ISABELLA
"Ghost" town of 
Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

Location:  5 miles west of Asher
Existed:  February 15, 1875 until June 9, 1884
Named for:  Isabella Clardy, first postmaster and wife of Josuah E. Clardy

The name of the town was changed to Clardyville, February 25, 1875.  Josuah Clardy was a “Citizen Potawatomi” who settled on his allotment.  He later returned to Kansas and became a newspaperman. On April 25, 1876, the town moved the houses, store buildings and all, about four miles west and changed the name of the Post Office again.  This time it was named “Oberlin” with Mary A. Trousdale as the new postmaster. William B. Trousdale was elected sheriff of the county in 1894.  On July 18, 1881, the migratory town moved again,  right on top of the community and school of Pleasant Prairie and absorbed it.  They also changed the name of the Post Office to “Wagoza” with John Clinton as the Postmaster.  Thomas Wildcat Alford was the teacher at Wagoza School in November 1882, soon after he graduated from Hampton Institute in the East.
 
 
 

Do you have photos of  Isabella, OK  that you would be willing to share so we can post them here?
Please email the Pott County Genealogy Club at 
pottcounty@gmail.com
We would love to have pictures of each post office; schools; churches, people/families.

 
 

Source: "POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY OKLAHOMA HISTORY" compiled and edited by Pottawatomie County History Book Committee; published by Country Lane Press, Claremore, OK, 1987.

 
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