Sheri - I have almmost the same picture of those steps [more]... ~Teresa Hamilton
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 6 Iss. 21
Ellen and James were my great great grandparents. ~Linda Thiebaud
regarding Okie's story
from Vol. 9 Iss. 13
Duchess of Weaselskin
Bayfield, Colorado - Hip! Hip! Hooray! My lap with the laptop is back home! Hello to my buddies, Nugget and Maggie (pictured on the left), back in NW Oklahoma. You are looking great. I hear tell you got a bit of rain a few weeks ago, but hardly enough to fill up the farm/stock ponds. AND . . . the pastures are really dry through western Kansas and into northwest Oklahoma.
Farmers in the northwest parts of Oklahoma could be seen planting their wheat in the fields (more like dusting their wheat seed, though). The weather reports say we could have a 40% chance of rain/snow showers coming our way after Thursday with those above 8000 feet getting snow on Friday.
we hear tell that there is a new mural on the west side of a Central National Bank building located on Oklahoma Blvd, catty-corner from the northeast corner of NWOSU campus. They still had the scaffolding in place, but someone told us it was finished. Have you seen it yet?
This photo on the left is a close-up of the indian guide on the left side of painting.
America - On this day in history, October 1, 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record of 60 set in 1927.
On this day in history, October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court. He was the first African-American appointed to the nation's highest court.
On this day, October 3, 1990, West Germany and East Germany ended 45 years of postwar division, declaring the creation of a new unified country. On October 3, 1873, Emily Post, the American authority on proper etiquette, was born. Following her death on Sept. 25, 1960, her obituary appeared in The Times.
Also On This DAte, October 3rd:
1863 - President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day.
1929 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.
1941 - Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been "broken" and would "never rise again."
1951 - Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard 'round the world" a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of a playoff game at the Polo Grounds to send the New York Giants into the World Series.
1955 - "Captain Kangaroo" premiered on CBS and "The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC.
1960 - "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS.
1974 - The Cleveland Indians hired Frank Robinson as major league baseball's first black manager.
1981 - Irish nationalists at the Maze Prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland, ended seven months of hunger strikes that had claimed 10 lives.
Bayfield, Colorado - Good Monday morning to all! But this may be evening by the time I get this OkieLegacy Ezine published. We just back from NW Oklahoma to view the Fall colors if SW Colorado. Some beautiful golds of Aspens lined our path over the Eastern slope of Wolf Creek yesterday late afternoon into dusk.
You can check out our Facebook and Picasa web albums for more views of SW Colorado's Fall changing of colors. I need to check out the Fall changes taking place between Durango and Silverton. Hope I can catch them before they peek completely. Maybe they have already peeked.
I was asked what got me into writing my OkieLegacy Ezine. Over the last 14 years or so it has evolved from a simple "Heart To Heart" journal I began writing as therapy to work through some things that I was going through back then. After working through those range of feelings, It helped me find what was important to me and how I wanted to move forward in a more constructive, productive venue . . . discovering my past through genealogy, history of my pioneer ancestors who came to America settling in Virginia, Tennessee, New Amsterdam and other areas on the East coast before moving westward towards Kansas and Oklahoma Territory. I have found that writing helps me put things into perspective so I can move forward in my life.
There is still unanswered questions for some of my pioneer ancestry and unnamed photographs to yet identify, but it has become a labor of love of discovering . . . Who and what I am!
Have you ever wondered . . . If America had not open it doors to immigrant pioneers, where would America be today? Where would you be today?
Alva, Oklahoma - Besides the playing of "Ride Ranger Ride" by Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU) band, the annual NWOSU homecoming 2011, "Branded for Life" had come down to Saturday morning, 10:00am with a bands, a few floats traveling around the 2-block downtown square with Harvey Reeg as the parade marshall this year.
The following video is a mixture of videos and stills we collected of various bands, floats and organizations participating in the parade. NWOSU Homecoming 2011 Parade:
I loved the NWOSU Young Democrats floats. I also loved the Alva High Goldbugs Class of 1991 float (pictured above and on the left). My youngest son was with the Class of '91 Goldbugs. AHS Class of '91 classmates were seated on the float and did a sports wave through out their journey around the square. I would like to congratulate the Class of '91 Alva High classmates for coming up with a great float idea! You did a great job!
