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Fort Gibson Post (Newspaper) - February 18, 1909, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma VOL, XVltU FORT GIB802T. OKLAHOMA, TMVMIDAT. MB. 38, 1909. *9 LINCOLN BANQUET. ...... \ A Representative Gathering at Muskogee Honor Memory of the Great Liberator* One of the most magnificent gatherings of Republicans ever held in the city of Muskogee, assembled around the banquet table, in the Turner hotel last Friday night in commemoration of the memory of Abraham Lincoln, and in observance of the centennial aniversary of his birth. At least two hundred and fifty guest were assembled at the four tables, and the capacity of the spacious dining room was taxed to the limit From the corners of the room and from the massive rafters overhead, fesstoon-ed in graceful folds and constituting the only decoration and (Continued on page 8.) STATE SCHOOL FOR'THE BLIND, FORT GIBSON, OKLAHOMA, Lincoln's Favorite Poem. O, why should the spirit of mortal be proud ? Like a swift fleeting metor, a fast flying cloud, A flash of the lightning, a break of the wave, He passes from life to his rest in the grave. The leaves of the oak and the willow shall fade, Be scattered around and together be laid; And the young and the old, and the low and the high Shall molder to dust and together shall lie. The infant and the mother attended and loved, The mother that infant's affection who proved, The husband that mother and infant who blessed, Each, all, are away to their dwellings of rest. The maid on whose cheek, on whose brow, in whoseeye, Shone beauty and pleasure-her triumphs are by; And the memory of those who loved her, and praised, Are alike from the minds of the living erased. The hand of the king, that the scepter hath borne, The brow of the priest that the mitre hath worn, The eye of the sage and the heart of the brave. Are hidden and lost in the debths of the grave. The peasant whose lot was to sow and to reap, The herdsman, who climbed with his goats up the steep; The beggar who wandered in search of his bread, Have faded away like the grass that we tread. The saint who enjoyed the communion of heaven, The sinner who dared to remain unforgiven, The wise and the foolish, the guilty and just, Have quietly mingled their bones in the dust. So the multitude goes, like the flower and the weed, That wither away to let others succeed ; So the multitude comes, even those we behold, To repeat every tale that has often been told. For we are the same that our fathers have been; We see the same sights that our fathers have seen- We drink the same stream, and we feel the same sun, And run the same course that our fathers have run. The thoughts we are thinking our fathers would think; From the death we are shrinking from, they too would shrink. To the life we are clinging to, they too would cling; But it speeds from the earth like a bird on the wing. Thev loved, but their story we cannot unfold; They scorned, but the hearts of the haughty is cold; They grived, but no wail from their slumbers will come; They joyed, but the voice of their gladness is dumb. They died, ay! they died; and we things that are now, Who walk on the turf that lies over their brow, Who make in ther dwellings a transient abode. Meet the changes they met on their pilgrimage road. Yea! hope and dependence, and pleasure and pain, Are mingled together in sunshine and rain; And the smile and the tear, and the song and the dirge, Still follow each other like surge upon surge. 'Tis the twink of an eye, 'tis the draught of a breath, From the blossom of health to the paleness of death, From the gilded salon to the bier and the shroud, O, why should the spirit of mortal be proud? -William Knox. STATE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND To be Located at Fort Gibson-Such is tbe Promise of a Majority of the State Legislators now in Session. so that by tbe time the permanent building for toe State blind school are ready to occupy, [Fort Gibson will be greatly transformed, especially when the big 4am on Grand rireris built. The citizens of Fort Gibson guarantee to furnish a suitable site lor the school-a site that will meet the approval of the State locating committee. Some Potatoes. Dr. Rogers has about 500 acres of potatoes planted, and intends to plant about 200 more acres. The grjund was in extra fine shape this season. There are several parties here who plant from 50 to 100 acres. About two-thirds of the crop is already planted. There is likely to be several thousand car loads of potatoes shipped from Fort Gibson in June, and perhaps as many more, second crop, in November- Fort Gibson. That the State school for the blind, temporarily located here by act of the State legislature, will be permanently located in Fort Gibson, there is little doubt, as a majority of the State legislators have so promised. About 10 yrars agr this school was. first established here by Miss Lura Rowland (now Mrs. Lowrey) and has been maintained here eince that time mostly through her efforts, assisted by tbe people of Fort Gibson and her husb ind, Willi imLv.Vi'ey. river the veur a-ouad. The Na-tioual cemetery is located about a mile from town, to which a fiae Macadam road will be constructed the coining season. Near this road are several fine sites for the school, which caa be h id. Mns*. kogeejsjS miles distant, connected by c*r line to the mouth of Grand river, less 'ban 3 miles distant from Fort Gibson, to be extended to this place. Water works are to be put in, side walks to be constructed, and gen-er tl improvements to be made, Brief Sketch of the Finest Townsite in the New State. FORT GIBSON is a fine natural town-ste, situated on Grand river three miles (torn Arkansas and Verdegris rivers, where they join, and is about half way between Fort Smith, Ark., and Coffeyville, Kansas. It has two trunk railroad lines, the Mo. Pacific and Frisco, besides river navigation, and an electric car line coming, a big dam to engender electric power, to be constructed -thousands oC acres of rich bottom lands SCHOOL FOR THE BLIVP-MALE QUABTKRS. "tfrat grow Ufp crop* of potatoes sTyeaC- corn, cotton, oats, wheat, and all kinds of farm produce, besides fruits pf all kinds- apples, pt-ars, peaches, blums, cherries apricots, and all kinds of small fruits. This s a fine grape section, where the fruit grow reaterf:::t> n, and never fails. A third railroad is coming, which is now being surveyed to Tahlequah, *o miles dis-ant, east,from thence to Mu:kog*e by the; way of Fort Gibson. wood schools and abound here-the only National cemetery in the new State, where rest the temains of 2470 of the Nation's honored dead, some being noted people. Fort Gibson is among the most historic towns in the West. Here lived Gen. Taylor, Jeff Davis, Henry M. Stanley, Gen. Sam Houston, Mrs. Admiral Dewy, and other noted characters. Besides these, Washington Irving, the poet Long-tellow, Gen. Scott, Cen. Braggs, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson, Gen. R. E, Lee, Jas G. Blatae and other noted characters have sojourned here, and many historic landmarks a' ound. Fort Gibson and vicinity abounds in beautiful natural scenery, along Grand river-towering cliffs, picturesque hills, vales,and delightful views. Fine rolling prairie extends to the north and east, an 1 ottom land to the oath and west. Triha re.a-latio&s has kept back the tot n, which is now coming to the fron>. Real estate is quite low, but increastnu in value. Come to Fort Gibson, and see a teautifai town Call at this offic�. I Besides and being entitled to the school an account of its ori-gen here, no town in the slate offers better inducements. Fort Gibson is located on a beautiful elevation, above beautiful Grand river, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. There are two trunk lines running through the .town, the Mc. Pacific and Frisco arts and healthy locatiou U known f#om the fact, that the U. S. Government selected this as the site, of one of the principal frontier posts. Here is the finesfV clearest and beat water in the State There is fine boating oi Grand m railroads, which connects allpjr of the state. Th it is a fine *i SCENE IN $
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