|Death: ||Jun., 1903|
HE DROPPED DEAD
A.J. Blackwell Suddenly Passes Away
HE WAS A TOWN BUILDER And Was the Founder of Blackwell
A.J. Blackwell, the founder of the city of Blackwell is dead. This forenoon John R. May received the following telegram:
Chelsea, I.T. - June 1903 Mr. Blackwell dropped dead this morning. Will be buried tomorrow at 4:30. - Rosa Blackwell.
A few weeks ago Mr. Blackwell moved his family from this City to Chelsea, I.T., to be nearer the scenes of some large business transactions he had recently engaged in. The announcement of his death was a great surprise, and the news rapidly spread throughout the city, many people being inclined to doubt the truth of the report, owing to the fact that he has been on one or two occasions during the past few years reported dead. A.J. Blackwell was probably close to sixty years old at the time of his death. He was born in the state of Mississippi, but spent a great many years in the Cherokee Nation, his wife being part Cherokee. During his latter years he accumulated a great deal of property and was a very wealthy man at the time of his death. He leaves a widow and three chhildren. A.J. Blackwell was a town builder. Long before the Cherokee Strip was opened to settlement he conceived the idea of building a city upon the present site of Blackwell. He secured the allotments, three eighties, and when the strip opened to settlement on Sept. 16th, 1893, this town had already been laid out and surveyed into lots, blocks and streets, with one house on the town site, a small frame building that now stands back of the Blackwell hotel on West Blackwell Avenue. The original name of this city was Blackwell Rock, but the citizens soon dispensed with the Rock and adopted the name of Blackwell. He afterwards founded the town of David, in the Cherokee Nation, and was also one of the founders of the town of Chelsea in the same country. (The Blackwell Sun, Blackwell, Oklahoma, June 25, 1903)
NOTE: This information was provided by John Ropp.
Founder of Blackwell, Ok.
Created by: Gwen Nolte
Record added: Mar 31, 2004
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