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From: M Powell <>
Subject: Cherokee Strip
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 08:42:41 -0800 (PST)
I live in Coffeyville, Montgomery County, KS. Where the Cherokee strip was is less than 3 miles from our home, most of it in OK. A small part was in what is the southern part of Montgomery Co., KS today. Yesterday we went to Bartlesville, OK, my husband had out patient surgery, when going we cross land that has the historical sign ~ Cherokee land.
According to the 1870 census, C. P. (Ingles) Ingalls was a 34-year-old carpenter who had been born in New York State. His wife, Caroline, was 30 and had been born in Wisconsin. Mary was listed as five, Laura as three and Carrie as two-and-a-half. The Ingalls family Bible lists her birth as August 3, 1870 in Montgomery County, KS, so Carrie would have been nearly three weeks old. (not months). The Ingalls family was listed as the 89th resident in Rutland Township in 1870 census. The move from Montgomery County came about when a messenger came to the Ingall's cabin and told them the land was part of the Osage Indian Reserve. It is believed that the family left as soon as Caroline was able to travel after Carrie's birth. If they had only stayed a short time longer they could have filed for a legal claim as Congress passed an act to buy the Osage Diminished Reserve from the Indians. The Osages signed the treaty September 10 selling the land to the U. S. Government f!
per acre. This didn't include the Cherokee strip. At the time the old town of Coffeyville, then called Parker, was located on land that was part of the Cherokee Strip so they settled on the other side of the river and our town of Coffeyville was born. Citizens of the old town were unhappy because of the coup by which the new town had been settled.
My husband's paternal grandmother's family came to Montgomery Co., KS in 1871 and settled on a hometead here. His paternal grandfather's family came in the 1880's. My family were newcomers, they didn't come until 1928 when they moved here from Texas Co., MO.
This is also the town where the Dalton gang met their end in 1892 when they tried to rob both banks at the same time. My husband grew up on land that had been in the elder Dalton family at one time, part of a fireplace is still there today and where they ground corn and wheat on a big rock is there. The story in his family is that his great grandfather was on his way from his homestead to sell his apples in Coffeyville when he met a traveling circus wagon and missed the Dalton raid.
Billie Erin Walsh <> wrote:
The Cherokee Nation bordered on Arkansas. The Cherokee Outlet was land
given to the Cherokee's for hunting. It ran along the northern boundary
of what is now Oklahoma west from the Osage Nation to No Mans Land.
An interesting bit of trivia, that even most Okies don't know is that
the Cherokee Strip was actually a half mile wide strip of the northern
border of the Cherokee Outlet that became a part of Kansas. From about
1880 until about 1890 the Cherokee Outlet was leased from the Cherokee's
by a group of cattlemen predominantly from Texas to raise herds of
cattle. This made it easier to reach the rail heads in Kansas with
fatter and healthier cattle. They also didn't have to pay the tribes for
passage across their lands to get to Kansas from Texas. Those old
westerns got a LOT of stuff wrong. For more information about he
Cherokee Strip Livestock Association look at:
There isn't much known about this group and their activities and that is
about all I have ever been able to find out. I apologize for the poor
quality of the scanned picture. That is one of my "someday" projects. To
rescan it at a higher resolution and see if I can get better quality.
It's a large picture so I have to scan it in sections and stitch it back
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