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NW Okie's Journey

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

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NW Okie's Journey

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

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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.

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Duchess of Weaselskin

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

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Duchess & Sadie's Domain

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

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Oakie & Duchess' SW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 49

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

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

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

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 4 OKC, Oklahoma -

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

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Duchess Deer Domain

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

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

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The Summer of 2008

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

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On the Road To Oklahoma

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

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Duchess Corner

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

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Our Family Genealogy Database...

Vol 7, Iss 16 This Genealogy & Family Tree stuff is like "A Neverending Story" [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Sweet Silly Sadie

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

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

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

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

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This Day In History (June 6)

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

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McGill Bros. - Gene & Bob

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

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Share Bros. of Oklahoma Territory

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

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An Answer For A Nephew

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

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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. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Doby Springs (Bellaire), OK

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

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McGill & Flying Farmers...

Vol 7, Iss 45 Remember back to August 3, 1944 when the Oklahoma Flying Farmers Association was born and by December 12, 1945 the National Flying Farmers Association was organized, incorporated under Oklahoma law? We do know that Gene McGill was one of those farmers that was instrumental in getting the Oklahoma Flying Farmers organized [more]... View/Write Comments (count 3)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1950s Politics In Oklahoma

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

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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!

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Speaking of Old Photos

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

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Tribute To Father

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 32 Bayfield, CO - I was going through some old paternal photographs and found this photo on the left. I believe it was taken around 1938 in the Virginia with my grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill (second from the right, front row) and my father, Gene McGill (standing behind everyone and center). If any Gwin's, Hull's, Warwick's and Eckard's recognize any of the rest of these Virginia or West Virginia family, I would love to hear from you.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - We had a few interesting emails this week concerning the "Old Sam Lindsay" home place south of Monterey, Virginia. We did found out that the 77.9 acre someplace and old house are "For Sale!" It is a three bedroom a bath home that sets next to the highway 220, south of Monterey, Virginia.



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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 13, Iss 49 Bayfield, Colorado - I shuffle through some old GUINN/GWIN photos that I had scanned a few years back and ran across my father, Gene M McGill's, Great Grandmother, Ellen Dever Guinn (born 18 Jan. 1834, Highland, Virginia - died Oct. 1896, Highland Virginia).

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NW Okie's Corner & Illegal July, 1948 Alva Bull Fights

Vol 13, Iss 23 Alva, Oklahoma - Jim Barker sent me an email this week with a copy of the 1948 2-Day July 4th Celebration Alva Bull Fights story. I know we talked about this Alva Bullfights of July 1948 in Vol. 10, Iss. 12 & 13, but I am going to go ahead and reprint the story in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine, because I love reading and re-reading this old, illegal Alva Bull Fights story of 1948.

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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).

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

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.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - Were the GWIN / GWYNN / GWYN / GUINN / GWYNNE / GUINN of Irish or Welsh descent? That is what I am trying to research now. From what I have come across so far, some reports say they could have been mostly Irish instead of Welsh descent.

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days of 1920's

Vol 13, Iss 5 Bayfield, CO - This week we decided to show the younger McGill Bros. (Gene (on the right) and Bob McGill (on the left)) standing on the running board of the elder McGill Bros' (James & Wm "Bill" J. McGill) furniture truck that they used for hauling furniture around the Northwest Oklahoma countryside. I assume it is parked in front of Bill McGill's residence (or someone's residence), in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma. Both Bob and Gene are dressed in what looks like their best clothes, short pants, long stockings and jacket-type shirt with some sort of scarf-tie.

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days

Vol 13, Iss 1 Alva, Oklahoma - A New Year has shown its face for 2011 as 1/1/11 rounded the corner this weekend. Will this calendar notation be lucky as four Aces are lucky in poker?

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Immigrants Make Up America

Vol 12, Iss 27 America - With the talk of Independence Day, and this being the day after the 4th of July 2010, We ask you, "Aren't we all immigrants or Descendants of Immigrants?"

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20 May 1963 Political Legacy

Vol 5, Iss 11 OKC, Oklahoma -

Waiting Arrival at Airport [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1905 - John B. Doolin, Alva OK

Vol 11, Iss 37 I found this 1905 cartoon of John B. Doolin in the December 1905 newspaper of The Oklahoman. I believe this John B. Doolin must have been the father of the John Doolin that my father, Gene McGill, and his brother, Bob McGill, grew up with as young boys after 1914 in the northwest Oklahoma community of Alva.

The December 1905 front page, "Pages From the Cartoon Book, Men of Affairs in Caricature," The Oklahoman said, "When John B. Doolin was five years old two unfortunate things happened; both his parents died.

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Looking Back ... To the Future

Vol 11, Iss 18 The McGill Bros. Furniture had two stores in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, in Alva, Oklahoma. The first store was just East of DeGeer's two-story building.

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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.


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Memories of Flying Farmers & Gene McGill

Vol 9, Iss 26 We recently received a letter from Jack Kelsey this week, which included a copy of his family story he wrote for the Waynoka history book that the Waynoka Historical Society is helping organize and compile. That story is below in the Mailbag section. BUT... here are some memories Jack Kelsey shared with me concerning the Flying Farmers & Gene McGill.

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1947 Flying Farmers Convention In Stillwater, OK

Vol 10, Iss 25 Headlines: "Flying Farmers Still Looking For Plane To Do Chores Right."

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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.

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A Family Political Story...

