Pushmataha County Historical Society

Pushmataha County Historical Society The Pushmataha County Historical Society's mission is the preservation of the history of the county and dissemination of that history to the public.
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Merry Christmas!  Several months ago pictures of some Antlers young adults enjoying an outing at Big Rocks near Ethel we...
12/17/2018

Merry Christmas! Several months ago pictures of some Antlers young adults enjoying an outing at Big Rocks near Ethel were posted. We decided to repost them along with some additional pictures from the same album. Locke family tradition is that the album belonged to Jesse Nelson (AKA Babe) Locke. Babe died tragically in 1913 and it is believed that the pictures date from 1900 - 1910. It is currently owned by Francine Locke Bray, great-granddaughter of Victor Locke Sr. If any of you can identify any of these individuals, please message us. I have included a picture of Mary (Dolly) Locke Archer and her husband, Charles Archer (third from the end) and a pictures of Babe (the last picture). A cousin of mine who has now passed, knew Babe and identified him for us. However, unbeknownst to us, he identified himself! Thus the picture of Babe with "Me" written across his shirt! Despite some development of the area, the Big Rocks are still on Ethel Road. We do apologize for the condition of the photos; however, they are over 100 years old! Enjoy! Francine Locke Bray

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
10/23/2018

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

THIS IS IT! The moment has arrived at last for the release of this epic historical fiction, Anumpa Warrior: Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I! I hope you enjoy this intimate view of our shared American and world history.

Order Anumpa Warrior:

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Signed paperbacks (with the centennial year: 1918-2018)
http://www.Nativecodetalkers.com

We have also found a newspaper article about this!
08/22/2018

We have also found a newspaper article about this!

An unidentified Wheelock student holding the silk American flag that the students of Wheelock made for the Choctaw men serving in Company L at Fort Sill in 1917.

The girls made the flag for the men beginning in March of 1917, before the United States entered World War One. Captain Ben Locke of Antlers was invited to the school to receive the flag on behalf of Co. L. However, Capt. Locke and the rest of Co. L were on the Mexican border at the time and he could not obtain furlough long enough to come receive it.

Capt. Locke then sent his sister, Mrs. C. Archer of Antlers in his place. A Wheelock alumni herself, Mrs. Archer recieved thr flag on behalf of Co. L and it was sent to Ft. Sill.

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
07/24/2018

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

I need your input!

Okay, a little fun for today. In going through Francine's photos, I saw this one and thought, hmm, is that a younger Walter Veach?

What do you all think? Is the man seated on the far left of the 1910 photo the same as the man seated in the middle of the other photo (1917)? Vote yes or no.

And...go!

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
07/17/2018

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

In my upcoming Choctaw Code Talkers of World War I novel, a fictional American war correspondent plays a key role in the story, so this photo from Francine's album made me laugh.

The caption reads, "Handling war correspondent with care." Circa 1910.

What is going through the mind of the fellow on the far left?

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer
07/11/2018

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

Most people in old photos are so solemn and stiff. Loved getting to flip through this Locke family album and see playful young people hanging around the "big rocks" near Antlers, Oklahoma. Yakoke, thanks for sharing this, Francine Locke Bray.

This photo was recently sent to us by a possible descendant of one of the players.  However, she wasn't sure.  My guess ...
04/11/2018

This photo was recently sent to us by a possible descendant of one of the players. However, she wasn't sure. My guess is that if her ancestor is in the picture it might be around the late nineteen teens. Certainly, let us know if you recognize anyone or know anything about the picture. Her caption is: Antlers Baseball Team

Sequoyah National  Research Center
03/08/2018

Sequoyah National Research Center

In 1922, Alice Brown Davis (1852-1935) became the first female chief of the Seminoles when she was appointed by President Warren Harding at the age of 70. In this photo, she is seen with her daughters and granddaughters on her induction day. Granddaughter Allece Locke Garrard is pictured on the lower left next to Davis. #WomensHistoryMonth #TriviaTuesday

Photograph from the Garrard Ardeneum Collection.

