Renfrew's Record (Alva, Okla.), Vol. 16, No. 21, Ed. 1 Friday, March 30, 1917 Page: 1 of 8
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A RECORD OF THE
AND ABOUT ALVA
ALVA, WOODS COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, FRIDAY, MARCH 3«, 1917
GRAND ARMY DAY.
crated with him, and a number of
T , I others, among whom were General
.1 ,a'e ,n re9ucsted *>y some of Palmer, Gen. Foster, Gen. Devens of
the ladies of the W. R. C. to write a , Pennsylvania, Gen. Hartranft, Gen.
short sketch on the subject of Grand , MjcKeen, Gen. Wolcott, Gen. Reath
rmy Day, in-as-much as it is their : and a number of others, but Gov.
purpose to request that on that day j Morton was the most enthusiastic
all business houses and all loyal cit- worker. When he heard of Dr. Ste-
vens of Alva observe the day by dec-, phenson’s desire to formulate an or
orating their homes and places of ganization he sent for him to come
vsincss with flags and bunting in over into Indiana where they per-
honor and remembrance of those j fected the plan of organization and
who sacrificed so much that Old | Dr. Stephenson went home and pro-
jlory should wave over a united | ceeded to organize ,the DePatur post,
couiurj. In writing such an article Hoping I have given some light on
it is hard for one to do so without ; this subject 'that perhaps many of
having the proper date before him , our citizens did not fully understand
to refer to, as time and age has dim- j I subscribe myself very truly,
med our memory to such a degree
that perhaps some of our statements
may not coincide with historical fact,
however I will make the effort and
hope that if I err those having a bet-
ter knowledge of the subject will
give it only friendly criticism.
As a prelude to my article and for
the benefit of the younger genera- ,
tion I will give you a little sketch 1
of the origin of the Women’s Rclef
J. G. WATRUS.
A LOVING MOJHER HAS EN-
Mrs. Agnes McMillion died at her
home 904 Third street March 26, 1917
after a long illness. She was born
at Falling Springs, Wr Va. in 1857.
She leaves two daughters Miss Fran-
who is one of the teachers in the
______ ces _______ lJlv. JIt lU5
Corps, they being the auxiliary to the Alva public schools and Mrs. C. H.
Grand Army of the Republic and be- j Alspaugh of San Diego, Calif. Both
:ng made so by a unanimous vote of
an encampment held in Denver, Colo.
July 25 and 26 1883. therefore they
are a part of our organization and
no one but those belonging to these
organizations knows or can realize
the deed* of charity administered by
the W. R. C. to the destitute and de-
serving families of those who were
crippled and disabled' while in the
service of their country. This noble
band «f Samaritans has expended
over $4,000,000 for the relief of sol-
diers and facmilies, for the aid to
posts of tile G. A. R. and for Memor-
ial day services and other kindred
charities, and we are all proud of the
Woman’s Relief Corps of this city. It
has always maintained a high stand-
ard of excellence in the character of
its membership; and their loyalty to
the old soldiers on all, occasions can
■;& H^'n^^djiy l^r lo^lty to
their own organization, and as we of
daughters were at the bedside during
the illness. Mrs. McMillion was a
devoted member of the Christian
church. The funeral services were
held at the Christian church Wednes-
day, conducted by the pastor Rev. E
V. McCormick. The remains were
taken to Hazelton for burial. The
daughters have the loving sympathy
of many friends in Alva.
OLD TIMERS MEET. SHALL CONGRESS LONGER AB-
- DICATE ITS POWER.
Marion Hildreth who formerly j _
lived here but moved away several.) By Robert L. Owen,
years ago was called here by the ser- : Thei ssue presented in these brief
ious illness of his mother. His moth- articles tnay he summarized as fol-
er became better and after a stay of lows
a couple of weeks he was planning to I Congress, elected by the people, re-
leave for his home Tuesday, when in sponsible directly to them and char-
talking about old timers of the early ! ged with the law making power, is
days of this country he mentioned 'not the actual legislative body of the
The supereme court, appointed for
life, not responsible to the people has
usurped the power to amend or re-
peal-acts of congress by judicial con-
struction and has become the real
law making body.
The people have no assured forum
Gus Hadwiger and wondered if he
was to be found. vOn being told that
Gus was the county judge of Woods
county and could be found at Alva, a
suggestion was made to go visit hint.
