Press Room. Har-ber Village in Grove Highway 59, and thirty miles south of Miami. On December 27,Treadwell Remsen, a former Union soldier from New York, attained approval for a post office for the town. Situated in the Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory, at a spring in a grove of trees, Grove was on a long-used trail from southwest Missouri to Afton, Vinita, and points west.
More businesses began to locate near the post office, and by the s, probably aboutthe town was incorporated, although the date is uncertain. The census listed the community as the "incorporated town of Grove. Department of the Interior on November 22, Lots were sold in — With statehood Grove, the only incorporated town in Delaware County, became the county seat. Located midway between the county's eastern and western borders, Grove was about five miles from the county's northern border with Ottawa County.
This placement became a problem for residents who wanted a seat of government closer to the county's center.
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A group found a site, cut down trees, and platted a town that they named Jay. They forced the issue on a county-wide ballot, and in December voters named Jay the county seat. This development produced a series of maneuvers by leaders in Grove to retain the seat, but in the official records were moved to Jay. Grove kept one important asset, the Arkansas and Oklahoma Railroad.
Workers laid tracks to Grove from Rogers, Arkansas, inand the next year investors sold the line to the St. Louis and San Francisco Railway system. The railroad was the chief means of moving people and agricultural products until automobiles and trucks brought passenger and freight service to an end in In the Grove Sun boasted that the community had a population of nearly a thousand, but the census counted The figure decreased slightly over the next twenty years.
Then the Great Depression affected the area, as it did the nation. The latter built Grove Community Center.
The population stood at In the late s new hope came to Grove because a dam was to be built across Grand River. The Tulsa World predicted a bright future because of the town's strategic position east of the river, with Elk River to the north and Honey Creek to the south.
Construction and related work immediately brought jobs for many local residents, along with dreams of thirteen hundred miles of shoreline. Gates on the dam closed in Heavy rains filled the lake quickly, and Grove emerged with water on three sides and only one land route out of town.
Eventually bridges were built. One uniquely deed structure, the Sailboat Bridge, was rebuilt and opened inthe second-largest bridge over water in Oklahoma.
Dreams of development were suspended during World War II, but after tourism and expansion dominated the area. The population was From a population of 2, the figure grew by about a thousand each decade and stood at 4, in and at 5, in By Grove had grown to 6, The Grove School, kindergarten through twelfth grade, had an enrollment of 2, in October The school's district report for listed a population of 14, A new high school had recently been built.
Development began in the late on a new sewer plant. The hospital has been expanded in stages, and the airport has been given regional status.
A Wal-Mart Supercenter and a Lowe's hardware store have attracted shoppers. Fishing and water sports are important in Grove. Har-Ber Village, a large museum, attracts many visitors. The population registered 5, residents, and the town employed a council-manager form of government. Copyright to all of these materials is protected under United States and International law.
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