05/01/2017

It's Sunday and I refound the following newspaper article. Did you know that Antlers had "An Antlers Hustler"? Found in the Antlers American, March 10, 1910:
"One of the pioneer hustlers of Antlers is Father A. Hubert. He came here in 1902 and there were only 13 scholars at the school. In 1903 he was appointed pastor of Porteau and when he departed there were 100 scholars. He returned to Antlers in 1904 with the Rev. Albert Negannquet, the only fullblood Indian priest ever ordained. When Father Hubert returned there were only 25 pupils at the school. There are now 125. When he first landed there was not a church in this part of the country and now there are five churches, Antlers, Porteau, Hugo, Boswell and Bently. At the last two places he has put up a camp house for the Indians so when they come to church they have a place to stay. Father Hubert, whose name is Hubert Alphonso van Rechem was ordained a priest at the age of 23 by the Right Rev. Bishop Maes of Covington, Ky. of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium in 1902. This school which he has done such faithful work for was established by the Rev. Father Wm. H. Ketchum, now director of the Catholic Indian Bureau of Washington, D.C. There are five Sisters here of the order of the Sisters of the Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas. Sister Mary Xavier is the Sister Superior. Right Reverend Theodore Meerscheart, D. D. bishop of Oklahoma will advance Father Hubert, June 1st and Father Teyssier, a native of France, assistant to Father Hubert will succeed the latter."
Just in case you are new to the areas and don't know what church and school this is referring to it is St. Agnes on East Main St. While there is no longer a school, this is still an active Catholic parish served by Father Joseph Chirayath from India. If any of the other denomination in the area have brief histories they would like to share, please do so.

04/15/2017

LIGHTHORSEMEN! The Choctaw Nation is looking for descendants of Choctaw Lighthorsemen. Several researchers have been asked to help with this project. If you are descended from a lighthorseman, or not sure but think you might be, please let us know. You can either answer directly, message us, or send us an email at [email protected]. We also ask that you SHARE this post so we get as much coverage as possible. Thank you!!

03/30/2017

Interesting item in the archives at The Depot in Antlers:

"Register of the Antlers, Oklahoma Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This Chapter was organized in August, 1914; first meeting was held September 29th of that year. The Chapter members are as follows:
Mrs. Ora Blakemore Powell
Mrs. Blannie Plaxco Attaway
Miss Lucile Watson
Miss Grace Watson
Miss Jewel Watson
Mrs. Minnie Lewers Cornelius
Mrs. Gertrude C. Hackworth
Mrs. Dolly Locke Archer
Mrs. Lila Fields Cochran
Mrs. Jennie B. Nelson
Mrs. Alice Fields Hendricks
Mrs. Margaret R. Miller
Mrs. G.W. Smith
Mrs. Mary N. Berry
Mrs. Bettie B. Carlisle"

There is also a larger, later list and the Civil War ancestor is listed with the Company and Regiment when known.

This house was amongst Locke family photos.  But, is it a Locke family house or just an Antler's house?  Anybody recogni...
02/13/2017

This house was amongst Locke family photos. But, is it a Locke family house or just an Antler's house? Anybody recognize it and/or the people?

Folks, I know we have been tardy in posting something. I think, because a couple of people have indicated they think the...
06/22/2016

Folks, I know we have been tardy in posting something. I think, because a couple of people have indicated they think they can identify one or more of these men, I will repost the Confederate Veterans photo. However, I will also post another which should be interesting. Recently, there has been a visitor in our area who is very interested in Jesse Nelson (Babe) Locke. Well, we have a photo album he put together in ca. 1910. In that album is a picture captioned, "Me". What fun it was to finally see what Babe looked like. For those of you who don't know, Babe's father was Victor M. Locke, Sr. Victor is the man in the center of the picture of Confederate Veterans. We believe H.C. Nash is the man to the far left, in front. Help us identify the rest.

02/12/2016

A Bible titled, THE NEW COVENANT commonly called THE NEW TESTAMENT OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, was given to us. We would like to find a family member to pass it on to. It was owned by Rev. Jacob Jefferson. He was Pastor at the following: 10 years, Rufe Circuit; 1 year, McCurtain Circuit; 4 years, Antlers Circuit; 5 years, Hugo Circuit; 3 years, Atoka Circuit; and 4 years, Idabel Circuit. If anyone knows of family, please either let the Push Co. Historical Society know by either calling or stopping by or call Francine Locke Bray at (317-409-6517.

01/17/2016

We recently had a request for a website address. I am sorry, but at this time we do not have a website. Maybe in the future. We would need a volunteer webmaster. Thank you, though, for your interest.

