Dewey County, Oklahoma Settlers Relied on Hunting

A man and his brother, two Oklahoma settlers, worked together on homesteads in Dewey County, Oklahoma.

| Good Old Days

My daddy and his brother worked together improving their places in Dewey County, Oklahoma, and lived in a covered wagon while they built their house.

Turning the sod with a team of horses and a sod plow, cutting it to workable lengths, hauling it on a sled made from logs, and stacking it to the proper height for walls took many days and a lot of work.

They chopped down a large tree with an ax for the ridge pole. Small trees cut for rafters were covered first with brush, then with cut grass, and then with dirt thrown over the brush and straw.

At the windows they tacked hides or whatever they could get ahold of. They had to take time out to hunt for their food. They shot wild game, such as turkeys and pheasants, or if lucky, perhaps a buffalo.

By the time my daddy and uncle finished, they had three sod houses. Daddy, his brother, their mother and sister, all took up claims a mile apart down Cottonwood Creek.

Some time later a neighbor built a saw-mill, and the men cut down big cotton woods and dragged them to the mill. They cut enough lumber to cover the roofs and to build some outbuildings for stock. 

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