefferson type and he comes by his democracy honestly. Mr. Divers is a business man of the broad expansive type. He owns and operates through competent help a large paint and paper hanging establishment at both Enid and Lawton, besides the one in Anadarko, his home town, which he personally oversees in partnership with MR. ERNEST TAYLOR.

His opponants have circulated a report that he is an Enid man and has no interests in Anadarko. This is a great mistake when we stop to consider the fact that besides his business, he owns three fine residences in the third ward of Anadarko, besides the store building where the Bellamy and McVicker drug firm is located, in fact every foot of real estate that he prosesses is in Anadarko, and he is constantly on the alert for an opportunity to invest more in this his home town as he firmly believes she is the coming town of the new country.

During his residence of four years in Kingfisher where he resided before removing to Enid, he served two years as councilman in his home ward and acquainted himself with the ruling of a progressive Oklahoma city. His opponents overlook the fact that MR. SHERMAN does not own any property whatever in Anadarko, yet they take especial pains to portray Divers as a non resident, when he undoubtedly owns more property in Anadarko, or as much as any other business man in the town. He is bitterly opposed to granting valuable franchises to private individuals or corporations and has declared himself as favoring Anadarko's owning and controlling her public utilities.

Mr. Voter it is up to you, you are the man to decide, Divers is a broadminded man with the taxpayers of Anadarko at heart for he certainly is one of your kind, pure and simple. When you cast your vote for Divers you are voting for a laboring man and a laboring man's friend, a man who employes more men, or as many, as any contractor in the city. A man who will look after the affairs of Anadarko in a zealous painstaking manner and will prove a good mayor. Vote for Divers, he is the working man and the business man's friend and has the welfare of Anadarko in stake.
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The position of Chief of Police needs a man of determination and of iron will, a man who has the courage to police this town in a painstaking manner and see that no ordiances are violated. The Democratic convention selected such a man when they nominated J.F. HEFLEY as their candidate. Mr. Hefley is a Tennessian by birth, he has never voted anything but the democrat ticket. His father was a democrat and instilled those principles into him all during his boyhood.

Before removing to El Reno where he resided the past four years he served as Deputy Sheriff of Miami county under SHERIFF JOHN H. BRICKETT, for two terms. During this time he handled some of the most daring criminals ever dealt with in Miami county, Tex., and never had a warrant which he could not serve.

