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Old Opera House Mystery The Coroner's Inquest - November 10, 1910

Vol 2, Iss 2 Woods County Case #612 Filings
The last we left you in suspense with Nelson Miller was sitting on the old stage of the Old Opera House while the sheriff and justices were investigating and gathering people off the street for an Inquest, November 9, 1910, for the death of our young victim Mabel Oakes (23 years, single woman) who was found allegedly strangled to death in the back of the Old Opera House, Alva, Oklahoma.

Warrant Filing - 9 Nov., 1910 - State of Oklahoma, County of Woods: ìWhereas, complaint in writing , under oath, has been made in the County Court of said County before the Judge thereof by George W. Oakes and it appearing that there are reasonable grounds for believing that on the 9th day of November, 1910, in Woods County and State of Oklahoma, N. L. Miller, did then and there, willfully, purposely, without authority of law, feloniously, with malice aforethought, and with the premeditated design to effect the death of another human being, to-wit: Mabel Oakes, by means of a scarf which he placed and wound around the neck of her, the said Mabel Oakes choke and strangle her until she died, as was intended by said N. L. Miller that she should do and that therefore by the manner and means aforesaid, at said time and place he the said N. L. Miller did kill and murder her the said Mabel Oakes, contrary to the form of the statute in such case made and provided, and against the peace and dignity of the State of Oklahoma. Received, Executed on the 11 November 1910.

Information Filing, 10th day of Nov., 1910, State of Oklahoma, County of Woods, vs. N. L. Miller:

"That in the County of Woods, State of Oklahoma, on the 9th day of November 1910, N. L. Miller did then and there, willfully, purposely, without authority of law, feloniously, with malice of aforethought, and with the premeditated design to effect the death of another human being to-wit: Mabel Oakes, by means of a scarf which he the said N. L. Miller then and there held in his hands, which he placed and wound around the neck of her, the said Mabel Oakes, choke and strangle her until she died, as was intended by said N. L. Miller that she should do and that therefore by the manner and means aforesaid, at said time and place he the said N. L. Miller did kill and murder her the said Mabel Oakes. Signed and dated November 10, 1910 by George W. Oakes, in front of the clerk of the county court, and first duly sworn on his oath says that he has read and knows the statements and allegations contained in the within information and that the same are true."
Witnesses for the State: George W. Oakes, Hugh Martin, Dr. Templin, Dr. E. Grantham, Dr. G. N. Bilby, Hugh Martin, George Crowell, Mrs. Carrie Oakes, Dr. Saffold, Dr. Gregg, C. O. Green and Kent Eubank.

Three local doctors, G. N. Bilby, O. E. Templin and Elizabeth Grantham, were called in to do an autopsy. The following is a list of the coroner's jury impaneled by Judge Lawhon, acting coroner: T. B. Roby, J. T. Herold, G. W. Crowell (foreman), R. B. Dugan, C. R. Moore, W. M. Goebel. The Coroner's Inquest was adjourned November 9, 1910 until November 10, 1910 to hear the doctor's report. The jury adjourned until nine o'clock, Thursday morning, November 10, 1910, to await the report of the physicians.

During the autopsy the doctors examining the deceased lifeless body stated, "Rigor mortis had not set in when examined. The body was not stiff. Mabel's lungs were not normal but were very black."

Several of the doctors also stated, "This young, innocent, defiled, beautiful young lady was robust and had a perfectly normal heart, but others stated that the right heart had filled with blood of a dark color. The deceased was also found to be 4 to 5 months pregnant."

Dr. Bilby delivered the stomach purporting to be the stomach of the deceased (Mabel Oakes) to Dr. Edwin DeBarr (head chemist of the State University) so he could make an analysis of the stomach. Dr. Barr reported that the purported stomach of the deceased contained an ecchymotic condition (ecchymosis - escape of blood into the tissues from ruptured blood vessels).

Dr. Barr also detected an odor of whiskey in the stomach. There was also morphine, strychnine found in the stomach but not sufficient to produce death. The inner coating of the stomach was congested with little spots where blood had collected.

The doctors testified that the organs were all in normal condition. Dr. Templin said that the heart was in the best condition of any that he had ever examined. Their testimony was unanimous upon the fact that the stomach was practically empty, and this organ showed no signs of any drug having been taken that would either aid in an abortion, or assist in an attempt at suicide, and the testimony of these physicians removed any and all suspicion that any attempt at suicide had been made.

The three physicians appointed by Judge Lawhon to do the autopsy all agreed that the heart and other internal organs were in perfectly healthy condition and Mable Oakes would have been a mother in the course of four or five months if she had lived. No other evidence of violence was produced other than the scarf that could have caused the death of Miss Oakes.

The three doctors came to the same conclusion: The death resulted from strangulation, caused by the silk scarf being drawn so tightly about the neck that suffocation followed; the victim could not have caused her own death and placed her hands across her breast as the body was found; Another person or persons had evidently caused the death of Mabel Oakes.

November 10, 1910, Thursday morning - The morning of the Coroner's Inquest, the district court room was crowded the morning of 10 November 1910, Thursday, with the shocked citizens of the city ( Alva , Oklahoma ) and vicinity. Every one was hoping that something would arise to show that no murder had been committed in their little community.

Justice of Peace Isaac B. Lawhon began holding the inquest in the crowded district court room. The only spectators not allowed were the students of Northwestern Normal School , because President Grant B. Grumbine decided that the young people should be protected from the unmoral circumstances of Miss Oakes death.

County Attorney Claud McCrory conducted the inquiry and examined the witnesses.

George W. Oakes, the father of the victim, testified for about an hour before Judge Lawhon adjourned the inquest until one o'clock p.m. This was practically the testimony up to the hour at which the coroner's jury adjourned for dinner.

Mr. Oakes' testified that his daughter (Mabel Oakes) had been in the employ of Miller for some time, and that in the months that had gone by he had kept careful note of her condition. That she had up to a certain time showed that the female functions were performing their usual duties, and that he discovered the date in which they stopped.

Mr. Oakes testified that further noting the appearance of Mabel's neck, Oakes and his wife commenced an investigation, charging their daughter with her condition, but found that she strenuously denied that there was anything wrong. He then went to Nelson Miller, and the latter also denied that he was responsible for Mabel's condition.

However, while Miller attempted to put the father off by saying that he had a gun that would shoot as straight and as often as any that could be found, he also called the father in one day and said that he intended to procure a divorce, and that he and Mabel would soon be married.

Mr. Oakes further testified he was out on a search for his daughter after lunch, November 9, 1910, with his first stop at Miller's office around 1:00 p.m. Mr. Oakes also testified that he opened the front door of Miller's office and stuck his head inside, but no one seemed to be there. Mr. Oakes did not check the other rooms of the Old Opera House.

Later that afternoon around 3:00 p.m., Mr. Oakes did find Miller waiving his hand at him, to come to his place, and heard Miller say to hurry up. When Oakes arrived Miller took him into the room where the dead body of Miss Oakes lay. Mr. Oakes also noticed that Miller was under the influence of liquor.

Mr. Oakes testimony was the most damaging testimony introduced, outside of the evidence of the physicians, as it showed that Miller practically confessed that there were reasons why he should marry the girl.

After the Adjournment the court was called and the jury retired. Thirty minutes later the jury returned the following verdict for the State of Oklahoma , County of Woods :

"Before I. B. Lawhon, Justice of the Peace of the City of Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, acting coroner: We, the jury impaneled, charged and sworn to inquire into the cause of death of Mabel Oakes, do upon our oaths find that the said Mabel Oakes is dead, that she came to her death on the 9th day of November, 1910, in Woods County, Oklahoma, and that said death was caused by violence, to-wit: By strangulation, with a scarf in the hands of another person with intent to kill and murder the said Mabel Oakes, and from the evidence before us, we believe said person to be N. L. Miller. Jurors: Geo. W. Crowell, Foreman; J.T. Herold; C.R. Moore; T.B. Roby; Wm. Goebel; Russell Dugan.

Justice N. L. Miller was ordered held in jail without bail for his safety and for the Preliminary hearing scheduled for December 1, 1910, in the Woods County District Court.

Between November 10 and December 1, 1910, community outcries and newspaper articles filled the Woods County citizens' daily lives. Some local newspapers reported that the verdict was generally approved as a ìbrave and honest verdictî in ìaccordance with the evidence produced.î

Other local newspapers reported, ìThe previous reputation of the accused will not help to weaken the verdict. The sympathy of the entire community is with his estimable family, which is in nowise responsible for this crime for which the husband and father stands charged by a jury of his fellow citizens.î

Older citizens consensus was, ìThat for seventeen years, notwithstanding that we were living in a new country, filled with pioneers, and from which could not be kept a certain element that follows the boundaries of pioneer settlements, that no murder had ever disgraced the annals of our city, and each and every one hoped that this would not prove to be the first.î

C. O. Green Testimony... Mr. Green testified to having seen Justice N. L. Miller enter his office between noon and one o'clock on the day on which Mabel Oakes' body was found in the Old Opera House adjoining Miller's office.

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Old Opera House Mystery - Black Hand Letters of Death
 (Morals, Miller, Mabel & Murder)

Vol 2, Iss 1 By - LK McGill Wagner, the OkieLegacy

What does 1910, Old Opera House, Law Enforcement League, Black Hand Letters, Alva , Oklahoma , Mabel Oakes and Justice of Peace Nelson L. Miller have in common?

This was a time when female purity was regarded as a virtue to be protected. Social standards and dress were according to what was expected and morally correct in society. Women still wore the tight fitting, laced corsets that scrunched their insides,. There was a change, debate in the air as to if it was a healthy, safe garment for women to wear, confining, restricting their upper torsos. The skirts were to the ground; the coats were below the knees; and the blouses necklines were up around the neck. The "Law Enforcement League" was established, funded for the purpose of enforcing local moral standards, whether they dealt with booze, kissing in motion pictures, separation of races, or investigating backgrounds of newcomers to be sure they were morally acceptable to ruling town fathers.

On 9 November 1910, considerable excitement was buzzing through government square of Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. Those favorable to the democratic cause were keeping their eyes, ears glued to the election postings at "Jesse Jackson's Cigar store," on the west side of the square, College Avenue, North of Monforts Drugs. On the North side of the square, those favorable to the republican cause were doing the same, upstairs in the two-story building of the "Woods County Citizens Union Bank," northeast corner of 5th Street & Flynn Avenue.

This 1910 fall day was to go down as "A Day of Black Infamy" for this northwest community. Sometime between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., November 9, 1910, Mabel Oakes was found dead in the "Old Opera House" around 3:30 p.m. by Justice Miller. Memories of that fall day will linger in the archives, with Mabel Oakes' side of the story buried with her in the Alva cemetery. Was it Suicide? Was it Murder?

Mabel Oakes was a young, country girl (23 years of age) living on Barnes Avenue, four blocks east of the southeast corner of the square, with her parents, George & Carrie Oakes, and a younger brother, Clarence (15 years).

Through testimony, transcripts we find that Miss Oakes was a large, sturdy, supposedly healthy woman of that time weighing around 160 to 165 pounds and also five-months pregnant. She wore a tight fitting corset and a scarf wrapped tightly around her tall neck. Miss Oakes explained to others the reason for the scarf tightly around the neck as a throat problem. 

In 1910, Miss Oakes was known for her fainting spells for which she took prescribed medication of strychnine and morphine tablets. Did these fainting spells cause her broken arms, black eyes and bruises about her face. Or her pregnancy? Or were the fainting spells brought on by a heart condition? Or did a tight fitting corset used by Miss Oakes to conceal her pregnancy that began in the Summer of 1910? Or were Mabel's unfortunate accidents of broken arms, black eyes and bruises the cause of "Black Hand Letter" threats? 

Only Mabel Oakes' memories of that time will tell us the whole truth. AND ... those memories lay underneath the northwest Oklahoma soil, in the Alva Cemetery , in the Oakes family plot.

It was the Spring of 1909, when Mabel began to work for Justice Miller as a stenographer at his offices in the Old Opera House. Mabel did various work learning to write on the typewriter, answering correspondence, drawing up other legal papers for Miller. Miss Oakes worked for Miller on and off. At her father's insistence, Mabel quit three weeks before her death.

In the Spring, Summer 1910, Miss Oakes began receiving ìBlack Hand letters' (40-50) anonymous threats. Mabel would share these threatening letters with Justice Miller for safe keeping and protection. This is just a sampling of the threatening letters Mabel received: "To show you that they are so brave, one of our friends is keeping watch tonight, acting as a spy. That is all right, for we were well represented too and it was a case of spy watch spy. You were followed when you left home tonight. If my full force had been with me you never would have seen or went home again at least not alive. Now get you we will. Dead or Alive. The crowd will not amount to anything when we have finished. Don't be surprised at anything at anytime now. We mean business. Tell Shaw he had better find a better hiding place for his booze. Remember we will get you if it takes all summer and several lives. -- Signed Ananmous"

Did all these "Black Hand letters" lead up to the death of Mabel Oakes?

On Wednesday, November 9, 1910, Mabel left her parents home before 11:00 a.m. and says, "Mamma, I will be back pretty soon. I am going down to see Mr. Miller. I will be back pretty soon." That is the last time Mabel was seen alive by her mother. Mabel's father, George W. Oakes, last saw his daughter alive, November 9, 1910, a little before 9:00 a.m. at home. At eleven o'clock that same morning, Mabel arrived at Justice Miller's offices in the "Old Opera House" to collect past wages that he had promised her after she had quit work.

Later that same day, Mabel complained to Miller that she was not feeling well. Mabel allegedly asked Miller for a tablespoon of whiskey. Miller gave her a small shot glass, less than half full, and told her to take his horse & buggy and go home. Mabel did not want to go home. She refused to go home. She said "Papa wouldn't like that a bit."

Miller asked her why? Mabel said "He absolutely don't want me in your company any more." She said she would be all right in a little bit and that she would go home then. This was the last time Miller saw Mabel alive.

Nelson L. Miller
In 1910, Miller was head of household residing in Alva, Oklahoma . On September 5, 1888, Miller (born 1859), married Rachel (born 1863). The Miller family consisted of: Lois, born 1888, Kansas ; Eva, born 1891, Kansas ; Minta, born 1892, Kansas ; Bert L., born 1898, O.T.; and George, born 1902, O.T.

Let's journey through time to September 1911, to the Woodward County courthouse and see if we can catch an interview with Nelson Miller and get his side of the story.

"Justice Miller, we have heard about Miss Oakes sinking spells. When was the first time you heard about them?" a news reporter asked.

Miller replies, "The first time I knew of Mabel's sinking spell was during the time she was getting well from her first broken arm in the winter, 1909."

The reporter followed with, "What are these Black Hand letters we've heard so much about and was there anything sexual between you and Mabel on that infamous spring 1910 buggy ride?"

Miller explained as to the letters, "Mabel would often bring one or two of them to me in the morning when she would come to work, and say that they had been left sticking in the pump or the door of her home. The first few, I attached so little importance to and stuck them down in a coat pocket, they naturally wore out. Finally, Mabel suggest that there ought to be something done. At that time I began to save them and keep them in a big envelope in my office. Those are the ones I delivered to my attorney, Erskine W. Snoddy, at the time when I was arrested."

"As to that infamous Spring 1910 buggy ride between myself and Miss Oakes," Miller's explanation was,"Let me begin by saying, it was as early as March 1910. Some clients came to me wanting me to arbitrate a matter of a division fence west of Alva, six miles west to the first corner from the Normal School, striking the southeast corner of the section. In order to know the situation I had to go out there. I selected the next day, Sunday, to go out and view the situation. They were to meet me out there at 3:00 p.m. Mabel was in the office and knew all about that conversation. She wanted to know if it would be all right if she went out in the country with me. She said she had been housed up all summer and had not been out of town."

Miller continues, "I told Mabel that would not do, and it would make people talk. Mabel didn't see how people could talk about riding any more than sitting in the office."

"At exactly at 2:00 p.m., Mabel came down town towards the Rock Island Depot as I was going to the post office, and I went down the street and picked her up. We went out past the mill, into the country from there. We viewed the line fence and we got back about sundown that evening."

Miller gave testimony of who stopped by his office the day of the murder, "S. B. Share was there about the noon hour and asked me about some court business I had on my docket; J. C. Snoddy was there talking over the election news with me; and Mabel Oakes came in about 11:00 a.m. and we talked about 12:15 p.m. Cook Snoddy drove up and came into my office about half past noon. We talked a little while, and we went out and got in his buggy and drove up to my house. We stayed at my house about five or ten minutes while I ran inside. I came back out, got in the buggy and we drove back to my office. When we left the office Mabel was sitting in a chair at the typewriter. When we came back she wasn't in the office, but was standing in the door, the partition going through from the back room of the office to the little open room that had no roof on it. She was right at the wall standing, leaning up against the door. I went up to her. I saw that somebody else was there. I don't know whether I knew who it was then or not. I never spoke to him nor saw him since that time. I left her standing there at that door when I went out. Mr. Snoddy followed me."

Miller continues on, "I took my horse and buggy and drove directly to Jesse Jackson's cigar store where they were issuing bulletins on the election returns. I would say that it was about 12:30 p.m. It might have been as late as 12:45 p.m. There was quite a crowd at Jackson's, and I only remember the people that I talked to. I possibly knew all of them. I talked to James Roller, Fred Frederickson and Fred Crosner. I was there from thirty minutes to an hour. From there I went North around the square, turning east to republican headquarters. I might have stopped at a poolroom located along the north side of the square. Then I went over to republican headquarters and got the election results and talked with quite a good many people. I was there probably fifteen or twenty minutes. I saw George Oakes, Mr. Kent Eubank and Mr. Enlow. Along about 2:00 or 2:15 p.m., I went home to dinner for possibly 30 or 45 minutes. I drove right back to my office and tied up my horse and buggy before I proceeded over to the republican headquarters again." Miller continues, "After I checked the returns, I went downstairs, across the street to the poolroom on the north side of the square, west of republican headquarters. I walked as far as the poolroom, and then went back up to the republican headquarters. Shortly after that, I picked up a wheel on the street and went west from republican headquarters down to Jackson's. When I left Jackson's, I went back to the republican headquarters again for another fifteen to twenty minutes. I entered the headquarters, talked with several people. One of those times at republican headquarters I talked with C. H. Mauntel about the returns, general election. I met Emel Rauh down at the foot of the stairs. In fact, he and I came down the stairs together or pretty near together. I went right across the square to my office. I opened the door, went in and sit down in my office chair at my desk."

Miller continues, "I wanted a drink, so I headed to the back room to get a bottle of whiskey I had hidden the night before. When I came through that door, the door to the small room was standing wide open. The minute I entered this little triangular room I saw Mabel laying there. I could see her very plain, because it was perfectly light in there. The window had a curtain on it at one time, it was located a little west of her head towards the south, within two or three feet of her. And the bottom part of that window had either one or two windows lights broken out. This curtain blew back and forth until it had frayed out at the bottom. That let the light and the air in, as if there was no curtain there at all. I found her in this condition, her left hand lying across her face hiding her eyes, with her handkerchief clasped in her hand. First I stood in the door and said 'Mabel' twice and she didn't move. I then went over to her, kneeled down, picked up her hand that lay on her face and felt of her pulse. I saw the minute I raised her hand that something was awfully wrong. Of course, I thought it was one of her sinking spells. I felt her pulse and concluded that she was dead. I took the handkerchief out of her hand and wiped off her face or eyes. I smoothed her hair down. I looked at her eyes and they were about a third open, I think. I could see what I would call a death stare. I was convinced that she was dead."

Miller continues on, "I felt the need of a stimulant more than I ever did in my life. I went up on the stage, found my bottle of whiskey I had hid the night before and took a drink. I put the bottle back, went down to the front, meditating in my mind what was the proper thing to do. I had acted as coroner a great many times. I understood the law in a case of this kind. I decided to call someone. I went out through the office door, left the door open and stepped out on the sidewalk to see if I could see anyone or anybody I could call."

Miller says, "I saw Mr. Oakes coming along the east side of the street in front of a Livery Stable, 'Nowell Livery Stable.' It is cater-corner across the street from my office. I stepped out on the sidewalk, hollered at Oakes and he looked up but didn't seem to make any particular effort to come. I admit I was very excited. I undertook to holler and my voice absolutely failed me. I made another effort and said, 'Come quick,' and by that time Oakes had turned off the sidewalk and was walking across the street."

"I went into the office and Mr. Oakes followed me. We went through the office and I told him to come with me as I had something to show him. We walked through the door, out through another door. When we arrived at the door to the small, triangular room, I said, 'There is Mabel. I am sure she is dead.' "

Mr. Oakes said, "How long has she been there?"

"I said I don't know about that. I found her here a few minutes ago." Miller tell Oakes, "That is exactly the way I found her, except I felt of her pulse and found her dead before I found you."

"Mr. Oakes then says to me, "Go call Hugh Martin and Claud McCrory. There will have to be a Coroners Inquest." I agreed with Oakes that was the right thing to do. I asked Mr. Oakes if he wanted to take Mabel's body up to the front or leave it here where it was lying. Oakes says, "By all means, just as she lays now."

In the testimony and the interview, Miller stated that he and Oakes passed on through the big building, into Miller's office. Miller went to the telephone and called the sheriffs office, but got no answer. Miller told Oakes that someone will have to go notify them. Oakes was the one that left to get Sheriff Hugh Martin. Miller explained, "Judge Lawhon was walking up the sidewalk from up town, I called him and we talked until the crowd came from the court house."

That concluded the private interview with Nelson Miller during the court break.

Coroner's Inquest & Autopsy
Justice of the Peace, I. B. Lawhon, coroner, called in three local doctors: Dr. G. N. Bilby, Dr. O. E. Templin and Dr. Elizabeth Grantham to do an autopsy, November 9, 1910, between 3:00 and 4:00 that afternoon. Dr.'s Bilby, Templin and Grantham autopsy reported that rigo-mortis had not set in when examined. The body was not stiff and the lungs were not normal but were very black. Death resulted from strangulation, caused by the silk scarf drawn tightly about the neck. The doctors removed Miss Oakes five month old fetus, preserving it for future evidence. Miss Oakes death was estimated between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Claud McCrory conducted the Coroner's Inquest, Thursday, 10 November 1910, 9:00 p.m., with the jurors: George W. Crowell (foreman), R. B. Dugan, C. R. Moore, W. M. Goebel. Miller was charged with murder, bail was set at $5,000. Miller refused bail saying, he fear the people of town would attack him if he appeared on the streets.

The community, prosecution and defense attorneys began lining up for battle for a trial set for 7 September 1911, in Woodward County , case #714. For the prosecution we have Sandor James Vigg, county attorney; J. N. Tincher from Medicine Lodge, Kansas, hired by George Oakes, father of the deceased Mabel Oakes; and Moman Pruiett, famous criminal lawyer from Oklahoma City, hired by the Law Enforcement League.

For Miller's Defense team in the Woodward County , case #714, we have Judge L. T. Wilson; C. H. Mauntel, whom stepped down after the change of venue; J. P. Grove; and Charles J. Swindall, Woodward attorney.

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Vol 18, Iss 27 Alva, OK - I'm Late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date! Thanks for your patience, understanding. I was distracted while cleaning, fine-tuning my genealogy database on I accidentally deleted the wrong ancestor, which left a bunch of ancestors unlinked from certain individuals. I believe I have that worked out and cleaned up. We all are curious from whom we descended; where, when and why our ancestors came to America, aren't we?

My Great Grandfather John Robert Warwick (1857-1937) comes from a long line of John Robert's from the Warwicks who settled in the Virginias, connected to Lt. William Warwick (1690-1764) & Elizabeth Anne Dunlap (1716-1805), my 6th Great Grandparents from England.

What I am findings is that my Warwicks had a major part in the 1776 Revolutionary War and the French and Indian Wars. It all began with my 6th Great Grandparents:

My 6th Great Grandparents- Lt. William Warwick (1690-1764) and Elizabeth Anne Dunlap (1716-1805) emigrated from England in the mid-1700s.
5th Great Grandparents - John Robert Warwick (1744–1801) and Mary Powell (1745-1786).
4th Great grandparents - William Warwick (1780-1834) and Nancy Agnes Craig (1782-1860).
3rd Great Grandparents R- obert Craig Warwick (1801-1845) and Esther Hull (1804-1853). Robert Craig Warwick was the first son that crossed the Allegheny to pay his sister a visit, which resulted in connecting with Esther Hull, eventually marrying and settling on the Deer Creek homestead. They were the parents of 3 sons and 6 daughters.
2nd Great Grandparents- William Fechtig Warwick 1822-1902) and Phebe Anthea Pray (1833-1905).
1st Great Granparetnts - John Robert Warwick (1857-1937) and Signora Belle Gwin (1860-1934).
Grandparents - Constance Estella Warwick (1882-1968) and William Jacob Mcgill (1880-1959).

You can read more about Maj. Jacob Warwick in this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid.

Good Night! Good Luck!
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Vol 17, Iss 44 Bayfield, CO - The first week of the last month of 2015, we have decided to do some genealogy work on my mother's (Vada Paris Mcgill) PARIS/CONOVER lineage on our account at parsitimes. We are starting with the CONOVER-COUWENHOVEN side of our maternal family tree going back to the 17th century to my 9th great-grandfather, Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenoven.

It was around 1630 Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenhoven came from Amersfoort, Netherlands and settled in New Amersfoort (or New Amersterdam, New Netherlands, ) in a place called Flatbush (or Flatlands), which is known today as Midwood, New York, in the Breukelen district.

Until someone shows me different, I also believe that all Couwenhoven-Kouwenhoven have a common progenitor in Wolfert Gerritsen Van Kouwenoven. Wolfert Gerritse came to this land with the Dutch West India Company, settling what is now Long Island, NY. He was from a farming area known as Kouwenhoven in the Netherlands, which was near Amersfoort. When the British took New York by force, Wolfert relocated to what is now New Jersey. When the British imposed a census requiring a surname, Wolfert adopted the Von Kouwenhoven meaning "from Kouwenhoven." He also used Van Amersfoort on occasion. Covenhoven came into usage by many of his descendants including Jan Covenhoven, who was the ancestor of the great majority of Couwenhovens. Many more Couwenhoven became Conover and remained in the New Jersey/New York area. Jan relocated to Virginia, where he died circa 1780.

By the 1650s, the Dutch colony of New Netherland rivaled neighboring English settlements in the New World. At its center, New Amsterdam (today’s New York City) claimed not only Dutch citizens but Algonquian natives, slaves, Germans, French, and Swedes. Early settlers spoke some 10 languages, helping develop North America’s first multicultural city. Plentiful hunting and a wide array of garden crops sold in markets sustained locals. Fort Amsterdam contained a church and tavern while New Amsterdam’s strategic port and enterprises like the Dutch West India Company led families and single men to emigrate with promises of jobs and free land. In rural areas families established farms in key locations to provide military defense against neighboring English colonies and settlers. Despite the Netherlands’ best efforts to secure the borders, its coveted port of Manhattan fell to the British in 1664, and by the century’s end, they would captured the entire colony.

Wolfert Gerritson Van Couwenhoven (9th great-grandfather)

Wolfert Gerretse Van Couwenhoven was born on May 1, 1579, in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, his father, Gerritt, was 50 and his mother, Styne, was 31. He married his first wife on January 17, 1605, in Utrecht, Netherlands. In 1635 he married his second wife in New York. He died in 1660 in Long Island City, New York, having lived a long life of 81 years.

Gerret Wolfertse KOUWENHOVEN (8th great-grandfather)

Gerret Wolfertse KOUWENHOVEN was born in 1610 in Amersfoort, Utrecht, Netherlands, his father, Wolfert, was 31 and his mother, Neeltgen, was 26. He married Aeltje Cornelius COOL in 1645 in Kings County, New York. They had four children during their marriage. He died on January 5, 1645, in New York, at the age of 35.

Willem Gerretse KOWENHOVEN (7th great-grandfather)

When Willem Gerretse KOWENHOVEN was born in July 1636 his father, Gerret, was 26 and his mother, Aeltje, was 21. He married Altie Jorise BRINCKEROFF and they had one son together. He then married Jannetije Pieterse MONFOORT and they had 11 children together. He died in 1728 in Monmouth County, New Jersey, at the impressive age of 92.

Jan Willems Kouwenhoven (6th great-grandfather)

Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN was born on April 9, 1681, in Long Island City, New York, his father, Willem, was 44 and his mother, Jannetije, was 34. He married Jacoba Cornelisse VANDERVEER on January 1, 1704, in Kings County, New York. They had seven children in 21 years. He died on December 29, 1756, in Wickatunk, New Jersey, having lived a long life of 75 years.

Col. Dominicus John Covenhoven (5th Great-grandfather)

(Col) Dominicus John COVENHOVEN was born on June 7, 1724, in Freehold, New Jersey, his father, Jan, was 43 and his mother, Jacoba, was 38. He married Mary UPDIKE in 1747 in Middlesex, New Jersey. They had six children in 32 years. He died on June 28, 1778, in Middlesex, New Jersey, at the age of 54.

Peter CONOVER (4th great-grandfather)

Peter CONOVER was born on February 9, 1769, in Freehold, New Jersey, his father, Dominicus, was 44 and his mother, Mary, was 37. He married Hannah COOMBS on January 9, 1787, in Monmouth County, New Jersey. They had 10 children in 22 years. He died on May 15, 1835, in Morgan County, Illinois, at the age of 66.

Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (3rd great-grandfather)

Jonathan Coombs CONOVER was born on April 15, 1797, in Versailles, Kentucky, his father, Peter, was 28 and his mother, Hannah, was 26. He married Martha Davison BERGEN on September 16, 1818, in Woodford County, Kentucky. They had five children during their marriage. He died on September 16, 1856, in Mason City, Illinois, at the age of 59.

Peter CONOVER (2nd great-grandfather)

Peter CONOVER was born on May 8, 1821, in Kentucky, his father, Jonathan, was 24 and his mother, Martha, was 19. He married Melinda PIERCE on March 12, 1846, in Sangamon County, Illinois. They had eight children in 19 years. He died in 1900 in Longton, Kansas, having lived a long life of 79 years, and was buried there.

Sarah Frances Conover (1st great-grandmother)

Sarah Frances CONOVER was born on June 12, 1848, in Petersburg, Illinois, her father, Peter, was 27 and her mother, Melinda, was 22. She married Henry Clay PARIS on September 12, 1869, in her hometown. They had seven children in 15 years. She died on February 20, 1924, in Chester, Oklahoma, at the age of 75, and was buried in Fairview, Oklahoma.

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Vol 17, Iss 37 Houston, TX - As I was rummaging through the old newspaper archives online, I found the following news article in The Lawton Constitution, out of Lawton, Oklahoma, dated 28 May 1963, Tuesday, on the front page with headlines that read: "Democrat Lashes Bellmon Refusal of Drought Help," "Gene McGill Tabs Action As Brutality," written by Harry Culver.

It sounds as though in 1963 Republicans were denying farmers, ranchers in particular areas of the states disaster assistance for the drought of 1963 in the western panhandle counties of Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma City (UPI) -- Democratic State Chairman Gene McGill accused on this date Republican Gov. Henry Bellmon of "brutality" for refusing to declare six drought hit Oklahoma counties aa disaster area.

"I think this callous attitude on the part of the governor points up the difference between his party and mine, " McGill said, "An economy program is fine, but I don't think it should be carried out with such brutality."

Bellmon, who recently spoke against the federal wheat marketing program, Monday turned down a request from the state USDA disaster committee, which could have permitted fares to graze their cattle and harvest hay from idle soil bank acreage. They would have rented the land from he federal government.

Involved were Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Texas and Woodward counties, the dust bowl capital of the "dirty 30s," which had been hit by new drought this year (1963).

Herd Depletion seen

The disaster committee's report said farmers and ranchers face the forced sale of 185,000 cattle, more than half their herds, if the program is not approved. Wayne Q. Winsett of Altus, committee chairman, said the program requested at this time wouldn't involve a dime in federal funds.

Bellman said farmers should store up feed in fat years so they wouldn't have to turn to the government in lean periods. He said that's the way he did on his farm. Bellman farmed wheat in Noble county in north central Oklahoma where drought had not been severe.

The disaster committee asked Bellmon to approve a request to graze cattle on 306,311 acres in the pasture soil bank and 349,040 acres of land diverted under the wheat and feed grain program.

"It was decided," the committee wrote Bellmon, "that pasture conditions as a result of the drought situation had reached the state that if assistance was not furnished immediately, many basic livestock herds would be liquidated."

The report said o 361,951 livestock on hand at the start of the drought, 44,250 had been sold and an additional 141,350 would be liquidated on 3,525 farms unless the program was approved.

Federal regulations require the governor to certify a disaster area before the federal program can go into effect.

McGill, an Alva rancher, said, "The governor's attitude might have been different if the drought conditions had extended further to the east."

"The drought did not hit my ranch near Alva, nor did it hit the governor's ranch near Billings." McGill said.

"But other areas were dealt a staggering blow. In Texas county, 360,000 acres of wheat were abandoned, while the loss in Beaver county amounted to 154,000 acres, Cimarron County 142,500 acres, Ellis 80,000 acres, Harper 70,000 acres and Woodward 30,000 acres."

"It's hard for me to understand why our chief executive would turn on his own kind." McGill said.

"Almost a million acres of wheat land have been lost this spring because of a severe drought in northwestern Oklahoma, yet the governor blandly tells farmers they should have been storing grain in the good years to tide them through such disasters. He didn't seem perturbed a all that the economy in Texas, Beaver, Cimarron, Woodward, Harper and Ellis counties is hard-hit, and many farmers may have to sell their cattle herds."

"It would have been no skin of his back to declare a disaster area." McGill said. "and it would not have caused any big giveaway program. It simply would have allowed these farmers to pasture some soil bank land and make available to them certain types of federal loans."

Winslet, contacted at Altus, said he understand disaster designations also would be sought for Woods and Ottawa counties. He expressed hope the governor has not closed the door to changing his mind if conditions worsen.

Winsett said no federal funds were involved in the request.

"It would have permitted a farmer or rancher who had acreage in the soil bank to graze it," Winsett said. "He would pay the government for the use of that land. You might have a farmer who had exhausted his own pasture and but maybe had acreage across the fence in the soil bank he had not grazed for five or six years or longer.

"Rather than liquidate his herd, he could graze his cattle on that land and hold on until rain came. This is not federal aid. He would have to pay for the grazing.

"I think it is going to be hard for farmers and ranchers to understand why they can't do this."

Meanwhile, In Kansas, Gov. John Anderson, also a Republican, said he agreed with Bellmon in refusing to grant disaster status to counties because of one crop failure.

However, Anderson had approved six southwestern Kansas counties as a disaster area to permit them to graze cattle on reserve acreage, the same type of program Bellmon rejected.

Bellman said drought is a part of the farming business and farmers should prepare for it in advance.

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Vol 17, Iss 35 Houston, TX - Remember when Oklahoma had Democratic Party voters? You have to look back to the late 1950's and into the mid-1960's (1964) to be exact to find the really strong Democratic Party of Oklahoma.

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The following news article comes from the "Miami Daily News-Record," in Miami, Oklahoma, dated 31 December 1959, Thursday, with this front page headline: "McGill Campaign Plans Draw Blast."

Oklahoma City (AP) -- State Democratic Chairman Gene McGill, Alva, announced he was starting a six week flying campaign for re-election and his opponent promptly criticized him for running "scared."

McGill, who would travel in his own airplane, said he would visit Democratic leaders in all 77 counties. Pat Malloy, Tulsa attorney supported by Gov. J. Howard Edmondson for party chairman, said, "He must be scared - a month ago he said he had it all wrapped up."

"I don't think this thing should be run like a gubernatorial campaign," Malloy added.

He said he had talked with some party leaders and plans to visit with others before the precinct and county conventions in February.

"But I'm not going to make a marathon out of it," he said.

Election of a chairman for a 2 year term would come at the state convention in March. But precinct and county elections were important.

Delegates to the county conventions would be chosen at precinct caucuses and officers elected at county and district meetings would be delegates to the state convention.

Edmondson supported Malloy back in September, 1959. But the party's executive committee chose McGill to finish the unexpired term of Loyd Benefield, who resigned.

In announcing his tour, McGill said, "My aim in visiting regular Democrats throughout the state is to assure them that, if elected, I will follow their recommendations ahead of anyone else. The party belongs to each voting Democrat equally. The majority view would therefore prevail in all party matters. I will continue to reflect this majority opinion of Oklahoma Democrats if elected to a full term as state chairman."

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Vol 16, Iss 34 Bayfield, CO - It is beautiful around these southwest parts of the Colorado Rockies. The image on the left is a view of the mountain ridges north of Vallecito Reservoir, as seen from atop of Middle mountain.

Besides enjoying the autumn hues in our area of southwest corner of Colorado, I am also researching the 1960's Democratic Politics of Oklahoma when my Father, Gene McGill, was State Democratic chairman. Somewhere in my collection of treasures I have a political cartoon drawn by cartoonist Jim Lange, who was a cartoonist for the Oklahoman newspaper for 58 years.

The cartoon I am trying to locate shows a cartoon of Gene McGill eloping with the Democratic party while Governor J. Howard Edmondson is knocking, courting at the front door. My copy is an autographed copy given to Gene McGill with best wishes from cartoonist Jim Lange. I need to dig out my political items handed down from my father. I found the three Lange political cartoons I have been looking for so frantically. We have stuck them in this week's issue of our OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid.

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Vol 16, Iss 33 Bayfield, CO - A day late and . . . here it is Tuesday afternoon. I think I am enjoying being outdoors in this beautiful Autumn season, watching the Aspen turn the SW Colorado Rockies to their golden hue, and my daily walks along the Vallecito River and campground trails.

Anyway, Sadie got me locked down today to do some research on 1960's politics in Oklahoma and "Little Dixie" history in the Southeast corner of Oklahoma.

My Father was a part of the Democratic politics taking shape between 1959 and during the 1960's. It was a time that the governor was also trying to reapportion the states voting districts in favor of the"Urban" areas. AS I see it, my Father fought to keep the "Rural" districts from becoming combined with the bigger urban districts. At least that is how this one young daughter of Gene McGill saw it. Perhaps someone else saw it differently.

In another feature of the week's Weekly OkieLegacy Ezine-Tabloid we have a photograph of Gene McGill, Carl Albert and W.P. Bill Atkinson that someone sent us last week. You all remember the "The Little Giant from Little Dixie" (Carl Albert), don't you?

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Vol 16, Iss 8 Bayfield, CO - Sixty-six years ago, Gene and Vada (Paris) McGill added a third daughter to their growing family. It was in the dead of Winter and a supposedly snow storm was brewing in Northwest Oklahoma (as the story goes) when Vada went into labor at their ranch North of Waynoka.

In 1948, was there a snow storm brewing outside on the 25th of February? Family stories tell of a Winter snow storm the morning Gene had to borrow a vehicle from a neighbor to rush Vada to the hospital in Alva, sometime during the early morning hours (not sure what time), of 25 February 1948, when Linda Kay was brought into this world by Dr. Traverse, at Alva Municipal Hospital, in Alva, Oklahoma.

I wish I had access to the Alva Newspapers archives online for searching on that date here in Southwest Colorado. Can someone in Northwest Oklahoma look up the winter weather conditions for Northwest Oklahoma for 25 February 1948?

Winter Weather Report 02/25/1048

We did take a look back at the Official Weather Source for Alva, Oklahoma, 02/25/1948, and we found the Max. temperature was 44F; Mean Temperature was 38F; and Min. temperature was 32F.

As to next week, we will be blowing with the March winds down to the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas for a couple of weeks, getting prepared, ready to finish putting in the permanent right breast implant and reconstruction on the left breast. And visiting an old friend (Ellen) that is like a sister to me, and also my godson. The surgery takes place on the 11th March, but the pre-op stuff is scheduled for the 4th March. I will be using MyVallecito via EarthCam along the way to and in Houston.

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Vol 15, Iss 25 Ft. Worth, TX - We have been on the road for the last few days since Thursday of last week. One of the Texas towns we went through on our journey to Houston was Fredericksburg. Unique little town with some great German food.

As I said above, we headed out early Thursday morning, across New Mexico to El Paso and caught I10 towards Houston to catch up with an old friend / neighbor of ours from the 1970's to 1980. Had a great visit and met our oldest son from Tyler, Texas down there, also.

On our way back north we made a side trip to San Antonio and up towards Austin and Ft. Worth/Dallas. I will try to bring some of the moisture up to northwest Oklahoma. I hear the temperatures have risen to 104 to 105 in Alva, Oklahoma today. Whew! That's too hot for this Colorado NW Okie! The humidity in Houston and San Antonio had me sweating and looking for cool places to cool down.

We had a great evening on the Riverwalk, staying at the Omni LaMansion Del Rio, with a river view. After San Antonio we made our way to Austin to do some research at the history center, concerning my grandpa's 1906 baseball days with the Austin Senators. Found a great photo of Grandpa and his team mates, and ordered a 8x10 inch print.

Tonight we are in Ft. Worth, Texas, planning to get a digital photo of the JFK sculpture downtown Ft. Worth at the General Worth Square. The reason is because my friend's (in Houston) father, Lawrence Ludtke, was the sculptor. That was his last commissioned piece. Ludtke died a few years ago.

Check out this week's newsletter for some information we have found on our grandpa McGill's professional baseball legacy in Austin, Texas with the Austin Senators. We will have more information about the Austin Senators and grandpa in later issues. Thanks for letting us get this newsletter out a day late.

You can check out our Grandpa's Baseball Legacy. We also found the following Baseball site concerning some statistics for Bill McGill, our Grandpa. William Jacob McGill (Parson), bats: right; throws: right; height:6' 2"; weight: 185lb. Bill was born June 29, 1880, in Galva, Kansas; Died August 7, 1959, in Alva Oklahoma (age 79). He went to school at Friends University, in Wichita, Kansas.

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Vol 15, Iss 18 Bayfield, CO - Doing some genealogy searches along the lines, connections to my paternal MCGILL family, I ran across the CRAIGHEAD family, who would probably be considered "in-laws" in connection to my MCGILLs.

My ties to the Craighead family run through William Craighead (1778-1835). William had a son, Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889), who married Nancy McGill (1814-1898) (my 2nd great grand aunt). Nancy McGill was the daughter of William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832) and Nancy Anne Luttrell (1787-1860). Nancy McGill had a brother David Milton MCGILL (1808-1850) (my 2nd great grandfather), also a son of William Nathan MCGILL Jr.

That brings us to my great grandfather, William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), son of David Milton McGill (1808-1850) and Nancy McKelvy Pearson (1816-1908). nancy Pearson was the daughter of Jacob Pearson (1789-1844) and Jane Douglas (3rd great grandparents). Jacob Pearson was the son of Abel A. Pearson and Elizabeth Doyle (my 4th great grandparents).

My grandfather, William "Bill" Jacob MCGILL (1880-1959) we have mentioned earlier, who married Constance Estella Warwick, and had two sons: Gene M MCGILL (1914-1986) and Robert Lee McGill (1916-1954).

My MCGILLs settled in Hamilton county, Tennessee, near a community called "Soddy." In 1969 Soddy and Daisy, Tennessee were combined into Soddy-Daisy, located north of Chattanooga, Tennessee on Highway 27, in a rapidly growing area of Hamilton County. Daisy, Tennessee was the site of Poe's Tavern, where the first courts of Hamilton county were held. Hasten Poe, a veteran of the war of 1812, erected the tavern. It stood at the intersection of two heavily traveled highways and was a noted stopping place. The tavern was torn down about 1915.

Soddy, Tennessee took its name from Soddy Creek which runs through the community. Soddy is a corruption of the Cherokee word "Sauta" which is a form of Echota. Rev. Able Pearson (I believe this Able Pearson to be my 4th great grandfather) organized the Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church there in 1 December 1828 with the help of Benjamin Wallace, that helped establish the community of Soddy, TN. Col. William Clift, a large landowner and Hamilton county's first millionaire, was a pioneer citizen of this area and built his residence there in 1825.

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Vol 14, Iss 21 Bayfield, Colorado - NW Okie wanted me to share this old photograph on the left showing Gene M. McGill and his younger brother Robert Lee McGill. Gene is standing on the back row, left, and Robert is on the front row, left. Next to Robert, we think, is Don Wilton. But as to the other two boys on the back row, we have no clue. Maybe someone from Northwest Oklahoma has come across or seen this photograph stored within their ancestor's photo albums?

The Devine's sent us a couple of old photos they had found in their dad's belongings. The picture on the right says, Elko on the picture border, but Wes Devine says, "I am fairly sure it was taken at Fairvalley. The picture had to be taken somewhere between 1938 to 1945. Aunt Naomi was born in May of 1933. The second photo (on the left) is my Grandmother in 1917, in Freedom, Oklahoma."

This last weekend, Saturday, we hear that a tornado struck west of Harper, Kansas, about 5 miles, taking an entire farm, house and farm equipment and other farm houses, before moving onto Wichita, Kansas. Did the edge of this storm pass through or go just North of Alva, Oklahoma?

Let's move Forward NOT Backwards!
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Vol 14, Iss 10 Bayfield, Colorado - With March being Women's History month NW Okie told me in an affable emphatical manner to be sure you let you know that The OkieLegacy newsletter will be honoring Women's History throughout the month of March. We believe it is very important, especially now, to honor the 19th through 20th century Suffrage movements for Women's Rights and equality for all.

We searched through past records and found a home movie that Jack Kelsey had taken around 1946 or 1947 of the Kelsey Airport. The two young boys at the beginning of this movie are the Kelsey cousins, Bill Dean and Barry (Barry says he was eight years of age). Also, you might be able to spot a young Gene McGill in this Kelsey home movie. Gene McGill is wearing a hat and a plaid, woolen jacket.

Recently we received the following comment from S. Eugene Cohlmia concerning the Kelsey Airport of Waynoka, Oklahoma, which became the TWA (T.A.T) Airport in the early days when Lindberg tried to get the city of Waynoka to purchase the TAT Airport.

S. Eugene Cohlmia commented on OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 7, Iss. 45, Feature #1043 concerning Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma. Mr. Cohlmia says, "I don't know how many of you might know this, but the Kelsey Airport became the TWA Airport. My Father Charley Cohlmia and his friend Lindy Lindberg tried to get the City of Waynoka to purchase the TWA Airport for $1 (yes one dollar) but the City fathers didn't think much of flying for the only people who flew were those Movie Stars who arrived in Waynoka on the Santa Fe then took the plane to Chicago or New York."

Cohlmia remembers, "I recall meeting Lindy Lindberg when I was about nine years old. He arrived from the west coast and walked to our grocery store across from the Post Office. Introduced himself to my Father asking if there was a Jeweler in town. My father queried Mr. Lindberg and he said he broke his watch and needed to have it fixed, whereupon my Father sent him to the jewelery store up the street. He called the jeweler and told him to give Lindy a new watch and not charge him for it. That is how my Father and Mr. Lindberg became friends and eventually tried to get the City to purchase the Airport. As most of us know the City said no so it was sold to Wichita Kansas for $1. Look it up in the archives. ~ S. Eugene Cohlmia."

What about those tornadoes hitting the mid-west this last week. Some have mentioned it has been a strange events of weather this year. Here in southwest corner of Colorado a few days ago we had a couple or so winter fronts come through from the West and Northwest quadrant of America. They say our temperatures will be rising into the mid-50's this week sometime. So . . . If March comes in like a "lion" it goes out like a "lamb," huh?

Sandie Olson says, "According to former Waynokan, Harlan Koch, Waynoka was often the hottest town in the United States. We had one of the 3 weather stations in Oklahoma which is why Waynoka was always in The Oklahoma Daily. Also in the paper was Presidio, Texas down in the big bend country. It was as hot as Waynoka on many occasions. So, we always watched to see if we were the hottest in all of the USA (according to The Daily Oklahoman)."

Sandie goes on to say, "Harlan's father owned the Majestic Theater in Waynoka. Harlan graduated from West Point. He's the author of Homer's Place, which is a biographical novel that I highly recommend to everyone. It's about growing up in Waynoka. We have a few left at the museum gift shop."

Women Matter & Are Important

A few questions from this Duchess Pug for us all to ponder carefully so we can react responsibly. In no way do we want to cram our beliefs down those who think differently than us . . . and vice versa. It is merely something to think about seriously before each make their own decision on the matters before us today. Those questions are:

  1. Why are State and National Congress bodies and Insurance companies denying payments for woman's preventive health care needs when the health insurance companies pay for a man's preventive health care for viagra and condoms?
  2. Isn't this a form of hypocrisy on the part of the State & National GOP Congress and health insurance companies?
  3. Why has State Congress passed ridiculous bills denying women their right to control their own health care needs? Are they attempting it now?
  4. Are we headed backwards to a time in the eighteenth and nineteenth century where the man's wife and children were only considered property for him to control? Where only one third of the white men, owning land could vote or be educated?
  5. Why is the GOP declaring "War On Women?"

NW Okie and I believe men and women of all ages, races and culturals need to come together, continuing the defense against such hypocrisy - preserving, defending the Suffrage Rights that our ancestors fought for in the 19th and 20th century. We are Strong! We are Females! Hear us Roar! BUT . . . in the case of these Pug's (Duchess & Sadie) "Hear us Bark when we see injustice used in the defamation on someone and their family's character!"

Tell the GOP Congress to "Stop the War On Women" & "Voters Rights!"

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Taste of Durango 2011

Vol 13, Iss 20 Bayfield, Colorado - Remember the "hoola-hoops" of 50 or 60 sixty years ago? They are still going strong today. At the "Taste of Durango 2011" held to raise funds for the Manna Soup Kitchen, They were selling hoola-hoops on the downtown Main Street of Durango, Colorado this Sunday afternoon from 11:00am to 4pm, 15 May 2011. When was the last time you tried a hoola-hoop?

NW Okie clicked this shot of two unidentified young girls showing us how easy it was to keep that little hoop moving around their bodies up and down from hips to their necks. OH! Only to be young again to try! When was the last time you tried your hoola-hoop? How many and how long could you keep it going?

Check out in this week's OkieLegacy newsletter of an old photo of the Oklahoma University Pharmacy Association (O.U.Ph. A.) group members of 1936-37. My Dad, Gene M McGill is listed as a member of that group and graduated from OU in 1937 with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy, as did Howard J. Schuhmacher.

Mother's Day Wood Bowl Mid-week of last, NW Okie received a fantastic Mother's Day gift from her youngest son, Robert. He had wood turned a piece of juniper (cedar) that he had found at a tree limb dump site. I love all the natural openings, grains in this cedar bowl. It gives it so much great character!

Have you been over to the Library of Congress (LOC) National Jukebox website and LOC Jukebox Playlist? Don't forget to checkout Songs by George M. Cohan!

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

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Vol 12, Iss 48 Bayfield, Colorado - When bedlam college football comes around this time of year, these pugs and other dogs out there might want to retire to another room other than the TV viewing room. Those humans can should get loud, excited when their favorite NCAA football teams battle it out, especially in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Humans ain't so bad, though! We do get our little perks and treats! Our human counter parts regained their respect from us when they shared some small morsels of turkey with us Pugs on Thanksgiving! Sadie and I thought that was delicious!

NW Okie has been doing some website cleaning on her Family genealogy over at Paris Times Pioneers - powered by PhpGedView, which reads our GED files. NW Okie has her PARIS, MCGILL, WARWICK and WAGNER family genealogy updated on that site. So if you do not have a subscription to login into - paristimes, then you can check out our genealogy at "Paris Times Pioneers."

This is the Duchess' stress reducing motto all us Pug dogs work under, "If you can't eat or play with it, pee on it and walk away."

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Vol 12, Iss 40 Alva, Oklahoma - When the winds come sweeping down the plains . . . The Northwest Oklahomans living around the area of Ft. Supply and perhaps Buffalo, Oklahoma, in the vicinity of highway 183, might get their electrical power generated from these "Wind Turbines!"

Except, On Friday, October 1, 2010, late morning, along highway 183, somewhere between Ft. Supply and Buffalo, Oklahoma these turbines were not moving too fast and some not at all. One was being worked on at the ground base. AND . . . Friday morning there was very little breeze, if any, Friday morning, on the first day of October.

Did you Oklahomans like the cool weather we conjured up after we arrived in Northwest Oklahoma? Hear tell Wednesday should bring a slight warming trend back up to the 80s.

NW Okie says this Duchess Pug (that is me) snores louder and more in the Oklahoma plains than I do in the Colorado Rockies! Who knew!

How many "baby boomers" out there grew up watching the actor, Tony Curtis, on the movie screen? Curtis was one of my favorite actors! Especially, the movie, Defiant Ones, with Sidney Poitier. I did not realize until after reading the article about Tony Curtis, he served in the Pacific during World War II. Now I wish I could go back -- see if my Uncle, Major Robert Lee McGill, ever bumped paths with Curtis while he was stationed for a time in the Pacific during WWII.

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Vol 6, Iss 52 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005!

Since this is the last day of December, 2004, we thought perhaps we could catch many of you tonight before, after and/or at midnight to ring in the New Year for 2005. I guess you could say that this is a No frill or "vanilla" version of the OkieLegacy in Summary.

The Pilgrim Bard (Scott Cummins) says it best in his 1926 poem about New Years Eve & New Years:

"Another year its shuttle threads
The twelve month spool we all unwind;
Fate's calendar hangs o'er our heads,
Time's scythe is mowing close behind;
Yet enter we the glad New Year,
Filled with fond hope devoid of fear"
-- by The Pilgrim Bard (Scott Cummins)

We saw where last year at this time that our OkieLegacy visitor counter clocked a total of 200,000 visitors. I believe our counter today was something like 325,000 plus.

January 2004 -- Remember Fort Reno, Oklahoma? Fort Reno - - a military camp in 1874 -- was established as a military post in 1875 with construction of permanent buildings began in 1876. The Fort and Darlington Agency served the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians across the Canadian River. Together they preserved the peace and directed the orderly transition of that part of Indian Territory from reservation to individual farms and ranches. Troops from Fort Reno supervised the first Great Land Run of 1889 that opened the Unassigned lands for settlement. Buffalo Soldiers of Fort Reno (Companies of the 9th & 10th U.S. Cavalry) were made up of Six black regiments, two of cavalry and four of infantry, and were authorized by congress in 1866 and stationed at Fort Reno. The name was given by the Indians to the black regiments for the color and texture of hair between the horns of the buffalo. The Buffalo Soldiers had the reputation for effective, consistent fighting against the lawless whites, Mexicans and Indians.

Then later in mid January we experienced the Red Hat Ladies (Okie Dokies) in Alva (Oklahoma). It was their monthly group gathering for dinner at the Alva Bowl Cafe. The ladies included in this "Red Hat Club" are: Barbara Case, Liz Stanaway, Ginny Hubbert, Eleanor Ring, Rose Elmore, Verla Vogts, Viola Marquette, Betty Cushenbery, Joan Nelson, Agnes Pemberton, Doris Marcus, Phyllis Devery, Leona Corbin, Dottie Gatz, Emily Rathgeber, Jane Gaskell, Jean Rose.

Also, in January we learned of another NW Oklahoma mystery of an abandoned boy in Waynoka between 1939 or 1940. Nancy Eddy was wondering, "If anyone had ever heard any stories about a small boy being abandoned in Waynoka, Oklahoma? I now live in Topeka, Kansas and just started doing some Genealogy work. My step-father, Jack Beaman, is from Waynoka. He was adopted about 1939 or 1940. He was abandoned by his father with last name Ray when Jack was about 3-years-old. We know they came from California and stayed at an apartment in Waynoka for about 2-months. One morning little Jack Ray woke-up and his dad was gone. He never heard or saw his father again. The people who owned the apartment had the last name of Beaman which they gave to Jack at age 13 or 16 when they adopted him, thus he became Jack Ray Beaman. Maybe there might be old registers around somewhere? I know at some point Jack went into the airforce, his social security number comes from Kansas. Even his own children don't remember anything. To them that was in the past. I don't know if I told you he was a twin. He also remembered that they (he and his dad) came from California and his mother was a concert piano player. Now... how hard would it be to find a concert piano player who gave birth to twin boys." -- Nancy Eddy -- Email:

January brought us a new connection via a descendant of Harry Short. Harry had played on the Austin Senators (South Texas League) baseball team at the same time as our grandfather (Wm J. "Bill" McGill) in 1906. The great-grandson of Harry Short was Andrew Short that had contacted us. This is what Andrew had written, "My name is Andrew Short. I believe my great-grandfather, Harry Short, was a teammate of Will McGill's on the 1906 Austin Senators. I wanted to send you a note to thank you for the wonderful website you have put up - - honoring among other things your grandfather, his life, and his baseball career. In trying to do some research on my family history, I found your website and with it a great deal of history about my great-grandfather as well. I was wondering if it would be okay for me to download a copy of the 1906 team photo (backside of photo with names of players) so that I might be able to add it to the documents I am collecting about our family history? There is a story in my family that, like Will, my great-grandfather at one time was called up to play with St. Louis in the Major Leagues. Although, for which St. Louis team I'm not sure. When he told his wife, she refused to move to St. Louis, thus ending Harry's Major League baseball career. He became a player/manager in the Texas leagues instead, in addition to other careers. I have at home some newspaper clippings and stories from various Texas newspapers in the early 1900s about Harry's baseball career. I will go back and review them to see if any of them mention Will McGill as well. If they do, I would be happy to copy them and send them along to you. In addition to playing baseball in Texas, I know that my great-grandfather and other relatives also lived for awhile in Oklahoma. Again, I simply wanted to thank you for all the hard work and effort you've put into your website. In doing so, you have allowed me to reclaim a piece of my family history. Best regards." -- Andrew H. Short

February 2004 -- We thought we had found the whereabouts of the old Woods County fountain that once graced the downtown courthouse square, but it was not the three-tiered big fountain after all. It turned out to be only the Dragon Head fountain that now resides in a prominent Albuquerque, New Mexico private courtyard. We found out from one of our readers, "It (Dragonhead fountain) was a drinking fountain that stood on the walk outside the west steps of the courthouse and adjacent to the goldfish pond. The fountain, pond and dragonhead drinking fountain were located on the westside of the old Woods County courthouse square in downtown Alva, Oklahoma. We do NOT know where the towering, three-tiered fountain that once graced our courthouse park is located today? Jim Barker sent us a picture of his brother and sister (Bill & Ruby) posing on the railing of the courthouse fountain.

The 75th Anniversary of the Great Race/Run of 1893 in Oklahoma Territory brought back memories when we shared tidbits from a local newspaper printed in Alva, September, 1968, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the "Great Race of 1893. --

Remember when one of our readers sent us a doc-file of his father's memories during WWII when he was stationed at the prisoner-of-war camp in Alva, Oklahoma from September 28, 1944 to September 17, 1945. Memories of Cpt. Miles W. Kelly's Year in Alva... "After service in North Africa and Italy during World War II, my father, Dr. Miles William Kelly, was stationed at the prisoner-of-war camp in Alva, Oklahoma from September 28, 1944 to September 17, 1945. He was one of the medical officers at the facility. For the most part, this account is based on the letters that he wrote home to my mother. At least one local history, newspaper articles, and a small amount of government documents also added much to this narrative. Before relating his story, however, a few words must be said on the history of the prison camp itself. The following paragraphs are largely a paraphrase of a section of the camp in Alva, Oklahoma: The First 100 Years, 1886-1986 (1987) by Seekers of Oklahoma Heritage Association augmented by some of the government documents mentioned above. -- Bruce - Email: -- Year.doc

Towards the end of February we learned from a 1939 news article in the Waynoka News, dated Thursday, June 15, 1939 about the biggest privately owned man-made lake in the state that was in the Dust Bowl of area of Oklahoma's Panhandle, on the 3200 acre farm of O. W. Tucker, in Cimarron County. It's dam was 45 feet high and would hold 900 acre feet of water and would irrigate 300 acres of alfalfa (started in 1937) through ditches running from both sides of the dam. The 1939 news article mentioned that C. T. Sturdevant was extension service engineer of Oklahoma A & M College back in 1939 and was assisted by someone called "Uncle Bill" Baker (Cimarron County agent) and Tucker's two sons when they made the original survey for the lake, dam.

Remember the link to the 1930's Dust Bowl Stories with excerpts from The Dust Bowl, Men, Dirt and Depression by Paul Bonnifield. The 1930's Dust Bowl was a term born in the hard times from the people who lived in the drought-stricken region during the great depression. The term was first used in a dispatch from Robert Geiger, an AP correspondent in Guymon, and within a few short hours the term was used all over the nation. The Dust Bowl Days, also known as the Dirty Thirties, took its toll on Cimarron County. The decade was full of extremes: blizzards, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and dirt storms. Early Thirties Economy -- In 1930 and 1931, the decade opened with unparalleled prosperity and growth. NATION'S BUSINESS magazine labeled the panhandles of Oklahoma and Texas as the most prosperous region. The Panhandle was a marked contrast to the long soup lines of the Eastern United States. --

April 2004 -- Alva was in the process of beginning another mural (Castle on the Hill) at 5th & Oklahoma Blvd. with local artists, Jim Richey, Warren Little and Rod Dunkin. They began by outlining the design for the Castle on the Hill mural at the corner of Fifth Street and Oklahoma Boulevard.

It was in April 2004 when K101 Radio Early Morning Show, 20 April 2004, talked about the OkieLegacy and the Ann Reynolds Story mysterious fiery death in 1956. --

May 2004 -- The artist, Don Gray, and the Alva Mural Society finished the Charles Morton Share Mural on the Professional building in downtown Alva, OK.

July 2004, Waynoka, Oklahoma celebrated seventy-five years (July 8, 1929) when transportation history was changed for travelers from the east and west coasts when a 2-day air and rail trip was established that would take them across America in 48 hours. Charles Lindbergh was an officer in Transcontinental Air Transport (TAT). TAT was the company that developed the service and selected Waynoka as the western terminus of the eastern division. It was a place where passengers would switch between trains and planes, morning and evening -- eating breakfast, dinner at the Harvey House. It began in June and continued into July when we made our move from Oklahoma to SW Colorado. This was one of those months that found us on the move between Oklahoma andColorado. Duchess' favorite spot outside was sitting, waiting by the pickup door for hints of our next journey.

September 2004, We received 1926, 1937 and 1938 Northwestern State Teachers College yearbooks that we began transcribing shortly afterwards (beginning with the 1926 yearbook). We are still transcribing on the '38 yearbook from Northwestern's College, in Alva. Check out our Old Albums -- --

We did finish scanning the 1926 NSTC Ranger Album. We learned that 1926 was the first year of the Junior High School (7th, 8th, 9th grades) on the campus of Northwestern with Miss Ann K. Wilke as Director & Principal. The large room on the second floor of the Science Hall was formerly occupied by the library and had been assigned as a study hall for this department. October 2004 -- We started transcribing the 1937-38 Student Directory of Northwestern State Teachers' College and found our mother's name, address where she was living in '37 & '38 while going to College. We also recognize lots of other names listed in the student directory. We had started transcribing the 1937 Ranger album. By mid-October we were still transcribing the 1937 Ranger annual. -- -- files/StudentDirectory37-38.doc

We finished the transcribing of the 1937 Ranger yearbook, learning that the Northwestern Alumni Association was established in the spring of 1934? A banquet was held at the Presbyterian Church to organize an alumni organization to include the alumni back to 1921. In the spring of 1935 the alumni association enlarged the group to include the classes receiving degrees, diplomas each year from 1900 to 1937. In 1936 the alumni held its annual banquet in the Bell Hotel dining room, and included all the graduating classes from 1900 to the present day in the mid-1930s. They held their alumni banquets each spring and sponsored the biggest event of the year for Alva and Northwestern -- the annual Homecoming event.

Remember When Thelma DeGeer Lippincott celebrated her 100th year in June, 2004 and past away Oct. 28, 2004 as her family and friends gave celebration to her 100+ years.

November 2004 -- The latter part of November we were trying to find the descendants/families of the 1930s NSTC Students so we could return the original photos taken at Ellis Studio in Alva and Saunders Studio in Woodward, in NW Oklahoma during the 1930s. Most of them have a firstname signed on the photo while others might have a first and lastname. BUT there are two photos that had NO names on them - unknown male and unknown female. We hope someone out there can help us locate their descendants. We did find a couple of homes for a few of the photos. --

December 2004 -- We did have some success in finding a home for the Roberta Edwards and Reo McVicker 1930s photos with descendants of the Edwards and McVicker families.

Also, in December we found out that the 1st graduating class of Northwestern High School (NWHS) was 1937? It was located in the NEW Horace Mann building on Northwestern's College Campus. We found this little tidbit in the 1937 Ranger Album when she was reading about the Training School they had on the Northwestern State Teachers' College campus to train future teachers. You can read more about the Demonstration School & Class History of NWHS over at our NW OkieLegacy website - 1937 Ranger Album.

We didn't get started transcribing the 1938 Ranger yearbook until around mid-December. We also put the 1926, 1937 & 1938 Ranger yearbooks into a pdf file for your Christmas present to share with you all. You can now view them over at by clicking on the "Old Albums" link. We are still in the process of scanning the 1938 Ranger yearbook. -- -- -- --

Duchess and The OkieLegacy family would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2005. We thank you for sharing your Okie Legacies throughout the past year and hope to hear from you in 2005. See you next weekend and next year with our regular HTML format. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

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Vol 6, Iss 49

Pioneers, Peasants, Peanuts and Christmas holidays... What do they have in common? We are still researching those possibilities for future items of interest. By the way, did you all try out the Texoma Peanut Company of Madill, Oklahoma -- Order Your Oklahoma Peanuts Today! We ordered some Raw peanuts from them last Friday or was it Saturday. Anyway, it takes about 5 to 6 working days for shipping. We received our order yesterday just in time to try them out in the recipe that our cousin Stan Paris sent us a few months back. You can check out that Peanut Brittle recipe in our ParisTimes Pioneers Cookbook - Sweets Section.

A year sure does past quickly around here, doesn't it. In two weeks -- on a Saturday, no less, Christmas begins for the most part. BUT... we only have three (3) weeks left of 2004. What can we do to make the most of it and get ready for the great things that 2005 promises to bring? Is it time to reflect back at where we've been and make adjustments before we head on into the future? You know.... New Year Resolutions and those kind of things! OR... do we just enjoy each day as it comes and have faith in what we conjer up for our own futures -- Trusting that it doesn't affect others in a negative, bad way. Just a little food for thought.

