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Congratulations Oklahoma on 100 Years in 2007! 
The 1889ers Society Celebrated Our Centennial in 2005 !
The 1889ers Society was founded in 1905 by people who made The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 which opened the Oklahoma Territory for settlement. It is continued by our descendants and friends. Descendant Members of The 1889ers Society are direct lineal descendants of the pioneers who made the great Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 as well as those interested in Oklahoma history. Membership in The 1889ERS Society is open to all Friends of Oklahoma!

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The 1889ers Society welcomes all people, but we give special distinction to those who are descendants of those who "made The Run of 1889" into the Oklahoma Territory.  To qualify, you must know the legal description of the land your ancestors homesteaded. Now there's a new tool.  The Oklahoma Genealogical Society has published a CD-ROM so you can just look in your computer to find the start of the trail of your ancestors. It provides Township, Range, Section and County of the land, as well as the Volume & Page of the tract books.  Most importantly it is searchable by Last Name, First Name & Date of homestead.   That's enough to become a Descendant Member and it's a good start for your genealogy study.

"Early Oklahoma Land Tract Books Index"
The Oklahoma Genealogical Society
PO Box 12986
Oklahoma City OK 73157

It costs $20 and is well worth it!

2014 Annual Banquet

And Now for Something Completely Different !

The venue we selected is Ron's burgers, 351 North Air Depot in the strip mall behind First Fidelity Bank north of Reno.  It will accommodate around 40 sit down and order souls. 
Date: 19 April 2014
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Ron's burgers, 351 North Air Depot, Midwest City RSVP not required, but if attending, it would be kind to email Russell Hayes  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   to say you are coming.

In lieu of a program program at the eating place, those in attendance are invited to drop by the Spencer Historical Society museum, 50th & Palmer in Spencer after the meal to see what they have done with the 89ers donations.


Hostile takeover disguised as consolidation

If House Bill 3028 passes, say "goodbye" to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

House  Bill  3028  is  referred  to  as  a  “consolidation  bill.”  By
reading the fine print, it is actually a hostile takeover. Let’s use
the language of business to describe what is happening.
Like any public corporation, the Oklahoma Historical Society
has  shareholders,  a  board  of  directors,  a  management  team,
assets, and an action plan. The only difference is on the bottom
line. Whereas a business defines success in terms of profit, the
OHS  defines  success  in  terms  of  collecting,  preserving,  and
sharing Oklahoma history.

The  shareholders  are  the  members  and  donors  who  have
invested  in  our  mission.  Reflecting  our  success,  the  number
of member-shareholders has increased from 1,500 in 1989 to
almost  10,000  today.  On  top  of  that  are  some  of  Oklahoma’s
most important companies, foundations, tribes, and community
leaders who consider themselves shareholders with investments
that average $3 million a year.

House Bill 3028, in clear language, abolishes the membership
of  the  OHS.  Yes,  there  would  be  no  member-shareholders  if
the bill is passed. In fact, this bill would surpass most hostile
takeovers and be closer in analogy to taking a public corporation
private. In this case, it would be taking it political.


CLICK HERE to read the whole story...(PDF File)

News received 3/7/2014

IMPORTANT MEETING Wed 2-12-14 @ Historical Society
Dear 1889er,

On February 3, 2014, in her state of the state address Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin proposed abolishing the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, eliminating the Historical Society as a stand-alone agency, and rolling its functions into the Tourism and Recreation Department.  In addition, her proposed budget reduces state appropriated funding by 9.5% for FY 2015 and she envisions an eventual “savings“ of 15%. The proposal was a complete surprise to anyone at the Historical Society and no one there had any input into this decision.  The governor’s proposal must be placed in a bill and voted on by the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives before enactment.

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors has called a special meeting to examine how this proposal would affect the mission of the Society on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at 1:30 PM in the Oklahoma History Center, 900 Nazih Zudhi Drive, Oklahoma City.  The meeting is open to the public and there will be a time on the agenda reserved for public comment.  To allow room for more visitors, the meeting will take place in special exhibits gallery at the west end of the first floor.

Issues to be explored will be the impact such a move would have on the many contracts and agreements the Historical Society has with entities such as National Archives and Records Administration, Smithsonian Institution,, Fold3, Oklahoma State Daughters of the American Revolution, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, The 1889ers Society, Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and many other similar organizations, as well as the impact on donations.

You are encouraged to attend the meeting as a show of support for goals of the Oklahoma Historical Society and to explore what this proposal may mean to those goals set out in 1893, fourteen years before Oklahoma became a state.

Please share this with anyone you feel may be affected by this proposal.

Thank you,
Billie Fogarty
member, Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors

Keep The Historical Society !
On Monday, 3 February 2014 Governor Fallin proposed placing the Oklahoma Historical Society under the Tourism Department. The Oklahoma Historical was organized 14 years before Oklahoma became a state and has done an excellent job of preserving Oklahoma History.
In my opinion, this would be a disaster for the Historical Society and the residents of Oklahoma. No matter your political affiliation, we hope you will consider the ramifications of this proposal and contact your legislators in opposition to it.
The 1889ERS Society
Oren Lee Peters

 Oren Lee Peters

Oren Lee Peters is on the cover of the July 2013 Issue of Edmond Outlook magazine.


2013 Banquet



April 20, 2013 Annual Banquet - 20 April 2013
We all gathered for a group photo after Chad's excellent presentation on the opening of the Centennial Chest.  There is a similar photo of The 1889ers Society of 1913 enclosed within the chest. We'll have more Banquet pictures soon (Click Here to download or view the large version of this photo.)

