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11. M. ltOllKKTS, Km-roii.
I.. H. ROHKRTS, Jlusiness Manager.
ATOKA, INDIAN TKl.'Y, FKII. '.'3.
Willi this Issue we present the first
llUlllber of TlIK JIllANIItNO Iiion to
the people of the Territory. For
soma tiiiiu tho Choctaws have full
llu need of A newspaper in their
midst, olio that took nil intercut in
their attain as only a paper miblish
' among them could, and thin feel
ing remitted in a hill pawing their
Council at its last session appropri
ating )1,M)0 for the purport of es
tablishing a paper at Atoka. And
iveoguixiiig in tho Indian Journal,
published at Muskogee, the esscn
lialHof a good, reliable paper, the
proprietor of which niuitt ncecssari
iy have a good knowledge of Indian
u'ffairs, the choice fell on them to
conduct thu new enterprise. The
money anpronriated by thu Choc
taws combined with the amount of
advertising pledged by the live mer
chant of Atoka place's thu paper at
once on a paying basis and buyoud
I he possibility of failure. Ah soon
:m contemplated arrangements can
be completed -a iiumlwr of our col
iimiiH will be devoted to the ''hoc
taw language and undoubtedly gt.ut
good will come to those who cannot
load English by the dissemination
among them of iicwh in their native
language. Tiik HiiAXiMivqfJtaoN,
like it cotcmporitry the .lour Jar, will
aim to give all the 'news concerning
the Territory in the best shape, ami,
although we have no desire to mould
public opinion through its columns,
the affairs of thu Indian Nations
will not be neglected. Thanking
the Choctaws for their liberality in
dealing with -us and assuring tiieni
that we will give them a paper fully
up to their expectations; with
these few words of introduction we
settle down to active work.
A Short Description of Ita Men, Its
Bniidingi and Ita Buiintu.
Atoka, the metropolis of the Choc
taw Nation, nestles among the
wooded hills near tho western bur
lier of that country on thu lino of
thu MissQurLPacific railway altout
thirty miles from the Texas line. To
;v stranger approaching on thu ears
it showa off better with ita k white.
:ti4 solid-looking Winding'1 than)
most of its sister towns along the
toad and few have a neater, cleaner
look. Its rank socially is high and
YATiQW, " ,3'iilr" H,;'W la'rii
inn uinn in; $ciicrnuy,vo oc ijjuuurrn
a small (own, and for hospitality
they are hard to excel. A good
farming country lies on every side
atul this with the trade from the
cvtciiMvc mines in the viciiUj jatui
I he numerous ranches, give it the
hiMiies that has built it up up and
made it the prosperous place it is,
and as they multiply. . and grow, so
will thu town with a good, solid,
healthy growth. Among the heavy
merchants of the place is
in a large two,,ory brick, with iron
front, lully fiOxTU in size, lie car-
lies a large stock valued at fullv
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nl'.'i.OOO ot all kinds of general mer
chandise, ttirutture, hardware, etc.,
and docs a heavy business. The
place is .managed 'by Felix Phillips,
nephew of J. J. Phillips, who with
.io.Ncph Benson to help aru keeping
up its reputation in good style.
W. A. McHride, 11. Y.'l.indsey,
r.ml .1. P. Liudsey, all young men,
under the firm name of
m'iiuidk, i.ixhskv a co.,
arc doing a good business in a large
More, which with side room:, occu
pies a hpace of fully 50x00 feet.
They have a stock of 'about $lf,000
worilt of general merchandise which
with the help of J anus Downing,
clerk, they manage to turn over four
or lic times a year.
s. u. Hcit.viai & ro.,
the company being Win. l.eary, are
occupying Jl. T. WibionV old 'stand
with a $.i,000 stock until their new
JMiildiug just opposite the post ofiiee
i t omjlletcd, when they will put in
a bim lot f goods. Their nevy place
w ill be about '-'4x00 w, jth a 40x'-'0 ft.
wing. The building I jivijlj be two
t-toricK in height and tltu ujier will
I mi used as a
Xet. on the list, aud just opposite.
Tiik BitAMiiNo IitnS otticer the
l.-)7; foo building Of ', '
' ' itdnii a m.ossoM.
The main store, with its ten foot
warehouse, holds 'Jf,000 worth of
j.u..ds tf every description. Mr. D.
N". llobb is the brother of A. W.
Ibbb at Muskogeo, aud Dave Bios
soin is well known all over the Creek
. ition.' They do a large business
w ith parties at the mines aud have a
good force," consisting of Kd. Mc
Laughlin aud Jas. Corbau.
We liavo wp expresses, the Adams
and I'aeiNiS'Mr. A. myliola, our wor
thy p'Mmaster, lieing agimt for the
foriiicv nnd Mr. J. R. Brown, our ef
fieiont hfatiiin agent, for the latter.
Mr. Ifugher is the proprietor of
vir butcher shop and slices thu cows
in an artiitio manner.
MhCCox runs the brler shop,
keeps hjs raxora sharp and can give
jou a tirtclaM hair cut.
has a neat little jewelry store and
carries u good stock of jewelry,
clocks, etc., etc., and does repairing
of all kinds. Parties up am! down
the road would do well to give him
j. w. owkxk,
a good, smart workmen, has a splen
did line of saddles and harness in the
building just opposite Jno. Dillon's,
and makes a good addition to the
business houses of our town.
.mux a. im.i.ox,
and who it. the Territory has not
heaid of him, has one of the neatest
stocks of family groceries inhe Na
tion, fully 4,000 worth in a double
front store building. He is one of
tltu old citizens and has cut no little
figure in Atoka affairs.
