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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oklahoma, Territory of (search)
Oklahoma, which originally consisted of about 2,000,000 acres in the centre of the territory. It remained for several years unoccupied, being closed to white immigrants because, as its former owners, the Creeks, claimed, it had been purchased for another purpose. In 1889 the government bought it a second time from the Creeks, paying a much higher price, but obtaining it without any restrictive conditions. For ten years companies of adventurers, called boomers, under the lead of Capt. David L. Payne, had been hovering on the outskirts of the territory, and now and then stealing across the border for the purpose of making settlements on the forbidden lands. As often as they had thus trespassed, however, they were promptly driven out again by the United States troops. A proclamation was issued by the President, April 22, 1889, opening 1,900,000 acres of land for settlement. There was immediately a grand rush into the territory by the boomers, and by thousands of home-seekers and
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
ian of Greenwich is recommended by twenty-one nations, Santo Domingo opposing it, and France and Brazil not voting......Oct. 13, 1884 Secretary of the Treasury Gresham resigns......Oct. 28, 1884 Famous alliterative sentence of Dr. Burchard, who, at the reception by Mr. Blaine of a delegation of clergymen in New York City, refers to the Democracy as the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion ......Oct. 29, 1884 Presidential election......Nov. 4, 1884 Capt. David L. Payne, famous leader of Oklahoma boomers, dies at Wellington, Kan......Nov. 29, 1884 Second session meets; President's annual message presented......Dec. 1, 1884 Capstone of the Washington monument, Washington, D. C. (foundation first laid, July 4, 1848), is embedded......Dec. 6, 1884 World's industrial cotton centennial exposition opens at New Orleans; machinery set in motion by President Arthur by telegraph from Washington, and opening address sent by telegraph......Dec. 16, 188
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Kansas, (search)
.....October, 1876 Discovery of lead deposits in Cherokee county; Galena and Empire City spring into existence......1877 Monument to John Brown dedicated at Osawatomie......Aug. 30, 1877 First refugees to Kansas; vanguard of a great migration of colored people from slave States on the Mississippi arrive at Wyandotte......April, 1879 Kansas Pacific Railroad seizes the telegraph along its line; a step in the American Union and Western Union telegraph war......February, 1880 David L. Payne and followers crowd into Indian Territory in an attempt to form a settlement......May 11, 1880 Greenback Labor party in convention at Topeka nominates H. B. Vrooman for governor......July 28, 1880 State election; vote upon adding to the constitution, The manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors shall be forever prohibited in the State, except for medical, scientific, and mechanical purposes, 92,302 votes for, 84,304 against, and the decision was left to the Supreme Court......N
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Oklahoma, (search)
removed by proclamation of President Hayes......April 26, 1879 Second proclamation to prevent settlement in Oklahoma......Feb. 12, 1880 Expedition under David L. Payne—who had organized in Kansas the Oklahoma Town Company and the Southwest Colony —with twenty-five men, enter the Territory and begin the settlement of the town of Ewing, but within three weeks they are arrested by United States troops and imprisoned......1880 Payne enters Oklahoma with a colony of 600 men, women, and children, and founds the town of Rock Falls......May, 1884 Under proclamation by President Arthur, July 1, the settlement at Rock Falls is broken up by United States t loss of life......April 28, 1897 Geological survey begun......1900 Free homes bill passed by Congress......May 14, 1900 Memorial service in honor of David L. Payne, the original Oklahoma boomer, held at Blackwell......Nov. 19, 1900 Tornado destroying many lives and much property......June 8, 1901 Proclamation by Pr