Oakie's NW Corner
OKC, Oklahoma -
Well! Brrrrr!.... According to the Calendar, it's Springtime once again! Thursday March 20, 2003, brought in a chilly remindered that we were one day away from Spring... among other things - Winter is still with us for another day at least here in the heartland. By Friday, the temps were back in the 50's and 60's with sunshine to warm things up for the first day of Spring 2003! What will saturday bring?
Congratulations to the 2003 Alva High Ladybugs! ... The AHS Ladybugs took home the Class 3A State Champs title in the Basketball Championship play-offs this week in Oklahoma City. I hear that the last time AHS Ladies won that title was back in 1924. Way to go Ladybugs! We are Proud of You! You can read about it in the Alva-Review Courier, March 21, 2003 Edition. According to the Sports Spasm, March 21, 2003 written by Jim Barker for the Alva-Review Courier -- if you are so inclined to help, make your donation for Championship Rings for the Ladybug State Champs. You can contact the Alva Education Foundation, c/o Helen Thiesing, 506 14th St., Alva, Oklahoma 73717.
Grandma's July, 1909 Vacation in Colorado... Did I forget to mention last week about the 1909 Vacation Photo Album that I have included on Oakie's Webshots? These were photos that my Grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill put together of her trip to areas around Colorado Springs, Crystal Park, Helen Hunt's Grave and Seven Falls in Colorado back in 1909. From looking through the photos, things were rugged back then without paved roads -- mules, horse and buggy were used as their mode of travel. I love viewing the fashion of that time. They were still wearing the long, floor-length dresses, skirts.
AND... Who was this Helen Hunt that was buried on the summit of Mount Jackson, Colorado (a Cheyenne peak named for her, about four miles from Colorado Springs)? SEE Mailbag Links below. [You may Click image for a larger view.] Grandma Constance (Warwick) McGill is the young lady in the white dress in both pictures above.
1904 Pioneer Tidbits... There has been some additions to the Alva Pioneer Tidbits pages. In case you want to check them out, look for the 1903 Annual Report - Woods County Schools - In Oklahoma - Alva Pioneer Staff - 1st Newspaper and Eagle Furniture Store.NW Okie (Linda)
Who Was Claud Baird
Alva, Oklahoma - While digging through some more family treasures, we found this McGill Bros' copy of Patriotic and Other Poems - written, published back in 1917 by Claud Baird. This writer searched through our copy of Woods County History books, but could find nothing on Claud Baird. Does anyone out there know of... or have any information on Baird?
This Patriotic & Other Poems was printed by Renfrew's Record Print, Alva, Oklahoma and published, copyrighted around 1917 in Alva, Oklahoma by Claud Baird. This was supposedly his first volume published for the public. Claud Baird dedicated it to the one who had given him his greatest inspiration -- his mother. ".....The boys are now responding throughout the Western World,
".....The boys are now responding throughout the Western World,
Also... among the selection of poems you will find is a poem Baird wrote for the Pilgrim Bard. It is entitled... To The Pilgrim Bard - (SEE pg. 3)
For all you Northwestern Alumni and present students of NWOSU, here is the poem Claud Baird wrote for the Northwestern Normal School, Alva, Oklahoma. It is entitled... Northwestern Colors - (SEE pg. 17)
Before I send you out to enjoy this 2003 Spring weekend in the Heartlands... may I borrow the last stanza of Claud Baird's 1917 poem entitled I Love My country More and More...
NW OK Marriage 1943
Fisher-Roby, Jr. - Saturday, 23 May, 1943, Alva, Okla. - Fisher, Roby vows Solemnized At Weigand Home Saturday Morning - The marriage of Miss Mary Alice Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fisher, 818 Center, and Max Roby, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Max Roby, Sr., Wichita, was solemnized at 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of the bride's cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weigand, 729 Third St.
