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Volume 9, Issue 35 -- 2007-09-01

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Moon Or Mountain Pearl

Mountain Pearl or Moon Over the Rocky Mountains! NW Okie took this photo Wednesday, August 29, 2007 just after dusk when the moon had risen over the top of the mountain from our front yard.

The "Moon Over the Rockies" looks to be a Full Moon rising through scattered clouds above the mountain top East of her SW Colorado valley retreat.

You be the judge of this Rocky Mountain Pearl (Moon) in SW Colorado! It was a beautiful sight and one of the many rewards of living, residing near the Rocky Mountains that reach towards the stars and universe. I stitched a sequence of shots from that night into a panorama view to show the moon rising over the Rocky Mountains. Click the image on the right or this Link of the Panorama of the Big SW Colorado Rocky Mountain Pearl.
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OkieLegacy Centennial Moment

Proposed State of Sequoyah w/48 Counties -- What would have life been like IF... Oklahoma and Indian Territories would have been allowed to entered as two states in 1907 instead of the merging marriage of the 46th State of the Union? IF So... would there have been a 46th State called "Sequoyah" and a 47th State called "Oklahoma" OR... vice-versa? How would that have affected the States added afterwards? IF So... Which State would you and your ancestors residing ... Then & Now?

I subscribe to a Southern Oklahoma online weekly newsletter called the This & That Newsletter that had a link to an old 1902/1905 map for the proposed State of Sequoyah. What a great find and interesting old map. It made we start wondering... "What If...?" So... I did some additional research online for more information and found some interesting little tidbits for this week's Centennial Moment.

Looking at the old map of Sequoyah you can see that the Eastern parts of the State (where most of the mountains, lakes, streams and trees reside) there were 48 counties that made up Sequoyah (Indian Territory). They were as follows: Arbeka, Bixby, Blue, Bonaparte, Breckinridge, Byrd, Cheadle, Cherokee, Cooweescoowee, Coweta, Curtis, Cussehta, Delaware, Eufaula, Euchee, Flint, Garvin, Gilbert, Guy, Hailey, Harris, Hitchcock, Jefferson, Johnston, Lenahpa, Mayes, McCurtain, McLish, Moseley, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Overton, Pushmataha, Quapaw, Rutherford, Sans-Bols, Seminole, Sequoyah, Spokogee, Skiatook, Thomas, Tobuxsy, Tom Needles, Tahlequah, Tulldega, Tumechichee, Wade, Washington.

According to, "In 1890, the 1866 treaty lands plus No Man's Land (nowadays known as the Oklahoma Panhandle) were joined into the Oklahoma Territory. The eastern part of present-day Oklahoma remained Indian Territory. In a convention at Eufaula in 1902, representatives of the Five Civilized Tribes started a drive towards statehood for the Indian Territory. The name for their proposed state was Sequoyah, named for a prominent Cherokee Indian, the man who devised the Cherokee alphabet."

It was in 1903, that delegates met once again to organize a constitutional convention which finally met at Muskogee in 1905.

General Pleasant Porter, Principal Chief of the Creek Nation presided over this 1905 constitutional convention. The website went on to say, "Vice-presidents were the high representatives of each of the five 'civilized tribes': William C. Rogers (Cherokee), William H. Murray (Chickasaw), Green McCurtain (Choctaw), John Brown (Seminole) and Charles N. Haskell (Creek)."

That wesite stated that IF... "Sequoyah never achieved statehood, it wasn't for the efforts of the Convention. It drafted a constitution, established county boundaries for the new state, elected delegates to petition the US Congress for statehood and saw its proposals overwhelmingly endorsed in a referendum held in Indian Territory."

BUT... Politics as usual set the standard procedure in the early days of statehood for Oklahoma. Eastern politicians pressured the US President Theodore Roosevelt against admitting two Western states, Sequoyah and Oklahoma, into the Union. The Eastern politicians feared this would "disproportionally diminish Eastern states' political influence."

President Roosevelt caved into the politics and made the decision that both territories, Oklahoma & Sequoyah (Indian Territory) could only enter the Union as a single state (Oklahoma).