The 1889ers Society will play a prominent part in the festivities surrounding the opening of the Century Chest on Monday, April 22 at 10:00 AM at the First Lutheran Church, 1300 N. Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK. If you are able to come in person, please join us. But for those with a computer and Internet access you can watch the event from home.  Just go to  and watch the ceremony live at 10:00 AM CDT.
You can learn more about the Century Chest at:




1889ers invited to opening of Centennial Chest
The 1889ers Society is invited to participate in the opening of the Centennial Chest at 10:00 am Monday, April 22, 2013 at First Lutheran Church, 1300 N. Robinson, Oklahoma City.  They will reserve a few seats for us.  If you would like to attend this grand event, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can give them a number.
Call Billie Fogarty  405-203-1274
Parking is available at First Baptist Church across the street from First Lutheran Church.
Here is information about the Centennial Chest
Website Changes

Our website has moved to a new web server (computer). 
It's quite a transition because nothing is ever as easy as one thinks it should be.  Please be patient.  There are a lot of things that don't work yet, but we're working to make them work... yes, it's all pretty redundant.

In  the meantime, please be sure to mark your calendar for our 2013 Annual Banquet, Saturday, April 20 at 5:30pm.

2012-2013 Calendar

Here's what coming !!

1. Saturday, September 29, 2012 picnic at Will Rogers Memorial Park, North Picnic Pavilion reserved from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. 
PLEASE, we need someone to be willing to coordinate the picnic food and fixings for September 29th, it would be a wonderful example of  the 1889er spirit!  Anyone ready to come to the aid of this Society?  
2. Saturday, Dec 1, 2012 holiday party has been set at Memorial Christian Church, 1915 N. Meridian, Oklahoma City.  Noon to 2:00 pm. 
3. Saturday, April 20, 2013 annual banquet at Quail Creek Golf and Country Club from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
Please mark your calendar!
2012 Picnic

For the first time in 30 years we were unable to picnic at the Harn Homestead and 1889ers Museum.  We picniced at the North Pavillion at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City.  Yes, it rained...or misted...and there were only 8 people in the pavillion, but they were the cream of the crop.















We had new people: Sandy and Diane Harris. Sandy is the brother of Gaytro Gootos Coggins and the son of Marianne Harris.  Also attending was Bob's Friend Larry Shavers.  And specal thanks go  to Hannah who took our pictures.(Not shown: Larry Shavers.)

Marianne Lytle Harris

Marianne Lytle Harris

...just wanted you to know Mother passed away @ 2:30 am Thursday, 6/21 resulting from her auto accident injuries on March 19. She endured unimaginable pain from her broken neck. She gave recovery a valiant fight, but her frail little body just could not overcome the injuries inflicted by a texting driver who swerved into the path of the car she was in. Services will be 4:00 Sunday at Smith-Kernke, 164th and May.

Gaytra Coggins

February 15, 1918 - June 21, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Marianne (Lytle) Harris passed away at the age of 94 years.

She was born to A.E. "Bert" Lytle and Opal Wheeler Lytle. She grew up on her family's farm called Lytle Haven at Melrose Lane and MacArthur, a property staked out in the Land Run of 1889. Marianne graduated from Putnam City High School in 1934 and attended Oklahoma A&M where she belonged to Kappa Delta Sorority. She later attended U of Montevallo in AL, known then as Montevallo College of Women. Marianne married her childhood sweetheart, the love of her life, Roy C. Harris, Jr., in a garden wedding at Lytle Haven on June 14, 1936. They were married for 67 years before he passed away on Aug. 24, 2003.

Marianne was a wonderful homemaker, had a talent for color and design. As a talented seamstress she could look at a garment in a store window and copy it without benefit of a pattern. Marianne always delighted in the spring season when she could extend the invitation to "come see the azaleas", a garden showcase started by Roy and now continued by her son, Sandy. She loved to apply her artistic talents to home decorating. She was a mentor to many young girls and women about table settings, and how to entertain. She was always ready to travel to see interesting sites. She was Frontier Hospice volunteer for the past 5 years, visiting home-bound patients, and also working in the office. In addition, she was nominated for the Andrus Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by AARP. Even in her 90's, she was an active volunteer.

Marianne was a member of Olivet Baptist Church and later, Nichols Hills Baptist Church. She was a member of The American Glass Club, LeMidi Book Club, Dixie Chapter of UDC, and charter member of Col. John Starke Chapter of DAR. Throughout her many endeavors, Mrs. Harris embodied grace, intelligence, warmth and compassion. She loved gardening, collecting china and crystal, beautiful sunsets, reading, and commited to learning something new every day.

Marianne is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Agnes Keller. She is survived by her two children, Gaytra Coggins and husband, Jim of Poteau, OK, Roy C. "Sandy" Harris, III, and wife, Diane of OKC; two grandsons, Peter J. Gootos, II, M.D. and wife, Leslie of Grapevine, TX, and Christopher J. Gootos of Long Island, NY; five great grandchildren, Philip, Madeleine, Andrew, Christopher J. II, and Nicholas Gootos; brother-in-law, Bud Harris and his wife, Norma; sister-in-law, Patricia Harris; and numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends.

The Visitation will be on Sat., June 23, 2012 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. where the family will greet visitors. Funeral Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Smith & Kernke Chapel, 164th and May. Marianne will be laid to rest with her husband, Roy, at Memorial Park Cemetery in OKC. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice .     Published in The Oklahoman on June 23, 2012

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