Mr. Hefley should receive the vote of every loyal democrat at next Thursday's election, not only every loyal democrat but every voter who is interested in seeing Anadarko a clean, orderly city. Vote for Hefley and you vote for an efficient man.
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W.W. PRICE, democratic candidate for City Clerk, was born in Monticello, New York, and is forty-seven years old. He has followed the profession of business law ever since his removal to Atchison, Kansas in 1859 <sic>. That Mr. Price is a democrat of no small note is clearly demonstrated in his past political record. Mr. Price served two terms in the Kansas Legislature from 1892 to 1896, representing Brown county, Kansas. He might have continued as legislator indefinately had not Governor Leedy appointed him as state grain inspector which position he held from 1896 to 1898. During the national campaign of 1898 he stumped his district delivering some fifty-six speeches in the interest of William Jennings Bryan and in the campaign of 1900 he spoke throughout twenty-eight different counties of Kansas under pay of the State Democratic National Committee. With this array of evidence Mr. Voter, a blind man could plainly see the fitness of the man for this office. A man standing as highly in state politics bids fair to prove efficient timber for a city office. This man is an old wheel horse, he is tried and true, his record is one of which every man might be justly proud. Can the republican's say as much for their man? We defy them to do it.
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THEODORE PRUETT is one of the leading attorneys of our town. He is also the Democratic nominee for Police Judge. He is a solid Democrat coming from Hickory county, Missouri where Democracy is expounded from the cradle up. He is a bright young man, has a thorough knowledge of the law and has every qualification for making an excellent Polce Judge. Cast your vote for Pruett.
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DOLE HALL and J.G. INGRAM, nominees for Justices of the Peace on the Democrat ticket, are both leading business men of Anadarko and are worthy of the loyal support of all good Democrats. Both men have resided in Oklahoma for a number of years and are versed with Oklahoma in a general way. If you want Justice of the Peace who can be depended upon to give fair and impartial hearings of the work brought before them, cast your vote for Hall and Ingram.
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Among Anadarko's most popular young men there can be found none of more sterling worth than BERT S. DIXON, our candidate for city treasurer. His straight forward business dealings as teller of the National Bank of Anadarko have won for him a host of friends who predict his election as a certainty next Thursday. Mr. Dixon was connected in an official capacity with the Citizens Bank of El Reno before being tendered his present position in Anadarko and is thoroughly prepared to care for the city's money in a careful, painstaking manner. Dixon is reliable, he can be depended upon to make a good city treasurer. Vote for Dixon.
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VERDE V. HARDCASTLE, our popular nominee for city attorney, was born in Franklin county, Arkansas thirty three years ago. Mr. Hardcastle began the study of law after graduating from the high school in Savannah, Mo. at the age of seventeen. After two years study in Savannah he removed to St. Louis where he was for a number of years in the employee of one of the largest law firms, which said time completing a three years course in the law department of the Washington University. He then engaged in active law practice for three years before removing to this territory. While in St. Louis he was prominent in politics, being one of the charter members of the famous Jefferson club, its treasurer and vice-president. Mr. Hardcastle's father came to Oklahoma in 1889 and he followed him four years later, locating in Oklahoma City, where he was engaged in practice until coming to Anadarko August 2nd. That he is a thorough Democrat, a wheel horse, one of the party's pillars in Oklahoma is manifested in his being twice elected chairman of the Democratic committee of Oklahoma City and is the present Secretary of the Territorial committee. Mr. Hardcastle has a wife and son four years old, is a Past Chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the Woman of the World. He is amply qualified in both experience and education for the duties of the office of City Attorney. A fact attesting to his ability as a competent lawyer is his having drawn the legal papers incorporating our city which were received without corrections, while the papers of both Lawton and Hobart were returned as incomplete. His territorial experience, his knowledge of the needs of a growing city in this its critical time makes him decidedly more competent than his opponent Mrs. Boys who is a much younger man, a territorial resident of only three months and consequently unprepared to fill the needs of Anadarko. Cast your vote for Hardcastle.
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The Democratic ticket represents a list of the best Anadarko affords. Each and every one are men without question as to their integrity and each and every one have the welfare of Anadarko at heart. Taken as a whole these men came here with a view of building up a model city, they invested in the town with an honest motive, the motive of making this their home, can the republican candidates say as much? Let us see where they stand, beginning with SHERMAN, candidate for mayor, the county record's do not show that he owns a foot of ground in Anadarko or in Caddo county. Now answer for yourself Mr. Voter, could he conscieniously consider a valuable franchise before a city council meeting not being interested in our town? The facts of the matter Mr. Voter is this, Sherman is over here on a little junketing trip from Cleveland county and when his commission as under sheriff expires he will go back to Cleveland county and begin raising wheat and apples on the Sherman farm. He hasn't invested in Anadarko, indications are that he won't, and its dollars to doughnuts that he never will reside in Caddo county.

Mr. Sherman's clan have had the running of this county and have expended $13,519.19 from August 6th to September 30th, or the small sum of $564.92 a day. Shermanites come too high for Anadarko and its your vote Mr. taxpayer that is needed to head off these costly experiences.

BOYS, the republican candidate for city attorney and CLEEVER the republican candidate for city marshal leave not a dollar invested in Anadarko. Boys' court practice in Oklahoma Territory is limited to three months while Hardcastle, Democratic nominee, has been practicing before the courts of Oklahoma for over twelve years.

