School is definitely back in session and it is like no other school year we have ever known, but some things remain the same. Namely, the humorous (often) true things that kids say and they don’t even know they are funny.
I do not know just how this is all going to work out. I saw the “Mighty Mustangs” on the cover of the Advocate last week. They looked capable but I must admit I didn’t recognize many of them. Well a few perhaps. Last season was our 100 year to play football and by now we ought to be getting it down pat. Also, last year we sprang off to this real happy 100 start only to see some key players injured and taken out of the picture. We ended the season outside the playoffs something — we have a chance to fix this 101 year.Read more
Delve into Oklahoma’s African American history from pre-statehood to the Civil Rights movement while exploring the landmarks, historic towns and museums that provide endless opportunities for discovery. Oklahoma’s African American journey is tightly woven into the historical fabric of Oklahoma. Here, learn about the profound impact African Americans have had on the state’s military, frontier, Western and modern history. Learn more by visiting the Seminole Nation Museum for a collection of documents relating to Black Seminoles in the museum’s research library. Learn of J. Coody Johnson (1864-1927), one of the most prominent African American attorneys practicing in Oklahoma. He was born north of present Wewoka and was the grandson of a slave belonging to William McIntosh, the great Coweta chief of the Creek Nation. He was esteemed by Creek and Seminole as “the Black Panther.” He was intimately familiar with the language, laws, and customs of the Creek and Seminole. Learn of The Black Seminoles or Afro-Seminoles are black Indians associated with the Seminole people in Florida and Oklahoma. They are mostly blood descendants of the Seminole people, free blacks and of escaped slaves who allied with Seminole groups in Spanish Florida.Read more
Eighty-nine years ago, on August 20, Alpheus Grundy was born on a farm east of Henryetta, Oklahoma. He attended his first year of at Grayson, Oklahoma. In 1946, Congress approved the Lake Eufaula project under on the Canadian River for flood control, water supply, hydroelectric power, navigation, and recreation mainly in McIntosh and Pittsburg counties, with small portions in Haskell and Okmulgee counties, the family lost their land and moved to Rentie Settle west of Henryetta. Grundy graduated from Rosenwald School and joined the army where he served in the Korean War. On his return home, he married Dorothy Mayberry of Clearview, OK. They had one daughter, Puritha (deceased). The couple has lived in Oklahoma City and Dallas, but returned to Clearview after retirement to fish, garden, raise cows, and enjoy life. Recently, Grundy’s life consists of planting a garden every year for the community, mowing empty lots and his own, and serving as a town trustee.Read more
Eileene Varley Stirman of Holdenville, Oklahoma was born on August 17, 1920. She is currently of the Heritage Village and N.H. in Holdenville. Her Birthday Celebration was made special by Staff but was quiet without company due to the Covid-19 Virus Pandemic of 2020.Read more