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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 16 Bayfield, Colorado - While a chilly cold front was dumping about an inch of snow at the north end of the Vallecito Res., North of Bayfield, Colorado, was passing through our neck of the woods, Northwest Oklahoma was experiencing a full day of tornado watches and warnings Saturday, April 14, 2012.

From Woodward through Woods county, a bird-echo cloud formation traveled in a NNE direction towards Wichita, Kansas via Shattuck, Mutual, Waynoka, Hopeton, Dacoma, Ingersoll, Cherokee, Byron, Amorita, Driftwood and other towns leading towards the Kansas border, in the northwest corner of Oklahoma.

News9.com, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma had the following news and wire reports of the Woodward tornado that struck around midnight, 15 April 2012. The path of that midnight tornado was reported as a quarter mile wide and two miles long. But that was not the first tornado to pass near Woodward. There was an earlier tornado sighting in the earlier evening of 14 April 2012. Warning sirens malfunctioned when lightening struck the sirens towers a few minutes before the midnight tornado struck the west side of Woodward.

It was Wednesday, 9 April 1947, when another deadly tornado wreck havoc on Woodward, Oklahoma. The 9 April 1947 Woodward tornado slashed a deadly 220-mile path across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. It was the longest, widest and most destructive tornado to ever occur in that area in 1947. There were reported 169 deaths, 890 injured and $9,700,000 of estimated property damage. Of those 169 deaths, 101 persons were in Oklahoma with 95 at Woodward and others in Gage and Shattuck.

The April 1947, tornado was first reported at 5:52 p.m. CST a half mile southeast of White Deer, Texas and disappeared 6-miles north of Nashville, Kansas (Whitehorse) about 11:00 p.m. In Woodward, the path was 1.8 miles wide, with forward movement of the storm averaging 42 miles per hour.

There was reported that a Woodward woman (Wilma Nelson) survived two Woodward tornadoes decades apart. An eighty-three year-old Wilma Nelson that survived the 14 April 2012 Woodward, Oklahoma tornado, survived the 9 April 1947 tornado, 67 years earlier. Wilma Nelson was only eighteen years old during the 1947 tornado, which had a F5 tornado rating, striking at 8:42p.m., without any type of warning.

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women & Senior Citizens!"
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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 38 Bayfield, Colorado -

Northwestern -- Rediscover the Treasure -- Duchess Rose - The Boss & Editor That is what we have been doing all this week. Rediscovering and discovering the treasures of some old Northwestern yearbooks.

It all began when Okie and I made our daily trip to the post office the beginning of this week. What was waiting for us was a book box of treasures. Three old Northwestern Yearbooks from 1926, 1937 and 1938. Can't wait until Oakie gets finished scanning, transcribing them for you all.

< ahref="http://okielegacy.org/image/castleview.jpg">Castle on the Hill View - 1926, Alva, OKYep! This Precious Pug watches the birds, eagles and other mountain creatures while Oakie has been busy cranking up the old scanner -- starting the scanning, transcribing The Ranger 1926 "Castle On The Hill" Yearbook.

Okie has been consumed and transported back in time to the 1926's in NW Oklahoma. Finding, learning more about the Castle on the Hill each day. We are updating our okielegacy.net with the following pages:
NSTC -
The Ranger 1926.

We have put the full-scanned pages of The Ranger 1926 Yearbook on our NW OkieLegacy Webshots.

Browse through both places and see what ancestors, friends and memories you might remember. Bookmark for future updates. This should keep Oakie busy for awhile, huh?

As to Rediscover the Treasure & Northwestern, You need to mark your calendars for September 30th thru October 2nd, 2004, Alva, Oklahoma. Join us and help rediscover the Treasure as the Community and the Rangers band together for another Cinderella Coronation and Homecoming celebrations at Northwestern's 2004 Homecoming. Hope to see most of you there! Yep! Okie and I will be crowding the downtown square the morning of Saturday, October 2, 2004, for the Ranger's Homecoming parade. We are looking forward to seeing Y'all there!

Liberty School - 1904-05There has been more Interesting Emails concerning the Photo of Liberty School District. We received an interesting email from Earl Fugit this week concerning the Liberty School photo with my grandmother, Constance Warwick (McGill) as the teacher.

Earl says, "The school was Liberty School located approximately 6-miles South and 1-East of Alva, about 5-miles North and one 1-East of Hopeton. This school was about 5-miles from the Warwick homestead."

Green Valley School

We found an answer to the question of the Hendrickson and Runnymede Hotels in Alva. Jim Richey enlightened us on the subject of the Hendrickson, Rhodes, Gunn and Runnymede Hotel. Thanks, Jim!

Remember the Burma Shave signs that kept you busy on long trips? Well! We have added a few of them in this Issue below. If you remembering any more that we don't have listed, send us some more of those sayings.

Okie says it times to wind this down and set the type-setter and punch the key to send this week's newsletter out for the weekend. So this precious political pug says, "See Y'all next weekend with more Okie Legacies!"

The Campus
A Silent message thru the ages
Is delivered to the races passing by,
And the wisdom of the sages
Flashes futily from the sturdy eye,
Watching Life's laughter, song and tears
Thru the eager march of onward years;
With quiet, unperturbed, mobile face
Inspires us to live with equal grace.
[taken from The Ranger 1926 yearbook]

~~ Linda "oaKie" & Duchess ~~

Here's to making America Stronger at Home - Respected in the World! Believe In America! We can do better!
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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 16 OKC, Oklahoma -

Do you believe in Ghosts? There are a few ghosts that haunt a certain location in Avard, Oklahoma. Some say the Old Avard Gym is a portal for those ghosts that haunt that area.

I am not sure what all buildings have occupied that place where the Old Avard Gym is now. Vina Rae's Grill & Graze Cafe occupies a part of the Old Gym at the present. If you are ever in the Avard area, stop by and chat with Nan while you graze during your lunch hour. There resides some interesting stories and ghosts with unfinished, unsettling business.

One of those ghosts is the charred, smell of the young lady that was charred to death in a fiery car incident on a lonely country road (Old Avard road) one mile south of Hopeton and 2.7 miles west of highway 281, about 1.25 miles from Mildred Ann Reynold's home near Avard. One of her legs was completely burnt off at the knee.

Mildred Ann (Newlin) Reynolds, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Newlin, Lambert, Oklahoma, was born December 25, 1933 and died 13 March 1956, 1:40 p.m. at the age of 22. Mildred Ann was a petite (5' 2", 100 lb.) nice looking, young lady and a senior attending Northwestern State College. College faculty described her as "rather shy" and a good student.

Mildred Ann Newlin married R. D. "Dee" Reynolds nine months before her violent , fiery death. Dee Reynolds was a basketball coach and teacher at the Avard High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Reynolds of Freedom, Oklahoma. Mildred had a brother, Eddie Newlin. Mildred's body was burned beyond recognition inside a 1949 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan. Her body was lying across the frontseat with her head away from the steering wheel. The question is Why and Was it Murder or an accident?

I would like to thank all of you who have come to my assistance and helped supply me with death dates, and other information. I have started a Cast of Characters, News Clippings on the Unsolved Mystery of Ann Reynolds' Death. As you read through it, if you know of something, someone who might have some factual clues and would like to help the ghost of Mildred Ann Reynolds find the answers to this unsolved crime, I would love to hear from you. I want to assure you that if you would prefer to remain anonymous, I will protect your confidentiality. Just let me know.

I am going to leave you here to view the Readers Mailbag and contemplate some of the evidence as reported in the local Newspapers of 1956 and Steve Gilbert's Study of the case. Was this an accident or murder? There have been lots of rumors, gossip about this case, but nothing that can be published -- An intriguing, suspicous, fiery death of a young lady, married for nine months and a Northwestern College senior on her way back home to Avard about 13 miles SW of Alva. Some reported that she left Alva around 12:30 p.m. after having lunch with her 18 year-old nephew, Jim Hucklebee.

Thanks for helping us with our 1956 Unsolved Mystery. Here is hoping you have a Good Friday and Happy Easter! This is also the 8th Anniversary Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building Bombing (19 April 1995) in Oklahoma City and a Memorial to those who died.

Have a great Easter weekend. See you all next weekend. Thanks for your help this week.

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 10

With March here, is Spring far behind? We were traveling to OKC from Alva the other afternoon, March 3, Monday. Out in the countryside a few miles south of Alva and west of Carmen, Oklahoma a huge gaggle of geese were heading north. When we were getting near Oklahoma City and traveling along the NW highway, a few miles west of OKC, we spotted another, but smaller, gaggle of geese heading northward.

Are we going to have an early spring and short winter? It sure seems like it!

18890s McGill Famil Quilt stitchesBesides the gaggle of geese, I now have in my possession a 108-110 year old family quilt that my great-grandmother (Isabelle Johnson McGill) had made for one of her sons, James. James Acel McGill carried it with him to the Oklahoma Territory around 1893 and the Cherokee Outlet Run. You should see the meticulous stitching, quilting in it. It is beautiful - fantastic quilting work. It measures 72"x80". The colors (Turkey red, Orange anemone, brown on an off-white linen-type background) are true, good condition, but the brown is worn in a few spots. It has always been in the McGill family. I had a chance to purchase it and keep it in the McGill family. So... I DID! Does anyone have any ideas how best to display this antique family quilt without hiding it away in a cedar chest or subjecting it to folded crease marks, dust, sunlight and other harmful things that plague antique quilts?

The 1906 Standard Atlas of Woods County... This thin book caught my eye this week when I was browsing for family pioneers that homesteaded land in NW Oklahoma. I did find some McGill's that owned land in the South half of Section 4-T26N-R14West Indian Meridian (WIM) - James & W. P. McGill - James was son of W. P. & Isabelle Johnson McGill). John R. Warwick (my great-grandfather, father of Constance Estella Warwick McGill) owned land in the NE quarter of Section 23-T26N-R14WIM, N half of Sec. 36-T26N-R14WIM, NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (north of railroad tracks at Phillips Station or Hopeton, Okla.). Wm. Warwick (possibly, John's father) owned the NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (south of railroad tracks at Phillips Station. SEE Twp. 26N-14WIM Map... Check out these maps to view other NW OK landowners of 1906.

For those of you interested in the Dacoma (Dakoma or Homer) area in Northwest Oklahoma, I scanned the 1906 Atlas map of Woods County, Twp. 25N-R13WIM that shows the listed owners of the land surrounding that area near Dacoma, Oklahoma, in northwest Oklahoma. That is where some of my PARIS ancestors settled, SW of the Dacoma area.

Waynoka Historical Society - Membership & Annual Fund Drive... We did our part this week when we made our donation to the Log Cabin & Depot Fund Drive to help out the Waynoka Historical Society. You can, too! They Need Your Help... to preserve their smalltown history!

As Sandie says in our Mailbag Corner this week, ".....Waynoka is a small town with a large history ... the society must rely on the help of friends who share their love of the town and its past, or those who have never heard of Waynoka before, but recognize and appreciate the value of preserving its great history. If you would like to be a part of this preservation, the Waynoka Historical Society -- Welcomes Your Donation of any amount. Their mailing address is PO Box 193, Waynoka OK 73860. President Sandie Olson's phone number is 580-824-5871; her email address is sandieo@pldi.net. If you would like to earmark your donation for the Log Cabin or Depot Fund, please note that on your check. Visit their web site at waynoka.org."

