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Nowhere Oklahoma

Vol 7, Iss 15 This week our journey takes us to Nowhere, Oklahoma (north of Fort Cobb) in Caddo County. AND ALSO... back to the era of 1937-38 in Northwestern Oklahoma where the Castle On The Hill towered over the prairies of Woods County, Oklahoma before it burned March, 1935.

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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 18, Iss 21 We are in the process of consolidating some of our websites into one website, while doing some spring cleaning on each page along the way. Thanks for your patience as we continue along in the process of consolidating and merging some pages into The OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid.

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Duchess Mountain Domain

Vol 12, Iss 37 Bayfield, Colorado - A Silent message thru the ages
Is delivered to the races passing by,
And the wisdom of the sages
Flashes futily from the sturdy eye,
Watching Life's laughter, song and tears
Thru the eager march of onward years;
With quiet, unperturbed, mobile face
Inspires us to live with equal grace.

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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 42 Bayfield, Colorado -

We have been busy transcribing, scanning the 1937 Ranger Annual of Northwestern State Teachers' College (NSTC), Alva, NW Oklahoma. Also... We want to share some of the history of the Pine River Valley, in Southwest Colorado. BUT... before we get to Bayfield & Pine River Valley, let us mention a little something about Alva's NSTC 1937 Annual.

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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 38 Bayfield, Colorado -

Northwestern -- Rediscover the Treasure -- Duchess Rose - The Boss & Editor That is what we have been doing all this week. Rediscovering and discovering the treasures of some old Northwestern yearbooks.

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March 2008 Ending & April Beginning

Vol 10, Iss 13 With the end of March 2008 upon us and going out like a lamb, we see the signs of Spring blooming all around us and Northwest Oklahoma is finishing up its Annual Rattle snake Hunt in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Did you make it to Waynoka's Annual Rattlesnake Hunt this year?

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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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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 7, Iss 40 With just one week into October, 2005, we find ourselves packing the pugs into the pickup -- filling up with gas at $2.95 per gallon at the Conoco in Bayfield, Colorado -- heading east towards Wolf Creek Pass. What we had in mind was to capture a few of Autumns color changes here in SW Colorado

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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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Castle On the Hill - Alva OK

Vol 11, Iss 5 "The school's original primary function was to train teachers by providing two years of college-level classes. Early settlers in the area established numerous one-room schools, and the demand for teachers and better teacher training became critical.

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Progess Continues of Castle on the Hill Mural...

Vol 6, Iss 16

Last week we mentioned that the Alva Mural Society and three local artists ( Warren Little, Jim Richey and Rod Duncan) had begun painting on the Castle on the Hill Mural [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NWOSU's Old Science Hall

Vol 9, Iss 6 1917 - Science Hall "Look ye! towering o'er yon slope
Stands a monument of knowledge;
Thing of beauty, massive, grand,
builded by skilled workman's hand --
Alva's Western Normal college,
Nucleus of our country's hope."

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1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook – Captain Frank S. Wyatt

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - Captain Frank S. Wyatt – Twenty years of faithful service to his school and his country was the contribution of Frank S. Wyatt. His ambition for Alva and Northwestern had been ever uppermost. During the World War he won National recognition as a Director of Physical Training for convalescent Veterans. It was his privilege to conduct the Olympic Games in 1918.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 14, Iss 30 Bayfield, Colorado - Does anyone out there know when most of the trees were planted on the grounds of the "Castle On the Hill" (also known as Northwestern Normal School), in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma Territory?

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Northwestern Prairie Folk Mourn - March 10, 1935

Vol 11, Iss 6 We did some searching online at The Oklahoman archives for "Castle On the Hill" in the year 1935 and found a couple of articles. One of those articles was dated March 10, 1935, page 59, with the following headlines: "Northwestern Prairie Folk Mourn Loss of Pioneer College Structure at Alva," written by Jone Sartin.

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Wayne Lane's Centennial History Book

Vol 9, Iss 7 We are searching for a copy of Wayne Lane's Centennial History book? In it you can find the Castle on the Hill song which is referred to as Oh, Northwestern.

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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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(1935) Burning of Castle On the Hill...

