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Would like any info available on the Star Theater, Minco, OK [more]...
 ~Linda (Standifer) Mills regarding Okie's story from Vol. 8 Iss. 47 titled UNTITLED

In the written "A HISTORY OF ALFALFA COUNTY" by David Washington Pierce, 1926, his history of Goltry says, "The town of Goltry, located 26 miles southeast of Cherokee on the Frisco Railroad, was platted in 1903 by the Goltry Brothers of Enid [more]...
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NW Okie's Journey

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.

Good Night! Good Luck! AND .... Happy Holidays!
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NW Okie's Journey

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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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - Hey! Hope you had a great Easter weekend? NW Okie just ran across this old Easter photo of two little girls at their grandma's house in Alva, Oklahoma around 1945. They posed with their mother, Vada Eileen Paris McGill in their easter bonnets. Dorthy, on the left, must have been about a year old or around that age.

Remember this little ditty with the chorus that goes something like this:

"In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it
"You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade
"I'll be all in clover and when they look you over
"I'll be the proudest fellow in the Easter parade."

What was your favorite part of Easter? Coloring, hiding and hunting eggs; new patent leather shoes that matched a spring, pastel frock. Let us not forget the easter bonnet. As you grew older over the years did you make your own easter bonnet to wear with your cut-off jeans and sweatshirt in rebellion?

Last week we shared a photo of a first grade class that we received from Ellis Raymer through Jack Wheat. Jack Wheat has confirmed that the first class was the 1st grade at Horace Mann, in 1947, in Alva, Oklahoma. The names that Jack could identify were: Mary Lou Huff, Tom Coffman, Neil Crenshaw, Larry Anderson, Searle Wadley, Mike Mixson, John Scott Smith, Carl Wilson, Velma Wilson, Perry McGuire, Mary McGuire. If this jogs a few memory cells out there and helps identify more, please befriend Jack Wheat on Facebook to help him identify more of the classmates.

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women & Senior Citizens!"
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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.
OkieLegacy/image/gardengods1.jpg OkieLegacy/image/gardengods2.jpg

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

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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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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Thanksgiving Weekend & End of November 2008

Vol 10, Iss 48 Did you get your fill of turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes, noodles, and all the holiday comfort foods this last Thursday? We did!

Morning after Snow of Thanskgiving 2008. Here is hoping you had a great Thanksgiving holiday where ever you found yourself this year! We did!

This NW Okie made three (homemade from scratch) pies: apple, cherry and pecan. I used my grandmother Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris' flaky pie crust recipe that she passed down to my mother, Vada Paris McGill. It was almost as good -- it was also flaky.

The cherry pie still had a tart, but sweet flavor, as well as the apple pie. The pecan pie was filled with pecans and bubbled over during the cooking. Good thing I put it on an aluminum foiled cookie sheet when cooking, huh?

The best part of Thanksgiving besides being with family was the huge, wet snow flakes that began to fall just before noon on Thanksgiving day, November 27, 2008. I uploaded a movie clip of that Thanksgiving snow on my OkieLegacy - YouTube site for your viewing special viewing. You can also see the family dogs Roughing It With the Pugs while you are browsing my YouTube site.

Today... the snow is melting in the sunny condition of SW Colorado while SE Colorado and NE New Mexico have been getting more snows around Raton, NM and I25. Will it head for the No Man Lands of the Oklahoma Panhandle?

Four more weeks of 2008!
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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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1937-38 Catching the Train - Woodward To Alva

19337-38, Vada Paris & Ylova Jean Jaquith

Vol 12, Iss 22 Woodward, Oklahoma - We received a fabulous photo of our mother, Vada Eileen (PARIS) McGill this week from a family that Vada stayed with back in the 1930s. Ylova Jean Jaquith Mayes daughter and son-in-law sent us this following message with the photo attached, "Here is a photo of Vada and Ylova Jaquith taken in Woodward, Oklahoma. Ylova sent us this photo. She lives in Arizona and is 78 years old. She said they had taken Vada to the train station in Woodward to catch a train to Alva to go to College. Hope you like the photo. The photo was not dated, but Ylova was born in 1932. She looks like she is maybe 4-5 in the photo? So, 1937-1938 time frame would be about right. Her name now is Ylova Jean (Jaquith) Mayes."