View of the mountain tops covered by snow clouds - taken 12/5/2004, from SE corner of corralA Blanket of Snow Falls... 12/05/2004 - Sunday snow scene in SW Colorado valley, south of Bayfield.The valleys and mountains in southwest Colorado got a blanket of snow last weekend. It made some skiers happy. We believe it was last Sunday that we awoke to two-inches of that white, fluffy, wet stuff covering the grounds, cars and pastures here in the valley of SW Colorado. BUT... the higher elevations got more. We did get a few more snow scenes and wildlife shots for those of you who like to look at the snow, but don't like to be in it. We have been seeing small herds of deer and wild turkeys grazing in our front yard/pasture this week. Most of the week was cold, cloudy with a warming showing up on Thursday afternoon and reaching near 50 degrees. We had most of our snow until then... when the melting began. AND... it's continuing to melt through the weekend up here.

Our sources tell us that Oklahoma had a dry week that helped dry up the muddy, soggy ground and roads. AND... the Winter wheat is looking good. I hear it was in the mid to upper 60's several days this week, but by Friday the temps are droppin in some places.

Expecting NEW Birth in horse family... It was last January 11, 2004 that our three-year-old mare, Cassie, was flirting and messing around in the corral with the stud, Hustler. If we counted right, this weekend, December 11, 2004, Cassie should be bearing her first offspring out at Clark's horse farm. We haven't heard any news as of this Saturday morning, but will kept you posted. I did hear from my Oklahoma sources that the weather in Oklahoma promises to be in the 60s and nice, though.

What Else Happened This Week?...

1926 NSTC Seniors... We connected once again with some more family members of a couple of 1926 Senior graduates of Northwestern State Teachers College. It concerns Beckham & Channel. To be more specific... Wycliff G. "Wick" Beckham and Gladys Channel Beckham.

63 Years Ago... Mid-week we past the 63rd anniversary of Japan's surprised raid on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. We checked back to see where our Uncle Bob's (McGill) WWII Timeline placed him during this time. On 7 Dec. 1941 -- Pearl Harbor was bombed when Japan surprised Pearl Harbor. Then on 8 Dec. 1941 -- the USA declared War on Japan. It was Dec 19, 1941 -- Uncle Bob had sent his mother (Constance) an air-mail letter. Bob was on the train from Leesville (Louisiana) headed west towards San Francisco and passing through New Mexico at the time. He gave Constance instructions about his car, keys, insurance, etc that he left in Leesville with a Lt. Robert Kalbfell at 753 tk bn. Bob's brother, Merle (a.k.a Gene), or whoever goes down after the car in Leesville needed to call the post and ask for Kalbfell at 179 before 4:00p.m. or 383 after 4:00p.m. Kalbfell will tell him what to do. As to New Mexico, when he traveled thru in his officers pullman car, he wondered where the living are... it was really the wide and open spaces. He expected to be in California by morning. He wrote in letter, ".....doubted very seriously if we will have any time off before sailing time but if we do, I expect to go to San Francisco and spend a couple of days. .....getting tired of riding in pullman car and needing to get up and walk around." That was after the time when the train went through Oklahoma along the way from Louisiana that Uncle Bob's father, WJ McGill, tried hard to meet Bob. Bob was rerouted and didn't come through Alva. This next date... sometime in December 1941, WJ got a cable from Hawaii telling him Bob got there Okay. It was Christmas time in Hawaii that found Uncle Bob sending this V-Mail Christmas card dated 25 Dec 1941 to his mother, Mrs. WJ McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma. Uncle Bob's address back then was listed as -- Lt. Robert L. McGill, 0389481, 193 Tank Bn APO 957. He signed it, "Mele Kalikimaka" Merry Christmas. (No date on V-Mail, but think it fits in here on the timeline)

Back to Now... Mid-week, 7 December 2004, finds deer grazing in our yard/pasture here in SW Colorado. Before we head out of here for the weekend, we would like to leave you with these thoughts of a curious nature... What do Pioneers, Peasants and Peanuts have in common? Why I asked was because we are working on another extension of our OkieLegacy sites over at Prairie Pioneer News which is one of those "Coming Soon" type of websites. Are you curious yet as to what will develop? .... LOL... as some might say! Stick around and Help us develop this future website.

See Y'all next Saturday evening with more Okie Legacies! ~~ Linda "oaKie" & Duchess ~~ View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

1926 Rangers - Our Gang - pep demonstration marching to town enmasse

Vol 6, Iss 39 Alva, Oklahoma - Finally! We have the pages of the Ranger 1926 - Castle on the Hill yearbook scanned and uploaded to our NW OkieLegacy Webshots & Old Albums on

We have also made a list of the faculty, college students and high school, junior high school and training school students in three rtf-files - Book I-Faculty - Book II-Students & Organizations - Book III-High School, Junior High and Training School .

The "Gang on the Warpath" viewed in the above photo is a "pep" demonstration at Northwestern with the entire student body getting ready to march to town enmasse. This was the first assembly of the group in the Fall of 1925 on the occasion of the marking of the three State roads and a National Highway that intersected in front of the college.

Speaking of marching enmasse to town, Northwestern Rangers will once again be marching enmasse, celebrating their annual Homecoming Festivities beginning Thursday, September 30th thru Saturday, October 2nd -- ending with a parade during the morning and a home football game that afternoon. Hope to see some of you there lining the downtown square of Alva, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 2, 2004.

As to the 1926 Ranger Yearbook, We have learned lots of interesting things from this 1926 Ranger yearbook and have come across familiar names from the past. For instance, did you know that Northwestern High School in 1926 was still in its infancy with over 200 students in the secondary section. All instruction was under the direction of Miss Minnie Shockley and Dr. J. V. L. Morris. The teaching corps was selected from the Junior and Senior college candidates for degrees with Seniors getting preferences.

The Northwestern High School on campus was used to train teachers and was primarily for the country kids. At some point later it became known as Horace Mann High School. Just when... we are not sure. If someone out there can help shed some light on Northwestern High and Horace Mann High, Horace Mann Junior High and Horace Mann Elementary, we would love to hear from you.

Junior High School pupils - 1926AND -- 1926 was the first year of the Junior High School (7th, 8th, 9th grades) on the campus of Northwestern with Miss Ann K. Wilke as Director & Principal. The large room on the second floor of the Science Hall was formerly occupied by the library and had been assigned as a study hall for this department. Also, four classrooms continguous to this center was made available for the Junior High School. The Science Hall still stands today, but we believe it is known as the Fine Arts building now. It still faces, looks down 7th Street from Oklahoma Blvd. (Hwy 64).

The Superior Model Trainig School... Training School Pupils - 1926 The "Superior Model Training School" on the Northwestern campus was headed by W. H. Wood, professor of Elementary Education. Mr. Wood succeeded in getting the Training School rated at 1663 points (more than 400 points in excess) of the requirements for a Superior Model School. The Training School contained the Primary Department (1st & 2nd grades) with Clare Bocquin as teacher; Intermediate Department (3rd & 4th grades) with Kate Bilyeu as teacher; and Grammar grades with Hettie Brown as teacher.

One of those familiar names from the past was our father (Merle "Gene" McGill) listed with the Grammar grades -- and our Uncle Bob McGill listed with the 3rd & 4th graders (Intermediate Department). You can read the entire list in the rtf file - Book III.

What was really interesting, seeing the community ads, businesses towards the back of the yearbook. Just to name a few.

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Millennium Edition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

I am running quite late tonight... later than this Okie would like. As I write this, my Pug puppy is lying in her crate fast asleep. I have made a few changes to her name, though. You see ... when we are outside in the yard she loves to tackle the dandelion flowers and their puff balls. She doesn't eat them. She just picks them as she plows through our dandelion patch... leaving a slight furry residue on her lower puppy dog chin. So.... I changed her name to Duchess Dande-Lion Rose! Duchess is 10 weeks old this Friday weighing in at close to 2 or 3 lbs. A real sweetheart of a puppy.

I have been spending a lot of time up in God's Country in NW Oklahoma helping some friends with their horses and my horses the last few weeks. My mare (Cindy) still has not foaled yet, but someday soon; my 2-year old (Kassie) is in the process of being trained; and my yearling horse (George a.k.a Li'l Doc) became a gelding this week.

Trick of the Trade & Flying Farmers of the 1940s... Trick of the Trade - Gene McGill, Flying FarmerI happen to run onto this old news clipping of my dad, Gene McGill, that I believe was taken in the late 1940s (1946). It was entitled - Trick of the Trade. It read, "No one could ever forget a crop of whiskers like this and that is the very practical reason Gene McGill, Alva, wears them in weather like this. He starts to grow his crop about the time it comes wheat harvesting time for other farmers. As he goes northward with three combine outfits his beard grows more luxurious. He definitely did not bring them down to the Flying Farmers Cconvention to get his picture taken -- but he refused to cut them off despite the kidding. He uses an airplane to spot wheat fields which need cutting even far off the beaten roads followed by other outfits -- and the man with the whiskers gets the job."

As to the Flying Farmers... I was going through some of my Dad's treasures the other day and found this August 21-28, 1946 booklet (113 pages), "World Congress on Air Age Education," that was held at the International House in New York City. On page 21 there is an Article about Flying Farmers - Utility of Aircraft in Agriculture creates Community Airport Needs and a short article about Gene McGill, past president - National Association of Flying Farmers showing a photo of Joseph Geuting, Torsten Lund and Gene McGill.

Hope you all had a great Easter weekend. Besides the Oklahoma City Arts Festival starting the first of this week, we have been having some rain and thunderstorms across the state. The wheat is growing fast and is about knee high in some places. Green patches of wheat fields make up this wheat quilt that stretches across our northwest area of the state.

I am going to let you go for now. It is way past my bedtime. I will see you all next month and next weekend, and hopefully at a decent hour.

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 11 OKC, Oklahoma -

Before we get started here with more Okie Legacies, let me personally thank you all for your advice and congratulations on the recent McGill family quilt that has come into our possession. We truly appreciate everyone who replied. Thanks for being such fantastic readers of this Li'l Okie Legacy Ezine. We really do appreciate your loyalty and support.

Now that we have that out of our system... We are going to share a special treat concerning some 1960's Democrats & Political Legacies of Oklahoma that our father saved in his political scrapbook. We have to say, though, we have only began to skim through Gene McGill's two, huge 1960's political scrapbooks. We shall start out with the Democratic photos of the 1960's that he accumulated while he was Oklahoma's Democratic State Chairman during the early 1960's. A couple of the photos are in this week's newsletter, but you can view the rest of the collection at Oakie's Webshots - 1960's Political Legacy.

As to Woods County Pioneers... We have added a few more names to the Northwest OK Pioneers. Some of the names listed this week are: F. G. Munson, assistant cashier in First National Bank; J. H. Hudson, Jr., clerk in First National Bank; W. R. Frazier, clerk in First National Bank; John W. Bishop, postmaster of Cleo, editor of Cleo Chieftain; Eugene Carter, clerk in First National Bank; Earl Rumsey, clerk in Alva National Bank; Lee Noah, law student in office of his father H. A. Noah; F. Hageman, Alva manager for southwestern telephone company; and J. T. Hiatt, bookkeeper in Harbaugh's grain and coal office. MORE Woods County Pioneers....

More NW OK Pioneer Tidbits... This were taken from The Alva Pioneer - Souvenir Edition, dated January 1, 1904, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. In 1897 there was only one bank in Woods County, with deposits of between 50 to 60 thousand dollars. On January 1st, 1904, there were 26 banks, with deposits of over a million dollars. Up to 1897 the people spent all they made for improvements. It was also reported in that same newspaper of 1904, "since that time they had been putting something away for a 'rainy day'."

According to the Alva Pioneer Souvenir Edition dated 1 January 1904, The City Waterworks and Alva had an abundant supply of the very best water, which came by natural gravitation from springs 2-1/2 miles north, and which were 50 feet higher than the main business part of the city. A pipeline brought the water into a reservoir holding 80,000 gallons, located in the north suburbs of the city. It was then forced a mile up the slope to the storage tank located south side of the Castle on the Hill (also known through the past years as - Northwestern Normal School, Northwestern State Normal College, and Northwestern Oklahoma State University). The water tank held 65,000 gallons, and was about 112 feet high.

First School... J. W. Buckles, a young man from Harper, Ks., began a subscription school, Oct. 16, 1903, in a little building 12-by-12 feet on the corner where W. F. Hatfield's dwelling house once stood. According to the Alva Pioneer Souvenir Edition of January, 1904, this was thought to be the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip. If someone out there could help us out here and share with us the exact location of where W. F. Hatfield's dwelling house was located, that would be very helpful here. We would love to see a picture of it if it is available? Thanks!

Woods County Schools... In 1904, Woods County once lead all other counties in educational advantages for its young people. The Normal School at Alva was the greatest institution of learning in the southwest and was during 1904 considered to become one of the foremost normal schools in the country..... READ MORE...

We found this fantastic Oklahoma Poem, "In Oklahoma," as it appeared in the 1904 Souvenir Edition - The Alva Pioneer. It did NOT have the name of the author. You can read the full poem by clicking on "In Oklahoma.".

Where the waving fields of corn
Skirt the roadside sere and dun,
Where the river winds along
In a rhythmic, droning run,
Where the listless, floating hawk
In the azure blue is high,
Where the clouds are phantons white
On the winds that buoy them by --
There my heart is free
As a heart can be,
And my soul is in tune with Thee!.....

The Ides of March are upon us with St. Patrick's Day and the first day of Spring just around the corner. Daylight Savings Time (April 6, 2003) can not be too far behind either. Have a great weekend and enjoy the Spring-like weather while our neighbors in the North and East are still experiencing snow, Winter. See you next weekend!

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 5 OKC, Oklahoma - I suppose you all made it through the Super Bowl weekend of commercials and the snowstorms in the northeast USA. The weather here in Oklahoma still changes every three or four days from Spring to Winter to Spring and back to Winter again. The head cold is gone, though!

I have spent this week browsing through an old June 25, 1950, Alva Review Courier this week and found some goodies to share. One of those goodies was a 1950 Political Ad for State Senator that my Dad, Gene McGill, had placed on page 9 of that newspaper. It read as follows, "Let's Elect Gene McGill Democrat for State Senator, Woods-Woodward Counties."

On that same page was a marriage announcement of the 21 June 1950 marriage of M. Felicia Monfort, MD to Robert L. McGill. I also found an Ad for Monfort's Drug Store advertising fireworks, night displays for homes, safe sane fireworks for children and fireworks headquarters at Monfort Drug Store.

If you turn to page 12 of that same paper, you would find MORE Political Announcements, "Lt. Gov. James E. Berry, Democrat; US State Senator - Elmer Thomas, Democrat; State Senator - Claude Davis (Democrat), Gene M. McGill (Democrat), J. G. Jim Powers (Repub.); State Rep. - Ben Easterly, Democrat; District Judge - Tom Hieronmus (Democrat), Fred Spellman (Repub.); County Comm. Dist. 1 - W. C. Bill Romjue (Democrat), J. M. Jay Wert (Democrat); County Comm. Dist. 2 - Frank Nickelson (Repub.), J. F. Remiattee (Democrat); Court Clerk - Wesley Everett Ellison (Democrat), Orvel E. Brown (Democrat).

While I was transcribing the NW OK Marriages this week I found several of the couples that had graduated from Horace Mann High School and Northwestern High School. I assume at one time that those were names of the high schools in NW Oklahoma and Alva. If anyone out there has any information concerning these high schools in NW Oklahoma, please share it with us here. Thanks!

Check out the 1934 Seniors of Lamont High School - Read about the early 1900s Cimarron Valley Clipper Editor, Clarence & Grace Wandell, that a lady sent to me recently - And ... Someone is looking for information, origins of "Chocolate Gravy" for a speech project. If any of this week's newsletter jogs some more memories out there, I would love to hear from you all!

This weekend we celebrated the Chinese New Year and it is that time of year when that famous Ground Hog does/not peek his/her head outside his home (Sunday, Feb. 2, 2002). Will we have six more weeks of Winter? Is Spring just around the corner?

From Listen to the People by Stephen Vincent Benet -
"..... All one, all indivisible and one
Find it and keep it and hold on to it,
For there's a buried thing in all of us,
Deeper than all the noise of the parade,
The thing the haters never understand
And never will, the habit of the free....."

Soar like the Eagle - Be not afraid of the storm! Be as strong! Be smart enough to soar above it! See you all next weekend with more Okie Legacy goodies. ~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~
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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 4 OKC, Oklahoma -

This last week has this writer's head stopped up with a head cold due to the on again off again winter-spring like weather that hits through the heartland of America this time of year. That is my excuse for being slow and late this weekend. BUT... the ezine/newsletter goes out anyway, huh?

I have had lots of interesting email this week. One email concerned a McGill-Vinson relative of mine ... AUGUSTUS GRANT VINSON, born Abt. 1866, and died April 27, 1940 in Alva, Oklahoma. He married MARY MCKELVEY MCGILL Abt. 1890, daughter of WILLIAM MCGILL & ISABELLE JOHNSON. Mary McKelvey McGill was the older sister of my grandfather William J. "Bill" McGill (Major/Minor baseball player).

Remember the Spring of 1900... and the history of Northwestern - the first graduating class of four women and two men was produced. Augustus Grant Vinson was one of the men. Each of the 6 graduates gave an oration, then they received their diplomas. Thursday evening, June 28, 1900.

Records in the historical files of the Northwestern museum tell of the formation of the school's 1st Alumni Association in 1905. The first president was Dudley Nash, a member of the Class of 1901. In succeeding years as the association continued to hold regular annual meetings, others elected to the alumni presidency include A.G. Vinson, etc...

In aligning the faculty for the new year, the Board of Regents elected A.G. Vinson to the Chair of Agriculture. Vinson was a member of the first graduating class in 1900 and had joined the Northwestern faculty in 1905, first to teach geography, geology and later mathematics. His salary in 1908 was $1,400.

The heavy role played by politics in the election of not only the president by also members of the faculty was a fact not everyone could accept. So it was in May, 1910, the Board of Regents in electing the faculty for the new year retained President Ross and voted to remove two-thirds of the faculty. A total of 21 individuals, including A.G. Vinson. Hundreds of telegrams poured out from Alva residents to the board. Four of the professors previously dropped from the faculty, including Vinson, were reinstated in a June, 1910 meeting of the Board of Regents. Ross submitted his resignation

Dedication of the new buildings was another grand occasion for the Alva area, attracting thousands into town for the main ceremonies on March 12, 1937. Alumni President Phil Noah served as general chairman for the program, which also recognized the 40th anniversary of the founding of the school, an historic development which was spotlighted in a program on March 11. At that event, presided over by Professor A.G. Vinson, a half-dozen individuals who had figured in the institution's history reminisced about their experiences.

Two new dormitories were finally ready for occupancy in September 1939. Dedicating the Men's dorm to A.G. Vinson and called "A.G. Vinson Hall" also as asked by the alumni.

Did you also know that the Science Hall was renamed Vinson Hall in honor of A.G. Vinson. The Class of 1938 presented the school with a portrait of the beloved professor to be displayed in the building. That name remained there little more than a year, then the new dormitory for men became Vinson Hall and the older building resumed its former name, Science Hall.

Northwestern and Vinson Hall

Let us move onto Bill Barker's Memoirs of the Alva downtown square around the 1940s. That is sure to jog some memory cells out there. Speaking of the downtown square, does anyone out there remember whatever happened to the gazebo and the fountain that used to reside on the westside of the downtown square? Do those things still exist or were they demolished?

A friend in the Tulsa area sent me a special gift of two Vol. (I & II) of the Garfield County history books. Garfield County (also known as "O" County before statehood).

I hope this hasn't sounded too disjointed this week. Strange things happen on paper when the mind is clogged with a head cold. Have a great Super-Bowl weekend. See you next weekend - hopefully, with a clearer head! -- The Fairvalley Eagle still soars above it all! ~~ Linda "Okie" ~~

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Duchess Snowy Domain

Vol 11, Iss 52 My friend Ruff says, Merry Christmas Poker and Happy New Year 2010 to All!

We hope and wish you all a Happy New Year for 2010 as 2009 winds down this coming weekend. Did you get stuffed again with your family holiday feasts? We hope your Christmas Day was white and merry and that your family arrived safely to their destinations. Ours did here in SW Colorado. Also, we hear that central Oklahoma all the way to the Red River in the southern most part of Oklahoma received from 14 inches to 5 or 6 inches of snow on Christmas day. Another record breaking snowfall for this time of year.

There is a place online Weather Warehouse that shows the record snowfalls in Oklahoma and other states. Some in Oklahoma go back as far as 1902 or 1905. Using the above link you can choose the State link that you want to look at the historical monthly weather data. We clicked the State of Oklahoma and found the following monthly weather data from 1905 to 2009 for January thru December:


NW Okie selected February, because she was born in February of 1948 and her oldest son, Michael was born October 1971 when February's Winter snow storms were one of the historical record breaking snow storms in Oklahoma. The year of 1948 total snow fall for the month showed 13 inches with 4.5 inches falling in a 24 hour time; 1971 shows 13 inches of snow falling in a 24 hour timeline with a monthly snowfall of 18 inches; 1940 shows a monthly snowfall of 18 inches with 11.5 inches falling in a 24 hour period; 1938 shows monthly snowfall of 14.6 inches with 12 inches falling in a 24 hour period; 1912 shows a monthly snowfall for February of 22 inches with 12 inches falling in a 24 hour period. That is just a few of the snowfall records for Alva, Oklahoma from 1905 thru 2008, in Northwest Oklahoma.

In December 2007 they show the total monthly snowfall of 13.8 inces and 6.1 inches fell in a 24 hour period. If you scroll down to 1958, the December monthly snowfall reads 13.5 inches of which 5.5 inches fell in a 24 hour period. 1943 shows 14 inches monthly snowfall with 8 inches falling in a 24 hour period. The year before, 1942, shows 13 inches monthly snowfall with 6.5 inches falling in a 24 hour period. 1918 when NW Okie's father, Gene McGill, was two years old, shows a monthly snowfall for December at 15 inches with 13 inches falling in a 24 hour period. 1911 shows a monthly snowfall of 17 inches with 10 inches falling in a 24 hour period. 1904 shows 18.5 inches for the December monthly snowfall with 6 inches falling in a 24 hour period.

What year and month were you born? What was the weather like during your birthdays?
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Who Was St. Nicholas? Sinterklaas? Santa Claus?

Vol 11, Iss 51 With just four days before christmas, have you ever wondered ... WHY? What is the real meaning of Christmas? Who was St. Nicholas? How does that relate to our Santa Claus of today? How did the Santa Claus tradition begin?

From the information we have gleaned online, it appears that the true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara, a Greek area that is now on the southern coast of Turkey.

The historical Saint Nicholas is represented with a full, short white beard, and wearing the red cape of a bishop over white priestly robes. He carries a crosier, or elaborate shepherd's crook, and wears a red bishop's mitre, or pointed hat. In Eastern Orthodox iconography, he is often shown holding a book of the Gospels, with Jesus Christ over one shoulder and Theotokos, the Greek name for Mary, Mother of Jesus, over the other.

As the story goes ... Nicholas' wealthy parents raised him to be a devout Christian. His parents died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.

Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

It was under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, that Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith and was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals-murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

There have been many stories through the centuries -- legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. Perhaps these accounts will help us understand his extra-ordinary character and why he was so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need. Perhaps this is what Christmas Day or St. Nicholas Day is really about!

There is one story that tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value - a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery.

Mysteriously - on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver. Does this sound familiar yet?

One of the oldest stories showing St. Nicholas as a protector of children takes place long after his death. The townspeople of Myra were celebrating the good saint on the eve of his feast day when a band of Arab pirates from Crete came into the district. They stole treasures from the Church of Saint Nicholas to take away as booty.

As they were leaving town, they snatched a young boy, Basilios, to make into a slave. The emir, or ruler, selected Basilios to be his personal cupbearer, as not knowing the language, Basilios would not understand what the king said to those around him. So, for the next year Basilios waited on the king, bringing his wine in a beautiful golden cup. For Basilios' parents, who were devastated at the loss of their only child, the year passed slowly, filled with grief. As the next St. Nicholas' feast day approached, Basilios' mother would not join in the festivity, as it was now a day of tragedy. However, she was persuaded to have a simple observance at home with quiet prayers for Basilios' safekeeping. Meanwhile, as Basilios was fulfilling his tasks serving the emir, he was suddenly whisked up and away. St. Nicholas appeared to the terrified boy, blessed him, and set him down at his home back in Myra. Imagine the joy and wonderment when Basilios amazingly appeared before his parents, still holding the king's golden cup. This is the first story told of St. Nicholas protecting children which became his primary role in the West.

Saint Nicholas - Wikipedia says, "(Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios ["saint"] Nikolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270 - 6 December 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and Bishop of Myra (Demre, in Lycia, part of modern-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose English name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as is common for early Christian saints.[3] In 1087, his relics were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as, Nicholas of Bari."

Are we getting close to the origins of our Santa Claus (or ... Sinterklaas) ... yet?

They say that the historical Saint Nicholas is remembered and revered among Catholic and Orthodox Christians and is also honoured by various Anglican and Lutheran churches. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, and children, and students in Greece, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, the Republic of Macedonia, Slovakia, Serbia and Montenegro. He is also the patron saint of Barranquilla, Bari, Amsterdam, Beit Jala, Siggiewi and Liverpool.

It was in 1809 that the New-York Historical Society convened and retroactively named Santa Claus the patron saint of Nieuw Amsterdam, the Dutch name for New York City.

My Ancestors, Couwenhoven (a.k.a Conover) were some of those Dutch settlers that settled in Nieuw Amsterdam (NYC). You follow the above URL and following URLs to scroll through our family tree of Couwenhoven / Conover Dutch ancestors that married into our PARIS lineage.

This is the Couwenhoven/Conover Lineage down to NW Okie:
* gerrit jansz couwenhoven
* wolphert gerritsz2 van kouwenhoven (1579-1662)
* gerret wolfersen van kouwenhoven (1610-1648)
* willem gerretse couwenhoven (1636-1723)
* jan "john" willemse couwenhoven (1681-1756)
* dominicus covenhoven (1724-1778)
* peter conover (1769-1835)
* jonathan coombs conover (1797-1859)
* peter conover (1822-1900)
* sarah frances conover (1848-1924)
* ernest claude paris (1879-1959)
* vada eileen paris (mcGill) (1916-1992)
* Linda Kay McGill (Wagner) (1948-living)

BUT ... Back to what brought this all about - the talk of Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil's feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.

St. Nicholas Day is all about the "Spirits of Giving Around the World." In the Netherlands, Sinterklaas or St. Nicholas can be found wearing traditional bishop's robes, as he rides into towns across Holland on a white horse where he is typically greeted with a parade. Each year, Dutch television broadcasts the official arrival of St. Nicholas live to the nation.

The children of Holland look forward with excitement to his arrival on the evening of December 5, putting out carrots and hay for his horse. In return they receive gifts, candies, cookies, fruit and nuts. The children sometimes get letters from St. Nick filled with clever poetry.

To some -- To me, St. Nicholas Day and Christmas is not about the celebration of a birth, but is about the "Spirit of Giving Around the World."

It is perfectly alright with me if you want to celebrate Christmas as a birth, though. I have no problem with that. I prefer to celebrate Christmas as a season for giving of yourself and your particular talents! WHY can't we all be like St. Nicholas - known for our generosity and giving! -- People Helping People!
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Duchess Deer Domain

Vol 11, Iss 47 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ... Welcome to our Evening eZine/Newspaper! Seems like NW Okie has left this Duchess Pug with a heavy load the past few weeks. I'm goin' take a long snooze afterwards with my wildlife creatures in my Deer Domain ? AND ? GO ON STRIKE!

By the way ? Have you met my friend Mr. Buck pictured on the left while he was grazing on fallen wildbird seed mix?

Mr.Buck and other deer have been grazing in our backyard the past few weeks waiting for another cold front to come through here sometime after and around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mr. Buck says, "Hello!"

NW Okie is in the process of merging the Warwick McGill Paris Wagner families into one tree over at our family website. If you are already an member -- I have sent you a "Guest" invite to our family genealogy, come over and check it out -- leave a comment -- a family story -- help me refine the information that I have gathered so far.

NW Okie says, "If you don't mind the mess, drop over and see our 3980 family tree of our Paternal Maternal Wagner surnames.

NW Okie would also like to send you an invite to McGill-Paris-Wagner on, a place where we can learn more about our family history and share what we discover, together. You can view and print this family tree as well as historical records, images, stories, etc. that are attached to it.

If she has NOT already sent you a "Guest" invite and you are interested, let us know your email address so we can send you a "Guest" invite so you can view, comment on our family genealogy. allows you to participate by in our family genealogy by:
* Commenting on people, images, and stories
* Adding photos and stories
* Adding, editing, and deleting names

Did I mention this before ? The family tree already has 3980 people, 8 photos, 0 stories and 563 historical records. More old photos will be added later.
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Dear Duchess

Vol 11, Iss 16 See the photo of "My Bud" to the left? That is my favorite NW Oklahoman, J. L. "Bud" Clark. My human beings tell me that I get to see him while we are back in NW Oklahoma for a couple of weeks or so. BOW WOW ... WOW!

When Sadie Sadie and myself went on strike, NW Okie has let me take over the OkieLegacy Twitter site!

I have quite a few dog followers since I have taken control. Just a few of my dog friends are Napoleon the Pug, Bentley B, Sharkey & Francesca (my favorite) and their DailyWag & Blog, and many other dogs and their humans. I just love this tweeting and twitter stuff, but the Facebook is great, too.

We have added a NEW Domain name to our list of domains. It is (Preserving Pioneer Prairie News) on our iWeb (Mac) site. While we were adding that domain name, we went ahead and added org, net, com domain name extensions using "mcgillsisters," but those other names aren't pointing to any DNS at this time. We just wanted to reserve those names for McGill Sisters later use.

This is a special remembrance day in Oklahoma and especially in OKC. It was 14 years ago today that the bombing of the Murray building in downtown OKC took place, at 9:01 a.m. Fourteen years ago Duchess the Pug wasn't even a twinkle in the eye of her mother. BUT ... NW Okie was in Alva and her sister was in OKC, living in a 39th Street apartment.

I guess the thunderous noise and vibrations were felt all over OKC on that day that shocked the Nation. Do you remember where you were that day?

Oklahoma lost the greatest "political cartoonist" this week. Some of you might remember him . He did the political cartoons for The Daily Oklahoman starting in 1950. His name was Jim Lange.

NW Okie's Dad, Gene McGill, has several autographed politcal cartoons that Lange had done in the 1960s of Gene during his courting days of the Democrats away from Governor Edmondson's control of the party.

I need to pull those cartoons out and scan to share with you all. NOW ... where did NW Okie pack those political cartoons away? After NW OKie gets through her personal business in Oklahoma this April, I will nudge her to bring those cartoons out for a showing.

That is about it for now. Did I leave anything out? Oh Yeah! Thursday and Friday of this week we had our final blast of Winter here in Southwest Colorado. I think! It did not accumulate to much North of Bayfield, but the higher elevations did get a few inches more than we did. They were reporting that Saturday it may drop 8 to 14 inches of snow around Ouray, Colorado.

Our Saturday turned out partly cloudy and temperatures in the mid-50s. That was while you NW Okahomans were experiencing tornadic winds clocked at 80mph around 5:00 p.m., Saturday afternoon. We heard that storm spawned out around the Fairvalley and East of Freedom and moved East towards Alva and Avard.

NW Okie and her sister own a Fairvalley ranch next to the old Fairvalley townsite. My human being's youngest son got some video of that storm yesterday. As soon as we get a copy we will put up on our OkieLegacy website.

How did yesterdays tornadic storm affect you? If you are on Facebook and connected to Valarie Case's, you might want to check out her photos of Woods County's tornado storm clouds. They are great!
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Happy St. Patricks Day!

Vol 11, Iss 11 Yep! The wearing of the emerald-green for some of us Irish is just around the corner. Tuesday to be exact! I am thinking about wearing my green into Durango and partaking of some Irish stew and green beer on St. Patricks Day.

We have gotten back to working on our Warwick family genealogy, somewhat -- following friends on Twitter and Facebook and setting up a Facebook - Warwick Genealogy Group on our Facebook site. For all those savvy Facebook addicts, you can Facebook Linda McGill Wagner and Twitter With OkieLegacy.

The reason I have been gathering Warwick family information is because someone asked me if I would write a story about the McGill Ranch North of Waynoka. To do the story justly, I need to take you back to when my Great-Grandparents John R. and Signora Belle (a.k.a Sigga B.) Warwick made the Run of 1893 in the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma Territory. That is just one of the projects that I have on my full plate of "To Dos."

I am remembering bits and pieces of our family trip back to the Virginia in 1960 or so ... It seems as though we visited, I think, Sam Lindsay, in West Virginia, and he had grown these huge tomatoes on stakes. I donot know if it was the virginia variety, or what, BUT ... they were gigantic in size. The tomatoes were bigger than my one hand could hold. I am hoping my sister will read this and help me out with more of those memories of the early 1960 trip to Virginia.

Anyway ... My dad brought some of the tomatoes and seeds from those tomatoes back to Oklahoma to plant in his vegetable garden out at the Ranch. Not sure the tomatoes ever got as big as they did in West Virginia, though!

A couple of weeks ago, Louise in Waynoka mentioned, "We need some rain, everything is trying to green up, but we have a moisture problem."

I Hope you NW Okies finally got some moisture along with a quick cold front this week. We hear it turned cold this week in the northwest parts with snow and ice."

The Balmer Fund has placed a FREE AD in our "Classifieds" that reads: "PEOPLE PERSON? ?Sell ads for Prairie Connection, flexible hours. Contact:" If you are in the area of Harper, KS and NW Oklahoma, you might give the Balmer Fund a shout and check out this job opportunity.

Someone always seems to ask me, "How much are the subscriptions to the OkieLegacy newsletter?" In reply I write back and tell them this is a FREE weekly online newsletter! There is NO CHARGE! It is a labor of love and devotion to publish this OkieLegacy ezine each week. If it helps one person out there make a connection in their genealogy records, then that is all the reward I need!

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Happy Coming St. Patricks Day!
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The Summer of 2008

Vol 10, Iss 25 Well! We made it through to the 3/4 mark of June, 2008 and into the beginning of the Summer of 2008.

We hear from Northwest Oklahoma folks that they had about 7 inches of rain around the Woods County area this past week and wheat harvest is still underway again.

This weekend we take you back to 1945 and just after WWII when the Flying Farmers of Oklahoma were about to go National and join the NAA (National Aeronautic Association). OR ... was it the other way around?

Anyway, Gene McGill had a big hand in organizing the Flying Farmers back then -- being a farmer/rancher who used his light aircraft on his ranch 8 miles North of Waynoka, Oklahoma along SH14 and during his wheat harvesting and coyote hunting days back then.

We also did some browsing through the online archives of The Oklahoman and found some more information on the Woods County Triplets we spoke of last week. AND... We have some more Alva square memories in the Mailbag section below.

It has been warming into the mid-80's and dry in the valley of SW Colorado this week. It is almost cooler to sit out under a shade tree than be inside the adobe on this first day of Summer 2008. As our SW Colorado gas prices go: Bayfield, Colorado had a listed price Saturday of $4.13.9 for regular. You all living and driving in Oklahoma have it easy compared to the price of gas in Colorado and other places.

I have three hummingbird feeders this Spring/Summer in SW Colorado that have been keeping me busy making sweet nectar and refilling the feeders about every other day. I need to go refill a couple of them now and make another batch of hummingbird juice this afternoon, Sunday, June 22, 2008.

You all take care and keep those row boats handy in Missouri, Illinois and along the Mississippi River. We all are thinking of you! You are not alone!
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Vol 10, Iss 14 Well! NW Okie and David are moving us SW Colorado horses to NW Oklahoma this weekend. This is what I'm leaving up here and what Quoti, Maggie and I will be traveling in Friday, April 4, 2008.

That is me, Nugget, posing for the camera on the right. NW Okie says I am a poser! That guy trying to stick hay in my traveling stall is David. You can see Quoti to my right. Maggie is to my left with her head down inside the trailer eating her hay.

I have to stand between those mares, Quoti and Maggie, to keep one from picking on each. Quoti is the lead mare around here, but I'm the peacemaker.

NW Okie says I was named in honor of her Dad's palomino horse that Gene McGill raised from a colt in his early years.

Please excuse any typos that this palomino might make this week. These hoofs of mine don't quite fit this dang old, tiny keyboard and I ain't as computer savvy as that Pugster, Duchess.

NW Okie has been on the road to Northwest Oklahoma and attended "Bud Clark's Birthday Bash & Bar-B-Que" Sunday afternoon, North of Alva, OK.

The reason this week's newsletter is running late is simply because NW Okie has been on the road hauling horses and off her regular schedule for the past few days. Hopefully, that will change as she gets settled.
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Vol 9, Iss 47 This weekend finds NW Okie settlin' in her newly acquired antique wooden rocking chair with her MacBookPro laptop next to her as she begins to put together this weekends issue of The OkieLegacy.

We are also settled in front of the NCAA sports channels on DirecTV waiting for the Oklahoma Bedlam between OU and OSU to begin. My allegiance may be a bit split, because my father, Gene McGill, was an OU Sooner graduate of 1937 with a pharmacy degree. My oldest son, Michael, is an OSU alumni graduate.

Moving away from football, though, did you all get your fill of turkey, dressing, cranberries, baked ham, greenbeans, chicken & noodles, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cherry pie and all those family Thanksgiving delicacies?

We gathered at our adobe for our Thanksgiving feast. Friday, our youngest son, Robert, caught this two-point buck settled at the edge of the trees and at the edge of the mountains. The buck was just seated/laying in the shade of the tree, chewing his cud ... or whatever. Robert used this telescope that they use to gaze at the stars, planets to focus in on the 2-point buck. Then he took my digital camera and placed over the eyepiece to catch the buck in this photo on the left. Great shot, Robert!

It didn't snow on Thursday, Thanksgiving day, but after midnight it began snowing here in southwest Colorado and dropped 4 to 5 inches of wet snow by the early morning hours of Friday, November 17, 2007.

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On the Road To Oklahoma

Vol 9, Iss 45 We hear NW Okie is "On the Road to Oklahoma" this weekend. somewhere in Garden City, Kansas this Saturday evening -- heading towards Northwest Oklahoma for it's Centennial Celebration next weekend, November 16, 2007.

That good-looking palomino gazing over the fence is me, "Nugget." Some people back in Northwest Oklahoma used to call me "Trigger," but NW Okie renamed me after her dad's old palomino stallion that Gene McGill raised from a colt when NW Okie was just a small child.

Anyway... that spotted paint horse grazing on hay behind me is NW Okie's painthorse, "Quoti." That is short for the Cherokee name, "Diquoti."

The youngest mare in this pasture is Maggie. She is somewhere around here. I thinks she is out in the pasture watching the dozen or so deer grazing as the 4-point buck stands guard a little ways up the sloping hill to the south pasture.

David and Duchess are watching over us while NW Okie and Sadie are on the road to Oklahoma.

NW Okie wanted me to run this past everyone and see how some of you might feel if we moved our "OkieLegacy Ezine" to Monday, instead of Saturday. We will be thinking seriously about it for the next few weeks to see what the majority of the readers feel about it. Email NW Okie at Thanks!

Hi! Ho! Silver! As they say in the old TV western movies! Remember that western on the telly?
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Pugs Reporting From A Swing

Vol 9, Iss 30 Since NW Okie has gotten back and into the swing of things, these relaxing Pugs (Duchess & Sadie) have taken a vacation of their own as they report this weekend from a cool, relaxing swing.

Earlier this week NW Okie was asked if she was related to the McGill's who used to own a place North of Waynoka on hwy 14 and if she was one of the girls that was watermelon hunting on George Whipple's watermelon patch.

If you are speaking of the McGill place about 10 miles North of Waynoka right next to Eagle Chief Creek... Yes! BUT... if NW Okie was one of the girls watermelon hunting, that was a few years before her time. That must have been one of the older McGill Sisters.

That land North of Waynoka came down to the McGill's from their great-grandfather, John Robert Warwick, to NW Okie's Grandmother, Constance Estelle (Warwick) McGill, -- to Gene McGill, grandson of John Warwick. NW Okie is the third daughter out of four of Gene M. & Vada E. (Paris) McGill.

As a young girl, NW Okie remembers lots of fun riding her stick horses, making mud-chocolate coated cow terds, fishing with her dad and picnics with the Kelsey's of Waynoka, Oklahoma before Roscoe & Celinda Kelsey and their daughter, Diane, were transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Being six and five years younger than her older sisters, NW Okie has no recollection of the antics that the two older sisters experienced living on the old farm place. BUT... she is always interested in hearing those stories from others out there. Especially, the George Whipple watermelon story where all hell broke loose when he shot off his shotgun.
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88 Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918

Vol 8, Iss 45 This Memorial weekend finds NW Okie & Duchess "On the Road" again! This time we find ourselves traveling the by-ways and highways from northwest Oklahoma to southwest Colorado. Check back late saturday evening for the completed published edition of this week's "OkieLegacy" newsletter, Vol. 8, Iss. 45, 11/11/2006.

Eighty-eight Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918 -- Vada Eileen Paris was turning two-years-old, Nov. 11, 1918, when WWI was ending with the signing of the Armistice Agreement.

It was the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month of 1918 when the "Great War (World War I)" ended. IF we could go back and talk to our parents, grandparents about that time, what would they say? Vada Paris & Uncle Bob McGill were two-years old and Gene M. McGill was going on four-years-old.

Grandma Constance Warwick McGill's younger brother, Robert Lee Warwick enlisted in 1914 with the US Army and served three years with the "Coast Artillery Corp., 5th Company." He then joined the "Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Canada" and was sent to France with the Canadian Army. Robert served through World War I and received his discharge June 29, 1919. He came home broken in health and after a few years entered the Western State hospital, Fort Supply, Oklahoma. That's where he died November 17, 1952, Western State Hospital, at the age of 65 years, and 12 days. He is buried in the Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Oklahoma.

Have a Great, Safe Veterans Memorial weekend.
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Duchess Corner

Vol 8, Iss 1 Our little Sadie got spayed about 10 days ago. She seems to be doing great and has even forgotten about her surgery. We were suppose to keep her interactive for 7-10 days. The same day of the surgery Sadie slept the rest of the day. BUT... next day she was back to her energetic self. The only way we could keep her semi-inactive was to lay down and take a nap with her. So.... we both got a rest during those 7-10 days.

We have lots of items in our mailbag to share with you all this week. Such as... information on the Bickel Bus line of Alva; the Anthony Wholesale Grocery of Anthony, Kansas; old Alva photos taken during the 1920s that Mike Rosebery bought on ebay and put on his "Flickr" website; we found another person who has sergraphic print #391 of 550 prints of JFK (John F. Kennedy), dated 1961, signed by R. V. Goetz. Our dad (Gene McGill) had print #1 of 550.

Thanks to you all who shared your memories of the Bickel Bus line and King Parrot brand goods from the Anthony Wholesale Grocery. We knew we could jog a few memories out there.

Hey! Did someone say we are in our Winter cycle? Where is it? Seems like Fall around here in the Valley of SW Colorado -- dry conditions, also.

Have you been keeping an eye on the fires ravaging the dry plains and cities of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas? Sounds like they could use some of that rain, moisture that is on the west coast.

We did drop to $2.339 for unleaded gas prices in Bayfield, Colorado. BUT... that didn't last long. NOW... it is back up to $2.449 since yesterday afternoon when I filled up my auto.

Hope this week's newsletter finds you all soaring into 2006 in great shape! AND... hope that some of you MAC users get this weeks copy of The OkieLegacy. We understand some could not bring up anything when they click on the site. Some of you did not even receive last week's newsletter.

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Giving Thanks & Genealogy Info

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HAPPY THANKSGIVING is just around the corner. Take a few moments and reflect on things around you, and for what you are thankful for this year.
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600 Block of Barnes Avenue - Alva, OK...

Vol 7, Iss 25 We have been reading in our Footprints Across Woods County history book -- looking for information on the Pribble Hotel, DeGeers Grocery Store, Illinois Cigar Store and Alva Body & Fender Works.

We didn't find anything yet about DeGeers Grocery store, but did find some information about Charles Frazer Grocery Store that was located on the North side of the square at 506 Flynn, in Alva, Oklahoma.

As to the Alva Body & Fender Works... In 1937 it was owned and operated by Harry & Del Brunsteter at 630 Barnes Avenue. In 1946 the Packard contract was accepted and created a need for more space -- so a new building was constructed at 401 Barnes and by December 6, 1946 the move was made. In May 1961, Del Brunsteter sold the business to Raymond Rhodes.

Remember Brunsteter's Illinois Cigar Store? In 1918 it was owned and operated by W.E. "Earl" Brunsteter as an oasis for recreation and noted for its carpeting, marble fixtures, polished spitoons, and respectability. In 1926 Earl sold the cigar store to Bill Brand who operated and maintained it through the 1950s.

Someone told me the beginning of this week that the DeGeer General Store might have been in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue about two doors west of the old McGill Brothers swimming pool. The old swimming pool has since been filled, AND... the building two doors or so west of it may still be there. BUT... which building was Brand's Cigar Store? If there is anyone else out there that could enlighten us concerning the DeGeer Grocery Store, don't be shy. Leave us a comment here or email Linda at EMAIL: Thanks! Here is a link to NW OkieLegacy Webshots - 600 Block of Barnes Ave, Alva. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Our Family Genealogy Database...

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

Oakie's Ancestors...

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

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

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

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

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

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Our NEW Grand Niece

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

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

Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 19, Iss 5 NW Okie's grandpa, Wm. J. "Bill" McGill, played professional baseball in the early 1900's. Doing research in old newspaper archives, we found this mention in The Wichita Beacon, dated 15 April 1909, Thursday, page 7: "Are Practicing Team Work Today," as Manager Holland was giving regulars their first instructions. "Dad McGill had signed a Wichita contract - Richter and Bailey go to Enid - both were thought to make good there.

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Manager Holland started out on a new line of work with his baseball squad that morning (4/15/1909). He took up team practice and inside baseball, and would drill his regulars in that style of play from then on until the opening of the season two weeks hence.

Holland had been waiting for his pitchers to get into condition before he commenced this work, but the persistency with which the cold weather was hanging on, had prompted him to go ahead with it anyway. He realized that the twirlers were working under a handicap in trying to get their arms in shape in such temperature as that which had prevailed that spring, and did not expect them to show what they could do until it got considerably warmer than it had been to date.

As a student of the inside points of the game, Wichita's manager had few superiors in minor league baseball. It was because his teams played the game that they had won in the past, and it was the inside ball that had given Wichita teams, which were made up of players of only ordinary ability, credit for being the luckiest organizations in the circuit. It was usually a case of outgeneraling the opposition.

Holland believed that his team was now about as it would start the season. There possibly would be some additions to the pitching staff, and it was not known which of the four outfielders would start the championship race on the bench. It would depend chiefly upon which three were in the best condition.

McGill Now a Jobber
"Dad" McGill joined the local squad that morning. McGill was the big pitcher who formerly played with and was a student at Friends University. Since then he had played with the Austin, Texas, league team, the St. Louis Nationals and the Enid Western Association team. He pitched for a couple of weeks for Wichita in 1905, but was too young at the game then to show class. It was believed that he had some good pitching in his right arm, and he is confident that he can win tor the Hollanders. He had been trying for two weeks to land a job here, and finally succeeded in getting his release so he could become a member of the Jobber staff.

"Dutch" Richter and "Bill" Bailey go Enid as a result of the McGill and Westerzill acquisition. Both ought to make good in the Western association, for both are above the average for that class. Holland would keep his eye on both of them, and would be ready to put in a draft for both, should they develop into as good men as they not give promise of being. Enid was weak at third and Richter would fill a big hole there.

Good Night! Good Luck!
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Sweet Silly Spunky Sadie

Vol 19, Iss 1 Remember when precinct meetings drew largest crowds in history for Democratic party in the 1960s, especially in Oklahoma? Why can't we do that again? What can we do to accomplish that? Was this about the same time the rural communities, precincts in Oklahoma was awaken to have their voices heard over the larger cities?

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It was in The Ada Weekly News, out of Ada, Oklahoma, dated 18 February 1960, Thursday, page 1, we found this 1960 headlines: "McGill Appears Leader Here As Precinct Meetings Draw Largest Crowds in History."

In 1960, the zany world of Democratic politics burst upon the Pontotoc county scene on a Friday evening as precinct politics scurried to their respective voting places in record numbers to organize for the impending "family feud." I suppose they were talking about the democratic party feud between Gov. Howard Edmondson and the grassroots democratic party supporting Gene McGill.

That year the State's two "Big M's" were battling it out in fifty-six precincts in the county with the results surprising few observers. Pat Malloy, Gov. Edmondson's choice for state chairman, won a few battles int eh unpredictable city precincts, but Gene McGill, outspoken administration foe appeared to have won the war with an overwhelming majority of rural boxes.

This was by far, the largest precinct organization turnout in the county's recent political history the battle lines were drawn as predicted. McGill appeared to make unexpected inroads in the city while Malloy and his supporters came up with only a few surprises int he country.

The precinct meetings were merely to select precinct chairmen and other officers who would, in turn, meet February 20th to choose county officers.

What it boiled down to in Pontotoc county was an all-out struggle between foes and friends of the controversial young governor as separate slates of candidates for county offices were announced Friday morning. J. I. Jones of Allen and Mrs. Joe Robnett of Roff were on the McGill side of the fence and Monte Bell and Dorothy Higginbotham, both of Ada, were avowed candidates who favored Edmondson and Malloy.

There was no official listing of the instructed delegations from the precincts that was released by Martin Clark, county Democratic chairman, but a representative survey by the NEWS and others came up with the following tablulation: Malloy apparently carried 11 of the city's boxes with McGill running first in 9 and 2 others completely neutral in outward appearance. In the county, the count would read something like 18 for McGill, 5 for Malloy and 10 on the undecided list.

That gave McGill an overall lead of 27 to 17. Of course, the survey taken into account some boxes whose delegations would go to the central committee meeting uninstructed, but whose officers were known to favor one candidate or the other.

The bulk of the Malloy support in Ada came in wards one and two while McGill held his own in three and four.

In the county, McGill led all the "big" precincts such as Allen, Stonewall, Roff and Latta while Malloy managed to capture a few delegates in such places as Valley View, Country Club and other precincts.

Some, or several precinct decisions possibly missed in the survey, but these appeared to be the "sure" city boxes.

In ward one, precinct three, thirteen people attended and an unusual occurrence was marked. Jake Blevins, administration official, was selected as precinct chairman and also made a motion his precinct go on record as favoring the nomination of Lyndon B. Johnson for president.

One of the sore points of the campaign had been the claim that administration forces were cool to Johnson and were for Sen. John Kennedy of Massachusetts. In fact, this was mentioned in several precincts as the prime reason the voters did not want Malloy for state chairman.

Other precincts, such as the one which met at Ada High School, also instructed its delegates to express their preference for Johnson.

The effect of the anti-administration organization was evident from the results. The "sure" boxes, the ones in which the delegates were definitely instructed were almost all pro-McGill and pro-Jones, while the Malloy-Bell supporters were mostly uninstructed. It was in Ward one, precinct one, meeting at the courthouse, Dr. Sam A. McKeel was selected chairman and Esther Turner was chosen for co-chairman. The delegation was not instructed, but precinct committeeman W. G. Massey said the sentiment seemed to favor "Local government," indicating support for Jones and McGill would probably emerge. In ward one, precinct three, at Hayes School, the trend was in the other direction as Blevins was chosen chairman and his wife was tabbed co-chairman. About thirteen people attended and the favor was definitely pro-Malloy.

The first instructed delegation encountered in the survey came from the First Presbyterian Church box, ward one, precinct six. G. G. Folger was elected chairman and Mrs. Aubrey Kerr vice chairman. Seventeen attended the meeting and the delegation would go to the central committee meeting with two votes for Jones and McGill.

In ward one, precinct five, the administration apparently gained, but no instructions were given to the delegates. J. N. King was the chairman and Mrs. Tom Watson would serve as co-chairman. The issues of the state chairman's campaign didn't arise, but at least it was not anti-administration.

Ward two appeared more solidly behind Malloy and Bell.

In W2-P2, Les Younger was chosen chairman and his wife would serve as c0-chairman. The feeling here ran favorable to Malloy.

The first case of an instructed delegation for Malloy and Bell came in W@-P5 where Homer Belew was elected chairman and Lena Yagol vice-chairman. The delegation was instructed to support the Malloy slate at the central committee meeting.

L. D. Kite became chairman in W2-P4 and the reports had it that all nine present were unanimous in support of McGill and Jones.

Few reports came in from ward three, but it was believed McGill dominated the voting there, at least in the first two precincts.

At least one ward three ballot as hopelessly divided. That one was at Irving School (W3-P3) where T. J. Jared was named chairman and Dorothy Higginbotham vice chairman.

Miss Higginbotham was not he slate with Bell, supporting the candidacy of Malloy. A vote showed the seven Democrats present were split, so no instructions were given.

Ward four saw at least on instructed delegation elected. That one came at the Ada High School box where the delegates were told to support McGill and Jones. Lester Lanier was selected as chairman and Vernon Roberts' motion to support Jones was approved by and 8-4 vote. Sixteen attended the meeting and, apparently, the main issue at stake was the question of Johnson vs. Kennedy.

One voter, Harrell Allen, urged no instructions, but the "ayes" had it by four votes. The biggest turnout was on South High School, the voting place for W4-P5. There 45 people gathered and the feeling was definitely anti-administration.

C. S. Williams, veteran chairman of the precinct, said practically all present were for McGill although the delegation would be uninstructed.

Williams commented, "I had the dubious distinction of presiding over the liquidation of the Edmondson-Malloy forces. In addition, I had the honor of presiding over the largest precinct meeting ever held in Ada. I had thought the governor should have a friendly slate chairman, but my cause was sunk without a trace."

Williams' feeling were reflected in many other areas where the anti-administration forces made their presence felt overwhelmingly. The pro-Edmondson-Malloy-Bell voters were apparently somewhat more subdued in support of their favorites.

McGill swept the countryside. Delegations from Allen's two precincts headed by the candidate Jones and Guy Pegg were instructed to cast their votes for the McGill slate. Homer's delegations, J. C. Hands and Janie Phillips, were given similar instructions, as were the Fittstown delegates headed by chairman W. E. Snyder. Those representing Roff, Stonewall and Latta would also cast their lots with the anti-administration forces.

It was believed Saturday Malloy made some headway in the Union Valley, Center, Valley View, Country Club and Colbert boxes, but this could not be verified.

At the Country Club box, Dick Roberts became chairman, Dee Burdine was chosen as chairman at Center.

The turnout Friday night ranged from 45 in the ward four precinct to a single citizen at ward four, precinct one (city hall).

That night was a rousing night of political shuffling and one thing definitely emerged from all the hullaballoo ... there was more interest in the grassroots of the party that ever before with all precincts setting up organizations of the first time in the history of Pontotoc county.

1960 "Old Guard" Not Backing McGill
The Miami Daily News-Record, out of Miami, Oklahoma, dated 10 January 1960, Sunday, page 1, reported that Carl LaGere, 4th district Democratic chairman, labeled himself as a member of the "old guard" and said not all veteran Democrats were supporting state party chairman Gene McGill.

It seems LaGere of Chandler was miffed when McGill appointed J. I. Jones of Allen as Pontotoc county chairman without first consulting him. LaGere charged that McGill bypassed him because he was the only one of three district chairman who voted for Pat Malloy of Tulsa, Gov. J. Howard Edmondson's choice for the post then held by McGill.

LaGere didn't think McGill had the support of all the "old guard."

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Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 27 Alva, OK - I know my human has been a little distracted this last week, 'cause during my Doctor Vet annual wellness checkup, we found out this eleven year old Pug has the beginning of cataracts in both of my eyes. I Know some humans use seeing eye dogs to get around. I guess this "Sweet Silly Sadie" is going to use NW Okie as her seeing eye human.

This weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid is a mixture of the Warwick family lineage of NW Okie, and how much she has compiled over the years. Plus other items from the 1912 Republican & Progressive Bull-Moose split and Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's campaign fora third term as President.

Major Jacob Warwick (1743-1826)
From the Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, by William T. Price, page 234, we found this Warwick legacy of Jacob Warwick, who is the 6th Great Uncle of NW (Linda Mcgill Wagner).

The compiler of these memorials, deeply impressed that something should be attempted to perpetuate the memory of these persons (Jacob Warwick and Mary Vance, his wife) had availed himself of such facilities as had been in reach. He was largely indebted to John Warwick, Esq., Judge James W. Warwick, and Mrs. Elizabeth McLaughlin for the information from which these sketches were compiled. All these persons have since died, at a very advance age. This article first appeared in the "Southern Historical Magazine for August, 1892. Mrs. McLaughlin, a daughter of William Sharp, lived with Mrs. Warwick at intervals, as a friend and visitor in the family, and for whom Mrs. Warwick manifested special attachment.

The father of Jacob Warwick came to Augusta County, from Williamsburg, Virginia, during colonial times, between 1740-50. William Warwick was a Lieutenant in the service of the British Crown, and was employed in surveying and locating land grants in Pocahontas County, which County included territory of which States have since been formed. Lieutenant Warwick located and occupied the Dunmore property for his own use. He married Elizabeth Anne Dunlap, near Middlebrook. He was one of the English entry whose families settled in Virginia in consequence of political reverses in England, and whose history was so graphically given in Thackeray's Virginians.

After operating extensively in lands; and securing the Dunmore property in his own name, Lieutenant Warwick concluded to visit England. He never returned, and being heard of no more, he was given up fro dead. Meanwhile, Mrs. Warwick settled on the Dunmore property, had it secured by deed to Jacob and afterwards married Robert Sitlington, but remained at Dunmore a number of years after her second marriage. Jacob Warwick seemed to have remembered but little of his own father, and always cherished the highest filial regard for Mr. Sitlington. When Jacob attained his majority, Mr. Sitlington moved to his own property near old Millboro, the estate now occupied by Mrs. Dickinson, daughter of the later Andres Sitlington. Upon her decease, Mrs. Sithointon left a bequest of one thousand dollars to Windy Cove Church the annual interest of which was to be paid to the pastor of that congregation. For a long while it was managed by the Messrs Sloan. In the hands of Stephen Porter it was finally lost through financial failure.

Upon reading legal age and coming into possession of his estate, Jacob Warwick was married and settled at Dunmore. When it was decided that Lieutenant Warwick was dead, the grandfather of David Bell, of Fishersville, Virginia, was appointed guardian of Jacob Warwick. William and James Bell were the sons of this guardian, and James Bell was the father of William A. Bell and David Bell well remembered citizens of Augusta County.

Dunmore was Mr. Warwick's first home after his marriage. His wife was Miss Vance, daughter of Col. John Vance, of North Carolina. He died on Back Creek, at Mountain Grove, Virginia. Col. Vance's family moved to the vicinity of Vanceburg, Kentucky, except Samuel Vance, Mrs. Warwick, and Mrs. Hamilton. The last named was the mother of Rachel Terrel, of the Warm Springs, and John Hamilton, Esq., of Bath County. Governor Vance, of Ohio, and Senator Zeb Vance, of North Carolina, were of the same family connection. The Vances, originally, from Ooecquon, near Winchester, Virginia.
Mr. Warwick remained at Dunmore a number of years. His children were all born there. He was industriously and successfully occupied in accumulating lands, and managing large herds of cattle and droves of horses. His possessions on Jacksons River were purchase from a certain Alexander Hall, of North Carolina. Mr. Hall owned from the Byrd place to Warwickton. One of his sons, being charged with horse theft, the penalty being death by hanging, refugees to Bath County. The elder Hall came to Dunmore to see Mr. Warwick, and proposed to sell this land to provide means to send his refugee son to Kentucky so as to elude arrest. Mr. Warwick had sent out one hundred head of cattle to be wintered in the cane brakes. This herd was taken by Hall as part payment for the Jackson River lands. The cattle rated at eight pounds a head (about $0). The Clover Lick from the east avoided hollows and ravines, keeping along high points and crests of ridges, so as to be more secure from ambuscades and Indian attacks. The original way out from Clover Lick, going east, after crossing the Greenbrier near the mouth of Clover Creek avoided Laurel Run, kept along the high point leading down to the river, and passed close by the McCutcheon residence. Mrs. Warwick had the first road cut out, up the Laurel Run, in order to bring the lumber for the new house from Woaoddell's in the Pine Woods, now Greenbank and vicinity. She gave the enterprise her personal attention.

Quite a number of interesting incidents were given by tradition illustrating the character of Mrs. Warwick. While renting Clover Lick, her husband and others were making hay. A shower of rain came up very suddenly and dampened their guns and horse pistols. Late in the afternoon the men fired them off, so as to load them with fresh charges. Someone hearing the report of firearms in quick succession brought word to Mrs. Warwick, at Dunmore, that the Indians were fighting the men at the Lick. She at once mounted a large black stallion, put a colored boy on behind, and went at fall speed and swam the swollen river in her effort to see what happened. This colored boy was old "Ben," sho died at Clover Lick, and was remembered by many of the older citizens.

Upon another occasion, when the Shawnees were returning from one of their raids to the east, forty or fifty of their warriors were sent by Clover Lick with the intention, it is believed, to pillage and burn. A scout from Millboro warned Mr. Warwick of their movements. With about twenty others he waited for them in ambush on the crew of the mountain south of Clover Lick. The fire was very effective, and every man killed or wounded his victim. The Indians in their surprise hastily retreated, and were pursued as far as Elk Water in Randolph County. Upon hearing of the result, Mrs. Warwick at once followed her husband and friends, attended by servants carrying provisions for them. She met them at the Big Spring on their return, and the weary hungry party were greatly refreshed by her thoughtful preparations.

She was eminently pious, and was a member of the Windy Cove Presbyterian Church. She never felt herself more honored than when ministers would visit her home and preach. The visiting minister would receive a nice horse, or something else as valuable, as a token of appreciation. She was conscientiously rigid in her domestic discipline. Her brother once made this remark, "Mary, I used to think you were too strict with your family, and you have been blamed for it. I see now you are right. You have not a child but would knee in the dust to obey you. I let my children have more liberties, and they do not care near so much for me."

The Rev. Aretas Loomis came from Beverly, for a time, every four weeks, and preached at the Warwick residence. She was highly emotional, and during the services often appeared very happy. As to her personal appearance she was toll, slender, and blue eyed, hair slightly tinged with auburn, and lithe and agile in her carriage. So she was distinguished for symmetry of person, beauty of feature, and force of character, all of which she retained even to an advanced age. She was very benevolent, and her kind deeds were done upon the principle of not telling the left hand what the right might be doing. Persons in her empty would always be overpaid. Polly Brown, whose lot it was to support her blind mother, received two bushels of corn every two weeks, and no one knew where the supply came from at the time. A person named Charley Collins, who was renowned as an athlete, and whose name was given to one of the meadows of Clover Lick, did a great deal of clearing. It was reported that he was but poorly paid, but before Mrs. Warwick was done with him his family was doubly paid by the substantial fights dispensed with her open hands.

Among her many other generous deeds, it was told how a rather worthless character, disable by frozen feet, was received into her house, clothed and fed until he could walk. His name was Bosier. This man afterwards died from the effects of burning tree falling on hi, against which he had made a fire, while on his way from Big Spring to Mace's in Mingo Flats. George See, a grandson of Mrs. Warwick, heard his cries and came to him. In his efforts to rescue him, he exerted himself so laboriously that he ws never well afterwards.

It should also be remembered, that Mrs. Warwick, in her old age, gathered the first Sabbath School ever taught in Pocahontas County. In the summer her servants would lift her on her horse, and she would then ride about four miles to a school house near where the Josiah Friel cabin stood, now in the possession of Giles Sharp. The exercises would begin at about nine o'clock. There was no prayer, no singing; but she would read the bible, talk a great deal, and five good advice. The scholars would read their bibles with her. The exercises would close at two int he afternoon. After this continuous session of fiver hours Mrs. Warwick would be so exhausted as to require assistance to arise and mount her horse.It was her custom to go to William Sharp's, dine and rest awhile, and then go home later in the day. To use the language of one of her scholars, the late Mrs. Elizabeth McLaughlin, who died near Huntersville in 1895, aged over ninety years, "She would give such good advice. If all would do as she told hem, how well it might have been. She was the best woman to raise girls I ever saw, if they would take her advice how to act and how to do. She has talked to me for hours, and its often thrown up to me that old Mrs. Warwick made me proud because I tried to do as she advised me."

The school was mainly made up of Josiah Brown's family, John Sharp's, William Sharp's and Jeremiah Friel's. The lamented Methodist preacher, Rev. James E. Moore, once belonged to her Sabbath school, and received from her his earliest religious instructions. By common consent it was agreed that he did more for his church than any two mindsets who had ever preached in this region.

Not a great while before her death, during one of Mr. Loomis' ministerial visits, she received the communion. Upon receiving the elements, her emotions became so great that her husband and children, fearing results, carrie her to her own room. For four weeks she was helpless from nervous prostration. All her children from Bath and Pocahontas were sent for. She died at the ripe age of eighty years, in 1823, at Clover Lick, and there she was buried. There were no services of any kind in connection with her burial.

Jacob Warwick was one of the persons who made permanent settlements in what was then Pocahontas and Bath counties, Virginia and West Virginia.

It had been already stated that he commenced his business life at Dunmore; purchased Clover Lick, where he resided for a time; then moved to his immense possessions on Jacksons River, and then returned to Clover Lick. In addition to these estates he acquired some equally as valuable. He endowed his seven children with ample legacies, and besides bequeathed a competency to ten or fifteen grandchildren.

Mr. Warwick was an alert and successful Indian fighter, and had a series of conflicts, narrowly escaping with his life on several occasions; yet he was never sure of killing but one Indian. Parties now living remember seeing a tree on the lands of John Warwick, near Greenback, where Jacob Warwick killed that Indian in single combat. It always grieved him that he had done it. Not very far from this place is the laurel thicket where Colonel Washington was killed in 1861.

