Memories Of M. J. Bays
This weeks Indian Pioneer Paper was recorded by W.P.A. fieldworker Jasper Mead on November 12, 1937.
I was born in the State of Texas, November 19, 1882, fifty-five years ago. I came to the Indian Territory when I was 13 years old. The place we first landed was Dougherty. Dougherty is located in the Arbuckle Mountains and at that time was the roughest place in the Indian Territory. It then was a thriving asphalt-mining town, having about four stores and a saloon and a barroom. These buildings were made out of native stone and the stone was white and yellow streaked and in a slab form.
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