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Serving the Seminole Empire
Member Associated Press
Wewoka, Oklahoma, Friday, January 10, 1936

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The story in this column is the obituary of my great-great grandmother Lucinda Evaline Davis. I have a yellowed and tattered portion of that newspaper page and will try to reproduce part of it here. The entire story about Grandma Lucinda can be seen at Nora Kelly's site.

Lucinda Hawk Davis's complete obituary, plus a story the newspaper published about her celebration of her 100th birthday


This news story cannot be reproduced because the paper is torn. It appears to be about a cash bonus being proposed for World War I veterans. One line says, "Amendment to Measure Likely, Roosevelt opposed to payment in full."

(Note - OKEHS is not a typo. I do not know what it means but it is in the newspaper.)



When the history of these troubled times to be written - if a historian can be found who has the strength for the job - one of its verdicts probably will be that this was the blossoming time and the midsummer heyday of the great American sucker

Evidence to support that verdict is swashing about all over the landscape. It makes the newspapers bulky and crowds the ads out of the magazines. But the keystone of the arch and the cap on the monument of it all is undoubtedly the Drake case.

This famous swindle has been aired in the courts and the newspapers over and over again. A city slicker ventured into the midwest some years ago announcing that the estate of Sir Frances Drake, Queen Elizabeth's famous old freelooter, had passed down through his male descendants and had grown prodigiously with the years.

Today, he said, it comprised practically all London and was worth untold billions; and he, the slicker, had the heirs under his thumb and was about to arrange a settlement of the estate; and all who contributed a dollar or so to defray the expenses would get their money back a thousandfold.

That anyone outside of an asylum would ever listen to such a yarn is hardly credible. But the suckers came forward in droves and platoons to hand over their money to the slicker. No one knows how much he collected, but it kept him in luxury for years.

Uncle Sam's men finally caught up with the slickerand sent him to prison for 10 years. But did that stop (can't read here, paper torn) it went on in a big way wherever (The bottom half of the paper is missing, so the rest of this fascinating story is not available.)


(The picture above is not the one used in the newspaper.)


We have concluded animal lovers are about the most industrious persons in the country in seeking justice whenever they feel a wrong has been committed against a dumb animal, says the ADA Evening News. Nearly a year ago, a mare was found hung by her neck (the rest of the story is no longer readable)


Mrs. Johnny Hale and children spent Saturday in Konawa visiting Mrs. Gerald Watkins

Miss Mary Brice who is spending the winter with her uncle, A.E. Brice, Gypsy Camp Mission City spent the weekend with relatives in Lehigh.

Mrs. Paul Donovan was called home Friday because of the death of her father L.R. Mudd of Tulsa. The funeral was held Monday.

Imogene Messmore small daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Messmore underwent a tonsil operation Tuesday morning in a Seminole hospital.

CARTOON - A man sits behind a small table on which is written "congress". A gigantic soldier has one foot firmly planted on the table. He wears a helmet and big boots and on his uniform is printed "bonus issue grown out of the last war". Off to the side, a hand holds out a paper on which is printed, "neutrality legislation". The man behind the desk reaches for that paper, saying "Let's have it." The cartoonist's signature is HERBLOCK/

IN NEW YORK, a copyrighted column by George Ross, appears here. The column tells how movie hopefuls often had their screentests done in New York, actually traveling to Hollywood only if summoned after their tests were seen. Katherine Hepburn, the column says, used that method. The technicians who developed her film did not think much of her acting ability. "They have since had a change of heart," the columnist wrote.

Another story from the front page of the paper


Full-blood Seminole Had Been Ill Only Two Weeks; Became Wealthy With Opening of Oil Pools in County; Funeral Services Set for Sunday Afternoon

Walter Wise, 45, Seminole full-blood Indian, one of the wealthiest of his tribe, died at a local hospital this morning about 6:30 o'clock, after remaining in an unconscious state for two weeks.

He became wealthy with the opening of the Wewoka pool, when producing wells were brought in on his allotment of 120 acres near here. Wells on the place are still producing.

An estimation of his wealth placed it at more than a half million dollars, about half of that figure in bonds, and the remainder in oil property and cash.

Funeral services are to be held Sunday at 3:30 P.M. in the High Springs church near Konowa. Rev. George Tiger, Holdenville, will officiate, and burial will be in the family plot near the $50,000 brick home which Wise built on the corner of his place after he became rich.


Over all of Seminole county, and indeed over the state of Oklahoma, Wise was well-known for his many benefactions. Friends called him generous to a fault. Always his purse was open to needy Indian families, supplying them with food, clothing, and medical aid whenever they were unable to supply themselves.

He donated large sums to Indian schools and churches over the state, besides these donations financing individual students so that they might secure an education. At the time of his death students at Murray State Agricultural college in Tishomingo and at the Oklahoma Presbyterian college in Durant, were receiving financial aid.

(At this point, the text says, "Turn to Page Six, Please". I regret that I do not have a copy of that page.)

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