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Voluume 34 Number 23
February 17, 2015
Who were the “Pioneers?”
by Steve York
Beside the Crow Roost Fire Station at Fort Cobb Lake lies a mystery.
Or, as was recently discovered, many mysteries. Overgrown with
weeds and trees is a plot of land about which many stories have been
told, but no answers have been discovered.
Known as the Pioneer Cemetery, there are no headstones among
the grass. Across the street is an old water pump, where once the
Pioneer School stood; its students and teachers also lost in the past.
On October 3, 2002, interested residents researched enough about
the cemetery to erect a marker noting the land for the cemetery was
donated by the R.F. Payne family on October 7, 1903. It was believed at
the time of the marker that there might be as many as 30 people buried
in the cemetery who are unknown to this day.
The area was in bad need of cleanup and though Caddo County
workers brush-hogged the plot in the summer, the trees and weeds
had taken over.
In the summer of 2010, the Crow Roost Fire Department and the
Northeast Fort Cobb Lakeside Association took over the maintenance
of the Cemetery and began cleaning, removing dead trees and trimming trees so it was easier to maintain.
On November 21, 2014, the University of Oklahoma Archeological
department brought Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and a Gradiometry
Sensor to survey the Cemetery. Dr. Scott Hammerstedt, Dr. Amanda
Regnier and Shawn Lambert spent most of the day surveying the
They identified the locations of over 40 possible unmarked graves
at the Pioneer Cemetery.
Their report explains that the definite proof of a grave can only be
conclusively determined by excavation but the team of specialists are
confident of the results.
As more trees are cleared, those involved hope to have the OU
team returned to help determine if even more burial sites are still hidden in the wooded areas in the northeast corner of the cemetery.
The Crow Roost Fire Department, the Northeast Fort Cobb Lakeside
Association and the community are very grateful to Dr. Hammerstedt
and his staff for their help.
But the mysteries are not yet solved. Who lies buried and forgotten at the Pioneer Cemetery? Why were the entire Pioneer community,
school and cemetery deserted and why is there no one who remembers?
If anyone can help solve the mystery at Crow Roost, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or The Country Connection News at
Those who lived and died in the Pioneer Community deserve to be
honored and remembered
Using underground detecting radar, a team from the University of Oklahoma discovered as many as 40 graves near the
Crow Roost Fire Station.
FORT COBB-- Caddo Kiowa Tech Center is hosting a Blood Drive,
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, February 27. Donors may select an appreciation item from the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Treasure Chest. For an
appointment call 877-340-8777.
HINTON--Jace Hilliard, a 12 year old Weatherford 6th grader, formerly
of Hinton, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Community
Volunteers and family friends will host a fundraiser on Sunday, March
1, at the Hinton First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. A
luncheon and live auction are in the works for the event which will be
from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar.
Following many setbacks
and a drawn-out Election &
Protest period, the new
officials of the Caddo Nation
had their first meeting at the
Caddo Tribal Complex last
week. Tammy Francis
Fourkiller, Chairman (right)
is sworn in while other new
Tribal Board members look
Becca Sullivan and her staff
were given special recognition
byThe Hydro-Eakly Board of Education at their February 9 meeting.
The Dietary Department headed
by Sullivan received the Certified
Excellent School Award.
The Board accepted the resignations of Karen Looney, Carrie
Bracken and Joseph Hardesty at
their February 12 meeting.
They hired Karli Burch as Social Worker.
Principals Tharp and Bussey
gave their reports.
Board members present were
Loyd Lasley, who gave the Invocation, Kevin Propps, Eric
Cloninger and Jim Barnett.
After the Consent Docket was
approved, transfers for 2014-2015
were approved, along with the Ten
Day Committee, and the School
Neva Taff and Bill Derryberry
were hired as bus drivers for the
remainder of the school year.
The 2015-2016 School Calendar
was approved, as well as transferring sick days from Jason Crisp to
A fundraiser request for Track
and Cross Country was tabled.
Supt. Derryberry reported on
the OSSBA Meeting, the Playoffs
and the Sale of Bonds.
News & Advertising
Mondays at 5 p.m.
FCB Board rehires superintendent
The Fort Cobb-Broxton
School Board approved the
Auditor’s Report from Angel &
Johnson CPAs when they met
Board members present were
Derek Weaver, Tom Steinmetz,
Jamie Courtney and Paul Bates.
James Biddy was a visitor.
The Consent Items were approved and the Superintendent
reported on expenditures.
The board approved the Service Agreement with ADPC; a Cooperation Agreement between the
District and Caddo County; and
the 470 ERATE Application.
Board member Derek Weaver
was sworn in as President by
Supt. Kyle Lierle.
Present member assignments
were continued for another year.
The Superintendent’s Contract for 2016-2017 was renewed
The salary amount was tabled.
The BBB-E3 Application for
the vacant board position was
Supt.Lierle will speak to
OSSBA regarding application requirements.
Letter to Editor
Muslim Day set at State Capitol
Besides the raft of typical events held at the Oklahoma State Capitol during the annual legislative
session, Oklahoma Muslims have set aside a day this month to visit their Representatives and Senators.
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has scheduled “Muslim
Day” at the Capitol on February 27.
“We already have 50 of our members who have registered for the event, and we hope to attract twice
that many for the day,” said Adam Soltani, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of CAIR. “Several
members of our community have come to me, asking how they can get their voices heard and how they
can get involved in public affairs,”
Soltani said. “Muslim Day at the Capitol” is intended to encourage followers of Islam to be more
involved in the public arena. During their hours at the Capitol, the Muslim plan to discuss issues such as
racial profiling, free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, and the teaching of
religion in public schools.
They hope the event will provide an opportunity to attempt to ease the friction between members of
the Islamic faith and their Oklahoma neighbors. One GOP legislator in particular has been a rather vocal
critic of CAIR in recent weeks.
And in 2010, Oklahomans overwhelmingly endorsed State Question 755, which would have barred the
Oklahoma Judiciary, when interpreting cases for State Law, from considering any court case in which the
Islamic System of Sharia Law figured prominently in the decision. SQ 55 also forbid Oklahoma jurists from
embracing International Law as a precedent when making decisions that affected Oklahomans.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City approved a temporary restraining order
that barred certification of the election’s results. Subsequently that decision was upheld by the 10th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The appellate court ruled that the initiative violate the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, because it singled out the Muslim faith among religious laws for discrimination.
Furthermore, the court declared, there was no compelling state interested for the law because it was a
solution looking for a problem; proponents of the initiative failed to identify any actual problems the
challenged amendment seeks to solve.
Mike Ray, Media Director,
Oklahoma House of Representatives.