In a very few minutes a load of old
timers was made up and went to Alva
after notifying Gus by phone of the
Those composing the party'were:
Marion Hildreth, Henry Bower, John
W. Bishop, H. P. Cunningham and J.
A. Floyd going in the Floyd car.
All were citizens of this country at
the opening of the Strip and went I rally unanimous consent. | Bert Chick has opened up a new
through the struggles of the early) But congress can control the su- j photograph gallery in the Green
days, and it was like a reunion to get | preme court through its power to ] building over Meadis store. Mr.
OLD TIMER DEAD. STATE SUNDAY SCHOOL CON-
VENTION GREAT SUCCESS.
Willard T. Varnum, who located) _
near the present town of Amorita, j Woods County Represented by
Alfalfa Co., died at his home in Nor- Large Delegation. ‘
man at 10 A. M. Thursday, March I __
22ml, after a short illness. Mr. Var-
luun was born in Indiana, June 7
1857, and is survived by his wife and
three children -Guy, Ossie and Glenn.
Guy and Ossie are graduates of the
Northwestern Normal School and the
family was temporarily residing at
Norman while Miss. Osie is attending
the State University. M F Varnum of
this city , brother of the deceased,
attended the funeral at Norman and
with the family accompanied the re-
mains to Amorita where they were
through which they can get done j laid to rest. The bereaved family has
what they want done. 1 he supereme j t ehsympathy of many friends here,
court construes the constitution to i in its great loss.
suit itself and the amending process ■ _
is so difficult that the constitution
cannot he changed except by practi-
cally unanimous consent.
NEW PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY
THE DUTY OF EVERY CITIZEN.
Now that Germany has, for nearly
three years trampled upon the rights
of all neutral nations and forced the
United States into war in spite of her
determined efforts to keep out of it,
it sohuld be the duty of all loyal cit-
izens to hold up the president’s hands
aivd rally to the defense of the coun-
try when her rights are menaced.
Ihe arniy and the navy need men,
and every able bodied man between
the Grand Army of the Republic have j the ages of 18 and 35 who has no fam-
all passed the meridian and are going
down the western slope of life to-
ward the setting of the sun, and its
corruscation sheds its effulgent rays
over our past lives casting a halo of
glory around the things noble and
causing a dark shadow to cover our
short coinings, we look to this loyal
band for solace and comfort.
The objects and work of the Grand
Army of the Republic is: First. To
preserve and strengthen those kind
and fraternal feelings which bind to-
gether the soldiers, sailors and ma-
rines who united to suppress the late
rebellion and to perpetuate the mem-
ory and history of the dead. Second.
To assist such former comrades as
need help and protection and to ex-
tend needful aid to the widows and
orphans of those who have fallen.
Third. To maintain true allegiance
to the United States when lien mo-
tives are pure, and to assist in main-
taining the efficiency and perman-
ence of our free institutions and to
encourage the spread of universal
liberty, equality of rights and justice
to all men.
Among human institutions the Grand
Army of the Republic is unique, in
that it is an expression of the high-
est form of comradship known among
nmn except one, and that is where we
acknowledge every man as our bro-
ther.. This organization is also un-
ique from the fact that no child can
be born into it as wc have no heredi-
tary clause in our rules and regula-
tions. No president, king or czar
can command admission, no univer-
sity can issue a diploma bestowing
membership, all the wealth of Gould,
Carnegie and Rockefeller combined
cannot buy a membership or purchase
its honors, only those who present a
faded and time worn piece "of paper
show'ing an honorable discharge from
the armies and navies of the war of
the rebellion are eligible to member-
ship and there can be no new blood
to rejuvenate our thinning ranks, and
the tiem will soon come when the las
roll will be called and the Grand
Army will be no more.
And the 6th day of April has been
set apart in commemoration of the
aniversary of the first organization
of the Grand Army of the Republic
which was organized in Decatur, 111.
This post was called the post of hon-
or of the G. A. R. as they had no of-
ficers delegated withvpower to au-
thorize the organization. Dr. Steph-
ily or dependent ones to support
should prepare to come at his coun-
try’s call and enlist for her defense.
It is probable that the navy will
have to bear the brunt of the war in
protecting our commerce on the high
seas, and the president has already
signed an order directing that the
enlisted strength of the navy should
be brought up to 87,0000.
Lieut. C. S. Vanderbeck, U. S. N.
in charge of the Oklahoma City naval
recruiting station announces that the
station will be open Sundays and
each evening until ten oclock. The
20,000 or more new recruits under this
order will be needed to man our war-
ships and submarine chasers.
