Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
Indian Pioneer History
Project for Oklahoma
Date: April 28, 1938
Name: Ed McCune *
Post Office: Lawton, Oklahoma
Residence Address: 409 South Ninth
Date of Birth: December 7, 1883
Place of Birth: Lampasas, Texas
Father: Not Listed *
Place of Birth: Ohio
Information on father:
Mother: Not Listed *
Place of birth: Arkansas
Information on mother:
Field Worker: Ophelia D. Vestal
I was born December 7, 1883, near
Lampasas, Texas; living there until I was about five years old, when with my
parents I came to Fort Sill by wagon, driving two mules and bringing two cows
and a few supplies.
When we came in sight of Fort Sill at
Arbuckle Hill, east of Lawton, my father stopped the wagon looking the country
over. My mother held me up to see Fort Sill but all I could see was the old
We moved on slowly toward Mount Scott,
finding a pretty fair location to camp, my father and the older boys finding
work to do cutting wood to supply Fort Sill. When I grew large enough I worked
in the wood, then worked at different jobs around the post and I have been
working ever since.
This was a beautiful country, the clearest
water, wonderful tall grass and pretty trees. An ideal spot for the big
cattlemen to lease the grass for their large herds of cattle.
In the early days in this country, people
were much different than they are now. Everyone was sociable and more
neighborly. On Sundays the young people would gather at one home, sing and
have good times, then the next Sunday they would gather at another home,
always a big bunch and have good times.
I was almost grown and remember this
incident very clearly. Some of the boys were told to carry some water and I
went along to help. When we got to the spring, not so far from the house, we
saw something partly uncovered. Dipping the water and taking it to the house
as soon as we could, we came back to find the hidden treasure. After digging
quite a while we found the remains of an Indian buried there long ago. After
finding some bracelets we decided it was a woman. Many times after that we
found some remains and one discovery was made; the Indian men did not have
bracelets and the women always had several bracelets.
A queer custom which the Indians had, and
all Indians know, thought very few white people knew of this custom, was when
an Indian wore a certain color bow between the shoulders it meant that Indian
was married, at another place on the back it meant they were engaged.
I have many real old Indian friends. Most
people think the Indians are queer, but I don't know of anyone more jolly than
they are to people they think are their real friends. We have had many
enjoyable hours together talking of our early days here.
At the northeast side of [name withheld]
is an old burying ground of the Indians.
I believe the records for the first county
courthouse show the cost of the building to be $1,540. This temporary building
was used a few years before the brick structure was erected and now a new
courthouse is under construction.
I am working at Fort Sill as a teamster
now, living in Lawton.
Submitter Comments - It is very
unfortunate that individual names were not probed for by the interviewer; for
example, one of the older boys referred to must be Robert A. White, a
half-brother of Ed McCune - but who are the others? The other known siblings
are female. There may have been more than one family supporting each
* Ed McCune's full name Henry Edgar
McCune; his father is Henry Patrick McCune; his mother is Altha Elizabeth
McCune is the mother of Ed McCune. Henry Edgar McCune, b. December 07, 1883, Lampasas,
TX; d. March 25, 1951, Ft. Sill, OK. Henry and his parents are buried in the
Fort Sill Military Cemetery. There is much more information about this family
and SW Oklahoma history at:
Transcribed by Jack Durham (
[email updated Sept. 2005]