This weeks:
  • Can You Identify History?

Can you identify the people in the photos from the collection of the Ottawa County Historical Society? The OCHS maintains thousands of historical photos and seeks help with the identification of the people in them. Volunteers and visitors may look at photos at the Dobson Museum during hours of operations. All photographs posted on this site are the property of the Ottawa County Historical Society and Dobson Museum and may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.

This weeks photo

September 10th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

September 3rd, 2017

August 27th, 2017

August 20th, 2017

August 13th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

August 6th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

July 30th, 2017

Answer:Identified by Tom Ross as Tom and Marion Bushong, teachers at Commerce HS in 1956

July 23rd, 2017

July 16th, 2017

Answer:Identified by Pat Frisbie as Picher Twirling Team and teacher was Velma Miller, 3rd grade

July 9th, 2017

July 2nd, 2017

June 25th, 2017

June 18th, 2017

June 11th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

June 4th, 2017

May 28th, 2017

May 21st, 2017

Answer: Identified as George Stokes and Sue Ella Stokes by Gary Reynolds, Larry Perkins, and George Draeger.

May 14th, 2017

Answer: Identified by Peggy Schnakenberg.
First Christian Church - Miami
Bride - Lola Marie Furnish
Groom - Carl Don Penrod

May 7th, 2017

April 30th, 2017

April 23rd, 2017

April 16th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

April 9th, 2017

Answer: Identified by Mary Pollock and Tom Ross. R to L (counter clockwise)
Mutt Mantle, Mickey Mantle, Ray Mantle, Barbara Mantle, Roy Mantle, and Cliff Mapes.

April 2nd, 2017

March 26th, 2017

March 19th, 2017

March 12th, 2017

Answer: No names submitted.

March 12th, 2017

Answer:Identified by Pam Tillman
Bottom Row (Second from Left): ? Sanders
Back Row (Second from Left): Johnny Highland
Back Row (Third from Left): Patrick Hargrove

March 5th, 2017

February 26th, 2017

February 19th, 2017

February 12th, 2017

February 5th, 2017

Answer:No names submitted.

January 29th, 2017

Answer: See answer

January 22nd, 2017

January 15th, 2017

Answer:No names submitted.

January 8th, 2017

Answer: See answer

January 1st, 2017

Answer:No name submitted.


December 25th, 2016

December 18th, 2016

Answer:No name submitted.

December 11th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

December 4th, 2016

Answer:Identified by Jean Craig Osborn as Verdie Henson and Frances Henson.

November 20th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

November 13th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

November 6th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

October 30th, 2016

Answer: See answer

October 23rd, 2016

Answer: No names submitted.

October 16th, 2016

Answer: Left to Right: Eddie Simpson, Irene Jones, Fayrene Morgan, Earl Gonce. Identified by Betty Alsbury and Bronwyn Morgan.

October 9th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

October 2nd, 2016

Answer:Fairland Band receives funds for new band uniforms from Fairland Lions Club, March 1960.
L to R: Judy Jean Fronterhause, Roy Gainer, Al Hampton, Voris Taylor, Roy Rousey. Identifed by Charles Babst, Tom Bond, and Carol Ann Goodwin.

September 25th, 2016

Answer:No photo submitted

September 25th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

September 18th, 2016

Answer: See answer

September 11th, 2016

Answer:Nelle Nesbitt, identified by Sue Edwards.

September 4th, 2016

Answer:Back Row: Tom Mustain Carl Mustain Ray Mustain Janice Mustain
Front Row: Eileen Mustain Ethyl Mustain (Mrs. Carl)
Identified by Gerald Grimes.

August 28st, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

August 21st, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

August 14th, 2016

Answer: See answer

August 7th, 2016

Answer: See answer

July 31st, 2016

Answer: Miami Jaycee Jayne's from the 1960s identified by Jane Osborn and Nancy Gee.

July 24th, 2016

Answer: See answer

July 17th, 2016

Answer:Left to Right: Marion Rucker, Bobby Joe Rucker, Bob Rucker, Easter Ethel Rucker, Ruby (Rucker) King, Louise (Rucker) Bridgett identified by Ernie Hopper.

