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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 8, No. 1
March, 1930
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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January 23, 1930.

The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened at 10:30 a. m., Thursday, January 23, 1930, in the Capitol, with the following present:

Charles F. Colcord, President, (Presiding), Judge R. L. Williams, Judge Phil D. Brewer, Judge Thos. A. Edwards, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Mrs. Jessie Moors, Judge Baxter Taylor, Grant Foreman, Gen. Chas. F. Barrett, Dan W. Peery, Mrs. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mrs. Frank Lucas, Gen. R. A. Sneed, J. Y. Bryce, Joseph B. Thoburn, Miss Alice Robertson, Mrs. J. B. Harrell, Claude Connally, Lincoln McGuire, Emmet Miller, Edward P. Boyd, Dr. J. A. Ryan. William Robertson, Frank Korn, George Mayes, Ed. Nix., Chas. F. Spencer, Peter J. Hudson, Sr., Muriel H. Wright, Florence E. Hurt, Roy Hoffman, Mrs. W. J. Cowgill, Victor Locke, Mrs. A. S. Heaney, Margaret J. Mitchell, Ben Harrison, Mrs. H. D. Robb, Mrs. J. F. Messenbaugh, Judge James S. Davenport, Ruth Woolman, Mrs. R. J. Edwards, Dr. Chas. N. Gould, W. A. Durant, Prof. L. Howell Lewie, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Sam Slack, M. A. Mulholland and Wm. T. Curtis.

The Secretary read the minutes of the last quarterly meeting held November 16, 1929, and the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held December 29, 1929, which were approved as read.

The Secretary read the minutes of the last annual meeting held January 23, 1929, which were approved with the following correction:

On page 5, the minutes should read: Mrs. Moore moved that a resolution of appreciation be given Mrs. Frank Korn, a member of the Board of Directors, for her efforts in having the Legislature enact a law creating Statehood day, November 16, as a state holiday, also for her efforts in observing statehood day with appropriate ceremonies; and that a copy of said resolution be placed in Chronicles:

RESOLUTION:

Whereas, Mrs. Frank Korn, one of the members of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, by her efforts caused to be enacted by the Legislature of Oklahoma, in 1927, a law designating November 16th as statehood day in commemoration of Oklahoma entering the Union.

Therefore, be it resolved that the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society do hereby give Mrs. Korn a rising vote of appreciation for her splendid work in perpetuating Oklahoma's birthday as a statewide holiday which can always be observed with proper ceremonies.

Judge Williams addressed the meeting in regard to amending the Constitution of Oklahoma Historical Society to enable it to establish a trust fund and provide for a trust board to handle said trust fund of the Historical Society when established and to extend the membership of the Society to meet present requirements of the Society, and moved that a committee of seven be appointed whose duty it shall be to study the constitution and to report at the next annual meeting. Judge Brewer seconded the motion which was carried.

Judge Bewer moved that the consideration of all amendments to

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the constitution and by-laws be postponed until the next annual meeting. Judge Doyle seconded the motion which was carried.

The Secretary read his report which was ordered filed.

The Secretary read the following list of applicants for membership in the Society:

Annual Members: A. Wayne Ballard, Tangier; W. K. Blachly, Bartlesville; Frank Buttram, Oklahoma City; Claude E. Connally, Oklahoma City; Roscoe Cox, Chandler; B. B. Foster, Bartlesville; G. W. Hagin, Erick; Mrs. Cora Hall, Tulsa; Hazel Hamilton, Monroe; Mrs. C. E. Herrick, Guthrie; Mrs. G. A. Hove, Duncan; Dr. Joseph B. Jenkins; Oklahoma City; Mrs. Paul E. Jordan, Okemah; Esther LaMar, Okmulgee; Mrs. J. A. Lawrence, Tahlequah; Frank Martindale, Oklahoma City; B. D. Matthews, Oklahoma City; James E. Mitchell, Kingfisher; G. Lee Phelps, Wetumka; Bonnie Pybas, Washington; W. R. Ramsey, Oklahoma City; George W. Reed, Jr., Tulsa; Charles B. Selby, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Edythe A. Swartz, Oklahoma City; Mrs. R. Lee Wallace, Yale; Lucile Wiedy, Okarche and A. J. Carnes, Moseley.

Judge Brewer moved that they be accepted as members. Motion was seconded and carried.

The Secretary read the report on the election by ballot of five members of the Board of Directors, which resulted in the following members being elected to serve for a term of five years:

Judge Phil D. Brewer,
Dan W. Peery,
Judge Baxter Taylor,
Mrs. John R. Williams,
Mrs. Elva S. Ferguson.

Judge Doyle moved that the result of the canvass of the election by ballot, as read by the Secretary, be approved. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously.

Mrs. Frank Lucas, chairman of the special committee to confer with Mrs. Laura Clubb in regard to the loan of her collection of paintings made a temporary report, and Judge Brewer moved that the report be accepted and the committee continued and asked to report at the next meeting of the Board of Directors. General Barrett seconded the motion, which was carried, and the Secretary was instructed to include in the next notice of meeting to the Board the announcement that the special committee will make a report.

