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The Okie Legacy -
May 10, 2003, Vol. V, Iss. 19

Oakie's NW Corner...

Oklahomans watched and are still watching as Mother Nature springs more thunderstorms, tornadoes in central parts of Oklahoma with a distinct sense of déjà vu Thursday, 8 May 2003 and Friday, 9 May 2003. It was only four years ago (3 May 1999) that another Tornado created havoc in Southern Oklahoma City near Moore. You can checkout for more past, present Storm views. It is that time of year, isn't it?

I am sitting in NW Oklahoma on the dry side of the storms that have been revisiting the central parts of Oklahoma -- I am safely out of the reach of Mother Nature's rath! It is calm here in NW Oklahoma, but from talking to others in OKC this Friday evening, tornadoes seem to be keeping the weathermen and officials busy again tonight. They say this weekend is suppose to be clear for Mother's Day this Sunday, though.

AND... Oklahoman's are survivers! We bounce back! It's like Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion in the "Wizard of Oz" -- Each were devastated and searching for something in their lives that they thought they had lost due to the disasters and doldrums of every day life. They only had to look inside of themselves to discover that they always had what it took to become a survivor... A Brain to Think, Courage to Act, a Heart to Feel, and the Love of Family and Community.

Modern Woodmen of America... MWA - Wm N. Harbaugh cemetery marker, Alva, Okla.One of our readers was asking about Modern Woodmen of America (MWA) and the cemetery stone that is in the form of a tree at the Alva Cemetery. I went up there today to get a snapshot of that cemetery marker. Very Interesting. Click the photo for larger view.

This tree-like cemetery marker reads: MWA (Modern Woodmen of America) - William N. Harbaugh, born June 29, 1868; died Aug. 14, 1906. I could barely read the rest of the stone.

I looked up in the Footprints Across Woods County and found some information about Harbaugh and his brother George A Harbaugh on page 279. It mentioned that William was an older brother of George. When they were in their twenties, they rode horseback to stake a claim 10 miles south of Alva at the opening of the Cherokee Outlet. William developed typhoid fever and passed away at the age of 35 years. William also left behind a widow (Lillie) and a small daughter named Mollie.

George Alexander Harbaugh had a grain office and was later president and manager of Alva Flour Mills. Later he was president of Central National Bank (Alva National Bank) and organized banks of Freedom and Beaver.

Old McKeever Schoolhouse Mural, Perry irons Building, Alva, Okla.Alva Murals... Last week I showed you a photo of an unfinished mural painting of the Old McKeever Schoolhouse. I have another shot that shows it finished this week with the artist's signature in the lower-left corner. The Alva Mural Society has been busy lately.

That same artist (Cooke) has already started on the next Mural - WW Starr Lumber located on the west half of the 600 block, southside of the street on Flynn Avenue. This photo is a view of Starr Lumber's eastside of business and the alley on the east. Here's another shot of Starr Lumber showing the Corner of 7th Street & Flynn Ave.

Naming of New Li'l Sorrell Filly... One reader suggested I name the filly "Diamond Lil" or "Lil" for short, because of the pronounced diamond on the forehead. She was also wondering if I used the name, would that make her the filly's godmother? Sounds good to me!

If you are a mother, Happy Mother's Day this Sunday! Accept these NW Oklahoma Irises as a small token from another NW Okie Mother! See you all next weekend.

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

Happy Mother's Day
Sunday, 11 May 2003

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Mailbag & Links Corner....

Hello... "It is wonderful to see the picture of the Christmas Choir. Sorry I can't help on additional names. Would certainly like to hear from anyone who remembers the Dunn kids. Anson Martin, Dick Vanosdal, Arthur Tanner, Ernie ?, Joe Higenbotham, etc." -- Blake Dunn - E-mail:

8 May 2003 Weather... "Yesterday I hauled wood, built a fire and watched it snow. There wasn't any accumulation and it got up to 51 degrees in the late afternoon. I was stunned to see news of the tornado when I turned on CNN this morning. I'm glad you and Dave live in the northwest part of town. I hope you were home paying attention to the weather reports when the storms blew through. The map on the NewsOK site comparing the paths of yesterday's tornado with the one on 3 May 99 was excellent."
Animal Rescue... "HELP! The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on feed an animal in need for free. This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising. Here's the web site -! Pass it along to people you know."
Filly's Name... "Regarding the filly’s name: With such a pronounced diamond on this little beauty, I think a fitting name would be Lil, as in Diamond Lil. The name represents the lovely Easter flower also and an instant reminder of the time she was born. Thanks for re-subscribing me after Okie Legacy was mysteriously whisked out of my e mails. If you should choose to accept Lil for a name—does that make me the Godmother? That would be a first for me." -- Bonnie

