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Ponca City History

1907

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1907 — In the mayoral election, the Democrats and Republicans held a "harmonious convention" and joined together to unanimously nominate a candidate. City political leaders were praised for joining hands in the effort to do away with political strife. James Hutchison was the overwhelming, and only, choice for mayor. It required considerable persuasion to get him to consent to accept the nomination, but he finally yielded to the popular demand.

Mayor Hutchison issued a proclamation, urging the citizens to clear their premises of accumulations of rubbish and filth, and cart it from the city to be properly disposed of, "to the end that our civic pride may be justified and that the stranger within our gates may realize in truth the contention of a greater and better Ponca City. Mindfully of the human tendency of forgetfulness, let me urge that no man be a laggard, but with faith and hope to go about his duty cheerfully and quickly."

The city passed a sewer bond. The decision was made to have the brick and tiling made locally.

Bill Vanselous, owner of the Big V Ranch, purchased an entire herd of 500 mules in San Angelo, Texas. They were range mules, wild and unbroken, but regarded as "splendid specimens and desired by mule dealers everywhere." He brought them back to the ranch and branded them on both jaws with a small "V". He built a special barn for the animals in which to break them and fatten them up, and then he shipped them to St. Louis in carload lots. Vanselous became the best-known mule dealer in the country.

President Theodore Roosevelt invited the Miller brothers to participate in the Jamestown Exposition in Norfolk, Va. It was so successful that they organized their first regular traveling show and began playing all over the United States.

At the Republican state convention in August, Frank Frantz was nominated as the Republican candidate for governor of the new state of Oklahoma. When the vote was put to suspend the rules and nominate Frantz by acclamation, every one of the 1,500 delegates stood in their seats and, waving hats above their heads, shouted aye for five minutes.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt signed a proclamation establishing Oklahoma as the 46th state of the United States. This proclamation officially joined the "Twin Territories" — Indian Territory and Oklahoma territory — into a brand new state. The population census identified that the Indian Territory population was 681,115 and the Oklahoma Territory population was 733,062.

Included in the new constitution was an amendment that would prohibit the sale of alcohol within the new state. The amendment forced all 18 of Ponca City's saloons to close.

The Oklahoma Seal was the state's first emblem, as specified in the 1907 Constitution. It was designed by Gabe E. Parker, who was one-eighth Choctaw and served as federal superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes. He also chaired the Constitution Convention. The seal is circular, with a field of 45 small stars, representing the other states. In the center is a large, five-pointed star. Each point of the star contains an image from the seal of one of the five tribes. Around the seal is a band bearing the words GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA, 1907.

"Kay County is entitled to two representatives in the state legislature and the Democrats have nominated as their candidates Logan Hawkins of Tonkawa and Q.T. Brown of Braman. These gentlemen are both young men possessed with ability to properly represent us at the coming session of the legislature, and as the legislature is sure to be Democratic, it behooves Kay county, if we expect any favors in the line of one of the public state buildings or otherwise, to send Democrats down to represent us, because they will have some influence with the Democratic majority. And right here is where Ponca City wants to put in her bid for the state penitentiary." Excerpt from an editorial column in the Ponca City Democrat, Oct. 1907.

"The next legislature of Oklahoma will locate the public buildings in the new state. Ponca City wants to speak up now and ask for the state penitentiary. We have the building stone right at our door, we have natural gas for heating the building which would be a great saving in fuel, we have an inexhaustible supply of pure water and we could supply a few of the inmates if necessary, to help the cause along." Excerpt from an editorial column in the Ponca City Democrat, Nov. 1907.