Indian Territory representatives had a big influence in establishing Oklahoma with the groundwork for their own state of Sequoyah. The Sequoyah Constitution was used as the basis for Oklahoma's constitution when it was admitted as the 46th state, November 16, 1907.
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1905 News - Remains of Murdered Mrs. James Found Near Weatherford (OK)

The Oklahoman News article dated September 1, 1905, pg. 6, had the following articles concerning a "Body Discovered" & "Remains of the Murdered Mrs. James Found Near Weatherford" (Oklahoma). Mrs. Norton, who was with the Murdered woman when last seen, committed suicide at Shawnee, Oklahoma after being arrested.

Weatherford, O.T., August 31, 1905 -- "The body of Mrs. Katie James was found Wednesday about six miles northeast of Weatherford, hidden in a clump of bushes on the side of the road. The road adjoins the school land owned by R. C. Morton.

The body was discovered by Geo. W. Cornell of this city, who was hunting. He accidently drove upon the body by seeking a place to tie his team while he and two of his sons, who were with him, went over to Deer Creek to fish. The body was in a bad state of decomposition, having laid there for about five or six weeks. Coroner's inquest to be held this afternoon. The body was found one mile north of the Morton school house.

Mrs. Katie James with her little child left Weatherford early in the morning of July 7 (1905) in company with Mrs. Norton, riding in a livery rig, after a few hours absence, to the stable and immediately left the city. After a few weeks, Henry DeWitt, father of Mrs. James, alarmed because his daughter had left home to visit her sister and had failed to arrive there, employed Detective Sam Bartell of Oklahoma City, to investigate the matter, and on July 24 (1905), the little child was found at the home of a German farmer near Weatherford.

The German people stated that on the morning of July 7, 1905, a woman drove to their place at an early hour and handed the child to their youngest son with a request that his mother keep it for a few hours while the woman went down town, and she would return for it. The boy watched her drive out of sight and saw her throw a bundle into the bushes near the house. He secured the bundle and it proved to be clothing belonging to the baby. The clothing was saturated with blood, though there was no hurt on the child, which was in good shape. Learning that Mrs. Norton, whose husband was a hackdriver at Clinton, Oklahoma, had been last in company with Mrs. James, he traced her there and he and John Burnett located her at the home of Mrs. Patty. She was arrested and when charged with knowing of the murder, broke down and cried pitiously, but denied it.

She stated that she and Mrs. James with the child had driven out of Weatherford two and a half miles where they met a man and two women in a covered wagon. Mrs. James then told her that those were the parties she had expected to meet and she and her belongings, with the child, were transferred to the covered wagon. She gave Mrs. Norton a $5 bill to pay for the rig and her trouble and owing to the bad condition of her husband's affairs at Clinton, business being very dull, she had come to Shawnee to get work.

In some mysterious manner she took a dose of poison and died the same afternoon of the day on which the arrest occurred. How she obtained the poison has been a mystery which will remain unsolved, as she had been closely watched all the time she had been under arrest.

Mr. Bartell and Mr. DeWitt, father of Mrs. James, both attempted to obtain a confession from Mrs. Norton before her death, but without success, and they returned to Weatherford firm in the belief that Mrs. James had been murdered and that Mrs. Norton knew about the crime, even if she had not committed it.

The suicide took place on July 27, 1905, and for a number of days a large party of searchers went carefully over the ground where the crime was supposed to have been committed, but found nothing. Mr. DeWitt offered $500 for the recovery of his daughter or her body, and Gov. Ferguson added $300 for the arrest and conviction of her murderer.

One farmer near the alleged scene of murder, stated that his family, on the morning it occurred, had seen two women and a baby drive into their pasture, and about 45 minutes later one woman and the baby rode back at breakneck speed, but nothing could be found except the clothing and glasses, together with a grip belonging to Mrs. James.

Theories that she had disappeared with another party, and even stories of her having been seen near Lawton, floated around, but could not be confirmed. The search has been kept up and at last had its reward in the finding of the body of the murdered woman. as described above.