Vol 7, Iss 25 Kalyn Free who ran for a congressional seat in Eastern Oklahoma said, "I am honored to have the Daily Oklahoman opposed to me, if they supported me I would have to check my moral compass!"

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Peculiarities of the European Stocks In Colonial America

Vol 18, Iss 28 It took us looking back through Oren F. Morton's book, "A History of Highland County Virginia," published by the author in 1911, to discover the peculiarities of our European ancestors in Colonial America and from where they derived.

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Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Church, School & Professional

Vol 14, Iss 39 Pendleton Cty, WV - This week we continue with chapter XVI, A History of Pendleton County, West Virginia, by Oren Frederick Morton, as we learn about the Church, School and Professional history of the early colonial Virginia and how it was not a land of religious freedom. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Highland County Virginia - Land Ownership

Vol 14, Iss 17 Highland County, Virginia - [The photo on the left is a penny postcard sent by R. B. Doyle, Vanderpoole, Virginia, 6 September 1907, to Miss Constance Estella Warwick, received 10 September 1907, in Alva, Oklahoma.]

We have learned that the letter of the law, the unoccupied lands of colonial Virginia belonged to the king, as a personification of the state. The public domain was parceled out to private individuals in a way very much like the homestead law by which a great part of the West had been settled during the last half-century.

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Air Tour - June 1, 1946

Vol 12, Iss 46 Waynoka, Oklahoma - In Vol [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1948 - Gene & Baby Linda

Vol 11, Iss 18 Could not resist sharing this baby picture I ran across of NW Okie taken around 1948 when she was just a baby [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Fall 1947, W. B. Hull vs. State of OK

Vol 10, Iss 18 When David was going through stuff in our Maple street house, he found this interesting old Subpoena in Criminal Case No. 1091 -- District Court of Woods County, Oklahoma, State of Oklahoma vs. W. B. Hull.

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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 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1960 - John Cronley's Once Over by E. M. Barker

Vol 10, Iss 25 While searching through The Oklahoman archives online, I came across this interesting article written by E. M. Barker and sent to The Daily Oklahoma sports editor, John Cronley for his Once Over column. It appeared March 3, 1960, on page 33, "... Some folks might have wondered when Gene McGill, ordinarily a mild-mannered man, stiffened his upper lip and stayed right in there and pitched when the governor was trying so hard to shell him from the mound ... Although he has no athletic record of his own, his father, the late Bill McGill, is regarded as Alva's most fabulous athlete.".

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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 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Warwick, Gwin, Hull and Eckard Relations

Vol 16, Iss 28 Monterey, VA - I recently gathered some old family photos my Warwick, Gwin, Hohl (Hull) and Eckard relations that lived in the vicinity of Monterey, Vanderpoole and Mountain Grove, Virginia. I have put them on my Facebook page in a photo album entitled Monterey Virginia.

Check them out below and see if any are related to your ancestors. My dad (Gene McGill) is the young boy, seated on porch, third from left. I believe it was taken in the 1920s when my grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) was doing her research for her DAR for Capt. David Gwin. Anyway . . . Grandmother got her DAR papers around 1925. Besides the Facebook album (Monterey Virginia), you can see more Warwick-Gwin photographs at Paristimes Pioneers (Warwick Album).

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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.

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Great Grandpa Wm. Fechtig Warwick

Vol 11, Iss 32 The picture on the left is an old photo of William Fechtig & Pheobe Anthea (Pray) Warwick, parents of John Robert (great-grandpa) and Paul (great-uncle) Warwick, of Mountain Grove, Virginia [more]... 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.

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Van Kouwenhoven Family History

Vol 14, Iss 45 Long Island, New Amsterdam ( - The original seat of the Van Kouwenhoven family in the Netherlands was the Castle of Kouwenhoven on the banks of the Dommel River outside the village of Tongerie (near Eindhoven) in Brabant. This village was once the capital of the old Germanic tribe of the Tongeren, called by Caesar in "De Bello Gallico," the Tungu. From earliest feudal times the family owned the village. In the later half of the 15th century the Dukes of Brabant of the Burgand House became lords of all the Netherlands.

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W. B. "Birdie" Hull

Vol 11, Iss 46 Awhile back in our OkieLegacy Archives we had an article entitled, 1947 Criminal Case #1091, Alva, OK. This week we heard from "Birdie" Hull's grandson with more information about W. B. Hull.

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1963, What is the Basic Difference Between Two Parties in Oklahoma?

Vol 19, Iss 5 Let us look back to 1963, July 7, Sunday, page 3 of The lawton Constitution., out of Lawton, Oklahoma, with the following page 3 headlines: "Democratic, Republican Party Chiefs Debate Upcoming Presidential, Senate Contests," with this article written by Gaylord and Bob Shaw.

Editor's note - Republicans and Democrats held different views on what's needed for Oklahoma and which party was best suited to provide it. The AP reporters interviewed the state chairman of each party to present these views before the state and national elections for the next 1964 election year.

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1912 - Death Comes To Magill

Vol 14, Iss 48 Mt. Vernon, OH - In The Democratic Banner, out of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, dated 26 November 1912, page five, we find the headlines of "Death Comes To Magill." Whether this Magill is related to our McGills, I do not know, but I found it to be an interesting article anyway.

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MORE ? History of Highland County Virginia

Vol 11, Iss 45 Biographic paragraphs taken from the book, A History of Highland County Virginia, Chapter XXIII, page 223, gives us some insight into the families and particular mention of the Highland Men of more or less prominence.

