Samuel G. Gardner Submitted by: Marie Wong 1864: Samuel Greenwood Gardner born to Greenwood Gardner and Harriet James Gardner, September 25 1869: Florence A. Wolfe 1874: Samuel’s stepfather, Levi Crain was killed at Mt.Pleasant, Oklahoma 1886: Married Florence A. Wolfe at Armstrong Academy by Reverend W.J.B. Lloyd 1887: B.J.H. Gardner born October 24, Academy, C.N. 1891: William Roscoe Gardner born May 3, Paris, Texas 1891: Benjamin James Henry Gardner died September 5 and buried at Armstrong Academy 1896: Martin Luther Gardner born January 10, Academy, C.N. 1896: Enrollment on Choctaw Roll; 35 years of age; Male; ½ blood; Blue County; Father’s name—Green Gardner, dead; Blue County; Mother’s name—Harriet Gardner, dead; Blue County. Married to Florence Gardner; 30 years of age; Full White; Blue County; Father’s name—Henry Wolfe; County (indecipherable, Nor Certz, Non Letz?); Mother’s name—Mollie Wolfe, dead; Same indecipherable county. Children: Willie Gardner, son; 8 years; ¼ blood. Children: Martin L. Gardner, son; 4 years; ¼ blood. Children: Leroy Gardner, son; ¼ blood; 1 month old; born December 1, 1901; enrolled December 28, 1901. 1901: Leroy Gardner born December 1, Academy, C.N. 1901: December 28, 1901 Application for enrollment of Leroy Gardner as citizen of Choctaw Nation. 1906: No date, just an estimate. Application form filled out in script to have restrictions upon alienation of allotment removed. Total area of allotment, exclusive of homestead, described as follows: E ½ of NW ¼ of NE 4 of Sec 33 T5S R4W, SW 4 of NE 4 of S 33 T5S R4W and SE 4 of NW 4 of S33 T3S R4W 1906: Application to have restrictions upon the alienation of his surplus allotment removed. October 5, 1905 at Muskogee, Indian Territory. Q: What is your name? A: Samuel G. Gardner. Q: What is your post office address? A: Banty, Indian Territory. Q: What is your age? A: Forty-two years old. Q: Are you a citizen of the Choctaw Nation? A: Yes sir. Q: What degree of Indian blood are you? A: One-eighth. Q: Do you read and write the English language? A: Yes sir. Q: Is this your signature? A: Yes sir. Q: Where and for how long did you attend school? A: I attended school for three years at Spencer Academy; I also attended the neighborhood schools. Q: What personal property do you own? A: I have fifteen head of cattle, twenty head of hogs, one mule, and five head of horses, and some farming tools. Q: What is the value of your personal property? A: About $3,000. Q: What business experience have you had? A: Well, I worked for a wholesale house as clerk in Texas, and as well as on the Railroad Company, and on the section, and I also worked for a coal company selling and taking orders. Q: What is the largest sums of money you have ever had under your control at one time? A: About $1,000. Q: How did you invest this money? A: Supporting my family, and to stock and improve my place. Q: What improvements upon your homestead A: House, smokehouse, well, cribs and outhouse, and it is all under fence, but there is none in cultivation. Q: What do you value the improvement upon this land? A: I should judge about $1,000. Q: Was this money invested in personal property upon place and was it the result of your own earnings? A: Yes sir. Q: What do you value your surplus land at per acre? A: Locate your allotment with reference to the nearest town. A: Adelia, Indian Territory, about ¼ mile my land adjoins this town. Q: Have you made any bargain or contract to sell this land? A: No sir. Q: Have you leased it? A: No sir. Q: Are you a married man? A: Yes sir. Q: Has your wife an allotment? A: Yes sir. Q: Has she made any petition of the removal of her restrictions? A: She is an intermarried citizen. Q: Have you any children? A: Yes sir, three of them. Q: Give their names and ages. A: William, 15 years old, Martin L., 10 years old, and Leroy, 5 years old. Q: Have they received their allotments? A: Yes sir. Q: Has their allotments been leased? A: My oldest boy’s allotment has been leased. Q: Did you lease that as the natural guardian? A: Yes sir. Q: Any guardian ever been appointed by the United States court? A: No sir. Q: Do you want the restriction removed from the E/2 of NW/4 of NE/4 and SW/4 of NE/4 of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 4 West, containing 60 acres, is this correct? A: Yes sir, it is.