July 10th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

July 3rd, 2016

Answer: See answer

June 26th, 2016

Answer:Marquiese Lasley and Margueritte Lasley, twin sisters, in a Millner-Berkey Fashion Show at Coleman Theatre. Identified by Frances Webb and Margueritte (Lasley) Walker.

June 19th, 2016

Answer: See answer

June 12th, 2016

Answer:Second Row Far Left is Charlie Ellis, Back Row Second From Left is Charlie Hirsch identified by Jim Ellis, Larry Roberts, and Charlene Lingo. Juanita Davis identified her mother-in-law in the photo, Evaline Davis, back row third from left.

June 5th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

May 29th, 2016

Answer:Mr. R.C. Nichols, longtime Superintendent of Miami Public Schools (in the middle) identified by Jean (Nichols) Craig Osborn. On the left Mytle Smith and on the right Lavaga Watkins, identified Lynda Roten.

May 22nd, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

May 15th, 2016

Answer: See answer

May 8th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

May 1st, 2016

Answer: Front Row: (L to R) John Burford, Sherry Walker, Carol Cowles, Kartina White, Doug Burtram Back Row: (L to R) Robert Blizzard, Darell Wilson, John Carter, and Phillip Ulmer. Identified by George Botts, Gary Reynolds, Sheri and Dave Hiebert, and Betty Wills.

April 24th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

April 17th, 2016

Answer:Left to Right: Melba Lawson, Jan Sherman,Elizabeth Johnson. Identified by Billy Mack Harrison, Barbara Fisher, and Carol Blevins.

April 10th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

April 3rd, 2016

Answer:Left to Right: Bill Dunbar, Gerrie (Longenbaugh) Dunbar, unknown, Mildred (Evans) Longenbaugh, and Charles Longenbaugh. They ran a donut shop on Goodrich Blvd. Identified by Jim Ellis, Gary Reynolds, and Charlene Lingo.

March 27th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

March 20th, 2016

Answer:No names submitted.

March 13th, 2016

Answer: Identified as bottom row 1st person Frank Krable and 4th person over from left on front row as Madge Powell.

March 6th, 2016

February 28th, 2016

Answer: No names submitted.

February 21th, 2016

Answer:Left to Right: Floyd Pitts, Robert "Doc" Swanson, Bill Ellis? or Mr. Hudspeth?
Identified by Robyn Carnett, Tom Pendergraft, and Gary Reynolds.

February 14th, 2016

Answer:Lee Alsbury, Sheila Faye Alsbury, and Marlin Alsbury identified by Gladys Nichols.

February 7th, 2016

Answer:No name submitted.

January 31st, 2016

Answer: See answer

January 24th, 2016

Answer:Identified by Susan Cuthbertson as Frank "Gummy" and Frances Baker, her grandparents.

January 17th, 2016

Answer:No name submitted.

January 10th, 2016

Answer:Larry and Susie (Baker) Cuthbertson and their children Ricky, Susan "Binkie", and an unknown daughter identified by Red Mathia, Carolyn Barger, and Mrs. Phillip Thompson.

January 3rd, 2016

Answer:George and Mazie Winters identified by Susie Barnes and Charlene Lingo.


December 27th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

December 20th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

December 13th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

December 6th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

November 29th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

November 22nd, 2015

Answer:James Loren Wagner was 2nd from right identified by Jim Wagner, his father.

November 15th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

November 8th, 2015

Answer:Lee and Nora Davis "Dad and Granny Lee" in their 60th Wedding Anniversary Party identified by Mr. and Mrs. Larry E. Davis and Carolyn Elliott.

November 1st, 2015

October 25th, 2015

Answer:The group was the Village Mother's Club Washington School PTA (late 1950s) with :
Front Row (Left to Right): Lorraine Vance, Mary Pollock, Nola Dean
2nd Row (Left to Right): Peggy Abel, Susie Edwards, Rosamond Shull, Jeanie Woods, Delite Hopper, Jeanette Jones, Glenna Fairman
3rd Row (Left to Right): Pat Webber, Rose Baker, Beth McVay, Mae Wills, Jean Kerley, Geraldine Caywood identified by Mary Pollock and Susie Barnes.