The plan for mobilizing the army
will lie left for congress which meets
April 2, to determine the plan to be
The recruiting officer for the U. S.
recruiting station at Oklahoma City
is Captain Robert Whitfield, and he
is ready to receive all enlistments
that offer that can measure up to the
The folowng iii substance describes
the class of men wanted: The man
must he an American citizen, or have
made legal declaration to become
one. between ages 18 and 35 years,
under 18 requires parents consent, of
good character, temperate habits,
able bodied, free from disease and
able to read, speak and write the En-
glish language. He must not be at
the time a member of the army, navy,
marine corps national guard or or-
ganized militia. jHe must be unmar-
ried and have no one entirely depend-
ent upon him for support. He must
not have ben convictd of a flony or
have served a sentence in a peniten-
tiary, prison, jail or reformatory.
The following minimum standards
apply: Height, inches 64 to 73; weigh
pounds 120 to 156; chest, inches, expi-
ration 30 to 33 1-4. These standards
are for the recruit stripped, other-
wise add one inch in height for shoes
and ten pounds in weight for clothes.
Recruiting stations are open at
Altus, Ardmore, Chickasha, Enid, Mc-
Alester, Muskogee, Oklahoma City,
and Shawnee where further informa-
tion and advertising matter can be
obtained. Anyone desiring to enlist
can get further information of the
Now that the crisis has come every
American who fills the requirements
together, rehearse the stirring events
and renew the old friendships. Mar-
ion Hildrenth and Gus Hadwiger
were deputy sheriffs much of the time
in those times and spent many days
trailing down the outlaws that in-
fested these parts. It was worth a
trip of many more miles to hear
those men tell of many of the thrill-
ing times they had. One would start
a story and the other would get so
filled up with remembrances that he
would nearly burst waiting for a
chance to tell of something that he
If a book could just be written of
the many history making events of
those early days and the men who
took part in the development of the
country it would make interesting
reading to anyone. Credit is due to
those old timers who done his part
honestly and unflinchingly to make
this a better place to live.—Fairview
A BEAUTIFUL ALVA.
The name Alva is beautiful. The
location is beautiful. The North-
western Normal buildings are beauti-
ful. The churches and school build-
ings are beautiful. The court house
and city hall compare favorably with
other public buildings. The business
houses aer as a general thing kept in
a neat and attractive manner, making
the appearance around the square
pleasing. What remains to be done
to have an Alva beautiful? It is up
to the residents of the city to com-
plete the work. If everyone who en-
joys diving in Alva would just re-
solve to make their own home a little
prettier than it now is the transfor-
mation would bd magical. In all
lines of business and in fact in every-
thing that works for good, there must
be organization and system, so why
not in the effort to make a more
beautiful city. One of nur neighbor-
ing cities has organized by a citizens
meeting and appointing various com-
mittees and getting right to work.
Can we do the same. A united effort
and a continued effort on the part
of the citizenship would make a city
that would be an inspiration to the
visitors from country and towns
around us. If the various clubs of
the city are in favor of a beautiful
Alva, will they let Mr. Munson know
and have her call a meeting of all the
ladies to meet soon and discuess
ways and means.
This should be done at the earliest
possible day. Who will be the first
to boost for a beautiful Alva.
ATTENDED CAPTAIN STINE FUN-
Among the out of town friends who
attended the funeral of the late Cap-
tain J. A. Stine were Mr. Raynor,
Banker Chas. Martin. Mr. Combes,
and R. 0. Renfrew of Woodward;
Frank Blue and Senator Walt Fer-
guson of Cherokee; J. C. McClure of
Ingersoll; Hez Hudson and Mr. Stal-
lings of Capron; Reed Waidley of
Waynoka, and many others.
>enson of Springfield, 111. was one of ! should be ready to respond to his
the very active workers for the or-1 country’s call and every patriotic
ganization. Governor Oglesby and citizen should hack the government
Qpvernor Morton of Indiana co-op- *° the limit.
BEMARE OF THE PEDDLER.
The peddler is with us at all times,
but is especially pernicious at this
time of the year. Beware of him.
All standard articles arc* sold in our
stores, and the s’tore run by the man
you know is the place to buy. If an
article bought from a reputable mer-
chant proves to be unsatisfactory,
you can take it back an have it ex-
changed. But when you buy from
the peddler you are "stung” if the ar-
ticle is not good. Remember this,
„„ its power to
regulate the “appelate jurisdiction" of
that court and can control the infer-
ior federal courts which are estab-
lished by law.
