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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 12, No. 1
March, 1934
MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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The meeting was called to order in the Historical building, at 10:00 A. M., January 25, 1934, with the President, Mr. Charles F. Colcord, presiding.

The Secretary called the roll, which showed the following members present: Judge R. L. Williams, Dr. E. E. Dale, Mr. Charles F. Colcord, Mrs. Frank Korn, Mrs. Frank B. Lucas, Dr. Grant Foreman, Gen. William S. Key, Judge Harry Campbell, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Judge William P. Thompson, Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Dr. Joseph B. Thoburn, Mr. George H. Evans, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Col. A. N. Leecraft, Mrs. Eugene B. Lawson, Mr. Roy M. Johnson, and the Secretary, Dan W. Peery.

This being the date of the canvass of the vote for five members of the Board of Directors, Judge Thomas A. Edwards moved that a committee of three be appointed to canvass the ballots cast in the election for five members of the Board of Directors to serve for a five year term. Motion was seconded and carried, and the Chair appointed Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Mr. Jasper Sipes and Mrs. John R. Williams to canvass the vote.

The Secretary read the minutes of the Board meeting held October 26, 1933, which upon motion of Mrs. Frank Korn were approved as read, except the third paragraph on page seven Judge R. L. Williams made the motion that an art committee be appointed instead of Dr. J. B. Thoburn.

The canvass of the vote being completed, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Chairman, reported that the five receiving the highest number of votes were Charles F. Colcord, Robert L. Williams, Edward Everett Dale, Grant Foreman and Mrs. Frank B. Lucas.

On motion of Judge Edwards these five were declared elected.

Mr. Charles F. Colcord gave a short resume of some of his early day experiences, and Gen. R. A. Sneed moved that Mr. Colcord reduce his statements to writing and that it be made a part of the minutes, which motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams presented to the Society the following photographs:

Framed photograph of the Choctaw Council House at Tuskahoma, through courtesy of the late Henry L. Gooding, an intermarried Choctaw Citizen, (Vol. 5 Chronicles of Oklahoma, page 97) and of a picture of the Annual General Council of Delegates from 34 Indian Tribes, taken in 1878 at the side of the Creek Capitol at Okmulgee, through the courtesy of Mrs. Clarence W. Turner and her daughter, Mrs. Tookah Bagg.

Judge Harry Campbell moved that said pictures be accepted and that Mrs. Turner and Mrs. Bagg be thanked, through the Secretary, and that Judge Williams be thanked for transmitting same to the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.

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Dr. Grant Foreman presented to the Society a volume of typed letters, gifts of Mrs. N. B. Moore and others, indexed as follows:

Letter from John Howard Payne to John Ross, Jan. 4, 1836,

Letter from S. A. Worcester, Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, to Samuel Chandler, June 14, 1838.

Diary kept by Mr. Jurkin, farmer at Tullahassee Mission of his trip west and part of time spent at the Mission, 1850-1853,

Letter from John Ross, Park Hill, Cherokee Nation, to Rev. O. L. Woodford, March 7, 1858,

Letter from John Ross to his wife, Mrs. Mary B. Ross, Philadelphia, Penn. May 1, 1860,

Letter from Jane to Sarah, with reference to Jane's trials in Ind. Ter. during the war, March 22, 1863,

Letter from C. W. Ross, Fort Gibson, to "Father." Feb. 7, 1864.

Obituary of James McDonald Ross, eldest son of John Ross, Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation, Nov. 9, 1864,

Letter from E. Jane Ross to her uncle Chief John Ross, Dec. 31, 1864.

Letter from John Ross, Washington, D. C. to his wife Mary, Feb. 28, 1865,

Letter from John Ross, Ft. Smith, Ark. to his daughter Annie B. Ross, Sept. 18, 1865,

Letter from John Ross, Washington, D. C., to Sarah, Feb. 22, 1866,

Letter from Mr. Robertson to his daughter, Ann Augusta (Mrs. N. B. Moore). Jan. 12, 1867,

Letter from H. A. Shepherd, Newark, N. J. to Mr. Robertson, March 31, 1868,

Letter from Alice Robertson and her father, Tullahassee Mission to Miss A. Augusta Robertson, Columbus, Ohio, May 28, 1869,

Part of letter from Miss Alice Robertson to her sister Augusta (Mrs. N. B. Moore) 1869,

Undated letter from Mr. Robertson to his daughter Ann Augusta (Mrs. N. B. Moore). (1869)

Article with reference to the laying of the corner stone of the Government building to be occupied by the U. S. Indian Agent for the Five Civilized Tribes. Aug. 18, 1875,

Article appearing in the Lewiston (Maine) Journal in which Mrs. Mary Worcester Williams recalls work of her father Dr. Samuel A. Worcester, etc. 1917.