The photo shows a young Vada Paris (left) in her flowery, Spring dress, hat and white sandal heels holding the hand of a young girl (Ylova Jean Jaquith) while standing in front of passenger train in Woodward, Oklahoma. The Jaquith had brought Vada to Woodward from Seiling to catch the train to Alva, Oklahoma, where Vada was attending NSTC (Northwestern State Teachers College). We know that Vada was a sophomore at NSTC in Alva. We believe she attended in 1937 as a freshman.

Let us take you back to April 18, 1932 (as written down in Vada's 1938 diary as an anniversary) when a sixteen year-old-girl named Vada Eileen Paris came to live with the Ray and Eithel Jaquith family who lived in Seiling, Oklahoma. Also, it was during the Depression, Dust Bowl era. Besides the anniversary of when Vada went to live with Jaquith's in Seiling, Vada had made a notation in her diary May 25th for Ray and Eithel Jaquith anniversary, May 25, 1926.

While living with the Jaquith family, Vada graduated from Seiling High School with the Class of 1936 Seniors whose motto was "Hitch Your Wagon to a Star." For reasons unknown to this writer, Vada laid out a year or so before graduating high school during the Depression, Dust Bowl days. She should have graduated in 1934, but graduated in 1936, instead.

We know that Black Sunday was April 14, 1935 when day was turned into night during the Dust Bowl era. About a month and a few weeks before that day, Northwest State Normal school's Castle on the Hill had burned down, March 1, 1935, in Alva, Oklahoma.

We are trying to piece together bits and pieces of Vada's life between 1932 thru 1937 before she attended college in Alva. We have been told that Vada's mother did not think Vada needed education after the eighth grade and should stay home and help take care of her younger siblings. We have also been told that Eithel Jaquith influenced Vada to graduate Seiling High School and continue her education at NSTC in Alva, Oklahoma.

Reading through Vada's diary, we know in 1938 she received a government grant to attend Northwestern State Teacher College (NSTC) where she was noted as a sophomore in the 1938 Ranger Yearbook. Vada also worked at Warrick's Shoe Store; did heavy housekeeping to make ends meet while attending NSTC. We believe Vada was a Freshman at NSTC (1937 Ranger Yearbook) in 1937.

Vada's older brother (Alvin Riley Paris) and his wife, Naomi (Warren) Paris, were living in Alva while Vada was attending Northwestern. Besides staying with her older brother, Vada did housekeeping for Naomi and Alvin while Naomi was expecting their first Child (Stan born February 25, 1938).

There were lots of entries in Vada's 1938 diary where she mentioned with enthusiasm of getting to go home to Seiling and seeing the Jaquith family (Ray & Eithel and their children: Kenneth and Ylova).

On one entry dated February 13, 1938, Sunday, Vada writes, "Saw Mrs. Jaquith. I'll tough it out where I am before borrowing money. Grand of her to offer to help." Times in the 1930s were tough on everyone back then.

Vada wrote about enjoying receiving letters from Eithel Jaquith. The Jaquith family was like a second family for this young woman, Vada Eileen Paris. Eithel being the one that encouraged Vada to continue her education and go to College at Alva, Oklahoma. We wonder sometimes what would Vada's life been like IF Vada had not been influenced by the Jaquith family? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

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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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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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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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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NW Okie's Corner

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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NW Okie's Corner

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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NW Okie's Corner

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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NW Okie's Ancestry Corner

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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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

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 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 16 Flatbush, New Amsterdam ( - [Photo on the left, seated down front, left to right: Sarah Francs Conover, Henry Clay Paris and Arthur; backrow, left to right: Volney, Decatur, Myrtle and Ernest]

Last week we brought you one of our maternal side of our ancestors via the HURT / HURTOSCI family lineage. This week we venture into yet another maternal family lineage of the CONOVER / COUVENHOVEN / KOUWENHOVEN / COVENHOVEN ancestors that married into our Henry Clay PARIS family lineage.

Our Great Grandmother, Sarah Frances "Fannie" CONOVER, was born 12 June 1848, in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois, the daughter of Peter CONOVER (1821-1900) and Melinda Pierce (1826-1896). Sarah Frances was the oldest child and daughter of Peter and Melinda CONOVER>. Sarah died 20 February 1924, Chester, Major County, Oklahoma, and is buried in the Orion Cemetery, northeast of Chester, Oklahoma.

Before we give our family lineage, let us take you to our 5th Great Grandfather, Dominicus Covenhoven (a.k.a. Dominicus Conover, Dominicus Van Kouwenhoven), who was born ca. 1724 at near, Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey; baptized on 7 June 1724 at Dutch Reformed Church, Freehold-Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey; this was possible, unnamed child baptised this date same parents, Jan Willmse Kowenhoven and Jacoba Cornelisse Vanderveer. Dominicus Covenhoven married Mary Updike ca. 1747.