Such as?

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General Land Office Records Assist Researchers

Vol 13, Iss 23 America - Genealogists searching for land records of their ancestors often use the General Land Office records, www.glorecords.blm.gov, which indexes public land sales in various states and images of the original land grant certificate. These records can provide important genealogical clues, with records often providing the former address of the purchaser.

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Magill vs McGill

Vol 13, Iss 3 We heard from a Ruth Johnson (email: AzaleaBlsm@aol.com) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, who says, "Your webb site is very interesting to me because I also had an ancestor named William Magill who came from Scotland via Ireland to Augusta County, Virginia via Pennsylvania.

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Northwestern's Abe Lincoln Statue

Vol 11, Iss 35 A reader wrote in and asked about the two kids climbing on the Abe Lincoln statue at Northwestern. The photo on the left had a hand-written date of 1920 on the backside.

The two boys standing on the Abe statue on the Northwestern State Normal campus are Bob McGill (left, about 4 years of age) and Gene McGill (right, about 6 years of age.

I just love the hats and outfits and shoes they are wearing, don't you.

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Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

Vol 13, Iss 21 Tennessee - Remember the Alamo? Remember "Davy! Davy Crockett! King of the Wild Frontier?" Remember Davy Crockett? Did he really wear a coonskin cap? Did he kill a bear when he was three? I believe that last to be only a myth.

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History of McKeever School

Vol 12, Iss 21 McKeever School, Oklahoma - The History of McKeever School, written and researched by Milt Lehr, Professor Emeritus, NWOSU. The Cherokee Outlet of the territory of Oklahoma was opened to settlement by the Land Run of 1893. After securing a homestead, the pioneers' immediate concern was the education of their children. The first schools were often a soddie or log building and later schools were built using clapboard, stucco, of wood and plaster construction.

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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."

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MacGill / McGill Coat of Arms & Tartan

Vol 11, Iss 19 We found the following MacGill / McGill Coat of Arms, McGill Tartan and McGill Motto [Sine Fine - Without End (also translated: Always and Forever)] at the following mcgillsociety.org website.

The Coat of arms is similar to what my Dad had purchased a copy of many years ago before he died.

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McGill Bros. Swimming Pool...

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McGill - Merle Eugene & Robert Lee

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McGill Genealogy

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Merle E. & Robert L. McGill

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HoneyWheat Bed & Breakfast - Alva, OK

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Book: Life of WIlliam Penn

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OkieLegacy Guestbook

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Charles MAGILL of Greene Co., TN

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Looking for Lost McGills from Bartlesville...

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McGill's at Wayne Cemetery, Edwards Co., KS

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Happy Holidays

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1947 Case #3442 - W. B. Hull vs. State

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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 ancestry.com: 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.

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NW Okie's Journey

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 10 Bayfield, Colorado - With March being Women's History month NW Okie told me in an affable emphatical manner to be sure you let you know that The OkieLegacy newsletter will be honoring Women's History throughout the month of March. We believe it is very important, especially now, to honor the 19th through 20th century Suffrage movements for Women's Rights and equality for all.

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Duchess NW Domain

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

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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

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

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

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 11 OKC, Oklahoma -

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

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Duchess Snowy Domain

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

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



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Dear Duchess

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

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

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Vol 10, Iss 14 Well! NW Okie and David are moving us SW Colorado horses to NW Oklahoma this weekend. This is what I'm leaving up here and what Quoti, Maggie and I will be traveling in Friday, April 4, 2008.

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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.

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Giving Thanks & Genealogy Info

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

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Oakie's Ancestors...

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

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Sweet Silly Spunky Sadie

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

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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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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."

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1946-47 W B. Hull vs. State (Criminal Case #3442)

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

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100 years Ago Today

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

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Edwards County, Kansas - Wayne Cemetery

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

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1946-47 Kelsey Airport Video...

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Pioneer John B. Doolin - Alva, OK

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

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Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma...

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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.

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1937-38 Kemper Military Photos...

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

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Another Instance of Reconnecting

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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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.

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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.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - We just received an inquiry concerning our Vol. 9, Iss. 13, dated 2007-03-31, concerning an article, "St. Louis Browns - 1914," that Jim Bradley shared with us and said he had a 38 inch by 12 inch picture of the Browns.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 13, Iss 47 Bayfield, CO - I was organizing my iPhoto collection of old family photos and found the photo on the left of my Grandpa Bill McGill with his two sons, Gene M McGill and Robert Lee McGill. I wish they had written the date of the photo and what exactly they were doing back then. I can only assume. Anyway, I love this old photo of a father and his two sons posing with what looks like their homemade fishing poles.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 22 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week we shared some ancestry lineage of our connection to President Andrew Jackson (Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan (Jr.) and Nancy Anne (Luttrell) McGill.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

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.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

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/Ancestry.com 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!

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NW Okie's "The Good Old Days"

Vol 13, Iss 11 Bayfield, CO - [The image on the left is the CRAIG family Crest we found online while searching our CRAIG ancestors.]

While the temperatures in the SW Corner of Colorado, San Juan mountains have been in the the mid-fifties, we hear from Perry, Oklahoma and Roy that he has yell daffodil (Jonquils) in bloom and more of them about to be. Here isn Southwest Colorado we are slowly melting the snow on the mountains and the creeks, streams are running rapidly.

