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Just south of the Salt Fork River on HWY 156 south out of Ponca City, Oklahoma is Cowbay Hill. Zack Miller, Jack Webb and Sam Stigall are buried here. It was intended that any of the cowboys and ranch hands of the 101 Ranch would find a place of rest here.
The Cowboy Hill Cemetery is located on a hill overlooking the Salt Fork River in Kay County, Oklahoma. At one time it was part of the 101 Ranch owned by the Miller Brothers. The land, one and a half acres, was given to the Cherodee Strip Wow Punchers Association. Any member of that association has the right to be buried in this cemetery. Only three graves are in the cemetery, one being that of Zack Miller, one of the Miller Brothers.
Zack T. Miller April 22, 1877 - Jan 3, 1952
Sam C. Stigall February 11 1885 - May 23, 1967
Jack Webb June 19 1902 - June 1, 1956
Old Records Describe
101 Cowboy Cemetery
A 101 Ranch cowboy cemetery rumored for many years to be located in Winfield has only been recently found, according to the Arkansas City Traveler.
The cemetery was mentioned in the book "Fabulous Empire" by Zack Miller, one of the three sons of George W. Miller who founded the 101 Ranch on land leased from the Ponca Indians.
According to the Traveler, Miller gave two separate references to the cowboy cemetery. One reference is of George VanHook, who died of typhoid at the Hale Hotel in Hunnewell, Kansas. His body was allegedly returned to Winfield for burial. The second reference was of Jimmy Moore, who "had gone into Ponca City one night, taken on an overload of his juice of joy, and died before morning in his room in the Planters Hotel".
Zack Miller was away at the time of the death and when he returned, Moore had already been buried "in the 101burial lot at Winfield where today a big granite shaft, with carvings of empty saddles and coiled ropes mark the graves of many a good 101 cowhand."
Winfield's Union Cemetery is the most likely place for the cowboy cemetery since it is the oldest cemetery in the area. Union Cemetery was originally two privately-owned cemeteries during which time few records were kept. The City of Winfield took over the operation in the early 1900's with the earliest records dating to 1896.
One document concerns the burial of George VanHook, the father of Milton VanHook and foreman of the 101 Ranch according to 101 Oldtimers. He was 82 when he died in 1932. A burial permit is included with the George VanHook records but not for Milton VanHook, although the Arkansas City Traveler states there is further evidence Milton is buried with his father. Accompanying these records is the description of the burial plots at the site of the granite shaft with the carving of the longhorn steer.
A large granite shaft with the engraving of the head of a longhorn steer stands on a particular lot in the Union Cemetery bordered by a granite curbing. The name of Wm. H. VanHook is also engraved on the marker. He died at the AGE OF 28 ON Sept. 18, 1881.
Ponca City News July 16, 1976