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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 20, No. 1
March, 1942
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
of the
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
January 16, 1942.

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Pursuant to a call issued January 10, 1942 by Judge Thomas H. Doyle, President Emeritus, and other members of the Board of Directors, a special meeting was held January 16, 1942, to consider the request of Mr. George H. Evans that his name not be placed on the ballot in the event of the printing of ballots for the election of directors and other matters.

The meeting was called to order by the President, Judge Robert L. Williams, in the Historical building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 10:00 A. M. January 16, 1942, with the following members present: Judge Robert L. Williams, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Hon. Thomas J. Harrison, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Mr. H. L. Muldrow, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams and James W. Moffitt, the Secretary.

The President presented a paper regarding the diploma presented to Jacobus Jones Quarles as first honor man of the class of 1851 of the University of Mississippi, and requested that it be filed as a part of the late James Jones Quarles papers in the archives of the Society, which was done.

The following resolution was considered:
WHEREAS, George H. Evans, a Director whose term expiring during the year, to-wit: January 29, 1942, has directed the Secretary in writing not to place his name on the printed ballot for election to be held on ballots printed between the first and tenth of January, 1942, and the status being that only one director would then be lacking of the names of the holdover directors to be placed on the ballot, if one was necessary to be printed, and one name to be placed on the ballot by petition, to-wit: Jim Biggerstaff, Wagoner, Wagoner County, which would make a full complement of names for the filling of the vacancy.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Secretary is directed to notify the said George H. Evans that his request will be complied with and his name will not be printed on any ballot, and that it is further directed that the Secretary not go to the expense of mailing out ballots, but take the matter up at the regular board meeting which meets January 29, 1942, so that the Board, by proper resolution can recite the facts and direct that the said Jim Biggerstaff, including Charles F. Barrett, Mrs. Frank Korn, Senator George L. Bowman and Thomas J. Harrison then and there be declared elected as directors for the full five year terms, and further that the other directors will be as follows:

January, 1943:      W. J. Peterson
                            Judge Thomas H. Doyle
                            Col. A. N. Leecraft
                            John B. Meserve
                            Mrs. J. Garfield Buell
January, 1944:      Judge R. L. Williams
                            Dr. E. E. Dale
                            Mrs. Blanche Lucas
                            Dr. Grant Foreman
                            H. L. Muldrow
January, 1945:      Judge Thomas A. Edwards
                            Judge Harry Campbell
                            Judge Baxter Taylor
                            Mrs. John R. Williams
                            Judge Robert A. Hefner
January, 1946:      Gen. William S. Key
                            Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour
                            Mrs. Jessie E. Moore
                            Dr. James H. Gardner
                            J. B. Milam

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Judge Robert A. Hefner moved that the resolution be adopted. Motion was seconded by Mr. H. L. Muldrow, which was carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that appropriate words of appreciation of Mr. George H. Evans' services be entered in the records of the Society. Judge Robert A. Hefner seconded the motion which was carried.

The President reported the death of Judge James R. Tolbert, of Hobart.

Judge Robert A. Hefner moved that appropriate memorial data be published in The Chronicles. Judge Baxter Taylor seconded the motion which was carried.

The Secretary reported that the President had advanced fifteen dollars to take care of a deficiency in the postage fund for the Society, for the first six months of the fiscal year.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that the President be reimbursed out of the private funds of the Society. Judge Robert A. Hefner seconded the motion which was carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Senator Robert L. Owen and Senator Thomas P. Gore be elected honorary life members of the Society. Mrs. Jessie E. Moore seconded the motion which was carried.

Upon motion of Judge Baxter Taylor, duly seconded, the meeting stood adjourned subject to the call of the President.

Robert L. Williams, President.

James W. Moffitt, Secretary.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE BOARD
OF DIRECTORS OF THE
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
January 29, 1942

The meeting for the first quarter of the year of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened in the Historical building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at 10:00 A. M., January 29, 1942, with Judge Robert L. Williams, President, presiding.

