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“D*** Puppy” Digital Image. Photographed , 03/03/09, Midwest City, OK. Privately held by Richard O. Cheek, Midwest City, OK, 2009.
“Still small voice, an unintentional double exposure” Scanned Image. Photographed , ca1945, Farmville, VA. Privately held by Richard O. Cheek, Midwest City, OK, 2009.
Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #5-Another generation of Cheeks comes to Mangum
Prompt: Talk about your genealogy adventures while on vacation. Doesn’t everyone plan a little genealogy visit during vacation? Take your readers along for the ride.
I haven’t gotten to do as many of these as I intended. In fact this is the first one of the weekly prompts that I’ve had time to post. So much for good intentions. A couple of years ago, my older brother who lives in SC came back to Oklahoma for Christmas along with his wife and two grandchildren. He doesn’t get back this way very often so we tried to do as much as possible in the few days he was here. One of the thing he really wanted to do was visit our father’s hometown, Mangum (Capitol of Greer County), OK. The “Capitol” thing is something I will have to explain later. So two days after Christmas in 2007, we set out. Our party consisted of my brother, my two sisters, myself, our four spouses, a daughter of one sister, and the two grandchildren.
Just north of town is the farm where our great grandfather Cheek homesteaded before 1903. We have never been able to do more than see it from the road. One of these days I will find out who owns it and get permission to go out to the farm house.
If you are in Mangum at lunch time there is only one option-the Hamburger Inn- right on the Square.
We were a little late for lunch and they were going to close soon so we had to chose from a limited menu. But we had a great time and enjoyed examining the antiques? collectables? memorabilia? junk? on the floor, the walls, the ceiling, the tables, etc.
One of the group went exploring and came back saying, “You all have got to see this.” Most of the tables had old copies of the Mangum Star covered with plastic along with other items from the past. And one of the papers from World War 2 had a front page story about officers from Mangum in the 45th Infantry Division. Among the officers was our father, Captain James Edmon Cheek.
Dad is the second from the left. That find was certainly worth the price of gas for the trip.
Our next stop was the Old Greer County Museum.
This is one of the truly unique, local museums in the country. It is housed in the old hospital building, staffed totally by volunteers, and filled with the treasured artifacts of hundreds of families and communities. Each of the old patient rooms is sponsored by a different family, community, or organization. For more information about the museum go to their website at http://www.oldgreercountymuseum.com/index.html
The picture at the top of the article was taken on the stairs at the museum by one of the friendly staff. The real find at the museum was in a back room where they had hundreds of old photographs and negatives from the Fike Studio, an regular part of Mangum life for many years. During one of our stays we lived next door to the Fikes and my brother and I spent many hours playing with their daughter, Susan. To tell the whole story of the museum is way outside the scope of this article, but I promise a follow-up not too far in the future.
Of course no visit to Mangum is complete without going to the cemetery. We no longer have any relatives living in Mangum but we do have a lot of them in Riverside Cemetery.
Our great grandparents, Robert Bruce and Carrie Savannah Cheek who are in the blog’s header picture.
Notice that the stone includes not only Robert and Carrie, but also Robert’s sister, Columbia Cheek.
Our grandparents, Marion and Anna Cheek.
There are many more Cheeks in the cemetery but I don’t want to neglect our mother’s family, some of whom also lived in Mangum. But only her mother and one of our uncles is buried there.
Her name was originally Paralee Tennessee Lancaster. She married an Orand, then a Bex, and then a Smith and decided she liked Pauline better than Paralee.
If you are ever in Mangum when the lake is down it is obligatory on your way out of town to stop and see the remains of the town of Lugert which was covered when they built the lake. But this being Southwestern Oklahoma, the town reappears from time to time like Brigadoon.
Look carefully and you can see the foundation and floor of one of the houses. When we got down to it we discovered it had a cellar but after a little digging, we decided we were just not equipped to do a “dig.”
