Oakie's NW Corner
OKC, Oklahoma -
Before we get started here with more Okie Legacies, let me personally thank you all for your advice and congratulations on the recent McGill family quilt that has come into our possession. We truly appreciate everyone who replied. Thanks for being such fantastic readers of this Li'l Okie Legacy Ezine. We really do appreciate your loyalty and support.
Now that we have that out of our system... We are going to share a special treat concerning some 1960's Democrats & Political Legacies of Oklahoma that our father saved in his political scrapbook. We have to say, though, we have only began to skim through Gene McGill's two, huge 1960's political scrapbooks. We shall start out with the Democratic photos of the 1960's that he accumulated while he was Oklahoma's Democratic State Chairman during the early 1960's. A couple of the photos are in this week's newsletter, but you can view the rest of the collection at Oakie's Webshots - 1960's Political Legacy.
As to Woods County Pioneers... We have added a few more names to the Northwest OK Pioneers. Some of the names listed this week are: F. G. Munson, assistant cashier in First National Bank; J. H. Hudson, Jr., clerk in First National Bank; W. R. Frazier, clerk in First National Bank; John W. Bishop, postmaster of Cleo, editor of Cleo Chieftain; Eugene Carter, clerk in First National Bank; Earl Rumsey, clerk in Alva National Bank; Lee Noah, law student in office of his father H. A. Noah; F. Hageman, Alva manager for southwestern telephone company; and J. T. Hiatt, bookkeeper in Harbaugh's grain and coal office. MORE Woods County Pioneers....
More NW OK Pioneer Tidbits... This were taken from The Alva Pioneer - Souvenir Edition, dated January 1, 1904, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. In 1897 there was only one bank in Woods County, with deposits of between 50 to 60 thousand dollars. On January 1st, 1904, there were 26 banks, with deposits of over a million dollars. Up to 1897 the people spent all they made for improvements. It was also reported in that same newspaper of 1904, "since that time they had been putting something away for a 'rainy day'."
According to the Alva Pioneer Souvenir Edition dated 1 January 1904, The City Waterworks and Alva had an abundant supply of the very best water, which came by natural gravitation from springs 2-1/2 miles north, and which were 50 feet higher than the main business part of the city. A pipeline brought the water into a reservoir holding 80,000 gallons, located in the north suburbs of the city. It was then forced a mile up the slope to the storage tank located south side of the Castle on the Hill (also known through the past years as - Northwestern Normal School, Northwestern State Normal College, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University). The water tank held 65,000 gallons, and was about 112 feet high.
First School... J. W. Buckles, a young man from Harper, Ks., began a subscription school, Oct. 16, 1903, in a little building 12-by-12 feet on the corner where W. F. Hatfield's dwelling house once stood. According to the Alva Pioneer Souvenir Edition of January, 1904, this was thought to be the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip. If someone out there could help us out here and share with us the exact location of where W. F. Hatfield's dwelling house was located, that would be very helpful here. We would love to see a picture of it if it is available? Thanks!
Woods County Schools... In 1904, Woods County once lead all other counties in educational advantages for its young people. The Normal School at Alva was the greatest institution of learning in the southwest and was during 1904 considered to become one of the foremost normal schools in the country..... READ MORE...
We found this fantastic Oklahoma Poem, "In Oklahoma," as it appeared in the 1904 Souvenir Edition - The Alva Pioneer. It did NOT have the name of the author. You can read the full poem by clicking on "In Oklahoma.".
Where the waving fields of corn
The Ides of March are upon us with St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring just around the corner. Daylight Savings Time (April 6, 2003) can not be too far behind either. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Spring-like weather while our neighbors in the North and East are still experiencing snow, Winter. See you next weekend!
~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~
NW OK Marriage 1943
Hort-Holding - Thursday,
May, 1943, Alva, Okla. - Hort-Holding Vows Read In Alva Thursday
- Miss Anna Hort, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hort, Sr., east
of Alva, was married to PFC. Bill O. Holding, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Holding, Marshal, Thursday evening at the Lutheran parsonage
in Alva. The Rev. Otto Hoyer performed the double-ring ceremony.
Phelps-Bicknell - Sunday, June, 1943 - Miss Phelps Bride-Elect of Brooks Bicknell - Dr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Phelps of El Reno announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Margaret Phelps, to Brooks H. Bicknell of Oklahoma city, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Bicknell, Alva. The wedding will be an event of early June.
Kinzie-Kightlinger - Thursday, 10 June 1943, Amarillo, Tex. - Wanda Kinzie Is Bride of Pvt. Kightlinger - Mr. and Mrs. Guy E. Kinzie announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Wanda Berlene Kinzie, to Pfc. Robert L. Kightlinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Kightlinger of Quinlan, Okla., Thursday, June 10, in Amarillo, Tex. The single-ring ceremony was read by the Rev. R. N. Huckabee, in the 10th Avenue Methodist church at 3 p.m.
