Our gasoline prices dropped even further this weekend (surely they cannot keep going down much further) with the highest being at $1.65.9 and the lowest being at $1.55.9 per gallon of regular unleaded.
Also my voice returned in time for our extra choir rehearsal for our upcoming Christmas cantata which will be performed at our church's four day presentation of our annual Christmas Village [more]... ~Roy Kendrick
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 10 Iss. 47
Donald Ray Aldridge, Odessa, Tx., is the only living child of Floris Patterson. Floris married Jesse Aldridge and they lived in Laverne, Oklahoma. Floris has 7 grandchildren scattered around the country. Her sister, Lora Patterson Sipes, was also an artist an was an art teacher in Oklahoma. ~Lora Aldridge
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 7 Iss. 27
Thanksgiving Weekend & End of November 2008
Did you get your fill of turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, and all the holiday comfort foods this last Thursday? We did!
Morning after Snow of Thanskgiving 2008. Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving holiday where ever you found yourself this year! We did!
This NW Okie made three (homemade from scratch) pies: apple, cherry and pecan. I used my grandmother Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris' flaky pie crust recipe that she passed down to my mother, Vada Paris McGill. It was almost as good -- it was also flaky.
The cherry pie still had a tart, but sweet flavor, as well as the apple pie. The pecan pie was filled with pecans and bubbled over during the cooking. Good thing I put it on an aluminum foiled cookie sheet when cooking, huh?
The best part of Thanksgiving besides being with family was the huge, wet snow flakes that began to fall just before noon on Thanksgiving day, November 27, 2008. I uploaded a movie clip of that Thanksgiving snow on my OkieLegacy - YouTube site for your viewing special viewing. You can also see the family dogs Roughing It With the Pugs while you are browsing my YouTube site.
Today... the snow is melting in the sunny condition of SW Colorado while SE Colorado and NE New Mexico have been getting more snows around Raton, NM and I25. Will it head for the No Man Lands of the Oklahoma Panhandle?
This information is courtesy of Tom Fetters in Illinois ad a continuances of the "Louthan Family History" - Chapter 12.
Moses and Elizabeth had 11 children between 1782 and 1805. Moses and his wife lived in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Their children migrated west to Ohio where they had their own families in later years. While the families are known, little history of the individuals has been found for most.
Moses is reported to have come from Frederick County, Virginia to Westmoreland County, PA which lay East of Pittsburgh, before traveling on to Beaver County. Local histories of Beaver County report that Moses Louthan was an elder of the Black Hawk Church in 1797, a year after the Indians had been forced out of the area.
Each of the eight children of Moses and Elizabeth Louthan are listed below:
1* John Louthan (1774-1816) -- Moses' first child was John Louthan, who was born in 1774. He married Mary Hamilton twenty years later in 1794. The census of 1800 shows a John Louthan living next to Moses in Beaver County and this is surely his first born son. John died in 1816 in Columbiana County, OH and a will is known there for a John Loudon who died in 1816.
Moses Louthan (1805-) -- John and Mary had two children, although only one is firmly rooted. The first, Moses Louthan born in 1805 was raised in Columbiana county, Ohio. This Moses married Catherine Hayes on September 28, 1826. Moses was a postmaster at Clarkson in Middleton Township of Columbiana county. Late, the couple moved West to Ripley county, Indiana. And still later, they moved still further West to Simpson, Cloud county, Kansas. Moses and Catherine had ten children. The death notice for Moses in Kansas mentions that when his father, John Louthan, died in 1816, Moses went to live with his grandfather, Joseph Hamilton.
The Hayes siblings were Edmund Hayes who married Sarah Whitacre in Frederick county, MD just across the river from Loudon County, VA, and his two sisters married Louthan brothers in Columbiana County, OH. Harriet Hayes married Hiram Louthan and Catherine Hayes married Moses Louthan.
