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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 15, No. 1
March, 1937
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, JANUARY 28, 1937

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The President, Judge Thomas H. Doyle called the meeting to order in the Historical Building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 28, 1937, at 10:00 A. M.

The Secretary called the roll which showed the following members present: Judge Harry Campbell, Judge Thomas H. Doyle, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Mr. George H. Evans, Dr. Grant Foreman, Mr. James H. Gardner, Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Judge Samuel W. Hayes, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Mrs. Frank Korn, Col. A. N. Leecraft, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, Mr. W. J. Peterson, Mr. Jasper Sipes, Judge Baxter Taylor, Dr. Joseph B. Thoburn, Judge William P. Thompson, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge R. L. Williams and James W. Moffitt, the Secretary.

Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Dr. E. E. Dale, Mrs. Blanche Lucas and Mr. John B. Meserve had reported their inability to attend this meeting, and on account also of the inclement weather all absentees were excused upon motion duly seconded and carried.

The Secretary presented the minutes of the Board meeting held October 29, 1936, and upon motion the reading of the minutes was dispensed with at this time.

The President announced that Dr. Forrest Clements, Associate Professor of Anthropology of the University of Oklahoma was present.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the regular order of business be suspended and that Dr. Clements be invited to address the Board members.

Dr. Forrest Clements gave a report on the archaeological excavation of mounds near Spiro, Oklahoma, which report is to be written up in detail and filed.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards transmitted two photographs showing the arrival of the railroad at Duncan in 1893 and a street scene in Duncan in 1894, donated by Mr. J. R. Prentice, president of the First National Bank at Duncan; and also a donation of Mrs. Fay L. Crossett, of Davis, Oklahoma, consisting of the Proceedings of the Indian Territory Press Association held at Ardmore, 1899, and an Industrial write-up of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory, 1903.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that Mr. J. R. Prentice be thanked for his donations. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards moved that Mrs. Fay L. Crossett be thanked for her donations. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. Grant Foreman presented three photographs to the Society; A monument to Sequoyah in northern Georgia, the home of John Ross in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the home of Joseph Vann, Springplace, Georgia, a gift of Dr. Robert Mitchell, Veterans Hospital, Muskogee.

Upon motion they were received and the Secretary was instructed to express the thanks of the Society to the donors.

Judge R. L. Williams presented a group picture of early Ardmore residents, a gift of Mr. E. H. Hubbard.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the Secretary be authorized to write letters of thanks to all donors of gifts. Motion was seconded and carried.

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Judge R. L. Williams moved that no person be permitted to copy research records out of the files of the Society without leaving a copy of their research. Motion was seconded and carried.

The Treasurer, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, presented her report for the fourth quarter.

Judge R. L. Williams, chairman of the committee to preserve the Robert M. Jones cemetery, made a report and also asked authority to use a part of the private funds of the Society not to exceed $460.00 to take care of the details in securing construction of a wall around said cemetery.

Col. A. N. Leecraft moved that the Society furnish Judge R. L. Williams $460.00 or as much thereof as needed in the Robert M. Jones project. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Jessie E. Moore reported on the restoration of the old Chickasaw capitol at Tishomingo, and requested that the Secretary write a letter to Clive E. Murray, president of the Murray School of Agriculture, thanking him for his assistance in helping to move and restore this building.

Mrs. Jessie E. Moore discussed the archaeological work that has been done at various times in the State, under the direction of Dr. Joseph B. Thoburn, and stressed the necessity of having these reports written up and published.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the question of publishing monographs covering these subjects be referred to the Editorial Committee. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams reported on the progress of the work in the Sequoyah Park and on the restoration of the old Sequoyah home.

Dr. Grant Foreman gave a report on the work done under the WPA project in the Historical Society and stated that the Union list of newspapers had been made and filed in Washington, and also outlined the plan of the work to be done under the new WPA project of which he is the Director, and explained the necessity of supplies.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that $625.00 of the Publication Fund, still unassigned, be transferred, with the approval of the Governor, to the Supply Fund, $250.00 of which is to be available to purchase envelopes, paper and stamps for the new WPA project under the supervision of Dr. Grant Foreman, and the balance for any purpose that is necessary and within any purpose permitted by the Legislature. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President requested Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Vice President, to take the chair.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards discussed the interest in the Historical Society evinced by Leonard J. Woodruff and moved that he be elected an honorary life member. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Thomas H. Doyle moved that Herman Edwin Mootz, author, be elected an honorary life member. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. J. B. Thoburn moved that Judge A. G. C. Bierer, Judge J. R. Keaton and Judge Charles W. Raymond, Mrs. Mary Athey Osborn and Isaac H. Athey be elected honorary life members. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Thomas H. Doyle nominated all former Oklahoma Governors now living and all living Chiefs and Governors of Indian Tribes as honorary life members of the Society.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that all former Governors of the Territory of Oklahoma and the State of Oklahoma that are now living and all the living Chiefs and Governors of the Five Civilized Tribes and other

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Tribes in Oklahoma shall be placed on the rolls of this Society as honorary life members. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. Frant Foreman made a report on the Fort Gibson project.