Vol 8, Iss 12 Burning of the Castle on the Hill, Alva, Okla. 1895-1935 -- After browsing through old yearbooks, family journals, and old newspaper clippings from the archives of the newspaper department at the Oklahoma Historical Society, this is what we compiled about Alva, Oklahoma's "Castle on the Hill." The following article is taken from The Alva Daily Record, Volume 33, Number 53, pg. 1 & 2, Friday, March 1, 1935. It concerns the burning of "The Castle on the Hill" (Northwestern State Normal School) that burned completely down Friday, March 1, 1935, in the early morning hours around 2:30a.

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The Castle On The Hill & Northwestern

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - The old photo to the left appeared in The Ranger (1926) album as the "Gang on the Warpath." It was a pep demonstration at Northwestern with the entire student body getting ready to march to town enmasse. This was the first assembly of the group in the Fall of 1925 on the occasion of the marking of the three State roads and a National highway that intersected in front of the college.

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January 1901 Castle On the Hill

Vol 11, Iss 44 It has been awhile since I brought out this old photograph taken 22 January 1901, of the Castle On the Hill, or otherwise known as Northwestern State Normal School, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


About S. L. Johnson...

Vol 6, Iss 6

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Memories Of Castles At Alva OK - April 1935

Vol 11, Iss 6 The picture on the left shows Dr. James E. Ament, father of the normal school at Alva; the building at the far right was the administration building (Castle on the Hill -- or -- Old Main) of the Alva normal school which burned, March, 1935; and the big picture behind Dr. Ament shows Ament's dream building for a school he hoped to head and the castle idea for the original Alva building.

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Castle On the Hill - OK Moments

Vol 12, Iss 41 Oklahoma - Do you subscribe to OK Moments brought to you by COX On Demand, an Oklahoma Magazine and the Oklahoma History Center? It gives you a daily insight into the Oklahoma spirit and a glimpse into the past.

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Alva Mural Society has been busy...

Vol 6, Iss 17

We missed the hamburger fry last Monday evening (19 April 2004) while they gathered to watched our local artists paint on the "Castle on the Hill Mural" at 5th & Oklahoma Blvd [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Castles in Oklahoma

Vol 12, Iss 26 Davis, Oklahoma - Besides Northwest Oklahoma's Castle on the Hill, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory, there are and were other castles of Oklahoma. For instance, there is the Collings Castle at Turner Falls in Davis, Oklahoma.

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Alva's Murals Gracing Alva Buildings...

Vol 6, Iss 19

Don Gray, the artist, and the Alva Mural Society have finished the Charles Morton Share Mural on the Professional building sometime last week. I have added this final photo to the NW OkieLegacy Slideshow - Share Bros. Mural.

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Bricks - Castle on the Hill

Vol 5, Iss 5 Alva, Oklahoma - Larry says, "A gentleman in Reydon, OK and I were recently in a ham radio conversation as I was on my way from Elk City to Alva to see my mother [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Wanderings Thru OkieLegacy

Vol 6, Iss 39 Oklahoma - "I have enjoyed reading where they are from so far. You have touched so many lives and brought so much information to so many. I love just wandering around looking at the old Castle on the Hill and reading about the Murders. The POW camp really intrigues me too. I am positive we had an escapee from there pass though our farm back in the mid-40's. He was an older man (to me then) maybe 60 or so.

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Castles of NW Oklahoma

Vol 11, Iss 26 A Pioneer Prairie of Dreams is what pioneers were filled with as they made their way westward into Oklahoma & Indian Territory ... "If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." -- William Arthur Ward. Another saying I like is, "If you build your prairie of dreams (your Castle on the Hill), they will come!"

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1926 NSTC Yearbook - Sophomore Class

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - 1926 Castle On The Hill Yearbook – Sophomore Class Officers: Jas. Lisk, Pres.; Raymond Westfall, V.Pres.; Mary Salyer, Sec.-Rep’t; Nell Sheddy, Treas. Sponsor: Mr. Hall.

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Luse Family Legacy - Woods County, OK

Vol 10, Iss 16 The following is from Footprints Across Woods County, page 421 and compiled by Octava Luse Freno [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Castle on the Hill Mural...

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Old Castle on the Hill...

