As mentioned in an earlier post, Granville McPherson joined with Rev. J. S. Murrow in publishing the Star-Vindicator. It seems to cover a wide range of news from Caddo, Atoka, McAlester and other communities. Many of the advertisements are for St. Louis businesses.
Published each Saturday at McAlester, Indian Territory
January 13, 1877
-Up and down
-Here we are again
-School progressing finely
-Read our new advertisements
-Another snow storm Sunday
Star-Vindicator is the name now
-One thousand subscribers and still they come
J. J. Phillips of Atoka paid us a visit last week.
Several new houses going up and in contemplation.
McAlester is to have a Masonic and Odd Fellows Hall.
No Christmas gifts came to us either, so you are not alone.
There is nothing certain in this world but death and taxes.
Star-Vindicator, $1.26 per annum. Single copies five cents.
How do you like the Star-Vindicator? Don’t all speak at once!
The surplus of corn in Paul’s Valley is being fed to cattle from Texas.
Money for subscriptions to the Star-Vindicator sent by mail at our risk.
The whole secret of making good coffee is to parch it right and put in enough.
Health of McAlester good, but some few cases of pneumonia at the mines yet.
Our brother of the Parsons Daily Record already sees indications of an early spring.
Dr. D. M. Hailey is making preparations to build a dwelling and business house.
The subscription list of the Star-Vindicator is already large and increasing rapidly.
Mrs. Dr. W. S. Burks of Caddo was on a visit this week to her sister, Mrs. J. J. McAlester.
We were favored with a visit this week from Mr. H. E. Scott of Caddo who was here looking for a location.
Died: At the coal mines near this place on Thursday, 11th inst. of pneumonia, Mr. P. J. Hawkins.
Mr. Garner of Stringtown, has purchased quite a quantity of corn in Kansas to supply the deficiency at his place.
The several departments of the Star-Vindicator are not regulated yet, but we’ll get everything in shape after a while.
Wesley Parker, a popular young Chickasaw gentleman, manipulates the yardstick and scissors at J. J. McAlester’s.
A man whose name we have not learned down in the mines at No. 9 had his ankle and thigh broken last Wednesday by the falling of a chunk of coal. Dr. Smith hopes to be able to manage the case without amputation.
Mrs. Bell, former hostess of the McAlester hotel, and Miss Dixon, a young lady living with her, left this week for Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Jno. Coyle, W. M. of Elm Springs Lodge, A. F. & A. M. passed through town last Sunday on his way from Ft. Smith.
Thomas Flemming, superintendent of the Osage Mining Co. called to see us this week and added his name to our subscription list.
A Methodist quarterly meeting will be held at this place the third Sunday in February. Bro. Walker, the presiding Elder, will be here.
We learn that a new freight tariff on the M. K. & T. went into operation this week, but are not advised as to whether its tendency is up or down.
We are now writing our editorials at a desk made for the Star-Vindicator by Mr. John Schuller, one of the best mechanics in the Indian Territory.
Martin, of the Sherman Register, has “gone back” on us for some cause or other. We have not received a number of his paper since our removal to McAlester.
We are happy to state that Mr. S. L. Watson, who has been confined to his room for two weeks with pneumonia, is convalescent, and will be up again soon.
All communications to the Star-Vindicator should be addressed to G. McPherson & Co., McAlester, Ind. Ter. except what pertains strictly to religious matters, which should be addressed to Rev. J. S. Murrow, Atoka, Ind. Ter.
We are truly sorry to learn, by a private letter from Bro. R. P. Jones, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, Ind. Ter. A. F. & A. M., that his little son, Pitt, has been lying at the point of death for three weeks passed, but at the same time pleased to know that his physicians pronounce him convalescent.
How we can sympathize with anybody place in the position of Bro. Jones. Oh! How often has it been our sad lot to watch and wait by the sick and dying bed of our little ones; see them struggle in the throes of death, and one by one pass away from our arms forever.
Mr. R. S. McCarty, an old and highly respected citizen of the Choctaw Nation, living at the main crossing of the Poteau, above Ft. Smith, called on us last Wednesday. Mr. McCarty was on a visit to his three daughters, Mrs. Hailey, Mrs. Chunn, and Mrs. Ryan. He left Thursday morning for his home.
