Queen Mother's Letter
It isn't everyday that you get an email from a "Queen Mother" ... That is the Queen Mother of the Red Hat Ladies of Orlando Florida (a.k.a 25 Royal Court Ladies). Here's a special "Hello" to all those Red Hat Ladies, especially the Okie Dokies of Alva, Oklahoma that we talked about in The OkieLegacy, Vol. 6, Iss. 4.
Washington Elementary in Alva
We connected with a former NW Oklahoman this week that was remembering growing up in the small rural town of Alva (Oklahoma) until about the third grade. He attended 1st-grade at Washington Elementary school in 1952. The mention of Washington Elementary jogged some memories of my own days at Washington Elementary. Was it 1954 when I started 1st grade in Ms. Gill's class? Let me see now... If Mrs. Gill was 1st grade, then 2nd grade was Iris Van Pelt; 3rd grade was Parthena McCrady; 4th grade is still vague (BUT... was there a Mrs. Brown back then); and my 5th & 6th grade teacher was Mrs. Wilma Coffman. Can you remember who your Elementary teachers were? I can, except for one.
On the Road Again
This coming Sunday will find us on the road to the NW corner of Oklahoma on family business for a week. Maybe we will get to see some of you while we are there. BUT... Duchess will not be making the trip. She will be visiting a friend of hers for the week. Yes! I finally gave her a week off. You know what... I just realized that Duchess has never spent the night away from home before without me being closeby. I will miss her sweet, little brown-eyed face staring quietly at me in the wee morning hours as she maneuvers her sweet pug face close to mine as if she is nearsighted and needs a better look to see if I'm alive and breathing. It just brings a smile to my face every morning and cracks me up. She is a sweet delight! Sometimes I have to remind myself that she is a "DOG". I guess I am one of those humans that treats their pet like a member of the family. I hope she misses me just a little bit while I'm on the road without her. I know I will.
Is Spring Just Around the Corner
I am told that Friday's temps rose to around 42.6 degrees Friday afternoon in the higher elevations of the San Juan Mountains of Colorado causing a heavy duty melting. I think our temps in the lower valley ranged in the mid-40s. This Saturday morning around 9 o'clock A.M. I looked up from my computer and noticed the snow flakes drifting down and the Stone Mountains off in the distance were banked in with clouds, fog or snowfall. BUT... nothing accumulating so far this morning.
Alpha G. Updegraff of NW Oklahoma
We were wondering if... this Alpha Updegraff of the Freedom and NW Oklahoma is the same "Al Updegraff" who was injured in a Bat Masterson's last shootout, April 17, 1881, Dodge City, Kansas?
Moundridge & Lookout Photos (ca. 1938-39)
We identified another student in the Moundridge school and Lookout Sunday school photos taken around 1938 or 1939. The little girl on the frontrow, number 13 is Colleen (Hackney) Nixon, a former resident of Freedom, Oklahoma and now living in Enid. You can view more of the Moundridge school students on our webpage at Moundridge Photos. Marty, you are the one that sent those photos to me awhile back?
Connecting Pins On A Map
When we first got connected to the internet back in the Spring of 1995 and built my first webpage that Fall, we started collecting pins in a map of the different areas that we connected with. Well! During the years we got a bit side-tracked and got way behind sticking those pins on the map. We have come along ways from those first few webpages back in 1995. We hope for the better.
WWII List - German POW's In Oklahoma Lagers
Is there anyone out there who can guide us to a list of German POWs that were in the Oklahoma Lagers during WWII? A person in the Mailbag Corner below is doing research and looking for a "Michael Raster" whom was very sick at the time he was in the Oklahoma POW camps. He was also exchanged back to Germany because of his sickness.
Summary of Last Week's Comments, Vol. 7, Iss. 10
A few of the Comments made by a few of you last week gave us more insight to the COLES buried in the Freedom Cemetery; Some may be in the Lookout Cemetery. there were some who wished that the Freedom Cemetery records were online or have some kind of print out of it; and some who said they might try to get around to seeing what they can do about the Freedom Cemetery list this summer. We also learned that the book "Woods County Rural Cemeteries" is just that - rural cemeteries. AND... Freedom, Waynoka and Alva cemeteries were not included.