The practical concrete issue is—
shall congress continue to abdicate
its power and responsibility and per-
mit the supreme court to be the ju-
dicial monarchs of America and par-
alize at will the legislative and exe-
cutive departments of the people’s
It is a non partisan issue and
transcends all party liites! The peo-
ple understand this issue better than
all the lawyers between the oceans.
It is not an obtruse legal problem to
them—it is a question of bread and
butter. It is the needs of living men
against false precedents made by
men dead a hundred years Histori-
cally, it is the old fight between priv-
ilege and justice; between the aris-
tocracy of Hamilton and Marshall
and tljc democracy of Jefferson and
I Tir.-iAr... and this contest translated
into life means simply whether the
men and women who by their labor
create the wealth of this nation shall
get what they produce
Hie resolution I have introduced
puts it squarely up to congress on
which sode of this question it will
range itself, whether it will again as-
sert itself in legislation or whether it
will continue to let the judges rule.
The people are jealous of their de-
mocracy and do not propose to have
their sovereignty taken from them
even by the most honest and learned
judges. They know judges are only
men after all and they refuse to ac-
cept that theory of the "sacredness
of the courts” which would make
arch-angle out of a corporation yaw-
yer as soon as he puts on the judicial
No man more thoroughly under-
stood and voiced the sentiments of
the American people on this question
than Mr. Justice Harlan, himself
after 25 years a member of the Sup-
reme Court. Let me in conclusion
quote these words taken from this
great dissenting opinion in the Amer-
ican tobacco case of 1910:
"When this American people come
to the concision that the judiciary
of this land is usurping to itself the
functions of the Legislative depart-
ment of the government we shall find
trouble. Ninety mil‘<ons of people
all sorts of opinions— are not going
to submit to the usurpation by the
judiciary of the function of other de-
partments of the government and the
power on its part , to declare what
is the public policy of the United
building over Meadis store.
Chick comes to us highly recom-
mended. Anyone desiring work in
his line will do well to give him a
call and look at bis work before plac
ing ail order. Remember the place.
Green building, over Meads store
On Tuesday evening March 27, 1917
at 7 ;30 at the Methodist parsonage
Rev. Frank Gordon united in mar-
riage Miss Laverne I. Kilborn of
Utica, N. Y. and Dr. O. W. Sedgwick
6f this city. Mrs. Sedgwick is a
strange? among us but the fact of
her being the chosen life companion
of Dr. Sedgwick recommends her to
us. The doctor has been among us
for the past two years and is a prom-
inent young eye, ear and throat spec-
ialist. The Record joins many friends
in wishing the happy young couple
a happy and prosperous life.
FILES SUIT AGAINST PAVING CO.
Uity Attorney J. J. Glaser has filed
suit against the Speicher Paving Co.
for defective paving on Locust street
He has brought suit in the sum of
$12,000 damage for failure to make
good their five year guarantee.
SERIOUS ACCIDENT AT SHAT-
Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a. m. the
Woods county delegates to the State
Sunday School convention left via
auto for Enid. About fifteen cars,
decorated wth banners and pennants,
left Alva and were joned by at least
a half dozen more at Hopeton and
Dacoma. Qute a number of dele-
gates went va the Santa Fe and the
Frsco ralroads. It was estmated that
at least 150 %Woods county people
visited the convention the second
day. Nearly every part of the coun-
ty was represented and all in attend-
ance returned full of enthusiasm and
are saying many nice things about
our sister city of Enid for the excel-
lent manner in which she entertained
the delegates from all over the state,
about 3,000 of whom were in attend-
1 be Oklahoma State Sunday School
convention has grown until it is the
largest annual ‘gatchring of any or-
ganization in the state and the con-
vention this year was the largest in
the history of the organization.
Many notable sectional Sunady
School workers were present, each
one with a message, from the heart.
Miss Margaret Slattery of Boston;
W. A. Brown of Chicago; E. J. Mea-
cham of Cincinnati and Dr. G. R.
Sampey of Louisville, Ky. and Prof.
E. O. Excel!, song leader, were
among those whose addresses and
song services thrilled the vast aud-
iences and helped to make the con-
vention the great success that it was.
State Secretary C. H. Nichols de-
serves great credit for the excellent
manner in which the convention was
conducted and for the splendid talent
The delegates returned with many
new ideas and plans with which to
make their own Sunday Schools bet-
ter anil larger.
The officers of the Woods County
Association wish to extend thanks to
all those who helped to make the
automobile procession a success.
The enthusiasm which was gather-
ed by the delegates at the state con-
vention will do much to increase the
attendance and enliven the next
county Sunday School convention.
