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For The Years 1905 - 1922 


Bliss, Oklahoma, June 12--
Chased by 25 Cowboys and a band of the Indians headed by Chief Geronimo, a Buffalo was shot to death on "101" Ranch by Dr. H. E. Thomas, a club men of Chicago, who hunted and in automobile. The chase lasted several hours. As soon as the beast fell old Geronimo, despite his years, leaped from his horse and fired two shots into the dead Buffalo and then cut its throat.


June 12, 1905--Altoona Mirror, Altoona, Pennsylvania-- Washington--
Secretary Hitchcock has received the following dispatch from Supt. Noble, in charge of the Ponca Indian agency, Oklahoma: "Replying to your telegram, I respectfully advised that no Buffalo of any description will be slaughtered at the celebration in honor of the national editorial Association on Ponca tribal or leased lands by the Miller Brothers, nor will anything in human or objectionable be permitted. Prior to the receipt of your telegram Joe Miller had killed one old male Buffalo on land owned by himself, the meet of which he proposes to serve to the editors. God pity the editors. No more Buffalo will be killed whatsoever, as the Miller's proposed to raise a large herd on their Ranch."

April 20, 1911-- The Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia--
Andy Nolan, and old Atlanta Boy, who has seen real Western life from his experience with the 101 Ranch, will lecture on thrilling and spectacular moving pictures of the Romantic country, to be shown at the Bijou Theater all this week.
The film secured a great labor and expense, will be introduced in connection with the regular vaudeville program. Mr. Nolan will explain the different features, the principle one of which will be the fall round-up at the ranch, showing over 6000 head of cattle in one heard.
There will also be introduced to fifty of the wildest bucking horses on the plains, with the riders who finally master them. The historic Buffalo hunt, with Indians using the bow and arrow, and an exhibition by Bill Pickett, known as the "the dusky demon," of throwing while steers with his teeth, will come to complete and entertainment hard to beat for pure thrill and interest.

April 30, 1911--The Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia--
Andy W. Nolan, an old Atlanta boy, who began his business career as a route boy on The Constitution years ago when he was yet in knickerbockers and who later went out from the business office to make his way in the world, has been entertaining not only his old friends, but almost all Atlanta for a week past at the Bijou. And it is doubtful if a score of the Atlanta boys’ old friends knew he was within 1000 mi. of the city. "It was like this," said Mr. Nolan speaking of his work. "I didn't care to advertise that I was here and have it said later that the big business I have been doing all week came from old friends. No, I preferred to stay in the background and let my show speak for itself. Usually you know a good showman advertises to catch the crowds and I would have done so had I opened anywhere else. But I knew I had a good show and I was willing to let it go on its merits, knowing that if Atlanta gave a good attendance, I would be safe anywhere else in the South were I may show." It is a pictorial presentation of the Miller Brothers 101 Ranch, out in Oklahoma. Shortly after the Miller Brothers went into the show business Andy Nolan "landed" a good job with them and has been with them up to a few months ago, when he bought the rights for the moving picture show for Georgia and Alabama. And his loyalty to Atlanta, the place of his birth, made him select it for his opening. The pictures are presented on four long, clear-cut reels and are as realistic as the daily life on the big Miller ranch of 10,000 acres. The story opens with the old Miller homestead, a magnificent mansion set on a hillside and in the very heart of a great bed of, fragrant flowers. "That mansion," says Mr. Nolan, "is built of steel and concrete and is absolutely fireproof. It was built by the Millers and I have no idea what it cost. It has hot and cold water, electric lights and is equipped as well as any house in the city of Atlanta." The initial picture shows the Miller family on the veranda with a big touring car coming around the corner. Into this the three brothers get and start on a tour of observation or the ranch. And before that tour is finished the spectators in front are shown everything that takes place daily on the largest ranch in the country and the most perfectly equipped. On it the Millers have a waterworks system which penetrates every section of the place. Through it runs a Salt River, said to be the only one "in captivity." Every phase of farming is presented to the interested observer. Corn planting, hay and wheat cutting, plowing and bailing hay, sacking and loading corn are all shown. The picture brings out real ranch life. There is a buffalo hunt by the Indians, the breaking of new horses by the cowboys and the riding of the worst bucking broncos. The great droves of sheep, of hogs and of cattle are full of life and interest, while the final scene, the roundup, is the climax. Mr. Nolan will open next week in Macon.

June 10, 1917--Wichita Daily Times, Wichita Falls, Texas--
Joe Miller, of the 101 Ranch at Bliss, Oklahoma, has notified Homer Wilson that he and some of his boys are coming down to the Oil celebration and Round-up. He has a couple of devastating Indian Cowboys who, he expects, will clean up everything and two other boys to take what the Indians leave. Joe says that he wants a holiday and that he needs the money, the sides. He figures that he can get both at the Roundup. There are plenty of others who are figuring on the same thing.

Cy Perkins and his wife are now in Fort Worth, where, it is understood, they are to meet one or two other show people, who will accompany them back here for the Roundup. Cy does the hayseed comedy and makes a continuous performance out of it. Whatever else is going on, Cy is on. The shipments from the Mulhall Ranch will be here tomorrow. There are three-car loads of stock in equipment and Col. Zack Mulhall is expected to arrive in charge of it. His two daughters are in patiently awaiting his arrival. They say there is always something doing when he is a round. Miss Georgia Mulhall stated yesterday that the ex-president Roosevelt had been a close friend of the family for many years. "It was he," she said, "who first suggested that my sister take her work before the public. This was after he had seen her ride an unbroken bronch that had been behaving badly and conquer him. She was 13 years old the time."

Miss Mulhall has had many offers to take her show to England and to Europe, but she has always refused. She will tackle anything that can be ridden a rope, but she has a horror of the sea. Also, she does not like the idea of getting so far away from home. The Mulhalls are great home folks and their entire time is spent their, when not on the road.

The grounds have all been staked out, and the paeans, sheds and so forth, will be started on Monday. Everything will be carried out with a view to making the arrangements is safe and as sanitary as they can be made. A stout nine foot fence will enclose the arena and all pens are to be very strongly bill, so those in charge promise.

Homer Wilson in the Mulhalls are very anxious to have it understood that there is nothing offensive or course in the performance. "The mere fact that it is a Western show," said Miss Mulhall, "causes some people to believe that it is necessarily a roughneck affair. My sister is in entire charge of the arena, the element of risk is eliminated as far as possible, because a number of us are always on the watch and we do not believe that there is a single item which could offend anyone."

Wire Offer to Jack Dempsey and Lewis Providing a Guaranty

March 20, 1922-- Wichita Daily Times, Wichita Falls Texas--
Ponca City Oklahoma -- Joe C. Miller, one of the owners of the 101 Ranch near here, today wired and offer to Jack Dempsey and Ed (Strangler) Lewis providing a guaranty in percentage if the proposed wrestling-boxing matches brought to Buffalo Park at Mr. Miller's Ranch. The park is on the Main line of the Santa Fe railroad. It is used for the annual Roundup of the Ranch.


June 16, 1922-- The BedfordGazette, Bedford, Pennsylvania-- The original model of the "Buffalo Nickel," one time monarch of the bison heard at the 101 Ranch, Bliss, Oklahoma, is dead and his head properly mounted hangs in the ranch house of the Miller brothers. This most famous of all the bison died about eighteen months ago as a result of swallowing a piece of barb wire with its hay. The barbs penetrated the liver of the beast and he died, despite all efforts of veterinarians.
Compiled and Submitted by Mollie Stehno