Geo. W. Harlin, a Cherokee by blood and a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation by marriage, died at Choteau, Cherokee Nation, on the 26th of Dec. last, of pneumonia. We knew him well, having lived a neighbor to him for several years, and can truthfully say that the country has lost a good and a useful man. He leaves a wife and one child.
Mr. E. S. Stillwell, U. S. interpreter, an affable gentleman and fine looking man, passed through town last Thursday with a party of Comanche who had been to Ft. Smith attending court. Those people will have traveled a distance when they get back home, of 670 miles. How much better it would be to have courts in the Indian Territory and save all this unnecessary trouble and expense.
When we purchased the Vindicator we agreed to fill all unexpired subscriptions and advertisements. Subscribers to the Vindicator will therefore get the Star-Vindicator up to the full time when their subscription to the Vindicator would have expired. Many of these will be on March the 27th, and we hope before then all will be so well pleased with the new paper that they will promptly renew.
Rev. J. Y. Bryce, of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, organized a church at this place last Sunday by the admission of five members. Bro. Bryce, on the occasion, made to our mind, some of the most sensible remarks we have ever heard enunciated from the pulpit. That is, for Christian denominations to abstain from sectarian controversies; to go on and preach what they believe to be right, allowing others the same privilege, without arguing the question as to whether they are right or wrong. We have always contended that religious controversies were fruitful of more harm than good, and believe that when every minister of the gospel takes the same view of it Bro. Bryce does, the long hoped for millennium will have come.
Gratitude: The festival recently held at Caddo for the benefit of Rev. J. Y. Bryce, Methodist minister in charge of that circuit, resulted in the raising of $96.50 in cash, clothing, &c. Bro. Bryce has left it with us to hank, through the columns of the Star-Vindicator, all who assisted in this munificent and timely donation. Had Bro. Bryce den this himself, in his own beautiful language, we know the generous hearted donors would have come nearer receiving justice, form the fact that he feels and appreciates the liberal contribution to an extent far beyond our limited imagination. Mrs. Dr. Burks brought the money and other articles to this place and delivered them to the worthy minister last Sunday, and his heart was filled with gratitude.
In the name of Bro. Bryce and the church he represents, we will only say that our pen is incompetent to express the profound feelings of gratefulness he entertains toward those who so kindly and so generously assisted him.
As the New Year appears, I now offer my general stock at reduced prices and ask that you call on us for one trial at least. Jas. J. McAlester
Mr. James Colbert and Mr. J. B. Ritter have returned from attending the U. S. District Court. They suffered greatly from the cold weather on the road home and Mr. Colbert is now sick in bed from exposure.
Mr. J. R. Brown, our enterprising hotel man, has put up a large quantity of ice. We looked into his ice house when it was being packed and thought of the good time coming.
Mr. Smith, our R. R. Agent and Telegraph man, vice “Genl. Brown” is giving general satisfaction.
Prairie chickens, squirrels, rabbit, turkeys, and venison hams crowd the Atoka market.
Both the Atoka schools reopened on last Monday with fine prospects.
The warehouse of one of our merchants was broken into one night last week and some furs and hides stolen.
Boggy was frozen over with ice six inches thick.
Z. J. Phillips of Stonewall recently shipped a car load of beef cattle to Chicago which averaged 1,550 lbs. gross and sold them at $4.15 per 100 lbs or $64.32 per head. Who can beat that?
Died at White Bead Hill, Chickasaw Nation, Dec. 1th, 1876, Mrs. Julia Rogers, wife of Mr. Silas Rogers, Worshipful Master of Valley Lodge, A. F. & A. M.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Red River County, Texas, Dec. 30th, 1841 and at the time of her death was 35 years of age. She had been a member of the Methodist Church sixteen years and died in the full hope of a glorious immortality. To the disconsolate husband we extend our deepest sympathy, but words would fail to express the feeling we have for the seven little children left without a mother. To them the loss is irreparable; her place can never be filled. May the good lord have mercy on them and spare them the hard fate which befalls so many motherless children.