Upon a subsequent occasion MR. Warwick went to Randolph County. It was night when he returned. His horse shied at something in the road, which he at once recognized as the fresh husks of roasting ear. The presence of Indians was at once suspected, and upon approaching the house cautiously hit was found that the row of cabins were burned and the premises ransacked. In their glee, the Indians had caught the chickens, picked all their feathers off and let them go. The place had been left in the care of a closed man named Sam and Greenbrier Ben, aged ten and twelve years. Sam made good his escape to the woods, but Ben hid in a hemp patch so near the cabin that when it was burned he could hardly keep still, his buckskin breeches were so hot. From his retreat Ben saw the Indians pick the chickens, leaving their tails and topknots, and laugh at their grotesque appearance. He saw them run the wagon into the fire, after the cabin near the spring had become a smoldering heap of coals. This wagon was the first that ever crossed the Alleghenies. It was brought from Mountain Grove, up Little Back Creek, about three miles above where the Hunersville road first crossed the stream going east; then across Knapps Spur, along by Harper's Mill; then straight across to Thorny Creek, through the Lightner place, past Bethel Church, to the Sunders place on Thorny Creek; thence up the ridge to the top, and then along down to the Knapp place on the Greenbrier River; thence to Clover Lick.

The most memorable event of his life was his being in the expedition to Point Pleasant, under General Andrew Lewis. The march from Lewisburg to Point Pleasant, one hundred and sixty miles, took nineteen days. It was most probable that he was in the company commanded by Captain Mathews. This conflict with the Indians was themes decisive that had yet occurred. It was fought on Monday morning, 10 October 1774. It was a matter of regret that the recorded history of this battle does not accord full justice to the memory of a very deserving person. It was conceded by all, so far as there was any record, that up to the time when there occurred a lull in the battle the advantage was with the Indians. The question arises, why should a warrior as skillful as Cornstalk call a halt in the full tine of success, and suddenly cease firing and pressing upon a receding foe, with victory just in his grasp?

Had it not been for this, no troops could have been safely detached for a flank movement. Flank movements were only a good policy for those who were pressing the enemy, and not for the retreating party. When Cornstalk ceased to press, the victory was decided in favor of the Virginians, and lost to him. Had the battle been lost to our people and the army sacrificed, unspeakable disasters would have befallen all settlements west of the Blue ridge mountains; the Revolution would have been deferred for all time, possibly, and the whole history of america far different from what had been.

How was that lull in the battle to be accounted for, which resulted in victory to the Virginians? Dr. Foote said, in his account, which is one of themes minute and extended of all in reach of the writer, "towards evening, Lewis seeing no signs of retreat or cessation of battle, dispatched Captains Shelby, Mathews, and Stewart, at their request, to attack the enemy in their rear. Going up the Kanawha, under the cover of the banks of Crooked Creek, they got to the rear of the Indians unobserved, and made a rapid attack. Alarmed by this unload for assault, and thinking the reinforcements of Colonel Christian were approaching, before whose arrival they had striven hard to end the battle, the savages became dispirited, gave way, and by sunset had recrossed the Ohio. Colonel Christian entered the camp about midnight, and found all in readiness for a renewed attack.

Colonel Kercheval, who claims to have derived his information from Joseph Mayse and Andrew Reed, of Bath County, stated on their authority "that about two o'clock in the afternoon Colonel Christian arrived on the field with about five hundred men, the battle was still raging. The reinforcements decided the issue almost immediately. The Indians fell back about two miles, but such was their persevering spirit, though fairly beaten, the contes was not closed until the setting of the sun, when they relinquished the field.

There were persons recently living in Bath almost in speaking distance of the residence where Joseph Mayse lived and died, who were certain that Mr. Mayse gave the credit of that cessation in battle and falling back two miles on the part of the Indians, to Jacob Warwick and the persons with him. According to Judge Warwick's statement, Mr. Mayse's statement was emphatically confirmed by Major Charles Cameron, a lieutenant in the battle. Mr. Mayse often repeated the fact that Jacob Warwick, an obscure price in the ranks, was detailed with a number of others, perhaps fifty or sixty in all, to bring in a supply of meat, that rations might be supplied for a forced march to the Indian towns, as Governor Dunmore had so treacherously given orders. These persons crossed the Kanawha about daybreak, and while at work in the hunting grounds and slaughter pens, they heard the firing beyond the limits of the camp, and so far up the Ohio they supposed it to be a salute to Governor Dunmore, who was expected at any time by the soldiers generally. But the firing continuing too long for this, it was surmised the troops were putting their arms in order for the contemplated march over the Ohio. Finally they suspected it was a battle. Mr. Warwick was one of the first to ascertain this to be so, and immediately rallied the butchers and hunters, in order to return to camp and join the battle. This was noticed by the enemy, and Cornstalk was of the option that Colonel Christian was at hand. He ceased in the reach of victory, and took measures to withdraw from the field, unobserved by our exhausted troops. For nearly two hours they had been falling back, and when the flank movement was made to communicate with the hunters, supposed to be Colonel Christian's advance to join them. What fighting occurred afterwards was with the rear guard of Cornstalk's retreating army of demoralized braves.

If all this be true, and considering the sources of information, the write of this book saw no reason to doubt its authenticity in the main, it illustrates how important results were sometimes made to depend, in the providence of God, upon fidelity to duty on the part of the most obscure, and it brings to light the leadings of God's hand in human affairs.

The reputed hero of Point Pleasant appears in bronze, an honored member of the group wherein stand Henry, Jefferson and Marshall, while the humble man whose hand turned the fortunes of that most eventful day sleeps in his obscure grave on the west bank of Jacksons River, six miles from the Warm Springs. Were it the grave of Campbell's "Last Man," it could not be in much less frequented place.

Major Warwick's sons and daughters were all born at Dunmore, Pocahontas County. The eldest daughter, Rachel, remembered when the settlers would fly to the fort near her home, when she was a little girl. The fort was near the spot now occupied by Colonel Pritchard's mill.

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Spirit of Humanity (Plant the Seed - Spark of Humanity)

Vol 1, Iss 5 I was Thursday, May 20, 1999, NW Okie wrote this article, "Spirit of Humanity (Plant the Seed - Spark of Humanity)."

"The spirt of love and compassion, sadly missing from most news broadcasts, is alive and well in Oklahoma, and provides for me a deep sense of hope - hope that that spirit will spread across the land and rekindle the basic 'spark of humanity' that we need so very desperately." Quote by Rod Murrow, 12 May 1999, NW Oklahoma.

This is so True! It only takes one person to plant the seed - Spark Humanity - Spread the Spirit of love and compassion... That is already within us ALL! It can begin with You and me! Together! Like my sister, Dorthy, always says, "Together We CAN Make A Difference!"

That is what I'm trying to do with my column and newsletter. To keep the spark of love, compassion and spirit lit in the heartland and the Universe. Giving people a sense of hope and rebirth of well-being across these lands of ours. AND... Rekindle that spark of humanity.

Tuesday morning I headed for NW Oklahoma to check out what the farmers were doing up there this time of year. I checked in on my friendly farmer in Alfalfa County near the little towns of Dacoma and Cherokee, Oklahoma.

This Farmer reminds me a lot of my dad (Gene McGill). He doesn't take any bull off anyone and was energized trying to get his alfalfa cut, raked and baled before Mother Nature decided to spark the farmer's situation with a few teasing rain clouds. My farmer was (as some might say) out standing (or outstanding) in his field.

Supervising and working alongside his hay crew of neighbors helping neighbors to beat the wrath of Mother Nature's schedule of Spring events.

You see... Farmers don't work on a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday job like some of us city folks. The famrers are up early before dawn and sometimes work through the night and seven days a week. it seems he is always working in harmony with Mother Nature's scheduled events to raise the crops - produce the meat and other necessities that some of us city folks might take for granted.

AND... If the farmer is lucky, he might get a decent price for his labor and come out ahead. BUT... That is only once in a long shot (a gamble with nature) and very rare. Usually, the only one coming out ahead is the banker, backer or broker that loans the farmer the money to produce the next crop of necessities for us all.

If you do take a drive out in the rural areas, you will notice that some of the farmers are putting their wheat crops into hay and grazing off the what crops. The price of wheat ($2.25) isn't worth spending precious income to harvest it. That is the situation here in the heartland. How is it where you live?

The next time you drive through the rural countryside, stop and take a good look around. If you see a farmer out in his field of dreams, make an effort to talk to him and thank him for all the necessities he supplies on your table each day. What would we do without them... The Farmers and Ranchers?!

Go out and make a Great day for yourself and someone special! I'm headed out to kick some cows this weekend at Fair Valley with my NW Oakie friends and cowboys. The cows will probably kick me a few times, though! Tell you about it next week, my friends!
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Walking With Sadie

Vol 17, Iss 37 Houston, TX - Woof! Woof! Want to know more about the "Flying Farmers" of the past? The image on the left is a picture of Gene McGill, his wife, Vada, and their daughter, Dorthy (about two years of age, 1945).

We take you back of 1 August 1946, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the Miami Daily News-Record, news article with page 3 headlines that read: "Planes Bearing Delegates To Stillwater Farm Meet."

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Stillwater, Okla., Aug 1, 1946 -- (AP) - Assorted light aircraft roared over Stillwater on 1 August 1946, bearing delegates from more than a dozen states to the first annual convention of the National Flying Farmers association.

The delegates, whose knowledge of machinery extends to the power and maneuverability of aircraft as well as the mechanics of farm implements, opened a two day meeting held in conjunction with the annual Oklahoma farm and home week.

Highlighting the opening day's session of the farmers' meeting would be addresses by Gen. Ira Eaker, deputy commander of the U. S. Army airforces and Josh Lee, former U. S. Senator from Oklahoma, and a member of the Civil Aeronautics board.

Farmer aviators attending the meeting represented flying farmer groups organized in their home states since the national association's inception a year ago (1945).

The national organization grew out of the Oklahoma Flying farmers association, the first of its kind, which was formed i Stillwater in 1944 and whose membership was comprised of farmers using airplanes for use on farms at the time. Among the leaders in the movement were Henry Bomhoff, Calumet, Oklahoma, wheat farmer, who learned to fly a ship he built, and J. P. Ressen Rogers county farm agent, who learned i fly in 1942.

Twenty-six places attend the 1944 organizational meeting and the following year the group met again to form the national association which Gene McGill, Alva, Oklahoma, was chosen to head.

The first flying farmer to arrive for the convention was Myron C. Baker of Morrow, Ohio. Baker was secretary-treasurer of the Ohio Flying Farmers group.

(1946) Flying Farmers Would Organize Throughout U. S.

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Oklahoma City, Nov. 21 (19146) -- (AP) - A national alliance of aerial agriculturists with he Oklahoma flying farmers as the parent group was planned on this date for immediate organization by the National Aeronautic association.

Forrest Watson, Thomas, Oklahoma, president of the Oklahoma unit, and William R. Enyart, Greenwich, Conn., NAA president, announced the group would be known as the National Flying Farmers association.

A state may organize when as many as 25 members have been secured. Membership would be limited to plan operators deriving 51 percent of their income from agriculture, watts said. It would conduct its own affairs through national, state and local officers but would be a part of the NAA.

Headquarters would be at Oklahoma A. & M. college, Stillwater, where the farm fliers held their organization session in 1944.

Watson said flying farmers and ranchers in Arizona, Texas and Kansas have already informed the Oklahoma group of their interest in organizing.

Good Night! Good Luck! Woof! Woof!
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Walking With Sadie

Vol 16, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - Just heard from NW Okie awhile ago, and she said, via telepathy, that she will be heading home to Colorado Wednesday, or so. I need to checkout the mountain passes around Wolf Creek to see what the weather will be like on that day.

Meanwhile, as we wait for NW Okie to return, hope you find a connection with the McGill family connections (genealogy) in this week's OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid. AND . . . See if you can count the herd of antelopes caught grazing along Highway 160, just east of Trinidad, Colorado a couple of weeks ago. NW Okie says there were at least a couple of dozen. They started to scramble by the time NW Okie got the car stopped and her camera pointed at them, but perhaps you can make out a few familiar shapes, huh?

Woof! Woof! Good Night & Good Luck
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This Day In History (June 6)

Vol 13, Iss 23 America - On Jan. 6, 1882, Sam Rayburn, who served for more than 48 years in the U.S. House of Representatives (1913-61), was born. Following Rayburns death on November 16, 1961, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary. [Photo on the left was taken back in the early 1960's and was scanned and placed on NWOkie's Picasa Albums back in 2006. We can identify at least two: Gene McGill (frontrow, 2nd from left) and Sam Rayburn (frontrow, 3rd from left, standing to Gene's left.]

Sam Rayburn's Boyhood Ambitions -- The Article states this about Rayburn's Boyhood Ambitions, "As a boy, working in the fields of his father's forty-acre cotton farm in North Texas, Sam Rayburn made up his mind to enter politics when he grew up and eventually to become Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Then, perhaps even more than now, the Speakership was widely regarded as second only to the Presidency among the country's elective offices. Mr. Rayburn achieved his goal on Sept. 16, 1940, when the House elected him to succeed William B. Bankhead of Alabama, who had died the previous day. From then until his death, he served as Speaker in every Congress except the Republican-controlled Eightieth (1947 to 1949) and the Eighty-third (1953 to 1955)."

On this day, June 6, 1919, the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60. READ Times Article. The headlines read: "Theodore Roosevelt Dies Suddenly at Oyster Bay Home; Nation Shocked, pays Tribute to Former President; Out Flag on All Seas and in All Lands at Half Mast."

"Oyster Bay, L.I., Jan. 6. -- Theodore Roosevelt, former President of the United States, died this morning between 4 and 4:15 o'clock while asleep in his bed at his home on Sagamore Hill, in this place. His physicians said that the immediate cause of death was a clot of blood which detached itself from a vein and entered the lungs."

On This Date (January 6)

  • 1412 - According to tradition, Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France.
  • 1540 - England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.
  • 1759 - George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married.
  • 1838 - Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.
  • 1912 - New Mexico became the 47th state.
  • 1919 - Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.
  • 1945 - George H.W. Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.
  • 1993 - Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie died at age 75.
  • 1994 - Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right leg in an assault planned by the ex-husband of her rival, Tonya Harding.
  • 2001 - With the vanquished Vice President Al Gore presiding, Congress certified Republican George W. Bush the winner of the close and bitterly contested 2000 presidential election.
  • 2005 - Former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested 41 years after three civil rights workers were slain in Mississippi. (Killen was later convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 60 years in prison.)
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1948 - Snow Storm - NW Oklahoma

Vol 10, Iss 45 The Oklahoman, dated Feb. 12, 1948, page 21, had the following headlines: "High Drifts Trap Motorists in Panhandle, Ice Glazes Southwest."- Sub-headlines read: "Many Northwest Roads Closed."

About two weeks (actually, 13 days) before this NW Okie's birth, a howling blizzard was piling snow and closing roads in northwest Oklahoma. Gene and Vada Paris McGill and the two oldest daughters were living on their Farm/Ranch, 10 miles North of Waynoka, Oklahoma, on SH 14 when their 3rd daughter and younger sister, Linda Kay, was born February 25, 1948.

Feb. 12, 1948 -- The entire state shivered on that date in mid-February 1948. The weatherman forecasted that the mercury would reach lows of low 20 to 15 degrees in the southeast.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, drifting snow was accumulating in the vicinity of Boise City. All routes were closed. Schools were closed with the temperature reporting to be one degree above zero.

Ed O'Dell, division engineer at Buffalo, reported 10 cars, with occupants on the highways in the Panhandle.

Snow plows cleared the roads and helped stranded motorists get started again or helped them find shelter in nearby farm houses.

Many of those trapped, included 10 children, who were suffering from exposure to the extreme cold, even though they had stayed in their cars.

Snow in the Oklahoma Panhandle, was blown by high winds, filled ditches level with the roads, spilled over the top of snow fences, and piled drifts in places more than four feet deep from Gate in the east part of Beaver county to the New Mexico border.

One Car Almost Covered... O'Dell reported that one of the cars trapped by the blinding snow was almost completed covered by drifts when it was found by the road crews.

Three cars were found between Hardesty and Guymon on SH 3. There were 10 people in the cars, four of them children, all suffering from the cold.

Seven cars were located between Gate and Forgan, containing 14 people, six of them children. O'Dell reported the crews had no difficulty in getting them started again or finding shelter for them.

State highway No. 3 had become closed. Others reported closed by 3 p.m. included SH 15 in Ellis county, and US 60 from Arnett to the Texas line.

US 66 Is Dangerous... All roads west of El Reno and south of Clinton were reported in bad shape." -- The Oklahoman, dated Feb. 12, 1948, page 21
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Memories of Our Father

Vol 10, Iss 24 It was no secret in February 3rd, 1950 what Gene McGill stood for. He was a Democrat running for State Senator for Woods / Woodward Counties -- announcing his candidacy February 3rd, 1950 against Claude Seaman of Waynoka in Northwest Oklahoma.

My sister Dorthy says, "The photo looks more like Gene in 1950."

For many of you who knew Gene McGill, what his political pamphlet stated: He is a Leader ... Not a Follower! was absolutely true in his earlier political days.

Gene McGill gave considerable thought to the matter before announcing his candidacy for the State Senate for the Woods / Woodward District, and he took this means of conveying to the voters of these two counties a short biography, the principles for which he stood, and the program to which he would devote his time if elected. BUT... unfortunately, he was not elected that year.

The Daily Oklahoman, dated February 4, 1950, page 19, stated in the headlines, Gene McGill to Seek State Senate Seat."

The rest of the short, two-paragraph article stated, "Alva, Feb. 3 (1950) -- Gene McGill, Alva farmer, Friday announced as a Democratic candidate for the state senate in this year's primary elections. McGill, making his first legislative race, will attempt to unseat Republican Claude Seaman, Waynoka, who is ending his first term."

Gene (Merle) McGill was born in Woods County, Oklahoma, December 27th, 1914. He spent his entire life in western Oklahoma, having graduated from grade and high schools in Woods county. Gene attended Northwestern State College in Alva and obtained his degree at the University of Oklahoma at Norman in 1937. Since that time he had been a farmer and rancher. He was married and had four daughters. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Business Club (ABC), and a member of the Northwest Cattlemen's Association. He was organizing director and the first president of the National Flying Farmers's Association.

Dad, if you are up there looking down on all of us, this in memory of you and your accomplishments as a Northwest Oklahoma Democrat, the 1st National Flying Farmers President and Flying Farmers organizer. AND... the other accomplishments that you managed to put under your belt during your 72 years of your life (1914-1986).

Happy "Father's Day" to all Father's this weekend!
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McGill Bros. - Gene & Bob

Vol 10, Iss 23 The photo on the left is a picture of the McGill Brothers, Gene (left) & Robert (right), taken out at the ranch on Hwy 14 sometime around 1944 as the McGill Bros. were standing in front of Gene's light airplane.

My Dad, Gene McGill, was many things to many people. Some people probably did not care for him or his politics. BUT... He put on no airs and was himself. He worked hard and overcame many things growing up through two world wars (WWI & WWII) and the "Dirty 30's" or "Dust Bowl" days.

Gene wasn't perfect, but who is? BUT... He had his dreams, passions and fought for the rights of the little guys. He was one of the leading forces that established the "Flying Farmers!" He was an outstanding Northwest Oklahoma Democrat of the 1950's through the earlier 1960's.

Gene came from a family with a domineering, business-like Mother and a Father who was a lefthanded, fast pitcher for the Minor Southwest Texas League (1906-1907), Austin Senators, and pitched one season (1907) in the Majors for the St. Louis Browns before he headed back to Oklahoma in 1907 and went into the furniture business fulltime with his older brother, James McGill.

My grandpa, Bill McGill, married my grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill, in the Spring of 1910 and they had two sons, Gene (1914) and Robert (1916).

Gene's younger brother, Bob, was a handsome gentlemen and Veteran of World War II who earned the title of Major and fought overseas with the 193rd/165th & 27th Infantry Division.

Uncle Robert Lee McGill was a Lt. with the 193rd Tank Bn. for only a short time in the Hawaiian Islands around 21 October 1942. This outfit attached to 165th Inf. & 27th Inf. Divn. WWII. On Makin Island, was known as 193rd, and changed to 762nd Tank Bn., when sent on to Saipan and participated in "mop-up" operations at both locations.

Uncle Bob died young of lung cancer, 21 February 1954, while he was married to his second wife, Dr. Felicia Monfort. Whether Uncle Bob's illness was from his tour of duty during WWII, we are not sure, but suspect. Bob was only 38 years when he died in February, 1954 -- only four days before this NW Okie's 6th birthday. My memories of Uncle Bob are slim!

The McGill Bros., Gene & Bob, will be remembered fondly and perhaps not so fondly by those whose lives they touched throughout their lives.
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1946-47 W B. Hull vs. State (Criminal Case #3442)

Vol 10, Iss 21 While we are in NW Oklahoma, I did some research down in the basement of the Woods County courthouse earlier this week to see what I could find out about the 1947 W. B. Hull vs. State Criminal Case.

A few weeks ago we talked, shared an old criminal case #1091 subpoena showing a list of people subpoena to testify in the Hull vs. State case. A few of those listed were Gene McGill, Marion Gardner, Nels Nelson, and others.

What I found out at Woods County's courthouse basement dated back to December 23, 1946, but the case number was 3442 instead of 1091. Not sure why the subpoena was numbered 1091 and the court records were numbered 3442, though.

Anyway... In the W. B. "Bertie" Hull vs. State, defendant Hull waives formal arraignment on December 23, 1946 as well as the reading of the complaint. Hull pleaded Not Guilty and his bail was set $2,000.

The preliminary was original set for January 2, 1947, 10:00 a.m., but when that date came around, it (the case 3442) was continued to January 18, 1947.

On the Criminal Appearance Docket for December 22, 1946 it showed that Ken W. Greer arrested W. B. Hull. The records showed that on January 18, 1947 there was a transcript of the the testimony of McGill and Nels Nelson.

As the testimony goes... Hull allegedly shot four times at Gene McGill's airplane back in December 22, 1946 when Gene McGill and Marion Gardner were flying low to ground hunting coyotes.

We have heard rumors & stories that Gene scattered Hull's cattle and Hull took a shot at Gene's light airplane. We have also heard that Marion Gardner and Hull were not on the friendliest terms... more towards the feuding kind of neighbors.

Was it intent to kill or just an assault with a deadly weapon? AND... why did the 1947 subpeona have a different case number (#1091) instead of the criminal case #3442 that we found on the following court records in the basement of the courthouse?

You can read the news clipping that I found on old microfilm for the Alva Review Courier, December, 1946 and January, 1947. I have stuck them in the "Mailbag Section below.
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Wm Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick

Vol 9, Iss 31 Last weekend we did a tribute to our Great-Grandpa John Robert Warwick.

This week we are carrying that tribute to include John's parents & NW Okie's Grea-Great-Grandparents, William Fechtig & Phoebe "Phebe" Anthea (Pray/Prey) Warwick.

I just love this photo on the left of Great-Great Grandma Phebe Anthea Warwick. The picture on the right is Great-Great Grandpa William Fechtig Warwick in his early years.

As I mentioned last weekend, John Robert Warwick was one of eleven children 911) of William Fechtig & Phoebe Anthea (Prey) Warwick. There were lots of John, Jacob, Williams listed in the Warwick family that originated (I think) from Scotland.

William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 and died 20 December 1903, Mountain Grove, Virginia. William married Phoebe Anthea Prey (Pray). We are still need doing some genealogy work on these Great-Great grandparents.

This photo is a picture of William F. & Phebe A. (Prey) Warwick in their later years. I have also included a couple of links to our McGill/Warwick/Hull family genealogy: John R. & Signora Belle (Gwin) Warwick & Wm F. & Phebe Warwick.
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Share Bros. of Oklahoma Territory

Vol 9, Iss 24 I was doing some looking back at bits, pieces that I have gathered on the Share Brothers of Oklahoma Territory. Amongst the information, it looks like the Share brothers were native of Michigan and had a mercantile business in Harper, Kansas in what is known as the 'Buckeye building' before moving their mercantile business to Alva, Oklahoma Territory.

Charles C. Share was a native of Michigan, but engaged in the mercantile business at Harper, Kansas, for several years. He moved his stock of goods to Alva in 1901 and consolidated it with that of Sylvester B. Share & Bros' department store. Charles C. Share had been a cashier of that big institution in 1904. He was also in the class of Woods County progressive citizens.

J. D. Share was also a native of Michigan. He located in Wellington, Kansas, 1872, and engaged in the drygoods business until he came to Alva in September, 1895, where he was already had an interest with his brother, Sylvester B. They built the first brick business house in the city. Afterwards adding two more brick rooms, making the buildings combined 75 by 150 feet. They also built the Alva National Bank block of four business rooms, with offices upstairs, and later the post office building. Mr. Share was vice-president of the 'first commercial club,' and was always active in furthering any enterprise for the general benefit of the city. He served one year (1900) as a member of the 'Territorial Board of Education' for 'Normal Schools', and in 1901 was elected a member of the city council and was active in re-organizing Alva as a city of the first class, making its laws, among other things.

Sylvester B. Share was an Alva, Oklahoma pioneer native of Michigan. Sylvester B. Share came to Harper, Kansas, about 1884 and engaged in the mercantile business. Sylvester B. Share came to Alva, Oklahoma Territory in the spring of 1894 and opened a large general merchandise store. Sylvester B. Share was very liberal, enthusiastic in furthering the interests of the city. Like his brother, Sylvester served two terms on the city council, years of 1894-5. In 1909 he was of the firm of S. B. Share and Bros. large department store in Alva, Oklahoma Territory.

It seems as though the Share brothers and their descendants touched many lives in this northwest Oklahoma Territory and across the northern border into Kansas. Today many northwest Oklahomans will remember Charles Morton "Corky" Share as the son of Charles C. Share. "Charles Morton Share Trust has been used to build many businesses, new hospital, library, etc...

As a little girl living on the southwest corner of 7th & Church Street, in a two-story white, frame house, in Alva, Oklahoma, my family (including myself, a.k.a, & Linda Kay McGill) were neighbors of Charles "Corky" Morton Share.

To this impressionable, shy little girl in the 1950's, Charles 'Corky' Morton Share was a single, quiet, heavy set man, whom lived in the white frame house just south of us. Corky Share (Charles Morton Share) died June 13, 1959 and is buried in block A-086-07 of the Alva cemetery with his parents.

I do not remember much about the man and my neighbor as I was a rather shy, introverted, impressionable young thing in my early youth back then and things seemed to easily scare me. All that I remember about "Corky" Share was that he seemed to be a quiet, heavy set man that kept to himself and lived with his widowed mother. I don�t know if that is true or not. BUT... I kept to myself and really did not get to know him like I probably should have as a neighbor.

Corky seemed tall to this short shy neighborhood girl in her early youth. I can only speak for myself, Corky seemed a bit frightening. I don't know if it was the neighborhood kids that started the rumor or not, but we were told that if we went in his back yard all hell would break loose. Now that I have grown older and wiser, I see that the rumor may have been something that the kids in the block started because Corky kept to himself. It is always easier looking back and seeing what you would like to change, isn't it?

I remember the many fruit trees he had in his backyard. There was one year that Charles Morton Share let my baby sister, Amber, pick some fruit from his trees to make him a pie. I guess my baby sister was a bit more outgoing than I was. BUT... I think my mother made the pie for her.

Anyway, when Charles Morton Share died in 1959, he bequeathed a stuffed pelican to my baby sister, Amber. That pelican has long since been donated to the museum at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

As we glance, read through the "Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County" history book, you get a glimpse of the many lives that were entangled with the Share Bros. businesses. BUT... there is no other family history of the Share brothers personal family life.

Who was Alva's benefactors, Charles "Corky" Morton Share? Charles C. Share; J. D. Share; and Sylvester B. Share?

If anyone out there has a more detail history of the liberal, enthusiastic benefactors (Share Bros.) that progressively help build northwest Oklahoma Territory and parts of Kansas to the North, we would love to learn more about these Michigan natives that stopped in Wellington and Harper, Kansas before moving on into northwest Oklahoma Territory. CONTACT: Linda McGill Wagner, PO Box 619, Bayfield, CO 81122 - Email:
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100 years Ago Today

Vol 9, Iss 23 This Day in History 100 years ago, where were your grandparents on June 9, 1907?

Our grandpa Wm. J. McGill was playing baseball in the minor leagues around 1906 as a lefthanded, fast pitcher for the Austin Senators in the Texas League. It was later on in the Fall of 1907 (September 16, 1907) that grandpa McGill was traded up to the Major league when the St. Louis Browns were trying grandpa out for their 1907 season. The score of that St. Louis Browns vs. Cleveland was 2-2. I have always wondered if June, 1907 found grandpa McGill in St. Louis, Mssouri while thousands of Oklahoma, Kansas citizens were flocking to Oklahoma City by excursion trains to see the second game of the series between Oklahoma City and Wichita Western Association baseball teams play, June 9, 1907. OR... was grandpa one of those making the excursion train trek to Oklahoma City?

Anyway! Here's The Daily Oklahoman, article, dated June 9, 1907, Sunday, that made me think of my grandpa's baseball career of the early 1900's. It had the following headlines on the front page of The Daily Oklahoman read: "Five Thousand Visitors To See Ball Game Here Today."

"With favorable weather today, one of the largest crowds ever seen in Oklahoma City will be brought to this city on nine excursion trains over the four railroads entering here. The railroad officials say that 5,000 is a conservative estimate of the number of persons who will be brought here, and if it is an exceptionally fine day, the number may easily go to 8,000.

"The second game of the series between the Oklahoma City and and the Wichita Western association base ball teams, is the attraction that is bringing most of the visitors, and the baseball management is figuring on having one of the largest crowds ever seen on the local grounds.

"It is expected that the loyal fans of Wichita, to the number of at least 1,000 will attend the game, and the Rock Island is planning, if necessary, to run its excursion train from that point in two sections.

"One of the Santa Fe excursion trains comes all the way from Winfield, Kansas and the other from Harper. These trains, and all of the others, will pick up passengers at all intermediate points and by the time they reach Oklahoma City, it is expeced that they will be loaded.

"The Katy will bring four trains to the city; two from the north and east and two from the south and west. These trains are scheduled to reach Oklahoma City at noon, and will leave on the return trip at 7 o'clock in the evening.

"The Santa Fe will run a special from Harper, Kan., reaching here at 11:45 a.m. and leaving at 10:15 p.m. The other Santa Fe special will run from Winfield, Kan., arriving in Oklahoma City at 11:50 a.m. and also leaving at 10:15 p.m.

"The Frisco will run one special in from Tulsa, reaching here at noon and leaving at 7:00 p.m. The other Frisco train will come from Lawton, arriving here at 9:20 in the morning and leaving at 8:10 p.m.

"The Rock Island's train will probably be in two sections. The first will arrive at 10:40 a.m. and leave at 9 p.m. and the second section will run a half hour behind the first, both ways."

3,000 Farmers Will Meet Here -
President Stahl Says convention Will Have Excellent Program (The Daily Oklahoman, article, dated June 9, 1907, Sunday) -- The Farmers' National Congress was planning on an October, 1907 convention in Oklahoma City with at least 3,000 delegates and purporting to be the most widely advertised session that body has ever had, according to a statement made by John M. Stahl, of Chicago, president of the congress, the afternoon of June 9, 1907.

"The program has not been arranged," said Mr. Stahl, "but it will include many noted speakers. Gov. A. B. Cummins of Iowa, will speak on Public Questions of Interest to the Farmers'. J. A. Fitcher, secretary of the California state board of agriculture will have as his subject, 'Foreign Markets for Home Products.' Ex-Governor W. B. Heard, of Wisconsin, one of the leading farmers and the leading dairyman of the west, will discuss the teaching of agriculture in public school. Other speakers will be Ex-Governor Van Sant, of Minnesota, Senator A. J. Beveridge of Indiana and Governor N. B. Broward of Florida."

The article also mentioned that Oklahoma will be represented in the congress by 1,000 delegates who will be appointed by the governor and secretary NcNabb of the territorial board of agriculture.

Corner Stone Laid 1907 --
Cornerstone is Laid With Masonic Ceremonies by the Nation's President Washington, June 8, 1907, (The Daily Oklahoman, article, dated June 9, 1907, Sunday.) -- "President Roosevelt, as a member of the blue lodge of the Masonic fraternity, made an address at the laying of the corner stone this afternoon of the Masonic temple, which is to be erected here at Thirteenth street and New York Avenue. A large crowd was present, including many prominent Masons.

The gavel and trowel used were the same as those used by President Washington in laying the corner stone of the United States capitol, September 18, 1703, and the Bible was used by Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 of Virginia, when President Washington became a member of the fraternity. The president spread some cement under the corner stone with the trowel, afterward shaking the hands of the mechanics superintending the work, and later was handed the gavel and also the Bible, which he examined closely as he turned the pages of the sacred book. Deposited in the corner stone are steel portraits of President Washington and President Roosevelt, facsimile copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Jamestown exposition medals and a newspaper account of the death of President Garfield. Music was furnished by the Marine band. President Roosevelt spoke."

Returns Come Slowly: Results Not Certain -
Light Vote Cast But Count Is Slow - Cast Nearly a Full allot -- Hoffman and Gore Are leaders in the Senatorial Race.

Incomplete returns from the democratic primaries received by The Oklahoman up to 4 o'clock this morning indicate that Lee Cruce of Ardmore has been chosen the party nominee for governor by a plurality of at least 15,000. C. N. Haskell claims to have won by 10,000. Doyle displayed unexpected strength.

The race for United States senator on the Oklahoma side is believed to be between T. P. Gore of Lawton and Roy Hoffman of Chandler, although M. L. Turner, the Oklahoma City candidate, was unwilling to admit defeat when he left democratic headquarters at a late hour last night.

It is generally conceded that Robert L. Owen, of Muskogee, will be the nominee on the Indian Terriotry side.

Charles West, of Enid, and S. P. Freeling of Shawnee, are believed to be the leaders in the contest for the attorney generalship.

It is impossible to give any county. It will take amny hours. The unseasonable weather of he early spring is believed to be responsible for the curtailed number of ballots cast. The farmers are busy in their fields and the day having been one generally free from rain, throughout the two territories, they were little inclined to desert their labors to go to the polls.

Nevertheless, the election was not robbed of a most intense interest in some of the counties. Money changed hands rapidly in several instances. Word was received by Paul Nesbit at Cruce headquarters in Oklahoma City Friday night that $10,000 was offered on the success of Mr. Haskell at the polls. Mr. Nesbit conveyed the information to Cruce at Ardmore, where Mr. Cruce lives ....."
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Lincoln Bust at NWOSU

Vol 9, Iss 3 The Lincoln Monument at the Normal School in Alva, Oklahoma, around July 1920 finds Bob & Gene McGill standing on Monument located just northeast of the Northwestern State Normal School's Science Hall.

This old photo had the date of July 1920 and the following message written on the back of the old photo, "at the end of school."

One of our sources told us that the bust of Abraham Lincoln was donated to the College by Frank Ingels, sculptor, who graduated from Northwestern State Teacher's College in 1915.

Notice that in this old photo taken sometime around 1920 that there is NO Herod Hall building in the picture. I am assuming that Gene McGill (right) is going on 6 years and Bob McGill (left) is 4 years.
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An Answer For A Nephew

Vol 8, Iss 49 We received a surprise email from a nephew this week. He was inquiring about a MCGILL family tree. His mother (our baby sister, Amber) seems to think that Gene McGill paid a professional to draw-up a MCGILL Family Tree.

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

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

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

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

Maybe someone out there could, would have more information than we have and could point him in the right direction.
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Edwards County, Kansas - Wayne Cemetery

Vol 8, Iss 44 We made it to Lewis, Kansas and found the Wayne Cemetery east of Lewis and went looking, walking through in search of the McGills buried there. We took some pictures of three grave markers for some McGill's we found: Benjamin & Harriet N. McGill (parents of Frank McGill) and Wilburita McGill, sibling of Frank McGill. Wilburita died in infancy.

When we were walking through the Wayne cemetery east of Lewis, Kansas looking for McGill's we noticed some TALLMAN surnames. We didn't figure them into our genealogy until we got to Alva and started looking through our family tree database. Our WARWICK side of the family had some TALLMAN surnames listed that married into the WARWICK's through Elizabeth WARWICK (Benjamin Tallman descendants. We are going to have to go back to Lewis, Kansas, Wayne cemetery and get some pictures of the TALLMAN surnames buried there to see if any of them match up.
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NW Okie's Uncle Bob

Vol 8, Iss 43 We are reminded that this July, 1951 photo of Uncle Bob McGill was taken Orizaba Acapulco.

Uncle Bob had undergone some treatments for his lung cancer and they thought that they had conquered it. Bob and Felicia (Monfort) McGill were on a much needed vacation courtesy of Bob's mother (Constance McGill). Felicia and Bob McGill had been married about a year by this time.

These notes of Bob McGill were written in the Winter of 1916 & 1917 by Bob's father, Bill McGill. We discover that Bob McGill turned 5-months old in January, 1917, weighing in at 15-1/2 pounds, 27-inches tall, head and chest both measuring in at 17-inches. Bob was sitting up in his high chair; laughing great big, but only loud once in awhile at something extra.

December 15, 1916, Bob felt his Aunt Lulu McGill's face all over; felt his mama's face a few days before. It was the third week of January, 1917 that saw the first cold week of January.

Jan. 15, 1917 Bob could not get enough to eat so his mama decided to feed him "jersey milk" with sugar and tonic water. Bob seemed to like it very much. Bob's mama (and Bob) were sleeping out on sleeping porch all winter.

On January 25, 1917 the Ranger basketball team returns from their trip to the coast, Professor Wyatt was the coach.

January 27, 1917, Bob's older brother, Gene M. McGill was turning 25 months old.

Going through some of Grandma's treasures, we found this June/July 1938 cruise, Special Student Sailing of 1938, on the ship, S.S. Columbus, souvenir program. The student orchestra/band from Kemper Military School of Boonville, Missouri performed aboard that ship with W. N. Gibbens (leader), P. B. Gentry, W. O. Greer, B. L. "Bob" McGill, F. H. Huddleston. Page two of souvenir program page three of program
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OkieLegacy - A Passion

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

Like we told someone earlier this week last week, "This is not a business, but a passion of ours for learning and preserving our heritage, history and genealogy. The NW Okie was born and raised in NW Oklahoma, the third daughter of Gene M. & Vada (Paris) McGill. So... our roots run deep through our Warwick/McGill/Hurt/Paris genealogies through the Oklahoma Territory. Although, NW Okie is semi-retired and living part-time in southwest Colorado, she continues her quest for learning, preserving our northwest Oklahoma history, heritage and family legacies."
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1946-47 Kelsey Airport Video...

Vol 7, Iss 44 Well! We managed to capture a few stills of our Dad (Gene McGill) from the old Kelsey Airport movie that we received from Kelsey's through Waynoka Historical Society. Here's a link to the Kelsey Airport tape as a m4v movie file - 1946 Kelsey Airport (m4v file) file for viewing with your Windows Media player. It is a large file for those with dial-up connections and may take awhile to load.

Remember When... Pilots had to have someone physical crank the propellar of the airplane to get the engine started? Well! Here's a still shot taken from the Kelsey airport film of Jack Kelsey doing just that. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

1960 Democratic Politics - McGill & Edmondson

Vol 10, Iss 26 Back in February, 1960, my Dad, Gene McGill, was having a "showdown" with Democrat Governor Howard Edmondson, when Gene was running for State Chairman of the Democrats against Pat Malloy, Tulsa. Malloy was Governor Edmondson's choice so he (the Democratic governor) would have control of the party.

Gov. Edmondson carried the fight against McGill (the present chairman back in 1960), while Malloy had been on the sidelines for the most part, in the showdown exchanges.

Maybe some of you might remember some of James Lange's political cartoon's where Lange drew carricatures of Edmondson and McGill in their heated showdown battles for control of the Democratic party in Oklahoma.

The political cartoon that comes to mind that sticks out in this NW Okie's mind is the one showing Gene with a ladder leaned against a two story house as he is about to elope with the Democratic Voters. I know Gov. Edmondson was in the cartoon somewhere, but can't remember what Edmonson was doing.

I have an autograph picture of that political cartoon, but it is packed up some place right now. I will dig it out after we get settled in our new residence.

MORE 1960 Politics In Oklahoma
In The Oklahoman, dated Feb., 20, 1960, page 1 and continued on page 2, the headlines read: "Today's D-Day In Edmondson, McGill Battle," written by Otis Sullivant.

In the article, McGill is quoted as saying, "The only thing I have to offer Oklahoma Democrats is a chance for them to control their own Party, from precincts on up," said McGill. It was this opportunity which brought record turnouts at precinct meetings last Friday. "I am convinced that is what will elect me to a full-term," added McGill.

The next day, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1960, page 119, the headlines read: "McGill Winner By a Landslide In Party Fight." In the article, McGill attributed his victory to precinct Democrats, and declared the common objective will be election of a president this year and the Malloy and McGill forces will unite and work together in the cause.

McGill was quoted as saying, "The real victory today belongs to Oklahoma's precinct Democrats. They have spoken out forcefuly for a return of their party to the grassroots. I wholeheartedly agree this is the best way to keep our party strong. All Oklahoma Democrts are my boss. This includes eually those who opposed me and those who supported me. I intend to reflect the majority opinion of state government. I know there is no better Democrat than Pat Malloy. I also realize Gov. Edmondson is one of the most important men in our party, due every possible consideration. We worked together promoting a highly successful Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, while the contest for state chairman was under way. I am sure we can work together in the party on an even closer basis."

Meanwhile... Gov. Edmondson was at Ardmore with friends and stated, "We have no comment at this time," said Gov. Edmondson of the results.

In Tulsa, Malloy said he believes outcome of Democratic county conventions in no way reflects on the popularity of Edmondson or his reforms in the state. Malloy goes on to state, "There still isn't any way to divorce me from the Democratic party -- I've been in it too long. I'll continue to work for the Democratic party on the local, state and national levels as I have all the time."

Trouble Not New
It seems trouble for Gov. Edmondson started last summer when he announced he would initiate the reform program and include the measure to take spending of county funds from the county commissioners.

The article goes on to say, "His difficulty with the party was augmented when he failed to get the executive committee to name Malloy to succeed Loyd Benefield, state chairman, when Benefield resigned in September, 1959."

AND... the governor failed to contact members of the executive committee himself, and in a surprise action they named McGill state chairman to serve until the party reorganization in 1960.

The force of the opposition dates back to the Edmondson campaign for governor in 1958 with his fight on the "old guard" and the politicians. He had since added the opposition of county commissioners, a powerful force.
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Doby Springs (Bellaire), OK

Vol 10, Iss 19 Last weekend or so we mentioned the passing of an old family friend from Waynoka, OK, Celinda Kelsey (Obituary).

We know she was born around Doby Springs, Harper Co., OK. I am told that our dad (Gene McGill) used a unique pet name for Celinda, such as the, "Squaw from Doby Springs" ... Or something like that.

In our hardback book, published in 1977, Ghost Towns of Oklahoma by John W. Morris, page 69, states that Doby Springs (Bellaire), Oklahoma, was located in Harper County, Sec. 10-27N-24WIM, 7-1/2 miles West of Buffalo.

The Post Office was established January 13, 1908 thru April 29, 1922. The newspaper was The Monitor.

The Doby Springs area was well known to cattlemen before the opening of the Cherokee Outlet in 1893. Drovers following the Great Western Cattle Trail to northern markets often camped near the springs. The first patent to land around Doby Springs was issued in 1901, but the townsite was not surveyed until 1907.

When land in the Cherokee Outlet was organized into counties, all of what is now Harper County was included in Woodward County. The Oklahoma Constitutional Convention, however, outlined the boundaries for Harper County and named Buffalo the county set. As soon as this fact became known, several towns, some newly organized, prepared to contest Buffalo.

After its founding in 1907, Doby Springs continued to grow and expand. Plans for future growth were carefully kept before the public throughout the county by columns printed in The Montior, especially since the time was drawing near for the selection of the county set by popular vote. By 1909 Doby Springs had a population in excess of 250. (Buffalo was not much larger.) In addition to the usual stores and shops the town had a telephone exchange, a foundry, a cotton gin (probably the most northern one ever built in Oklahoma), and a doctor.

The Congregational Academy, although it existed for only one term, offered good educational advantages in 1908. Buffalo, however, won the election probably because it was nearer the center of the county. The decline of Doby Springs started shortly thereafter. By 1912 population had decreased to fifty persons and within a few years the town ceased to exist.

The Doby Springs are now owned by the city of Buffalo and furnish water for that community. A well-kept park has been developed around the springs and is well used.
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Pioneer John B. Doolin - Alva, OK

Vol 10, Iss 2 John B. Doolin who was a resident of Oklahoma since 1899. He was one of the vigorous, progressive and public-spirited citizens who brought to bear dynamic, well directed energy in furthering the civic, material development of this northwest commonwealth of Oklahoma Territory.

John B. Doolin was also one of the influential figures in the councils, activities of the Democratic party contingent in Oklahoma; served as state fish & game warden from 1911 until the 1st of January 1915, and achieved splendid work in bringing efficiency to this department of the state government; and he was a business man successful in his operations.

Doolin maintained his home at Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma where he was one of the interested prinicipals in the Schaefer-Doolin Mortgage Company, one of the leading concerns of the kind in the state.

Since 1906 he had been prominently identified with the affairs of the Democratic party in Oklahoma, as a loyal, public-spirited citizen, his influence in connection with the industrial progress of the vital young commonwealth had of recent years been specially directed in the development of oil and gas producing enterprises, in which line he was classed among the representative independent operators in the state.

John B. Doolin was born in Caldwell County, Missouri, March 9, 1879, and was a son of John and Alice (Tobin) Doolin, who were early settlers of that section of the state, where the father was a prosperous farmer, merchant at the time of his death, which occurred when he was only 32 years of age. John's father was a native of Caldwell County, Missouri.

The parents of Mrs. Alice Tobin came from Ireland to America in 1830 and first made settlement in the Dominion of Canada around 1816, before they moved to Missouri in 1874.

John B. Doolin acquired his early education in the public schools of his native county. His discipline included a course in the high school at Cameron, Missouri. Thereafter he was engaged in farming and in the mercantile business in Missouri until 1899, when, at the age of 20 years, he numbered himself among the pioneers of Woods County, Oklahoma where he engaged in the general merchandise business at Alva, Oklahoma and two years later, at the age of 22, he was elected Register of Deeds of Woods county, a position of which he remained the incumbent one term.

Upon his retirement from public office John B. Doolin engaged in the farm loan business, and his enterprise, fairness and well formulated policies made the business successful from its initiation.

In 1906 he amplified the scope of his operations by entering into a partnership association with John H. Schaefer, and this effective alliance had continued under the title of the Schaefer-Doolin Mortgage Company. The company had extended its operations over 12 or more counties in Western Oklahoma and its business in the extending of loans on approved real estate securities was more extensive than that of any other independent firm or company conducting business in the state West of Oklahoma City.

John Doolin was known to be well fortified in his opinions concerning governmental and political matters. He had been an active, effective worker in the ranks of the Democratic party during the entire period of statehood in Oklahoma. In 1906 Judge Jesse Dunn, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Central Committee, appointed Doolin a member of the committee assigned to the drafting of rules for the primary election of that year in which were to be nominated delegates to the State Constitutional Convention, and the rules formulated by this committee were observed in lieu of a definite primary law. In the state campaign, that of 1907, Doolin was selected manager of the campaign of Honorable Lee Cruce, the Democratic candidate for governor, and he distinguished himself for his finesse in the maneuvering of the political forces at his command.

In 1908 Doolin was chosen assistant treasurer of the National Democratic Campaign Committee, and under Governor Haskell, treasurer of the committee, he served in this important capacity at the national headquarters of the party, in the City of Chicago, his work having there been continued after Hon. Herman Ritter, of New York, had succeeded Governor Haskell as treasurer of the committee.

In 1910 John B. Doolin was appointed state fish ?& game warden, and he continued the able, valued incumbent until the close of the administration of Governor Cruce. Doolin devoted much thought and time to systematizing and making effective the work of his department and one of the noteworthy achievements of his administration was the establishing of the bird day in Oklahoma -- a day set apart for instructing children in the public schools in knowledge and appreciation of the wild birds, and their proper treatment, protection and perpetuation.

In addition to his extensive operations in the mortgage loan business, Mr. Doolin had been prominently concerned with the oil industry in Oklahoma since 1912, when he and his associates became actively identified with development work in the Schulter Field, of Okmulgee county, where they, in 1916, controlled some of the best producing properties in the district.

John B. Doolin was a member of the board of directors of the Aetna Building & Loan Association of Topeka, Kansas, this being recognized as one of the largest organizations of the kind in the United States. Doolin was affiliated with Alva Lodge, No. 1184, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, having been one of the five men who applied for and obtained the charter for this lodge.

On July 3, 1913, John B. Doolin married Miss Lee Museller, daughter of Judge A. R. Museller, who was one of the advisory editors of A Standard History of Oklahoma, 1916 history books.

The above information was taken from the 1916 history book of Oklahoma, A Standard History of Oklahoma, pg. 1541, Vol. 4, by Joseph Thoburn.

There was a John Doolin (became a Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court) who grew up with my Father, Gene M. McGill (born 1914), and uncle, Robert L. McGill (born 1916) -- attended a birthday for the young Gene M. McGill and friends. Perhaps this was the son of John B. Doolin.
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Looking Back At 2006

Vol 8, Iss 52 Last year Mike Rosebery posted a few photos to Mike Rosebery Flickr account that were taken in or near Alva in the 1920s. The negatives were processed at Ellis Studio in the Monfort building. The name on the account is Dr. Juchli. They're pretty swell photos (so stylish!). Does anything look familiar to you?

We learned about the H. M. Bickel family and the Bickel Bus line in downtown Alva. The Bickel family made the Run of 1893 when Cherokee Strip opened -- locating on East side of square in Alva. H. M. was the US Land Commissioner, Alva before statehood. he owned the land in the center of Alva (2-block area where the courthouse and city hall are today. Bickel donated the 2-blocks in the center of Alva for the courthouse and city hall.) besides land east of square, 1-block on Barnes Avenue, northeast corner.

NWOSU college campus... Oklahoma Hall was being demolished after 30 years of service. Northwestern Oklahoma State University dorm (Oklahoma Hall, built over 30-years ago) gets demolished?

We were also remembering the passing of JACK EUGENE LENHART when Woods County, in Northwest Oklahoma lost another special, great icon last year. I particularly remember the time that Lenhart's bought sod grass from our dad (Gene McGill) and we helped the Lenhart's plug it in to their yard back in the 1960's. Besides that... Jack and Gene shared the same middle name, Eugene, until Gene changed his name to Gene M. McGill. Funeral services for Jack Lenhart, age 77, were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at the Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sean Evans, pastor of the Alva First Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.

Let us not forget Alva's Runnymede Restoration ... the local NW Oklahoma newspaper reported the Runnymede Project was having their Open House Sunday, January 22, 2006, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in downtown Alva, Oklahoma after the old Runnymede Hotel had undergone major restoration by a group of northwestern Oklahoma citizens.

Waynoka Historical Society was also having it's open this last summer with the restoration of the pioneer log cabin at Waynoka Station has been completed! The Waynoka Historical Society invites everyone interested in seeing the beautifully and meticulously restored three room cabin to attend the Ribbon Cutting and OPEN HOUSE - Thursday, July 27, 2006, at 10 a.m.

AND... What were they talking about in the coffee shops in northwest Oklahoma and Southern Kansas beginning in May and continuing until September, or so? It was the "Old Opera House Mystery of 1910" that made it's debute in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection."

Do you remember what was your favorite OkieLegacy story for 2006? What would you like to see more of for 2007?
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McGill & Flying Farmers...

Vol 7, Iss 45 Remember back to August 3, 1944 when the Oklahoma Flying Farmers Association was born and by December 12, 1945 the National Flying Farmers Association was organized, incorporated under Oklahoma law? We do know that Gene McGill was one of those farmers that was instrumental in getting the Oklahoma Flying Farmers organized. We also know that by 1946 Gene was a Past President of the flying farmers. So... was the year that he held office as President in 1944? AND... was he the first president of the Oklahoma Flying Farmers?

Remember back then when airplane ownership was not complicated. AND... Farmers were creative in their use of airplanes and worked on them as they did on their farm machinery. Sometimes making their own parts for needed repairs.

We also found out this week that the three Kelsey brothers of Waynoka, Oklahoma were airplanes pilots back in the 1940's. Roscoe was the pilot flying low over Waynoka area while his brother, Jack, took the movie film. AND... Their father, Bunk Kelsey kept gas at the Kelsey airfield for the pilots in the area. AND... that back in 1946 the Kelsey airfield was the only one around at that time. We knew that Jack was a pilot, but did not realize at the time that Roscoe and Punk were pilots, also. AND... the Kelsey's and McGill's go way back. BUT... that's another story. View/Write Comments (count 3)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma...

Vol 7, Iss 43 We received a tape concerning an old film from about 1946 or 1947 of an airfield located in Waynoka, Oklahoma and supposedly on Kelsey farm that was located across the road and west of the TAT Airport near Waynoka. It came to us as a VCR tape made from Jack Kelsey's old film. The old film does not have sound, and we would like to add some sound, background music, commentary of some sort to go along with it. We have been told that it is Kelsey's airport and aerial scenes of Waynoka. We are not sure who was flying and we assume one of the Kelsey's took the movie film. We recognized our dad, Gene McGill, wearing a plaid jacket, mustache and hat. We also thought we recognized Roscoe Kelsey wearing his ball-type cap and light khaki clothes. We did recognize a shot of Jack Kelsey trying to start one of the old airplanes by cranking the propellor of the old airplane. If anyone out there has any other information that we could add to this priceless tape, we would love to incorporate it into the dvd movie we are working up for our family and perhaps our OkieLegacy website.

A little about the Kelsey's of Waynoka... We know that there were three sons of of Pearl and J. B. "Bunk" Kelsey... Roscoe, Roland "Punk" and Jack Kelsey. Pearl Francis was the oldest of the J. W. Francis children. Pearl married J. B. "Bunk" Kelsey, Aug. 7, 1913. They boarded the train at Eagle and rode to Alva to be married. They purchased their farm just north of the Rose Valley school. NOW... where, how did "Bunk" and "Punk" Kelsey get those nicknames? We always knew them as "Bunk" and "Punk." Does anyone out there have any other information to add to the Kelsey's and their airport Legacy? Please email Linda or leave a comment below. Thanks! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

About The NW Okie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I love to listen to music of the "'40's" and "Rock-n-Roll Oldies" of the 50's, 60's, 70's! I also like a little of the "Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul and Country!" One of my favorite Radio stations back in my earlier childhood was KOMA. You could find this transistor sister walking around Alva with her transistor radio tuned to KOMA radio station.
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1950s Politics In Oklahoma

Vol 9, Iss 45 Let us take you back to Oklahoma's politics of the 1950's when Democrat, J. Howard Edmondson was Governor and was trying to redistrict the voters to reflect the growing urban population. He was also trying to do away with the County Commissioner's jobs for each of the counties and put it under a state department control.

Why this story in The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. LXXXV, Number 2, Summer 2007, interested this NW Okie is because it mentioned my Dad, Gene McGill, the outspoken rural Democrat. The story was entitled "Economic Stagnation & Political Corruption in 1950s in Oklahoma."

On page 193 it mentions Governor J. Howard Edmondson pushing for a redistricting plan that would reflect a growing urban population. This measure, along with other threatening measures would threaten the traditional political influence of the rural areas of the state, where the old guard of the Democratic Party had its greatest strength. While rural legislators fought Edmondson, he removed the patronage appointments of his predecessors as quickly as possible, further alienating the old guard.

The Old Guard of the Democratic party retaliated by electing Gene McGill, an outspoken enemy of Edmondson, to be party chair. The standing tradition back then was that the governor named the party head. All of Edmondson's hopes went down in flames as voters rejected both reapportionment and reallocation of highway funds by better than two-to-one majorities in September 1960.

Following this defeat, Edmondson's opponents ruthlessly exploited his political vulnerability. Edmondson fought bitterly with the legislature for the final two years of his term, causing gridlock.

Maybe some of you might remember my father and his fight for the rural voters representation. Thanks to the "outspoken" Gene McGill, rural voters and legislaturers were able to defeat Governor Edmondson's threats.
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Vacations & Covered Wagons of 1950's...

Vol 8, Iss 23 This is the time of year that families pack their motorhomes (covered wagons) for summer vacations. We were looking through our old photos of the mid-1950's and found this photograph of a 1951 Plymouth Suburban Wagon that we used one summer to take a summer vacation to the Rockies. We think it might have been when the young girl in the picture was 14 years of age or so, but with no date on the photo its hard to state the exact date. Gene McGill is atop the roof of the Plymouth wagon, while his oldest daughter (Connie Jean) is pulling tight a rope of some sort along side the wagon. If you see Connie Jean, ask her how old she was in this old photo with the 1951 blue Plymouth Suburban Wagon.

We think that this blue '51 Plymouth wagon was the old blue station wagon that Vada (Paris) McGill traded in for a newer light blue Oldsmobile that she bought at an auto dealer in Waynoka, Oklahoma while Gene was on a fishing trip with his buddies. We have forgotten the year of that transaction, but Vada had come to the end of her road with that old (1951) Plymouth wagon which (we are told) should have come to the end of its road a year or two earlier. We did a web search through Google and found this likeness of our Plymouth wagon on the web of the another 1951 Plymouth suburban wagon on an old vintage car site. 1951 Plymouth suburban wagon. It looks similar to the '51 Plymouth wagon of ours with an almost identical same dent near the front, right fender.

Speaking of motorhomes and covered wagons, checkout this 1955 photo of our makeshift Pontiac station wagon with homemade matching tear-drop trailer. Cooking supplies were stored in the backend with storage of tent, bedding and camping supplies stored inside this little trailer. This covered wagon was orangish and white and was used during the summer of '55 on our trip from northwest Oklahoma to the Yukon Territory of Alaska. We journeyed to Alaska with the six of us in this Pontiac station wagon and teardrop trailer rig in 1955, the year one of my sisters (Dorthy) turned 12. Seems to this NW Okie, that we ate a lot of doctored, "Dinty Moore Stew" on that Alaska trip in '55 -- something about "corn clam chowder" comes to mind, also. We left on our journey soon after school was out and did not return until September, a week or so after school had already started. This shy NW Okie remembers having to walk into a full classroom of Mrs. Van Pelts second grade class at Washington Elementary school -- scared to death. (We wonder if that is why this NW Okie doesn't like being late!) AND... We are reminded that the the reasons for the '55 summer long trip was that 1954 was a bad year for polio in Alva (Oklahoma) and they were expecting an even worse outbreak in 1955. Also, We spent the summer of 1954 at the ranch north of Waynoka to keep us away from the swimming pool and from other kids.

While we were in the Yukon Territory near Whitehorse and Dawson, Yukon Territory during the Summer of 1955, we took this photo of "The Yukoner" that had been sitting there for ... not sure how long after its last journey up the Yukon River. The name on the wheelhouse of this sternwheeler reads, "AKSALA" (ALASKA in reverse). It was the first boat up the Yukon river from whitehorse to Dawson. We wonder if the Yukoner is still setting in this same spot or has been restored or completely demolished. Whitehorse is captiol of Yukon Territory.
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In Memory of...

Vol 7, Iss 29 Gene M. McGill, Harvester, Flying Farmer, NW Oklahoma Democrat. SEE In Memory of Gene McGill

Some called him "Gene," "Merle," "The Flying Farmer," and others knew as "The Democrat" from NW Oklahoma. AND . . . his four daughters called him "Dad!"

Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, the oldest son of William "Bill" Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene met Vada Eileen Paris in the Summer of '38, -- married March 24, 1940. They created their family the Summer of '42, Summer of '43, Winter of '48 and Spring of '49. Gene died the weekend of Father's day, June 16, 1986, Alva, Oklahoma. This photograph on the right is a picture of young Gene's early school classmates in Alva, Oklahoma. Does anyone out there know who some of the other students are? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

NW Okie's Corner

NW Okie in New Hampshire 1999

Vol 14, Iss 1 Bayfield, CO - Happy New Year 2012! It is a New Year, a New beginning of only great things to come our way as we all speak out in the Todays; remembering the friends of Yesterdays as we soar into the Tomorrows. Bringing with us the high hopes as we stand proudly with the 99% of OWS! Thanks to those of OWS for All they have done in 2011 to show we still have a strong voice when we stand united, together! Hope this finds you with a good start to the New Year. GO POKES of OSU!

We are still updating our websites over at Paris Times Pioneers, Prairie Pioneer News, SW Colorado Weather Cam, The OkieLegacy, NW OkieLegacy and McGill Sisters US, which will be merged into the "SW Colorado Weather Cam" web site.

If you can not find something that was on the website, it probably got moved to the Prairie Pioneer News or "NW OkieLegacy" website. If you find a broken link in the OkieLegacy Ezine or Tabloid pages, send us the URL (LINK) to the page you found it on and help us update our links. We are halfway through our Volume 7 and moving forward so far this 2nd day of January 2012.

Here are some legacies we are moving over to the "Prairie Pioneer News" web site:

  1. NWOKmarriages
  2. PoliticalLegacy
  3. Woods
  4. Woodward county
  5. Fair Valley
  6. Normal school (Castle on the Hill)
Those legacies that will remain on The OkieLegacy web site are: OkieLegacy Ezine, Vada's 1938 Diary, Gene's Legacy, UncleBob's Legacy, Grandma's Legacy, Grandpa's Legacy, WWII POW Camp Legacy, Okie Mysteries of 1910 & 1954 (Mabel Oakes and Ann Reynolds).

I leave you with these lines, "And there's a hand my trusty friend / And give us a hand o' thine / And we'll take a right good-will draught, / for auld lang syne." . . . Long, Long Since!

GO POKES (OSU vs. Stanford)!

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1937-38 Kemper Military Photos...

Vol 7, Iss 18 We recently found, scanned some of our Uncle Bob's (McGill) Old Kemper Military School Pics that were among Uncle Bob's treasure chest AND... Kemper military days in Booneville, Missouri back in the years 1936 thru 1938. This picture shown here is one of Bob's buddies, Willie Gibbens, that played in a "swing band" aboard the ship "Europa" during the "Summer of '38."

In 1936 Bob McGill was at the Junior College at Kemper Military School, in Booneville, Missouri as a member of the Junior College Graduating Class of 1937-1938; he was First Sergeant; member of Military Honor Society; member of Special Drill Platoon; Letter in Varsity Swimming; Letter in company Football; Captain of Swimming Team; Member of K Club; member of Band; member of Orchestra; and member of General Honor Society. He graduated 7th May 1938 with an Associate of Commerce Degree. From Kemper at Booneville, Missouri, Uncle Bob went onto Kentucky University.

Some of his classmates that left notations on their photos mentioned Uncle Bob as "Mister Swingman McGill." Where there were names written on the photos, we have placed those under the photos. AND... there were quite a few from Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas besides other places.

Anyway, maybe you know of someone whose ancestors went to Kemper Military during the mid to late-1930's. We understand that the Kemper Military School in Booneville, Missouri is no longer in operation -- it is in the process of selling its buildings, grounds to a private group. Hope this helps someone make a connection out there. View/Write Comments (count 3)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

McGill Bros. Swimming Pool

Vol 7, Iss 13 For those of you have just come onboard... Bill and Jim McGill built and ran the first swimming pool in downtown Alva (Oklahoma) in the early 1900s. We are not sure when this photo was taken. It is a picture of the "McGill Bros. Swimming Pool that was located behind and to the west of McGill Bros. Furniture Store. In the background you can see an add for Central National Bank, St. Nicholas Hotel, McGill Bros. Furniture, W. W. Starr. The young boys swimming in the pool with the grownups standing in background. The white haired, tall fellow towards the back looks to be my grandfather (Wm. J. "Will" McGill). Checkout this URL for more memories of McGill's Swimming Pool in downtown Alva, in NW Oklahoma. This URL will show you a swimming ticket that was used at one time - McGill Swimming Ticket - $6.

Poem - McGill's Swimming Pool - by Wm. J. "Bill" McGill
McGill Bros Swimming Pool
At the close of sultry summer day
Join the crowds that wend their way
To plunge in water fresh and cool
At McGills' most popular Swimming Pool.
And just a few steps from the door
You'll find their Famous Furniture Store.
There, too, your needs will be supplied,
And all your tastes be satisfied.
McGill Brothers, S.W. Cor. Square

The swimming pool was not behind the furniture store. It was west of the store. It was next to the "DeGreer" building. The "Old Blue Front furniture store" that Jim first started was west of the furniture store that later followed. Bill was playing baseball and as he traveled around with the ball team he would buy furniture and ship it back to Alva. We sometimes wonder if Bill knew he was suppose to sleep in a 24 hour period. Our cousin, Jack Erskine, says that the swimming pool was the first in Alva but another person remembers swimming in a pool back of the college. When water became to high you needed to drain the pool every week. The pool was not making money. So... Jim and Bill offered it to the city of Alva to run and they said they could not afford to run it either. Gene (McGill) and Jack (Erskine) used to take turns running the swimming pool. During those times kids would slip in at night and swim and sometimes in the nude -- So... Gene and Jack would sleep over at the pool and chase them out. They also would dive off of the two story DeGeer building into the pool through electric wires which could have been really bad. We have heard stories about Gene diving from the roof of the building on the west side of the pool. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Speaking of Old Photos

Vol 7, Iss 10 We Have a few we would like to share with you this week. AND... You can also see them in our OkieLegacy Photo Gallery. Many of you know that our father, Gene McGill, would venture coyote hunting in his airplane with friends. AND... we are sure that there are a few stories out there that we haven't heard about Gene's coyote hunting days. Honestly, We would love to hear some of those.

This photo shows one of those coyote hunting ventures. We are NOT quite sure who the gentleman on the right is holding the rifle, BUT... Gene McGill is on the left with his airplane in the background. What year do you suppose that is? Notice the tie-downs on both wings and on the nose of the airplane. From the farm machinery in the background, it looks to be out at his Ranch 10-miles North of Waynoka. If you or a friend recognize the other gentleman in the photo, please leave us a comment... or email us some of your coyote hunting day stories. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Another Instance of Reconnecting

Vol 7, Iss 7 We connected with a grandson of Ray Porter (WWII Commander) this week. The first Ray Porter was the commanding general of the 75th Infantry Division during WWII and signed my Uncle Bob McGill's citation for the bronze star award back in May of 1945.

