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|Hosey Family Settlement about 1900 located between Paden and Stroud, Oklahoma
Issac "Ike" HOSEY, Harriett DePRIEST HOSEY, their son John B. and Lillie HOSEY, grand kids Orlando & Isaac
"Hosey Settlement” near Stroud and Paden, Oklahoma
Source: Stroud, Oklahoma, newspaper, in 1957, about "Hosey Settlement” in Oklahoma.
The settlement was the land that Harriet DePRIEST HOSEY obtained for her Creek Indian allotment as a result of the Dawes Commission. Harriet received 160 acres and the children, including our Jane P. HOSEY WRIGHT, 120 to 160 acres each. Harriet DePRIEST HOSEY set aside 1 1/2 acres for a family cemetery where many of the family including Isaac “Ike“ HOSEY is buried. Harriet HOSEY-DePRIEST died at age 96 while living with her daughter, Jane P. HOSEY WRIGHT, in Checotah, Oklahoma.This cemetery was “rescued“ from the damage, neglect and the encroachment of a Tulsa attorney and farmer who had stored farm equipment on it in 1983 by family descendents. The HOSEY CRAIG side of the family, graciously, raised money to clean the area up and place an iron fence around the 1 1/2 acre parcel. It is now maintained twice a year. All traces of buildings are long gone.
"Christmas of 56 years ago bring memories..."
By: Lon Riggs
"Stroud, Oklahoma -- This is Christmas day (1957); the day in which Stroud, Oklahoma, folks, and folks all across the nation for that matter, do more living than any other day in the year. We are merry in the present, try to glimpse the next Christmas as one of carefree happiness but just about every last one of us will let our minds drift back to re-live the past.
The other Christmases long past hold as much joy for us as the present and maybe more than the future. How about Christmases when grandpa and grandma helped to make up the circle around the table; Uncle Jake and Aunt Martha and flocks of cousins were there to help add to the glee and exclaim over the gifts and our toys? Those were golden hours we shall never forget and we all like to think back and re-live them again.
Today there will be only a mere handful of our earliest settlers to think back and re-live the Christmas of 56 years ago today (1901). But what few are left will certainly recall and re-live that day for it marked one of the best Christmas celebrations that ever took place on the west side of the old Oklahoma Indian Territory.
This Christmas, in 1901, was an event more like the first Thanksgiving of the colonists than Christmas. It took place on the (Isaac ) Ike Hosey Indian allotment some 12 miles southwest of pioneer Stroud, and where Okfiiskee, Creek and Lincoln counties join.
(Isaac) Ike Hosey, widely known early day character around Stroud, was a tall angular six-footer. His loud and cheerful laugh was heard many a time from one end of Stroud's Main street to the other. (55 years old at Christmas of 1901)
Always in the crook of his arm, even as he strode up and down our rough board sidewalks, rested either a .44 Winchester or a double barrel .10 gauge shotgun. The very rough and hard appearance of Ike Hosey greatly belied his real nature for his heart was as tender and as easily touched as a women's. (Isaac) Ike Hosey himself was of Irish and English descent, but his wife was a part Creek Indian and a very beautiful maiden in her younger days (Harriet DePRIEST-HOSEY who was 57 years old at Christmas of 1901).
When the old Dawes Commission named the allotment for Mrs. Hosey (Harriet DePRIEST-HOSEY), their two daughters and son (actually 3 daughters and son, excluding William who died at age 18), (Isaac) Ike decided to establish their permanent home on his wife's allotment. When they arrived there in their covered wagon they made camp on a hill overlooking Pettiquah creek and the wide Deep Fork valley. The family liked the location so well it was decided that right here the family home would be established. Fine timber was plentiful and soon Hosey's ax had felled and sawed enough logs to build an old double log house. Land was cleared, crops planted and a good apple orchard was set.
For some reason when other settlers drifted in they liked this particular spot of the country, leased the Indian land and soon there was quite a settlement out in the vacant country and folks always called it the “Hosey Settlement“.
Soon there were a number of children in the settlement of school age, and, no school. (Isaac) Ike Hosey sent word out that he wanted a meeting of all the settlers at his home on a certain day. Every family in the settlement was represented. (Isaac) Ike Hosey called the meeting to order in his log living room and made an eloquent appeal for a settlement school. The settlers endorsed his views unanimously and the very next week they turned out with axes and saws and cut the logs and erected what was then a mighty big school house located as near the center of the settlement as possible. This was always known as "The Hosey School".
Now, they had a school house, but where would a teacher be found? Soon it was learned that a son of one of the settlers had a fair education and was working in a store back east. They urged his father to send for him to come and teach the school. He did; a subscription school with the parents paying one dollar per month tuition. The young teacher was Absolum Ghering and he had 25 pupils.
