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Biography of Tams Bixby

When historians of the future write of the state of Oklahoma, or recite the romance of the American Indian, they needs must tell the story of Tams Bixby. Above his signature five great Indian nations ceased to be, one hundred and one thousand red-men foreswore allegiance to their tribal chieftains to become citizens of the United States and twenty-one million acres of Indian hunting grounds were made ready for admission to the Union. It was in 1897 that Tams Bixby left Minnesota, where he had gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican state central committee and came to Indian Territory with a portfolio from President McKinley as a commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes. Here in the Indian Territory the people of the five tribes the Choctaws, Chickasaws, Cherokees, Seminoles and Creeks were making their last stand against the advancing civilization of the white man. Driven from their homes in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi they had migrated hence with great fortitude and suffering to a land that had been promised them “as long as grass grows and water flows.” Already they had adopted the white man’s modes of living in a rough wild way but they clung, with the fidelity of their fathers, to their tribal forms of government. Each nation owned its land in common, each red-man squatted upon that ground which best pleased him and there built his abode. And now the inevitable advance of the white man, the march of civilization that would not be denied, was pressing down upon them, crowding them further and further beyond-and there was no other place for them to...

Sager, John Robert – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon John Robert Sager, 84, of Baker City, died Aug. 30, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. Pastor Dennis Marttala will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the church. John was the first baby born at Bates. He was born there on Oct. 21, 1918, to Jack and Clara Sager. During his younger years he moved with his family to sawmill towns from Stillwater, Minn., to Glenwood, Wash., where he finished the seventh grade. The family then moved to Pondosa, where he completed the eighth grade and graduated from Union High School in 1937. John worked for Collins Lumber Co. in Pondosa for 21 years. During that time he spent a year in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1943. When the mill closed in Pondosa, John moved to Baker City in 1959 to work for Ellingson Lumber Co. He spent his working years as a lumber grader and finished his last years as head grader. John enjoyed the outdoors and spent most of his free time camping, hunting, and fishing. He especially enjoyed camping and fly-fishing in the Eagle Caps, hunting for chukars or deer on the breaks of the Snake River, and bait fishing on the Powder River. When John wasn’t enjoying the outdoors he was designing and building with wood. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA...

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