The Caddo Star
October 1, 1875
Dr. W. S. Burks returned from St. Louis Monday morning.
Maj. E. R. Roberts, of the U. S. Indian Agent’s office, came down on the train Sunday night.
Mr. Marchand, of the firm of Marchand & Fenlon, and wife returned from the north this week.
Mr. Frank Fox, of the firm of Morris & Fox, went to the market this week to buy their fall and winter stock.
Deputy Marshall Twyman left this week for Ft. Smith with some twenty prisoners, most of whom were gobbled up in the Ft. Sill country. (A western website lists an arrest by Marshall Twyman in Februrary. He took a suspected murderer to Ft. Smith.)
The Prairie Queen, with Maj. Garner, Reciever Bond and their families, and other railroad officials, passed up and down the road last week. (There are a few mentions online of the Prairie Queen as a private “office” train.)
Maj. G. W. Ingalls, after a severe attack of intermittent fever, so far recovered as to be able to take the train Tuesday for home. (Maj. Ingalls was the United States Indian agent)
Dr. William Walner, of the firm of Walner & Welch, says he will pay one dollar in specie for the largest ear of corn brought to him from the Choctaw or Chickasaw Nations, between this and the 1st of Nobember next.
Last Tuesday evening a Mrs. Frazier, a lady who lives here, was returning from Boggy Depot, when within about 2 ½ miles of town, was assaulted by a couple of negroes, one of them seizing her by the throat and choking her while the other robbed her of all the money she had in her possession, $21.50.
Last week our town was honored with a visit from Baron Thielmann, Secretary of the German Legation; Le Prince De Starhemberg, and M. Rottenbacher, of the Austrian Empire, we believe. The royal gentlemen went to Ft. Sill. (see note at end of locals)
Dr. P. P. Burton- In the Gazette of September 20, we notice the death of Dr. P. P. Burton, an old and respectable citizen of Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Burton came to Bartlesville in 1836 and to Little Rock in 1840; where he lived up to the time of his death. He was 80 years of age. And another of Little Rock’s old “land marks” has crumbled away. (Patrick P. Burton, born in Amherst, VA.)
The freedmen of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are in a quandary. They want to become citizens of the country, entitled to an equal participation in both lands and money and still remain under the protection of the U. S. Courts.
The Chickasaw women will have to be particular where they marry a white man now. Should they fall in love with a pale-faced stranger and have the marriage ceremony performed anywhere outside the limits of the Chickasaw Nation and then return to their native land, they would be liable to have their liege lords ordered out of the country and they left alone and disconsolate “grass widows”.
Died on the night of the 27th ult. At his residence a few miles west of Caddo, in the Choctaw Nations, Mr. G. A. Cooper, brother of our fellow townsman, U. M. Cooper. Mr. Cooper was an honest man and a good citizen, and the community in which he lived has sustained a serious loss. He leaves a wife and two little children to struggle on through a cold and unfriendly world.
Note: There is a lot of information online about Baron von Thielmann and Prince Starhemberg. What I found most interesting is that in the “society news” in the Daily Graphic, NY, January 19, 1876 there is actually a description of the prince. “Prince Starhemberg is pleasing in appearance. He is of medium height, has thick waving dark hair, brown eyes, and a ruddy complexion, almost concealed by an abundant growth of beard. He wears a moustache and full whiskers parted on the chin. He speaks several languages, including English, and is disposed to be chatty and sociable.”