Judge R. L. Williams, chairman of the employment committee, reported that applications had been received for the position of librarian, and read their recommendations.

Judge Thomas H. Doyle moved that Miss Margaret McGuire, the present incumbent, be continued as librarian until the regular meeting of the Board of Directors in July and that a librarian be then elected. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the Secretary be requested to have copies made of all endorsements of applicants for librarian and furnish them to each member of the Board before the next meeting in July. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams discussed the next annual meeting of the Society, and moved that it be held at Chickasha. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that we thank the citizens of Chickasha for their invitation to hold the meeting there, and also Shawnee be advised if she wishes to renew her invitation to hold an annual meeting there that it will be considered, and that Shawnee be thanked for her invitation. Motion was seconded and carried.

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

LIFE: Raymond Orvel Weems, Oklahoma City.

ANNUAL: Mrs. Mary Graham Brannin, Ochelata; Mrs. Ida K. Bridwell, Claremore; Charles C. Bush, Jr., Alva; John B. Davis, Siloam Springs, Arkansas; Mrs. Lilliam Downs, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Verner G. Early, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Walter Ferguson, Tulsa; J. E. Graham, Tulsa; M. D. Green, Oklahoma City; James W. Hammett, Claremore; Nadine Heiden, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Susie Kidwell, Ramona; Roy Krows, Vici; Eugene P. Ledbetter, Oklahoma City; Dr. Jesse S. Little, Minco; Gaston Litton, Oklahoma City; Paul G. McGuire, Fairfax; Malcolm C. Mandeville, Chickasha; Mrs. Helen Masoner, Oklahoma City; John C. Powell, Sulphur; Dr. Carl C. Rister, Norman; S. W. Ross, Park Hill; Mrs. Thelma V. Sansbury, Oklahoma City; Samuel J. Smith, Kansas City, Missouri; Kittie Sturdevant, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Ella Townsend, Bristow; Frank Tozer, Oklahoma City; Mrs. W. H. P. Trudgeon, Oklahoma City; Homa Wood, Wichita, Kansas; John Woodsworth, Oklahoma City and Mrs. Sallie Graham Yarbro, Ada.

Judge Harry Campbell moved that they be elected and received into membership. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that a committee of five be appointed to arrange a program for the annual meeting, and confer with the President of the Oklahoma College for Women, the Mayor and the Chamber of Commerce of Chickasha about the date of the meeting. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the President and Secretary be authorized to make requisition for five steel filing cases for cards made by the WPA workers. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President appointed the following committee to file requisitions for the WPA project: The President, the Secretary, Dr. Grant Foreman, Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour and Judge R. L. Williams.

Mr. Jasper Sipes presented the portrait of Dennis T. Flynn, second delegate to Congress from Oklahoma Territory.

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Judge Thomas H. Doyle presented the portrait of Judge James S. Davenport, present presiding Judge of the Criminal Court of Appeals.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards presented the portrait of John N. Abernathy, an '89er, the gift of his son Roy Abernathy.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that these portraits be accepted and the donors thanked. Motion was seconded and carried.

The Secretary reported for the Library and Museum Committee, recommending that markers for portraits be secured, which upon motion, duly seconded, was approved.

The matter of further employment of Dan W. Peery, former Secretary, was referred to the Publication Committee.

Mrs. John R. Williams, of the committee on securing portraits, read her report.

Mrs. Frank Korn, in accord with recommendations of Mrs. John R. Williams, moved that all pictures of the members of the Board of Directors be made 8x10 inches with a 2 inch mat. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President appointed the following committee to arrange a program for the annual meeting to be held at Chickasha: Mr. George H. Evans, Chairman, Judge Samuel W. Hayes, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. Frank Korn and Judge Robert A. Hefner.

Mr. James H. Gardner made a report on the work done by his committee to locate and mark historical spots in Oklahoma.

Judge R. L. Williams moved that the next quarterly meeting of the Board be not held in April but postponed until July, and that the report of the Secretary and reports of the various committees be given at that time. Motion was seconded and carried.

Upon motion the meeting stood adjourned.

JUDGE THOMAS H. DOYLE, President,
Presiding.

JAMES W. MOFFITT, Secretary.

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