Posted 10 years ago
I bought this book at a yard sale along with other old books. It has a little water damage, so I figured that is why it was stuck in the sale!
But, after looking at it, I realized it might be of historical importance to certain people. It is the history of the Moravians at the Springplace Mission in Oklahoma. A large part of the book is also the genealogical information for the Ward family of the Cherokee Nation. It is the first edition and published by the Co-operative Publishing Co. in Guthrie, OK.
The inscription inside the front cover has the signature of the author, Muriel H. Wright, dated February 12th, 1940. Also, Mrs. J. Bartley Milam has signed the book for both her and her husband. Mr. Milam was to become the next Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1941 - shortly after this signing. Three more family members have signed and dedicated this copy to Mrs. Clara A. Ward who is credited on the title page as providing most of the genealogical notes for the book; and pictured in the book after the title page.
I have checked with local Oklahoma colleges and found that they each have a copy of this book in special collections, not available for public viewing. I feel like I have a special piece of Oklahoma and Moravian history.
If anyone has more information about this book, please let me know. I hope there are other people that can appreciate this book as much as I do!