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Celinda Kelsey's funeral is to be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church, in Waynoka, Oklahoma.
 ~NW Okie regarding Okie's story from Vol. 10 Iss. 18 titled UNTITLED

Hi Ashley, Lost cabin was built by my grnadmother's brother. I saw the home about twenty years ago and, like you, was intrigued by it. It was also known as "the Big Teepee."
 ~Ann Lowry regarding Okie's story from Vol. 9 Iss. 31 titled UNTITLED

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Millennium Edition

Vol 3, Iss 1 Slapout, Oklahoma - Here it is a week into the New 21st Century! Thanks for all the memories you have sent in the past Volumes of "Oakie's HTH." I am working on some Slapout, Oklahoma 2001 photos I took this week and hope to have them ready for you next week. Send me some history and memories of Slapout... If you get a chance.

We ate our good luck black-eyed peas in Buck's Hoppin John Recipe on New Years Eve for good luck to follow us into the New Millennium. I have stuck the recipe link below just in case someone wants to check it out.BucksHoppinJohn.doc

New Years Day found this Oakie on the road again back to Oklahoma, January 1, 2001. As to New Years traditions & black-eyed peas... Scott says, "My family always ate black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Why? I haven't a clue."
< br /> My family also ate black-eyed peas on New Years for good luck. I don't know why or when the black-eyed peas tradition started. Does anyone out there have any clues to this mystery?

Some of you NW Oklahomans and Paris family relations out there might remember my Uncle Alvin. On our way back through Colorado to Oklahoma, we stopped and visited with my mother's older brother, Alvin Paris. Alvin worked with the McClure Loans & Insurance Company, in Alva back in the 1930s. Alvin & Naomi married in 1935 and lived in the Monfort Apartments before moving to 718 4th Street. I'm not quite sure where the Monfort apartments were located, but Alvin and Naomi moved from those apartments to the 718 4th Street home sometime shortly after the Castle on the Hill burned down. Does anyone have any clues to where the Monfort Apartments were located? Alvin and Naomi also lived in the two-story, framed, white house on the southeast corner of Choctaw & Third Street, across the street south from the Old Armory. Alvin Paris was born 1 Nov. 1912; married Naomi Warren (b. 1910), 3 February 1935. They will be celebrating their 66th anniversary, Feb. 3, 2001. Alvin is the next to the oldest of nine siblings of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt. Of the nine siblings (Leslie, Alvin, Vernon, Vada, Zella, Kenneth, Sam, Geneva and EJ)... the three remaining are Alvin (88, in Colorado Springs, CO), Sam (76, in Sand Pointe, ID) and Geneva (72, in Chester, OK).

Everyone knows about Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs, but what about the Cave of the Winds. These caverns are located near the small community of Manitou west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. You use a steep, winding, corkscrew mountain road to reach the entrance of the Cave of the Winds. The caverns have been around for over one hundred years.

They were temporarily lighted with electric lights 11 October 1904. On 4 July 1907 a new electric light system with arc lights were installed in the larger rooms of the cave for the first time. The entrance building was built in the spring of 1906 with a veranda for views of Williams Canyon and Manitou.

We stopped to take the tour so I could walk in the footsteps of my grandmother Constance Warwick who took the same tour in the early 1900s (1907-1909) before she married my grandfather, Bill McGill. I found this great old photo of the "Cave of the Winds" taken sometime during the early 1900s. There were NO names or dates written on the photo. The only clues to the dated items in photo are the long skirt and white blouse worn by the lady; the two horse drawn carriages in the sloping foreground; and the sign on the front of the building over the steps that reads, "Brilliantly Electrically Lighted." OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds.jpg
< br />You can view a January, 2001 view of the "Cave of the Winds" for comparison. OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01a.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01b.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01c.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01d.jpg

Nearby is a free public park called "Garden of the Gods." It has towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and blue skies. In 1909, Charles Elliott Perkins' children conveyed his 480 acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It was/is known as the 'Garden of the Gods' and free to the public and maintained as a public park.
< br /> I did get a few shots of the 'Garden of the Gods' when we traveled through there January, 2001. If you look really hard, you might spot this Oakie leaning on a rock wall with the sandstone formations in the background at one of the overlooks.
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For the week of January 1 thru January 5... from SW Colorado to Oklahoma, the gas pump prices ranged from $1.55 (Durango, CO) all the way down to $1.19 at a Texaco, in central Oklahoma. The first of the week in Colorado Springs gas prices were $1.39. Boise City, out on the very tip of the Oklahoma panhandle, saw a $1.39 gas as did Guymon, OK. The gas prices in Alva during the mid-week came in at $1.35. Ames, OK which is southeast of Ringwood and norhtwest of Hennessey, Kingfisher and Okarche all sported a $1.34 price tag. A Texaco gas station in NW Oklahoma City showed a price of gas on Friday, January 5, 2001, at $1.19. What are the gas pump prices doing in your neck of the woods?
< br />Next week I will try to get the pictures of Slapout, Oklahoma ready for you to see what it looks like today. If anyone out there has any old photos, history or memories of Slapout to share, just attach them to an email and send along to Linda at View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Thanksgiving Weekend & End of November 2008

Vol 10, Iss 48 Did you get your fill of turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, and all the holiday comfort foods this last Thursday? We did!

Morning after Snow of Thanskgiving 2008. Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving holiday where ever you found yourself this year! We did!

This NW Okie made three (homemade from scratch) pies: apple, cherry and pecan. I used my grandmother Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris' flaky pie crust recipe that she passed down to my mother, Vada Paris McGill. It was almost as good -- it was also flaky.

The cherry pie still had a tart, but sweet flavor, as well as the apple pie. The pecan pie was filled with pecans and bubbled over during the cooking. Good thing I put it on an aluminum foiled cookie sheet when cooking, huh?

The best part of Thanksgiving besides being with family was the huge, wet snow flakes that began to fall just before noon on Thanksgiving day, November 27, 2008. I uploaded a movie clip of that Thanksgiving snow on my OkieLegacy - YouTube site for your viewing special viewing. You can also see the family dogs Roughing It With the Pugs while you are browsing my YouTube site.

Today... the snow is melting in the sunny condition of SW Colorado while SE Colorado and NE New Mexico have been getting more snows around Raton, NM and I25. Will it head for the No Man Lands of the Oklahoma Panhandle?

Four more weeks of 2008!
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Giving Thanks & Genealogy Info

Vol 10, Iss 47 As a dry, cold front settled through Southwest Colorado by mid-week we encountered gas prices falling below the $2 mark in Durango, Colorado.

Also... Nugget, Quoti and Maggie were caught on film this week with friends at Clark's West Ranch in Northwest Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, NW Okie has been busy updating and moving her genealogy database to a new site. We deleted our genealogy database.

NOW... Our Paris-Conover-Hurt ( can be found at these two links - (Paris Family Site).

When you click the MyHeritage site link you will be able to pick between the "Paris-Conover-Hurt" pages and the McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull & Wagner-Williams-Zimmerman .

I also received this week some Louthan family history and information from Tom Fetters in Illinois. I haven't got it all transcribed yet, but I am still working on merging that information into my maternal genealogy data for the Paris/Conover/Hurt family file.

There are two different genealogy sites we are trying out, the MyHeritage site, which allows photos and comments, and the site which has the traditionally, indented family tree form -- which makes for easier viewing and navigating.

See what you think and let me know which one you like the best. If you have a genealogy site that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to use, we would love to hear from you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING is just around the corner. Take a few moments and reflect on things around you, and for what you are thankful for this year.
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Our Family Genealogy Database...

Vol 7, Iss 16 This Genealogy & Family Tree stuff is like "A Neverending Story" ... There is NEVER a Finishing point. Meanwhile our work on updating our genealogy files to our family database is progressing rapidly on our MCGILL / PARIS / WAGNER Family Tree. We spent the week inputting our PARIS/CONOVER (our mother's side of the family) into the database. We still need to input our HURT family. There are CONOVER / COUWENHOVEN / KOUWENHOVEN / VAN KOUWENHOVEN ancestors that date back to the mid-1500s, in Holland (Netherlands). Our PARIS family tree has over 1500 persons so far. Stay Tuned for Updates in the next few weeks! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Oakie's Ancestors...

Vol 7, Iss 14 A lot of Okie's ancestors on her father's side of the family were from Old Augusta County, Virginia. The McGILL's stretched down into Tennessee. We are finding out that the HULL/HOHL ancestors came down to Virginia from Lancaster & York (now Adam) Counties, Pennsylvania.

The farthest back on the HULL side of the family leads us to a Peter Thomas HOHL/HOLL born in Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pflaz), Germany. In 1741 (May 30), Peter (age 28, a miller) migrated to the Philadelphia area of America on the ship Francis & Ann, from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Next we find Peter Thomas HULL/HOHL moved to Cub Run, present day Rockingham County, Virginia prior to 1755. Our HULL side of the family married into the WARWICK clan through Esther HULL when she married Robert Craig WARWICK.

The quest for our WARWICK, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, HULL/HOHL/HOLL has lead us to Old Augusta County, Virginia that we speak of in the next feature story. There was a lot of misinformation about the HULL/HOHL side of the family that got passed down from when our grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill did her research. If you search through Geo. W. Cleek's book, Early Western Augusta County, you need to becareful what you use. There are some families with misplaced children and no documentations. Another path to take is to read through Lyman Chalkley's compilation of Virginia's court records.

We are hoping that when we get through refreshing, rebuilding, updating our family database, we will have an organized idea of where to continue the research. We haven't even starting putting the PARIS/CONOVER/HURT families into the database. Okie says, "Let's just work this side of the family first. Otherwise, we will be overwhelmed by all the surnames. Sometimes... when you run onto an unidentified photo, you wish you could go back in time -- ask your grandparents more about the family ancestors. All I have now are old faded notes, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, unmarked old photos. Trying to put some order, organization into it all for the next generation keeps me preoccupied lately. It is addictive. AND... a never-ending... journey!"

Maybe someday Okie will pack this Precious Pug into the Pickup and venture back through Old Augusta County for a few weeks, month of digging for family roots.

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Our NEW Grand Niece

Vol 7, Iss 13 March 24, 2005 we received news that our NEW grand niece made her appearance known. That's our grand-niece on David's side of the family. Erin Lillian was born 0743 EST, March 24, 2005, in Atlanta, GA, weighing in at 6lb. 14 oz., 21 inches. We hear that Mother and baby Erin are doing well. Welcome, Erin, into our family!

That has spurred this family historian to dust-off the family genealogy program and do some updating. BUT... I have had to start from scratch to rebuild the family genealogy database. Since I've changed computers over the last few years, I can't seem to find any of my "gedcom" files. I've had to print out my webpages and start inputting families in from scratch -- starting with my "Family Tree Legend" -- -- MCGILL Genealogy. I'm hoping to get the WARWICK, HULL/HOHL, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, PARIS, HURT & WAGNER families added in the coming weeks. I know there are programs (ged2html) out there that translate gedcom files to gendex.txt files to use on your webpages. BUT... is there any program out there that will translate the gendex.txt files back to gedcom files? It seems like a few years ago there was something like that. It would sure help about now in the rebuilding the family genealogy database. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Grandpa Bill & Baseball In Oklahoma

Vol 9, Iss 32 We were searching through The Oklahoman's archives this week and found some baseball articles dating back to 1908 which mentioned our grandpa Bill McGill (a tall, lefthanded, fast pitcher in the early 1900's).

In an article dated 8/19/1908, The Oklahoman. pg 9, we found the headlines where Enid Loses Long Game to Joplin -- McGill Holds Fillman Tribe Safe for Seventeen Long Innings. Seventeen Innings? WOW!

It seems that when Grandpa McGill came back from playing in the Major league in 1907 with the St. Louis Browns, one of the Oklahoma teams he played for was the Enid (Oklahoma) Railroaders, a baseball team in 1908. Below is the 8/19/1908 article.

