names were Truskett and Jordan)
There are actually three different town sites in this area dating to 1900,
1917, and 1920. The residents moved with the various petroleum operations in
the surrounding Hogshooter gas field, reportedly named after a Cherokee family
and/or local Indians who once shot wild hogs along Hogshooter Creek. The
Hogshooter gas field opened in 1907 and was the first significant discovery of
"dry" gas in Oklahoma.
Dry gas is that which is not produced in association with crude oil, while
"wet" gas generally is found with oil.†
Jim Truskett was here in 1894 and built a school
which operated in various buildings until it was merged with the one in Oglesby in 1958. Jordan's
grocery store was here by 1917. Nearby were several natural gasoline plants.†
The Hogshooter field is still in production today.†
The preceding stolen from Granger Meadorís
in early day Oklahoma
and Indian territories was limited to the availability of subscription,
mission, and tribal schools. Generally, American Indian children had
accessibility to all three, while blacks and whites could attend subscription
and mission schools. Occasionally, tuition-paying white students attended
tribal schools. Subscription schools were funded by a monthly tuition fee paid
by the parents to the teachers. In turn, the teachers were responsible for
securing a place of study and for paying the rent from their earnings. It was
not uncommon for classes to be conducted in a tent, dugout, home, or church.
Because of the low pay, many teachers were women, and they typically received
one dollar per pupil per month. Attendance usually lasted a few months, because
children were needed to help with harvesting and other farm chores.
the early 1890s Charles B. Rhodes (later a U.S.
marshal) taught a subscription school in Indian Territory known as Hogshooter,
near Hogshooter Creek in present Washington
County. Among his diverse
group were Indian women and young men who were fugitives from the law. White as
well as Cherokee, Delaware,
and Quapaw pupils also attended the school. Rhodes accepted cash as well as produce, which he
bartered for other items that he needed. Students sat on pine planks, and pine
boards painted with lampblack served as a blackboard. With plentiful wildlife
in the area, mischievous boys hung dead opossums on the school walls, much to Rhodesís annoyance.
Anyone with any other information on the history of
Hogshooter I would welcome your input.