The "Old Home Place" abt 1900-1910

The "Old Home Place" abt 1900-1910
Earp Homestead located N. Keokuk Twp., SE 1/4 S6 T15N R6E, Lincoln CO., OK, or 3 miles north and 2 1/2 miles west of Stroud, OK.

The Earp Family Blog


Here you'll find a family parlor for descendants and other kin of William Asbury and Mary Frances (Wright) Earp, who settled near Stroud (Lincoln Co.) Oklahoma Territory in 1892. May it be a resting place along the highway of time for all who pass this way. Come on in--the door's open. Sit down and rest a spell. Let's swap some stories and photographs from the treasure chest of time. Y'all come on in now, hear?


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Oklahoma Trails To The Past

I am so anxious to see this monument. Hopefully on my next trip to Oklahoma we will be able to make it happen. This bigger-than-life brass monument is located on Lincoln Blvd., Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK.

OK Land Run monument by sculptor Paul Moore
Lt click to enlarge

The name Oklahoma comes from the Choctaw phrase, 'okla humma,' literally meaning red people.

Choctaw Chief Allen Wright suggested the name in 1866 during
treaty negotiations with the federal government regarding the use
  of Indian Territory, in which he envisioned an all-Indian state
controlled by the United States Superintendent of Indian Affairs.
 Equivalent to the English word Indian, okla humma was a
phrase in the Choctaw language used to describe the Native
American race as a whole. Oklahoma later became the name for
 Oklahoma Territory, and it was officially approved in 1890,
two years after the area was opened to white settlers.

Formed by the combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian
 Territory on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma was the 46th state to
 enter the union. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and
its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City. The state has 77 counties.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


It was north of Chandler 1939,
My granddad with the blue killer eyes
Hughie Earp reading by kerosene lamp light
A shoot'em-up dime-store western,
Much to the surprise of the brown-
Eyed farm lad come courting,
Later to be my father
And recall to me that scene
Glimpsed through an opening door,
And even then he not fooled by such
Display of weakness for the word
In this known hardshod
Horse trader who still had
The first nickel he'd ever made,
This pale-eyed reader
Rocklike in washed out overalls
Whose livestock had a new windmill
While Arly carried water
Up the hill and longed for town.

In the photo I have of them, made
From a discarded negative after Grandpa died,
Hughie looks straight into the lens,
Arly wears a black church-going hat,
Her gaze gone out grimly away from his.
Arly daily carried the water
For the kitchen and table and bath
Up a hundred-yard slope
Of red-clay rocky Lincoln County hill
Silently by hand.

I remember a Sunday once
With whoops and chants
She gathered up her skirts
And showed us how the Sac and Fox danced.


Taken from "Oklahoma Elegies, Chronicles and Family History"
by Wayne Pounds

Avery, Oklahoma...An Oklahoma Ghost Town

This is an interesting link. Avery, OK was located south of Cushing and northwest of Stroud. Hughie and Arlie Earp lived there during their early marriage because their first son Ernie Earp was born there in 1917.


Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Grandma!

"Leap Day" is February 29, which is an extra day added during a "Leap Year", making the year 366 days long - and not 365 - like a common year. Nearly every 4 years is a Leap Year in our modern Gregorian Calendar. Ever since Leap Years were first introduced over 2000 years ago with the transition from the Roman calendar to the Julian Calendar in 45 BCE (Before Common Era), Leap Day has been associated with age-old Leap Day traditions and folklore.

Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242199 days to circle once around the Sun. If we didn't add a day on February 29 nearly every 4 years, we would lose almost six hours every year.

One of the most popular traditions that has to do with Leap Day, is that women can propose to their boyfriends on this day! This day is also associated with traditional Sadie Hawkins parties where the ladies get to invite the men to a party, instead of vice versa.

One interesting statistic is: one out of every 1500 babies is born on Leap Day! These people have an actual birthday every four years! One such person was my beloved grandmother - Arlie Avenell Earp. Arlie, the daughter of William  and Mary  Neff Flatt,  was born February 29, 1896 near Meno, Major Co., Oklahoma Territory. That area was better known as the "Cherokee Strip." Four years later her family was living north of Stroud prior to the 1900 territory census.

 As a child I remember it was always a fun day...Grandma's actual birth day!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Grandma. It was taken about 1941 in Chandler, OK.

Friday, February 17, 2012


These valentines are all from the 1930's
 and belonged to my dad Archie Pounds.
He kept them in his "pretty box".

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lenna Earp

"Lenna Earp" by Gerry Robideaux

Black Cemetery, Stroud Oklahoma

Lenna Earp, 1895-1914

I was born in Adair County Kentucky in 1895. My parents lived in Little Cake, if you can imagine a name like that. My dad was a day laborer--didn’t have his own farm.

I don’t remember just when it was that Daddy brought us all to Oklahoma Territory, but I do remember we lived on a farm in North Keokuk Township in Lincoln County near the big town of Stroud. I was fourteen and Daddy had his own farm.

On the next farm was a boy named Hughie Earp, which was homesteaded by his parents, and he was seventeen. I liked this blonde, blue-eyed man, so different from me with my brown eyes and long dark hair. He must’ve felt the same way for we married in 1912. He was nineteen and I was seventeen. Our parents thought we were too young to know what we were doing, but Hughie did a man’s work all day with his dad in the fields and raising horses, and I knew how to keep house and take care of kids. I had little brothers and sisters.

Two years later we had a baby boy, and we named him Kenneth Hugh. He had my brown eyes and dark hair. Then eight days later I was dead from an infection. The doctor had come from delivering a baby calf at a neighboring farm and hadn’t washed his hands good afterward.

They buried me in Black Cemetery northwest of Stroud. Hughie put up a beautiful tombstone there. It says, “We Shall Meet Again,” and “Gone But Not Forgotten”.

And his sister Coy wrote a nice obituary. It told how I was converted and joined the church, and about my marriage and the birth of baby Kenny. I liked the little poem at the end.

Heaven retaineth now our treasure of earth. The lonely casket keeps
and the sunbeams love to linger where our sainted loved one sleeps.”

I don’t know about “sainted,” but Elder Perkins preached, it said, “in the presence of a large audience.”

Lenna Earp 1912 on wedding day.

Lenna Wilburn Earp was my grandfather Earp's
first wife.