Oklahoma celebrates its centennial year in 2007

Much of Cimarron County became settled with the use of the Homestead Act, however outlaws, sheep and cattle ranchers were the first non-aboriginal inhabitants of the county. Before statehood, the entire Panhandle was under the jurisdiction of Beaver County . Homesteaders who traveled to Guymon by rail and then by wagon and horseback to areas near present day Kenton, Keyes, Felt and Boise City , had to register their property at the Beaver City courthouse.

To reminisce, The Boise City News will throughout 2007, take a look back at our county's history.

The following is from Cryer's “Little Town of Felt ”, and reports on the nearby Bertrand community southeast of Felt.

1909

Bertrand

Arthur Nobles of Bertrand was in town Monday and secured a license from Judge Pugh for the marriage of Mr. Burt Bryan to Miss Donna Clay.

Mr. Bryan is a prosperous young farmer of the Gresham neighborhood and is well and favorably known in that vicinity. Miss Clay is the daughter of Postmaster, T. G. Clay of Gresham . She is a beautiful and accomplished young lady of 16 summers and her friends are numbered by her acquaintances.

The ceremony will be performed Sunday at the home of the brides parents by Justice Shireman of Bertrand. The Tribune joins with the many friends of this happy young couple in wishing them a safe and prosperous journey down the pathway of life.

Everett Goteball, J. E. Branderberry and W. H. Durett, went to Mineral Monday to make proof on Mr. Goteball's claim.

School opened here yesterday with Miss Belle Peekover as teacher.

George W. Durrett has a nice line of groceries in. He will buy your produce.

The Home Mission Ladies are to give a supper at Bertrand Friday night, March 19th all are invited.

School will commence March 8 in the Bertrand district and will continue three months .

It is the same old time among the farmers, sod breaking, second year ground and listing.

The farmers wives have commenced to set hens and some of them already have little downy chicks.

Wheeless -1906

From Wheeless Memories of the Past

By Alma Cryer

There wasn't much in the paper about Wheeless in 1906. In fact, this was the only thing I found. There possibly could have been more but not all was readable.

Sometime in 1906 “Eph Fouty sold a pen of hogs.” Fouty lived on the quarter section one mile east of Wheeless that now belongs to Vernon Cryer. This was the earliest bit of news I found.

Ephraim Fouty filed on this quarter December 30, 1912 . The patent was confirmed and filed May 27,1913 .

1907

Before Wheeless had a post office the people received their mail at Mineral, approximately seven miles north, located on the Skelley Ranch.

According to the dates, Wheeless is a little older than the state. The first Wheeless post off- ice was established February 12, 1907 , and Oklahoma wasn't admitted to the Union until November 16, 1907 . How was the mail addressed? Wheeless, Oklahoma Territory ? Wheeless, No Man's Land?

As you enter the Oklahoma Panhandle from the west you find a little community by the name of Wheeless beginning to take shape. For a few years it was the only community until Mexhoma began to take on its identity in 1909. Wheeless is six miles from the New Mexico state line and four miles east of the Mexhoma Community.

The first Wheeless post off- ice was located on the SE 1/4 of 18-3-2 , now owned by Vernon and I. The old half dugout with the little doghouse of approximately eight by eight feet built on the front is still intact, although not in the best of condition. The dugout was the dwelling for the Wheeless family and the little room was the post office. True, it wasn't very big, but they didn't have many packages from “Monkey” Wards either. There were some old post office boxes in the last Wheeless post office, and I wonder if they happened to be the originals.

Although the community was named after Mr. Wheeless, he just took care of the post office business, for it seems that Mr. Ed Boyls was the community leader. It was often mentioned in the paper that Mr. Boyls had been to the county seat taking care of some business for the community, and he was always involved in happenings of the community.

There wasn't too much news in the paper in 1907, and there aren't any of the real old-timers left any more. Two of the best sources of history knowledge of our communities are gone: Mr. Clarence Roberts and Mr. Will May. They could have written a much better and more interesting book because they would have known the stories first-hand. I'm like Will Rogers “All I know is what I read in the papers.” The early years of the papers were of poor quality, poor printing, and hard to read at times, and in some cases a blank, or so bad it was unreadable.