Hiram Louthan (c1805-) -- The second child of John and Mary is clearly Hiram Louthan who is also listed as born in 1805. Although said to have moved west from Louden Valley in Virginia, he settled in Columbiana County, Ohio and married the sister of Catherine Hayes, Harriet Matilda Hayes, on February 27, 1834 at Guilford, Ohio. The couple had four children and the first three were born there before Hiram and Harriet moved west to Washington County, Ohio. Hiram appears in the 1840 census at Hanover, Columbiana County, Ohio. He died in 1845 not long after the birth of his daughter, margaret.
Harriet then married William Ormiston, a Scotsman, on March 3, 1847 at Barlow, Washington County. Harriet and William Ormiston had 8 children who are known. They lived in Kansas and in Linn County, Missouri. Harriet died in 1884 in Linn County, Missouri. William later moved to New Sharon, Iowa and died there in 1903.
Oliver Perry Louthan (1834-1897) -- Hiram's oldest child, Oliver Perry Louthan, was married in Washington County, OH in 1857 to Elizabeth Vernon. She died in 1871, and he married Mary Thurston Metcalf in 1871. They moved west to Grundy County, Missouri.
John Cope Louthan (1836-1918) -- Oliver's brother, John Cope Louthan, is well known. Born in 1836, he married Anna Jane Haddow in 1863. Not much later, he entered the War Between the States and often told his children of carrying the flag in battle until it was shot to ribbons. H was struck in the foot by shrapnel which was not removed. he carried the metal fragments for the rest of his life.
John returned home and the couple's first child, Edwin Alonzo Louthan, arrived in 1866. John and Anna had seven children, although only three of them reached maturity. Anna died in 1881 and John married again in 1883 to Mary Ann Elizabeth Hale who was 25. They had ten children between 1885 and 1901.
John and Mary Ann moved west to Nashville, Kansas where the first seven children arrived. John then set out for Indian Territory on horseback to find new land. He contested a claim and won it. This property was three miles south and four and a half miles east of Chester, OK in what was Woods County, Oklahoma Territory.
During the spring and summer of 1894, John planted crops and tended them and in the fall returned to Nashville for his family. By this time Eddie, (Edwin Alonzo) and Bertie (Robert Hiram), the two oldest of John's children, had married and started their own families.
John and the family loaded a granary and a chicken house on two wagons and loaded the rest of the household goods along with Sammie (Samuel Oscar), the last of the surviving children of Anna, and the youngest six children ranging from 7 to eight months and headed back to Oklahoma. John drove the wagon with the granary and Mary drove a six horse team hitched to the wagon with the chicken house perched on the rear. The trails were rough and both wagons upset several times along the way. Everyone had to struggle to right them and reload the gear in the middle of the prairie with no one to help.
They arrived at the farm on Christmas Day, 1894 with $27 and a herd of horses. They set up the granary and lived in it surrounded by a grove of trees for three years. Bud, who was Christened Roy, was born there. Later the men went up into some canyons and cut cedar logs to build a cabin which was erected on the north side of the farm. Rosa and Lillie were both born in the cabin with the aid of neighbor ladies who helped with births and sicknesses. Often quinine powder, the only medicine readily available was wrapped in an onion skin to allow it to be swallowed. Indians often passed through the farm and young Jessie, seven when they reached the farm site, would hid under the bed when they stopped to talk and trade.
There was a lot of wild game nearby. Jessie and Pearl helped to refill the shells for their father. Sammie helped his father at the farm until about 1908 when he married. By this time, Charles and John had grown to be young men who took over the chores.
John Cope Louthan had a long beard as long as the family could remember. But it once burned off when John was fighting a prairie fire and his beard caught fire.
The children got two or three months of school a year at the Lakeside School District #59 and this was the system through the fifth grade.
Mary died in 1909 of typhoid along with her youngest child who was eight. John died nine years later and both are buried at Hope Cemetery southeast of Chester, Oklahoma.
James Fife Louthan (1838-1915) -- James F. Louthan was born in Columbiana County, Ohio in 1838 to Hiram and Harriet Louthan. he married Martha Jane Ellis in 1860 and they moved west to Medicine Lodge, Kansas after the war.
