Braman, Oklahoma History

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Paul Reeves

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Located in northern Kay County, Braman is situated on U.S. Highway 177, five miles south of the Kansas-Oklahoma border. A post office was established on April 11, 1898. Also in 1898 the Kansas and Southeastern Railroad (sold to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in 1899) built across the Kansas-Oklahoma Territory border from Hunnewell to Braman, named for railroad developer Dwight Braman. On January 9, 1899, Braman was incorporated. J. W. Whistler and others opened the Citizens State Bank in 1899. Early-day weekly newspapers included the Star and the Leader, both of which supported the Republican Party. In 1900, 249 people called the town home.[2]

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The local economy has been based on wheat and oil production. By 1907 statehood the town's population stood at 300. On April 25, 1911, the state bank converted to a national charter and became the First National Bank of Braman. By that time the community had several grain elevators, general stores, and blacksmiths to serve the surrounding agricultural area. Religion has been important to community life, as evidenced by the presence of the First United Methodist Church, the First Baptist Church, and the First Christian Church. In the 1920s, when oil was discovered in the area, the population temporarily increased from 396 to approximately five thousand. By 1930 the number had stabilized at 507, the peak year of population.[2]

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For the next fifty years the town remained an agricultural center that declined from more than four hundred in 1940 to three hundred in 1970. At the turn of the twenty-first century Braman, with 244 residents, served as a "bedroom" community. The school system comprised grades preschool through high school. Recreational facilities included two lighted athletic fields, one for boys' baseball and one for girls' softball. Braman also had a swimming pool and a park with a walking trail, playground equipment, and volley ball court. The town complex consisted of a volunteer fire department, a clerk's office, and a community room. Businesses included a tractor tire dealer, a trucking business, and other small enterprises.[2]


This Braman History marker is two sided one side tells the History of Brman and the othe side lists all the businesses and people that ran them from years ago.[1]

The Text Reads: Braman

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When the Santa Fe Railroad was extended from Hunnewell, Kansas to Tonkawa, a railroad promoter named J.W.Whistler chose the midway point as a goodlocation for a town. With B.J.Templeton he bought the 160-acre Sam Garrison farm and platted 80 acres of it as a townsite. Dwight Braman, a surveyor for the railroad offered to survey the land free of charge if the town was named after him. On January 9, 1889 more than 5years after the land run which opened The Cherokee Outlet to homesteaders. The town was incorporated, the citizens of the area donated $3,000 to build the railroad depot. The business district soon had a general store, bank, grocery, meat market, lumber yard, three elevators, implement and hardware company, two saloons, hotel, livery barn, two doctors, and three barbers. The Post office opened April 11, 1898 and the first newspaper was published December 30, 1899. The Masonic Lodge was founded in 1904, by this date four churches, Baptist, Methodist, Christian and Church of Christ had been established. The Royal neighbors and modern woodmen were active.[1]

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Every Saturday nightduring the summer there was a band concert and parades were staged to celebrate the fourth of July and the anniversary of the land run. One of the first schools had three teachers and 121 students. A new building which cost $15,000 was dedicated in 1915. It had eight class rooms an auditorium and a gymnasium. A new High School was built in 1926.

With the discovery of oil in the nearby fields the city officals began to modernize the town. Between 1924-1927 an electric light and water sytem was installed, a water storage tank constructed, sanitary sewers built and the highway between Blackwell to Braman paved.

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Then on May 21, 1925 the Herbert Oil Company Community test well No.1 on the J.H. Belmer tract at the northeast corner of town blew in. Initially the gusher produced 40 barrels per hour form the Tonkawa sand. By June 19 the local paper reported that more than one million dollars had been spent for drilling within the corporate limits of the town. By the end of the first week in June half the town was under lease. Heavy drilling equipment was parked on church yards and on the school grounds. At one time during the year there were 38 derricks on the Braman 25 blocks. The population grew from less than 400 to 5,000 in just 40 days. Business hours were open 24 hours a day. Every room in the hotels, rooming houses, and residences were filled with people camped in parks and along the roadside. In July derricks were built on every available location in and around town. But the Boom was over by Novemeber 1925. The first Mayor of Braman was Bert Payne, John Smith was probably the scond followed in 1924 by Ed "Hog" Miller. In 1927 Horace Kline was mayor, then Hyle Horne, Ed Johnston was elected in 1932 and served the community for 40 years. More oil was found in 1937, but the Boom did not return.[1]

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Dedicated May 26,1985 by Cher-Ok-Kan Gateway Association, Founded 1970 Chester and Francine Hasslbring, Mrs. Glen Peel, Mrs. Hope Sober Committee[1]

On the back side of the Marker the test is as follows:

Implements, Hardware & General Merchandise: B.G.Payne, Mr. Jerone, Monyes & Salem, F.Free, H.C. Scott & Sam Garrison, Hugh Hutton, Priboth & Brown, V.C. Van Geison & Collins, Raymond Hutton & Roy Miller, R.T.Peck, D.F.Mooter.
Groceries: L.J.Bibbler, Quince Brown, Hugh Johnston, Moore, Chappel's, W.L.Williams, Garrison & Carter, L.R. Willey, C.H. Lucas & Wommack, George Miller, O.E. Lincoln, Herman Easterday, Reynolds & Symonds, Page & Thompson, Felibles, E.E. Steeves, Homer Trummel, D. Walcher & son, Igert & Hines, Furber's.
Dry Goods & Clothing: Kalif & Waris, Max Gunther: Manning: Tepee Ladies Shop: Mrs. Fair.
Banks: Citizens State Bank, W.J. Whistler, B.J.Templeton, W.A.S. Tough, J.M.Searles, L.W Hamton, D.L. Wetmore: A.O. Via R.E. Burks, Farmers State Bank, William Orr, A.D. Garrison, Ruby Jones, Hugh H. Hutton, H.C.Scott, L.B.Lenker, Aaron Bierbower.