Vol 8, Iss 9 We are native Kansans and still have family there so last year on a trip through there we drove over to the Alva Public Library [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Old Ranger Albums

Vol 9, Iss 23 If there are some newcomers out there looking for old Ranger yearbooks concerning Northwestern State Normal School, in Alva, Oklahoma, the " View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Castle On the Hill Plate

Vol 10, Iss 14 "I have had one of the "Castle on the Hill" plates, dated 1966, in my kitchen for many years, along with a companion plate of the old Woods County Courthouse [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NWOSU's Castle On the Hill Song

Vol 8, Iss 31 "I just looked in Wayne Lane's Centennial History book and found that the "Castle on the Hill" song is referred to as "Oh, Northwestern" in his book [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Knob Institution Passed 46th Anniversary In March (1943)...

Vol 8, Iss 13 Knob Institution Passed 46th Anniversary In March (1943), 50th Anniversary Edition, dated September 12, 1943, The Alva Review-Courier, Section B [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Science Hall, Northwestern Campus, ca. 1908...

Vol 8, Iss 12

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Castle On the Hill Plate - E. Hollen

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NW Okie's Journey

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


NW Okie's Journey

goldbug dancers

Vol 17, Iss 16 Alva, OK - This NW Okie was one of those "baby boomers" of the class of '66, coming back to Alva, Oklahoma this last weekend for the Goldbug 50th Reunion (classes '64, '65, '66), 22 thru 24 May 2015. There was a great turnout of graduates from each of the three graduating classes. I stand and applaud the reunion committee t spending long, hard hours organizing, putting together a fantastic weekend of events for the returning Goldbugs. Thanks to all of you!

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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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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

The Crowd on the square after the parade

Vol 6, Iss 41 Alva, Oklahoma - The crowds from surrounding communities flocked to Alva last weekend for football and homecoming. The sidewalks of the downtown square in Alva was somewhat packed, but not like it was in the early days.

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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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Coming Home Again

Vol 8, Iss 44 This week's newsletter will be going out late Saturday night so NW Okie and this Pug writer, Duchess Rose, can take in NWOSU's Homecoming activities this weekend and get some photo shots for those of you who couldn't make it back home to northwest Oklahoma! See Y'all later this evening!

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Okie's NW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 23

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1937 Dedication - Jesse Dunn & Horace Mann Hall...

Vol 7, Iss 15 It was two years after the burning of the Castle on the Hill that the small, rural community in Northwest Oklahoma gathered, organized for the Dedication of Jesse Dunn Hall that replaced the old Castle on the Hill, at Northwestern State Teachers' College, in Alva, Oklahoma [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1937-38 Student Directory NSTC

Vol 12, Iss 3 1937-38 NSTC Student & Faculty Directory -- Have you ever wondered what businesses were around the square, on College Avenue and along the street (Normal Street) that ran in front of the Castle on the Hill, in the small, rural community of Alva, Oklahoma back in the mid-1930s?

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Castle On The Hill & Science Hall

Vol 9, Iss 2 This old photo came from a friend of mine back in Alva, OK. We think it was taken sometime between 1909-1917, because the only buildings showing in this stretched out old photograph on the right, are the Science Hall, Castle on the Hill and an old smokestack of some sort.

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New Mural Skeletons Poppin' up in Alva...

Vol 6, Iss 15

Alva is in the process of beginning another mural (Castle on the Hill) at 5th & Oklahoma Blvd [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Castle On the Hill Poem...

Vol 8, Iss 30 We would like to share a poem entitled - Castle On the Hill. Is this the "Old Northwestern" song that NWOSU & Valarie Case are in search of? See if this poem jogs any memories out there.

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A Prairie of Dreams

Vol 1, Iss 9 NW Okie wrote this back in September 2, 1999, "A Prairie of Dreams (Castles of NW Oklahoma)."

"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it." - William Arthur Ward. Another saying I like is, "If you build your prairie of dreams (your Castle on the Hill), they will come!"

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 13, Iss 34 Bayfield, Colorado - The photo on the left is a view probably taken from the roof of the Monfort building on the downtown square. As you look South up College Avenue (6th Street) you can see the Stipp's Department Store, Congregational church and the Castle on the Hill after a rain storm. Also in the background you catch a glimpse of Alva's first water tower to the left and slightly behind the Castle.

