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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 18, Iss 24 Oklahoma - Remember the stories your folks, grandparents might have told about "Black Sunday," 14 April 1935, when the sun was blacked out during the black dust storm during the Spring of 1935? [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


No Man's Land

Slapout, OK

Vol 3, Iss 2 Slapout, Oklahoma - This week's epistle, as some would say, concerns some history of "No Mans Land," tidbits and pictures of Slapout (aka Nye), southeast corner of Beaver County, easterly part of the Oklahoma Panhandle, along highway 270. Slapout, OK

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Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 25 Alva, OK - This week NW Okie is continuing her research on the "Dust Bowl" era with the dreaded "suitcase farmers" who came from the big cities; bought land, hiring tenant farmers to plow up the buffalo grass to plant wheat during the war.

The definition of suitcase farmer: a grower of wheat or other crops who lives outside the community except during the plowing, seeding, and harvesting seasons, often has a farm without buildings, and does much of the farming by hired custom operators.

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Walking With Sadie

Vol 17, Iss 24 Texas - Woof! Woof! Well! I hope the "Dog Days of Summer" aren't be to hard on you humans and your animals. NW Okie is keeping great watch over this short-nosed Pug in Houston's hot, humid climate. I'm just glad it isn't like the "Dirty Thirties" NW Okie has me researching right now.

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1935 - The Dust Bowl .... If It Rains

Vol 18, Iss 24 Oklahoma - Let us take a trip back to the mid-1930s 15 April 1935, with this front page news article from the Miami Daily News-Record, Miami, Oklahoma, written by Associated Press Staff Writer, Robert Geiger: "Life In Dust Bowl of United States Being Ruled Today By Three Words ... "If It Rains."

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Remembering some NW Okie Legacies...

Vol 6, Iss 12

A few of our readers (including this writer) have sent us memories of the April, 1938 snowstorm that blocked the streets of Alva and the Northwest corner of the state [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Dust Bowl & Okie Lore

Vol 13, Iss 26 Oklahoma - Lois Guffy sent us the following information and links concerning the "Dust Bowl Lore" and the "Okies" term that was coined by Ben Reddick. Reddick, a newsman, coined the "Okies" term and was credited with first using the term Okie in the mid-1930's, to identify migrant farm workers. He noticed the "OK" abbreviation (for Oklahoma) on many of the migrant's license plates and referred to them in his article as "OKies."

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NW Okie's Thoughts

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Vol 12, Iss 18 Alva, Oklahoma - Someone wrote us this week, "We are not OKIES. They went to Califonia (California) during dust bowl. We are Oklahomans & insulted. signed all Oklahomans"

First of all -- I know it was not signed by ALL Oklahomans, because I know some Oklahomans that do not mind being called an "Okie" and are not insulted by the use of the term.

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Living History Farm History of 1930's

Vol 12, Iss 18 The Living History Farm website states, "Farming in the 1930s on the Great Plains was perhaps the most difficult occupation in the world. Farmers not only faced a global economic slow down of historic proportions, but they also faced one of the worst, longest droughts in America's history."

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The Great Dust Storms Videos

Vol 12, Iss 18 Photos and narratives of the dust storms of the 1930's, created by guerillabill - September 24, 2007 - on YouTube.com.

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Air Castles & Dreamers

Vol 11, Iss 26 This NW Okie comes from a long line of dreamers with roots in Oklahoma. My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, wrote in letters from a friend, John C. McClure, of the places she wanted to go and see when she was younger in the early 1900s. John accused Constance of building "air castles."

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Knowles (Sands City), Beaver Co., OK

Vol 10, Iss 20 Knowles (Sands City), was located in Beaver County, Sec [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NW Okie's Journey

Vol 18, Iss 15 Houston, TX - Ever heard your ancestors speak of the "dust bowl" or "dirty thirties?" About the dust storms that hit the western states in the 1930's when the sun was blocked during mid-day with black clouds of dust that reached 10,000 feet?

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Duchess & Sadie's Spring Domain

Sadie & Duchess Enjoying 2010 Spring in the Rockies

Vol 12, Iss 18 Bayfield, Colorado - Sadie and I join you on this 3rd day of May from SW Colorado in the higher elevations of the San Juan mountains, North of Bayfield, Colorado, where we awoke to a thin cover of snow on the ground Sunday morning. They say the first half of this week should see temperatures in the 60's degrees around here during the day.

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Walking With Sweet Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 24 Oklahoma - Looking through the old newspaper archives of the 1930s we are researching the day the sun was blacked out across parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle, northwestern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas, on 15 April 1935.

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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."

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NW Okie's Ancestry Corner

Vol 13, Iss 26 Bayfield, Colorado - We all know that the Dust Bowl was the darkest moment in the twentieth-century life of the southern plains. The Dust Bowl took only 50 years to accomplish. People blazed their way across a once richly endowed continent with a ruthless, devastating efficiency. The white man coming to the plains talked of "busting" and "breaking" the land. AND . . . that is what they did. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Dust Bowl Memories...