Two days after her disappearance Mrs. James had filed suit for a divorce from her husband, a prosperous Custer county farmer, and asked for the custody of her child.

The officers are now investigating the action of several parties, one a prominent official of that county, and expect to make arrests today. Their theory is that Mrs. James indeed met the covered wagon, but that she was killed before being placed in it, the blood on the child's clothing and the fact that it was left with the German family by a woman answering Mrs. Norton's description, bearing out that theory.

They believe Mrs. Norton was only a party to the affair and expect to unearth a conspiracy to make way with Mrs. James as well as to arrest the real murderers, the parties who aided Mrs. Norton. After her suicide, Mrs. Norton's body was held by Coroner Fleming for some days, and finally buried here, as her relatives were not able to take it in charge for financial reasons.
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Sept. 1918 News - Northwestern To Give Army Drill

I found this next article in The Oklahoman, dated September 8, 1918, pg. 31. Headlines: Northwestern To Give Army Drill - Alva School Is Eighth In Oklahoma Designated for Student Training.

Alva, Okla., Sept. 7, 1918 -- "A special investigation of the availability of the Northwestern State Normal, located here, resulted in the school being designated as one of the student army training corps stations within Oklahoma. The Alva Commercial Club organized a movement whereby 500 students may be accommodated without delay in a modern steam-heated dormitory. In the early days of the Alva Normal, during the Barnes Administration the dormitory was built but has been used for other purposes.

The Alva Normal accomodates the following Oklahoma counties: Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Blaine, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Woodward, Texas, Cimmarron (sic), Beaver and Grant counties. The Alva Normal School was established in 1898 as the only state school in the great cattle country. The dedication ceremonies were historical. The dedication address being delivered by Col. Temple Houston, famous early day character.

President Faulkner is in Chicago conferring with the military officials at Fort Sheridan relative to the work. Northwestern is the eighth Oklahoma school to be designated for student army training corps work.
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Collection of Early Oklahoma & Indian Territory Maps

IF you click this link - McCasland Digital Collection of Early Oklahoma and Indian Territory Maps, you can view the Sequoyah state map, complete with a proposed State Seal that was compiled from the USGS Map of Indian Territory (1902), revised to include the county divisions made under direction of the Sequoyah Statehood Convention of 1905, by D.W. Bolich, a civil engineer at Muskogee. It was found at this page of the McCasland Digital Collection of Early Oklahoma & Indian Territory Maps at the Oklahoma State University Library, where it can be seen in greater detail.

The Oklahoma State University Library is fortunate to own the largest paper collection of Serial Set volumes in Oklahoma. In 2003-04 a team of librarians and history graduate students identified all Oklahoma maps contained in the 8600 volumes of the Serial Set covering the period 1803-1925. The maps vary greatly in size. -- Contact Information: OSU Library Special Collections and University Archives
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1921 Race Riot In Tulsa, OK

"On May 31, 1921, Tulsa's pace as a progressive, booming, civilized city was halted as a bitter race riot erupted. The riot had it's roots in a rumor involving a young black man and a white female elevator operator in the Drexel Building at Third and Main Streets. It was alleged by the woman that the man grabbed her by the arm in the elevator and she struck him about the head with her purse. He was arrested that afternoon by city police....." -- View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

McGill Genealogy

"Hi! I'm Billie Watts from Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Im interested in genealogy on the FIELDS side (my Mother and my Father's side). My Grandmother Elizabeth FIELDS is my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandmother on my Mom's side and my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother on my Dad's side. Her Father was Elijah FIELDS and she married Robert RATCLIFF.

I have a picture that belonged to my Grandpa HENRY MARTIN on my Mom's side, whom is MARY HELTON McGILL. I kept trying to figure out why I have this picture, but I had the picture enlarged, and there was numbers on her hat. The numbers were 556 Crocia Fields, 555 Rannie Fields, 532 John Manor. His number from the Archives say's 2nd FIELD, C. T. FIELDS. Number 558 is Abbie Brown, 557 is Perry Ross.

