Oakie's NW Corner
OKC, Oklahoma -
The cold winter winds having been blowing across Oklahoma this week reminding us that it is still Winter, BUT... the sun has been shining. You just had to hang on to things when venturing outside. *Smiling*
Thanks to you all who sent heartfelt condolences concerning the death of my horse, Moon. I really do appreciate hearing from you and everything you have to share with us at The Okie Legacy. You are Wonderful and GREAT!
I have been keeping busy transcribing some information passed down to me by one of my readers. It concerns the WWII POW Camps in Oklahoma - 1943-45. Click the Oklahoma Map on the left to catch a better glimpse of the POW camps that dotted our State. You can read more about the Barbed Wire & Nazilagers POW Camps in Oklahoma written by Richard S. Warner, a free lance writer in Tulsa who has been collecting information on POW camps for many years. - printed in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. LXIV, No. 1, Spring 1986.
I am going to keep this short this week because there are lots of things to read in the newsletter: NW OK Marriages of 1941, WWII POW Camps in Oklahoma, Wiley H. Cowan Obit, Home Comfort Range, Old Alva Photos (help find a home) and many other family inquiries. Speaking about the Old Alva Studio Photos ... I have also stuck them on Oakie's Webshots in an Album of their own and will be adding more later. If you have any Old Photos to add, Email Linda a jpg file. Thanks!
Before I send you off to explore ... Nadine from Germany, lived in Oklahoma for 11 months and is now studying English at an University in Germany and is working on a Presentation of the History of Oklahoma. If anybody could help her, contact Nadine at N.Holtrup@t-online.de.
~ No matter what you read or hear ~ The Eagle Still Soars Above It All! ~~ Linda "Okie" ~~
NW OK Marriages 1941
Oklahoma - Miller-Baird - ca. 1940s, Alva, Oklahoma - Miss Lois Miller Becomes The Bride
of Kenneth Baird Sunday Morning - A marriage of interest was solemnized Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Miller, 1031 Eighth Street, when their daughter, Miss Lois Miller, became the bride of Kenneth K. Baird, son of Charles A. Baird, Wichita.
Potuznik-Schaefer - Saturday, 1941 - Miss Kathryn Potuznik, and Virgil W. Schaefer Are Married Saturday - A marriage of interest to their many friends is that of Miss Kathryn Potuznik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Potuznik and Virgil W. Schaefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schaefer, Capron. The double ring ceremony was read Saturday morning at nine o'clock in the Lutheran parsonage with Rev. Otto Hoyer officiating.
Melton-Kessinger - Sunday, 1941, Alva, Okla. - Miss Esther Melton Is The Bride of Leo Kessinger - In a simple ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the home of the bride's mother, Miss Esther Melton, daughter of Mrs. Harriett Melton, Alva, became the bride of Mr. Leo Kessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Kessinger, Alva.
Kinsall-Rowntree - August 20, 1941, Navy Field Chapel, San Diego, Calif. - Miss Rose Marie Kinsall & Worth W. Rowntree Exchange Vows In Ceremony At San Diego - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Rose Marie Kinsall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Kinsall, Alva, and Worth W. Rowntree, formerly of Alva. The nuptial vows were exchanged August 20 in the famous navy field chapel on North Island, San Diego, California. Chaplain W. L. Kennedy of the U.S.N. Air Station, San Diego, performed the ceremony.
Harrington-Bagenstos, Jr. -Wednesday, September 24, 1941 - Katherine Harrington and Joe Bagenstos, Jr. Wed September 24 - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Katherine Harrington, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Harrington, and Joe H. Bagenstos, Jr. Father Leo Claus read the low nuptial mass in the Sacred Heart Church Wednesday morning.
Hicks-Rodkey - October 4, 1941, Altus, Okla. - A marriage of interest to the people of this community is that of Miss Phyllis Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett S. Hicks of Alva, and Edward Garth Rodkey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Rodkey, Alva. The wedding vows were read October 4 in the Baptist Tabernacle church at Altus with Rev. William T. Savage officiating.
Spangler-Sharp - October 6, 1941, Cherokee, Okla. - Spangler-Sharp Wed October 6 - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Maxine Spangler daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Spangler, Walsh, Colorado, and Lt. Paul Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Sharp of Cherokee. The wedding vows were read October 6 by Rev. W. A. Keller in the Christian church parsonage of Cherokee
Lambert-Vail -Sunday, November 30, 1941, Wichita, Kans. - Miss Alfreda Lambert To Wed At Wichita November 30 - The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Alfreda Lambert, Barber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lambert, Hopeton, and Clem Vail, son of Mrs. Rosa Vail, Wichita is announced today
Alva - Old Studio Photos
Oklahoma - Click the following Link to View Oakie's Webshot Photo Album!
