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Garvin County Indian Pioneer Papers



John R. Gott


Interview # 1118
Field Worker: Maurice R. Anderson
Date:  March 20, 1937
Name:   Mr.  John R. Gott
Residence:  Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
Date of Birth:  1875
Place of Birth:  Texas
Father: R.G. Gott, born in Tennessee
Mother:  Rhoda Farmer, born in Arkansas


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I came to the Indian Territory in 1895.  I owned my horse and saddle and I was just roaming around over the country. 

I went to work on the Bill Stone Ranch located in the Sugarloaf Mountains in the Comanche Nation, Indian Territory.  Mr. Bill Stone was a big cattle raiser.   I worked for Mr. Stone three years at thirty dollars a month and board.  I was general roustabout. I have helped round yearlings up and brand them.

My main job was chasing wolves.  I had a high powered rifle and I have killed as high as then wolves in a day.  One several days I have seem them in packs from ten to fifteen.  The wolves were bad about killing calves.  I have found several yearlings about half eaten by the wolves.  One time I rode up on a pack of wolves eating a yearling.  They would eat a while and fight a while.  The wind was blowing hard from the north and I was riding to the north, that was why the wolves didn't scent me.  I got off of my horse, took my Winchester, crawled up in about a hundred yards of them, got behind a big rock, and killed 8 out of this pack.

One time Mr. Stone wanted me to go with him near Fort Cobb, to see about buying some saddle horses he said.  We came upon a group of Caddo Indians, on the Washita River near Fort Cobb.  They had some kind of fever and the measles.  The Indians were going in the river to cool the fever and in five minutes after one would come out of the water he would die.  We stayed there about one hour and I counted about 25 dead Indians.  I could not understand them but Mr. Stone could.  They talked with their hands mostly, would point and wave their hands around.  Mr. Stone told them that going into the water was what was killing them.  Mr. Stone finally got them stopped and we went on.  Mr. Stone told me if he hadn't got them stopped, everyone of them would have died. Mr. Stone didn't buy any horses at that time.

I have seen corn piled up high as three or four thousand bushels in one pile. 

In 1899 I went over in the eastern part of the Indian Territory around McAlester.  I worked on farms and in the coal mines until after statehood.  Then I came back and settled at Pauls Valley where I now live.


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