The Secretary called the roll which showed the following members present: Judge Robert L. Williams, Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Hon. George L. Bowman, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Sr., Mrs. Frank Korn, Mrs. Blanche Lucas, Judge John B. Meserve, Hon. J. B. Milam, Mr. H. L. Muldrow, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, and James W. Moffitt, the Secretary.

The Secretary presented the minutes of the quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors held October 23, 1941 and the minutes of the called meeting held January 16, 1942.

Upon motion of Hon. J. B. Milam, duly seconded, the reading of the minutes of said meetings was passed subject to be called for consideration upon request.

Hon. J. B. Milam moved that signs be again prepared and put up in various places in the building against smoking. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President read a letter from Dr. Grant Foreman regarding the papers, diaries, etc. of Lt. A. W. Whipple who made a survey for a railroad from Memphis to the Pacific Coast in 1873-4.

Hon. George L. Bowman moved that the Board request Dr. Grant Foreman to continue negotiations with the grandchildren of Lt. A. W. Whipple relative to securing the collection for the Oklahoma Historical Society and placing same for safe keeping in one of our fire proof vaults and that same be indexed for reference and examination if received. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President introduced Mrs. M. Alice Miller, of El Reno, who had presented to the Historical library the following collection of books for the library: 30 volumes, Universal Classic Library; 31 volumes, Nations of the World—United States, France, Germany, Peru, England, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Italy, Austria, Egypt, Turkey, Japan, and China; 8 volumes, The History of Our Country, by E. S. Ellis; 10 volumes, Literary Digest History of the World War, 1914-1918; 14 volumes, Works of Theodore Roosevelt, Statesman Edition; 10 volumes, The Master-

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pieces and the History of Literature, edited by Julian Hawthorne, J. R. Young and J. P. Lamberton; 4 volumes, Great Men and Famous Women, edited by C. F. Horne; 2 volumes, History of the World, by Nugent Robinson; 2 volumes, The Prince of India, by Lew Wallace; 25 volumes, Works of Mark Twain; 7 volumes, Shakespeare's Works; 8 volumes, The Writings of Abraham Lincoln, Centennial Edition; Sturm's Magazine, Vol. 6; President Coolidge, by E. E. Whiting; China, The Yellow Peril, by J. M. Miller; Germany's Commercial Grip on the World, by Henri Hauser; Is America Safe for Democracy?, by William McDougall; Twentieth Century Cyclopaedia of Universal Knowledge; 25 volumes, Ridpath Library of Universal Literature, 2 volumes, Proceedings of the General Grand Chapter (Eastern Star) 1876-1898, and 1901-1910; a five section bookcase and an enlarged framed photograph of herself.

Judge John B. Meserve moved that the Society accept this donation of books, bookcase and picture of Mrs. Miller, with thanks, and that same be appropriately arranged in the library showing the section from Mrs. M. Alice Miller. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Frank Korn moved that Mrs. M. Alice Miller be elected an honorary life member of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that appropriate resolutions be prepared expressing the appreciation of the Society to Mrs. M. Alice Miller, and that a copy of this resolution be certified to by the Secretary and presented to Mrs. Miller. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President read a letter from Dr. Grant Foreman concerning the Fort Gibson buildings, custodian, etc.

Hon. J. B. Milam moved that the President appoint a committee of five to supervise the Fort Gibson property, and provide for a custodian, if it can be done without an appropriation, as we have no funds for such purpose. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President appointed the following committee on Fort Gibson property: Dr. Grant Foreman, Chairman inactive, Thomas J. Harrison, Vice Chairman active, Jim Biggerstaff, R. M. Mountcastle and J. F. Brett.

Attention was called to the recent addition to the collection of portraits of the Board members, namely, that of Senator George L. Bowman, and Senator Bowman was thanked therefor.

Judge Thomas A. Edwards moved that a program committee be appointed for the annual meeting to be held at Cordell, April 20, 1942, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the opening for settlement of the Cheyenne and Arapaho country, to be held on said date on account of the fiftieth anniversary date falling on Sunday. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President appointed the following committee: Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Chairman, Hon. George L. Bowman, Mr. H. L. Muldrow, Mrs. John R. Williams, Mrs. Frank Korn, and the secretary, James W. Moffitt.

