Example of promoting a new townsite.
The McKnight Leader
Published in McKnight, Oklahoma
Publisher: GEORGE D. LATHAM
Vol. 1, No. 1
August 23, 1901
In launching the McKnight Leader, we do it with the interest of â€¦
All aboard for this beautiful city. Lots in McKnight are on tap at reasonable figures, but fast growing. McKnight is the place to invest your money. We ask everybody who wants to locate in Comanche County to visit McKnight. For high standing in morals and business, the settlers at McKnight can not be surpassed. If you are coming, come on to McKnight, the garden of Comanche. More water, better water, freer water here than in any other town in the County. The City of McKnight has before it a wonderful bright future. It is surrounded with a large area of the finest farming section in this country. It is well supplied with an abundance of good soft water at a depth of 20 feet. We are also blessed with an abundance of fine timber ample for home consumption. McKnight is centrally located for a county seat, 15 miles north of the Texas line, 18 miles west of the Indian Territory, 21 miles southeast of Lawton with ample room for the organization of a new county which is almost entirely a white manâ€™s county as the Indians have but few allotments in a radius of country 22 x 86 miles surrounding McKnight. We have three prospective railroads leading to our little city. First, the Rock Island leading south from Lawton; second, the Choctaw leading west from Ardmore; third, the Frisco leading southwest from Oklahoma City to Chickasha, thence to Lawton, then Wichita Falls,, Texas which we will be the first railroad to reach us. The present population of McKnight at present when the citizens are all in town will exceed 500 souls with a daily increase from 100 to 250.
LATHAM HOWEL and CHILDERS re the proper parties to see if whish to procure property in McKnight.
If you wish to be located on first class claims or town property you could do no better than to see VEATCH and CRAWFORD on East Main St. at McKnight.
REV. T. J. ERWIN and W. M. DAVIS representing the Presbyterian church was in the city Tuesday to secure a site for their church.
MRS. MINNIE E. WALTER, mother of Commissioner Walter, and MRS. M. BELLAMY spent several days in the City this week.
W.N. WILLIAMS and wife, W.J. SKAGGS and wife, and Mrs. Dr. SHULL of Comanche were in the City Wednesday, looking after their property interests.
Deputy sheriff REUBEN E. MILLER is hauling lumber to build his large store building on LATHAM street which will be filled with general merchandise.
WALTER, BELLAMY, and TAYLOR, the McKnight townsite commissioners, finished their official survey of the City of McKnight Wednesday last.
The lakes about McKnight are swarming with fish.
The report that has been heralded abroad that McKnight is a town subject to overflow is unfounded and untrue and has been gold b designing parties who want people who may settled in McKnight to help build up other towns in which, they, the designers, are financially interested. The report was started by stockmen who did not want their cattle range and pastures disturbed by the settles. The townsite is located on the highest portion of one of the finest valleys on Cache Creek with about 25 acres on a nice high hillside for resident property.
Col. WILL R. HAYNES will by and sell lots in McKnight for your. Transfer papers prepared according to law.
J. ASBERY of Lexington left for his home Friday after looking after his property interests here.
The good citizens of this City are showing their faith in the future of McKnight by putting their good money into permanent improvements. There are at least 15 holdings in course of construction with as many wells drilled while there are scores of others who have purchased lots and are preparing to build and go into business.
One of the most pleasant sights to our citizens is the appearance of the families and women and children moving to this City and permanently locating.
Colonel B. H. HOWLE of Alabama is one of our most prominent citizens and is doing a great deal for our town. He has three wells already furnishing plenty of water on his property in this city and will soon have three nice business houses erected. He is doing much for the town and expresses himself as having great faith in its future.
GEORGE D. LATHAM, B. H. HOWLE, and Judge S. W. CHILDERS have formed a co-partnership for the purpose of dealing in real estate and loaning money.
MR. HARRY HOLT will be our postmaster as soon as his application now in can be acted upon. Mr. Holt is an elegant gentleman and in business here.
For Choice Residence Los and Business Property, see S. N. HOIG on East Main Street.
S. W. CHILDERS, attorney at law, McKnight, Oklahoma