Bibliography: Althea Bass, "The Cheyenne Transporter," Chronicles of Oklahoma, 46 (Summer, 1968), 127-140; Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835- 1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936); Grace Ernestine Ray, Early Oklahoma Newspapers ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1928)
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Danky and Hady; Gregory
Title and Title Changes: Cheyenne Transporter ( 1879- 1886)
Volume and Issue Data: Cheyenne Transporter (Vol. 1, No. 1, December 5, 1879-Vol. 7, No. 21, August 12, 1886)
Publisher and Place of Publication: Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency ( 1879- 1880), W. A. Eaton ( 1880- 1882), George West Maffett ( 1882- 1885), Maffett and Lafe Merritt ( 1885- 1886), Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency, Darlington, Indian Territory
Editor: Alfred Brown ( 1879- 1880); W. A. Eaton ( 1880- 1882); George West Maffett ( 1882- 1885); Maffett and Lafe Merritt ( 1885- 1886)
The Children's Play Ground began in the spring of 1881 at the Cherokee Orphan Asylum at present-day Salina, Oklahoma, as a weekly supplement to the Cherokee Orphan Asylum Press.* It was a small two-column, four-page paper with the motto "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men." The life span of the newspaper is uncertain.
The publisher was Walter Adair Duncan, the superintendent of the asylum. Duncan was born in the Eastern Cherokee Nation in March, 1823, the son of John and Elizabeth (Abercrombie) Duncan. He had served as private secretary to Chief John Ross and served as a member of the National Council. He was superintendent of the Cherokee Orphan Asylum from 1872 to 1884. 1 The editors in June, 1881, were William Cobb and Lizzie Stinson, Cherokee students.
The paper, which was supported by voluntary contributions, contained information concerning such matters as student grades, but most of the space was devoted to student essays on topics such as books, frogs, school, and birds, because Duncan believed that "the pleasure of seeing their juvenile compositions in print" would inspire the students to "greater study."