The annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened May 10, 1935, at Okmulgee, Oklahoma, as per resolution of the Board of Directors, adopted at the meeting held January 24, 1935.
At 1:00 P. M., the delegates assembled at the Old Creek Council House for registration, after which they were taken on a trip that included the grave of Isparhecher, one of the most famous of the Creek Chiefs; New Town Indian Church and the High Springs Council Grounds.
At 8:00 P. M. an open meeting was held in the M. E. Church, South, with Judge Thomas H. Doyle, President, presiding. Invocation by Dr. M. L. Butler.
Appropriate historical addresses were given by Dr. Grant Foreman, Dr. E. E. Dale and Judge Baxter Taylor.
Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Vice President of the Society and head of the department of History of the Central State Teachers College, at Edmond, was introduced.
A reception for the visitors was held in the Old Creek Council House, sponsored by the local chapter of the D. A. R.
May 11th: the meeting was held in the Old Creek Council House, with Judge Thomas H. Doyle, President, presiding.
Prayer by Rev. W. M. Rader, pastor of the M. E. Church, South, of Okmulgee.
Address of welcome was given by Judge A. D. Cochran of Okmulgee.
Mr. E. K. Wood, Dean of the Junior College, Okmulgee, represented the Mayor.
Sen. Harry O. Glasser, of Enid, responded in behalf of the Society.
A violin solo was rendered by Mr. George Clarke, accompanied by Merle Walker.
Judge R. L. Williams reported that Senate Bill No. 68, providing for the Ft. Gibson Stockade Commission, had been passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor; and moved that the Oklahoma Historical Society recommend for approval of the Governor Dr. Grant Foreman, of Muskogee, as a member of the Ft. Gibson Stockade Commission. Motion was seconded and unanimously carried.
Mr. George Rainey, of Enid, introduced Sen. Harry O. Glasser, who tendered an invitation to the Society to hold its annual meeting in 1936 in Enid.
The Secretary presented an invitation from the Chamber of Commerce, and the President of the Oklahoma College for Women to hold the next annual meeting of the Society at Chickasha.
Judge Thomas A. Edwards moved that the invitation to hold the annual meeting of the Society at Enid, in 1936, be accepted. Motion was seconded and unanimously carried.
Judge R. L. Williams moved that we express the regrets of the Society that its annual meeting cannot be held at two places, and that Chickasha be invited to renew its invitation for 1937. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. George Rainey, President of the Cherokee Strip Historical Society, expressed the thanks of that organization for accepting its invitation to hold the annual meeting of the Society in 1936 in Enid.
George Riley Hall, editor of the Henryetta Free-Lance, recited an original poem, and by request also recited his poem entitled "The Land of the Mistletoe."
Miss Eula Fullerton, of the faculty of the Northeastern State Teachers College, at Tahlequah, told of the work being done to preserve the history of the Cherokee Nation, especially in the the way of collecting old letters and journals.
Judge Orlando Swain, Secretary of the Creek Indian Memorial Association, presented the following students from the Manual Training Department of the Okmulgee High School:
Kenneth Dickerson, who presented a gavel to Judge Thomas H. Doyle; James Southern whoa presented a cane to Judge R. L. Williams; and J. C. Johnson, Jr., who presented a book rack to Dr. Grant Foreman.
The wood, from which these articles were made, was salvaged from an old Indian district court house of the Okmulgee District of the Creek Nation, built in 1885.
Dr. Grant Foreman presented the manuscripts of historical papers written by students of the Okmulgee High School, and made special mention of the one written by Mace Davis on Chitto Harjo.
Judge R. L. Williams moved that the article on Chitto Harjo, by Mace Davis, be published in Chronicles of Oklahoma. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge R. L. Williams moved that the other papers be published in Chronicles as far as practical, subject to the approval of the committee on publication. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge R. L. Williams moved that we thank the citizens of Okmulgee, the Superintendent of Schools and teachers and the Creek Indian Memorial Association for the manner in which they had taken part in the annual meeting of the Historical Society. Motion was seconded and carried.
Upon motion of Judge Baxter Taylor, the meeting stood adjourned.
Buffet luncheon was served to the visitors by the Y. W. C. A. girls.
Judge Thomas H. Doyle, President,
Dan W. Peery, Secretary.