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Here it is Saturday afternoon by the fireplace in the valley of southwest Colorado -- trying to keep warm.

Friday afternoon in Southern Oklahoma a friend told me that it got a bit warmer there during the day, but when the sun went down, it got really cold. They also tell me that by Sunday afternoon in parts of Oklahoma that it will be back up to 60F. AND... Alva will probably be a bit colder in the Northwest quadrant of Oklahoma.

While we were rearranging things to find a place for our christmas tree and decorations this year, Duchess found herself and her suspicous looking twin lurking on the other side of the mirror in our little office area off of the living room. It wasn't "Alice" through the "Looking Glass." It was Duchess!

Sadie has been a bit nosy around the christmas decorations this week. With "bad dog" being shouted at her on numerous occasions. So... Duchess' and her mirror-twin-self were hired to keep and eye on Sadie. Notice Duchess keeping an eye on her twin. AND... Sadie knows she has done something wrong. She takes that reclining, posture of a pup on her backside and knows she has made her human being upset with her. BUT... she's just a pup and will hopefully, quickly learn.

Here is a glimpse of the Wagner's Christmas holiday decor this year (December, 2005) for the holidays! Notice the two sleeping, snoozing Pugs in the recliner next to the tree. Well! You can't really see that black pug (Sadie). BUT... she is to the right of Duchess. It is just one of those reclining moments of NW Okie's two pugs after a day of decorating (or un-decorating for some)!

Yep!... Just two weeks before Christmas! We are still wondering where the month of November, October and September have gone! AND... Where is the snow! In New England, we suppose! Here in SW Colorado we are (probably) about two months behind in our snowfall for this year.

Do you need some unique gift ideas for someone special? Check out Cindy McAnulty's handcrafted Selenite Crystal Necklaces made from crystals found at the Great Salt Plains, in Nescatunga, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. Cindy's Email address is listed in our Mailbag Corner below.

Relax! Have a safe Holiday Season this year! View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

How Many Dacoma's Are There...

We are curious! How many Dacoma's are there in the United States of America? Especially, with an old baseball team as shown in this picture that one of our regular readers retrieved from ebay. We know of one Dacoma in NW Oklahoma. BUT... we don't think this photo is of Dacoma, Oklahoma's old baseball team. Notice the two guys in uniforms of some sort, standing on each side of the back row. The baseball player's face that is scratched out could be just about anyone. Can you help us identify which Dacoma baseball team this is? Where? Who the players are? We hope this picture will jog a few memories out there. Thanks for any help you can give. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

64 Years Ago, December 7, 1941...

It was "A day in infamy" -- 64 years ago, December 8, 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress stating, "Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the US of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." -- President Roosevelt's Address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941

It was a time when America officially took that first step and entered into World War II. Have we forgotten!

It was Dec 19, 1941 when our Uncle Bob McGill sent his mother (Constance) an air-mail letter. Bob was on the train from Leesville, Louisiana headed west towards San Francisco and passing through New Mexico at the time. He was giving his mother instructions about his car, keys, insurance and other items that he left in Leesville with Lt. Robert Kalbfell at 753 tk bn. As to New Mexico, when Uncle Bob traveled through in his officers pullman car, he wondered where the living are... it was really the wide and open spaces. He expected to be in California by morning. He wrote in letter, ".....doubted very seriously if we will have any time off before sailing time but if we do, I expect to go to San Francisco and spend a couple of days. Getting tired of riding in pullman car and needing to get up and walk around." Sometime in December 1941, Bob's father (Wm. J. McGill) got a cable from Hawaii telling him that Bob arrived okay. It was Christmas time in Hawaii that found Uncle Bob sending a V-Mail Christmas card dated 25 Dec 1941 to his mother, Constance McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma. Uncle Bob's address back then was listed as -- Lt. Robert L. McGill, 0389481, 193 Tank Bn APO 957. He signed it, "Mele Kalikimaka" Merry Christmas.

Help us preserve some of those lost moments of WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. If you have Pearl Harbor memories to share, don't be shy! Share with us your WWII & Pearl Harbor stories in the "Comments" section of this feature. Thanks for sharing! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Which Dacoma Baseball Team...