Vol 6, Iss 11

The "Dust Bowl" website link that we put in last week's newsletter had some interesting information [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


April Blizzard of the 1930's...

Vol 6, Iss 10 Another reader would like some information concerning a blizzard snow storm that hit Northwest Woods County (Oklahoma) sometime in April, in the 1930's [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


The Dust Bowl Storms 1932-40

Vol 11, Iss 28 Remembering the 1930's Dust Bowl days of NE New Mexico, SE Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. It was on February 21, that a severe duster struck western Kansas from the north and rolled southward into Oklahoma and Texas.

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1936 - Enemies of the Earth

Vol 18, Iss 25 What Dust Storms and floods meant to America in the 1930s. This is what we found on page 3, of the Kentucky Advocate, Danville, Kentucky, dated 8 July 1936, Wednesday: "Enemies of the Earth, What Dust Storms and Floods Mean to America." This was the third in a series of six articles describing dust terms and floods and what they mean to America. The article was written by Charles Norman, associated press staff writer. The photographer was flying at an altitude of 12,000 feet when he caught this view of a dust storm 30 miles south of Denver, Colorado. The dust - pay dirt to the farmers who lost it - blew 8,000 feet in the air.

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1930s Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)

Vol 12, Iss 23 United States - The Depression and Dust Bowl era of the 1930s had the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) that gave young men guidance, hope and pride. Many of those CCC workers went into the armed forces during WWII. The CCC workers and their families brought about a pride in our environment and preserving it. Do we need something of this sort of Corp today?

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Dust Bowl Disaster Slideshow & Refugees

Vol 12, Iss 18 gmbudt put this together September 20, 2009. They say, "This is a revised version of the slideshow so many of you have already watched (thank you!). I am discovering / learning new technology, hence the new version. Images of the 1930's Great Plains Dust Bowl, and the Black Sunday Dust Storm in particular, provide a chilling visual backdrop for Woody Guthrie's song Dust Storm Disaster."

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1930's Dust Bowl Stories...

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I saw the Gray- Mitchell piece and the name Addie mitchell Jackson was there. I am a Mitchell related to her I believe. She was from Alva Okla. If anyone is related to her would please write me as I would really like to find my family.
 ~John Mitchell regarding Okie's story from Vol. 7 Iss. 33 titled UNTITLED

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Oakie & Duchess' SW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 52 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005!

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

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Chronicles of Oklahoma...

Vol 7, Iss 30 We were glancing through the Chronicles of Oklahoma over at the View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 15 Houston, TX - Seventy-seven years ago this month, in April 1939, John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath was first published. The novel tells the story of the Joads, a struggling family that makes their way to California after being forced to leave their Oklahoma farm by financial hardship and the Dust Bowl.

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Boise City - Cimarron County, No Mans Land

Vol 8, Iss 36 Have you ever heard the story of how Boise City, Oklahoma came about? Do you have any No Mans Land stories to share? How does this version stack up to what you have been told so far to date?

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Black Sunday Blizzard 1935

Vol 11, Iss 26 Online at History.com 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.

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Grapes of Wrath & Okies

Vol 7, Iss 6 Since the talk of "Okie's," we have been browsing the web to refresh our memories of John Steinbeck's book (Grapes of Wrath) that was first published in the United States of America by the Viking Penguin, Inc., 1939. Steinbeck's idea for the book came to him on his first journalistic assignment in the Fall of 1936.

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Great Grasshopper Gala (Festival At Fair Valley)

Vol 1, Iss 5 July 1999 was a dry year to some extent and the grasshoppers were taking over Fairvalley and other grasslands in Northwest Oklahoma. This is what NW Okie jokingly wrote about Thursday, July 1, 1999: "Great Grasshopper Gala (Festival At Fair Valley)."

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Dust Bowl: Southern Plains In the 1930's

Vol 13, Iss 26 Southern Plains - We found another book online at Google books entitled, Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains In the 1930's, by Donald Worster. It gives a history of the lives finding life sometimes easy and sometimes nasty under harsh, severe weather . . . just when things are getting to feel comfortable.

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Great Plains Dust Bowl of 1930's & Dust Bowl Blues

Vol 12, Iss 18 This next video is a segment from Discovery Channel's, Making of A Continent (1989-90) about the Dust Bowl wind erosion of the 1930's.

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Dust Bowl - Black Blizzard (14 April 1935)

Vol 12, Iss 18 windmill1947 put together, May 12, 2009, this documentary was shown on the History Channel. This took place in America's heartland from 1930-'40. Dust Bowl Alternately Called Black Blizzard Clip

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Man who invented 'Okie'

Vol 9, Iss 50 "I received this reply from Richard Reddick, Ben Reddick's son and thought it might be of interest to you [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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