Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner
Bayfield, Colorado -
As the last weekend of August 2004 is beginning, we find ourselves (Duchess included) still enjoying the cool, dry temperatures near Ignacio, in SW Colorado. Is Fall just around the Corner?
We find ourselves waking at 6:30a.m. MDT -- doing our chores -- keeping our hummingbird feeders full for the fluttering occupants that flock towards the feeders filled with the sweet nectar for their energy. At least seven have been seen at one time waiting in line for the sweet nectar. Here is our pink adobe abode we are staying at while here. Our front porch, windows look to the east taking in the morning sunrise -- evening moon rising over the Stone Mountains east of Ignacio, Colorado. This photo was taken looking towards the northwest. If you roll your cursor over the photo to the right, you may see a close-up -- Click photo for a larger view.
For All those Victorian Festival enthusiasts out there... Don't forget to mark your calendars for Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2004 for the annual Jersey County Victorian Festival near Jerseyville, Illinois. We would love to be there this year at the Festival, and maybe someday we will get that way. If there are any Illinois residents or anyone interested in going, we have four (4) complimentary tickets for you. Just email us your snail-mail address and how many tickets you want ASAP (As Soon As Possible) -- we shall try to rush delivery by snail-mail the tickets to you. So Hurry! OR... If that doesn't look possible, For more information: Call (618) 498-5590, Historical Steam & Living History (not-for-profit corp.), 25007 U.S. Highway 67, Jerseyville, IL. 62052 -- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org - www.greatriverroad.com. SEE Schedule of Events in Mailbag Corner below.
Congratulations to Freedom (Oklahoma) and its citizens!... You have succeeded once again at your Annual Rodeo, Shootout & Cowhand Reunion! We hear from some of our readers that the Freedom Rodeo, Reunion & Shootout was a great success and the crowd that gathered had a ball. Don't forget to send us some photos of the event to share with our other readers who couldn't make it this year. 2004 Honored Cowhand, Helen Snapp London's Story.
OkieLegacy Remake... Maybe some of you have noticed that we have been busy doing a make-over of our front pages for the okielegacy.org & okielegacy.net. We are doing some cleaning, re-organizing to remove the slow-clutter of our frontpages so they will load a bit faster -- be more trim-line. We have placed the "Legacy Links" of OkieLegacy on their own pages. If there is something you can not find, try out "Our FreeFind Search Engine" listed on both front pages of the OkieLegacy.
WWII German POW Prisoner & Artist in Alva POW Camp... Remember back to the OkieLegacy, Vol. V, Iss. 42, when the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Rohrlack submitted a painting done by his father of a blonde German teenage of one of the other German POW's? Friedrich Wilhelm Rohrlack would sign his paintings with his initials "fwr." Can you help or know of anyone who can help us find the family of this young German girl so Rohrlack's son can give the painting to them? Thanks!
Druces of Slapout, OK... There is a young (25-years of age) lady that is researching history of her biological father, David Druce who passed away in 1979. Stormy Dawn Druce would love to know more about her Druce family history. If you have any information for Stormy, her email is in the Mailbag Corner below.
Edith, Oklahoma Story & Dixon family... Once in awhile you are touched -- overwhelmed by the connections you make across this magnificent world. That is the case with the Edith, Oklahoma story & photos that another one of our viewers from Victoria, British Columbia happened across this week. The grand-daughter of Alice Dixon ran across some photos of her grandmother and other Dixon family in the process of researching, making a collage of family photos for her mother, Icey Batson Huddleston. If you happen to have any photos to share with her, she would love to hear from you. Check out her family story in the Mailbag Corner for her e-mail address.
