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John Stink, 1937-03-18

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 6
Identifier: 1975.006.3.Osage.009

Scope and Contents

A man identified as John Stink sits on a tree stump outside, smoking.


  • 1937-03-18


Physical Description

Black and white photographic print.

Piece of paper attached to verso, top.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader.


1 photographic_print

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lee Roy Chapman purchase (2014.073).

Physical Description

Black and white photographic print.

Piece of paper attached to verso, top.


20.5 x 15.5 cm.


Title supplied by cataloguer.

Photographer unknown.

Typed on paper on verso: "CC 222463.... (Chicago Bureau). Comes to Earth and Riches. John Stink, 74, a rugged Indian Individualist who for nearly a quarter of a century ignored a fortune fue him from tribal headrights in Osage oil lands and slept in tree tops, is shown above on his return to Pawhuska, Okla., where he was consented to sleep on a cabin porch. He became a tribal outcast more than 50 years ago when he became unconscious during an attack of smallpox and was thoght dead. His fellow tribesmen conducted a funreal (sic) service and left him on a mountainside, unburied. He recover5ed, and on his return to camp the other Indians shunned him, believing him to be a ghost. He had lived as a hermit since then, although his wealth is now estimated at $200,000. BFM#26-A 3-18-37. Your credit line must read "ACME"...."

Stamped on verso in black, center: "Photo by Acme Newspictures, Inc. Chicago Bureau. Tribune Tower, Chicago, Ill. Please credit "Acme." This picture is sold to you for your publication only and must not be loaned, syndicated or used for advertising purposes without written permission from us."

Written in pencil on verso, center left: "A6088."

Stamped on verso in purple, bottom left: "Ref. Dept. 3-24 37. N.T.A."

Written in pencil on verso, bottom: illegible.

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

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