During the Revolutionary War, Dominicus Covenhoven served as a Private in Capt. Robert Nixon's Troop of Light Horse, Middlesex County Militia. He left a will on 18 April 1778 at Windsor Twp., Monmouth County, New Jersey. In his Will dated April 18, 1778, Dominicus Covenhoven of Windsor Township, yoeman, mentioned his wife Mary and five sons, John, William, Garret, Levi, and Peter. The executors were his wife and sons John and William. The witnesses were Moses Groom, Elisha Cook, and William Slayback. His estate was proved on 23 June 1778. He died on 28 June 1778 at Windsor Twp., Middlesex County, New Jersey, at age 54. Dominicus was killed by lightning and his funeral was held on June 28, 1778, the day of the Battle of Monmouth (American Revolutionary War, 28 June 1778, New Jersey).

COUWENHOVEN Family Lineage:
* Jan Van Kouwenhoven (1495-1550), 11th great grandfather
* Gerritt Jansz COUWENHOVEN (1529-1604), 10th Great Grandfather
* Wolphert Gerritsz2 VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1579-1662), 9th Great Grandfather
* Gerret Wolfersen VAN KOUWENHOVEN (1610-1645), 8th Great Grandfather
* Willem Gerretse COUWENHOVEN (1636-1663), 7th great Grandfather
* Jan Willemse COUWENHOVEN (1681-1756), 6th great Grandfather
* Dominicus John Covenhoven (1724-1778), 5th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1769-1835), 4th great Grandfather
* Jonathan Coombs CONOVER (1797-1859), 3th great Grandfather
* Peter CONOVER (1821-1900), 2th great Grandfather
* Sarah Frances CONOVER (1848-1924), 1st great Grandmother
* Ernest Claude PARIS (1879-1959), Grandfather
* Vada Eileen PARIS (1916-1992), Mother
* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Vada Eileen

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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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NW Okie's "The Good Old Days"

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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Looking Back ... That's The Way It Was

Vol 11, Iss 29 Remember this quote that a CBS news anchorman used to sign-off with, "That?s the way it is?"

Walter Cronkite was the voice of news that no one has been able to duplicate. A trusted and honored news man, Cronkite was born in 1916, the same era of my mother, Vada Paris (November 11, 1916), and Uncle Bob McGill (August 23, 1916).

Cronkite was the news anchor for whom the term "anchorman" was born. Walter Cronkite (November 4, 1916 - July 17, 2009) dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history. He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate, and seemed to be the very embodiment of TV journalism. They say, "Cronkite set the standard by which all others have been judged."

Walter Leland Cronkite was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on November 4, 1916, the only child of a dentist father and homemaker mother. When he was still young, his family moved to Texas. One day, he read an article in "Boys Life" magazine about the adventures of reporters working around the world. Young Cronkite was hooked. He began working on his high school newspaper and yearbook.

In 1933, he entered the University of Texas at Austin to study political science, economic and journalism. He never graduated. He took a part time job at the Houston Post, left college to do what he loved: report.

That's the way it was!
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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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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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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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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

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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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

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

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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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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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

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

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

    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

    Northwest Oklahoma Benefactor - Charles Morton Share...

    Vol 6, Iss 17

    The Alva Review Courier had an article this Friday Memorializing Alva Benefactor (Charles Morton Share), dated 04/23/04 by Helen Barrett. NW Oklahomans will remember Charles Morton Share as one of the Share Brothers Department Store on the West side of the square (where Cunningham has his Law Office today and where the Old Jett Store once was located). Others might remember him with the Share Trust that has built many of the new building in Alva.

    I remember growing up next door to Morton Share in the 700 block of Seventh Street. We lived at 703 Seventh Street (on the corner of Church & Seventh Street) and Morton Share lived in the next house South. The memories are vague and dusty, but didn't he have fruit trees in his backyard? I recall my baby-sister picking some of his apricots (or something) off of his trees and baking him a pie --. with my mother's help, of course. Mom made great, flaky pie crusts that almost melted in your mouth. That's the Bohemian side of Vada Paris McGill.

    Back to Morton Share, though... I believe Morton gave my baby-sister a stuffed pelican at one time. The pelican isn't around any more. I think it got donated to the college museum at one point in time after sitting in storage collecting dust. As I said the memories are vague, dusty as the pelican soon became to be while gracing a storage room of my folks home on Skyline Drive.

