Finding Aid: George W. Benge

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 65 items
Period covered: 1885 - 1919
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: These papers concern the circuit court of which G.W. Benge was judge at the time. There are letters and "House Bills" regarding the sale of land in the Cherokee Outlet - especially some dealing with E.D. Chadwick and R.T. Wilson. One document, an amendment to House Bill No. 10,002, relates to the "Old Settlers or Western Cherokees Fund." There is one petition asking that the town of Catoosa be incorporated. Most of the items consist of correspondence to and from G.W. Benge (1853 - 1919) a Cherokee of some prominence in the tribe. He was a delegate to the Sequoya Constitutional Convention (1905) and Judge of the Circuit Court at Tahlequah, Indian Territory. Interesting item: In Folder 24, one De Gar du Nah Judge signs an affidavit to the effect that while under the influence of whiskey and because he had been given a pair of shoes, he voted for Joel B. Mayes running on the Downing Ticket. He says that otherwise he would have voted for G. W. Benge who was running on the National Ticket.
Written in the Cherokee Language.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
George W. Benge, Folder 1 Letter from D. W. Bushyhead to R. L. Owen, Indian Agent, Muskogee, I.T.

Letter from D. W. Bushyhead to R. L. Owen, Indian Agent, Muscogee, and I.T. concerning some accusations of altering returns in the election of Chief and councilors.
Folder 1

January 5, 1888
George W. Benge, Folder 2 Quarterly report of permits issues by Clerk of Tahlequah

Quarterly report of permits issues by Clerk of Tahlequah
Folder 2

June 30, 1886
George W. Benge, Folder 3 List of names and finances written in Cherokee syllabary

List of names and finances written in Cherokee syllabary
Folder 3

1888
George W. Benge, Folder 4 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 4

1888
George W. Benge, Folder 5 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 5

1889
George W. Benge, Folder 6 Letter from H. H. Trott, Mayor of Downingville, Cherokee Nation, to G. W. Benge

Letter from H. H. Trott, Mayor of Downingville, Cherokee Nation, to G. W. Benge requesting Benge to reinstate a case verdict that was not popular with the residents of the town.
Folder 6

June 17, 1889
George W. Benge, Folder 7 Letter from H. H. Trott to Honorable Judge Benge

Letter from H. H. Trott to Hon. Judge Benge concerning refilling the jury box.
Folder 7

November 24, 1889
George W. Benge, Folder 8 Listing of names in Cherokee and English

Listing of names in Cherokee and English
Folder 8

1889
George W. Benge, Folder 9 Letter to Benge written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter to Benge written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 9

June 19, 1890
George W. Benge, Folder 10 Letter from Percy Wyly, Sheriff, Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation, to Benge

Letter from Percy Wyly, Sheriff, Delaware District of the Cherokee Nation, to Benge, concerning two Cherokees under arrest and wanting the case to be held early.
Folder 10

August 15, 1890
George W. Benge, Folder 11 Letter from D. M. Lipe to Benge

Letter from D. M. Lipe to Benge concerning the Oo-Wa-La Indian Territory being leased by noncitizens and causing duress among the full bloods. The letter also mentions the coming election for Chief.
Folder 11

November 19, 1890
George W. Benge, Folder 12 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 12

1890
George W. Benge, Folder 13 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 13

1890
George W. Benge, Folder 14 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 14

1890
George W. Benge, Folder 15 Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter written in the Cherokee syllabary
Folder 15

1890
George W. Benge, Folder 16 Letter from D. M. Lipe to Benge

Letter from D. M. Lipe to Benge discussing the coming election for chief and a cattle law which is on the books that will have adverse effects locally with the influx of Texas cattle.
Folder 16

January 7, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 17 Letter from "Catoosa" to Benge

Letter from "Catoosa" to Benge referring to the coming election and the reaction in Claremore. The last section of the letter is written in the Cherokee syllabary.
Folder 17

January 10, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 19 A legal document to the Marshal for Indian Territory

A legal document to the Marshal for Indian Territory directing that 35 black walnut logs be retrieved from Ed Adair and James Tittle and delivered to William Winsell.
Folder 19

May 12, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 20 Summons to Ed Adair and James Tittle to appear in court on May 1, 1891

Folder 20

April 23, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 21 Letter to Benge with election news from Coffeyville

Letter to Benge with election news from Coffeyville
Folder 21

May 28, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 22 Tax receipt for Hart, Vann & Company, family grocery store in Fort Gibson, C.N.

