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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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Duchess & Sadie's Domain

Vol 13, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - [Another photograph taken by Robert L. Wagner, Alva, Oklahoma.] -- As the sunsets four miles west of Alva, Woods, Oklahoma, on the 25th March, we were rounding the corner of the last weekend of March, 2011.

We hear from some of you in northeast Kansas that the chilly, cold weather has caught the tulips and daffodils in their awakening of Spring. Did the blooming spring flowers survive?

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Duchess' Snowy Domain

Vol 12, Iss 4 As we round the last corner of January 2010, we have had a couple or three days of reprieve from snow storms here in the San Juan mountains of Southwest Colorado, but it has been downright chilly with temps in the high 20s and low 30s during the day and dropping to negative figures at night. BUT . . . Isn't that to be expected during Wintertime?

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Duchess' Domain

Vol 11, Iss 33 Can you remember what you were doing 40 years ago, during the Summer of '69, August 15-18, 1969 to be exact? Were you one of those 450,000 rock-n-roll music lovers, hippies making their way to the "Peace & Love" Woodstock Festival at White Lake, New York? Lots was happening the Summer of '69!

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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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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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Wednesday Morning Backing on Maple Street...

Vol 7, Iss 21 Well! Oakie is at it again! Trying to put the blame on me and my friend, Ruff! It wasn't this View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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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1926 Alva Businesses

Vol 6, Iss 39 Alva, Oklahoma - 1926 Alva Businesses - View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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


2016, Letter to US Senators

Vol 18, Iss 30 Dear Senators:
As your constituent and someone who has paid into Social Security my entire working life, I am concerned about the agenda now underway in Washington to target Social Security with deep cuts.

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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 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 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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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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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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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


1941 San Francisco CA - Skyline Room/China Town

Vol 11, Iss 8 I found a couple of pictures that I had of Uncle Bob McGill during WWII and him at Tank training school in Kentucky (I believe). I have uploaded them to my website and put a link to them for you to view

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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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Woods County Borders In 1906

Vol 8, Iss 33 "Linda, I have contacted Donna [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Old Opera House Mystery - Chronology...

Vol 8, Iss 18 We have been working slowly to put together a " View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Memories At boot Hill

Vol 1, Iss 8 Boot Hill, KS - It was August, Thursday, 1999, when NW Okie wrote this following piece, "Memories at Boot Hill (Ancestors, Drifters, Troublemakers & Unknowns)."

It isn't everyday that Oakie finds a possible ancestral lead at famous Boot Hill Cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas. This Memorial weekend I had the opportunity to search a famous cemetery for a link to an alleged ancestor who was buried at Boot Hill.

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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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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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Duchess Corner

Vol 8, Iss 30 Everyone needs a Rainbow shining in their lives now and then! So -- let us share this southwest Colorado rainbow that we captured the other evening after a light thundershower. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 4)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Alva High Class of 66...

Vol 7, Iss 27 Last Saturday evening the '66 Classic Bugs & Bugettes of Alva High met at "Champs Bar & Grill" in Alva, Oklahoma with the Classes of '64 & '65 for their Class Reunions [more]... View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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 17, Iss 17 Houston, TX - Woof! Woof! We made it down to the Northwest parts of Houston, Texas, a few days ago. No flooding in our area and the rain has stopped, leaving sunshine as the first days of hurricane weather begins.
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Freedom, OK's 2008 Old Cowhand - Dean Wilson

Vol 10, Iss 34 We didn't make it back to Northwest Oklahoma last weekend for Freedom's Rodeo, Cowhand Reunion and Shootout. BUT... We read in this week's NW Oklahoma weekly newspaper, The Freedom Call, that Dean Wilson was the honored Old Cowhand this year (2008) at Freedom's Old Cowhand Reunion & Rodeo.

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Kansas, Indians & 1867 Peace Treaty....

Vol 8, Iss 24 Have you ever wondered what the "Rest of the Story" was concerning the Medicine Lodge Creek Peace Treaty of 1867?

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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 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 "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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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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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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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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Claud Baird

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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


1926 NSTC Yearbook - Northwestern High School

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - Director of Secondary Education - Dr. J. V. L. Morris - Equipped as he is, with the ability to get results, and with progressive determination to have the best, Dr. Morris stands the department of Secondary Education in position to bid fair for recognition of strongest High School in the Northwest District.

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March Winds

Vol 9, Iss 9 [Transcribed by OkieLegacy & LK McGill Wagner from Scott Cummins book, "Musings of the Pilgrim Bard," page 13 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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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    A Prairie of Dreams (Castles of NW Oklahoma)...

    Vol 8, Iss 13 by - LK Wagner

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    I didn't even know that Jade plants bloomed. What a beautiful plant.
     ~SBW regarding Okie's story from Vol. 8 Iss. 45 titled UNTITLED

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    Duchess & Sadie's Domain

    Vol 13, Iss 16 Bayfield, Colorado - Well! From a Pug's point of view, it has been a bit warmer here in the SW Colorado San Juan mountains this last week. I am not complaining, though. I love sitting on a mound by my owners pickup and watching the wildlife.

    We hear Tornadoes and Red Flag warnings are blowing through Oklahoma and neighboring states. Is that so?

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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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    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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    Pugs & SW Colorado Cooler, Drier Air

    Vol 10, Iss 22 Well! What these horses hear from those SW Coloradians is, "We (NW Okie, David & The Pugs) left northwest Oklahoma early last Thursday morning and arrived at Bayfield, Colorado around 6:30 p.m. MDT after about a 12 hour drive through, western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas and southeast Colorado."

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    Vol 8, Iss 9 Opening of the northwest corner of the Old Castle on the Hill campus. In other words... only the rubble remains of the women's dorm (Oklahoma Hall) on the norhtwest corner of NWOSU's campus, in Alva, Oklahoma. What a sight! This photograph was taken last week by R.L. Wagner. Thanks, Robb!

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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

    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


    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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    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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    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

    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 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 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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    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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    $50 Reward

    Vol 10, Iss 20 We found this reward sign amongst our family treasures, but do not know what year it was offered. Evidently... it was offered when $50 was a lot of money in those days. Whatever days that was!

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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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    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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    Historical Crystal Park Colorado

    Vol 12, Iss 52 Crystal Park, Colorado - Back in July 1909, my grandmother Constance Estella Warwick (before she married my grandpa Wm. J. McGill, march 24, 1910) traveled to Colorado Springs and toured Crystal Park and other sites around that area in Colorado.

    Because of the scrapbook Grandma kept and that I scanned and put up on my Oakiepics Webshots, I have heard the following from the Historical committee for the Crystal Park, in Colorado.

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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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    Col. Kirkbride's Peanut Brittle Legacy

    Vol 10, Iss 52 Fred Neuman's Boys choir tradition of making and selling peanut brittle makes news in Iowa [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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