It was 24 May 1945, when the General Order Number 149, dated 24 May 1945 came down from Headquarters, 75th Infantry Division, Office of the Commanding General. Citation - Under the provisions of AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal was awarded to Major (and Captain) Robert L. McGill, 0 389 481, Headquarters 75th Infantry Division, for meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy from 24 December 1944 to 9 May 1945, in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany. Uncle Bob was serving as Ground Liaison Officer, instituting policies and procedures for air-ground cooperation and impressed all divisional units in taking important objectives. Major McGill exhibited outstanding judgment and skill in the coordination of the execution of the tactical plan by which enemy resistance to our forces was overcome. Entered military service from Alva, Oklahoma. The certificate was signed by Ray E. Porter, Major General, U. S. Army, Commanding. General Order Number 149, 24 May 1945.

I was only about 5going on 6 years of age when my Uncle Bob McGill died, in February, 1954, of lung cancer. So I did not know him all that well nor did I have that many memories of him. What memories I do have are all the letters, photos, etc... that his mother (my grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill) saved in an old trunk in her basement. I love hearing from those whose paths may have crossed and connected with my family -- especially my Uncle Bob. You can read more about the Kelsey & Porter connections in the Mailbag Corner below. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Ranger Album 1917, NSN Societies & Local Pan Hellenic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday Night Club Organized 1906.

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

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

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

The Philomathean Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Y.M.C.A Cabinet
Walker, Julian, Baird, Schnitzer, Rackley, Raney, Stockwell, Sheldon.Among the many organizations that have helped the put N.S.N. on the map is the Y. M. C. A. The object of this society is to provide a home-like resort with good influences for young men. It advises its members to religious, social and moral advancement. Of all the forces for wise training and uplift for young men and boys, none have achieved a greater success than the Y.M.C.A. The close association with young men whose ideals are high, whose every effort is expended in the direction of higher and greater attainments for themselves and others, has an ennobling influence not to be found elsewhere in school life. The examples of young men and the high moral tone evidenced in school activities speak in clarion tones of the achievements of this band of young men.The support of the faculty has been of unspeakable help since the beginning of this association. Among the foremost are Pres. Graves, Professors Vinson, Carter and Sheldon.The present outlook for the coming year is brighter than ever with Dewey Mosshart, President; Claud Baird, vice-president; Enos Walker, Treasurer; and Everet Veach, Secretary, there is no reason why the Y.M.C.A. of Northwestern will not be one of the most active and helpful of any school association in the state.As no school can be ranked among the first without a Y.M.C.A., it is the duty of every loyal young man and student to get behind it and make what it stands for -- a developer of body, and and soul.
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Tribute To Father

Vol 1, Iss 4 It was on a Thursday, June 17, 1999, that NW Okie wrote this piece to her father, Gene M. Mcgill, who passed away, June, 1986, around Father's Day.

Gene McGill - I have been blessed recently with communications with a few people who have been relaying great memories and stories about my father, Gene McGill.

There are a lot of people who think they know my father and what he was really like. Some of those people talk (talked) about him behind his back. Those who did, didn't really know or understand him at all.

My dad didn't much care for or respect thsoe who talked (gossiped). I remember father in the 1960s when he was Oklahoma State Chairman of the Democratic Party with his office in Oklahoma City at the biltmore Hotel.

Everyone was treated as his equal. From the homeless, to the wealthiest, to the color of your skin. Everyone was equal in his eyes and deserved the same amount of respect and treatment.

A recent connection, Les Jacobs, reminded me of some wonderful memories of my father that some of you might remember and some may have forgotten.

Les says, "Gene McGill was one hell of a pilot. He is one of the few survivors who flew in the "Hump in WWII."

I am not really sure what the "Hump in WWII" was, but the story was told to Les by Bill Hackett several years ago. I got to thinking about the "Hump in WWII" and my dad. he never was enlisted in the WWII, because he was one of those farmers that stayed at home to produce the food. His brother, Bob McGill, was in WWII, though. perhaps Bill Hackett may have gotten Gene confused with Bob McGill's WWII record?

So I went to the Web in search of some information. This is what I found out about it at the following URL -- Vets Commemorate CBI campaign:

"The campaign provided a constant flow of to air and ground Allied Forces deep within China and Southeast Asia. Pilots took off and landed on primitive, quickly established airfields. Often flying three round trips a day over what many consider the most treacherous air route in the world. Crews wrestled C-46s, C-47s and C-45s over the 500-mile route that ran from bases in Assam, India, over northern Burma to Kunming, China. Maj. Gen Eugene Sterling holds the distinction of having flown one of the first C-46 transports from the United States to India to join the campaign. He and other crews quickly dubbed these aerial supply missions, `The Hump'. The voyage took them over the Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range, that peaks at more than 29,000 feet with Mount Everest."

Unless there was anothe "Hump" in America during WWII to pilot supplies here in American, I think Les may have gotten my Dad confused with his brother, Robert L. McGill, my late uncle Bob McGill.

Les goes on to tell, "The pilots in Northwest Oklahoma would tell you that if you got into trouble in the air, the best chance of coming out alive would be to have Gene in the airplane with you! He was an Ace!"

In the '60's, Gene had a Cessna 180 (a real pilot's airplane, I'm told). The same thing as a Cessna 182 (or Skylane), except that it had conventional gear. ie: two wheels and a tail wheel, as opposed to the tricycle gear that he had on the 210, which he later acquired. The reason he had the airplane with the conventional landing gear was so he could land it at the ranch north of Waynoka.

The newer plane (210 Cessna), has a unique landing story of its own. It included a time when the landing gear did not come down and he made a belly landing at the Alva Airport. Only Gene could accomplish something like that with minor scratches to the belly of the airplane and the passengers and the pilot escaping without injury.

The Skydiving Story
Les Jacobs remembered the time that Buddy and a friend of theirs, Dave Cotten, had parachutes and the necessary gear for skydiving, but didn't have a jump plane.

One night after talk at the VFW Supper Club those three guys persuaded Gene into flying them. They attached a 2x4 across the entry steps of the 180 Cessna in order to crawl out of the plane in the air and stand on the board, hanging on to the wing strut, and drop from the airplane into a stable position.

Les says, "They had to remove the right hand door and take the passenger front seat out of the plane to prepare it for jumping."

Denver Airport
There was a time that father took off in Denver and realized he was on an airstrip that had been abandoned and had a fence across it. He was probably the only person in the world who could handle the trauma, but he bounced the plane over the fence, recovered, flew away, and then flew directly to the FAA headquarters in OKC and raised holy hell with the big dogs in the FAA. He cleaned house and gave them one of the best chewings they had ever had.

In one man's words, "He was considered by many as fearless."

This is just another trait I received from my Dad!

Dad, if you are looking down on your daughters now, I hope you like what you see in this daughter! Thank you for instilling in me what you did!
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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 15, Iss 8 Bayfield, CO - As we rummage through old family letters of grandpa's from the 1937 era, we ran across the following. One from September, 1937, concerning a letter Grandpa wrote to his youngest son about his auto accident, and another written by our grandma to Uncle Bob.

1937 - McGill Family Letters

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

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

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

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

Oct. 3, 1937

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

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

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

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

Oct. 11, 1937

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

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

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

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 53 Bayfield, Colorado - On this last day of 2012 December 31st, here in Southwest Colorado, we are experiencing a fresh coat of snow that seems to be getting heavier and heavier as the day progresses. You can barely see the mountain tops across the way here at the north end of the Vallecito Reservoir, North of Bayfield, Colorado. When we have our UStream - Okielegacy up and broadcasting, you can view a piece of Southwest Colorado weather.

We always love hearing how our website has helped others searching for their genealogy legacies. We heard from Desiree Kirby Rahman, who stumbled onto our Prairie Pioneer News website, when she was looking for some information on Alva's "Castle on the Hill." Her interest in Alva and northwest Oklahoma extends several generation.

Desiree's great grandmother, Olive Ruth Littlefield Whitehead, attended when NWOSU was a Normal School. Her family legend says she was in the first class. Desiree's grandmother, Sarah Ann Whitehead Ackley, attended the Teachers' College and later graduated from the State College along with Desiree's father, Robert Kirby, in 1959. Her mother Ruth Ann Ackley Kirby graduated in 1966 or 1967 and later got a Master's degree from the State University.

Another interesting tidbit I found while reading through Oren F. Morton's, "History of Rockbridge County, Virginia," the mention that a William Warwick, who had married Elizabeth Dunlap, had four children (Jean, Martha, John and Jacob). Jean and Martha were killed by the Indians about 1759. John settled in Kentucky in 1784. Jacob was an extensive owner of realty and livestock in Pocahontas. The widow of William Warwick married Andrew Sitlington of Bath.

I was glancing, searching through the old newspaper at Chronicling America, and found an interesting little news tidbit that I have never heard before about my grandpa William J. McGill. The article on page four of The Mathews Journal, dated 14 November 1907, mentioned in the first paragraph under the heading "The Field of Sport: "McGill, the new pitcher of the St. Louis Browns, is studying for the ministry and won't play baseball on Sunday."

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Vol 14, Iss 51 Bayfield, Colorado - It was one week to go before Christmas Eve, and all through the house, some took a movie break, while the cat chased the mouse. Oh! Shucks! That is not quite right, but what the hey! We went dashing to town through the snow. What can I say!

We did go to an early Sunday afternoon matinee to see Spielberg's movie, Lincoln. The movie takes place in early January, 1865 with the House of Representatives debating the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery, and ends with the assassination of Lincoln, on April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington.

I found myself comparing the Republicans and Democrats of 1865 to the two parties of today (21st century). There was a complete about face, switch of what each believed in back during the Civil War as the Republicans were what the Democrats are today, and vice versa.

Our next step was visiting the Chronicling America old newspapers dating back to January, 1865, for bits of news from that time period. We will include some of those stories in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine and future Ezine's to come.

Besides checking into some history of the 13th amendment, we have been doing some splitting family genealogy files for our Maternal, Paternal and Husband's ancestry, updating our Paris Pioneers Genealogy, where you can view our PARIS, MCGILL and WAGNER ancestry pioneers.

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Vol 14, Iss 50 Bayfield, Colorado - [Photo on the left is a picture of my 2nd great grandmother, Eleanor Dever Gwin, mother to Signora Belle Gwin, my great grandmother.] - In the Rockbridge History of Virginia there is mention of John Gilmore (1700-1759), my 6th great grandfather, that was killed in an Indian raid 10 October 1759, along with four members of his family and five of the ten members of Robert Hamilton's (my 7th great grandfather) family were afterward slain. The Indians did not go any farther.

The GILMOREs come into my family through the DEVER side of my paternal ancestry with John DEVER (1798-1862), who married Elizabeth GILMORE (1802-1882), daughter of Samuel Gilmore (1760-1848) and Eleanor BAILEY (1758-1832). Samuel Gilmore was a son of James Gilmore (1710-1782) and Martha B. DENNISON (1720-1785). James Gilmore was the son of John and Agnes A. (Hamilton) Gilmore that died in the Indian raid.

John DEVER and Elizabeth Gilmore had a daughter, Eleanor DEVER (1834-1896), my second great grandmother, who married Samuel Gwin (1825-1871). And that brings us to Signora Belle Gwin that married John Robert Warwick (1857-1937).

And that brings us to my paternal McGill-Warwick ancestors, where I found the following information concerning the CRAIG family: genealogical and historical notes about the CRAIGs of America, Fayette county, Ohio, which shows the Craigs and Warwick families marrying with the mention of Andrew Warwick, son of John (or William, Jr. Could this have been William John, and he used the John as his first name?) Warwick of Pocahontas county, West Virginia, married Elizabeth Anna Craig, daughter of Robert Craig 2nd, and Nancy Agnes Johnson. Do not know how accurate this information is but found some known relatives listed in these historical genealogical notes.

If I am reading this correctly, Andrew Warwick and Nancy Agnes Johnson Warwick's third son, John Warwick Esq., resided near Edray, Pocahontas county, West Virginia, and was a prominent and influential citizen. His first wife was Hanna Hanna Moffett, only daughter of Andrew Gatewood. His second wife was Caroline Craig, youngest daughter of George E. Craig, merchant, in Hunersville, and Ruling Elder. [from Southern Historical Mag. for August, 1892, page 65.]

It also shows that Andrew Warwick had a brother William Warwick (my 4th great grandfather), who married Nancy Craig, sister of Elizabeth (wife of Andrew). They settled on Bear Creek and were the parents of three children: Elizabeth (married Benjamin Tallman); Margaret (married John Hull); Robert Craig Warwick (my third great grandfather), who married Esther Hull and had three sons and six daughters. Robert and Esther's daughter Catherine Hidy Warwick married Major William Wallace Bird (Bird children were: Elvira Louisa, Robert Craig, john Henry, George Newton, William Lee). Other daughters were: Nancy Jane (married Jacob Lightner); Sarah Elizabeth (married Daniel Matheney); Margaret Ann (married Nelson Pray); Hanna Rebecca (married Capt. George Siple). [Part of sketch of William Warwick from History of Pocahontas county, West Virginia.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vol 14, Iss 40 Bayfield, CO - Besides taking in the golden cools of the aspens in southwest colorado, I have been busy reading a Southern Historical Magazine published in August, 1892 and concerning some Pioneer History of my WARWICK ancestry. The history takes us through my 5th great grand uncle, Jacob Warwick (sometimes referred to as John or Jake).

I think my Warwick lineage runs something like the following "Alledged Warwick Lineage" below, but I am confused as to those listed as children of Lt. Warwick and Elizabeth Dunlap.

West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia by Jim Comstock or the most recent publication is History of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, 1981. This latter publication, pages 475 and 476, lists Jacob Warwick's parents as Lt. John Warwick (sometimes referred to as John, William & Jacob) and Elizabeth Dunlap of Middlebrook, VA. and goes on to say that John was employed in service to the King in locating and surveying land grants. He owned property in Bath County and Mathewsville, VA (Now Dunmore). There is some further information about John.

The Immigrant WARWICK Brothers

It is believed that William had a brother, John, that emigrated from England to America. There was another genealogy web page showing the eldest brother, William, married Elizabeth DUNLAP of Middlebrook sometime around 1737 in Orange County, Virginia. The following year John Lewis' frontier settlement was removed from the jurisdiction of Orange and the new eminence Augusta County was formed. Elizabeth was the daughter of Alexander DUNLAP and his wife Janet Ann McFARLAND (sometimes referred to as "Jenot" or "Jeani"). Alexander is said to have been the son of a soldier who was at the siege of Londondarry. Mrs. DUNLAP was a descendent of Calan McFARLAND.

Alexander & Ann McFARLAND DUNLAP had originally settled near Philadelphia before moving to Middlebrook, a settlement at the head waters of the Middle River in Virginia.

In the early 1740's the DUNLAPs moved west over the Great North Mountain and settled on the Calfpasture River. It is said that they were the first to live on the "Pastures" (the area around the Calf, Cow & Bullpasture Rivers) and at that time the farthest most western settlers on the Virginia frontier.

In 1743 Alexander DUNLAP was appointed Captain of horse in the militia, but the following year, 1744, he died. His widow later married Robert BRATTON.

Captain Alexander and Ann DUNLAP are known to have had at least four children: John, Robert, Alexander Jr. and Elizabeth, wife of William WARWICK.

William and Elizabeth WARWICK joined Capt. DUNLAP when he ventured into the pastures to raise their family in Middlebrook. It shows the following children of Lt. William and Elizabeth Dunlap Warwick as: Janet or Jean, James, Martha, William Jr., John and Jacob, the latter being the youngest born in 1747. This is what I show. Is it correct?

In the "Southern Historical Magazine - August, 1892" it shows us through Rev. Price's piece on "Pioneer History" that Lt. Warwick and his wife, Elizabeth Dunlap, had four children: Charles, Elizabeth, Jacob and John. So . . . I am confused! Is the William Warwick, Jr (II) misnamed, misplaced? And . . . how does that effect William Warwick III? Is William Warwick III misnamed, misplaced? I need more research to figure this out this puzzle, huh?

Alleged WARWICK Lineage

  1. Jacob WARWICK (1743 - 1826), 5th great grand uncle
  2. Elizabeth DUNLAP (1690 - 1805), 6th great grandmother, Mother of Jacob.
  3. (?) William WARWICK Jr (1749 - 1796), 5th great grandfather, Son of Elizabeth (?)
  4. (?) William WARWICK III (1772 - 1834), 4th great grandfather, Son of William (?)
  5. Robert Craig WARWICK (1801 - 1845), 3rd great grandfather, Son of William
  6. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), 2nd great grandfather, Son of Robert Craig
  7. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), great grandfather, Son of William Fechtig
  8. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), grandmother, Daughter of John Robert
  9. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), father, oldest Son of Constance Estella
  10. Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene McGill

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Vol 14, Iss 39 Bayfield, CO - While we were researching the "History of Pendleton County, Virginia,"written by Oren Frederick Morton, we found mention of Frederick Keister II (1730-1815), who was the son of another Frederick Keister (1704-1787), my 6th great grandfather.

The second Frederick Keister was my 5th great grandfather, who married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819). One of Frederick and Hannah's daughters was Esther Keister (1767-1825), who married Adam HOHL/HULL (my 4th great grandfather). Adam Hohl/Hull and Esther had a daughter, Esther Hohl/Hull (1804-1853) that married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845). Esther and Robert Craig Warwick's oldest son was William Fechtig Warwick (1822-1902), my 2nd great grandfather, married Phebe Anthea Pray/Prey (1833-1905). One of many children of William Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick was my great grandfather, John Robert Warwick (1857-1937), who married Signora Belle GWIN (1860-1934), and later moved westward in the late 19th century to Kansas and then Oklahoma Territory.

From Keister to McGill the lineage is as follows:

  1. Frederick KEISTER II (1730 - 1815), 5th great grandfather
  2. Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick
  3. Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther
  4. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther
  5. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig
  6. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert
  7. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella
  8. Linda Kay MCGILL, third daughter of Gene McGill and Vada Paris

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Vol 14, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - As we scour the historic newspaper for bits of genealogy in search of our ancestry, we found the following in the historic American newspapers for Highland Recorder, out of Monterey, Highland county, Virginia, 16th, 23rd & 30th of August 1907, concerning Martin Dever (dec'd ) and a public filing of his administrator, Charles P. Jones vs. Samuel G. Dever and others.

The object of the suit was to have ascertained, the proper heirs and distributes of Martin Dever, dec'd, and to have his estate settled under the control and protection of the court.

It reads as follows: "And it appearing from affidavit filed that Walter Gwin, Signora Warwick, John Andrew Moore, I. Price Moore, Harry S. Gum. Paul L. Gum, the unknown heirs of Lee Dever, Dennis Dever, Alice Barnett, the unknown heirs of George Lantz dec'd, the unknown heir of Minnie Fultz dec'd, and Hugh Dever were all nonresidents of the state of Virginia. It was ordered that they do appear within fifteen days after due publication and do what is necessary to protect their interests. Teste" J. C. Matheny, Clerk and Chas. P. Jones & son p.q.

Signora Warwick, as mentioned in an earlier newsletter, was my great grandmother on the father's mother's side of the family. Walter Gwin was my Great Grand Uncle, and Signora's older brother.

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Vol 14, Iss 32 Bayfield, CO - I was going through some old paternal photographs and found this photo on the left. I believe it was taken around 1938 in the Virginia with my grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill (second from the right, front row) and my father, Gene McGill (standing behind everyone and center). If any Gwin's, Hull's, Warwick's and Eckard's recognize any of the rest of these Virginia or West Virginia family, I would love to hear from you.

When I was reading more about the History of Pendleton County, (West) Virginia, I have been finding mentions of a few of my paternal ancestors (Hull/Hohl and Eckard's). There was a HULL/HOHL that could be a possible distant ancestor, which was a lieutenant of William Ward's and Robert Davis seems to have been particularly obnoxious to the Tories.

I know that my HULL/HOHL's married into the ECKARD and GWIN ancestors. I am not sure which HULL/HOHL nor who the ECKARD woman was that was mentioned in this story. It was about the time when visits with hostile intent were sometimes made to his vicinity. BUT . . . the Eckard woman from Brushy Fork would usually give the settlement a forewarning. On one occasion, believing Davis home on furlough, the band came down to seize him, and in their disappointed vexation Hull called Mrs. Davis a damned liar. Her son John, a boy of about fourteen years, took aim at Hull, unobserved by the latter, but the mother interfered to prevent a tragedy and a burned home. The factional strife ended by a conference between Davis and Ward held near the site of the schoolhouse. The principals were unarmed, but a neighbor of Davis posted himself near to guard against treachery.

I did also found out that my 5th great grand uncle, James Dyer, was one of a few men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham. At least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer and Isaac Hinkle. Check out the Pendleton County History in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine for the rest of the story.

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Vol 14, Iss 29 Bayfield, Colorado - Reading the History of Pendleton County, (W) Virginia and the beginning of the settlement, I found mention of my 6th great Grandfather, Frederick Keister (1704-1787), who had a son by the same name (Frederick Keister (1730-1815)). Frederick Keister, Jr. had a daughter named Esther (1767-1825) who married into the HOHL family.

The Keister-Hohl-Warwick-McGill Family Lineage:

  • Frederick Keister, I (1704 - 1787), my 6th great grandfather; married Hannah Green Batton Smith (1715-1790)
  • Frederick KEISTER, II (1730 - 1815) was born ca 1730 in Germany, Son of Frederick; married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819) about 1755, daughter of Roger Dyer (1699-1758) and Hannah Green (1706-1780). It is believed his family arrived at Philadelphia on Ship Virginia Grace 24 Sept 1737, and he pioneered on South Fork ca 1750. Roger and son William were killed in Ft. Seybert Massacre 28 April 1758; son James and daughter Sarah, widow of Henry Hawes, were captured. James escaped after two years and rescued Sarah when she had been captive about five years. Hannah Dyer, with daughters, Hannah Keister and Esther Patton, escaped harm as they were in Shenandoah Valley with relatives. Hannah Keister was devised 437 acres near Moorefield by her father. Frederick Keister was naturalized in 1762 along with other Germans neighbors. He was a Revolutionary War soldier serving as a Lieutenant in Rockingham County Company of Virginia militia in 1778, member of a band of Indian scouts and a 1st Lt. in 46th Regiment of VA militia in 1782. The Keister homestead encompassed the area of Brandywine village and part of the originial land is still in the family. Frederick and Hannah are buried on some of the originial land where the DAR placed a stone for Frederick with the dates of 1730-28 Nov 1815; Hannah's stone is chipped reading 1735-181_.
  • Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick, II; married Adam Hohl (1754-1836)
  • Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther; married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845)
  • William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther; married Phebe Anthea Pray (1833-1905)
  • John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig; married Signora Belle Gwin (1860-1934)
  • Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert; married William Jacob McGill (1880-1959)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella; married Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992)
And that leads us down to this NW Okie, Linda Kay McGill Wagner.

Enough of my ancestry, though. We had an OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 7, Iss. 6 -- 2005-02-12, concerning Danny Ray PARIS Family. Michele says, "I am your dad's older sisters daughter. My name is Michele Hewet and my mom is Virginia Paris Hewett. Have you found your dad? I have been trying to find him for a while now. He usually keeps in touch with my folks and we haven't heard from him in a while."

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Vol 14, Iss 19 Bayfield, Colorado - [images of Heaton/Clark family connection on the left and the McGill-Heaton connection on the right. Click images for larger view.]

There is a friend of mine back in Northwest Oklahoma that shares a 2nd cousin connection with Joseph "Joe" David Heaton. Joe D. Heaton died this past week, 2 May 2012. I have always teased my good friend, J. L. "Bud" Clark, about our ancestrial relationship, getting a slight grin and chuckle out of Bud as he denies any genealogical connection.

Our connection runs back to one specific person, Gladys P. McGill (1900-1988), as the key figure, who married Joseph William Heaton (1898-1965), settling near Capron, Woods, Oklahoma, raising three sons, John David (1924-2012), Richard Mac and Ronald Ray Heaton.

Gladys P. McGill was the daughter of Thomas David McGill (1862-1945) and Ida May Edwards (1867-1962). Thomas and Ida May (Edwards) McGill raised the following children were: Vella May (1890-1982; married Morton McKean), Glenna McGill (1891-1922), Carlos Leonardo (1894-1971; married Helen Ham), Mary Isabelle (1899-1900), Gladys P McGill (1900-1988; married Joseph Wm Heaton), Alba Rose(1909-1929).

My Great Uncle was Thomas David McGill, an older brother to my paternal grandfather, William Jacob McGill (1880-1959).

My Great Grandfather was William Pearson McGill (1835-1918), who married Isabelle McClure JOHNSON (1845-1926), raising the following children: Thomas David McGill, Wm Jacob McGill, Alice Elizabeth (1865-1929; married James D. Harris), Mary McKelvey (1869-1922; married Augustus Grant Vinson), James Acel (1872-1955), Charles Robert (1884-1971; married Elizabeth Nelson-Kidd), Lulu Belle McGill (1887-1975; married John Spencer Erskine).

My grandmother, Constance (Warwick) McGill would take us young kids to Gladys & Joseph W. Heaton's farm near Capron, Oklahoma to get eggs and chickens.

As it turns out, J. L. "Bud" Clark is this NW Okie's "1st cousin - 1x removed of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed." In other words ... Bud's mother Ida Cloe Heaton Clark (1889 - ?) married Joseph Lawrence Clark and they raised three children: Arvilla J, Jessie B, and J. L. "Bud" Clark, the youngest of three siblings.

Bud Clark's maternal grandfather was Jacob Cassleman Heaton (1863 - ), who married Minnie Laverne (unknown maiden name). Jacob Cassleman & Minnie Laverne Heaton raised the following children: Ida Cloe (married J. Lawrence Clark), Jacob Smith Heaton, Hallie C. Heaton, Berha M.Heaton, Eunice Heaton, Loyd T. Heaton, Liberty Heaton, Wyona Heaton.

Bud Clark's Great grandfather, Thomas Creighton Heaton (1833 - 1917), was from Fayette, Ohio; married Mariah Walker McNaught, raising the following children: Nathaniel C., Joseph Henry (1861-1944), Jacob Cassleman (1863-?), Ida May, Lyddie A., Edward Smith, Bertha Evaline, Agnes Maud, Homer C. Heaton.

Bud Clark's Great Uncle was Joseph Henry HEATON (1861 - 1944), born in Victoria, Knox county and died 12 January 1944, in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma. Joseph Henry Heaton married Talitha Louella Bachman and their children were: Pearl, Thomas Creighton, Edith, Clarence Earl, and Joseph William Heaton (1898-1965). Joseph William Heaton brings us to Bud Clark's relationship connection to Linda K. McGill Wagner (1st cousin - 1x removed of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed).

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Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - We had a few interesting emails this week concerning the "Old Sam Lindsay" home place south of Monterey, Virginia. We did found out that the 77.9 acre someplace and old house are "For Sale!" It is a three bedroom a bath home that sets next to the highway 220, south of Monterey, Virginia.

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Sam Lindsay married my 1st cousin 2x removed, Lucy Eckard/Echard, who was the daughter of Reuhama "Hami" Gwin and Jobe Eckard (my Great aunt and uncle). Hami and Jobe Eckard had a daughter, Lucy, that married Sam Lindsay. Jobe Eckard had a brother Isaac Eckard. As for Reuhama, she was the middle child and older sister of my great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin. There was also an older brother, Walter P. Gwin. I was told that the Gwin/Eckard cemetery is located in an overgrown field on that piece of property with the stones having been knocked down by the cows grazing in the pasture. My great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin married John Robert Warwick. Sometime in the late 19th century, after 1887, they moved to Oklahoma Territory via Coldwater, Kansas. Signora and J. R. Warwick's children were: Constance Estella (1882-1968) and Robert Lee Warwick (1887-1952), both showing born around Monterey, Virginia. Another son Wilbur William WArwick was born in Alva, Oklahoma, but died in his first year or so and is buried in the Alva Cemetery.

Also, we received an email from another person concerning a booklet (instructional manual) on how to write commercial english letters that was printed in 1940 in Germany. What is so fascinating about this booklet is not the booklet itself, but someone, maybe a POW or another person, had written a note into the booklet about "Camp Alva" and dated the remark "1945."

Klaus Scholoesser had found the booklet last week at a shop, where they receive things from people who do not need them any more, like books, clothing, household items and such. Anyway, he was getting the booklet in the mail to this NW Okie. Can not wait to see what the inscription is about "Camp Alva."

We also passed along to Sandie Olson with the Waynoka Historical Society, a person who is researching the "Old Lindbergh Line (TWA)" that went through Waynoka, OKlahoma on its way to California. Dr. Robert F. Kirk and his wife live in California. Dr. Kirk is writing a book about the Lindbergh Line, pictures of their trip at the airports that still exist. Dr. Kirk was born and raised in Oklahoma City and met his wife at University of Oklahoma. You can view some of Dr. Kirk's books by clicking this link.

Did you finally get on to the government archives of the 1940 census last week? I checked into it through my account (paristimes) to find my grandparents, Wm. J. & Constance McGill, on page 7, enumeration district 76-3A, living at 815 Maple Street, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma, with William listed as head of household (age 60) and Grandmother (age 58). William was listed as joint owner of furniture business. On page 8 it listed my Dad, Gene (Merle) McGill (age 25), as joint owner in ranch, in same house as Constance and William McGill; and Bob Lee (23 years) listed as absent.

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Vol 14, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - We just received an inquiry concerning our Vol. 9, Iss. 13, dated 2007-03-31, concerning an article, "St. Louis Browns - 1914," that Jim Bradley shared with us and said he had a 38 inch by 12 inch picture of the Browns.

Matt Shed asks, "Do you still have the St. Louis Browns photo from 1914? My great-grandfather played on the team."

My grandfather, Bill McGill, was not playing for the Browns in 1914, because he had retired from professional baseball back in 1909 or 1910 when he married my grandmother, March 24, 1910. That is why there is no McGill in either picture during 1914.

In The OkieLegacy Ezine, Volume 5, Iss. 5, 2003-02-01, S. Fox tells us that, "Foxtown, KY is north of McKee on Rt 89. It is an intersection of 89 and Foxtown Rd. Former post office / general store is on the left just before intersection. What cemetery are you looking for? ~s fox"

We received this bit of information from Gerald McLaughlin concerning Jacob Warwick. We would love to find this newspaper, but it is before the Library of Congress collection starting date. Does anyone out there know anyone or another place we might look for this article?

Main Entry, Richmond Enquirer (Richmond, Virginia, 1815, Semiweekly). Jacob Warwick died at the house of Col. Charles Cameron of Bath County (Virginia) on January 11, 1826, mentioning that Jacob Warwick, late of Pocahontas County, in his 80th year, survived by children. (p. 3, c. 5). Publication, Tuesday, January 31, 1826.

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Vol 14, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - Besides continuing to reading about the History of Highland County, Virginia, we have been hooked on watching PBS's Downton Abbey of life in England. BUT . . . back to Highland County, Virginia, we found an early issue of The OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 12, Iss. 49, 2010-12-06, which showed a Google satellite map of Highland County, Virginia we will again share with you this week. SEE BELOW.

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We have also connected with some WARWICK and GWIN descendants from the Highland area and have added more Warwick / Gwin photos to our Warwick / Gwin Albums. Scroll down to see the cemetery markers for the Gwin and Eckard family cemetery. Gerald McLaughlin sent us some cemetery markers of Capt. David Gwin and Maj. Jacob Warwick of Virginia. Capt. David Gwin's marker is located in the Clover Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Highland County, Virginia. This following link is information on Capt. David Gwin at showing the grave marker. My 4th great grandfather, Capt. David GWIN (1742-1822) was reported as being born in Orange, Virginia and dying in Clover Creek, Highland, Virginia. My Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill researched for her DAR certificate in the mid-1920's using her family ties to Capt. David Gwin.

Maj. Jacob Warwick's marker is on the banks of the Jackson's River just west of Warm Springs. The Meadow Lane Cottages is on that property.

Clover Creek Chapel
Clover Creek Chapel was the former chapel of McDowell Presbyterian Church, established in 1881 in Clover Creek, central Highland County, Virginia,four miles south of McDowell on Rt. 678 (Bullpasture River Road). The land for the chapel and cemetery behind it was donated by the McClung family since 1821. William McClung married Rachel Gwin and held title to the surrounding farm. The original owner of the land was probably Wallace Estill, who in 1743, obtained a 344-acre land patent in then Augusta County.

The cemetery predates the chapel by many years, originating as a family graveyard used by the farm owners. Among those buried there is Captain David Gwin (1742-1822). Gwin fought in the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant under General Thomas Lewis, prior to the Revolution. Gwin was captain with the Revolutionary forces, serving at Guilford Court House and Yorktown. He was twice married and had thirteen children. Gwin's grave is marked by a stone tablet erected by the South Branch Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Capt. David Gwin was the grandparent of Samuel Gwin, whose daughter, Signora Belle Gwin, was my Great grandmother.

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Vol 13, Iss 49 Bayfield, Colorado - I shuffle through some old GUINN/GWIN photos that I had scanned a few years back and ran across my father, Gene M McGill's, Great Grandmother, Ellen Dever Guinn (born 18 Jan. 1834, Highland, Virginia - died Oct. 1896, Highland Virginia).

I do not know if you can see the brooch (red) in the photo since it is in sepia coloring. The background on the red brooch legacy goes something like this as it was written on the back of the photo by my father: "The Red Brooch was given to this woman (Ellen Dever) by her father (John Dever (1798-1862)) on her 16th birthday (1850). I show John Dever married Elizabeth Gilmore (1802-1882), in Rockingham, Virginia.

My 2nd-Great Grandmother, Ellen Dever married 12 Oct. 1854, in Highland, Virginia, to Samuel Gwin (1825-1871) and had the following children: Walter P. Gwin (1856-?), Reuhama "Hami" Gwin (1857-?), and Signora Belle "Sigga B" Gwin (1860-1934).

Speaking of GWIN ancestry . . . we have heard from a descendant of the GWINN family Calf Pasture, Virginia this last week. Lillian (Email: says, "I was delighted to find your web site about the Gwinn family of Calf Pasture, VA. I am searching for information about James Gwinn who settled in the Greenbrier Area of Summers, Monroe Co, WV (West Virginia).

Lillian says, "My ancestor is Jenny (a.k.a. Jean, Jane) GGWYN/GWINN who married Joseph Alford and named her first son, James Alford. After studying information about the Gwinn family, I believe my ancestor Jean (Jane) is the daughter of James Gwinn, who with his brother Samuel, being sons of Robert of Calf Pasture, Virginia, came to Greenbrier River and settled in the area of Monroe, Summers County."

Lillian goes on to tell us, "Jenny (Jean, Jane) Gwinn married Joseph Alford in 1792 in Greenbrier Co, VA (Virginia) and named her oldest son James, who married Margaret Carlisle. Thank you for posting your family research. Any new information you may have about James Gwinn, son of Robert, that you can share would appreciated. Thank you!"

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Vol 13, Iss 47 Bayfield, CO - I was organizing my iPhoto collection of old family photos and found the photo on the left of my Grandpa Bill McGill with his two sons, Gene M McGill and Robert Lee McGill. I wish they had written the date of the photo and what exactly they were doing back then. I can only assume. Anyway, I love this old photo of a father and his two sons posing with what looks like their homemade fishing poles.

As I was browsing through my "Oakiepics" (Webshots) albums I found some photos I had forgotten that I had taken of a Paris Family Reunion held September 6, 2001, in Chester, Oklahoma (some might referred to Chester as Cottonwood Corners or Tailholt). Here is the slideshow and a link to Oakiepics (Webshots) Slideshow - Paris Reunion 2001.

Paris Reunion 2001

To see more photos of the PARIS and CONOVER ancestry and descendants that we have accumulated, you can browse our NW OKie Facebook photo albums. You can also view our An OkieLegacy Blog by clicking the link above.

We heard from a viewer this week who commented on the Vol. 13, Iss. 3, dated 2011-01-17, concerning the Saline Game Preserve (Dog Ranch). Paula Denson commented, "I would like to know more about the names of the oil men from Tulsa and OKC. do you know any more?"

If anyone has any more information than what we have accumulated so far, please leave a comment below or on the link above. Thanks for your help.

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Vol 13, Iss 25 Bayfield, Colorado - The photo on the left is a photo taken around 1960 or so of my Dad, Gene M McGill when he was head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. Gene M McGill was born 27 December 1914, in Alva, Oklahoma; graduated from the Oklahoma University Pharmacy school in 1937; married Vada Eileen Paris 24 March 1940 and raised four daughters in Northwest Oklahoma. McGill died 16 June 1986, Sunday, on Father's Day.

We heard from some Oklahoman's this week that another Northwest Oklahoma pioneer died 14 June 2011. Some of you might remember Velma Ruth Bloyd Ware as the wife of Artie Ware and the daughter of Arvilla M. (Maddox) and Boone Homer Bloyd. Velma was born 8 miles west of Alva on 20 November 1919 and passed away recently at the age of 91 years, 6 months and 25 days. You can read her obituary at Wharton Funeral Chapel

Is it getting hot and drier in Oklahoma? Hope the firefighters get some relief soon to all those wildfires in Arizona, New Mexico and NW Oklahoma.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vol 13, Iss 22 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week we shared some ancestry lineage of our connection to President Andrew Jackson (Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan (Jr.) and Nancy Anne (Luttrell) McGill.

We heard from another Craighead descendant on a genealogy forum that says, "Don't know if the following is helpful to your search but is found in the Craighead and McGill family histories: Nancy (last name unknown), born 1787, died 1867, was married first to William McGill of Hamilton Co., TN. They had eleven (11) children including a daughter also named Nancy. William Nathan McGill, Jr. died in May of 1832. Nancy Anne then married Thomas Craighead, of Soddy, TN, in 1835, who had five children from his first wife, Mary Gillespie. Thomas died in September 1839, and is buried at Soddy, Tennessee."

I did happen to find out that my 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy, the daughter of William and Nancy McGill, married Samuel G. Craighead, who was the son of William Craighead (1778-1835) and Jane "Jennie" Gillespie. William Craighead was a brother of Thomas Craighead. Thomas Craighead and Nancy McGill were married February 22, 1838.

I am still reading and searching about the CROCKETT side of the family to see if there is a connection to David "Davy" Crockett of Tennessee. I have NOT found any connection so far, but there must be a really distant connection between my CROCKETT's that married into the WARWICK and MCGILL side of our ancestry.

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Vol 13, Iss 21 Bayfield, Colorado - Well! It appears I have found another interesting ancestry that has crossed this NW Okie's ancestry path! This time it is the 7th President of America (Maj. Gen., Senator, Representative, Attorney General, attorney of Tennessee) Andrew Jackson, Jr. (1767-1845).

Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt. Got that? Let me see if I can add some clarity to that relationship.

President Andrew JACKSON's mother was Elizabeth HUTCHINSON (1737-1781), the daughter of Cyrus & Margaret (LISLE) HUTCHINSON. Elizabeth had a sister, Jennet "Jane" HUTCHINSON, who married Edward Alexander CRAWFORD. Edward and Jennet had a son Edward Alexander CRAWFORD Jr. (1770-1846).

Edward CRAWFORD Jr. married Margaret Jane DUNLAP (1774-1841), who was the daughter of Agnes Nancy CRAIGHEAD (1740-1790) and George DUNLAP (1737-1807). Agnes Nancy Craighead was the daughter of Rev. Alexander Holmes CRAIGHEAD (1706-1766).

Rev. Alexander H. CRAIGHEAD also had a son, Capt. Robert CRAIGHEAD (1751-1821). Capt. Robert CRAIGHEAD had a son, William Craighead (1778-1835), and that leads us back William's son, Samuel Geddes CRAIGHEAD (1814-1889), who married Nancy MCGILL (1814-1898), the daughter of William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783-1832). AND . . . You know the rest of the story if you have been following NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage for the past few weeks.

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson (1737 - 1781), Mother of Gen. Andrew Jackson, Jr.; Cyrus Hutchinson, father of Elizabeth Hutchinson and Jennet Hutchinson;
  • Jennet "Jane" Hutchinson, Daughter of Cyrus & Margaret (Lisle) Hutchinson; married Edward Alexander Crawford, Sr.;
  • Edward Alexander Crawford Jr. (1770 - 1846), Son of Jennet "Jane" & Edward Alexander Crawford, Sr.;
  • Margaret Jane Dunlap (1774-1841), Wife of Edward Alexander Crawford, Jr.;
  • Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740 - 1790), Mother of Margaret Jane Dunlap;
  • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706-1766), Father of Agnes Nancy Craighead;
  • Capt. Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead;
  • William Craighead (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt. Robert Craighead;
  • Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead;
  • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead;
  • William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783 - 1832), Father of Nancy McGill;
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of William NathanMcGill, Jr.;
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill;
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill;
  • Gene M Merle MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella Warwick.
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Vol 13, Iss 20 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week I promised a bit more possible information concerning a really distant connection to one of Benjamin Franklin's older sisters. As I have recently found, it turns out that Benjamin Franklin was a brother-in-law of the 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead (husband) of our 2nd Great Grand Aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm Nathan McGill, Jr. See Notes and Link. In another feature of this week's OkieLegacy newsletter we have included a short biography of the infamous printer, inventor, politician, statesman and free-mason, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

As I said earlier, Mary Franklin (1694-1731) was an older sister of Benjamin Franklin by about 12 years. Mary was married twice. Her 1st husband was Arthur Aylsworth, when they got married and Mary was 14 years of age, in 1708 and had her first child in 1710. Mary's 2nd husband was Robert HOMES, married 3 April 1716, in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary and Robert Homes had three children: William, Abiah and Robert, Jr.

Robert Homes (1720-1744) was a 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead, who married our 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm. Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell.

Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889) of Tennessee, was a son of Wm. Craighead and Jane Gillespie; Wm. Craighead was the son of Capt. Robert Craighead and Hannah Eleanor Clark; Capt. Robert Craighead was the son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead and Jane Agnes Brown; Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead was the son of Rev. Thomas Craighead and Margaret Holmes Wallace, which leads us back to Rev. Robert Craighead and Agnes Hart, and their daughter Catherine Craighead, who married Rev. William Homes, who had the son Robert Homes that was the second husband of Mary Franklin. Are you thoroughly confused yet?

This is how the Franklin lineage from Mary Franklin (1694-1731) runs through the HOMES, CRAIGHEAD AND MCGILL ancestry to this NW Okie and her sisters.

Ancestry Lineage:

  • Mary Franklin (1694 - 1731), wife of 1st cousin 3x removed of husband (Samuel G. Craighead) of my 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill);
  • Robert HOMES (1694 - 1727), 2nd Husband of Mary Franklin;
  • Catherine CRAIGHEAD (1672 - 1754), Mother of Robert Homes;
  • Rev. Robert Craighead (1633 - 1711), Father of Catherine Craighead;
  • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), Son of Rev. Robert Craighead;
  • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas, Craighead;
  • Capt. Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead;
  • William Craighead (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt. Robert Craighead;
  • Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead;
  • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead;
  • William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783 - 1832), Father of Nancy McGill;
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of William Nathan McGill, Jr.;
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill;
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill;
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob and Constance Estella Warwick. Gene married Vada Eileen Paris in March 1940, and had four daughters: Connie Jean, Dorthy E., Linda Kay and Amber Ann.
If you follow all of the above, it sounds like Benjamin Franklin was an in-law of in-laws of really really distant cousins. So . . . was he related, or NOT? Whatever the outcome, it does not really matter to this NW Okie, except to find out some interesting "founding fathers" possibly crossed the MCGILL ancestry paths! Can not wait to see who else has crossed our ancestry lineage.

I am still trying to find out how the CRAIGHEAD ancestry and the LUTTRELL ancestry connect through a Nancy Craighead (possible birth & death dates, 1757-1867), who allegedly married a Edward LUTTRELL, and who had a daughter Anne Nancy Craighead (1787-1860), who married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832).

I did find where a George DUNLOP (DUNLAP) that married Agnes Nancy Craighead, but do not believe they are the same Nancy Craighead. The Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740-1790) that married George Dunlop was on trial for witchcraft in Waxhaw, South Carolina for killing her first husband. George Dunlop proposed to Agnes Nancy Craighead after she had been acquitted of witchcraft in the Waxhaw, SC witchcraft case. Agnes Nancy Craighead was accused of murdering her first husband, the Rev. William Richardson, who was found strangled by a bridal in 1771, 12 years after marrying in 1759. George and Nancy moved from Waxhaw, SC to Charlotte, NC. Their son, David Richardson Dunlap, apparently derives his middle name, "Richardson" from his mother's first husband's surname.

The reason this Nancy Craighead is interesting to me is because there is a DUNLOP (DUNLAP) connection with our WARWICK ancestry. There is always something interesting that pops up in your genealogy search of ancestry. I guess that is one of the reasons I am so hooked on my ancestry, genealogical legacies! To see what I can find and who I possibly am!

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Vol 13, Iss 19 Bayfield, CO - In a past "OkieLegacy Ezine I mentioned that I am at a roadblock with my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors that married into my MCGILL ancestors. I am presently doing research and searching books, memiors and family histories for the CRAIGHEAD (name also spelt CRAIGHEID, CRAGHEDE, CRAIGIE, CRAGGY, CREAGHEAD and CRAGHEAD) and the LUTTRELL's descendants to see if I can unblock these roadblocks. I did find where a possible Craighead connection married the sister of Benjamin Franklin. More about that next week.

I know that my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors settled around Knox and Hamilton county, Tennessee. I have found a Agnes Nancy Craighead that married a George Dunlap, which would possibly connect the Craighead's to the Warwick ancestors. BUT . . . the Nancy Craighead I am searching shows, she may have married Edward LUTTRELL, and had a daughter, Anne Nancy Luttrell that married William Nathan McGill, Jr.

This is what I have so far in my MCGILL / CRAIGHEAD family lineage below for Nancy Craighead.

Nancy Craighead (1757-1867)

  • Nancy CRAIGHEAD, my 4th great grandmother; married Edward Luttrell; their daughter was Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860), born in Virginia, died in Hamilton County TN;
  • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787-1860) Daughter of Nancy Craighead and Edward Luttrell; Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860) was born in Virginia, died in Hamilton county, TN; married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), 10 Mar 1807, Hamilton County, TN; Children were: Hugh McGill (1802-), Walter Marshall McGill (1807-1878); Elizabeth Betsy McGill (1812-); William McGill (1813-); Nancy McGill (28 Feb 1814-17 Nov 1898) (Linda Kay McGill Wagner's 2nd Great Grand Aunt), born in TN, married Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889), son of William and Jane Gillespie Craighead; born 13 May 1814; married in 22 Feb. 1838 to Nancy McGill (born 28 Apr 1814-), resided at Sulphur Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee, Samuel Geddes Craighead was a part of the fourth generation of the Craighead family, Children: Beriah G Craighead (4 Aug 1846-); William H. CRAIGHEAD (6 Nov 1840-6 Dec 1840); Margaret E. CRAIGHEAD (22 Oct 1842-1867) married 6 Apr 1865 to William I Julia; Newton C. CRAIGHEAD (5 Apr 1849-10 Nov 1868;

    Other children of Anne & William McGill were Newton McGill (1822-); Susannah Margaret McGill (1823-1894); Martin McGill (1825-); James McGill (1827-1839); Martha Ann McGill (1830-1848); John McGill (1831-1863)
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850) Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell and William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), born Monroe County, TN, died in Hamilton county, TN; married in 1834 to Anne Nancy McKelvy (1816-1908); Children: William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), Samantha Jane MCGILL (1837-1882), Newton Anderson MCGILL (1839-1929), John David MCGILL (1842-1849), James Abel MCGILL (1844-1844), Nancy McKelvie MCGILL (1846-1884), Zachary Taylor MCGILL (1849-1918)
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), born in Soddy, Hamilton, TN, died in Alva, Woods, OK; Son of David Milton McGill and Nancy McKelvy Pearson (1816-1908); married 20 Nov 1861, TN to Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926), daughter of Thomas C. Johnson (1815-) and Mary Ann Johnston (1816-1875); Children: Thomas David MCGILL (1862-1945), Alice Elizabeth MCGILL (1865-1929), Mary McKelvey MCGILL (1869-1922), James Acel MCGILL (1872-1955), William Jacob MCGILL (1880-1959), Charles Robert MCGILL (1884-1971), Lulu Belle MCGILL (1887-1975)
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), born in Galva, McPherson, KS, died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Pearson McGill and Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926); married 23 Mar 1910 in Alva Oklahoma to (1.) Constance Estella Warwick (1882-1969); married in 1945 (2.) Blanche Rankin Miller; Children of Wm J. & Constance E. Warwick: Gene M McGill (1914-1986), Robert Lee McGill (1916-1954)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), born and died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella Warwick; married 24 Mar 1940, Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992); Children: Connie Jean McGill, Dorthy Eileen McGill, Linda Kay McGill, Amber Ann McGill
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Vol 13, Iss 18 Bayfield, Colorado - [The photo on the left is another photograph of Gene and Bob McGill, taken June 1919, with a bird dog, in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma.]

I would like to send a thousand "Thank You" to someone out there that just sent me and the McGill family our Uncle Robert "Bob" Lee McGill's World War II medals. WOW! Thank you so much, Monet Monfort Lion, for sending us Uncle Bob's WWII medals. There is not enough "Thank You's" to say how much we appreciate what you have done.

Although, I have NOT found a connection to the following LUTTRELL ancestors, maybe some of this information will help other LUTTRELL descendants out there. This is why this week's OkieLegacy ezine is dedicated to those descendants of LUTTRELL ancestors.

Last week we gave some information concerning our MCGILL Lineage leading to the LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD connection, of Hamilton County, Tennessee, that married into our MCGILL lineage and wanting to know more about the LUTTRELL lineage.

After much browsing online through Google books and, we have learned more about the LUTTRELL lineage that dates back to the early thirteenth century near Luttrellstown, County Dublin, ireland. If you follow the lineage of these LUTTRELL's of Dunster Castle in Ireland, it leads you to the LUTTRELL (Robert the 2nd) that the American LUTTRELLS descended from and settled around Prince Willaim county, Virginia and finally settling in Hamilton county, Tennessee.

BUT . . . We have NOT found that specific connection that connects them to our MCGILL / CRAIGHEAD / LUTTRELLL family lineage yet!

It was particularly interesting searching for English ancestors this week while the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) was transpiring in England this weekend. this NW Okie was glued to the tellie!

Did you know that Westminister Abbey (its formal name, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter) has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs?

Kings and queens have been significant benefactors of the Abbey, beginning with King Edgar (reigned 959-75) who gave the original monastic community at Westminster substantial lands covering most of what is now the West End of London. Almost a hundred years later King Edward (later Edward the Confessor) established his palace close to this monastic community and built for it a large stone church which became his own burial place. In the mid-thirteenth century Henry III rebuilt the Confessor's church, providing the Gothic building we have today.

Henry's own burial here in 1272 established Westminster as the principal royal burial place for the next 500 years. Richard II, Henry V, Henry VII and Elizabeth I were all influential in shaping the Abbey's history.

Westminster, is a "Royal Peculiar" -- meaning it is a free chapel of the Sovereign, exempt from any ecclesiastical jurisdiction other than that of the Sovereign. Royal Peculiars originated in Anglo-Saxon times and developed as a result of the unique relationship between the Norman and Plantagenet Kings and the English Church.

In 1222 the Abbey was declared a Papal Peculiar, exempt from the jurisdiction of both the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterbury. It has been a Royal Peculiar since 1533 when the Ecclesiastical Licences Act, as confirmed by the Act of Supremacy of 1559, transferred to the Sovereign the jurisdiction which had previously been exercised by the Pope. Other Royal Peculiars include St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and the Chapels Royal.

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Vol 13, Iss 17 Bayfield, Colorado - [The photo on the left is a picture of my father, Gene McGill, on the left, and my Uncle Bob seated on the paint pony on the right. It was taken somewhere in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma at a dirt tennis court. Do the houses in the background look familiar to any Woods county residents out there? I believe it to be taken in the early 1920's.]

I was sitting here trying to decide which paternal or maternal lineage to bring you this week. I decided to bring you the LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD paternal side of my family lineage where I have a bunch of roadblocks that has me scratching my head and wondering more about this limb of our family tree.

Edward LUTTRELL is one of many deadends, which I have little information, dates, etc. I know that he married a Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century and had a daughter named Anne Nancy LUTTRELL, who was born circa 1787.

I would really like to know more about the LUTTRELL/CRAIGHAD side of the family. Doing a search online at I have seen a Nancy CRAIGHEAD married to a DUNLAP, but not to a MCGILL.

* Edward LUTTRELL is our 4th great grandfather, married Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century;

* Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), 3rd great grandmother, Daughter of Edward and Nancy Craighead; married William Nathan MCGILL, Jr., 1807, in Knox, Tennessee;

* David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), 2nd great grandfather, Son of Anne Nancy LUTTRELL and Wm Nathan MCGILL, Jr.; married Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON in 1834;

* William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), great grandfather, Son of David Milton & Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON; married Isabelle McClure Johnson in 1861;

* William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), grandfather, Son of William Pearson & Isabelle McClure JOHNSON; married Constance Estella WARWICK in 1910;

* Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Father, Son of William Jacob McGILL and Constance Estella WARWICK; married Vada Eileen PARIS in 1940;

* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene M "Merle" McGILL & Vada Eileen PARIS.

Maybe there is someone out there that can help me break this roadblock of the LUTTRELL & CRAIGHEAD family tree connection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

HURT/HURTOSCI Family Lineage:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vol 13, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - Were the GWIN / GWYNN / GWYN / GUINN / GWYNNE / GUINN of Irish or Welsh descent? That is what I am trying to research now. From what I have come across so far, some reports say they could have been mostly Irish instead of Welsh descent.

The last couple of weeks we have shown you our CRAIG & VANDERVEER ancestrial lineage. This week We shall bring to light and share our paternal grandmother's GWIN / GWINN / GUINN / GWYN lineage.

My grandmother, back in the mid-1920's researched and did her DAR lineage to Capt. David GWIN. Grandmother Constance Estella WARWICK MCGILL ordered a coat of arms for the GWIN's but what I am reading that coat of arms was commonly sold to suspecting GWIN relatives, but was not a GWIN coat of arms.

At least one arms bearing GWYN family in Wales claimed Irish descent. As late as the 19th century, the GWYNs of Breconshire claimed descent from a 5th century Welsh king, Brychan Brycheiniog. Brychan was born in Ireland, the son of an Irish prince named Anlach and his wife, Marchel, heiress of the Welsh kingdom of Garthmadrun which later became known as Brycheiniog (Brecknock in English). The specific ancestry of Prince Anlach is unknown.

Claiming descent from Brychan, the GWYNs of Breconshire adopted the attributed arms of Brychan. You will often see these arms advertised by various companies as a coat-of-arms for all GWINN families which they are definitely not. Click the following URL for more information on King Brychan.

My GWINN Lineage:
1. "Sir" GWINN (1695 - ?), 6th great grandfather [I have seen some showing this as Sir Edward GWINN. I am still searching for more information on this GWINN to make a better connection.]
2. Robert GWIN (1720 - 1785), 5th great- grandfather
3. David (Capt.) GWIN (1742 - 1822), 4th great-grandfather
4. James GWIN (1774 - 1844), 3rd great-grandfather
5. Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871), 2nd great-grandfather
6. Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934), Great-grandmother
7. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), grandmother
8. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Father
9. Linda Kay MCGILL (a.k.a. Linda McGill Wagner & NW Okie), daughter of Gene M McGill

Concerning the Irish Immigration to America, I found the following quote from a sermon delivered in the eighteenth century on the eve of sailing of a ship from Ulster to America. I forgot to list the Google books that I was reading it and can not find the exact quote right now.

BUT . . . Maybe someone out there has seen this quote that gives the reasons for the immigrants coming to the New World of America from Ulster, British Isles. The quote goes like this, "To avoid oppression and cruel bondage; to shun persecution and designed ruin; to withdraw from the communion of idolators; to have opportunity to warship god according to the dictates of conscience and the rules of his word."

Have we, in America, forgotten why our ancestors came to America? Why don't we have the tolerance for others religions since we should know through our history what our ancestors went through in their own countries that caused them to emigrate to America!

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Vol 13, Iss 11 Bayfield, CO - [The image on the left is the CRAIG family Crest we found online while searching our CRAIG ancestors.]

While the temperatures in the SW Corner of Colorado, San Juan mountains have been in the the mid-fifties, we hear from Perry, Oklahoma and Roy that he has yell daffodil (Jonquils) in bloom and more of them about to be. Here isn Southwest Colorado we are slowly melting the snow on the mountains and the creeks, streams are running rapidly.

WOW! Where does the time go when you get hooked on genealogy research? It seems like one things leads to another and the hours only seem like minutes that pass by too quickly. I have been looking for some Irish ancestors since St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. I think most of my Irish that I have found are only Scotch-Irish (the term of Scotch-Irish was invented in America).

For instance, the CRAIG ancestors on my paternal side of the family that married into the WARWICKs. Some of the CRAIGs were born in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland, BUT . . . their ancestors were from Scotland. I am still trying to verify some of these CRAIG's, and have listed the lineage that I have come up with so far.

* William Craig (1662 - 1744), 8th great grandfather
* William Alexander Craig (1685 - 1759), Son of William Craig
* Robert Thomas Craig (1712 - 1788), born in Ulster, * Donegal, Ireland, Son of William Alexander Craig
* Robert CRAIG (1741 - 1804), born in Augusta, Virginia, Son of Robert Thomas Craig
* Nancy Agnes CRAIG (1776 - ) born in Green Bank, Pocahontas county, Virginia, Daughter of Robert Craig
* Robert Craig WARWICK (1801 - 1845), Son of Nancy Agnes Craig
* William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Robert Craig Warwick
* John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig Warwick
* Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert Warwick
* Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella Warwick
* Linda Kay MCGILL, daughter of Gene M McGill

The Surname CRAIG

The surname of CRAIG is a local name, meaning "at the craig" from residence thereby. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. As the name appears in early Scots records in many parts of the country it must have originated from more than one locality.

The surname is very numerous in Counties Antrim, Derry and Tyrone. In the 15th century there were three families "of that Ilk." Johannes del Crag witnessed a charter by William the Lion. John of the Craig "with his band of 300" played a decisive part in the Battle of Culblean on 30th November 1335.

Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God, however much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with.

In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.

A notable member of the name was John Craig (1512-1600) the Scottish reformer. He lost his father at Flodden in 1514. He was educated at St. Andrews, he joined the Dominicans there but fell under the suspician of heresy, and after a brief imprisonment in 1536, he went to Rome. He gained admission to the Dominican convent at Bologna.

Sir Thomas Craig of Riccarton born in 1538, was the Scottish writer of feudal law. In 1573 he was appointed justice-depute of Scotland and in 1573 of Edinburgh. The arms for Craig were registered in Riccarton, Scotland 1818. The associated arms are to be found in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory 1884. Ulster King of Arms 1884.

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Vol 13, Iss 10 New Amsterdam ( - I have been working on my maternal and paternal ancestors over at Ancestry - paristimes, especially my maternal Dutch Ancestors of CONOVER / KOUWENHOVEN / COUVENHOVEN. I have found some interesting stories, legacies and information in my research.

The photo on the left shows my Great-Grandmother, Sarah Francis CONOVER (KOUWENHOVEN/COUVENHOVEN) (1848-1924), who married Henry Clay PARIS (1844-1918). Their children were (not sure of the order but believe Grandpa Ernest Claude Paris is standing, far right): Arthur Henry (may be seated, on the far right), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Myrtle Mae (1885-1965) (the only daughter) & Ernest Claude (1879-1959); seated in front, left to right is Sarah Francis CONOVER PARIS, Henry Clay PARIS and another son, Decatur Ray (1877-1947) (Decatur may be standing on the backrow).

My Dutch ancestors sailed from Amsterdam 17 February 1659. Some arrived in New Amsterdam before 5 May 1659.

From papers relating to the first settlement of New York by the Dutch containing a list of the early immigrants to New Netherland, it shows one of my maternal ancestors Cornelis Janse VanDerVeer arrived in New Amsterdam, in 1659.

For the record this is a 10th generation listing starting with my 7th Great Grandfather and moving down to this NW Okie's (Linda McGill Wagner) maternal family tree of PARIS and CONOVER side of the family:

1. Cornelius Janse VANDERVEER (1623 - 1703) - 7th great-grandfather

2. Jacoba Cornelisse VANDERVEER (1686 - 1735) Daughter of Cornelius Janse. 6th great-grandmother

3. Dominicus COVENHOVEN (1724 - 1778) Son of Jacoba Cornelisse. 5th great-grandfather

4. Peter CONOVER (1769 - 1835) Son of Dominicus. 4th great-grandfather

5. Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797 - 1859) Son of Peter. 3rd great-grandfather

6. Peter CONOVER (1821 - 1900) Son of Jonathan Coombs. 2nd great-grandfather

7. Sarah Frances CONOVER (1848 - 1924) Daughter of Peter. great-grandmother

8. Ernest Claude PARIS (1879 - 1959) Son of Sarah Frances. grandfather

9. Vada Eileen PARIS (1916 - 1992) Daughter of Ernest Claude. mother

10. Linda Kay MCGILL Daughter of Vada Eileen. NW Okie

The Kouwenhoven surname has gone through many different spellings over the decades. Such as VanKouwenhoven, COUVENHOVEN and CONOVER. I would love to discover the real story behind that surname spellings.
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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days of 1920's

Vol 13, Iss 5 Bayfield, CO - This week we decided to show the younger McGill Bros. (Gene (on the right) and Bob McGill (on the left)) standing on the running board of the elder McGill Bros' (James & Wm "Bill" J. McGill) furniture truck that they used for hauling furniture around the Northwest Oklahoma countryside. I assume it is parked in front of Bill McGill's residence (or someone's residence), in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma. Both Bob and Gene are dressed in what looks like their best clothes, short pants, long stockings and jacket-type shirt with some sort of scarf-tie.

In the past archives we mentioned that McGill Bros. Furniture and Swimming Pool was located in the middle of the 600 block, southside of Barnes Avenue, just off the Southwest corner of Alva, Oklahoma's downtown square.

Last week we heard from Lois Guffy concerning memories of Peggy Stover Cook who worked wife Lois' mother (Banna Clover Caywood) at the Dog Ranch near Cherokee, Oklahoma. You can read more of that in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine.

We will attempt to jog some memories of the 1950's with a vintage photo of a Longfellow Elementary school photo taken around 1951-52, in Alva, Oklahoma. Also, we hope to jog some "old" Rock & Rollers and Rockabilly enthusiasts and hope to hear some of your memories from that era.

We would like to hear what it was like for those living through the McCarthyism era of the early 1950's (particularly around March 1954).

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days of 1920's

Vol 13, Iss 4 Bayfield, Colorado - This week we are going to share a photo that I believe was taken in the 1920's (maybe mid to late 1920's), in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma at the old Presbytarian church that stood on the Northeast corner of Seventh & Church Street. My Dad, Gene McGill, is the young boy standing on the left end, frontrow. Does anyone recognize any of the other young children in this photo and the teachers?

We venture this week into the late 19th century memories of Oklahoma and Indian Territories with excerpts taken from the Langston City Herald, Langston City, O. T., dated October 5, 1895. Was there really Gold found in the Wichita mountains of the Wildlife Refuge located in the southwest part of Oklahoma?

Here is some 1895 information about the Woods County Fair, in Northwest Oklahoma Territory, October 1895, "At the Woods county fair it was decided that Minnie Reaves is the handsomest girl in Woods county under 12 years of age."

Anyone have any ancestors who might have known and/or remembered Minnie Reaves, who was 12 years old in 1895? Minnie would have been around the same age, if not a year younger than my grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Grandmother Constance McGill was born October 10, 1882 and died in 1968.

Back to 1895 ... You can also read a short paragraph about the notorious outlaws, "White Horse Doolin" and "Zip Wyatt." Zip Wyatt was also known as "Dick Yeager" and "Wild Charlie," the most notorious outlaw in the Territory of Oklahoma. Nathaniel Wyatt acquired the nickname "Zip" from a man who lived near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Back in October, 1895, there were some Kingfisher county people still prowling around in the Wichita mountains "camping" until they could come back with the black sand. What was the "Black Sand" and the Gold Fever in the Wichita mountains?

According to Oklahoma Gold Prospecting / Panning Treasure, "Prospectors say the hills near Turner Falls have gold deposits from the days when glaciers cut through the landscape and left the gold behind. Since Coronado's explorations for the Seven Cities of Cibola in the 1500s, gold has been sought after in Oklahoma. The Wichita mountains in SW Oklahoma are filled with tales of lost treasure and small fortunes being made. Even in the 1700s, Mexican miners, following earlier explorer's footsteps, still traveled from Santa Fe to mine an area known as Devil's Canyon next to Soldier's Peak. During the height of the Indian Wars in the 1870s, cavalry troopers from Fort Sill had more problems with illegal miners trying to get in to the state than they probably ever did with Native Americans fighting just to keep their land."

I found this link on Google Books when I did a search for "black sand" and "wichita mountains": The Historical Atlas of Oklahoma by Charles Robert Goins, Danney Goble, James H. Anderson, John Wesley Morris. Scroll down to page 25 to see the historical atlas of Oklahoma.

Remember when "Girls in bloomers" would play ball at the Payne county fair?

Remember when "A prairie fire" eight miles wide swept across Garfield county the last week of September, 1895?

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days & Sayings

Vol 13, Iss 3 Bayfield, CO - This week's old photo dates back to 29 December 1922, showing Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill, William J. McGill and their two sons, Gene (front row, in front of William McGill) and Robert (standing with his bike next to Constance). Constance and William Mcgill and family appear to be standing in their backyard in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma. Does anyone recognize the two-story home across the street? Is it still there today?

Gene seems to have a rope loosely hanging around his neck and attached to something. What is it?

Have you ever wondered where some of the old saying began? Where did the saying come from that states, "Okay, but it will cost you an arm and a leg."? Does this date back to the old days when paintings, portraits were done to capture a likeness instead of photography?

Roy in Perry reported last Sunday, January 9, 2011, that Oklahoma had it's first snow and a cold front came through.

Was this what caused the newly elected Governor to miss state that she would "offend" instead of "defend" the Oklahoma state laws? Did they have to redo the governor's swearing in on the steps of the capitol, in Oklahoma City?

