The regular quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Historical Society convened in the Historical building, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 27, 1932, with Judge Thos. H. Doyle, Vice-President, presiding.
The Secretary called the roll which showed the following members present: Mrs. Frank Korn, Dr. Joseph B. Thoburn, Mr. George H. Evans, Gen. R. A. Sneed, Judge Thomas H. Doyle, Mrs. W. A. Roblin, Judge R. L. Williams, Mr. Grant Foreman, Judge Baxter Taylor, Mrs. John R. Williams, Judge Thomas A. Edwards, Mrs. Emma Estill-Harbour, Mrs. Jessie E. Moore, and Dan W. Peery, the Secretary.
Judge Williams read the following resolution in regard to the late Judge Phil D. Brewer:
(Resolution printed on editorial page of this number of Chronicles.)
Judge Taylor moved that the resolution read by Judge Williams be adopted by the Board of Directors, and that copies be presented to the members of the family and that it be printed in the Chronicles. Upon being seconded said motion was unanimously adopted by the Board.
Judge Williams presented a certified copy of Judge Phil D. Brewer's admission to the bar in the Circuit Court at Greenwood, Ark., on December 20, 1886, to be filed in the archives of the Society, which was accepted and directed to be calendared as a part of the archive records pertaining to his life.
The secretary presented the minutes of the quarterly meeting held July 28, 1932, which upon motion of Mrs. Harbour were approved.
Judge Williams read an affidavit of Caleb Wright in regard to the burial place of Major Ridge, and presented the original and a photostat copy of same to the Historical Society.
General Sneed moved that it be copied in the minutes and published in Chronicles. Motion was seconded and carried.
"Ardmore, Oct. 18, 1932.
"My name is Caleb Wright, born March 10, 1846, on the old Jack or Cornelius Wright place about 8 miles north of Stilwell. My grandfather Jack Wright settled there in the early 30's. He had three sons Bill Wright, who died in Ga. and Cornelius and Eli Wright. Jack Wright had daughters as follows: Mary Wright Alberty, Rebecca Wright Bryant, Vinnie Wright Cline, Lydia Wright Buffington, Lila Daniels nee Wright, and Sallie Wright Alberty. Major Ridge was buried in Piney Cemetery on the old Jack Wright place. His body was taken up by a couple of young men and removed to a point where they lived, somewhere near Bentonville or Maysville. I was between 8 and 10 years old when Major Ridge's body was removed. I saw a negro Anthony Wright dig up the remains of Major Ridge and help put them in a box and put the box in a big coffin in a big hack and the two young men, about 30 years old, apparently Cherokees, drove the hack away to the northward.
The Secretary presented the following list of applicants for membership in the Society: H. R. Antle, Ada; J. T. Biffle, Sedan; Phil Blum,
Wellston; D. P. Brown, Topeka, Kansas; A. R. Campbell, Cement; Charles Clark, Cashion; Bill Delaney, Fort Smith, Arkansas; P. D. Erwin, Wellston; Charles R. Freeman, Checotah; W. R. Fulton, Blair; T. H. Hammett, Tulsa; Mrs. Vera Holding, Tipton; John H. King, Edinburg, Illinois; Thomas W. Leahy, Muskogee; Joe Lester McKinnis, Hendrix; William Edgar Marsh, Oklahoma City; Mrs. Edward Merrick, Muskogee; Edna Morgan, Drumright; Mrs. Madie H. Moore, Muskogee; Robert T. Motter, Muskogee; L. M. Prall, Muskogee; Adelia Sallee, Tipton and L. Burney Shell, Tahlequah.
Judge Edwards moved that they be accepted as annual members, which motion was seconded and carried.
Under report of officers, Mrs. Moore, the Treasurer, made her report, which upon motion of Judge Williams was ordered received and filed.
Mr. Foreman made a report of the work being done under his direction by Mrs. Watts, in copying the Cyrus Byington manuscripts.
Judge Williams moved that his work in that respect be approved and that he be requested to continue until it is completed, which motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. Foreman read the report of Peter Hudson in regard to translations he has made from books in the Choctaw language in the custody of the Superintendent of the Five Civilized Tribes at Muskogee, Okla.
Mr. Foreman made a report of the work he had done with students in visiting historic spots and spoke of the importance of marking historic sites.
Hon. Claude Weaver, Secretary to the Governor, appeared and presented to the Historical Society a duplicate enrolled copy of Banking and Currency Bill passed in 1913, with a letter from Woodrow Wilson to Hon. Robert L. Owen, a letter from Wm. G. McAdoo to Senator Robert L. Owen and a letter from Senator Robert L. Owen to Hon. Wm. H. Murray and a pamphlet by Samuel Untermyer entitled "Who is entitled to the credit for the Federal Reserve Act."
Judge Williams moved that the duplicate enrolled copy of the Banking and Currency Bill and the letters be accepted by the Society, and placed in the archives of the Society and that the letters be printed in the minutes and that the Secretary to the Governor be thanked for his services. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. Foreman presented the written report of the work being done by Martha Buntin in collecting historical material on the various Indian agencies.
Judge Williams gave a report of the committee to get the records of the Five Civilized Tribes and other Indian Tribes in Oklahoma moved to the Historical Society building.
Judge Williams moved that the reports of Miss Buntin and Peter Hudson be received and filed, which upon being seconded was so ordered.
Doctor Thoburn discussed the marking of historic spots and told of the methods that had been suggested by various institutions in regard to markers and mentioned some of the most important spots, especially the cemetery southeast of Muskogee where many Confederate soldiers were buried.
Judge Williams moved that Mr. Foreman and Doctor Thoburn be given a vote of thanks for their work in commemorating the centennial of the Washington Irving tour, and also for their work in other historical lines. The motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams moved that the Secretary be requested to see the Highway Commission and get permission for historical organizations and other institutions to erect Irving markers at designated places on the highway right-of-way the work to be done under the direction of the engineers of the Highway department, which motion upon being seconded was carried.
General Sneed moved that a successor to Judge Brewer be elected at this meeting. Motion was seconded and carried.
Judge Williams nominated Gen. William S. Key.
Doctor Thoburn nominated Judge Walter A. Ledbetter.
Upon motion the nominations were closed, and General Sneed and Judge Edwards were appointed tellers. The vote stood eight for General Key and five for Judge Ledbetter.
Upon motion of Doctor Thoburn the vote was cast unanimously for General Key, and General Key was elected to succeed Judge Brewer, recently deceased.
Judge Edwards moved that the election of a Junior Vice-President be postponed until the annual meeting, which upon being seconded was carried.
Judge Edwards moved that Peter J. Hudson and Martha Buntin continue their work for three months, additional to previous authorizations, at the same compensation as they received under prior authorization, to-wit: $75.00 per month, to be paid out of the private funds of the Society. The motion was seconded and upon roll call was carried.
Doctor Thoburn moved that the next annual meeting of the Oklahoma Historical Society be held in the Auditorium of the Historical building, Oklahoma City, Okla., which motion upon being seconded was carried.
Mrs. Moore moved that the Secretary be instructed to have a complete file of the "Confederate Veteran" bound, and if the file is not complete to ask the U. D. C. to complete the file for the Secretary. Motion was seconded and carried.
Doctor Thoburn moved that the Secretary be authorized and directed to get into communication with all patriotic societies of Oklahoma and, as far as possible, get all their publications that carry genealogical material. Motion was seconded and carried.
Meeting stood adjourned.
JUDGE THOS. H. DOYLE, Vice-President,
Dan W. Peery,