Enid, Okla., Aug. 18 (1908) -- "A Brilliant 17 inning game was won by Joplin today on an error. McGill pitched all the way through for Enid and was invincible after the third. Joplin took Quiescer out in the eleventh and put in Pollard. Enid's four scores were made in the fourth by Sheldon, who duplicated his feat of Sunday by putting the ball over the fence when three men were on bases."

The Enid players were: Wilhite, 1b; Runkle, 3b; W. Frantz, ss; Middleton, 2b; J. Frantz, rf; Brooks, lf; McGill, p; H. Allen, c; Ashley. The Joplin players were: Fillman, 3b; Wanner, 2b; Cobb, rf; Reed, 1b; Murray, cf; Persch, lf; Ragan, ss; Harrington; Pollard, p; Quiesser, p.

In another news article dated 9/11/1908, The Oklahoman, page 10, the headlines continued: Railroaders Win Real Live Game -- McGill Pitches Good Ball While McClintock Is Knocked Out.

The news article goes on to state, "Beat the tom-toms, clash the cymbals, and kick the cow. Enid won the last game by a score of 5 to 4. Persons inclined to be mean might say Enid didn't win it, that the Mets lost it, but who cares about that.

Why not let "Parson" Frantz float out of town in the mellow glow of pious achievement and with the halo of victory resting on his classic brow? Anyone who isn't willing to do this much isn't fired with the noble sentiment of poetic justice and, what's more, is no sport.

The game was as lively and interesting as a mouse at a meeting of the ladies aid society. The Mets got an unearned score in the first when Wilhite made an excusable error on Jones' throw to catch Goes and McCormick made his customary two-base hit. In the third they polled two more on three hits, a base on balls and Brooks' error in left.

At that stage of the game nobody would have bet a cent to a dollar on Enid. McClintock seemed to be in a good way and had retired the Enid crew in order, fanning three of them. But in the fourth there was a big disturbance.

Runkle, first to face McClintock in the fourth inning hit the first ball pitched for a clean single over second. McClintock possibly had visions of a no-hit game and apparently felt hurt. At any rate he gave Jones a base on balls. Manager Frantz was next up and just to show how a manager ought to perform, biffed a stupendous two-bagger to right center, scoring Runkle and Jones.

Isbell took the cue and hit the safe spot between first and second, and Brooks was not to be outdone and carromed one over second, scoring Frantz. Joe Frantz bunted and McClintock threw the ball to third to catch Isbell and Emory -- missed it, though he might not have gotten the runner anyway.

With nobody out, three runs in and three men on bases, McClintock was whistled in and Clarence Nelson took up the burden. He hadn't warmed up and made a wild pitch scoring Isbell, but retired to the side without any more runs, which was doing well.

Rapps tied up the score in the sixth by a two-bagger and some excellent base running, and the spectators thought the Mets would pull out, but the thought was a mistake.

Neither side could score until the first of the ninth when Bill White threw crooked to first to catch McGill and the tall pitcher took third while Rapps hunted for the sphere in the weeds. Wilhite had already gone out and Allen got hit but not a hit.

Runkle popped a foul to Kelsey and it was up to "Tex" Jones. "Tex" had just been fined $5 for talking back to Shuster and was mad about it. By way of venting he smashed a single over second, scoring McGill.

The Mets could do nothing in their half, and Enid sacked up it's bats in a surprised way and asked each other how it happened. Just to be fair, McGill deserved to win this game, after the onslaught on McClintock.

Frantz' bunch only got three hits off Nelson in the six innings he pitched and probably he would have won if he had had the whole of it. You never can tell, though. It's ladie day and the rejuvenated Hutchinson crew today. The Salt-packers beat Wichita yesterday and the Mets will have to get on their toes."
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OkieLegacy - A Passion

Vol 8, Iss 31 Yes! We are still doing The OkieLegacy Ezine. It is just a couple of days late this week. Our OkieLegacy ezine can NOW be viewed, read at two different links in different formats. See which one of the following sites that you prefer and then let us know by either leaving a comment or emailing the NW Okie - OkieLegacy Ezine & OkieLegacy Tabloid.

Like we told someone earlier this week last week, "This is not a business, but a passion of ours for learning and preserving our heritage, history and genealogy. The NW Okie was born and raised in NW Oklahoma, the third daughter of Gene M. & Vada (Paris) McGill. So... our roots run deep through our Warwick/McGill/Hurt/Paris genealogies through the Oklahoma Territory. Although, NW Okie is semi-retired and living part-time in southwest Colorado, she continues her quest for learning, preserving our northwest Oklahoma history, heritage and family legacies."
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About The NW Okie

Vol 10, Iss 12
This is for those of you who have just recently joined us here or want to know more about the NW Okie, editor & publisher of The OkieLegacy. Who is that lady collecting Okie Legacies? AND... Why? You can read a short "bio" about me over at my ParisTimes Genealogy site.

It was 60 years ago, 11:35a.m., Alva General Hospital, a third (3rd) daughter was born to Vada Eileen (Paris) McGill (31 years) and Gene M. McGill (33 years). Linda Kay was a Winter baby weighing in at 6lbs-10oz. Her parents arrived just in the neck of time on that February, 1948 morning, at the Alva General hospital with 1-1/2 hrs to spare before Li'l Linda's arrival. My sister Dorthy gave me my name.

My Father... Gene McGill, was a flying farmer, bearded custom harvestor in the 1940's and a Democratic State Chairman in the 1960's.

Gene McGill was born December, 1914 and died June, 1986 on Father's Day. He was the oldest son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene had a younger brother, Robert "Bob" McGill, that was born August, 1916 and died February 1954. My father got his pharmacist degree from OU in 1937.

My Mother... This photo taken of my mother, Vada Eileen Paris, was her high school graduation photo taken when she was 18 years of age.

Vada Paris was born November 11, 1916 and died July, 1992. She was the fourth child and oldest daughter of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt from around Chester (Tailholt), Oklahoma, Major County. Vada had six brothers and two sisters. I think only Uncle Sammy is alive, living in Sand Point, Idaho today. Vada was a homemaker who went back to school in the early fifties to get her teaching degree in Home Economics from Northwestern State Teachers College.

My Sisters & Me... This is a 1955 photo of two of my sisters and Me, in the backyard of 703 7th Street, Alva, OK. The photo shows Linda, Dorthy, and Amber perched on a picnic table in the backyard, of 703 7th Street, Alva, Oklahoma. The oldest sister (Connie Jean) is NOT pictured -- and not quite sure why?

Sweet Li'l Linda Kay was raised one of two middle daughters of the four McGill Sisters in the Gene & Vada Paris McGill family.

My life began sixty years ago, as one of the Baby Boomers and raised as a Democrat, in a Small, Rural Community located in Woods County in the NW Corner of Oklahoma.

My Schooling began at Horace Mann Elementary in Kindergarten and progressed thru Washington Elementary, Alva Jr. High, Alva High. I hated the little snobby, elite, cliques that formed during the Jr. High and High School years. I chose not to belong to any of them. I finished my college education at Northwestern State College in 1971 with a BA Degree in Art & Sociology.

A 1969 Mid-Summer, July Wedding united David M. Wagner & Linda Kay McGill after a year courtship during our time at Northwestern State College (NSC). In the Early-Fall of 1970 our oldest Son, Michael, started our family while we were living, working, and finishing College at NSC in Alva, Oklahoma. (It was back in the mid 1960's during the days of the Viet Nam War, Peace, Love, and Hippies.. [Although, I never was a Hippie.]

In the Early-Summer (June) of 1973 David, Linda and son (Michael) were blessed with their second son, Robert. David was working for Kerr-MaGee Research & Engineering in OKC -- we were living in Edmond, OK, USA. In (or about 1975) David got a job with Exxon Engineering, Baytown, TX and the four of us became Texas-Okies for five or six years before we moved back to Alva, OK about 1980.

I love to listen to music of the "'40's" and "Rock-n-Roll Oldies" of the 50's, 60's, 70's! I also like a little of the "Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul and Country!" One of my favorite Radio stations back in my earlier childhood was KOMA. You could find this transistor sister walking around Alva with her transistor radio tuned to KOMA radio station.
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Ranger Album 1917, NSN Societies & Local Pan Hellenic

Vol 18, Iss 22 This is a page showing the NSN Societies and Local Pan Hellenic organizations that were a part of Northwestern State Normal School, in Alva, Oklahoma.

Sigma Sigma Sigma (Founded at Farmville, Va., 1898) - Catharine Serviss (Pres.), Edna Conway, Neva Wilkinson.

X Chapter - Active member: Lenna Burr, Cleo Lewellen, Rose Walker, Dorothy Calloway, Edna Conway, Thelma Lambert, Henrietta Pyle, Ruth M. Miller, Neva Jane Hanford, Catharine Serviss, Ruby Skeen, Carre Phillips, Bell McCormick, Mae Hobbie, Hazel Ketchem, Katherine Monroe, Reed Loving Watt. 1916 Alumnae - Hazel Martin, Neva Wilkinson, Rachael McClure Vickers, Alta Dearing.

Active Chapters
Alpha - SNS, Farmville, Va.
Sigma Phi - Union U., Jackson, Tenn.
Kappa - Miami U., Oxford, Ohio
Zeta - SNS, Buffalo, NY
Phi - Ohio U., Athens, Ohio
Iota - SNS, Greeley, Colo.
Lambda - SNS, Indiana, Pa.
Mu - SNS, Kirksville, Mo.
Nu - SNS, Warrensburg, Mo.
X - SNS, Alva, Okla
Omicron - SNS, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Pi - SNS, Emporia, Kans.

Alpha Sigma Alpha -(founded 1901) - Ada Titus, Grace Mauntel, Ada Smith

Chapter Roll
Alpha - State Normal School, Farmville, Va.
Alpha Alpha - Miami University, Oxford Ohio
Alpha Gamma - State Normal, Indiana, Pa.
Beta Beta - Teacher's College, Greeley Colo.
Gamma Gamma - State Normal, Alva, Okla.
Colors - pearl white, Crimson, Pale green, gold
Flowers - Astor, narcissus
Jewels - Pearl, Ruby
Open Motto - "Aspire, Seek, Attain"
Patron - Hermes
Insignia - Crown, Star, Palm Tree, Phoenix

Gamma Gamma Chapter Roll
Jennie Smith, Bess Davis, Mildred Foster, Nellie Cole, Blanche Rackley, Edith Harris
Alumnae - Mayme Spurrier, Jennie Vinson Fisk, Irene Rebber Quinlan, Ethel Feese, Louise Miller, Edith Heaton, Blanche Woolman, Ruth Long, Edna Brockway, Mary Bowling Wagner, Fern Clifton, Ada Smith, Gertrude Wetz, Ruth Pettit, Lorinda Mason
Ex-Schola - Helen Fitzgerald, Goldie Foster, Lucy Reed, Irene Rolf, Esther Delzell, Bernice Fitzgerald, Elsie Solf, May Grimm, Agnes Warriner, Stella Hunt
Faculty Advisor - Miss Minnie Shockley

Patronesses - Mrs. Frank Munson, Mrs. C. C. Share, Mrs. E. A. Haines

Pi Kappa Sigma (Founded Michigan State Norma, 1894) Alice Fennessey, Inez Beattie, Anne Wilke

Beta Chapter established 1900
Colors - Turquoise blue and Gold
Flowers - Forget-me-not and Jonquil
In Facultate - Saran Crumley, Nettie hardy, Isabell Vessey, Maude Reichman
In Urbe - Mrs. Guy Lisk, Mrs. W. E. Sloat, Phoebe McKeever, Mrs. Oscar Hampton, Mrs. M. C. Mason, Mildren Dauner, Edith Norris, Nellie Watson, Cora Wiggins, Mrs. Burdie Loventhal, Justine Harms, Carrie Schaefer, Mrs. Hurston Tuck, Mrs. C. S. Warren, Nellie Wiggins, Lois Wiggins, Marguerite Fennessey, Zelma Shilds, Ann Wilke

Members - 1917: Alice Fennessey, Edna Talbot, Della Brunstetter, Pearl Boling, Elizabeth Springer, Minnie Bridges, Velma Rae Dunn. 1918... Dora Curl, Inez Beattie, Ruth Greenlee.
Pledges - Margaretta Fulton

Delta Sigma Epsilon (Founded Miami University, 1914) - Nora Autsler, Fern Welsh, Maud Morris

Delta Chapter - established 1916
Colors - Cream and Pea Green
Flower - Tea Rose
Patroness - Mrs. Walter Ferguson
In Facultate - Pearl Ellen Crawford, Maude Morris, Pearl Esther Crawford
Members - Nora Eutsler, Irene Woodmansee, Marie McElhiney, Maude Every, Ruth Ranck, Eunice McCluney, Ruth Moyer, Mercedes Moyer, Veronica Hollen, Fern Welsh, Fern Williams, Beulah Hoffsommer, Jessie Hoefer, Elsie Lee Stein, Mable Willis, Edna Weeks
Pledges - Larkie Temple, Mable Cameron, Neola Hurt

Saturday Night Club Organized 1906.