Judge Edwards moved that the meeting recess until 2 p. m., and it was so ordered.

Annual Meeting, January 23, 1930.

The meeting convened at 2 p. m., with the President, Charles F. Colcord, presiding.

The Secretary read the fourth quarterly report and the annual report of the Treasurer. Gen. Barrett moved that the report be received and placed on file, and it was so ordered.

Mrs. Moore asked that the Director of Research and the different workers in that line be called upon for a report of their work.

Mr. Thoburn, the Director, gave a verbal report of his work, also told what had been done in helping others in their research work.

Mrs. Moore then introduced Miss Muriel H. Wright, who read a paper on Early Navigation and Commerce on the Arkansas and Red rivers in Oklahoma.

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Peter J. Hudson, Sr. gave a verbal report of his work especially in regard to compiling a vocabulary of the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indian languages.

Miss Alice Robertson was called upon to address the meeting which she did briefly, telling of her work as related to the Cherokee, Creek and Seminole Indians.

Judge Williams presented to the Society the manuscript prepared by Miss Robertson while in the employ of the Society.

Judge Thompson moved that the manuscript be returned to Miss Robertson for revision as she requested. Motion was seconded and carried and the manuscript was turned back to Miss Robertson for completion of her work.

Mr. E. D. Nix, of St. Louis, Mo. formerly United States Marshal for Oklahoma, was called upon for a talk, and he told of his work in writing a history of early Oklahoma, called Oklahombres.

Mr. Peery moved that Mr. E. D. Nix be elected an honorary member of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.

Miss Margaret Mitchell, of the University of Oklahoma, tendered the regrets of Dr. J. S. Buchanan, one of the members of the Board of Directors, at not being able to attend the meeting.

The following resolution was tendered to Mrs. Conlan, a member of the staff of employees, on the recent passing of her mother:

Annual Meeting, January 23, 1930

Resolved that,

Whereas, Mrs. Athenius M. Colbert having departed this earthly life and passed on to the fuller and more spiritual life beyond, We, the members of the Oklahoma Historical Society, in annual meeting assembled, extend to you and your family our sincere and loving sympathy in your hour of sorrow.

Be it further resolved, that,

A copy of this resolution be recorded in our minutes and a copy of same be sent to the bereaved family and relatives.

Respectfully,
(Signed) CHARLES F. COLCORD.
President.

J. Y. BRYCE,
Secretary.

General Barrett moved that the meeting of the Society adjourn, and it was so ordered.

CHARLES F. COLCORD,
President, presiding.

J. Y. BRYCE,
Secretary.

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
January 23, 1930

The meeting of the Board of Directors was convened at 4:10 p. m. following the adjournment of the Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society, with Charles F. Colcord, the president presiding and the following other members: Judge Phil D. Brewer, Dan W. Peery, Judge Baxter Talyor, Judge Thos. A. Edwards, Judge William P. Thompson, Mrs. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs.Jessie Moore, Gen. Charles F.

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Barrett, Mrs. Frank Born, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Judge R. L. Williams, Mrs. Frank Lucas, Grant Foreman and J. Y. Bryce, the Secretary.

Judge Thompson moved that the reading of the minutes of the last meeting of the Board of Directors be suspended. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Taylor moved that Chas. F. Colcord be elected as President. Motion was seconded. Judge Williams moved that the nominations be closed, and that Mr. Colcord be declared unanimously elected. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Williams moved that Judge Thos. H. Doyle be elected first vice-president and that Judge Phil. D. Brewer be elected second vice-president. Judge Edwards seconded the motion which was carried.

Judge Edwards moved that Mrs. Jessie Moore be elected treasurer. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Thompson moved that Dan W. Peery be elected secretary to take office at the end of this quarter. Motion was seconded.

Judge Williams moved to amend by making the date of Mr. Peery taking office at the close of the present fiscal year. The amendment was accepted and the motion carried.

Judge Williams moved that Joseph B. Thoburn be elected as Director of Research in Ethnology and Archaeology at the same salary as he is now receiving. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Doyle moved that the acting secretary be instructed to cast the entire ballot for the persons elected so far. There being no objection it was so ordered.

Judge Williams moved that M. A. Mulholland be elected Chief Clerk at a salary of $150.00 per month. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Williams moved that the other employees of the Society be retained at their present salaries until otherwise directed by the Board of Directors. Motion was seconded and carried.

Grant Foreman gave a verbal report of the research work being done by Mrs. Rella Watts in the Indian Agency at Muskogee.

Mrs. Moore moved that the report be accepted and that Mr. Foreman be extended a vote of thanks for his untiring effort in getting this material and having it arranged. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mr. Foreman read an article on the work of the Historical Society in regard to the value of manuscripts as historical records, and it was suggested that this paper be made a part of the minutes of the Society.

Judge Williams moved that Grant Foreman be elected Director of Historical Research, without salary and without compensation, except his actual expenses as authorized by the Board of Directors. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Moore moved that the meeting of the Board of Directors be adjourned. There being no objection, it was so ordered.

CHARLES F. COLCORD,
President, presiding.

J. Y. BRYCE, Secretary.

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