Mrs. Frank Korn presented to the Society for the library a collection of books as follows: Eleven volumes of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents of the United States, the gift of Misses June and Leal Coykendall of El Reno, in memory of their father Capt. John R. Coykendall, 11th Illinois Cavalry; Life and Times of Jesus, volume 2, donated by Mrs. C. A. Richardson; The Tercenternary of Salem, Massachusetts, donated by Mrs. Carrie Smith; The Deerslayer, presented by Mrs. Anna B. Korn, Life of William Jennings Bryan, by his wife Mary Baird Bryan, the gift by A. E. Newell; a French Reader donated by Mrs. Annie B. Korn and the portrait of A. F. Newell, donated by his son A. E. Newell.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that these be accepted and that Mrs. Korn, Mr. A. E. Newell and all other donors be thanked for contributions to the Historical Society and that to each a copy of these resolutions be sent. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Jessie E. Moore presented to the Society a miniature of the late Mrs. Alice Harrell Murray, a member of the Chickasaw Tribe and the wife of Ex-Governor William H. Murray, the gift of her sons; also an enlarged photograph of

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the present governor of the Chickasaw Nation who was appointed by the President of the United States, Floyd Maytubby.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that the miniature of Mrs. Murray be accepted and her sons thanked for this contribution to the Society's art collection and that they be appropriately notified. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Blanche Lucas moved that the Board accept the gift of the framed portrait of Governor Floyd Maytubby to be added to the collection of portraits of the Governors of the Chickasaw Nation. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Blanche Lucas also moved that Hon. J. B. Milam, Principal Chief of the Cherokees be requested to present his portrait to the Society's collection of portraits of the Cherokee Chiefs and Governors. Motion was seconded and carried.

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

LIFE: C. J. Wrightsman, Ft. Worth, Texas.

ANNUAL: Prof. John Alley, Norman; Tams Bixby, Jr., Muskogee; K. G. Braley, Cherokee; M. M. Bramlett, Ardmore; Phil C. Braniff, Tulsa; F. R. Blosser, Cheyenne; Mrs. Jane Heard Clinton, Tulsa; Holmes Colbert, Las Cruces, N. Mex.; Mrs. C. E. Cook, Britton; Stanley Coppock, Cleo Springs; Mrs. Minnie E. Dailey, Oklahoma City; Prof. Leita Davis, Edmond; Dr. Edwin DeBarr, Norman; Peter Deichman, Durant; S. G. Denning, Oklahoma City; Carl S. Dunnington, Cherokee; William P. Freeman, McAlester; Russell J. Green, Enid; Charles A. Hitch, Guymon; Mrs. Ida L. Huckabay, Jacksboro, Texas; Prof. C. L. Kezer, Stillwater; C. M. Lockhart, Shawnee; Mrs. Eula A. Looney, Oklahoma City; James E. McKee, Guthrie; Mary McKinley, Tonkawa; Dr. Robert L. Martin, Edmond; Samuel W. Maytubby, Macomb; A. Earle Miller, Woodward; H. P. Moffitt, Stillwater; John Moren, Howe; Gerhard B. Naeseth, Stillwater; Dr. Shade D. Neely, Muskogee; Oscar Payne, Tulsa; Mrs. Lucy A. Shuler, Durant; Dr. Ralph A. Smith, Chickasha; Robert O. Sumter, Atoka; Leslie Swan, Oklahoma City; John I. Taylor, Mountain View; Charles Arthur White, McAlester.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that they be received into membership in the Society in the class as shown in the list of applicants. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President transmitted to the Society a picture of "Oklahoma Settlers rushing into the newly-opened Government lands" the gift of Mr. J. J. Tallman of the University of Western Ontario, and called attention to an enlarged photograph of Woodrow Wilson and a group picture of the signers of the Declaration of Independence which belonged to the Society and which had not been framed.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that Mr. Tallman be thanked for this picture and that the Secretary be instructed to have all three pictures framed and paid for out of the private funds of the Society. Motion was seconded and carried.

