Homesteading in Oklahoma Required Trip by Covered Wagon

Husband participates in land race, and woman recalls homesteading after his death.


| Good Old Days



My homesteading experience included my husband taking part in the Oklahoma Land Race.

We moved to the place in October with a 5-week-old baby and two other children. My husband drove the covered wagon, and I drove the covered spring wagon. Before we started, I baked up a lot of bread and some cakes and packed them in a wash boiler. One evening one of the horses got loose and ate nearly all of our bread and cakes.

Our home was to be about a mile and a half across the Cimarron. It didn't look like much. Our first home was a dugout, then a soddy, then a log house. Finally, we built a nice home.

In 1894, a little girl was born, making four children. In July that same year my husband died of cancer. Things looked gloomy, but the children and I stayed on. I had to prove up on the farm the next year to keep from being contested. I have a patent signed by President Teddy Roosevelt.

When my husband died, our oldest child was 10 and the youngest three months. I plowed and planted and got by somehow. The children did what they could to help. I am 88 years old now, and when I am through with our "claim," it will go to them.

Mrs. N.E. Cannon
Butler, Oklahoma





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