When I saw your website (ParisTimes Genealogy), I realized you are interested in the McGILL genealogy. I saw that Richard Fields' farm was on Sales Creek and McGill bought it from him. I thought this may be my answer as to why I have this picture. Mary (Helton) McGILL is the daughter of Chief Daniel HELTON -- married to a Robert McGILL.

I thought someone could shine some light on this for me. This is the first time I emailed someone so please excuse the punctuation and the mess." -- Billie Watts, 19089 Hwy. 42, Livingston, LA 70754

[Editor's Note: On our ParisTimes Genealogy website you can view our MCGILL/MAGILL Ancestor's history at the following URL - ParisTimes - McGill Ancestry. This is the paragraph pertaining to the Fields Settlement -- "A well-known historian of Hamilton County (Mrs. Penelope J. Allen) learned in her research that the Sale Creek pioneers bought land in an area known as the "Fields Settlement". It was known as the home of a famous Cherokee Chief (Richard Fields). According to Lucille Bates research completed in 1971, "There is still evidence of a settlement on the west bank of Sale Creek that extends toward Coulterville from its confluence with McGill Creek. It has been told that Fields sold out his improvements to a group of settlers and left Tennessee in 1808 when he moved on to Arkansas and then Texas where he became the leader of the Texas Band of Cherokees.

William and Nancy built their home near McGill and Sale Creeks, close to the trail that led northward to Knox County and southward to Ross's Landing. This path that was used by both the red and white man in the early settlement of Tennessee, has now become the Federal Highway Number 27 and connects Chattanooga with Knoxville, Tennessee.

Along the bottomland that ran along the creek such crops as corn, tobacco, and wheat were grown and the surplus products were freighted by the brother's to Patterson's Place on Opossum Creek. The surplus crops were then sold and Patterson would dispose of them through trade on the Tennessee River."]
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They're At It Again

"I suppose that I should have mentioned that the gas prices in Perry, Oklahoma dropped by 5 cents on Tuesday and then went up by 10 cents on Wednesday and another raise of 10 cents yesterday (Thursday) to $2.99.9.

Actually, the prices at the Sinclair station downtown went up to $3.05.9 but I wasn't counting them. I'm pretty sure this was in preparation for the first football games of the season, plus the labor day weekend (get it while you can because of all the travelers)!,br>
september 1, 2007 -- This time they dropped 4 cents (back to $2.95.9) here in Perry. They're still toying with us I guess." -- Roy K.
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Barr, Oklahoma

According to the "Second Edition Revised & Enlarged Oklahoma Place Names" by George H. Shirk, Barr, Oklahoma was located in southwestern Garfield county, 5 miles south o Drummond. It had a post office from September 1, 1899 to November 15, 1906. Barr was named for Fred Barr, first postmaster.
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Sheridan, Oklahoma

According to the "Second Edition Revised & Enlarged Oklahoma Place Names" by George H. Shirk, Sheridan, Oklahoma was in Northeastern Kingfisher County, 10 miles East of Hennessey. It had a post office from June 28, 1890 to June 30, 1904. It NO longer is in existence, but it was named for General Philip H. Sheridan. Does anyone have any old photos of this northwest community in Kingfisher county?
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Pics of Northwest Normal School Students

"I may have pics of the Northwest Normal School students or faculty. Katie Brown was 30 in 1920 and a single teacher living in Sheridan, Garfield Co., Oklahoma with her family. We have a photo album that has a picture of the Northwestern Normal School. She has a postcard from a friend in 1914 talking about Katie teaching in Barr, Oklahoma that next year -- trying to recruit her. Another postcard from 1910 congratulates her on the good school she got, but doesn't name it. The 1910 census has her in Sheridan, Oklahoma, age 22 and a teacher. I have photos of what look like group school photos and some that look like the type of picture that would appear in an annual. If you or someone you know has the information on whether she graduated from Northwestern Normal and where she might have taught in Garfield County, I would be glad to scan and share photos." -- Richard Beil - Email:
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Dixieland Music

