Oklahoma celebrates its centennial year in 2007

While Cimarron County has much to brag about, few may know that in the Cimarron River Valley near Kenton, several cowboys had joined up with Theodore Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry, the Roughriders. In Alma Cryer's “Old Trails of Kenton 1898-1949” excerpts from The Cimarron county News , (later to be The Boise City News), tells of veterans returning from Cuba .

There are also humourous tidbits which I've highlighted in bold type.-Editor

Rumor ‘has it that Bob Bailey, who enlisted at the outbreak of the war with the Rough Riders, has died from the effect of wounds received at Santiago . His wound necessitated the amputation of his leg at the hip and the shock was too much for his system in that climate. Mr. Bailey had no relatives here that we were able to learn of but was a young man of sterling qualities and is favorably spoken of by all.

“Fold the flag he loved, around him,

Place the laurel on his bier;

Evil tongue can never harm him

Glory stoops but to revere.”

We are glad to note this week, that Bob Bailey, of the Rough Riders, is not dead as reported last week. He is able to go on crutches and will be back with the rest of the volunteers from this valley, inside of 30 days. We are glad Mr. Bailey has turned up alive as it will make an unbroken delegation to return, tho half were wounded. It is not everybody that lives to read his own obit.

C. J. Clelland, of the Rough Riders, who lives at the 101 ranch four miles east of Kenton, returned last evening from the war. While Mr. Clelland was not wounded, he was in the thickest of the fight at Santiago , and has since been near deaths door with sickness, and been confined to the hospitals. His many friends here are glad to see him back.


Scalding chickens in the town well is prohibited.


We are told that the present school house in this district is not the one that was built by popular subscriptions; that it was erected by taxes levied and collected through the regular channels. The house builded from donations, is long since out of existence, notwithstanding the common belief that it is the same.

George Graham, who has 1700 head of Arizona cattle coming to the valley, came in ahead of the herd Monday night. He got lost and camped near Squire Keys' residence, thinking no one at home. He laid down by the fire to sleep and was awakened by cartridges in his belt exploding, and to find his coat rapidly going to ashes. It was a narrow escape, as the patch on his coat bears evidence.

Job Sayre has a graded Hereford yearling bull killed in his pasture up Road Canon some four or five days ago. The animal had been shot through the head with a rifle ball, and Mr. S. is at a loss to decide whether it was done purposely as an injury to him, or that the animal had caught a flying ball from some deer hunter. He is inclined to the latter opinion. The animal was quite valuable.



Another industry has sprung up at Kenton. Our leading merchant has branched out into the dog business, and has now on hand part of a gross of different kinds of thorough breeds and with success he intends to add the thriving little village a sausage factory. Parties wishing a thorough bred canine should apply to Mr. Drew before the sausage mill starts up.


Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Wilt, residing eight miles below Kenton, gave a dinner last Sunday to the Rough Riders. He promised these cavalrymen a dinner at the beginning of the war. On account of the stormy weather few people invited to partake of this feast with these noted soldiers turned out, of 30 or 40 invited, a dozen attended. There were present: Cal Clelland, W. 0 Cochran, Willard Cochran, Rough Riders; F. B. Drew of Kenton and a few more neighbors. Mrs. Wilt has a reputation of being one of the finest cooks in the valley, and she made a special effort to have everything to suit the Epicurean taste at this time. The bounteous supply of dainties was highly appreciated by those who could get there and those who could not go stayed home with whetted appetites, knowing what they were missing. Mr. and Mrs. Wilt assisted by their son and daughter are fine entertainers and know how to make their guests feel at home and enjoy them selves. May they live long and have their friends in often.