Mares, Foals, Fillies & Colts... "Colt: 1. A young male horse. 2. A youthful or inexperienced person; a novice. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English. Filly: 1. A young female horse. 2. Informal A lively, high-spirited girl or young woman. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English filli, from Old Norse fylja. Foal: The young offspring of a horse or other equine animal, especially one under a year old. INTRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: foaled, foal·ing, foals. To give birth to a foal. ETYMOLOGY: Middle English fole, from Old English fola. The MARES are FOALING, giving birth to FOALS (babies), either FILLIES (female) or COLTS (male)."

2S Hotel - Waynoka... "We have a copy of the 2S Hotel photo at the Waynoka Museum. I believe it was built by the Quinlan brothers, whose ranch south of Waynoka - was the 2S Ranch. I'm sure that you doubt, as I do, the date provided by the ebay seller. It surely was built after the opening of the Cherokee Outlet. Its location: the corner of Cecil and Missouri, where the Chimney Rock Car Wash is located now. I'd appreciate any other information you receive!" -- Sandie - Email:
Modern Woodsmen... "Just thought you'd like to know that there is also one of these tree stump tombstones at the Garrison Cemetery near Dacoma. I can't remember who it is right at the moment but I will check it out. Then maybe we can find a local family member who can tell us what this was all about. I am curious too." -- Patti
Woodsmen of the World... "The Woodsmen of the World was a fraternal organization in the 1800's turned insurance company. It obviously wasn't too strong an organization."
Woodmen of the World... "The Woodmen of the World is a mutual benefit society. They still exist, and it seems there main function is to offer low cost life insurance."
Good Belle Starr Bio... ".....As a teenager during the Civil War, Belle Shirley reported the positions of Union troops to Confederacy. One of her childhood friends in Missouri was Cole Younger, who served in Quantrill's guerillas with Jesse and Frank James. After the war these men (and later Cole's three brothers, among others) turned to outlawry, primarily that of robbery of banks, trains, stagecoaches, and people. In their flights from lawmen they would sometimes hide out at the Shirley farm, through which Belle became very tight with the James and Younger gangs. Their influence would be part of the reason Belle would turn to crime herself....." --Another Link: Ballad of Belle Starr
Conference On German POWs In America... "The press release refers to a Conference on the WWII Experience of German POW's in America. The conference will take place at Coe College in Cedar Rapids from May 30 - June 2.
      Cedar Rapids/Iowa-By the end of the Second World War some 425,000 German, Italian and Japanese POWs found themselves imprisoned in the United States. Millions more Axis and Allied POWs were held in other camps in Europe, the Soviet Union, Canada, Australia and Africa. Most moderns, though, have no idea about this subchapter of WWII history. A conference set to be held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the end of May 2003, however, will change that.
      With a roster of speakers, films and discussions which focus on the experiences of POWs from that period and around the world, it promises to provide information rarely available and scarcely known. Both academics and hobby historians will find the topics explored of interest and accessible. And, in this time of international conflict, issues related to these stories are too timely: While Axis and Soviet POWs were both the perpetrators as well as the victims of dictatorships and state-sponsored terror, for example, POW experiences on all sides embody ageless and timely themes of war and peace, justice under arms and issues regarding human rights, international reconciliation and future conflict avoidance.
      Topics to be explored include what countries' soldiers were imprisoned where and how long (up to 11 years after the war ended!), how locals interacted with them, how they were treated and how their treatment was expemplar or lacking, and how POWs might be treated at present and in the future. To learn more about the conference, visit the 2003 conference button at, or contact Coe professor John Chaimov at or via telephone at 319.364.0045.
      If you have any questions please contact: Steve Feller ( or John Chaimov ( ) - 1-319-399-8633"
Modern Woodmen of America, 1920s... ".....The Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal benefit society organized in 1883 by Joseph Cullen Root. It began as an all male group, but in 1895 organized a women's group, the Royal Neighbors of America, which had existed previously as an unofficial female auxiliary to the Modern Woodmen. The organization and its local groups, called "camps," held social events and carried out benevolent work. Assessments of and benefits to members were an important part of the organization's purpose. The Modern Woodmen exists today as a legal reserve fraternal assessment society....."

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