"I'm curious to know if any of your 'OkieLegacy' readers from the northwest quadrant might recognize this photo. I found it on ebay and have been led to believe that this baseball team was from DACOMA, OKLAHOMA. I'm not convinced, however, that this was taken in 'our' Dacoma (Oklahoma). I would really, really like to hear from anyone who can identify the date, names of players and others in the photo, etc., if such info is available. The photo came from an eBay auction and was labeled as a 'Dacoma, Oklahoma photo' - but with no writing on the back, no postmark information, no nothing. I'd never seen such a photo before, nor seen Dacoma uniforms like I wonder if it may be from somewhere else. Thanks." -- Rod Murrow, Freedom, OK View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Serrian Store South of Green Valley (Okla.)...

"Can you tell me anything about the Serrian Store? It was located south of Green Valley (Oklahoma)! My mother tells me that she can remember going there when she was a little girl!" -- Tonya Porter - Email: View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

WWII POW Camp In Concordia (KS)...

"The POW camp near Concordia, Kansas was north on old hwy 81. I lived in Belleville about 20 miles north of Concordia. I remember truck loads of POW's coming thru town. I was told they were working on the farms. I was born in '38 so I was just a little boy. When I was in high school there was a VFW Post there. I go home about every year and go to Concordia, but the hwy has changed and haven't thought about it for years." -- Bill Burwell, Washington State - Email: View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Driftwood Gerbers...

"The Balmer Fund organization is seeking any stories about Gerber's who settled around Driftwood (Oklahoma).
      The Balmer Fund is named after Harper County pioneers Lina and Ferdinand Balmer. Grandmother Lina was a Gerber. My folks used to go 'down into Oklahoma' once in awhile 'to see the Gerbers.' We children didn't get to go along. I am wondering if anyone has any 'Gerber stories' they can share with the readers of the Prairie Connection? I believe the Gerbers there were Uncle and cousins of Grandmother.
      We are also seeking distribution points in small towns of north central Oklahoma for our monthly publication. At the present time we have newsracks in Alva and Enid. In Wakita, Cleta buys the copies and distributes them as a courtesy to her customers; that's really a wonderful gift that doesn't cost much and helps us a little as well as helps find new readers. We have several options so send an inquiry email and we can work something out: Cafes, convenience stores , grocery stores and other high traffic places are our best bet." -- Email: - Rosalea Hostetler, Founder/President - The Balmer Fund, Inc., Harper, KS - "Preserving the history, art & culture of the prairies for future generations." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Warwick Research...

"I found your information re: the WARWICK family posted. Let me say thank you for the information. Have you seen this Warwick website - Warwick/Lane Family -- (doc file, 83kb)? I have been able to prove my dad's line back to Grainger Co., TN to Archelus (found spelled many ways) SMITH born ca., TN, to Martha Jane "Patsy" WARWICK b. ca. 1802/1805, TN (probably Grainger Co). I have all their children/dates/spouses,etc.

I found Martha's dad's will in the library quite by accident. I pulled a book from the shelf and another one fell to the floor. It is only about 5 pages long with 3-loose wills & papers. One was the will of JOHN WARWICK who married Mary "Polly" LANE in Grainger Co.,TN, 19 August 1799. I believe both were b. in VA. They had 2 sons: (listed in the will) John Perrington Warwick b., ca. 1810 & Elias Warwick b. ca. 1801.

John's will named his wife Mary, children: Perington & Elias & Martha SMITH. (There is a Willie WARWICK married another LANE girl about the same time in Grainger Co. (2 brothers marrying sisters?)- I'd have to pull the records for exact dates).

I believe John must have been ill about the time Martha & Archelus got married, b/c Elias was the one who paid the surety. After Martha's death, Archelus married a widow, Rebecca Jane PAYNE DeROSSERT in Arkansas ca. 1860. She was 30 yrs old & he 60! She had several children by her 1st hubby and they had 4 more. (I have the exact date in my records)

My line follows Archelus' & Martha's 1st born: Pryor Anderson SMITH (PA) b. 1823, Grainger Co., TN, married Rachel Jane BURKE. (11/12 children)

In 1860 living with Archelus & family is Mary SMITH, 85 yrs b., VA. I believe this is Archelus' mother.

After Rachel died, PA married a widow, Ella Jane McDANIEL (maiden name) who had 4 children by her 1st, she and PA had one son.

I am still trying to PROVE ARCHELUS' siblings & parents. I believe they are Thomas SMITH & Mary EDRY married in Grainger Co., TN ca. 1797.

There are two Thomas SMITH's living in Grainger Co., ca. 1800/1810. Both are about the same age, married and have abt. the same # of children (one has 1 less). One lives on the HOLSTON River who seems to be well researched and documented and the other on Richland Knobbs (or something like that). I believe this is the one I need. Researchers believe EDRY may be a typo-error since NO ONE has found a family with that surname in the US at that time period. There is an ADAY & an ELY family in the surrounding area which could be a possibility.