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days of 1920's

Vol 13, Iss 4 Bayfield, Colorado - This week we are going to share a photo that I believe was taken in the 1920's (maybe mid to late 1920's), in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma at the old Presbytarian church that stood on the Northeast corner of Seventh & Church Street. My Dad, Gene McGill, is the young boy standing on the left end, frontrow. Does anyone recognize any of the other young children in this photo and the teachers?

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NW Okie's R & R

Vol 12, Iss 47 Bayfield, Colorado - This weekend, Sunday, brought a winter snow storm and strong winds to the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado. I am going to estimate approximately 4 to 5 inches, but maybe less where we are. Sounds like Aspen, Silverton and Wolf Creek might be getting the heavy, blizzard conditions.

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July 4, 1928, Alva Drum Corp

Vol 12, Iss 26 Alva, Oklahoma - Coming up next Sunday is the 4th of July 2010. I know that I have showed this July 4th, 1928 Alva Drum corp photo before, but we thought it only appropriate to show what 1928 citizens of Alva and their boys drum corp were doing on July 4th, 1928.

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1938 NSTC Ranger Album

Vol 12, Iss 3 We have been sharing a scanned copy of the 1938 Ranger Album with family genealogists for awhile and thought perhaps some others might be interested in downloading a PDF file of the 1938 Ranger Album. It is a large file. You can either open it up in your web browser and save a copy to your computer -- OR -- right click on the link and "save as" to a folder on your computer for further genealogy research.

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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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Fairmont, Marion County, WV

Vol 11, Iss 11 We found this unknown family photo in my Grandmother's treasure chest of genealogy photos. Why Grandma Contance Warwick McGill had it ... I do not know! The backside was dark and you could barely make "Palatine" scratched into the backside. The old photograph is one of those photographs you see on cardboard type photo-backing. When did they start and end doing photographs like that?

We did a Google search for Fairmont, WV and found some history of Fairmont, Marion County, WV.

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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.]

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McGill University of Montreal

Vol 9, Iss 21 I have always wondered about the McGill University up in Montreal, Canada. Wondering if the wealthy Scottish, fur trader/merchant from the Glasglow area, James McGill, who founded the university was any relation to my McGill's.

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Flying Farmer '57 Article

Vol 9, Iss 24 This 1957 article was written by J. B. Kelsey in 1957 by request of his youngest son, Jack Kelsey, for the monthly Flying Farmers magazine. it was originally passed along to the Waynoka Historical Society. AND... now The OkieLegacy via of J. B. Kelsey's grandson, Barry Kelsey, has received a scanned copy to share with you all. Page #2, Page #3 and Page #4.

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Old Opera House Mystery of 1910...

Vol 8, Iss 17 What are the talking about in the coffee shops in northwest Oklahoma and Southern Kansas? It must be the cover story that is making its debute in the May edition of the "Prairie Connection." This Harper, Kansas history newspaper hit the newstands this weekend. Do you have your copy yet?

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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).

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1959 thru 1960's Democratic Politics

Vol 16, Iss 34 Oklahoma - Once again we continue with the early 1960's Democratic Politics in Oklahoma and the seriousness of the split in the Demcrats of Oklahoma from September, 1959. My Father, Gene McGill, was beginning his run as the State's Chairman of the Democratic party around that time.

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Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Formation & Early Middle Period (1787-1818)

Vol 14, Iss 34 Pendleton Cty, (W) VA - As we learn more about our ancestors of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, we have found many names listed below showing up in our paternal genealogy of the Warwick/Gwin/Eckard ancestors. Especial how the Poage/Poague family married into the Warwick family. I have tried to include in parenthesis those in my ancestry tree.

Abraham Eckard's relationship to this NW Okie is as a paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt (Reuhama Gwin). Such as, Abraham Eckard (1791 - ), relationship to me: paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt; Absalom Eckard (1825 - 1898), Son of Abraham; Job E Eckard (1847 - 1911), Son of Absalom; Reuhama "Hami" GWIN (1857 - 1921), Wife of Job E.; Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871), Father of Reuhama "Hami"; Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934), Daughter of Samuel; Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of Signora Belle; Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella Warwick McGill; and that leads to me, Linda Kay MCGILL Wagner, daughter of Gene McGill.

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Highland County Virginia - Civil War 1861

Vol 14, Iss 14 Highland County, Virginia - This week we explore Highland county of Virginia and it's history and attitude of Highland people and the militia companies and the Battle of Camp Alleghany (13 December 1861, 105 acres, Pocahontas County, West Virginia) in the war of 1861 (Civil War) and how it affected Highland.

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Kemper Military School Class of '38

Vol 12, Iss 3 For those family genealogists searching proof of their ancestors that went to Kemper Military school, high school and junior college, in Boonsville, Missouri during the 1938 time period, you might want to run down the list of students that we have transcribed of the Class of 1938, 1939 thru 1943 classes.

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John Glen Smith Obit - 1926-2009

Vol 11, Iss 4 Last weekend our Uncle John Smith died, January 19, 2009. His obituary can be viewed at this link: Redinger Funeral Home - John Smith Obit. I do have a phone number where you can contact the oldest daughter of John & Geneva (Paris) Smith: Jeanette (Smith) Engle phone number: 405-352-4083.

