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 ~Jim Richey regarding Okie's story from Vol. 10 Iss. 9 titled UNTITLED

$2.699 for gas sounds a whole lot better than $3.159. That is the price that showed up at our Conoco here in Bayfield, Colorado today, Monday, June 5, 2006.
 ~NW Okie regarding Okie's story from Vol. 8 Iss. 22 titled UNTITLED

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Happy New Year To Everyone

Duchess and Sadie's friend, Ruff says, "Woof ... Woof ... Ruff ... Happy New Year! Hope to be hearing and sharing your Okie Legacy stories in 2008 as we begin our NEW publishing date on Sunday, January 6, 2008."

Weekend Weatherwise... Here it is Saturday, leading into the first weekend of the New Year 2008. While some Oklahomans are expecting 60-70 degree weather this weekend with gas prices at $2.99.9, here in the valley of Southwest Colorado we have made our nest inside watching the last of the College Football Bowl Games this weekend and the wet, slushy snowflakes falling outside... but not sticking, accumulating until evening when it turned to slushy snow. The temperatures Sunday morning didn't seem that bitter cold when I went out this morning in my sweats and short-sleeve t-shirt, though.

We had to go out a few times Saturday afternoon and evening to brush the snow, slush and ice off the satellite dishes to get connected to the internet and watch TV. AND... the electricity flickered on and off a few times. Other than that... we curled up by the cozy fireside and kept warm.

The Weatherbug on my laptop popped up with a "Winter Storm Watch" -- which remains in effect from 6 P.M. MST this evening through Sunday Afternoon. They say the Animas River Basin - San Juan River Basin - including the Cities of Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio, Pagosa Springs and Vicinity are the areas around here in the Winter Storm Watch.

Areas of Rain and snow will change over to all snow this evening and will become heavy at times overnight. The town of Pagosa Spring and areas North of Durango will receive the heaviest Snowfall where total storm amounts may range from 12 To 18 Inches by late Sunday afternoon. The lower elevations below 7000 feet, including Durango, can expected snow amounts from 5 to 12 inches. Locally brisk conditions with gusts to 25 Mph will cause some blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

Will this weekend Winter weather head towards Northwest Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas? We hear higher elevations in the San Juan mountains received about 9 inches of snow around 1 p.m., Saturday afternoon and it was still accumulating.
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Enid, OK Square in 1900

This is a picture of the far-famed Enid Square, taken from the southeast corner in about 1900, the year that Robert N. Gray came to Enid, OK. Maybe someone out there reading this newsletter knows of an ancestor who might have remembered Enid in the early years of 1900. We would love to hear their stories. As you can tell we have been reading through our Robert N. Gray book about Enid, Oklahoma (Observation From the Station South of Town).

Here is a little description of items, buildings in the photo. The brick building in the left foreground is the Enid post office. The L-shaped building to the right is the land office, a popular structure in those days. Just above the post office building can be seen the old county jail, with its high board stockade, or "run."

Above the land office building, in the north block of the square can be seen the old courthouse, which was later replaced by the structure which was burned in 1930. The large brick building with the miniature steeple, to the left and above the post office and jail in the picture, is the old First National bank building on the corner of Broadway and Independence. It was known as the Frantz hotel in the early days. The information under the picture mentioned that it still stands today, and is still occupied for commercial and hotel purposes. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Pioneer Lynn G. White - Alva Daily & Weekly Review

Here is a little tidbit about the republican newspaper, that we call today the Alva Review-Courier that I found on pg. 1525, A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Thoburn. Lynn G. White was editor and publisher of the Alva Daily and Weekly Review, in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma. Mr. White had shown the technical, executive ability, the progressive policies and the civic loyalty that had not only made him distinctively successful in his chosen field of enterprise but had also given him secure vantage ground as one of the representative newspaper men of Oklahoma.

Mr. White was born on a farm in Oneida County, New York, on August 11, 1873, the son of Duane D. and Jennie M. (Mattison) White, both natives of the old Empire State, where Jennie was born April 6, 1844, and Duane D. White was born April 13, 1843. Their parents having been born in New York, where the families were founded in an early day.