The Waynoka Historical Society has copies of a map of the Cherokee Strip Livestock Ass'n Ranches for Sale in the Museum Gift Shop. They're $3, plus 9% tax. They are 11"x17" - and frame nicely.

The weathermen have promised a decent Friday and Saturday this weekend, with a slight change in weather to hit around these parts on Sunday. This outdoor-type lady has plans to enjoy as much of the sunshine and outdoors as possible. Help us preserve our ancestor's pasts anyway you can! See you all next weekend!

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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NW OK Unsolved Mystery - 13 March 1956

Vol 5, Iss 16 Avard, Oklahoma -

At about 1:45 PM, March 13, 1956, the body of 22 year old Mildred Anne Reynolds was found burning in her 1949 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan, bearing Oklahoma license plate 49-2685. The incident occurred one mile South and two miles and seven tenths West of Hopeton, Oklahoma.

One of my readers said, "The car was very close to that hill on the right of the photo. I recall some men on the hill looking at the scene. The traffic going by that scene was busy considering the population and anyone could walk up to the car and stare. They didn't have any training in those days in proper law enforcement techniques, particularly in the rural areas and didn't have the benefit of television to learn even that way."

I wrote and asked Prof. Gilbert about some of his findings and about the 9mm shell casings found at the scene of the crime. He replied back, "Investigating agents discovered three 9MM shell casings at the rise about 50’ in front of Reynolds’ first attempt to turn. The owner of these shells, who was present at the isolated scene, admitted to firing his weapon. This was verified by firearms testing. No further mention was found in the investigation."

From reading the old newspaper archives of 1956, they did not mention any 9mm shells. This perked my curiosity even more and lots of questions. such as... Who was this person that was present at the scene and expended the 9mm shells? Why was this semi-automatic pistol fired? When was it fired? Who was this man with the 9mm semi-automatic pistol at the top of the rise? Why was there no further information divulged as to the owner of the shell casings? Was she shot prior to vehicle burning?

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NW OK Marriages 1941

Vol 5, Iss 2 Oklahoma - Miller-Baird - ca. 1940s, Alva, Oklahoma - Miss Lois Miller Becomes The Bride of Kenneth Baird Sunday Morning - A marriage of interest was solemnized Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the home of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Miller, 1031 Eighth Street, when their daughter, Miss Lois Miller, became the bride of Kenneth K. Baird, son of Charles A. Baird, Wichita.

Johnston-Hellman - Thursday, 1941 - Miss Ida Johnston and Earl Hellman Are Married In Impressive Ceremony - In an impressive ceremony, Thursday morning at 8:30, in the Sacred Heart church, Miss Ida Johnston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Johnston, Capron, became the bride of Early Hellman, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hellman. Father Leo Claus read the double ring ceremony.

Potuznik-Schaefer - Saturday, 1941 - Miss Kathryn Potuznik, and Virgil W. Schaefer Are Married Saturday - A marriage of interest to their many friends is that of Miss Kathryn Potuznik, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Potuznik and Virgil W. Schaefer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Schaefer, Capron. The double ring ceremony was read Saturday morning at nine o'clock in the Lutheran parsonage with Rev. Otto Hoyer officiating.

Melton-Kessinger - Sunday, 1941, Alva, Okla. - Miss Esther Melton Is The Bride of Leo Kessinger - In a simple ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the home of the bride's mother, Miss Esther Melton, daughter of Mrs. Harriett Melton, Alva, became the bride of Mr. Leo Kessinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Kessinger, Alva.

Kinsall-Rowntree - August 20, 1941, Navy Field Chapel, San Diego, Calif. - Miss Rose Marie Kinsall & Worth W. Rowntree Exchange Vows In Ceremony At San Diego - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Rose Marie Kinsall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Kinsall, Alva, and Worth W. Rowntree, formerly of Alva. The nuptial vows were exchanged August 20 in the famous navy field chapel on North Island, San Diego, California. Chaplain W. L. Kennedy of the U.S.N. Air Station, San Diego, performed the ceremony.

Harrington-Bagenstos, Jr. -Wednesday, September 24, 1941 - Katherine Harrington and Joe Bagenstos, Jr. Wed September 24 - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Katherine Harrington, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Harrington, and Joe H. Bagenstos, Jr. Father Leo Claus read the low nuptial mass in the Sacred Heart Church Wednesday morning.

Hicks-Rodkey - October 4, 1941, Altus, Okla. - A marriage of interest to the people of this community is that of Miss Phyllis Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett S. Hicks of Alva, and Edward Garth Rodkey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Rodkey, Alva. The wedding vows were read October 4 in the Baptist Tabernacle church at Altus with Rev. William T. Savage officiating.

Spangler-Sharp - October 6, 1941, Cherokee, Okla. - Spangler-Sharp Wed October 6 - A marriage of interest to their many friends of Alva is that of Miss Maxine Spangler daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Spangler, Walsh, Colorado, and Lt. Paul Sharp, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Sharp of Cherokee. The wedding vows were read October 6 by Rev. W. A. Keller in the Christian church parsonage of Cherokee

Lambert-Vail -Sunday, November 30, 1941, Wichita, Kans. - Miss Alfreda Lambert To Wed At Wichita November 30 - The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Alfreda Lambert, Barber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lambert, Hopeton, and Clem Vail, son of Mrs. Rosa Vail, Wichita is announced today

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Eagle Chief Creek Floods

Vol 9, Iss 25 While Eagle Chief Creek was flooding it banks North of Hopeton, Oklahoma, it was also creating havoc in the western part of Woods County, along highway 14 and North of Waynoka, Oklahoma.

Eagle Chief Creek flowed over it's banks last week, Wednesday and Thursday (June 13 & 14, 2007) with over 5 inches of rain and most of it following within an hour on Thursday evening. Afterwards, some residents living about ten miles north of Waynoka, Oklahoma, were filling dumpsters full of stuff because of the flooding.

I wonder if the beavers have built dams along that area as they have in the past... OR... if the residents along Eagle Chief Creek on Hwy 14 have been destroying the natural flow of the creek through there.

At the same time it was raining North of Waynoka on Eagle Chief Creek, our Fairvalley property was getting some nice rain on the grass pastures and old townsites. I am told that it rained 1-1/2 inches both evenings (Wednesday & Thursday of last week, June 13 & 14, 2007). The report is: "Fairvalley has had lots of good rain, just like we have. The grass is absolutely excellent in these parts."
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NW Okie's Ancestry Corner

Vol 13, Iss 29 Bayfield, Colorado - The photo on the right shows the "Alva The Champions" . . . They played in the Alva, Greensburg and Hopeton area around the 1904. Listed Left to Right, Front Row: George Brannan, Jess Clifton, the dog, Lynn White, Ramsey; Middle Row: Helena boy, Frank Crowell, Wilhite; Back Row: Museller, Quinlan, Bill McGill, Rolly Wilton, Ross Frazier. Correct me if I am wrong, but was one of these photos the "Alva Giants?"

You will probably notice that this week's newsletter has gone to the early baseball history of Oklahoma and Indian Territory and how my grandpa William J. (a.k.a Parsons, Bill or Will) McGill played a part in the early history of baseball in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri. Grandpa "Parsons" McGill started his baseball days in Alva between 1900 thru 1904.

In 1900, Grandpa McGill was a big gangling, awkward farm boy living on a farm southwest of town, where his older brother had made the run. McGill enrolled at Northwestern for a college career. mcGill followed along period of time when he and Dan Quinlan did most of the pitching for Alva and played both with the college and town teams.

Grandpa played on Northwestern Normal's School baseball team in 1903. by 1904 Grandpa McGill was playing baseball at Friends University in Lawrence, Kansas. At some time in 1904 he played with the "Alva Champions" in the above photo.

It was during the baseball season of 1906 that Grandpa McGill pitched for the Austin Senators, in the South Texas League, with the following team players: Geo. Felter, Harry Short, Happy Fields, Richardson, Stevenson, McCall Carter, Suitor, hartman, Gordon, Hutchcroft, and Capt. Gill.

As E. M. Barker, sports editor, Alva-Review Courier reported in a 1943 baseball article, "On September 17, 1907, the St. Louis Browns were playing the Cleveland American Indians. On the Cleveland team at that time was the great Napoleon Lajoie said by many to be on the greatest second baseman of all times. It was the second game of the doubleheader and not a man had been retired.

"On the mound for the Browns was a young Texas League recruit pitching his first major league baseball game. The crowd was astounded at his speed as he weaved his long willowy frame to and fro on the pitcher's mound, coolly chopping down the most seasoned veterans of the game.

"The ninth inning came up with St. Louis leading 2 to 1. The second batter to face the young St. Louis pitcher missed a fast inside pitch just belt high. The catcher called for another in the same spot. The rookie, with victory in his grasp, grew a wee bit careless and the ball sailed over the plate just a trifle higher and right in the batter's groove. A two base hit resulted and the batter later scored the tying run. The game went on into the twelfth inning and was called on account of darkness." SEE URL below.

Grandpa Bill McGill's major league career was brief, as he pitched only two games for the St. Louis Browns against Cleveland and the New York Highlanders. In late September Grandpa returned to Alva to go into the furniture business with his older brother, James. McGill did take a short stint in the old Western Association league with Guthrie and pitched a few more games for Alva.

In 1943, E. M. Barker, Alva-Review Courier Sports Editor, in Northwest Oklahoma, wrote an article titled, King of Sports Has Long History. Barker mentions that prior to the coming of statehood there were several saloons that were the main support of the ball clubs of the gay nineties. The men who played on the teams were connected with baseball were from the "sturdy stock" and character who contributed to the great national pastime. They also played an important part in the building of the town in a civic and material way.

In 1894, the first baseball diamond was located on the grounds where the Washington Elementary stands today, on the northwest corner of 7th and Center Street.

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Looking Back ... Early 1900 Baseball & Grandpa Bill

Vol 11, Iss 30 They were known as "Alva the Champions!" The Baseball team pictured on the left played in the Alva, Greensburg and Hopeton area around 1904.

Listed Left to Right, Front Row: George Brannan, Jess Clifton, a dog, Lynn White, Ramsey; Middle Row: A Helena boy, Frank Crowell, Wilhite; Back Row: Museller, Quinlan, Bill McGill, Rolly Wilton, Ross Frazier.

Grandpa Bill McGill was born William Jacob McGill, 29 June 1880, died 29 July 1959, Alva, Oklahoma. On 23 March 1910 he married my Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick. They divorced around the earlier 1940s and Grandpa married Blanche Miller in 1945.

Grandpa's baseball years ranged from 1902 to 1908. Beginning in 1902 & 1903, William "Bill" attended Northwestern Normal and was active in sports. By 1904, Bill was attending Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where he was considered to be a one-man track team, played football and baseball at Friends.

Around 1905 & 1906 he was pitching for the Austin Senators in the Texas Baseball League in Austin, TX. In 1907, Bill went to the Big Leagues and played with the St. Louis Browns.

In 1908, Bill was back in Oklahoma teaching school three miles north of Cherokee and in Woods County. He was also courtin' my Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, who was also a school teacher in Woods County, Oklahoma.
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Pioneer Albert Wesley Lewis - Dacoma, OK

Vol 9, Iss 50 Here is another Dacoma, Oklahoma pioneer from the earlier days, Albert Wesley Lewis. Anyone out there remember Mr. Albert W. Lewis?