Alva - Old Studio Photos I
Not Remembering Poem
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Old Photos Found
Oklahoma - "I had told you almost a year ago I had some photos that need a home. My husband's grandfather was Charles Cummings of Alva and he worked as a photographer for various studios including in Alva. I will send them one at a time. The first one is of Old Man Davis who we believe had a studio in Alva.
Old Photo - Maddox & Copicks
"So far I do not know any of these relatives. The Maddox might be of a teacher (Joe) we had at Burlington once. He is dead now though. What a wonderful find. I hope you and Eileen have some success finding owners. I do wonder about the spelling on some of them There are Coppocks in Cherokee and is Clyd right?" -- Lois
Old Photo - Gean & Dade Barker
"Thank you for sharing this with my brother and I. I checked my cousins index which has several thousand Barkers' in our line and came up empty. He had three Genes, but no Gean or Dade. He is an impressive person I echo my brother in designating him "Uncle Gean" if possible. What a neat haircut! Really enjoying your Journal." -- Bill
Gean & Dade Barker Photo
Alva, Oklahoma - "It's a very noble-looking couple and I would love to hang this picture on my wall and claim it as my long-lost Uncle Gean and Wife, but I have never heard of them. There are some Barkers in the Waynoka area and some in the Laverne area, but we are not directly related to any of them. My dad grew up in the El Reno - Calumet area and his father came to Oklahoma directly from Virginia (where my father was born). Whether or not there is any relationship to Gean Barker could only be determined if I knew much more about their genealogy. Right now I would say there is about a 50-50 probability. Thanks for the interest, though, and I'll look around on some genealogy sites to see if there is a connection. If there is, I'll let you know." -- Jim
Old Photo - Wright
Oklahoma - "Those are great! I REALLY love the last picture of the photographer! That is a wonderfully funny pic! Thanks for sharing with everyone. On the Wright photo, my aunt, Phyllis Lorraine NICOLA married a Wright but not for sure if this is her father-in-law or not. I'll have to check on that one but do you happen to know a first name on him - without having to do any research?" -- Karel
"I so enjoy reading the Okie Legacy each week. I was saddened to hear of the loss of your beautiful Moon. Please accept my sincere condolences." -- PJ - http://heckyeah.net
"I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I won't bore you with all the details but my brother has a dog he has been nursing back to health the past 3 months after two serious accidents. I agree with you that some of these 4-legged folks are family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences." -- Jerry
Dacoma Platte Map
Oklahoma - "On the 1906 Dacoma Platt map, does that map have any residents info on it (or any way to enlarge the map since it isn't viewable except on the webpage)? I'm sure you don't remember (no reason for you to remember) on your Alva 'Rest Home' registers, it showed several of my Nicola's living in Dacoma but I haven't a clue WHERE they lived or what they did there. Have anything that might show where they lived or maybe a registry of the residents or something? Didn't see any of the Nicola names in the picture of the businessmen of town. (Okay, so I'm asking for the moon ... but it's your 'fault.' You just keep finding all this neat info for me ... and have spoiled me. tee-hee) On another note ... I did get really tickled at the Fairvalley Eagle Census, though. So you just can't leap tall buildings, huh? Shoot!" -- Karel
Tribute To Moon
"Loved this memory of Moon! Thanks for sharing a wonderful but sad story. May you find peace soon.... 'To me he was a priceless family member that greeted me everytime I walked into his pasture. I will not forget him or the first time I put a halter on him and lead him around the corral. I will not forget the first time I put a saddle on him and had to get me a stepping stool to reach the stirrups to set in the saddle. Then there was the time I was riding him in the pasture and he stopped short and flipped me off his back and I landed on my backside (BUTT) out in front of him -- still holding on to the reins. He just stood there while I caught my breathe -- I stood up and walked him back to the corrall.' - OkieLegacy, Vol. 5, Iss.1"
"Sorry to hear about Moon. My daughter lost her first horse (a sorrel mare quarter horse) a year and a half ago. We got her when I was in the Army and stationed in Alabama.... Used to take in a lot of horse shows. She used to do halter classes, barrels, and poles. Her name was Jeannie. She was very smart. She was raised by an older couple as a pet. She thought she was 'people' rather than horse." -- Bud
Wiley Cowan Obit
Wiley H. Cowan Obit
Oklahoma - "I got this from Joy Cameron Sherman (Tom Dyer's granddaughter). I will send it your way at this time." -- Jim
Oklahoma - "Thanks for your reply and for sending the obit passed on to you. I still have one of the original obits from the newspaper and I am in the process of researching the Chronicles of Okla. for additional information. My cousin actually taped an interview with my grandmother, Hazel Cowan Wiebener, in the late 60's just before her death and he is sending me a copy of that tape. Some of the old stories of that era are incredible and I plan to develop those stories as soon as I have reasonable assurance of their accuracy. By the way, I am assuming that you are the younger sister of Dorthy. She and I went to school together and graduated Alva High in 1961." -- Marvin Wiebener
The HURT Family
"I've enjoyed your HURT information on your website. Thanks. A question regarding the signature of John James Hurt. There is obviously something after the H-U-R-T in the autograph. What is it? Hurtoise maybe? I'm curious because I see the "HURT" root in several names in French, Spanish and German. I myself am researching Walter Hurt born 12 Sep 1897 in Hucknall England - a stone's throw from Nottingham, and a sparrow's flight from Ashbourne and Derbyshire. His father also Walter, and mother Elizabeth (Mellows).