Nice Dixie Land Music... "The River Walk Jazz/The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is great. I was stationed in San Antonio in the 1970-73 time-frame and frequently visited a place called The Landing located on the River Walk. If you were there, you might get to see Pete Fountain. Pete frequently stopped by if enroute to a concert. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band often filled in for Pete in New Orleans. Once The Jim Cullum Jazz Band entered the Great Jazz Blow-out in New York City and won. They brought that honor back to San Antonio. During my time there, a Jazz Blow-out was held in HemisFair Plaza. Pete Fountain and his band were on state for one hour followed by Jim Cullum''s Happy Jazz Band for one hour. Then the third hour was the combined bands to end the night." -- James E Bradley - Email:
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California News - Postcards From Oklahoma

"Hi Linda, I thought you and your readers would enjoy reading the article that appeared in the Napa Valley Register this week. Below is a cut and paste from the - Postcards From Oklahoma. I have saved the hard copy if you're interested in it. It actually includes a really cute picture of Kacy with all the stuff she received from Oklahoma.

Kacy Perkins is the daughter of Lindsays' Vice Principal at her old elementary school (Napa Valley Language Academy). Lindsay still has her 5th grade state report stuff in a huge box labeled Oklahoma. Her report and our family ties are what brought us to visit Oklahoma a couple of years ago. We all look forward to comming back. It again proves that Oklahomans are the friendliest and most giving people on earth. Enjoy!" -- Terry
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Rock Island, Santa Fe Depot & Shawnee, OK

"Here are some Rock Island, Santa Fe Depot and Shawnee, Oklahoma history links:
* National Register properties In Oklahoma - Santa Fe Depot
* Shawnee, OK Depot History
* City of Shawnee History." -- Jan
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Downtown Shawnee's History

"Shawnee is a thriving city and an excellent example of many Main Street communities that emerged in the late 19th century as part of the westward movement.

The area surrounding Shawnee was settled after the Civil War by a number of Native American Tribes including the Sac and Fox, Shawnee, Kickapoo, and Potawatomi. During the 1870s, Texas cattle drivers pushed their herds through Indian Territory along four major trails. One, the West Shawnee Trail, which crossed where the present day Kickapoo and Main Streets are located.

With the cattle drives, came the railroads and pressure to establish a permanent white settlement in Indian Territory. Consequently, in 1871, a Quaker Mission was established near the current Mission Hill Hospital. A small structure, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, remains in place as a reminder. The first missionary, John Newsome, opened a school at the Mission in 1872. By 1876, a Post Office and Trading Post were established a quarter mile west of the mission at what later became known as Shawnee Town....." -- About Downtown Shawnee
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6th Armored Division 2007 Reunion

"This is our Annual Reunion that has been held each year since 1948. Sixth Armored Division Reunion - October 10-14, 2007 - The Historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas.

Contact Information: Sixth Armored Division Reunion: For full information contact POC Jerry Shiles, Phone: 405-964-5513, Mailing Address: 10260 Highway 177, North Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804. OR... Email:

Hospitality Room Open Daily. Contact us for full schedule of activities planned. SEE YOU IN SAN ANTONIO 2007!

The 6th Armored Division was in Patton's 3rd Army in Europe during World War Two. I believe I saw in one of your newsletters where you had an uncle with the 6th AD at one time in the USA.

We always have a grand time at these events. Our ranks are shrinking each year, but we have a lot of family members and friends that attend the reunion. Keep the good newsletters coming, Thanks for your good articles." -- Homer (Pug) Hawkins, Veteran, Company C 69th Tnk. Bn., 6th Armored Division
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Foreman Scottys Kids

"I only met Steve Powell (Foreman Scotty) twice (in the late 1950's). We worked at different TV stations, he at WKY-TV channel 4, while I was at KWTV channel 9. He came to one of our filming sessions at a ranch that was storing buildings left over from the 1957 Semi-Centennial Oklahoma State Fair (seems like the theme had been "Boom-Town USA" but it may have had another title.

We were filming a parody of TV's Gunsmoke which we called Cannon Smoke and it starred director Dwayne Friedel as the town marshal 'Muster Dillon', Barbara Powell as 'Miss Kitty' (I think Barb co-wrote the script for this silent (with titles) parody), chief of directors Gene Linder along with cinematographer Jack Jones (as the side-kick 'Chuster'), and others of us who were associated with the early morning 45 minute show called "Lagniappe" (a Cajun word meaning 'something extra').