Albert Wesley Lewis was the manager and treasurer of the Dacoma Lumber Company and the Dacoma Grain Company. Albert was a resident of Dacoma beginning in 1904. Since that time he had participated in all movements that were made for Dacoma's growth and development.

Albert W. Lewis was born on a farm in Iowa county, Iowa, July 19, 1867, a son of William Wesley and Susan Jane (Rogers) Lewis.

Albert's Father
Albert's father was born in he City of Cincinnati, Ohio, of Scotch ancestry, and had spent his entire career in agricultural pursuits. As a young man he removed to Iowa, where he resided until 1877, in that year removing to Kansas and locating on Government land in Pratt County, where he served as postmaster of the Town of Naron for eight years, during 1879 and 1880. In the turbulent period regarding the location of the county seat, he was a member of the board of county commissioners.

In 1888, with his family, he removed to "No Man's Land," a strip ceded to the United States by Texas in 1850, for many years without any government, and now constituting Beaver county, Oklahoma, where he handled cattle on the open range.

In 1892 Mr. Lewis participated in the opening of the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation, taking claims with his four sons in what was in 1916, Lincoln County, where he continued to be engaged in farming for nine years. At the end of that time he moved to Alva, where he was living in comfortable retirement, in 1916.

Mr. Lewis was married in 1850 to Susan Jane Rogers, who was born March 13, 1837, in Pennsylvania, a daughter of Samuel Rogers, a native of the keystone state. Five sons and four daughters were born to this union, as follows: Ida, wife of Henry Burns, of Prague, Oklahoma; Margaret, wife of W. R. Dennison, of Alva, Oklahoma; Dewey, resident of Meeker, Oklahoma; Austin, of Carmen, Oklahoma; George, died in infancy; Columbus W., of Hardtner, Kansas; Albert Wesley, of Dacoma; Carrie, married in 1893 to Jon Godfrey, and died in 1911 at South Greenfield, Missouri; and Laura, died in 1910 at Pawnee, Oklahoma, as the wife of Charles Stevens.

Albert Lewis was educated in the public schools of Pratt county, Kansas, and grew up in the atmosphere of the farm. When he was 21 years of age he accompanied his parents to "No Man's Land," so that he may be said to be something more than a pioneer of Oklahoma. Later he was one of the first settlers of what is now Lincoln county, Oklahoma, himself proving up land, and for a number of years divided his time between farming and teaching in the public schools.

In 1900 Albert entered the employ of Crowell brothers, at Alva, with whom he thoroughly initiated himself into the mysteries of the grain and lumber business, and in 1904 was sent by his employers to Dacoma, to open a branch lumber yard, this city having since been his home.

In 1908 he established the Dacoma Grain Company, which in 1914, handled almost 1, million bushels of wheat. The officers of this large concern being: George W. Crowell, president; George Weaber, secretary, and Albert W. Lewis, manager and treasurer.

The Dacoma Lumber Company was organized in 1913, with main office at Dacoma and branch yard at Hopeton, Oklahoma. The officers of this enterprise being the same as those of the Dacoma Grain Company. For eight years, Albert Lewis served as Mayor of Dacoma, Oklahoma.

On October 9, 1888, at Englewood, Kansas, Albert Lewis was married to Mary B. Kees, who was born September 17, 1870, in Ohio, daughter of A. W. Kees, of Gate, Oklahoma. At the time of their marriage, the young couple were living in "No Man's Land, " where there were no courts of record, nor clergy, and Mr. Lewis and his bride went to Englewood, Kansas, to have the ceremony officially and legally solemnized. They were the parents of four children:

  • William R., born August 23, 1890, married December 25, 1910, Josie B. Frye, born in Iowa, July 17, 1890, and they have two children -- Albert William, born August 28, 1912, and Audrie, born January 20, 1915;
  • Nettie, born December 8, 1892, married in 1911 to W. F. Hiatt, and had two children -- Eldora and Walter;
  • Erdice, born February 25, 1894, died May 25, 1910;
  • Alta Maud, born September 9, 1898, lived with her parents in 1916.
  • -- The Standard History of Oklahoma, Vol 4, pg 1351.
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    1917 - Northwestern State Normal

    Vol 9, Iss 34 If you had glanced the headlines of The Oklahoman, dated May 28, 1917, pg. 4, you might have read: Northwestern Graduates 88 - Largest Class In History of School Finishes Normal Work at Alva.

    Alva, Okla., May 27, 1917 -- Eighty-eight seniors, the largest class ever graduated from the Northwestern State Normal, receive their diplomas this year. The larger percentage of the class are girls. Of the boys many have enlisted in the various branches of military service and received their credits without finishing the school year. The class represents an assemblage from all parts of the country. Not only is Oklahoma represented but Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana also have students among the graduates. Only thirty percent of the class are residents of this city

    Rev. John R. Abernathy of Muskogee, will deliver the baccalaureate address Sunday morning at 10:00 o'clock in the chapel hall. Monday is the final day of commencement week. Rev. J. F. Roach of Oklahoma City will deliver the commencement address.

    Those receiving their diplomas this year are: (You can also see pictures of 1917 seniors at OkieLegacy - 1917 Ranger Album Collection):
    Rosa Adam, Alva; Lottie B. Anderson, Ashley; Ersel Arnote, Fairview; Bessie E. Barker, Gage; Audrey Bainum, Hopeton; D. D. Biggers, Green City, Mo.; Pearl Boling, Capron; Della Brunstetter, Alva, Ross Burns, Alva; Mabel Joyce Cameron, Alva; C. Belle Chestnut, Waynoka; Flo Mae Curtis, Alva; Bess M. Davis, Gage; Virda Dale, Harper, Kan.; Esther Dalzell, Pond Creek; Emma Donaldson, Capron; Chester Duncan, Waynoka; Velma Rae Dunn, Shreveport, La.; Nora Eutsler, Guymon; Maude Every, Rusk; J. C. Fellible, Lamont; Alice Fennessey, Alva; Bernice Fitzgerald, Watonga; S. Loine Floyd, Decauter, Ill.; Zanoni Freeman, Alva; Ethel France, Alva; Zella Gilbert, Watonga; Roscoe Grimm, Aline; Nina Hopper, Alva; Neva Hanford, Alva; Frank Hess, Alva; Jessie G. Hofer, Driftwood; J. C. Hoffsomer, Hillsdale; Beulah Hoffsomer, Hillsdale; Mabel Hobbie, Alva; Elizabeth Hollen, Gage; I. P. Julian, Ingersoll; Ruth Kendall, Woodward; Ellavede Lambert, Waynoka; Cleo Llewellyn, Waynoka; Beulah Zimmerman, Wayonoka; Bessie Shockley, Hardtner, Kan.; Bessie Smith, Broken Arrow; Nell Searce, Columbia, Mo.; George McClure, Bess McCormick, Alva; Carlos McGill, Alva; Ralph McCrady, Cherokee; Marie McElhiney, Buffalo; Elbert Marlatt, Ingersoll;, Onita Martin, Alva; Mercedes Moyer, Gage; Ruth Moyer, Gage; Mona Morton, Alva; Mitchell Osborne, Alva; Bessie Patterson, Blackwell; Carrie Phillips, Watonga; W. L. Pitman, Woodward; Ruth Rank, Gage; Hildagarde Rank, Pond Creek; Bert Raney, Higgins, Texas; Ben Rackley, Cherokee; Gladys M. Randall, Waukomis; Edith Reeg, Carmen; Edwin Sandefur, Chaney; Catherine Serviss, Kansas City Kan.; Earl Shelley, Alva; Ruby Skeen, Watonga; Jennie Smith, Fairview; Elizabeth Springer, Alva; Harry Soliday, Vici; Tess Sears, Jet; Gail Sleeth, Driftwood; Foster Stockwell, Alva; Chesley Stigers, Arnett; Edna Talbot, Watonga; Ada Titus, Ingersoll; Ethel Utterback, Salt Fork; Harry Vetter, Alva; Wilbur Wilcox, Huskew; Nonnie Weiser, Edmond; Fern Williams, Byron, Mabel Willis, Fairview; Louis Wilke, Alva; Irene Woodmansee, Cherokee; Glen McGill, Alva; and Nelde Searcy, Alva.
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    Naomi Warren Paris Obit

    Naomi Warren Paris

    Vol 5, Iss 7 Colorado Springs, Colorado - The photo on the left is Naomi in 1955, playing cards and Paris family gathering in Hopeton, Oklahoma. She Loved Antiques & Cards.

    I got a call from my cousins in Colorado Springs, Colorado the beginning of this week. Their mother, Naomi Warren Paris, passed away Sunday night, in her sleep, February 9, 2003, around 10p.m. she is finally resting on a Colorado Springs hillside with her beloved husband, Alvin Riley Paris.

    Naomi Warren Paris, born March 7, 1910 in Alva, OK, was the daughter of Wesley and Maud (Robinson) Warren.

    Naomi graduated from high school and attended Northwestern State College in Alva, OK, where she met and married Alvin Riley Paris, February 3, 1935. Alvin passed away earlier this Summer (31 July 2003).

    Naomi and Alvin are survived by their three sons, Stan in Palm Desert, CA, Lynn in Casa Grande, AZ, and Phil in Colorado Springs; and Galen Warren in Enid, and Stan Warren in Colorado Springs, Colo.; and ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

    Naomi's parents, Wesley & Maud Warren, had seven children: Naomi (1910-2003) married Alvin Paris(1912-2002); Robert (1912-1985) married Frieda Schreiber; Donald (1913-) married Bernice Killion; Dale (1915-) married Ruth Augustine and later Virginia Whitehead; Galen (1919 living, Enid) married Ruth Jordan; Velma (1921-) married Wm T. Crenshaw, Jr. (both deceased); and Stanley (1924 living, Colo. Springs) married Clara Wharton.

    The funeral was held, Feb. 12, 2002, Wednesday, at the First Christian Church, in Colorado Springs.

    The Evergreen Mortuary handled the funeral. Donations and flowers were in care of Naomi Warren Paris at the Evergreen Mortuary, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.
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    Warwick, Woods & M Questions

    Vol 8, Iss 34 One reader asked us, "Where did you get the name Warwick from? Any relation to the Warwick's of Pocahontas County, West Virginia?"

    As to our website name, Warwick West Web publishing, it came about from our father's maternal side of the family (WARWICK's of Pocahontas County, WV). We named our "Warwick West Web Publishing" in honor of our Warwick side of the family. Likewise, our ParisTimes website is named in honor of our Paris side and our mother's paternal side of the family. Hope this answers any questions that some of you are asking.

    John Robert Warwick was a teacher in the Coldwater, Kansas area before he and his brother made the Run of '93 into Oklahoma Territory. J. R. was also a banker with the Hopeton bank during the 1930's and the dustbowl days, acquiring land out around the Fairvalley, Freedom and Waynoka area. J. R. & Signora Belle (Guinn) Warwick did have a homestead of 3/4 of land a few miles south of Alva on hwy 281 around Hopeton, Oklahoma along the Eagle Chief Creek, but that was traded for another piece of flatter cropland a couple of miles north of Hopeton. J. R. & Signora Belle had three children: Constance Estelle, Robert Lee and Wilbur (died at young age).

