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"Miscellaneous Record - Alois "Aloys" Frank Eck."

Name: Alois "Aloys" Frank Eck

Miscellaneous Record: Biographical sketch of Alois "Aloys" Frank Eck as filed by Robert W. Small.

Publication name: Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma

Date published: April 18, 1938

Provided by: Sheryl Amilee (Gwin) Horinek

"Transcript of the above article"

Title: Kay County Heritage - Alois Eck, A Sketch In Local History

The following is a biographical sketch of Alois Eck as filed by Robert W. Small, field worker for the "Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma" April 18, 1938:

I was born in France on March 31, 1850. In 1852 my parents (Martin Eck and Theresa Love Eck, both of France) came to America and settled in Illinois, and in 1887 they moved to western Kansas.

In 1889, I came to the Oklahoma county and settled about eleven miles west of Edmond on a quarter section of school land. Some of the land had been put in cultivation by Sooners in previous years, but I broke out some of it myself and about twenty acres were sown and it made good yield.

The part that had been cultivated previously by Sooners made an average of forty bushels of wheat per acre, and corn that was planted on this land made about seventy-five bushels per acre. Crops were good the second year, but the third was almost a failure.

I brought ninety head of cattle with me from western Kansas and twenty head of horses. I put in a blacksmith shop on the place and did smith some work for the local community. I didn't have much money to live on and good cows were only worth about $12 per head, and a common sold from $6 to $8 per head.

I had a neighbor who was a good butcher and we went to Oklahoma City and found a location for a market that we could get for $3 a week. So we put in a market and sold good beef for less than other markets were selling it. We did a good business and turned lots of cattle into money through the market.

We made competition so hard that one of our competitors offered us $300 to sell out to him and quit the business, and we sold out to him.

On my farm place I raised horses and when the Cherokee Strip was opened to settlement I made the race from Orlando on a good horse and got a claim but another man stopped on the same claim and after I found out that he had a bunch of witnesses who would swear for him, I knew he would beat me out of it and I gave up and left.

I secured another quarter section of school land nine miles northeast of Newkirk and moved there in 1894 and stayed there for thirty-seven years, until I lost one of my arms in 1931, when I came to the town of Newkirk.

On this school land where I lived so long I raised lots of horses and mules. I kept a good jack and stallion and one year I collected $2500 in cash that they made in breeding.

Through the more prosperous years I had made some investments in different enterprises, among which was a Community Co-operative store gotten up by the farmers of the community. This institution has proved a success and saved the farmers many dollars in the purchase of their commodities.

At one time when coal sold by the local dealers in Newkirk for $6 a ton, the Community store bought several cars of coal that was sold to the people at $4 a ton - a saving of one-third in their coal bill expense. Seed potatoes that were sold at $1.50 per bushel by merchants of the town were bought by the Community store and sold for 70 cents a bushel.

The store grew and prospered and added to its stock until it now carries all kinds of merchandise, including implements and furniture and at the same time it has paid dividends to the stockholders that was a fair return on the money invested. I still have a small amount of stock that I invested in the beginning in the institution.

Many of the other investments I had made in the prosperous years of my life were lost in the decades of prices in 1929 to the later years. In 1932 I moved to the town of Newkirk and have lived here ever since.

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