Colors: Sea shell pink and ashes of roses.
In Faculate - Grace Stegal & Sarah Crumley.

Members - Cora Davis, Vie Abbott, Inez Beattie, Eugena Huddleston, Pearl Boling, Margaretta Fulton, Mrs. Agnes Sloat, Luella Harzman, Dora Curl, Ruth Greenlee, Bernice Henderson, Rose Walker, Elizabeth Herold, Bertie Harney, Gladys Crawford, Etta Creech, Helen Smith.

Officers - Ine Beattie, President; Bertie Harney, Vice-President; Helen Smith, Secretary; Luella Harzman, Treasurer; and Ruth Greenlee, Reporter.

The Philomathean Club

The Philomathean Club is an energetic literary club of Northwestern. It has gained in membership and prestige ever since its organization. It has one of the most competent and most amiable members of the faculty, Mrs. Fallon, for its club Mother, and President Graves for Parliamentarian. It also recognizes the social side of things, and has its share of "stunts."
Members - Audrey Bainum, Lera Bainum, Lorena Bainum, Gladys Bingham, Marie Dale, Verda Dale, Bess Davis, Mrs. Fallon, Bernice Fogle, Marie Hartshorn, Nina Hopper, Viola Martin, Maud McMurtrey, Mildred McMurtrey, Letha Pryor, Sibyl Wilson.
Present Officers Bess Davis, Pres.; Audrey Bainum, Vice-Pres.; Gladys Bingham, Sec.; Viola Martin, Treas.; Nina Hopper, Chaplain; Verda Dale, Sergeant;Mrs. Fallon, Critic; President J. W. Graves, parliamentarian.

Parliamentary Debating Club Officers: Bert Raney, pres.; Harry Brown, Vice-pres.; E. A. Sandefur, Sec.; Joe Bagenstos, corresponding sec.; Wm. Eagan, Treas.; George McClure, Reporter; Critic, Ralph Beegle, Critic; Fant Word, parliamentarian;Chester Duncan, marshal; Sabin C. Perceful, coach of debate; V. C. Sheldon, coach of oratory. Club Colors - pink and green.

The Parliamentary Debate Club is the oldest organization of the kind in Northwestern and possibly in the state, and it has always held the debate honors of the club and school far above reproach, when given an opportunity to do so. This club now has hanging at its belt scalps from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas. The Lone Star State was the last to fall a prey to the attack of the P.D.C. but they followed in the paths of all her other victims. This club has the remarkable record of having never lost a debate on its home floor in seventeen years. Among the schools with which the P. D. C. has held debates in the past are the Warrensburg State Normal of Missouri, the Emporia Normal of Kansas, Phillips University of Enid, Oklahoma, and the Original Tri-Angular. This club was one of the originators of the Original Tri-Angular and was the only organization.

The debate this year with the Methodist College of Clarendon, Texas, was the first debate the P.D.C. has had in three years, but it showed that the old debating ability was not lost. The debate was hotly contested at both places. The home team got a unanimous decision while the team which invaded the land of the longhorns carried off one judge, thus giving the club four out of the six judges, and making the P.D.C. the winner of the series. The men representing the club this year were Bob Lasley, Leonard Schaefer, Chester Duncan, and Elbert Mariatt.After the debate the leading social event of the season was celebrated by the club and its visiting friends. This seventeenth annual banquet was a great success. It consisted of a seven course luncheon.The banquet hall was elaborately decorated in pink and green, and while the banqueters dined Shaw's Orchestra furnished beautiful music.

At the close of the banquet the P.D.C. Octet rendered a few selections and the occasion closed by the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner," by the entire crowd.Not only does the P.D.C. take exceptional interest in their club and social work, but it is found that their members are among the foremost boosters of N.S.N. They support all worthy moves which are brought forth in the interest of Old Northwestern and are found on the firing line all the time when the interest of their Alma Mater is at stake.

N.S.N. Debating Club first row: Dunning, Kammerzell, Soliday, Arnote, Porter, Sockwell, Clark, Sears. Second Row: Watkins, Veatch, Smithson, Carey, Kuntz, Bruner, Graves. Third Row: Prentiss, Presnall, Coffman, Vinson, Coach, Baird, Ruggles, Mosshart,

Walker.Officers: Floyd Porter, Pres.; Harry Soliday, Vice-pres.; Everett Veatch, Sec.; Enos Walker, Assistant Sec.; Foster Stockwell, corresponding sec.; Frank Bruner, Tras.; Claude Baird, reporter; Carl Smithson, Marshal; Harry Dunning, Critic; Foster Stockwell, asst. Parliamentarian; A. G. Vinson, Parliamentarian. Club Colors - purple and gold.There is a spirit in every well balanced school which finds its expression in debating. The mental development gained from this practice of the science of argumentation is just as essential to the thorough education the individual as is the physical development furnished by athletics. To satisfy this need the N.S.N. Debating Club was organized in September, 1907, by a group of young men, students of Northwestern, who believed that there was enough material in school to support two debating organizations.The sound judgment of its founders has been proven by the record which the Club has made for itself in the ten years of its history.In 1913 it came off victor in the double debate with the Kansas State Normal School at Emporia, besides gaining the Normal School Championship at home by winning both the preliminary and final contests of the double Triangle of Oklahoma. In 1914, the inter-collegiate debates were thrown open to the school, and in that year the N.S.N. Club furnished seven of the eight debaters who handled the dual Emporia debate and the "Triangular" of Oklahoma. In 1915-16 the leading speakers of both Triangular teams were N.S.N. men and this year the four men selected for the State debate are all N.S. N.'s.The membership of the N.S.N. Debating Club consists of loyal, enthusiastic young men who are at Northwestern for the purpose of getting the splendid training afforded by this institution, and after graduation they are unanimous in the statement that more beneficial than any other one factor of their education is the training afforded them as members of the "N.S.N."Most notable among the social affairs given by the Club this year were: a Hallowe'en picnic, at which time the Club members and their friends motored to the bat caves twenty-five miles west of town, and the Seventh Annual Banquet of the Club, given on the evening of March 6.The successful record of the Club in the past has been due to the hard work and loyalty of every member. It now has among its members some of the most energetic workers and ablest debaters in the school, and as its coach Professor A. G. Vinson, whose capabilities are known throughout this part of the state. With these advantages the Club hopes to make its future even greater than has been its past, and invites the students of Northwestern to attend its meetings and lend their aid toward its further success.

Excelsior Literary Society - Standing: Martin, Green, Curtis, Caach Perceful, Clark, Callison, Karn, Grantham, Lambert. Sitting: Allen, Hurt, Hollen, Stone, Moyer, Ranck, Hollen, Coach Crawford, Moyer, Callison. Among the several clubs of Northwestern is one which was organized during the summer months of 1916. A band of about thirty teachers and students organized themselves into a club for the purpose of working out on general literary lines, as music, debate, public speaking, the study of authors, parliamentary law, etc. This was enjoyed so much by the young people, that they put on a play under the direction of Miss Crawford, at the Rex Theatre. Many of the members left school during the fall term to teach a various places over the state, but the few who remained worked diligently and at this time the club has sixteen members.Professor Perceful and Miss Crawford have been selected for the Club Coaches, and with their help, a debate team was able to enter the preliminary contest for the Triangular debate. We hold that the future has many things in store for this young society and though we have not the history of the past of which to boast, we will have in the future a club that will train both boys and girls along lines which will not only interest them, but will prepare them for their work outside of school.

The Ranger Rooter's Club
The "Rooters" club met and organized on Friday Sept. 2, 1916, nearly every student being present. A president was elected then yell leaders and various other officers. Much of the success of Old N.S.N.'s athletics, was due to the ardent support of this band of enthusiastic students. Every team which clashed in any sort of athletics with "The Rangers" on home grounds was always given a hearty reception by the "Rooters Club." All such courtesy speaks well for the school first and secondly it shows that each student is as a committee of one vitally interested in "Our" school. When the first "Ranger Basket Ball squad" left for the coast, they were given a sendoff, in which every student, who was physically able to attend; did so. This occasion will live only second in the memories of the students and townspeople in comparison to the grand reception given the quintette on their return home. The Rooters club supports as well, all forms of school activity, always having a grand majority of the students present at debate and reading contests. If it takes spirit and support to win, in school contests which we're sure it does, then the "Rooters Club" is an immense success.

The Science Club of N.S.N. The Science club was organized in 1906 by Professor G. W. Stevens who was chosen President of the Club and afterwards elected president each succeeding year as long as he remained in the school. Much interest was manifested and a great deal of work done under the leadership of Professor Stevens.During the present school year the Science Club was reorganized and the following officers were elected; T. C. Carter, President; Professor A. G. Vinson, Vice-President; Professor M.C. Mann, Secretary; Professor S. C. Perceful, Treasurer.The present active membership consists of about forty students and teachers who are interested in scientific work.Among those who have presented scientific papers recently are: Professor Perceful, Bert Raney, Professor Mann, Fant Word, Professor Geyer, Ben Rackley, Lleslie Wilcox, Frank Hess, Gladys Bingham, Carlos McGill and W. L Eagan.It has been the custom of the club to secure the services of a noted lecturer sometime during the year the proceeds being given to augment the "Students Loan Fund."The primary objects of this organization are to discuss subjects of scientific interest and for the encouragement of scientific research.

Y.W.C.A Cabinet
Audrey Bainum, Loine Floyd, Berice Fogle, Ione Clark, Nina Hopper, Etta Creech, Emma Donaldson, Luella Harzman, Ethel Albright.Among the many organizations which have helped to make school life at N.S.N. pleasant and worth while is the Young Womens Christian Association. While the sororities, clubs and classes have their distinct phases of work, it is the Y.W.C.A. which upholds Christian standards of the school. The intimate association with girls whose ideals are high, whose efforts are to attain the best in life for themselves and others, has an influence that is ennobling and which cannot be attained anywhere else in school.The Young Womens Christian Association is a world-wide movement.

In being a member of the Y.W.C.A. at Northwestern one is, first, a part of the Southwestern Field with headquarters at Dallas, Texas, then, the National Board of New York City, and lastly the Christian Federation of the World.The purpose of the Association is... "To unite the women of the institution in loyalty to Jesus Christ, to lead them to accept Him as their personal Savior, to build them up in the knowledge of Christ, especially through Bible study and Christian service, that character and conduct may be consonant with their belief. It shall thus associate them wit the students of the world for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

It shall further seek to enlist their devotion to the Christian Church and to the religious work of the institution."