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Kansas McGill Brothers

Vol 8, Iss 42 Last week we learned that the Edwards county McGill family settled in Lewis, Kansas in the early 1800's from New York State. There are no McGill's left in Lewis, Kansas except for those buried in the family plot in the Wayne Township cemetery near Lewis, Kansas, in Edwards county. The graves date back to the early 1800's.

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NEW Photo Gallery...

Vol 7, Iss 2 Before we head out of here for the weekend, here is a NEW Photo Gallery over at OkieLegacy.net early 1900s photo taken by McColloch Studio, McPherson, KS - May be one of Unce Bob McGill's female friends unknown female friend of Uncel Bob's, photo  by Ellis Studio, Alva, OK

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Tribute to Jack Eugene Lenhart...

Vol 8, Iss 2 We Remember JACK EUGENE LENHART -- Woods County, in Northwest Oklahoma lost another special, great icon last week. I particularly remember the time that Lenhart's bought sod grass from our dad (Gene McGill) and we helped the Lenhart's plug it in to their yard back in the 1960's. Besides that... Jack and Gene shared the same middle name, Eugene, until Gene changed his name to Gene M. McGill.

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1964, McGill Signals Fresh Leadership Battle in State Democratic Party

Vol 19, Iss 5 Remember back to 1964 when "right to work" was the heat of campaigns in Oklahoma Politics? My dad, Gene McGill, was wanting the Democratic party to remain neutral on the controversial Issue of "right to work." The executive committee of Democratic Party overrode McGill's objections and voted 8-7 to place the party on record opposing right to work legislation.

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Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia

Vol 15, Iss 3 Augusta County, VA - The Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia was extracted front he original court records of Augusta county, Virginia of 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, Dean of the College of Law of Kentucky University, late judge of the county court of Augusta county, Virginia. It was publish by Mary S. Lockwood, honorary Vice-president general, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and completed in three volumes, copyrighted 1912.

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Rural One-Room Schools

Vol 12, Iss 26 Oklahoma Territ - We did some research online and found some interesting tidbits concerning the rural one-room schoolhouses they had in the later nineteenth century and early 1900s. In some cases the one-room school houses often served as the community centers and churches and were among the first structures built in Oklahoma Territory. It was the focus of the community and the activities were considered of interest to everyone.

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Looking Back ... Great Grandpa J. R. Warwick

Vol 11, Iss 31 Besides being born April 9, 1857, at Frost, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, John Robert Warwick was later a pioneer citizen of Woods (M) county, Oklahoma Territory.

John R. Warwick came from a long line of fighting stock, and he was never known to be afraid. Panics, hard times, sickness, death itself could come along during his life, but he remained calm. John Warwick lived on the theory that the sun set --but that it later arose!

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2nd Great Grandmother Ellen Dever Gwin

Vol 16, Iss 28 Virginia - Two years ago we published, The OkieLegacy, Vol 14, Iss 50, concerning information on my 2nd Great Grandmother (see photo on the left showing Eleanor "Ellen" Dever Gwin, mother to Signora Belle Gwin, my great grandmother).

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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.

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Looking Back ... WWII & Uncle Bob McGill

Vol 11, Iss 28 What did our ancestors do during the World War II (WWII) years? What did your parents, grandparents and G-Grandparents do? Where were they stationed? How did it affect their lives and that of your family?

I have a little woven, wooden basket that Uncle Bob McGill brought back from overseas during his tenure overseas in WWII. This little woven basket is where I used to keep Uncle Bob's WWII items, such as dog tags, v-mail and other items together. NOW ... I keep them in a cedar chest.

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State Democrats Slap Governor, Select Alvan (Sep., 1959)

Vol 17, Iss 35 Oklahoma - Remember back to when there were Democrats winning in Oklahoma? According to the "Miami Daily News-Record," located in Miami, Oklahoma, the front page headlines boasted: "State Democrats Slap Governor, Select Alvan." News article was through the Oklahoma City (AP) office, date 20 September 1959, Sunday, with sub-headlines reading: "Chairmanship to McGill by 9-4 Secret Vote as Tulsa Choice Casualty of Revolt."

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This Day In History

Vol 12, Iss 52 America - (Dec. 27) -- It was 96 years ago, 27 December 1914, William Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill greeted, brought their oldest son, Gene M. McGill into their lives, in Alva Woods county, Oklahoma. Gene McGill made his mark in the Democrat political arena in the 1950's through the 1960's when you could show your differences between political parties and still have respect for each other. It was nothing like it is today. Gene M. McGill died on Father's Day, June, 1986, at the age of 71. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

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Old Planes & Gene McGill

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Eulogy To My Brother Gene - by Little Brother Bob

Vol 12, Iss 11 [OkieLegacy Editor's Note: The following eulogy is not about my father, Gene McGill, formerly of NW Oklahoma. Nor is it about his younger brother, Robert. But ... I find it interesting that there were two sets of brothers with the same exact names -- one set in NW Oklahoma and the other set in Southern Kansas. And ? We have found no relationship between the two sets of brothers. ]

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Gene & Bob McGill (July 1923)

Vol 13, Iss 2 Alva, Oklahoma - We found this photo of our dad (Gene McGill, age 9), on the left, and his younger brother (Bob McGill, age 7), on the right. The date written on the back was 24 July 1923. You got to love those swim suits & caps that they wore back then, don't you.

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1901 American League Version - St. Louis Browns

Vol 11, Iss 32 The American League version of the St. Louis Browns started out as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901. After finishing in the American League (A.L.) basement, the franchise was moved to St. Louis for the 1902 season and renamed the Browns."

