"Rivalry between the two towns was intense. Outsiders stated that it was like taking
his life in his hands for a Cross man to visit Ponca City, and vice versa. There were
many fist fights and sometimes free-for-alls when bodies of the citizenry got together.
It is recorded that when the Perry baseball team played the Cross team on
July 4, 1894, a group went from Ponca City to cheer for the Perry team. A general
fight resulted, during which it appeared that those from Ponca City would be
"Great Towns of Oklahoma" by John Morris
Oklahoma University Press
Norman, Oklahoma 1977 pg.63C
Found on page 87 of NCOHA's award winning book.