Adair County News, Wednesday, October 4, 1905

From Oklahoma

    Foss, Sept. 18, 1905

Editor News:

I promised to write a letter to the News, telling the people of Old Kentucky about Oklahoma:

I landed here Friday, September 6, and am proud of the looks of the country, but crops are short this year. The people are as sociable as I ever met--meet friends on every side and they say they are glad to welcome us in the Territory. Horses, mules, cattle, hogs, etc., look well but the water is bad. The flint rock cannot be found here.

Land is worth between $2,000 and $5,000 a quarter section--160 acres. Water-melons grow here in great abundance, and very large. I bought one that would have weighed 50 or 60 pounds. The soil here runs from 15 to 20 feet deep. There is timber on the streams, and while on the praries you can see for miles.

The Washta river is a small stream, about the size of Russell's creek, but fish are caught out of it
weighing 80 pounds. Ducks are plentiful in the fall, so I am told.

There are people here from all over the United States, all doing well. The wind has been high since my arrival, and there has been one nice rain, putting the ground in fine shape for sowing wheat. Cotton picking in full blast.     /s/ J.F Medaris.

[This announcement appeared in the Wednesday, August 23, 1905 edition of the News:
"Public Sale
On Saturday, the 2d day of September, I will sell, at my residence, on the Burkesville road, two and one-half miles from Columbia, the following property to the highest bidder. Four head of horses, growing crop, farming tools, household and kitchen furniture. Terms made known day of sale. /s/ John F. Medaris."]