Incidentally, those buildings were later moved to the present site and became the first buildings used as a foundation for Frontier City.

Our cinematographer for the filming was Jack Jones (using a 16mm Bolex borrowed from KWTV's news department, and also my Path - 16 which had thru-the-lens viewing). I (Roy Kendrick) was portraying one of the 'heavies' in the film which was later serialized on the Lagniappe show. We used Dwayne's little BMW Isetta car with it's open sun-roof for some 'dolly-shots' by putting the camera on a tripod above the car.

The other time that I saw Steve Powell (Foreman Scotty) was at one of our Mummer's cast parties following a stage presentation of one of the "Mummers" plays (I performed in 5 or 6 plays while also doing sound effects and background music [using a reel-to-reel tape recorder] during the 1958-1960 performance seasons.

One of the photos included in the Foreman Scotty pix shows a young John Ferguson who worked in continuity at KWTV while I was there. While he worked at WKY-TV previously, he had been cast as the robot 'BAZARK' on the '3-D Danny" show (an outer-space kids show on channel 4 that starred Danny Williams), and John had also created the character known as Count Gregor who introduced all the 'scary movies' we could find at KWTV to fill in some late night programming.

This was before CBS had anything scheduled after 10 PM CST, and we played movies every single night to compete with NBC's "Tonight Show" with Steve Allen.

Since I was senior film editor at KWTV and had already viewed all the movies (and had edited them and put in the 'breaks' for commercials), I watched the Tonight show instead and became a fan of Steve Allen, Jack LesCoulie (sp?), Ernie Kovaks, Jack Paar, Hugh Downs, and all the other hosts of that show.

John Ferguson also had a presence during the early days at Frontier City. As I recall, he was one of the 'creators' of the daily gunfights that were staged to excite the crowds there. He was performing there BEFORE Ann and I took over the popcorn stands (I also ran a 'silent-movie' booth showing 'The Great Train Robbery' and a couple of other films that I had on 8mm). Click this link for the Foremans Scottys Kids website" -- Roy K.
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Choctaw & Rock Island Railroad

By 1902, the Choctaw Railroad was absorbed by the Rock Island. The Rock Island Railroad built a station at the foot of Union Street, and shortly thereafter the Santa Fe constructed a depot on east main. The Santa Fe Depot, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is said to be the most photographed building in the State of Oklahoma. Also, the "Katty" Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad built a station in Shawnee. It was reported that an average of 42 passenger trains and 65 freight trains arrived in the city daily. -- About Downtown Shawnee, OK
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Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea

In the September 1, 1905 The Oklahoman article was an ad for "Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea" that went something like this, "If you want the family to be healthy, strong and active, give them Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea this month. Makes rich, red blood, bone and muscle. 35 cents, Tea or Tablets. Model Drug and Jewelry Co."

[Editor's Note: Do they still make "Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea?" If they do, I suppose the price has risen quite substantially, huh?!]
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101 Ranch Photo Collection

101 Ranch Photo Collecion... "My name is Dwight Sokoll. I am glad to see that my grandfather, Mike Sokoll, is remembered as part of Oklahoma's history. He was a character, and a great performer. I check every once in a while to see who is using my pictures. When I do this I also GOOGLE Mike Sokoll on the web to see what shows up." -- Dwight Sokoll - Website: - Email:
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Cherokee Legislative Election

This 1905 News article appeared in The Oklahoman, dated May 3, 1905, pg 2, headlines: Cherokee Legislative Election.

Tahlequah, I. T., May 2, 1905 -- "The biennial election of members of the house of Kings and the house of Warriors of the Cherokee Nation is due to take place the first Monday in August. There are nine legislative districts in this nation. They are Cooweescoowee, Delaware, Tahlequah, Saline, Illinois, Flint, Sequoyah, Golugsnake and Canadian. The representation from each district is based upon population and the members elected this year will serve but a half term as tribal government coases (sic) in March 1906."
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