Y.M.C.A Cabinet
Walker, Julian, Baird, Schnitzer, Rackley, Raney, Stockwell, Sheldon.Among the many organizations that have helped the put N.S.N. on the map is the Y. M. C. A. The object of this society is to provide a home-like resort with good influences for young men. It advises its members to religious, social and moral advancement. Of all the forces for wise training and uplift for young men and boys, none have achieved a greater success than the Y.M.C.A. The close association with young men whose ideals are high, whose every effort is expended in the direction of higher and greater attainments for themselves and others, has an ennobling influence not to be found elsewhere in school life. The examples of young men and the high moral tone evidenced in school activities speak in clarion tones of the achievements of this band of young men.The support of the faculty has been of unspeakable help since the beginning of this association. Among the foremost are Pres. Graves, Professors Vinson, Carter and Sheldon.The present outlook for the coming year is brighter than ever with Dewey Mosshart, President; Claud Baird, vice-president; Enos Walker, Treasurer; and Everet Veach, Secretary, there is no reason why the Y.M.C.A. of Northwestern will not be one of the most active and helpful of any school association in the state.As no school can be ranked among the first without a Y.M.C.A., it is the duty of every loyal young man and student to get behind it and make what it stands for -- a developer of body, and and soul.
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Vol 15, Iss 8 Bayfield, CO - As we rummage through old family letters of grandpa's from the 1937 era, we ran across the following. One from September, 1937, concerning a letter Grandpa wrote to his youngest son about his auto accident, and another written by our grandma to Uncle Bob.

1937 - McGill Family Letters

September 29, 1937 - Letter from Grandpa McGill postmarked September 30, 1937, 5:30p.m. to his youngest son, Bob McGill, at Kemper, Booneville, Missouri, reads as follows:

"Dear Bobolinkus," Grandpa begins by asking for Bob's humble pardon because of the time limit since he had last written concerning the car accident, and begins with the fourth paragraph as Grandpa writes, "Yes I came pretty close the other day. I went out to play tennis and the boys were not there right when I got there and I thought I would go home and get a broom to clean off the court. Well just as I got turned around and started North, just at day light, I looked one way and the other, and went on low, on to the pavement. This old boy hit me on the side I had turned to him. I soon turned the other side and he hit me there too, nearly, as he turned me clear around, but neither car turned over. He must have been right in that little draw, coming from the West, and he was coming too, for he slid his tires 21 steps and knocked me 13 steps and he went 5 steps further on. Now you can guess whether he was coming or not.

"It cut my arm all to pieces and busted a rib and hurt my right knee. I didn't know anything for a few seconds. Didn't hurt either of us much like it might have. If he had hit me 2 feet farther back he would have caved my car in and sure have got me.

"They wanted $325.00 at Joe Edwards to fix my car, but I saved quite a bit going to Enid. I traded in a gun on it at 45.00. That helped quite a bit, I will tell you. I don't know whether I can get anything out of the kid or not. He hasn't anything I think. I am to see him in the AM. Well its pretty lucky we both were. He had been drinking. I could smell it on his breath."

Oct. 3, 1937

This is a letter from Constance McGill postmarked October 3, 1937, Newton to Bob McGill at Kemper.

Page 2 - page-3 - Page 4 - Page 5.

Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Grandma writes to her youngest son, "Dear Baby Cadet Bob, Gene, helped G.Pa (J. R. Warwick) went to the ranch several days, killed all the doves I wanted and gave G.Pa some thrills shooting prairie dogs. 42 in so many shots."

Grandma mentions this about Grandpa's car that was being fixed over at Enid, "The Enid man drove Dads car over this a.m. but it was not accepted the brakes were not okay so back it went. He will never have the same feeling car. It is now made over."

Oct. 11, 1937

This letter from Constance McGill postmarked October 11, 1937, 1:00 p.m., Alva to Bob McGill at Kemper. READ page-2, page-3.

Grandma McGill begins her letter to her youngest son, "Dear Little Bob or should I say Robert Taylor as mother Strawn says." Grandma writes about the weather during October, 1937, "Awful nice rain the 8th of friday, 1-1/2 in. Just what we needed for wheat not any of mine out west has been sowed. The hoppers are bad, ate up G.Dad (J. R. Warwick) rye at the Benton Place. Howard Galbreth is expecting "blessed event." Mother Galbreth went to Savannah, Missouri. Has cancer, did not operate."

Grandma gives her youngest son some advice and writes, "I am expecting the 1st month report soon. Anxious to see the grades. Do hope your October is a success if you kids could keep together and get in a university you could pay your way. You want to be looking for every chance. Do you realize this is your great opportunity and it seldom knocks at our door more than once."

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Vol 14, Iss 45 Bayfield, CO - [Great grandparents, Sarah Frances Conover & Henry Clay Paris, with children: Ernest, Volney, Decatur "Dee," Arthur and Myrtle.]

We have put some of our paternal lineage on here more so than we have shared our maternal lineage. Our maternal ancestry surnames included the following: PARIS, HURT and CONOVER (Van Kouwenhoven, Couwenhoven) connections. We have traced our Van Kouwenhoven back to the 15th Century, Netherlands.

Willem VanKouwenhoven (1468 - 1543), is my 12th great grandfather. Willem had a son, Jan Willemsz Van Kouwenhoven (1495 - 1550). Jan Willemsz son was Gerritt Jansz Van COUWENHOVEN (1529 - 1604). At some point the spelling changed and they dropped the "Van" and spelled Kouwenhoven with a "C" instead of a "K."

To finish following our lineage down to this NW Okie we find that Gerrit Jansz Van Couwenhoven had a son, Wolfert Gysbertsen Van Couwenhoven (1579 - 1660). The next link of our lineage was Gerret Wolfertse Kouwenhoven (1610 - 1645), son of Wolfert Gysbertsen. The surname has again taken on another spelling of Kowenhoven with Willem Gerretse Kowenhoven (1636 - 1728), Son of Gerret Wolfertse. That lineage brings us to Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN (1681 - 1756), son of Willem Gerretse.

Continuing down our family tree we find Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724 - 1778), son of Jan Willemse, with yet another spelling of the surname. Somewhere between this time the surname got switched to "Conover" with Peter CONOVER (1769 - 1835), our 4th great grandfather, who married 9 January 1787, Hannah Coombs (1770-1846), in Marlboro, Monmouth, New Jersey.

Peter Conover was the son of Dominicus John (1724-1778). Peter and Hannah's son, Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797 - 1859), I show born in Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky; married 16 September 1818, to Martha Davison Bergen, in Woodford, Kentucky. Jonathan and Martha had a son, Peter CONOVER (1821 - 1900), my 2nd great grandfather, born in Kentucky and migrated to Longston, Elk, Kansas with his wife, Melinda Pierce (1845-1896), where he died in 1900, and Melinda died in 1896.

That brings us to my great grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" CONOVER (1848 - 1924). Fannie and Henry Clay Paris married in Petersburg, Illinois, 12 September 1869 and had the following children: Joseph B. (1870-1872), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Mary E. (1876-1878), Decatur Ray (1877-1947), Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), Arthur Henry (1882-1960), Myrtle Mae (1885-1965).

That brings us to my grandfather, Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), who married Mary Barbara Hurt, 4 December 1909, in Clear Creek, Stafford, Kansas. Ernest and Mary Barbara Paris had the following children: Leslie Martin (1910-19820, Alvin Riley (1912-2002), Vernon Russell (1914-1972), Vada Eileen (1916 - 1992), Zella Marie (1919-1983), Kenneth Harding (1921-1954), Sam Eugene (1924-), Geneva Lucille (1928-2002), and Ernest "EJ" Jr. (1930-1989). To finish off this lineage, Vada Eileen Paris married Gene M. McGill (1914-1986), 24 March 1940, in Anthony, Kansas. This NW Okie is the third daughter of Vada and Gene McGill.

You can read more about our Van Kouwenhoven Family History in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine.

We leave you with this quote online attributed to Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919), Labor Day speech at Syracuse, NY, Sept 7, 1903 - "The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others."

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NW Okie's Corner & Illegal July, 1948 Alva Bull Fights

Vol 13, Iss 23 Alva, Oklahoma - Jim Barker sent me an email this week with a copy of the 1948 2-Day July 4th Celebration Alva Bull Fights story. I know we talked about this Alva Bullfights of July 1948 in Vol. 10, Iss. 12 & 13, but I am going to go ahead and reprint the story in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine, because I love reading and re-reading this old, illegal Alva Bull Fights story of 1948.

1948 - 2 Day July 4th Alva Bull Fights- by Jim Barker

"A man came to town one day and wanted some civics club to put on an exhibition bull fight. But no civics club would take it on. Finally they came to the ABC (American Business Club). I was out of town, so some of the boys said to wait until Bert gets back the next day. When they told me, I said 'OK, Let's do it.'

"The first thing they asked was 'where will we get $500.' I said if I can't get 500 people to see a bull fight, I'd put up the rest. So we started, signed the contract for $500. and $300 if we killed a bull. We got started advertising and getting the Roundup Club to let us borrow their rodeo grounds one mile west of Alva, which is now PanEastern. (Author's Note: This is where Moser Repair and Towing is today.)

"When the Mexican men saw the rodeo arena, they said 'Too big,' so we put a fence across the middle. The bull fight started on a Sunday which was the fourth of July and ran over to Monday, which was a holiday.

"In the meantime Harry Coffman was an ABC member and wanted to sell pop and beer. But we had to have a license. So Cecil Wilhite was a lawyer and a member of the ABC. He said he would see Judge Glazier tomorrow, which was Saturday. So Cecil went over to the judge's office. The first thing the judge said was, 'Do you know, to get a license you have to apply three days before you start your bullfight show?' The judge did say, 'When you were over here the other day and I was busy, did you want the license then?' Of course you know what Cecil said - - - yes!

"So the next day we all got started. Those days everybody worked six days a week. We got our pop, hamburgers, buns, beer and candy bars. We were to start the bullfight at 1:30 p.m. We had everybody in place ready to go. I had five or six men on the gate and one asked: 'If the law comes out shall we charge them?' 'Yes, if they haven't been called.' I had not more than got it out of my mouth, that all three drove in.

"Ken Greer was the sheriff and his two deputies were Nels Nelson and Dewey Randalls. The first thing they wanted to know was, 'Who was in charge?' They did not have to ask that question, because they all looked at me.

"The first thing Ken said was 'What are your boys having?' and I said 'A bullfight.' And that was the wrong thing to say. Ken said 'If you draw a drop of blood, I will lock every one of you boys up.'

"So I changed my story quickly. 'A bull exhibition.' Then I said 'You think more of these bulls than you do of us boys.' Ken jumped out of his car. Dewey and me was sitting in the back seat and the window was down about three inches. Where I was sitting next to Dewey and talking and laughing, I did not pay any attention to what Ken was trying to do or say.

"I finally figured out that he was trying to hit me. So I told him I would give him a chance for a sandwich. Then he said, 'You draw any blood and I will fine you and lock you up.'

"They all left, but said 'Send all the Mexican boys down to the sheriff's office.' Thirty minutes went by and no bullfighters. So I sent Arty Ware, Gene Lamley (Chamber of Commerce manager) and two more boys to ask what was the sheriff trying to do to us.

"Because only one of the bullfighters could speak a little English, all the rest could only say 'si,si.' I don't know what that means.'

"We finally got started. The man on the microphone was J. G. Gillen, who had just returned from the army and was running for sheriff and was furnishing us boys the loud speaker system. Ken Greer was present and had been sheriff for 17 years. As Ken was talking to us, Mr. Gillen was telling the crowd they should vote for him. The election was in the next two days. I don't think the sheriff (Ken) liked it.

"When we signed the contract, they did not tell us what kind of bull to get. When they saw what Bill Arganbright got for them, they said that kind of bulls don't play fair. They only jump three times and then stop to see where your feet is. Bill told them they did not tell us to get a lot of milk cows for them. They finally said O. K.

"Just about then the boys turned out the first bull from the pen. The bull looked a couple of times and he must not have liked what he saw, because he never stopped running and tried to jump over the middle fence that I had just put in. We had used a three foot roll of hog wire, one on top of the other, but had put the first roll on the ground, the second on top of the other, which made a six foot fence.

"I had a big pair of bobwire pinchers in my hip pocket. They had turned over and was hanging down and I had to climb over another wooden fence. I looked through the fence and there stood Nels Nelson, the deputy sheriff. The first thing I said was, 'What will Ken do if he broke his leg?' Nels said, 'You did not tell the bull to jump the fence.'

