[Items concerning the fencing of ranges in Indian Territory in particular, and fencing in general.]


Fence and other items...

Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1883.

                                                          Bolton Township.

The statistics of Bolton Township for 1883 show that there were sown in the fall of 1882 3,846 acres of wheat, of which only 695 acres were destroyed from all causes. The rye sown was 97 acres. Acres of corn planted, 7,882; acres of potatoes, 86; sorghum, 91; millet, 1,171; 50 acres of clover, and 54 acres of tame grasses.

There were 3,564 acres of prairie under fence and 3,392 tons of prairie hay cut in 1882 and 1,062 tons of millet.

The fair ladies of Bolton made 48,760 pounds of good butter, and the men raised the wheat to make the bread to spread it on.

Bolton has 733 horses, 127 mules, 552 cows, 1,678 cattle, 7,583 sheep, 4,232 swine; value of animals sold for slaughter, $35,724; pounds of wool, 16,805.

Bolton has only one stand of bees, owned by J. D. Guthrie, and 184 nice dogs. She has 800 acres of timber land. Number of inhabitants: 1,200.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.

J. S. Morter, who stretched the wire for S. Tuttle & Co., writes to Mr. Tuttle, from Gainesville, under date of June 6th, as follows: “If you can get me a good job of work, I would be very thankful. I have a contract for 70 miles in the Chickasaw Nation, but Gov. Overton is cutting the wire between every post. He has cut down several large pastures of wire within 40 miles of Gainesville. He fired the rail fence of Mr. Roff, a native, in fifty places yesterday. Washingtons are putting down their fence today with 190 men, in order to save the wire.” Caldwell Journal.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.

The agitation of the wire fence has begun again and seems to auger a very unsettled state of affairs.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1883.

We were shown the plans of the new fair buildings this week at the superintendent’s office, drawn by S. A. Cook. The main building will be 50 x 50, two stories high, with two wings 30 x 50. The wings only will be constructed this year. The structure is on the Gothic order and will be very handsome. The fencing in of the grounds is rapidly going on and is constructed of barb wire nine strands high; the posts are of oak and sunk three feet in the ground; the eighth wire runs along the top of the posts, the ninth wire being carried by iron stanchions placed between each post. To beat this fence you will have to dress up in an iron suit. The general entrance gates will be in the southeast corner of the grounds, opposite Riverside Park entrance. There will be another gate in the southwest for the convenience of people living in the west and the reception of stock and general exit purposes. The ticket office will be located in the southeast corner at the general entrance. Telegram.