Our temperatures in Southwest Colorado have reached 45 degrees this Monday afternoon. They say some winter storms might come through by mid-week. Hope it brings snow!

We are looking for other old sayings and idioms! If you know of some old idioms that you would like to share and tell us where they originated, we would love to hear from you.

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Vol 13, Iss 1 Alva, Oklahoma - A New Year has shown its face for 2011 as 1/1/11 rounded the corner this weekend. Will this calendar notation be lucky as four Aces are lucky in poker?

This week we shall try to jog some old memory cells of McGill's Swimming Pool that was located just off the square in downtown Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, on the southside of the street, behind the McGill Bros. Furniture store.

In the photo on the left, above you see a group of young ladies posing with painted signs for businesses in Alva, Oklahoma of that time period. Such as: Alva Electrical Supp. Co, Marcum & Marcum, Willard Storage Battery, and J.C. Penney Department Store.

Do you recognize any of these young ladies? Was your grandmother, great-grandmother shown here? Is that the diving tower in the background?

There are families stories out there concerning McGill Bros. Swimming Pool in Alva that we should try to resurrect.

One of our family stories that I have been told several times by I do not know how many Northwest Oklahomans is the story of my dad (Gene McGill), his younger brother (Robert McGill) and a cousin (Jack Erskine) dived off nearby buildings into the swimming pool, at night and sometimes in the nude. Young girls would sneak in to gawk, gaze.

I wonder if some of these college-age girls were some of those girls that the younger McGill brothers and their cousin showed off their high, daring diving skills?

If this jogs any memories of Northwest Oklahoma, we would love to hear from you!

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Vol 12, Iss 47 Bayfield, Colorado - This weekend, Sunday, brought a winter snow storm and strong winds to the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. I am going to estimate approximately 4 to 5 inches, but maybe less where we are. Sounds like Aspen, Silverton and Wolf Creek might be getting the heavy, blizzard conditions.

Have you ever noticed how English Ivy grows? How it intertwines and connects one thing to another? How it ends up covering everything in it path as it branches out?

The legacies and stories we past down from one generation to another are like the English Ivy. It is our vehicle that connects the past with the present and keeps the memories alive for the generations to come.

When those stories and photos get spread around from family to families, it makes it possible for each generation to spread the knowledge of that legacy from one to another, while each sprig of Ivy branches off into yet another direction to create another family tree. Sometime that sprig gets broken because of deaths or bad feelings, but it does not stop the legacy!

Have you spread the legacy of 47 years ago of what, where and how the assassination of President John F. Kennedy affected you, 22 November 1963? Where were you 47 years ago today? What do you remember about that day in Dallas, Texas when John F. Kennedy was assassinated?

Someone wrote me and mentioned, "I saw that one of your old newsletters (Vol. 3, iss. 10) referenced a John F Kennedy Serigraph. I too have one of them and dying to know if it is a Trash or a Treasure. Did you get any information? Thanks!"

In answer to this question, I do not know how valuable the serigraph. If it is trash or treasure. But I guess that is in the eye of the beholder, isn't it?

Remember the first big family trips when your parents and siblings piled into the family automobile and took? I remember the Summer of 1955 (I think it was) that the McGill Family of six (father, mother and four daughters) piled into a 1955 Pontiac station wagon pulling a tear-drop, homemade trailer and traveled to Alaska from northwest Oklahoma, passing through Colorado, Idaho (to see Uncle Sammy Paris) and Canada. It was just one of our big summer vacations to explore the wild frontiers. We trampled barefoot in snowbanks along the Canadian highway. We picked high/low berries. I can not remember the berries, 'cause I was just a small child of 7 years. I do remember the cherry trees where we picked fresh cherries, though. BUT ... the location has escaped these old memory cells without more jogging from siblings and photos. My father took movie film along the way and sent back to the Kelsey's in Waynoka. Those old movies were stored in my parents home before their deaths in 1986 and 1992. Have not seen the old movies since then. Would love to have a copy of them though!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Immigrants Make Up America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 4, 1928, Alva Drum Corp

Vol 12, Iss 26 Alva, Oklahoma - Coming up next Sunday is the 4th of July 2010. I know that I have showed this July 4th, 1928 Alva Drum corp photo before, but we thought it only appropriate to show what 1928 citizens of Alva and their boys drum corp were doing on July 4th, 1928.

I have recently put it up on NW Okie's Facebook Photos in the My Photos - Camera Vault Photos to share in case someone is looking, doing genealogy research and might see a relative in the 1928 July 4th photo. The photo gives you an idea of how Alvans used to park in the wide downtown streets around the square and in the center of the street.

Kathy mentioned, "Oh Wow! I recognize several names in this pic. Russell Fowitz was the son of William Fowitz, who bought my grandfather, Louis Miller, furniture store and undertaking business. Both were cousins of my grandfather. Louis and his wife, Blanche, raised William when his father and mother were killed in a flood back in Pennsylvania. William's sister, was adopted by a wealthy mattress manufacturing family, raised in Pennsylvania."

I have everyone tagged with a name in the photo, except the band leader out front. If you click the link above, it should take you over to NW Okie's Facebook photo album where you can put your pointing device on each boy and see their name.

Here is a list of Alva Boys in Alva Drum Corp, 4 July 1928, NW corner of Alva downtown square, NW Oklahoma.

Row 1, front to back: Bob Burcket, J. L. Reed, Russle Fowitz, Ben Harrover, Frank Houts, Richard Jones, Newton Gettings;

Row 2, front to back: Bob McGill, Herb Ryman, Howard Schumacher, Lester Duck, Paul Clark, Lewis Kasparick;

Row 3, front to back: Bob Day, Brad Eutsler, Jhon (sic) Day, Clay Noah, Tom Hewit, Junior Collins;

Row 4, front to back: Fat Murry, Earl Boyce, Joe Day, Bill Jackson, Marion Brozwell (?), Millard Porter;

Row 5, front to back: Warne Templin, John Jackson, Edward Kavnaugh, Crawford Batenburg, Merle (Gene) McGill, Ben Matteson, Bradley.
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1950 - Woods County Democrats

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

I believe this photo was taken in the early 1950s in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse. The New Courthouse was built around 1956 or later.

There are 48 stars on the flag on the wall - enlarging the calendars you can make out "June" of "July" but not the year.

Gene McGill is the Democrat, standing in the center; Charles "Charlie" Albright is the gentlemen standing to the right of Gene; Oneita Riggs is seated to the left of Gene. I believe the man seated with his back to us and on the left side of photo might be Sam Riggs, but I am not sure of that.

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20 May 1963 Political Legacy

Vol 5, Iss 11 OKC, Oklahoma -

Waiting Arrival at Airport... Gov. Howard Edmondson, State Democratic Party Chairman Gene McGill and US Senator A. S. 'Mike' Monroney awaiting arrival of Vice-Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson in Oklahoma City on 20 May 1963.

MORE Okla. Democrats & 1960...

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1938 NSTC Ranger Album

Vol 12, Iss 3 We have been sharing a scanned copy of the 1938 Ranger Album with family genealogists for awhile and thought perhaps some others might be interested in downloading a PDF file of the 1938 Ranger Album. It is a large file. You can either open it up in your web browser and save a copy to your computer -- OR -- right click on the link and "save as" to a folder on your computer for further genealogy research.

Here is the link for those of you looking for a copy of the 1938 Ranger yearbook, Northwestern State Teacher's College, Alva, Oklahoma, I have scanned it into a PDF file. Contact Linda McGill Wagner at email: and I will send you a link to the pdf file if you are having trouble viewing it in your browser and can not figure out how to "save as" to your computer. -- 1938 Ranger yearbook.
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Insight Into Grandma & Warwick's

Vol 11, Iss 43 With no more letters from john C. McClure, we assume that the communication of letters ceased to exist after August 1906 and Constance moved on to her next beau. Was it William J. McGill? We are not sure yet, but suspect as much.

NW Okie has been working on more of the Warwick census reports over at and updating information in NW Okie's Genealogy pages for Warwick / McGill / Paris / Wagner Family and adding old photos to the Family Photo Albums at her genealogy site.

Warwick Brothers: Peter, William N. John R. Meanwhile, while we leave you standing in the wings for more insight into Constance Estella Warwick McGill, we want to share this great old tintype photo we found of Constance's father and two of his brothers, Peter (Pete on left) and William N. Warwick (standing in back, center) and John Robert Warwick, the older brother is seated on the right.

Notice that Pete is holding in his left hand a pistol of some sort on his older brother John Robert Warwick. I love the old hats Pete and William are wearing. The old western shirt that Pete is wearing dates back to the 1880's and the civil war cavalry boots that Pete and John have on help date the photo, but not sure where the old tintype photo was taken.

John R. Warwick This is another old tintype photograph that I just adore of my great-grandfather John Robert Warwick that shows him perhaps in his early twenties. I do not know the exact date or where, but assume it was taken in the Virginia's.

John R. Warwick This other photograph is not a tintype, but is a photo mounted on cardboard and printed at McPherson, Kansas, C. Forell, Cabinet. Pete and John seemed to be dressed in their best farming duds with real cowboy boots instead of the civil war cavalry boots. You can tell John R. Warwick's hairline is reseeding and is holding an interesting looking hat in his hands. They both are sporting longer mustaches, but Pete's looks to have one of those handlebar mustaches without a pronounced, wax, curled ends like some did in those days.

Can anyone help identify/date when these photos were taken? Especially, the photo taken in McPherson, Kansas? Perhaps 1890s? What age would you suspect for Pete and John in this photo?
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1905 - John B. Doolin, Alva OK

Vol 11, Iss 37 I found this 1905 cartoon of John B. Doolin in the December 1905 newspaper of The Oklahoman. I believe this John B. Doolin must have been the father of the John Doolin that my father, Gene McGill, and his brother, Bob McGill, grew up with as young boys after 1914 in the northwest Oklahoma community of Alva.

The December 1905 front page, "Pages From the Cartoon Book, Men of Affairs in Caricature," The Oklahoman said, "When John B. Doolin was five years old two unfortunate things happened; both his parents died.

But this didn't discourage young Doolin who was thrown upon his own resources at an early age.

"Misfortune is more often like the storm which buffets the young oak, causing it to take a firmer hold upon the earth that it may grow stronger and expand. John gleaned most of his education format he three best teachers: observation, experience and books. Then he began to see opportunities.

"He left his home at Cameron, Missouri, where he was born in 1879 and moved to Oklahoma. This was in 1896. In the new country Mr. Doolin entered the dry goods business. Over in Woods county the people wanted him to be register of deeds because he was a democrat and capable. His plurality was 533. At that time he was the youngest public office holder in Oklahoma, being 22 years of age. His democracy is undisputed. He declares he has been of that political faith since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.

"John's friends assert that if he should ever change his politics he will have to change his name, because it is a synonym for democracy and then both begin with "D." Doolin and Democracy -- alliteration, the student of rhetoric would call it. Now Mr. Doolin is in the abstract, loan and insurance business at Alva, where he has the only complete set of abstract books in Woods county.
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Black Sunday Blizzard 1935

Vol 11, Iss 26 Online at I did a search for a show that was on this Sunday, June 28, 2009, concerning the "Black Sunday Blizzard of '35" that blew millions of tons of topsoil through the high plains and heartlands.

April 14, 1935, the day of "The Black Sunday Blizzard" blew millions of tons of topsoil eastward towards the east coast. Soil Conservation techniques were soon to follow to perserve the "Dust Bowl" years of the 1930s. Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico and South Dakota feeling the "worst hard times" of that era.

According to HISTORY.COM's Major Dust Bowl Storm Strikes, It was one of the most devastating storms of the 1930s Dust Bowl era that swept through the heartland and the over-grazed, over-farmed plains bringing millions of tons of dirt and dust so dense, dark that some eyewitnesses believed the world was coming to an end.

By the early 1930s, the grassy plains of the plains of western Kansas, southeastern Colorado, panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and northeastern New Mexico had been over plowed by farmers and overgrazed by cattle and sheep. Soil erosion, combined with an 8-year drought that began in 1931, created a a dire situation for farmers and ranchers.

With the failure of crops and businesses failing and dust storms making people sick, many residents fled westward in search of work in other states such as California. Those who remained behind struggled to support themselves and their families.

By the mid-1930s, President Franklin D. Roosevelt?s administration introduced programs to help alleviate the farming crisis, such as the establishment of the "Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in the Department of Agriculture. The SCS promoted improved farming and land management techniques and farmers were paid to utilize these safer practices. For many Dust Bowl farmers, this federal aid was their only source of income at the time."

By 1939, a year before my folks, Gene McGill and Vada Paris, were married (March 1940), the Dust Bowl era came to an end when the welcome rains returned as the drought ended. We only hope that the improved farming techniques of that "Dust Bowl" has reduced the problem of soil erosion and prevented a repeat of the 1930's Dust Bowl devastation. -- Maps of the Dust Bowl 1935-40.
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65 Years Ago

Vol 11, Iss 23 This weekend, June 6, 2009, was the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy Beach, on the coast of France. This is the online link that has more information about D-Day, June 6, 1944.

My Uncle Bob McGill did not storm the beaches of Normandy on that day. Uncle Bob was about to graduate from Officers candidate school and five days earlier had just married Helen Louise Soper, 1 June 1944 after obtaining a marriage license on 31 May 1944 and they were married in Alva, Oklahoma 1 June 1944 with Gene McGill (Bob's brother) as a witness. Bob & Helen's marriage was just another of those pre-war romances before the soldier got sent overseas to war. Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen were Divorced 22 June 1948.

Back to the 65th Anniversary of D-Day ... It was June 6, 1944, when as described at The National D-Day Memorial Foundation, "150,000 Allied soldiers clambered aboard heaving landing craft and braved six-foot swells, waves of machine gun fire, and more than 6 million mines to claim a stretch of sand at a place called Normandy. Their mission was to carve out an Allied foothold on the edge of Nazi-occupied Europe for the army of more than one million that would follow them in the summer of 1944. This army would burst forth from the beachhead, rolling across Europe into the heart of Germany, liberating millions, toppling a genocidal regime, and ending a nightmare along the way. But it all began on this beach in France, with an army of teenagers on a day called D-Day."

The youngest D-Day and WWII veterans turned 82 years of age today ... or this year. D-Day was a turning point in the course of WWII and signaled the beginning of the end of the age of fascism and the return of hope to millions in occupied nations globally.

Did any of your ancestors storm the beaches of Normandy, June 6, 1944?
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Looking Back ... To the Future

Vol 11, Iss 18 The McGill Bros. Furniture had two stores in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, in Alva, Oklahoma. The first store was just East of DeGeer's two-story building.

The DeGreer building had the Grocery Store on the bottom floor, main floor and apartments on the second story.

The McGill Bros. swimming pool once resided behind the first McGill Bros. Furniture store (blue furniture store), but the swimming pool has since been filled in and no longer exists today.

We have heard from others that the college girls practiced swimming routines at the McGill's swimming pool in downtown Alva, just off the southwest corner of the square. We are assuming the picture to the left is a photo of the college girls posing for a group photo shoot on the west side of the pool.

In the early 1900s when Bill McGill was playing baseball for the SW Texas League (Austin Senators, 1906-07), the major league (St. Louis Browns, 1907), Bill would travel around with the ball teams and buy furniture to ship back to Alva.

Others have shared stories about McGill Bros. swimming pool and how kids would slip in at night, swim (sometimes in the nude). It was told thru other McGill relatives that Gene McGill and his cousin, Jack Erskine, would sleep over at the pool and chase the kids out.

I have also heard stories that Gene would dive off the two-story DeGreer building on the West side in his birthday suit and young girls would sneak in at night to watch.

The following is a poem about the McGill Bros. Swimming Pool, written by Wm. J. "Bill" McGill:

McGill Bros Swimming Pool
At the close of sultry summer day
Join the crowds that wend their way
To plunge in water fresh and cool
At McGills' most popular Swimming Pool.
And just a few steps from the door
You'll find their Famous Furniture Store.
There, too, your needs will be supplied,
And all your tastes be satisfied.
McGill Brothers, S.W. Cor. Square.
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Fairmont, Marion County, WV

Vol 11, Iss 11 We found this unknown family photo in my Grandmother's treasure chest of genealogy photos. Why Grandma Contance Warwick McGill had it ... I do not know! The backside was dark and you could barely make "Palatine" scratched into the backside. The old photograph is one of those photographs you see on cardboard type photo-backing. When did they start and end doing photographs like that?

We did a Google search for Fairmont, WV and found some history of Fairmont, Marion County, WV.

Birdseye view of Fairmont-Palatine WV WV-Fairmont Map.

Here is some of what we found and you can read the rest of it on my Facebook site: "Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Marion County[3]. Established in 1820 as Middletown, then in Monongalia County, it was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1843 as Fairmont, a contraction of "Fair Mountain."

Fairmont is located in the North-Central region of the state, along West Virginia's I-79 High Tech Corridor, about 18 miles southwest of Morgantown, and about 23 miles northeast of Clarksburg.

Fairmont State University, established in 1865, is located in Fairmont. The former head of the art department of the school, Luella Mundel, was the subject of a documentary called American Inquisition by Helen Whitney. Mundel was the victim of blacklisting during the McCarthy era, and the documentary showed how the negative effects of that era reached even smalltown West Virginia. This documentary was the subject of a very famous case about the First Amendment.[5]

Marion County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on January 14, 1842, from parts of Harrison and Monongalia counties. The county was named in honor of General Francis Marion (1732-1795), the legendary hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Oral history indicates that in 1808 Boaz Fleming made his annual trek to Clarksburg to pay his brother's Harrison County taxes. While in Clarksburg he attended a social gathering that included Dolly Madison, his cousin. He complained to her about having to travel over a hundred miles each year from his home to pay his Monongalia County taxes and his brother's Harrison County taxes.

Dolly Madison supposedly suggested that he create his own county to save him all that travel. Six years later, Boaz Fleming circulated a petition to do precisely that, naming the proposed county Madison County, in honor of Dolly and President James Madison.

The petition failed to gain sufficient support to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly. He then focused on creating a town near his farm. In 1819, a road was built from Clarksburg to Morgantown. His farm was about halfway between the two, making a good resting point.

He laid out the town on the west side of the Monongahela River in 1819. It was incorporated on January 19, 1820 as Middletown. It is unknown if the town was called Middletown because of its location mid-way between Clarksburg and Morgantown or because Boaz Fleming's first wife, Elizabeth Hutchinson, was originally from Middletown, Delaware.

Middletown was named newly-formed Marion County's first county seat on February 18, 1842. At that time, William Haymond, Jr. suggested that the town's name be changed to Fairmont because the town had a beautiful overlook of the Monongahela River, giving it a "fair mount." The Borough of Fairmont was incorporated in 1843 by the Virginia General Assembly.

In 1838, the town of Palatine was laid out on the east side of the Monongahela River, opposite Middletown. It was settled by Germans from the Palatinate States of southwestern Germany and they named the town after their homeland. It was incorporated in 1867. In 1899, Fairmont, Palatine, and neighboring West Fairmont were merged into a single city.

In 1865, a privately-owned normal school opened in Fairmont to train teachers that would be required to fill the state legislature's mandate of having free public schools in every county. In 1867, Fairmont Normal School was accepted as one of three normal schools owned and operated by the state of West Virginia. In 1917, the school was named Fairmont State Teachers College and is currently known as Fairmont State College.

In 1793, Jacob Paulsley built a home on the east side of the Monongahela River in present-day Fairmont. At that time, most of the future city was a dense, laurel thicket.

When Middletown was formed in 1820, its initial trustees were: John S. Barns, John W. Kelley, Josiah Wolcott, John W. Polsley, Jesse Ice, Benoni Fleming and Thomas Fleming. John S. Barnes served as mayor.
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College Bowl Championship Series (BCS)

Vol 10, Iss 48 Who will be BCS Champs this year, 2008?

This Thanskgiving holiday lots of sports & college football nuts were gathered for the holidays to view the college football teams as they wind down their season -- the bedlam battles of some University States!

It was bedlam college football this weekend among several states: Georgia, Oregon, Texas and of course, Oklahoma. Did I leave anyone out?

What about that Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University game, huh?

For my Yahoo! Fantasy Sports pick I went with the Oklahoma Sooners (OU), but I was amazed at how well the Oklahoma Aggies (OSU) kept up offensively and defensively with the Oklahoma Sooners.

It was a hard choice to decide who to root for -- my dad, Gene McGill, was a '37 graduate of Pharmacy from OU. AND... my Uncle Bob McGill attended as an OU Sooner before he attended Kentucky University before WWII.

My oldest son is a graduate of Oklahoma State university (OSU). So... I was pulled between who I was rooting for during the game, but the Sooners were my main team.

NOW... Does that leave Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech in a third-way tie for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS)? AND... Of course, Oklahoma University is the BCS champions in my books. How about yours? Who really decides the BCS Champs? Is it a fair process?
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NW Okie's Warwick Connection

Vol 10, Iss 47 This is an early picture of my great great grandfather, Wm Fechtig Warwick, as a young boy.

Some have asked how I am connected to the Warwick Family. You can click on the following link to view my McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull genealogy.

From the Wm Jacob Warwick & Elizabeth Dunlap lineage my Warwick's flow down through the Warwick family through John Warwick & Mary Powell.

From that union we continue further through William Warwick & Nancy Agnes Craig. From there we continue our Warwick journey through Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull. Robert & Esther's son, Wm. Fechtig Warwick married Phoebe Anthea Pray/Prey (my great-great-grandparents).

Wm & Phoebe had a son, John Robert Warwick that married Signora Belle Gwin. My great grandparents John Robert "JR" & Signora Belle "Sigga" (Gwin) Warwick had three children: Constance Estella, Robert Lee and Wilbur (Wilbur died at 1 year of age. in Alva, M county, Oklahoma Territory).

My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, married my grandfather, William Jacob McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma, in March, 1910. Their two sons were: Gene M. McGill & Robert Lee McGill. My father, Gene M. McGill, married Vada Paris and had four daughters: Connie, Dorthy, Linda & Amber. I am the third daughter of that union. My great grandparents, JR & Sigga Warwick, grandmother Constance Warwick McGill (in the middle, front), my father as a young boy sitting down front next to Sigga Warwick (on right) and my Uncle Bob McGill semi-hidden behind Gene are pictured in photo on the left.

Grandmother Constance is the lady in white and white hat of some sort on the front steps (in middle) of the Mountain Grove, Virginia homestead.
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Once Upon A Warwick

Vol 10, Iss 17 Once upon a time very long ago, William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 in Augusta County, Virginia to Robert Craig & Esther (Hull) Warwick. [See WARWICK Genealogy.]

Sometime in William Fechtig Warwick's early thirties, he meet and married a young girl from the Pray (Prey) family, Phoebe Anthea Pray. Phoebe was born 3 May 1833 and died 1 May 1905.

To the union of William F. & Phoebe Anthea Warwick eleven children were born: Amelia E., born 16 July 1853; Paul McNeel, born 1856; John Robert, born 9 April 1857, Frost (Dunmore), Pocahontas County, WV; Charles Fechtig, born 31 August 1865; Amanda Gabrielle "Gabie", born 1871, marr. John Landis; James, Louisa Catherine; Nelson Pray; Peter "Pete" Hull, born 1862, in Virginia; Sallie.

From the third offspring born, John Robert Warwick, begins our journey from the Virginia countryside to Oklahoma Territory. BUT... First, the 25-year-old John Robert from Pocahontas County, WV, meets and marries a 22 year old girl from Vanderpool, VA. Signora Belle "Sigga" Gwin and John Robert Warwick were married 16 January 1882 in Harpers Ferry, WV. [See John R. Warwick's Obit]

Around nine (9) months later in Monterey, Virginia, John and Signora Belle's oldest child, Constance Estella Warwick, came into the world, 20 October 1882. About five years later a second offspring, Robert Lee, made his debute 5 November 1887, in Monterey, VA.

Sometime between the second child (1887) and the third child (1895), in 1893, John & Signora Warwick made their trek westward towards Kansas with a ten (10) year old daughter and a five (5) year old son. They settled around the Coldwater, Kansas area where John Robert Warwick was a teacher for a brief time before they settled permanently in the Cherokee Strip Outlet, known as Oklahoma Territory.

Eight years after their second child, a third child (Wilbur "William" Warwick) was born 13 October 1895, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory. John Robert "JR" & Signora "Sigga" Belle's third offspring, Wilbur, died in infancy, 26 May 1896 and is buried in the Alva Cemetery, Block 08-028-08, Woods County, Oklahoma. Wilbur's lonely little grave is located on the South & West side of the cemetery while his parents and siblings are buried on the South & East side of the Alva cemetery.

Of John & Signora's remaining two childern, Constance Estella Warwick, continued the Gwin/Warwick lineage when Constance, age 28, married William Jacob (John) "Bill" McGill, age 30, 23 March 1910, Woods County, Oklahoma.

After four years of marriage, William & Contance's oldest son, Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, OK. Two years later a second son, Robert Lee McGill, was born 23 August 1916, in Alva, OK.

The marriage of William J. McGill & Constance E. Warwick lasted 30 years when they divorced and went their separate ways in 1940. Constance never remarried, but W. J. "Bill" McGill married his second wife Blanche Rankin Miller in 1945.

Bill McGill died at the age of 79 years, 7 August 1959, Alva, OK. Constance Estella Warwick McGill died 19 August 1968, two months short of her 86 birthday, in Alva, OK.

The youngest son of Bill & Constance McGill, Robert Lee McGill, was married twice, but no offsprings were born of either marriage. After serving in WWII, Robert L. McGill died of lung cancer, 21 February 1954, at the age of 37 years, in Alva, OK, while he was married to his second wife, Dr. Mariam Felicia Monfort (marr. 21 June 1950 'til Bob's death Feb. 21, 1954). Bob and is first wife, Helen Louise Soper (marr. 1 June 1944), were divorced 22 June 1948.

That brings us to the four daughters of Gene M. McGill & Vada Eileen Paris. I was the third daughter of four. My name is Linda Kay McGill Wagner (a.k. a. NW Okie). That is me on the left with Dorthy in the middle and baby Amber on the right.
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Ghostly Spirits of Alva's Old Hospital

Vol 9, Iss 42 With Halloween just a few weeks, days away, we thought we would throw in some mention of possible ghostly spirits that may, may not roam the halls of the Old Alva General Hospital.

One of Alva's most famous ghostly, haunts of ghostly spirits is the Old Alva General Hospital that sets at the top of Fourteenth & Maple Street, looking East down Maple Street. Actually, it is about three blocks up the hill from my house.

Is it haunted? The old hospital, that is? How did the red spot get on the old hospital's hall black & white tiled floor? How come it keeps coming back after they clean it? What is the story of how it got there?

I don't have those answers, BUT... I do know that the old Alva hospital was built in 1932, Alva, Oklahoma. It was used as a hospital until.... I'm not sure exactly what year they built the new hospital in the South part of town, South of the University Campus.

I've never experienced any ghosts up at the old hospital, but I hear others have felt the cold, leery stares of the ghosts from the past.

I remember when I was just a young girl, say about 5 or 6 years old, and had my tonsils out. At least I think it was around that age. That's been over 50 years ago. What I do remember those infamous backless gowns that loosely tie in the back at the neck and somewhere else down the back. Instead of rolling down the hall to the surgery room on a rolling bed cart, Dr. Travis gave me a piggy back ride on his back. Of course, you probably all expected that this five year-olds tiny bare backside was showing, mooning all those we passed in the hospital hall on the way to the surgery room! BUT... being only five years old, what did I know of being embarrassed! I was just thrilled with the piggy back ride. What a treat for a five-year-old!

I another memory I have about the old hospital was around February, 1954, when my Uncle Bob McGill was in the hospital and Dad took all of us up to visit Uncle Bob in this small, dark room. That was the last time I saw my Uncle Bob McGill alive. He died shortly afterwards of lung cancer. I never really got to know my Uncle Bob, but from reading some of his old letters to family members and his WWII memorabilia that Grandma Constance McGill saved, I got a special glimpse of this good looking gentleman, WWII Major and soldier.

Another old hospital memory I have takes us back to August, 1968, when my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill died.

All these memories of visiting the old hospital to visit dying relatives seems kind of morbid, doesn't it? Are they some of those spirits souls that haunt the old hospital? Do you have any memories or heard any ghostly talk about the "Old Alva Hospital?"
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Memories of Flying Farmers & Gene McGill

Vol 9, Iss 26 We recently received a letter from Jack Kelsey this week, which included a copy of his family story he wrote for the Waynoka history book that the Waynoka Historical Society is helping organize and compile. That story is below in the Mailbag section. BUT... here are some memories Jack Kelsey shared with me concerning the Flying Farmers & Gene McGill.

Jack wrote, "We have very fond memories of the flying farmer organization. Your Dad was not only a member, but also one of the founders of the organization here in Oklahoma."

Jack Kelsey goes on to state that it was not long after Oklahoma was organized that it spread to other states and eventually became the National Flying Farmers organization.

Jack also says, "Your dad was one of the older flyers in Woods county (Oklahoma). I have very fond memories of Gene McGill. I flew to Nebraska with him once -- he was looking to purchase land. We stayed overnight in some town there and the next morning we found out that a tornado had almost wiped our the city of Woodward, Oklahoma. We were worried about our own family and homes, so we got into his Cessna 140 and flew directly to Woodward and observed the destruction there."

Jack also mentions in his letter, "As to your mention of Waynoka's railroad, Waynoka was no longer a division point, but they did have about 70 trains traveling through Waynoka everyday. Many of them have from two to four engines pulling about 100 or more cars. I agree it was great days for Waynoka when the division point was here."

Jack finishes by mentioning, "On weekends, thousands of people come from all over the U.S. to enjoy the sand dunes with their dune buggies and four-wheelers. I think Waynoka should be named the Dune Buggy Capitol of the World."
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McGill University of Montreal

Vol 9, Iss 21 I have always wondered about the McGill University up in Montreal, Canada. Wondering if the wealthy Scottish, fur trader/merchant from the Glasglow area, James McGill, who founded the university was any relation to my McGill's.

If you go online to About McGill University. you might find this little tidbit about McGill University: "The oldest university in Montreal, McGill was founded in 1821 from a generous bequest by James McGill, a prominent Scottish merchant. Since that time, McGill has grown from a small college to a bustling university with two campuses, 11 faculties, some 300 programs of study, and more than 32,000 students. The University partners with four affiliated teaching hospitals to graduate over 1,000 health care professionals each year...."

If you want to learn more of the history of McGill University, you can click the McGill History link which starts out with this note: "Burnside, the 46-acre estate of James McGill, which became the home for McGill College. Resting at the foot of Mont Royal. McGill University owes its origins to the vision and philanthropy of James McGill, a wealthy fur trader and merchant who left $10,000 and a 46-acre estate towards the establishment of a college or a university bearing his name. Founded in 1821, "McGill College" began holding classes in 1829 in the merchant's former country house. Four years later, the College awarded a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery to its first graduate, William Leslie Logie. Construction on the Arts Building began in 1839, as the college had quickly outgrown the country house. This iconic structure still anchors the downtown campus today....."

Who was James McGill? If you head over to James McGill link, you will find a tad bit more about the man, James McGill: "James McGill, the man whose vision would lead to the creation of the University that bears his name, was born in Glasgow in 1744, the eldest son of a Scottish ironsmith. Sometime before 1766, McGill immigrated to North America and entered the rough and tumble world of the fur trade. He spent much of the following nine years in almost constant danger, navigating the rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes frontier, over-wintering in unmapped wilderness and living off the land. By 1775, McGill had established himself as a successful merchant, trading in furs, ammunition and general goods and eventually became one of the wealthiest men in Montreal....."

I still haven't found any connection to my McGill's, but we did have a few "James" and a lot of "William" McGill's in our lineage. So... I guess I will kept searching to see if in anyway this James McGill of Montreal, Canada fits into our McGill lineage.
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Looking Back At 2005...

Vol 7, Iss 52 January 2005 -- Tsunamis in Thailand -- ice storms in Oklahoma -- Christmas snow in Galveston TX -- snow storms in Colorado! snow started to fall Friday evening (7th of January)

Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School... Catch up on the Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School that was located about 7-miles East of Alva, southside of the highway, in the mid-1930's. Leo and Roscoe Horner's airport (on the Strickland homestead) which celebrated the airports 3rd. birthday. It was started January 2, 1938 by Leo (Strickland) and Roscoe (Horner) with 2 brand new 40 Horsepower Piper Cubs.

By Mid-January There were reports that the approximate total snowfall accumulated over the first couple of weeks of January was 67-inches up at Vallecito, Colorado. The newspapers reported that they had to close Wolf Creek Pass SW (Colorado) due to 10-feet of snowfall.

One of our readers sent us some items that appeared in Renfrews Record, dateline - Dec. 12, 1913, Alva, Oklahoma. 2 stories written by I. T. Strickland which were published in one or more of the early day newspapers of Alva. Dateline is Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, Friday December 12, 1913. The contents are about hunting and Indian encounters on the trip's. Also copied were several other articles in the paper on the front page. These are news items of Alva. One concerns a hearing in court of a man named Charlie Bower being held for murder in Cherokee (Oklahoma). He was being charged with murdering a man named Jay French near Ashley on the night of November.

Towards the last of January, 2005 we were searching for whatever happened to Kenneth Root. Here's the rest of the story: Kenneth Root (17 years of age in 1941). Kenneth shot a Donald Benson (22 or 23 years of age in 1941). I am assuming that this Benson worked at the Alva Flour Mill and had a sister that Kenneth was dating back then. There was this dinner at the Rose Hill School that Kenneth and Benson were at when the shooting occured. Kenneth Root was arrested by Sheriff Ken Greer and charges were filed against Root by County Attorney Bill Gruber. The presiding judge was JJ Gaiser and the defense attorney was CH Mauntel. We are told that after the trial Kenneth went free.

Ernest Martin's Fathers Legacy website and paintings touched, left impact on others... "Thank you. It has been a wonderful journey through your life and paintings. I started on the internet to find a picture of a dirt road to go in my church bulletin with the writing 'Dirt Roads' and with God's help, I found your site. Your work is wonderful and your writing made me homesick for my home town of Tarboro, North Carolina and I wanted to see my Grandmother even though she has passed away (15 yrs ago). I wish you had sketches or paintings to go with your writings. I can picture my growing up places with your words and I just want to go home! Your painting of the 'Farm' is the type of place that I would love for my 7-year-old grandson to grow up. Thank you for touching my heart and soul today. Your work has meant a lot to me."

February 2005 - Ashley Baseball Team... Beginning of February we were asking,"Whether it be derogatory or the term 'Okie' carried proudly amongst though of us who want to share, preserve our memories of this great Okie heritage that has been passed down from one generation to another."

We were searching for information on a fire in Woods County, perhaps in Cedar Twp, about 1918. Three children were believed killed in that fire (maybe others). The known names are: Melvin, Alice and Galen OSBURN. Have seen the surname as OSBORN, also. These children, along with their father George (spelled Gorge on his headstone) Harvey OSBURN, siblings Dollie, Oscar and Dazie are buried in White Horse Cemetery.

Dacoma, OK was losing a business icon with the closing of Dacoma's Cowboy Grill, in the rural community of Dacoma (Dakoma), Oklahoma. Billy and Floy Whittet are finally retiring and closing down the Cowboy Grill after 80 some years in their lives.

Dacoma (Dakoma) & Jot-em-Down Store� "Murrow's Jot-em-Down Store, Dacoma, Oklahoma "I received three photos of the old Jot-em-down Store (the original Murrow's Grocery in Dacoma, Oklahoma) from Patti Kilbourne. She 'retrieved' them with her digital camera from an album of photos owned by Billy and Floy Whittet in Dacoma - who are in the process of closing down the Whittet's Store & Cowboy Grill.

The majority of OkieLegacy readers were proud to be called "Okie"

We learned about history of the Faulkner's was taken from the "Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County", pgs 213-215, as told by Greta Faith and Opal French. Charles Fredrick Faulkner was born 7 Aug. 1864, Springville, Virginia; died 5 Apr. 1910, Alva, Oklahoma. Mattie A. Greear was born 7 July 1869, Grant, Virginia; died 23 Oct. 1944, Alva, Oklahoma. Charles and Mattie married at the GREEAR home, 18 July 1888, Grant, Virginia. Charles was a farmer and blacksmith for 5 years in Virginia. About 1893 they loaded their family of six children, father and mother into a wagon & team -- headed westward for greater opportunities and adventures. They sold their Virginia home and headed west to Taneyville, Missouri (first stop on their westward adventure).

We learned Hugh T. Donnan that had a photography studio in the Alva, Oklahoma and Kiowa, Kansas area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We also know that Hugh Donnan married Lilla Wilhite, April 18,1899, in the home of Fanny and Frank Hatfield in Alva, Oklahoma.

We were remembering the Air Tour, June 1, 1946, in Waynoka, Oklahoma? AND... Remember the Green Cars of NYC? The Green Cars Tours started from Hotel Bartholdi, Broadway & Twenty-third Street in NYC."

March 2005 -- The OkieLegacy was reborne and merged into its interactive database with the help of our son, Michael. Enabling readers, viewers to leave comments after each feature.

This was also the year that We heard from a lady in California whose family has had two framed Sketches of John Jacob WARWICK and Mary Jane VANCE WARWICK that her husband's father had picked up at an auction. It has been hanging on their wall for 40 years or so and they are looking for some WARWICK family to sell it to.

We also learned about the Man who invented the 'Okie' term dies in California -- Named an 'honorary Okie' in 1968 - By S.E. Ruckman, Staff Writer - Posted October 27, 1997 TEMPLETON, Calif. -- Newspaper publisher Ben Reddick, credited with coining the term 'Okies' when he was a freelance writer during the Depression, died Thursday. He was 82." - SEE Ardmoreite News dated 10/27/97: The Daily Ardmoreite - dated 10/27/1997 - Headlines -- Named an 'honorary Okie' in 1968.

Alva, Oklahoma had another NEW mural in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, in downtown Alva. It depicts the Hot Rod Days of Alva, Oklahoma. behind that building is about where McGill Bros. Swimming pool once resided. We believe now it has been filled in and no longer exist.

1938-39 Lookout (Oklahoma) Sunday School Students were identified. Thanks to Rod... we have identified all the Sunday School Students in the old Lookout, Oklahoma photo. They are: 1 - Frank Neukirch; 2. Mathesia (Knabe) Myers; 3. Mrs. Roy Carlson; 4. Kenneth Bliss; 5. Marjorie Bliss; 6 - Alfred Beagley; 7 - Earl Hackney; 8 - Ray Neukirch (brother of Frank); 9. Mary Ellen Hackney; 10. DeWayne Hodgson; 11. Beagley; 12 - Joy Neukirch (cousin of Frank and Ray); 13 - Colleen Hackney (sister of Earl); 14 - Shirley Neukirch (Joy's sister, also cousin of Colleen Hackney Nixon). Scroll down to the Mailbag Corner to click on the photo.

We saw where 2 years ago (2003) at this time that our OkieLegacy visitor counter clocked a total of 200,000 visitors. We believe our counter for December 2004 clocked in with 325,000+. As for December, 2005, we took a look at our OkieLegacy counter to find it over the 400,000 mark (436,697).

We were wondering if... this Alpha Updegraff of the Freedom and NW Oklahoma is the same "Al Updegraff" who was injured in a Bat Masterson's last shootout, April 17, 1881, Dodge City, Kansas?

April 2005 -- March went out like a "lion." Bellowing it's last few breathes of Winter Wednesday and Thursday with April on the horizon -- making it's debut on a sunny, calm Friday morning here in the valley of SW Colorado.

We learned that in 1937 (two years after the burning of the Castle on the Hill) that the small, rural community in Northwest Oklahoma gathered, organized for the Dedication of Jesse Dunn Hall that replaced the old Castle on the Hill, at Northwestern State Teachers' College, in Alva, Oklahoma. That was not the only building they were dedicating on Northwestern's campus. Across campus to the west was Horace Mann Hall. two-day dedication, Thursday, March 11 & Friday, March 12, 1937. Even the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, made an appearance on this special dedication ceremony, 12 March 1937.

We traveled back to 1947 to take a gander at Alva's Senior Class of '47. According to The Alva Review-Courier, dated Wednesday, May 21, 1947, the frontpage headlines of the Annual Graduate Edition 1947.

Jim filled us in about the present high school (14th & Flynn Avenue) that sits on the land once occupied by the Alva Golf and Country Club. The Country Club purchased the land north of Alva for the new course sometime in the mid 1950's. The northeast corner of the old course was the corner of 13th and Flynn. The old course was sold to the Alva School District and the new building was ready for classes in the fall of 1956 (Jim said he was in the first class that graduated from that building in the Spring of 1957). Jim couldn't remember how far south the course ran, but thinks it must have been fairly close to the old hospital. The old country club building was used as the high school industrial arts building for several years.

May 2005 -- We shared some of our Uncle Bob McGill's "Old Kemper Military School Pics" that were among Uncle Bob's treasure chest AND... Kemper military days in Booneville, Missouri back in the years 1936 thru 1938.

We passed the 60th Anniversary of VE-Day (May 8, 1945) in May, 2005.

1947 - Wrecks Kill Two Collegians... Taken from The Alva Review-Courier, dated 21 May 1947 - Oklahoma City, May (UP) -- "Two college students returning home for the weekend were killed in automobile accidents last night and early today to raise Oklahoma's May traffic total above the month's record last year. ack Lyon, 20, Wichita, was killed last night when a car driven by Gilbert Valdes, 21, also of Wichita, left U.S. Highway 77 north of Perry in a driving rain and overturned. Sheriff Merl Harmon, who investigated the accident, said both men were war veterans and students at Oklahoma A. and M. college. Valdes was not injured in the accident. Albert Jackson Harris, whose wife was a local newspaper reporter until recently, was found dead in the wreckage of his automobile at 5 a.m. today. The machine had crashed into a bridge abutment on a county road norhteast of here.

Around the last week or so, we were also transcribing an old July, 1937, Alva Review Courier newspaper.

We were searching for information on a fire in Woods County, perhaps in Cedar Twp, about 1918. Three children were believed killed in that fire (maybe others). The known names are: Melvin, Alice and Galen OSBURN. Have seen the surname as OSBORN, also. These children, along with their father George (spelled Gorge on his headstone) Harvey OSBURN, siblings Dollie, Oscar and Dazie are buried in White Horse Cemetery.

Dacoma, OK was losing a business icon with the closing of Dacoma's Cowboy Grill, in the rural community of Dacoma (Dakoma), Oklahoma. Billy and Floy Whittet are finally retiring and closing down the Cowboy Grill after 80 some years in their lives.

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1947 Flying Farmers Convention In Stillwater, OK

Vol 10, Iss 25 Headlines: "Flying Farmers Still Looking For Plane To Do Chores Right."

The caption under photo: "Farming may not have been like this when grandpop was a boy but even the grandfathers now are joining the trend to aerial farming. Starr Nelson, 81, Delta, Colo., (upper left) was among the 600 arrivals at Stillwater Thursday for the National Flying Farmers convention. Nelson, with 700 hours in the air, hopped over from Colorado.

[caption continued:] Upper right, Miss Glenna Eiland, Amarillo, Texas, a flying farmerette, finds those are real whiskers sported by Gene McGill, Alva, first national president of the organization. McGill claims they are his trademark. Below, Flying Farmers get a practical demonstration of crop dusting.

Stillwater, Aug. 7 (1947) -- An airplane is a handy gadget to have around the farm, but manufacturer still haven't turned out the plane that meets all the farmer's needs.

This seemed to be the general opinion of farmers and ranchers from throughout the country who arrived here Thursday for the national convention of the Flying Farmers association.

Mrs. Tod Davis, Minco, a commercial pilot and re-elected secretary-treasurer of the Oklahoma Flying Farmers, put the whole problem in a nutshell.

"We need an airplane that you can go places in a hurry, that you can haul a heavy load of equipment in, that has lots of visibility and can land and get out of small fields and that doesn't cost too much."

More than 600 delegates and visitors representing 34 states and three foreign countries registered for the three-day convention which opened here Thursday. They arrived at North airport in more than 350 planes of all types and descriptions.

R. L. "Kid" Gibson, who at 77 years is the second oldest active pilot in the organization, flew here in his small two-place plane from is 640-acre ranch at Tahoka, Texas.

"A plane comes in awfully handy in locating lost stock, spotting water holes, hunting coyotes, hauling equipment and all that but I want one they haven't put out yet," he said. Gibson learned to fly when he was 74 years old.

All of the light plane manufacturers had their latest models on display at the airport here, hoping they had produced a plane that the farmers, who Contitute the largest market for personal planes, would buy.

Luscombe Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, unveiled its new four-place plane here Thursday afternoon. The ship, which they hope will find favor with the Flying Farmers, is designed for "round the clock" visibility, and for handling 600 pounds of cargo by removing the seats.

Cessna Aircraft Corp., Wichita, Kans., displayed its new model 195.

Harry E. Bollar, Tulsa, was in charge of the flight showing how planes can be used for crop protection, held for the benefit of delegates attending a crop protection conference at Oklahoma A&M college.

Cedric Foster, radio news commentator, spoke at the opening banquet of the convention Thursday night at Willard hall on the college campus.

Friday's convention activities include an inspection of several large Oklahoma ranches. The convention delegates will be guests at a barbecue luncheon Friday at the Turner ranch in Hereford Heaven. They will return here for a banquet Friday night.

New officers of the Oklahoma Flying Farmers association, which held its business session Thursday morning, are: L. A. Decker, Lahoma, president; Oscar Megert, Colony, vice-president; Mrs. Tod Davis, Minco, Secretary-treasurer; and Ramon Martin, Oklahoma City, executive secretary. -- Aug. 8, 1947, The Oklahoman, page 1
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Flying Farmer '57 Article

Vol 9, Iss 24 This 1957 article was written by J. B. Kelsey in 1957 by request of his youngest son, Jack Kelsey, for the monthly Flying Farmers magazine. it was originally passed along to the Waynoka Historical Society. AND... now The OkieLegacy via of J. B. Kelsey's grandson, Barry Kelsey, has received a scanned copy to share with you all. Page #2, Page #3 and Page #4.

"Jack asked me to write an article for this month's newsletter. I asked him what he wanted me to write about and he said, 'everything I want to write about, but would like me to say something about flying.' Well before I start, I would like to say 'hello' to my old flying farmer friends. When I was one of the Oklahoma Flying Farmers Directors -- back in the forties -- but before I say anything about flying, I am going to say something about transportation in my lifetime.

I first came to Oklahoma with my parents when I was two years old -- in the spring of 1894. We came to my father's homestead from Greensburg, Kansas in a covered wagon. We had three small horses, one cow, sod plow, a keg of water and a grub box -- my father and mother and four small kids. I was the third in the family -- two sisters older than myself and sister just a baby. My father was in the run of the opening of the Cherokee Strip -- staked his homestead and filed on it and lived there the remainder of his life. We still own the old homestead and is one farm in Woods county that never had a mortgage on it.

Yes, our transportation was a high wheel wagon with a spring seat and two broom-tailed bronks hooked to it. When the family went anyplace, mother and dad rode on the spring seat and us kids would ride on the floor in the back. We would throw a little hay on the floor and used an old buffalo robe spread over the hay for us kids to sit or lay down on. there were no automobiles or airplanes then. Could not use automobiles if we had them. There were no highways then, just trails across the country. Our transportation was horseback and high wheel lumber wagon. You will wonder how we made a living. Well, we always had plenty to eat. It did not take much money then. Every body planted a garden and a little corn. Broomcorn was our money crop. We did not know nothing about canning those days. The only thing I can remember my mother canning was sand hill plums and grapes. We would dry out corn and make hominy. We had all the meat that we wanted. There was plenty of wild game such as quail, prairie chicken, deer and rabbits. We raised our own beef and pork and had plenty of milk, but about the only way my father could get a little money were to haul cedar posts out of the hills west of the Cimarron River. Three or more homesteaders would go together with a wagon each and camp in the canyons until they got a load of posts out and loaded. It was hard work. The big drudgery was to ford the river with a load of posts, and then after they got home with their posts, they had to haul them up in Kansas and sell them to the farmers and ranchers for 9 to 10 cents each and would haul 100 to 150 posts to a load. If they got $10 or $12 dollars for a load, they were doing good. It would take about that many days to cut the posts and haul them to Kansas and get them sold.

My father did not sell many posts; he had a small business of his own. He had a little broom factory after he got to raising his own broomcorn. He always saved a few bails to make up in brooms in the winter months. There were a little grocery store in Waynoka and he would trade brooms for groceries and clothes. When he got a wagonload made up; he would load them up, put the bowes and wagon sheet over the wagon and start out making the little inland towns between Waynoka and Guthrie. When he got back, he would have some money and plenty of groceries and clothes for us kids. Yes, our transportation was the team and wagon and sure everybody had a saddle pony. If not, they would walk us kids -- walked to the school two miles and did not think nothing of it. My mother did not think nothing about walking one-half to one mile and half to a neighbor to borrow a little flour or something else to run us till father got to town to get supplies. When she walked and followed a path, she always carried a long stick or a garden hose to kill rattle snakes and they were a plenty of them there.

Well, this kind of living went on for years, as times progressed, so did the people. After so many years when us kids got where we could be a little help, my father would break more land and plant more broomcorn and finally he got a new spring wagon that was a light wagon with springs under the bed and had two seats we could all ride in style then. A young man's ambition was to own his own saddle and pony, then after he got a year or two older, he wanted a buggy all his own and when he got it by working for some rancher or farmer for a year or more, he would break his saddle pony to drive single and get him a girl. Pearl, my wife and I, did all our courting with horse and buggy. Then along came the automobile and the airplane. The first automobile I ever owned was a 1913 Model T Ford and of course -- it was the best Model T in the country. Everybody's Model T was the best and fastest. The first airplane I every saw was one that the Wright Brothers made -- it was back in 1909 or 1910. a neighbor boy and I put a tongue in my buggy and made a team out of his and my ponies and drove about 35 or 40 miles to Carmen, Oklahoma. One day to go and one day there and one day to come back home. They had some kind of big blowout, but the big attraction was the airplane that was flown in. He lit out in a pasture north of Carmen and what a crowd. People came in from every place to see this plane fly. Most people would not believe it till they saw it. When he got ready to fly it, he ask some of us boys and men to hang on to it till he got his engine warmed up and his prop enough speed to take off. When he got his engine started -- how our hats did fly. He finally motioned for us to let go and the way he went -- three or four hundred yards down across the pasture and finally set it back on the ground and I said right then, if I ever get a chance to ride in one of those blooming things, I was going to do so.

Well in 1912, Pearl and I was married and I had a lot of things to think about instead of flying, but I never got it out of my system. Every time I would hear of a airplane in the country any place, I would try and be there. The first lady flyer that I ever saw was in Wichita, Kansas. They were having a big wheat show in Wichita and it lasted for several days. I heard that Ruth Law, the great lady flyer -- in fact I think the only woman flyer at that time -- was going to do some flying and sky writing. So, I said to pearl, 'you and I are going to Wichita to the big wheat show.' Of course, what I really was thinking about was to a woman fly an airplane and at night. Well, we went and we went out to the Park where she was going to take off at that time. Wo when it got dark, Miss Law took for the sky after she got some altitude she went to writing her name in the sky RUTH LAW. she done a real good job. that was sure something then when she started to land she got lost and could not find the place to land, so she flew around awhile and finally set it down in the river without injury to her or her plane. Her plane sure was a crude looking thing. She sat out in front and the prop was in the back.

Well, as time went on -- airplanes got more common. More people learned to fly, so finally one day there were a small plane came to Waynoka. Some fellow had learned to fly it. He was out barnstorming trying to make money to pay for it. He set it down in a small pasture east of town and of course every body went out there, even some of the stores closed up to go and see the airplane. He was taking rides and charged $10 per person. Well, he was not doing so good. $10.00 was a lot of money those days and most people was afraid to ride in a airplane. So here was my chance at last. I asked the pilot if he wold let me take my 4-year0old son with me for $10.00 and he said he sure would. My little boy was at home taking his afternoon nap. I call his mother on phone and told her to get him ready he was going to take a airplane ride I knew he would like it because he watched every plane he ever seen just as long as they were in sight. Well, the ride was sure something. Everything I expected and more too. Roscoe, my small boy, liked it just as well as I did and he can tell about his first ride yet just as well as I can.

So, time went on they built better, faster and safer airplanes. One of my neighbor's boys went to Wichita to learn to be an automobile mechanic and while he was there, he learned to fly an airplane and he traded his car and some money for an old Jennie open cockpit and water cooled. When he would come home, he would land in his father's pasture. All I had to do to get a ride was to furnish the gas and him and I sure would have a lot of fun flying. I sure like it, buy my wife thought I was spending too much time flying with Ira Fox. He finally got rid of his plane and it sure did please Pearl.

Well finally the big thing happened! Charles Lindburgh flew in and made location for a big TAT Airport -- one large enough to land the big thru motored passenger planes on. The location was just across the road from my home place. What a time! My brother and my wife's brother owned the land -- 320 acres and they sold it for double what they gave for it. Things sure did pick up around Waynoka. They built three blacktop runways and a big hanger 150' x 205' -- office building, water system, boundary lights clear around the field and about every contraption that could be used around an airport. Finally, they got it completed. This was back in 1929 and the big planes started to come in from the East. This before they done much night flying. The passengers would come in from the West on the Santa Fe train. They had an airplane depot at Waynoka and big busses to haul the passengers from the train to the Airport ad from the Airport to town to take the train. They would travel at night by train and day by plane. Roscoe and Roland, my two oldest boys spent most of their time when they was not busy at the airport and watching the big planes take off and come in. They run three out in the morning and three in the evening.

This went on for a year or two, then they got to flying at night instead of the planes stopping at Clovis, New Mexico, they just came on through and would pass Waynoka up. Stopped at Wichita to take passengers on and off. Waynoka Airport was a dead duck, just used it for an emergency landing field. Finally, they sold the land and moved the big hangar and other buildings off. By this time, Jack and my two oldest boys, Roscoe and Roland, were like their Dad -- quite air minded. Roscoe and Jack went to Woodward and learned to fly. They never told their mother anything about it until they had soloed. So, one day here they came flying over our house each of them in a J-3 Cub, so I knew I had to do something about a strip for them to land on. I knew I had a good place down in the pasture just across the road where the old airport was, so I went to work and made a strip for them to land on.

Well, Jack went tot he Army and was gone for over two years, but Roscoe and Roland went ahead with our little airport. We made three runways and built a hangar. Gene McGill had a small plane and did a lot of flying, so we got an Instructor and started a school and about every kid in the country wanted to learn to fly. We had about all one instructor wanted to do. Some of them got their own planes, but not many of them could afford one. We finally got a little Aeronca Champion and how we did use it. It was in the air most all of the time when the weather would permit. Jack finally got back from the Army and he took over. Him and I bought us an Aeronca Champion and how we did use it for about every thing that you can use a plane for. I don't think there was hardly a town in a radius of 100 miles that I did not know it from the air.

I was a member of Oklahoma Flying Farmers and attended all of the meetings. I was elected to the Board o Directors and when the question came up how long a member was to serve on the board, they were writing up a new set of by-laws. I suggested that we should stagger the Directors and elect one each year. We had directors then, so we decided to do that. so We put 5 numbers in a hat and, of course, I had to draw the -year term. Well, I served 4 years and resigned my last year, then was when Jack got into the game. he was put on the Board. I think he served three or four years, then was elected President in 1956 and was elected back in 1957. He is still serving as you all know. I was very proud of him and I think he made a good president. I understand his time will be up when you have your next State Convention this year. I think two years is long enough for anyone to serve as State President.

The old Transcontinental Air Transportation Airline that colonel Charles Lindburgh routed and mapped was taken over by the T.W.A. and today the TWA Airlines is one of the largest in the world. When they were stopping at Waynoka, we got to see a good many noted people and a lot of movie stars. Meeting charles Lindburgh and his wife, Ann, and visits with them at the airport. Also, I talked to Will Rogers. He came in several times and always liked to ask questions.

I think I have already wrote too much for an article in the newsletter and I am guessing that Jack will never ask me to write something again. They say in two or 4 years, we will have Space Ships that will be taking us to the moon. Maybe we will have our National Convention on the moon sometime -- who knows. -- written by J. B. Kelsey in 1957"
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Another Set of McGill Bros.

Vol 8, Iss 41 It is a small world, isn't it. Heard from another Bob McGill that signed our "OkieLegacy Guestbook." Also, his name is Robert Lee McGill of central coast California whom also has an older brother named Merle Eugene "Gene" McGill of Union, Arkansas.

It amazes us every time we hear from others concerning a possible family connection. Yep! This week we heard that our northwest Oklahoma McGill clan are not the only ones out there. There is another set of McGill Brothers with the same names as our McGill brothers, Gene & Bob.

What is so amazing about this is... their names are identical to our McGill brothers of northwest Oklahoma (Merle Eugene & Robert Lee McGill). Although, our NW Oklahoma McGill brothers have been deceased since 1954 & 1986, these NEW McGill brothers of Edwards County, Kansas are still living in California & Arkansas.

Unlike the Edwards County, Kansas McGill Clan migrating from New York State in the early 1800's to Lewis, Kansas and then to central coast of California and Union, Arkansas ... Our McGill clan migrated from Soddy, Tennessee to McPherson, Kansas before settling in northwest Oklahoma Territory around 1893. We wonder if this could be another McGill family connection with these new Edwards County, Kansas McGills.

Yep! It looks like Lewis, KS is straight North of Alva, OK. (Yahoo Map Link - Lewis, KS & Alva, OK) It is a small world out there, isn't it?! How often do you suppose that happens? Has this ever happened to you?
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1960 July 10, Presidential Politics

Vol 10, Iss 28 Forty-eight years ago a Democrat family of six from Northwest Oklahoma piled into their father's Cessna airplane and flew out west across the rockies, grand canyon and other spots in between Alva, Oklahoma and Los Angeles, California for the 1960 Democrat National convention. This NW Okie was twelve years of age at the time and oblivious to the political scene of that time.

Anyway... according to The Oklahoman, dated 1960 July 10, front page, written by Allan Cromley (Oklahoman-Times Washington Bureau), Governor (Edmondson) Gets In New Uproar.

It was the time of the Democratic National convention in Los Angeles, California with Lyndon Baines Johnson and John F. Kennedy as Democrats campaigning for President.

Members of the Oklahoma delegation were arriving in Los Angeles on a Saturday and were greeted by headlines quoting Gov. Edmondson as saying the Sooners had "quit" Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson for president.

My Dad, Gene McGill, who was state chairman, took one look at the headlines and issued an "angry denial."

The article goes on to state, "Edmondson said at a news conference there are at least 10 votes 20 delegates for Sen John F. Kennedy in the Oklahoma delegation. He said the Massachusetts senator would make the strongest Democratic candidate in Oklahoma.

A Los Angeles newspaper interpreted Edmondson's statement as a "crack in Johnson's delegate strength.

Jim Rinehart, El Reno, was so angry he promised to move at an Oklahoma caucus Sunday to withdraw Edmondson's half-vote in the delegation.

Smith Hester, chairman of the state convention, said Kennedy couldn't get five votes in theh Oklahoma delegation.

Edmondson pledged all-out support for Kennedy and spent much of the day with Robert Kennedy, the senator's brother and campaign manager.

They were meeting with Gov. Grant Sawyer of Nevada in the Alexandria Hotel at the moment the Massachusetts senator made a triumphal arrival.

Edmondson said he had become an active worker in the Kennedy campaign.

McGill said, "I wish to deny categorically published reports the Oklahoma delegation will "quit Lyndon Johnson."

McGill goes on to say, "Gov. Edmondson has one-half vote in the Oklahoma delegation. I doubt if he can control a single vote except his own. He definitely will not be a major influence in the Oklahoma delegation. Everyone in Oklahoma knows this to be true, and it will become very evident here when the voting starts."

The first ballots were to be taken that coming Wednesday. McGill said he would be "greatly surprised" if there are five full delegate votes (10 delegates) favoring Kennedy.

McGill goes on to say that Kennedy's strength in the Oklahoma delegation was a must question because of the unit rule under which the state convention instructed the entire 58 member delegation (29 votes) to support Johnson.

In another article written by Otis Sullivant, Daily Oklahoman Political writer, dated 1960 July 10, the headlines read: State's 29 Votes Wait for Lyndon.

Los Angeles -- "Anxiously watching developments, the Oklahoma delegation to the Democratic National convention is ready to make its formal declaration for Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas for the nomination for president at the first caucus here Sunday afternoon.

"The early arrivals scouted reports from all camps and hoped for a Johnson build-up to keep the bandwagon of Sen. John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts from rolling to a first or second ballot nomination.

"If the Kennedy forces can be stopped, then the Oklahomans expect Sen. Johnson to climb further, and the Oklahoma crowd will be in on the win.

"If Kennedy smashes through to victory, it will be a glum Oklahoma delegation for the most part. However, Gov. Edmondson and a few others on the delegation will be wildly jubilant.

Kennedy is so close to the 761 votes needed for a majority that the Oklahoma backers of Johnson were on edge as they mingled with the delegates from 49 other states.

"The caucus at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alexandria Hotel, Oklahoma headquarters, will be the first formal gathering of the delegates since they were selected in district meetings and the state convention at Oklahoma City April 29 and 30, 1960.

"Sounding of the individual delegates then showed an overwhelming majority for Johnson, and apparently few have waivered since then despite the West Virginia primary victory for Kennedy and his continued build-up of delegate strength.

"Gene McGill, state chairman and chairman of the delegation is actively working and is expected to recommend to the delegation that it declare itself ready to vote for Johnson on the first ballot.

"The 58-member delegation which will cast the state's 29 votes in the convention is bound by the unit rule. Gov. Edmondson is a delegate with one-half vote by grace of state convention action to honor the office.
,br> "Sen. Robert S. Kerr is one of the most active aspirants for Johnson. Sen. Mike Monroney is for Adali Stevenson, nominee the last two times, and will lead the cheering section from the Oklahoma angle if a deadlock develops and Stevenson emerges as a compromise candidate.

"Sen. Stuart Symington is the second choice candidate of many of the delegates, if Johnson drops out and Kennedy fails to get the nomination. The indications are the majority of the delegates will not agree to go to Kennedy until he has wrapped up the nomination. There is some undercurrent talk about missing the bandwagon.

"The party organization fight, with foes of Gov. Edmondson taking charge of the party and the state convention, resulted in more opposition to Kennedy than would have developed otherwise. The fact that Gov. Edmondson is for Kennedy resulted in Kennedy having less support than he would have had otherwise. Further, many of the delegation leaders feel that Kennedy as the nominee would be the weakest of the candidates in Oklahoma against Vice President Nixon, as the Republican nominee.

"The party delegation includes McGill, Mrs. Grace Hudlin, Hulbert, State vice chairman and seven of the members of the party executive committee. Several of those party members were active in the surprise selection of McGill as state chairman over Pat Malloy, the governor's choice, last September (1959).

"The delegation also includes Raymond Gary, Madill, former governor; George D. Key, chairman of the state election board, whose resignation the governor sought unsuccessfully; W. P. Atkinson, Midwest City, the man the governor beat for the nomination for governor; Roy Grimes, Elmore City, head of the County Commissioners' Association, which is fighting the governor's reform program.

"Then many of the anti-administration legislators are on teh delegation, including Joe Bailey Cobb, Tishomingo; George Miskovsky, Oklahoma City, senator; Ed Merrong, Clinton, senator; and J. D. McCarty, Oklahoma City, speaker-designate of the house. Brandon Frost, Woodward, head of Oklahomans for Local Government the organization fighting the governor's program, is a delegate, but reported to like Kennedy.

"Despite the anti-state administration flavor, there was no early showing of hostility toward the governor. If Kennedy is the nominee, it is likely that the nominee will look to the governor for campaign aid in the state, more than to the party organization. Regardless of the selection of the nominee, the Democrats are expected to try to close ranks for the general election.

"The early arrivals were more concerned with getting their rooms in the crowded hotel and the far-away motels assigned to the delegation.

"And the quiet guessing was whether Oklahoma would again miss the bandwagon, as it has done so often in recent years.

"In 1928, the delegation was going to be for James A. Reed of Missouri but Al Smith of New York had the nomination when the balloting got underway.

"In 1932, the Oklahoma delegates were for the favorite son, Gov. William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray when Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York sewed up the nomination.

"In 1936, it was all roosevelt at Philadelphia. In 1940, the then Gov. Leon C. "Red" Phillips opposed the third term nomination of Roosevelt, but the delegation voted for Roosevelt.

"In 1944, at Chicago, Sen. Kerr, then governor, was the keynoter and a candidate for vice-president. Roosevelt had the fourth term nomination without dispute, and Kerr joined in for Harry S. Truman for vice-president to help nominate him. In 1948, there was nothing but Harry S. Truman at Philadelphia.

"In 1952, Kerr was a favorite son candidate with the delegation behind him. It went to Alben W. Barkley on the second ballot after a first vote for Kerr, and failed to catch the Stevenson bandwagon on the third ballot when he was nominated.

"Four years ago, Gov. Gary held the delegation in his hand and was for Gov. Harriman of Ne York when Stevenson again had the nomination. Gary did keep the delegation from voting for Kennedy for vice-president by going for Sen. Estes Kefauver, and Gary could have nominated Kennedy for vice president at one poiint by throwing the delegation to him.

"Kennedy probably would have been eliminated as a presidential candidate this time if he had been the nominee. At least, he has expressed gratitude for not having received the nomination for vice president four years go, although he was sorely disappointed at that time, as a number of state delegates observed."
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Old Opera House Mystery of 1910...

Vol 8, Iss 17 What are the talking about in the coffee shops in northwest Oklahoma and Southern Kansas? It must be the cover story that is making its debute in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection." This Harper, Kansas history newspaper hit the newstands this weekend. Do you have your copy yet?

The cover story this month is the 1910 murder mystery that occurred at the "Old Opera House" in downtown Alva, Oklahoma, written by this NW Okie, LK McGill Wagner. We began our story by setting the stage for 1910 in northwest Oklahoma. It was 9 November 1910, considerable excitement was buzzing through the government square of this northwest Oklahoma community, in Woods County. There had been a general election held just the day before. This November 9, 1910 was to be known as "A Day of Black Infamy." Sometime between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., November 9, 1910, young Mabel Oakes was found dead in the "old Opera House around 3:30 p.m. by Justice Miller. The local papers jumped on this story to the extent that a changed of venue was granted to the neighboring county of Woodward to the west. The trial lasted from September 5 thru 12, 1911.

