This is a single book in two parts providing memories and history of the Beck Prairie, Delaware County, Oklahoma area, which includes Beck Prairie School. "Cherokee Heritage" is written by Elzie Cherry. "Memories of Beck Prairie School" is written by Beryl Spencer Ellis Van Dyke.
The first part includes Elzie Cherry’s Cherokee family history. Jeffrey Beck Jr and his wife, Sarah Downing Beck were among the early settlers of this land east of what became Row, Indian Territory, and later Colcord, Delaware County, Oklahoma. He includes the importance of education to the Cherokees and the establishment of schools, mainly Beck Prairie School.
The second part of the book includes Beryl’s Cherokee family connections, Kell and Shackelford. These families all were connected with the Beck Prairie School, in session from 1912 to 1947. Elzie and Beryl’s mothers both attended first grade at the school in 1918-1919. In compiling this book, they have included other students' memories through the years.
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Wagoner is a city incorporated in Indian Territory, Jan. 4, 1896 on the dividing line of the Cherokee and Creek Nations, and intersections of two railways, MKT and Kansas & AR. It was, for many years, known as the “Queen City of the Prairies”. It is the county seat of Wagoner County.
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Muskogee Station was a depot established in 1872, a few miles south of the confluence of the Arkansas, Grand and Verdigris Rivers in Indian Territory. A settlement quickly developed nearby and was named Muskogee. By turn of the century it was center of political and commercial activity in the Territory. It is the county seat of Muskogee County, named for the Muskogee(Creek) tribe.
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