Alva Pioneer 1904

Information from the 1904 Souvenir Edition - of the Alva Pioneer, Friday, Jan. 1, 1904, Vol. 11, No. 16, by W. F. Hatfield, Alva, Woods Co., Oklahoma. W. F. Hatfield, Publisher Daily and Weekly Pioneer editor, sold the Souvenir Edition in 1904 for 50-Cents. It was printed to celebrate Alva's tenth anniversary since the opening of 1893.

The sketch that the Alva Pioneer used on that day, January 1, 1904, was drawn by Mr. Geo. V. Cummins, of then Winchester, Oklahoma., seventeen (17) miles northwest from Alva. The Pioneer wrote that Mr. Cummins ... made the race and still lives in that vicinity. Many old-timers who have seen this sketch and from Cummins observations as reported in the Alva Pioneer, It is a good and truthful representation of that momentous event -- the greatest horse-race that ever occurred on earth or will ever occur again.

The Great Race For Homes, Saturday, Sept. 16th, 1893

The Alva Pioneer reported on January 1, 1904 that the first thing that happened was the Great Race for homes, saturday, September 16th, 1893.

The Pioneer goes on to state, The line-up was 168 miles long on the north line of the Cherokee strip, (and south line of Kansas) extending from the Arkansas river near Arkansas City, Kansas, west to the west line of what is now Woodward County, Okla., and 159 miles along the south line of the strip, from the east line of Logan county, Okla., west to the Texas line. It has been variously estimated that 300,000 to 500,000 people made the race on that day; and the thrilling incidents and accidents of the day and for a few weeks thereafter, would make a larger book than has ever yet been published. The progress of the people in developing the country and building of towns and cities since the opening is more strange than even Aladin would have been capable of dreaming.

The Souvenir Edition of The Alva Pioneer dated Friday, January 1, 1904 was published by W. F. Hatfield, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. It gives historical facts leading up to the opening to settlement and a brief sketch of the agitation during the years 1879 to 1889, mentioning the chief and pioneer agitator - Captain David L. Payne.

As the weeks pass by I will add little bits of stories about the pioneers that settled in NW Oklahoma and some pictures depicting the birth of this fast growing community and the people who pushed and pulled it along back in 1904.

1895 - Alva, Okla. Downtown Square

1895 Alva Downtown Square
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Alva Pioneer 1904 Links
Agitator & Oklahoma Run
U. S. Land Office
Alva Tidbits of 1903
1904 - Early Recollections
1st Bridge & Frame Building
Oklahoma Broom Corn
Oklahoma Beats the World
Scott Cummins, Pilgrim Bard
Tenderfoot Girl in the West
In Oklahoma - Early 1900 poem
Woods Co. Schools - 1904
Alva Pioneer Staff
1st Newspaper
The Scramble for Land
Eagle Furniture Store & Undertaking
1904 Letter to Editor - John Culver
Summary - Annual Report 1903