Remembering Alva's 1st Hospital... Have your ancestors ever passed along any tales of Alva's first hospital?... Doctors? Remember when... the the old Alva Library was used to house the hospital in 1914 and it was privately owned by John Mary Felton? Remember hearing stories about Dr. Bowling, Dr. Herod as the first doctors that established the hospital? Remember when... the first hospital was on the south side of the square in a building owned by Anton Shafer? Remember when... it consisted of 8 or 10 beds and Miss Ada Eaton, a graduate nurse, was in charge? Remember when... Miss Ida Ferguson of El Reno was called in when needed? Remember when... Mr. Glenn Woolley was the first administrator? ... CLICK HERE!
Before we head out of here for the weekend and the last weekend of August... here's what we know so far of Moman Pruiett, Indian Territory (Pauls Valley & later Oklahoma City) Lawyer.
Here's to making America Stronger at Home - Respected in the World!
Alice Dixon - Edith, Oklahoma
Edith, Oklahoma - "My grandmother was Alice Dixon, who married Charles Batson. My mom, Icey Huddleston (Batson), is her daughter. It was great seeing pictures of my grandmother and her sister Bertha and Annie. I wish they didn't go by so quickly.
Edith, Oklahoma - Edith, Oklahoma - Batson Girls (Icey & Iona)... "I enjoyed looking at the Edith pictures of the Dixon family and other friends. The one picture (Edith Picnic) with the Batson girls is actually Icey and Iona Batson. The young girl on the right was my sister Iona and the smaller one is me. That photo must have been taken around 1930. [A picnic in Vincent Grove at Edith, Oklahoma. -- Back row, L to R: Opal Weidman Bradt, Annie Dixon, Grace McAlister, Dorothy Hacker Weidman, Bertha Dixon, Inez Weidman Draper, Lula Allen, Selma Weidman, Bell Davidson; Front row, L to R: Butch Thornberry, Lester Thornberry, Mae Thornberry, Douglas Thornberry, Allen girl, Icey Batson, Iona Batson.] The photo of Alice Dixon, where it said she played basketball, was the first I had ever heard that she played basketball. Thanks for the website!" -- Icey Batson Huddleston - Email: email@example.com
WWII - Bisby Oklahoma POW Camps Remembered
Bisby, Oklahoma - "Wonderful accumulation of data. My husband was raised south of Bixby and remembers POWs coming to their farm. He said one took him to the pond and washed dirt off his feet. He would like to locate him." -- Janice Flud - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alva Lad - Roy Dunn - World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion
Alva, Oklahoma - "Watching the Olympics this evening brought back memories of Roy Dunn of Alva. Roy was father to Bruce and Blake, both attended Washington elementary before the family moved to Colorado sometime in the mid-50's. My father and Roy were friends and we attended several matches in Wichita, this was during the time professional wrestling was legitimate. Anyway, back to Roy. Roy Dunn participated in the 1936 Olympics in freestyle wrestling but did not medal. He wrestled professionally and was crowned World Champ by the National Wrestling Alliance. Roy retired in 48, but came out of retirement in 49, wrestling until 53.
Roy Dunn's Legend - Lifting Engines
Alva, Oklahoma - "I did some further research and here are the results. Roy was originally from Harper County, near Buffalo. Besides Jane Jayroe, from Laverne in Harper County, there was also another famous individual by the name of Mel Harpe who was credited with introducing Knute Rockney to Notre Dame.