    Another reader asked us when did they start calling "M" county "Woods" county. We went searching in our Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County history book and found the following written by our sister-in-law, Joan (Wagner) Hodgden, on page 3, ".....At the first general election held November 6, 1894, the three major parties were asked to place suggested names for the county on the ballot. The republicans proposed FLYNN, for Dennis Flynn. The Democrats like BANNER, for a "banner county," a popular booster term of the era. The Populists proposed WOOD, in honor of an important Kansas Populist. The Populists won, but through a clerical error the name was registered as WOODS,...."

    So... perhaps the answer to that question is as early as November 1894 it was known as "M" & "Woods" county. Anyone else out there have any knowledge on the "Woods" & "M" county topic?

    We have heard from a few of you that think the new lay out is great! Thanks for your feedback, input and encouragements! They mean a lot to us. Thanks again for taking the time to give us your feedback. We really appreciate it very much!

    Our Louisiana techie says, "The best feature at the OkieLegacy eZine must be the ability for you as visitors to have a little bit more control to create communities by City and State or one of the surnames in your family. All you have to do is register and logon. I added a count of messages to let you know how many people register with the same surnames and locations. Please register using the two-letter state code. AND... What other utility would you like to suggest for this site?"
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    Old Avard Road Unsolved Mystery of 1956

    Vol 11, Iss 42 Map of Old Avard Road, T25-R14WIM Some say about 1956 in Northwest Oklahoma, "This was an innocent time in an unsophisticated community. Death happened, but only by accident or disease. Murder was not known, and really no one knew how to cope with it."

    BUT ? the Old Avard Road Fiery Death of Mildred Ann Newlin Reynolds was not the only murder mystery in this northwest community. If we look back to 1910 we can find another mysterious death of a young women, which occurred in the Old Opera House on the southeast corner of the square, in Alva, Oklahoma. BUT ? That is another story for another OkieLegacy Issue.

    Our 1956 Unsolved mystery had lots of Cast of Characters. Just to name a few: Mildren Ann Newlin Reynolds (22, victim), R. D. "Dee" Reynokds (26, husband of victim, teacher & coach at Avard High School), Earnest F. Newlin (father of victim), Marie Schroder Newlin (mother of victim), Eddie Newlin (brother of victim), Jim Hucklebee (18, nephew of Dee & Ann Reynolds), I. R. Boyce (county coroner), Ed Doctor (Sheriff of Woods County), Loren Goucher (farmer in Avard who reported crime scene), H. D. Potts (Woods county attorney), Leroy Lancaster (farmer who sighted fire), Atlee Delaney (employee of Alva Review Courier who took pictures of crime scene), Kyle Morehead (Deputy Assistant State Fire Marshall), G. R. Brown (State Highway Trooper), 125-150 students at NSC (Northwestern State College), Ralph Duroy (State Fire Marshall), Elvin White (Undersheriff of Woods county 1955-60), R. Doss Gourley (deputy of Woods county (1955-60) and Vernie Hackney (resigned as deputy sheriff of Woods county, March 15, 1956).

    It was on a Tuesday, 13 March 1956, around 1:40 p.m. that Mildred Ann (Newlin) Reynolds met a violent, fiery death along the Old Avard road as she was headed home after classes at Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma in a 1949 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan. Was she alone at the time? OR ? Was someone waiting for her at the scene of the crime along the Old Avard road?

    Mildred Ann Newlin was born December 25, 1933 and died 13 March 1956, at the age of 22. Ann was a petite 5' 2", 100Lb, nice looking, young lady and a senior attending Northwestern State College in Alva, Oklahoma. THE College faculty described her as rather shy and a good student. Mildred Ann was the daughter of Ernest & Marie (Schroder) Newlin of Lambert, Oklahoma, and had a younger brother, Eddie Newlin.

    Mildred Ann had only been married nine months to Coach R. D. "Dee" Reynolds, the basketball coach and teacher at the Avard High School and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Reynolds of Freedom, Oklahoma. Coach R. D. Reynolds was a NSC (Northwestern State College) graduate student, age 26 years, at the time of his Wife's death. It was reported that after his wife Ann's death he moved away from Avard, remarried and lived in the Bartlesville, Oklahoma area until his death.

    We know that Jim Hucklebee, an 18 year-old nephew of the Reynolds, was living with Dee & Ann Reynolds while attending Northwestern State College in Alva. Jim was one of the last ones to see Mildred Ann alive in Alva around noon. Jim would usually drive/ride home to Avard with Ann, but did not on this particular day because he testified that he stayed behind for a class at NSC at 1:00p.m.

    Was it an accident? Was it murder? Was someone waiting, knowing Ann would be on her way home; knew her normally traveled route; OR ? Did someone follow behind her to a point, then passed and overtook her? Did the perpetrator/s then proceeding on to the next section line after turning around, coming back toward her and blocking the road so she could not proceed further -- at this point causing the chain of events that eventually resulted in Mildred Ann Newlin Reynold's death.

    They reported that Mildred's body was burned beyond recognition and one leg was burned completely off at the knee. Was her husband's 1949 Chevrolet Tudor Sedan set afire?

    Mildred's body was found lying across the front seat with her head away from the steering wheel.

    There are lots of unanswered questions in this "Cold Case" of March 1956 in Northwest Oklahoma. Some of those questions are:

    * Who was present at the scene and expended the 9mm shells?
    * Why was a weapon fired at the scene?
    * Who fired it?
    * What is plausible reason for this?
    * Why was there no further information divulged as to the owner of the shell casings as per information presented in the internet article?
    * Was she shot prior to vehicle burning?
    * Why was gas tank plug loose enough to dislodge from tank?
    * Or was it removed at the scene?
    * Or intentionally loosened earlier?
    * Was the plug recovered at the scene?
    * Was she enroute to rendezvous with another party?
    * Was this route, her normally traveled route?
    * Had she received phone call to meet with someone?
    * Did she have a boyfriend ... or did someone think she did?
    * Was it proven she was alone and that she was the actual driver of the vehicle at time of incident?
    * Was she pregnant or did somebody believe her to be?
    * Did her husband have a girlfriend? If so, who was she and was she pregnant?
    * What was her husband's occupation?
    * Were personal friends of husband interviewed extensively?
    * Did Anne have a part time job?
    * Was she a full-time or part-time student?
    * Were her classmates interviewed and what was her schedule for that day?
    * Did she in fact attend "all" scheduled classes that day?
    * Where was she "enroute to and from" at the time of incident?
    * Did her family privately pursue answers to the incident?

    On 23 March 1956 only 10 days after the car fire according to [Woodward News] ? Victim?s Father told reporters, he thought his daughter's death was accidental ?? WHY? The inquest jurors had just determined they did not believe the death was accidental and recommended further investigation.

    This statement made by the victim?s father seems somewhat out in left field so early in the investigation ? doesn?t it? Why was his opinion so convincingly established in such short order? Why were all the evidentiary facts being overlooked, so early on in the investigation?

    Is there still viable DNA that could be used to solve this crime? OR ? did it get violated, contaminated with the passers-by that drove out to see the scene of the crime?

    Al says, "I went to Lambert High School with Ann, I was a couple of grades behind. We lived about a mile and a quarter west of her home. When I heard of her murder, it was the most frightening thing I had experienced. It still seems the most senseless. This was an innocent time in an unsophisticated community. Death happened, but only by accident or disease. Murder was not known, and really no one knew how to cope with it."

    Doug says, "As a young child I use to help ann do her chores after she would come home from school. I went to her house which was across the road from where we lived ? three times that day. I told my mother Ann has not come home from school. I told mom I wonder were she could be? Then a fellow neighbor came by an told us she was murdered. We lived only one an half miles from the murder seen. My mom told me to stay in the car. Well! That didn't work. Down the hill I ran and I saw her in the front seat, one leg was burned into and on the ground. I had nightmares for a long time. The next year we moved to Alva. I was very good friends of the family. I have always been so sad about what had happen to her. She was my buddy and we had so much fun. I justed wanted to share this with everyone."

    Natalie says, "You know, my mom STILL talks about this - a very haunting case."

    This is/was a haunting case and I understand the ghost of Ann Reynolds and other Avard ghosts have allegedly been known to be one of many haunting souls that inhabits the "Old Avard Gym," leaving the smell of burnt flesh behind.

    Perhaps Mildred Ann is looking for her husband who was a teacher and basketball coach at Avard Gym during the time of Ann's fiery death on the Old Avard road, just a few miles East of Avard, 13 March 1956, at 1:40 p.m.

    With Halloween just a couple of weeks away, will the Reynold's ghosts be haunting the Old Avard gymnasium?

    If you have heard stories of this haunting "Cold Case Unsolved Fiery Death that occurred, March 13, 1956, in Northwest Oklahoma on the Old Avard Road, one mile South of Hopeton and two miles West, we would love to hear from you.

    These questions are presented now, in hopes that someone would remember a particular person or persons mentioned herein. BUT ? Then again ? Maybe it is best that we let dead bones and their unanswered questions stay buried! Huh!
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    Looking Back ... Great Grandpa J. R. Warwick

    Vol 11, Iss 31 Besides being born April 9, 1857, at Frost, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, John Robert Warwick was later a pioneer citizen of Woods (M) county, Oklahoma Territory.

    John R. Warwick came from a long line of fighting stock, and he was never known to be afraid. Panics, hard times, sickness, death itself could come along during his life, but he remained calm. John Warwick lived on the theory that the sun set --but that it later arose!

    John Robert Warwick was one of a family of 11 Children, four of whom survive him. He was also raised in the Methodist faith.

    John's sense of humor never failed, nor his hospitality, as no one, either friend or outcast, ever went away hungry. Much of his determined character may have come down to him through a family trait, as revealed in an old history of West Virginia. It tells of his ancestor, Major Peter Hull who, coming from England in 1772, settled in this same valley where John Warwick later was born. Of this Major Hull the historian wrote. "He was of great influence, but very domineering."

    This spirit which had run through the family for generations led him to independence of action later when he came to Kansas and taught school at Coldwater, waiting for the opening of Oklahoma's Cherokee Strip for settlement. He "made the run" Sept. 16, 1893. As he was accustomed to the water and wood in abundance on the wooded hills and plains of West Virginia, he looked first for wood and water when looking for a homestead. He staked a claim 7 miles south of Alva, on Eagle Chief, but learning by experience that more abundance lay in the level wheat lands--he sold his wood-and-water farm and bought level wheat land 5 miles south of Alva. [also known as the 3/4 Quarters that was in dispute in Gene McGill's Trust.]

    Here is where John R. and his wife, Signora Belle Guinn Warwick lived until 1929 when they moved to Alva. John's wife preceded him in death three years, almost to the exact time of his death, dying in November, 1934. John R. Warwick loved his chewing tobacco and eventually died of cancer of his jaw.

    John Robert Warwick loved land and became a large land proprietor. He also was vice-president and director of the Hopeton State Bank, Hopeton, Oklahoma, for many years. Until the day he died John took care of his own business and managed his farms South of Alva; East of Freedom at Fairvalley; and North of Waynoka along Hwy 14.
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    Inch By Inch (Bless These Seeds)

    Vol 1, Iss 4 This is what NW Okie was feeling on a Thursday, May 6, 1999, when she wrote about: "Inch By Inch (Bless These Seeds...)." Let my column and newsletter be the fertile ground. let my friends be the warmth and rain that bless these seeds i sow.