Tax receipt for Hart, Vann & Company, family grocery store in Fort Gibson, C.N.
Folder 22

October 17, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 23 Grocery License for Hart, Vann & Co. in Fort Gibson, C.N.

Grocery License for Hart, Vann & Co. in Fort Gibson, C.N.
Folder 23

October 17, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 24 Letter from Delaware District Sheriff, Percy Wyly, to Judge Benge

Letter from Delaware District Sheriff, Percy Wyly, to Judge Benge requesting the Grand and Civil Jury list any information on the third party progress in coming elections.
Folder 24

February 2, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 25 An Affidavit sworn before William Rasmus, U.S. Commissioner in Indian Territory

An Affidavit sworn before William Rasmus, U.S. Commissioner in Indian Territory to the effect that for whiskey and a pair of shoes votes were purchased for Joel Mayes, as Cherokee Chief.
Folder 25

October 21, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 26 A note written in the Cherokee syllabary

A note in the Benge papers written in the Cherokee syllabary.
Folder 26

June 25, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 27 A one page note written in the Cherokee syllabary

Folder 27

June 28, 1891
George W. Benge, Folder 28 A four-page note written in Cherokee syllabary

Folder 28

July 4, 1892
George W. Benge, Folder 29 A letter signed by Thomas Keener to the Honorable Judge Benge written in the Cherokee syllabary

Letter signed by Thomas Keener in Chouteau to the Honorable Judge Benge written in the Cherokee syllabary. A handwritten note in English at the bottom implores, "Please you must write to me Son."
Folder 29

September 10, 1892
George W. Benge, Folder 30 A letter on Benge and Shelton stationery written in the Cherokee syllabary

A letter on G.W. Benge, Harvey W.C. Shelton, Attorneys-at-Law stationery written in the Cherokee syllabary.
Folder 30

July 28, 1892
George W. Benge, Folder 31 A letter from D.W. Bushyhead to George Benge about a political meeting

A Letter from D.W. Bushyhead to George W. Benge, Esq., with transcription, about getting George Butler to a meeting and supporting the Nationals in power.
Folder 31

August 11, 1893
George W. Benge, Folder 32 Council Bill Number 7 Petition from the citizens of Catoosa to the Council in Tahlequah

Council Bill no 7 Petition from the citizens of Catoosa to the Council in Tahlequah asking to be incorporated on the same terms as the town of Fort Gibson with transcript and envelope. Passed the Lower House November 16, 1893.
Folder 32

November 11, 1893
George W. Benge, Folder 33 Letter from Edwin D. Chadick of the Cherokee Nation Executive Department to the Honorable C.I. Harris, Principal Chief Cherokee Nation

Letter with transcript from Edwin D. Chadick to C.I. Harris, Principal Chief Cherokee Nation with the proposition to purchase over six million dollars in Cherokee bonds to deposit $100,000 in the National Bank of Commerce in St. Louis as good faith guarantee.
Folder 33

December 13, 1893
George W. Benge, Folder 34 Resolution dealing with Chadick bond proposal

Resolution by the National Council of the Cherokee Nation with transcript to accept Chadick proposal for buying bonds.
Folder 34

December 18, 1893
George W. Benge, Folder 36 Document is written in the Cherokee syllabary

This document is written in the Cherokee syllabary and is on the letterhead of Max Hoop, Proprietor of U. S. Witness Store.
Folder 36

