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A Tribute and Educational Reminder: The Burney Institute

The Chickasaw Council authorized the Burney Institute, a high school for girls, in 1854 with the cooperation of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Searcy, Arkansas. Reverend R. S....

Part 2 From Hunting Buffalo to the 1932 Shootout at the Corner Drug in Madill

David Crockett Long 1893-1932 Corner Drug—Cookies with Mrs. Clause—Letters to Santa Madill, Oklahoma 2017—Dec. 9, 6:30 to 7:30 after the Christmas parade See the...

Part 1: From Hunting Buffalo to Oklahoma's Last Shootout In Madill

William Matthew "Bill" Tilghman Fort Dodge, Iowa may not have felt the full impact of Bill Tilghman’s birth in 1854 when he was born there. His family moved to Kansas two years later, and Bill left...

May 9th, 1930--Mob Burns the Grayson County Courthouse

History Lost Many people in the Sherman/Dennison area may be somewhat familiar with the story of the mob who burned the Grayson County Courthouse in 1930. I first discovered the event while researching the...

WWII Prisoner of War Camps in Texomaland

Federal Requirements for housing POWs in WWII During WWII, Oklahoma met the basic requirements for the establishment of enemy POW camps governed by the Office of the U.S. Provost Marshal General. The...

Why is Captain Silas "Cy" Gordon Important to Texomaland?

Platte Bridge Railroad Tragedy September 3, 1861—Soon after the onset of the Civil War, a Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad train flew off a bridge that crossed over the Platte River east of St. Joseph,...

Bonham and Fannin County: Namesakes of the Texas Revolution

Colonel James Westbrook Fannin Colonel James W. Fannin’s claim to Texas fame played out during several battles of the Texas Revolution. In 1835 and 1836, he served as Captain of the Brazos Guards, Agent...

The Queen of the Three Valleys: Durant and Bryan County

The Blue River Valley The Blue River Valley and the Blue River itself provides major drainage for the Red River watershed. Confederate General Albert B. Pike is credited with establishing Fort McCulloch close...

Are Churches the Cornerstones of Law and Order?

Some Early Grayson County Church Histories Two global historical events, which happened hundreds of years apart, speak to me about how our country has employed doctrines of decency and theology to settle the...

The Bluebonnet: Her Whole Story*

Please visit the artists’ webpages to see more incredible works like the pictures of their paintings below this article. The Timeless Bluebonnet Texas proclaimed for her state flower the Bluebonnet....

Freedom of Speech in Media: You Are Free to Say What You Are Paid to Say

I recently received a comment from reader William Ray that thanked me for my “refreshing alternative to today’s norm”. But I cannot take the credit. I replied: “You...

What Can You Find Out About Texomaland County Governments Online?

Since many Texomans have personal experiences with the many facets of our elected, county officials and their departmental bureaucrats, I decided that a quick online search for information on just one sector...

Absentee Voting

I have a feeling that most of the people reading are active voters. That may be an incorrect assumption on my part, but I want to believe that you participate in elections. I am a half-breed;...

Lawsuit Ends in Loss of Lake Texoma State Park

Lawsuit Ends in Loss of Lake Texoma State Park From the Durant Democrat, June 16, 2016 - S.L. Willis, guest columnist [This is a not so brief summary of what happened at Lake Texoma State Park.] It...

Pointe Vista Lawsuit ends with Open Meetings Violation

Two weeks ago, on Thursday May 19th, the state Commissioners of the Land Office met at the Capitol Building. Following an Executive Session they quickly took two votes. Those votes authorized the actions they...

Is the State Lands Commission engaged in fraud?

Over eight months have passed since Governor Fallin announced, "Settlement Reached in Stalled Lake Texoma Development." (9/16/2015) Her announcement was premature at best. It was definitely misleading and...

"CLO v Pointe Vista" Settlement Stalled

Almost seven months ago, the local newspapers reported incorrectly that the "CLO, PVD Settle Lawsuit." The headlines made it clear from Governor Fallin's press release that the law suit was settled. In...

"CLO v Pointe Vista" Sabotaged by State Officials

It's been almost six months since Governor Fallin announced the PROPOSED "Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement." They must be having a real problem agreeing to "throw this fight" for the benefit of Pointe Vista...

Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen is a Serial Liar

More than five months ago our Republican state senator Josh Brecheen from Atoka said he was “concerned” about the proposed Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement. He and State Reps. Tommy Hardin,...

A Personal Testimony on State Corruption

In September, 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosted a Scoping Hearing in Kingston for the environmental study of a proposed 1,122 acre federal land transfer to the state of Oklahoma. This is...

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