Oakie's NW Corner
With March here, is Spring far behind? We were traveling to OKC from Alva the other afternoon, March 3, Monday. Out in the countryside a few miles south of Alva and west of Carmen, Oklahoma a huge gaggle of geese were heading north. When we were getting near Oklahoma City and traveling along the NW highway, a few miles west of OKC, we spotted another, but smaller, gaggle of geese heading northward.
Besides the gaggle of geese, I now have in my possession a 108-110 year old family quilt that my great-grandmother (Isabelle Johnson McGill) had made for one of her sons, James. James Acel McGill carried it with him to the Oklahoma Territory around 1893 and the Cherokee Outlet Run. You should see the meticulous stitching, quilting in it. It is beautiful - fantastic quilting work. It measures 72"x80". The colors (Turkey red, Orange anemone, brown on an off-white linen-type background) are true, good condition, but the brown is worn in a few spots. It has always been in the McGill family. I had a chance to purchase it and keep it in the McGill family. So... I DID! Does anyone have any ideas how best to display this antique family quilt without hiding it away in a cedar chest or subjecting it to folded crease marks, dust, sunlight and other harmful things that plague antique quilts?
The 1906 Standard Atlas of Woods County... This thin book caught my eye this week when I was browsing for family pioneers that homesteaded land in NW Oklahoma. I did find some McGill's that owned land in the South half of Section 4-T26N-R14West Indian Meridian (WIM) - James & W. P. McGill - James was son of W. P. & Isabelle Johnson McGill). John R. Warwick (my great-grandfather, father of Constance Estella Warwick McGill) owned land in the NE quarter of Section 23-T26N-R14WIM, N half of Sec. 36-T26N-R14WIM, NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (north of railroad tracks at Phillips Station or Hopeton, Okla.). Wm. Warwick (possibly, John's father) owned the NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (south of railroad tracks at Phillips Station. SEE Twp. 26N-14WIM Map... Check out these maps to view other NW OK landowners of 1906.
For those of you interested in the Dacoma (Dakoma or Homer) area in Northwest Oklahoma, I scanned the 1906 Atlas map of Woods County, Twp. 25N-R13WIM that shows the listed owners of the land surrounding that area near Dacoma, Oklahoma, in northwest Oklahoma. That is where some of my PARIS ancestors settled, SW of the Dacoma area.
Waynoka Historical Society - Membership & Annual Fund Drive... We did our part this week when we made our donation to the Log Cabin & Depot Fund Drive to help out the Waynoka Historical Society. You can, too! They Need Your Help... to preserve their smalltown history!
As Sandie says in our Mailbag Corner this week, ".....Waynoka is a small town with a large history ... the society must rely on the help of friends who share their love of the town and its past, or those who have never heard of Waynoka before, but recognize and appreciate the value of preserving its great history. If you would like to be a part of this preservation, the Waynoka Historical Society -- Welcomes Your Donation of any amount. Their mailing address is PO Box 193, Waynoka OK 73860. President Sandie Olson's phone number is 580-824-5871; her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to earmark your donation for the Log Cabin or Depot Fund, please note that on your check. Visit their web site at waynoka.org."
The weathermen have promised a decent Friday and Saturday this weekend, with a slight change in weather to hit around these parts on Sunday. This outdoor-type lady has plans to enjoy as much of the sunshine and outdoors as possible. Help us preserve our ancestor's pasts anyway you can! See you all next weekend!
~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~
NW OK Marriage 1943
Meixner-Harney - Wednesday,1943, Alva, Okla. - Elizabeth Meixner Married To Ensign Lew Harney Wednesday - Miss Elizabeth Meixner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Meixner, Sr., Alva, became the bide of Ensign Lew Harney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hal H. Harney, Hansen, Idaho, Wednesday morning at the home of the bride's mother, 922 Center. The single-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. M.F. Langley, pastor of the First Baptist church.
Allen-Vetter - Saturday,
1943, Cherokee, Okla. - Allen-Vetter Vows Saturday - In a quiet
ceremony performed in the Methodist parsonage in Cherokee, Miss
Kathryn Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burr Allen, became the bride
of Norman Vetter, son of Mrs. Harry Vetter. The vows were read by
the Rev. Roy Miller at 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
- Sunday, 1943, Alva, Okla. - Wedding Vows Read Sunday In Murrow
Home - Miss Lorraine Delhotal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Delhotal,
Pampa, Texas; and Max Murrow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Murrow, Alva;
were married in a quiet ceremony Sunday morning at 9 o'clock in
the Murrow home, 709 Eighth St. The Rev. Lambert of the Dacoma Church
of God read the nuptial vows.
Saturday, 3 April 1943, Grandfield, Okla. - Lowana Bloom Married
To Robert Feagins - Mr. and Mrs. Orville Bloom, Wichita, Kans.,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lowana Bloom, to Robert
T. Feagins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Feagins, Blackwell, Okla.,
Saturday, April 3, in the parsonage of the First Baptist church,
Grandfield, Okla. The Rev. James E. Smart performed the single-ring
- 17 May 1943 - Party Given To Honor Newly Wed Couple - A housewarming
party was given Wednesday evening in honor of Mr. and Mrs. E. G.
