The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 179
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The Claim of Texas to Greer County
lands were reserved, so that there remained unappropriated
1,326,006 acres of which 4,460 acres were unsurveyed.87 In other
words about 12 per cent of the lands of Greer County were
In 1898 the unappropriated lands were described as "prairie,
farming, and grazing." In that year there were over 3,ooo original
homestead entries embracing nearly a half million acres.88 The
portion of occupied lands in Greer County rose to 66 per cent
in 1898, to 73 per cent in 9goo, and to 95 per cent in 1902.80
In 1939 the Court of Claims said: "Of the 1,511,958 acres com-
prising Greer County the United States sold approximately 1,510,-
458 acres and received as consideration therefor $365,941.74,
which is an average of 24 cents and a fraction per acre." The
government survey cost $49,700. Other costs to the United
States in selling the lands of the county have not been totaled.
Lands in Oklahoma between the main forks of Red River in
1go7, when Oklahoma became a state, were organized as Greer
County and Jackson County, with the north corner becoming a
part of Beckham County.0 Unless otherwise specified, however,
the term "Greer County" in this article will have reference to
the area of the county as originally established by Texas. From
1907 to 1930 the line surveyed by Jones and Brown, and Clark
was regarded by Oklahoma as its boundary, and jurisdiction was
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87Annual Report of the General Land Office, 1897, pp. 99, 127, 128, 176, 314.
88Annual Report of the General Land Ofice, I898, pp. 199, $40.
a89S. J. Buck, "The Settlement of Oklahoma," Transactions of the Wisconsin
Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, XV, Part 2 (1907), 362. Choctaw and Chicka-
saw Nations v. The United States, U. S. Court of Claims Reports, LXXXVIII, 271.
ooA map showing counties in Oklahoma Territory in 19o6 is in House Docu-
ments, 59th Cong., 2nd Sess., XVI (5119), 326; and a map showing counties in
Oklahoma in 1907 is in J. B. Thoburn and I. M. Holcomb, A History of Oklahoma
(San Francisco, 19o8), 216. The western half of Greer County, was reduced in
1907, became Harmon County by proclamation of June 2, 19o09; Office of Secretary
of State of Oklahoma, Executive Record, 1. The county was named for Judson
Harmon, who as United States Attorney General had concluded the case that gave
Greer County to the United States.
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