Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Name: Mr. Ed
Post Office: Pauls Valley,
Date of Birth: 1873
Father: Bill People
Information on Father:
Field Worker: Maurice R. Anderson
I came to the Indian Territory in 1886 with my mother
and step-father, Bill PEOPLE, my own father, died when I was about two
years old. We settled at Davis, Indian Territory. My step-father
farmed there. The first wheat we raised there sure did make good.
We had ten acres in wheat and when cutting time came, my step-father cradled
it. We used wagon sheets to trash it out on. After we trashed it
out he took it to Denison, Texas, and traded it for flour. He got enough
flour to last us three years. I was about 13 years old at that
A bunch of men went over near Ada, Indian Territory to
kill some deer. They let me go along to look after the teams.
They killed 33 deers and about 40 or 50 turkeys.
I was at Tecumseh, Indian Territory when they made the
run in 1889. The largest crowd of people that I have ever seen in any
one place. I was at Carnegie when they made the Cheyenne run and at the
Comanche run, at Wynnewood, Indian Territory. I did not take part in any
of these runs. I was at Perry when they made the strip run.
I used to work on the Trout Ranch. It was
located on Big Blue about four miles south of Roff, Oklahoma. I was
working when the United States Marshal shot George TROUT. I never did
learn what he had done. One night the Marshal rode up to the bunk
house. He asked some of the boys if George was there. They told
him they had not seen him but this did not satisfy the Marshal. He began
to look for him. He found George Trout down by the corral asleep.
When he walked up on George, George started to run, and the Marshal shot him
in the leg. George Trout was taken to the hospital in Wichita, Kansas
and he died there in the hospital. I saw a gunfight between Scarface
Jim, who was an outlaw and Buck GARRETT who was a Deputy U.S. Marshal.
One of the deputies who was with Buck Garrett, got his hat shot off of his
head, but no one got hurt. This was at Sulphur Springs. Scarface
Jim was a bad man. About a year after this fight, he got killed in the
Choctaw Nation in a gun battle with someone.
I used to haul corn from Beef Creek to Pauls Valley,
with three yoke of steers on two trail wagons. I would pile it on the
ground at the elevator. I believe there was more corn in that pile than
there was raised in Garvin County last year.
A Mr. BROCK gave me $85.00 dollars to haul his tent
store and stock of groceries from Pauls Valley to Cloud Chief, townsite.
I used three yoke of steers and two wagons. It took me 16 days to
make the trip. Now with their fast autos one can drive it in two
I knew Bob MOORE, who was an outlaw. He was
killed by two U.S. Marshals. I was acquainted with James DULIN.
He told me that he was present at the noted Pease River fight, where the
famous Cynthia Ann PARKER was recovered by her friends after twenty years of
captivity. She was the mother of Quanah Parker, chief of the
Indians. That was why he got the name of Parker. I was acquainted with
Chief Big Tree's death. Quanah Parker was made Chief of the Comanche.
I have never been married.
Mr. Ed Miller now operates a blacksmith shop at Pauls
Transcribed for OKGenWeb by
Brenda Choate <firstname.lastname@example.org> November 2000.