Mabel Oakes, was a young country girl (23 years) living at home with her parents, George and Carrie (Howard) Oakes and a younger brother, Clarence (15 years). Through testimony, transcripts we find that Miss Oakes was a large, sturdy, supposedly healthy woman of that time weighing around 160 to 165 pounds. Miss Oakes was also 5-months pregnant at the time of her demise. She wore a tight fitting corset and a scarf wrapped tightly around her tall neck. Miss Oakes explained away the reason for the scarf tightly around the neck as a throat problem.

In 1910, Miss Oakes was known for her fainting spells for which she took prescribed medication of strychnine and morphine tablets. Were these fainting spells the cause of her broken arms, black eyes and bruises about her face. OR... her pregnancy? OR... were the fainting spells brought on by a heart condition or a tight fitting corset used by Miss Oakes to conceal her pregnancy that began in the early Summer of 1910? OR... were Mabel's unfortunate accidents of broken arms, black eyes and bruises the cause of "Black Hand Letter" threats?

Only Mabel Oakes memories of that time will tell us the whole truth. AND... those memories lay underneath the northwest Oklahoma soil, in the Alva Cemetery, in the Oakes family plot.

Meanwhile, catch the "Old Opera House Mystery (Black Hand Letters of Death)" in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection." We would love to hear some feedback concerning our "Old Opera House Mystery" story of the 1910 murder of Mabel Oakes in Alva, Oklahoma. You can contact Linda at - We are presently working to put together a timetable of chronological events that happened around that infamous black day in November, 1910. Would you like to hear more about the "Old Opera House Mystery?" Stay Tuned!
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NW Oklahoma & Waynoka Lose Great Citizens...

Vol 7, Iss 45 It was November 3, 2005, in Alva, Oklahoma that two Waynoka icons lost their lives as a result of an auto accident.

"Dee" Wadia Cohlmia, 77, daughter of the late Fallah and Wazna (Hazar) Barkett, was born Jan. 28, 1928, at Henryetta and passed away Nov. 3, 2005, at Alva. Kamell "K" Cohlmia, 88, son of the late Frank and Amaz (Mady) Cohlmia, was born Aug. 28, 1917, at May and passed away Nov. 3, 2005, at Alva.

Some of you might remember the Cohlmia's better with the mention of "Frank's Department Store" in downtown Waynoka, Oklahoma. "K" Cohlmia loved the customers who came into haggle the prices with him. AND... our dad, Gene McGill, happen to be one of those customers that liked to haggle prices with Cohlmia. There was the time that Gene and Cohlmia were haggling over a coat for Vada and Gene ended up walking out of the store without the purchase cause Cohlmia wouldn't come down to Gene's price. I guess Cohlmia ended up calling Gene in Alva later with a price Gene would pay. Gene hopped in his airplane and flew to Waynoka (probably landing at Kelsey airfield) and getting Vada the coat.

Besides watching our dad haggle with Cohlmia at Frank's Department store and visiting Roscoe & Celinda Kelsey's, Waynoka was a special place for this NW Okie as a young girl. Our Hearts go out to Waynoka and the Cohlmia family for their lost. You can view the Cohlmia Obits over at Marshall Funeral Home website. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

A Family Political Story...

Vol 7, Iss 25 Kalyn Free who ran for a congressional seat in Eastern Oklahoma said, "I am honored to have the Daily Oklahoman opposed to me, if they supported me I would have to check my moral compass!"

That quote reminded us about a family political story concerning The Daily Oklahoman.

We were brought up to believe that an Oklahoman editorial in opposition to something or someone simply reinforces within us the knowledge of the rightness of our position in favor of that something or someone.

Our father, Gene McGill (former Chair of State Democratic Party 1960's), was on the campaign trail sometime in the early 50's, jumped up on a flat bed trailer parked on a street in Waynoka, Woods County, Oklahoma, and made the following confession to everyone gathered there:

"I get up every morning and poison myself three times before I leave the house. I light a cigarette, drink a cup of coffee, and read the Daily Oklahoman."

We are reminded that his message must have rung true to many in the crowd that day because we heard that story repeatedly wherever we went in the western part of the state. View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Jacob & Mary (VANCE) WARWICK's Sketches...

Vol 7, Iss 14 Jacob & Mary (Vance) Warwick's framed sketches have found a family home. A lady (Carolyn) in California contacted us this week. Her family is directly related to Jacob & Mary... 4th great-grandparents through Rachael Primrose WARWICK (daughter of Jacob & Mary).

Linda went back through her WARWICK's and find that Jacob & Mary Vance WARWICK were her 5th-Great Uncle & Aunt through Jacob's brother John (Linda's 5th great-grandfather). From there on down to Linda McGill Wagner it reads as such...

  • John Warwick - m. Mary POWELL (5th-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Warwick - m. Nancy Agnes CRAIG (4th-Great-Grandparents)
  • Robert Craig Warwick - m. Esther/Hester HULL (3rd-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Fechtig Warwick - m. Phoebe Anthea PRAY/PREY (2nd-Great-Grandparents)
  • John Robert Warwick - m. Signora Belle GUINN (Great-Grandparents)
  • Constance Warwick - m. Wm J. MCGILL (Grandparents)
  • Gene McGill - m. Vada PARIS (parents)
  • Gene & Vada's Daughters (Connie, Dorthy, Linda, Amber) - 1st cousin 6x removed from Rachel Primrose Warwick
  • Gene & Vada's Grandchildren
  • Gene & Vada's Great-Grandchildren
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Here Comes Trigger

Vol 7, Iss 12 Well! Send Oakie down to NW Oklahoma and the horses and what does she do? Yep! Oakie sent me this photo of our NEW Addition to the family. She feel in love with this great looking addition to our horse family. His barn name is "Trigger." He is a registered quarterhorse with AQHA. He is in the process of being ridden, trained. Oakie says, "It doesn't spook at anything -- It's been trained to walk, ride right in to one of those narrow storage containers -- It's a two year old, palomino, gelding. It's registered AQHA name is "Doc Lynx Son." It's mother is "Flying Lynx." I guess sometime towards end of May, 2005 Trigger and our paint horse (Doquoti) will be coming to the valley of SW Colorado.

Oakie did tell me about her father (Gene McGill's) raised a palomino horse called "Nugget." She particularly remembers that Gene had brought "Nugget" in to town at 703 7th Street one day and little Oakie was placed in the saddle on Nugget's back. I don't think Oakie knew much about riding back then. They both proceeded to take a walk around the yard and house. Along came this tree branch as they rounded the norhtwest corner of the house -- swoosh! Nugget forgot to tell this youngster on his back to duck for tree limbs! Off Oakie went on to the ground. Not sure of the rest of the story, because it was vague in Oakie's mind, also. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Peculiarities of the European Stocks In Colonial America

Vol 18, Iss 28 It took us looking back through Oren F. Morton's book, "A History of Highland County Virginia," published by the author in 1911, to discover the peculiarities of our European ancestors in Colonial America and from where they derived.

We find that the English, the Lowland Scotch, the Saxon Irish, the Hollanders, the Germans, and the Swedes were of the Germanic stock, which was cool-blooded and persistent. The English people had come from the North German coast eleven centuries before, and in this time had grown much away from their German cousins. They were earnest, dignified, and strong-willed. They were also enterprising, industrious, and a lover of order. Wherever the English settled, they never failed to hold their ground.

The Lowland Scotch were shrewd and thrifty, and much less under the influence of aristocratic ideas than their English kinsmen.

The Welsh, the Highland Scotch, and the native Irish were of the Celtic stock, which was more turbulent than the other and more impatient of restraint. The Highland Scotch were at the outset of the seventeenth century a cluster of disorderly clans, each one much given to fighting its neighbors and stealing their cattle.

The Welch were industrious and prosperous, living on good terms with the English. The Celtic Irish had been much oppressed by their English masters because of their Catholic faith. To this circumstance was largely due their quick wit and their inclination to use words of flattery. The Saxon Irish were derived from the English who settled around Dublin in the twelfth century. They developed a difference from the English, just as the English developed a difference from the Germans.

The Hollanders resembled both the English and the Germans. They were industrious, thrifty, and progressive. The Germans from the Rhine had lived under very repressive rule, and because of this fact they were a little slow in getting used to the ways of colonial self-government. These people came almost wholly from the farming and industrial classes. They were peaceable and industrious, yet clannish.

The Huguenots differed from the English in being less stern in disposition, more active in mind, more intense in their affections, more chivalrous to woman, more flexible and hospitable to men and ideas, and more keen and enterprising inmates of business.

The Swedes, an excellent people, were few and were soon absorbed in the population around them.

The Scotch-Irish, during the colonial era were spoken of as Irish because they arrived from Ireland. But they were quite distinct from the Celtic Irish. They were fundamentally Scotch, especially the Scotch of the Highlands. There was also a considerable a mixture from the north of England and a slight sprinkling of Huguenots. They were thus a composite people, and such a stock was usually forceful.

The Huguenots were of the Latin stock, which, like the native Irish, was of warm sensibilities.

The consequence of rebellion and famine at the close of the sixteenth century, had made the north of Ireland become almost depopulated. The few native inhabitants were in a most wretched condition. The government confiscated a great amount of the land, and took measures to re-people this province of Ulster (from which our Mcgill ancestors derived).

The persecution of the Scotch-Irish people was industrial as well as religious. The Scotch-Irish began flocking to America in 1718. By 1775, 200,000, a full half of the Ulster people, had crossed the Atlantic. The emigrants from Ulster were among the hottest foes of King George during the crisis of the American Revolution.

In general, and as a matter course, the emigrants to America in the colonial period represented the pick of the European nations. In intelligence, progressiveness, and industry, they were well above themes of the people they left behind.
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1959 thru 1960's Democratic Politics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1962 Oklahoma Democrat Political Photo

Vol 16, Iss 33 Little Dixie, OK - [1962 photograph of Democrats posing in campaign photo in Oklahoma: Gene McGill, Carl Albert and W.P. Bill Atkinson.] - This last week I received from a daughter of an old friend of my folks (Gene & Vada McGill), an old 1960's (perhaps 1962) political photo showing my Dad (Gene McGill, on left), with Carl Albert (center) and W. P. "Bill" Atkinson, on right.

I am assuming this photograph was taken on the campaign trail when Carl Albert and Gene McGill were campaigning for W. P. "Bill" Atkinson in the Democratic primary in 1962. Atkinson was running against Raymond Gary that year on the Democratic ticket. While Henry Bellmon was running on the Republican ticket.

It was 31 May 1962, Thursday, that The Lawton Constitution reported that Democratic Raymond Gary conceded as the Democratic party's nomination for governor against W. P. "Bill" Atkinson. With the help of "Little Dixie's" Carl Albert, Atkinson won the Democratic primary for Governor race in Oklahoma, but did not win the governor race against Republican Henry Bellmon. And . . . in 1962, Bellmon became the first republican governor in that State.

You Southern Oklahomans might help point out where "Little Dixie" is in your neck of the woods, huh! Is Southeast Oklahoma still considered "Little Dixie" today? Or has it changed, too? For a quick starter, Little Dixie is the name given to southeast Oklahoma (Kiamichi country) which is/was heavily influenced by southern "Dixie" culture, and settled by southerners seeking a start in the new lands following the American Civil War. Its exact boundaries vary by source, falling mostly within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's tribal area as well as some Chickasaw and Muscogee Creek lands. It was during the tenure of Carl Albert that it was considered to be the "old 3rd Congressional District" of Oklahoma.

Several towns and cities in southeast Oklahoma use the Little Dixie name, helping to define the boundaries. A radio station in McAlester is owned by "Little Dixie Radio, Inc." There is/was a band in Tishomingo called "The Pride of Little Dixie." And . . . Harry Truman visited Marietta, in Love County, in 1948, giving a speech saying it was a pleasure to be in the "Little Dixie" region of Oklahoma. There was a 2010 film entitled Leaves of Grass, starring Edward Norton, and is mostly set in Little Dixie. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Church, School & Professional

Vol 14, Iss 39 Pendleton Cty, WV - This week we continue with chapter XVI, A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia, by Oren Frederick Morton, as we learn about the Church, School and Professional history of the early colonial Virginia and how it was not a land of religious freedom. We find that the "Church of England" was supported by the taxation of all the people. As to other sects their houses of worship were limited in number, and those had to be licensed and registered. Their preachers had to take various oaths and could not celebrate marriages. The clergyman of the established church attended mainly to cultivate his glebe, or parsonage farm. Sometimes he was coarse and rough, intemperate, profligate, and a gambler. The eighteenth century was one of religious lethargy, characterized by drunkenness, profanity and a general coarseness of speech and conduct.

While this was still true of the east part of Virginia at the time the settlement of Pendleton began, the established church never gained a real foothold west of the Blue Ridge mountains.

The Scotch-Irish settlers of the western section were solidly Presbyterian, and were assured by Governor Gooch that they would not be molested in their religious preference.

The German settlers adhered mainly to the Lutheran and German Reformed churches, and were treated with a similar tolerance.

The new counties west of the mountains had their vestries and church wardens, the same as other counties and through this mechanism the church exercised certain functions in civil government. But west of the mountains the vestrymen were not Episcopalian, because there were scarcely an people of that belief to be found. Good true men believed the highest interests of the state required the support of the church by the state and compulsory attendance on public worship. But as the period of the Revolution approached, the opinion grew strong that the long continued experiment of trying to make people religious by statue law had proved an utter failure. Virginia adopted on the 16th December 1785, the following declaration:

"Whereas, Almighty God hath created the mind free; that all attempts to influence it by temporal punishments, or burtherns (archaic form of burdens), or by civil incapacitations tend only to beget habits of hypocrisy and meanness, and are a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion: No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, nor enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or goods, nor otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief."

It was not until 1785, that religion was free in Virginia. Pendleton being made a county almost precisely two years later, never had a vestry or any church wardens.

The Scotch-Irish were presbyterian. This class of settlers were particularly strong on the South Branch. But being restless and venturesome, many of them passed onto newer locations, and thus caused a relative decline in their number. The oldest of their churches was that of Upper Tract. There was with little doubt an organization prior to 1797 had no definite knowledge of it. In 1797, Isaac Westfall deeded one acre to the joint use of the Lutherans and Presbyterians where there as already a newly built church. It stood on the east side of the river. A little prior to 1860 the congregation built for its exclusive use a new church in Upper Tract village. About 1880 a church was built at Franklin, and a third one near Ruddle.

The large German element was chiefly of the Lutheran and German Reformed churches. The latter faith gradually disappeared by merging with the former. The earliest organization of which there was known is that of the Propst church, two miles above Brandywine. It was founded in 1769, and was the earliest church in the county of which there is any record. The Lutheran faith had maintained a strong foothold wherever the German element was strongest and most tenacious in holding to ancient customs. Therefore, we find the Lutheran churches chiefly in the upper parts of the South Fork and South Branch valleys. In the North Fork valley, partly owing to the division of sentiment during the civil war, it had proved less tenacious, and one of its churches was burned. The best known of its ministers was the Reverend George Schumucker, who came in 1841 and preached for forty years. His territory was forty-five miles long, reaching into Hardy and Highland. many of his congregations grew very large, but the civil war almost paralyzed his work. His marriage fee was one dollar if the couple came to him, two dollars if he went to them. It was taken sometimes in maple sugar, grain and "snits."

At a wedding in the Smoke Hole he lost his way and arrived after the supper had been eaten. The discouraged groom had concluded to call the wedding off, but was led to reconsider. People came to him for temporal as well as spiritual advice. He sometimes united the children and even the grandchildren of the earlier weddings. The United Brethren, Church of the Brethren, and Menonite sects were all of German origin, and their adherents were very largely of the German element, though not to the same degree as in the case of the Lutherans.

The first Methodist society in America was organized at Frederik, Maryland, in 1763, but during the Revolutionary days the Methodist preachers, generally English born, were under suspicion as to their loyalty. The church had but a slight foothold on American soil until 1788. After that time its success became very phenomenal. Its earnestness and its itinerant system were admirably adapted to the newer parts of the country, and west of the Blue Ridge area where its gains were particularly large. That Methodism was so strong in Pendleton and came as a matter of course. The First Methodist sermon in this county was said to have been the one preached by the Reverend Ferdinand Lair on the farm of L. C. Davis near Brandywine. He spoke in the open air, resting his bible on the limb of a sycamore. The spot was about a mile from Brandywine and on the right of the road leading to Oak Flat. One of the unhappy results of the dispute over slavery was the rending of the Methodist as well as other Protestant churches. The Baltimore conference, of whose territory Pendleton was a part, remained united until 1866. Since that year there had been represented within the county both the great divisions of the parent church; the Methodist Episcopal and the Methodist Episcopal South.

At an early day there were adherents of the Baptist faith in Pendleton, and in 1795 was found mention of the Reverend George Guthrie, a Baptist preacher in the south of the county. This church, very strong throughout the United States, and no organization here.

The Disciples Church, originated in West Virginia and became a strong and aggressive denomination, having two societies. A few adherents of the Latter Day Saints had showed their own earnestness by building a chapel on Smith Creek.

The absence of the Catholic Church, strong in America, was significant of the absence of the foreign immigration of the last sixty years before 1910 or 1912 when this this book was published. There were fifteen church buildings in Pendleton county in 1860. Of these four were Lutheran, four were Methodist, two were United Brethren and one was Presbyterian. The other four were Union churches. The seating capacity of the fifteen was 1450 and the average value was $540.

For thirty years after the settlement of Pendleton county,there is no positive knowledge of any schools within the county. It was doubtful if there was anywhere a building used specially as a schoolhouse, though it was far less probable that there was an entire neglect of school training. Teaching in those days was considered a private not a public matter, and to a large extent it was an adjunct to the ministerial office. Among the german settlers the ministerial head of the Propst church gave instruction through the medium of the German tongue. The only education was doubtless by private tutoring or by such heads of families as were competent to teach the rudiments to their own children, as we find among the German speaking and English speaking settlers of that day.

In those days and for years afterward the amount of illiteracy was very great. The women were more illiterate than the men. Some of the more prominent settlers could sign their names only by means of a mark. Often times both husband and wife had to make use of this expedient in signing a deed or a marriage bond. Sometimes an initial letter was used instead of the simple cross.

Francis Evick used an "E," or "F. E." Sebastian Hoover used a "B" as an initial for "Bastian," or "Boston." Positive illiteracy was probably least rare among the Germans. Usually the German settler signed his name in German script, but once in awhile he used a mark in signing a paper written in English.

Even with a general ability to read and write, there was very little to read, and the high postage and infrequent mails were not favorable to correspondence. Books were very few, and these few were mostly of a religious nature. No newspapers were published nearer than the seacoast cities, and before the Revolution it was no doubt almost a curiosity to see a copy in these Pendleton valleys.

In 1796 the nearest college was Washington, just established at Lexington. As for reading and instruction in the German tongue, the nearest press was the one set up at New Market by Ambrose Henkle, in 1806, and the first school of high grade was the New Market School, founded in 1823.

The first schoolhouse in Pendleton stood on the farm of Robert Davis. It was in existence shortly after the close of the Revolutionary fighting in 1781. A second schoolhouse on the same farm was nearly rotted down in 1845. In 1791 there was a schoolhouse on the farm of Andrew Johnson on the east side of North Fork. The oldest one in Franklin district stood near the home of George W. Harper above Cave postoffice. The second oldest in the same district stood northwest of the home of Henry Simmons. The first teacher of whom there was any recollection was a forger, who had been sold as a convict to Frederick Keister (which is an ancestor married into the DYER and HOHL/HULL side of this NW Okie's ancestry), and taught in the first schoolhouse on the Davis farm, and John Davis and Zebulon Dyer were among his pupils.

The school at the period was purely a matter of neighborhood enterprise. The state or the county had nothing to do with it. Instruction was limited to reading, writing, and arithmetic. The rule of three -- simple proportion -- came before fractions, and it was thought a great accomplishment to master it. Grammar, geography, and history were let very much alone If the pupil came to know something of these topics, it was through his own efforts after leaving school.

It was the state constitution of 1776 that was "silent as a clam" on the subject of popular education. There was no official recognition of education until 1810. A law of 1820 created a "Literary Fund," made up of public moneys. Each county was to have a collection agent to serve without salary, and each county or city was entitled to a board of five to fifteen commissioners, one of whom was to be a bonded treasurer. This board wa to determine how many indigent children it would educate, and what it would pay for this purpose. Each member could select his own indigents, but had to gain the assent of parent or guardian. This secured, the pupil had to attend, or the parent could be charged the tuition for absent days. Books and other necessaries were furnished but only the three R's were taught. Under this law Thomas Jones was director of the Literary Fund for Pendleton and treasurer of the school committee.

By the law of 1845, a petition of a third of the voters empowered the county court to submit the question of a system of public schools, a two thirds vote being necessary to put it in force. Schools under this law were maintained by a uniform rate of increased taxation. Of the three trustees in each district, two were elected by the voters and one by the board. The trustees were to build the schoolhouse, employ or discharge the teacher, visit the school at least once a month, examine the pupils, and address them if they chose, "exhorting them to prosecute their studies diligently, and to conduct themselves virtuously and properly." A weak feature of this law consisted in leaving such school establishment to the option of the several counties.

Under this new law General James Boggs was county superintendent, and continued in office until his death in 1862, when he was succeeded by David C. Anderson. In 1856 General Boggs made the following report: "The commissioners have established schools in various parts of the county with the aid of the primary school fund, where they could not have been established without it. The school funds are insufficient to educate all the poor of the county, even if competent teachers could be obtained." The report was signed also by William McCoy, Jacob F. Johnson, Benjamin Hiner, Andrew W. Dyer, J. Trumbo, James B. Kee, Cyrus Hopkins, and J. Cowger. (HINER and DYER being other surnames found in NW Okie's paternal ancestral lineage.)

It was in 1865 when Pendleton became a part of West Virginia, and when it had adopted a stronger public school law. Its system of sub-trustees came in the following year (1866). At that time five grades of certificates were recognized. The applicant being able to secure one if he could write and had knowledge of his birthdate.

In 1873 came the district board of education, and a year later (1874) the county board of three examiners. Subsequent changes had been made in the direction of greater efficiency in superintendence and in teaching, and in the length of term.

The history of fraternities in Pendleton may only be briefly given. The social life of the county had remained simple, because of the dual nature of the county and the absence from large industrial centers. The Masonic order had a lodge at Franklin before 1840, and after a long slumber it was revived, but was no longer in existence. The Highland Division of the Sons of Temperance was granted the use of the courthouse in 1848, but went down before the war. After that event there was for about two years a lodge of the Friends of Temperance. The "Know-Nothings," a once famous political society known as the American Party, had a foothold in the county during the late 1840's and early 1850's, and in much more recent years the "Farmers' Alliance" was a local power. Beginning with about 1855 a literary society called the "Pioneers" held weekly meetings at the courthouse until about 1867. It owned a library of about 250 volumes, which have since been scattered.

The political history of Pendleton is neither a complex episode. During the administration of Washington the people of America gathered into two opposing schools of political thought. The teachings of Jefferson were taken up with enthusiasm by the people of what were then the backwoods. His creed was more acceptable to them than the tenets of the Federalists. Agricultural communities, especially those least in touch with economic movements, were slow to yield convictions deliberately formed. It was therefore a quite natural result that the supremacy of the Democratic party in Pendleton had very little interruption. The Whig party had quite a following in its day, and once in awhile elected its nominee, especially in the landslide year of 1840.

It was the close of the war between the states that found the upholders of the Confederate cause massed in a single party, regardless of former differences, while another party, the exponent of the nationalist idea, was in power in the NOrth, and to a certain extent, also, in the Unionist sections of the former slave states. In general these distinctions were obtained in this county.

Thus in the main, the line of cleavage between the Democratic and the Republican parties coincided with the divisions of sympathy during the years of war. But, as in other counties of the state, the present industrial epoch had shown a tendency to gain on the part of the Republican organization. After the war and until the adoption of the Flick amendment, the Republican party was in control. Since then the Democratic party had been uniformly successful in county elections, and no general primary was held by its opponent. It had local control in all the districts except Union and Mill Run. Although its majority in Sugar Grove was small.

Previous to 1860 the bar of the county was represented almost wholly by attorneys who were not Pendletonians by birth or training. Among them were Samuel Reed in 1788, Thomas Griggs in 1802, William Naylor in 1803, Samuel Harper in 1805, Robert Gray in 1812 (another ancestral surname in NW Okie's paternal lineage where GRAYs married into the MCGILLs), George Mays in 1813, Joseph Brown in 1814, and James C. Gamble in 1816. Some of these were doubtless lawyers residing in other so counties. Robert Gray was prosecuting attorney in 1817, Nathaniel Pendleton in 1822, and I. S. Pennybacker in 1831. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Formation & Early Middle Period (1787-1818)

Vol 14, Iss 34 Pendleton Cty, (W) VA - As we learn more about our ancestors of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, we have found many names listed below showing up in our paternal genealogy of the Warwick/Gwin/Eckard ancestors. Especial how the Poage/Poague family married into the Warwick family. I have tried to include in parenthesis those in my ancestry tree.

Abraham Eckard's relationship to this NW Okie is as a paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt (Reuhama Gwin). Such as, Abraham Eckard (1791 - ), relationship to me: paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt; Absalom Eckard (1825 - 1898), Son of Abraham; Job E Eckard (1847 - 1911), Son of Absalom; Reuhama "Hami" GWIN (1857 - 1921), Wife of Job E.; Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871), Father of Reuhama "Hami"; Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934), Daughter of Samuel; Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of Signora Belle; Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella Warwick McGill; and that leads to me, Linda Kay MCGILL Wagner, daughter of Gene McGill.

Between the Early middle period of 1788-1818 we find that the county of Pendleton began its separate existence as the ninth of the counties which now constitute West Virginia. It entered upon a long career of peaceful and steady development. The Redstone insurrection of 1794 and the war of 1812 were remote from its borders.

At the close of 1787 the population of Rockingham was nearly 7000, including about 700 slaves. Two fifths of its area lying beyond the high, broad, and infertile Shenandoah Mountain, the time had come when it was too inconvenient to travel from 30 to 60 miles to reach the courthouse. Accordingly the State legislature passed an Act, December 4, 1787, for the formation of Pendleton county, Virginia.

Within the limits defined by the Act of 1787, the area of Pendleton was perhaps 850 square miles. On the east, north and west, the original boundaries had remained unaltered. On the south there had been two subsequent changes. The original boundary included the northern portion of the Crabbottom and all the rest of the present county of Highland that lies north of the watershed between the streams flowing into the Potomac and those forming the upper basin of the James. near Doe Hill the line therefore fell even northward of its present location.

The population and distribution of Pendleton inhabitants between the three valleys lived mainly along the larger watercourses with the mountains being an unbroken forest.

Seraiah Stratton house was decreed that the new county should be organized and the first term of court be held, laid about a fourth of a mile south of the Ruddle postoffice, only a few yards tot he west of the present highway, and close to a watering trough. The only present vestige of the dwelling was a mound of rocks marking the site of the chimney and from the midst of which rises a young tree. Tradition states that the court used the barn instead of the house. Whether the house or barn ws used, the charge of four dollars for the whole period of time during which the premises were used as a county seat does not look exorbitant.

The organization of the county government was described in the records as such: "Be it remembered that at the house of Seraiah Stratton, in the county of Pendleton, on the 2nd day of June and in the year of our Lord 1788, and in the 12 year of the Commonwealth, Commissions of the peace and of Oyer and Terminer, directed to Robert Davis, John Skidmore, Moses Hinkle, James Dyer (NW Okie's 5th great grand uncle), Isaac Hinkle, Robert Poage/Poague, James Skidmore, Matthew Patton, Peter Hull (NW Okie's 4th great grand uncle), James Patterson, and Jacob Hoover, Gentlemen, was produced and read and thereupon the said Robert Davis took the Oath appointed by the Act of Assembly giving assurance of fidelity to the Commonwealth, and took the Oaths of a Justice of the peace, of a Justice of the county court in Chancery, and of a Justice of Oyer and Terminer, all of which Oaths were administered to him by the said John Skidmore and Moses Hinkle. Robert Davis administered all the aforesaid Oaths to the said John Skidmore, Moses Hinkle, James Dyer, Isaac Hinkle, James Skidmore, Matthew Patton, and James Patterson."

"A commission from his excellency the Governor to Robert Davis, gent. to be high sheriff of this county during pleasure was produced by the said Robert Davis and read, thereupon together with Seraiah Stratton, Francis Evick, Roger Dyer (NW Okie's 6th great grandfather), James Davis, Isaac Hinkle, and George Dice, his securities, entered into and acknowledged two Bonds for the said Robert Davis's due and faithful performance of his office, which are ordered to be recorded. And then the said Robert Davis took the oath for giving assurance of fidelity to the commonwealth and was sworn sheriff of said county."

Of the eleven justices, Davis, Dyer and Patton were brothers-in-laws. The Hinkles were of one family, and the Skidmores were of one other, and were related to the Hinkles. It is quite probable that still other relationships existed.

The organization of the county government was perfected by the following selections: President of the court, John Skidmore; Clerk of court, Garvin Hamilton; Prosecuting Attorney, Samuel Reed; Deputy sheriffs, John Davis, and John Morral.

Overseers of the Poor, James Dyer, John Skidmore, Christian Ruleman, Ulrich Conrad, John Dunkle.

Constables, Gabriel Collett, George Dice, Jacob Gum, Johnson Phares, Isaac Powers, William Ward, George Wilkeson. County Lieutenant, James Dyer. Regimental Militia Officers: Colonel Robert Poage/Poague; Lieutenant Colonel, Peter Hull; Major Henry Fleisher.

Overseers of Roads: North Fork; (north to south) Michael Eberman, Abraham Hinkle, Isaace Hinkle, Moses Hinkle, South Branch; George Fisher, Michael Alkire, Francis Evick, Christian Pickle, Nicholas Harper, McKenny Robinson, George Nicholas, South Fork; John Wortmiller, James Dyer, Roger Dyer, Henry Swadley, Jacob Hoover, Christian Ruleman.

After building the courthouse on the lands of Francis Evick, and to hold the next court at his house, James Patterson was directed to attend the surveyor in laying out the courthouse grounds. He was also appointed jailer. To make the seat of local government more accessible, road surveys were ordered to Roger Dyer's, to brushy Fork, and to the North Fork at Joseph Bennett's.

The first grand jury met September 1, with Jacob Conrad being foreman. The other members were Michael Arbogast, Lewis Bush, Jacob Coplinger. Abraham Eckard (paternal grandfather of wife of NW Okie's great grand aunt), Nicholas Harpole, Isaac Hinkle, George Kile, Adam Lough, Robert Minniss, Frederick Propst, George Puffenbarger, Jacob Root, Joseph Skidmore, John Sumwalt, Philip Teter, and Peter Vaneman. With Hardy and Hampshire, Pendleton became a judicial district with the court sitting at "Hardy Courthouse."

Robert Davis was of a welch family that settled in North Carolina and moved to Virginia. He may have been the son of Robert Davis, an early settler of Augusta and its first constable. He settled a half mile below Brandywine, at least as early as 1764, purchasing land in that year of Matthew Patton. About this time he married Sarah, daughter of Roger Dyer and widow of Peter Hawes. His older brothers, John and William, settled also on the South Fork.

Whether John Davis was the one who was a justice of Rockingham and was appointed to let the building of its first courthouse was not really known, though. William died in 1773, and Robert was his executor. Robert was a major in the Continental army and saw active service, especially among the Indians west of the Alleghanies. He was present at the killing of Big Foot, a noted chief.

In 1779 he was commissioned Captain of militia for Rockingham, resigning in 1781. He was one of the first justices of that county, but owing to his military duties, he was not present to take his oath of office until May 25, 1779. In 1780 and 181 he was the leader if the South Fork patriots against the Tory faction. The disturbance was brought to an end by a truce he arranged with Ward and Hull. In 1784 he was recommended as coroner. In 1785 he and James Davis were the committee to view the repairs on the new Rockingham courthouse. In 1786 he became sheriff of Rockingham, and held this office until he became the first sheriff of Pendleton. He was again sheriff in 1804, and served his county as member of the house of delegates in 1793-94. He was a justice of the peace from 1778 until his death in 1818 at an advanced age. he was frequently called upon in the settlement of estates and in other matters of public business, thus indicating a high degree of practical judgment. he was one of the substantial residents on the South Fork. On his land stood with one exception the first mill in that valley and probably the very first schoolhouse.

Matthew Patton was one of the very first members of the Dyer Settlement, and after the murder of Roger Dyer he became a leading citizen of the Pendleton territory. he was commissioned a justice of the peace, August 19, 1761, and for a number of years he took the lists of tithables for this portion of Augusta.

James Dyer, brother-in-law to Patton, has been elsewhere mentioned. he was a prominent and well-to-do citizen, and much concerned in the public affairs of the county. The Skidmores of the South branch were enterprising citizens and large landholders. Captian John Skidmore had a military career in the Indian wars and doubtless also in the Revolution. He was wounded in the battle of Point Pleasant, and is said on one occasion to have killed an Indian in single combat.

Moses and Isaac Hinkle, cousins to Captain Skidmore, were progressive and energetic and of more than usual ability. Isaac was a sheriff of Rockingham a little prior to 1783. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Pendleton Under Rockingham

Vol 14, Iss 32 Pendleton Cty, VA - This week as we continue our journey of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, as written by Oren Frederick Morton around 1912, we learn that Augusta county has been a mother of counties in Virginia. It was the spread of the population and the increasing inconvenience of attending court that caused one county after another to be lopped off.

In 1777 Rockingham was created with its first court meeting 17 April 1778 at the house of Daniel Smith, which was two miles north from where Harrisonburg stands. But the town of Harrisonburg did not begin its existence until two years later. Harrisonburg was named after the a prominent family of the early days.

John Smith, father of Daniel, came from England as an officer in the French and Indian war. John Smith was compelled to surrender a fort at Pattonsburg in Botetourt county. His French and Indian captors being angered that he had held them off with a very weak force, they took him to Point Pleasant, treated him with harshness and made him run the gauntlet. He was passed on to New Orleans and taken to Paris. This is where he showed a copy of the terms of surrender. John Smith was released, treated with respect, and at London was given quite an ovation. John Smith married a lady of Holland, returning to America and settling in Rockingham county, Virginia. He wished to serve in the American army and was indignant when he was adjudged too old. But he had eight sons in the service of his adopted country. Abraham being another of these. Daniel Smith, a son of Daniel, became an eminent jurist.

The new county was defined as being all of Augusta east of a line. To begin at the South Mountain, and running by Benjamin Yardley's plantation so as to strike the North River below James Bird's house; then up the said river to the mouth of Naked Creek, leaving the river a direct course so as to cross the said river at the mouth of Cunningham's Branch in the upper end of Silas W.'s land to the foot of the North Mountain; then 55 degrees west to the Alleghany Mountain and with the same to the line of Hampshire.

The Fairfax line, passing near Petersburg and Moorefield, was at first the country between Frederick and Augusta. In 1753 the western part of Frederick became the county of Hampshire. When Rockingham was created, the country line between Hampshire and the new county was moved southward nearly to the position of the north line of Pendleton.

Its definition in the legislative act read as follows: "Beginning at the north side of the North Mountain, opposite to the upper end of Sweedland Hill and running a direct course so as to strike the mouth of Seneca Creek, and the same course to be continued to the Alleghany Mountain; thence along the said mountain to the line of Hampshire."

But it was not quite all of Pendleton that formed a part of Rockingham. A strip along the southern border was still a part of Augusta, and a fringe on the opposite side was a part of Hampshire.

The men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham, at least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer (NW Okie's 5th great grand uncle) and Isaac Hinkle. Skidmore and Davis were not present, being with the the army. Thomas Lewis, previously surveyor of Augusta, became the first surveyor of Rockingham. The population appeared to have been rather less than 5000, about a fourth being in the Pendleton section. There was neither a tavern o=nor a wagon in the new county. The act creating Rockingham provided that its voters should elect 1 May 1778, twelve able and discreet persons to form a vestry.

By this time America was in the midst of the Revolution and the infant county had to deal with the grave problems interwoven with the questions of enlistment and finance.

It was in October, 1778, that some counties had not raised the quota of soldiers required by an act of the preceding year. The state now called for 2216 men for the Continental service. Each soldier was to have a bounty of $300 if enlisting for eighteen months, and $400 if enlisting for three years. He was also to receive clothing and a Continental land bounty. In May of 1779, 10 battalions of 500 men each were ordered, a bounty of $50 being offered. Two of these battalions were for service on the frontier. In October of 1780, the quota for Rockingham was 49 men out of a levy of 3000. The same Act of Assembly offered a bounty of $8000 for an enlistment of three years, and $12,000 for an enlistment of drink the continuance of the war. The man serving to the close was to have his choice of these two additional rewards. It was May, 1781, a bounty of $10,000 was promised, to be paid when the soldier was sworn in.

Six months afterwards the army of Cornwallis was added to the 1000 prisoners the state was feeding at Winchester, and the long war was practically at an end. It had never been popular wight he English people, and even before the surrender at Yorktown, William Pitt, spoke in the British Parliament, pronouncing the struggle the most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical of wars.

In 1781 the poll tax was $40, and in 1781 a man taking his dinner at an ordinary could be charged the stunning price of $30, when he had eaten nothing more luxurious than corn pone, bacon, potatoes, and sauerkraut, washed down with a cup of herb tea and smug of cider.

A month after the surrender of Cornwallis, the legislature ordered paper money to be turned into the treasury by the first of October of the following year. "Worthless as a Continental Bill" became a byword for many years.

The county was hard put to raise enough revenue for the public needs. In 1779 something had to be done for the families of indigent soldiers. In 1781 and 1782 the sheriff was ordered to collect a tax of one shilling on every glass window. A tax of two percent in specie was levied on all property. It was permitted to make payment in tobacco, hemp, bacon, four or deerskin.

As to the royalism in the Pendleton section of Rockingham, the recorded information gives only a partial glimpse, and for the rest of the story we have to depend on the recollections that have come down to us through the space of a hundred and thirty years. The trouble was evidently most acute in the later years of the war. The American cause was then hanging in the balance, taxation, as we have seen was very high, and very hard to meet, and the depreciated paper currency was causing great hardship. The disaffection in Pendleton took the form of an armed resistance that fell within the verge of domestic war. There were petty raids by the tories, but there would seem to have been little bloodshed. The only loss of life that we locate was the killing of Sebastian Hoover by a settler from Brushy Fork. The Virginia law of 1781 declared the man civilly dead who opposed by force the statute calling out the men to the public defense. The disaffected person might be exiled, and if he returned he could be executed without benefit of clergy. Free male inhabitants had to swear allegiance to the state through commissioners appointed by the county court.

In Hampshire was John Claypole, a Scotchman, who had a band of 60 to 70 men. They resisted the payment of taxes, and at their meetings they drank toasts to the health of the king and damnation to Congress. General Daniel Morgan, the hero of the Cowpens, was sent against them in the summer of 1781, and smothered the insurrection in a few days. The tories were pardoned. Claypole appealing for clemency and pleading ignorance of the real situation. There was no fighting, although one tory was accidentally shot.

Claypole had followers on the South Fork in Pendleton. One of these at Fort Seybert, who claimed his oath of allegiance was not binding, was taken to Patton's still-tub. He was doused three times in it before his German obstinacy was sufficiently soaked out to permit him to hurrah for Washington. This style of baptism does not seem to have been administered by Morgan's men, who scarcely came this far up the river. It was perhaps at the same time that a party of tories, pursued through Sweedland valley, were noticed to throw the corn pone out of their haversacks, so as to make better time with their feet.

The other center of disturbance was in the south and southwest of the county, where its memory lingers in the name of Tory Camp Run, Randolph county. Here Uriah Grady headed a band of tory refugees. The leader in this quarter was one William Ward. There were two men of this name, an older and a younger, the latter being perhaps no more than a boy at the time of the Revolution. The elder William Ward was a South Carolinian and is first mentioned in 1753. In 1763 he was a road surveyor, and in 1774 he was a soldier in the Dunmore war. In 1765 he was under sheriff of Augusta. In 1781 he was living on the Blackthorn. For tumult and sedition words he was bound over by the court of Rockingham in the sum of 1000 pounds, Andrew Erwin being his surety. The next year (1780) he was delivered up by Erwin and Ralph Loftus, another surety, was given a jury trial, fined 100 pounds, and given twenty-four hours in jail. The records at Staunton say that he was found guilty of treason in Augusta and sent to the capital for trial. Erwin was himself indicted for propagating some news tending to raise tumult and sedition in the state. John Davis, apparently a resident of the North Fork, was adjudged guilty of treason by the Rockingham court and sent up to the General Court. His bondsmen were Seraiah Stratton, William Gragg, and James Roger. In 1779 Henry Peninger was indicted for speaking disrespectful and disgraceful words of the Congress and words leading to the depreciation of the continental currency. A true bill was returned against him. His bond was fixed at 5000 pounds, and those of his sureties, Sebastian Hoover and Henry Stone, were each of half that amount. Peninger informed on one Gerard, but he himself did not appear for trial.

One Hull (possibly a distant ancestor of NW Okie) was a lieutenant of Ward's, and Robert Davis seems to have been particularly obnoxious to the tories. Visits with hostile intent were sometimes made to his vicinity, but an Eckard woman from Brushy Fork usually gave the settlement a forewarning. On one occasion, believing Davis home on furlough, the band came down to seize him, and in their disappointed vexation Hull called Mrs. Davis a damned liar. Her son John, a boy of about fourteen years, took aim at Hull, unobserved by the latter, but the mother interfered to prevent a tragedy and a burned home. The factional strife was ended by a conference between Davis and Ward held near the site of the schoolhouse. The principals were unarmed, but a neighbor of Davis posted himself near to guard against treachery.

The capture of Cornwallis in the fall of 1781 made it highly advisable for the Tories to accept the situation. It would seem that the episode was passed over lightly. At all events we find the former Tories remaining on the ground, acting as good citizens, and holding positions of trust.

In 1782 a list of claims from the furnishing of military supplies came before the Rockingham court for settlement. The claims were very numerous, though of small individual value. Many of them were from Pendleton. For registering these claims Henry Erwin was allowed 100 pounds, a good salary for that day.

In 1781 took place what seems the last Indian raid into this county. A party of redskins, led by Tim Dahmer, a white renegade, came by the Seneca trail to the house of William Gragg, who lived on the highland a mile east of Onego. Dahmer had lived with the Graggs, and held a grudge against a daughter of the family. Gragg was away from the house getting a supply of firewood, and seeing Indians at the house he kept out of danger. His mother, a feeble old lady, and with whom Dahmer had been on good terms, was taken out into the yard in her chair. The wife was also unharmed, but the daughter was scalped and the house set on fire, after which the renegade and his helpers made a prudent retreat. The girl was taken up the river, probably to the house of Philip Harper, but died of her injuries.

There was now a long period of domestic peace, broken only by the incident of the "Whiskey Insurrection of 1794." At least one company of Pendleton militia under Captain James Patterson formed a part of the army of Governor Henry Lee that marched to the Redstone district of Pennsylvania, the scene of trouble. At a Pendleton court martial sitting the same year, it was ordered that the names of the officers and privates who marched from this county to Redstone be recorded. The list does not seem to be in existence. A fine of $36 was imposed upon each of the 11 men who avoided going. In one instance the fine was remitted.

In 1782 there were three militia districts. Robert Davis commanded the company on the South Fork. Garvin Hamilton, the company on the South Branch, and Andrew Johnson was captain of the North Fork company. John Skidmore was recommended as major the same year the county was organized, but he was not commissioned. Other militia officers of the period were the following: Captains, Roger Dyer and Michael Cowger; Lieutenants, Frederick Keister and John Morral; ensigns, John Skidmore, James Skidmore, and Jacob Hevener.

Among the civil officers we find Isaac Hinkle, a deputy sheriff in 1780, and Robert Davis, commissioned sheriff, October 30, 1786. As constable we find James Davis, George Kile, George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore and Lewis Waggoner. Thirty road overseers were appointed in 1778. Of those serving in Pendleton during the ten year period (1778-88) we have the names of George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore, Lewis Waggoner, and James Davis. In 1779 Joseph Skidmore had charge of the roads of the middle valley to the line of Hampshire. The next year George Kile had the territory from the Coplinger ford to the Hampshire line, and George cop linger had the roads from the same ford to the Augusta line. In 1786, Pendleton, as the portion of Rockingham west of North Mountain, was made the fourth overseer of the poor district, and Robert Davis was appointed to superintend the election of the necessary official. This brings us to the establishment of Pendleton county. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Highland County Virginia - Land Ownership

Vol 14, Iss 17 Highland County, Virginia - [The photo on the left is a penny postcard sent by R. B. Doyle, Vanderpoole, Virginia, 6 September 1907, to Miss Constance Estella Warwick, received 10 September 1907, in Alva, Oklahoma.]

We have learned that the letter of the law, the unoccupied lands of colonial Virginia belonged to the king, as a personification of the state. The public domain was parceled out to private individuals in a way very much like the homestead law by which a great part of the West had been settled during the last half-century.

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Those hunting land had a tract set off by the county surveyor, and this survey being the basis on which a patent was issued after a lapse of one, two or perhaps more than a dozen years. The patent was signed by the royal governor as the king's proxy. The fees for the survey and patent were small, but the head right, without which the land seeker might not lawfully enter a selection, was dependent on his having paid his passage from Europe.

The intent of this condition appears to have been the elimination of worthless persons, so that the land might be held by men who would make desirable citizens. The patent required that a least six per cent, of the entry be reduced to tillage within a specified time. The fulfillment of this condition was in favor of the genuine settler and against the land monopolist.

The survey could be transferred and was often patented by another person. Oftentimes, the size of the entry seemed very small, considering the unlimited appearance of the public domain. But in an age of hand labor, only a small tract could be made use of by a person controlling no labor but his own.

It was thought back then that proper and expedient to grant a large body of land to an individual or a company, who in turn would put settlers upon it within a stated time. So the governor and his senate would issue an Order of Council in favor of one, but usually a number of persons, authorizing the grantee or grantees to select 30,000 acres front he public lands. This would not be taken in a single body but in choice tracts, the cull lands being left on the hands of the state.

These choice selections were then sold to actual settlers at what might seem a nominal price, but which must have seemed none to light when money was not plenty and when a little would go a great way. But when, as in the case of the Bullpasture Valley, the surveyors found settlers already on the ground, their selections might at the pleasure of the grantee be confirmed to them without purchase.

Although the homestead regulations of the colonial and early state governments were generally good, the advantage of surveying a county by a regular system, such as was afterward used in the West, was not observed, and consequently the individual survey was likely to have some complex and perhaps absurd outlines. The line ran for different persons would often interfere with one another, and the patches of cull land would be left in shapes that would throw into the shade the figures on a crazy quilt. This utter lack of system was, therefore, a fruitful source of confusion and lawsuits.

At a later date the state was less careful of the rights of the actual settler, and huge areas would be conveyed to an individual or a company, the same being held indefinitely by absentee owners to the disadvantage of the counties in which they lay. This indefensible monopoly appeared in Highland in the Hollingsworth survey on the west side of the county, and the Chambers survey on the east side.

Before the crown government passed away in 1775, all the more desirable lands in Highland had passed into individual or corporate ownership. The second-class and the cull lands were gradually absorbed, being a long while before the entire area had come under private ownership.

The crown patent, under which all lands were conveyed by the state prior to American independence, was a cobweb of finely-spun legal verbiage. It seemed to have been the intent of the lawmakers of that age to throw a mystery into the processes of law, and to render them hard of comprehension to the uninformed. It was under our independence that a much simpler method of wording deeds came into use, though.

In the list of surveys and patents and dating from before 1790, compiled front he records in the Surveyor's office of Augusta and in the Land Office of Virginia, the name of the person for whom the tract was surveyed or patented was followed first by the number of acres, by the year of the survey or grant, and then by a description of its location. Unless this was followed by a capital P (Patent), the tract was a survey. Otherwise, it was a patent granted in the same year.

The descriptions on record were often vague, and sometimes of little or no service. Owing to this circumstance, doubtless a few of the tracts mentioned are really within the limits of Bath or Pendleton, while a few thought to belong to one or the other of those counties may belong really in Highland. The original descriptions have generally been followed, and sometime it was evidently better to give a landmark of the present day. The date of patent was not in every case given. This was not always owing to a difficulty in identification. Sometimes the tract has been thrown into an inclusive survey of later date. Many of the surveys toward the end of the period were not patented until after 1790.

Abbrevations: CP for Copasture; BP for Bullpasture and BPMn for Bullpasture Mountain; Jr for Jackson's River; CB for Crabbottom; BC for Back Creek; SC forStraight Creek; br for branch or draft; n for near; mo for mouth; NF for North Fork; SF for South Fork' SB for South Branch; h'd for head; adj for adjoining; for for corner; NW for northwest, etc. "Adjoining himself" referred to a tract surveyed or patented by the person at an earlier date.

Going down through the listing I did find a few ancestral names that married into my Warwick, Gwin and Hull (Hohl) ancestry. There were the ARbogast, Carlile, Estill, Given, Gum, Hines, Lockridge, Matheny, Seybert, Slaven, Steuart, Wiley, Lightner.

My 4th Great Grandfather, David Gwin, is listed as such:

  1. (1) 48- 1780 JR - P. 1787.
  2. (2) 380 - 1780 - n. h'd of BC - P. 1786.
  3. (3) 56 - 1781 - BC, adj. Sam'l Gregory - P. 1787.
  4. (4) 100 - 1789 - JR.
  5. (5) 268 - 1789 - Dry Br. - P.

My 4th Great Grandfather, Peter Thomas Hull, III, had listings such as:
  1. (1) 97 - 1772 - h'd of JR, at Osten's Camp - P. 1773.
  2. (2) 160 - 1781 - CB, adj. himself - P.
  3. (3) 341 - 1782 - CB, adj. himself - P.
  4. (4) 198 - 1783 - CB.
  5. (5) 198 - 1783 CB.
  6. (6) 157 - 1785 Straight Fork?
  7. (7) 115 - 1785 - CB.
  8. (8) 32 1787 - h'd of N.F. on an "old path".

Peter's half-brother George was also listed along side of Peter. Peter as a popular name in my Hull ancestry with three or four Peter's to follow, before it split to an Adam and the female Hull's married into the Gwin's and Warwick's. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Highland County Virginia - Civil War 1861

Vol 14, Iss 14 Highland County, Virginia - This week we explore Highland county of Virginia and it's history and attitude of Highland people and the militia companies and the Battle of Camp Alleghany (13 December 1861, 105 acres, Pocahontas County, West Virginia) in the war of 1861 (Civil War) and how it affected Highland.

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In the presidential contest of 1860 the two great sections of the Union were arrayed against one another, each having a radical and a conservative candidate. The North presented Lincoln and Douglas. The South presented Breckenridge and Bell. Lincoln and Breckenridge represented the extremes in the four-sided contest. Only a handful of Southern men, and these in the border states, voted for Lincoln (Republican). Only a handful of Northern men, except in the small area where a fusion of the Douglas and Breckenridge followers was attempted, voted for Breckenridge. The conservative Douglas had a considerable number of votes in the South and the conservative Bell a considerable number in the North. Lincoln won the election because he was the successful candidate of the more populous section. Lincoln lacked a million votes of having a majority over the other three men.

It was the temper of the times that caused the political fight be be followed by the appeal to arms. In each section the conservative element came over to a more or less complete support of the radical, except in portions of the border states.

Highland gave a majority of more than 100 to Douglas, the Northern conservative. The vote in Highland was significant of the feeling of the people. It was Unionist from the Southern viewpoint. Secession was not in favor. Nine-tenths of the people were white, and the organization of society was more Northern than Southern.Yet the political sentiment was Southern. The river bottoms were largely held by a wealthy and influential class of slave holders. The commercial outlets were eastward, where the distinctive Southern feeling was still more pronounced. Unlike many counties west of the Alleghany, its social and industrial contact with the North was slight.

When the crisis came, in April of 1861, the people of Highland Valley followed their honest conceptions of civic duty, just as people did in all sections of the Union, both North and South. The mass of the Highland people sided with the action of their state, but there were some persons of undecided convictions. Some could not bring themselves to uphold secession and kept out of military service or went within the Federal lines.

George W. Hull was a delegate to the convention of 1861, opposed secession until President Lincoln's call on Virginia for 2,700 volunteers to help put down the revolution in the cotton states brought matters to a crisis. George Hull reluctantly, supported the measure.

George W. Hull/Hohl was a my 1st cousin 5 times removed through the following ancestors:

  1. Hannah KEISTER (1757 - 1837), Mother of George W.
  2. Frederick KEISTER (1730 - 1815), Father of Hannah Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825) Daughter of Frederick
  3. Esther (Hester) HULL (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther
  4. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther (Hester)
  5. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig
  6. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert
  7. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), father of Linda Kay McGill Wagner.

For the May term of court all the justices were summoned, and of the 20 the following were present: John Bird, Thomas L. Brown, Cornelius Colaw, Samuel C. Eagle, William W. Fleming, William Hevener, Josiah Hiner, Felix H. Hull, Henry C. Jones, Peter H. Kinkead, Franklin McNulty, John H. Pullin, Henry Seybert, Adam C. Stephenson, David Stephenson, Edward Steuart, and Zachariah Tomlinson.

The Highland company was mustered into service at Monterey, May 18, 1861. Its officers were Felix H. Hull, Captain; J. William Myers, 1st Lieutenant; Samuel A. Gilmor, 2nd Lieutenant, and Jesse Gilmor, 3rd Lieutenant. It marched the same day to join the army under Porterfield in its advance on Grafton. It was in the skirmish at Philippi and the small battles of Laurel Hill and Rich mountains. The defeated army had to move down the Cheat to the Northwestern Turnpike, follow that road into the South Branch Valley at Petersburg. It then marched up the river, reaching Monterey July 19, 1861. In this retreat the men suffered severely from bad weather and roads, hard marches, and a lack of equipment and provisions.

It was by this time that re-enforcements reached Monterey. The Highland company was over 100 strong, but it was divided. All the men front he east of Highland were put into a separate company, styled B, with Robert H. Bradshaw, Captain; William R. Keister, 1st Lieutenant; Andrew S. T. Davis, 2nd Lieutenant; and Harrison H. Jones, Orderly sergeant. At West View, in May of the 1862, there was a reorganization, where Bradshaw being re-elected. W. R. Lyman, a cadet of the Virginia Military Institute who had acted as drillmaster and had volunteered as a private, was now elected 1st lieutenant. Jones was promoted to be 2nd Lieutenant, and William C. Kincaid became 3rd Lieutenant. After the death of Bradshaw at Port Republic, Lyman became Captain. He resigned in the early spring of 1864, and the company was thereafter commanded by its Lieutenants, Kincaid and Pullin.

The other company was designated as E. Its captain was S. A. Gilmor, later succeeded by J. C. Matheny. The Lieutenants were J. S. Gilmor, A. F. Swadley, and David Bird. The two companies were attached to the 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry.

General Robert E. Lee took command in this section, and while in Monterey his headquarters was in the old corner house opposite the Methodist Church. He advanced to the Greenbrier, whence, September 11 and 12, he moved against General Reynolds, in position at Cheat Mountain and Elkwater. Finding the Federal position too strong he fell back after some skirmishing in which Colonel Washington was killed and some prisoners taken on each side. Some say that the orders of Lee were not properly followed. Son afterward he returned to Richmond leaving six regiments and two batteries not eh Greenbrier.

Finding transportation to the Greenbrier to difficult, Edward Johnson fell back up the Alleghany to pass on the turnpike a mile west of the Highland boundary. Here is where he established a fortified camp and went into winter quarters. Possession of this important thoroughfare was of much interest to each party.

On December 13th, guided by deserters, Milroy assailed Camp Alleghany at day break. Milroy's two columns of 900 men each failed to strike simultaneously and were repulsed and driven back after a hot engagement of eight hours. The Confederate force at this time consisted of the 25th, 31st and 52d Virginia Infantry, Hansborough's Battalion, the 12th Georgia, and the batteries of Lee and Miller; in all about 1,400 men. Four days after the battle the county clerk of Highland was ordered to remove his papers to a place of greater safety. The court protested against the use of its jail as a military prison, and orderd the commandant at Monterey to remove a Federal soldier named Thomas Carr.

The beginning of April the Army of the Northwest under Johnson consisted of 3,000 men and 12 guns. There were six regiments of infantry, the 12th Georgia, and the 25th, 31st, 44th, 52d and 58th Virginia, and a small force of cavalry. The main army was at Camp Alleghany, but there were small commands at Franklin, Crabbottom, Monterey, and Huntersville.

After the Civil War, the first county court after the close of hostilities met September 21, 1865. Eighteen members were present. During a subsequent period, ending with the restoration of local state government in 1870, many citizens were ineligible of local state government in 1870, many citizens were ineligible to office, being unable to act because of the nature of their connection with the Confederate army or government. Citizens on assuming office took the oath of allegiance to the Federal government. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

1949 Alva High Graduates & MORE

Vol 13, Iss 10 Alva, Oklahoma - [The photo on the left is an old 1949 news clipping of a couple of Alva High senior graduates: Lee Denner and EJ Paris.]

Feature #348 -- Francis Melkus gives us these Alva, Oklahoma memories, "The B & B Cafe was owned by Loraine Wright And Ruth Turner, sisters. Loraine was the head cook and Ruth was the Head waiter, she also was very Red-headed. Frankie Harth was also a waiter. My grandmother was a dishwasher there at one time. I worked next door at Blakemore's a grocery store from September 1954 until April of 1957. I then went to work at Safeway on the North side of the square. SAFEWAY was bought by Homeland. I was an assistant manager for Safeway for 9 years. I worked in Alva, Cherokee, Lubbock, Texas and in 5 locations in Amarillo, Texas. My career lasted for 46 years. I retired in June of 1999. What a ride. Thanks for letting me tell a short part of my life. - Francis R, Melkus a former OKIE"

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Frank Schmitt & DeGeer's Land -- Alva, OK - Grandpa R. I. DeGeer... Feature #1924 Margaret says, "My name is Margaret Schmitt Snow, my dad Frank Schmitt farmed Roy DeGeer's land when I was a little. girl."

Farry, OK & James Family Inquiry -- Feature #801 -- I am Nancy (James) Harger and I live in Freedm, Oklahoma. I am the daughter of Edwin and Joan James and my brother Gene lives in Perry. I would like all the imformation I could get on the Farry place and do have a lot from dad. I would love to get to know more of the family. My address is Nancy Harger po box 97, Freedom, OK 73842."

Another 1864 Home Comfort Stove FOR SALE - Feature #980 -- Dalton Morgan comments, "I have the same stove and it is a 1864 model. I was wanting to know what kind of price you had on yours. I need to know something so I can sell mine. Mine is in great shape to." View/Write Comments (count 4)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Air Tour - June 1, 1946

Vol 12, Iss 46 Waynoka, Oklahoma - In Vol. 7, Iss. 8, dated February 26, 2005, we had a photo with information that read, "This photo was taken June 1, 1946 during an Air Tour we believe was at the Waynoka airport, in NW Oklahoma. Why we say Waynoka is because the gentlemen on the left with his back to the camera is Roscoe Kelsey. Next to Roscoe is Gene McGill with his wife Vada. On the far right in the background is another gentlemen by the name of Oscar Callison."

R. Callison left a comment stating, "Yes! That is O. S. Callison in the background." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Kemper Military School Class of '38

Vol 12, Iss 3 For those family genealogists searching proof of their ancestors that went to Kemper Military school, high school and junior college, in Boonsville, Missouri during the 1938 time period, you might want to run down the list of students that we have transcribed of the Class of 1938, 1939 thru 1943 classes.

We did find a mention and photograph of Clyde Winston Garrett, of Eastland, Texas listed in the Class of 1940. We do not have all the photos scanned as of yet, but we are still working on them for later issues of the OkieLegacy ezine. Thanks for bearing with us!

The names read from left to right, starting at the top and moving down each row.

Class of 1938:
Top Row:
Richard Rowe Anwyl, Valley Junction, IA;
Bernard Opison Arado Bailey, Newton, IA;
Sargent Buckingham Barnes, Decatur, IL;
James Griffith Barney, Cape Girardeau, MO.;
Frank Richards Becker, OKC, OK;
William Wilson Beckett, Kansas City, MO;
Conrad William Bischof, St. Louis, MO;
Howard Norman Bischof, St. Louis, MO;
Roy Logan Boals, Fairbury, NE;

2nd Row:
Henry Joseph Boehner, Chillicothe, MO;
J. Philip Boerstler, Henryetta, OK;
Allen Markel Boggs, Plain Dealing, LA;
Joe Mark Bower, Tulsa, OK;
Fred Brinkop, St. Louis, MO;
Ronald Earle Britton, Atlantic, IA;
Dale Eldon Buchanan, Chanute, KS;
Gordon Fulton Burnett, Fargo, ND;
Birn Cardner, Byers, TX;

3rd Row:
J. Lee Carter, Wellington, KS;
Gilbert Irving Clark, Eastland, TX;
Richard Cain Colby, OKC, OK;
Harry Ray Cook, OKC, OK;
Matthew Ervin Culp, Duncan, OK;
Howard J. Curry, Ava, MO;
I. Thomas Curry, Lebanon, MO;
William Frederick Dahlstrom, Bloomfield, NE;
John Robert Davidson, Mount Vernon, IL;

4th Row:
Russell Loury Davies, Kansas City, MO;
Gilbert Arthur Dourlass, Storm Lake, IA;
Gray Hartwell Doyle, CArbondale, IL;
Herbert Halliday Ewing, Cairo, IL;
Maurice Leroy Filson, Wewoka, OK;
Charles William Finley, McLean, TX;
Newton Gates Flippen, Dallas, TX;
James Byrne Francis, Dallas, TX;
Billy Valega Freeman, OKC, OK;

5th Row:
Donald Francis Gordon, Chillicothe, MO;
William Olus Greer, Kansas City, MO;
William Edward Greiner, Dallas, TX;
J. D. Hostetter Haley, Bowling Green, MO;
Dominic Hart, Fort Worth, TX;
Jack Monroe Haus, St. Louis, MO;
John Jacob Helfrich, Wichita, KS;
James Shackelford Herring, Glasgow, Mo;
Daniel Robert Hopkins, Topeka, KS;

Bottom Row:
Lyle Edward Jones, Slater, Mo;
Wilbur Lincoln Kent, Caruthersville, MO;
Henry Floyd Kinyon, West Plains, MO;
Edwin Newton Kittrell, Tyler, TX;
Sturat Bateman Lambert, Lesingon, OK;
Carl Emil Lauer, Port Arthur, TX;
Walter Carey McClelland, Des Moines, IA;
Bob Lee McGill, Alva, OK;
George Walker Macpherson, Joplin, MO.
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Insight Into Grandpa Bill McGill

Vol 11, Iss 39 William Jacob (John) "Bill" McGill was born 29 June 1880. Bill played baseball in the Major (St. Louis Browns, 1907) and Minor (Austin Senators, 1906 ) Leagues. In his later life he encouraged sports in his two sons (Gene and Robert).

One of the Baseball leagues he played for was the St. Louis Browns around 1907. During and after his baseball days, he came back to Alva, Oklahoma (1909); married my grandmother in 1910; and continued in the furniture business with his Older brother (James Acel McGill, bachelor).

Do your ancestors recall listening to the World Series at the McGill Brothers Furniture Store, in Alva, Oklahoma, where Bill and James McGill brought out their radio and a electronic board that they had fixed up in shape of a baseball diamond and would invite the whole town to keep tabs on the World Series game. I am told everyone shoved into the store during that time of the World Series. I wonder what ever happened to that "electronic board" they used back in the early 1900s?

Vital Statistics From Grandpa's Li'l Notebook

* 27 & 29 March 1931 -- That night there was snow in and around Alva, Oklahoma. Altogether there was 12 inches of snow that year.
* Alva High School building burned. All musical instuments burned. Bob had his horn at factory.
* Oct 29th, 1932 -- Old man Bob took his Marcella Metcalf out for a little model A Ford ride... his first.
* Sept 11, 1934 -- Well! Merle started for OU this morning (ma took him) am anxious to see what the kid is made of. He says he is going in for real work! Guess we will know in a few months. Yes we know! Bob also started to College.
* July 2, 1935 -- Merle went to N. Mex to a little school. Trying to make the grade to go to Dr. School at Okla. City.
* Sept 9, 1935 -- Ma is taking Bob to school at Norman. Merle going to OKC to see about school. Sure hope he gets in. Again time will tell. Here's hoping.
* Sept 7, 1936 -- Bob left for Kemper and Merle went back to Norman.
* Sept. 3rd, 1939, Sunday, 5am, England - War declared - US Germany. Just as well be now as any time. It has to be with "Old Hitler" in there. Guess we will be in there soon.

Click the following link for more on Grandpa Bill McGill's legacy
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1948 - Gene & Baby Linda

Vol 11, Iss 18 Could not resist sharing this baby picture I ran across of NW Okie taken around 1948 when she was just a baby. Her dad, Gene McGill, is standing out in the pasture out west of Alva and north of Waynoka, Oklahoma, holding baby Linda up in the air. Did you notice no diapers on lower have and showing a bare bottom?

I have seen other photos taken of Dorthy and Connie in their earlier years, with their backsides to the camera and their long hair and no clothes. Some day in the future we shall share those photos.

NW Okie doesn't know that I shared this, but I do not think she would mind.
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John Glen Smith Obit - 1926-2009

Vol 11, Iss 4 Last weekend our Uncle John Smith died, January 19, 2009. His obituary can be viewed at this link: Redinger Funeral Home - John Smith Obit. I do have a phone number where you can contact the oldest daughter of John & Geneva (Paris) Smith: Jeanette (Smith) Engle phone number: 405-352-4083.

IF ... you missed the memorial service January 24, 2009 in Seiling and burial in Orion, Oklahoma, you can sign the online guestbook. It allows you to send private condolences to the family. Type your name, address and message; click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the obituary. Your message will be sent to the family via their secured guestbook. Only family members will have access to viewing your message.