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Sept., 1946 News - Northwestern Normal School

Vol 10, Iss 22 In the September, 1946 Issue of the Alva Review Courier this following headline showed up on the front page with other headlines: "Alva's Early Settlers Wanted College Here Quickly." It went on to state that work started on the Northwestern Normal School project in 1895 and was finished in 1897.

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Town Fathers of Woods County, Oklahoma...

Vol 8, Iss 15 These are just a few of Woods County, Oklahoma's town fathers of that helped shape and build this northwest part of the State. In the coming weeks in "The OkieLegacy Ezine" we will be featuring more of our "Pioneer Town Fathers" from northwest Oklahoma Territory.

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Remembering some NW Okie Legacies...

Vol 6, Iss 12

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


1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook – The Chemistry Department

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - Guy M. Lisk, A. M. – Professor Lisk (photo to the left) was a graduate of George Peabody College and had devoted his life to the interest of Alva Schools and was voted to be one of the best school men in the State.

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1926 Castle On The Hill - The Ranger Yearbook

Vol 6, Iss 38 Alva, Oklahoma - Fronia sent me three Northwestern State Teachers' College yearbooks dated 1926, 1937 & 1938 to scan and share with you all [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


OkieLegacy Crossword Puzzles

Vol 11, Iss 6 We have added a couple more Crosswords linked in the right column [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Castle On the Hill of the Prairies...

Vol 8, Iss 9 Northwestern State Normal School was also known as the famous "Castle on the Hill" by many. It was also scorned as the "Prairie Prince's Plight."

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Suggestion for Alva's Next Mural...

Vol 6, Iss 10 Another NW Oklahoman has a vintage postcard of the Castle on the Hill that shows a 1898 flag flying overhead [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1935 Burning - Castle On The Hill

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - This photo on the left was printed a few years ago from an old, worn negative that we found in our grandmothers treasures.

In the Volume 11, Issue 6, of The OkieLegacy, dated 2009-02-08, we found a news article written by Mrs. Jone Sartin, that appeared in The Oklahoman, on page 59, March 10, 1935, entitled Northwestern Prairie Folk Mourn.

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1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook – Department of English

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - U. J. Griffith, A.B., A.M. – A man more versatile than professor Griffith would be hard to find. He held his A.B. and A.M. from the University of Indiana and was an instructor in the N.S.N. in the early years, returning to his present position in 1919.

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Castle On the Hill Fire Memories

Vol 11, Iss 44 Natalie says, "My grandmother and great aunt attended college at Northwestern State Normal School [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook – Faculty

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - A. G. Vinson, B.S. – Since 1905 the Department of Agriculture had been under the direction of Prof. Vinson. This fact in itself was sufficient evidence of his remarkable personality and ability. Mr. Vinson had completed courses in addition to his A.B. at the Universities of Kansas, Missouri and Chicago.

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1936 - Alva Pioneer Dies In East

Vol 11, Iss 6 According to The Oklahoman, dated July 23, 1936, page 5, there was the headlines that read: "Alva Pioneer Dies In East" - "Doctor Ament Was First Head of State School."

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Early Day Baseball Team

Vol 15, Iss 6 Kansas - What university baseball team is this? This picture shows six baseball players seated down front. [Click Here to see larger view].

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Looking for Ione Hada's Father

Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma - "My husband is always interested in old Alva history [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


21 1926 NSTC Yearbook - Sports

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - Pictured are the "Coach & Yell Leaders:" John W. McCormick, coach of The World’s Champion Basketball Team in 1924. Wiley White, head yell leader & Doris Carmen, Assistant. All-State Fullback – Alvin "Mickey" Middleton, Carmen, Oklahoma.

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The Rest of the Story

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Requesting NWOSU Info...

Vol 8, Iss 30 "I was visiting your web site today and just wondered if you knew of words to a song titled "Old Northwestern." We have a committee here working a celebration for Northwestern's 110th anniversary, which coincides with the State of Oklahoma's 100th anniversary. We're seeking info, memorabilia and old photos that we can place into an archive to keep here, as well as many other events being planned.