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OU Ph. Assoc. 1936-37 Photo

Vol 13, Iss 20 Norman, Oklahoma - While searching on Ancestry.com I came across a group photo of the Oklahoma University (OU) Pharmacy Association that was a page of the OU yearbook for 1936-37. In that photo my Dad, Gene M McGill, was not in the photo, but his name was listed as a member of the OU Ph. A of 1936-37 (See photo on the left). Also on that list was Howard J. Schuhmacher. Some of you NW Oklahomans might remember Howard through his Schuhmacher Drugstore on the Westside of the downtown square in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma. What were Howard's wife and children's name?

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1914 Everyday Life

Vol 11, Iss 36 It was about 95 years ago that the elastic brassiere would supplant the corset that was in common use. The elastic brassiere was patented in November 1914 by Mary Phelps Jacob who was a New York debutante, who devised the prototype bra with her French maid before a dance, using two pocket handkerchiefs, some pink ribbon, and thread.

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Early 1900 Advertising In NW Oklahoma

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Harvesters & Prairie Skyscrapers

Vol 11, Iss 26 What are Prairie Skyscrapers? Up in Kansas they are referred to as Prairie Skyscrapers (a.k.a. grain elevators). In most areas of the Heartland, you can see at least one elevator off in the distance. Every town has at least one and, in some cases, the elevator is still standing (and may even still be used) even if the town has been abandoned.

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Waynoka's Ice Plant & POW Memories - WWII...

Vol 7, Iss 28 "I forwarded the information about the POW camps in Oklahoma to Jim Linder who worked with the prisoners at the ice plant. Jim was in high school at the time. His response is below." -- Sandie

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NW Okie's Journey

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

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

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NW Okie's Journey

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

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Taste of Durango 2011

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

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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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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.

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Oakie's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

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

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Who Was St. Nicholas? Sinterklaas? Santa Claus?

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

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Happy St. Patricks Day!

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

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Vol 9, Iss 47 This weekend finds NW Okie settlin' in her newly acquired antique wooden rocking chair with her MacBookPro laptop next to her as she begins to put together this weekends issue of The OkieLegacy.

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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.

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600 Block of Barnes Avenue - Alva, OK...

Vol 7, Iss 25 We have been reading in our Footprints Across Woods County history book -- looking for information on the Pribble Hotel, DeGeers Grocery Store, Illinois Cigar Store and Alva Body & Fender Works [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Our NEW Grand Niece

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Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

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

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

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Walking With Sadie

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

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Memories of Our Father

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

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Wm Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick

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

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Lincoln Bust at NWOSU

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

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NW Okie's Uncle Bob

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

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1960 Democratic Politics - McGill & Edmondson

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

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Looking Back At 2006

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

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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.

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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

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McGill Bros. Swimming Pool

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Ranger Album 1917, NSN Societies & Local Pan Hellenic

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

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NW Okie's Corner

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

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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.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - As we scour the historic newspaper for bits of genealogy in search of our ancestry, we found the following in the historic American newspapers for Highland Recorder, out of Monterey, Highland county, Virginia, 16th, 23rd & 30th of August 1907, concerning Martin Dever (dec'd ) and a public filing of his administrator, Charles P. Jones vs. Samuel G. Dever and others.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 19 Bayfield, Colorado - [images of Heaton/Clark family connection on the left and the McGill-Heaton connection on the right. Click images for larger view.]

There is a friend of mine back in Northwest Oklahoma that shares a 2nd cousin connection with Joseph "Joe" David Heaton. Joe D. Heaton died this past week, 2 May 2012. I have always teased my good friend, J. L. "Bud" Clark, about our ancestrial relationship, getting a slight grin and chuckle out of Bud as he denies any genealogical connection.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - Besides continuing to reading about the History of Highland County, Virginia, we have been hooked on watching PBS's Downton Abbey of life in England. BUT . . . back to Highland County, Virginia, we found an early issue of The OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 12, Iss. 49, 2010-12-06, which showed a Google satellite map of Highland County, Virginia we will again share with you this week. SEE BELOW.

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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.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 21 Bayfield, Colorado - Well! It appears I have found another interesting ancestry that has crossed this NW Okie's ancestry path! This time it is the 7th President of America (Maj. Gen., Senator, Representative, Attorney General, attorney of Tennessee) Andrew Jackson, Jr. (1767-1845).

Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt. Got that? Let me see if I can add some clarity to that relationship.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 18 Bayfield, Colorado - [The photo on the left is another photograph of Gene and Bob McGill, taken June 1919, with a bird dog, in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma.]

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

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. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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).

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days & Sayings

Vol 13, Iss 3 Bayfield, CO - This week's old photo dates back to 29 December 1922, showing Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill, William J. McGill and their two sons, Gene (front row, in front of William McGill) and Robert (standing with his bike next to Constance). Constance and William Mcgill and family appear to be standing in their backyard in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma. Does anyone recognize the two-story home across the street? Is it still there today?

Gene seems to have a rope loosely hanging around his neck and attached to something. What is it?

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NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - Where has the month of September gone. I know it is only reaching mid-way, but why do the days past so quickly?

Only a little over a week plus a few days until Northwestern OSU has their Fall Homecoming 2010. How many homecoming does this make for NWOSU (a.k.a NTN, NSTC, NSC)? 1899? I have lost track, but know that I have run across the first homecoming somewhere in my notes and research. Maybe someone out there reading this could enlighten all us Northwest Oklahomans.