Duane D. White devoted his entire active career to the great, fundamental industry of agriculture, and in 1879 he moved with his family to Harper County, Kansas, where he obtained a tract of government land, in what is now Attica Township. He assisted in the organization of the county and both he and his wife endured the full tension of the strenuous pioneer life in the Sunflower State, with the incidental privations and hardships entailed by crop failures due to drouths and the ravages of grasshoppers. Duane eventually reclaimed one of the fine farms of Harper County and became one of the substantial and influential citizens of that section of Kansas.

In 1911 he released himself from the arduous labors, heavy responsibilities that had long attended him and since that year he had lived in gracious retirement at Alva, Oklahoma. Duane D. White married Miss Lillian Douglas, who likewise was a native of the State of New York, and they had a pleasant home in the City of Alva, where they had resided since 1911.

Lynn G. White was a lad of about six years at the time of the family moved to Kansas, and there he was reared to adult age under the conditions and influences of the pioneer farm, the while he made good use of the advantages afforded in the public schools of Harper County and those of the high school at Wellington, Sumner County, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1891.

For 7 years thereafter Lynn G. White continued his effective services as a popular teacher in the public schools of Harper and Barber counties, and he retained his residence in the Sunflower State (Kansas) until 1904, when he established his home at Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory. Here he purchased the plant and business of the weekly republican paper known as the Alva Review, and in 1908 he absorbed the Alva Courier and continued the publication of the combined papers under the title of the Alva Review-Courier.

In 1911 he gave further evidence of his success, progressiveness by assuming control also of the Alva Daily News, and the year 1914 found him similarly taking over the Morning Times. The publication of the Daily Review had been continued by him since 1914 and his success had indicated not only the working out of the rule of the "survival of the fittest" but had also proved him a man of much initiative and resourcefulness in business -- a strong force in the domain of practical journalism. It is needless to say that both the Daily and Weekly editions of the Review had excellent circulation and received a substantial advertising support. It should not be forgotten that both were made effective exponents of the cause of the republican party, to which Mr. White himself paid unequivocal allegiance, his paper being the official organ of Woods County and of the City of Alva.

Between the years of 1880-1881, when Lynn White was a mere boy, he came over from Kansas into the Indian Territory and employed himself in the collecting of buffalo bones, which found ready demand for commercial purposes, and that incidentally he traversed in this enterprise the ground on which is now situated the enterprising and vital little city (Alva) in which he called his home.

At Attica, Kansas, on February 10, 1894, was solemnized the marriage of Lynn G. White to Miss Josephine Warren, who was born in Greene County, Missouri, on May 10, 1875, a daughter of James H. Warren, who likewise was born in Missouri and who became a pioneer settler in Harper County, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. White had one child, Duane Kidder, who was born at Attica Kansas, on December 25, 1894.
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Pioneer William F. Hatfield - Alva, OK

Alva's Hatfield Park & Lake benefactor was William Franklin Hatfield, who held the distinction for being former editor, publisher as well as founder, of the first newspaper established in Woods County, Oklahoma. Hatfield developed the Alva Pioneer into one of the excellent daily papers of the state.

Mr. Hatfield proved himself one of the most progressive citizens of Alva, the judicial center and metropolis of the county -- both through the agency of his paper and by personal influence he had contributed much to the civic and material advancement of the city and county. This and the following information came from A Standard History of Oklahoma, pg. 1513, by Joseph Thoburn.

Mr. Hatfield was known as a scion of a sterling pioneer family of Missouri. William Franklin Hatfield was born on a farm in Macon County, Missouri, October 20, 1858. He was a son of Mahlon and Sarah E. (Cook) Hatfield, and his father was a native of Macon County, where he was born September 6, 1834, the parents having immigrated from Kentucky to Missouri in 1831 and having been representatives of fine old Southern families. Mahlon Hatfield's parents raised six sons, three daughters:

  • Thomas;
  • John
  • William
  • Mahlon, resident of Alva, Oklahoma, at the time of his death, January 14, 1914;
  • Abraham, prosperous agriculturist in San Diego county, California;
  • Charles;
  • Arena;
  • Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Shane, resided in Macon County Missouri;
  • Jane.