Glasgow-Tate - Friday, 2 July 1943, Hugo, Okla. - Glasgow, Tate Vows Exchanged - Mr. and Mrs. Earl Glasgow of Dacoma announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Dana Maxine Glasgow, to Pvt. Glenard Mack Tate, Friday, July 2, at Hugo, Okla. The Rev. C. W. Lester read the nuptial vows in the First Methodist church.
Deusinger-Thilsted - Saturday, 24 July 1943, Denver, Colo. - Wanda Deusinger, John Thilsted married Saturday in Denver, Colo. - In a quiet ceremony Saturday at the First Baptist church in Denver, Colo., Miss Wanda Marie Deusinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Deusinger, 1028 Flynn, became the bride of John P. Thilsted, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Thilsted, near Alva.
Tuesday, 10 August 1943, Enid, Okla. - Hunter, Milton vows Exchanged
August 10 - Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mrs. Nellie
Hunter, Alva, and Mr. Ed Milton, Alva, which took place Tuesday,
August 10, at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Christian church
at Enid. Rev. Sours read the single ring ceremony.
Milton-Faulkner - Sunday, 15 August 1943, Anthony, Kansas - Mrs. Verna Milton Becomes Bride of Felix Faulkner - Announcement has been made of the marriage of Mrs. Verna Milton, Alva, and Felix Faulkner, Alva. The wedding took place in the Methodist church Sunday August 15, in Anthony, Kansas, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Victor A. Major reading the single ring ceremony.
Fettke-Allen - Thursday, 16 September, 1943, Madison, Wisconsin - Norma Belle Fettke Becomes Bride of Cpl. Dale Allen - Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Norma Belle Fettke, daughter of Mrs. Vera Fettke, Alva, to Cpl. Dale Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burr Allen, Alva, Thursday, September 16, at Madison, Wisconsin.
20 May 1963 Political Legacy
OKC, Oklahoma -
Waiting Arrival at Airport... Gov. Howard Edmondson, State Democratic Party Chairman Gene McGill and US Senator A. S. 'Mike' Monroney awaiting arrival of Vice-Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson in Oklahoma City on 20 May 1963.
Oklahoma Democrats & Kennedy
OKC, Oklahoma -
"You have a beautiful quilt. Before
we go any further, keep it out of the sun. It would fade quickly.
Speaking of Quilts
"I enjoyed your sharing the family quilt with me. One good quilt deserves another. A couple of years ago thirteen of my first cousins, my brother, and I surprised my Aunt Nell Cook Morris by gathering in Oklahoma to celebrate her eightieth birth day.
"What a family treasure! I can remember a few quilts from my childhood that my grandmother had -- especially one crazy quilt -- but my mother was the youngest child and I don't think we ever got any of those. I am into some quilting now, and enjoying it very much. Dorthy has a couple of small things I have quilted, but I'm much a novice and have done only one small piece with hand quilting, preferring at this point to concentrate on the piecing of the tops. I'll ask around about preservation and display options." -- Marilyn
"Trying to find out some info on a family that lived in Freedom. James Henry Clark b 4-20-1872. Died Sept. 7, 1946. Had a brother named Joe Clark, one of the two were boxers. James was married to a Belenda C. Dillard-Clark B. March 22,1871, died Feb. 18,1922. James and Belenda were married in Alva on 4-20-1898. Their farm was 8 miles south of Freedom. James Henry parents were William Ownes Clark, and Mary A. Pritchard or spelled Prictard who was also Princess Rain Water. We are trying to get back to this Princess Rain Water. What info you can find for me would be greatly appreciate. Thank You for your time and help.' -- Linda Bonham - Email: LDBonhamtigger@aol.com
Good Soddy Deserves Another
"This is a photo of the Cottonwood school, in pre-statehood (coined word) Woods County, Oklahoma Territory.
Earnest 'Jack' Wilson Inquiry
"Please add me to your
mailing list. I am trying to research genealogy. My husband was born
in Freedom. Earnest (Jack) Wilson. His grandfather was Luther Calvin
French. I have always been told Granddad French was in the Oklahoma
Land Rush. If there are any sites you can connect me to that would
help in my research, I would greatly appreciate your help. I would
like to know more about the old townsite of Freedom before they moved
it because of the railroad." -- Patricia - Email: Patricia75633@aol.com
McNeely Family of Menard Co., Illinois
"You list a McNeeley family in your tree and they are from Menard County, Illinois. Do you know their relationship to a Thompson Ware McNeeley who became a U.S. Representative?
1906 Woods County Atlas
"Thank you, Linda, for publishing our membership drive information, post office history, and information about our Cherokee Strip maps. It's very helpful to us.
Oklahoma - "Having been born & reared in Southeast
& Southern Oklahoma [Indian Territory] I have always known that our culture in this part of the state was somewhat removed from that of the NW part of Oklahoma.
Seiling High School Seniors of 1936
Taloga, Oklahoma - "While surfing. I stumbled upon your website (Vada Paris' High School graduation) while looking up the words, 'Chester, Oklahoma' and 'Bland.' I found the page for your mother's high school graduation. Her name was very familiar to me because my mother graduated from that same class. Her name was Gladys Hedrick.
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