2* James Louthan (1179-1825) -- The history of Beaver county, Pennsylvania tells us that James Louthan, the second son of Moses and Betsey Louthan, was born in South Beaver Township, and later settled on a farm adjoining the homestead of his father. Subsequently, he sold the property and moved to Wayne County, Ohio where he bought a farm of 100 acres on Apple Creek. He had cleared much of the property when he died at the age of forty three years from pneumonia. He had married Anna Bradshaw and had a large family.
As her husband died when their children were all small, she deserves the most credit for their responsible bringing up. They were Moses, Sarah who married Hugh Sebring and moved to Clay County, Indiana; Eliza who remained at Darlington; Susan who married Samuel McConnell; and James.
Anna sold the farm and returned to Beaver County with her children and settled on a farm near South Beaver Township. She later moved to Darlington, Pennsylvania where she died at eighty-three.
Moses Louthan (1810-1890) -- The oldest child, Moses Louthan, was born in 1810. He married Electra Thomas and they had eight children. Moses lived to be 82 and he died at New Waterford, Ohio. Electra died in 1901 at 87.
Moses' fifth child, J T Louthan, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio on May 3, 1843. He enlisted in Company F of the 87th Ohio Infantry in the spring of 1862. He was captured at the siege of Harpers Ferry, and, when paroled, returned to Ohio. He re-enlisted in August of 1863 in Company B of the 12th Ohio Cavalry. He fought at Saltsville, Virginia; Strawberry Plains in Tennessee and at Bridgeport in Alabama. He was released at Nashville, TN and was discharged at Columbus, Ohio. He then worked as a blacksmith and left in 1867 for Baxter Springs in Kansas where he resumed his trade. He married Margaret Myer of Illinois in 1869 and they moved to Barton county, Missouri in 1875 where they bought a farm at Arcadia in nearby Crawford County. He worked the 160 acres for a number of years and had a blacksmith shop on the farm. After Margaret died in 1880, he married again a few years later in 1896 to Charlotte Parker, a native of England who had been a trained nurse in London.
James Louthan, Jr. (1817-1900) -- James Louthan, Jr. was born in Wayne county, OH on April 8, 1817 near Wooster, but returned with his mother and siblings to South Beavers Township of Beaver County, Pennsylvania when his father died. James Jr. was apprenticed to the carpenter's trade and he worked at this for the next forty years. He married Nancy Strain in 1838 and they had ten children. He had a 72 acre farm and, when his wife, Nancy, died in 1878, he sold the farm and went to live with his children in Indiana, Missouri and Pennsylvania and with his sisters in nearby Darlington, Pennsylvania. In 1896, he moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania to live with his daughter, Mrs. Craig. He was a Whig, a Free Soiler, and a Republican. He was a covenanter and trustee in the Reformed Presbyterians Church.
His oldest child, Mary Ann, married John Craig of Beaver Falls.
Susan married James Hartzell and moved to Missouri.
Rebecca married Bradford Rayl and remained in Beaver Falls, while her sister, Elizabeth, married Fernando Cox and they moved west to Marshall County in Indiana.
James' sixth child, Bradford M. Louthan, born in 1850, founded the Louthan Manufacturing Company, a well known manufacturer of potter's supplies in Columbiana County together with his son, William B. Louthan who was born in 1881. Organized in 1901 in East Liverpool, it was originally locate down Franklin Street. The company produced pins and stilts which are used by potters. Later they produced elemite porcelain which could withstand heating and cooling cycles with out cracking. They used this is to manufacture cores for electric heating; gas mantel rings and burner tips; porcelain heater plates for electric ranges; and radiants for gas heaters.
Alice, Bradford's sister, married Thomas Bradshaw and remained in Beaver County near her siblings: Dr. James Louthan; Nancy Patterson and John Reed Louthan.
