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Mt. Irvin, CO

Bayfield, CO - Live from the vicinity of Mt. Irvin in Southwest Colorado we wish for you and yours a New Year 2012 filled with humanity and respect for those different than yourself!

Our friend in Nevada reminds us once again that Christmas has twelve days of Christmas and it is not over yet. That 12th day of Christmas I estimate to be around January 5th or 6th. Do I have that correct?

Ellis Raymer sent us an article that reminders us of Alva's Queen Reaches 104 Year Milestone. Some of you might remember Alva's Queen as AnnaBelle Shafer and Shafer Radio on the South side of the downtown square in Alva, Oklahoma.

AnnaBelle married Carl Shafer, from Alva, whose father was Anton Shafer, owner of the Shafer Harness Shop on the south side of the square. Anton was from Germany and was an artist at his craft.

Remember Shafer's Radio and TV where they sold, repaired TV's and radios for 40 years? Remember on summer nights when you could walk downtown and gather outside Shafer's store window to watch programs? We hear that TV set is now at the Cherokee Strip Museum.

AnnaBelle and Carl Shafer were blessed with two sons, Carl E. and David. The local newspaper reports, "AnnaBelle promoted Alva and its many projects resulting in her being dubbed Alva's Queen by District Judge Dean Linder. In 2003, AAUW members selected AnnaBelle as their first Woman of the Year."

Did you know that AnnaBelle's face is one of the people featured in the Alva Mural Society's Centennial Mural located in the courtyard of the Runnymede? Next time you glance at that mural, take a closer look and see if you can find AnnaBelle's face in the mural.

The local newspaper's article also proclaims, "This year, AnnaBelle was selected as Beadles Nursing Home's 2011 Luau Queen by her fellow residents. Despite all of these awards and years of volunteering, AnnaBelle humbly dismisses compliments by saying, 'I don't know that I've done anything out of the ordinary, but I've enjoyed living in Alva.'"

As we finish up here we leave you with this New Year Wish to Everyone, "Learn to look beyond yourself and your needs to embrace the needs of others."

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On This Day In History (1 & 2 January)

America - On This Date, 1 January 1895, J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1924-1972, was born. Following his death on May 2, 1972, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary

  • 1808 - A law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States went into effect.
  • 1892 - The Ellis Island Immigrant Station in New York opened.
  • 1898 - New York City was consolidated into five buroughs.
  • 1901 - The Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed.
  • 1958 - Treaties establishing the European Economic Community went into effect.
  • 1979 - The United States and China established diplomatic relations.
  • 1993 - Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two new countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
On This Date, 2 January 1905, Japanese Gen. Nogi received from Russian Gen. Stoessel at 9 o'clock P.M. a letter formally offering to surrender, ending the Russo-Japanese War. Go to article

On 2 January 1920, Isaac Asimov, the immensely popular science fiction writer, was born. Following his death on April 6, 1992, his obituary appeared in The Times. Go to obituary.

On This Date: 2 January:
  • 1492 - The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I.
  • 1788 - Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1900 - Secretary of State John Hay announced the Open Door Policy to prompt trade with China.
  • 1935 - Bruno Hauptmann went on trial in Flemington, N.J., on charges of kidnapping and murdering the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. (He was found guilty and executed.
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NW Okie's Corner

NW Okie in New Hampshire 1999

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 okielegacy.org 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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100 Years Ago Today 2 January 1912

America - On the front page of The Democratic Banner, dated Tuesday, January 02, 1912, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, we find the following headlines: "Ohio Progressives laud Both LaFollette and Roosevelt," "Wife of Ohio's Executive tries to reform a pardoned convict," "Sensational Suit Filed," "Toledo council to compel three-cent car fares," etc.

Let us see what one of the "Sensational Suit Filed" was all about, though. It seems Ernest Schiappacasse brought a damage suit for $10,000 for alleged alienation of his wife's affections and names Thomas Murray defendant in the suit was one of the sensational suit filed that year.

The plaintiff, Ernest Schiappacasse, stead on November 1, 1911, the said defendant wickedly debauched Muriel Schiappacasse, being the wife of the plaintiff at that time. The plaintiff stated that by this means the affection of the said Muriel had been alienated from the plaintiff and that by the reason of such action the plaintiff has been brought to grew shame and humiliation.

the plaintiff claimed to have been damaged in the sumo $10,000 and seemed to recover a judgment in that amount, being represented by Neal & Sapp for the plaintiff.

I wonder how and who (plaintiff or defendant) won that sensational suit of 1912? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


100 Years of Our Dumb Headlines

America - 11 December 1903 marks the day of our year of the dumb headlines with the following article: "Science Conquers Sky With Wright Bros. Flying Machine; Heaven Expedition Slated for Next Year. Historic Meeting between Roosevelt and St. Peter planned; President Preparing Speech. Citizens of Republic Eager to Visit Passed Relatives. Will Death Become A Thing of the Past?"

Washington, DC, Dec. 17 (1903) -- The supreme kingdom of heaven will be the domain of man next year, thanks to the scientific prowess of the Wright brothers of Ohio, who verified man's mastery of the skies at 9 a.m. today with their historic flight above the dunes of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Possessing at last a heavier than air craft capable of lifting itself, and listing where directed by the able pilot, mankind will now be able to journey to God's fair abode, where the moral and philosophical conundrum which vex Earth dwellers amy be explained by the Creator himself.

The expedition is slated for June of next year. It is anticipated that when the craft reaches the kingdom, cherubim will sound majestic trumpets heralding man's return to the Creator. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Native American - A Sanpoils Legend

America - The origin of different languages and tribes finds us exploring "A Sanpoils Legend."

