Insight Into Grandma & John C. McClure
Photo on Left is a photo of Constance Warwick, on far right, around 1904 or 1905 on the East coast at Ocean View, Virginia. I believe the elderly lady next to her is her mother, Signora Belle (Guinn) Warwick.
This week's insight into grandma and John McClure's letter correspondence takes us into May, 1905, Alva, Oklahoma Territory, with two short letters dated May 5th and 22nd of 1905.
In May of 1905 we find Constance Warwick teaching at a rural school near Pringey, in northwest Oklahoma Territory. Pringey was south of Freedom, Oklahoma and south across the river a few miles and back towards the East.
May 5, 1905, Thursday, Alva, O.T. ... It is addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Okla., and begins, "Alva, O.T., Thurs Eve, Miss Constance Warwick, Dear Friend: I suppose you think by this time that I have forsaken the country, but I could not possibly come Sun.
I thought sure I would go out Mon Eve, but when it came, we had to work the only eve this week. I guess you were in the bank yesterday, but I did not know it till after You went out.
Will you let me hear from you by Saturdays mail. Ever your friend, John McClure."
May 22, 1905, Mon. Eve, Alv, O.T. ... It is addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, RFD, Alva, Okla., and begins, "Mon Eve, Miss Constance Warwick, Pringey, O. T., Dear Connie, I'm coming out tomorrow Eve. I was coming to night, but Had to work to late. I will come if I get away. I rec'd your letter. Yours Sincerely, John C. McClure."
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Comments: If anyone out there knows of anyone (descendants of...) that went to school in the Pringey, Oklahoma rural school district in 1905, I would love to know and make a list of possible students that my grandmother Constance Warwick might have taught in the May, 1905 school session. Where/What family might have boarded Constance Warwick while she taught at Pringey, OK? Send me your family school stories of Pringey, OK, in 1905, etc... Thanks! ~NW Okie 2009-08-05 00:34:39
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