Letter from Miss Alice M. Robertson, Washington, D. C., to her sister Mrs. N. B. Moore, with reference to her activities as Congresswoman. Feb. 17, 1922.

Copies of seven (7) letters from J. F. Weaver, Portland, Maine, to Grant Foreman, Muskogee, Okla., with reference to Ft. Smith, Ark. and Ind. Ter. 1930 to 1931.

Statement of Mrs. N. B. Moore, Haskell, Oklahoma, taken Dec. 14, 1933.

Extracts from Capt. G. W. Grayson's papers.

Undated letter from Mr. Robertson to his daughter Augusta,

Part of two letters from Mr. Robertson to his daughter Ann Augusta,

Undated letter from Mrs. Robertson to her daughter Ann Augusta,

Undated letter from Mr. Robertson and his daughter Grace and son Samuel to their daughter and sister Augusta Robertson.

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Also, the Register of the students of the Cherokee Male Seminary, Tahlequah, 1876 to 1909 and the Register of the students of the Cherokee Female Seminary, Tahlequah, 1876 to 1904,

Also some material donated by Mrs. N. B. Moore, Haskell, Oklahoma, the property of her late husband, consisting of manuscript letters and documents executed by Confederate officers during the Civil War.

Mrs. Frank Korn presented to the Society the following manuscripts: Release from army service in draft drawing, issued in Germany, May 1852 and a certificate of vaccination issued in Germany, May 29, 1831, to J. N. Korn, father of Frank Korn.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the donations of Dr. Grant Foreman and Mrs. Frank Korn be received and that they be thanked for same, and that a place be provided in the Museum for Mrs. Korn's contributions, and that the picture of the Annual General Council be framed and properly marked to preserve its identity. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the Secretary and two others, to-wit, The President and Judge Thomas A. Edwards make application to Col. Carl Giles for an allowance out of the C. W. A. fund to employ three persons and Peter J. Hudson, Sr. to aid Mrs. Rella Watts in calendaring material in the Indian Agency at Muskogee, Mr. Hudson to act as interpreter and translator. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. Grant Foreman made a report of the work being done by the Oklahoma Historical Marking Board, under the civil works fund.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that the Secretary be directed to ask on behalf of the Society that it be furnished with a copy of this architectural survey. Motion was seconded and carried.

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Judge William P. Thompson presented to the Society the following: Proceedings of the first meeting of the Indian Territory Bar Association, 1900; Okla. and Ind. Ter. Bar Association, 1905; Oklahoma Bar Association, 1911 to 1915, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1930 and the Oklahoma State Bar Journal 1930-1 and 1931-2.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that these be accepted and that Judge Thompson be thanked for this contribution and that the copy of the Indian Territory Bar Association be photostated and bound. Motion was seconded and carried.

The Secretary read his annual report.

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Dr. J. B. Thoburn told of the donation of two pieces of artillery which are now on the ground surrounding the Union Soldiers' Home and moved that we accept the two cannons presented to the Society by Gov. William H. Murray, Col. George Ade Davis and Major Hugh Askew, and extend to them the thanks of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that we proceed to the election of officers, which motion was seconded and carried.

Judge William P. Thompson nominated Mr. Charles F. Colcord, the present incumbent, for president. The motion was seconded and Judge R. L. Williams put the question, which carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that Judge Thos. H. Doyle be elected first vice-president and that the rules be suspended and the vote taken by acclamation. Motion was seconded and carried and Judge Doyle was elected first vice-president.

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Dr. J. B. Thoburn nominated Mrs. John R. Williams for second vice-president.