Bryant Rickman and the Choctaw Ponies!  Pushmataha and Choctaw Counties are home to these amazing horses!  Visit thespir...
06/22/2015

Bryant Rickman and the Choctaw Ponies! Pushmataha and Choctaw Counties are home to these amazing horses! Visit thespiritofblackjackmountain.com for more information and to contact us.

We're thrilled to share our July/August cover with you—this photo by Shane Bevel shows Golden Sugar, a mare descended from Choctaw tribal horses. Subscribe now ($15.95 for one year, $25.95 for two, plus a free Keep It Local OK card with every order) to read all about Oklahoma's Native American and cowboy cultures in the July/August issue of Oklahoma Today! http://oklahomatoday.com/oklahomatoday/Challenge_Nate.html

Last week I had a chance encounter with a descendant of one of Push County's Civil War Veterans.  Therefore, I am going ...
02/11/2015

Last week I had a chance encounter with a descendant of one of Push County's Civil War Veterans. Therefore, I am going to repost this picture. . It is thought to have been taken sometime in the early 1920s but, depending on who the man on the far left is, it could be prior to 1913. From Locke family correspondence, apparently a group of Civil War Confederate Veterans met periodically for lunch. Occasionally, they even went to state meetings as well as at least one national meeting in Dallas. At that meeting in 1925, Victor Locke Sr., was appointed Commander of the Choctaw Brigade of Veterans. Could this be a picture from that meeting? We don't know. However, we do know that the man third from the left, in the front row, is Victor Locke Sr. Note that each of these men is wearing the same pin. Now, we would very much like to hear from anyone who might know anything about this picture, especially who these men are. You can comment here - I think it could make for some lively discussion; or you can email me at [email protected].

09/29/2014

Folks, thank for the postings. They are great! Keep in mind, the Annual Deer Festival is this coming weekend, October 3 and4 . Hope to see y'all there!

06/11/2014

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE ANTLERS DEPOT! 100 YEARS YOUNG!

06/09/2014

Remember, folks, this Friday and Saturday are Antlers Homecoming. Registration of all visitors is at The Depot both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday we will have a book signing with three of the authors available for you to meet. We are also going to have for sale t-shirts and mugs, and extra copies of The Locke Family History, Choctaw Kisses, Bullets, and Blood, The Push County History by Dorothy West, and The Pushmataha County Cemetery Book. Come and check us out!

05/28/2014

Are you all wondering what books will be for sale during Homecoming? Well, we have four book: Sarah Elizabeth Sawyer will be selling TOUCH MY TEARS, an anthology of Trail of Tears stories told from descendants of those who traveled the Trail; Barbara Grant will be selling THE WHEELOCK STORY by Louis Coleman and Barbara Asbill Grant; Gloria McAfee Carver will be selling her book, LIVING THE DREAM THE COWBOY WAY; and last but certainly not least, Vickie L. Peach-Wilkins will be selling her book IF HORSES COULD TALK. I have read all of them are they are well worth adding to your library! Again, Homecoming will be June 13 and 14, with the booksigning on the 14th. We sure hope to see you there!

05/24/2014

Oops! I forgot to give you contact information for the books. You can contact Francine Locke Bray at #317-409-6517 for a copy of The Locke Family History book.

05/24/2014

Don't forget Homecoming. This year it is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14. Registration, as in the past, will be at The Depot. By the way, it is the 100th birthday of The Depot. We have lots of activities planned - a booksinging with 4 local authors, antique car and motorcycle show, the parade at 10:00 a.m., and lots more. Make time to visit the Depot and check out the exhibits. See you on the 14th.

05/24/2014

For those of you who are descended from one of the three Locke brothers who helped settle Push and Choctaw Counties - Victor, Benjamin, and Elisha - we now have 12 copies of the LOCKE FAMILY HISTORY: Descendants of Thomas and Susanna (Henry) Locke. You can either order the book to be sent at $20.00 each or pick one up at The Depot for $15.00. This is a real bargain as they were originally $40.00.

Here is another picture for all of you to study.  I sure hope someone knows who these men are.  The picture is identifie...
04/20/2014

Here is another picture for all of you to study. I sure hope someone knows who these men are. The picture is identified as "Co. L 1916." The man in the center is Capt. Ben D. Locke. We are told that their uniforms are a mixture of Spanish American pants and WW I jackets. We have also been told that this was an all Indian brigade. If you know anything about this group or any individual, again, please either comment, call the Depot, or email me at [email protected]. We have more pictures of this company to post later. Thank you for your interest in our Society, page and postings.