Red Hatted Eagle In Florida
"I stumbled on your Red Hat Page. Enjoyed reading it so much. I am the Queen Mother Aquila in Orlando FL. Red Hatted Eagle - Wish my ramblings were as good as yours. I'm 69 and married. My (Red Hat Society) group is 25 Royal Court Ladies. Need to get more pics for my site. Happy Hatting to all of you. Enjoyed the poem. I have a dog too. I would love to get your newsletters. Go to http://redhattedeagle.com to see my site I am building." -- Aquila Shaw
1947 Edition of Dacoma Telephone Directory
"I have come into the possession of a 1947 edition of the Dacoma Telephone Directory and have made a transcription available online (in PDF format, 10 pages). I have included the advertisements in the directory as well as the rules of service for telephone subscribers, as well as the alphabetized directory. The URL for the directory is: 1947 Edition - Dacoma Telephone Directory." -- Rod Murrow
1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration
"I don't know about the 99% perspiration because once I came up with the idea, it was relatively the easiest programming that I have ever done. It took me about 1-2 hours to develop this with few bugs to work out.
Alpha UPDEGRAFF - Freedom & Woodward (Oklahoma)
"Is the Alpha Updegraff of Freedom and Woodward (Oklahoma) the same man who was shot in a shootout with Bat Masterson in Dodge City in 1881?" -- Roger Myers - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1881: Bat Masterson's Last Shootout
".....For several years, Masterson drifted around the West. Early in 1881, news that his younger brother, Jim, was in trouble back in Dodge City reached Masterson in Tombstone, Arizona. Jim's dispute with a business partner and an employee, A.J. Peacock and Al Updegraff respectively, had led to an exchange of gunfire. Though no one had yet been hurt, Jim feared for his life. Masterson immediately took a train to Dodge City.
Pictures of My Dad's Plant - Clivia
"Thought I would send you a day brightener. My dad was featured on the front page of the Features section of the Courier-Journal last March for his Clivia. This is what the blooms look like this year. They were so pretty I just wanted to share. My dad is 80 years old and used to garden extensively until about 2-years ago when the doctor told him he could no longer use the rototiller. He still has a greenhouse where he grows these and many other plants. He especially likes growing the Clivias and Amaryllises that he has grown from seed. Daddy bought the seed for the Clivias at my urging 25-years ago when Mark and I returned home from college. I had seen a huge Clivia growing in a green house in Murray, Kentucky, and thought it was a gorgeous plant. Daddy bought 5 seeds from Park Seed Co. for about $8 and the rest is history. These are definitely plants that I can pass on to my children that were grown by their grandfather." -- Brenda S. - Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3
Let Us NOT Forget New Jersey
"I know you are into Oklahoma lore, but if you are going to quote Thomas Edison in your new news letter format as the Wizard of Menlo Park, you should include Menlo Park, New Jersey. That's David's (another WAGNER) birth state. (Little old New Jersey doesn't have many other things to be proud of, after all.)" -- Lou Wagner
Lookout Community Students
I had a call from Colleen Nixon (Freedom native now living in Enid) and she was inquiring about an old photo of students in the Lookout community. (May have been church or school, not sure which)... The children were numbered and she says she (Colleen [Hackney] Nixon) is number 13. Do you have any idea of which photo she may be referring to? She agreed to write the names down for me... then I'll return the list to you for the e-zine." -- Rod
I believe I know the Lookout students that Collen Nixon is speaking of... SEE Moundridge School LINK for the 1938 or '39 Lookout Sunday School and Moundridge School students. This is a photo of the Lookout Sunday School class that someone sent me with some Moundridge School photos. If you go to - Moundridge Photos - you can find the Moundridge photos and the Lookout Sunday school photos. I am thinking that Marty Myers sent me the photos. Am I correct, Marty? Here's the numbered list of the known/unknown students of the Lookout Sunday School Class - 1938 or 1939... 1. ?; 2. Mathesia (Knabe) Myers; 3. Mrs. Roy Carlson; 4. Kenneth Bliss; 5. Marjorie Bliss; 6. ?; 7. ?; 8. ?; 9. Mary Ellen Hackney; 10. DeWayne Hodgson; 11. Beagley; 12. ?; 13. Colleen Nixon; 14. ?.