Albright-Clark - Thursday, 17 June 1943, Alva, Okla. - Gloria Albright Becomes Bride of Lieutenant Clark Thursday Evening - Mr. and Mrs. Charles Albright, 405 Tenth St., announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Gloria Albright, to Second Lieut. Edward J. Clark, of the 92nd College Training Detachment, Alva, son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Clark, Brooklyn, NY, Thursday evening in the parsonage of the First Christian church. The double-ring ceremony was solemnized by the Rev. G. R. Vaughan at 8:30 o'clock.
Aitken-Wagner -Saturday, July, 1943, Alva, Okla. - Miss Aitken Becomes Bride of Captain Ernest G. Wagner In Formal Church Ceremony Saturday - Before an altar banked with floor baskets of gladioli and white floor candelabra, Miss Phyllis Jean Aitken, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. King Phillip Aitken, 917 College, became the bride of Capt. Ernest G. Wagner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Wagner of Fond du Lac, Wis. The single ring ceremony was read at 11 o'clock, Saturday morning in the First Presbyterian church by the Rev. L. T. Knotter, church pastor.
Patriotic and Other Poems 1917 - Alva, Oklahoma
27 July 1909 Vacation
Colorado - 7 July 1909 - Devils Slide, looking down from Helen Hunt's grave. [Click image for larger view.] This picture taken during my grandmother's Colorado vacation in the Summer of 1909. It was taken from a point near Helen Hunt Jackson's grave, 750 ft. above roadway, showing the road and the "Devils Slide" on opposite wall of Canon, July27, 1909. I believe this trip of grandmother's was while she was in Colorado Springs and before she and Grandpa were married (March, 1910).
2003 - Washington, DC Snow
Northwestern Normal - Winning Basketball Ladies - Winter of 1919
Northwestern Basketball Ladies - Winter of 1919 - "Yes I do know one of the ladies in your picture Ada Pearl Morse (Nusser). She is my grandmother, and my mother has a picture also of these women.
Enjoy Your OkieLegacy
"Thanks for your personal note. I very much enjoy the Okie Legacy. I was born in Dallas, but my parents were born and reared in Alva and Carmen. I attended the 1st grade in Carmen and the 3rd Grade in Enid. We moved from Dallas to Tulsa in 1950 and I graduated from Tulsa Central in 1954. I love Oklahoma, and I love Texas; I and my wife, who was born and reared in Oklahoma, moved from Tulsa to Austin in 1963. We loved it here, and just stayed. My best regards, and keep up the good work!" -- Fred
Official Federal Land Patent Records Site
"You probably all ready know but just in case. I went to (Official Federal Land Patent Records Site) www.glorecords.blm.gov and researched some of my relatives ownership records online giving descriptions. Nice site, however it seems to be up and down frequently." -- Wesley Franklin Email: email@example.com - Webpage: wesleyfrankin.com
Editor's Note: I just found this message listed on the frontpage of the Official Fed. Land Patent Records Site: "Due to building maintenance, our land patent images will be unavailable from Friday, March 21, 5:00 PM EST until Monday, March 24, 9:00 AM EST. Land patent searching will still be available."