Pet, the Milking Cow
"I am sorry to hear about your loss of Moon. I know you had a deep love for Moon and a tragic loss of that nature is so difficult to understand. In my Legacy I wrote about a young heifer that I had raised from her birth. I named her 'Pet' and indeed that is exactly what she was to me. When she became full grown and producing milk I loaned her to my brother-in-law to add to his herd of milk stock. One winter it was so cold that he kept the cows in their stalls in the barn, but one older cow in the herd broke loose from her stall and attacked Pet with enough force to actually break her neck. I was about 17 yrs. of age back then - I cried like a baby. My regards.' -- Ernest
Fond Memories of Freedom
Grapevine, Texas - "My fondest childhood memories began in Freedom, Oklahoma, at the home of my great grandparents, Robert 'Bob' and Florence (King) Spencer. I recall many happy days spent in Freedom, especially during the rodeo each year in August. I would be delighted to hear from anyone who was acquainted with my family. It would be a blessing if you would share your memories.
A Piece of Our Heart
Oklahoma - "I am so sorry to hear about the death of your horse, Moon! Unless one is a horse owner and lover like us, it is difficult to understand how attached we become to our horses. When a horse of ours goes, whether by sale or death, a piece of our heart goes with that horse. When you want to remember Moon, just look in your heart and he'll always be there. With sympathy and understanding." -- Linda
Found Family Treasures
Oklahoma - "I found some family "treasures" when I was digging in our safety deposit box last week. I found the original homestead paper for August Pfleider that was dated 1897 in Oklahoma Territory and the homestead deed for the same land that was dated 1903. I also found the homestead deed for Homer Duncan that was dated 1902. Without looking up the legal discription of the land, I believe that it is for the place that Kenny and I live on that was previously owned by August and Myrtle Pfleider. Do any of your readers know of Homer Duncan and who his family members are? I plan to mat and frame these documents so that they can be passed on to Kenny's family." -- Linda Pfleider
Salwaechter Family Inquiry
"Nice to see some information about the town of Carmen. The Salwaechter's homesteaded in Carmen in the early 1900's. The land is still in the family, but it is not used for farming anymore. Their children spread out to the towns Alva, Enid, Pond Creek and Meeker. My great Uncle is Chris (Christian Salwaechter) son of George and Gillian Salwaechter. Would love to know if anyone out there has any more information on the family." -- Beth Salwaechte at Salwaechter@juno.com
Doing Presentation on History of Oklahoma
"Hello! I'm from Germany and I've spent almost 11 months in Oklahoma a few years ago. It became my second home. The people are great there and I really enjoyed my stay. Now I'm studying English at an University in Germany and want to do a presentation on the history of Oklahoma. If anybody could help me I would be really glad. Thank you." -- Nadine at N.Holtrup@t-online.de - http://www.peterbarthel.de
Home Comfort Range
"My son purchased a 40-acre farm and inside the old farmhouse was a lovely old Wrought Iron Range with the date l864 on a circular plate on the front . Inside the door which houses the water well, the plaque says Home Comfort Range Model #DA157739. St. Louis, Missouri. We would not sell this lovely old wood (or coal) burning stove. It is so huge it takes up most of the kitchen. We would like to know more about it. I think the date l864 was the date of the inception of the company --- Not sure about the age of this stove but it was before gas stoves were used. If you know more, or want to part with your cook book --- let me know. Thanks." -- Florence at email@example.com
Pearl Harvel Inquiry
"I have been looking for information about my grandmother - Pearl Harvel. She used to live in Tishomingo. She passed away in the early 1990's. She was born June 18th in the early 1900's. This is how I came to your site. My grandmother's dad's name was - George Robinson. Anyway, thank you for access to your site." -- Bobbi LaFevers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alva's Rich Movie Theater History
Alva, Oklahoma - "The Liberty Theater, previously the Grand Opera House, offers talking pictures to Woods County residents for the first time in 1929 ..... " -- Read MORE about Alva's Theater History in the Alva Review Courier Article written by Grant Gibson
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