Monday, September 21, 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church

In 1903 there were six families of the Episcopal faith that met for services in a residence at Third and Boston.  In 1904 Rev. Baldwin, from the Vinita Episcopal church, began coming to Tulsa to hold services for the families who had banded together to form the Trinity Episcopal Congregation.  

During 04, 05 and most of 06 they often held services in a music studio on Monday nights because of the Reverend’s schedule.  In 1906 they dedicated a little brick church on the southeast corner of Fifth and Cincinnati.  The church sat in what used to be a cornfield.  

In 1920, when the congregation outgrew this building it was razed and a new building was constructed.  From December 1920 until June 1922 services were held in the Majestic Theater.  The new church was dedicated in May of 1926.

Friday, September 18, 2015

International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo

Fraternal orders and societies have been around for decades but as one blogger noted:  the International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo is not your father’s skull and bones.  This fraternal society, founded in 1892 in Gurdon, Arkansas, was intended for the lumber industry - and all industries associated with lumber- to join together and “allow (their) fellowship and goodwill to trickle down to every timber organization.”  

Choosing a black cat with it’s tail curled into a 9 was one of the many ways the new fraternity tossed superstition into the wind.   The officer titles of the Supreme Nine appear to have been inspired by Lewis Carroll, beginning with the Snark of the Universe.  Read the blog from the Forest History Society archives HERE.   

More reading:  Encyclopedia of Arkansas 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Hyechka Club

The Territory Federation of Woman’s Clubs was coming to Indian Territory and Tulsa’s new club, The Hyechka Club, needed to raise funds to cover the cost of entertaining them.  They placed this ad in the 1906 newspaper; note the ‘warning’ at the bottom.

The Hyechka music club was organized on October 20, 1904 in Tulsa I.T.  The city population at that time was around 3,500 when ten ladies gathered above the Sell’s Drug Store to organize a pioneer music club.  The Creek Indian generic word for music is Hyechka (pronounced Hi-yeech-ka) and was selected as the name for the club.  To read more about the club’s early history, click HERE

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bloomer Girls

Women’s baseball teams have been around since 1866.  The first game where fans were charged and women players were paid happened in 1875 between the “Blondes” and the “Brunettes” in Springfield, IL.  In the 1890’s through the 1930’s the novelty act of women playing baseball attracted fans from across the country.  Teams traveled around the nation playing local teams, both male and female.  To allow for easier play the women  preferred practical, loose Turkish-style trousers created by suffragette Amelia Bloomer.  Hence, they became known as Bloomer Girls.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day

I recently finished a project that involved combing through pages of Tulsa World newspapers from 1906 which, as you know, was before Oklahoma was actually a state.  The ads and some of the articles are funny and ironic 109 years later, which made this tedious task quite fun.   I will be sharing some of the more interesting items I found on this blog in the upcoming days.

In honor of Labor Day, why not go watch a WOMAN broncho rider at the Athletic Park:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Did you know......?

Despite my sporadic posting here, I am still around- researching, writing, teaching and discovering new things that I want to share here.  The latest “Whaaaat?” moment I had was yesterday while browsing through the 1915 Tulsa World (May 18) newspaper online.  I did not know that Tulsa once had a huge motion picture studio back then- did you?  It had only been open for about 30 days when this article was written in a special edition of the Tulsa World called Achievements of Tulsa:

Upon further research, I found another Tulsan who also knew about this little bit of history- author John Wooley.  He wrote a book a few years back titled Shot in Oklahoma: A Century of Sooner State Cinema

In it he quotes another Tulsa newspaper from that time, The Tulsa Democrat.  The movie studio was headline news on April 27, 1915 and it was to produce movies that would be distributed all over America and into Europe.  

The studio was built on and around what was then considered the fairgrounds, located just outside of city limits, north of the Frisco railroad tracks between Main and Archer on 15 acres.  With a lake.  Wow.

If you want to know more about this studio and other interesting facts, check out Mr. Wooley's book.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cain's Ballroom - 1975

In the last year of researching I have come across some old news articles thought many of you might find interesting.  The first one is from the Tulsa Tribune, dated December 10, 1975.   

Photo from - January 1975
 If you cannot read this, you can download a .pdf of it HERE