"We left that bull in the back pen. Then they turned out another bull. He looked around and he must have seen the same thing. He was luckier than the other bull. He made the fence out the west side, but landed between two cars. He brushed the front fender of one car. Mr. Hubbard wanted $125 to fix his fender. But we got Del Brunsteter to fix it for nothing. He ran a body shop.

"The second bull went down in a canyon back of the rodeo pen. So Bill Arganbright and Charley Shalloup both had jeeps and lariat ropes. They both went after the bull. After that they had caught the bull.

"On the way back out of the canyon, when the bull got to the top, he did not like the look of the people and jumped over into the canyon and broke his neck. There went 300 dollars. But Charley ran the Shalloup Packing Co. and saved us $200.

"By that time we had used what was left of the bulls, and the bulls had caught most of the bullfighters and they were pretty well all banged up. So I took what money we had and went home. I had not been home five minutes and Mrs. Wilma Coffman came by and said 'Your bulls are out.' 'Somebody had left the gate open and three bulls were out and going south. When they came to a fence they would jump over it or just walk through it. I don't think they knew where the wire fence was.'

"I rounded up that evening six cowboys and horses that was helping us at the ABC. By two o'clock that night, we had rounded up two bulls by rope and drug them back 'one four miles and the other six miles. The third bull got in a pen of Mr. Myers' milk cows, so he put all of them in the barn until the next morning.

"Then is when I told Ollie Brewer and his brother Forrest to be sure and put a wire over the top of this truck because I knew the bull would try to jump out. Sure enough the next morning the first thing the bull tried to do was jump out of the truck. -- (NOTE: Evidently the wire held, for Bert made no further mention of it in his writing.)

"The Sunday was the 4th of July -- Monday was the holiday for the 4th of July. Therefore we had a two-day show. On account of all the bullfighters was so bad beat-up, we all figured we should give the public a good show. A young man that used to live here was a rodeo clown. Buddy Heaton. He guaranteed us he would put on a good show.

"So the next day we started with a bang. Two salesmen crawled over the fence and they wanted to be toreadors and they had their coats off, like a bull fighter. The bulls did not pay any attention to the coats and just ran over them. That was enough for the two salesmen. We got them out of the arena and going on down the road before they got hurt any more.

"By that time it was ready for Buddy Heaton to come on. He had a red suit and red shawl. He went out in the middle of the arena waving his red shawl at the bull. The bull did not pay any attention to the red shawl -- just Buddy Heaton. Buddy could tell the bull was coming after him. He tried to throw the red shawl over the bull's head.

"Buddy did not have time to get over the middle fence (the one I had just put in). The bull knocked him down with his head three times, and every time Buddy would pull himself down to the ground and all that time Bud Hill from Kiowa was hitting the bull in the forehead as hard as he could with a hammer. (After the ordeal was over, Buddy told me he was sure he would kill the bull.)

"By then, they all got Buddy out from under the hogwire fence. He was pretty well banged up so we took him to the Alva Hospital for overnight. That got him a bath and a good night's sleep.

"The next day his father Loyd Heaton came from Kansas and took him home. He was not hurt and we paid him anyway after putting us on a good show. After all the good and bad experience we all made $500 for the ABC.

"The next day Betty and myself were having dinner at the Larison Cafe and we were both having hammered steak. I looked up and said, 'Momma, that was the last of ol' dinner.'

"If you don't think we all did not have a lot of fun, you are mistaken!'

EDITOR'S NOTE by Jim Barker: For any of you who doubt the authenticity of Bert Reed's bullfight story, I want you to know that I checked it out. Back in 1996 the copies of the Alva Review Courier were still in the stacks of the Alva Public Library, so I got down the July, 1948 issues and looked for myself. Sure enough, a full-page ad appeared there ballyhooing the upcoming extravaganza. The bullfighters were listed as Alberto Contreras of Mexico City and Jose Lara and Gregorio Ontiveros of Chihuahua. Also listed was 'Oklahoma's only authentic bullfighter' (and I'll bet he was, too!), Manuel Flores Sanchez of Poteau.

The 1948 two-day Independence Day celebration featured two dances, two days of bull fighting, two baseball games, a diving contest at the pool, a '$500 Fireworks Display,' and the Rockwell Carnival was in town all week. They knew how to celebrate the Fourth back then! The small mountain community of Victor, Colorado claims to be the only city in the United States to ever stage a bull fight. Now you know better!

NW Okie says, "Thanks, Jim, for resubmitting the 1948 Alva Bull Fights story! I love it each time I read it and know of most of those Old Alvans involved in the story via my Dad, Gene McGill!

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 16 Flatbush, New Amsterdam ( - [Photo on the left, seated down front, left to right: Sarah Francs Conover, Henry Clay Paris and Arthur; backrow, left to right: Volney, Decatur, Myrtle and Ernest]

Last week we brought you one of our maternal side of our ancestors via the HURT / HURTOSCI family lineage. This week we venture into yet another maternal family lineage of the CONOVER / COUVENHOVEN / KOUWENHOVEN / COVENHOVEN ancestors that married into our Henry Clay PARIS family lineage.

Our Great Grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" CONOVER, was born 12 June 1848, in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, the daughter of Peter CONOVER (1821-1900) and Melinda Pierce (1826-1896). Sarah Frances was the oldest child and daughter of Peter and Melinda CONOVER>. Sarah died 20 February 1924, Chester, Major County, Oklahoma, and is buried in the Orion Cemetery, northeast of Chester, Oklahoma.

Before we give our family lineage, let us take you to our 5th Great Grandfather, Dominicus Covenhoven (a.k.a. Dominicus Conover, Dominicus Van Kouwenhoven), who was born ca. 1724 at near, Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey; baptized on 7 June 1724 at Dutch Reformed Church, Freehold-Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey; this was possible, unnamed child baptised this date same parents, Jan Willmse Kowenhoven and Jacoba Cornelisse Vanderveer. Dominicus Covenhoven married Mary Updike ca. 1747.

During the Revolutionary War, Dominicus Covenhoven served as a Private in Capt. Robert Nixon's Troop of Light Horse, Middlesex County Militia. He left a will on 18 April 1778 at Windsor Twp., Monmouth County, New Jersey. In his Will dated April 18, 1778, Dominicus Covenhoven of Windsor Township, yoeman, mentioned his wife Mary and five sons, John, William, Garret, Levi, and Peter. The executors were his wife and sons John and William. The witnesses were Moses Groom, Elisha Cook, and William Slayback. His estate was proved on 23 June 1778. He died on 28 June 1778 at Windsor Twp., Middlesex County, New Jersey, at age 54. Dominicus was killed by lightning and his funeral was held on June 28, 1778, the day of the Battle of Monmouth (American Revolutionary War, 28 June 1778, New Jersey).

COUWENHOVEN Family Lineage:
* Jan Van Kouwenhoven (1495-1550), 11th great grandfather
* Gerritt Jansz COUWENHOVEN (1529-1604), 10th Great Grandfather
* Wolphert Gerritsz2 VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1579-1662), 9th Great Grandfather
* Gerret Wolfersen VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1610-1645), 8th Great Grandfather
* Willem Gerretse COUWENHOVEN (1636-1663), 7th great Grandfather
* Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN (1681-1756), 6th great Grandfather
* Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724-1778), 5th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1769-1835), 4th great Grandfather
* Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797-1859), 3th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1821-1900), 2th great Grandfather
* Sarah Frances CONOVER (1848-1924), 1st great Grandmother
* Ernest Claude PARIS (1879-1959), Grandfather
* Vada Eileen PARIS (1916-1992), Mother
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - [Sometime back Linda Hurt and Jeanine Baringer sent us some HURT information and photos. The photo on the left is one of those photos of the HURT men.]
5th Great Grandfather, Edward PARIS (1699-?), which we are still working to gather more information.

Have you been watching, keeping up with the NBC/ series Who Do You Think You Are? Each episode of the series gives you some hints to help find out more information about the lives of your ancestors and what their lives were like as immigrants and pioneers of the New World!

Did you know that is featuring the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War by giving you access to search for your Civil War ancestors in millions of new records so you can discover the stories you will not find in the history books?

This week we are still looking to share some more family lineage on NW Okie's Maternal side of the PARIS/HURT family connections. The HURT (HURTOSCI) lineage married into my mother's family.

John James HURT born 16 May 1832, in Oujezdec, Kutna Hora, Caslov, Czechoslovakia (Bohemia), arriving in the New World (America) around 1876. John James HURT, I am told was a Doctor and his wife, Mary Anna Mrkvicka, was a nurse over in Czechoslovakia, before coming to America.

John James & Mary Anna HURT had the following children: Joseph P., Anna, Mary, James, John A., Barbara Carrie, Frank James, Antona, Anton Charles, Ben.

HURT/HURTOSCI Family Lineage:

John James HURT (1832 - 1915), 2nd great grandfather
Joseph P. HURT (1854 - 1936), 1st great grandfather;
Mary Barbara HURT (1893 - 1966), grandmother;
Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992), mother;
AND . . . Me, Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen PARIS & Gene M MCGILL.

You can view more of our HURT Legacy & HURT Ancestors by clicking these hyperlinks. We hope some of our research might help some distant relatives discover their ancestors through what we have come across. AND . . . help us add to and correct some of our ancestor's information with stories and photos.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 14 Bayfield, Colorado - [ Photo on the left -- The younger years of Henry Clay & Sarah Frances CONOVER Paris Family: seated down front, between Sarah Frances CONOVER & Henry Clay PARIS, Myrtle Mae & Arthur Henry; Standing left to right, Ernest Claude (my grandfather), Volney Peter, Decator Ray "Dee"; Seated on the right front, Henry Clay Paris; Seated on the left front,: Sarah Frances Conover.]

This week we bring you another part of NW Okie's ancestral lineage with the PARIS / PEARIS / PARRIS ancestrial lineage. My PARIS / PARRIS / PEARIS Lineage:
* Edward PARIS (1699 - ?), 5th great grandfather.
* Moses PARIS / PEARIS, Sr. (1722 - 1792), 4th Great Grandfather.
* Ezekiel PARIS (1752 - 1820), 3rd Great Grandfather.
* Ezekiel (Jr.) PARIS (1785 - 1856), 2nd Great Grandfather.
* Henry Clay PARIS (1844 - 1918), Great Grandfather.
* Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959), Grandfather.
* Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992), mother.
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen Paris & Gene M McGill.

According to family members, our Great Grandfather, Henry Clay PARIS, was born 6 July 1844, in Foxtown, Madison County, Kentucky, the youngest of nine children. During the Civil War years he moved from Kentucky ti Illinois to live with an older brother, James Franklin PARIS.

Great Grandfather, Henry Clay PARIS, served as a Private with Company b-30, Illinois Infantry from 1861 to 1865 on the side of the Union (North) while another brother fought on the side of the South. Henry was discharged 4 June 1865.

Henry married Sarah Frances CONOVER, 12 September 1869, in Petersburg, Illinois by Rev. Benjamin Watts of Cumberland Presbytarian Church. Henry and Sarah moved to Audran, Missouri in 1875. From there they moved to Elk County, Kansas and then on to Pratt County, Kansas. Henry and Sarah's family lived around the Knasa area 21 years before moving on to Woods "M" county, in Oklahoma Territory, in 1896, settling in Major county, around Orion and Chester, Oklahoma.

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NW Okie's R & R In San Juan Mtns

Vol 12, Iss 52 Bayfield, CO - We have put up some younger year photos of Dorthy & Connie McGill at the ranch, a few miles north of Waynoka, OK and at 703 7th Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. The photo on the left is a picture of the Ernest Claude & Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris siblings. You can see a slideshow of the whole collection of Dorthy and Connie's earlier years in the slideshow below.

We would love to find someone who can identify some of the little friends of Dorthy and Connie in these earlier photos. If you go to our Picasa website albm and leave a comment of possible indenties, it would help a lot.

Here's counting down to January 1st, 2011, Saturday -- Wishing you all a Happy New Year 2011!

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NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - Where has the month of September gone. I know it is only reaching mid-way, but why do the days past so quickly?

