Remembering OkieLegacy Vol. 5
Remembering OkieLegacy Vol. 5, Iss. 20 &Iss. 21, -- If you checkout the Mixed Chorus page of the Ranger 1926, you will see a photo of "The Village Cut Ups" - Johnny Brand, Harold Atkinson, Tom Rumsey, Harold Schafer. Didn't the Brand's have Brand's Recreational (or Cigar Store) downtown Alva?
1st Grand Jury of "M" County.
1st Grand Jury of Woods County, Is this the "First Grand Jury of WOODS County?
We received this interesting old photo showing several prominent Woods County citizens. We can positively identify three of the those citizens. That distinguished looking gentlemen seated on the frontrow, 4th from left is O. Scott Cummins (the Pilgrim Bard). Seated to the right of Cummins is Thomas Dyer (3rd from left, frontrow). If you look to the backrow, 3rd from left, directly behind Scott Cummins, that gentleman is our Grandfather, Wm. J. "Bill" McGill. Comparing grandpa's photos from around the early 1907 era, we find they are very similiar to this picture of him.
One of our readers helped in gathering some information concerning "When & Who" some of the men were in this photo. What we found out came from the granddaughter of Thomas Dyer (Joy Sherman) by way of another reader. There was an old 1938 Commemorative Edition - Alva Review-Courier which contained the same picture. It did not identify the people in the picture, but it did say that the group was the First Grand Jury in Woods County. If it was Woods County, then it was around (or after) 1907. Oklahoma and Indian Territories were merged (married) into the State of Oklahoma September 16, 1907.
We need your help to find out the names of some of the other gentlemen in this photo. Do you recognize any of your ancestors in this photograph? If this is the first Grand Jury of Woods County, what was their purpose? When was the exact date? Who were these men representing the First Grand Jury of Woods County? Do you know of someone who can help shed some light on this photograph?
Thanks! We were overwhelmed and humbled with the responses that we received to our question early this week, "How Far The OkieLegacy Ezine/Newsletter Reaches." Thanks to you all who responded on our "OkieLegacy Soapbox" and to those who sent emails. A special thanks to Lois for suggesting it. You see it is her son that is in the Middle East (Qatar). Lois also mentioned that she has a granddaughter and another son in Baghdad.
Here is the Link to the comments left on our OkieLegacy Soapbox. The emails we received personally are listed below. Y'all are Great! Thanks for such a great response and the messages that you left behind! See Y'all next weekend at Northwestern's Homecoming, in Alva, Oklahoma, October 2, 2004. Here is to you all and hoping to hear, share more Okie Legacies with you next weekend!~~ Linda "oaKie" & Duchess ~
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