New Book Online and at TL&M: Three Longs & A Short: The History of Cincinnati, Arkansas Telephone Company
Great new local history book about the Cincinnati, Arkansas Telephone Company! We just added this book online and is available at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK!
A group of devoted researchers and historians, of the Cincinnati area of Washington County, Arkansas, have spent many hours compiling this book, newly published by Siloam Springs Printing Company. It contains 395 pages, including photos and index. The book consists of actual pages photocopied from historical old ledgers, belonging to the Cincinnati Arkansas Telephone Company; covering the time period of 1913-1954.
For ordering and more info, click here!
Ray Stinchcomb passed away on August 20, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ray became an original member of the TL&M Board of Trustees when he joined the Board in 1987, and was an active Board member until his death.
Ray was a valuable part of the continued success of TL&M. He will be missed by everyone who was privileged to serve with him on the Board of Trustees and by those who were able to work with him at the Talbot Library.
Please read more about Ray's life at our tribute to Ray found here.
This book is published by the Cherokee Nation and co-authored by Bob Blackburn, Duane King and Neil Morton. All are noted historians. The beautiful cover depicts artwork “Going Snake’s Trail” by Daniel HorseChief, and the book designer is Roy Boney Jr. It is written in an easy to read form, covering four centuries of Cherokee history from “ancient traditions to struggles to survive, and a return to self-determination”. A very nice overview of basic Cherokee history.
Read more and link to purchase here!
Our latest addition to the Talbot online bookstore (and available at the TL&M) is a new book by John Sedgwick published in April 2018. It is the story of the feud between two rival Cherokee chiefs -- Major Ridge and John Ross-- from the early years of the United States through the infamous Trail of Tears and into the Civil War. Their enmity would lead to war, forced removal from their homeland, and the devastation of a once-proud nation. You can find more information about the book and to purchase here!
We've recently added a new book online. It is also available at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK. The book is Border Stories - Arkansas/Indian Territory, Volume 1 (1839-1890).
Local author, Terrell L. Shields, has compiled several stories in this Volume 1 about local history and happenings, along the Arkansas-Indian Territory border. Terrell has done extensive research in the area for years, and many of his articles have been printed in T L & M Genealogy and Goingsnake Messenger publications. This book would be of interest to anyone researching Benton and Washington County, Arkansas and Indian Territory(Delaware County, Oklahoma) history......very interesting!
More info and link to order here!
The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) will be participating in the NW Arkansas History Resource Fair on Saturday, July 14! This event is hosted by the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, AR! Visit with representatives from TL&M and other area museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies to learn what resources are available to help you in your pursuit of local history.
More info here!
We have just added this new book by Mabel Washbourne Anderson to our online store......also available at the Talbot Library and Museum.
This book is a revised edition paperback originally published in 1931.
Find out more here.
The Talbot Library & Museum will be a book vendor at the April 14 genealogy seminar hosted by the Cherokee Family Research Center! The Talbot Library and Museum specializes in Cherokee history and genealogy, including Northeast Oklahoma & Northwest Arkansas. It will be a very good seminar for persons interested in Cherokee genealogy. The seminar will be held at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art at 2021 E. 71st in Tulsa, OK from 8:30AM to 3PM.
More information on books we offer and about the genealogy seminar here!
We've just added three great new books to our online store. These books are also available at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK.
The three books are:
Ned Christie: The Creation Of An Outlaw and Cherokee Hero - By Devon A. Mihesuah)
Murder In The County: 50 True Stories of The Old West (Washington County, AR) - By Denele Campbell
Hildebrand's Mills: Two Civil War Industries On Flint Creek, Cherokee Nation - Presented by Talbot Library & Museum, and Goingsnake District Heritage Association
For more information and links to order, go here!
We just added D. Bruce Howell's latest book to our online book store! The book is also available at the Talbot Library and Museum in Colcord, OK.
Dr. Howell's latest book is Cherokee Echoes: Tales of Northeastern Oklahoma. Published in December 2017, this book contains 109 chapters of fascinating history of various people and places of Northeastern Oklahoma.
Click here for more info and to order!
Sue Parham passed away on August 2, 2017 at the age of 86 years old. Sue was a great friend to the Talbot Library & Museum. She donated numerous items and shared her genealogy research with us. She was a descendant of several prominent Cherokee families, including the Duncan and Carselowey families. She will be greatly missed.
Click here to read her obituary.
We are forever grateful for so many people who donate so many items to the Talbot Library and Museum. In the last few months, we've received another couple of great donated items.
Mr. Clayton Turner of Colcord, OK donated a very nice wooden sign that says "Taylor School - District 5". We have it displayed in the Adair Building with the Taylor School Bell! Many thanks to Mr. Turner.
We also recently received a nice wooden sign for our parking lot. It was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harley Puffinbarger. We want to say thank you for the great sign!!
