Изображения страниц
PDF
EPUB

SENATOR ROBERT L. OWEN AT THE LOGAN ELM

Mr. E. L. Spetnagel, a life member of our Society, writes an interesting letter to Mr. Tiffin J. Gilmore thanking him for a circular containing a cut of the Logan Elm and the text of the speech of Chief Logan that made the tree famous. He speaks of a family reunion last June and the enjoyment of two brothers and other members of his family in making a visit to this grand, old tree. Continuing Mr. Spetnagel writes:

Some day I will drop into your office and tell you the story of another Indian who made a speech under this same Logan Elm. This Indian was none other than Senator Robert L. Owen of Oklahoma, who visited the spot with Judge Claypool and Mr. F. A. Stacey in 1920 on the occasion of a political meeting in the presidential campaign of that year. The Senator spent the night with Mr. Claypool and asked to be shown some of the mounds and spots made historic by the Indians. Upon their return, Claypool brought the Senator to our bank and asked me to entertain him until an automobile could be gotten to take him to Greenfield. I enjoyed a most delightful hour with the Senator and he told me of having made a speech himself under the tree that morning, and asked me if I cared to hear it. I assured him that I would, and he then stood up and repeated in the Choctaw language his speech. He said, "Of course you do not understand what I said, so I will interpret the speech for you." As near as I can recall his words they were as follows:

"Chief Logan, of the Mingo tribes, I bring you greetings from a member of the Choctaw tribe of Indians. You, in your day, were a good Indian. I, in my day, am striving to be a good Indian. I greet you, Chief Logan."

You cannot imagine the impressive effect of these words upon me, delivered as they were in the private room here at the bank to Mr. Stacey and myself as his audience.

After finishing his brief address he took from his pocket an envelope which contained several leaves from the Logan Elm, and, showing them to me, stated that he intended sending or taking them back to his mother and telling her the pathetic story of Logan.

Senator Owen of Oklahoma is not the only member of the highest legislative body in the world with Indian

blood in his veins. Senator Curtis of Kansas also points with pride to his Indian ancestry.

HISTORIC MEDALLIONS

The Greenville Advocate of February 22 contains an extended article by Mr. George A. Katzenberger announcing the moving of the Second National Bank of Greenville to its new building on the 24th of that month. The new home of the bank has appropriate medallions, prints of which were distributed on post cards. These are described in the article as follows:

Facing the bank from the Fourth Street side the observer will note two large bronze oval medallions of Generals St. Clair and Greene. The former was the first American officer passing through the present site of Greenville with an army, and the latter was the particular friend of General Wayne, who had served with General Greene in the southern campaign in the Revolutionary war, and in honor of whom Wayne caused the first fort erected here to be known as Fort Greenville. The two medallions to be seen from the Broadway side are those of Little Turtle, the celebrated Miami chieftain, who defeated. General St. Clair's army at what was afterwards known as Fort Recovery, and who participated in the Treaty of Greenville, the other medallion being that of "Mad Anthony Wayne" whose history is known to every citizen of Greenville. These medallions, forty inches high, were designed in plaster, by sculptor Bruce Haswell, of Cincinnati, from engravings in the collection of George A. Katzenberger, and were executed in bronze by Gorham and Company of New York City, and are in recognition of the historical importance of Greenville.

GENERAL J. WARREN KEIFER YOUNG AT EIGHTYSEVEN

Frequently within the past year General J. Warren Keifer has been hailed as the "grand old man of Ohio." On Jnuary 30, 1923, he reached the eighty-seventh anniversary of his birth. On this occasion he received

many felicitations and congratulations. He has entered upon his eighty-eighth year in good health and a lively interest in public affairs. Ohio is proud of his. illustrious career. He is an active life member of the Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society as the recent proceedings of its annual meetings attest. He is a member of the Board of Trustees. In this interest he has signally honored the Society.

For the first time in ten years the Ohio State Archæological and Historical Society was given adequate and proportionate recognition as an educational institution of the state by the General Assembly of Ohio which has this month recessed at the conclusion of its regular session. The appropriations include $238,000 for the completion of the Memorial Wing of the Museum and Library Building and much needed increases for the puplications and administrative work of the Society. A full account of the friendly attitude of the General Assembly, with recognition of those especially active in behalf of the Society, will appear in the July issue of the QUARTERLY.

Chiefly through the active interest of Colonel Edward Orton, Jr. and Mr. Walter D. McKinney and the generosity of George T. Spahr and Theodore E. Glenn, of the firm of Spahr and Glenn, the Society has come into the possession of the library of the Old Northwest Genealogical Society, which will be classified and arranged as a distinct and important unit of the library of the Society. A fuller account of this important collection will appear in a later issue of the QUARTERLY.

Vol. XXXII-28.

1

[ocr errors][ocr errors]
« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »