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Early Oklahoma Forestry page 8

By this time, the Dierks owned 15 retail lumberyards in Nebraska, and the sawmills supplying those mills were running out of wood and starting to shut down.  The railroad system in the Kansas City area had been completed, so transportation opportunities allowed them to explore beyond their immediate area for wood supplies. 

In their search for lumber, Hans and his brothers (Herman shown here) heard of large tracts of unexplored and unharvested timberlands in Indian Territory. In 1898, the company became involved in a small lumber-planing mill at Petros, a village two miles south of present-day Heavener in LeFlore County, Oklahoma, that provided a supply of lumber for their retail yards.