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Sixty Years in Southwest Oklahoma

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447.     [OKLAHOMA-INDIAN TERRITORY]. CONOVER, George W. Sixty Years in Southwest Oklahoma or the Autobiography of George W. Conover with Some Thrilling Incidents in Indian Life in Oklahoma and Texas. Frank W. Beach, M.A. Amanuensis. Anadarko, Oklahoma: N.T. Plummer, Book and Job Printer, 1927. [6], [i] ii-iii [1, blank], [1] 2-129 pp., frontispiece portraits of author and editor, text illustrations (mostly photographic portraits of Native Americans, but including “Conover Cattle on the Range”). 12mo (20 x 13.5 cm), original blue cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt. Very fine.

     First edition. Adams, Herd 565: “The author denies that there ever was such a thing as the Chisholm Trail, and claims the Indian Red Blanket drove the first cattle over the trail.” Campbell, p. 97. Graff 854. Rader 899. Tate, The Indians of Texas: An Annotated Research Bibliography 3006: “Conover…arrived as a soldier in western Oklahoma during 1867 and witnessed some of the most important events in Indian-military confrontations.”

     See previous entry Item 446 herein for Conover’s archives. A pioneer’s autobiography describing life and tribes on the plains of Oklahoma in the latter part of the nineteenth-century: Chisholm Trail, cattle trade, captivities, rustling, Adobe Walls, Battle of the Washita, etc. After leaving government service in 1873, the author embarked in the cattle business, taking charge of the Chandler Ranch on the Little Washita. “Here I had the opportunity to observe some of the work of the cattle thieves and whiskey peddlers. They had headquarters over the line in the Chickasaw Nation or across Red River in Texas. They would trade with the Indians for a number of horses, then sell them whiskey, and while the Indians were drunk, they would drive off a herd of horses many more than they had bought” (p. 66).


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