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Ruff 'N Ready

Don't those big doggy eyes just melt your heart, soul? Those eyes belong to our friend, Ruff!

Ruff is Sadie and Duchess' schnauzer friend! Ruff and his human buddy have been on the road most of the day ... heading west towards southwest Colorado for the holidays. They both arrived safe and sound around 6:30 p.m. MST after leaving Alva, Oklahoma early this morning. It was a nice weekend for traveling, we hear!

Duchess and Sadie were so excited to see Robb & Ruff walk in the door this evening ... following each other around the house and doing their sniffing greetings.
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An Answer For A Nephew

We received a surprise email from a nephew this week. He was inquiring about a MCGILL family tree. His mother (our baby sister, Amber) seems to think that Gene McGill paid a professional to draw-up a MCGILL Family Tree.

If he did, a lot of those alleged records were pirated, locked away from some of us during our parents probate estates. BUT... that's another story for another day. Most of you living in northwest Oklahoma have probably heard of the "McGill Probates from Hell"... haven't you?! Maybe someday we will expand a bit more, but not now.

We have no information about Gene having a family tree chart prepared, but we believe he did send off for a McGill coat of arms. AND... we do know that our Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, did sufficient research to qualify as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) around April 1, 1925, using her ancestor Captain David Gwin.

Awhile back when we were just beginning our family search, genealogy webpages, we scanned several coats of arms for our HULL, GWIN, WARWICK, McGILL families and placed them on our family website over at ParisTimes Genealogy.

There have been questions about Gene McGill and his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. We do know that Gene was a "32d degree Mason" and a member of the "India Shrine" in Oklahoma City, but that's all we know about his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. Perhaps the "India Shrine in Oklahoma City" would be the place for our nephew who is doing his own research to obtain more information about his grandfather's involvement with the Masons & Shriners.

Maybe someone out there could, would have more information than we have and could point him in the right direction.
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Making A Connection

We have heard from several interesting persons who signed our guestbook within the last week.

One in particular connection was made with Judy Weeks. Judy is the daughter of Merle and Sadie Mae Brady. Merle Brady and Eithel (Brady) Jaquith were brother and sister from the Seiling, Oklahoma area.

Vada Paris (our mother) lived with the Jaquith family while she was going to high school in the 1930's.

We also made another connection with another HURT family member. This time it concerns the Frank Hurt family line. This Frank Hurt was the son of Anton and Louise Hurt.

It is always great when we do finally make a conection with someone from the past, isn't it?! Anyway, you can see those guestbook entries in the "Mailbag" corner below.
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OkieLegacy Guestbook Entries

12/9/2006 - Vada Paris -- "A friend told me about Vada's page. I am the daughter of Merle and Sadie Mae Brady. Ray and Eithel Jaquith were my Uncle and Aunt. Eithel Jaquith and my Dad, Merle Brady, were brother & sister. So far, I have just read the month of January but plan on reading all 12 months." -- Judy Weeks - Email: jude1@pldi.net

12/8/2006 - "I was born and raised in guymon, now I live in Bartlesville, just wanted to look around, thanx." -- dona bellar hadley - Email: donajbellar@yahoo.com

12/7/2006 - "My father Billy Richard Beeler got me interested in Alva history since he was born in Alva and lived there since then." -- Shane Beeler - Email: shane_beeler_33@hotmail.com

12/7/2006 - "I live in Dacoma still. It's been quite some time. I love living there b/c, it's a little quiet town, and not that much people get lost in it. I plan on living in Dacoma till the day i DIE." -- Katlyn Thomas - Email: hersheypuppy1992@yahoo.com

12/6/2006 - "Grandson of Ray and Lola Vore. My mother was Joan. It's been a long time since we had drawings in front of Billy's store." -- Micky Moore - Email: MicPat50@hotmail.com

12/3/2006 -- Hurt family - "I am researching the line of Frank Hurt son of Anton and Louise. I have found them on passenger lists and census records. I wasn't sure if you had that info or not. Alot of the names are same/similiar ... due I'm sure to the language barrier on their arrival. The dates of birth all match up etc ... Let me know if you need any of this." - Jaeme Bruckner = Email: waznebraska@msn.com
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Christmas Memories

We are in the process of taking down Kenneth Updike's stories and ramblings of "Growing Up In Oklahoma" because Kenneth asked us, "To remove all of my previous writings to you about my Ramblins. Personal stories that I told you and your readers. My Son has had all of my writings, and notes copyrighted so that we can put them in a book or booklet. His idea. I really have no objections to this, but he insists we can be viewed by more people. I leave it up to him. Thanks for your help in the past, and I still read your Okie Legacy nearly every week."