Only a little over a week plus a few days until Northwestern OSU has their Fall Homecoming 2010. How many homecoming does this make for NWOSU (a.k.a NTN, NSTC, NSC)? 1899? I have lost track, but know that I have run across the first homecoming somewhere in my notes and research. Maybe someone out there reading this could enlighten all us Northwest Oklahomans.

In less than two weeks we will be stomp, clapping to the school bands marching around the Alva downtown square. The YouTube video was taken 1 November 2008 of the marching bands.

According to our research on Northwestern, in Volume II, Issue 81, dated 21 October 2000, titled "A Homecoming Mystery Bands, Floats & Celebrations," a celebration with floats in a great parade was being planned as far back as 1 July 1899. Was this the first homecoming? July 1, 1899 -- The work on the building of the famous Castle on the Hill had so advanced that a committee began the preparations for laying the corner stone under the main tower in front. The program consisted of the usual ceremonies, led by the Masons. Governor Barnes and several other territorial officers, and Grand Master E. M. Bamford were present. President Ament introduced Governor Barnes as the first speaker. He was followed by Judge McAtee, S. L. Johnson and Hon. Temple Houston.

The following is a list of articles that were placed within the corner stone -- Roll of officers and members of the grand lodge and local lodge A. F. & A. M.; same of the Alva Commercial Club; same of the legislature 1897; copies of the Alva Pioneer, Courier, Review and Cleo Cheiftain; copy of program of the day's exercises and names of President Ament, Miss Bosworth and Mrs. DeLisle.

The day was one of general celebration, the businesses of the town being represented by floats in a great parade. The crowd present was guessed at 4000 to 6000. Some More Normal History can be found on our website at this link Northwestern Normal School, 1895-1935 - beginning & conception

Barry Kelsey remembers, "We used to call it Northwestern State Teachers College. When my Grandfather went there it was called something like Northwestern Normal School."

Monet Monfort Lion says, "Yes, I believe it started out as Northwestern Normal School. I have many photos of The Castle on the Hill and a painted plate depiction made for Monfort Drug Store's China department! Rod reminds us that, "The original title of the institution was Northwestern Territorial Normal School, founded in 1897, 10 years before Oklahoma's statehood."

Marvin Henry says, "There are probably others who remember attending NSC while still in elementary school and jr high school. During the time Washington School was being rebuilt, about 1945, my 3rd grade class was held in the upstairs, first room on the left in what was known as Horace Mann building, now the education building. Junior High, 7th & 8th grade was on the second floor of the Horace Mann building. Industrial Arts (Shop for the boys) ground floor and Home Ec (girls) second floor of the Fine Arts building."

Off the subject of NWOSU and onto our family genealogy that I have at - Wagner genealogy, the subscription runs out around October 10, 2010, and I have decided not to renew that genealogy site. BUT it will not be a loss, because I have that information over at my family genealogy for the Warwick, McGill, Paris, Conover, Hurt and Wagner families.

Until November 21, 2010 our Paris-McGill-Warwick family genealogy will still be up for awhile at MyHeritage for the Paris-Conover-Hurt-Warwick-Gwin-McGill-Wagner Family. I may or may not renew this site in November, 2010, because a more updated version is over at my genealogy site. We shall see!

David, the two Pugs and myself are going to try to make it back for Northwestern's Homecoming. While there we need to check out our new little 2010 filly, black and white paint horse that grazes with her momma paint horse at Clark's East Farm, in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. I hear it is a beauty!

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Immigrants Make Up America

Vol 12, Iss 27 America - With the talk of Independence Day, and this being the day after the 4th of July 2010, We ask you, "Aren't we all immigrants or Descendants of Immigrants?"

America is a land of immigrants and Native Americans. What would America be today if immigrants from all ver the world had not set foot on the eastern shores of the 13th Colonies, pushing the Native Americans westward onto reservations. Killing and slaughtering their buffalo beyond extinction?

What part did my migrating ancestors play in the westward movement of the Native Americans? I did some searching back through my family genealogy to figure out where each of my ancestral immigrants came.

We start with our paternal ancestors. The Warwick ancestors were English. The Gwyn/Gwin/Guinn were from Wales. The Hull/Hohl ancestors came from Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany. The McGill's were Scottish from Scotland, migrating to Ireland and finally making their way to the America's.

Our maternal ancestors were the Conover (VanKouwenhoven), Dutch and settling in New Amsterdam (also known as New York, Flatlands). The Paris/Parris were English. The Hurt/Hurtosci were from Czechoslovakia (Bohemia), known also as Austria-Hungary. That brings us to our Great Grandmother, Anna Wallman (1863-1902), who married our Great Grandfather, Joseph P. Hurt, who migrated from Czechoslovakia around 1876. I do not know much about her because she died at the young age of 39 when she was struck by lightning in 1902.

I always thought that our Wallman ancestors were also from Czechoslovakia, but I found a 1880 U.S. Census that shows an Anna Wallman (born 1863, Russia) the daughter of Jacob Wallman (born 1833, Russia) and Maria (born in Russia). Could this be another Anna Wallman or could it be my Great Grandmother Anna Wallman Hurt?

The 1900 US Federal Census shows Joseph P, and Anna Wallman Hurt (born in Bohemia) and their family living in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory.

Great Grandmother Anna Wallman arrived in the USA around 1876 or 1877 through Bremen, Germany. At the young age of 16, Anna married Joseph P. Hurt, in Nebraska, about 1879. As I said earlier, Anna Wallman Hurt died in 1902, in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, at age 39 when she was struck by lightning. She is buried in the Hurt family cemetery, on the Martin property, North of Chester and West of the Orion Cemetery.

That brings us to my husbands ancestors, which includes Wagner's from Germany.

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1959 thru 1960's Democratic Politics

Vol 16, Iss 34 Oklahoma - Once again we continue with the early 1960's Democratic Politics in Oklahoma and the seriousness of the split in the Demcrats of Oklahoma from September, 1959. My Father, Gene McGill, was beginning his run as the State's Chairman of the Democratic party around that time.

"The seriousness of the split in the Democrats of Oklahoma became known in September, 1959, when the Democratic state executive committee ignored the governor's wishes in deleting a new Democratic state chairman following Loyd Benefield's resignation. Edmondson let it be known that his choice for state chairman was Pat Malloy of Tulsa. But, the committee chose an avowed opponent of the governor's three initiative petitions, Gene McGill of Alva." (See Oklahoma City Times, 19 January 1960.)

After that, Governor J. Howard Edmondson had no control over the Democratic party organization from then on, and neither did Edmondson control the Democratic state convention which selected delegates to the Democratic National Convention in 1960. My Father, Gene McGill headed the delegation, and Edmondson was placed on the delegation and given a one-half vote because of his position. Edmondson was unable to control the organization of the state legislature for the 1961 session, though under terms of a compromise he was allowed to designate the majority floor leader of the house of representatives.

The three initiative measures voted upon in September, 1960, and all were defeat by heavy margins. It was thought of to be a tactical error to submit those three controversial measures on the same ballot, because it apparently had the effect of solidifying all possible elements of rural opposition to the measures. Rural leaders formed a statewide organization, Oklahoma for Local Government, to fight them and this organization had the active support of the rural legislators and county commissioners.

My Father, Gene McGill, sent a letter to the Democratic county officials asking them to get out the vote to defeat the measures. (story in the Daily Oklahoman, 8 September 1960.) As the result showed, only three urban counties, Oklahoma, Tulsa and Washington returned majorities for the three proposals. One of the three measures, to permit changing the system of spending county road funds, but it was defeated 353,446 to 183,173. The other two proposals were comparable to that measure mentioned.

The state Democratic party's image was shaken in 1961 by the lengthy, wrangling of the 1961 legislative session, which could be described as the longest, costliest, most wearisome and frustrating session in the history of the state.

In 1962, Henry Bellmon ran for Governor on the Republican ticket against the Democratic candidate W.P. Bill Atkinson. Many Oklahomans took into account when the Democratic gubernatorial nominee recommended in 1962 that the sales tax be increased. As the 1962 elections approached, relations were strained between the urban and rural wings of the Democratic party, as well as between the legislative, executive elements of its leadership and between the governor and official party organization. Many were thinking that there was sufficient cause to think it was time for a change.

Democratic first primary candidates and their total votes for 1962 governor were:

  • Raymond Gary, 176,525;
  • W.P. Bill Atkinson, 91,182;
  • Preston J. Moore, 85,248;
  • George Nigh, 84,404;
  • Fred R. Harris, 78,476;
  • George Miskovsky, 9,434;
  • William A. Burkhart, 4,055;
  • Max B. Martin, 1,199;
  • Thomas Dee Frasier, 1,123;
  • Harry R. Moss, 1,101;
  • Paul J. Summers, 987;
  • Ben Elmo Newcomer, 564.

Three candidates withdrew from the contest, but their withdrawals were made too late to have their names taken off the ballot. Frasier withdrew and announced his support of Harris. Summers and Moss gave their support to Moore.

There was speculation that Gary and Atkinson would be competing for the anti-Edmondson, largely rural, generally status quo vote and that Moore, Nigh and Harris would seek to establish themselves as the "fresh political face." It was an effort to capture the vote that went to Edmondson in 1958. Gary and Atkinson were expected to project the image of stability, and the younger trio would appeal to the urban-progressive elements of the electorate. It helped to some extent, until Atkinson changed his appeal from that of 1958, and took a forthright stand on the issues, appealed to the urban-progressive elements of the electorate while retaining his image as a sound businessman, as he dissociated himself more and more from Gary.

Gary's position was also most distinctive, with a platform that was even more rural-oriented than his 1954 platform, Gary emerged as the champion of the rural, anti-Edmondson elements of the electorate. The substantial overlapping of support for Moore, Nigh and Harris hurt the candidacy of each, though. Gary's popularity began to rise in the state in 1959 and 1960 as Edmonson's popularity fell. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia

Vol 15, Iss 3 Augusta County, VA - The Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia was extracted front he original court records of Augusta county, Virginia of 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, Dean of the College of Law of Kentucky University, late judge of the county court of Augusta county, Virginia. It was publish by Mary S. Lockwood, honorary Vice-president general, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and completed in three volumes, copyrighted 1912.

We find that in 1745, all that portion of the Colony of Virginia which laid west of the Blue Ridge Mountains was erected into a county which was named Augusta. In December, 1745, the county court was organized and held its first sitting. Prior to that time it had become the refuge and abiding place of a strong body of Scotch-Iris immigrants. The bounds of the new county were limited on the north by Fairfax's Northern Neck Grant and the boundaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania to the westward of Fairfax. On the east by the Blue Ridge mountains; on the south by the Caroline line. On the west its territory embraced all the soil held by the British without limit of extent. The county court of Augusta, for twelve years, was the only curt and repository of records within that district.

At frequent intervals, its jurisdiction was restricted by the erection of other counties as the den ads of the settlers required. Its original constitution embraced all Virginia west of the Blue Ridge, with the exception of the Northern Neck Gran, whose southern boundary was in the present county of Shenandoah, and western, through the counties of Hardy, Hampshire and northward tot he Potomac. It also included the whole of the present state of West Virginia, and a portion of the present Western pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, which was, at times, the seat of the county court. It also included the lands on the waters of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

The abstracts of the original court records of Augusta county, Virginia, were compiled by Judge Lyman Chalkley, and were purchased by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1905. The 21st Congress, NationalSociety of the DAR, held in Washington, DC, April 15-20, 1912, presented these records as a gift outright to Mrs. Mary S. Lockwood, Honorary Vice-president General, National Society of the DAR. We did a search of Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia for some of our ancestry surnames: Gwin, Warwick, Magill, and Hull. The following, sorted by date is some that we found.

11 February 1745
Of interest to this NW Okie, I found mention of a Wm Magill and Thos. Stinson, dated 11 February 1745, same from North River to John Anderson's. I am assuming it had something to do with the overseers road form David Davis Mill to top mountain above Wm. King's. Do not which Wm. Magill is or how I am connected. More research is need.