Keith Cemetery & Hendricks
"Is there anyway to get records from Keith Cemetery on Samuel Hendricks (Hendrix) born May 10, 1847 and died March 3, 1914. He is buried next to his wife Lucretia who died March 11, 1913. I'm needing to find out his middle name or initial. Thanks!" -- Cathy from Kansas Email: Doghouselive@wmconnect.com
"I dug out the Hedrick geneaology and looked up my Grandfather's family. It goes like this: William Cowdry Hedrick, born 1853, married to Nancy Hazleton, had the following children:
Alice Shook Remembered
"Linda, I wanted to report that my mother, Alice (Katchel) Shook (Hurt relatives) passed away on March 7, 2003, at Beaver, OK. Mom was 92 years old on February 12th (1911). On her birthday, all four of us children (Jean Phillips, El Reno; Faye Rodosta, Beaver; Dolly Barr, OK City; and, Sheldon Shook, Amarillo, TX) were with her. She had been in the nursing home since early December; but, was in the hospital when she passed. Another source of history gone. She was an avid historian. She will be greatly missed." -- Your Cuz, Dolly Barr - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Love your website! On the following page there is a list of Businesses From Dacoma - was wondering who listed P.E. Swan & Company? Pearl Sweeney and her mother Alice Sweeney had this store - Alice was my great-great-grandmother and Pearl was my great-grandfather's sister. I have always heard the store referred to as 'Sweeney's' and I am wondering if the name is listed wrong here. - Dacoma history - Love all the Dacoma info and photos - Thanks for the time and effort! I have only been an Okie for 15 years but both of my parents were born in Dacoma (but lived away from here for 40 years until 1986) and I have many, many family members who held land in the area. Some family names: Sweeney, Hiatt, Garrison, Secrest, Dugan, Riddle. Three family members were charter members of the old UB Church. (My great grandfather Keith pastored there in 1915-18 and 1930-34.). I have a website also groups.msn.com/NoNoJake. It's just one of those free sites through MSN but I have alot of photos. Will probably start some pages that have more than just photos for genealogy as well. Thanks again.' -- Patti (Myers) Kilbourne - Email: email@example.com
1960's Political Legacy
Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson
Helen Fiske Hunt Jackson "Helen Hunt..... (a.k.a H.H.) had gone to Colorado in search of health, and the state of the Indians there excited her pity. As she studied their history, the conquest of the Indians by the whites, the old crusading zeal of the Yankee abolitionists [surged in her heart, and] awoke in [her] mind [images] of a later indifferent New England. She thereupon determined to write the romance that paralleled Uncle Tom's Cabin, the book that roused the popular mind to the sorry state of the [enslaved] conquered race and led to a change of policy in dealing with it. Ramona thus became a part of American history. With all its faults, this novel remained, with its high vitality, a popular classic....." -- www.traverse.com/people/dot/jackson.html
Helen Hunt's Grave
Mount Jackson, Colorado - ".....In June 1884, a severely fractured leg left Jackson a cripple. Despite the handicap, she returned to California to visit Hispanic friends and continue writing. While there, she developed cancer. Nonetheless, she never lost hope for the future until death claimed her on August 12, 1885.
Penny Postcards Archives
This is a USGenWeb Archives Web Site - Penny Postcards from Colorado. There is a postcard of Helen Hunt's grave on the summit of Mount Jackson of Cheyenne Peak. Check out the Penny Postcards of Kansas - Penny Postcards of Oklahoma - Penny Postcards from Other States
Seven Falls - Colorado
Seven Falls, Colorado - Seven Falls - Colorado Brief history of Seven Falls and South Cheyenne Canon ".....Later owners realized little profit from the land until 1882 when James Hull purchased the property for $1300. Mr. Hull was a naturalist who was disturbed to note the scenic beauty of the cañon was being threatened by the felling of trees for their lumber value. Hull had already purchased 160 acres west of Seven Falls for $500 and later secured an additional 80 acres by preemption in 1885. With 400 acres including the heart of the cañon Hull became one of Colorado's earliest environmental protectors and the first owner to fully appreciate the true value of this scenic masterpiece...." Map & Directions Historical Parks of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jersey County Victorian Festival -Illinois
Illinois - Jersey County Victorian Festival -Illinois "Just a line to let you know how much I enjoyed your passion for history. I believe what you are doing is great and to be admired. I noticed your comment about the Baldwin combines in the pasture. I am interested in early Baldwin combines and find their design ahead of their time. I am enclosing brochures on the Jersey County Victorian Festival which I know you will find interesting. Using the Google search engine you will find a lot of information on the Festival and the man who built Hazel Dell Mansion. The Festival is always labor Day Weekend with this years dates, August 30, 31 and September 1, 2003. It is a beautiful area and I thought you might like to see a little history in our part of the country." -- Fred Nolan
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