Sesquicentennial Fourth of July planned in Jewell
June 11, 2020
“We Have a Story to Tell”! In 1870 there was a celebration at Fort Jewell on the Fourth of July. The group, several were Civil War veterans, was celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the United States. But pertinent to the settlers, they were celebrating the “departure of the Indians.” They moved out of the protection of Fort Jewell and celebrated!
That long-ago buffalo barbeque was presided over by Col E. Barker. An oration was given by W. R. Phillips and J. C. Postelthwaite led the group in the first public prayer in Jewell County. Likely a welcome part of the festivitie...