    "Inch by inch - Row by tow. I am going to make this garden grow - Some one bless these seeds I sow - 'Til the rain come tumbling down." the Garden Song - words by David Marlett.

    Happy May Day, my friends! The flowery seeds of May should really be blooming now with all those April showers that we've been having lately. I've been traveling the backroads between OKC and NW and Western Oklahoma enjoying the spring countryside in all it's beauty.

    I really love the drive thru the small towns such as Dacoma, Hopeton, Fair Valley, Freedom, Waynoka, Chester, Seiling, Watonga, etc...Highway 183 down to Clinton from Seiling is a great driave. It has those small, rolling little hills of grass pastures, wheat fields with the tree lined creeks and rivers running through them. It also has picturesque little towns dotting the landscape between here and there.

    I'm wondering what it must have been like when my ancestors walked upon this land of ours. The small, rural towns with their unique little grocery stores that had everything in the world right there at your beck and call. They are still operating in the center of the small communities. Those ma and pa grocery stores were the Wal-Marts for their time and more. You know what I mean? During the winter months everyone would gather around a pot belly stove and catch up on everyone's gossip and family situations.

    I remember the grocery store in Hopeton, Oklahoma, that we used to run to with anticipation when we visited our grandmother and granfather Paris on the holidays. It was a real treat to go in there and get a stick of candy, gum, a 10 cent comic book or just to run an errand for grandma. AND...everyone knew everyone else in the town. The owner of the store made you fell like you were the most important little person in there, cause he know your name and your grandparents by their first names. BUT...More about that in another story I'm working on for later.

    Anyway, I love driving between here and there and seeing all the things in between. Sometimes stopping at unique little spots out of the way. I enjoy finding beauty in every kind of scenery in Oklahoma or wherever I travel. Each part of Oklahoma has it's own kind of beauty, especially this time of the season. It's like people...They all have their own distinctive, different characteristics and should be admired and RESPECTED for their own individuality, strengths, beauty and talents.

    I was talking the other night with a friend and he says, "...These little ma and pa towns have just as much history as OKC, Tulsa, Lawton, and the bigger towns. And what I am doing, and ANYBODY on the internet can do. The just have to have the "want-to" to do it, to preserve some history.

    Most of the little towns still have a Ma and Pa grocery store. Down the street there might be a small building dedicated as a rural Post Office and mailboxes. There usually is a quaint little bank and museum. AND...If you are lucky...YES! There is an old fashion saloon, cigar store and/or a cafe where the locals might hang out.

    The farmers and ranchers in these areas are struggling to get decent prices for their cattle and crops to make their bankers, happy and barely making ends meet. AND...That isn't just Oklahoma. It's all over.

    I've talked long enough and used up way too much of your work time. Someone in Oklahoma cares about you, my friend, and is thinking about you. Here is one last quote to think on...

    "Truth and true love is forever. Spend your precious time and energy in positive, productive, creative activity. Life exacts a price as each moment passes by. What you get in reutrn is up to you. May you be granted all you need. May your health be the best and your life to match." Dr. Paul

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    December 1926 - Frisco Western Division

    Vol 12, Iss 3 According to The Frisco Employes' Magazine, page 50, December, 1926, the Transportation Department, Western Division - Enid, written by Cambell and Campbell, reporters, were reporting on the Western Division for the towns along the Western Division of the Frisco Line.

    Campbell and Campbell reported, "L. H. Harshey, draftsman on the western, has been appointed roadster on the central division, stationed at Hugo, Okla. Good luck, Lew.

    "H. V. Yerby (Squeegee) comes from Ft. Smith to thee western division as 'transition' in the division engineers' office. Fel sure he will like the western."

    A Sad Tale

    Campbell & Campbell go on in the article to say, "This is dedicated to radio fans on this division and I must say we have lots of 'em:

    "Here lies the remains of a radio fan, who is mourned by his many relations; he filled his gas tank while smoking hi pipe, and was picked up by twenty-one stations.

    "On November 1 two Frisco veterans in the interest of 'The Small Town Advancement Society,' of which they constitute the official body, made a trip over the Avard sub-division. While the real purpose of their trip and their accomplishments have not yet been given to the public, it is known that they made a thorough investigation of social and business conditions with the object in view of writing an appropriate slogan for each town.

    Their efforts were as follows:
    * If you've a girl and gonna marry 'er, Remember livin's low in Carrier.

    * 'Twill pay all men to move to Goltry, Who love to look on fairer poultry.

    * Fair Helena needs no boostin', she's always on the top aroostin'.

    * If you marry, don't be silly, but build a love nest at McWillie.

    * If you would make a fortune farmin', success awaits all men at Carmen.

    * The bathing beauties of Dacoma lead all the rest in Oklahoma.

    * Hopeton, hope of all the hopeless -- Wineless, womanless, and dopeless.

    There was an note to Mr Editor at the end of the piece that read, "The official body decline to submit their slogan for Avard, stating as their reason that Avard is on the main line of the Santa Fe while only on a Frisco branch line. Moreover, the literary merit of the Avard slogan is so far ahead of that of the others that its publication would be an injustice to the Frisco Lines. As a substitute slogan, they give the following cryptic words:

    * Avard: Where we stayed over night and had breakfast.
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    Great Grandma's Bible

    Vol 15, Iss 4 Alva, Oklahoma - Back in 2002, I had rummaged through some old family boxes of memories, finding what I thought to be some great family treasures. One of those treasures was my Grandmother's (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) bible that was handed down from her mother Signora Bell Gwin Warwick.

    My Great-Grandmother's book (bible) was received when she was thirteen almost fourteen years of age. On the inside she wrote, "Siga B. Gwin's Book" with the date she received it: "February 27th, 1876."

    It's what I found folded between the pages inside that are the real treasures. One was an old Alva newspaper clipping dated November 23, 1934. It showed Gr-Grandmother Signora B. (Gwin) Warwick's Obituary. On the backside of the November, 1934 Alva Paper was some interesting tidbits concerning the history of the Salt Fork River bridge, which we put in The OkieLegacy a few weeks ago.

    The Obituary of Signora Belle

    "Signora Belle Gwin was the daughter of Sam and Ellen Gwin. She was born near Monterey, Virginia, August 31, 1861 and departed this life at her home in Alva, Oklahoma, November 16, 1934, at the age of 73 years, 2 months, and 15 days."

    What was interesting to me was the facts about the three children born to John Robert & Signora Gwin Warwick. The clipping stated that, "To this union were born three children, Constance, Robert Lee Warwick and Wilber."

    Wilber is the child I had never heard my grandmother, father mention. Wilber died at the age of one year. Perhaps a childhood disease like influenza. Wilber was the youngest. He was born and died in Oklahoma Territory after John & Signora, including Constance and Robert, of their family came West around 1894 (or later) to homestead land seven miles south of Alva, just North of Hopeton, Oklahoma. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Missourians On Eagle Chief - 1914

    Vol 11, Iss 13 This is a July 19, 1914 view of a bunch of Missourians at the Eagle Chief in Northwest Oklahoma. I am not quite sure what part of the Eagle Chief this was taken. Was it around Hopeton's Eagle Chief or North of Waynoka, about 10 miles, along the Eagle Chief creek?
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    Dacoma (OK) Pioneer - Albert Wesley Lewis

    Vol 14, Iss 7 Dacoma, Oklahoma - Those living in the vicinity of Dacoma, Oklahoma might remember this pioneer lumber company business manager and treasurer, Albert Wesley Lewis. Albert was manager and treasurer of the Dacoma Lumber Company and of the Dacoma Grain Company, and was one of the most prominent.

    Albert Wesley Lewis had been a resident of Dacoma since 1904, and since that time had participated in all movements that had made for its growth and development, at the same time contributing of his abilities in managing its civic affairs.

    Mr. Lewis was born on a farm in Iowa county, Iowa, 19 July 1867, and was the son of William Wesley and Susan Jane (Rogers) Lewis. His father was born in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, of Scotch ancestry, and had spent his entire career in agricultural pursuits. AS a young man he removed to Iowa, where he resided until 1877, when he removed to Kansas and located on Government land in Pratt County. There he served as postmaster of the Town of Naron for eight years, and during 1879 and 1880, in the turbulent period regarding the location of the county seat, was a member of the board of county commissioners. In 1888, with his family, he removed to "No Man's Land," a strip ceded to the United States by Texas in 1850, for many years without any government, and now constituting Beaver county, Oklahoma, where he handled cattle on the open range. In 1892 Mr. Lewis participated in the opening of the Sac and Fox Indian Reservation, taking claims with his four sons in what is now Lincoln County, where he continued to be engaged in farming for nine years.

    At the end of that time he moved to Alva, where he was living in comfortable retirement. Mr. Lewis was married in 1850 to Miss Susan Jane Rogers, who was born March 13, 1837, in Pennsylvania, a daughter of Samuel Rogers, a native of the Keystone State. Five sons and four daughters were born to this union, as follows: Ida, who is the wife of henry Burns, of Prague, Oklahoma; Margaret, who was the wife of W. R. Dennison, of Alva, Oklahoma; Dewey, a resident of Meeker, Oklahoma; Austin, who lived at Carmen, Oklahoma; GEorge, who died in infancy; Columbus W., of Hardtner, Kansas; Albert Wesley, of this notice; Carrie, who married in 1893 John Godfrey, and died in 1911 at South Greenfield, Missouri; and Laura, who died in 1910 at Pawnee, Oklahoma, as the wife of Charles Stevens.

    The public schools of Pratt County, Kansas, furnished Albert Wesley Lewis with his educational training,and he grew up in the atmosphere of the farm. He was 21 years of age when he accompanied his parents to "No Man's Land," so that he may be said to be something more than a pioneer of Oklahoma. Later he was one of the first settlers of what is now Lincoln County, Oklahoma, himself proving up land, and for a number of years thereafter divided his time between farming and teaching in the public schools.

    In 1900 Mr. Lewis entered the employ of Crowell Brothers, at Alva, with whom he thoroughly initiated himself into the mysteries of the grain and lumber business, and in 1904 was sent by his employers to Dacoma, to open a branch lumber yard, this city (Dacoma) having since been his home.

    In 1908 was established the Dacoma Grain Company, which, i 1914, handled almost 1,000,000 bushels of wheat, the officers of this large concern being: George W. Crowell, president; George Weaber, secretary, and Albert W. Lewis, manager and treasurer.

    The Dacoma Lumber Company was organized in 1913, with main office at Dacoma and Branch yard at Hopeton, Oklahoma, the officers of this enterprise being the same as those of the Dacoma Grain Company. Mr. Lewis was recognized as an energetic, capable business man of shrewd foresight and excellent judgment. His management of the interests of the large firms which he resented had been progressive and efficient and his associates had every reason to place the utmost confidence in him. While his business interest have been heavy, entailing constant attention and heavy responsibility, he had found time to aid in civic government, and for eight years had served capably as mayor of Dacoma. He was a warm friend and supporter of education, and during twenty years had been a member of school boards at various places in Oklahoma.