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1950 - Woods County Democrats

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

I believe this photo was taken in the early 1950s in the Courtroom of the Old Courthouse. The New Courthouse was built around 1956 or later.

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Insight Into Grandma & Warwick's

Vol 11, Iss 43 With no more letters from john C. McClure, we assume that the communication of letters ceased to exist after August 1906 and Constance moved on to her next beau. Was it William J. McGill? We are not sure yet, but suspect as much.

NW Okie has been working on more of the Warwick census reports over at Ancestry.com and updating information in NW Okie's Genealogy pages for Warwick / McGill / Paris / Wagner Family and adding old photos to the Family Photo Albums at her genealogy site.

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65 Years Ago

Vol 11, Iss 23 This weekend, June 6, 2009, was the celebration of the 65th Anniversary of D-Day at Normandy Beach, on the coast of France. This is the online link that has more information about D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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College Bowl Championship Series (BCS)

Vol 10, Iss 48 Who will be BCS Champs this year, 2008?

This Thanskgiving holiday lots of sports & college football nuts were gathered for the holidays to view the college football teams as they wind down their season -- the bedlam battles of some University States!

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Ghostly Spirits of Alva's Old Hospital

Vol 9, Iss 42 With Halloween just a few weeks, days away, we thought we would throw in some mention of possible ghostly spirits that may, may not roam the halls of the Old Alva General Hospital.

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Looking Back At 2005...

Vol 7, Iss 52 January 2005 -- Tsunamis in Thailand -- ice storms in Oklahoma -- Christmas snow in Galveston TX -- snow storms in Colorado! snow started to fall Friday evening (7th of January)

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Another Set of McGill Bros.

Vol 8, Iss 41 It is a small world, isn't it. Heard from another Bob McGill that signed our "OkieLegacy Guestbook." Also, his name is Robert Lee McGill of central coast California whom also has an older brother named Merle Eugene "Gene" McGill of Union, Arkansas.

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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 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Here Comes Trigger

Vol 7, Iss 12 Well! Send Oakie down to NW Oklahoma and the horses and what does she do? Yep! Oakie sent me this photo of our NEW Addition to the family [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1962 Oklahoma Democrat Political Photo

Vol 16, Iss 33 Little Dixie, OK - [1962 photograph of Democrats posing in campaign photo in Oklahoma: Gene McGill, Carl Albert and W.P. Bill Atkinson.] - This last week I received from a daughter of an old friend of my folks (Gene & Vada McGill), an old 1960's (perhaps 1962) political photo showing my Dad (Gene McGill, on left), with Carl Albert (center) and W. P. "Bill" Atkinson, on right.

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Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Pendleton Under Rockingham

Vol 14, Iss 32 Pendleton Cty, VA - This week as we continue our journey of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, as written by Oren Frederick Morton around 1912, we learn that Augusta county has been a mother of counties in Virginia. It was the spread of the population and the increasing inconvenience of attending court that caused one county after another to be lopped off.

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1949 Alva High Graduates & MORE

Vol 13, Iss 10 Alva, Oklahoma - [The photo on the left is an old 1949 news clipping of a couple of Alva High senior graduates: Lee Denner and View/Write Comments (count 4)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Insight Into Grandpa Bill McGill

Vol 11, Iss 39 William Jacob (John) "Bill" McGill was born 29 June 1880. Bill played baseball in the Major (St. Louis Browns, 1907) and Minor (Austin Senators, 1906 ) Leagues. In his later life he encouraged sports in his two sons (Gene and Robert).

One of the Baseball leagues he played for was the St. Louis Browns around 1907. During and after his baseball days, he came back to Alva, Oklahoma (1909); married my grandmother in 1910; and continued in the furniture business with his Older brother (James Acel McGill, bachelor).

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1944 Coyote Hunters

Vol 10, Iss 20 My dad (Gene McGill) use to hunt coyotes in northwest Oklahoma with his buddies in his earlier years. Perhaps you heard of some of coyote hunting stories or knew of someone who hunted with Gene a long time ago.

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In Memory of Our Father - Gene McGill...

Vol 8, Iss 24 In memory of our father (Gene McGill, deceased since June 16, fathers day, 1986), we found this photo of our father on one of his flying trips [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


More on W. B. Hull's 1946 Anit-Aircraft Shooting

Vol 10, Iss 22 I haven't been able to get any farther on this 1946-47 anti-aircraft shooting case #3442 and do not know if Hull actually served jail time or what happened in the case.

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Our Great-Grandpa, John R. Warwick

Vol 9, Iss 30 I just love this old photo (dated January 1903) of Great-Grandpa John Warwick on the left. Great-Grandpa John Warwick is seated on the right with his brother, Pete, on the left. We are not quite sure who the gentleman standing in the background. It may have been another brother ... or friend.

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(December 1945) Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers

Vol 17, Iss 35 Alva, OKlahoma - According to the 1945, December 13, news article that appeared in "The Ada Weekly News," page seven, via Stillwater, Oklahoma, December 11, 1945, there was this clipping concerning an "Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers."

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The Craighead Family - by James Geddes Craighead

Vol 13, Iss 19 Tennessee - On page 116, of The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead (1658-1876), written by Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D., It shows a Samuel G. Craighead, son of William and Jane Gillespie Craighead; born 13 May 1814; married 22 Feb. 1838, Nancy McGill, who was born 28 Apr 1814. They resided at Sulphur Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee. Samuel G. Craighead was a part of the fourth generation of the Craighead family.