Bernardi In Major County
Major County, Oklahoma - quot;From the Oklahoma Place Names book - Bernardi is in Major County, 7 miles SE of Cleo Springs. A post office from April 20, 1896 to September 30, 1901. On January 30, 1903, The town of nearby post office of Alameda was changed to Bernardi, an office which was, in turn, discontinued August 15,1910." -- Lois
Krivohlavek's of Enid, Oklahoma
Enid, Oklahoma - "I was born on a farm 11 miles NW of Enid on May 21,1928. My Grandfathers', Krivohlavek and Roberts both claimed farms in the Run. I am working on a account of their lives and my own. My Grandfather Krivohlavek opened the Krivohlavek Hardware in Garber in 1889, and ran it for the rest of his life. George M. Krivohlavek - Email: email@example.com
Druces of Slapout, Oklahoma
Slapout, Oklahoma - "I am 25 and was adopted at 2-years-old, but have just found out that my biological father's side of the family were the Druces of Slapout, Oklahoma. My father was David Druce who passed away in 1979. Just curious to know more about my family history of the Druces. Anyone knowing any type of information please email me.This is a great site." -- Stormy Dawn Druce - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avard History by Duck
Avard, Oklahoma - "I purchased an Avard history on ebay, and have permission from the seller to reproduce it and sell it at the Waynoka Museum Gift Shop. It written by a man whose last name is Duck. Thanks. Have I sent you a story about the book we sell about "Crossing the Cimarron at '21' Crossing"? It's really popular. We've sold dozens of them." -- Sandie - Email: email@example.com
Cummins Family Questions
Alva, Oklahoma - "Hello Duchess! Perhaps your human friend could help us out with some questions we have about Orange Scott Cummins, The Pilgrim Bard, who lived in the Alva, Oklahoma area? My boyfriend is Eric Boyd Cummins and I wonder if there may be a relation between his family and the Orange Scott Cummins family.
Cummins Family Questions - Reply
Alva, Oklahoma - "I really don't believe there is any connection with Eric's family and Frank's. I do remember seeing the name Christopher Columbus Cummins while looking for anything on O. Scott Cummins. Maybe I can find it tomorrow and forward it to Janet and Eric. I am at a brick wall with most of my genealogy and it would do my mind good to find SOMETHING new on a Cummins, even it it wasn't Frank's line.
Keffer's of Dacoma / Freedom (Oklahoma)
Dacoma, Oklahoma - "I had been receiving the Okie Legacy and then my computer crashed. Would love to receive it again. I am currently looking for any Keffer's from the Dacoma/Freedom area." -- Christy - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WWII German POW Artist at Alva Camp
Germany - " My father, Friedrich Wilhelm Rohrlack, born 1918, was a prisoner at Camp Alva 1943-1945. He was also an artist, mostly landscapes and scenery and he was from Berlin. was a prisoner of war at ALVA from early 1943 until the war ended. He was a great artist until he died in 1995. He usually signed his artwork somewhere in old english script his initials, in lower case letters (fwr). He lived in Berlin until 1954. One other note, although I have tried this before without success, and that is to find the person in a picture of a young blond girl my father painted while at Alva. I believe it was a picture one of the prisoners had of their daughter. She was wearing a large blue dress. I have the painting and would like to pass it onto the person in the picture. If anyone can remember anything, please send me an e-mail, on the murals or the girl's picture. Thanks to you all." -- Werner Rohrlack - Email: email@example.com
Another OkieLegacy Listing
Norman, Oklahoma - "I'm a publisher located in Norman, Oklahoma, horsecreekpublications.com . Is it possible to have a link from your web site and a listing for my book, Who's Rocking the Cradle? Women Pioneers of Oklahoma Politics, From Socialism to the KKK. The book discusses the activities of many Oklahoma women from across the state who forged Oklahoma women's' political culture. I look forward to hearing from you." -- Sue Schrems - Horse Creek Publications www.horsecreekpublications.com/Forum
Researching Old Formulas
"Folks, I am a soapmaker and was searching the Internet for old formulas and came across your site (Soap Recipe) and posting. I eventually got to the photograph of the soap formula that you have posted here and was able to better make out what is written by your grandmother.
Jersey County Victorian Festival - Jerseyville, Illinois
Jerseyville, Illinois - Jersey County Victorian Festival - Jerseyville, Illinois -- "Look forward to your OkieLegacy every Saturday morning. So much history being discussed which is wonderful to us as readers. I am enclosing this years Jersey county Victorian Festival brochure along with four tickets to use as you see fit. The Festival ahs once again reached new heights in recognition and that is very rewarding to all who are involved. Hope to see you Labor Day Weekend!" -- Fred Nolan, Director - Historical Steam and Living History, Inc.
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