04/20/2014

Happy Easter! Saturday, June 14 is the Antlers Homecoming and the 100th Birthday of the Depot. Verne Jackson is planning a full schedule of activities to celebrate. We plan to have 4 book signings as well as a car and motorcycle show. I am sure Verne has more planned, including food! The books are all pertaining to local history and individuals, each one very different in style and scope. Be sure to stop in to register, visit with old and new friends, see the exhibits, and buy a book. A portion of each sale is being donated by the authors to the Historical Society. Oh, we also have new t-shirts and mugs for sale!

Descendants of Dr. H.C. Nash donated family papers and pictures to The Push County Historical Society.  Amongst those pa...
03/20/2014

Descendants of Dr. H.C. Nash donated family papers and pictures to The Push County Historical Society. Amongst those papers were two Antlers Telephone Directories, one for 1944 and one for 1945. We thought it would be fun to post the 1944 one. See if you can find someone from your family. If you do, let us know by commenting. Enjoy!

03/20/2014

Folks, we are looking for some pictures of a couple of Antlers residents. A.W. Rison was county judge from, at least, 1917 - 1919. He was from Arkansas and died probably in Alabama. His picture is missing from the court room at the court house. They have a display of past county judges. Does anyone either have a good picture of him that we could use or know of his descendants? Burton Duncan served in 1965 and again in 1967 until his death. The picture displayed is a very poor one and we would like to get a better one to display. If you can help in any way, please contact us either through Facebook or calling us at The Depot at #580-298-5595.

I am sure you all know where to find the Antlers Fire Bell.  Did you know that in 1911 it was purchased by the fire boys...
02/20/2014

I am sure you all know where to find the Antlers Fire Bell. Did you know that in 1911 it was purchased by the fire boys who paid for it out of their own funds. After some discussion, it was hung on top of the Antlers National Bank building. W.A. Redman and J.L. Lewis were responsible for hanging it. How did it work? According to the 21 Dec 1911 Antlers American it was "discharged at the stairway beneath by a connection through a hollow tube." Kay Black provided us with a listing of what the rings meant: Fire meeting: 3 taps, a slight pause; 3 taps, a slight pause, e taps. First Ward: 1 tap, a long pause; 1 tap, a long pause and so on. Second Ward: 2 taps, a long pause; 2 taps, a long pause and so on for the Third, Fourth and fifth Wards. "When the fire breaks out the first man to the bell rings it with all his might until a fireman comes and then he rings it so as to indicate in which ward the fire is (The Antlers news-Record, 5 Jan 1912). By the 1930s it was known as the "Curfew Bell." According to The Antlers American, 9 Aug 1956, a 10:00 p.m. curfew was "again" invoked to curb crimes for all children under 18 years of age. One more fact, the bell came all the way from Northville, MI! Go by the Antlers Library and take a good look at this important Antlers artifact. You might even give it a pat and thank it for its long service to the people of Antlers

Pushmataha County Historical Society
11/27/2013

Pushmataha County Historical Society

One of the things we would like to do with this site is post pictures, objects, information, that pertains to the history of Pushmataha County, Therefore, for our first such posting and because it is November and the month of Veterans' Day, we are posting a picture of some of the County's Civil War Veterans. This picture is in the extensive Locke manuscript collection. It is thought to have been taken sometime in the early 1920s but, depending on who the man on the far left is, it could be prior to 1913. From family correspondence, apparently a group of Civil War Confederate Veterans met periodically for lunch. Occasionally, they even went to state meetings as well as at least one national meeting in Dallas. At that meeting in 1925, Victor Locke Sr., was appointed Commander of the Choctaw Brigade of Veterans. Could this be a picture from that meeting? We don't know. However, we do know that the man third from the left, in the front row, is Victor Locke Sr. Note that each of these men is wearing the same pin. Now, we would very much like to hear from anyone who might know anything about this picture, especially who these men are. You can comment here - I think it could make for some lively discussion; or you can email me at [email protected]. Everyone, have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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119 West Main, PO Box 285
Antlers, OK
74523

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