HELP!! BECK PRAIRIE CEMETERY, COLCORD, DELAWARE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA!
Help at the Beck Prairie Cemetery has been requested by the current caretakers: Elmer Marshall, Jiggs Marshall, Elzie Cherry and Donley Harrington.
The cemetery is located Section 28, Twp 21, Range 25, two miles east of Colcord, just north of Highway 116. It is on private property.
Donley Harrington wishes to share the following notice:
“I have seen this cemetery grown up twice in the past. I believe that if this is allowed again, that within a few years, it will not be usable. Some of you need to step forward to organize and find a way for maintenance of this historic property.
A couple of suggestions would be,:
#1 - to support professionals to do the annual mowing and
#2 - organize an annual cleanup in the spring and fall.
THE CURRENT MAINTENANCE WILL END SOON.
Please help. If you have family members buried in this cemetery, or would just like to see an historic site preserved, PLEASE HELP.
Call 918-422-5406, or 479-228-4067 to discuss your ideas/suggestions to keep this historic site operating.”
More information here.
"The Life and Times of Reverend Stephen Foreman"-New Book Added to TL&M Bookstore
We have just added another new book to our Talbot Library & Museum online bookstore -- "The Life and Times of Reverend Stephen Foreman".
This book contains a fascinating story of a man who was a preacher, assistant conductor on the Trail of Tears, signer of the 1839 Constitution, served as an Associate Justice, Clerk of the National Council, and Superintendent of Education on many boards in the Cherokee Nation. The book also contains quotes from his diary. This 258-page hard cover book is authored by Cooleela Faulkner and can be purchased at our online store in our Native American book section for $35 plus shipping and handling.
Talbot Library and Museum will be vendors during 62nd Annual Cherokee National Holiday
The Talbot Library and Museum will be vendors on August 30 and 31, 2014 during the
62nd Annual Cherokee National Holiday 2014.
We will be offering Cherokee Genealogy and History Books for Sale
(Please check out our online bookstore, too!)
The Cherokee National Holiday will be held at the Cherokee Heritage Center grounds.
Please stop by and see us!
For more information on the Cherokee National Holiday visit the Cherokee Nation website.
Talbot Library and Museum enjoyed hosting the Goingsnake District Heritage Association's meeting and potluck dinner on July 19th. A special thank you to our speaker, Chad Williams, from the Oklahoma Historical Society.
We all enjoyed the great information he shared about the Century Chest and the resources on the OHS website.
For more information on the Century Chest and OHS Research, please click on the names for the link to their website pages.
Have you ever wished a tree could talk?
There is a large oak tree standing on the east bank of the Cincinnati Creek, near the recently destroyed Cincinnati Fire Department building.
It has been a silent witness to the damage and destruction of at least 2 tornadoes. One was in 1947.... it destroyed the Methodist Church, barns and several out-buildings.....
Read it all at "A Bit of History" Blog....
Echoes from Old Glory
[This was written in the early 1950's and was first published in Southwest Labor in 1956 and later published in my book of poetry, In the Shadow of the Hills in 1963.]
I fly from the highest staffs....guard the world's greatest ships...adorn the walls of countless schoolrooms and I am etched in the heart of every American.
I have seen many things since I was first created. The birth and growth of a great Nation; a Nation divided in a great civil conflict; and that nation united in two World Wars, when foreign lands were stained red with the blood of America's youth.
Mine eyes have seen grief and joy, hate and love, success and failure. Wars have saddened me, peace has gladdened my spirit, prosperity has strengthened me and depression has darkened the sun which enshrines me.
Men have betrayed the trust I have placed in them. They have abused the freedoms which I represent. But I look not for the bad, I see not defeat. That is why I fly from such lofty heights, so that I may see the good about me and look over horizons and see a future which my subjects cannot vision.
At the close of each day when I am lowered from my staff, my proud body bows down and I give a prayer of thanks to Almighty God, for without His guidance, i could not have survived the troubled past and I need Him to guide me through the ever changing future.
The rich and poor are humbled alike when I pass by. I hear the voices of many tongues, see faces of many colors and listened to the songs of many religions, yet I hold no barriers...to me they are equal.
Read the rest here...
Old Mill is Landmark
"Hildebrand Mill, now known as Beck's Mill is located one-half mile north of Highway 33 on Flint Creek and was established in 1835. The millstones were shipped from France to New Orleans, up the Arkansas River by boat to Fort Gibson and then on to the millsite by ox wagon."
Click this link to view the document containing more information on the old mill from the a clipping "found in the Roxie Kirby collections."
Source: TL&M Genealogy Magazine, Volume XIII, Number Four, 2005, Pg 85
Excerpt from Founder's Speech by Virgil Talbot, Dedication of the Talbot Library & Museum, Colcord, OK, June 2, 1990
"....There are those who say I am self-serving and I suppose it is because I insisted that this be The Talbot Library and Museum. I am proud of that name and perhaps more so than most because I came into this world with out 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.
In a sense he traded a valuable piece of property in downtown Long Beach, California for the possession of me. I hope he never regretted this deal. So today, 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. Just the other day Creel Philpott told me that one thing he remembered best about my Dad was that he loved to read. I think that is a good thing to remember a man by. So to "Daddy", and to all the Talbots before him who had a tradition of "Centuries of Service", and to all of you, I pledge to you that I will do all within my ability to assure that the Talbot Library and Museum will be here for generations to come."
Source: TL&M Genealogy Magazine, Volume XVIII, Number One, 2010, Page 14
Help us further our goal of
"Preserving a Bit of History" by donating to TL&M and
shopping in our online bookstore!
New!! Talbot Library & Museum now offering online Index for Archived Obituaries/Death Notices
The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) is proud to announce our new Obituary Index. This index lists a large collection of archived obituary and death notice information--primarily from Northeastern Oklahoma and Northwestern Arkansas--compiled from scrapbooks, death records, newspaper obituaries and more resources found at the Talbot Library.
For your convenience, we offer this index online. Each Obituary/Death Notice is indexed by Last Name, Date of Death, and Date of Birth to make searching easy and accurate. The index may be accessed by the letter of the last name.
If you would like a copy of any indexed obituary/death notice, we make it easy by offering a printable form that can be filled out and mailed to our office. In return, the TL&M staff will provide photocopies --via postal mail--from the source(s) that we have indexed.
You can start searching our index now!
Genealogy Research Requests
The Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M) is one of the best genealogical libraries in the United States. Our library focuses on Northeast Oklahoma, Northwest Arkansas, and Cherokee genealogy research.
Research requests are accepted by the staff of Talbot Library and Museum. For a fee our skilled staff will research materials that are accessible in our genealogy library. On conclusion of our research we will provide you with a compilation of the results of our findings and documentation of all resources we consulted during our research.
Visit our Research Request page or click to download a Printable Research Request Form
The Talbot Library and Museum:
Preserving a Bit of History
Virgil Talbot founded the Talbot Library and Museum (TL&M). He was born on March 13, 1927 and died June 17, 1998. In addition to founding TL&M, Virgil was also publisher of the Goingsnake Messenger and TL&M Genealogy magazines. He also wrote several books regarding his family and his wife's (Avis) family, as well as local history books and poetry.
Virgil Talbot's motto was "Preserving a Bit of History". Talbot was very dedicated to this purpose. He worked very hard at collecting and preserving historical and genealogical material that would be available for generations. he belonged to several historical societies including the Cherokee National Historical Society. He was placed on the Historical Society Board by the Cherokee nation....the first non-Indian to hold a position on the board. Virgil was very proud of this honor.
Read more here.