Colored Boy, 10, Gets $190 a Day
Although Ignorant of the Fact, Farm Land Belonging to His Ancestors is Piling Up For Him an Immense Fortune
(Special to The Indianapolis Ledger)
Researched and posted by Bennie J. McRae, Jr.
SOURCE: The Negro Farmer - Saturday, June 6, 1914. Published by the Negro Farmer Publishing Company, Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. - Isaac Fisher, Editor and Business Manager
Cushing, Okla., May 6.--(Spl.)--Running wild and irresponsible as a colt, little Dan Tucker, ten, a colored boy, living on a rocky Oklahoma farm of 80 acres, is ignorant of the fact that he is one of the richest boys in Oklahoma.
Little Dan often sings for his supper, but he doesn't have to. The month of March saw deposited to his credit $12,000 and every day he makes not less than $190.
Dan is the sun of James and Elizabeth Tucker, children of slaves of the Creek Indians freed by the Civil War.
By virtue of a treaty made between the United States and the Creek Indians at Fort Smith, Ark., in 1866, slaves formerly belonging to the Creeks, and their descendants, were given an equal share with their former owners in the government allottment of the old Creek lands in the Indian territory.
And that is how Dan Tucker now owns 160 acres of land lying east of Cushing, Oklahoma, in the heart of the newly developed Cushing oil field. The land was allotted to him in a supplementary division made by the government in 1905, and Dan had been enrolled as an eligible by his father.
Land Flowing With Oil
For years the land was reputedly no account.
Two years ago, long after Dan's parents had given up hope of return from the land, the Prairie Oil & Gas Co., arranged a lease. Oil now is rushing out of that portion of Creek like water from a lawn sprinkler.
Dan gets one-eighth of the gross proceeds from his oil wells and the Prairie Oil & Gas Co. does all the work and stands all the expenses of operation.-- Indianapolis Ledger.