John Reed Louthan was born on April 19, 1858. After working at a planning mill and some six years as a huckster, he moved to Lawrence County, Pennsylvania where he bought a farm and continued the huckstering business. He married Elizabeth Rhodes in September of 1880 and they had four children. John bought the family farm in 1896 and returned to Beaver County to remodel the house, add to the barn and make it his home. He had a herd of six dairy cows and put in two gas and oil wells that yielded over a barrel a day. John and Elizabeth were members of the United Presbyterian Church where he was both a trustee and superintendent of the Sabbath School.
3* Elizabeth Louthan (1783- ) -- Elizabeth Louthan, born in 1783, was the third of Moses children. Whe married John Thomas and remains unknown after that date.
4* William G. Louthan (1786- ) -- William G. Louthan was born in 1786 and was the fourth of Moses children. He married Mary Meek in 1817 and they had one boy named Moses Louthan (1817-1890). They moved west to Wayne County, OH and young Moses later moved west to Adams County, IN. He married Mary Nicholas in 1838 and when she died in 1878, he married Sarah Kanabal in 1879 while still in Adams County.
5* George Louthan (1791- ) -- George Louthan, the fifth child of Moses, was born in 1791 and married Margaretta. He was a member of the 138th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia in 1814. They had one son, George Washington Louthan (1830-190) who married Ellen Hammond. They lived in Wayne County and Allen county, Indiana.
6* Moses Louthan (1792- ) Moses own son named Moses, his sixth child, was born in 1792 and is mostly unknown to us.
7* Henry Louthan (1799-1871) -- Henry Louthan, born in 1799, was Moses seventh child. he settled in Richland County, OH about 1820. He later married Mary Jane White on June 12, 1828 in Columbiana County and they had four children: Moses; William; Mary Jane and George W. Louthan who was born on November 20, 1843. Henry and another settler moved west to Hardin County where they were the first white settlers. He opportunity to acquired public lands was not to be lightly passed up and the family soon followed west tot he new frontier.
George W. Louthan (1843-1924) -- Henry's son, George, enlisted at 17 at Kenton, OH in Hardin County in the 82nd Ohio Regiment when the War Between the States broke out. He served until the end of the war and fought at Lookout Mountain in the Battle Above the Clouds, at Murfreesboro; at Franklin, TN and at Nashville. When he returned, he acquired the farm from his father, married Margaret Ann Smith and raised a family of eight children. But the South was not easily forgotten. In 1888, George sold the old farm and everything he possessed except for a covered wagon and a team of mules. The family then started on the road south to Tennessee. They were on the road for over thirty days camping by the roadside at night. They arrived in Tennessee and put down new roots. George died in 1924 at 8.
8* Samuel M. Louthan (1801-1886) -- Samuel M. Louthan is the best known of the ten children and the eighth to be born. He was born in Beaver county, Pennsylvania on September 20, 1801 of Scotch descent. Brought up on the farm, he learned carpentering and at 24 married Annie Grossgross (or Gropcroft) on October 18, 1825. He later married Eleanor McConnell and still later Mary Ann Fullerton after being widowed twice. Sam left Pennsylvania for Ohio in 1849 with Mary and six children and settled in Hardin County. Two years later, he purchased a farm in Blanchard Township of that county and cleared the woods with the help of his sons. Four of Sam's sons went to the Union Army in the Civil War: James in the 17th Indiana Mounted infantry; Joseph in Company G. of the 83rd Ohio Independent Sharpshooters and later as a member of Sherman's Headquarters Guards; and finally Moses in the regular army.
Luther C. Louthan -- Luther C. Louthan was the seventh of nine children from this third marriage. He was a bookkeeper and teacher at Dunkirk, Ohio in Hardin County.
9* Hannah Louthan (1803- )
10* Mary Louthan (1805- )
11* Martha Louthan (1807- )
Moses last three children were girls named Hannah, Mary and Martha. Little is known of their lives and they may have died as children.
This Thanskgiving holiday lots of sports & college football nuts were gathered for the holidays to view the college football teams as they wind down their season -- the bedlam battles of some University States!
It was bedlam college football this weekend among several states: Georgia, Oregon, Texas and of course, Oklahoma. Did I leave anyone out?