More info here!
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In December, James D. Conklin donated a model of the Conklin Hardware Store to the Talbot Library and Museum. James is the grandson of Henry and Ruth Conklin. The model was made by Paul Lantzer, the son-in-law of the Conklins, several years ago. Henry and Ruth operated the store for several decades.
The Conklin Hardware Store building was located on the southwest corner of Main and Colcord. The building was still standing in Colcord as late as 1985, but is no longer standing. The SW corner of Main and Colcord is now occupied by the Colcord Town Hall.
To read more about the Conklins, the store, and the model, click here.
Earlier, we posted about this piece of art found on the property of Gary Williamson. The artist of this Native American sculpture has been determined to be the work of Clarence Downing. Mr. Gary Williamson has lived on his property in Siloam Springs, Arkansas for 35 years. Recently he discovered this beautiful piece on his property.
He brought it to the Talbot Library and Museum for us to review. The initials on the piece are "CD". It was determined that these are the initials of Clarence Downing.
Mr. Williamson has generously donated this piece to the Talbot Library and Museum for display! Thank you, Mr. Williamson!
You can find more information on the artist Clarence Downing in this NewsOk article from 1990. Mr. Downing said, "...one of his sculptures has been purchased by Gov. Henry Bellmon and another by a Catholic nun who said she was taking it to Rome."
What an amazing sculpture and discovery! We are grateful to have it in our collection!
In November, the Talbot Library and Museum received a new show/display case as a donation from Lark and Jerry Hallum. The Hallums are from Colcord, OK.
This nice display will be used to house our temporary displays that can rotate so that we can showcase various items throughout the year.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the Hallums for their generous donation!
We love it and appreciate it!
Congratulations are in order for Talbot Library and Museum's (TL&M) very own Grace Puffinbarger! Grace announced last week that she has received the Hometown Hero Award from the Modern Woodmen of America Association. Grace was given a beautiful plaque and $100 to donate to a non-profit entity of her choice. Grace decided to donate hers to the Talbot Library and Museum! Thank you Grace!
Grace's two young friends, James and Tyler Turney, were also honored with a $50 award, which they also donated to TL&M. Read more and see more photos here!
The Talbot Library and Museum recently received this Cherokee Numeral Clock as a donation from Mrs. Ann Cherry. Ann is a current employee of Gates Corporation (formerly Gates Rubber Company) and has worked at the company for many years.
Former Cherokee Chief Chad Smith donated the clock to Gates Rubber Company........
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From "Visit Cherokee Nation": Tucked away in the small town of Colcord is the Talbot Library & Museum. This unique indoor and outdoor museum specializes in the history and genealogy of northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and Cherokee Nation. Catch a glimpse of what you might see here.
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By Keri (Stinchcomb) Parker
Virgil Talbot’s mission to “Preserve a Bit of History” has been the constant theme and mission of the Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) since its inception. If we break down the meaning of the individual words in the “name” of the organization we find a very broad and complete understanding of “preserving history”.
“Talbot” – obviously, this is the surname of its found, Virgil Talbot.
In his own words…”I am proud of the name and perhaps more so than most because I came into this world without right or title to a family name and for sixty years I never knew the identity of my natural father. Mine was no joyous moment of birth—there was no proud father waiting, nor caring mother. But there was someone willing to take me into their arms and into their heart and call me their own. That person was James A. Talbot, better known as Jim. He gave me the Talbot name and I have proudly borne it ever since….The name Talbot is up there on that building, not as a tribute to me but to a man who was born on Cowskin Prairie near Grove, OK of ancestry reaching back to the Norman Coast of France, and beyond that to the Norsemen from the far north; whose people came over the long Trail of Tears and settled in this country some 150 years ago; a man who loved history and passed that love on to me; who loved to read and gave me that love.”
Read the rest of the story here.
Source: TL&M Genealogy Magazine, Volume XVIII, Number One, 2010, Page 14
The Oklahoma History Center, in Oklahoma City, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by inviting audiences to step back into time with its new exhibit "Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma". This exhibit opened up on November 18, 2015 and includes an object on loan from the Talbot Library and Museum-- a Grinding Box that was rescued from the Hildebrand-Beck Mill before its eventual collapse.
Click here for more information about the Exhibit, the Hildebrand-Beck mill and information for visiting the Oklahoma History Center.
The "Right Place"
by A.D. Lester
Do you remember the "Right Place"? This writer remembers it for a number of reasons.
At one time the sidewalk was made of large pieces of limestone rocks. I remember those rocks because I helped to remove them and replace them with concrete. Likely the same concrete that is there now. This I am not positive.
I was employed by W.L. Miller, a contractor, who lived west of Siloam Springs, AR after he retired.......
Read it all at "A Bit of History" Blog....