I found the marriage records of the WARWICKs/LANEs; Thomas SMITH & Mary EDRY; & Archelus' & Patsy's in Bryon SISTLER's book of Early East TN Marriages.

I'm still trying to find a document to prove the parents of John WWARWICK & Mary LANE (I believe she ties in with the Rev.
Tindance LANE just now sure if she was a dau or g.dau).
Thanks for all your work. Looking forward to hearing from you. I know this WARWICK group goes back to the WARWICK/DUNLAP marriage." -- Margaret, TX - Email: View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Hugh McGill Family Research...

"I wrote you a while back. I am conducting research on the Hugh Magill family. Hugh's daughter married, Robert KERR. The St. Lawrence County Bears Map shows that a J. (John or Joseph) MAGILL living across from the Kerr farm. I am in the process of trying to locate and acquire Hugh's will or intestment records. I'm close. Robert's and Mary's first born was name Jane. Their second eldest boy is named Hugh Magill KERR. They also have a son named Joseph. I was hoping you may have some research to share. Maybe we can combine efforts. I have located a decendant of the John MAGILL. She shared some information with me, but nothing about Hugh." -- Ruben Macias - Email: View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Wrought Iron Range Stories...

"My father worked for the Wrought Iron Range Company in the late 1930's. He traveled with a group of salesmen and their wives throughout the New England States selling the stoves to farm folks. It was a very successful two years. Dad sold a great many of the ranges. They had a small model they carried along with one of the iron stove lids that was reputed to be unbreakable and indeed it was. A big swede challanged him one day and said he could break it if given the chance. Dad told him to go ahead and try. The man placed it on a heavy chopping block and came down on it with a big post maul. It flipped way up in the air, spun around and never broke. The man bought one immediately and paid cash. There are many good stories relating to the WIRC." -- Robert Chantler - Email: View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Fido's First Cell Phone...

"I got this link from my aunt because she was teasing me about talking to Gunner while I was out of town but... read this article. Looks like it is also being marketed for elderly, children, other pets (except cats), etc. If anyone has an elderly parent, Alz patient, disabled person, child that wanders off, or even a pet, the GPS and the capability of a video cam might be well worth the expense - in addition to the sound of your voice and being able to hear the person (or pet) it was 'attached' to! This sounds like a great device in the making. Too bad they are advertising as a cell phone for dogs because (to me) it has MANY more possible markets to sell this in that would be fantastic to have (okay, and nice to be able to 'ring up' Gunner and 'talk with him')! Just a thought." -- READ: Wired News - Fidos First Cell-phone View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

McVicker Family...

First of all, I am looking for McVicker family. Read below the Wife of Rita Elizabeth RIZER; mother (Mary McVicker). Attached is a photo of my grandmother (Rita Winfield) when she was young (age 14, on left; age 11, on right).

*John Carl Wingfield - Born 3-30-1904, Maryland (Baptist), Death 6-6-1965, Mt. Savage, Maryland, Mt Savage Methodist Cemetery, Maryland; Father, William Wingfield, Born Oct. 1873, Married Sarah E. Bennett, Married 5/24/1895. For more family information Contact via Email:" - Yvonne Latouf View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Balmer Fund, Inc. Looking for Dedicated Board Member...

"Linda, Here is something you can go ahead and request for us if you wish. We are waiting on a local businessman who is rather new to our town (bought two vehicle dealerships in the past three years) who truly understands what we are doing and what we are up against, and has had long talks with me. He will help but not sure if he wants to serve on the board, so we will go ahead for now and solicit resumes. Thank you for your consideration. As follows:

The Balmer Fund, Inc... Dedicated to preserving the history, art and culture of the prairies for future generations since 1994, is soliciting resumes from anyone who would like to be considered for our seven member board. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

What we are looking for is dedication in preserving our prairie heritage, experience in business ownership, and an understanding of the historic preservation of architecture. (We must own the buildings we restore -- at the present time there are six in Harper County, but we can go anywhere, including Oklahoma.)

Knowledge of grant writing would be a plus. We have four meetings a year and several interesting fundraising activities which board members are asked to assist with when possible.

