Weston Wednesday: Moore Ranch

Edgar Weston

Editor’s Note: In with the Bartlesville Area History collaboration Museum, the Examiner-Enterprise has revived the late Edgar Weston’s ‘Revisiting the Past’ columns that ran in the newspaper from 1997-99. Weston’s columns recount the history of Bartlesville as well as Washington, Nowata and Osage counties.

One of the most interesting and colorful cattlemen of this area was W.S. Sherman Moore. He was born in Putnam County, Illinois, December 6, 1865, the son of Mr. and Mrs. JB Moore, who were native to Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. He was reared in Burlington, Iowa and, in 1885, at the age of nineteen years, accompanied his parents to the Indian Territory and settled on Wolf Creek, a few miles northwest of Delaware, IT.

His father was a farmer and stockman, and after farming for three years, the father passed away. The family then moved to Kansas, but Sherman returned to Indian Territory. In the late 1880s, he was employed by the Cherokee Cattleman’s Association as a line rider, his job being to keep the cattle from Indian Territory, from crossing the line into Kansas, as all of Indian Territory at that time was open range. The only fenced areas were homesteads, gardens and small crop areas.