The President recited the resolution adopted at the called meeting of the Board January 16, 1942, in which it was set forth that Mr. George H. Evans requested that his name not appear on the ballot for re-election on the Board of Directors, his term expiring January 29, 1942, and also that the name of Jim Biggerstaff had been placed on the ballot by petition, therefore the complement of names being complete to fill the required number of candidates for election of Board members, by motion, duly seconded, and passed by the resolution of the Board at this regular and appropriate meeting on January 29, 1942, confirms such election and

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that the appropriate resolution concerning the election be adopted and that the members of the Board be declared elected for the ensuing five year term expiring January, 1947: Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mrs. Frank Korn, Senator George L. Bowman, Hon. Thomas J. Harrison and Jim Biggerstaff, and that the other directors are constituted as follows:

Expiring January, 1943      Hon. W. J. Peterson,
                                        Judge Thomas H. Doyle,
                                        Col. A. N. Leecraft,
                                        John B. Meserve,
                                        Mrs. J. Garfield Buell,

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Expiring January, 1944      Judge R. L. Williams,
                                        Dr. E. E. Dale,
                                        Mrs. Blanche Lucas,
                                        Dr. Grant Foreman,
                                        H. L. Muldrow,
Expiring January, 1945      Gen. William S. Key,
                                        Judge Harry Campbell,
                                        Judge Baxter Taylor,
                                        Mrs. John R. Williams,
                                        Judge Robert A. Hefner,
Expiring January, 1946      Judge Thomas A. Edwards,
                                        Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour,
                                        Mrs. Jessie E. Moore,
                                        Dr. James H. Gardner,
                                        Hon. J. B. Milam.

Judge Baxter Taylor seconded the motion which was unanimously carried.

The President reported that Mr. Villard Martin had transmitted a copy of The Legal Report of Sir Edward Coke, printed in 1659, to the Society, the gift of the late Judge George S. Ramsey, prior to his death.

Gen. Charles F. Barrett moved that this gift be accepted with thanks and appreciation. Motion was seconded and unanimously carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Judge Robert L. Williams be re-elected President of the Board for the ensuing two year term. Motion was seconded and Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour, vice president, put the motion which carried.

Mrs. Jessie E. Moore moved that Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour be re-elected as a vice president. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge John B. Meserve moved that Gen. William S. Key be re-elected as a vice president. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Mrs. Jessie R. Moore be re-elected treasurer. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that James W. Moffitt be re-elected secretary. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge John B. Meserve nominated Annie R. Cubage as Solicitor-Collector for the museum.

Mrs. John R. Williams nominated Muriel H. Wright as Solicitor-Collector for the museum.

The President appointed Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, James W. Moffitt, the secretary and M. A. Mulholland, the chief clerk, to act as tellers.

The election resulted as a result of the said ballot as follows: Muriel H. Wright received six votes, Annie R. Cubage received seven votes and Mrs. C. C. Conlan one vote. Annie R. Cubage was declared elected Solicitor-Collector for the museum.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Hazel E. Beaty be re-elected librarian. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Frank Korn moved that Edith Mitchell be re-elected cataloguer. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Frank Korn moved that Laura M. Messenbaugh be re-elected custodian of the newspapers. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. John R. Williams moved that Annie M. Canton be re-elected guide. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Jessie E. Moore moved that M. A. Mulholland be re-elected chief clerk. Motion was seconded and carried.

Hon. J. B. Milam read the report of Dr. James H. Gardner on the Spiro mound artifacts, explaining the division that had been made by the committee on distribution, and moved that this report be approved. Motion was seconded and carried.

Mrs. Blanche Lucas moved that Mrs. Forrest Clements be employed to assist in arranging and labeling the artifacts and that she be allowed fifty dollars out

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of the extra help fund for this work when completed. Motion was seconded and carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Mabel F. Hammerly be re-elected stenographer subject to the approval of the Secretary. Motion was seconded and carried.

The illness of Major Gordon W. Lillie was reported, and a resolution of condolence was moved and unanimously adopted.

Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour moved that Rella Looney be re-elected Clerk-Archivist. Motion was seconded and carried.

Hon. J. B. Milam reported on the Hasting papers and the Lawson collection, and he was requested to further look after the said matters.

Upon motion of Hon. J. B. Milam, the meeting stood adjourned subject to the call of the President.