Absolum Ghering taught several terms at the Hosey school after which he was employed at one of Stroud's early day banks and went on to make quite a place for himself in banking and business circles.
Deep Fork constantly plagued the folks in the Hosey settlement. While Turkey Ford was the only crossing for miles and often it was an impossible bog hole. Then, too, through the spring months Deep Fork was flooded out of its banks for weeks at a time thus cutting the settlement off from Stroud and their mail. Because of the inconvenience (Isaac) Ike Hosey made application to the post office department to establish a post office and they did with the appointment of (Isaac) Ike Hosey himself as postmaster. Accordingly, he petitioned off one corner of his log living room and thus Hosey, Oklahoma Indian Territory, became an official spot on postal maps.
In the late 1800's a venerable and bewhiskered gentleman and merchant of St. Louis, by the name of Hansboro, was touring the Indian Territory for a vacation. He happened upon the Hosey settlement and was so impressed with the industry of the settlers that he secured the permission of (Isaac) Ike Hosey to open a general store near his residence and post office. He then rushed to St. Louis, made his son manager of the business there, and shipped a stock of merchandise out to Stroud and the settlers hauled it out in their lumber wagons to the settlement.
This made the Hosey settlement a center for mail as well as staple supplies and more farmers flocked in to expand the community.
This is the beginning and development that led up to the biggest Christmas celebration ever to be staged in this section of the state and it took place in 1901; just 56 years ago today.
From the time Hosey moved onto his wife's (Dawes Roll Creek Indian Land) allotment he had dreamed of a big barn; one of those two story affairs like they had on the plantations back in old Georgia. In the spring of 1901 a newcomer, Jim Hambli, brought a crude sawmill and set it up on the banks of Deep Fork. This made it possible for (Isaac) Ike Hosey to realize his dream for a big and spacious barn. Forthwith he started cutting, saw logs and hauling them to the mill in his spare time and by late November he had enough lumber on the land to do the job. Slowly his frame work took shape but the cold and driving winds of December overtook him.
He wanted so much to complete the barn before the New Year, he straddled his horse and took out through the neighborhood inviting every settler to come in for a "Barn Raising". And come they did and there was a clattering of hammers and ripping of saws until the last board was nailed on and the last shingle was in place on the roof.
With the big barn complete (Isaac) Ike Hosey stood among his neighbors proudly surveying the structure and the realization of his dream. This was two days before Christmas. Suddenly (Isaac) Ike Hosey turned to face his neighbors and lifted his right hand. "Listen, all of you", he shouted, "day after tomorrow is Christmas. I want all of you to bring your families and any kinfolks the may happen in, and come to my place and we will all put our presents on a big tree for the kiddies and we will all sit down to dinner together in this barn we have just finished. If one or two of you can come help me, I will kill a fat hog and a yearling tomorrow for the feed. My wife and girls will cook throughout the tomorrow so we will have cakes, pies and plenty of bread. If any of you want to bring anything to spread you can, but it won't be necessary. If you want to take your guns and bring in a turkey or deer we will cook it and all celebrate together".
Help was on hand the next day to do the butchering and to construct two tables the length of the barn. Some of the settlers wives came to help with the cooking. Others of the men did go to the woods and brought in a total of six turkeys and a small deer.
At dinner, 82 children and adults were seated at the two tables. There were loads of cakes, pies, cookies and meats for most every family brought something. In addition to loaded tables a big barrel filled with apples were placed at the end of both tables. These were big red apples from Hosey's own orchard. With all seated at the tables, (Isaac) Ike Hosey stood between them and everybody said he offered the most eloquent prayer of thanks they ever heard. And he was supposed to be such a rough, gruff old pioneer!
After the meal the place was turned into an atmosphere of general merriment. Young folks got out in the yard and played games until the sun was low on the horizon. Some of the men got out Winchesters and had shooting matches. Others their "hosses" matched tugs of war by chaining wagons together to see which team could pull which backwards. Some pitched horseshoes, and believe it or not some turned back to their boyhoods and actually got into hot marble games with the younger boys.
Now that Christmas in the Hosey Settlement 56 years ago today (1901) was really a Christmas enjoyed by everyone in the settlement. Those folks came together in a meek and neighborly spirit. Their hearts were really in the day and they or none of their children will ever forget it. In all the Stroud country there was never such a Christmas before. The chances are there never 'will be again".
|Directions to the HOSEY SETTLEMENT CEMETERY: From the Post Office in Paden, Oklahoma. Go 9 miles north (black top ends in aprox. 4 miles) to the Y in the road. Turn left (west) 1/2 mile. Turn right (north) and cemetery is directly at the end of this road. Watch out for ticks and chiggers. --smile--|
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