June 7, 1893
George W. Benge, Folder 41 Published copy of House Resolution 134

A published copy of House Resolution 134 approving the Cherokee Outlet loan of Edwin Chadick and R. T. Wilson and Company. This proposal was discussed in December 1893.
Folder 41

March 6, 1894
George W. Benge, Folder 42 A published report by the House of Representatives opposition to House Bill 134

A published report by the House of Representatives opposition to House Bill 134 concerning the Cherokee Nation's loan to Edwin Chadick and R. T. Wilson and Company.
Folder 42

March 10, 1894
George W. Benge, Folder 43 Letter from W. A. Duncan to the Honorable George Benge

Letter from W. A. Duncan to the Honorable George Benge regarding Duncan's explanation of the progress on the "Strip" deal and the impending visit by a government official to ascertain the facts of the loan.
Folder 43

April 6, 1894
George W. Benge, Folder 52 Typed copy of a Contract of Agreement between the Texas Cherokees, George Benge, and others

A typed copy of a Contract of Agreement between the Texas Cherokees, George Benge, and others, and Daniel B. Henderson of Kansas City, Missouri, to act as their legal counsel.
Folder 52

April 30, 1901
George W. Benge, Folder 53 Report of the Business Committee of the Texas Cherokees on which George Benge served

A typed report of the Business Committee of the Texas Cherokees on which George Benge served.
Folder 53

September 28, 1905
George W. Benge, Folder 54 Contract between the Cherokee Nation and J. M. Keys

A typed contract between the Cherokee Nation and J. M. Keys in which Keys is given the power to serve subpoenas.
Folder 54

May 31, 1906
George W. Benge, Folder 55 Letter from C. G. Matheny to George Benge and a copy of a land office document dated December 6, 1876

A typed letter from C. G. Matheny to George Benge which includes an enclosed copy of a land office document dated December 6, 1876 and also states Matheny's proposed fee for services in helping the Cherokees claim title to their Texas lands.
Folder 55

January 1913
Typed copy of a land office document dated December 6, 1876, with a typed letter

Typed copy of a land office document dated December 6, 1876, enclosed with a typed letter from C. G. Matheny to George Benge concerning Texas Cherokee lands.
Folder 55

early 20th century
George W. Benge, Folder 56 Typed letter from C. G. Matheny to George Benge

Typed letter from C. G. Matheny to George Benge in which a visit by Matheny is announced.
Folder 56

April 8, 1918
George W. Benge, Folder 57 Typed letter from C. G. Matheny to the Honorable George W. Benge, Tahlequah

Typed letter from C. G. Matheny to the Honorable George W. Benge, Tahlequah, regarding Matheny's planned trip to Texas to discuss Texas Cherokee land claims during the Texas legislative session.
Folder 57

February 3, 1919
George W. Benge, Folder 58 Letter from C. G. Matheny to Miss Benge expressing sorrow at the death of her father, George Benge

Typed letter from C. G. Matheny to Miss Benge expressing sorrow at the death of her father, George Benge.
Folder 58

February 18, 1919
George W. Benge, Folder 59 Bill for the Sale of the Indebtedness of the United States to the Cherokee Nation

Typed Bill for the Sale of the Indebtedness of the United States to the Cherokee Nation and for Other Purposes.
Folder 59

early 20th century
George W. Benge, Folder 60 Essay by Miss Ossie Wiggins

Essay by Miss Ossie Wiggins, Salutatorian, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, Texas, concerning Texas Cherokee Claim of land rights. This essay won an award in 1913.
Folder 60

June 7, 1913
George W. Benge, Folder 62 A typed Resolution of the Council of the Old Settler Cherokees

A typed Resolution of the Council of the Old Settler Cherokees.
Folder 62

mid-19th century
George W. Benge, Folder 63 Document written in the Cherokee syllabary

Document written in the Cherokee syllabary.
Folder 63

1888