What about that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University game, huh?
For my Yahoo! Fantasy Sports pick I went with the Oklahoma Sooners (OU), but I was amazed at how well the Oklahoma Aggies (OSU) kept up offensively and defensively with the Oklahoma Sooners.
It was a hard choice to decide who to root for -- my dad, Gene McGill, was a '37 graduate of Pharmacy from OU. AND... my Uncle Bob McGill attended as an OU Sooner before he attended Kentucky University before WWII.
My oldest son is a graduate of Oklahoma State university (OSU). So... I was pulled between who I was rooting for during the game, but the Sooners were my main team.
Roys says, "Incidentally, gasoline prices went back up to $1.63.9 for gasohol, $1.68.9 for regular unleaded (except for the 'full-service' Sinclair at $1.73.9) per gallon over these Thanksgiving holidays.
Our church will begin the Christmas Village presentation the following Thursday for 4 evenings and I should have my stuff set up for that by a day or two before the performances. On those evenings, from 6 to 8:30pm, there will be performances every thirty minutes (local bands, various church and public school choirs, young folks presenting Christmas skits, our bell choir (and perhaps the bell choir from the Lutheran Church), and on the final (Sunday) night, our choir will perform its Christmas Cantata (I'm part of a 'barbershop quartet' in a portion of this one).
I plan to be using three video cameras to capture all of the performances, and will later edit the videos for about a six hour DVD like I created last year. Year before last, I didn't realize the importance of our Christmas Village presentation, and didn't attend the first night, and didn't record (on video) all the happenings during the subsequent nights. I don't want that to happen again.
The village 'scene' is just about finished already. We've created a typical 'New England" village scene, complete with six or eight shops plus a 'church front' at the stage area of our 'big room' that's just to the west of our main church building, and have already moved our cantata rehearsals to the stage area there so that we can rehearse using that room's sound system and microphones, and get used to the 'feel' of the room. There will be free hot chocolate or cider and cookies served at the 'soda shoppe', the general store will receive donated canned goods and other packaged foods to be passed out to families in need by the Kaw Street Chapel and by "Operation Blessing".
The 'Toy Shop' will receive new toys and clothing which will also be distributed by Operation Blessing (a locally operated organization that distributes used clothing and appliances to the folks in need), free personal photos, and once again our barber shop will give free haircuts to all the folks who want them. This is part of our gift to the community.
About a week later, we'll once again present our "Living Nativity Scene" in front of the east side of the church. The past few years, the local police and sheriff's deputies have provided security and even blocked off the street in front when the crowds became too large (and traffic became hazardous). The town has already been decorating for the holidays (many Christmas lights are already being displayed) and once again, the city will be offering discounted utilities for everyone who has lighted displays at the homes and/or businesses.
It's a grand display showing 'the reason for the season' and of course Santa will come to town riding our specially decorated fire truck during the Christmas parade around the square, and will enter the Santa-clause house on the north side of the square so that the kids can visit, tell him what they want, and have their pictures taken with 'Jolly Saint Nick" himself." -- Roy in Perry, OK
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Soldiers Christmas Card Idea
Marvin Says, "There have been two emails come in to me this past week concerning the Cards for Heroes programs. XEROX is working with www.LetsSayThanks.com to send cards.
XEROX IS DOING SOMETHING COOL
If you go to this web site, LetsSayThanks.com you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.
How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a second.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these? Whether you are for or against the war, our soldiers over there need to know we are behind them.
This takes just 10 seconds and it's a wonderful way to say thank you. Please take the time and please take the time to pass it on for others to do. We can never say enough thank you's.
Thanks for taking to time to support our military! This is a link to the Pitney-Bowes site with more info about the card program. This is a link to the Holiday Mail for Heroes program at the Pitney Bowes site.
Holiday Mail for Heroes.