DlK. I. W. KUI.SOM
has a good stock of drugs and has a
good practice besides.
one of our lirst subscriber, also has
a good successful practice and is well
lilt. SALMON AN!) Illl. IlUXX,
two more of our physicians, also
have their share of thu practice and
help to keep our citir.cn healthy.
has a neat line of millinery just next
to Dr. Fulsom's place and does a
good business both in that trade and
OK NIIOK SHOPS
wo have two, one run John Mahnkcr
and the other by Mr. Lumlcy. lloth
are good workmen and deserve pa
tronage. Our livery stable, Itrisco and Lor
den, proprietors, is well cotiippcd
and does a good business with trav
eling men, sending their teams all
through this ami the Chickasaw
John Frinzel has a shop at thu
north end of town and has all he
can attend to on horseshoeing and
wagon work. He is a good work
man. Tom Itrown (colored) also
swings the hammer in thu south part
TIIK COTTON UIN
of MuHridc, Inidsey A Co., at the
west end of town, is a large, first
class gin in charge of Win. Harp
and in a good cotton year has lots of
TIIK Pl.AXINO Ml M.,'
run by a twenty horse power engine,
owned by 8. 11. Scratch & Co., is
kept busy planing, dressing and
matching pine lumber brought from
fifteen miles west. Thu products of
their mill are found a hundred miles
iwest ofj here in'oyry j inferior fowa.
Tho constaut improvement here re
quires a good force of carpenters,
'ainonir whoini are Mr. W. W. litis,
sell, wlWiflito an AlAkur, Mr.;
Harding,' Will ami -to 'Disard,'
brothers, Mr. ImiIsoiii, who spends
most of his time at wagon wood
work, and Mr. Jackson, giving build
ers a choicojof good workmen. ?
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Of hotel we have two, and both
hi vu first class reputations. J. .
Brown's nenr the tai'road, is a lutgc
two story building, and being run by
nu old liniitl ut the business is a pop
ular stopping place. A. NiclioPs,
though not quite so large as Brown's,
!'OU!OH U, '" ,l '".CV0';yiJ,,-,"Pwlt ''
fc " Wll"? 8,,m ,1' f.,,U miM!-
hcllog s lailioad eating house catch
rs ni(l of the lailroad bovs, and his
large addition being ir.nile is an evi
dence of his pnmpi'iity. Mr. litiin
ley and Mis. .Sullivan both keep pri
vate boaiding hout.es and have plenty
At this place, ntiuilieriiii! fifty schol-
ai-H, Is under '.lie cbar:e ot l'rol.
File, and it is safe to say there is not
a more popular teacher in the Teni
lory. He is partly paid by the Na
tion niul pailly by non-citizen ii
dcuters. Atoka should have a good
The colored people nlso have a
school, licv. Mr. Miller, Teacher,
aud have a laij;c uttei, ''incc.
The Masons have a prosperous
lodyc with their room over J. J.
Phillips' store, and indeed Atoka
uinv be cnlled the hcailmiarters o(
M.-sonry in the Tcnitory. The Odd
Fellows are al.o organized and also
meet in the 1'hillip bnildiup;. i
, , nivju.'ii ii:x)uNvrn.s, , '
Tjie fbvt .ifc wijlIi'iijiiipUttil llinth
cnurelies, there liein a latliolic
church with occasional service by
Father Kobot, a Uaptit church, Hcv.
J, S. Marrow, v.p:tor, and. African
Methodisl and Haptist , churches
Hcv. iMr. Miller in charge.' of tltu
former and liev. Daniel Skipper the
latter, all with good buildings, while
the Presbyterians, Ho v. John Kd
wards, pastor, with ten members,
and thu Methodist (South), Rqv.Mr.
Moore, pastor, are also organized.
Beside these there is a good Bap
tist Sunday school with Rev. lr.
File as superintendent. '
AIkivc we lutve given a short
sketch of the town, not half ft com
plete as we would liko to mn Xf
ami in conclusion we matt uoi omit
tlrq , ' ' i.
having the largest list of brands' of
any paper published; printed partly
in Choctaw and containing all the
news of the Territory at only $1.50
TAKK US, OXLV 1.S0 A YEAR-
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Aloka, Indian Territcfy,
DRY GOODS, GROCERIES, TEAS,
HATS, AND GAPS,
Drugs. Medicines and
O ' .i .
it I ' ' w r(
Wa are Now Selling
Carrying the Largest
Kvauduatioii of Our Sto'ck and believe it will be
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Of Interest to the Public to Purchase from us
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A.h'xvV ran uijV will I)i8ose of Our CSood Ht
J.-iV" BDtt:m Pric93. Defying ComDStlt'icn.
h.'.'JWi llTJUl L
Keep.. . Constantly. . Supplied,
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Aud.lb'j VUrietv on Hand
. . Satisfy the Mot
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BOOTS, AND SHOES,
Chemicals. Paints. Oils.
fioods'foi Cash Only !
We respectfully invite
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have been made to
With all the Newest Styles,
will Alwnva beisuflieieiit to m
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C!n?lris a Guurantuu of liottom
FOR YOURSELF ! !
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McBRIDE, LINDSEY & C0HPAN,
W. A. M IIIMI'K,
Keop just what you want and
Sloek'-- Nev, of the Best Quality and' at Priced to Suit
Clothing, Hats or Caps,
BOOTS OR SHOES, DRESS GOODS
Gents Furnishing Goods
Wagons and Farming Implements
" Trv Them and You will io Ajjain.
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you will always find their
If you want
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