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untimely death of Ben. J. Hig 10ci< to theQty ofhChOY/ne andhisfauts, if eaday,1 I.T. " " . owners of the Cimarron Val- byle was m" mourn- were. only known to himself, ley Bank before it was pur- the sad death of for his moral character was chased by Enoch Carter. friend and citi- of the very best. John Fry was the cashier and there were other employees but the bank folded on Oct. 9, Higbee, which oc- nday morning, from a wound the evening of the accidental 0fhis own pistol or Ben had just been the City Marshal the saloon on the '0ftown when John close friend, began and the pistol dis- its holster and the cement floor Ben left his father, one brother and one sister to mourn his departure as his mother proceeded him some 11 years before, to go to the World above. The remains were taken to Stillwater for burial on Tuesday, where he "was placed beside his mother. The accident was very sad for the people of Coyle as they had not been in the Territory long enough to become ad- justed to the other forms of hardships and to face the world with such a sudden loss seemed to be too much for many. The loss was too much for the family and the Cimar- ron Valley Bank was sold and the family moved to Perkins and ai~r a few years, all went back to Iowa. This was the first fatal ac- cident to happen in the saloon as not too long aider this, one other fatal accident happened to a local man while he was setting on one of the stools drinking a glass of cold sar- saparilla. (Many will question this as most have seen too many western T.V. pictures where only alcohol drinks were served in a saloon. This saloon in Coyle was operated by a man and his wife. No rough stuff was permitted and many ladies were seen in the saloon to take advan- tage of the cool air and the ice cold drinks. The local people knew the sarsaparilla plant and cut this to be used struck Howe's then entered Ben's upward lder blade. there were two in the City of in the Cimarron the other in There were sev- in the saloon and out on one of Doctor Kernoodle Ben was g/ven treatment to try to the effect of the damage of the the loss of blood. born in Iowa, and came to With his parents and his brother, were part- Volley interest in sev- one of the and the bank Just a few weeks Ben had take over the office and was ust barely age. of the injury, 1931 due to the fatal Bank Crash of 1929. Not long al er the bank closing, the con- tents were auctioned off to be of some help to settle the demands by the people. Walter Johnson, my dad, was the auctioneer and many people wanted to purchase a souvenir or keepsake. One of the banks in Perkins bought several items, includ- ing the large adding machine. This was brought to Coyle by the Higbee family as they wanted all the luxury pos- sible. By luck, that old beveled glass covered Burroughs adding machine is on display in the Perkins Museum by my compliments. Some of the pieces were sold in an auction in Coyle, not very many months ago--but the prices of the pieces were far beyond my grasp. There are still many look- ing for a few of the old pieces or items of Coyle or any other town for that matter to hang on the wall or den in their home or office. There are few towns in Oklahoma that can brag of having had one of their citizens to become the Governor ofOklahoma: Coyle can beast of that one event as one of the earlier school teachers, Mr. M.E. Trapp, became one of the early Gov- ernors of Oklahoma. . Coyle was the center of for many different types of many attractions for quite a ailments. By boiling the number of years but the bark, a very delicious drink change of the 33 Highway can be had.) The man was will put an end to much of Was in Pawnee drinking from the glass when that attraction. Time will a stray bullet came through tell. Keep your fingers by phone, the large plate g ss windo.w crossed ..... Not too many is- 01" Dr. .......................... Dr. G.E. Brown of n Hospital r was called out. A Dr. Gilroy and Mrs. nurse, were out. The had a small Langston, where Worked. Due to or the Ofthe then all dirt doctor from the Hospital in caught the ey to Guthrie. Fe Railroad was standing doctor and equipment to all required they all" me, morning, to :essary opera- of Guthrie P to Coyle by helped Dr. as much as pos- the other doctors gave the an- the operation Monday morn- of so and the many of the bullet, It was dis- had en- near the right upward and cutting the Which was cut the small in- twelve through lobe of the lung, burying of the lei loss of much not recover esthesia and into the that medical done. But the much help blood, the be slim, due or per- different Ben was knew him and struck him in the head. sues of The Perkins Journal The Santa Fe traifis would 'of the past was an article of deliver block ice to the people along the line between Guthrie and Skedee. Stillwa- ter put in an ice plant about the same time of that of Guthrie. In the beginning of Coyle, there were two sa- loons, one just west of the Eighty Niner Bank, owned by Frank Kress, and the other was in the building now used by the museum, and owned by Joe Coy and Clarke Welch. Some of the Welch family still live in Coyle. The OG&E brought elec- tricity to Coyle in 1926 but before that time, many bought from the two small electric plants, which in- cluded the Cimarron Valley Bank. There were several The Ozark Trail. Many of the readers of The Journal do not realize the road from Tulsa to Oklahoma City was "The Ozark Trail." When the pave- ment was completed, the number 33 took the place of the Old Ozark Trail. That "trail" followed the section line as much as possible and no gravel was added to hold some of the mud and sand. Many a farmer worked out his Pole Tax on the old Ozark Trail. How many of you can remember that type of labor? Enjoy this mrticle ? fl[kere are more to come.. o ubscrlbe to CChe 9o mal, please see page two. Because We Care About Your Health, [ Cushing Regional Hospital Is Offering Low-Dose[ MAMMOGRAPHY SCREENING[ AT A RED UCED During the Month of May, CRH ts offering reduced price low-dose mammography screenings for only $6.00, which includes Radiologist's Interpretation. !~ Cushing Regional Hospital is an FDA certified facility and offers mammography screening utilizing the latest state-of-the-art equipment with the lowest dose of radiation. All of our technicians are registered by ARRT and are memmogrephy specialists. We also provide information on how to do monthly self-exams. If you are 40 or over, you may self-refer for a mammogram without a physician's order. 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