Did you know the Paris family of Chester, Oklahoma? Are they related to you? Share your memories of Uncle John and Chester (Cottonwood Corners) with the OkieLegacy eZine!

Memorial Video of John Glen Smith -- Here is John Glen Smith's Obit below:

JOHN GLEN SMITH, son of Earl and Effie (Maxwell) Smith, was born May 10, 1926 at Freedom, Oklahoma. He departed this life on Monday, January 19, 2009 at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Clinton. He was 82 years of age.

John was two years of age when he was taken to an orphanage in Helena following tragedy with his parents. Soon after entering the orphanage, Lawrence and Cora Kragh brought him to their home in Chester where he began his school years at Gardenvale School.

At the age of eleven years, John went to live with Fred and Esther Strecker in Chester. He attended Seiling High School until the age of seventeen when he entered the United States Navy and served in the "Asiatic-Pacific Campaign" and the "Philippine Liberation Campaign" during World War II. He was honorably discharged April 20, 1946 at which time he returned to his home in Chester.

He was united in marriage to Geneva Paris August 2, 1947 at Alva. They made their home at Chester where they raised their three children: Jeanette Kay, Ronald Scott and Barbara Gayle.

John and Geneva owned and operated John Smith Mobil Service Station nineteen years. John was also a self employed welder and operated Johns Welding for several years.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, a member of the American Legion and a 32nd degree Masonic Lodge member. He enjoyed hunting, bowling and playing cards. He attended the Elm Grove Community Church.

He is survived by two daughters: Jeanette Engle of Minco and Barbara Walton of Fairview; one son: Ron Smith and wife Karen of Chickasha; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; one foster sister: Vickie Jones and husband Ron of Yukon, besides many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his biological parents, both sets of foster parents and his foster brother, Karl Kragh.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Elm Grove Community Church with Pastor Orville White, officiating. Interment will follow in the Orion Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy. Services are under the direction of the Redinger Funeral Home in Seiling.

Linda McGill Wagner
PO Box 619, Bayfield, CO 81122 -- or --
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1944 Coyote Hunters

Vol 10, Iss 20 My dad (Gene McGill) use to hunt coyotes in northwest Oklahoma with his buddies in his earlier years. Perhaps you heard of some of coyote hunting stories or knew of someone who hunted with Gene a long time ago.

The picture to the left was taken around 1944 on one of those prosperous flying hunting trips. We are not quite sure who the young man was in this photo. Gene is on the right and the coyote (Wiley) is hanging in the middle. Can you help us identify the young coyote hunter on the left?
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Fall 1947, W. B. Hull vs. State of OK

Vol 10, Iss 18 When David was going through stuff in our Maple street house, he found this interesting old Subpoena in Criminal Case No. 1091 -- District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, State of Oklahoma vs. W. B. Hull.

The Subpoena commanded the following individuals to appear before the district court, 12 November 1947, 10:00 o'clock a.m., to give testimony, and the truth in the W. B. Hull case. Those mentioned in the subpoena were Gene McGill, Marion Gardner, Dewey Randall, Nels Nelson and G. B. Brown.

This was a few months before my time, so I no recollecion and not even a clue as to what this Fall 1947 case was about. Nor why my dad, Gene McGill, had to testify in the W. B. Hull case.

I was hoping this 1947 subpoena might jog some memories of some old timers out there -- causing them to remember back to the Fall of 1947 so we could fill in the "Rest of the Story." Thanks for any help or information that you might give to shed some light on the W. B. Hull Saga vs State of Oklahoma.
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Kansas McGill Brothers

Vol 8, Iss 42 Last week we learned that the Edwards county McGill family settled in Lewis, Kansas in the early 1800's from New York State. There are no McGill's left in Lewis, Kansas except for those buried in the family plot in the Wayne Township cemetery near Lewis, Kansas, in Edwards county. The graves date back to the early 1800's.

We also found out that the immediate McGill family moved to Cheyenne Wells, Colorado in 1948; then to California in the mid-1950's. Also, there is mention of the McGill's at the Dodge City, Boot Hill museum, a buffalo hunter McGill buried on Boot Hill.

  • Frank McGill -- a Gentleman Farmer and Showman, traveled with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. He looked a lot like Bill Cody and would stand in for him when Buffalo Bill was too drunk to ride (so the family story goes). Frank's wife was a little French women and ran the farm. Frank died May, 1939.
  • Merle J. McGill -- Frank's son, passed away in 1980 at age 80. Merle J. was married twice, his second wife retired in Kinsley, Kansas (9 miles west of Lewis, Kansas) in the early 1970's. Merle J. and his first wife had the following children:
  • Merle Eugene "Gene" McGill -- born 1932 (age 74 to date), lives with his oldest daughter and family on a farm near Union, Arkansas. One of his daughters is Melody (McGill) Paddock.
  • Robert Lee "Bob" McGill -- born August, 1939 (age 67 to date), living on the Central Coast of California. Bob has three daughters and eight grandchildren living in California and Nevada.
We are researching to see if these McGill's are related somehow to our northwest Oklahoma McGill's. After looking at a map, Lewis, Kansas looks to be straight North of Alva, Oklahoma following highway 281 (about 119 miles) to highway 50, east of Dodge City, Kansas. We will have to check out Lewis, Kansas and the cemetery in Wayne Township when we head towards Alva, Oklahoma during the first week of November 2006.
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In Memory of Our Father - Gene McGill...

Vol 8, Iss 24 In memory of our father (Gene McGill, deceased since June 16, fathers day, 1986), we found this photo of our father on one of his flying trips. The photo we believe is an old photo taken around the early 1960s at a small airfield somewhere in Colorado. Looking through a magnifying glass at the writing on the right side, we can make out "Field Elev. 7655." The thin gentleman on the left with the crew cut is Gene McGill. We are not sure who the gentleman is on the right. AND... that is not Gene's airplane. Gene may have been flying someone to and from some business, politcal trip in another person's airplane. Also... Those two gas pumps are "Crown" gas pumps. See the crowns on top? If anyone out there can make out anything more in the old photo, we would love to hear from you by email or in the comments below. Thanks for your help.

Happy Fathers Day to ALL Fathers out there!
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Shawnee Chief Cornstalk...

Vol 6, Iss 8 Another reader sent us some information he found online concerning the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and the Battle around Point Pleasant and Lord Dunmores battle in Virginia in the late 18th century. The reason that tidbit of information is interesting to this writer is because one of my Warwick ancestors (Jacob Warwick the 2nd) was a captain in that battle. Jacob, II and John Warwick were two of the sons of Lt. Wm Jacob Warwick. I believe I figured that Jacob, II was my 5th-Great-Uncle and John was my 5th-Great-Grandpa. My 4th-Great-Grandpa (Wm. Warwick) married Nancy Agnes Craig and they settled in Greenbriar county above Sinking Creek near the Richlands. As the lineage progresses back to this writer it is as follows... Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull (3rd-Great-Grandparents)- Wm. Fechtig Warwick & Phebea Anthea Pray (2nd-Great-Grandparents) - John Robert Warwick & Signora Belle Guinn (Great-Grandparents) - Constance Estella Warwick & Wm. J. McGill (Grandparents) - Gene McGill & Vada Paris (Parents) - Linda McGill & David Wagner - Michael & Robert Wagner (sons). You can find out more about the Warwick's, Point Pleasant Battle starting over at Warwick/.

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NEW Photo Gallery...

Vol 7, Iss 2 Before we head out of here for the weekend, here is a NEW Photo Gallery over at early 1900s photo taken by McColloch Studio, McPherson, KS - May be one of Unce Bob McGill's female friends

These old Photos include an Unknown Wedding party; collage of our Dad's (Gene McGill) airplane & family and fishing photos from the earlier days; collage of Grandpa Bill McGill and his 2nd wife, Blanche; and some Unknown female friends of our Uncle Bob McGill. The unknown female friends all have that "bobbed, perm" hairstyle. I love the picture from the McColloch Studio, McPherson, Kansas (on the left). The photo on the right is a photo taken by the Ellis Studio, Alva, Oklahoma. If you recognize any of the photos (or know of someone who might know), give us a ring at our email address: Thanks for your help!

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More on W. B. Hull's 1946 Anit-Aircraft Shooting

Vol 10, Iss 22 I haven't been able to get any farther on this 1946-47 anti-aircraft shooting case #3442 and do not know if Hull actually served jail time or what happened in the case.

From rumors that we have come across in the Alva, OK area, we understand Hull never served time for shooting at Gene McGill's airplane in 1946.

We did our newspaper article search through December, 1947 and found nothing on the case after the last article of January 20, 1947.

While we were down in the musty courthouse basement, time was running short and we didn't want to get locked in the basement at closing time. So... we had to quit for the day. There are lots of shelves of old records and boxes and not enough time to go through all of the musty records in the Woods county courthouse basement.

WHAT IF... Hull's gunshots had struck the fuel tank and caused the light airplane to crash, killing Gene McGill and Marion Gardner? Where would Northwest Oklahoma and Woods County be today? There would have been no "Okielegacy Ezine" that you are reading today! This NW Okie had not even been conceived back in December 22, 1946. There would have been only two McGill Sisters. AND... What about Marion Gardner's family back in December 1946?

If anyone out there knows something more, we would love to hear and share your information on this 1946-47 aircraft shooting case #3442 in Woods County, Oklahoma.
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1960 - John Cronley's Once Over by E. M. Barker

Vol 10, Iss 25 While searching through The Oklahoman archives online, I came across this interesting article written by E. M. Barker and sent to The Daily Oklahoma sports editor, John Cronley for his Once Over column. It appeared March 3, 1960, on page 33, "... Some folks might have wondered when Gene McGill, ordinarily a mild-mannered man, stiffened his upper lip and stayed right in there and pitched when the governor was trying so hard to shell him from the mound ... Although he has no athletic record of his own, his father, the late Bill McGill, is regarded as Alva's most fabulous athlete.".

"The readers write -- well, at least one got through the tundra by carrier pigeon. Taking over at this point is E. M. Barker, sports editor of the Review-Courier in Alva.

"Have read your column religiously ever since you started writing it. Agree with you on most of your comments and get a lot of information I wouldn't otherwise. I have met you on several occasions down at Norman as I sat in the press box as a friend of Harold Keith.

"Have something that should interest the people of Oklahoma as well as yourself, who have a nostalgic yearning for the facts concerning those who helped make athletic history.

Some folks might have wondered when Gene McGill, ordinarily a mild-mannered man, stiffened his upper lip and stayed right in there and pitched when the governor was trying so hard to shell him from the mound.

"Here's the answer, Although he has no athletic record of his own, his father, the late Bill McGill, is regarded as Alva's most fabulous athlete.

"Standing 6-2 and weighing about 190 pounds, he first attracted attention as a pitcher while attending Friends University (Wichita, Kan.) on a baseball scholarship.

"After two years at Friends University, he enrolled at Northwestern State, then called Alva Normal. Once he attended a state track meet and got the medal as all-around athlete. There was little that he couldn't do at a track meet.

He Tries High Jump
"He never jumped before and they wanted him to try the high jump. After all but Bill had finished he told them to raise the bar to six feet.

"He commented later, "I jumped over easily and later I learned they were diving over the bar instead of jumping. I believe if they had let me dive I could have gone over 10 feet.

"After finishing the season with the Browns, he got homesick and came back to Alva to go into the furniture business with his brother, Jim, and they quit after 50 years.

"Gene never cared for baseball but turned to farming and ranching, and at one time was known all over Oklahoma as dan of the Flying Farmers.

"Bill excelled in sports and for years was Alva's leading golfer. He had few peers as a hunter and many envied his fine markmanship. He died August 7, 1959, at the age of 77.

"Categorically the careers of Bill and Gene differed sharply. Gene had no truck for competitive sports. But when it came to the great outdoors, once again their trails met as they tramped the untilled soil of Woods County in quest of the elusive stubble duck and migratory fowl.

Helps Game Situation
Charley Albright, former state senator and offtimes hunting companion of Gene, will tell you he has few superiors as a wing shot. Bill used to call him Hurry-Up Yost. "Young men today hunt too fast. They do not give the dog a chance to hunt out all the good places," Bill fumed. But Gene differed.

"The day of the old fashioned bob whites, which used to be sitting ducks for the pioneers, is gone. These new generations of quail move faster," Gene countered.

Hunters in northwest Oklahoma are very appreciative of the efforts of young McGill to re-stock the country with quail and pheasants, and he has done this often at his own expense.

Added to this, he has provided his own plane on numerous occasions to spot coyotes for his neighbors.

A successful rancher and farmer, people gradually became aware that this young man is fully cognizant of what makes the earth tick and is well acquainted with political issues.

His father once said, "Once Gene has made up his mind, nothing can change it. Oh, well, just another McGill, I guess. A chip off the old block."

Record Score Posted
AND it was while pitching at Friends that a duel with Art Griggs of Washburn gave rise to one of the most unusual games ever played in the Texas League. Griggs defeated McGill, 4-0, as he personally accounted for all Washburn scores by lacing out a couple of home runs.

This infuriated McGill, and right then and there they made an agreement that if they ever met again each pitcher would go the route without relief.

This resulted in the most lopsided game played in the history of the Texas League, with Austin defeating San Antonio, 44-0. McGill was the victor.

That was the season McGill was the leading pitcher in the Texas League while hanging up the most strikeouts. He also led the league in batting. Using a blinding fast ball and cross-fire delivery, he was sold that Fall to the St. Louis Browns for $500, then a big sum.

His most notable game in the majors was a 2-2 tie with the Cleveland Indians, called in the 12th inning on account of darkness.

He once told me, "I could have won easily, but I just couldn't get the ball past the Cleveland second baseman, a man by the name of Napoleon Lajole. But if I had brought my Austin outfield with me I could have still won. Those Browns just wouldn't hustle like the boys in the Texas League."

Bill used a bat made by a friend out of a wagon tongue, said to be the largest bat ever used in the Texas League. It weighed 64 ounces.
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Tribute to Jack Eugene Lenhart...

Vol 8, Iss 2 We Remember JACK EUGENE LENHART -- Woods County, in Northwest Oklahoma lost another special, great icon last week. I particularly remember the time that Lenhart's bought sod grass from our dad (Gene McGill) and we helped the Lenhart's plug it in to their yard back in the 1960's. Besides that... Jack and Gene shared the same middle name, Eugene, until Gene changed his name to Gene M. McGill.

Funeral services for Jack Lenhart, age 77, were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at the Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sean Evans, pastor of the Alva First Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.

A Little bit about Jack... He was the son of the late Russell James and Clara Bell (Mincher) Lenhart. Jack was born May 10, 1928, in Alva, Oklahoma, and passed away December 31, 2005, at Share Convalescent Home in Alva, at the age of 77 years, 7 months, and 21 days.

Jack was known by many as a great storyteller. He played basketball, football and ran track in high school. He was awarded the "Omar Hill Award" as the outstanding football player his senior year (1945-46) at Alva High. Jack graduated from Alva High School with the class of 1946. As a youth, he worked in the Golden Crust Bakery on the east side of the downtown square in Alva, Oklahoma.

It was during the start of the Korean War that Jack and Bonnie Eden were married in Newton, Texas. This was six weeks before Jack left for Korea where he spent two years as a chef with the 45th Division in the United States Army. While serving in Korea he was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the service Jack went into farming and ranching with his father-in-law, Rudy Eden.

Jack was a member of the Cattlemens Association, the VFW, the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Old Cowhand Association. As a supporter of the Freedom Rodeo, he donated meat and helped work the concession stands.

Jack was known as a hardworking, generous, fun loving man affectionately known as "Big Jack" who always had a story for his friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dick Lenhart. Jack is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Alva; two daughters, Jana Thiesing and her family of Alva; Keri Myers and her family of Kingfisher; four grandchildren, Kassy Thiesing, Kaylee Thiesing, of Alva; Cale and Paige Myers, of Kingfisher.
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Our Great-Grandpa, John R. Warwick

Vol 9, Iss 30 I just love this old photo (dated January 1903) of Great-Grandpa John Warwick on the left. Great-Grandpa John Warwick is seated on the right with his brother, Pete, on the left. We are not quite sure who the gentleman standing in the background. It may have been another brother ... or friend.

Lots of things have happened since those 100+ years that our Warwick & McGill pioneers settled here in the northwest corner of the Cherokee Strip, near Alva, Freedom and Waynoka. It all began with our Great-Grandpa, John Robert Warwick, a pioneer citizen of Woods County (M), Oklahoma Territory.

John R. Warwick was born April 9, 1857 at Frost, Pocahontas County, West Virginia. John married Signora Belle Gwin at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, in January 16, 1882. Three children (Constance Estelle, Robert Lee & Wilbur) were born to this union.

As his obituary states, 'John Warwick, as known to the entire county, came from a long line of fighting stock, and was never known to be afraid. Panics, hard times, sickness, death itself could come, but he remained calm. He lived on the theory that the sun set - but that it later arose!

John Warwick'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 -- taught school at Coldwater, waiting for the opening of Oklahoma�s Cherokee Strip for settlement. John made the Run, September 16, 1893.

As he was accustomed to the water & wood in abundance on the wooded hills & plains of West Virginia, he looked first for wood & 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 & water farm -- bought level wheat land 5 miles south of Alva. This is where John and his wife (known to many in the Freedom area as 'Sigga') 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 Warwick's land passed down to his daughter, Constance Estelle (Warwick) McGill - to his great-granddaughters - eventually, forming the McGill Sisters family farm Corporation which has continued in operation in the Fairvalley & Freedom area since 1982, in Northwest Oklahoma.
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Air Tour - June 1, 1946

Vol 7, Iss 8 This next photo was taken June 1, 1946 during an Air Tour we believe was at the Waynoka airport, in NW Oklahoma. Why we say Waynoka is because the gentlemen on the left with his back to the camera is Roscoe Kelsey. Next to Roscoe is Gene McGill with his wife Vada. On the far right in the background is another gentlemen by the name of Oscar Callison. View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

1964, McGill Signals Fresh Leadership Battle in State Democratic Party

Vol 19, Iss 5 Remember back to 1964 when "right to work" was the heat of campaigns in Oklahoma Politics? My dad, Gene McGill, was wanting the Democratic party to remain neutral on the controversial Issue of "right to work." The executive committee of Democratic Party overrode McGill's objections and voted 8-7 to place the party on record opposing right to work legislation.

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In The Lawton Constitution, Lawton, Oklahoma, dated 20 January 1964, Monday, page 17, the headlines read: "McGill Signals Fresh Leadership Battle In State Democratic Party," written by Gaylord Shaw.

OKC (AP) -- Gene McGill, outgoing state Democratic chairman, said he plans to take an active role in election of his successor.

McGill's statement could signal a fresh fight for party control - perhaps similar to battles which erupted in 1960 and 1962 when he survived attempts to oust him.

The chairman also squared off against a majority of the party's Executive committee in a hassle for control of the party's biennial reorganization procedure.

The committee jolted McGill Sunday by creating a "committee on committees" which would have virtual control of the vital state central committee meeting in late March.

Contacted for comment not he committee's action, McGill told a newsman he never promised to remain neutral int he race for chairman.

McGill said that when he announced he would not seek re-election, "I said I would not try to dictate who my successor would be and I don't intend to. I'm certainly not going to stand here and let something like this happen." McGill was referring to the committee's action. McGill said, "I said I would remain active in party affairs. I certainly plan to."

McGill said he would not oppose any candidate seeking the post he has held during four stormy years. But he added, "I will be for someone."

He did not mention any names, but sources say McGill is almost certain to work against one avowed candidate, Smith Hester of Purcell. Hester is an Executive Committee member and a bitter critic of McGill.

McGill indicated he plans to brush aside the Executive Committee's action in forming the new panel. Executive Committee members will be up for re-election about two weeks before the central committee meeting, and McGill apparently believes some members will not be re-elected.

"It's been the practice int eh past for the chairman to appoint committees for the slate central committee meeting, " McGill said.

"I plan to make appointments to these committees after consulting with new Executive Committee members."

The resolution forming the "committee on committees" was adopted despite McGill's objections at a Sunday afternoon Executive Committee meeting.

The new panel would make arrangements for and set the date of the central committee meeting which must be held before March 31. State party officers, including chairman, will be elected at that meeting.

The Executive Committee also adopted a resolution forming a committee to audit state party financial records. McGill did not object to this resolution, saying a private auditor is now completing such a check.

McGill, a wealthy Alva rancher, has been at odds with several Executive Committee members for several months. Late last year, the committee called itself into special session and stripped McGill of a majority of appointments to the key platform committee.

A month later, the group overrode McGill's objections and voted 8-7 to place the party on record opposing right-to-work legislation. McGill wanted the party to remain neutral on the controversial issue.

Nine of the 15 Executive Committee were named to the "committee on committees." S. M. (Buddy) Wilcoxson of Shawnee was chairman. Other members were Paul Kenner, Sayre; Mrs. Warren Shear, Duncan; Mrs. Lucille Lawter, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Marguerite Stephenson, Seminole; J. C. Cobb, aRdmore; Ronald Ford, Helena; Mrs. Janice Lang, Hunter; and Mrs. Grace Hudling, Hubbert.

Mrs. Stephenson was named chairman of the auditing committee. Other members were Ford, Mrs. Long, Wilcoxson, Mrs. Shear, Mrs. Larry Eakins of Ardmore and Mrs. Winona Hogue of Chelsea.
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(December 1945) Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers

Vol 17, Iss 35 Alva, OKlahoma - According to the 1945, December 13, news article that appeared in "The Ada Weekly News," page seven, via Stillwater, Oklahoma, December 11, 1945, there was this clipping concerning an "Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers."

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Stillwater, Okla., Dec. 11 (1945) -- Gene McGill, Alva, would head the national flying farmers association.

McGill was elected yesterday (10 Dec. 1945) by Oklahoma flying farmers preparing to incorporate and expand the group on a nationwide basis. McGill said the first organization work probably would be done in Kansas and Texas.

Forrest Watson, Thomas, president of the Oklahoma group, was named to the national board of directors. Arvid Temple, Buffalo, was named vice president of the nation association. Other national officers" R. M. Irvin, Woodward, secretary-treasurer, and Mrs. Todd Davis, Minco, and Cecil Neville, Chickasha, directors.

Three places on the board of directors were left open. Other state joining the association would elect officers to fill them. The group's first national convention would be held in Stillwater, the first week of August.
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Warwick, Gwin, Hull and Eckard Relations

Vol 16, Iss 28 Monterey, VA - I recently gathered some old family photos my Warwick, Gwin, Hohl (Hull) and Eckard relations that lived in the vicinity of Monterey, Vanderpoole and Mountain Grove, Virginia. I have put them on my Facebook page in a photo album entitled Monterey Virginia.

Check them out below and see if any are related to your ancestors. My dad (Gene McGill) is the young boy, seated on porch, third from left. I believe it was taken in the 1920s when my grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) was doing her research for her DAR for Capt. David Gwin. Anyway . . . Grandmother got her DAR papers around 1925. Besides the Facebook album (Monterey Virginia), you can see more Warwick-Gwin photographs at Paristimes Pioneers (Warwick Album).

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Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20 November 1746

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

28 May 1751

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

31 May 1751
Margaret, relict of Wm. McGill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Craighead Family - by James Geddes Craighead

Vol 13, Iss 19 Tennessee - On page 116, of The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead (1658-1876), written by Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D., It shows a Samuel G. Craighead, son of William and Jane Gillespie Craighead; born 13 May 1814; married 22 Feb. 1838, Nancy McGill, who was born 28 Apr 1814. They resided at Sulphur Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee. Samuel G. Craighead was a part of the fourth generation of the Craighead family.

Their Children were:

  • 1. William H., born 6 Nov 1840; died 8 Dec 1840.
  • 2. Margaret M, born 22 Oct 1842; married 6 Apr 1865 to William I. Julian; died 3 Apr 1867, leaving a son B. R. Julian, born 8 Apr 1866
  • 3. Beriah G., born 4 Aug 1846
  • 4 Newton C., born 5 Apr 1849, died 10 Nov 1868

William Craighead was the oldest son of Capt. Robert and Hannah Clark Craighead. William was born in North Carolina, 1 Oct 1778, and married Jane Gillespie. William was a highly respected citizen of Lebanon, Tenn., serving for a long time as a civil magistrate in Knox county, Tennessee and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Lebanon. Will died 21 Mar 1835. William and Jane Gillespie Craighead children:
  • 1. John V., born 1800; died unmarried 8 Sep 1827;
  • 2. Robert Clark, born 1802; died unmarried 29 Aug 1823.
  • 3. Thomas G., born 19 Aug 1805; married Rutelia Armstrong.
  • 4. Hannah Malinda, born 20 May 1809; married Samuel S. Thatcher.
  • 5. William, born 25 Aug 1811; died unmarried 15 Aug 1835.
  • 6. Samuel G., born 15 May 1814; married Nancy McGill.
  • 7. Benjamin Alexander, born 12 Aug 1816; died 29 Aug 1816
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Highland County Virginia Pioneers & Battle of Guilford

Vol 13, Iss 16 Highland County, Virginia - The "History of Highland County Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton, shows that our Paternal 4th Great-Grandfather, Capt. David GWIN, fought in the Battle of Guilford.

The History of Highland County Virginia, also states this about the Augusta pioneers, "The Augustans also backed up their words with bullets. Men who at that time or later were residents of Highland served in Washington's army. They also helped to guard the western frontier against the Indian allies of the British. Highland county men under Captain David GWIN marched to the support of General Greene in 1781 and took part in the Battle of Guilford.

There a large majority of the Virginia militia fought so well that Greene wished he could have known of it beforehand. He had reason for his doubts, because the American militia had often behaved badly in battle. But on the field of Guilford the raw Virginians helped very much in making the nominal victory of Cornwallis a crushing defeat in reality. He lost a third of his men and had to get out of North Carolina in hot haste.

The companies raised in Augusta were expected to consist of expert riflemen. Each man was to "furnish himself with a good rifle, if to be had, otherwise with a tomahawk, common firelock, bayonet, pouch or cartouch box, and three charges of powder and ball."

What was a "cartouch box?"

On affidavit that the rifleman could not supply himself as above, he was to be supplied at public expense. For furnishing his equipment he was allowed a rental of one pound ($3.33) a year. His daily pay was to be 21 cents. Out of this was an allowance for "hunting shirt, pari of leggings, and binding for his hat."

Our KINCAID Family Lineage and how it fits in to our GWIN Lineage with Captain David GWIN. See below:

* James Kincaid (1612 - 1700) is your 8th great grandfather
* James Kincaid V (1635 - 1700) Son of James, 7th great grandfather
* David KINCAID (1683 - 1779) Son of James, 6th great grandfather
* Jean Kincade (1718 - 1790) Daughter of David, 5th great grandmother
* David (Capt.) GWIN (1742 - 1822) Son of Jean, 4th great grandfather
* James GWIN (1774 - 1844) Son of David (Capt.), 3rd great grandfather
* Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871) Son of James, 2nd great grandfather
* Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934) Daughter of Samuel, great grandmother
* Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968) Daughter of Signora Belle GWIN, grandmother
* Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986) Son of Constance Estella, father
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene McGill & Vada Eileen PARIS View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Rural One-Room Schools

Vol 12, Iss 26 Oklahoma Territ - We did some research online and found some interesting tidbits concerning the rural one-room schoolhouses they had in the later nineteenth century and early 1900s. In some cases the one-room school houses often served as the community centers and churches and were among the first structures built in Oklahoma Territory. It was the focus of the community and the activities were considered of interest to everyone.

Farmers donated a piece of the land to build a one-room schoolhouse and boarded the teachers. Teachers pay was not much compared to today, but for back then it might have been a decent wage and respectful job for young ladies and men.

Also, I have found where the school session lasted anywhere from 70 days, 100 days to 3-1/2 months.

Early schools were often subscription schools where each child paid $1.00 per month while attending, which usually went to paying the $20 to $25 dollars to the teacher.

Eighth grade level was required for graduating from one-room schoolhouses. Students would gather in the one-room school, where one teacher prepared individual lessons for as many as thirty students.

Paper was a scarce luxury, so students worked on individual slate boards or at the blackboard. Drilling, memorization and recitation were the teacher's tools. Younger students learned by hearing the lessons of the higher levels many times. Furnishings in the room might have included the U. S. flag, a bookcase, maps or a globe, pictures of a president or two, and whatever other decorations the teacher could provide.

Student desks were aligned in rows on either side of a pot-bellied stove in the middle of the room. Usually, girls sat on one side and boys on the other. Hooks or nails were provided on the wall at the back of the room, where students hung their coats. There was also a bench for removing overshoes and under which students could place their lunches. Usually there was a crock or bucket for water with one dipper, which everyone used.

Teachers required a stricter standard of discipline than students follow today. At all times, students sat with both feet on the floor facing forward in their desks. When not doing tasks, they kept their hands folded on the desk or in their laps. Students did not speak without raising their hand, receiving permission, and then standing.

Have you ever heard from your grandparents or great grandparents about having to walk seven miles to the one-room schoolhouses? What about stories of a form of punishment where the teacher had a disobedient student draw a small circle high on the blackboard. The teacher then had the disruptive student stretch to place their nose in the circle. For more serious offenses the teacher might require a student to stand for a time with arms outstretched, palms up, holding a heavy book on each hand. A ruler rapped sharply across the hand usually improved a student's behavior or brought roving attention back to the work at hand.

An early school day began for the teacher, who arrived in time to bring in the coal, wood to start the fire and prepare for the day. At 9:00 the teacher emerged from the school house and rang the bell, calling the students to class. Boys would line up on one side, girls on the other. Students would remain standing by their desks for opening exercises. The atmosphere in the classroom was formal, but in spite of the formality it was still a room full of young people with high spirits and the usual pranks.

Teachers in the late 19th century were usually young. Just out of school themselves, often in their late teens and sometimes younger than some of their students.

Some of the other duties of the teacher were administrative, maintenance, nursing, and counseling chores as well. School boards expected teachers to focus all their attention on teaching duties. There was a strict standards of behavior required from all the teachers. School boards hired both men and women, but preferred men to control the older boys in the schools and to do the heavy winter chores.

Also, we found that rarely did men make a career of teaching in one-room country schools. Our grandpa (Wm J. McGill), when not playing professional baseball in the early 1900s taught at various onr-room schoolhouses in northwest Oklahoma.

Teaching was considered a respectable alternative for women. They could not marry, because it was considered unseemly and distracting from their duties. If the teacher was a local woman, she could live at home with her family. Otherwise, she was expected to board with the families of her students. Generally this meant that the teacher shared a room with the children and had no privacy at all.

The rural one-room teachers received low pay, no benefits and no job security. The teaching certificates today were not present back in the one-room schoolhouse era of the late nineteenth century and early 1900s. Only basic three-Rs were taught.

School boards hired teachers for only one term at a time and the least hint of impropriety was grounds for dismissal. It is hard to imagine the dedication of those teachers who persevered. How would they fare in the present teaching situations today?
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1900 Census - O.T. McGill Family

Vol 11, Iss 43 On page four of the 1900 census, liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, District 229, Roll T623_ 1343, shows William P. McGill, head of household (65 years), farmer; Isabell M. McGill, wife, (54); William J. McGill, son, (19), at school; Charles R. McGill, son, (15), at school; Lulu B. McGill, daughter, (13), at school; and James A. McGill, head of household, (27), farmer. Histopolis?Additional information on Liberty Township and other places is available on -- Liberty Township, Woods Co., Oklahoma Territory coordinates was/is Lat:36.722254, Lon" -98.7086977. Also,
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Great Grandpa Wm. Fechtig Warwick

Vol 11, Iss 32 The picture on the left is an old photo of William Fechtig & Pheobe Anthea (Pray) Warwick, parents of John Robert (great-grandpa) and Paul (great-uncle) Warwick, of Mountain Grove, Virginia.

William Fechtig WARWICK was born Aug 11 1822, Augusta Co, Virginia and died Dec 20 1902 (Age: 80). Phoebe Anthea Pray/Prey was born May 3, 1833, and died May 1, 1905 (age: 71).

Their children were Amanda "Gabie", born 1871, married John Landes; George Craig; Charles Fechtig; Peter Hull; John Robert (G-Grandpa); PaulMcNeel; Amelia E; James; Louisa Catherine; Sallie; and Nelson Pray Warwick.

You may view my McGill/Warwick genealogy by clicking on the following link showing William Fechtig Warwick Family Tree.
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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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Oklahoma Politics of 1960

Vol 11, Iss 14 The photo on the left came from Gene McGill's collection of political photographs of 1960. It shows Howard J. Edmondson (left), Gene McGill (next to Gov. Edmondson) and U.S. Sen. Mike Monroney (next to McGill) at an Oklahoma City airport, May 20, 1963.

4 Nov. 1960, Kennedy in OKC motorcade Another photograph that McGill had was the photo on the right, taken November 4, 1960, in a motorcade in Oklahoma City with Gov. Edmondson, left; Pres. Kennedy, center; and Gene McGill, right.

Check out our latest OkieLegacy YouTube videos in OkieLegacy's "Oklahoma Politics" video album. Including the November 4, 1960 shown here on the left and right.

These video collections were made using iMovie, iPhoto on my MacBookPro. They are in three Parts (I, II, & III) of Oklahoma and National political photographs that my Dad, Gene M. McGill, had acquired as Democrat State Chair of Oklahoma in the late 1950s thru 1960s. You can view them in three parts at OkieLegacy's YouTube site in the "Oklahoma Politics" video playlist.

Part I: Gene McGill & Oklahoma Political Figures of 1960s. In a news article dated Oct. 30, 1961, page 1, of The Oklahoman, President Kennedy was cheered by a crowd of 25,000 during festivities at Big Cedar on a Sunday afternoon, 1:45p.m. The President lauded efforts of the two U.S. Senators, Robert S. Kerr and Mike Monroney, for developement of the state, and had high praise for U. S. Rep. Carl Albert as Democratic house whip. President Kennedy was in Oklahoma for the opening (Oct., 1963) of S.H. 103 (a short stretch between Heavener and Broken Bow), in the Kiamichis.

You do not find Oklahoma U.S. Senators and Representatives of these statures today!

Part II: Gene McGill, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson, Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in OKC and some sort of dedication ceremony at the "Land, Wood and Water" monument on Senator Robert S. Kerr Ranch near Poteau.

In a news article dated November 23, 1963, page 3, The Oklahoman quoted President Johnson saying about Sen. Kerr, "He always checked the meaning of every piece of legislation to weigh its effect on Oklahoma, on the nation, on our party." President Johnson also wrote an introduction to a new edition of Kerr's book, "Land, Wood and Water." Oklahoma's honorable politician, Sen. Robert S. Kerr, died around January, 1963.

Part III: Gene McGill and President John F. Kennedy photos found amongst McGill's political collection of memories of McGill's political legacy in Oklahoma during the late 1950's thru the 1960's.

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1889 Capital Almanac of Miss Lucy Eckard

Vol 16, Iss 32 Virginia - This is one of the old almanacs that belonged to Lucy Eckard that was recently sent to me by the lady who recently purchased the Old Sam Lindsay Place, five miles south of Monterey, Virginia.

In the year 1889 my grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, would have been six years of age. Around the same age as Lucy Eckard, her cousin. Lucy would have been my first cousin twice removed. Lucy's mother, Rhuhama "Hami" Gwin Eckard, was my grandmother's older sister. They also had an older brother, Walter P. Gwin. Their parents were Samuel Gwin and Eleanor "Ellen" Dever.

In 1889 there were five eclipses, three of the Sun, and two of the Moon. A total eclipse of the Sun, January 1, 1889 was visible to the larger portions of North America and the North Pacific Ocean, being total along a track eighty miles wide, extending from the Aluetian Islands, and running centrally through Point Arena, California; Winnemuea, Nevada; Mountain Meadows, Idaho; and terminating about Lake Winnepeg. Elsewhere it would be partial. It was invisible east of a line drawn through New York City and Ogdensburg. A partial eclipse of the Moon, January 16-17, 1889, was visible more or less to the world generally, except to Asia and Australia.

An annular eclipse of the Sun, June 28, 1889, was visible to the southern half of Africa, extreme Southern Asia, and the Indian Ocean.

A partial eclipse of the Moon, July 12, 1889, was invisible. It was visible to the northern half of South America and the most of Africa.

Estimating A Storm's Distance

Here is an interesting little tidbit we found in the 1889 almanac. It concerns estimating a storm's distance. First, observe how many seconds elapse between a flash of lightning and the thunder, multiply them by 1142, the number of feet sound travels in a second; the product will be the distance in feet. In the absence of a watch, the pulsation of the wrist may be counted as seconds, by deducting one from every 7 or 8.

Thunder can scarcely be heard more than 20 or 30 miles from the flash that produces it. Lightning on the other hand may be seen (or at least the reflection called sheet lightning) a distance of 100 or 150 miles.

Powers of Locomotion And Average Velocity

This is quite interesting, as to the powers of locomotion and the average velocity, as it relates miles in hours and feet in seconds.

  • A man walks 3 miles per hour, or 4 feet per second;
  • A horse trots 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
  • A horse runs 20 miles per hour, or 29 feet per second;
  • Steamboat runs 18 miles per hour, or 26 feet per second;
  • Sailing vessel runs 10 miles per hour, or 14 feet per second;
  • Slow rivers flow 3 miles per hour, or 4 feet per second;
  • Rapid rivers flow 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
  • A moderate wind blows 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
  • A storm moves 36 miles per hour, or 52 feet per second;
  • A hurricane moves 80 miles per hour,or 117 feet per second;
  • A rifle ball moves 1,000 miles per hour, or 1,466 feet per second;
  • Sound moves 743 miles per hour, or 1142 feet per second;
  • Light moves 192,000 per second;
  • Electricity moves 288,000 miles per second.
  • Government Officials of the United States

    President Grover Cleveland,of New York; Vice-President (Vacant); Secretary of state Thomas F. Bayard, of Delaware; Secretary of Treasury Charles S. Fairchild, of New York; Secretary of War William C. Endicott, of Massachusetts; Secretary of Navy William C. Whitney, of New York; Secretary of Interior William F. Vilas, of Wisconsin; Postmaster General Don M. Dickinson, of Michigan; and Attorney General Augustus H. Garland, of Arkansas.

    The Census of United States

    The census of the United States: 1790, 3, 929,328; 1800, 5,395,923; 1810, 7,239,814; 1820, 9,638,131; 1830, 12,866,026; 1840, 17,069,453; 1850, 23,191,876; 1860, 31,443,321; 1870, 38,558,371; and 1880, 50,152,866.

    The Territories

    New Mexico, organized 1850, 121,201 Square miles; Utah, organized 1850, 84,476 square miles; Washington, organized 1853, 69,994 square miles; Dakota, organized 1861, 150,932 square miles; Arizona, organized 1863, 113,916 square miles; Idaho, organized 1863, 86,294 square miles; Montana, organized 1864, 143,776 square miles; Wyoming, organized 1868, 97,833 square miles; Indian, organized 1834, 68,991 square miles; District of Columbia, organized 1790, 64 square miles. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    2nd Great Grandmother Ellen Dever Gwin

    Vol 16, Iss 28 Virginia - Two years ago we published, The OkieLegacy, Vol 14, Iss 50, concerning information on my 2nd Great Grandmother (see photo on the left showing Eleanor "Ellen" Dever Gwin, mother to Signora Belle Gwin, my great grandmother).

    In the Rockbridge History of Virginia there is mention of John Gilmore (1700-1759), my 6th great grandfather, that was killed in an Indian raid 10 October 1759, along with four members of his family and five of the ten members of Robert Hamilton's (my 7th great grandfather) family were afterward slain. The Indians did not go any farther.

    The GILMOREs come into my family through the DEVER side of my paternal ancestry with John DEVER (1798-1862), who married Elizabeth GILMORE (1802-1882), daughter of Samuel Gilmore (1760-1848) and Eleanor BAILEY (1758-1832). Samuel Gilmore was a son of James Gilmore (1710-1782) and Martha B. DENNISON (1720-1785). James Gilmore was the son of John and Agnes A. (Hamilton) Gilmore that died in the Indian raid.

    John DEVER and Elizabeth Gilmore had a daughter, Eleanor DEVER (1834-1896), my second great grandmother, who married Samuel Gwin (1825-1871). And that brings us to Signora Belle Gwin that married John Robert Warwick (1857-1937).

    And that brings us to my paternal McGill-Warwick ancestors, where I found the following information concerning the CRAIG family: genealogical and historical notes about the CRAIGs of America, Fayette county, Ohio, which shows the Craigs and Warwick families marrying with the mention of Andrew Warwick, son of John (or William, Jr. Could this have been William John, and he used the John as his first name?) Warwick of Pocahontas county, West Virginia, married Elizabeth Anna Craig, daughter of Robert Craig 2nd, and Nancy Agnes Johnson. Do not know how accurate this information is but found some known relatives listed in these historical genealogical notes.

    If I am reading this correctly, Andrew Warwick and Nancy Agnes Johnson Warwick's third son, John Warwick Esq., resided near Edray, Pocahontas county, West Virginia, and was a prominent and influential citizen. His first wife was Hanna Hanna Moffett, only daughter of Andrew Gatewood. His second wife was Caroline Craig, youngest daughter of George E. Craig, merchant, in Hunersville, and Ruling Elder. [from Southern Historical Mag. for August, 1892, page 65.]

    It also shows that Andrew Warwick had a brother William Warwick (my 4th great grandfather), who married Nancy Craig, sister of Elizabeth (wife of Andrew). They settled on Bear Creek and were the parents of three children: Elizabeth (married Benjamin Tallman); Margaret (married John Hull); Robert Craig Warwick (my third great grandfather), who married Esther Hull and had three sons and six daughters. Robert and Esther's daughter Catherine Hidy Warwick married Major William Wallace Bird (Bird children were: Elvira Louisa, Robert Craig, John Henry, George Newton, William Lee). Other daughters were: Nancy Jane (married Jacob Lightner); Sarah Elizabeth (married Daniel Matheney); Margaret Ann (married Nelson Pray); Hanna Rebecca (married Capt. George Siple). [Part of sketch of William Warwick from History of Pocahontas county, West Virginia.] View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Craighead & McGill Connection

    Vol 15, Iss 18 Hamilton county, TN - Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1705-1766) was the great grandfather of Samuel Geddes Craighead. Samuel married my 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill (1814-1898). Craighead was also spelled "Creaghead." Alexander Craighead emigrated from Ireland as a child, arriving in Boston during the first week of October, 1714 or 1715, with his parents on the ship Thomas & Jan (William Wilson, Master) to Boston.

    Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead was born in Donegal, Ulster, Ireland 18 March 1705, coming to North America with his father, Rev. Thomas Craighead. He became the pioneering Presbyterian minister to preach West of the Susquehanna River. He was said to have antagonized some Pennsylvanians with his revolutionary views - relocating first to Hanover county, Virginia (NNE of Richmond), and other locations in the western frontier of Virginia. Finally settling in Mecklenburg county, North Carolina, becoming the pastor for the Famous Sugaw (Sugar) Creek Presbyterian Church, the parent Church for a convention of churches held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 1775.

    The idea of independence from England was endorsed by this convention, and the so-called "Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence" may have originated, in part, by ideas brought to light by Rev. Alexander Craighead and the traditions of Scottish Coventers. The original of this document, however, has never been found.

    Rev. Alexander Craighead preached at the Middle Octorara Church, along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, during the 1730's, continuing to move south and west to the frontiers of colonial civilization. After a stay in Augusta county, Virginia, at Windy Cove, Craighead moved to Meckelnburg county, North Carolina.

    Rev. Alexander Craighead was a prolific writer and leader in his faith, publishing numerous works, and some published by Benjamin Franklin in 1743.

    Rev. Craighead was a vocal critic of King George III and the Church of England. He often preached to his flock to resist threats to their independence, and he held the rights of the common man as sacred as that of kings. He was counted as the "spiritual father" of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, which was allegedly written nine years after his death. Rev. Alexander Craighead died in 1766 and was buried in March of that year at the original Sugaw (often pronounced "Sugar") Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery on Craighead Road, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    The "Sugar Creek Schoolhouse", "Sugar Creek Road", "Craighead Road" and the "Sugaw Creek Park" are now within the city limits of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the NNE side of the city. The name "Sugaw" reflects the name of a local Indian Tribe. Today the creek is named "Sugar Creek", but the Church is named the "Sugaw Creek Church".

    Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead was married to Agnes Brown (ca. 1734) in Pennsylvania. The dates and locations of Agnes Brown's birth and death are not known. Under the assumption that she was the mother of all the children, she may have died in Virginia, after the birth of her youngest child, Thomas Brown Craighead in 1753, but before her husband moved to North Carolina in 1756. Alexander and Agnes Brown had 8 children, the first six were daughters born in Middle Octorora, Pennsylvania; and the last two were sons born in Virginia. Alexander moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia, probably in 1749 (according to the Foote Reference) and to Sugaw Creek, North Carolina (Now Sugar Creek - a part of NE Charlotte, NC) in about 1756, shortly after Braddock's defeat.

    Children of Alexander Craighead and Agnes Brown

    1. Margaret Craighead, died 1775, Margaret is apparently named after Alexander Craighead's mother. Her birth date is not known, but she is now believed to be the first child born to Alexander and Agnes (Brown) Craighead. She may have been born in 1735 or 1736. Margaret married James Carruth (or Carouth), and had 5 children (Elizabeth may not be not listed in correct birthdate order): Alexander Craighead Carruth (1765-1833); Walter Carruth; born 1767; William R. Carruth (1769-1831); James Carruth (1772-1831); Elizabeth Carruth; married Major Lawson Henderson (1774-1843), on July 26, 1789, and had 14 children, one of whom was James Pinckney Henderson (1808-1858), the first Governor of Texas.
    2. Mary Craighead (birth date is unknown) may have been born as early as late 1735 or in 1736, or she may have been born as late as in the 1740s. [A tombstone at the Waxhaw, SC cemetery states that a Mary Dunlap died on "Dec 5, 1796 aged 66 years." However, the interred was most probably not Mary Craighead, but Mary Margaret Beard, the last of Samuel Dunlap's wives. This Mary Craighead in not likely to have been the first or second wife of Samuel Dunlap (1715-1791). This Mary (Craighead) Dunlap is reported to have had only three children.] Mary Craighead married Samuel Dunlap but probably not the Samuel Dunlap (1715-1791), son of Alexander Dunlap of Waxhaw, SC. This Samuel Dunlap was someone else.

      Mary and Samuel had children: Samuel Ferguson Dunlap married Mary Crawford, daughter of Maj. Robert Crawford; Rev. E. Dunlap, a Minister in Columbia, SC; William Dunlap; William had a son, Rev. Robert Dunlap of PA, who had a son Dr. Thomas Dunlap of MS.
    3. Agnes "Nancy" Craighead; born Mar. 17, 1740 in Octorara, PA; died Nov. 9, 1790, Waxhaw SC.; married 1st time in 1759, Rev. William Richardson (1729-1771); married 2nd time in 1772 George Dunlap (1736-1800).
    4. Rachel Craighead (1742-1825). Rachel was born in Middle Octorara, PA, and died in Guilford County, NC on Jun 12, 1825. She is buried in the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Guilford County, NC.; married in 1766, Rev. David Caldwell (1725-1824), a gradiuate pf Princeton College (D.D. 1761), and University of NC (M.D. 1810), Capt. in Am. Rev., and had 13 children, 10 of whom are known: Rev. Samuel Craighead Caldwell (1767-1824), m1. Abigail Alexander; m2. Elizabeth Lindsay.

      Samuel had 2 children by his first wife and 9 by his second marriage: Rev. Alexander Caldwell (1769-1841); married Sarah Davidson; Andrew Caldwell (1771-1845); James Edmond Caldwell (1772-1836), never married; Martha Caldwell; born 1775, never married.; David Caldwell, Jr.; born Oct 7, 1777; died Jul 3, 1836; married Susan Clark; Thomas Caldwell, twin to David, Jr.; John Washington Caldwell (1780-1844); married Margaret Cabe; Robert Craighead Caldwell; born 1786; m1. Maria Latta; m2. Merjora Wood Bourne; m3. Mary Claney; Patsy Caldwell (1805-1827).
    5. Jane Craighead (1743-1766)married Patrick Calhoun (1754-1796). Jane was Patrick's first wife. She died in 1767 after a miscarriage of twins. Patrick's second wife, Martha Caldwell, was closely related to Rachel Craighead's husband, Rev. David Caldwell. See also James Pettigrew (1713-1786) for a remarkable coincidence. Patrick Calhoun and Martha Caldwell had a son, John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) famous SC Statesman and orator, member of the U.S. Congress, and Vice President of the U.S (1825-32) under John Q. Adams and Andrew Jackson.
    6. Elizabeth Craighead married Alexander Crawford (1750-1839), and had 8 children: John Crawford; Jane Crawford; married ___? Davidson; James Thomas Crawford; born 1770-80 in Maury County, TN; died 1837; married on Feb 1, 1821 to Jane Brown Porter (1800-1874) in Memphis TN.
    7. Alexander Craighead Crawford; born 1781; married Esther Alexander on December 20, 1808. He served under Andrew Jackson at New Orleans.
    8. Margaret Renick Crawford; born May 10, 1783 in Waxhaw, SC; died Mar 27, 1867, Osford MS; married Dec 2, 1802 at Nashville TN to David Washington Porter (1782-1856)
    9. Elizabeth Crawford; born 1780-90; married on January 13, 1810 to Joseph Stockhard.
    10. Robert Craighead, born June 27, 1751; Robert Craighead became one of the first settlers of Knoxville, TN and built the first jail there. There is a Craighead-Jackson house in Knoxville and there was a "Craighead Cavern" now known as the "Lost Sea" tourist attraction near Knoxville. Captain Robert Craighead served in the American Revolution under General Sumpter. He was described as a "brave and excellent officer." He married Hannah Clark.
    11. Rev. Thomas Brown/Benton Craighead, born 1753, Bath County, Virginia. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton) in 1775 and was ordained by the Presbytery of Orange in 1780. After preaching in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky, he moved to Nashville in 1785 when James Robertson another pioneers invited him to establish a Presbyterian church and school. He settled at Haysboro (Spring Hill), six or seven miles east of Nashville, and preached there for thirty years, establishing Davidson Academy, the cradle of the University of Nashville.

      Thomas Craighead preached frequently in Nashville until 1816. He was a liberal Presbyterian and believed in "free will." Such views led him into controversy with the presbyterian synod and he was suspended in 1811. He continued to preach and teach and the sentence was rescinded shortly before his death, 11 September 1824, at the age of 71 near Haysborough in Davidson County, TN. Some sources show his middle name as "Brown", including the Princeton General Catalog, where he is listed as graduating in 1775. He was the President of the Davidson Academy in Nashville, TN 1786-1806. Rev. Thomas Benton Craighead was also the founder of the First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He married Elizabeth Brown (1756-1828) in 1789. She was of Davidson County, TN. Elizabeth's parents, John Brown (1728-1803) and Margaret Preston (1728-1802).
    2nd & 3rd Marriages of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead

    Second marriage to Miss Scott (possibly, Jean Scott). It is not known if Alexander and Miss Scott had any children between them. It may be assumed that "Miss" Scott had no children by previous marriages. It has been stated that Rev. Alexander arrived in North Carolina as a widower in 1756, thus this marriage would have been a short one, perhaps from 1754-56, ending with her early death or an annulment.

    Alexander's third marriage was to Jane Martin. The date of this marriage is not known, but probably took place in about in late 1764 or 1765, a few years prior to his death. It is doubtful that she had children by Alexander. It is not known whether or not she had any children from prior or subsequent spouses. She is mentioned in Alexander Craighead's will of 1765. Alexander died in 1766. It is possible, but not known, that Jane's father was a Mr. Martin, who is mentioned in the Foote reference as the person who was supposed to "install" Alexander Craighead at Rocky River (Sugar Creek NC) in 1758, but was not able to travel to do so, thus Alexander was installed by his son-in-law, Rev. Richardson, instead.

    Rev. Alexander Craighead's principal legacy was to instill among the people of his congregations a fierce determination to resist the imposition of unwanted authority from outside the community, especially from the State capital in New Bern or from London. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (1 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Van Kouwenhoven Family History

    Vol 14, Iss 45 Long Island, New Amsterdam ( - The original seat of the Van Kouwenhoven family in the Netherlands was the Castle of Kouwenhoven on the banks of the Dommel River outside the village of Tongerie (near Eindhoven) in Brabant. This village was once the capital of the old Germanic tribe of the Tongeren, called by Caesar in "De Bello Gallico," the Tungu. From earliest feudal times the family owned the village. In the later half of the 15th century the Dukes of Brabant of the Burgand House became lords of all the Netherlands.

    Jan Van Kouwenhoven is the first of the family found in the Province of Utrecht. He was born ca 1440 and in 1472 belonged to the court of the Bishop of Utrecht. He lived in the little village of Schoonhoven, about 30 miles northeast of Rotterdam. He and his wife were parents of at least two sons, Wille Janse and Jan Janse. The brothers were both schepens (magistrates or aldermen), between the years 1504-1520. And were also burgomasters (mayors.))

    Willem Janse (NW Okie's 12th great grandfather) (born 1468) was the father of Jan Willemse (NW Okie's 11th great grandfather) who was born in 1495, and according to Dutch records, also served as a schepen. Jan Willemse had a son, Gerrit Janse (NW Okie's 10th great grand uncle), born in 1516 in Amersfoort. Gerrit Janse, like his father and grandfather, was a schepen for ten of the years between 1541 and 1561. He was elected burgomaster of the city on St. Martin's Eve, 10 November 1553, when he was 38 years of age. He was re-elected seven times, the last in 1572.

    When the city rebelled against the tyranny of Spain, Burgomaster Van Kouwenhoven, with the support of the whole city, took a stand, declaring himself in favor of the Protestant Church and the political independence of the Netherlands. The Utrecht family coat of arms appears on his seal. In official records he was referred to as "Jonkherr" Gerrit, signifying that he belonged to the gentry. His name was last mentioned in 1588, at which time he was Elector of Magistrates, having held that honorable position since 1575. He married Styne Robertse, and as was befitting a prominent citizen, when he died he was buried in the chancel of the church at Nijkerk on 12 December 1604.

    The family name had originally been suppe (or Zuppe) and that name appears even before 1400 in the Veluwe province of Gelderland, according to G. Beernink, a genealogist of Nijkerk. It should be noted that, traditionally, the Dutch used only patronymic names, i.e. Gerrit Janse, etc. Surnames were not important to them because there were usually not enough repeated names in the general population that persons could be confused. The Dutch also derived both male and female middle names by using the first name of the father, followed by "se" or "sen." So, although we do not know the maiden name of Gerrit Janse's wife, we at least know that her father's first name was Robert. Names were spelled differently, at the whim of the recorder. Surnames were often taken from the areas in which the person lived, as as the Van (from) and Kouwenhoven (village name) when the family came to New Netherlands. Wolphert Gerritse Van Kouwenhoven was the son of Gerrit Janse and Styne.

    Robertse, and became the progenitor of the Crownover and Conover lines in the United States. He married Neltie Janse on 27 January 1605 in Amersfoort. According to some authorities, they became the parents of five sons, Derick, Jan, Gerrit, Jacob, and Peter, but only three sons came to New Netherlands with them, and only Gerrit, Jacob and Peter, were represented as having an interest in their parents' estates. If Wolphert and Neltje followed the naming patterns that were prevalent at that time, it is quite possible that the other sons did indeed exist, since one of them would have been named for Neltie's father, Jan. In 1624, Wolphert was granted a lease on Bouwerie #3 on Manhattan Island by the patroon Killsen Van Rensselaer, and on 22 April 1625, he sailed with the Fongersz-Hulft Expedition, along with the other four head farmers and the cattle to settle in the New World. The hired hands and supplies had been sent over a few months earlier to prepare the land for farming. Wolphert remained on Bouwerie #3, which was located on the east side of the old Bouwery Toad, later Division Street, in New York city, until his return to the Netherlands in 1629. He was then engaged by Van Rensselaer to mange Bouwerie #7 and other farms at Rensselaennryck. He sailed with his wife and three sons on "De Endract" on 21 March 1630. The family arrived at New Amsterdam on 24 May 1630 and remained at Bouwerie #7 until 1632.

    Van Rensselaer had requested that Wolphert move to Castle Rock in the vicinity of Albany, but Neltie evidently did not want to go. In a letter dated 20 July 1632, and addressed to "honorable, discreet Wolphert Gerritse," Van Rensselaer writes, "I had hoped that you would have settled in my colony, but, as I am told,your wife ws not much inclined hereto." (Van Rensselaer Bowier papers: page 218.) so Wolphert was released from his contract and allowed to lease, instead, Bouwerie #6, located on the East River, which formed its northern boundary. It was south of the present Division Street, east of Catherine Street and west of Montgomery Street. The house itself was east of what is now Chatham Square in New York City. Descriptions of the Dutch West Indies Company's Bouweries can be found in the definitive work, Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498-1909, compiled by I. N. Phelps Stokes in four volumes.

    The lease on Bouwerie #6 was supposed to run until 1638, but Wolphert was becoming increasingly dissatisfied in the employ of Van Rensselaer. The Dtuch Patroons controlled huge areas of land, but would not allow individuals to become landowners. Van Rensselaer would not even let his tenants or agents engage in fur trading, which was very profitable, lest they neglect their farm duties. On 16 Juen 1636, Wophert and Andries Hudde purchased the most westerly of the three flats of the Indian village of Keskachauge on Long Island. The original Dutch ground brief states that the Indians received "certain merchandise" in exchange and some sources have defined this merchandise as six coats, six kettles, six axes, six chisels, six small looking glasses, twelve knives and twelve combs. In their form of government each Indian tribe held certain territories with fixed boundaries, distinguished by trails and streams. Sometimes stones were set up to mark tribal confines. When at peace, no tribe would encroach on anther's land and would not even chase game across the boundaries. The Indians of the Canarsie tribe, who were in possession of the three flats, were a sub-division of the Delawares. They knew and understood their territory. The original Indian deed, or Dutch ground Brief, is filed in Register of Deeds, Book A, folio 14 of the Flatlands Town Book. The following is a copy of the record made to Hudde and Van Kouwenhoven, as translated by Dr. A. Wiese for the Long Island Historical Society, and found in the Secretary of State's Office, in Book GG, Tranlations of Dutch patents: page 34:

    "We director and council of New Netherlands, residing on the Island of Manahatas (Manhattan), and at Fort Amsterdam, under the jurisdiction of their high Mightinesses, the Lords States General of the United Netherlands and the general privileged West India Company of the chamber at Amsterdam, attest and declare hereby that on this dye underwritten, appeared and presented themselves before us, in their proper persons, tenkirau, ketamau, Araikau, Anoachkouw, Warickehinck, Wappittawackenis, and Ehteyn, as owners and in the presence of Penhawits and Kakpeteyno, as chiefs over these regions, and declare that they voluntarily and deliberately by special order of the chiefs and consent of the tribe there, and for rand in consideration of certain merchandise, which they have received into their hands and power, to their full appreciation and satisfaction, in true, lawful and fee ownership, they have transported, ceded, given over, and conveyed, as hereby they do transport, cede, give over and convey to and for the behoof of Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse the westernmost of the three flats, belonging to them named Keskateuw, lying on the island called Sewanhacky (Long Island), between the bay of the North River and the East River of New Netherland stretching length, mostly north from a certain channel entering from the Sea, on till into the wood and that with all interest, right and equity, thereto belonging to them in the aforesaid quantity, constituting and substituting the well-mentioned Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse in their stead, state, real and actual possession of this, the aforesaid land, and with the same giving full and irrevocable power and authority and social order as a doer and manager of his own and proper business, to the aforesaid Andries Hudde and Wolphert Gerritse, or who hereafter might here obtain their interest, peaceable to enter upon , possess, occupy, use and keep the aforesaid land and also to do there with, deal with, and dispose of as they might do with their own well and lawful acquired lands, without they, the grantors, having, reserving or saving any part, right or interest and authority therein in the least whether of ownership, commandment or jurisdiction,but renouncing all of the same, heresy promising further not only to hold firm, valid, inviolable and irrevocable this, their conveyance for all-time, and that which by virtue of this might be done to execute and fulfill the same, but also to deliver and hod the same encumbrance, by anyone intent thereon, all in good faith, without guile or deceit. In witness thereof is this confirmed with our usual signature and our seal below hanging out. Done on this aforesaid Island of Manahatas, this 16 June 1636.

    (Signed) Wouter Van Twiller, director; Jacobus van Corlaer, Jaques Bentyn, Class van Elsant."
    On the same date Jacobus Van Corlaer purchased the middlemost of the three flats and a month later the most eastern of the flats was bought by Wouter Van Twiller. The Hudde and Van Kouwenhoven purchase is estimated in most property records as about 7,000 acres. Wolphert was the only one of the owners who ever resided on his land. He took up residence immediately after the purchase, constructed a dwelling and began to farm. He called his plantation "Achterveldt," for a little village of that name in the Netherlands. The settlement later became knowns as New Amersfoort, and subsequently, Flatlands. here Wolphet and his son, Gerrit, established the first white settlement on Long Island.

    The south slopes of the hills overlooked a fertile, wooded plain that stretched to the tidewaters of Jamaica Bay. Each of the three parts of Keskateuw contained at least one miniature prairie surrounded by woods. The prairies extended from the present Avenue G and Amersfoort Place in Flatlands, to King's Highway. Another small prairie, generally called "Little Flats" lay near what is now the Flatlands-Flatbush town line at Flatbush Avenue and Paerdegat Lane. Another prairie lay to the east where Queens Village is located.

    According to Gillis Pietersen van der Gouw, master house carpenter, in a deposition dated 22 March 1639, and contained in Colonial Documents, Volume XIV, page 16: "The house of Wolphert Gerritse, standing in the bay, was built by Company carpenters." The dwelling was set around with long round palisades, and the hour, built in the true Dutch style, was 26 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 24 feet deep. The roof was covered above and around with plank, with two garrets, one above the other, and a small chamber on the side with an outlet on the side. The large barn was 40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 24 feet deep. There ws also a shed consisting of a moveable roof set on five posts about 40 feet long. The roof slid up and down, to shelter hay or grain against the rain or snow. In an inventory recorded in Colonial Documents, Volume XIV, page 10 and dated 9 July 1638, Achterveldt was found to have "16 margins of land sown with summer and winter grain and a garden planted with a number of fruit tees." Also listed in the inventory were "three milch cows, one heifer two years old, one do one year old, two old oxen, one young do, one young calf, two old mares, one yearling do, one stallion three years old, one gelding of four years, one new wagon and appurtenances, one wheelplough and appurtenances, one urn harrow, some farm tools, and a yawl with appurtenances." In 1641 Andries Hudde conveyed a portion of his land to Gerrit in payment of a loan, and by 1647, Hudde had disposed of all his remaining interest in Achterveldt to Wolphert Van Kouwenhoven. On 24 August 1658 peter Stuyvesant ratified to Wolphet alone all of the original Hudde-Van Kouwenhoven purchase. (New York Colonial Manuscripts, Volume VII: page 953-953.)

    Wolphert's house appears on the Maitus Maps made in 1639. Tehre are two original copies of these maps in existence - one in possession of the Italian Gvoernment (called the Villa Castello copy) and the other in the Library of Congress (called the Vingboons or Harrisse copy.) The maps are nearly identical and three buildings are shown near the inscribed number 36. Opposite this number on the inset of the Harrissee copy are the words "@ plan en 2 boy, van wolfer Geritz met 2 van Syn Censor."

    Experts in the Commissioner of Records Office think the regional Dtuch in this entry means, "Two plantations and two bouweries of Wolphert Gerritse and two associates, probably referring to Hudde and Gerrit Van Kouwenhoven. The difference between plantations and bouweries was explained by Van Winkle, thusly, "A bouwerie was a farm where everything in the line of agriculture was raised, while on a plantation, only tobacco and Indian corn was cultivated, preparatory to turning the land into a farm."

    On the map a heart-shaped figure drawn with a dotted line is supposed to represent the prairie. Another dotted line representing a road or trial, goes from Wallabout Creek to the northerly side of the heart-shaped figure and then enters it and runs to the house in the edge of the figure, supposed to have been Wolphets. The pond depicted on the map was east of the house and was used to water cattle. Ina southwesterly direction from the house, and outside the heart-shaped figure is another building which is thought to have been the clapboard house where Gerrit and his lung family lived. To the southwest, and near the heart-shaped figure is a representation of a long structure in connected sections. To the west, the words, "Di fasten Hysen Bewonen de wilder Kaskachane," appear and are translated as, "This type of houses the Indians of Keskachane inhabit."

    The Ban Kouwenhovens seem to have lived peacefully among the Indians until the outbreak of what has been called "Kieft's War in 1643. director Kieft was detested by the Dutch and disliked even more by the Indians who remembered Wouter Van Twiller's pacific rule and hated his violent successor. On 5 November 1643 Gerrit was one of the so-called "eight men" who sent a report tot he Staats General Assembly at the Hague, describing the desolate conditions of the Dutch settlements in the New World - conditions brought about by Kieft's inciting war with the Indians. J. H. Innes in his book New Amsterdam and its People says, "It is difficult to describe the character of this man (Kieft) or to decide which was its leading trait - his hypocrisy, his self-importance, his administrative incapacity or the rancorous venom of his disposition - " The motives, which caused him to order the cruel massacre of the Weckquaskeek Indians in 1643, seem to have been nothing more than the easy possession of lands occupied by them. The tribe had abandoned their village on the Hudson, near the present Hastings in Westchester County, after being attacked by their enemies, the Mohawks. They fled in the middle of a cold winter to Pavonia on Manhattan Island where they encamped on the west side of the Hudson River. They were without food and shelter, and many of the Dutch settlers took pity on them and provided supplies to keep them from starving. To Kieft, however, it seemed like a great opportunity to settle old scores and to facilitate the expansion of the colony by exterminating the Weckquaskeeke.

