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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
www.OkGenSoc.org

It costs $20 and is well worth it!

Jennie Slade

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Jennie Slade

We received word that Jennie Slade passed away Wednesday evening, 6 August 2014.

Our hearts go out to Jim and Jennie's family. 

Click Here for the Jennie Slade Memorial

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday August 11 at 1 PM at First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City with reception to follow.

 

Click "Read More" below for the article from The Oklahoman, August 10, 2014...

February 23, 1928 - August 6, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Genevieve Lee Willett "Jennie" Slade, 86, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch, teacher, actress, genealogist, role model, and faithful Christian, was called home to be with her Lord on August 6, 2014. Jennie Slade was an incredibly strong person who overcame significant and persistent physical challenges to live a rich, productive, and happy life. She was born on February 23, 1928, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Ruth Fink Willett and Yeulin Van Sickle Willett. After graduating from Perry High School, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She returned to her beloved Oklahoma to study drama at The University of Oklahoma and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, winning several acting awards in the process, including a prestigious Buffalo Head award. The Ponca City Playhouse honored her with a lifetime membership in recognition of her acting, directing and volunteering with that organization. She taught high school English. She lived in Oklahoma throughout her life and in Oklahoma City for the past 51 years. She was an avid fan of the Sooners, Cowboys, and Golden Hurricane, and rarely missed a televised Thunder game. Jennie joined the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City in 1952 and demonstrated her faith by serving as a lay leader in many roles, including as Sunday School Teacher and Chair of Nurture. She was elected to become one of the congregation's earliest female Elders and was later elected Clerk of the Session. She served the Indian Nations Presbytery as a Delegate, as Chair of Ministerial Relations and later as Moderator, visiting churches throughout the state. She was widely respected for her passionate commitment, forthright communication, and wisdom in all of her leadership roles. Jennie Slade loved her family immensely and doted on her husband, her three children, and her three grandchildren. She was committed to learn about her family roots, working for decades to trace and understand her ancestry and pass this knowledge along to the next generations. She was very proud of her grandfather, Henrick Gottlieb Fink, an early Oklahoma pioneer and Mayor of Edmond. She was an active participant and officer of numerous organizations, including Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City, First Families of the Twin Territories, The 1889ers Society, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Edmond Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, and Oklahoma City Computer Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles F. Willett; and her sister, Ruth Esther Lanza. Jennie Slade will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her husband of 63 years, James Lee Slade, of OKC; daughters, Rebecca Ruth Teague, Edmond; and Jamie Marilyn Slade, OKC; son, Lee Willett Slade and his wife Nancy Meister Slade, Houston; granddaughters, Leah Susanne Slade, Colorado Springs; and Lauren Leigh Teague, Tulsa; and grandson, James Lee Slade and his wife Alicia Oldfather Slade, Frisco, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews living throughout the United States. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 11 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, with reception to follow. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, OK; the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK 73157; or a .

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 10, 201
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=genevieve-slade&pid=172048137#sthash.T1tL76wB.dpuf

 

February 23, 1928 - August 6, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Genevieve Lee Willett "Jennie" Slade, 86, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch, teacher, actress, genealogist, role model, and faithful Christian, was called home to be with her Lord on August 6, 2014. Jennie Slade was an incredibly strong person who overcame significant and persistent physical challenges to live a rich, productive, and happy life. She was born on February 23, 1928, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Ruth Fink Willett and Yeulin Van Sickle Willett. After graduating from Perry High School, she attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She returned to her beloved Oklahoma to study drama at The University of Oklahoma and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts, winning several acting awards in the process, including a prestigious Buffalo Head award. The Ponca City Playhouse honored her with a lifetime membership in recognition of her acting, directing and volunteering with that organization. She taught high school English. She lived in Oklahoma throughout her life and in Oklahoma City for the past 51 years. She was an avid fan of the Sooners, Cowboys, and Golden Hurricane, and rarely missed a televised Thunder game. Jennie joined the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City in 1952 and demonstrated her faith by serving as a lay leader in many roles, including as Sunday School Teacher and Chair of Nurture. She was elected to become one of the congregation's earliest female Elders and was later elected Clerk of the Session. She served the Indian Nations Presbytery as a Delegate, as Chair of Ministerial Relations and later as Moderator, visiting churches throughout the state. She was widely respected for her passionate commitment, forthright communication, and wisdom in all of her leadership roles. Jennie Slade loved her family immensely and doted on her husband, her three children, and her three grandchildren. She was committed to learn about her family roots, working for decades to trace and understand her ancestry and pass this knowledge along to the next generations. She was very proud of her grandfather, Henrick Gottlieb Fink, an early Oklahoma pioneer and Mayor of Edmond. She was an active participant and officer of numerous organizations, including Ladies Music Club of Oklahoma City, First Families of the Twin Territories, The 1889ers Society, Colonial Dames XVII Century, Daughters of American Colonists, Daughters of the American Revolution, U.S. Daughters of 1812, Edmond Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Genealogical Society, National Genealogical Society, Oklahoma Historical Society, and Oklahoma City Computer Club. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Charles F. Willett; and her sister, Ruth Esther Lanza. Jennie Slade will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, especially her husband of 63 years, James Lee Slade, of OKC; daughters, Rebecca Ruth Teague, Edmond; and Jamie Marilyn Slade, OKC; son, Lee Willett Slade and his wife Nancy Meister Slade, Houston; granddaughters, Leah Susanne Slade, Colorado Springs; and Lauren Leigh Teague, Tulsa; and grandson, James Lee Slade and his wife Alicia Oldfather Slade, Frisco, Texas; as well as numerous nieces and nephews living throughout the United States. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 11 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, with reception to follow. All who knew and loved her are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the First Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, OK; the Oklahoma Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 12986, Oklahoma City, OK 73157; or a .

Published in The Oklahoman on Aug. 10, 201
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=genevieve-slade&pid=172048137#sthash.T1tL76wB.dpuf
Click Here to Read more...
 
2014 Picnic

Picnic Time !

The Fall Picnic comes early this year.

Saturday August 9, 11:30am - 2pm

Volunteers welcome!

We had a New Location       Spencer Historical Society - 50th & Palmer, Spencer OK

The Spencer Historical Society Museum
50th & Palmer in Spencer OK


Check out the map...

About 40 people attended --- from 9 months old to 80+(but that might be telling.

 

 

 

  

 Delicious brisket, chicken pork loin and hot links for the main course.

 

 

 

 

 

 
2014 Annual Banquet

A Different Kind of Banquet !

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.

FIND OUT WHO YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS ARE!
Please CALL THEM and WRITE THEM.
OHS SHOULD NOT BE PART OF THE TOURISM DEPARTMENT.

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, Ancestry.com, 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

 

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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 www.oeta.tv  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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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