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Duchess Corner

Vol 7, Iss 17 Another week has passed! It is the last weekend of April, 2005 filled with April showers for some of us -- snow for the higher elevation mountain folks. Here in the Valley of SW Colorado things are greening up -- the birds are chirping, singing -- you can hear the gobbling of the turkeys in the early morning daylight hours.

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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 16, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - Monday evening, November 3, 2014, we headed back through Oklahoma from our Texas visit to Houston and Tyler. We caught this shot of the sunsetting along I35, near Purcell, Oklahoma, or a small town south of there.

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Duchess of Weaselskin

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

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

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

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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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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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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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Thanksgiving Weekend & End of November 2008

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

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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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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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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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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


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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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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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 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 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 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 R & R - The Good Old Days

Vol 13, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - This week we rummaged through our archives to bring forward some history of Jo Ben Whittenberg, Sr., and his baseball gloves and days during the early 1900's.

Whittenberg's granddaughter (Cathie) sent us a scanned image of J. Ben Whittenberg and his early baseball glove. She says, "I asked my brother to take a picture of Granddad's glove. Instead he scanned it, front and back, and scanned the only picture we have of our grandfather in his playing days. He took the three pictures and combined them into the digital image above."

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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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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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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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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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Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740_1790)

Vol 13, Iss 21 Waxhaw, South Carolina - Nancy Craighead, born 17 March 1740 in Octarora Pennsylvania and died 9 November 1790, with a memorial in the Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Cemetery, Lancaster, Lancaster County, South Carolina. Nancy Craighead married her first husband, Rev. William Richardson (1729-1771), in 1759. Nancy Craighead married in 1772 to George Dunlap (1736-1796), shortly after Nancy was acquitted in the "Witchcraft trial" for the death of her first husband. The Witchcraft trill was an old Scottish Clans custom to determine the guilt or innocence of a person on trial.

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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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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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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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Robert Craighead (1633-1711)

Vol 13, Iss 20 Scotland - The Rev. Robert Craighead (1633-1711), was a native of Scotland. Robert obtained his M.A. degree from the University of St. Andrews, Feb. 15, 1653. Robert settled in Ireland where he lived 30 years. He was Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Donoughmore, 1657-1658. He was one of the "immortal thirteen" ministers who comprised the Presbytery of Lagan and was subsequently minister at Londonderry when the gates of the city were closed against the forces of James II. He escaped during the seige and made his way to Glasgow. He later returned to Ireland and died in Londonderry on Aug. 22, 1711.

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Augustus Grant Vinson 1940 Obit

A G Vinson Obit

Vol 5, Iss 4 Oklahoma - "To correct his death date [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Baseball Memories & Connection of 1903-06

Vol 15, Iss 4 Indian Territor - Back ten years ago (2002), in our Vol. IV edition of the OkieLegacy Ezine we received this story concerning Benj Whittenberg and his connection to our Grandpa McGill Baseball days.

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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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HoneyWheat Bed & Breakfast - Alva, OK

Vol 8, Iss 39 View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Mountain Creek (McGill Creek)

Vol 9, Iss 36 If you browse over to ParisTimes Pioneers - View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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 32 Bayfield, CO - I recently connected to the person who bought the "Old Sam L. Lindsay place," 5 miles south of Monterey, Virginia. The reason this connection is important to me is because Sam Lindsay married my great grandmother's sister's daughter, Lucy Eckard. Let's see if I can make this family connection a bit clearer. My Great-Grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin, had an older sister, Rhuhama "Hami" Gwin, that married Jacob "Job" Eckard. Rhuhama and Job Eckard had a daughter Lucy (1883-1946) who married Sam L. Lindsay. Lucy was my first cousin twice removed.

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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's NW Corner

NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 10

With March here, is Spring far behind? We were traveling to OKC from Alva the other afternoon, March 3, Monday. Out in the countryside a few miles south of Alva and west of Carmen, Oklahoma a huge gaggle of geese were heading north. When we were getting near Oklahoma City and traveling along the NW highway, a few miles west of OKC, we spotted another, but smaller, gaggle of geese heading northward.

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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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Back Home Again

Vol 9, Iss 16 This NW Okie is happy to report that she made it back to southwest Colorado, Friday afternoon with enough time to unload, rest up and pet on her pugs while they gave me their special pug kisses.