Kletke, who returned recently from their wedding trip to Taos, N.
M. The party was given by relatives and friends at the bridal couple's
newly established home, 721 Flynn. Mrs. Kletke, the former Mrs.
Hannah Kunzman, and Mr. Kletke were married. May 17, in the home
of the bride. The Rev. Otto Hoyer of the Lutheran church read the
nuptial vows using the double-ring ceremony.
- Sunday, 6 June 1943, Wichita Falls, Tex. - McBee-Bachelder
Vows Exchanged In Wichita Falls Sunday Morning - Wedding vows were
taken at dawn Sunday morning before a white archway covered with
pink roses and greenery in the Central Church of the Nazarene in
Wichita Falls, Tex., by Miss Laura Eunice McBee of Wichita Falls
and Pfc. Kenneth Lee Batchelder of Sheppard Field and Alva, Okla..
The Rev. Arthur A. Miller read the ceremony assisted by the groom's
father, P. A. Batchelder of Alva.
Clark-Meyer - 14 September, 1943 - Miss Jesse Clark, Leo. A. Meyer Wed September 14 - A marriage of interest to their friends is that of Miss Jessie Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Clark, Alva, and Leo A. Meyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer, Alva.
Meskimen-Welty (handwritten above article - Freedom 2-16-42)... A marriage of much interest to their many friends was that of Mrs. Ruby Meskimen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilson, and Ellsworth Welty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nove Welty, which was solemnized at Coldwater, Kansas, Sunday, with Judge M. M. Cosby officiating. The bride wore a street length dress of blue, with black accessories. Pete Welty, brother of the groom, and Miss Grace Keon of Woodward were the only attendants. Mr. and Mrs. Welty, who will make their home on the Ruby Eden ranch, east of town, have many friends here who extend congratulations to the happy couple.
Riggs-Murrow (handwritten above article - Dacoma 2-20-42)... Wedding vows were exchanged between Miss Delores Riggs and Dean Murrow at high noon Sunday in the home of the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Murrow. About 4 o'clock the young couple left for Wichita, Kansas, where they will make their home. Dean has employment with the Cessna Airplane factory.
Early 1890s Family Quilt
McGill Family Quilt --
Recently this part of the McGill family has acquired an early 1890s McGill family quilt. The quilt books called the pattern the North Carolina Rose.
NW OK Pioneers
Mr. Haines was a native of Indiana. He was acclimated in Kansas and came to Alva in 1899 and engaged in the clothing business, which had grown with the town. He always did his best to keep the "bandwagon" moving ahead.
Waynoka Historical Society -Membership & Annual Fund Drive
Historical Society is conducting a Membership & Annual Fund
Drive. Annual dues are $25, and include free admission to the
Birdie Smecher - Smelcher Sod House, Early Woods county
Smelcher Sod House -- "This photo from my Barnett family collection of early Woods County is inscribed, 'Birdie Smelcer.' I gather that this family and the Smeltzer family, of German ancestry are often one and the same. I'm entranced by the contrasts in this photo. The sod house and surroundings are 'dirt' poor - pun intended. Yet, look at the nice clothes and the 'cutsie' doggie. These pioneers were literally living in a hole in the ground. Their pride is still apparent." -- Charles M. Cook in Louisiana Bayou Country - Email: email@example.com
Riggs-Murrow wedding 1942
"A writer in the March 1st
edition of your newsletter's "Mailbag" mentioned the 1942
article of my parents' wedding in the Dacoma newspaper -- Miss Dolores
Riggs and Mr. Dean Murrow. Their wedding was the 15th of February
(this year would have been their 61st anniversary - Mom died in 1999)
and the newspaper was dated the 20th, I believe." -- Rod - Email
Teachers Institute Photo
"I was very interested in the photo of the 1894 Teachers Institute. Mary Jane Riggs was a teacher at the Green Valley school, which was originally located on land donated for that purpose by her brother, Grant Riggs. We have a photo of her and the students posed in front of the original sod house structure in the early 1890s.
Oklahoma Survey and Virtual Cemetery
a href="http://www.rootsweb.com/%7Eokcemete/okcem.htm">Oklahoma Survey and Virtual Cemetery... "If you have not visited the Oklahoma Survey and Virtual Cemetery website. (Oklahoma Cemeteries Mailing List Homepage) lately, you should take a moment and check out all of the cemetery data that has been added and is being added daily. This website is becoming one valuable research tools on the internet, for those looking for the missing graves of their ancestors of Oklahoma. As you enjoy the information take a moment and send a quiet thank you to the many many volunteers who have made this site possible for us. These volunteers spend their free surveying cemeteries, taking photos and placing the data online so we can have access to the information from our homes.. They do it only for the love of helping their fellow Oklahoma researchers, never ask for thanks or regeneration. I for one am in awe of this kind of dedication." -- Kathleen Burnett, List Mom
Alva Public Library - Genealogy Section
"Something you want to look at when you are in Alva (Oklahoma) if you haven't seen them before at the library in the genealogy section there are about 10-12 Volumes of books about Alva and the surrounding area residents or former residents.
