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The tidbits of Could | The Authorized Genealogist

Love the native papers…

One of many nice joys of being a twenty first century genealogist is sitting there, at 3 a.m., in your bunny slippers, and discovering out little bits and items about your ancestors that you simply by no means would have identified every other means.

For The Authorized Genealogist, that pleasure contains discovering newspapers digitized and obtainable on-line for the early years of the twentieth century … notably these from Tillman County, Oklahoma.

That’s the place a bunch of my of us had been residing in these years: my second nice grandmother Martha Louise (Shew) Baird Livingston and lots of of her youngsters and their households, together with her daughter and son-in-law, my nice grandparents Eula (Baird Livingston) Robertson and Jasper Carlton Robertson, and their daughter, my grandmother Opal (Robertson) Cottrell.

Simply taking a look at what was printed within the month of Could in varied years, and simply specializing in my fast direct line of us, these tidbits of their lives are merely fascinating.

On 28 Could 1909, for instance, a discover for publication from the Land Workplace at Lawton included the assertion:

“Claimant names as witnesses: Albion Jared, W.L. Kirkpatrick, C.C. McCormick, J.C. Robertson, all of Frederick, Okla.”

So what do I do know from this? Nicely, how about the truth that Jasper was thought-about to be “of Frederick” in 1909? (It’s vital to not be misled by this: that was his publish workplace deal with; his precise residence was outdoors of city.) And the way about the truth that he was serving as a witness for the homestead declare of Edwin A. Belleville? Will need to have identified Belleville, no? And the truth that he was most likely a neighbor to and knew the opposite witnesses as properly, proper? Issues so as to add to the analysis record for Jasper…

Or the truth that on 3 Could 1912, the paper reported:

“Bugging the gardens is the order of the day in Hollister. The large black bugs come out after darkish and are working havoc with the gardens, particularly the beans. Some are taking lanterns and going out and catching and burning them. Mrs. J.C. Robertson and J.A. Pritchard, whose gardens be part of, report having caught about 1,000 in a single night.”


I’m not completely certain simply how a lot I need to find out about huge black bugs, however… there’s nonetheless fairly a bit to be gleaned from this tidbit, extra so as to add to what I do know. Corresponding to the truth that gardens had been properly sufficient superior in Oklahoma in early Could to have to fret about bugs. And that Eula — only in the near past widowed then — lived subsequent door to J.A. Pritchard.

And there are simply so many of those tidbits. Issues that inform me who my of us had been concerned with, and what they had been all doing on the time:

• On 10 Could 1912: “H.H. Lewis and spouse, Mesdames W.E. Haight, Emmett Lewis, and Misses Opal Robertson and Ora Winningham, additionally Misses Lela Lewis and Lynda Oakley attended the singing conference at Loveland Sunday. They report a high quality time and good singing.”

• On 31 Could 1912: “Opal Robertson spent one evening final week with Lela Lewis.”

• On 2 Could 1913: “Miss Mary Vinsonhaler was the visitor of Miss Opal Robertson Sunday.”

• On 9 Could 1913: “Opal Robertson is attending faculty at Farmingdale this week.”

• On 7 Could 1915: “L. Livingston and Jacob Fleming visited the previous’s sister, Mrs. J.C. Robertson, Sunday.”

• On 7 Could 1915: “Miss Maude Vinsonhaler and Miss Opal Robertson, of Frederick, had been visitors of the Misses Kent from Friday till Sunday.”

• On 21 Could 1915: “Miss Opal Robertson visited her mom over Sunday.”

You must love the truth that these native newspapers reported all these comings and goings in such element. After which, as genealogists, we’ve got to look to the tales they inform.

Attending faculty in Farmingdale in 1913? What faculty? Are there data?

Visiting her mom in 1915? She was simply 17. The place was she residing if she needed to go to along with her mom?

And bear in mind these had been simply those I selected from the month of Could.

The tales of a household’s life from the tidbits within the native newspapers.

Cite/hyperlink to this publish: Judy G. Russell, “The tidbits of Could,” The Authorized Genealogist ( : posted 14 Could 2022).


Notice: All citations are to digital photos at ( : accessed 14 Could 2022); emphasis added to names.

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