    Fraternally, Mr. Lewis was a Royal Arch Mason and a member of the Odd Fellows. He and the members of his family belonged to the United Brethren Church.

    On 9 October 1888, at Englewood, Kansas, Mr. Lewis was married to Miss Mary B. Kees, who was born September 17, 1870, in Ohio, daughter of A. W. Kees, of Gate, Oklahoma. At the time of their marriage, the young couple were living in "No Man's Land," where there were no courts of record, nor clergy, and Mr. Lewis and his bride went to Englewood, Kansas, to have the ceremony officially and legally solemnized. They were the parents of four children: William R., born August 23, 1890, married December 25, 1910, Miss Josie B. Frye, born in Iowa, July 17, 1890, and they had two children - Albert William, born August 28, 1912, and Audrie, born January 20, 1915; Nettie, born December 8, 1892, married in 1911 W. F. Hiatt, and had two children - Eldora and Walter; Erdice, born February 25, 1894, died May 25, 1910; and Miss Alta Maud, born September 9, 1898, lived with her parents. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    L. F. Wilson in Hopeton, Okla

    Vol 5, Iss 9 Oklahoma - "I am enclosing an email I received today - an inquiry about a person named L. F. Wilson who may have lived or had a business in Hopeton, Oklahoma in the early 1900s. I wonder of any of your newsletter readers might know something about this?" -- Rodney Murrow, Freedom, OK - Contact: rod@murrow.com

    "Dear Mr. Murrow, I found your wonderful website when I was searching for information on Hopeton, OK. Your website is very good! My question is in reference to a 'plate' that I purchased at an estate sale in Enid, OK. I am visiting with my sister's family in Enid, but my home is in Louisiana. The plate has a picture of 'Rounding Hell Gate' on the Colorado Midland Railroad line on the front. The back has a mark for Harker pottery that dates to circa 1896. I found information on the picture that put it in the 1900's. The other information, on the back, is Made especially for L. F. Wilson, Hopeton, Okla. I have searched and searched for information on L. F. Wilson, or any business that he was connected with, but I haven't been able to find anything. I wondered if you knew anything about him, or a business that he would have been associated with at that time during the 1900's. Thanking you in advance for any help you might be able to give. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    Brink, Oklahoma

    Vol 11, Iss 47 Rod asks, "I was just now looking at the NOAA online weather forecast for Alva and noticed their map - which includes the names Alva, Capron, Noel, Avard, Hopeton, and Brink.

    Of those names, I recognize all except Brink - and know that Noel is the location of a grain elevator along the BNSF just SW of Alva. Brink, on the Google map, is located two miles east of highway 281 at the junction where you turn west to go to the Alva Country Club. To my knowledge, there has never been any sort of 'town' there - or anything else, for that matter - at least not in my lifetime.

    Two questions:
    1. Was Noel ever anything more than the location of the grain elevator?

    2. What is the history of Brink? I need to double-check, but I believe I remember seeing a sign along the BNSF siding that identifies it as Brink - and on Google maps, that location is precisely where the RR siding begins and then extends north.

    I do recall seeing a town map for Ashley (east of Alva on an abandoned RR line) - but wonder if there was every such a plan for either Noel or Brink?Thanks." -- Here is another website showing the location of Brink, OKlahoma.
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    Pioneer Porter C. Burge - Hopeton, OK

    Vol 9, Iss 51 This is another Northwest Oklahoma Territory pioneer that settled around Hopeton, Oklahoma (about 7 miles South of Alva). This information came from the 1916 history book of Oklahoma, A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Joseph B. Thoburn.

    Porter C. Burge was prominent among the men whose activities had lent encouragement to the agriculturists of Woods county. Burge was manager of the Hopeton Elevator company, at Hopeton, Oklahoma. This farmers' co-operative enterprise reflects the untiring zeal of Porter Burge, who had advanced its fortunes to the prominence of a necessary commercial adjunct.

    Porter C. Burge was born December 23, 1865, on a farm in Bureau County, Illinois, a son of Reuben and Eliza (McDonald) Burge. Reuben Burge was born in 1833, in Ohio, and went as a young man to Illinois and setled inBureau County, where he passed the remaining years of his life in successful agricultural operations and died in 1867. Rueben was married in 1863 to Eliza McDonald, who was born in 1840, in Bureau County Illinois, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Perkins) McDonald, and to this union there were two children:

  • Porter C.;
  • John E., born September 9, 1867, whow as resident of Los Angeles, California in 1916.

  • In 1872 Mrs. Burge was married to Levi Renner, and to this union there were born six children:
  • Chester;
  • Frederick;
  • A son who died in infancy;
  • Clarence;
  • Myrtle, who died at the age of sixteen years;
  • Manuel.

  • Mrs Renner still survived, resided at Nickerson, Kansas in 1916.

    When Porter C. Burge was eight years old he was taken by his mother and stepfather to Reno County, Kansas, and reared to manhood and completed his education in the public schools. He was brought up to agricultural pursuits,a nd reained in Kansas engaged in farming until 1893. In 1893 he came to Oklahoma Terriotry and located on government land in Woods county. He was still the owner of his original homestead, located one mile from Hopeton, in addition to which he had other valuable land, all of which was under a high state of cultivation. in 1916.

    In 1898, Porter Burge felt the agriculturalists of his community needed better representation, protection of their interests. With others, he organized the Farmers Federation Of Alva, the first farmers' grain and coal company organized in Woods county. Porter was identified with this enterprise until 1904, when he and others, was the organizer and promoter of the Hopeton Elevator Company, at Hopeton, Oklahoma, which he had since been manager.

    It is probable that no one enterprise of the county had done more to raise the standards of agriculture, to encourage agricultural development. In 1914 the Hopeton Elevator Company shipped about 30,000 bushels of wheat. Mr. Burge conducted an agricultural implement business on his own account, at Hopeton, under his able direction this had also proven an unqualified success.

    Porter C. Burge married December 23, 1888, at Nickerson, Kansas to Eliza E. Gillock, born in 1873, in Greene county, Indiana, a daughter of jackson Gillock, a farmer of Indiana and Kansas. While Porter and Eliza Burge had no children of their own, their hearts had gone out to the little ones, and two children, Roland and May Dowell, had been reared in their home to honorable man and womanhood.
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    Woods County Friendship Quilt Names...

    Vol 6, Iss 11 Names on Woods County Friendship quilt"I have an unfinished quilt-top handed down to me from my Woods County ancestors.  It is a friendship quilt, with the names of members embroidered on their squares.  Some of them were dated as well.  The earliest was 1935 and they ran through 1945.   My great grandmother, Ida Barnett Martin's name is on one square. I recently ran across the list we made of the names some years back, and thought I'd share them with you.  I sent it to Sandie Olson of the Waynoka Historical Society, and she recognized most of the names, including some related to her.  I note that the name Paris (Leona) is represented.  Can you tell who she was? My wife Martha, an avid quilter, plans to finish the quilt, eventually. After I sent you the list of names on the quilt, I got out the box it was stored in.  Ida's quilt blockThe quilt-top with the names of the list is a finished top.  My wife Martha is now enthused enough to plan to finish it.  That quilt does not have my g-grandmother Ida Barnett Martin's name on it.  Garver quilt blockHowever, there were also some other finished squares in the group, including the one I remembered with Ida's name on it.  I now believe these are two different quilting groups. The Martins lived in Alva in their younger days, before and after Hugh was sheriff.  Later, they lived at Dacoma, until their deaths.  Ida's group's squares are already quilted and are embroidered.  I scanned a couple of the squares, and attached here.  I had to look up Reydon, Oklahoma .  I wonder why someone from Reydon made quilt squares for Woods County .  Do you know anything about the Garvers? " -- Charlie Cook in Louisiana Bayou Country

    [Editor's Note: Leona Paris mentioned above is (we believe) the same Leona Pearl Hall that married Alfred Henry Paris, 14 March 1932, Hopeton, OK., with  Rev. Maggie Hull, of the P. H. Church of Hopeton officiated the ceremony at Hopeton, OK in the presence of Hazel McDermott of Dacoma and Carl Hall of Alva.  In 1932... Alfred would have been 25 years and Leona would have been 19. Alfred Henry Paris was Vada Paris' (my mother) cousin. Volney Paris was one of the brothers to my Ernest Claude Paris (my grandpa). Volney married Juliett Cook and had the following children:  Alfred H. Paris (married Leona), Ralph V. Paris (married Mildred), Irving R. Paris (married Rena Murrow), Viola Paris, Pearl Paris (married William Stengle).  Alfred & Juliett Paris' children: Louise Paris (married Arthur Durkee), Cleta Paris (married Jackie Zook).] View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    June, 1955 - Alvan Visits Ranch, Finds Twister Ruins

    Vol 10, Iss 25 Alva, June 6 (1955) -- "Gene McGill, Alva resident, Monday learned a tornado had hit his ranch, eight miles north of Waynoka on SH 14 sometime Saturday night.

    The small farm home was badly damaged when the roof blew off and landed about 50 feet away. A windmill was torn down, and the outbuildings were damaged. An airplane was lifted from the ground and deposited several hundred feet away, partially damaged. McGill's foreman who lived at the ranch was away at the time.

    Other damage reported Monday as a result of Saturday's storm included the Floyd Bliss farm where the barn and other outbuildings were demolished. The family spent the night in a storm cave.

    There was some damage at the Nobel Arb farm near Avard. Avard received two inches of rain.

    Four Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. power poles were knocked down six miles south of Alva by hard winds, and Hopeton and Avard were without electric power 11 hours. Wet cables caused Alva residencts in the southern part of town to be without service for about 25 telephones. -- The Oklahoman, dated 1955 June 7, page 8
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    Dacoma Started Out as Dakoma - 1977 ARC News Article

    Vol 10, Iss 11 I'm sorting through a few things of my mother's and have found an unidentified newspaper clipping. I know it's from the Alva Review-Courier, due to the classified ads and newspaper phone numbers on the back side, but there is no date. A reference in the article indicates it was published in 1977, which is about the time that the Cherokee Strip Volunteer League was publishing their centennial volume. (I've left the punctuation and spelling as published, though the urge to make corrections was quite strong).

    The classified ads include references to these businesses that many folks will remember (it's ONLY been 30 years!): Bud's Plumbing, Bud Case; Sperry Real Estate, 612 Barnes; Carl Welch Real Estate & Auctioneer, 516 Olive St; McDermott Real Estate & Auction; Alva Savings & Loan Assoc., 219 Oklahoma Blvd.; Campbell Agency, Realtor-Auctioneer, Triangle Building; Harvey Schuessler, Real Estate Agency, 1002 Oklahoma Blvd. Do you know the exact date of the following news article?" -- Rod Murrow

    DACOMA STARTED OUT AS DAKOMA

    "To help preserve the heritage of Woods County members of the Cherokee Strip Volunteer league are writing the history of different areas of Woods County. Material on Dacoma and Hopeton was written by Lois Sense and Loleta Leslie; award [Avard] by Glenn Duck; Capron, Phil Rust and Donna Schwerdtfeger; Freedom, Leland Coles; Alva, Joan Hodgden and Hazel Dickson.

