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GARVIN COUNTY INDIAN PIONEER PAPERS
Pioneer Papers Collection
Garvin County Indian Pioneer Papers
John E. McCarty
Field Worker: Velma Hance
Date: June 1, 1937
Name: Mr. John E. McCarty
Residence: Erick, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: November 26, 1866
Place of Birth:
Father: William McCarty
Mother: Mary Loatchspach (Lotspeich?)
John E. McCarty was born November 26, 1866. 322 W. First Street, Erick,
Mr. McCarty came to Indian Territory in 1880, from Youngs County,
Texas. There were ten families who came at this time. They settled a half mile from where
Pauls Valley now stands and their post office was Cherokee Town.
Mr. McCarty fought with the Cherokee and Choctaw Indians, fighting from
covered wagons. There were
forty-five wagons in the camp in the year of 1882. They had scouts; two men were in front,
behind, and two men on each side. When they discovered Indians, they would blow a horn.
Then everybody would circle their wagons and oxen in a circle. This was called 'corraling
the wagons'. They put the oxen in the corrals.
Mr. McCarty settled in that part of the country because there was lots of
grass and water. He leased land from the Indians.
There were no schools then. Mr. McCarty's father made his living mostly
by truck farming. They went on hunting trips in the mountains, five or six families going
together. They would bring back as much as 3200 pounds of meat at once. They carried their
meat in wagons and they cured it as people do now.
Their first home was a dugout with home-made furniture, their chairs being split logs.
They had lots of water and wood in those days. Their first employment was farming. They
did their plowing with a bull tongue plow. Mr. McCarty bought their
supplies from Denison, Texas.
He has a gun that he brought to Oklahoma with him November 8, 1880.
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