1906: October 5 Muskogee, Indian Territory, October 5, 1906. The United States Indian Agent, Union Agency, Muskogee, Indian Territory. Sirs: After a personal Examination of the applicant, SAMUEL G. GARDNER, I find him to be a citizen of the CHOCTAW Nation of one-eight degree of Indian blood. He has a good common school education, and has had considerable business experience. He has accumulated about $3,000, which he has invested in livestock and agricultural implements, and improvements upon his place. The testimony shows him to be a man competent to handle his own business affairs. Recommendation is made that the restrictions be removed from the E/2 of NW/4 of NE/4 and SW/4 of NE/4 of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 4 West, containing sixty acres.
Respectfully, E.A. Fagin Your Representative.
1906: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR UNITED STATE INDIAN SERVICE, UNION AGENCY, MUSKOGEE, INDIAN TERRITORY
OCTOBER 23, 1906 The Honorable, Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Sirs: I have the honor to submit herewith my report in the matter of the application, No. 7131, of SAMUEL G. GARDNER, a citizen of the CHOCTAW Nation, for the removal of restrictions upon the alienation of his allotment, exclusive of the homestead, under the Act of Congress approval
April 21, 1904.
Dana H. Kelsey United States Indian Agent
1906: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR UNION AGENCY.
Muskogee, Indian Territory, October 23, 1906. The Honorable The Secretary of the Interior. Sir: In the matter of application, No. 7131, of SAMUEL G. GARDNER, a citizen of the CHOCTAW Nation, for the removal of restrictions upon the alienation of his surplus allotment, I have the honor to submit the following report: The applicant is enrolled as one-half blood Indian. He is forty-two years of age, has a common school education, and has had considerable business experience. He is married and has three children, each of whom has received an allotment. His wife, who is also a citizen of the Choctaw Nation, has an allotment. The applicant has, through his own efforts, accumulated personal property, consisting of livestock and farming implements to the value of $3000. Mr. W.A. Fagin, my representative, reports the applicant as entirely competent to handle his own business affairs. I have therefore prepared a certificate covering sixty acres which the applicant desires to sell, the same being describes as follows: E/2 of the NW/4 of the NE/4 and the SW/4 of the NE/4 of Section 33, Township 5 South Range 4 West. The above-described tract of land is in the Chickasaw Nation; about twenty miles form the developed oil fields. Attached hereto are the following documents: I Copy of Petition. II Transcript of testimony and report of E.A. Fagin. III Recommendation that the restrictions upon the alienation of a portion of the allotment of the petitioner (describing same) exclusive of the homestead be removed. Respectfully submitted, Dana H. Kelsey, United States Indian Agent. CMS (MLS) Through the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. 1906: DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Washington I.T.D. 22202-1906 November 8, 1906. The Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Sirs: November 2, 1906 (Land 94956), your office transmitted the report of the U.S. Indian Agent, Union Agency, Indian Territory, relative to the application of Samuel G. Gardner, a Choctaw citizen, for the removal of restrictions upon the alienation of allotment, exclusive of homestead. The Agent, U.S. Indian Inspector for Indian Territory, and your office concur in the recommendation that the application be approved as to the following described portion of the applicant’s allotment, viz. E/2 of NW/4 of NE/4 and the SW/4 of NE/4 of Sec. 33, T. 5 S., R. 4 W., containing 60 acres. The Department also concurs, and has noted its approval upon the certificate, this approval to be effective thirty days from date. The papers in the matter are returned herewith. Respectfully, EA Hitchcock Secretary 3 enclosures. 1907: April 27 Department of the Interior. Commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribes. Documents shows Samuel G. Gardner enrolled as ½ Blood Choctaw. 1907: Applies to have restrictions upon the alienation of his surplus allotment removed June 3 at Hugo, Indian Territory Testimony follows: 1907: Applies to have restrictions upon the alienation of his surplus allotment removed June 3 at Hugo, Indian Territory Testimony follows: Q: What is your name? A: Samuel G. Gardner. Q: How old are you? A: 42 Q: What is your post office address? A: Banty, Indian Territory. Q: What Nation do you belong? A: Choctaw Nation. Q: What degree of Indian blood are you? A: One-half. Q: Do you read and write the English language? A: Yes sir. Q: How many years did you attend the English schools? A: About two years. Q: What schools did you attend? A: Spencer Academy. Q: Can you do the necessary figuring to transact your own business? A: Yes sir. Q: What is your business? A: Farming. Q: How many acres as a rule do you farm during the year? A: Well, I am controlling about 400 acres of land. Q: Are you a married man? A: Yes sir. Q: Living upon your allotment? A: No sir, I live upon my wife’s allotment. Q: What is the location of your allotment with reference to the nearest town? A: My allotment is located about 30 miles west of Ardmore. Q: Does your homestead and surplus land adjoin/? A: Yes sir. Q: What improvement is there upon your homestead? A: I have a three-room house and about 40 acres under fence. Q: