The earliest item relative to "Oburn" appeared in a Caldwell newspaper that I copies items from. It shows that he had a partner (Montgomery). I do not know if this was the same person that Diane is looking for. You will note that many of the items were repeated in other newspapers, a common practice in those days. It appears that the main source was the Cheyenne Transporter. MAW
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, January 18, 1883.
Western Territory Items.
From the Cheyenne Transporter, January 11.
Thomas Lemons, for the past year in the employ of Oburn & Montgomery, and who since relinquished his position with that firm and went north with a herd of ponies, returned last week as happy and jovial as ever. He disposed of his ponies at Arkansas City at good advantage.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, February 1, 1883.
The Cheyenne Transporter of the 26th ult., has the following.
Andy Sandell, the beef contractor at Ft. Reno, has been sick for some time. Thomas Lemons is handling the herd and business while Andy is sick.
The range boys have been enduring a severe time during the recent cold snapsome freezing their fingers, ears, and nose. That's pretty tough on 'em.
The river at this point has been closed for the past two weeks, and today the Agency people commenced laying by a second supply of ice, which is about six inches thick.
Indian horses have been dying from some unknown disease the last two weeks. News comes in every day of horses dropping off in various camps, and the disease seems to prevail throughout the countrysouth and west Oburn & Montgomery have lost some twenty head of their cow horses, and Wm. Frass reports four head died at his camp.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.
Indian horses have been dying from some unknown disease the last two weeks. News come in every day of horses dropping off in various camps, and the disease seems to prevail throughout the countrysouth and west. Oburn & Montgomery have lost some twenty head of their cow horses, and Wm. Frass reports four head dead at his camp. Transporter.
Caldwell Journal, December 27, 1883.
Messrs. Montgomery & Oburn flew through town last Monday, on their way to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency to deliver a large number of beeves on their contract with the Indian department.