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1900 Census - O.T. McGill Family

Vol 11, Iss 43 On page four of the 1900 census, liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, District 229, Roll T623_ 1343, shows William P [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Oklahoma Politics of 1960

Vol 11, Iss 14 The photo on the left came from Gene McGill's collection of political photographs of 1960. It shows Howard J. Edmondson (left), Gene McGill (next to Gov. Edmondson) and U.S. Sen. Mike Monroney (next to McGill) at an Oklahoma City airport, May 20, 1963.

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Craighead & McGill Connection

Vol 15, Iss 18 Hamilton county, TN - Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1705-1766) was the great grandfather of Samuel Geddes Craighead. Samuel married my 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill (1814-1898). Craighead was also spelled "Creaghead." Alexander Craighead emigrated from Ireland as a child, arriving in Boston during the first week of October, 1714 or 1715, with his parents on the ship Thomas & Jan (William Wilson, Master) to Boston.

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Uncle Bob's Marriages

Vol 5, Iss 5 Alva, Oklahoma - In the Vol. IV, Iss. 29 I had Uncle Bob's marriage announcement of his first wife, Helen Louise Soper, that was just another romance during WWII, racing to the altar before they get sent overseas to War. That first marriage of the heart took place 1 June 1944. Uncle Bob and Aunt Helen were divorced 22 June 1948.

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Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School...

Vol 7, Iss 1 Catch up on the Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School that was located about 7-miles East of Alva, southside of the highway, in the mid-1930's [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1960's Oklahoma Political Cartoons by Jim Lange

Vol 16, Iss 34 Oklahoma - Yes! I found it! It was stuck in a large political scrapbook that my Father had concerning his Oklahoma Democratic days beginning 1959 thru the 1960's. It is the political cartoons drawn by Jim Lange, cartoonist for the Daily Oklahoman. [Click on images to view larger image.]

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Army's Tank School Leaves Fort Knox After 70 years

Vol 12, Iss 22 Fort Knox, Kentucky - "The Tank's 70-year connection to the Army post in the hills of central Kentucky ended Thursday as the Armor Center, the training school for generations of tank soldiers, began its move to Fort Benning in Georgia." as reported in the news recently.

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Grandpa's Model T Torpedo Roadster of 1912

Vol 14, Iss 18 Woods County, Oklahoma - [Click images to view larger images of Grandpa Bill McGill and his 1912 Model T Torpedo Roadster.]

Whoever was taking the picture may have been looking towards the southeast to catch the "Castle on the Hill" in the background. If someone else has a better description of the composition, I would love to hear from you via comment or email. What about the image in the shiny gas tank? I can see grandpa's image, but what is the white image? Is it a lady in white with umbrella? Flowers? Can not quite make the white image out.

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The Real Father/Daughter Rifle Story

Vol 14, Iss 19 Alva, Oklahoma - Have you heard or experienced a father/daughter rifle story like this one below? Does it sound familiar? If you have not heard this story from Dorthy and/or NW Okie, then you have not heard the "Real" story of the Father/Daughter Rifle Story.

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Constance (Warwick) McGill's DAR Certificate

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July 4th, 1928 Boys Drill Team

Vol 11, Iss 26 It was the 4th July 1928 when these young Northwest Oklahoma Boys Drill Team posed on the northwest corner of Alva, Oklahoma's downtown square, at the intersection of Flynn and College Avenue. The boys drill team is facing northwest as we look southeast across the downtown square.

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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.

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Old Alva Depot Buggy Ride

Vol 15, Iss 5 Alva, OK - OK! Ten years ago (2002) we asked, "Who Is This Young Couple in the early days of Alva, Oklahoma Territory?" We still do not know who is in this picture. We suspect it might be a McGill relative of some sort! Does it ring a bell with anyone?

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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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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.

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Crenshaw Memories of NW Oklahoma

Vol 10, Iss 7 If you still maintain your newsletter, would you please put me on your subscriber list? I am Jerry Crenshaw, Russell, KS 67665 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Writing Screenplay About Kemper...

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NW Okie's Uncle Bob

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McGill Photos & History

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Lost McGILLs - Bartlesville (Oklahoma)

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Vada Paris & John B. Doolin Memories...

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Kennedy Painting - #391...

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June, 1955 - Alvan Visits Ranch, Finds Twister Ruins

Vol 10, Iss 25 Alva, June 6 (1955) -- "Gene McGill, Alva resident, Monday learned a tornado had hit his ranch, eight miles north of Waynoka on SH 14 sometime Saturday night [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Alva Review News - 02/16/1958

Vol 10, Iss 18 We have come across an old The Alva Review Courier, Sunday, Feb [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1945 - National Flying Farmers Group To Be Formed

Vol 10, Iss 25 A national association of flying farmers and ranchers, with the Oklahoma Flying Farmers as the parent group, will be organized immediately by the state group and the National Areonautics association, it was announced here Tuesday [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Obit - 2/23/1954, Robert L. McGill

Vol 9, Iss 33 [Oklahoman-Times Northwest Bureau, obituary headlines, February 23, 1954, Robert McGill Alva funeral Set tomorrow] - Alva, Okla [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1955 News - Alva Ceremony Dedicates New Highways

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