  • Mahlon Hatfield was reared, educated in Missouri and became a successful manufacturer of wagons and farm machinery. This line of industrial enterprise is what Mr. Hatfield gave his attention during virtually his entire active business career. In 1909 he retired and came to Alva, Oklahoma, where he passed the residue of his long, honorable, useful life. In 1853 he was solemnized in marriage to Miss Sarah E. Cook, who was born in Macon county, Missouri, in 1834. Sarah's parents having been natives of Grayson County, Kentucky, and having become pioneer settlers in Macon County, Missouri. Mrs. Sarah Hatfield died June 24, 1872, at Cambridge, Missouri, and was a woman of devout christian faith and of gentle kindliness.

    Of this marriage of Mahlon and Sarah Hatfield were born the following children:
  • James G, born December 3, 1854, living retired in Warrensburg, Missouri;
  • Luella;
  • William Franklin, born October 20, 1858, Macon County, Missouri;
  • Robert E., born March 10, 1865, resident of Warrensburg, Missouri;
  • Clara E. (Mrs. Parr), born January 7, 1865, maintained a home at Camden, Missouri;
  • Lessie, died 1878 at age of 7 years;
  • Other two children died in infancy.

  • In 1872 Mahlon Hatfield contracted a second marriage, when Sarah L. Epperson became his wife. The three children of this union were Jesse M., Charles W., and Nannie L.

    It was on the old homestead farm of his father in Macon County, Missouri, that William Franklin Hatfield passed the period of his boyhood and early youth. In addition to receiving the advantages of the local schools he attended also a well ordered academy at Cambridge, Saline county, Missouri. As a youth William F. Hatfield served an apprenticeship to the trade of machinist, but in 1878 he abandoned this trade to learn that of printer, his apprenticeship in the "Art preservative of all arts" having been served in a newspaper office at Slater, Missouri. Later William was employed in the first newspaper office established at Attica, Kansas, and thereafter he held positions in newspaper and job offices at Harper and Wichita, Kansas.

    In 1890 William Hatfield purchased the plant and business of the Express, a weekly paper published at Hazelton, Kansas, and of the same he continued as editor, publisher until 1893, when he became a participant in the "run" into the famous Cherokee Strip Outlet of Oklahoma, which was thrown open to settlement in that year. He was one of the early settlers in the embryonic little City of Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma, and founded the Alva Pioneer, the first newspaper in the county. Issuing the paper weekly he made it an effective exponent of community interests and progressive movements, its first issue having come from the press on September 22, 1893, and the paper was continued as a weekly until June 24, 1901, when a daily edition was issued in addition to the weekly.

    The Pioneer had ably exploited the priniciples, policies of the democratic party -- both through its columns and his personal activities the editor, publisher had wielded large and benignant influence in political affairs in this section of the state. Mr. Hatfield had served as chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Woods county since 1900 and during this entire period had been a member also of the Democratic State Central Committee, as one of the leaders in the maneuvering of the party forces in the vigorous young commonwealth of his adoption. He was secretary of the first Commercial Club organized at Alva and retained this position three years.

    After 16 years of continuous, effective identification with the paper of which he was founder, Hatfield retired from active newspaper work on September 1, 1909, when he sold the plant and business of the Pioneer, and in the year 1906 he had purchased 160 acres of land adjoining Alva on the West, a portion of this tract being now an integral part of the city, known as Hatfield Park. With characteristic liberality he donated to the city 57 acres of this tract for park and lake purposes -- Hatfield Park & Lake.

    Mr. Hatfield was also founder of the college library of the Northwestern State Normal School, at Alva and made the first contribution of books for the same. Further than this he was primarily instrumental in securing this excellent institution to Alva, by assisting in obtaining the passage of the legislative act creating the school.