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Elevators: H.E. Horne, Lamport & Duncan Mill, Eben & Frank Decker's, Braman Mill, Geo B. Foltz, MGR. Blackwell Mill and Elevator, Deer Creek Elevator, Dick Farrah, Oper., Ed Johnston Feed Store & Produce.
Lumber Yards: Bert & Charles Duncan, Wommack & Hanita: Harry Craigin, C.N. Simmons MGR: Rock Island, Gene Cox, E.R. Franks, MGRS: Rounds & Porter, W.R. Pickering, Ben F. Browning, MGR. Bill& Sam Orr Lumber.
Drug Stores: Yeager & Pulton: City; Haunschild's; Paul Hanson's; Smith's; L.B. Lenker's; Fred H. Bacher; Palace; OGG & McCullough, Worthy Wiles.
Hotels: Buckle, T.K. Ticker, Sante Fe; J.W. Dinnewell, Broadway Hotel with dinning room, Mr. & Mrs. Horace Kline owners, Getters, Braman Hoteel, H.B. Jones, York & West MGRS, Dick & Artie Farrah.
Resturants & Cafes: John & Carrie Rider, American, Sunkist, U.C. Chadwell: Oilman's Cafe; Chilli Bill's Cafe.
Auto Agencies: Reo & Chalmers, V.C. Van Gieson; Fords, J.C. Moore & Bill Doenges; Chevrolets, E.B. Baum Jr.; New Era Cars, A.P. Talkington, Orville Harvee Fords & Cleveland Tractors, John Orr & Clarence Hood.
Service Stations: Miller's; Kelle's; Clarence Hoods; Will Orr's; Taylor and Sheets; A.L. Hampton; Ed Johnston's Broadway Tire Shop, Clarence Pickard MGR.
Phsyicians: Dr. Cooper, Dr. Fisher, C.V. Downs, A.P. Gearhart, S.S. McCullough, W.M. Howsley, Dr. Matthews, John Hudson, Dr. Northrup, Dr. Patterson.

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Saloons: Sam Jones, Robert, Roy & Earl Bebb; Sam Brogan
Bakeries:Durham's Confectionary, Showalter's, City, Purity ( Home of Mother's Bread) Edith Johnston's Home Bakery.
Blacksmith's: George Oliager, Frank & Aul Holt, J.L.Wise, L.C. House
Shoe & Harness Shops; John Felible, John Colville, Goodyear
Livery Barns: Mr. Taylor. Byron Tate, Edward R. Kholer, Steve Rawlings.
Barbers: Mr. Brooks, Archie & Charlei Peel, H.B. Jones; K.C. Barber Shop, Noble & Evans MGRS; G.W.Dutton, John Bloss.
Newspapers: W.J. Krebs, The Braman Star, A.H. Knox, W.C. & H.B. Wallace, James A. Davis,F.M. Colville, E.L. Shanholtzer, H. L. DeVillers, The Braman Leader.
Postmasters: Jery Crowly, Mr. Lambden, Mr. King, Russell Dickerson
Rural Carriers: Ed Atheton, Ed Stevens, Dave & Marr & Mel Dickerson
Depot Agents: Mr. Griswell, H.G. Wells, Walter Matthews, & J.R. Hosey
Miscellany: Lee Rosenberry, Plummer & Produce House, Carl Rosenberry, Driller, Lee Vines Sewing Machine Repair, Jess Hudson Tailor Shop, F.B. Lackey's Enterprise Cleaners, Hemstitching shop & News Stand, Thompson Jewelery, Leham Ice Co. Francis Theatre later the Olympia Braman Theatre, Arcade Billard Parlor, Eader Tent Show, Roses Beauty Shop, Bowling Alley, V.T. Browns Taxi Line & Crystal Water Co., G.T. produce, Henry Wise, Bill & Homer Brown, Wesley's Ha;;, Jeff Murray Draymen.[1]

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Braman Owes Its Existence To End Of Rock Falls North of Blackwell[3]

BRAMAN — Celebrating its 100th birthday, the city of Braman owes its existence to the demise of the town Rock Falls, located north of Blackwell.

According to the county historical book, “North Central Oklahoma: Rooted in the   Past — Growing in the Future,” in 1893 A. J. Blackwell, one of the boosters of nearby Blackwell, laid out a new town of Rock Falls. The town prospered until 1898 when the Santa Fe railroad arrived in Blackwell.

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The downfall of Rock Falls began when J.W. Whistler and B.J. Templeton bought 160 acres and platted 80 acres for a town site. Dwight Braman, a railroad surveyor, surveyed and platted the townsite beside the railroad line free of charge. The people in the area donated $3,000 dollars for the construction of a railroad depot.

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Farmers discovered it easier to transact business in Blackwell or Braman, rather than Rock Falls, causing Rock Falls to decline and lose its post office in 1898. As Rock Falls declined, Braman grew vigorously and was incorporated January 1899. Their post office was opened in April 1898 and the first newspaper, The Braman Star, was published on December 30, 1899.

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Members of the board of North Central Oklahoma Historical Association, Inc. (NOCHA, Inc.) will be in attendance during Braman’s centennial and make available for sale the two-volume, 1,100 page set of books, “North Central Oklahoma: Rooted in the Past — Growing for the Future” that contain over 800 pioneer families and 3,000 pictures. In this set are pictures donated by Jerry and Marilyn Johnston of Braman taken in 1898 of the Braman Oklahoma Territory, the Post Office, and the parade down Broadway Street.


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