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mem55
I'm a retired kindergarten teacher and author with three children and three grandchildren.
Interests: gardening, writing, cats, education
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Friday marks the official start of summer, but Gary and I have been slowly transitioning to the next season for a couple of weeks. We’ve been drinking more water (with lime slices), eating more salads, snacking on fruit, and enjoying... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View from Here
Boston Herald August 18, 1881 In the Choctaw Nation near Waldron, Friday night, William Massingale was shot at the house of John Stuart by James Hobbs, a white man, and Ed Folsom, a Choctaw came to Stuart’s home and shot... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Caddo- My Home Town
I continue to put together notes on the various newspapers of Caddo. I can only find one mention of the Courier...and I'm not certain that was even a paper. Please let me know if you are familiar with that name.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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This can definitely be labeled as a “wet year” for Oklahoma and will no doubt be remembered by gardeners in the drought years that will inevitably follow. Everything is soggy this morning and some of my plants are unhappy. I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View from Here
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Late posting today because of the torrential rains. My dad wasn't perfect and neither was I. We didn't always get along or agree, but when we did it was awesome! He was generous to a fault, quick to forgive and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View from Here
Dallas Morning News May 30, 1899 Caddo, I.T., May 28- This afternoon at 4 o’clock a terrific storm of wind rain, and hail struck this town. Windows on west of buildings are all broken. Several houses are blown from their... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
The Caddo Herald November 23, 1900 The Townsite surveying corps, of which Mr. H.M. Tinker is the head surveyor, has been here this week surveying the outside boundaries of the town. A Herald reporter went to see Mr. Tinker to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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Yesterday Gary and I went to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge for the first time since the recent major flooding. This photo shows the current water level, which means that all roads are closed and even the short trail just... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View from Here
Court Minutes Blue County, Choctaw Nation CTN 25, Volume II Witness our hands and seals this 3rd day of November 1903. Sarah A. Gentry, John Anderson, R. D. Anderson Subscribed and sworn to before me this 3rd day of November... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Caddo- My Home Town
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These hatched next to our driveway today. SO much fun to watch! Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at The View from Here
For many years, showing up for one’s own execution was a matter of honor and fear among the Choctaws. They believed in law and justice and accepted punishment for their crimes. They also believed that they would not be welcome... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
I was reading an old issue of the newspaper last week, looking for an item about my mother, when I came across this editorial in the school news. I not only admire the thoughts of this young woman, but I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at The View from Here
I know that most of you are interested in names and dates and facts to add to your family tree and verify “family stories” handed down by your grandparents. When I started this “hobby” called genealogy, before my love of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
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This is lily season in the Maurer garden and I’m amazed each day by the beauty of God’s creations. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at The View from Here
Fort Smith Era June 9, 1873 From the Indian Territory Deplorable State of Affairs- the Rule of Outlaws and Desperadoes The People Cowed and Intimidated, Petition for Relief Hard Work for the U. S. Marshals There is a spot within... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
Fort Smith New Era May 8, 1878 Murder in Oklahoma A Sunday School Teacher Called Out and Shot to Death From the letter published below, it will be seen that another of those bloody occurrences which justly entitle the Indian... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock) October 31, 1875 The Caddo Star, of the 27th inst. Says: Numberless wagons still stream through the streets daily, each containing the usual number of little white-headed brats- about a dozen, bound for the south. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
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I was walking around the yard yesterday when I began to notice how many tiny little blossoms are scattered among the giant lilies and tall daisies. Some are flowers I planted, but others are wild…planted by the wind and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at The View from Here
New York Herald October 23, 1887 A Busy Judge (portion of a very LONG article listing all of the executions) Mr. Isaac C. Parker has been for twelve years past the Presiding Judge of this court, and during that time... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
Only a few stories that I’ve read in the old newspapers in the past twenty years have had a lasting impact on my mind and heart. Most were stories of great courage or determination. Some were stories of great evil.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at The View from Here
Dallas Morning News August 31, 1891 Indian Territory Bloodletting at a Dance Caddo, I. T., Aug. 30- Last night about 7 o’clock at a negro dance, a shooting match took place in which Mose Belvin, a negro deputy sheriff, another... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
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May is going out with a roar and leaving much of our state in recovery mode. Trees are down. Roads are flooded and closed. Homes are piles of rubble. Here on our tiny plot of land, everything is wet but... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at The View from Here
Daily Tribune and Journal (Knoxville, TN) April 18, 1888 Mrs. C. Lewis and two daughters of Bristol, Tennessee, passed through the city yesterday enroute to Caddo, Indian Territory. This lady recently became heir to several thousand dollars’ worth of valuable... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
Dallas Morning News January 7, 1890 Denison An Indian Territory officer arrested a man in the city this morning, charged with stealing two sacks of coffee at Caddo. The officer took the prisoner to the county jail. Arkansas Gazette January... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town
Clearly Mr. Music's feelings about Caddo have changed: Kansas City Times April 8, 1889 Another Interesting Chapter Concerning Civilized Red Men By Mr. John Music (Traveling in the Chickasaw Nation between Caddo and Tishomingo. Reporting for the Detroit Free Press.... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Caddo- My Home Town