    On May 27, 1883, William F. Hatfield married Miss Fannie L. Whilhite, who was a popular factor in the social and religious activities of the community. The had no children.
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    Winter Ice In NE Kansas

    "Linda, Just thought you might find this a "great" picture. grin We had several days of ice and my driveway was iced with an ice curtain at the end at the highway. Happy New Year! Keep up the good work." -- James Bradley, Westmoreland, KS
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    No Self-Service Gas In Oregon

    "I didn't know you couldn't pump your own gas in Oregon, but at least until two years ago, when I visited my daughter in New Jersey, there was no self serve gasoline there. Surprisingly, it wasn't too much more expensive than here on the Gulf Coast." -- Charles M. Cook, Louisiana Bayou Country
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    St. Nicholas Hotel - Alva, OK

    St. Nicholas Hotel Postcard... "This is an old postcard photo taken in the horse and buggy days at the St. Nicholas Hotel, in Alva, Oklahoma."-- Charles Cook

    St. Nicholas Hotel Poet... "The hotel was told to me that it was a hotel for young college girls at one time. I know of a single older man that lived in the hotel in the 1970's. He would eat every day at the cafe in back of Kent Johnson Insurance Co. His name was Rich and he would read and recite poetry." -- Kay Gerber
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    Pumping Gas In Oregon

    "Yes, Linda! Oregon is the only state that will not let you fill your car with gas. My twin sister and I, have traveled all the states west of the Mississippi River and most of them East. We did find a station in Ohio that gave us full service. We think he was just a lonely old man wanting to visit. I appreciate the Okie Legacy. Wishing you Happy New Year." -- RJ
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    Price of Gas In Oregon

    "The price of gas in McMinnville,Oregon is $2.99.9 per gal. When we went to Salem today some of the stations had it at $2.05.9 a gal. We went to COSCO and got gas at $2.83.9. We do not have to get out of the car to pump our gas. They have people do it for us. Yes! We are spoiled but it is nice. We are still having rain but not as much as two weeks ago. Have a Happy New Year." -- John & Marlene Jackman
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    It's Another New Year

    "Happy New Year!" That greeting will be said and heard for at least the first couple of weeks as a new year gets under way. But the day celebrated as New Year's Day in modern America was not always January 1.

    ANCIENT NEW YEARS... The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible cresent) after the Vernal Equinox (first day of spring). The beginning of spring is a logical time to start a new year. After all, it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops, and of blossoming. January 1, on the other hand, has no astronomical nor agricultural significance. It is purely arbitrary.

    The Babylonian new year celebration lasted for eleven days. Each day had its own particular mode of celebration, but it is safe to say that modern New Year's Eve festivities pale in comparison. The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but their calendar was continually tampered with by various emperors so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

    In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the new year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 BC, established what has come to be known as the Julian Calendar. It again established January 1 as the new year. But in order to synchronize the calendar with the sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days.

    THE CHURCH'S VIEW OF NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS... Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread, the early church began having its own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Year's Day was no different. New Years is still observed as the Feast of Christ's Circumcision by some denominations.

    During the Middle Ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New Years. January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years.

    NEW YEAR TRADITIONS... Other traditions of the season include the making of New Year's resolutions. That tradition also dates back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking. The early Babylonian's most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

    The Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886. In that year, members of the Valley Hunt Club decorated their carriages with flowers. It celebrated the ripening of the orange crop in California. Although the Rose Bowl football game was first played as a part of the Tournament of Roses in 1902, it was replaced by Roman chariot races the following year. In 1916, the football game returned as the sports centerpiece of the festival.

    The tradition of using a baby to signify the new year was begun in Greece around 600 BC. It was their tradition at that time to celebrate their god of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that god as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth. Although the early Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the Church to reevaluate its position. The Church finally allowed its members to celebrate the new year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus. The use of an image of a baby with a New Years banner as a symbolic representation of the new year was brought to early America by the Germans. They had used the effigy since the fourteenth century.

    FOR LUCK IN THE NEW YEAR... Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

    Traditional New Year foods are also thought to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck, because it symbolizes "coming full circle," completing a year's cycle. For that reason, the Dutch believe that eating donuts on New Year's Day will bring good fortune.