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Enjoyed OkieLegacy Website & Castle on the Hill...

Vol 7, Iss 3 "Linda, I enjoyed your website [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Alva's Healthful Spring Water...

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1947 news - Golden Jubilee Homecoming Parade Draws 20,000

Vol 10, Iss 22 This following news article appeared as the big headlines in The Alva Review-Courier, Alva, OK, Thursday, October 23, 1947, frontpage headlines: "Golden Jubilee Homecoming Parade to Draw 20,000 Visitors To City Festival [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


The Rest of the Story...

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Okielegacy Guestbook

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Northwestern Normal School...

Vol 8, Iss 11 [written back when Northwestern Normal School had it's beginnings as the infamous "Castle On the Hill" of the Prairies.] -- Northwestern Normal School, of Alva, was the second normal to be established in Oklahoma. The Law establishing it was enacted by the legislative assembly of 1897, and the purpose of its founding was for the instruction of persons in the art of teaching and in all the various branches pertaining to the public schools of Oklahoma Territory.

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Colonel Bob Kirkbride's recipe for peanut brittle as given to Fred Neuman (who has made thousands of pounds over the last 50 years). In a large (3 gal or larger) cast aluminum kettle add: 5 lb raw peanuts (from horn seed co [more]...
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Vol 18, Iss 22 This week we are bringing you the 1917 Ranger Album for Northwestern State Normal School (NSN). You can view and download pages from the album at our Picasa web album - "NWOSU Ranger Albums". Did your ancestors, grandparents, great grandparents pass through Northwestern Normal School (NWOSU, NSTC, NSN)?

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 31 Bayfield, CO - Dah Bear! That is him on the left. The youngster bear came cruising through our yard the other evening around 6:45p.m., on 25 July 2012, but did not find anything to their liking to munch on so the "dah bear" ventured across the street to the neighbors before disappearing back north near Vallecito River.

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Oakie & Duchess' SW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 50

St. Nick Came Early This Week!... A week or so before Christmas and all through the land, especially in NW Oklahoma, St. Nick made his appearance early Friday morning, December 17th, 2004 -- bringing first time motherhood to a three-year-old mare named Cassie.

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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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Duchess Domain: Melting Into Spring

Vol 12, Iss 12 While some of you in Oklahoma were getting snowed upon the last few days, it has been chilly, but sunny here in southwest Colorado. Our snow accumulations continue to melt with the coming of Spring. This Duchess Pug can now sit out in her driveway and on her patio in the sunshine without sitting in the cold snow. What a relief!

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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


Happy Father's Day!

Vol 10, Iss 24 We hear NW Oklahoma got some much needed rain this week ... around 2.5 to 3 inches. AND... lots if wind! What would Oklahoma be without wind, hail, thunderstorms and threats of tornadoes around harvest time, though?

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Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - Did you know or have any ancestors, grandparents that attended Northwestern State Teacher's College, in Alva, Oklahoma in 1926? This is from the 1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook, concerning the Department of Biology.

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March 1, 1935 - Castle On the Hill Burn

Vol 11, Iss 6 If you would have read the headlines on March 2, 1935, in The Oklahoman, on the front page, the headlines might have read, "Teachers College building at Alva Goes Up in Flames."

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The Prairies' Castle On the Hill...

Vol 8, Iss 10

The first committee selected to start the work of trying to get the Normal located at Alva, was chosen at a little meeting of citizens in Mead's Hall (lot 4, block 38, over the post office then; and over Greenlee's drug store). Following are the names: S. L. Johnson, chairman; H. L. Ross, secretary; W. F. Hatfield, editor Alva Pioneer; James Kelley, editor Alva Republican; C. C. Hudson, editor Alva Review; A. H. Andrews, then city attorney, and Jesse J. Todd, a photographer.

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Another Alva Mural On the Drawing Board...

Vol 6, Iss 8 Some of you northwestern Okies might remember this corner on Oklahoma Blvd [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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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 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 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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Odds & Ends

Vol 10, Iss 15 One of our readers is quoted as saying, "Hum... Interesting deveopment here. First horses, what is next to be moved to Oklahoma? You?"

In response to that statement, "Just wait and see what develops!"

