The Life and Times of Herman Workman

This week we have the Indian Pioneer Paper of Herman Workman. This interview was taken by WPA field worker Maurice Anderson in 1937 at Mr. Workman’s residence in Paoli, OK.

I was born October 14, 1861 in Germany. I came to America in 1880. I landed at New York and went from there to Texas. There I worked as a crater on the railroad from San Antonio and El Paso. In 1880 came to Choctaw Nation at what is now McAlester and Wister Junction.

There was plenty of game to hunt. I have hunted myself and killed bear and other game. I saw some Indians play ball. They used sticks to hold a small ball in the center and would throw the ball to a pole at another end and that would count so many points for the team that made the score.

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