12 May 1746
Robert Gwin was appointed Constable at head of Great Calfpasture. Road ordered from the Great Lick in the cow pasture at Col. Lewis's land to Andrew Hamiltons in Calfpasture. Andrew and George Lewis, Commanders, to mark it off. There was also mention of Edward Boyle sentenced to stacks and fined for damning the court and swearing 4 oaths in their presence.

18 June 1746
James Hogshead, Thomas Black, William Wright, William Guy, Robert Gwin, Charles Hays, George Anderson, Adam Miller, James Robinson, Thomas McCulloch, appointed Constables last court qualified.

20 November 1746

Hugh Thompson and This. Stinson appointed overseers from Wm. Thompson's to the Meeting house. Wm. McGill appointed Constable.

28 May 1751

Edward Davis, servant of John Gilmore of Albemarle, died at the home of James Brown, near the court house, in the town of Staunton, leaving goods and money supposed to have been stolen from Samuel Dunlop of Isle of Wight.

31 May 1751
Margaret, relict of Wm. McGill.

30 November 1751
John Madison to have made books and presses for the preservation of the books and pears of the county. John Warwick, a witness.

2 December 1751
James Brown asks administer of estate of Edward Davis. Benjamin Borden says administer was already granted in General court to James Dunlop; James's wife, Agnes, comes and says she would not believe Benjamin on oath and is fined 40 shillings.

21 August 1752
James Patton and Wm. Elliott ask counter security from Anne Dunlop, Admx. of her decd. husband. She has since married Robert Bratton. Rev. Alexander Craighead, a dissenting minister, took the oaths, subscribed the test, and the 39 articles, except what is exempted by the Act of Toleration, which is ordered to be certified. Robert Bratton in open court made oath to his deposition in favor of Margaret Woods, proving her to be the lawful wife of James Woods. Nicholas Smith, a free mulatto, has moved out of the county and left five small children, to be bound out.

Petition, 1752, of inhabitants from Forks of Roanoke to James Neiley's Majority have to travel 25 to 30 miles to work on ye road from Reed Creek to Warwick. Petition to have road laid off into precincts. William Bryan, John Bryan, James Bryan, William Walcker, James Campbell, Alexander Ingram, Robert Bryan, Henry Brown, James Bane, William Bryan, Jr., Joseph Love.

23 March 1753
Sheriff to sell estate of James Gwin, who lately died in the house of James Miles.

17th July 1753
Inquistion on body of Nicholas Grout (Trout), 17th July 1753. Jurors do say that the said Nicholas Trout, in simplicity, without malice, playing with Peter Hull and seizing a gun in said Hull's hands and pulling its muzzle towards him she accidentally went off without any act or knowledge of the said Hull and discharged herself with a ball and two great shots into ye breast of said Trout, of which he died immediately on ye spot, and quit ye gun wherewith he same as done was entirely in fault for not keeping her bounds, but going off without force or consent. In test: Peter Scholl, Coroner; John Stevenso, Ledwick Francisco, John Mac Michel, James Bruster, Thomas Wats, Thomas Crawford, patrick Milican, John Wilson, Jacob Harman, Niclas Noll, Hennery DAly, Jacob Nicholas.

19 January 1754
19th January 1754, Andrew Lewis entered two 400-care tracts on petter's Creek, a branch of James River, between Adam Dickinson's and the Indian Path; 200 on Warm Spring Mountain, joining the tract formerly Hurden's; three 400-acre branches of James River, near a survey made for William Warwick, and on some of the head branches of ye Back Creek.

March, 1754
Kinkead vs. Lockridge - William Kinkead, an infant under the age of 21 years, son and heir-at-law of Thomas Kinkead, late of county of Augusta, by James Lockhart, his next friend. Bill filed May, 1753. Thomas Kinkead, in 1747, removed from the Province of pennsylvania with orator and Thomas's family. On 19 November 1747, Thomas bought 263 acres joining John preston, Robert Lockridge, Robert Gwin, in Augusta county. Thomas died in 1750 intestate, leaving a widow and children, of whom orator is eldest. Bond of James Lockridge, of Augusta county, with Thomas Kinkead of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, dated 19 November 1747.

29 April 1756
Claims, propositions and grievances: James Beard, claim for ranging; John McClenachan, claim for going express; Robert Bratton, claim for ranging; George Wilson, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Abraham Smith, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Israel Christian, claim for ranging and provisions; Joseph Kenaday, claim for ranging; Patrick Lowrey, claim for ranging; George Campbell, claim for ranging; John Dickinson, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; James Dunlop, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Archibald Stuart, claim for ranging; John Campbell, claim for ranging.

17 February 1762
Ordered that Michael O'Hara, aged 12, September 11th last, be bound to Alexander Millroy. James Lettimore, servant of Alexander Stewart. john Stuart, aged 18, orphan of James Stuart, chose Joh Hamilton his guardian. Ralph Stuart, aged 15, orphan of James Stuart, chose Robert Stuart his guardian. Ordered that the following orphans be bound: William Meek to William Warwick, Mary Meek to Andrew Settleton, Martha Meek to James Walker, James Meek to William Wilson, Jane Meek to Moses Moore.

25 March 1767
John Warwick and John Davis (Hunter), sureties.

18 August 1767
John Robinson appointed surveyor of highway from his mill by the Den to the County Road leading to Warwick.

16 March 1768
Following orphans of Charles Whitman to be bound: Hurson Mathias Whitman, to James Gregory, to learn trade of a weaver. Catherine Whitman, to Andrew Sitlington. Jacob Whitman, to John Warwick, to learn trade of shoemaker.

10 March 1772
James McGill vs. John McClure - Slander. Writ, 1770. "Would hang as high as Gilderoy." John declares that Archibald Campbell, of Caroline county, is a material witness, and that as he is a single person and, from his father's declaration, he cannot get the benefit of his evidence in the usual way. Prays a commission. 10th March 1772.

18 May 1774
Ephraim Richardson and Wm. Martin, road surveyors from Francis Wier's, on Monongahela River, to Thorny Creek, on waters of Greenbrier. John Warwick, Richard Elliott and Ralph Stewart are exempted form working on above road until it is built. William Hadden is ordered to clear from Thorny Creek to Nap's Creek, with tithables living below him on Nap's Creek, and from Alexander Dunlap's to William Sharp's on Greenbrier. Jacob Warwick, road overseer, from William Warwick's to Back Creek, with tithables from Thomas Cartmell's up Greenbrier to the the head and down Nap's Creek to Moses Moore's.

20 August 1776
Christopher Warwick, servant of Joseph Bell, punished for raising a riot in the court yard.

20 May 1777
Mathew Wilson, recommended Captain; John Boyd, recommended Lieutenant; Samuel Weir, recommend Ensign;Michael Coger, recommend Captain, vice Capt. William Nalle, resigned; Samuel Vance, recommended Captain; Jacob Warwick, recommend Lieutenant; John Boyd, recommended Ensign.

21 May 1778
Jacob Warwick as First Lieutenant, David Gwinn as Second Lieutenant, Jonathan Humphreys as Ensign - recommended for appointment in Capt. Samuel Vance's Company.

16 March 1779
Joseph Crouch as Catain, Jacob Warwick and Slexander Maxwell as First Lieutenants, qualified.

15 February 1780
John Kinkead allowed certificate for 50 acres for services as a soldier in Capt. Wm Preston's Company of Rangers. major Andrew lock ridge, guardian of orphan of Robert Graham, deceased, is allowed certificate for land for Graham's services as a soldier in Capt. preston's Company, 1758. Following allowed certificates for land for military services: John Kinkead, Thomas Hicklin, Robert Gwin, Lofftus Pullin, William Black, patrick Miller, William Jackson, in Capt. Wm. preston's Company of Rangers, 1758. Wm. Kinkead, Thoms Kinkead, John Montgomery, of Capt. Lewis's Company, Boquet's Expedition, 1764. Thomas Smith, eldest son and heir-at-law of Thos. Smith, who served as a soldier in Capt. Dunlop's Company of Rangers, 1758, and also as proper heir-at-law of Wm. Elliot, who served also, granted certificates for land. Andrew McCaslin, James Gay, Anthony Johnston, appointed Constables. (?) Gay to be summoned to show cause why he doth not use his apprentice, John Harris, according to law.

14 March 1780
John Warwick allowed 50 acres for services as soldier in Boquet's Expedition in 1764. Samuel Erwin, of Capt. Hog's Company, 1757, allowed 50 acres. Robert Stuart, of Capt. Dickenson's Company, 1758, allowed 50 acres. John Blair, of Capt. Hog's Company, 1758, allowed 50 acres. John Kinkead appointed road surveyor from Wm. Black's to Joseph Givin's.

21 August 1781
Barnette Lance appointed road surveyor, vice john Gum. John Hogshead appointed road surveyor, vice John Kirk. Administer of estate of John Hogshead granted to An Hogshead. William Tate qualified Captain. Charles Cameron recommend Colonel of 2d Battalion, vice Colonel Hughart, resigned. Samuel VAnce recommended Colonel, vice John McCreery, who had resigned. William Jordain exempted from levies. Thomas Hicklin recommended Captain of the Company he formerly commanded; James Bratton in room of Capt. Kinkead, resigned; Joseph Gwin as First Lieutenant in Capt. Hicklin's Company; Joseph Day as Ensign in Capt. Poage's Company. John McKittrick was appointed Ensign in the room of Ensign Gardner of Capt. Trimble's Company, resigned. Thomas Bratton and James Hicklin qualified Captains.

21 May 1784
Hugh Gwin exempted from pole tax and levies on account of age and infirmities.

March, 1786
Ann Warwick, infant, by John Warwick, her next friend, vs. Mary Moor, daughter of Levy Moor. Case Writ, 19 July 1781.

April, 1793
We, the undersigned jurors for the Commonwealth of Virginia, present that Alex. Sproul did, on the 18th day of January let, in the county aforesaid, unlawfully make a forcible entry into the house and possession of George Almarode, with arms, of which he was then possessed, and does continue to keep out the said Almarode, to his hurt and damage. In witness whereof the under named jurors have hereunto set their hands and seals this 13th day of February 1792. (Signed) Francis Hull, John Summers, Robt. Morris, Robert Cooper, Samuel McCutchan, Andrew Donaldson, Thomas Boyd, John McCoskry, David Humphreys, James Cunningham, George Everts, Jacob Wehrly, John Cunningham, Robert Hanna, John McCutchan, Henry Venus, Ro. Tate, Hugh Dougherty, Henry Minger, William McCutchan, John Foulwidder, John Logan, Mexard Berryhill, James Henry.

September, 1802 (A to G)
Court of Rockbridge vs. Steel. - List of delinquents in county levy with the District of Hawkins Windell, Commissioner, for the year 1796: Lasty F. Ayten, Frecnhbroad; Eden Bales, Kentucky; James Bales, Kentucky; James Buckerage, Cumberland; John Cowan, Cumerland; James Curry, removed; John Collins, Holsteen; John Duff, Tennessee; Samuel Aires, Bath county; Mark Biggs, runaway; John Brown, Botetourt; Caleb Beggs, Botetourt; Jacob Collier, Pennsylvania; Samuel Corwen, Botetourt; James Caul, removed; Jesse Dolter, Augusta; Adma Dickey, dead; George Gabbert, Greenbrier; Cutlip Gannert, Augusta; James Henton, Rockingham' John Hamilton, Kentucky; Joseph Hanmin, Botetourt; James McGill, Roanoke; Jacob Oyler, Botetourt; George Rule, Botetourt; Joseph Snodgrass and Benjamin Snodgrass, Kentucky; Henry Standoff, Bath county; Anthony Watson, Tennessee; John Miller (shoemaker), runaway; Humphrey Ellis, Botetourt; Armstrong Ellis, Botetourt; william Gill, Botecourt; Jean Henry, Clinch; David Henry, Pennsylvania; John Jinkins, runaway; Mark Morris, Jr., Roanoke (Botetourt; Wm. Reid, runaway; James Sewell, Kentucky; Wm. Stuart, removed; Nicholas Lusong, Tennessee; John Varner, Botetourt; Jacob Way, runaway; Robert Shields, Tennessee. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

VanDerVeer Family In Netherlands

Vol 13, Iss 31 Netherlands - I was doing some ancestry work this week and found this interesting bit of information attached to Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer (1623-1703), my 7th Great Grandfather, on my mother's paternal side of the Conover-Paris ancestry.