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Weather In Oklahoma...

Vol 6, Iss 17

We are sure that you have heard that, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait three days [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


September Celebrations In Northwest Oklahoma

Vol 9, Iss 37 The Campus... "A Silent message thru the ages - Is delivered to the races passing by, - And the wisdom of the sages - Flashes futily from the sturdy eye, - Watching Life's laughter, song and tears - Thru the eager march of onward years; - With quiet, unperturbed, mobile face - Inspires us to live with equal grace.' -- [Taken from The Ranger 1926 yearbook.]

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Jesse J. Dunn - Oklahoma Territory

Vol 13, Iss 28 Oklahoma Territ - Jesse J. Dunn, a Justice of Supreme Court, was born in Illinois into an atmosphere reverberating the debates of Lincoln and Douglas. Jesse's boyhood was spent in Mississippi, near the home of Jefferson Davis. Jesse was educated in Kansas, and shortly after his graduation from the Law Department of the University of Kansas, in 1893, he located in the town of Alva, Oklahoma.

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Architectural Blueprints & Photos

Vol 3, Iss 4 Alva, Oklahoma - Dr. Sheila Barnes, assistant professor of education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University , is hoping to find architectural blueprints & photographs of Northwestern's Castle on the Hill building to assist her in a grant project.  Any persons with treasures, blueprints, or photos of the Castle are asked to call Barnes at (580)327-8444.

For those of you who do NOT know,... the Castle on the Hill was the first structure built on the Norhtwestern Normal campus and modeled after a Normal Castle.  Construction of the 3-story building was completed in 1899.  On March 1, 1935, the castle was destroyed by fire. [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1935 - 11th Annual Junior-Senior Banquet of NSTC

Vol 10, Iss 24 It was Monday, May 13, 1935, 6:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, in Alva, Oklahoma, that the 11th annual Junior-Senior Banquet of the Northwestern State Teacher's College was held. March of that year the "Castle on the Hill" had burned.

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Oklahoma, The Next Star on the Flag

Vol 12, Iss 51 Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Book - Oklahoma The Next Star on the Flag, feature from OkieLegacy, Vol. 6, Iss. 43, brought the following comment from Anrew, "Do you know the copyright date on this book???"

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1926 Castle on the Hill Yearbook – Department of Domestic Science

Vol 18, Iss 23 Alva, OK - llie Shattuck, B.S. (photo on the right) and Eleanor Wycoff, B.S. (photo on the left) – During the past four years (1922 – 1926) the Home Economics Department has made rapid growth.

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The Castle on the Hill

Vol 5, Iss 9 Alva, Oklahoma - View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


NWOSU's Old Science Hall

Vol 12, Iss 30 Alva, Oklahoma - Northwestern's old Science Hall has seen many changes in its lifetime. It started out as the second building after the Castle on the Hill as built. The only building with any remnants of the towers and crenellations in the design of a castle.

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1935 Rebuilding of Castle On the Hill

Vol 11, Iss 6 According to The Oklahoman, dated September 16, 1935, Front page, the headlines stated, "State;s Work Plan Speeded" - "Alva College Buildings To Be Replaced at Once."

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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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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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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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Castle On The Hill & Noah's Ark No. 2

Vol 18, Iss 22 You can click on the image for larger view of this image to see the Northwestern State Teachers College students at their favorite hangout in 1937 through 1938, in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma.

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The Rest of the Story

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Castle on the Hill...

Vol 8, Iss 9 I have to tell you that The Castle On The Hill is fascinating [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Widow of Gerold Lanman

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Architect of Castle on the Hill...

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Castle On the Hill Story...

Vol 8, Iss 11 "In your article entitled The Prairies' Castle on the Hill", there is an error in the third from the last paragraph [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Beagley Family History...

Vol 8, Iss 8 "Presently I am writing a family history of the Beagley family, taking information from a family book written back in the 1980's [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Joseph Foucart (Feucart) - The Architect of the Castle on the Hill...

Vol 8, Iss 10 Joseph Foucart was the architect of the "Castle on the Hill of the Prairies of NW Oklahoma Territory [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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

Vol 8, Iss 13 by - LK Wagner

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Castle On the Hill Plate

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