I promise not to tease deer hunting friends about their “comforts of home” as long as they aren’t taking their servants along with them. And a circus tent??? Seriously?
The Oklahoma Star
November 27, 1874
W. H. McCurdey, the gentlemanly M. K. & T. agent of the depot, has furnished us with a partial list of the distinguished party which visited our town last week on a hunting excursion. They came down on a special furnished them by the Hannibal & St. Jo, and Saturday after subsidizing the town for every vehicle of conveyance, started for Big Blue on their camp hunt. “Mc” accompanied them and says they had all sorts of fun and plenty of it. The only thing in which they were disappointed was in not finding game in such quantities as to be ___ance. They killed a deer, three turkeys, and quantities of small game. When Mc came in to report we wondered why it was on an expedition of that kind that he would be so lavish with musky, but when we came to find out, he had only got away with a skunk! Below are the names of the party:
Gen. Singleton; Mr. Bull, Washington Corbin, Edgar Morris, Frank Shermerhorn, Hon. E. K. Stone, Ed. W. Hope, Quincy, Illinois; A. W. Lamb, Mr. Hewitt, Mr. Hickman, Mr. Richard Drain, Hannibal, Mo. ; Mr. W. Williams, Mr. Harper, Mr. Stewart, Mr. London, Editor, Macon Journal, Macon, Illinois.
Caddo has got to be quite an important place for hunting parties. Within the last two weeks we have had a Count and Countess from Europe, and several distinguished gentlemen from the United States!
St. Louis Republican
November 17, 1874
Special to the St. Louis Republican, Hannibal, Mo. Nov. 16
Expedition of Missouri Nimrods to the Southwest
A great hunting party left here tonight on a special train over the M. K. and T. railway for the Indian Nation and Texas to be absent two or three weeks. The following gentlemen comprise the party: Hon. A. W. Lamb; Col. Dick Drane, land commissioner of the H. and St. J. Railroad; Capt. P. A. Hickman; Dr. C. L. Lamb and Capt. G. W. Hewitt of Hannibal; Gen. J. W. Singleton; Wash. Corbin; N. D. Munson, Sup’t. Quincy, Alton and St. Louis railroad; E. K. Stone; Frank Shemerburn and Edgar Morris of Quincy; E. D. C. Shortridge; John M. London, Dr. Stewart and W. F. Williams of Macon. Mr. R. W. Hope of LaGrange, Mo. is also in the party with his celebrated hunting dogs. The hunters go provided with one of Cole’s circus tents and all the munitions, commissaries, arms, etc. necessary for an extended and enjoyable camp hunt and occupied two baggage cars and a Pullman sleeper with themselves, their baggage, servants, etc. They will try their luck upon deer and turkeys in the Indian Nation, hunt grouse, ducks and geese on the prairies and in the rich lands of Texas, and then swing around into the buffalo ranges on their way home.