The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society met pursuant to call at two o'clock p. m., Wednesday, May 7, 1924, in regular quarterly session with the following members present: Mr. Jasper Sipes, President; Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Mr. C. F. Colcord, Hon. D. W. Peery, Hon. A. N. Leecraft, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mr. C. J. Phillips, Mr. Grant Foreman, Prof. C. W. Turner, Dr. J. S. Buchanan, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, Mrs. Blanche F. Lucas, Mrs. J. R. Frazier, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Mr. Louis LeFlore, Mrs. John R. Williams, Mrs. Frank Korn, Col. R. A. Sneed and the Secretary.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The President then rendered a verbal report, concluding with the following committee announcements:
Mrs. Jessie R. Moore then rendered a quarterly report as treasurer of the Society and it was ordered filed.
The Secretary’s report was then read and ordered filed.
On motion it was ordered that a committee on drafting resolutions expressive of the Society’s loss in the death of Mr. W. P. Campbell, Custodian, be appointed. Motion was seconded and carried. The President then appointed the following persons as members of the committee: Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, Judge Thos. H. Doyle and the Secretary.
Mrs. Korn moved that a Campbell Memorial Alcove in the Library be founded and that all members be asked to contribute to the same. Motion carried.
Col. Sneed moved that Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) be appropriated out of the Secretary’s Treasury to aid in defraying the funeral expenses of Mr. Campbell. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mrs. John R. Williams rendered a report of the Committee on Membership which was received and ordered to be filed.
On motion the following persons were elected as life members:
The following persons were nominated for honorary membership in the Society: J. F. Weaver, Fort Smith, Ark; Miss Alice M. Robertson, Muskogee.
Mrs. Moore then moved to amend the motion to include all surviving elected principal chiefs of the five civilized tribes. The amended motion being accepted, the original motion thus amended was put to a vote and carried.
The following persons were nominated and elected to corresponding membership in the society: E. D. Smith, Meade, Kans.; Warren K. Moorehead, Andover, Mass.; and Mrs. Olive K. Dixon, Miami, Texas.
Report of the Committee on Marking Historical Sites was rendered verbally by Mr. Foreman.
Report on the Committee on Library and Museum was rendered verbally by Mrs. J. R. Frazier.
Report of the committee on publications was rendered by Mr. Nesbitt.
On motion the committee on publications was instructed to authorize a contract for printing the quarterly magazine for next fiscal year.
On motion of Judge Doyle the secretary was instructed to address a letter to the attorney general calling his attention to the rejection of claims for traveling expenses of members of the board of directors by the auditor and ask for an opinion in regard to the matter. Motion was carried.
On motion of Mr. Peery, the secretary was instructed to ascertain if it would be possible to induce the Kansas Historical Society to sell certain Oklahoma newspaper files dating back of the time of the organization of the Oklahoma Historical Society and that the secretary be further directed to ascertain the probable cost of buying certain other newspaper files which are still in the possession of Oklahoma publishers, also published prior to the organization of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
On motion it was voted that the committee on library and museum be authorized to purchase such additional cases or other library and museum equipment as may be needed.
On motion of Mrs. Frazier, Col. Sneed and Dr. J. S. Buchanan were added to the committee on library and museum.
A communication from Prof. L. Howell Lewis was then read and on motion accepted.
It was moved that the secretary send a letter of greatings to the Fort Towson Centennial Celebration at Durant. Motion prevailed.
On motion of Judge Doyle the board then adjourned out of respect to the memory of Mr. Campbell.
Grant Foreman was born at Detroit, Illinois, June 3, 1869, the son of Dr. Abner W. and Elizabeth Hayden Foreman. He was educated in the high school at White Hall, Illinois and in the law school of the University of Michigan, whence he graduated in
1891. He began the practice of his profession in Illinois. In 1899 he came to Muskogee, Oklahoma in the service of the Dawes Commission, with which he continued until 1903, when he resigned to enter private practice. In 1905 he was married to Miss M. Carolyn Thomas, daughter of the late Judge John R. Thomas of Muskogee. While actively engaged in the practice of his profession, Mr. Foreman has long been interested in historical research and is recognized as a contributor of numerous magazine articles relating to Indians and the Indian problem. He is a life member and a director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, in the work of which he is greatly interested.
Alfred Alexander Taylor was born at Happy Valley, Tennessee, August 6, 1848. He is the son of Rev. Nathaniel G. and Mrs. Emma Haynes Taylor. He was educated at Edge Hill School (Princeton, New Jersey) Pennington Seminary and Kelsey’s School (Clinton, New York). His father was a member of Congress from Tennessee and he saw much of public life at Washington and elsewhere during his youth. He was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1870 and served as a member of the Tennessee house of representatives 1875-6. In 1881 he was married to Miss Jennie Anderson of Buffalo Valley, Tennessee. In 1880 he made the race for governor of Tennessee as the republican nominee, his opponent being his own brother, Robert Love Taylor. The two brothers campaigned together, spoke from the same rostrum and played their fiddles to the delight of enthusiastic audiences but the democratic brother received the largest vote and was elected governor of the state, subsequently serving in the United States Senate. Alfred A. Taylor was elected to Congress in 1888 and was twice re-elected. In 1920 he was nominated and elected as governor of the state of Tennessee, receiving a plurality of over forty thousand votes. In 1922 he was renominated but was defeated in the election. He has long been known as one of the most effective and eloquent lecturers on the American lyceum and Chautauqua platforms. His home is at Milligan College, Johnson City, Tennessee. When a youth of barely nineteen it was his fortune to witness and participate in a most interesting event in the history of Oklahoma and the other southern plains states, namely, the Medicine Lodge peace council, the story of which he has so charmingly told in this issue of the Chronicles of Oklahoma.
William H. Clift was born in Grayson County, Texas, February 27, 1871. His grandparents were pioneers in the Red River country, settling near the present site of Texarkana as early as 1840. Reared among rustic pioneers where tales of border warfare and hardship were often recounted, his interest in the history of the southwest dates from the years of his early childhood. Never forgetting these stories, many of which were told by some of the original actors, he has often taken time, through the years of busy life to go out of his way to run down or locate some point of historical interest. Inheriting the thrift and ardor of his Celtic
ancestors, he fitted himself in country schools to secure a teacher’s certificate and began teaching school at the age of seventeen. Later, in college and university he did double work, and engaged in business for himself at the age of twenty-six. He settled in Oklahoma after the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche country and engaged in the cotton business. He is reputed to own more cotton gins as an individual than any other person in the south. He is also the owner of a number of a great deal of farm land in Oklahoma and Texas. Like other men of personality and attainments, he has a hobby, or side-line, to which he turns for recreation and pastime. His hobby is that of searching out and locating and recording everything of local historical interest which might otherwise be lost to knowledge. Living as he has for many years among the Indians of the Comanche, Kiowa, Apache and Wichita tribes, he has made numerous field trips at his own expense, often accompanied by a hired interpreter or guide. He has visited and inspected old Indian field sites, battle fields and other places of historic interest in the Red River country in Oklahoma and Texas. He believes that the stories of this region should be gathered and recorded while it is yet possible to get them and thinks they will become more interesting as the years increase. He is a life member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is accounted one of its most active contributing workers.