The Perryman Family

Rancher, Creek Nation

Tulsa, Oklahoma was originally part of Indian Territory and was first settled by the Lochapoka and Creek tribes in 1836. They established a home under the Creek Council Oak Tree at the present day intersection of Cheyenne Avenue and 18th Street, and named their new settlement Tallasi, meaning “old town” in the Creek language, which later became “Tulsa”.

In 1846, Lewis Perryman built a log cabin trading post near what is now 33rd Street and South Rockford Avenue. Perryman, who was part Creek, established a business foothold in the rugged frontier until the Civil War. In 1879 the first post office opened on a ranch belonging to one of Lewis’ sons, Josiah Chouteau Perryman, southeast of town. Josiah was appointed Tulsa’s first postmaster. This was located in a log cabin near what would later become 31st Street and Lewis Avenue. Soon, it was officially moved to the George Perryman ranch house. By this time the area was known as ‘Tulsey Town’ and had grown to be a trading post and cattle town. The Frisco Railroad expanded its line to connect with the cattle market in 1882. George Perryman convinced surveyors that the Frisco line should end within the Creek nation and so the stake marking the end of the line was placed where the Union Depot stands today.

George and Rachel Perryman’s son Mose is the grandfather of Monetta Trepp. In this oral history Monetta and her son Robert Trepp share stories of the Creek Nation and the Perryman family.

The interview was conducted September 9, 2010 in the Perryman Ranch home at 115th and South Elwood on the Creek allotment of Mose S. Perryman.

Monetta Delores Johnson Trepp was 89 when she died April 26, 2013

The Perryman Family as told by Monetta and Robert Trepp

Program Credits:
Monetta Trepp — Interviewee
Robert Trepp — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

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Date Created: September 9, 2010

Date Published: February 16, 2015

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

Tags: Ernest Childers, Allie Reynolds, Civil War, David Hall, Dalton Gang, Texaco, Will Sampson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Creek Indians, Council Oak Tree, First Tulsa Post Office, Trail of Tears