Later, about 1888, Blake HOOPS bought out the George Rosenthal stock of merchandise at Doaksville and placed J. R. JOPLIN and (Nub) FOLSOM in the store to run it. John WILSON had a cotton gin, grist mill and store at the mill dam on Clear Creek and much stock on the range.
J. R. JOPLIN was living at Doaksville when the Indian, Wash Lo-ak, was returning from a court session at Paris, Texas, and was shot from ambush as he rode across on the HOOPS ferry. J. R. was there also during the trouble and some deaths among the men named FORD, CARPENTER, Bob PEELER, George PRITCHARD, also the Choctaw Lo-ak's and WILLIAMS'. He was at Alikchi when William GOINS died.
A Choctaw Indian named WILLIAMS, a full blood, had a good business up on Glover River. He freighted his merchandise from Paris, Texas, and used to spend the night at Blake HOOP's when he ferried across.
Doc EVERIDGE was the champion fiddler of Pushmataha District, Choctaw Nation, and lived in Kiamichi, about twelve miles from Doaksville, Towson, once the capital of the Choctaw Nation. Mrs. Everidge died about 1915.
It was Doc WILLIS' slaves who wrote? "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and many other songs. Some others mentioned by J. R. JOPLIN were Ike SHEPARD, the interpreter at the store, Lee BIBBS, a sheriff, Charlie HARRIS, JACOBS, Tony MARSHALL, and Uncle North HILL who had a small cabin on the prairie where Ft/ Towson is now. The R. S. BONNER home was built on the old HILL cabin site.
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