It was a great trip which give my brother and I the chance to relive a lot of old memories. Our sisters are both much younger and never lived in Mangum or knew very many of our relatives who lived there. But it is a very important part of our family history and I was glad to be able to share it with another generation of Cheeks and with you.
I look forward to the Smile-for-the-camera Carnivals because of
the challenge of selecting just the right picture(s) for the category. I regret that time constraints have made me miss the last few. This time it really was easy and I didn’t have to look very deep into the family archives. In fact the picture was as close as the top of the page. My header picture, a family portrait of my great grandfather Robert Bruce Cheek’s family takin in Mangum, Oklahoma Territory, around 1903. There are many more pictures in my treasury that would fit, but I have always been fascinated by the sartorial contrasts in this family portrait.
The patriarch is wearing an obviously well-worn standard suit of the era. The mother, Carrie Savanah Adams Cheek, obviously took a little more time to get ready for the photographer, what doesn’t show with her hands folded across her lap, is the presence of the final member of the family, Roy Bruce, who will be born later in the year. The stars are obviously big brother, Joseph Marion (my grandfather) and big sister, Bertie Columbia. They are definitely stylin’. The other boys are not too impressed with the whole process and would obviously prefer to be somewhere else. I really like the haphazard buttoning of the jacket on my great uncle Robert Luther. Unfortunately a few years later he would be killed in France in “the war to end all wars.” The best dressed of all may be the doll held by Annabelle, but I just couldn’t enlarge enough to be sure.
I am eagerly anticipating the next carnival.
“Hope.” Digital Image. Photographed by Richard O. Cheek, 22 January 2009. Privately held by Richard O. Cheek, Midwest City, OK, 2009.
My son’s librarian wife
The last Smile-for-the-camera Carnival was impossible because any attempt to choose a favorite picture had to leave too many out and could only be true for the picture selected at that time and place. Five minutes later, I probably would have changed my mind. The Crowning Glory theme was a lot easier because it gave me some boundaries that I had to observe, but I was pretty sure what my final selection would be before I even started looking. Still there was that part of the instructions that said, “Don’t limit yourself to just hair fashion through the ages, got a great photograph of a hat, helmet, bonnet, or some other interesting headgear? Share!” That opened up lots of possibilities, so rather than limit myself to one, I decided to share some of the great pictures that fell into the “also ran” category.
The first three are pictures of my wife’s mother, her little sister, and my wife.
The next group includes my son Rick as Aslan, my son John with really pretty hair, and son Mark with his best Jesus look.
Next in the classic headgear category are my great, great, great grandmother Dicey Mitchell Ball (the camera didn’t catch her with her eyes closed, she was blind), my mother with her big brother, and my wife’s mother with her big hat.
In the next group are another shot of me and my big brother (obviously no longer in the Philippines), a shot of my wife on the way to do a little shopping, and one of my wife’s cousins with the cutest little hat.
The final group displays the glories of my son Bob, doing his Johnny Appleseed impression, and my three grand daughters looking oh so cute in their pink trucker hats (gifts from their uncle John who got cut out of the picture because he is not nearly as cute as they are.)
The runner up picture is another shot of Emma and Eliza who are very excited about their wonderful hair.(I still can’t believe their friend was patient enough to braid all the girls hair that day).
The winner is the shot of three brothers-Matt, John, and Bob-sans hair. A few years ago their sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. An experienced friend advised her that it is a lot less traumatic to just go ahead and cut your hair off rather than waiting for it to fall out. When her brothers found out, the told her to let them know when she was going to shave her head and they would join her. This picture is the result-the Crowning Glory of “philadelphia.”
Of course following that, she got to wear a wig and they just had to wait until it grew out. Just in case you were wondering the middle brother is the same one with all the beautiful curls up in group two.
This carnival has truly been a joy to participate in and believe me there were many more pictures that didn’t quite make the final groups. I am eagerly anticipating the next carnival.