Looking for Michael Raster - German POW In Oklahoma Lagers
"Does anyone have the list of names of the German POWs in the Oklahome Lagers? I am looking for information on a Michael Raster that was in one of the Oklahoma Lagers. He was very sick at the time and was subsequently exchanged back to Germany. My daytime telephone is 303-492-5532." -- Rudolph J. Dichtl - Email: email@example.com
Bat Masterson's Last shootout in Dodge - 1881
"..... At the Long Branch Saloon, Bat spent many nights gambling with poker pals Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and Luke short. In 1880, Bat was living with nineteen-year old Annie Ladue and was no longer sheriff. He then followed Wyatt Earp, the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday to Tombstone, Arizona. After a brief stay, in April 1881 he traveled back to Dodge City in response to his younger brother, Jim, Dodge's marshal and co-owner of a dancehall. Jim had got into a scrape with his partner A.J. Peacock, and the man they employed as bartender, Al Updegraph. Bat arrived by train at noon on April 16. Fighting his brother's battle, Bat was in a gunfight with Updegraph. An unknown man shot Updegraph from behind, the shot possibly coming from inside the saloon. Bat was fined eight dollars for shooting his pistol in the street, and then rode the evening train out of town. This would be his last gunfight, at the age of 27....." -- Bat Materson, Lawman - by Lady Belle
Al Updegraff's Letter - Ford County GLOBE, May 10, 1881
"THE TRUE STATEMENT OF THE SHOOTING AT DODGE CITY - MEDICINE LODGE INDEX - Dodge City, Kansas, April 21, 1881 -- "Editor Globe: There having been several statements published relative to the shooting that occurred here, in which I (UPDEGRAPH) was wounded, and as my relatives and friends live in your city, I desire to make a brief statement of the affair for the purpose of correcting the erroneous statement heretofore published, that all concerned may know that I am not entirely to blame for it all. When I arrived here from Medicine Lodge I went into the employ of Peacock & Masterson, as bar-keeper....."
Poem by Alexander McFadden
"You have a poem out there by Alexander McFadden who is my Great-Grandfather. There apparently is family history put together by Zellamae Longfellow? She would be my Grandmother (on my moms side). Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you." -- Kurt Amend - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
1910 Paddy's Day Postcard
"Here's wishing you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! Below is a copy of a St. Patrick's day card John Andrew Martin sent his brother Hugh. The front just says, A St. Patrick's Day Greeting. Backside of Paddy Day Card
Washington Elementary - 1952
"I am really impressed with your web site. I came across it while looking to see what I could find on Washington Elementary School there in Alva. I started the first grade there in 1952 and have fond memories of the place although feint at best these days.
Looking For A PARIS
"My name is James Paris and I'm from Mint Hill North Carolina. Next to Charlotte, NC. I'd like to know where are the PARIS' from? I've been told Ireland by my Daddy (Harbert PARIS). Also, I'd like to know if anyone sknow anything about the PARIS I'm from in North Carolina. As far as I've gone back is to Great-Grandfather John Edwards PARIS, born 3/10/1884, died 10/5/1956. His nickname was John P. On his grave at Philadelphia Church at Mint Hill. His name is PARRIS. My Daddy and Great-Aunt May (who is still alive at 85) say they did the marker wrong. His wife Minne Rushing PARIS died Oct 26, 1975 is beside him. His Dad name was Row are Monrow. Everyone called Him Row? Thank you for Time." -- James Paris - Email: JRJPARIS@wmconnect.com
Alpha Gordon Updegraff - by Nancy Groalman Berlowe
On page 706 and continuing onto page 707 of the Pioneers Footprint history book you can read the following, "A true Pioneer loves the land in which he chooses to settle, and he is dedicated to helping that land become a secure and welcome home for other settlers. Alpha Gordon Updegraff can be placed in this ideal of a pioneer as he dedicated much of his life and abilities to helping this area progess from a homesteaded territory to a county in Oklahoma. He first came to what is now Woods County in 1872, and was part of its history and development until his death in 1929. Updegraff had moved here from Topeka, Ks, where he was born on May 13, 1856, and became a cowboy near Ash Grove, just north of where Alva is located now. He worked cattle for several years on the drives to Kansas and Texas, and by 1886 had become the foreman of the Major Drumm Ranch, or the T-5 Ranch, located at the mouth of the Medicine River....." READ MORE ABOUT UPDEGRAFF
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