The handwriting on the wall reads that the republican 'ring' will be most gloriously defeated and it behoaves you Mr. Voter to vote on the winning side. Sherman ran for the legislature in Cleveland county and was defeated. His present position, that of under sheriff, is by appointment only. Divers never has had time to run for but one office and that a councilman, but he won with a land slide.
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SCHOOL NEWS
County Superintendent of Public Instruction C.W. TURNER has received a letter from Secretary Hitchcock of the Interior Department in answer to his request for funds to maintain the public schools until after the county shall have collected county taxes and become self supporting. Among other things the letter states that the request should be made jointly with county commissioners through Governor Jenkins and that he is of the opinion that it will be granted.

This will be a great help for Anadarko, much longer than can be estimated as merchants who moved here with the boom in August leaving their famlies behind will now immediately send for them, being assured that good schools are to be established. Ths will increase our population and the grocer will laugh as his orders increase, and then again there will be an increase of "marms," school marms, some ten in number superintendent Turner says, and our boys will brighten up a bit more as a consequence.
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At the Indian Agency sale this week one hundred and seventy-five school desks, which cost the agency a few years ago nearly $1200 and which were in exceptionally good shape, were sold for the pitiful sum of $210. It is understood that members of our city board were present but failed to secure this bargain, letting the Chickasha board come over and out bid them.
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Our city schools will open October 28th, or as soon after the election as possible. Some political crank or disappointed teacher might claim fraud should they start sooner. The children will have to suffer but this course was thought best by the board who held their places by acclamation rather than election.
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LOCAL AND PERSONAL
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Most of the shingles are on the new courthouse.
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JOE ROBERTS took in the sights at Lawton Tuesday.
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The last load of watermelons were in town Saturday.
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The first frost of the season came Monday morning.
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The latest machine for digging gold seems to be a potato digger.
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F.E. RICKEY of El Reno, visited Anadarko friends this week.
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JASPER SIPES, of Oklahoma City, visited Anadarko Saturday.
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JACOB HOOSER is completing a very pretty home on the east side.
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JNO. BROWN of the Brown Com. Co. of Lawton, was in town Tuesday.
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ALBERT STARRET of Mountain View was a caller at this office Monday.
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EDITOR KIMBER of the Hobart Republican was in Anadarko Tuesday on business.
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FRANK WOLF of the firm of Moyes & Wolf, went to Chickasha Sunday to meet his wife.
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C.O. ROBERTSON's new home is fast nearing completion. It will be large and comodious.
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WALTER ROBINSON has had a serious attack of malaria fever. DR. KERLEY is attending him.
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SMITH BROWN of Mountain View was shaking hands with friends in Anadarko Tuesday.
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E.V. CRAGG, the popular liveryman of Mountain View, visited his father, JNO. CRAGG, this week.
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JOHN SAWERS of Mountain View was taking in the sights at this place Monday and Tuesday.
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EDITOR SPIVEY of the Tribune has purchased property on the east side and will build immediately.
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D.L. SACKETT is convalescent after a serious illness of typhoid malaria. DR. WINTON is attending him.
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FELIX ARNELL will begin housekeeping in the upstairs of the Missouri Lumber Co. building this week.
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W.R. WARD made a trip to the new town of Hermann (Binger) this week and invested in a few good business lots.
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GEORGE McVICKER and COUNTY RECORDER LACY, took an early hunt Tuesday morning. They report unusual success.
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The football season promises to be unusually interesting this year, two players have been fatally injured already.
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J.D. BENNETT spent Sunday in Enid. Mrs. Bennett will remain in Enid until they can find a comfortable house here in Anadarko.
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A western Oklahoma paper speaks of a delinquent patron as being so low that he would have to 'crawl up hill to get into hades.'
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It would be very hard to decide as to whether Bellamy & McVicker or Parker & Coffy own the finest kennel of bird dogs in Anadarko.
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The Business Mens Club over the Great Rock Island Saloon, is ready to open to its members. D. TURNER placed a fine linoleum on the floors.
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COUNTY ATTORNEY CROSBY recently placed an order for a $50 shotgun to be delivered on or before the opening of the quail season October 15th. Several of the Rock Island officials of Topeka will come to Anadarko in their private car and enjoy a big hunt with Mr. Crosby.
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D. TURNER will move his family here from Concordia, Kansas next week. They will occupy a part of his new warehouse until he can build a suitable residence.