October 18th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

October 11th, 2015

Answer:Left to Right: Joyce Green, Patricia Smith, Janice Ross, Sally McFerron, Barbara Choate, Jo Ann Scruggs, Sammy Sells identified by Charlene Lingo.

October 4th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

September 27th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

September 20th, 2015

Answer:No names submitted.

September 13th, 2015

Answer: Back row: Mrs. Tom Parker, unknown, Mrs. Pat Hollis Parker, unknown, Mrs. Mary Parker, John Parker, George (Skip) Parker, Tom Parker, unknown, Mr. Livingston
Front Row George I. Parker, unknown, George C. Parker, unknown, Bertha Parker, Deloris (Parker) Livingston, unknown. Identified by Don Parker.

September 6th, 2015

Answer:No name submitted.

August 30th, 2015

Answer:The grandchildren of Bert and Macy (White) Boyd identified by by Jack and Kathy Hayes and Frances Simmons.

August 23rd, 2015

Answer:Identified by Jack and Kathy Hayes as Jim Hayes in front.

August 16th, 2015

Answer: See answer

August 9th, 2015

Answer: Emma Schubert holding Paula Keener Rosa Trolinger, George Trolinger, and Deanna Keener identified by Virgie Curtis, Sherry Smith, Raymond Kelly, and Lorene Sanders.

August 2nd, 2015

Answer:No names submitted

July 26th, 2015

Answer: See answer

July 19th, 2015

Answer: Mary Nichols Mann and her two children Barbara and Jack, Jr. identified by Jean Nichols Craig Osborn.

July 12th, 2015

Answer: Miami News Record Employees with Charles and Jane Trussler on center of front row, Jess Heck on third row on left, Velton Gray on back row left center identified by Kitty Moseley and BG Hampton.

July 5th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

June 28th, 2015

Answer: Geral Carlin, Picher Postmaster identified by Patricia McMillan, Mickey Johnson, and Bill Brumley

June 21st, 2015

Answer: Left to Right: Barbara (Cole) Teel, Etta Cole, Virginia (Cole) Blevins, identified by Virginia Blevins

June 14th, 2015

Answer: Identified by Beverly Housman Haynes and Gary Reynolds.
Left to Right: Back Row- Jehu Housman, Jerry Housman, Beverly Housman, Everett Henderson
Front Row: Lena Housman, Johnathan Henderson, Ethel Henderson, Ray Henderson, Suzanne Henderson, Nancy Henderson

June 7th, 2015

Answer: Identified as Ernestine, Nancy, Earl Dean, and Danny Wilcox.

May 31st, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

May 24th, 2015

Answer: Identified as North Miami elementary school students with Ben Garvin, principal.

May 17th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

May 10th, 2015

Answer: Identified as the 1915 Miami High School graduating senior class.

May 3rd, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

April 26th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

April 19th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

April 12th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted.

April 5th, 2015

Answer: Former Welch students Dean Griffith, Deanna Huxtable, Linda Wagner and Steve Neill identified by Marilyn Horner.

March 29th, 2015

Answer: Mr. and Mrs. Gib Wright and their seven children identified by daughter Joann Panter.

March 22nd, 2015

Answer: Female golfers at the Miami Golf and Country Club.

March 15th, 2015

Answer: The 50th wedding anniversary of Gary Linderman's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ona Patton and their nine children, identified by Gary Linderman.

March 8th, 2015

Answer: Identified as students at Hockerville School.

March 1st, 2015

Answer: Gathering at the Hotel Miami in preparation of the Oklahoma Semi-Centennial celebration.

February 22nd, 2015

Answer: Identified as 1956 MHS seniors and juniors at the “prom” held at Gene’s Tarry-A-While.

February 15th, 2015

Answer: Identified by Carolyn Ritchey as teachers Mrs. Adda Hall and Miss Mae Lohman and Miami High School students Colleen Cook, Calvin Kidwell, Yvonne Kidwell and Richard Hall.