Meskimen-Welty (handwritten above article - Freedom 2-16-42) -- A marriage of much interest to their many friends was that of Mrs. Ruby Meskimen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilson, and Ellsworth Welty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nove Welty, which was solemnized at Coldwater, Kansas, Sunday, with Judge M. M. Cosby officiating. The bride wore a street length dress of blue, with black accessories. Pete Welty, brother of the groom, and Miss Grace Keon of Woodward were the only attendants. Mr. and Mrs. Welty, who will make their home on the Ruby Eden ranch, east of town, have many friends here who extend congratulations to the happy couple.
Riggs-Murrow (handwritten above article - Dacoma 2-20-42)
Wedding vows were exchanged between Miss Delores Riggs and Dean Murrow at high noon Sunday in the home of the bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Murrow. About 4 o'clock the young couple left for Wichita, Kansas, where they will make their home. Dean has employment with the Cessna Airplane factory."
Waynoka Post Office
Waynoka, Oklahoma - "Your newsletter is wonderful! I wanted to add some history of the Waynoka Post Office, which you correctly said was the first one in Woods County - and quite possibly
the first one in the Cherokee Outlet other than at Camp Supply.
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Delhotal-Murrow Wedding - 1943
Oklahoma - Delhotal-Murrow Wedding - 1943 -- "Yes, these are my kinfolk. Clay Murrow was a longtime county clerk. Clay and Blanche were siblings of my grandfather, Lute Murrow, who was Woods and later Woods/Woodward County Representative to the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1956 to 1966 (he preceded Lewis Kamas in that office). Other siblings included Frank Murrow of Alva and Lionel Murrow of Waynoka (two other children died very young, in 1892 and 1906). My grandparents owned Murrow Grocery in Dacoma (now Whittet's Grocery and Cowboy Grill) ... they built the State of the art refrigeration plant there in the mid-1940s, just after WWII ended. The locker plant operation opened in 1947, I believe. Besides my grandparents and parents all working there, Laura Pierce and Winifred Allen were also employees at the time the locker plant opened. Somewhere in the archives, I have a large photo of the grand opening. Max's brother, Raymond, became Chief of Police in Wichita, Kansas. Max and Raymond are both now deceased. Our aunt Blanche was married to Walter Bergersen (not Ferguson) and they lived just a few miles south of Capron until the 1960s when they moved into Alva. It was Uncle Walt's parents who were the subject of the inquiry I sent to you a week or two ago (Nels and Anne Bergersen).
Carmen Home - Orphanage
Carmen, Oklahoma - "Did you ever learn anything more about the Carmen Odd Fellows Home located north of Carmen, Oklahoma? My father and his three sisters lived there from about 1920 - 1922 (their mother died and their father couldn't care for them until after he remarried) and I'm looking for anything I can find out about the place (how many children lived there at the time, what was life like for them, etc.). So far my sister found him two pictures that you
printed and he was very pleased to get them. Thanks for any information you can send my way." -- Stephanie Manning - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heritage Day Rally - Oklahoma State Capitol
OKC, Oklahoma - "Fellow Genealogists, You are invited to a Heritage Day Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Tuesday, March 11. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Historical Society and a coalition of Oklahoma historical, genealogical and lineage organizations to show appreciation for our history and support for the preservation of that history, the day will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the auditorium of the Wiley Post Building of the Oklahoma Historical Society at 2100 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City.
Quilt & Textile Storage
Quilt & Textile Storage "Store your quilts (or other textile items) where they will get good, dry, air circulation. Generally, this means no plastic bags or boxes, since plastic can retain moisture and cause mildew or mold. (In real life, however, plastic can be a godsend for those of us who don't live in museum homes.) ... The ideal storage place for a quilt is on an unused bed. Lay it out flat over the mattress pad, layering the quilts if you have several. Cover with a clean sheet to prevent dust and exposure to light. The second best method of storing a quilt is to roll it on a cardboard tube or plastic pipe. Be sure to cover the plastic or cardboard with layers of clean muslin or acid-free paper. Cover the quilt again with another sheet or more acid-free tissue....." -- Read More about Care & Feeding of Antique Quilts at DawnPages website - FAQ.
Documenting Your Heirlooms - Quilts
Documenting Your Heirlooms - Quilts..."Do you have old family quilts you are keeping in your closet? Do you have quilts you have made that you would like your family to treasure after you are gone? Documenting your quilts can seem like a monumental task, after all, there is a lot of information to gather. It won't get any easier as the years pass, however. Our memories falter and fade, our children forget what we told them about the family keepsakes. The best option is to record what you know now, before it is too late."
The Quilt Gallery
The Quilt Gallery This website has lots of photos of Antique, custom, new quilts for sale at astronomical prices for most of the Antique quilts. Check it out!
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