Article submitted by: Martha Ann Wilson-Geisler
Sons and Daughters of '89 Honor Our Pioneer SettlersMain purpose of the Sons and Daughters of '89 organization which was formed approximately 20 years ago is to keep alive the history of '89 to form and preserve a permanent record of the '89er and descendants and to honor the pioneer citizens who settled here April 22, 1889.On March 1, 1939, ten members of the Daughters of 89 of Oklahoma City met with a group of local women to form a similar organization.Mrs. Aletha C. Conner, Oklahoma City, acted as organizer and officers elected at the meeting were Mary Wenner Hopkins, president; Dorothy Sexauer Lewis, vice-president; Ruby Gaffney Tryon, sec-treasurer, and Nellie Acton Weldon, parliamentarian.Others who attended were Mrs. Jessie Teenor, Mrs. Lida Sampsel, Miss Ione Bivert, Mrs. Fannie Greenway Willson, Miss Vesta McNulty, Mrs. Alma Houghton Sudeth, Mrs. Anna Hutchinson Heer, Mrs. Pearl Hutchinson Smith, Mrs. Mollie Phelps Acton.First registration of '89ers was held at the old bath house in April, 1939, when 147 members were enrolled with the Sons and Daughters. The organization received a charter on April 5, 1940 and the following year registered and furnished a meeting place for '89ers in the east side of the Lintz building. Their first float was a schooner wagon.At past meetings the group has heard numerous speakers on Oklahoma history including Dr. Schiller Scroggs, OSU, Charles Newton Gould, OU, James Moffitt of the Oklahoma Historical Society and Prof. John Alley, OU, who taught math in Guthrie in 1903-04, as well as many of the local '89ers whose tales of the early days were recorded for permanent records.The first luncheon held by the Sons and Daughters Society to honor the original '89ers was held in 1943, when 745 persons were served. At that time an "original '89er" was designated as those 21 years of age or older in 1889. With the passing of the years the age limit has lowered and this year anyone who was 10 years of age in 1889 is eligible for "original '89er" honors.The Sons and Daughters of '89 have endeavored to locate and collect relics of the period through the years which they have used for window displays during the Celebrations, so they might be viewed by the thousands of visitors who attend the annual fete.The club holds monthly meetings and assists in various civic functions and drives, in addition to providing the annual registration and luncheon in honor of the original '89ers. This year the luncheon will be held at Capitol school following the parade.The organization's history book of '89er families is growing and forms for compiling the information will be available this year at the registration booth downtown.The Sons and Daughters of '89 now has members in all 48 states, Canada and Mexico, who send their dues even though unable to attend the Celebration. Locally badges and dinners will be sent to the original '89ers, who will be unable to participate in the event, if relatives will notify those in charge of the registration booth.Past presidents of the organization have been Mrs. Hopkins, 1939, Miss Mayme Oliver, 1940, George B. Hannah, 1941-42; Virgil E. Gambil, 1943-45; Mrs. E. V. Gummow 1945; Owen E. Acton, 1946-48; Oral Gordon, 1949-1951; Virgil Gambill, 1952-53; Oral Gordon, 1954; L. Eaton, 1955-58 and George B. Hannah.Sons and Daughters of '89 who registered for 1940 membership when the charter was granted include Doris Lindsey, Blanche Hopkins Klutts, Helen Rinehart Frisbie, Ethel Puckett Trumbull, Treassa Smith Lyons, Ola Smith Stone, Vesta McNulty, Oma Adams, Harriet Walcher Hess, Georgia Miller Lattimore, George B. Hannah, Virgil E. Gambill, Bernice Fraser Gambill, Anna Hutchinson Herr, Pearl Hutchinson Smith, Opal Ellis, Dorothy Sexauer Lewis, Minnie May Cutler Murphy, Edgar J. Murphy, Anna Cravens Ford, Sam Smith, May Buckles, Jim Buckles, Maud Cravens Spicer, Ada Jackson Seeds, Edith Jackson Swanson, H. R. Swanson, Carrie Shultz, Ruth Shultz Deming, Raymond Deming, Burton Deming, Fannie Wenner, Mary Wenner Hopkins, Ora Jo Mitchell Carey, David Carey, David Wenner, Grace Rexroad, Carlotta Fruin, Gertrude Patterson, Claude C. Patterson, Annabelle Patterson Shaw, Earl E. Patterson, Martha Rose Young, Darlene Young.Cora E. Waldroupe, Kathryn Kingsbury, Fred Canning, Leonard Beard, I. B. Arnold, Mrs. A. J. Siegmann, Mrs. V. V. Heim Ralston, Mrs. Jess Harris, Mrs. E. V. Gummow, John Slocum; Kenneth Kenworthy, Glen Householder, Mrs. H. M. Newman, Mrs. C. A. Gallagher, Mrs. W. T. Milton, Ida Maieiles, Delmar Pearson, Thelma Pritchett, Ed Pritchett, Mrs. Jessie Teenor, Rose Strothman, Verna Kellogg (now West), Minnie Higgins, T. O. Haws, Mrs. Bessie Mahan, Mrs. Pearle Lowen, Mrs. Elsie Norris, Mrs. Fred Walker, W. W. Williamson, Jennie Vancover.Mollie Jackson Thomas, Otis Jackson, Mrs. Otis Jackson, Bud Poteet, Mrs. May Cravens Poteet, Flora Scovern, Ben Gould Payton, Mrs. J. G. Crow, Leona Lennert, Oly Jones Corthforth, Miss Ines Davis, Bessie Myers, Marie Buckles, Alfaretta Jennings, Doll Freil Bennett, Bessie Hayes Poteet, Lola Jackson Branham, Ward Branham, Tillie Jackson Herbert, Seth Pritchett, Owen E. Acton and Mildred Mulhall Acton.Sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren of 89ers will be registered prior to the celebration at the downtown booth.
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