Last Friday while playing with
schoolmates the little six year old
son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Patter-
son of Shattuck was badly injured
by being struck on the head by an
iron ball thrown by a school mate.
Mrs. C. H. Hyde of west of Alva, sis-
ter of Mrsfl. Patterson left for Shat-
tuck to visit the family a few days.
The many friends of Mr. and Mrs.
Patterson who formerly lived here
hope that their little son will soon
recover from the injury.
THE EVANGELISTIC MEETINGS.
conducted by Rev. Neff of McKees-
port in the Salvation Army hall con-
tinue with increased interest. He
will be assisted by Mrs. Ella Staple-
ton of Watonga, throughout tile re-
mainder of the meetings.
PUBLIC SCHOOL EXHIBIT.
The school exhibit/will be held in
the district court room April 6. Doors
open at 10.
The judge’s decisions at 1:45.
Lecture by Prof. W. H. Wood at
The athletics will begin promptly
at 10, April 7. Let every contestant
be on hand and ready.
Contest will be held on the normal
grounds. H. P. BRUCE.
For more than 20 years the citizens
of Oklahoma City have dreamed of a
great bridge across the South Cana-
dian river. And now the Ozark Trails
is making this dream come true. Such
a bridge will be built now is the tim
a bridge yill be a state institution
S. C. Lewis, E 19 and C 104 O. V. I.
J. M. Rowell 65 III. Inf, 6, 1846.
Dr. J. M. Wright, 15 Iowa Inf. 7, 1836
R. M. Roark, A 14 Kan Cav. 7, 1847
Rev. W. W. Prine, G 30 III. Inf, 12, ’46
W. W. Hiatt, F 11 Ind Inf. 15, 1845
C. H. Folsom, Me Inf. 15, 1847
W. A. Hosman, 1 U.. S. Bat. 20, 1841.
Wesley A. Nickelson, Togo.
Ruby Gould, Chester.
William H. Hurley, Alva.
Florence Moore, Alva.
Robert B. Case, Alva.
Eva L. Pulliam, Alva.
Charles W. Somers, Aline.
Opal Simmons, Aline.
Lewis A. Ward, Lindsey Okla.
Elmira Gray, Mead Kans.
D. V. Rogers, Mooreland.
Mrs. Anna Nieth, Woodward.
John M. Martin, Capron.
Bessie Shockley, Carmen.
George Annis, Freedom.
Ethel Moreland, Freedom.
Mollic Myrtle, daughter qf Perry
B. and Olive Johnson was born in
Norton county, Kansas, November
15, 1892 where she grew to woman-
hood, came to Woods county, Okla.
January 1911, was married to James
Elmer Evans at Alva, Okla. Jan. 7,
1911. To this union three children
were born, Willie Gayle, Leta Mal-
vena and Raymond Perry. Raymond
Perry preceeded her to the Better
World June 20, 1916. The deceased
departed this life March 27, 1917 after
a short illness of Bright’s disease,
age 24 years, 4 months and 12 days.
She leaves to mourn her departure
a husband, two children, father,
mother, two brothers, W. T. and J. P.
Johnson, one sister, Mrs. Ida Evans,
of Alva, two half sisters, Dora and
Opal Johnson of Alva, three half
brothers and three half sisters of
Nebraska, besides uncles and aunts,
grandmother, great grandmother
and a host of other relatives and
friends. Funeral at Whitehorse
shhool house after which remains
wer laid to rest in the Whitehorse
CARD OF THANKS.
We desire to express our grateful-
ness to our kind neighbors and
friends who assisted us through the
sicknes and death of our beloved
dnsband and father, and for the
beautiful floral offerings.:
Mrs. M. R. Viles.
Mrs. Will Prock.
Mrs. Ella Eadcs.
W. C. Viles.
H. M. Viles.
W’c were forced to leave out some
of the corrcsponedents splendid items
for the want of room. We will have
them next week.—Ed.
Mr. Patrick Fennessey went to Kan
sas City last week in order to have
aa operation performed. His son T.
F. accompanied him and reports that
his father was recovering in good
shape from tile operation. Many
friends here hope to sec Mr. Fen-
nessey again with us before long.
W. A. Talkington, formerly mer-.
chant of this city is here from Iowa
visiting old friends. Mrs. Talking-
ton is now in Kansas and will be here-
Mrs. Szerna Harmony left Monday
for her home in California. She was
accompanied by her brother Reuben
Hahn as far as Colorado Springs. Co
They came home a short time ago to
attend the funeral of their mother
Mrs. R. H. Hahn.’
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