    Dacoma, Oklahoma
    "Dakoma, coined from (Dakota and Oklahoma) was born Oct. 3, 1904, along Lake Creek east of Eagle Chief Creek, on fertile lands of the Cherokee Strip. Zula, 3 - miles north was her first post office with Lon Vance attendant from 1894. Prior to this time, spasmodic mail was picked up by Jake Aubley across from the Chris Stoner's.

    "March 1, 1903, the Arkansas Valley and Western Railroad with 182 miles of track joining Tulsa-Enid-Dacoma, terminating at Avard in junction with Santa Fe, was completed. This sold to Frisco shortly. J.J. Hood was depot agent from 1910. First section foreman was John Smith, then Dick Heady. The first pumping station, run by Jeb (Dad) Rogers, was called 'Homer.' This was the first name chosen for the town but another Homer was recorded. Dakoma was selected and still carries the distinction of being the only town of this name in the Postal Directory. The name later changed to Dacoma due to a clerical error.

    "Excited promoters quickly formed 'Dakoma Town Co.' with offices in Fayetteville, Ark. Their representative A.F. Wolfe, planned and purchased land for the new town site. The half section it sits on (E - S11 T24 R13) was the original claims of Frank Kimberling and Nathan Dedman, both negroes. In Aug., 1904, lots were outlined by a turned furrow and a small locust tree planted on each block corner. Lots sold for $30 and a free barbecue highlighted the event. The last known original corner locust tree was destroyed this year of 1977.

    "The pioneers put first things first and in 1894 a sod combination of church and school, Prairie Lake, was built one mile west on J.W. Wise claim. Framed in 1896, moved to Dacoma in 1904, it became the First United Brethren Church. A little Baptist church was one block north of Main Street. The Church of God began in Red Bird's log school house south of Dacoma, then met in Elmott before renting property in Dacoma in 1918, to build in 1920 on their present site. The first school was held in a building moved from Augusta in 1905 until the first frame school was completed in 1906.

    "Dacoma began to grow and these are some early day businesses and merchants: The Post Office was in J.E. Hardy's Gen. Store with "Lon Vance continued postmaster and John Sweeney, rural mail carrier.

    Ed Applegate had the first telephone exchange in his home. In the early 1900s Orville Glasgow established the Dacoma Telephone Co. with rural service 12 to 14 on a line. General rings were used for announcements, advertizing emergencies, and also for entertainment. He shared his Edison 'Morning Glory' phonograph music for listeners as also would Edd Kehoe, a local farmer who would play his violin and sing.

    "The Dakoma Bank [State Bank of Dakoma] was with George Weaber [pronounced 'Webber'], cashier, and E.P. Reed, notary. A.W. Lewis had the first lumberyard and the first elevator, 'Dacoma Grain Co.' Soon there were other elevators, Emid [Enid?] Mill & El., Randel and Grubb, and Choctaw Grain, run by managers, Walter Hunsaker, E.L. June, Ernest Walderich and Bob Townsend. Men instrumental in establishing the 'Farmers Milling Co.' which produced flour, 'The Pride of Dacoma,' were O.L. Glasgow, C.F. Stoner, Alex Davis, F.N. Smith, A.H. Frye and J.R. Tallman. This was later to become the Farmers El. & Mill Co. with Roy Jansen the first manager, followed by Gus Heady.

    "The Livery Stable was run by Harry Whittet who also raised horses and promoted sports. In baseball many recalled the time he pitched a 14 inning game for a Dacoma win as the sun was setting. He was a veterinarian as his father Lou Whittet before him.

    "General Merchandise stores were: James Bothwell, Milt Purdy, Hiatt & Hiatt, 'New Corner Store' ' W.R. Lewis; George Whittets, Pearl Sweeney's McMulleys, Cowgills, Fennessey's C.V. Polson, List Polson, Sam Henderson, later co-owners 'Henderson-Polson Hardware'; Cafe and carpenter, Ed Owens [NOTE: I suspect that some punctuation has been left out of this list].

    "A shoe shop was operated by Walter cash; Druggist & Jeweler, Tom Crowe; Dray-Transfer, John Zimmerman and Johnny Drake; Harness & Shoe Repair, George Rhines; Barber Shop, J.W. (Bill) Whittet; Pool Hall, Joe Holder, H.E. McKay, Irvin Porter and Earl Applegate; Blacksmiths, Charlie Laughman, Thornt Irons, and Lon Vance; Mechanic & Repair Shop, Joe Wilms, Cunninghams. The Carpenter Hotel burned in 1911 to be rebuilt as the brick 'New Cottage' and later to become Earl Applegate's 'Aps Cafe,' Drug Store, A.C. Schutz; Real Estate and Insurance, W.C. (Bill) Hendricks; Meat Market, Joe Wenzel, Ernest Walderich, Bill Whittet. A.W. Bell had the first bulk oil station followed by Clifford VanSaun, Vores and Willey McGinley.

    "Enthusiastic men of Dacoma promoted the Woods Co. Free Fairs from 1912 to 1921. The Cheyenne-Arapaho Indians came yearly from Seiling, Vici, and Lawton. Merchants provided their meat and they, in turn, provided entertainment, dances and parades. Many came to see their teepee villages on Lake Creek or the Race Track.

    "The Dacoma Race Track was on [the] east side of town. Matched horse races on the road was found by Jim Sweeney's smoothest and best. A circus came once a year with a camel, an elephant and clown and a famous man and dog high dive act. Chautauquas brought the best of varied programs monthly to [the] opera house or over the hardware store.

    Dacoma had a motorcycle club and always a Booster Band playing in center street bandstand or traveling by wagon or touring cars to entertain, advertize or electioneer.

    'Three Corners' on Lake Creek was the kids' forbidden swimming hole but also used for area baptizing. IOOF lodge meetings were held over the bank. Three Doctors have been in Dacoma, Dr. S.H. Welch, Dr. Rogers, and Dr. Stephenson, Sr. There has been one theatre 'Open Airdome,' by Ernest Walderich, and one mortician, Thornton Rice.

    "The Dacoma Enterprise was the first newspaper edited and owned by D.R. Carpenter. Subscriptions were $1 a year. Ralph Hubbard started the 'Dacoma Herald' in 1923, still hand set and foot operated as there was no electricity yet. Electricity came in 1926 but gas lamps had lighted streets before this. Boardwalks were replaced in 1911-1912 with cement sidewalks contracted by D.R. Carpenter with sand hauled by Ernest and Henry Walderich from Vores at $.40 cents a wagon load. Kids could now skate clear around Silk Stocking Avenue to Main & Broadway.

    "The population of Dacoma never exceeded 375. Main highways and black top came too late. Few former buildings remain. The original Ladies Aid Bldg. stand[s] on the east side where weekly quiltings were held and many five gallon freezers of ice cream were made for socials or sale. The Bothwell store still stands with its cement blocks made by Geo. Whittet assisted by Ed Allum. [UPDATE: The Ladies Aid Bldg. was razed a number of years ago].

    "Many evidences of former days have vanished but may the integrity, courage, cooperation and devotion to god and fellow man that inspired and established Dacoma remain.

    "We wish to thank the many who helped us assemble our information. A special thanks to Glenn Stoner, Harry Whittet, Blanche Joachim, Leona Leeper and Earl Applegate."
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    Vada Paris & OkieLegacy Website...

    Vol 6, Iss 15 "I haven't read a whole lot of this... but wanted to let you know how I came to find this page. My dad passed away back in August of 2003.  Since then I have learned of many family members I had either forgotten about or were just recently mentioned to me. My Uncle put together some pictures for my sisters and I. I chose to take them to the office today and share with some of my co-workers.  On one of the pictures, my Uncle had printed the name of the town, which is Hopeton, Oklahoma.  
           One of my co-workers became very excited as she remembered going there often as a child since her father was from Hopeton (or a town close to there). She and I talked some -- then I told her I could inquire to my Aunt and Uncle and a friend of the family, R. Cobb, about her family if she would just write it down.  Not only did she write down her grandparents names, but that of her father and his brothers and sisters. I passed this information onto my Aunt, Uncle and Mr. Cobb, after I got home from work. The first thing they all suggested was to go to your web page:  http://okielegacy.org/.
    It's amazing how quickly I was able to find out things for my co-worker. You see, the list of names she gave me to inquire on are her grandparents, Ernest & Mary Barbara Paris.  Her father, Kenneth Paris who passed away in 1954, and his brothers & sisters, Sammie, EJ, Alvin, Zella (which she remembers referring to as Aunt Jim), Vada, Vernie, Leslie, & Geneva. WOW!!
           My Uncle also gave me the information of back when he, my Aunt and my dad were kids, during the war, they lived across from the Armory.  Alvin Paris lived on the corner in a big 2-story house.  And had three sons, one of which is my Uncles age.  Small, small world in which we live in. This is all just so overwhelming to me, as it brings back memories of my childhood days in Hopeton, Carmen, Dacoma, Alva, and Watonga, Oklahoma years.
           My dad, Gail Monroe Henry.  My Uncle is Marvin Henry. My Grandparents are 'Slim' & Ethel Henry who lived in Alva.  But I spent every summer with them, which took me to the Alabaster Caverns by Freedom -- to my Great-Grandparents in Watonga -- Roman Nose Park -- to Hopeton to visit the grocery store (which to me was huge) -- to the Bank in Hopeton (which I thought was the only place that had 1/2 dollars and silver dollars, because my g'pa would always come out with a handful for the grandkids) -- to a Dacoma farm belong to my Uncle Sam & Aunt Helen VanMeters -- on Labor Day weekend we had a Martin Ffamily Reunion at Boiling Springs. 
           The Martin Genealogy, can be found on my Uncle's web page. At the bottom, click on the Oklahoma flag. Down toward the bottom of that is the family roots, both the Henry's from Tennessee and the Martin's from Oklahoma. There's also some neat pictures from the bakery in Alva where my Grandpa Henry worked as well as some other pictures of Alva.
           I consider myself blessed to have had the opportunities I had as a child and have so many wonderful memories of that great Oklahoma dirt! Would love to know if there are any KEFFER's left in Carmen. Thanks for the reply and a chance to go down memory lane. Thank you for this wonderful page!" -- Christy - Email: ccoulton@cox.net View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


    1944- Hopeton News

    Vol 10, Iss 17 This July, 1944 article in the Woods County News was written by Mrs. Frank Rolf concerning the news of Hopeton, in northwest Oklahoma.

    Mr. and Mrs. Tony Hass and famly of madison, Wisc., came Tuesday morning via train to visit at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Haas, and mr. and Mrs. Fred Haas and other relatives.

    cpl. James Nusser will report back to Temple, texas, Saturday after spending several weeks with his parents, mr. and Mrs. Charles Nusser and family and his wife's parents mr. and Mrs. Crate Heaton north of Alva. James was granted a month's leave from the hospital at Temple to help in the harvest here. Mrs. Nusser and small daughter are making their home with Jams while he is stationed in Texas.

    Pfc. Jake Haas, Jr., Marries California girl. A recent announcement has been made of the marriage of Pfc. Jake Haas, Jr., to Miss Betty Hunt of California, which occurred July 11 (1944), at Camp Beale, Calif. where Pfc. Haas has been stationed.

    He is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Haas of Hopeton community and his many friends here are happy to offer congratulations and best wishes. Walter Hufford and Everette Nelson delivered a combine to boise city one day last week.