    Many parts of the U.S. celebrate the new year by consuming black-eyed peas. These legumes are typically accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. Black-eyed peas and other legumes have been considered good luck in many cultures. The hog, and thus its meat, is considered lucky because it symbolizes prosperity. Cabbage is another "good luck" vegetable that is consumed on New Year's Day by many. Cabbage leaves are also considered a sign of prosperity, being representative of paper currency. In some regions, rice is a lucky food that is eaten on New Year's Day.

    AULD LANG SYNE... The song, "Auld Lang Syne," playing in the background, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700's, it was first published in 1796 after Burns' death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, "Auld Lang Syne" literally means "old long ago," or simply, "the good old days." The lyrics can be found - CLICK HERE." -- Steve
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    Legate, OK

    "I am very interested in your inquiry about "Legate" as my great grandparents lived there as well as buried in Legate, Oklahoma. Please feel free to contact me regarding Legate if you need more information. Thank you very much." -- Paula Herwick - EMAIL:
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    Gas Prices in Perry, OK

    "Our gasoline prices went back up to $2.99.9 here in Perry today and the winds were very strong, bringing a warming trend. It's supposed to be back up in the 60s tomorrow. At this point, I'd like to see summer come back. I'm tired of these up and down temps. We're expecting 60 degree weather in some parts of the state today, and the possibility of 70 degrees tomorrow with thunderstorms coming in next week. " -- Roy K.
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    Snow In San Juan Mtns

    "I measured 9-inches of new snow as of 1:30 p.m. (January 5, 2008, Saturday afternoon) and it's been steadily coming down wet and heavy since then. I didn't measure the snow after 1:30. Wes came at 5:00 and plowed my drive. I cleaned both satellite dishes at 1:30, but I lost my TV signal again.

    Damn, I sure do miss the heater I had on my first dish. The flakes are smaller now, but the snow is still coming down heavily. From Daisy's marks in the drive, I'd guess we've had at least another 3" since 5:00. I'll get a measurement and some pictures in the morning." -- SBW
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    Pioneer George A. Harbaugh - Alva, OK

    George A. Harbaugh was what some might call back in those early days of Alva, Oklahoma as, "the sterling and popular citizen ..... whose is distinctively one of the representative and influential business men of the thriving little City of Alva, county seat of Woods County, needs no further voucher than the statement that he is here president of the Central State Bank and also of the Alva Roller Mills, which represent two of the most important business enterprises in Woods County."

    This and the following information was derived from the 1916 history book of Oklahoma, A Standard History of Oklahoma, pg. 1530, by Joseph Thoburn.

    George A. Harbaugh was born on the homestead farm of his father in Washington County, Iowa, on August 27, 1870. His parents were among the pioneers of Iowa, Eli and Catherine (Engle) Harbaugh, both natives of Ohio. Eli Harbaugh was born in 1825 and Catherine Engle was born in 1827. Both Eli and Catherine were educated in the old Buckeye State and their marriage was solemnized in the year 1848. They were early settlers in Washington County, Iowa, where they established their home in 1850, when that section was on the very frontier of civilization, and where the death of Eli's wife, Catherine, occurred in 1872.

    Eli Harbaugh learned in his youth the trade of cabinetmaker in Ohio. After his removal to Iowa, within about two years after his marriage, he found demand for his services as a skilled artisan at his trade. In 1884 Eli removed to Barber County, Kansas, where he purchased a farm and he continued his residence until his death, in 1907, at the age of 82 years.

    George A. Harbaugh acquired his education in the schools of his native county and was a lad of about 14 years at the time of the family moved to Barber County, Kansas, where he was reared to adult age on the homestead farm and continued his studies in the public schools. George worked with his father in the management of the home farm until 1893, when he participated in the "run" into the Cherokee Strip Outlet of Oklahoma Territory. George entered a claim to a tract of government land 7 miles from the present City of Alva, Oklahoma and gained the distinction of becoming one of the pioneer settlers of Woods County. George acquired another section of land nearby and established one of the extensive stock ranches of the county. In 1898 George Harbaugh moved from is ranch to Alva, where he engaged in the live stock and grain business and became one of the leading representatives of this line of enterprise in this northwest section of the territory. In 1916 George Harbaugh was still the owner of one of the largest and valuable land estates in Woods County.

