Memories of T. J. Palmer
This week we have the Indian Pioneer Paper of Thomas Jefferson Palmer. This WPA interview was recorded by John Daugherty on July 19, 1937 in Davis, OK.
My parents were G .W. Palmer and Margaret E. Chambers Palmer, both born in Georgia. (Dates unknown). Father was a farmer. There were six children in our family. I was born on February 16, 1871, in Boone County, Arkansas.
I had friends living in Webbers Falls, Indian Territory, in the Cherokee Nation and I came to see them in 1887. I liked this new country so well that I stayed.
I got a job on a ranch belonging to Frank Vore and rode after cattle for a year.
One very cold night, John Brown, a United States Marshal, came to the place where I was living and arrested me. I was just a lad, and they had a warrant for Tom Palmer for introducing liquor unlawfully into the Indian Territory. I knew they had the wrong Tom, but I went with them. When daylight came they gave me a good looking over and turned me loose.
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