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Since PAT CROWE has offered to spend Christmas with relatives in Omaha, CUDAHY has lost no time in calling off the $25,000 reward offered for his capture.
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The large new hotel which MR. ALLEN is building on his lots on 5th and C street is nearing completion. It will contain about thirty rooms and will be two stories in height.
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GEORGE W. FORD, our popular produce commission merchant, has had a large platform built from the track to his wholesale house to facilitate the unloading of merchandise in carload lots.
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G.E. RALSTON returned from Pratt, Kansas, Sunday afternoon where he has been attending his father's funeral. Mr. Ralston will move out onto his claim in a few weeks.
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A striking contrast could be arranged by printng in parrellel columns what some papers are saying about President McKinley now and what they have been saying in the past.
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Anderson & Kassebaum had a car of apples on track here from Topeka, Kansas this week. They found our local commission man Ford to be too stiff a competitor to compete with and took their stuff on to Lawton.
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A whole block of four story brick business houses are now being erected in Oklahoma City, while new roofs dot the entire residence district. The city council will let the contract for nine blocks of witrefied brick paving in two weeks.
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WILL YEARIAH, representing Stewart Bros. cigar merchants, St. Joe, Mo., was in town this week. Mr. Yearian <sic> is highly elated over the prospect of our town and its present condition. He paid $750 for a business lot on B street north of the square.
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COL. RANDLETT's office force have been very busy the past few days making out their annual report to Secy. Hitchcock at Washington. The winter supplies for the Ft. Sill Indian school was shipped here and inspected before freighting them overland.
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MRS. D. KREITZER, returned from a short visit with relatives in Guthrie Friday evening. The Kreitzers have leased a suite of rooms in the Edwards building south of the square and will reside there until the completion of their new home on the hill.
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MRS. T.E. FLICKINGER of Edmond poured a kettle of scorched peach preserves in a barrel of corn chop that was soaking for hog feed. The mixture fermented and the next day the drunkest lot of pigs and hogs ever seen in Oklahoma was having a high old time on the Flickinger farm.
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J.J. BAUMAN of Oklahoma City is investing $2000 in a business block on the corner of C and 6th street. It is two stories high, will contain eleven rooms upstairs for the hotel Florence, besides two down stairs sample rooms. The Democrat, Kohn furnishng store, Divers & co., and two unoccupied offices will be housed on the first floor. Mr. Bauman is also building several residences about Anadarko. He has faith in the town and thinks it has the best prospects of any he has visited so far.
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FRED ROY ZILLER visited out of town Sunday.
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POSTMASTER W.R. DUTTON let the contract for a $1600 new house Thursday.
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GEORGE SUTTON, traveling representative for the Kansas City Star was in town Tuesday.
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At last reports MISS STONE was still doing missionary work among the brigands of Bulgaria.
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R.Z. McANNICH of Holton, Kas., begun the erection of a store on his lots south of the square.
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GEORGE RHEAM of Hiawatha, Kansas, was in town this week looking for an up to date livery stable location.
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MRS. V.V. HARDCASTLE will join her husband this week. Mr. Hardcastle has a fine suite of rooms engaged for the winter.
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MISS MURILL COVERT was shopping in the city Tuesday. Her new house on her claim south of town will soon be completed.
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MISS MATTIE BEALL of Wichita, Kansas, winner of claim number two in the Lawton district spent Wednesday night in Anadarko.
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WM. C. KRUEGER, doubtless a nephew of OOMS PAULS, was awarded the contract to erect the new Congregational church at this place.
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G.A. MOYES of the firm of Moyes & Wolf, left today for Kansas City, Mo. to accompany his wife to Anadarko, their future home.
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Our merchants are becoming quite versed with the Indian terms, no kechie, savey, and heap nice are some of their everyday by words.
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C.B. ODELL, republican nominee for street commissioner, is a cousin to Governor Odell of New York. His son is the governor's private secretary.
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J.C. BELL, the hardware man, sold fifty stoves in three days this week. He is keeping an eye on the new town of Hermann and it is rumored may open a branch store there.
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The M.W.A. will elect from their members here a deputy. This position pays five dollars for every new member enlisted and quite a few Woodmen are anxious for the position.
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DAVID REARDON and son of Barnard, Mo, visited in Anadarko over Thursday night, leaving this morning for Lawton. Mr. Reardon is much pleased with our new town.
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The Philomathian Society met with MRS. CLEVELAND Saturday. The following officers were elected, Critic, MISS GAGE; Treasurer, MISS PERRY; Secretary, MISS RODMAN.
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BILLY KELLY of Santone, Texas, and BERT STREETS of Iowa, boxed a ten round bout in the hall over the Cow Boy Saloon Thursday night, before an audience of about fifty people. It was a warm bout and interesting all the way through. Kelly won on points.
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A CURIOUS GUN