Farry, Oklahoma - Hazel (James) Herren commented on a feature in the OkieLegacy Ezine Vol. 6, Iss. 8, 2004-02-21 recently. Hazel says, "My name is Hazel (James) Herren. I am the grand daughter of Nancy & Willis James who established the post office & newspaper. My son found this on the internet. I do have an e-mail address and would like to find out whatever I can about the Farry, OK history."
Farry, Oklahoma - I did a search through our OkieLegacy archives to gather some information we had accumulated concerning the history of Farry, Oklahoma. I will list those links below for those interested in Farry, Oklahoma's legacy.
In Vol. 9, Iss. 9, dated 2007-03-03, Francis Melkus shared some information with us. Francis was born the middle son of Alba and Laura Melkus about 1 mile west and 3 miles south of Farry school and post office.; later moving to the Bentley place just northwest of the Farry school grounds.
In Vol. 6, Iss. 8, 2004-02-21. Gilvin Walker says, "My ancestors established the town of Farry, Oklahoma. Grandmother James secured the first post office. They also established the first Freedom newspaper which was called the Freedom Express. It was published outside under a large tree."
In Vol. 7, Iss. 36, 2005-09-10, we learn about the Farry Community Band 1916 & Conway Springs Wells of 1898. The Conway Springs was in Kansas. Some of those listed in the picture of the Farry Community Band were Billy Brison, Hugh Mitchell, John Sample, Howard Walker, Manely Murshul(?), Ed James, Max Lot(?), Dave Sullivan (?) and Kirk Collins.
Hugh Mitchell,John Sample,Howard Walker, and Ed James were all first cousins. Ed James was the father of the recently deceased Edwin James of Freedom. His wife Pat still resides in Freedom and was a former cafe operator there. Howard Walker taught school at Farry, published the Freedom Express later -- later was Woods County Treasurer from 1930-34. Later Howard and his wife Stella published the Hardtner Press for many years.
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As the Legend Goes
LeFlore County, Oklahoma - Have you ever heard of the "Boggy Bottom Monster" that resides deep in the forests of Southeastern Oklahoma? Is it true? Is it just another legend of a "bigfoot?" Do you have or heard anything about this "Boggy Bottom Monster" that lives among the tangled vegetation and infant mountains
As the legend goes, this Oklahoma Bigfoot resides near Clear Boggy Creek in Southeast Oklahoma, near the town of Honobia located high in the Kiamichi mountains. It supposedly stands over eight feet tall, and has razor sharp claws that can rip the flesh off any living creature. It is covered in a thick weave of reddish brown fur and blends quietly in with the surrounding vegetation. They say it remains elusive and only trace evidence of its existence remains.
Some eye-witness accounts report that the Boggy Bottom Monster makes sounds that resemble that of wild birds, similar to that of the whippoorwill and owls. It is said to weigh in excess of 500 pounds, with large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge and a large, low-set forehead. The top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla.
They say that the Kiamichi mountains like in a part of Oklahoma that remains wild and free with meandering streams, creeks and vast tracts of dense, uninhabited forest make the area prime Bigfoot territory. Numerous expeditions have been conducted throughout the Kiamichi mountains. While tales of this mysterious creature abound, little evidence is presented to support their claims.
Sightings of Bigfoot in Oklahoma have been going on long before statehood. Native Americans would tell tales of large human-like beasts roaming through the woods. The first recorded sighting in Oklahoma happened in the Spring of 1942, where two sisters observed tall hairy creature running away from them.Sightings have been well documented. Most sighting happen in LeFlore county, where at least 18 sightings have been reported. Many of the sightings of Bigfoot have been proven to be hoaxes, but cryptozoologists faithfully study every reported sighting in hopes of discovering a long lost link to humanity.
A local legend is celebrated and located on Indian Highway, just a few miles Southwest of Gobblers Knob, Honobia and is a mecca for Bigfoot believers. The town of Honobia holds an annual Bigfoot convention every year, complete with keynote speakers from the scientific community.