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of that would be of interest to our visitors. Our contact info is
listed to the left, under "Contact the Museum."
February, 2010 meeting of the AHSMC was well-attended by members and other
interested residents. The speaker was Dr. John Geiger, who spoke and
presented a PowerPoint slide program to illustrate his remarks. His
subject was "Railroads of Murray County." He has done
extensive research on the three railroads which once served Murray Co. and
concentrated on the ones that came through Sulphur.
Shown above, Dr. Geiger(left)
and Roland Earsom.
The audience learned a lot of interesting details about the routes and
services. Too bad we don't have rail service to Sulphur,
anymore. The Amtrak Heartland Flyer does pass through Davis on its
way from OKC to Ft. Worth, but no trains run through Sulphur. At one
time, several passenger trains daily brought visitors to the
"medicinal" springs. Dr. Geiger's father played in a band
that entertained passengers on the excursion trains.
Nov. 3, 2009, we had a very interesting visitor. Michael Harrison, a
historian with the Historic American Engineering Record division of the
National Park Service, came from Washington, D.C. to the museum, and used
our collection of old city and county record books to do research on the
building of Veteran's Lake. It was built during the 1930's by the WPA,
with cooperation by the city of Sulphur. He was pleased that he was able
to find the records that he had hoped to and we were pleased to meet such
a friendly and informative representative of our NPS!
The Sept. 21, 2009 meeting of
AHSMC was held on a stormy night at the museum. We did not have an
entertainment program but attended to necessary business. Among
other business, new officers were elected.
Officers for 2009-10 shown above, left to right, are Kay Rather,
Secretary, Doris Donaho, Treasurer (continuing), Jewel Earsom, Vice
President and Randi Crawford, President. We're researching the
history of the historical society to see if there has been a previous
slate of all-female officers; We may be setting a historic
sorry to report that our President, Joseph (Joe) Wright passed away
unexpectedly on July 7, 2009. His family has a long history in Murray
County. He was a descendant of Mazeppa Turner, the namesake of
Turner Falls, and Joe's father, Arnold Wright, is the oldest alumni of the
OK School for the Deaf at Sulphur. Joe will be much missed around here for
his kindness, willingness to lend a hand in any project and his wry sense
of humor. His wife, Jerri, has suggested memorial donations be sent
to the Arbuckle Historical Society of Murray County, 402 W. Muskogee Ave.
Sulphur OK 73086.
museum needs an elevator to serve the approximately 62% of veterans
residing in the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Sulphur who are physically
unable to climb stairs, as well as all handicapped visitors to the
museum. The 2nd floor exhibits are inaccessible to these
visitors. On May 13, 2009, members of the community and museum met
with representatives from the ThyssenKrup Elevator Corporation, out of
Oklahoma City, to discuss feasibility and costs.
Pictured above, left to right, Joe Wright, AHSMC President; Reverend Joe
Howard, of the First Christian Church; Phyllis Myers, executive director,
Sulphur Mainstreet; Twyla June Adams-Miller. AHSMC member; Kenny Cobb, superintendent,
ThyssenKrup: Ryan Tipps. sales rep, ThyssenKrup, and Roland Earsom, AHSMC
member. Stay tuned for more news!
On April 17, Phyllis Myers, Sulphur Mainstreet Director, and Tracey Cox,
Interior Designer/Liason from the Ok. Dept. of Commerce visited the museum
and met with Randi Crawford to assess the museum's display and
lighting. Ms. Cox gave us some excellent ideas for updating the
lighting and display arrangements. Ms. Cox was referred to us by Ms.
Myers, who is always willing to help the Sulphur community in any way she
can Thanks, Phyllis and Tracey!
Meetings: The AHSMC has regular meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month, at 7 pm, at the Historical
Society Museum building. We try to have a guest speaker for each
meeting, usually focusing on Murray County history. Feel free
to join us; membership is not required and the meetings are open to
March 15, 2010 monthly meeting of AHSMC will be held at the museum at 7
Our guest speaker will be Pat Lowrance Taylor, who will speak about the
Lowrance family's long, distinguished history in Murray County. Her
great-grandfather, Willis Burgess Lowrance, settled on the Boiling Springs
land, near Buckhorn, southeast of Sulphur, in 1877.
The Lowrance Ranch house,
built about 1890. The house was destroyed by fire in recent years.
He was one of
the first permanent white settlers that we know of in this area and his
ranch pre-dated the establishment of the town of Sulphur Springs, which
later became Sulphur. Willis' second wife was full-blood Chickasaw
and their son, Oscar, (Pat's grandfather) was a State
Representative and Senator, as well as a rancher and rodeo cowboy. I hope you all can join
us for this special event!
16 meeting was held at the museum at 7 pm. Our guest speaker was Phyllis Myers, the director of Sulphur Mainstreet, who
spoke on the
many projects and services that Mainstreet provides. Phyllis is a
lively and interesting speaker and we were informed and entertained by her
talk. and impressed by all the projects that she implements and carries
Oct. 19 - AHSMC Picnic meeting was held at the Bromide Pavilion area in
Chickasaw National Recreation Area. The informal meeting began about
pm, and a potluck buffet was served. We were so pleased to have as special guest-performers, Nancy and James Singleterry,
known as The Lamplighters, who specialize in playing old-timey music on
dulcimer, banjo, guitar and fiddle.
They played such songs as
"The Gypsy's Warning," "Eatin' Goober Peas," "The
Rosewood Casket" and "Nelly Bly" by Stephen Foster. About
30 people attended and enjoyed a wonderful fall evening and great music
and fellowship. You can see more pictures on Facebook, under
Arbuckle Historical Society.
UPDATE: Despite a
cold, rainy day, the plaque dedication at American Legion Post 148, 910 W.
5th St. Sulphur, OK in honor of Lt. Col. Raymond
Harvey, a former Sulphur resident and member of the Chickasaw Tribe
was a great event. Two of LTC Harvey's daughters, Cynthia Pereira
and Johnece Firestone came long distances to attend. Other
family members, including his nephew James Harvey, Jr. and wife,
Donna, made the trip to be part of the tribute to the family hero. Judge Stuart Namm
and wife, Nancy Ann Parmenter Namm, sponsors of the plaque, and
producers of a documentary, "Men of Truth And Courage,"
about the 17th Inf. Regiment in Korea came from their home in
North Carolina to be in attendance, as well as state, local, tribal and
military dignitaries. Col. Ron Little was Master of
Ceremonies. LTC. Raymond Harvey is the only Chickasaw tribal
member to be awarded our Nation's highest military honor, the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Following the dedication, a reception
was held at the AHSMC Historical Museum,402 W. Muskogee and attendees
enjoyed visiting, viewing the plaque and pictures of Col. Harvey and
military images. Roland Earsom, of the historical society, did a
tremendous amount of work motivating and coordinating this honor to LTC.
Harvey. Thanks also to volunteers, Jo Crone, Jewel Earsom,
Maxine Lannom, Sybil Oliver, Randi Crawford, Joe and Jerri
Shown in the photo above, at the reception after the plaque
dedication, from left to right, Donna Harvey, James Harvey, Jr, and Cynthia
Pereira, standing, Johnece Firestone, seated. Mr. Harvey
is the nephew of Lt. Col. Harvey, and Ms. Pereira and Ms. Firestone are
Lt. Col. Harvey's
on photos above and below to see enlargements.