The National Bank teller BERT S. DIXON has constantly at his right hand on his desk a gun that has a history. It was the property of the notorous outlaw BILL DALTON and was carried by him for a number of years prior to and on the day of his death. It is a colts, number 734, a 44 calibre and besides possessing the modern gun appliances, is embellished with an ivory handle. Territorial Secy. Grimes secured the gun at Winfield, Kas., at the time Dalton met his death in an unsuccessful bank raid.There are several gruesome spots on it yet where Dalton's blood stained and rusted it. ACTING MARSHALL CLEEVER, who sleeps with it under his pillow as bank watchman, often dreams of Dalton and his daring deeds -- the gun is a veritable hoodoo.
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HERMANN [later called Binger]

Our new sister town eighteen miles north is experiencing a wonderful growth. Its being situated on the survey of the branch Rock Island road coming south from Bridgeport to Anadarko is giving it stimulas with which to build up quite a city. The county surveyor will locate a county road through from Anadarko which will pass along the east side of the town. It was named in honor of BINGHAM HERMANN, commissioner of general land office at Washngton and is located on the fertile sugar creek valley just west of the old issue station, where Indian rations were formerly issued and just below Devils Canyon. The town was opened by The Washita Valley Imp. Co., composed of six Guthrie men of whom J.J. CARSON is president. In order to give each investor as near an equal show for his money as possible and to place investments within the reach of all and especially those of limited means desiring homes, the lots were sold on the lottery plan at the rate of $5 each.

Hutchinson & Monsell of Anadarko have charge of their local business and for two days prior to the drawng sold over two hundred certificates.

Several clerks and business men were fortunate enough to draw valuable business lots and several sales as high as $100 a lot are reported. L.G. THOMPSON, who is putting in a large general merchandise stock of goods is circulating a petition asking that he be appointed postmaster. It is understood that he is meeting with success and has a large mumber of names on his list. Conservative business men predict that it will make a town of about one thousand population.

[Oklahoma Place Names by George H. Shirk says the town of Binger was established November 5, 1901 and named after Binger Hermann.]
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ADVERTISEMENTS
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Diver'S & Co's Paint Shop
If you don't believe it come and get our prices on wall paper, paints, oils, glass etc. Best goods and lowest prices because we make a specialty of the business. A large force of expert painters and paper hangers. Sign painting a special feature.
6 St. north of C
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Noble & Clay
Building Stone Quarry
A No. 1 quality, all sizes
4 1/2 miles east of town
Leave orders at Choate Bros. Yard
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J.S. Nicholson, Dentist
Office upstairs, corner B and 7th st.
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Mitchell & Hardcastle
Lawyers
H.B. Mitchell
V.V. Hardcastle
Have had experience in Oklahoma practice for 12 years.
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