Duchess Turkey Sightings
As another weekend rolls around here in SW Colorado, we have been experiencing more early morning wild turkey sightings in our front yard -- herds of elk and deer in distance valley pastures during late afternoon hours. We would also like to thank all of you who sent information concerning last week's old photos. We did find some more old photos to share with you this week.
Remembering Girls State - 1960
Here's a great photo from our treasure chest dating back to 1960. It is a group picture of high school Girl Staters from across the State of Oklahoma. This photo takes us back to 1960, in Chickasha, Oklahoma to the Oklahoma College for Women. Now... I believe it goes by another name... University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.
Last Week's Photo
During 1898, in NW Oklahoma Territory, my Grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick) would have been "Sweet 16." Grandmother had a younger brother (Robert) born in 1887 that would have been about 11 years of age (1898) when the photo of the two Spanish-American War soldiers was taken in the Alva, O.T. area. So... I doubt one of these young soldier boys was her 11-year-old brother. Perhaps grandmother had a "beau" back then that had a picture taken to give to her so she would have something to remember him. That is only an assumption on this writers part, though.
when the 8th-grade graduation picture was taken, in Alva, O.T., Grandmother would have been 21 years of age. I am thinking that these 5 young girls were 8th grade students of hers... that is why she had a copy of their graduation photo. We now have the names of the other four young girls in this photo... Standing from left to right: Bessie Wright, Bessie Snyder; middle row: Nora Oviatt, Nan Snyder; Seated: Nellie Oviatt (Fugit). All of these girls were taught at one time by Constance Warwick. Most of them are in the photo on our Grandma Legacy pages -- Click on The Teacher.
Circa 1910 Electric Touring Bus
We found online a similar picture that was taken around 1910 that showed another touring bus. So... We again are assuming that the gentlemen, standing on the far back side of the car is our Grandpa Bill "Will" McGill. We are not quite sure of the exact date. We need to check and see when grandpa might have been in New York City back then. See our Mailbag Corner for other link concerning the other electric touring bus photo of 1910.
Circa 1920 - Tractors On Alva Downtown Streets
One of our readers sent us this old photo view of new tractors lined up around the square, in Alva, Oklahoma. Notice the building in the background. Our reader mentioned, "Maybe these men all took delivery of a new tractor on the same day. The picture was probably taken around 1920. The men in the picture are from left to right: Loyd Fugit, Henry Beedles, Jesse M, ?? and William Behel." Can anyone out there help us with Jesse M. and the gentleman standing next to him?
Early Virginia Loggers
We found this interesting old photo that we assume are loggers. Why else would they be standing, seated upon the logs? One of the gentlemen is Isaac Echart. We are not quite sure which one that is in the photo. There is a name on the back... "Isaac Echart - 50" We are not quite sure if "Echart" is spelled correctly, BUT... one of our Warwicks married into the "Eckart" family. Maybe this "Echart" (or Eckart) are one and the same NOW.... if we can just figure out what the 50 (number after the name on the backside of photo) stands for.
Nellie's 8th Graduation Photo..
"The graduation picture is in my grandmother Nellie Fugit (Oviatt) family photo albumn. It is labled 1905 - 1st Woods County 8th Grade Graduation Class. Standing from left to right: Bessie Wright, Bessie Snyder; middle row: Nora Oviatt, Nan Snyder; Seated: Nellie Oviatt (Fugit). I beleive all of these girls were taught at one time by Connie (Warwick) McGill. Most are in the photo you have labled The Teacher, NW Oklahoma." -- Earl
Early Tractors on Alva Square
"I thought this picture might interest you. I do not know what the occasion was. Maybe these men all took delivery of a new tractor on the same day. The picture was probably taken around 1920. The men in the picture are from left to right: Loyd Fugit, Henry Beedles, Jesse M??, ?? and William Behel." -- Earl
Faulkners Bridge, Caves & Neumans Boys Choir
"I saw your notes on Faulkners Bridge, and remember a hair-raising event that happened there. The Neuman's Boys Choir used to make trips out to that area to explore the cave, and to tie a swing to the bottom of the bridge structure where we would swing across at a considerable height above the canyon floor. Fred and another gentlemen would catch the boys on the backward swing. It was my turn, and as I launched, Fred somehow stepped into my path. He received the full impact of my swing and went tumbling down the canyon side. Although there were no broken bones, he had some nasty cuts and abrasions from the rocks. As a young boy, I thought that I had killed him. I never got on the swing again." -- Terry
Flowers In Gun Barrells
"Most of the other younger and able men of Bedford County were also away serving the Confederacy as soldiers. But a home force of militia was still able to muster about thirty men who vowed to do their best to slow the giant army coming their way. Down near the base of Sharp Top, the militiamen didn't know that up above some of the Union soldiers had paused at the hotel between the peaks, helping themselves to anything in the hotel smokehouse larder, including a hundred slabs of bacon. One Union officer, a Major Harkins, facetiously signed the guest register. Opposite his name, someone wrote: He didn't pay his bill. Some small hotel outbuildings were set afire. Two miles of fencing were broken up and destroyed. The invaders smashed the roof of the rock house on Sharp Top. Little did the militia know that many of these northern soldiers had picked rhododendron blossoms and whimsically stuck them in the barrels of their guns. The adjutant for Colonel Hayes said that the marching troops looked like a moving bank of flowers." -- www.peterv.com/peak_otter.htm
Yes! I'm Still Out There
"After my sojourn to the Sonoran Desert last month, I returned home due to the constant rain that we have had here on the West Coast and 4 corner Area. Firstly, I would like to say, Happy Birthday to you.
Spanish-American War Uniforms
I found this picture of Spanish-American war uniforms. The uniforms seem to match the photo pretty well and the time frame lines up. The legend says: In the background, Infantry Privates in the Philippine Islands without their khaki coats. In the foreground, Infantry 1st Lieutenant and Infantry Sergeant." -- Jim R. - www2.powercom.net/~rokats/spanwar2.html
Electric Touring Bus - 1910
"This rare photo of a New York electric touring bus was taken by an unknown photographer around 1910, or possibly earlier. The electric drive motor can clearly be seen at the rear with the battery compartment in the middle of the undercarriage. Note the solid rubber tires. The bus appears to hold 26 passengers, a driver and a conductor. Because of the relatively long exposure time by todays standards, a few of the faces are blurred from movement." -- heritagephotographs.com/eltourbus19.html
You're From Oklahoma If
"(1.) You can properly pronounce Eufaula, Gotebo, Okemah, and Chickasha.
"Hi there! Just taking a 'stab' to see if in any research on Guinn's (or GWINN, GWIN) you have heard of my Gr-Grandfather by the name of Anias (or Ananias) Arnelius GUINN from West Virginia?
Carmen's Children Home & Detention Facility
"I'm seeking information about the children's home or juvenille detention facility at Alfalfa in Oklahoma. I found some on your Web page. Thank you. Need more. I will try to contact you." -- Peggy Roberson - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dixie Sherman Hotel
"You ask on one of your pages, 'Did this first skyscraper, Dixie Sherman Hotel, in Panama City, Florida make it into the twenty-first century?...'.
Whittet's In Dacoma
Spanish-American War Chronology
April 1 - U.S. House of Representatives authorizes $22.6 million for naval vessels.
William McKinley - 1843-1901
"William McKinley (Republican) was the 25th President of the United States. During his administration, the two important issues of tariff and currency were overshadowed by the Spanish-American War of 1898.
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