    Miss Willa Walker is spending a few days with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Alexander.

    Stanley and Eugene Hufford visited Wed. afternoon with Billie Percival. Gary Nelson is visiting this week with his grandmother, Mrs. Ezra Butler of Byron. mack nelson spent two weeks there recently.

    Bill Haltom was an Oklahoma City visitor this week. Mrs. Otis Haltom left last week for San Diego to visit her husband, who is stationed with the navy at that place.

    Mrs. Everette Haltom and Marva Janelle are visiting this week with Everette at Corpus Christi, Texas. He is at naval training at that place.

    Kenneth Deinlein is doing relief work at the Depot in Dacoma this week. Mrs. Deinlein is attending to depot interests here during his absence. Everyone is pleased with the rain which fell in Woods county Sunday. it brought relief from the sweltering heat of last week and will enable farmers to plow wheat ground. Prospects for a feed crop are much better than last year.

    Bundle threshing was in full swing last week. Alfred Haltom has been threshing in this community.

    Leslie Eckels had the misfortune of having a vein in his arm pierced by a pitchfork tine while he was pitching with the threshing machine. The accident necessitated his taking tetanus serum.

    cpl. marvin Haltom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wes Haltom, who is a radio operator on a bomber, was among the first in the Pathfinder group to carry paratroopers to France during the invasion on D-Day.

    Chester Alexander is recovering from an emergency appendectomy last week. A fire on the ernest Gottsch' place, which originated when J. N. W. Haltom was burning the wheat stubble in a field nearby, did considerable damage to trees about the farm site. The fire occurred the afternoon of July 4 (1944). Several neighbors helped in extinguishing the fire.

    Among those attending the races at Woodward July 4 were Claude Lisman, Frank Kolf, Roy Baxter and Harry Whittet.

    Mr.a nd Mrs. Homer Hofer and family of Hutchinson spent a few days last week with Mrs. Hofer's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wes Haltom. Billy Hofer who has been visiting his grandparents for some time returned home with them. Evelyn Ensor visited Thrusday and Friday with Marva Janelle Haltom.

    Bonnie Baines was a guest last week in the home of her grandparents, mr. and Mrs. Jim Baxter.

    Mr. and Mrs. Dale Percival and son; Mr. and Mrs. Chet Percival and son; Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Cabb and sons Billy and Roland and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Quinn who are all employed in defense work at Wichita have returned there after spending the harvest in this community.

    Mr. and Mrs. Bob Zacher have moved into their home in Hopeton which they purchased from Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Abbott who have moved into the Martin property.

    Dr. Ensor is at his office again after attending the Republican convention last week in Chicago.

    Trouble at the POW camp reached into the Hopeton community last week when one of the escaped prisoners found his way to the Lancaster home. He was said to have cut the ground wire of their telephone to prevent their calling help.
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    Pioneer Romulus Z. Linney, M.D. - Hopeton, OK

    Vol 10, Iss 1 Romulus Z. Linney took up his residence at the thriving village of Hopeton, Oklahoma in 1904. Dr. Linney became one of the largest landholders of his county, and his personal interests had been extensive and important, demanding much of his attention. He was never to busy to contribute of his best abilities in the interest of progress and civic development, though. This was according to the book, A Standard History of Oklahoma, pg. 1511, written in 1916 by Joseph Thoburn.

    The book stated that Dr. Linney was a man of good birth, excellent breeding and fine mental endowment. Romulus Z. Linney was born July 1, 1877, at Taylorsville, North Carolina, a son of Romulus Z. and Dorcas A. (Stephenson) Linney. He was also the grandson of Dr. J. C. and Martha Linney, natives of Tennessee.

    Romulus Linney's Father
    was born in 1844, at Guilford, North Carolina, the fourth of his parents' children. During the Civil war he enlisted in a North Carolina infantry regiment in the confederate army, subsequently participating in a number of engagements and being seriously wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville. At the age of 22 he began the study of law in the office of Judge Nathaniel Folk, an eminent jurist of North Carolina, and after graduating from York Institute, North Carolina, and being admitted to practice, he began to follow his profession. He soon attracted to himself a large and important practice, and as the years passed began to become a prominent figure in public life.

    In 1884 he was elected to the legislature of North Carolina, from Alexander County, serving four years in that body and making a distinguished record as a legislator. He was the author of a number of important measures, including the enactment of the law establishing the famous "June Bug" Railroad in that state, and the bill giving the state amended livestock laws. He served on the committees on judiciary and other important questions and was always known as an active, working member.

    In 1888 Mr. Linney was elected to the Senate of the state, where he also made a brilliant record which brought him favorably before the people as a candidate for Congress, to which body he was elected in 1896, from the Eighth Congressional District of North Carolina. He served in the US House of Representatives for three successive terms, and during that time was a member of numerous important committees and secured the passage of much important legislation. He retired in 1902 and returned to his home town of Taylorsville, where he reengaged in practice and again made a statewide reputation as a criminal lawyer. He died April 20, 1910, when his community lost one of its most able professional men. Mr. Linney was married in 1863 to Miss Dorcas A. Stephenson, who was born June 29, 1840, at Taylorsville, North Carolina, was graduated at Davenport College, at Lenoir, North Carolina, and was long known as an active religious and charitable worker. She was the third daughter of James F. and Martha (Allen) Stephenson, and died at Taylorsville, North Carolina, March 20, 1904, aged 64 years. Romulus & Dorcas Linney were the parents of four daughters and two sons:

  • Isadore and Ola, were twins born in 1869;
  • Hester C., born in 1871;
  • Blanche, born in 1873;
  • Frank A., born in 1875, as resident of Boone, NC where he was leading lawyers of his part of the state, served three terms as state's attorney, chairman of State Republican Central committee;
  • Romulus Z, born in 1844, at Guilford, NC;

  • The son, Romulus Z. Linney, completed his preliminary schooling at his native place and he entered Trinity College, Durham, North Carolina, and in 1897 matriculated at the University of Maryland, at Baltimore, where he was graduated from the medical department in the class of 1900. He furthered his training by attendance at the Georgetown University, D.C., graduating in 1901, and later took a post graduate course at New York medical college, in 1915. From 1900 until 1902 Dr. Linney served as private secretary to his father, in congress, and in 1904 came to Oklahoma, locating at Hopeton, where he almost immediately attracted to himself an extensive practice, which had grown in volume and importance as the years had passed.

    In 1916, he was local surgeon for the St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad. Dr. Linney had been for two years county physician of Woods county, served three years as president of the Woods County Medical Association, and for ten years had been president of the United States Board of Pension Examiners at Alva, Oklahoma. Dr. Linney had a firm and abiding belief in the future of Woods county and had invested his capital in Woods County property. In 1916, Dr. Linney was the owner of 640 acres of valuable wheat land, adjoining Hopeton, all under cultivation and yielding him excellent returns. All of this property had been accumulated from the earnings of his practice. To his professional equipment, the doctor added a delightful manner and many ingratiating qualities, and his friends, once won, were retained indefinitely.

    On June 17, 1901, at Washington, D. C., Dr. Linnery was married to Miss Texie N. Townsend, who was born May 7, 1878, at Hickory, North Carolina, daughter of Rev. Noah and Anna (Linthicum) Townsend, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Linney was a lady of many accomplishments and a graduate of Woods College of Washington, D. C., in which city she was reared. Dr. and Mrs. Linney had one son: Zack, who was born April 26, 1902, at Lenoir, North Carolina. He was educated at Missouri Military Academy, of Mexico, Missouri.
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    Albert "Hap" Pearson Obit - 10/7/1907-06/2/2008

    Vol 10, Iss 24 Albert Brant "Hap" Pearson, a long time Woods County, Oklahoma resident was born October 7, 1907, in Neodesha, Kansas, to Albert Francis and Elzina (Van Huss) Pearson. Hap passed away June 2, 2008, at Share Medical Center, at the age of 100 years, 7 months and 26 days.

    Hap grew up in Waldron, Kansas, where he completed the fourth grade. He came to Oklahoma in 1919 at the age of twelve. He found employment working for ranchers, farmers, and construction in the Waynoka area. While working for Jess Barker, a farmer, he was given the nickname of "Happy" by Mr. Barker because he was always singing and had a happy personality.

    In 1924 while working for Mr. Barker, Happy met his future wife, Florence Haltom. After two years of dating, they were married on September 7, 1926. During the early years of the Pearson's marriage, Happy worked in farming, railroad construction, gas stations, and the W. P. A. It was during his W. P. A. days where he began his carpentry work. The major W. P. A. project that he worked on was the Alva Swimming Pool, which is still in use. In 1941, the Pearsons moved to Alva. Happy worked as a civilian doing construction at Camp Gruber near Muskogee, the Prisoner of War Camp at Alva, the Clinton-Sherman Airbase at Burns Flat and fifteen months on the Island of Attu of the Aleutian Islands. It was after the move to Alva that Happy became Hap by his friends and co-workers.

    After Hap's return to Alva near the end of the war, he worked as a carpenter and he and Florence ran the Mitton (or... was it Minton?) Creamery and Ice Cream Store for five years. After the Mitton Family sold their business, Hap began working for Rose Brothers Construction who were building Percival Fieldhouse on the Northwestern State College Campus. Hap's main duty was the hanging of the many large mahogany doors in the building.

    After the fieldhouse was completed, Northwestern President, Sabin Percival, hired Hap for three months to build two projects. After they were completed, other projects were found for Hap to do. In 1954, new president, Dr. Brown, hired Hap as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds. In 1956, Dr. J. W. Martin, became the President of Northwestern, which was the beginning of new buildings and renovations of existing buildings and the construction of the football and baseball fields. Hap retired from Northwestern July 1, 1974.

    Hap developed a love for sports as a youngster and as a young man, he played baseball on the town teams of Greensburg, Hopeton, Dacoma, Waynoka, Alva, plus Waldron and Pratt, Kansas. In his later years, Hap loved to tube fish for bass and hunt quail. He was an avid fan and supporter of Alva and Northwestern athletics. When he had time he also enjoyed crossword puzzles, rodeos, western novels, music, dominoes, pitch, and dancing with Florence.
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    June, 1955 News- NW Oklahoma Tornado

    Vol 9, Iss 33 We found this 1955 news article in the Oklahoman-Times Northwest Bureau, dated June 7, 1955, pg. 25 with the headlines reading, Alva Man visits Ranch, finds Only ruins Left by Tornado

    Alva, June 6, 1955 -- Gene McGill, Alva resident, Monday learned a tornado had hit his ranch, eight miles north of Waynoka on SH 14 sometime Saturday night.

    The small farm home was badly damaged when the roof blew off and landed about 54 feet away. A windmill was torn down, and the outbuildings were damaged.

    An airplane was lifted from the ground and deposited several hundred feet away, partially damaged. McGill's foreman who lived at the ranch was away at the time.

    Other damage reported Monday as a result of Saturday's storm included the Floyd Bliss farm where the barn and other outbuildings were demolished. The family spent the night in a storm cave.

    There was some damage at the Nobel Arb farm near Avard. Avard received two inches of rain.

    Four Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. power poles were knocked down six miles south of Alva by hard winds, and Hopeton and Avard were without electric power 11 hours. Wet cables caused Alva residents in the southern part of town to be without service for about 25 telephones.
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