Trip to Oklahoma Involved a Lost Canary and Lots of Wild Flowers

Woman recalls riding in a surrey with fringe on top, picking wild flowers and losing a canary as her family travels south to take part in Oklahoma Land Race.

| Good Old Days


We started from Missouri for Kiowa, Kansas, to be ready to take part in the land race into the Cherokee Strip. Someone had given me a canary, and the cage was hanging in the surrey with the fringe on top in which Mother, Grandmother and I were traveling. We got behind, and our mule was tough-mouthed and in a hurry to catch up with the crowd. The bottom of the cage fell out, and the bird flew away into the bushes. I couldn't catch it, and we had to go on.

We were two or three weeks on the road, and I saw Indians for the first time. Some of the men and boys wore their hair in long braids. We rented a house in Kiowa and waited for the land race. I remember many trips we took looking over the Cherokee Strip. There were pretty wild flowers, and I picked up buffalo horns until I had almost a wagon bed full.

I remember a celebration – Fourth of July, I guess, when they chased greased pigs. The one thing that stands out in my memory was a race of cowboys down the main street. Several geese were hung on a wire stretched across the street just in reach of a man on horseback. The trick was to pull off a goose head as the horses ran under the geese. One of the fellows jumped from his horse and gathered a handful of sand and got a goose head on his next try. I remember visiting a big ranch where the family had a nice chair made of buffalo horns.

Ethel McCurdy
Springfield, Missouri




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