There are updates sent via email in order to keep travel to meetings at a minimum. We seek an educated person, someone with sophisticated insights as to the nature of humanity, and the ability to take a stand in the face of adversity. We also ask that board members show their sincerity for historic restoration and the preservation of our culture and art by making a contribution to the organization, according to their ability to pay. (For example, our organization pays $100 a year to the Kansas Historic Theatres Association.)

If you are an active person who enjoys meeting new people, and new adventures that will benefit your heirs, please submit your resume. A paragraph about why you are interested would be a plus. Send to The Balmer Fund, Inc., 121 West Main, Harper, KS 67058 -- or -- Email it to - If you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us. You may see our static website: We appreciate your interest." -- Rosalea Hostetler, Founder and President
The Balmer Fund/Prairie Connection
121 West Main, Harper, KS 67058
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Crystal Necklace From Great Salt Plains...

Linda, when you get a chance, look at the Selenite necklace made by Cindy McAnulty,, featured on the back of the December 2005, Prairie Connection. I have purchased some of these as holiday gifts... they are simply wonderful! The photo does not do justice! They are really great... so delicate but earthy! Her beadwork really captures the spirit, I think. I've known her a long time and had no idea she did this but after visiting the Salt Flats, she got inspired, she tells me." -- Rosalea

[Editor's Note: Crystals from the Great Salt Plains, Nescatunga, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, near Cherokee are handcrafted by Cindy McAnulty. It is a Selenite Crystal Necklace - handcrafted brass wire wrapped Selenite Crystals and are handbeaded with tiny iridescent seed beads. It hangs from a leather cord. Wrapped and packaged in a hand sewn glistening irrisdecent bag trimmed with seed beading and tied off with a gold ribbon. No two are alike, and made on special order basis only. Necklace - $15.00.

HOW TO ORDER: Contact - Cindy McAnulty via Email: -- Subject-line: Necklace Order. -- Money Order or Checks accepted.] View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Oklahoma Gas Prices, Etc...

"The Perry, Oklahoma gas stations posted higher gas prices Thursday at $2.099 and have kept them up. The oil companies must be looking for extra profits during the holiday season. Some of us would just like to break even.
      Property taxes have been raised here this year; natural gas prices for home heating are higher than ever; and our city wants us to vote for a sales tax increase to build a new expo center just after we recently voted for tax increases to build a new jail.
      We just finished paying off a modernization of the hospital (even though it was already among the top 100 hospitals in the nation just 3 years ago).
      Our city is really one of the best places (in the area) to live but I hope we don't spoil it. We've almost always had the lowest taxes in our area and a lower cost of living but that may change if we're not careful." -- Roy View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Oklahoma Weather This Week...

"We frequently get an early (pre-season) snowfall here in October, but not this year. The snow we got here in Perry (Oklahoma) on Wednesday of this week, was not more than 3 inches and was powder dry! There are only traces of it left and the warmth today should make the rest of it disappear.

The farmers were hoping for 2 or 3 feet of it because everything is way too dry. There have been many grass fires and some major house fires. One newly married (local) young couple lost everything but the clothes they were wearing and had no insurance on the house they'd just purchased and moved into. A local bank is taking contributions now to help them.

In case you wanted to ski in Oklahoma, there is (I think) a resort in Weatherford, Oklahoma that is creating an 'artificial' snow from some sort of plastic. I'm not sure how that works but was informed that Colorado has a resort or two that does the same thing for year 'round skiing." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Cindy's Bottle Wrap Art & Selenite Crystal Necklace...

Hello, Linda! Here is the picture you requested and also Bottle wrap art, which with Rosalea's request, I have added the selenite crystal as a dangle instead of the bead dangle which is shown here. I forgot to take a picture of the one I delivered last night. So I don't have a picture of the bottle with crystal, but a bead instead. They are still same price, either one is $15.00 plus shipping, made on request. I can try to make color requests for the bottle but, right now, am not finding a wide variety. Blue seems to be the easiest to find. The picture of the necklace also has the bag showing.

Necklaces -- Crystals from the salt flats of Oklahoma make these necklaces one of a kind. Handcrafted brass wire wrapped Selenite Crystals, hand beaded with iridescent seed beads, dangling on a leather cord. Wrapped and packaged in a hand sewn whimsical color changing bag with seed beading and tied off with a gold ribbon. No two are alike, and made on special order basis only. $15.00 plus shipping

Bottle Art -- Brass wire along with assorted glass beads encasing bottles of different shapes and colors. $15.00 plus shipping.

Order from Subject Line: Necklace or Bottle order. Money order or checks accepted. Thanks again." -- Cindy McAnulty View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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