Hobart Democrat Chief
Fishing With Guns Netted Big Catch
pounds of fish and antelope were the result of an overnight fishing party
held in “year one” on Otter Creek, about 12 miles south of present day
Snyder. Carlie L. Allen and about 25 other persons from Altus were in the
Allen had with him a .38 caliber army rifle and it was with
this that they got a large number of fish. The water was clear as crystal
and the fish were plainly visible. When a large fish was seen, Allen would
shoot into the water. The bullet would never reach the fish, even from a
gun of that size, but the force of the impact would stun them and other
members of the party standing in the water further down the creek would
pick them up as they floated by. Carp and bass were caught in this manner,
while catfish were caught with hook and line.
Shot At Noise In Dark and Killed Coyote
A. D. Root
has been living in Roosevelt since the opening, when he filed he filed for
a claim north of town. At that time coyotes were plentiful and were a
considerable annoyance to the homesteaders, both for their proclivity to
steal chickens and because of their nightly serenade.
One night a
pack of coyotes started their howling on the plains near Mr. Root’s home.
It was impossible for anyone to sleep while the weird, lonesome noise
continued, so Root took his six shooter and went to the door with the
intention of scaring the coyotes
It was so dark he could see
nothing, but he listened carefully and then shot in the direction from
which the sounds came. The howling ceased, Root thought he had scared the
animals away, so he went to sleep.
The next morning, Mr. Root
found a dead coyote. A bullet hole through it’s open mouth showed it had
been killed while its head was upturned in howling.
Turkey Shoot Held At Filling Station Site
D. A. Reese,
wo now lives in Roosevelt, was an early settler. One Thanksgiving he
brought a load ofturkeys to town, but had difficulty selling them. In
fact, chickens now are sold for almost as much money as he asked for a
The idea of a turkey shoot occurred to him, so he took his
wagonload of turkeys to the corner on the west side of Main Street now
occupied by a filling station and started the match. Ten persons were
allowed to shoot each time for 10 cents a shot. The winner getting the
turkey offered. This netted Reese $1.00 for each turkey and the entire
load was sold in this manner before the end of the day.
A skeleton was unearthed a short
distance north of Lone Wolf on the east road a few days ago. A few bones
and 2 iron stirrups were the only parts found and it was impossible to
discover for sure whither the skeleton was that of a white man or Indian.
The bones evidently had been there for a long time and many guesses have
been made as to how it arrived there. Perhaps a cowboy had died and was
buried by his companions, or perhaps the body lay on the plains until it
was buried by the forces of nature.
$125.00 Bought Building and First Stock Of Groceries.
Wedel was Successful, However, And Now Has an Extensive
One hundred and seventy five dollars wouldn’t put up
much of a building and buy much of a stock of groceries even in the “good
ol’ days”, but the feat was accomplished by H. H. Wedel now a prominent
merchant of Gotebo.
The building itself was a small, frame shack,
24 by 40 feet, according to Mr. Wedel. He had no credit and had to pay
cash for his original stock. This made it impossible for him to buy a full
case of any one kind of canned goods. His store was little more than a
well stocked pantry.
That was in 1902. By 1908 he had doubled the
size of his building and had a good business when fire destroyed building
and contents. His loss was partially covered by insurance, however, and he
rebuilt at once. The new structure, with additions, is the building he now
In 1903, just one year after he had started the grocery
business, his credit had developed to such an extent that he was able to
borrow $500.00 to install a dry goods stock. Since that time Mr. Wedel has
always handled dry goods and groceries.
Steady development from a
$175.00 business to a $250.00 business – that speaks well both for the
management of the store and the community in which it is located.
Mountain Lions are Unwelcome at 3 A. M.
Dr. McIlwain of Lone
Wolf tells of Early Morning Encaounter
Dr. William McIlwain of
Lone Wolf has been in this section of the county since the opening and has
many interesting stories of calls which he made before the time of
automobiles and good roads. Trips then had to be made either by buggy or
by horseback, and a long trip into the country was something to
Bridges were few and far between. They were constructed
only where there was a road – and there were no roads. The few trails
which crossed the country were made possible by fording the streams which
cut the path. Dr. McIlwain tells of various occasions upon which he rode
across streams on mens backs in order to reach the besides of the
On one occasion in 1903, the doctor had made a visit to the
Gus Borge ranch, south of Lugert. He made the trip successfully and was
returning home at about 3 o’clock in the morning.
Dr. McIlwain was
driving a team of ponies, small, wiry animals excellently suited for long
trips in a prairie country. While he was driving over the road near the
mountains, he noticed at first the ponies were attempting to leave the
trail. He pulled them back into the road with some difficulty and by the
use of his whip and considerabkke diligence, managed to keep them headed
in the right direction. However, the ponies constantly attempted to leave
the trail, always to the same side of the road.
After the last
mountain had been passed, Dr. McIlwain was attracted by a shrill cry, and
truning around he saw in silhouette against the sky, two mountain
Dr. McIlwain does not say whether he was scared, but he does
say that he came on home, and the probabilities are that better speed was
seldom made across the country road at 3 a. m. than was made by the doctor
on that occasion,
Mountain lions, presumably the same pair which
had badly scared the doctor, made a visit to the Borge ranch a few nights
later and killed a dog belonging to Mr. Borge.
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