    Back to the Mural Society painting party... of course, the public is invited to meet the artist (Don Gray of Murrieta, California) and watch the progress of this newest mural from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, 2004. They say to bring your lawn chairs, enjoy a hamburger and home made ice cream for a donation to the Alva Mural Society. Hope the weather changes to sunshine for Monday. Hope we can make it in from the country chores, too.

    Before we wind down here... Does anyone know what the mascot of Dacoma High School (Oklahoma) was, or the color of the sweater? AND... WHO is this horse thief buried in a corner of the Mennonville Cemetery, in Canadian County, Oklahoma? Do not forget to mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 27, 2004 , 6:30 - 7:30, Piedmont Public Library ~ 1129 7th NW, Piedmont, Oklahoma for SHAKESPEARE'S BIRTHDAY -- NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. It's FREE!

    Duchess says, "Woof! Woof! It's past my bedtime! Shutdown that dang 'puter -- turnout the lights. This neglected li'l Pug needs her belly rubbed and tucked into bed... Right NOW! Goodnight, Y'all!" Okay! Okay! I'm out of here. Keep your feet dry this weekend and keep your raincoats, umbrellas and snow shovels handy. See Y'all next weekend!

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    Sand Plum Jelly Recipe

    Vol 12, Iss 24 Oklahoma - It is June! Sand Plums are ripening in Oklahoma now! We did a search back through our OkieLegacy archives and found this recipe for Sand Plum Jelly that we received from a lady a few years ago. My mother (Vada Paris McGill) used semi-ripened sand plums along with ripened plums which gave an excellence blend of tart, sweet to the jelly.

    Helen Ruth's Sand Plum Jelly
    4 pounds sand plums, 3 pounds ripe and 1 pound under-ripe; 1 cup water; 1 package powdered pectin (1 3/4 ounces); 7 cups sugar.

    The cherry-sized sand plum of the American Southwest is kin to the beach plum, that favorite for preserves from the sandy coasts of the Northeast up into the Canadian Maritimes.

    The sand plum is ripe in early June; the season for beach plums starts around the middle of August; the sand plum is a lovely pink when ripe, the beach plum is purple for conserve later in the month but is picked red for jelly. Both varieties gel better if at least one-fourth the amount of fruit is not quite ripe, thus having more natural pectin.

    Wash and pick over the plums; do not pit or peel. Crush them in the bottom of a large enameled kettle with the 1 cup water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 minutes. Crush again with a vegetable masher as the fruit softens. Strain juice. Return juice to the kettle, reserving 1 cup in which to mix the pectin; combine pectin mixture with juice and bring to a full boil, stirring constantly.

    Add the sugar, continue stirring, and boil hard for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, skim, and immediately pour into hot 1/2-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headroom. Cap with two-piece screwband lids. Give a 5 minute B-W bath." View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   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

    Obituary: DeVerl Paris (1928-2013)

    Charles DeVerl Paris

    Vol 15, Iss 4 Dacoma, Oklahoma - Last week the following obituary for a cousin of my mother, Vada Eileen (Paris) McGill, past away and his obituary appeared, 22 January 2013, in the Alva Review Courier.

    Charles DeVerl Paris was the son of Arthur Henry and Mary Katherine (Murrow) Paris. Arthur Henry Paris and my grandfather, Ernest Claude Paris were brothers, and sons of Henry Clay Paris and Sarah Frances Conover.

    Obituary of Charles DeVerl Paris (1928-2013)

    DeVERL PARIS, at age of 84 years, formerly of Dacoma, Woods county, Oklahoma, died 19 January 2013. Funeral service were held Saturday, January 26, at 11 a.m. at Wharton Funeral Chapel. There was a private burial. Wharton Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

    Charles DeVerl Paris was born on September 29, 1928, in Dacoma to Mary Katherine (Murrow) and Arthur Henry Paris. He died on January 19, 2013, at the age of 84 years, three months and 21 days, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

    He is survived by his second wife of the home, Luana Mahealani Paris; sons, Walter (Sonny) (Wanda) Paris of Conroe, Texas; Donald Kane of Phoenix, Arizona; daughters Theresa (David) McClure of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Clara Jean (Richard) Eisenreich of Colorado Springs Colorado, Jackie Lynn Todd (Scott Hotchkiss) of Colorado Springs Colo., Laura May (Daniel) of Waialua, Hawaii, Betty Mae (Keck) Leslie and Vicky (Billy) Ford, both of Midland, Texas, Jane Paris of Bartlesville, and Deborah Hobdy of Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Also surviving are his sister Bertha Frances Garberich of Enid, Oklahoma and fifteen grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and many wonderful nephews and nieces.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Beulah Jane Venosdel, infant son and baby daughter Dee Verl, four brothers and three sisters.