Origins of Cornelius Janszen VanDerVeer
The origins of Cornelius VanDerVeer is in question at present, one version based on the book "The Van Der Veer Family in the Netherlands" Louis P. DeBoer - Published 1913 and work by John J. Van Der Veer in 1912, which indicates that Cornelius came from Allkmaar, Holland, The Netherlands. While DeBoer's book is a good match for the movements of the Dutch people during the colonial period, the connection to the Van Borsselen family is probably optimistic. Curious is that the village of Borssele is just a few miles from Kloetinge where the other opinion indicates he's from.

The second opinion is that he may have been called Cornelius Jansz Dominicus based on a document from Dordrecht, The Netherlands dated 20 Jun 1706. This document states that Dominicus Domincussen Van Der Veer of Midwout, New York is to recover monies owed his father Cornelius Dominicus by a brother named Jacob Dominicus living near the city of Goes. Clearly within this document it refers to Cornelius Van Der Veer's family in New York and lists him as using the name Cornelius Dominicus and Cornelius Leeuw. Cornelius used the name Cornelius De Seeuw on several occasions in New York, but the use of Leeuw is somewhat of a question however since that translates to Cornelius Lion and Cornelius Seeuw translates to Cornelius of Zeeland. Zeeland being a providence in south part of the Netherlands, containing the villiages of Veere, Kloetinge, Goes, Welmelding, and Borssele, all of which have been associated with the Van Der Veer and Dominicus names.

From other unconfirmed references found, Cornelius Dominicus of Kloetinge, did have a brother Jacob Dominucus of whom was selling land on Cornelius Dominicus's behalf. In a reference to a land transaction dated 15 Feb 1658 in Wemeldinge, it refers to Cornelius being out to the county and in another reference it refers to his being out of the country and his property was heavily in debt. This may have prompted him to leave for Niew Amsterdam to seek his fortune.

Passenger list of the ship De Otter landing 17 February 1659:

  • Captain Cornelius Reyers Van Der Beets
  • Carel Bevois, from Leyden, wife and three children, 3, 6, and 8 years old
  • Marten Warnarts Stoltin, from Swoll
  • Cornelius Jansen Van Der Veer, farmer
  • Jan Luycas, shoemaker, from Oldenzeel, wife and young child
  • Roeloff Dircxsz, from Sweden
  • Sweris Dirxsz, from Sweden
references: Year Book of The Holland Society of New York 1902. Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer (1623-1703)
Cornelius VanDerVeer arrived in America, February 17, 1659 on the ship De Otter, landing at Midwout, what is now Flatbush, New York. In February 1678 he purchased a farm in Flatbush for about 2600 guilders ($1274 current US dollars). In 1683 The Assessment Roll of Midwout lists him as having 100 acres. This land became known as the 26th and 32nd ward of Brooklyn and was owned by his descendents until 1906. Cornelius and his son-in-law Daniel Polhemus, erected a grist mill on Fresh Kill in Flatbush, which came into the hands of his son Dominicus, and later his grandson Cornelius. He died in February, 1703 in Flatbush, NY.

In 1672, Cornelius married Tryntje [Grietje] De Manderville b.1654 in Guildeland, Holland, daughter of Gillis De Manderville and Eltje Hendrickson. She died in Flatbush, New York. She arrived the America in 1659 with her parents. Different records refer to her father leaving Holland 12 Feb 1659 on the ship De Trouw (Faith) or arriving on April 1659 on the Moesman (The Market Gardener). A ship listing of the Moesman in April 1659 show Gillis Mandeville as a passenger.

Cornelius VanDerVeer and Tryntje Grietje de Mandeville had the following children:
  • Cornelius Van Der Veer b.~1673
  • Neeltje Van Der Veer, born in Flatbush, Kings, NY. m. 13 Aug 1685 Daniel Polhemus b~1662 d. ~1730 in Flatbush, NY
  • Dominicus Van Der Veer b.~1679 d. 1755 New Utrech, NY
  • Jan Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. abt 1671 Flatbush, NY d. 23 Nov 1732 in Flatbush, NY m. Femmetje Bergen
  • Jacobus Cornelise Van Der Veer, b. 20 Oct 1686 in Flatbush, Kings, NY
  • Michael Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY [m. Beletje ]
  • Martje Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 30 Jul 1682 d. abt 1718 m. 1699 John Dorlant, ch. John Darland Oct 1707, Joris Darland b. Apr 1711, Issac Darland b. Apr 1717 all in Brooklyn, Richmond, NY
  • Hendrickje [Cornelissen] Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 7 May or 27 Aug, 1684. m.(1) Issac Remsen [ (2) Johanus Wyckoff.]
  • Jacoba Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY and christened 20 Apr 1686. m. Jan Van Kovenhoven [ d. Monmonth, NJ ]
  • Pieter Van Der Veer, born Flatbush, Kings, NY

Cornelius Janse VanDerVeer and Tryntje Grietje de Mandeville had a daughter, Jacoba Cornelisse Vanderveer (1686-1735) who married Jan Willemse Couwenhoven (a.k.a. Covenhoven, Conover) and had a son, Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724-1778). Dominicus married Mary Updike (1732-1835).

Dominicus and Mary Couwenhoven (a.k.a. Covenhoven, Kovenhoven, Conover) had a son Peter (1769-1835) and the name had changed at some point to Conover. Peter Conover married Hannah Coombs (1770-1846), and out of that union came my 3rd Great Grandfather, Jonathan Coombs Conover (1797-1859). Jonathan Coombs Conover married Martha D. Bergen (1801-1839), and had a son (Peter Conover, 1821-1900), my 2nd Great Grandfather who married Melinda Pierce (1826-1896), in Sangamon, Illinois, 12 March 1845.

That brings us down to my Great Grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" Conover (1848-1924), who married Henry Clay Paris (1844-1918) in Petersburg, Illinois, 12 September 1869. Sarah and Henry Paris' children were Joseph B. (1870-1872), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Mary E. (1876-1878) Decatur Ray (1877-1947), Ernest Claude (1879-1959), Arthur Henry (1882-1960), and Myrtle Mae (1885-1965).

My mother's father, Ernest Claude Paris married, Mary Barbara Hurt (1893-1966), 4 December 1909, Fairview, Major County, Oklahoma. Their children were Leslie Martin (1910-1982), Alvin Riley (1912-2002), Vernon Russell (1914-1972), Vada Eileen (1916-1992), Zella Marie (1919-1983), Kenneth Harding (1921-1954), Sam Eugene (1924-), Geneva Lucille (1928-2002) and Ernest "EJ" Paris, Jr. (1930-1989).

Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992) Married Gene M McGill 24 march 1940, Anthony, Kansas, and from 1942 to 1949 had four daughters. One of those daughters was this NW Okie, Linda Kay. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

1875 - Baseball Glove Come To Baseball

Vol 12, Iss 16 Did you know that baseball developed before the Civil War, but did not achieve professional status until the 1870s?

As for the very first professional team in 1869, that would be the Cincinnati Red Stockings, but their life as some say, "Their life was brief and the team went bankrupt within a year of its founding."

It was 1871 that the National Association of Professional Basebal Players was formed, at its peak and consisted of 13 teams. Those too were plagued by financial difficulties and were abandoned in 1875.

It was 1876 that the formation of the National League of Professional Baseball Players (shortened to National League) saw its formation. The rival American League was founded in 1884 and an era of modern professional baseball had begun.

It was during these early days of baseball that players were expected to take the field without benefit of protective equipment such as a baseball glove or catcher's mask. They go on to state, "The pain of sport was to be endured without complaint. Any effort to mollify the rigors of the game was looked upon as a sissified attempt to demean the sport."

Do you know who was on a contemporary baseball care in 1887, as a 1st Base, Pittsburgh? If you guessed Sam Barkley, you guessed correctly.

In 1911, Spalding wrote of his experiences in early baseball and his first baseball glove, ""The first glove I ever saw on the hand of a ball player in a game was worn by Charles C. Waite, in Boston, in 1875. He had come from New Haven and was playing at first base. The glove worn by him was of flesh color, with a large, round opening in the back. Now, I had for a good while felt the need of some sort of hand protection for myself. In those days clubs did not carry an extra carload of pitchers, as now. For several years I had pitched in every game played by the Boston team, and had developed severe bruises on the inside of my left hand. When it is recalled that every ball pitched had to be returned, and that every swift one coming my way, from infielders, outfielders or hot from the bat, must be caught or stopped, some idea may be gained of the punishment received.

"Therefore, I asked Waite about his glove. He confessed that he was a bit ashamed to wear it, but had it on to save his hand. He also admitted that he had chosen a color as inconspicuous as possible, because he didn't care to attract attention. He added that the opening on the back was for purpose of ventilation.

"Meanwhile my own hand continued to take its medicine with utmost regularity, occasionally being bored with a warm twister that hurt excruciatingly. Still, it was not until 1877 that I overcame my scruples against joining the 'kid-glove aristocracy' by donning a glove. When I did at last decide to do so, I did not select a flesh-colored glove, but got a black one, and cut out as much of the back as possible to let the air in.

"Happily, in my case, the presence of a glove did not call out the ridicule that had greeted Waite. I had been playing so long and had become so well known that the innovation seemed rather to evoke sympathy than hilarity. I found that the glove, thin as it was, helped considerably, and inserted one pad after another until a good deal of relief was afforded. If anyone wore a padded glove before this date I do not know it. The 'pillow mitt' was a later innovation."

My Grandpa William J. "Bill" McGill began his baseball days in the earlier 1900s in Oklahoma and Kansas -- which took him down to Austin, Texas as a fast, south-paw pitcher for the Southwest Texas league with the Austin Senators and later a season with the St. Louis Browns and the Major leagues before coming back to the brand new state of Oklahoma and pitching for the Guthrie baseball team in 1909.
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Inquiry - Tressie Lorene Paris Jordan

Vol 11, Iss 39 Mary Jordan Pollack says, "My mother's name is Tressie Lorene Paris. I am trying to trace her family for her 90th birthday party next month. This is a longshot but here goes. Her father's name was Albert Paris. Her mother's name was Maude Bell Franklin Paris. Her sisters were Lela Paris, Zella Paris, Mary Paris, Treila Paris and her twin sister Tessie Morene Paris. Tressie Lorene Paris was born on October 9, 1919, in Pratt, Kansas.

If there is any relationship I would be thrilled to hear from you. Thanks a lot. I am looking for family history for my mother?s 90th birthday party. I would appreciate any information. Thanks." --

[Editor's Note: NW Okie's PARIS connection to Albert & Maude Bell Franklin Paris is as follows:

NW Okie shows, "Albert Franklin Paris, b. Mar 6, 1880, Harrison, MO; death Feb 14, 1958; son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie" Paris, b. Jul. 25, 1856, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL; death Dec. 26, 1926.

Zeaphanie was son of James Franklin Paris, b. Apr. 25, 1830, Madison Co., KY; death Jan. 31, 1913, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL.

James Franklin Paris was a brother to Henry Clay Paris(NW Okie's great grandfather), b. Jul. 5, 1844, Foxtown, Madison Co., KY. Vada Paris McGill and Albert Franklin Paris were cousins.

So ? Albert Franklin PARIS is NW Okie's 2nd cousin once removed. Here's how:
1. Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL is my mother
2. Ernest Claude PARIS is the father of Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL
3. Henry Clay PARIS is the father of Ernest Claude PARIS
4. James Franklin PARIS is a brother of Henry Clay PARIS
5. Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS is a son of James Franklin PARIS
6. Albert Franklin PARIS is a son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS

Here is a link to paris/hurt/conover genealogy. If your have some dates or information that needs to be included or corrected, please let me know.]
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