    Lon February 1643 he ordered the attack that killed more than a hundred Indians - men, women and children. Other tribes in the area retaliated swiftly. Even the great Sachem, Penhawits, of the Canarsies, who had always maintained friendly relations with the Dutch, joined with the Marechkawicks under their chief, Nummers, and nine other tires to rise in open warfare. Most of the outlying farms on Manhattan Island were devasted.

    the Indians illdd or carried the settlers into captivity Only four or five of the estimated forty farm dwellings were left standing. In March of 1643 Kieft was obliged to take all the colonists into the pay of the company, to serve was soldiers for two months. The Van Kouwenhovens were not pressured into serving. According to the Journal of the netherlands, believed to have been authored by Cornelius Van Tienhoven, hostilities were temporarily halted when there Indians from the Sachem, Panawits' wigwam appeared at Fort Amsterdam with a flag of truce. No one from the fort was willing to go to the Bruecklen (Brooklyn) side of the river to confer with the Indians, so Wolphert's second son, Jacob, crossed the river in a hollowed-out log and went with the Indians to Rockaway to meet with the tribal council.

    Jacob reported that he was treated in a kind and considerate manner and he was able to persuade the Indians to go with him to place themselves within the power of the authorities of the fort. Van Wyck's Keskachauge says that this "seems to confirm the fact that the Van Kouwenhovens had a clear conscience with respect to the Indians, and the Indians had known them long enough to have formed an opinion of the family and to make an estimate of the characters of its members."

    If Wolphert's oldest son, Gerrit, was indeed killed by Indians, as has been rumored, it was most certainly not by the local tribes. No concrete evidence had come too light to support this rumor, but the fact that he died in 1645 at age 35, when Indians were still hostile, probably laid the groundwork for the supposition. He left a widow, Altie, (daughter of Cornelius Lambertse Kool) and four small children.

    In 1646, Gerrit's widow married Captain Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff, who had come to New Netherlands when he was eleven years old to work in the service of Wouter Van Twiller. Stoothoff had never had any land of his own, but when he promised to take responsibility for rearing Gerrit's children and teaching them to read and write, their grandfather, Wolphert, and uncles, Jacob and peter, agreed to allow Stoothoff a share in achterveldt. A copy of the settlement of Gerrit's estate, with the children's portions noted, and dated 28 November 1646, can be found in colonial Manuscripts, Dutch, Volume II: page 152. An excerpt followss, naming the children as "Willem Gerritse, At present then years old; Jan Gerritse, seven years: Nieltje Gerritse, five years; Marritje Gerritse, age two-and-one-half years," and further states, ". . . the reason why this Jan Gerritse draws and is allowed one hundred guilders more, is because he is not possessed of as good health as the others, and is weak in his limbs, and to all appearances will not be a strong, able-bodied man. . ." (Dr. O'Callaghan's translation.) This agreement did not include the widow's share in the estate. Wolphert had married Neltie Janse in Amersfoort on 17 January 1605 and she was the mother of his three sons. She died someimte before 1656. Court records show that Wolphert was alive in much of 1662, but had died by June of that year. At that time Jacob and peter sold their inherited interest in Achterveldt to Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff. Gerrit's children had land reserved from them. Nieltje's parcel seems to have been in Van Twiller's prairie in the northeasterly corner of Canarsie Land and King's Highway and was known to have been in possession of her son, Martin Schenck, in 1707. Willem's lands were on the easterly side of the FGreat Flat and upland of Vriesen's Hook on the original bowery of Van Coriear's Flat.

    Jan lived at Broklyn Ferry and a large part of Bensonhurst is included in his original holdings, which were added to by his marriage with Gerardina De Sille. Marritje was about 19 when her grandfather died and still under Stoothoff's guardianship. her mother, Altie, had three more children from her marriage to Stoothoff, and probably died about the same time as Wolphert, since Elbert married again in 1663. Although he was a very prominent citizen and evidently had good qualities of leadership, Elbert comes off sounding like a lout in Danker's and Stryker's Journal of 1670-1680, as quoted in Stiles' History of King's County, "The house (Stoothoff's) was constantly filled with a multitude of godless people. This Elbert Elbertse, being the principal person of the place, and their captain, there was always a multitude of farmers, children and a continual concourse at his house." Quoting further" . . . The farmers called out uncivilly and rudely (with the minister, Domine Van Sauren present) . . . He had a chatting time with all of them. He sat prating and gossiping with those who talked foully and otherwise without a single word of reproof." elbert evidently kept the promise he made to look after his stepchildren. He had profited a great deal by his marriage to their mother, and went from being a person with no assets of his own to become a major landholder of the colony, with valuable property to leave his own children. In his will, dated in 1686, Stoothoff left Gerrit's children, Marritje, and Willem each 50 pounds. The deceased Neltje's children, Martin (1661, Annetje (1663), Jonica (1665), Marike (1667), Jan (1670) and Gerrit (1671) received 50 pounds to be shared among them. The will mentioned that Jan had received a like amount of "his mother's goods." In the same document Elbert made an attempt to entail his estate to his son and male descendants bearing the Stoothoff name, but he failed in this effort, and the estate later passed into female hands.

    The burial place of the early Van Kouwenhovens was the Flatland churchyard, situated just beyond the garden spot that had been planted with fruit trees on the Bouwery of Achterveldt. Here later the church was built. According to an ancient survey, the church stood in the present burying ground, close to the part in which so many of the Kouwenhoven family lie buried. The school came still later and was built west of the church and the burying ground. It seems fitting to close this section of the Van Kouwenhoven family History with excerpts from Van Wyck's Keskachauge:

    "The part of Flatland Neck where the old Kouwenhoven homestead was located was the pleasantest part of the Flatbush Plain, with trees sloping to the brook, Bergen Island in the distance and the ocean beyond. Here, and in other homesteads on the Kouwenhvoen estate, lying on both sides of the kill and stretching a full mile along the King's highway, was the admirable family, oldest in the Borough oldest on Long Island. Here, in two of the homesteads on the part of this old estate .. . still live lineal descendants of Wolphert Gerritse Van Kouwenhoven, who with his son, Gerrit, established the first white settlement on Long Island." View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (3 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    VanDerVeer Family In Netherlands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Uncle Bob's Marriages

    Vol 5, Iss 5 Alva, Oklahoma - In the Vol. IV, Iss. 29 I had Uncle Bob's marriage announcement of his first wife, Helen Louise Soper, that was just another romance during WWII, racing to the altar before they get sent overseas to War. That first marriage of the heart took place 1 June 1944. Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen were divorced 22 June 1948.

    Uncle Bob & Aunt Felicia, Wed, 21 June 1950 -- "Mariam Felicia Monfort, MD, Entering on the arm of her father down a stairway decorated with garlands of English ivy, pink mums, daisies, asters and plioumoses the bride was very lovely in an imported Chantilly lace over Dutchess satin and silk illusion dress with a fitted bodice, Peter Pan collar of lace embroidered with seed pearls, and tiny lace covered buttons that closed the bodice and pointed sleeves. The gathered skirt extended into an aisle wide cathedral train. Her veil of silk illusion was held with a turban covered with satin petals and pearls. To complete her ensemble she wore white satin opera pumps. Her bridal bouquet was of orchids tied with satin."

    Toni Monfort, sister of the bride, was bridesmaid and she wore a full-length dress of mousseline de Soie worn over pink taffeta with embroidered detail on the collar and pockets. In her hair was a bandeau of pink tinted flowers and she carried an arm bouquet of pink roses and white satin slippers. Dr. Helen Wallace, formerly of Enid, was maid of honor. Her gown was of embroidered organza and net over green taffeta. Her bandeau was of chartreuse tinted flowers. She carried an arm bouquet of yellow roses.

    The flower girl, Monet Monfort, another sister of the bride, wore a French blue mousseline de Soie over blue taffeta made with a basque bodice with bouffant skirt. She wore hat and mittens to match and carried a white bonnet shaped basket trimmed with a nose gay of pink Pinocchio roses and filled with pink rose petals. Her slippers were of white satin.

    Gene McGill, brother of the groom, was best man and John B. Doolin, Jr., was usher.READ MORE Seniors - Lamont High school 1934 Lamont High School Seniors - 1934, "These are the seniors of Lamont High School in 1934. LaRoyce McCary was my mother, and Jack (McCary) also pictured herein, her brother. They were grandchildren of Hugh Martin, first Woods Co., sheriff, and Ida Barnett.
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    W. B. "Birdie" Hull

    Vol 11, Iss 46 Awhile back in our OkieLegacy Archives we had an article entitled, 1947 Criminal Case #1091, Alva, OK. This week we heard from "Birdie" Hull's grandson with more information about W. B. Hull.

    Bill Betts (EMAIL: says, "W.B. Hull was known as Birdie Hull. His full name was Willis Berten Hull. This case may relate to Hull shooting down Gene McGill's airplane. The case was moved to Woodward county. I talked with Gene at Hull's funeral and Gene offered to help the family if he could.

    "Gene (talking about himself) said he was an SOB but everyone knew it. You had to like Gene, he was direct and knew the truth of what happened. I'm W. B. Hull's Grandson and still have the rifle that shot down Gene's plane." -- 1947 Criminal Case #1091, 1947, Alva, OK
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    Looking Back ... WWII & Uncle Bob McGill

    Vol 11, Iss 28 What did our ancestors do during the World War II (WWII) years? What did your parents, grandparents and G-Grandparents do? Where were they stationed? How did it affect their lives and that of your family?

    I have a little woven, wooden basket that Uncle Bob McGill brought back from overseas during his tenure overseas in WWII. This little woven basket is where I used to keep Uncle Bob's WWII items, such as dog tags, v-mail and other items together. NOW ... I keep them in a cedar chest.

    Reading thru my Uncle Bob's letters, V-mail, etc. concerning WWII has shed some light into an uncle I barely knew. As I have said earlier, "I was only about five years old when Uncle Bob died February 21, 1954 at the age 38 of lung cancer."

    We have come along way from Air-mail - V-mail - Snail-mail - E-mail. What else will there be? Here is just a few of those V-mails and info on the 193rd Tank Bn. that we have run across.

  • 193rd Tank Bn.
  • V-Mail Oct 1942
  • V-Mail May 1945

  • Friends have helped me as I scoured the web online looking for military information concerning my father's younger brother's, Robt. L. McGill, outfit in WWII.

    From some V-mails dating back to Oct. 21, 1942 we know that Robert was a Lt. with the 193 Tank Bn, APO 957, Hawaiian Islands for a short time. The 193 Tank Bn. was a light infantry unit at Ft. Benning, GA, in the 1st Tank Group of the Armored Force with General HQ at Fort Knox Kentucky. Uncle Bob's Timeline of WWII experience shows that on 19 May 1945, Maj. Robert L. McGill was with the 75 Div. HQ, APO 451, stationed in Germany. Bob writes back home, "I'm as happy as you must be that the war is all over. Maybe living will be a little more pleasant for lots of people now. I can certainly admit that it was a great surprise to me when it did end. Although I knew it was only a matter of months because I'm certainly convinced by now that nothing can stop the American army, air corps, navy or marines."

    In a 14 August 1945 V-mail Robt. L. McGill is in Paris, France.

    There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but from bits and pieces of my Grandmother's letters, Bob's letters to his wife and others -- It seems to me that by 1945 he was homesick for his mother's cooking and his new bride that he left on the USA shores and in his mother's home.

    This next letter is from Uncle Bob's WWII Time Line, dated 9 Sept. 1945 and listed as Maj. R. L. McGill, 75 Div HQ APO 451 in Chalon, France. He was ready to come home. Wanting his mother to stock up that "Larder" (food storage) because he would be calling her soon. He had been in school over in France and graduated from a French class (or school) with a "B." Bob says, "...I hardly know anything but the army and I've learned all I want to of that. Harold Vinson can certainly have my share. I'll bet he's sick of it himself."

    It seems to this NW Okie that Uncle Bob was really wanting to settled down at home in the USA and have a family like his older brother (Gene, my Dad). Of course, he never lived long enough to have any children in all his 38 years of life. I'm not sure when he was diagnosed with lung cancer. If it was before he and his first wife (Helen Soper) got divorced June, 1948 or after. There are lots of unanswered questions and missing pieces of the Uncle Bob puzzle.

    Helen and Bob were both young in 1944 when they got married just before he went overseas to war. Bob was shipped all over the USA for military training from '40-'44 before he went overseas in late 1944.

    He was married to his second wife (Felicia Monfort) from 1950 to 1954 when he died 21 February 1954. Felicia was just beginning her intern as a Doctor when they got married 21st June 1950.

    WRFRTU(PR) G-116-26 and G-116-28 Grand Liaison Officers -- These are a couple of photos of Uncle Robert McGill with some other Ground Liaison Officers. If anyone in these photos seem familar ... or if anyone knows what "WRFRTU (PR)" stands for, feel free to FWD this portion to others who might know. I'm always looking for answers to unidentifiable pics and unanswerable questions.

    Here is another WWII letter dated 13 June 1945 to his mother when he was a Maj. stationed in Chalon and Marne, France.

    28 April 1940 We find Uncle Bob was still in school at Kentucky Univ. and living in the SAE Fraternity. The excerpt from a letter postmarked 8 April 1940, from Constance McGill, 817 Maple, Alva, OK addressed to Bob Lee McGill, S.A.E, Lexington, KY. tells us, ">Sunday P.M. ... How about this war. Looks bad. The old boy had something when he said we would be in it. You must be studying hard ... When is school out? What are your plans for summer, a trip to Europe?" This is Page-2.
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    Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School...

    Vol 7, Iss 1 Catch up on the Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School that was located about 7-miles East of Alva, southside of the highway, in the mid-1930's. I believe my Dad (Gene McGill) was one of those that took flying lessons out at Stricklands. I am told that Bud Clark was one of those that wanted to take flying lessons at Stricklands, but his dad told him to keep his feet on the ground (or something to that effect).

    Speaking of Stricklands Airport east of town, there were also two communities, Ashley and Short Springs. Ila Wessells sent us some interesting history, information on the towns of Ashley and Short Springs 8-miles east of Alva, Oklahoma along highway 64. Short Springs has a community building and cemetery still standing -- Ashley's grain elevator is a guiding landmark for all those traveling highway 64.

    Have you had a chance to see the Christmas snowman that found it's way to Galveston, Texas and it's beaches on Christmas day? Thanks to you all for sharing your Okie legacies and photos.

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    1963, What is the Basic Difference Between Two Parties in Oklahoma?

    Vol 19, Iss 5 Let us look back to 1963, July 7, Sunday, page 3 of The lawton Constitution., out of Lawton, Oklahoma, with the following page 3 headlines: "Democratic, Republican Party Chiefs Debate Upcoming Presidential, Senate Contests," with this article written by Gaylord and Bob Shaw.

    Editor's note - Republicans and Democrats held different views on what's needed for Oklahoma and which party was best suited to provide it. The AP reporters interviewed the state chairman of each party to present these views before the state and national elections for the next 1964 election year.

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    The Democratic and Republican party leaders in Oklahoma were busy mapping strategy for three key campaigns: president, U. S. Senate and governor (three years away).

    It was predicted that all three races would be heated, perhaps the hottest in state history back in the early 1960's.

    Republicans would be trying to follow the election last year of Henry Bellmon as the state's first GOP governor by sending a republican to Washington to fill the unexpired term of the late Democratic U. S. Sen. Robert S. Kerr.

    The GOP would also be aiming at more republican domination in presidential elections. The GOP presidential nominee had carried the state in the past three elections.

    Meanwhile the Democrats were preparing an all out fight to put the state back in the Democratic column in both the presidential and the gubernatorial elections.

    -What was the basic difference between the two parties in Oklahoma in 1963?

    Gene McGill, Democratic State Chairman said, "Democrats put the people first. Republicans put money and business first."

    The Republican counterpart, State GOP Chairman Bill Burkett, said, "The Republican party feels an appropriation first should be necessary, then its desirability should be considered. The Democrats think first of desirability, then of necessity."

    -What is the political feeling of the average Oklahoma in 1963?

    Burkett replied, "I really think Oklahomans are basically conservative. They certainly aren't conservative to an extreme - thank goodness."

    McGill replied, "Basically, everyone is at the same time both a conservative and a liberal. Oklahomans want a dollar's worth of value for a dollar spent and they're entitled to it. They're willing to invest their money to build a good economy for themselves and the state of Oklahoma."

    -Do you think the compromises between the governor and the legislature during the past session were good for the state in eneral?

    McGill replied, "Government in a democracy is always a compromise, and government is always a result of compromise. Last session the ideas proposed by Bellmon were not sound and the people didn't support them. Most of the compromises were made by the governor. The legislature passed a good program."

    Burkett said, " Yes, and absolutely necessary. you can't legislate without compromise. But that would be lovely. Legislation should reflect the viewpoints of the legislatures - and with 120 viewpoints in the House and 44 viewpoints in the Senate, how can you pass anything without a compromise?"
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    State Democrats Slap Governor, Select Alvan (Sep., 1959)

    Vol 17, Iss 35 Oklahoma - Remember back to when there were Democrats winning in Oklahoma? According to the "Miami Daily News-Record," located in Miami, Oklahoma, the front page headlines boasted: "State Democrats Slap Governor, Select Alvan." News article was through the Oklahoma City (AP) office, date 20 September 1959, Sunday, with sub-headlines reading: "Chairmanship to McGill by 9-4 Secret Vote as Tulsa Choice Casualty of Revolt."

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    It all started in the late 1958 or 1959, with NW Okie's Dad, Gene M. McGill, winning the Democrat campaign for State Chairmanship against Gov. Edmondson's man, Pat Malloy, in a secret vote at a special meeting in the Biltmore Hotel, in Oklahoma City. The 45 year old Woods County rancher received a 9-4 edge over Malloy.

    Oklahoma City (AP) Sep. 20, 1959 -- Oklahoma Democratic leaders rebuffed the governor Saturday and elected Gene McGill of Alva state chairman.

    The executive committee named McGill to the top post over Pat Malloy of Tulsa, who was the choice of Gov. J. Howard Edmondson.

    A secret vote at the special meeting in the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City gave the 45 year old Woods County rancher a 9-4 edge over Malloy.

    Edmondson had asked the committee to elect Malloy as successor to Loyd Benefield, who insisted on stepping down before the fall fund-raising started later that month.

    There had been rumors of a revolt against Edmondson by the committee. But his power as titular head of the party was expected to be strong enough to put Malloy in office.

    There was an unsuccessful attempt at the sometimes stormy meeting to keep Benefield in office.

    Ed Dudley of Madill, who seemed to be heading the governor's faction, first made the motion to accept Benefield's resignation.

    Later, after his man was defeated, Dudley tired to back up and keep Benefield as party chairman. McGill stressed he does not want a fight with Edmondson.

    He said he hopes there will be party harmony, and that the action of the committee would be accepted peacefully by all Democrats.

    Edmondson was in Albuquerque speaking at the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner there Saturday and could not be reached for comment.

    Benefield said he was resigning because of "binding personal reasons."

    Raymond Thomas of Tulsa, party secretary, asked Benefield if he would stay if the committee refused to accept his resignation. Benefield said no. Dudley then moved to accept the resignation, and his motion lost 8 to 5.

    Benefield said stubbornly, "I reiterate my desire that you accept my resignation."

    The committee then went behind closed doors for another vote and the resignation was accepted 12-1. Only vote against it was by Mrs. Grace Hudlin, Hulbert, state co-chairman.

    Dudley nominated Malloy, a Tulsa attorney and former candidate for mayor. J. Fred Green, Sallisaw, second district chairman, nominated McGill and after considerable discussion the vote was taken.

    Green said he nominated the Alva man because he was a member of the Executive Committee which had worked harmoniously for a long time.

    Green said, "I therefore feel it would be better for us to continue this relationship rather than have someone unfamiliar with he situation taking over." The action came as a surprise tot he Edmondson block, and argument could be heard behind closed doors.

    McGill had been chairman of the First District four years and previously headed Woods County Democrats. McGill was married and the father of four girls. While McGill said he isn't looking for a fight with the governor, he said the Democratic party should be controlled by the organization.

    "What pleases me most is the confidence shown in me by my friends and colleagues on the executive committee," McGill said. "I have worked most of my adult life in the Democratic Party and this is the finest honor I could receive."

    McGill went on to say, "My aim will be to keep the party strong at every level, especially in the grass roots. I anticipate no fight with the governor or within the party. When called upon to make such decisions as this one today, it is the executive committee's duty to do so. Now that the decision has been made, I believe all loyal Democrats will accept it in good grace."

    Benefield had been party chairman for four years. He was an Oklahoma City attorney.

    The fund raising drive would be climaxed by a Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Oklahoma City which Edmondson says would be the biggest in the nation. The governor had invited seven leading presidential aspirants to speak, and three already have accepted. As chairman, McGill's would have the job of making the fund drive and the dinner a success.
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    1960's Oklahoma Political Cartoons by Jim Lange

    Vol 16, Iss 34 Oklahoma - Yes! I found it! It was stuck in a large political scrapbook that my Father had concerning his Oklahoma Democratic days beginning 1959 thru the 1960's. It is the political cartoons drawn by Jim Lange, cartoonist for the Daily Oklahoman. [Click on images to view larger image.]

    This first cartoon is subscribed: "To Gene McGill, with best wishes, Jim Lange," showing McGill eloping with Miss Okla. Democratic party for State Democratic chairman. Meanwhile, the Gov. (Edmondson) is knocking on the front door offering a bouquet of flowers from Pat Malloy for State Democratic Chairman. The Cartoon states: "The Governor went Acourtin'," but it had a pencil line drawn through it and penciled in with: "Anybody Home?"

    This second image states: "Who Says We don't have a two party system?" The "Old Guard" is torching the behind of the "New Guard." The "New Guard" seems to have a burr haircut, similar to the haircut my Father, Gene McGill had in the 1960's.

    This last, and third cartoon by Jim Lange shows Governor Edmondson with his 1/2 vote as delegate at large viewing the 1960 Democratic National Convention through a peek-hole in the fence. The Cartoon stated: "Not exactly a box seat." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    1912 - Death Comes To Magill

    Vol 14, Iss 48 Mt. Vernon, OH - In The Democratic Banner, out of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, dated 26 November 1912, page five, we find the headlines of "Death Comes To Magill." Whether this Magill is related to our McGills, I do not know, but I found it to be an interesting article anyway.

    As the article stated -- At twelve fifteen o'clock Monday morning William B. Magill died at the Mt. Vernon hospital as the result of a gun shot wound inflicted in his neck and jaw nine days ago when he murdered his wife and then attempted suicide with the some weapon, a double barreled shot gun. His death followed several hours of intense suffering which was slightly alleviated by opiates administered by hospital attendants. contrary to expectations, he made no confession.

    On Saturday Magill appeared to be improving and seemed to be growing stronger every hour. The first nourishment in a week was taken by him at that time and it was believed that he would live. He asked several times Saturday night for his wife, but was answered each time to the effect that she could not come to him. This fact appeared to cause him some worry.

    Granting the possibility that the man really was ignorant of his having committed the terrible deed and that it was done in a moment of temporary insanity, the hospital attaches forbade any mention of the affair in his presence and, consequently, he was never told anything about ti and had no occasion to make a denial. The general belief has been that he knew all about having committed the crime and was feigning ignorance of it in order to make his case more difficult to prosecute in case of a murder trial. His failure to confess, however, rather strengthens the contention of the few who maintained that Magill was mentally deranged.

    Sunday at about noon Magill began to suffer pain and his condition, from that time on, became rapidly worse. During the early hours of the night his pain became almost unbearable and opiates were administered to ease his sufferings.

    In an interview Monday morning the nurses said that the man was perhaps mentally incapable of forming ideas for a period of several hours before his death and that he probably would have been unable to make a confession even though it had previously been his intention to do so.

    The body was taken tot he Chappelear, Kaufman & Co., morgue to be prepared for burial. Magill was absolutely unrecognizable and it is remarkable that he lived for nine days after having sustained such a wound. Blood poisoning had set in and his features were terribly disfigured.

    The funeral was held at the home of the deceased's daughter, Mrs. Harrison Houbler, on the Martinsburg road, Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 standard time. The funeral was strictly rivage. Burial was in Mound View cemetery. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    This Day In History

    Vol 12, Iss 52 America - (Dec. 27) -- It was 96 years ago, 27 December 1914, William Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill greeted, brought their oldest son, Gene M. McGill into their lives, in Alva Woods county, Oklahoma. Gene McGill made his mark in the Democrat political arena in the 1950's through the 1960's when you could show your differences between political parties and still have respect for each other. It was nothing like it is today. Gene M. McGill died on Father's Day, June, 1986, at the age of 71. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

    (Dec. 28) --
    * 1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

    * 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson.

    * 1856 Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was born in Staunton, Va.

    * 1846 Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

    * 1897 "Cyrano de Bergerac," a play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

    * 1905 The forerunner of the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, was founded in New York City.

    * 1945 Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

    * 1958 The Baltimore Colts won the NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, in what has been dubbed the greatest football game ever played.

    * 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.

    * 1982 A black man was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

    * 2005 Former top Enron Corp. accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

    * 2008 The Detroit Lions completed an 0-16 season, the NFL's worst ever, with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Army's Tank School Leaves Fort Knox After 70 years

    Vol 12, Iss 22 Fort Knox, Kentucky - "The Tank's 70-year connection to the Army post in the hills of central Kentucky ended Thursday as the Armor Center, the training school for generations of tank soldiers, began its move to Fort Benning in Georgia." as reported in the news recently.

    The news article goes on to state, "The tank's history at Fort Knox stretches back to the eve of the country's entry into World War II, when military leaders noted the successes of German tank divisions that conquered France in 1940." -- Army's tank school leaves Fort Knox after 70 years

    The World War II Timeline we have compiled for our Uncle Bob (Robert L. McGill, 1916-1954) shows that on 28 April 1941, that Uncle Bob completed the Armored Force School, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with the following: "Greetings, Be it known, that Second Lieutenant Robert L. McGill, 67th Armored Regiment (M), satisfactorily completed the prescribed Tank Maintenance (no. 3) course of the Tank department this 28th day of April 1941." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    MORE ? History of Highland County Virginia

    Vol 11, Iss 45 Biographic paragraphs taken from the book, A History of Highland County Virginia, Chapter XXIII, page 223, gives us some insight into the families and particular mention of the Highland Men of more or less prominence.

    Such as?

    John Bradshaw, son of the pioneer, was county surveyor eighteen years and was also a veteran teacher, a number of persons of some prominence being his pupils. He wrote the will of John Graham, which, through no fault of his, led to a noted lawsuit. Eighteen hours of rigid cross-examination failed to bring out any flaw in his testimony. His son, Captain Robert H., had a promising career cut short by his death at Port Republic.

    Thomas Brown?Tomaso Bruno in Italian?merits mention as our only pioneer of that nationality. He is said to have been a sea captain in the War of 1812, about which time he came to America. He lived a while near the city of Washington.

    Andrew H. Byrd, the legislative father of Highland County, served twelve years in the House of Delegates. His son, John T., was in the legislature one term, but declined a renomination. In the great war, he served with much ability as a leader of Confederate cavalry. Prior thereto he was a major of militia. As a farmer, he is one of Highland's best. His sons, Clifton E., Adam M., and H. Houston, are graduates of the University of Virginia, and all are in professional life, the last named being the present Commonwealth's Attorney of Bath.

    The father and paternal grandfather of the pioneer Campbell were Presbyterian divines. His son Thomas possessed fine mathematical ability and was the first surveyor of Highland. Austin W. was one of its best read citizens and perhaps the first one to join the Masonic Order. Walter P., now engaged in the real estate business at Roanoke, was Commissioner of the Revenue for 21 years. Still other members of the connection have held positions of honor and trust.

    Cornelius Colaw was a justice of the war period. His son, John M., received the Master's degree from Dickinson College in 1892, and after taking his Bachelor's degree from the same college studied law at the University of Virginia. For three years he was principal of the Monterey High School. Though an active attorney, Mr. Colaw has cultivated his strong mathematical gift. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, a frequent contributor to mathematical journals, and the author of mathematical textbooks.

    Collingwood A. Dickson, a well-read merchant of Trimble, is a son of General Sir Collingwood Dickson of the British Army.

    William W. Fleming, a native of Nova Scotia, came to Highland shortly before the formation of the county. He was a man of strong intellect cultivated by constant reading. His personality was felt in every phase of public enterprise, and in particular he was a sturdy friend to the cause of education. He was recognized as an honest, upright, and intelligent citizen.

    NOW ? This Highland County Gentleman is of particular interest to this NW Okie, because ? This is the same Captain David Gwin that my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill did her research on for her DAR certificate. Captain David Gwin, a wealthy landowner of Jackson's River, was a steadfast soldier in the wars with the Indians and British. He was one of the men who went to the relief of the Wilson family, and his military career continued until the close of the Revolution.

    Jacob Hevener, Jr., was a wealthy and prosperous stockgrower of Crabbottom, as have been his sons also. Benjamin H. Hiner graduated in law in 1892, but even before his admission to the bar he was nominated as Prosecuting Attorney of Pendleton, holding that office eight years. In 1908 he was a candidate for Congress, and though defeated he ran ahead of his ticket by 1,500 votes. Mr. Hiner is a very active attorney.

    The Hull family, particularly, Peter Hull/Hohl, is another ancestor of NW Okie that finds its way into the Gwin and Warwick families around "Crab bottom." The Hull family was very prominent in our early annals. The pioneer himself was a man of large means for his day. Peter, his oldest son, increased the estate, owning a large portion of the Crab bottom, his possessions in 1818 including 16 slaves, 19 horses, 43 cows, and 60 sheep. He was an officer in the Revolution, a colonel of militia subsequent thereto, and a legislator also. He was very influential, but also domineering. Major Peter Hull, his son, lived at McDowell, where he was a heavy landholder. He also sat in the Legislature and held various local offices. This branch of the Hull family is locally extinct in the male line. The late Joseph, a well-to-do farmer and upright citizen, is kindly remembered by his associates.

    John Sitlington, son-in-law to Colonel Peter Hull, was a large landowner and cattleman, first in Crabbottom and afterward at McDowell. He was also in local public life.

    Lucius H. Stephenson took up the study of law at Lexington in 1859, and practiced his profession at Monterey until his death in 1911. He was Commonwealth's Attorney 26 consecutive years, a Visitor of the Virginia Military Institute, and a Director of the National Valley Bank of Staunton. He was also an incorporator and promoter of the Citizens' Bank of Highland. Mr. Stephenson was not only an energetic, painstaking, and successful attorney, but a prosperous man of business. He acquired large possessions and during his long and active life he wielded a great influence among his fellow citizens. In matters of local history he was exceptionally well informed. -- For more on A History of Highland county Virginia Click this link.
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    Old Planes & Gene McGill

    Vol 11, Iss 13 Back in the 1930s Gene McGill took to flying. To get from the Ranch; hunting coyotes; fishing; and wheat harvesting. Gene had a dirt landing strip out at his ranch north of Waynoka, about 10 miles. Alva was 30 minutes away by automobile. To Gene flying was faster transportation.

    Old Airplanes - Gene & Bob McGill and Friends.
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    Grandpa's Model T Torpedo Roadster of 1912

    Vol 14, Iss 18 Woods County, Oklahoma - [Click images to view larger images of Grandpa Bill McGill and his 1912 Model T Torpedo Roadster.]

    Whoever was taking the picture may have been looking towards the southeast to catch the "Castle on the Hill" in the background. If someone else has a better description of the composition, I would love to hear from you via comment or email. What about the image in the shiny gas tank? I can see grandpa's image, but what is the white image? Is it a lady in white with umbrella? Flowers? Can not quite make the white image out.

    In the image on the left you can see in the background on the right the west side angle of the "Castle on the Hill" known as Northwestern Normal School back then. I believe this photo was taken in the middle of the 800 block of Maple Street in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma where Grandma and Grandpa were living.

    In The Hickman Courier, dated 13 June 1912, out of Hickman, Kentucky, we found this ad for a Model K-20, Torpedo Roadster, fully equipped, $685.00. Mohair top, side sustains, top boot, Troy windshield, Prest-O-Light tank, two gas head lights, oil tail light, horn, jack, pump and repairer kit. 32x3 tires with clincher rims, 96 inch wheel base, and enameled trimmings throughout.

    The ad mentioned that they were going to give away this two passenger Marathon automobile to the person holding the lucky corresponding number drawn from their ballot box. They began giving tickets away on Saturday, June 22, 1912. They had 36,000 duplicate tickets and were giving you with each cash dollar spent three chances on this automobile. all you needed to do was write your name and address on one end of the ticket, drop it in the ballot box, holding the duplicate of same. When they had given away all 36,000 tickets they held a drawing, and the person who was lucky enough to have the corresponding number would get this $685.00 automobile FREE.

    I do not believe that is how my grandpa came to get is Model T Torpedo Roadster of 1912, though. Grandpa Bill McGill and Grandma Constance Warwick McGill had been married for a couple years (24 March 1910) before this photo was taken and did not have any children until December 1914, when my Dad, Gene (Merle Eugene) McGill was born. Robert Lee came two years later (1916). View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    General Land Office Records Assist Researchers

    Vol 13, Iss 23 America - Genealogists searching for land records of their ancestors often use the General Land Office records,, which indexes public land sales in various states and images of the original land grant certificate. These records can provide important genealogical clues, with records often providing the former address of the purchaser.

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal Land title records issued between 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and filed notes, dating back to 1810. Because of organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does NOT currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.

    Survey Plats & Field
    Survey plats are part of the official record of a cadastral survey. A cadastral survey is a survey which creates, marks, defines, retraces or re-establishes the boundaries and subdivisions of Federal Lands of the United States. It is a graphic drawing of the boundaries involved with a particular survey project, and contains the official acreage to be used in the legal description.

    Field Notes are the narrative record of the cadastral survey and are written in tabular format and contain the detailed descriptions of entire survey process including the instrumentation and procedures utilized, calling all physical evidence evaluated int he survey process, and listing all of the individuals who participated in the work.

    Land Patents -Federal Land Patents offer researchers a course of information on the initial transfer of land titles format he Federal government to individuals. It also verifies title transfer, which will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

    Land Status Records - Land Status Records are used by BLM Western State Offices to document the ongoing state of a township's Federal and private land regarding title, lease, rights, and usage. These documents include Master Title Plats, which are a composite of all Federal surveys for a township. Other Land Status Records include Use Plts, Historical indices, and Supplemental Plats.

    You can search by document type, by location or by identifier. To try this above link out for myself I searched by Document Type in the State of Okalahoma, any county, and the Lastname MCGILL. That brought up a listing of those with the lastname of MCGILL. Three in Woods county (I clicked on 24-26-16, Constance MCGILL); one in Garfield county; and two in Canadian county. You can then see Patent Details, Patent Image and Related Documents.

    When I clicked the "Related Documents" tab it brought up another listing showing previous owners of Section 24-26N-16WIM that dated back to 5/25/1907, showing a Homestead Certificate #7095 (MV-0601-238) for PATTEE, Joseph E. (Jr.), owning the West half of the North East quarter and the North half of the South East quarter of Section 24-26N-16WIM, containing 160 Acres. It was signed by T. Roosevelt by F. M. McKean, secretary. Recorder of the General Land Office at that time was H. W. Sanford. Let me see if I can give you a visual location of that property. It is on the Northeast corner of Highway 14 (runs North and South to Waynoka) and what we call the "crooked bridge road" that runs east and west (one mile north of the Avard blacktop road, about 10 miles North of Waynoka, Oklahoma).Does that help in the visual location?

    BLM Land Search of MCGILL, 24-26N-16WIM, OK. See what you can find on your ancestry land holdings. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Eulogy To My Brother Gene - by Little Brother Bob

    Vol 12, Iss 11 [OkieLegacy Editor's Note: The following eulogy is not about my father, Gene McGill, formerly of NW Oklahoma. Nor is it about his younger brother, Robert. But ... I find it interesting that there were two sets of brothers with the same exact names -- one set in NW Oklahoma and the other set in Southern Kansas. And ? We have found no relationship between the two sets of brothers. ]

    Robert "Bob" McGill of California sent us this Eulogy for his older brother Gene McGill, who died recently in Arkansas.

    Eulogy for Gene

    "It is sad to lose a loved one -- but I think Gene would not want us to be sad and mourn his passing. I believe he would rather have us celebrate his life.

    "I knew him as my big brother, hero, mentor, protector, friend, and sometimes tormentor. Having Gene as a big brother helped make me the person I am today.

    "He taught me how to ride a horse, when I was about 3, by putting me on an old brown mare we had and turned her loose --- well she headed back to the barn via going under the clothes line leaving me behind. He and his buddy Bucky taught me how to swim by throwing me into the Arkansas river and watching me struggle to stay afloat. I was the little guy they would try new dare-devil homemade rides on like tying a rope with an old pulley with a tire hanging from it to the top of the barn and the other end to a tree 50 yards or so away. Well, sir that was one heck of a ride as I flew down the rope hanging on to that old tire for dear life. I lived to tell the story and the old adage " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" proved true.

    "It was a sad day when he was drafted into the Army. I sure missed him ...but was sure proud of him when came home on leave with a 101 Airborne Screaming Eagles uniform. He was on his way to Korea.

    "He served his country with pride. He came home and did what most GIs did...built a life and family.

    "I will miss him. I am the last of my birth family --- but our family lives on through our kids. The McGill's are from the proud Scotch - Irish heritage --- be proud of this heritage and live a good life... for that is the best way to pay homage to our beloved father, Grandfather, Uncle, brother, and friend Gene."
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    The Real Father/Daughter Rifle Story

    Vol 14, Iss 19 Alva, Oklahoma - Have you heard or experienced a father/daughter rifle story like this one below? Does it sound familiar? If you have not heard this story from Dorthy and/or NW Okie, then you have not heard the "Real" story of the Father/Daughter Rifle Story.

    I was talking with my older sister (Dorthy) the other day concerning a time she shot Gene's new high powered rifle, on the dam, at the East lake, 10-miles North of Waynoka, Oklahoma one afternoon.

    As Dorthy recalled this story to me, it was suppose to be a Oklahoma afternoon country outings with father (Gene McGill) and his daughter (Dorthy McGill) in 1961 (or perhaps 1962). It was just after Dorthy had come back from Greenbrier College for Women, in West Virginia.

    Gene and Dorthy, had loaded themselves and Dad's new rifle into the vehicle that would take them to the ranch, located ten miles North of Waynoka, to check the lakes, ponds and cattle. But that was not the only thing on their agenda. They were going to do some practice shooting with Gene's new high powered rifle.

    As Dorthy recalled this father/daughter rifle story to me a few days ago, it went something like this -- Gene brought along his new high powered rifle so Dorthy could try her hand at holding, pulling the trigger on this new rifle of Gene's. As Dorthy tells it, it was just Gene and Dorthy that afternoon out at the ranch. They pulled to a stop on the dam at the East lake and got out of the car.

    Dorthy remembers holding, positioning the rifle on her left shoulder; pulling the trigger; shooting the rifle; and feeling the kick-back that bruised her right shoulder.

    As the rest of the story goes, Gene reprimanded Dorthy and asked, "Why the hell did you shoot my cow?"

    Dorthy, standing her ground, as usual, replied back with, "What cow? I didn't see a cow!"

    Anyone living in Northwest Oklahoma or who knew Gene McGill, knows through news clippings and court records that anyone shooting at Gene McGill's cows, pigs and airplane would not get away with their family dignity intact. Just look back at old news stories and court records to find out what happened to the guys who were caught shooting at Gene's livestock and at Gene while Gene was out flying low, hunting coyotes in his airplane near the ranch.

    Now you know the "Real" story of the Father/Daughter Rifle Story! View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Magill vs McGill

    Vol 13, Iss 3 We heard from a Ruth Johnson (email: in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who says, "Your webb site is very interesting to me because I also had an ancestor named William Magill who came from Scotland via Ireland to Augusta County, Virginia via Pennsylvania.

    "But that is where the similarity ends. Their life stories are not at all the same. He was not a Presbyterian Minister. He had a plantation and operated a Ferry called Magill's Ferry at what is now Bridgewater, Virginia and his main crop was Flax. He was supposedly the first settler there. The barn on the site of the plantation is still standing.

    "He had a son also by the name of William who had a son by the name of Robert, who, for whatever reason, spelled his name McGill. But after him, the spelling of the name reverted back to Magill. At some point, Robert and his family relocated to Greene County, Tennessee, all except for one daughter who remained behind and married Jacob Dinkle.

    "The reason I am writing to you other than the odd coincidence of the names is that the crests you show are the same ones we claim as the Magill crests. I wonder if we went back far enough, we would find that we are from the same family."

    NW Okie's Magill/Mcgill genealogy! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Gene & Bob McGill (July 1923)

    Vol 13, Iss 2 Alva, Oklahoma - We found this photo of our dad (Gene McGill, age 9), on the left, and his younger brother (Bob McGill, age 7), on the right. The date written on the back was 24 July 1923. You got to love those swim suits & caps that they wore back then, don't you.

    In the Summer of 1923 you can see that Chick Studio was advertising along the west wall of the swimming pool. Amongst other downtown businesses in Alva, Oklahoma. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Constance (Warwick) McGill's DAR Certificate

    Vol 11, Iss 42 Constance E. Warwick McGill received her DAR certificate #207348, which was admitted January 31, 1925 and it was given/presented to Constance April 1, 1925, using her ancestor, Captain David Gwin, as the Revolutionary War soldier. The certificate was signed by Lora Haiurt Cook, pres. general; Alice Lye Briggs, recording sec. general; Inez S. Stansfield, registrar general.
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    Northwestern's Abe Lincoln Statue

    Vol 11, Iss 35 A reader wrote in and asked about the two kids climbing on the Abe Lincoln statue at Northwestern. The photo on the left had a hand-written date of 1920 on the backside.

    The two boys standing on the Abe statue on the Northwestern State Normal campus are Bob McGill (left, about 4 years of age) and Gene McGill (right, about 6 years of age.

    I just love the hats and outfits and shoes they are wearing, don't you.

    Rod asks, "The photo with the two kids on the statue of Abe Lincoln clearly indicates that it was taken prior to the construction of Herod Hall, since the ?Old Science Hall? (now the Fine Arts Building) can be seen in the background.

    "My question is this: was the Lincoln statue moved to make room for Herod Hall? It?s difficult to tell from the photo ? but some would argue that this old photo shows ?Honest Abe? sitting closer to the Old Science Hall back then compared to his present distance from the Fine Arts Building. (The only thing certain is that the Science Hall was not moved).

    "Another question: Do you have the names of the two kids climbing on the statue?"
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    1901 American League Version - St. Louis Browns

    Vol 11, Iss 32 The American League version of the St. Louis Browns started out as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901. After finishing in the American League (A.L.) basement, the franchise was moved to St. Louis for the 1902 season and renamed the Browns."

    My Grandpa McGill didn't play for the Brown's until September, 1907 when they were trying him out has their pitcher.

    The Austin Senators (Minor League team) ended it's season in 1906, winning the Pennant. Afterwards, Grandpa went back home to Oklahoma for a visit before he played out the rest of the season with a team in Des Moines, Iowa.

    While Grandpa was still in this Minor Leagues with the South Texas League in late May, 1906 (between May 25th & 29th game), the following was written about McGill. I believe these articles came from Lake Charles, Austin, or the Houston Post in 1906.

    Headline -- "Austin Takes The First Game - Long Legged Pitcher McGill Puzzles The Hard Hitting Creoles." --- "Failure on the part of the home team effectively to connect with the puzzling delivery of McGill, the elongated twirler of the Austin team, who was in rare form, despite his tiresome railroad trip, was responsible for the defeat of the Creoles (Lake Charles) in yesterday's game... One of McGill's favorite stunts is to stagger backward as he delivers the ball. It looks like the beginning of a wild pitch but is generally a strike."
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    July 4th, 1928 Boys Drill Team

    Vol 11, Iss 26 It was the 4th July 1928 when these young Northwest Oklahoma Boys Drill Team posed on the northwest corner of Alva, Oklahoma's downtown square, at the intersection of Flynn and College Avenue. The boys drill team is facing northwest as we look southeast across the downtown square.

    Notice the courthouse dome in the upper left corner above the treetops and the Bell Hotel in the upper right corner above the treetops. You can catch a slight glimpse of the Chamber building nestled in the tree-packed downtown park square on the rightside. Did you notice how they parked their vehicles in the middle of the wide streets?

    Boys Drill Team: Names of boys starting with the left Column 1 and moving to the right to Column 5.

    Column 1 (front to back row): Bob Burcket, J. L. Reed, Russle Fawitz, Ben Harrover, Frank Houts, Richard Jones, Newton Gettings.

    Column 2: Bob McGill, Herb Ryman, Howard Schumacher, Lester Duck, Paul Clark, Lewis Kapareck.

    Column 3: Bob Day, Brad Eutsler, John Day, Clay Noah, Tom Hervil, Junior Ballins.

    Column 4: Fat Murry, Earl Boyce, Joe Day, Bill Jackson, Marion Braziwell, Millard Porter.

    Column 5: Warne Templin, John Jackson, Edward Kavanaugh, Crawford Botenbury, Merle "Gene" McGill, Ben Matteson, Bradley. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

    Vol 13, Iss 21 Tennessee - Remember the Alamo? Remember "Davy! Davy Crockett! King of the Wild Frontier?" Remember Davy Crockett? Did he really wear a coonskin cap? Did he kill a bear when he was three? I believe that last to be only a myth.

    My next journey of genealogy research takes us to the surname of CROCKETT, since it has been popping up in the research for our Craighead, Warwick, Dunlap and McGill ancestry. I found the following, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee, written by David Crockett, and published in 1834, entered according to the Act of Congress, 1 February 1834, By David Crockett, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.

    This is a quote that Davy Crockett had on one the front pages, "I leave this rule for others when I'm dead, be always sure you're right -- Then go ahead!"

    In the Preface of the book Crockett writes, "In the following pages I have endeavored to give the reader a plain, honest, homespun account of my state in life, and some few of the difficulties which have attended me along its journey, down to this time. I am perfectly aware, that I have related many small and, as I fear, uninteresting circumstances; but if so, my apology is, that it was rendered necessary by a desire to link the different periods of my life together, as they have passed, from my childhood onward, and thereby to enable the reader to select such parts of it as he may relish most, if, indeed, there is any thing in it which may suit his palate." (Quote taken from page 6. preface runs through to page 11 and was written February 1, 1834, Washington City, by David Crockett. Chapter I begins on page 13.)

    Crockett's father was John Wesley Crockett, of Irish descent, either born in Ireland or on a passage from that country to America across the Atlantic. John Crockett was by profession a farmer, spending the early part of his life in Pennsylvania. John Crockett married Rebecca Hawkins, an American woman, born in the state of Maryland, between York and Baltimore. John Crockett was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, fighting in the Battle at "Kings Mountain" against the British and Tories. John Crockett at some time lived in Lincoln county, North Carolina, before he moved from there to the country, which embraced the east division of Tennessee before it was a state.

    Davy's Grandfather and Grandmother were both murdered by the Creeks, in their own house, and on the very spot of ground where Rogersville, Hawking county now stands. John Crockett had a brother, Joseph, who the Indians wounded by a ball which broke his arm. Another younger brother of John Crockett was James, (deaf and dumb) and could not make his escape from the Indians, was taken prisoner and remained with the Indians for 17 years and 9 months. James was discovered and recollected by John Crockett and his eldest brother, William Crockett, when he was purchased by them from an Indian trader.

    David Crocket was born 17 August 1786, where is folks lived at the mouth of Lime Stone, on the Nola-chucky River. Davy Crockett's father and mother had six sons and three daughters with David being the fifth son. Davy's family was very poor, living far back in the back woods, with limited schooling opportunities for the children.

    During another move of the family, John Crockett settled in Jefferson county, Tennessee where he opened a tavern on the road from Abbington to Knoxville. His tavern was small and the principal accommodations he kept, were for the waggoners who travelled the road. This is where Davy lived until he was 12 years of age.

    Narrative of the Life of David Crockett
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    OU Ph. Assoc. 1936-37 Photo

    Vol 13, Iss 20 Norman, Oklahoma - While searching on I came across a group photo of the Oklahoma University (OU) Pharmacy Association that was a page of the OU yearbook for 1936-37. In that photo my Dad, Gene M McGill, was not in the photo, but his name was listed as a member of the OU Ph. A of 1936-37 (See photo on the left). Also on that list was Howard J. Schuhmacher. Some of you NW Oklahomans might remember Howard through his Schuhmacher Drugstore on the Westside of the downtown square in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma. What were Howard's wife and children's name?

    The second photo on the right does have a photo with the same group, OU Ph. A., in the 1936-37 OU yearbook. Gene M McGill is on the fourth row, fourth from the left. You can not miss Gene's recognizable thin physique, with his hair combed straight back, and he is also sporting a thin mustache. There is no mistaking it as my Dad. I believe I could pick out that image of him instantly. Just like others who knew him.

    When I found the first image on, I wrote to the OU department connected with yearbooks to see if I could find more information and possibly an old 1936 and 1937 yearbook and gave them the time periods of when Gene attended the pharmacy school and graduated.

    I did not find an old yearbook to purchase, but Bird Library at OU Health Sciences Center (HSC) did find, scanned and sent me an old photograph of my Dad, Gene M McGill.

    In the Publication Centennial: A history of the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy 1893-1993, they found his name listed as receiving the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the year 1936-37. When they went to the yearbook for that year, The Sooner, 1937, there was a page of photographs of the seniors for that year, but Gene's photograph was not among them. They did find a group photograph of members of an organization, O.U. Ph. A., and its members where he photo was included. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    NW Okie's Distant Craighead Ancestors

    Vol 13, Iss 19 Tennessee - Well! I have finally found a connection to the Craighead ancestors that I have been researching, but have NOT found the connection to Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell.

    Distant ancestors of NW Okie (Linda Kay McGill Wagner):

    • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), relationship to this NW Okie: 2nd great grandfather of husband (Samuel Geddes Craighead) of 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell).
    • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas Craighead
    • Capt Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead.
    • William CRAIGHEAD (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt Robert Craighead
    • Samuel Geddes CRAIGHEAD (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead
    • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead
    • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), Mother of Nancy McGill
    • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell
    • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill
    • William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill
    • Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob McGill & Constance Estella Warwick; married Vada Eileen Paris 24 March 1940; Children: Connie Jean, Dorthy Eileen, Linda Kay, Amber Ann.
    I am still wondering about Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell. How does Nancy Craighead fit into the Craighead ancestors? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    History of McKeever School

    Vol 12, Iss 21 McKeever School, Oklahoma - The History of McKeever School, written and researched by Milt Lehr, Professor Emeritus, NWOSU. The Cherokee Outlet of the territory of Oklahoma was opened to settlement by the Land Run of 1893. After securing a homestead, the pioneers' immediate concern was the education of their children. The first schools were often a soddie or log building and later schools were built using clapboard, stucco, of wood and plaster construction.

    The one-room school played an important role in educating the children of this state. In 1900 there were 200,000 one-room schools in the United States. In 1897 the Oklahoma Territory had 1,909 organized school districts of which 224 of these school districts with schools meeting an average of 70 days a year. It was not unusual for 40 pupils to attend these schools since farm families were large and each quarter section of land had a family living on it.

    Eastside view of McKeever School, 1894Records located in the Woods County Courthouse show that the McKeever school was organized in August 30, 1894, and that its district numbers were both 191 and 23.

    School was first held in the dugout home of Mr. and Mrs. Hulet, which was located about one-third of a mile south of the present McKeever school, which is located on the southwest corner of section 24 six miles west of Alva. The dugout home was 12 feet by 18 feet with a dirt floor and was four feet deep into the ground. Sod was laid above the ground two feet deep. The roof was composed of dirt laid over branches and poles.

    Click the John McKeever family as written by Dorothy McKeever in 1986 for the Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County history book, pg. 454.

    During the 1894-1895 school year, Dick McKeever purchased the Hulet claims and donated the southwest corner of section 24 for a school building.

    Maggie Shiel was the first teacher of this school and 23 students were enrolled. Teacher salaries at this time were $20 to $25 per month. By 1902, the salary paid to Nettie Courtner had increased to $35 per month and school was being held for 100 days. The total budget for that year was #311.67, according to Woods County Courthouse records. The value of the school was $600 and other property was valued at $100.

    According to a newspaper clipping dated January 29, 1895, and preserved by Harvard and Sue Litton, lifetime residents of a farm home located a short distance north of McKeever school, the first 23 students included Harry Benton, Johnie Benton, Myrtle Cocohm, Glevie Kinney, Mary Kinney, Tomie Kinney, Amon McKeever, Phoebe McKeever, Cora Messmore, Evert Litton, Jim Litton, Thomas Litton, Orwell Shirley, Bertha Smith, Clair Smith, Earl Smith, Melvin Smith, Cora Turner, Bessie Vincent, Dora Wiggins, Della Wiggins, and Gracie Wiggins.

    The members of the first school board were Frank Spurgeon, Dale Smith, and Jim Benton. The second term of school was held in a frame box house that was moved to its present site from four or five miles northwest of Alva. This building was a wooden structure 14 feet wide and 28 feet long with a wooden floor made of 1x12 planks. Desks were fashioned from this same kind of wooden boards.

    The original building that is standing today was constructed at a cost of $300, which was financed by bonds. All labor was donated by residents of the district except the plastering, which was done by Nick Edwards who was hired to do this work. A. B. Messmore was overseer of the carpentry work. The school bonds were paid off in five years. The American elm trees that encircle the school ground were planted about 1915. The members of the school board at that time were Nate Litton, John Parsons and Clayton Hyde.

    The teacher salaries were sometimes paid in cash obtained from donations and some salaries were paid in warrants, which could be cashed at banks for 60 cents on the dollar. Sometimes teachers were paid in sod breaking since most of them owned nearby land or had a claim.

    1938 WPA remodelingThe original building underwent extensive remodeling in 1938 when WPA funds were provided by the federal government to modernize school buildings. A basement was constructed a few feet west of the building and it was then moved overonto the completed basement after the anterooms at the front and a coal bin at the back were removed. A few years later, a highline was constructed nearby along Highway 64 and electric lights were added to complete the modernization.

    The teachers of McKeever School were as follows:

    Maggie Shiel 1894-1895; May Park 1895-1896; A. C. Parsons 1896-1897; Grace McKitrick 1897-1898; Cora Murray 1898-1900; Birdie Vorhies 1900-1901; Nettie Courtner 1901-1902; W. P. Bosserman 1902-1903; W. J. McGill 1903-1904; Phoebe McKeever 1904-1906; Pete Exell 1906-1908; Agnes Murray 1908-1910; Dena Salesman 1910-1911; Hattie Jarred 1911-1912; Frankie Callison 1912-1914; Lester Maddox 1914-1916; Jess Sears 1916-1917; Homer Bloyd 1917-1918; Margie Callison 1918-1920; Myrtle Martin 1920-1921; Lillie Callison 1921-1922; Pearl Martin 1922-1925; Fay Faulkner 1925-1927; Dolores Fuller 1927-1930; Clara Brown 1930-1931; Helen Tallman 1931-1932; Ada Taylor 1932-1933; Josephine Fisher 1933-1937; Hulda Groesbeck 1937-1939; Hazel Smith 1939-1941; Ruth Frazier 1941-1943; Fay McAlpin 1943-1948.

    After the opening of the Cherokee Strip, the rapidly expanding rural school system created a demand for trained teachers. By 1897 there were 1,792 organized school districts in the Oklahoma Territory of which 726 districts with 25,858 pupils were interested in seeing the establishment of a normal school in Alva to meet the demand for qualified teachers.

    In 1897, after a two-year struggle the
    Northwestern Territorial Normal School was authorized by the Oklahoma legislature. Classes were first held in the Congregational Church in Alva until a building later called the Castle on the Hill was constructed.

    When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, the school was renamed Northwestern State Normal School (NSN). In 1919 its name was changed to Northwestern State Teachers College (NSTC) and in 1939 it was given the name of Northwestern State College (NSC). Finally, in 1974 it was renamed Northwester Oklahoma State University (NWOSU).

    It should be remembered that for most of its history the primary purpose of Northwestern has been the preparation of teachers for schools in this section of Oklahoma.

    McKeever school remained in use until 1948 and then served as a community building for several years. In 2000 the school was given to NWOSU by Dean and Patty Nusser, farmer-ranchers, who own the land on which the school stands. Restoration efforts were soon started and the school was moved to its site on the NWOSU campus in the summer of 2001 where it will assume an important role in the preparation of teachers at Northwestern and the education of the public in general to the importance the one-room school played in the education of farm children in early Oklahoma.

    [Note by webmaster: There was restoration efforts and repainting going on this summer of 2001, As of this writing, the building is no longer standing on the NE corner of Hwy 64, 6 miles west of Alva. It has been moved to the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University, in Alva, OKlahoma. The only reminder that the building existed 6 miles west of Alva on hwy. 64 is the basement left behind. -- LK Wagner] View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    1914 Everyday Life

    Vol 11, Iss 36 It was about 95 years ago that the elastic brassiere would supplant the corset that was in common use. The elastic brassiere was patented in November 1914 by Mary Phelps Jacob who was a New York debutante, who devised the prototype bra with her French maid before a dance, using two pocket handkerchiefs, some pink ribbon, and thread.

    Mary Phelps Jacob was a descendant of steamboat pioneer Robert Fulton. Jacob was asked by friends to make bras for them. A stranger asked for a sample and enclosed a dollar.

    Jacob had been encouraged to engage a designer to make drawings, and she would make a few hundred samples of her Backless Brassiere with the help of her maid, but would find them hard to sell, and she would sell her patent to the Bridgeport, Conn., corset firm Warner Brothers Company which would acquire for $15,000 a patent that would later be estimated to have a value of $15 million.

    Doublemint chewing gum was introduced by William Wrigley, Jr.

    What was happening in your ancestors everyday life back in 1914? My dad, Gene M. McGill was born December 27, 1914!
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    Old Alva Depot Buggy Ride

    Vol 15, Iss 5 Alva, OK - OK! Ten years ago (2002) we asked, "Who Is This Young Couple in the early days of Alva, Oklahoma Territory?" We still do not know who is in this picture. We suspect it might be a McGill relative of some sort! Does it ring a bell with anyone?

    We deduce it is in Alva (Oklahoma) at the Train Depot. The Alva Depot no longer exists at its location on the north edge of Alva! They tore it down awhile back.)

    Looking on the back of the image we found no names or no identification of this couple. We suspect this could be Bill McGill and Constance Warwick in their courtin' days during the early 1900's. If it isn't Constance, then it is another girlfriend of Bill's.

    Maybe someone out there will recognize this couple and give me some assurance of who they are and when it might have been taken. Why didn't people write names, dates on back of old photos for the other generation like myself. I am really playing a guessing game here guys. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Role of Ghost Dance In Wounded Knee Massacre (1890)

    Vol 14, Iss 7 America - Wikipedia says, "The Ghost Dance (Caddo: Nanissáanah, also called the Ghost Dance of 1890) was a new religious movement which was incorporated into numerous Native American belief systems. The traditional ritual used in the Ghost Dance, the circle dance, had been used by many Native Americans since prehistoric times."

    The chief figure in the movement was the prophet of peace, Jack Wilson, known as Wovoka - a Paiute spiritual leader and creator of the Ghost Dance. Wovoka prophesied a peaceful end to white expansion while preaching goals of clean living, an honest life, and cross-cultural cooperation by Native Americans.

    In accordance with the prophet Jack Wilson's teachings, it was first practiced for the Ghost Dance among the Nevada Paiute in 1889. The practice swept throughout much of the Western United States, quickly reaching areas of California and Oklahoma. As the Ghost Dance spread from its original source, Native American tribes synthesized selective aspects of the ritual with their own beliefs. This process often created change in both the society that integrated it, and in the ritual itself.

    Practice of the Ghost Dance movement was believed to have contributed to Lakota resistance. In the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890 when the U.S. Army forces killed at least 153 Lakota Sioux.

    Wounded Knee Massacre

    It was February 1890 when the United States government broke the Lakota treaty by adjusting the Great Sioux Reservation of South Dakota into five smaller reservations. The government wanted to accommodate white homesteaders from the eastern States. It intended to "break up tribal relationships" and "conform Indians to the white man's ways, peaceably if they will, or forcibly if they must."

    On the reduced reservations, the government allocated family units on 320-acre plots for individual households. The Lakota were expected to farm and raise livestock, and they were encouraged to send their children to boarding schools with the goal of resembling, integrating and forbading inclusion of Native American traditional culture and language.

    To help support the Sioux during the period of transition, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) supplemented the Sioux with food and hired white farmers as teachers for the Sioux. The farming plan failed to take into account the difficulty which Sioux farmers would have in trying to cultivate crops in the "semi-arid" region of South Dakota. By the end of the 1890 growing season there was a time of intense heat, low rainfall. It was clear that the land was "unable" to produce substantial agricultural yields. The government's patience with supporting the Indians ran out. They cut rations for the Sioux in half. With the bison having been virtually eradicated a few years earlier, the Sioux were at risk of starvation.

    The people turned to the "Ghost Dance ritual," which frightened the supervising agents of the BIA. Kicking Bear was forced to leave Standing Rock, but when the dances continued unabated, Agent McLaughlin asked for more troops, claiming the Hunkpapa spiritual leader "Sitting Bull" was the real leader of the movement.

    A former agent, Valentine McGillycuddy, saw nothing extraordinary in the dances and ridiculed the panic that seemed to have overcome the agencies, "The coming of the troops has frightened the Indians. If the Seventh-Day Adventists prepare the ascension robes for the Second Coming of the Savior, the United States Army is not put in motion to prevent them. Why should not the Indians have the same privilege? If the troops remain, trouble is sure to come."

    But . . . thousands of U.S. Army troops were deployed to the reservation. It was 15 December 1890 that Sitting Bull was arrested for failure to stop his people from practicing the Ghost Dance. During the incident, one of Sitting Bull's men (Catch the Bear) fired at "Lieutenant Bull Head," striking his right side. He instantly wheeled and shot "Sitting Bull," hitting him in the left side, between the tenth and eleventh ribs. This exchange resulted in deaths on both sides, including that of Sitting Bull.

    Big Foot, (known as Spotted Elk) was a Miniconjou (a subdivision of the Lakota Sioux that inhabited western South Dakota) leader on the U.S. Army's list of "trouble-making" Indians. He was stopped while en route to convene with the remaining Sioux chiefs. U.S. Army officers forced him to relocate with his people to a small camp close to the Pine Ridge Agency. Here the soldiers could more closely watch the old chief.

    On the evening of 28 December 1890 the small band of Sioux erected their tipis on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. The following day, during an attempt by the officers to collect weapons from the band, one young, deaf Sioux warrior refused to relinquish his arms. A struggle followed in which somebody's weapon discharged into the air. One U.S. officer gave the command to open fire, and the Sioux responded by taking up previously confiscated weapons. Of course, the U.S. forces responded with carbine firearms and several rapid-fire light-artillery (Hotchkiss) guns mounted on the overlooking hill. Amongst the 153 dead Sioux, most were women and children. Following the massacre, Chief Kicking Bear officially surrendered his weapon to General Nelson A. Miles.

    Outrage in the eastern United States emerged as the public learned about the events that had transpired. The U.S. government had insisted on numerous occasions that the Native American had already been successfully pacified. Many Americans felt the U.S. Army actions were harsh. Some related the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek to the "ungentlemanly act of kicking a man when he is already down." Public uproar played a role in the reinstatement of the previous treaty's terms, including full rations and more monetary compensation for lands taken away.


    Some have said that the Sioux variation on the Ghost Dance tended towards millenarianism, an innovation that distinguished the Sioux interpretation from Jack Wilson's original teachings. The Caddo Nation still practices the Ghost Dance today."

    Millenarianism is the belief by a religious, social, or political group or movement in a coming major transformation of society, after which all things will be changed, based on a one-thousand-year cycle. The term is more generically used to refer to any belief centered around 1000-year intervals.

    Millenarian groups claimed that the current society and its rulers were corrupt, unjust or otherwise wrong. They believed they would be destroyed soon by a powerful force. Others who held millenarian views such as those held by the earliest christians were condemned in 1530 by the Lutherans.

    Millenarian beliefs have been claimed as causes for people to ignore conventional rules of behavior, which can result in violence directed inwards (such as the Jonestown mass suicides) and/or outwards (such as the Aum Shinrikyo terrorist acts). It sometimes includes a belief in supernatural powers or predetermined victory. In some cases, millenarians withdraw from society to await the intervention of god.

    Millenarian ideologies or religious sects sometimes appear in oppressed peoples, such as the 19th century Ghost Dance movement among American Indians, just to mention only one of many others who practiced millenarism.

    Many followers of the Ghost Dance understood Wovoka's role as being that of a teacher of pacifism and peace, others did not. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Early 1900 Advertising In NW Oklahoma

    Vol 11, Iss 46 Advertising in Early Woods County, Oklahoma ... These Early Woods County Ads, in Oklahoma were found amongst my grandmother's old photos and showing Gene and his younger Bob McGill as young boys holding the homemade signs for McGill Bros. Furniture store in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue in some of the photos. There is this first photo on the left that I do not recognize the driver of the cart.

    * Early Ads #2 ... Gene McGill, on horse, and Bob McGill in cart.
    * Early Ads #3 ... Who are the ladies in the horse cart?
    * Early Ads #4 ... Another shot of Gene and Bob McGill
    * Early Ads #5 ... A shot of Gene, on horse, and Bob McGill helping advertise for McGill Bros. Furniture.
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    Air Castles & Dreamers

    Vol 11, Iss 26 This NW Okie comes from a long line of dreamers with roots in Oklahoma. My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, wrote in letters from a friend, John C. McClure, of the places she wanted to go and see when she was younger in the early 1900s. John accused Constance of building "air castles."

    One of those places was San Francisco, Philippines, and other places around the world. It was not until the late 1930s thru 1950s that she saw some of her "air castles" developed into reality. She never made it to the Philippines, but did travel to England and back to New England.

    Grandma mainly stayed around Northwestern Oklahoma Territory and saw it through it Drought, Depression and Dust Bowl days, raising a family of two sons and acquiring ranch and farm land. Marrying William J. McGill in March, 1910 and divorcing in the 1940s.

    Grandma's younger son, Bob McGill, fought overseas in World War II and died at an early age in February, 1954 of lung cancer.

    Constance's oldest son stayed around Northwest Oklahoma after his graduation from Oklahoma University in December, 1937, instead of going off to Washington, DC. His grandfather, John Robert Warwick made Gene and offer he could not refuse, "All this would be yours if you stayed and work the farm and ranching business."

    Little did Gene know at that time that his mother would control everything and use young Gene as a hired hand. By-passing her remaining son in her Will & Trusts when she died in 1969 -- leaving mineral interests and the majority of landholdings to her four granddaughters, equally.
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