    This obituary appeared in the Alva ReviewCourier, 22 January 2013, Tuesday, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. 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

    Inquiry - Tressie Lorene Paris Jordan

    Vol 11, Iss 39 Mary Jordan Pollack says, "My mother's name is Tressie Lorene Paris. I am trying to trace her family for her 90th birthday party next month. This is a longshot but here goes. Her father's name was Albert Paris. Her mother's name was Maude Bell Franklin Paris. Her sisters were Lela Paris, Zella Paris, Mary Paris, Treila Paris and her twin sister Tessie Morene Paris. Tressie Lorene Paris was born on October 9, 1919, in Pratt, Kansas.

    If there is any relationship I would be thrilled to hear from you. Thanks a lot. I am looking for family history for my mother?s 90th birthday party. I would appreciate any information. Thanks." --

    [Editor's Note: NW Okie's PARIS connection to Albert & Maude Bell Franklin Paris is as follows:

    NW Okie shows, "Albert Franklin Paris, b. Mar 6, 1880, Harrison, MO; death Feb 14, 1958; son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie" Paris, b. Jul. 25, 1856, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL; death Dec. 26, 1926.

    Zeaphanie was son of James Franklin Paris, b. Apr. 25, 1830, Madison Co., KY; death Jan. 31, 1913, Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL.

    James Franklin Paris was a brother to Henry Clay Paris(NW Okie's great grandfather), b. Jul. 5, 1844, Foxtown, Madison Co., KY. Vada Paris McGill and Albert Franklin Paris were cousins.

    So ? Albert Franklin PARIS is NW Okie's 2nd cousin once removed. Here's how:
    1. Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL is my mother
    2. Ernest Claude PARIS is the father of Vada Eileen (PARIS) MCGILL
    3. Henry Clay PARIS is the father of Ernest Claude PARIS
    4. James Franklin PARIS is a brother of Henry Clay PARIS
    5. Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS is a son of James Franklin PARIS
    6. Albert Franklin PARIS is a son of Zeaphanie "Zeph/Sephanie) PARIS

    Here is a link to paris/hurt/conover genealogy. If your have some dates or information that needs to be included or corrected, please let me know.]
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    McGill - Merle Eugene & Robert Lee

    Vol 8, Iss 42 "Here is a picture of Frank McGill dressed as Buffalo Bill. I have no idea when the photo was taken. It is okay with me if you include info in your newsletter. I have some great pictures of grandpa Frank in his Bill Cody outfit. I'll try to scan some of the best and e-mail to you.

    I am not sure if all the story about Frank are true. I have his obituary around here someplace. He died in May, 1939 - I was born in August, so I only know the legend and stories. I am 67 and brother Gene is 74.

    Edwards County, Lewis, Kansas is about 50 miles east of Dodge City. All of our ancestors are buried in a family plot in the Wayne Township cemetery near Lewis. The graves date back to the early 1800's. There is mention of the McGill's at the Dodge City, Boot Hill museum.

    I am the only one living on the Central Coast. I have three daughters and eight grandchildren living in California and Nevada. Gene lives with his oldest daughter and family on a farm near Union.

    Our Dad Merle J., passed away in 1980 at age 80. He and our step mom retired in Kinsley (9 miles west of Lewis) in the early 70's. Our Grandfather Frank was a Gentleman Farmer and Showman. He traveled with Bill Cody's Wild West Show. He looked a lot like Bill and would stand in for him when he was too drunk to ride (so the family story goes). Our Grandmother, although little French women, ran the farm.

    12 years ago Gene and I visited Edwards County to visit our Dad's sisters the last of that generation (they have since passed away). It was interesting and a little sad. Lewis is down to less then 200 persons. Lewis does have a web site - no mention of McGill's. Thanks for asking about our family." -- Bob McGill - Email:
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    Vada Paris & John B. Doolin Memories...

    Vol 6, Iss 14 "I enjoyed reading about Vada (Vada's 1938 Diary), although I didn't know her. My Dad, John B Doolin knew her. They (John Doolin & Gene McGill) apparently went to OU at the same time? Anyway, it's fun to read about family." -- Martha J. Doolin View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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