If you find some of Kenneth's Ramblings that I have missed, Please email me the link with Vol. and Iss. numbers so that this NW Okie can remove them. Thanks for your help!
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Old Freedom High School Pic

Looking for Old Freedom School Pic ... "My husband says that there is a "History of Woods County Oklahoma" book that has a picture of the old Freedom School. In the book it is noted as "Avard High School"; but he is sure that they have that wrong and it is the Freedom School, If you could find the book, you would have a picture of the old school." -- Jan View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


McGill Family Tree Inquiry

"Aunt Linda, I have been doing some research of my own and found your sites very useful. I was wondering if you happen to have a copy of the (McGill) family tree? My mother seems to think Gene (McGill) paid a professional to do a big spread sheet ... maybe. I was curious if something like this exists where I could see the tree a little better, and if you have coats of arms for the surnames. I would be interested in getting copies. I don't mind reimbursing you ... if I need to. Also, I'm very interested in any Masonic items or information concerning Gene McGill's involvement in free masonry, Scottish rite and India shrine. If you have any, I would love to know what is still around. Thanks!" -- Justin
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Surnames: ERTMOED / EERTMOED

Message Board URL: Message Board Post -- I am looking for any info on my family who settled in Alva Oklahoma around 1898. The family consisted of Fred and Louise Ertmoed and there 4 sons, Alle, Harry, Ike and Ben. They came from Pekin Illinois.

In the 1900 census Fred, Louise and Ike are living in Alva and Alle and Harry are out in Liberty township. According to some church records I have from Canada, they were all baptized into the Blumenfeld Mennonite Church in Alva Oklahoma in the year 1900 by Christian Ramseier. Does anyone know anything about this church??? They lived in the Alva area until 1905 when they migrated to Canada.

I am also interested in getting the land records for the family. Is 1898 to late to be part of the Cherokee Strip land???" -- Mike Ertmoed - Email: mikeertmoed@sbcglobal.net
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This Isn't Kansas, BUT...

Six hurt as tornado hits London. Tornado damage -- Many people are spending the night in a respite centre after a tornado ripped through several streets in north-west London. Up to 150 houses and many cars were damaged when the freak weather hit the Kensal Rise area..... London Tornado
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Art & Velma Ware - 65th Anniversary

Art and Velma Ruth Ware, (my uncle and his bride), on their 65th anniversary. Another picture of family seated around the table: Around the table, Left to Right: Scott and Joy Ware, Alva; Adair and Susan Brown, Denver; Art Myrna Ware, Duncan, Ok; Velma Ruth; Rev. Phil Ware, Duncan, Ok." -- Sherry Swires
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Normal Schools

"I stumbled on your site, and the discussion of 'Normal Schools'. My grandfather left Arkansas after the Civil War and went to Texas and eventually to Oklahoma for a short period of time. At some time he went to Normal school and taught school . We don't know where or when. Do you have any idea how I can go about researching this? He was married in Texas so it is possible he went to school there soon after leaving Arkansas. Anything you might be able to tell me to help me get started will be greatly appreciated." -- Anne Legg - Email: galegg@dlegg.com
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OkieLegacy & Vallecito, CO Snow

"Linda, The new tabloid version looks good! We had about a foot of snow here (Vallecito, Colorado) Tuesday, temps down to -3 on Wednesday. There's a place along the driveway where a little spring spills over the rocks. It generally ices up with cold temps. The patio photo was taken when we only had about 8 inches -- but it wasn't the sunny spot it sometimes is! Thanks for all your updates for the Tikalskys Blog -- they are most grateful." -- Marilyn
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Beautiful Snow