Robert L. Williams,
President.

Special called meeting of the Board of Directors,
OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY,
Feb. 23, 1942

Pursuant to a call issued through the office of the Secretary, and by him officially, the Board met in a special called session February 23, 1942, at 10 A. M. with Judge Robert L. Williams, President, presiding.

The Secretary called the roll which showed the following members present: Judge Robert L. Williams, Judge Thomas H. Doyle, Dr. Emma Estill Harbour, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, Hon. George L. Bowman, Judge Harry Campbell, Dr. Grant Foreman, Dr. James H. Gardner, Judge Robert A. Hefner, Sr., Mrs. Frank Korn, Mr. H. L. Muldrow, Hon. W. J. Peterson, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams and James W. Moffitt, the Secretary.

The Secretary stated that the following members of the Board had reported their inability to attend: Gen. Wm. S. Key, Gen. Charles F. Barrett, Mrs. J. Garfield Buell, Dr. E. E. Dale, Col. A. N. Leecraft, Mrs. Blanche Lucas, Judge John B. Meserve, Hon. J. B. Milam and Mr. Jim Biggerstaff.

The Secretary read the call for the meeting which set forth that: This is to notify you that there will be a special called meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society, February 23, 1942, at 10:00 A.M. in the Board room of the Historical building, which has been called under direction of the President, Judge R. L. Williams, to consider filling the position of collector-solicitor for the museum and such other business as may come before the Board.

Hon. W. J. Peterson moved that we declare the position of collector-solicitor vacant. Judge Harry Campbell seconded the motion which was carried without dissent by voice vote. Then the roll was called and there were thirteen ayes and one no. The motion was declared carried.

Judge Harry Campbell moved that the vacancy so declared be filled to take effect with the beginning of the 24th day of February, 1942. Senator George L. Bowman seconded the motion which was carried, without dissent.

Hon. W. J. Peterson nominated Mrs. Annie R. Cubage to fill the position of collector-solicitor.

Mrs. John R. Williams nominated Miss Muriel H. Wright to fill the position of collector-solicitor.

Judge Thomas H. Doyle seconded the nomination of Annie R. Cubage.

Judge Baxter Taylor also seconded the nomination of Annie R. Cubage.

Judge Harry Campbell called for a ballot.

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After the ballots had been prepared and delivered to the committee of tellers as appointed by the President, to-wit, Mrs. Jessie R. Moore, (the Treasurer), James W. Moffitt, (Secretary) and Miss M. A. Mulholland (Chief Clerk), Mrs. John R. Wiilliams asked to withdraw her nomination of Muriel H. Wright, and without objection, her request was granted.

Judge Thomas H. Doyle then moved that the Secretary be directed to cast the unanimous ballot for Annie R. Cubage as collector-solicitor for the museum. Judge Harry Campbell seconded the motion which carried, Mrs. John R. Williams not voting, otherwise being unanimous—all others present voting affirmatively in favor of the motion.

The Secretary cast the ballot for Annie R. Cubage for the position of collector-solicitor for the museum.

The President directed the Secretary to seal the ballots and as sealed to retain same.

Mrs. Frank Korn moved that the Board of Directors express their appreciation to Mrs. Czarina C. Conlan, the retiring collector-solicitor, for her long service with the Society. Judge R. A. Hefner, Sr., seconded the motion which was carried.

Dr. Grant Foreman moved that the President be authorized to purchase a microfilm reader and apparatus or device, including camera, for making copies of material for use in microfilm reading, to be paid for out of the private funds of the Society. Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour seconded the motion which was carried.

Judge Baxter Taylor moved that Annie R. Cubage be paid for seven days work in the museum heretofore rendered to come out of the private funds of the Society. Dr. Emma Estill-Harbour seconded the motion which was carried.

Judge Robert A. Hefner, Sr., moved that the Secretary notify Mrs. Czarina C. Conlan in writing that her services had been discontinued with the close of February 23, 1942. Motion was seconded by Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, which was carried.

Upon motion, duly seconded, the meeting stood adjourned subject to the call of the President.

Robert L. Williams, President.

James W. Moffitt, Secretary.

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