lege of Mississippi and Columbia Seminary and had been pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas, before taking charge of Spencer Academy in the Choctaw Nation in 1877. In 1882 he began work among the Chickasaws at Wapanucka. 2
With the motto "That we might be fellow-helpers to the truth," the editors' purpose was to publish news of the Presbyterian missionary efforts in the Indian Territory. Thus no less than three fourths of the printed matter was news of church and mission activities in the Territory, history of missions among the various tribes, and reminiscences by missionaries who had served among the tribes during earlier decades. Among these were regular installments of narratives called "Our Mission Work Among the Cherokees East," by A. N. Chamberlain; "History of Presbyterian Mission Work Among the Creek Indians," by R. M. Loughridge ; "Seminole History," by J. Ross Ramsey; and "The Cherokees: Recollections of a Life of Fifty Years Among Them," by John F. Wheeler. Wheeler was a well-known newspaperman at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and had been one of the first printers of the Cherokee Phoenix* in 1828. The others were well known for their work in Indian missions. John J. Read contributed a number of reports from Wapanucka as well as inspirational articles. The remaining matter was devotional prose and poetry (much of which had been clipped from other publications), articles on temperance and on educational institutions, and occasional items in Cherokee or Creek.
How long the Indian Record continued is uncertain. It was printed by L. H. and R. M. Roberts, proprietors of the Indian Journal. A disastrous fire in late February, 1887, put the Journal out of business, and it is likely that the March issue was the last. 3x
Bibliography: Carolyn Thomas Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936); The Indian Journal, May 13, 1886; Grace Ernestine Ray , Early Oklahoma Newspapers ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1928)
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Danky and Hady; OkHi; PUL. Microprint: Clearwater