"The beginning of this story brought back pleasant memories for me. Ann and I were married in Minco, Oklahoma on the Friday evening of December 20th, 1963 (the 10th anniversary of KWTV's getting on the air) and then we traveled to Shawnee where we'd rented an apartment to be near OBU where she was attending college. The next night we decided to see the movie "Palm Springs Weekend" with Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, and Jerry Van Dyke at the local theatre and when we came out a beautiful snow was falling. We went back to the apartment and stayed in for the rest of our weekend. The highway was clear enough Monday morning that I went back to work at channel 9 (where I was feature film editor). As I recall, we didn't return to managing our theatre at Minco until about Wednesday. Just let our employees take care of things. And to answer your next question, no I don't remember shoveling any snow! Our marriage ended in divorce in the late '70s. Neither of us has remarried. Caution to readers: There are words in the forward below that you'll never hear me use... proceed at your own risk... no offense intended. " -- Roy K.

  • December 8 - 6:00 PM -- It started to snow. The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven. It looked like a Grandma Moses Print. So romantic we felt like newlyweds again. I love snow!
  • December 9 -- We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape. What a fantastic sight! Can there be a more lovely place in the whole world? Moving here was the best idea I've ever had! Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again. I did both our driveway and the sidewalks. This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again. What a perfect life!
  • December 12 -- The sun has melted all our lovely snow. Such a disappointment! My neighbor tells me not to worry- we'll definitely have a white Christmas. No snow on Christmas would be awful! Bob says we'll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I'll never want to see snow again. I don't think that's possible. Bob is such a nice man, I'm glad he's our neighbor.
  • December 14 -- Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night. The temperature dropped to -20. The cold makes everything sparkle so. The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks. This is the life! The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again. I didn't realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I'll certainly get back in shape this way. I wish l wouldn't huff and puff so.
  • December 15 -- 20 inches forecast. Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer. Bought snow tires for the wife's car and 2 extra shovels. Stocked the freezer. The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out. I think that's silly. We aren't in Alaska, after all.
  • December 16 -- Ice storm this morning. Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt. Hurt like hell. The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel.
  • December 17 -- Still way below freezing. Roads are too icy to go anywhere. Electricity was off for 5 hours. I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm. Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her. Guess I should've bought a wood stove, but won't admit it to her. God I hate it when she's right. I can't believe I'm freezing to death in my own living room.
  • December 20 -- Electricity's back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night. More shoveling! Took all day. The damn snowplow came by twice. Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they're too busy playing hockey. I think they're lying. Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they're out. Might have another shipment in March. I think they're lying. Bob says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me. I think he's lying.
  • December 22 -- Bob was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white shit fell today, and it's so cold, it probably won't melt till August. Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel a path then I had to piss. By the time I got undressed, pissed and dressed again. I was too tired to shovel. Tried to hire Bob who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he's too busy. I think the asshole is lying.
  • December 23 -- Only 2 inches of snow today. And it warmed up to 0. The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning. What is she, nuts?!! Why didn't she tell me to do that a month ago? She says she did but I think she's lying.
  • December 24 -- 6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel. Thought I was having a heart attack. If I ever catch the son of a bitch who drives that snow plow, I'll drag him through the snow by his balls and beat him to death with my broken shovel. I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I've just been! Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow.
  • December 25 -- Merry f---ing Christmas! 20 more inches of the damn slop tonight - Snowed in. The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil. God, I hate the snow! Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel. The wife says I have a bad attitude. I think she's a fricking idiot. If I have to watch "It's A Wonderful Life" one more time, I'm going to stuff her into the microwave.
  • December 26 -- Still snowed in. Why the hell did I ever move here? It was all HER idea. She's really getting on my nerves.
  • December 27 -- Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes.
  • December 28 -- Warmed up to above -20. Still snowed in. The BITCH is driving me crazy!!!
  • December 29 -- 10 more inches. Bob says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in. That's the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am?
  • December 30 -- Roof caved in. I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars, not only the beating I gave him, but also for trying to shove the broken snow shovel up his ass. The wife went home to her mother. Nine more inches predicted.
  • December 31 -- I set fire to what's left of the house. No more shoveling.
  • January 8 -- Feel so good. I just love those little white pills they keep giving me. Why am I tied to the bed?

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    Twelve Days of Christmas

    "There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? Today, I found out.

    From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality, which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  • Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
  • The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
  • Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit - wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.
  • The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  • Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
  • The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
  • The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

  • So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol ... so pass it on if you wish.
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