    George was a a staunch supporter of movements advanced to obtain statehood for the territory and in the meanwhile gained precedence as a steadfast and influential business man and public spirited citizen.

    In 1906 Geore Harbaugh purchased the controlling interest in the Alva Roller Mills, which he was president and had maintained the active management. In 1914 this corporation purchased and shipped 3,500,000 bushels of wheat, handled from its chain of thirty elevators, at eligible points in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The Alva Roller Mills were essentially modern in equipment and facilities. The products found a wide demand and were known for superiority, and the business, as conjoined with the extensive grain trade controlled by the operating company, represented one of the most important industrial enterprises of Northern Oklahoma.

    In 1913 George became associated with Henry E. Noble and others in the organization of the Central State Bank of Alva, of which he had been president and of which Mr. Noble was cashier.

    In politics George A. Harbaugh was aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the democratic party, but he was essentially a business man and had manifested "no predilection for the honors or emoluments of political office."

    At Alva, Oklahoma Territory, on November 1, 1899, George A. Harbaugh solemnized his marriage to Miss Mary Devin, who was born at Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana, in which state were also born her parents, Alexander N. and Melissa Devin. George and Mary Harbaugh had three children:

  • Paul A., born September 7, 1901;
  • melissa kathryn, born October 8, 1905;
  • Helen E., born February 2, 1912.

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    Pioneer Henry E. Noble - Alva, OK

    Remember the first hardware business in Alva, Oklahoma? According to A Standard History of Oklahoma, pg. 1523, by Joseph Thoburn, we have found out a little bit more of Noble's Hardware business and about H. "Henry" E. Noble. Henry E. Noble was a representative business man, popular citizen, cashier of the Central State Bank, and was well known figure in financial circles in the northwest section of the state. He served as a member of the city council during the first four years after the municipal government was carried forward under the city charter.

    H. E. Noble was one of the organizers of the bank of which he was cashier. He established his home at Alva in 1893, when he came to Woods County as one of the pioneer settlers upon the opening of the Cherokee Strip. He opened the first hardware establishment in the ambitious young village of Alva, in Oklahoma Territory and during the intervening years he had not only kept pace with but had been a recognized leader in the work of development and progress in Alva.

    Henry E. Noble was born at Albany, Green County, Wisconsin, on October 13, 1856, a son of Edmond B. and Nancy B. (Throop) Noble. Edmond Noble was born in Wyoming County, New York, on September 10, 1828, and his parents were natives of New England. Edmond Noble was raised educated in his native state and there he continued his residence until he became a pioneer of Wisconsin. There he followed mercantile pursuits until 1876, when he moved with his family to Kansas and became one of the pioneer settlers of Harper County, where he secured a tract of government land and where he was actively concerned in the formal organization of the county. He developed one of the excellent farms of that section of Kansas and continued his residence upon his old homestead until 1888, when he moved to Medicine Lodge, the judicial center of Barber County, where he engaged in the mercantile business.

    In 1900 Edmond Noble came to Woods County, Oklahoma, and purchased a farm 5 miles West of Alva, where he passed the residue of his life and where he died on March 13, 1912, at the age of 83 years and six months. Edmond's political allegiance had been given to the republican party.

    In 1851 Edmond B. Noble and Nancy B. Throop, who was born in Wyoming County, New York, in 1832, and whose death occurred at Albany, Wisconsin, on October 10, 1876, her father, Daniel H.Throop, was a native of Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York. Edmond B. and Nancy Noble had four children:

  • Frank, died in infancy;
  • Henry E;
  • Flora May, who was born May 31, 1862, at Albany, Wisconsin, married in 1881, James H. McKeever, their place of resident being in Wichita, Kansas, and their two children being Gertrude and Edmond H.;
  • Millie R., who was born at Albany, Wisconsin, on March 4, 1868, became the wife of Huston H. Case, in 1891, her death occurred, without child, on July 4, 1893, in Kansas City, Missouri, her remains being interred in the cemetery at Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

  • In 1878 Edmond B. Noble contracted second marriage, when he wedded Mrs. Betsie J. Hoyt, and the two children of this union, Rena and Walter, survived their father, as did also their mother.