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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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Our NEW Grand Niece

Vol 7, Iss 13 March 24, 2005 we received news that our NEW grand niece made her appearance known [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Insight Into Grandma

Vol 11, Iss 9 This weeks insight into grandma Constance Warwick McGill takes us back 106 years to 1903, with another "Dear Connie letter" from John C. McClure, in Quincy, Illinois, where John was going to school with 900 other students.

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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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Old Opera House Mystery Continues...

Vol 8, Iss 29 The continuing story of the Old Opera House Mystery - Part II has hit the newstands and mailboxes with the July/August edition of the "Prairie Connection [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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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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 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 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 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 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 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 R & R In San Juan Mtns

Vol 12, Iss 52 Bayfield, CO - We have put up some younger year photos of Dorthy & Connie McGill at the ranch, a few miles north of Waynoka, OK and at 703 7th Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. The photo on the left is a picture of the Ernest Claude & Mary Barbara (Hurt) Paris siblings. You can see a slideshow of the whole collection of Dorthy and Connie's earlier years in the slideshow below.

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

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

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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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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


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


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


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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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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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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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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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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Greetings, Alva High Goldbugs...

Vol 8, Iss 25 "The Class of '53 now has a website - www.goldbugs53.org - Hopefully, we can remember the address. It has reunion information (in case you can't remember where you put the one you got in the mail), pictures of the 50th and a whole page of pictures that might look familiar to you and other info.

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Businesses In Alva, Okla. - May, 1947...

Vol 7, Iss 18 Some of you out there might remember some memories of some of these businesses that could be found in the Alva (Oklahoma) area, around May 1947:

  • Rialto Cafe
  • Tony's Cafe
  • Babcock's Cafe
  • Coffman's Cafe
  • Wright's Cafe
  • Shorty's Cafe
  • The National Farm Loan Ass'n of Alva
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    Connection - William P. & Isabelle (McClure Johnson) McGill...

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    Interesting photos make by Hugh T. Donnan. My name is Hugh H. Donnan, his grandson. I have quite a few That he took when he lived in Alva.Most are family related. Thanks.
     ~Hugh Donnan regarding Okie's story from Vol. 7 Iss. 8 titled UNTITLED

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    NW Okie's Journey

    Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - Have you ever traveled over Wolf Creek Pass between South Fork and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, stopping at the scenic overlook that overlooks the beautiful valley north of Pagosa Springs?

    The images on the left were taken on a dirt trail at that overlook of some aspen trees that set beside, where travelers have carved their initials into the trees. Are your initials on these famous landmarks at the scenic overlook?

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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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    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 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' Domain

    Vol 11, Iss 41 My friend Daisy has been sleeping over for the last few weeks. That is us snoozing' together on the sofa like a pair of "couch potatoes." Daisy is the small schnauzer and I have my nose snuggled in towards Daisy's cozy body.


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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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    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


    Walking With Sadie

    Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - My favorite human, RL Wagner, took these images of an eagle perched in the dead tree on the Northeast side of Vallecito Lake. Thought maybe you would enjoy viewing some precious mountain scenery, wildlife we encounter daily in our neck of the woods.

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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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    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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    Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma...

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

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

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    NW Okie's "The Good Old Days"

    Vol 13, Iss 10 New Amsterdam ( - I have been working on my maternal and paternal ancestors over at Ancestry - paristimes, especially my maternal Dutch Ancestors of CONOVER / KOUWENHOVEN / COUVENHOVEN. I have found some interesting stories, legacies and information in my research.

    The photo on the left shows my Great-Grandmother, Sarah Francis CONOVER (KOUWENHOVEN/COUVENHOVEN) (1848-1924), who married Henry Clay PARIS (1844-1918). Their children were (not sure of the order but believe Grandpa Ernest Claude Paris is standing, far right): Arthur Henry (may be seated, on the far right), Volney Peter (1872-1960), Myrtle Mae (1885-1965) (the only daughter) & Ernest Claude (1879-1959); seated in front, left to right is Sarah Francis CONOVER PARIS, Henry Clay PARIS and another son, Decatur Ray (1877-1947) (Decatur may be standing on the backrow).

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Remembering September 1943

    Vol 11, Iss 38 What were you/your ancestors doing around the 12th of September 1943? NW Okie was not born yet. Not even a twinkle in my parents eye, but my older sister Dorthy was 12 days old!

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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


    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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    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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    Northwest Oklahoma Benefactor - Charles Morton Share...

    Vol 6, Iss 17

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    Sand Plum Jelly Recipe

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

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    Obituary: DeVerl Paris (1928-2013)

    Charles DeVerl Paris

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

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    McGill Genealogy

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    Alva High Class of 66...

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