Feb 01, 2010, 08:51 PM
Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust
Two Altus Citizens suddenly become Millionaires....1901
Old Greer CO. OK - from the Plain Dealer 1901
Altus, Old Greer Co., Oklahoma Territory
(Excerpts from 1901)
We think that the gold mine discovered last week by Dr.
Satterfield and Claude Miller is none other but the celebrated "Dad"
mine, of which Uncle Buck's boarders have heard so much. (Story on page
Two Altus Citizens suddenly become Millionaires. Judge Jarboe
tries to form a Stock company with himself as President. Claude Miller
and Dr. J.J. Satterfield, came from a prospecting trip of several days
through the mountains near Navajoe. Mr. Came immediately to the office
and divulged the secret of a very rich and most wonderful gold find they
had made. While scaling mountain they discovered a large and gruesome
looking cave. Being cheered on by the glittering hope of finding gold,
they ventured in. They found the cave to be very large, constructed of
pieces of nature's handiwork. They penetrated this cave deep down into
the bowels of the earth and found it a vat of midnight darkness. He
stopped and raked up a handful of sand and about that time Dr.
Satterfield gave a big whoop and yell, as if they were at an Indian war
dance, and realizing the frightful darkness hovering around them, they
both retreated in a double quick. In his scramble to get out Dr.
Satterfield broke off a piece of rock inside the cave and pocketed it.
They examined the sand and the piece of rock and to their great surprise
found them both to be fully half gold. They were overwhelmed and both
sat down and cried and wrung their hand with joy for fully two and a
half hours. Both were very eloquent in describing this god discovery.
Judge W.C. Jarboe, who is ever on the alert when real estate is
discussed, came stalking in the office when they were about in the
middle of the story. He immediately tried to form a stock company with
himself as president. Miller and Satterfield did not approve. He kept
close to the discoverer most of the evening, but Dr. Satterfield finally
succeeded in eluding him and requested that we be sworn to secrecy about
this matter, knowing in reason that Jarboe would spread the glad tiding
to the four winds. Mr. Miller slipped out of town early Monday
morning with the doctor's horse and buggy, we presume to guard the
mountain and stake off their claims. No doubt they are both laboring
under the impression that we will keep this discovery a profound secret
until they can fully establish and perfect title to their claim, but we
are running a newspaper and expect to furnish our readers the news
regardless of consequences.
I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow
Feb 01, 2010 08:51 PM
Sep 06, 2010, 09:20 PM
Re: Two Altus Citizens suddenly become Millionaires....1901
Just wanted to say you post the coolest stories, GypsyHeart, and I read em no matter how old they are. You're kinda like the Steve Wilson of Tnet. I did hear a story about a Spanish silver mine on the north side of Navajoe Mountain. The old Spanish Road passes by there along the north fork of the Red River.