    Henry E. Noble was indebted to the public schools of his native village for his early educational training, which was effectively supplemented by a course in the Worthington Business College, at Madison, the capital city of Wisconsin. It was in this institution he graduated in 1875 and while attending the same he employed his otherwise leisure hours by serving an apprenticeship to the tinner's trade, which he thereafter followed, as a journeyman, for two years, in the State of Iowa. He then went to Auburn, New York, where he assumed the position of bookkeeper in the mill machinery manufacturing establishment of his uncle, Gardiner E. Throop.

    After retaining this incumbency two years he returned to the West, in 1880, in which year he became bookkeeper for an agricultural implement establishment at Winfield, Kansas, where he remained engaged for a period of five years. In 1885 he moved to Medicine Lodge, where he engaged in the hardware and implement business in an independent way and continued his operations in this line until he found better opportunities, incidental to the opening to settlement of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma Territory, in 1893.

    As a pioneer of Alva, he opened the first hardware store in the new town, on the West side of the downtown square. You can still read the name of H. E. Noble Hardware on the building today. Henry Noble retired from the hardware and farm implement business in 1912, and in the following year he became associated with G. A. Harbaugh, Thomas G. Fennessey and others in the organization of the Central State Bank of Alva, of which he had been cashier. Through his straightforward and careful executive policies this bank had become one of the stable and popular financial institutions of Northern Oklahoma, with deposits somewhat in excess of $320,000 at the opening of the year 1915.

    Henry E. Noble became a member of Alva's first municipal council, and of this position he continued the incumbent four years. Besides his banking association, he was exclusive agent for the Buick automobiles in Woods County, Oklahoma. He completed the circle of York Rite Masonry, and attained to the 32nd degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.

    It was on January 15, 1882, at Montezuma, Iowa, that Henry E. Noble married Miss Ida A. Norris, who was born in Ohio, on January 24, 1858, who was a popular figure in the social activities of her home community, besides being a zealous member of the Christian church. Henry and Ida Noble had three children:
  • Mary Edith, born at Winfield, Kansas, on March 7, 1883, was afforded the advantages of Northwestern State Normal School, at Alva, Oklahoma, and Hardin College, at Mexico, Missouri. In 1910 she became the wife of Edward J. Hampton, and they had one child, Noble D., born May 31, 1912;
  • Ethel J., born at Medicine Lodge, Kansas, November 21, 1887, graduate of same schools as Mary Edith, and wife of Frank D. Crowell;
  • Henry Elbert, Jr., born December 2, 1899, graduate of Alva public schools and of Missouri Military Academy of Mexico, Missouri.

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    Pioneer Romulus Z. Linney, M.D. - Hopeton, OK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    On June 17, 1901, at Washington, D. C., Dr. Linnery was married to Miss Texie N. Townsend, who was born May 7, 1878, at Hickory, North Carolina, daughter of Rev. Noah and Anna (Linthicum) Townsend, natives of Virginia. Mrs. Linney was a lady of many accomplishments and a graduate of Woods College of Washington, D. C., in which city she was reared. Dr. and Mrs. Linney had one son: Zack, who was born April 26, 1902, at Lenoir, North Carolina. He was educated at Missouri Military Academy, of Mexico, Missouri.
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    Final Resting Place of Thomas Morgan & Sarah Jane Flaherty

    "Looking for Resting Place of Great-Grandparents ... Looking for the final resting place of my Great Grandparents, Thomas Morgan and Sarah Jane Flaherty. They lived in Stonewall, but Thomas died at his daughter's house in Frisco, on August 13, 1920. Sarah died November 20, 1920. I'd appreciate any help I can get on this. I'm trying to keep a promise I made to my father before he passed." -- Shanna Flaherty-Pierce - EMAIL: Email: View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Remembering Okarche OK Theatre

    "If your still looking for old photos of the Okarche Theater I might be able to help. My Cousin owns and currently resides in the building. My mother remembers going to the Theater. I think she once showed me a photo. I''m sure there is someone in my family that has pictures. They have resided there my entire life and I''m proud to say that is were I grew up and went to school." -- Remember Some of These Places...
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