In a certain place in the winter months, the ducks (lullullo) collected in great numbers. When any one approached them, they would rise and fly away, making a whistling-noise. One morning two hunters went down to a river to kill some ducks. They had each obtained one, when a dispute arose over the question whether the whistling-noise was made with the bill or with the wings when they rose to fly. Neither could convince the other, and the words became bitter. Finally they agreed to take it to the chief, and let him settle the dispute.

The chief heard the story, and looked at the ducks. Both of them were dead and could not make any noise. Therefore he called a council to listen to the dispute. The people came from all around to deliberate. They spoke one language and had only one chief.

The ducks were brought in, and the chief explained the question. The people said, "We do not wish to be unjust, we will go to the river and hear for ourselves. These ducks can do us no good." So they went down to the river and frightened the ducks which flew over their heads. Part of the Indians said the noise was made with the bills; part said it was made with the wings. They could not agree. Therefore the ducks were made to fly once more. The people began to quarrel violently, and separated in an ugly mood.

All during the winter the feeling grew, until in spring the mutual hatred drove part of the Indians south to hunt for new homes. This was the first division of the people into tribes. They selected a chief from their own division, and called themselves by another name.

Finding new objects, and having to give such objects names, brought new words into their former language; and thus after many years the language was changed. Each split in the tribe made a new division and brought a new chief. Each migration brought different words and meanings. Thus the tribes slowly scattered; and thus the dialects, and even new languages, were formed. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Auld Lang Syne (Long, Long Since)

Lowland Scotlan - Ever wondered about the history and words of the song, Auld Lang Syne, we sing on New Years and has become the anthem sung around the world? It is considered to be one of Scotland's gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, taking our neighbors hands in communions as we give a sense of belonging, fellowship into the future.



It is a folk song from the lowland Scots tradition collected and fashioned by the pen of songwriter poet, Robert Burns. It is a mere fragment from an old ballad that was transformed into a memorable love song or Scots poem.

I sometimes wonder who this Mrs. Dunlop was that the poet Bard's first mention of it in a letter to Mrs. Dunlop in 1788, because my WARWICK's married into DUNLOP's. Could there be a genealogy connection here?

Anyway . . . Here is the first mention of this Scots poem in a letter to Mrs. Dunlop in 1788, "Light be the turf on the breast of the heaven inspired Poet who composed this glorious fragment."

The Auld Land Syne tune that is sung from Times Square and around the world is not the one Robert Burns put the original words. The older tune is still sung by traditional singers and has a more douce, gentle and nostalgic fell to it than the popular tune.

The literal meaning of Auld Lang Syne is Old Long Since, or Long, Long Ago. The lyrics talk about raging a toast to days gone by and all the joyous adventures embarked upon between friends.

Of course, the most commonly remembered verse in America is the opening stanza: "Should old acquaintance be forgot / and never brought to mind? / Should old acquaintance be forgot / and days o' lang syne?"

These lines ask whether one can forget the days that have gone by and the friends with whom those days have been spent. Consecutive verses recall those days, before ending with the verse:

"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)."

Scots Language version of Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,
And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
We twa hae run about the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl'd i' the burn,
Frae mornin' sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

English translated version of Long, Long Ago

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.
And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago
And surely youll buy your pint-jug!
And surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.
We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we've wandered manys the weary foot
Since long, long ago.
We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.
And there's a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we'll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

Did Auld Lang Syne get its start as a poem written by Scottish poet Robert Burns that was set to the tune of an old Scottish folk song?

Although Burns' poem was dated to 1788, there are some lyrics that appear to have been taken from an earlier poem by James Watson, titled Old Long Syne. It was not long before the song became traditional in Scotland and the British Isles as a folk song to be sung to commemorate the New Year.

As folks from that area of the world emigrated to the States, they brought the tradition with them and it became enmeshed in our American tradition. Thanks to the Scottish people of our distant pasts for leaving such a great legacy to the World! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1928 Car Repair Mailer

North Dakota - Joel in Nevada sent us this 1928 Car Repair mailer and automotive repair advertisement that was sent on a penny postcard with and postmarked 29 June 1928, Bottineau, North Dakota, to Chester Bjorngaard at Maxlass, ND.

The back side of the penny postcard reads: "Dear Sir: We're writing this letter to you today because we want to help you get your money out of your Model T. It's still as good a car as it was the day the new Model A Ford was announced and there's no need to sacrifice it. The Model T Ford is still used by more people than any other automobile. Eight million are in active service right now and many of them can be driven one, two, three and five years and even longer.

"Bring your car to us and let us look it over. You'll be surprised to see how little it costs to put it in tip-top shape. New fenders, for instance, cost from $3.50 to $5.00 each, with a labor charge of $1.00 to $2.50. tuning up the motor and replacing commutator case, brush and vibrator points costs only $1.00, with a small charge for material. Brake shoes can be installed and emergency brakes equalized for a labor charge of only $1.35. A labor charge of $4.00 to $5.00 will cover the overhauling of the front axle, rebutting springs and spring perches, and straightening, aligning and adjusting wheels.

"The labor charge for overhauling the average rear axle runs from $5.75 to $7.00. Grinding valves and cleaning carbon can be done for $3.00 to $4.00. A set of four new pistons and rings cost only $7.00. For a labor charge of $20 to $25.00 you can have your motor and transmission completely overhauled. Part are Extra. Very Truly yours, C. R. Gleason CO., Bottineau, N. Dak." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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