Memories of Frank C. Wright
This Indian Pioneer Paper was recorded by W.P.A. fieldworker John F. Daugherty on September 16th, 1937.
My father was Chester C. Wright, born in 1820 in Connecticut. He was a farmer.
Mother was Lizzie Burchett Wright, born in Ohio in 1825. Father died in the Northern Army in 1865. There were sixteen children in our family.
I was born March 1, 1858, in Missouri and came to the Indian Territory in 1881 from Kirksville, Missouri. I settled on Oil Creek near Old Mill Creek. I farmed under Scott Hawkins and Eastman James, full blood Chickasaws. I paid my permits to Galloway Frazier.
This was just an open range for cattle when we first came here. In 1883 or 1884, I decided to go to Arkansas City and work for the railroad company. In February, I took my family and went. I didn’t pass a house from the South Canadian River near Purcell to the Kansas line. I took enough feed for my team in the wagon and we camped each night wherever we happened to be.
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