"Thank you for posting the picture of John Cope Louthan. My Uncle was Gilbert Shirley Louthan. He as born 2-24-1920 at Chester, Okla. He passed away 7-16-2000 at Pratt, Ks and buried at the Harper, KS cemetery. I know he was married to a woman named Annie McCallum. If you have information of when and where she was born and any of her parents and family I would appreciate it. He and Annie have 4 children: Bessie Louthan, Vernon Louthan, Shirleen Louthan and Betty Jean Louthan. The last 2 children passed away as children. Any information on them would be appreciated. Gilbert Louthan married Rosie Jaide (my Aunt Rosie) 6-15-1952. They have 3 children: Royal Lee Louthan, Mary Ann Francis Louthan, and Eva Marie Louthan. My father was Cleo Jaide a brother to Rosie (Jaide) Louthan.' -- Patricia M.
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A French Pilgrim Connection
We all know that the English Pilgrims traveled on the Mayflower to the Americas in the seventeen century, but did you realize that there was a French connection of pilgrims that landed on the balmy Florida shores in June of 1564 at what was earlier named the River of May (now the St. Johns River near Jacksonville)?
The French emigres promptly held a service of "Thanksgiving." Carrying the seeds of a new colony, they also brought cannons to fortify the small, wooden enclosure they named Fort caroline, in honor of their King, Charles IX.
These French pilgrims built houses, a mill and bakery, and apparently managed to press some grapes into a few casks of wine.
relationships with the local Timucuans were friendly , at first, and some of the French settlers took native wives and acquired the habit of smoking a certain local "herb."
In 1565, King Philip II of Spain had other visions for the New World, and issued orders to "Hang and burn the Lutherans" (spanish catchall term for Protestants) and dispatched Adm. Pedro Menendez to wipe out these French heretics who had taken up residence on land claimed by the Spanish -- it was also an annoying habit of attacking Spanish treasure ships as they sailed by.
Menedez established St. Augustine and ordered what local boosters claim was the first parish Mass celebrated in the United States. he also engineered a murderous assault on Fort Caroline, in which most of the French settlers were massacred. More than 300 French shipwreck survivors were executed at a site just south of St. Augustine, marked by an inconspicuous national monument called fort Matanzas (from the Spanish word for "slaughters").
These were American's first pilgrims that disappeared from the pages of history. They fell victim to Anglophile historians who erased their existence as readily as they demoted the Spanish settlement of St. Augustine to 2nd class status behind the later English colonies in Jamestown and Plymouth." -- taken from a New York Times article that appeared 11/26/2008, written by Kenneth C. Davis and submitted to The OkieLegacy by Steven N.
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This was taken from WOODS COUNTY ENTERPRISE, November 28, 1957, page 4.
"C. A. Meier Rites Are Held Tuesday -- Funeral for Charles August Meier was held Tuesday at the First Methodist church with Rev. Nelson Bradshaw in charge. Burial was in the Waynoka Cemetery under the direction of Marshall-Mason.
Mr. Meier came to Waynoka in 1907 from Pennsylvania and opened a barber shop in August. He had operated a barber shop here for 50 years, the longest continuous business under the same ownership.
Inquiry: Wm. & Margaret (McNutt) Brown of Missouri
William Brown married in 1890 to Margaret Leona McNutt in McPherson Kansas. Moved to Woods & Woodward Co. OK>
"I am looking for information on the family of William Brown who was born in Missoui. Margaret Leona McNutt was born July 1871 KS. The 1900 Woods Co. OK census says he was born November, 1855 Missouri. The 1910 Woodward Co., Oklahoma census he is age 59 born in Missouri (the birthdate is wrong on one of the censuses).
William Brown married Margaret Leona McNutt 1 October, 1890 in McPherson Co., KS. William Brown died before the 1920 census.
The known children listed in the Oklahoma census:
Leslie Brown, b. Jun 1891 KS; Martha Brown b. Jun 1893 KS; Beatrice Brown b. Jun 1895 OK; Dorothy Brown b. Feb 1898 OK; George M. Brown b. Jul 1900 OK; Henry H. Brown b. abt 1906 OK; and James Brown b. abt 1912 OK.