Judge R. L. Williams nominated Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour for second vice-president.

The vote was taken by ballot and Judge Edwards and Col. William S. Key acted as counter and teller and reported the vote as follows: Mrs. John R. Williams received eight votes and Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour received twelve votes. Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour was declared elected second vice-president.

Mr. Jasper Sipes nominated Dan W. Peery for Secretary.

Judge Harry Campbell moved that the rules be suspended and that Dan W. Peery be elected secretary by acclamation, which motion was seconded and carried and Mr. Peery was elected secretary.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards moved that Mrs. Jessie R. Moore be elected treasurer and that the rules be suspended and the vote cast by acclamation, which motion was seconded and carried and Mrs. Moore was declared elected treasurer.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the staff, including all of the present employees, be re-employed at the salaries designated in the appropriation made by the legislature for each position. Motion was seconded and carried.

The Secretary presented the following list of applicants for membership in the Society: Mrs. Ruth P. Andrews, Oklahoma City; John Basolo, McAlester; Mrs. W. D. Brewer, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Cora C. Burdick, Oklahoma City; Henry T. Chambers, Bristow; Francis E. Chouteau, Jr., Nowata; Myra Y. Chouteau, Oklahoma City; Leonard H. Dickerson, Oklahoma City; Mrs. J. C. Fullerton, Oklahoma City; Annie Frances Hampton, Chickasha; Dr. John A. Hatchett, Oklahoma City; Robert E. Hecker, Oklahoma City; Edward Henderson, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Wanna F. Howe, Oklahoma City; Homer S. Hurst, Oklahoma City; Glen Hutton, Altus; Mrs. Mattie L. Jarrott, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Valda Johnson, Pawhuska; H. C. Jones, Oklahoma City; J. W. Keith, Haileyville; Sibyl Maricle, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Jane Orr Middelcoff, Oklahoma City; J. T. Parks, Tahlequah; Judge L. M. Poe, Tulsa; H. E. Ringle, Okmulgee; Prof. John D. Seal, Stillwater; C. W. Stater, Oklahoma City; Miss J. Verne Tewksbury, Chickasha; John Tomerlin, Oklahoma City; D. D. Waters, Muskogee; Mrs. Anna Kellough Wyss, Pawnee.

Upon motion of Judge Thomas A. Edwards they were received into annual membership, the list to be published in Chronicles.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that we fix the date of the annual meeting of the Society to be held in Muskogee, as April 19, 1934. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. J. B. Thoburn moved that a committee consisting of Judge R. L. Williams, Dr. Grant Foreman, Judge Harry Campbell, Mr. J. F. Darby, Muskogee, and Mrs. Eugene B. Lawson, of Tulsa be appointed to act with the local committee at Muskogee to arrange for the annual meeting. Motion was seconded and carried.

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AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

Mrs. John R. Williams presented the following amendment to the constitution: Beginning at the 20th line, page 6, Section 2 of Article 3, change to read as follows: "Such ballot shall be by the Secretary duly mailed to the address of each member of the Society, who shall cross out or mark out all names on such ballot except as he or she may desire

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to vote for, not to exceed five, the ballot to be placed in a blank envelope, which shall then be placed in an envelope which has the name of the voter in the upper left hand corner, which name shall be checked against the record. Then the outer envelope shall be opened and the sealed inner blank envelope shall be placed in the ballot box, the ballots to be mixed thoroughly, before the box is opened, to be counted by the proper parties."

Dr. E. B. Ringland, custodian of the Union Soldiers Memorial Hall, appeared before the Board and took up the question of the ultimate disposition of the property of the G. A. R. Post.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the Chair appoint a committee of three to meet with a like committee from the G. A. R. Post to determine their wishes in the matter. Motion was seconded.

Gen. William S. Key moved to amend by adding that the thanks of the Society be extended for the generous offer of the G. A. R. Post. The motion as amended was adopted.

The Chair appointed Gen. R. A. Sneed, with Judge Thomas H. Doyle and Gen. William S. Key to act in this capacity.

Upon motion of Gen. William S. Key the meeting stood adjourned.

CHARLES F. COLCORD, President,
Presiding.

DAN W. PEERY,
Secretary.

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