Friday, January 24, 2014

Uncles + Genealogy Inquiries !

I miss my Uncles today.... I was blessed to know only two uncles....   Warren Fisher

and Uncle DD - James Charlie Morgan

Uncle Lemuel was known to my older brothers......

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Avid Genealogist ..... I am that I am !

Addicted Genealogist You know you're an Addicted Genealogist when you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery, if you'd rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall and if you'd rather read census schedules than a good book.

How's Your Dad's Church ? Madison Street COGIC ..that is????

My reasons for going back over to visit Madison Street are dwindling per the past year.     I don't know what 2014 holds?   yes slight void in my life....   What once was.... is not anymore!

Madison Street Church of God in Christ

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Church of God in Christ
1929 East Madison Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Madison Street Church of God in Christ is a medium-sized church located in Oklahoma City, OK. Our church is affiliated with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).
Services: Sunday School 9:45am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15am
Sunday Evening Worship 7:00am
Attire: Informal or casual attire is common
Leaders: Elder Harvey W. Stocker, Pastor
Mother Maethella Walker, Church Mother
Howard Huggins, III, Church Clerk
  • The Church of God in Christ has an Episcopal form of government where churches are organized in jurisdictions each under the authority of a bishop. The jurisdictions are further partitioned into districts. 

  • Districts consists of a number of local churches. The Jurisdictional Bishop appoints individuals to oversee and assist the local churches in each district. These individuals are denoted as District Superintendents. 
  • The Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction consist of over 50 churches across the state of Oklahoma. 
  • Each church within the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction is assigned to one of eight districts: 

Geary OK - A reporter's memories.....of Mitchell Paxton

The Oklahoma Municipal League recollections from 2012 article....


Mary Hays, Clerk Treasurer has been with the city for 23 years, serving as clerk-treasurer since 1995. In addition to Ms. Hays, there are two or three other ladies that work in the city hall office and when I was visiting, city hall was abuzz with activity.

One of my fondest memories of Geary was when my son was a high school wrestler and the “Geary Invitational Tournament” was always a big event of the year. This tournament, known not only in Oklahoma but throughout the country, was started by Bob Steagle, a former wrestling coach, and still continues 67 years later. Schools from across Oklahoma and even out-of-state schools from Arizona and Kansas participate each year. Mary said that many of the former wrestlers have gone on to become coaches in other schools and states and they all tend to return to the tournament each year with their teams.

How can a city the size of Geary with 1,280 citizens host such an event, especially since they do not have any hotels/motels in town? For Geary, that is an easy answer: visiting schools are housed in local homes, churches, and even classrooms. Some families will host an entire wresting team during this weekend. Many of the citizens of Geary turn out for the tournament, a great indicator of how much of a generous, courteous, and friendly community this is.

As you exit I-40 heading north towards Geary, there is a Cherokee Restaurant that is in Geary corporate boundaries. This is the largest generator of sales tax for the city. There used to also be a hotel connected to the restaurant, but it burned down and existing water pressure is not adequate to rebuild the hotel. All of that may be changing soon as the city just completed a 12 inch water line out to the area, which was funded by a $1 million dollar loan form OWRB. They are waiting for the final inspection.

Sadly, Geary mayor Mitchell Paxton recently lost his battle to cancer and it was obvious his absence is still being felt by those at city hall. Vice-mayor Leslie Swinerton has stepped in to fill this position until a new election is held. She happened to be at city hall when I was there and could have been easily mistaken for one of the office staff, as she was at the copy machine, working away. We had a nice visit and discussed many of the federal and state agency regulations that affect cities and towns. I shared with her what OML is doing in this regard and that we were hopeful for changes.

Mary was very appreciative to OML for conducting the New Officials Institutes (NOI). As a long-time city clerk-treasurer, she understands the need to be current on state laws and regulations that affect municipal government. She is required to have training as a clerk-treasurer and she said that it is very helpful for the new council to also have this training. She noted that keeping them informed on things happening legislatively was another valuable service OML provided for their city. She also said she uses the inquiry department and other resources when needed.

The first Oklahoman to receive a total artificial heart (bionic heart) was from Geary. Troy Golden, who was a minister in town, had received a mechanical artificial heart and was the first person who was able to leave the hospital and come home for several months after receiving the heart. He has since died but his story was very touching and inspirational.

In addition to the Cherokee Restaurant, other sources of revenue include a couple of restaurants, gas station that also services trucks and vehicles, and a Quick Stop. A fairly new business in town, called the Plum Krazy Cottage, originally began with the conversion of an old church into a hair salon. It has grown to now include a craft store, nail and massage shop and ‘bistro’ that currently operates three days a week during lunch and offers ‘healthy’ meals. A greenhouse has also been added.

Geary has its own school system consisting of grades Pre-K through 12, with approximately 400 students. They also own a park and pool that opened for the summer on Memorial Day. The pool is old and is sometimes a challenge to maintain. They were able to open on Memorial Day, which has not always been the case because at times they have difficulty getting students trained and certified to work as life guards.

The fire department is all volunteer and consists of 13 members. Geary maintains a police department, with a chief of police and five officers, along with six dispatchers (some are part time). They hold municipal court one day a month and most offenses are traffic related.

Mary was delightful to visit with and I am certain anything you want to know about the town, she will have the answers. If you are in the area or passing through stop by and say “hi.”

Beulahland COGIC

Another Family name was PAXTON in Geary OK

The Driving Distance from OKC to Geary = 53 miles /// about 58 minutes   !!!  

Geary is a city in Blaine and Canadian counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 1,280 at the 2010 census

Median household income ($) : $63,456

Population: 880
Households: 381
Family households: 229 (60.1%)
Non-Family households: 152 (39.9%)

White Population: 721 (82.1%)
Black Population: 12 (1.4%)
American Indian Population: 115 (13.1%)
Multirace Population: 30 (3.4%)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Family Names from Geary, OK COGIC

This might be an area of research........   The Colberts,  

My google search found this tid-bit
Karen Y. Howell
Diocesan Missionary
Missionary Karen Colbert Howell was born in Bridgeport, Oklahoma. She was the third child of eleven born to George L. & I. Marie Colbert. Along with her family, she attended Beulah Land Church of God in Christ in Geary, Oklahoma where Elder Howard Huggins was the Pastor.
After moving to El Reno, Missionary Howell became a member of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Elder Herbert Sanders was the officiating pastor at that time. She served as Choir Director for approximately 2 years.
A new church named Faith Temple COGIC was built in El Reno under the guidance of Elder George Nelson as pastor, there she served as Choir Director, Church Secretary and Adult Sunday school teachers.
Missionary Howell is the mother to five beautiful and gifted children, grandmother to eight and great grandmother of three wonderful little ones.
God has been very good to me in my years and my greatest desire is to please GOD. I remember a scripture in the Bible that reads "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth" Psalm 121:1-2.

The Reformed Churches of God in Christ International 

Church Roots COGIC in Oklahoma !

I google-searched to find information on the Pastor..??
 This shows the address of South and Blaine Avenue..... This was a small house near the church !!!

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Beulah Land Church God & Christ
725 South Blaine Avenue
Geary, OK 73040
(405) 884-2828

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Experiencing ERROR messages from blogger

during the day - everyday - where I use my workplace computer.... yucky!   and even this evening I'm not able to post pictures...

U talk about stuck in a rut!!!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Year Begins with a Bang

of smiles, good news, Poppie Kirk @ our house,  Granny Huggins doing fine!