What improvements are there upon your homestead? A: Nothing more than under fence and in cultivation. Q: What is the land worth per acre? A: $50 per acre. Q: What have you in the way of personal property? A: I have six head of horses, 15 head of cattle, and about 25 or 30 head of hogs, and farming implements necessary to carry on a farm. Q: What is the largest sum of money you ever had under your control at any one time? A: About $1,200. Q: How many children have you? A: Three. Q: Have each of those children allotments? A: Yes sir. Q: Is your allotment leased or rented? A: It is rented, for a third and fourth. Q: How many acres are there in cultivating upon your surplus land? A: Eighty acres. Q: Have you made a bargain or contract for the sale of any portion of your surplus land? A: No sir. Q: Why do you wish to have your restrictions removed? A: Well, I am weakly and unable to work and I though I would have them removed. The United States Indian Agent, Union Agency, Muskogee, Indian Territory Sir: After a personal examination I find the applicant, SAMUEL G. GARDNER, to be a citizen of the CHOCTAW Nation, of one-half degree of Indian blood, forty-two years of age, has only attended school but two years. Notwithstanding this fact he is quite a business an. Applicant is a farmer by occupation and looks after the cultivation of four hundred acres of land. He has had $1200 under his control at one time. He has a fair amount of personal property and I judge is competent to look after his own business affairs. I believe there will be no mistake in the removal of his restrictions, would therefore recommend favorable action. Respectfully, HC Cusey Your representative HCC (OKC) 1907 June 18, Muskogee. Letter from Kelsey transmitting 15 applications to remove restrictions on allotments, including: No. 7131-SAMUEL G. GARDNER. CHOCTAWS. The applicant is enrolled as a one-half blood Indian opposite roll#?. He is 42 years of age and although he had attuned school but two years, he is a practical and up-to-date farmer and controls the cultivation of about 400 acres of land each year. He has through his own efforts accumulated considerable personal property, consisting of livestock and farming implements. He desires the restrictions removed from his surplus land, which he values at $50 per acre, so that he may either sell a portion of his surplus allotment, or borrow money with which to make necessary improvements upon his allotment. 1910: Letter from Indian Agency, Tishomingo, May 28, 1910 to Kelsey, Indian Superintendent. Sirs: There is transmitted herewith, in duplicate, the application of Samuel G. Gardner, a ½ blood Choctaw citizen of Banty, Oklahoma for the removal of restrictions from his entire homestead allotment, unconditionally. This applicant is 45 years of age, is married and has three children, his wife and all children being enrolled, and he is living on his wife’s homestead allotment hear Banty, Oklahoma. This applicant is of more than the ordinary intelligence, and looks to be not more than ¼ blood citizen. He states that he is suffering with kidney and lung trouble, is in very poor health and is unable to work. Judging from appearance, I am of the opinion that he foregoing statement is true. He states that he has been suffering for the last eight years, and that he has been advised by his physician that it was necessary for him to seek a different climate if he hoped to regain his health. He has disposed of his surplus allotment receiving $1250.00 therefore, and states that $500.00 was expended fro the doctor bills, between $300.00 and $400.00 in schooling for his children, and the balance for living expenses. His wife has also sold her surplus allotment, using the money in building a house, purchasing a team and farming implements, paying doctor bills, and in supporting the family. In view of the physical condition of this allottee, and the fact that he is intelligent and capable of taking care of his affairs to his best interest, and the further fact that his family are all enrolled and have allotments, it is respectfully recommended that the restrictions be removed from the land described herein unconditionally. This application was forwarded to this office for report by the District Agent’s Office at Atoka, Oklahoma. Respectfully, EC Backinstoce District Agent EHC – Encl 1910: August 13 All restrictions removed on land of Samuel G. Gardner I have the honor to transmit herewith an application for the removal of restriction under the provisions of Section I of the Act of Congress approved May 27, 1908, to-wit: 5633 Samuel G. Gardner, ½ blood Choctaw 45 years of age, 110 acres homestead. This is all the restricted land the applicant has. The restrictions were removed upon his surplus under date of June 29, 1907 and District Agent, Backinstoce reports that he sold same for $1250.00. The applicant has been in poor health for a number of years and his physician advises him to seek another climate. He is married and has three children, all of who have allotments. The District Agent ahs made a careful investigation of this case and is in the opinion that the applicant is perfectly capable of looking after his own affairs. It is respectfully recommended that the restrictions be removed without condition upon the land described in enclosed order. Same is not considered valuable for oil and gas mining purposes. Respectfully, Dana H. Kelsey United States Indian Superintendent 1930: Samuel G. Gardner died January 26, buried at Armstrong academy, Oklahoma 1940: Florence A Wolfe died September 21, buried at Armstrong, Oklahoma.