February 8th, 2015

Answer: Donna, Donnie and Dana Durburow identified by Jamie Johnston.

February 1st, 2015

Answer: Roma Dahl and Lois Cowles identified by Sue Barnes.

January 25th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted

January 18th, 2015

Answer: No names submitted

January 11th, 2015

Answer: Identified as the City of Miami utility maintenance plant and featured Charles C. Chesnut and city employees.

January 4th, 2015

Answer: 1960 Commerce High School junior class officers that includes Ron Patterson, DeWayne Hollon, Joy Stanley, Lana Corbus, and Delbert Garrett identified by Ron Patterson.


December 28th, 2014

Answer: Patty Osborne and Margaret Price identified by Kathy Bowling.

December 21st, 2014

December 14th, 2014

Answer: Identified by Norma Garwood as her children Terri and Rob Garwood taken on Christmas of 1964.

December 7th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

November 30th, 2014

Answer: Bill Froman and Shirley Mashburn's wedding identified by Yvonne Ketcher.

November 23rd, 2014

Answer:Bessie Belle Wagner, Margie Matlock, Betty Dembinski and Lucille Meredith identified by Peggy Schnakenburg.

November 16th, 2014

Answer: Bill Y. James, long-time merchant and owner of James and James identified by Barbara Becker & Jane Osborn.

November 9th, 2014

Answer: 1956 third grade class at Commerce Central Elementary identified by Tom Ross.

November 2nd, 2014

Answer: Seneca Indian School employees Sara Poe, Barbara Kyser-Collier, Arliss Secondine, Laura Downum and Dorma Hollis identified by Sheryl Laue, Barbara Kyser-Collier and Luann Buffalo.

October 26th, 2014

Answer: Norma Sue Davis, 1956 Oklahoma State Dairy Princess and her horse Fellas identified by Larry and Judy Davis.

October 19th, 2014

October 12th, 2014

Answer: Rev. and Mrs. Lewis Maples and children Bob, Margaret, Barbara and Sarah identified by Yvonne Ketcher.

October 5th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

September 28th, 2014

Answer: Gilstrap Grocery and USPS in North Miami, where Jack & Louise Gilstrap served as postmaster. Identified by B. G. Hampton, Jane Grant Watts, & David Sharp.

September 21st, 2014

Answer: Bill and Fountie Michael of Cardin at the home of Burl Lane, their nephew, who had Lane Oil Company at the stateline in Picher. Identified by their great-grandson, Claude Best.

September 14th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

September 7th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

August 31st, 2014

Answer: Children’s art show including
Bill Letcher, Harriet Wyatt, Sally Lucky, Nova Theising and G. W. Manning

August 24th, 2014

Answer: Students of the Virginia Lee and Tom Wilson dance studio
identified by Judde Snodderly

August 17th, 2014

Answer: No name submitted

August 10th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

August 3rd, 2014

July 27th, 2014

Answer: Former B. F. Goodrich workers Betty Lou Walker, (center) and Arthur Whiteley (right) with awards for the department having the least amount of waste products

July 20th, 2014

Answer:The 1961 Commerce 8th grade boys basketball team with Coach Reisinger identified by Kathryn Frazee and Vicki Turner

July 13th, 2014

Answer: 1962 Will Rogers 8th Grade Basketball Team indentified by David Price

July 6th, 2014

June 29th, 2014

June 22nd, 2014

Answer: Bruce Swango and Claude Vetrech identified by Kenneth Sooter

June 15th, 2014

Answer: An early 1960’s Mutt Hut dance held in the Miami Civic Center
identified by June Taylor

June 8th, 2014

June 1st, 2014

May 25th, 2014

Answer: Local Native American leaders with Congressman Ed Edmondson

May 18th, 2014

Answer: The Miami All Saints Episcopal Church Choir

May 11th, 2014

May 4th, 2014

Answer: Carol Cowles and Nancy Donica identified by Virginia Swanson and
June Taylor

April 27th, 2014

Answer: Bill and Daniel Barnett

April 20th, 2014

Answer: Dorothy Draeger, MHS Class of 1952 identified by George Draeger

April 13th, 2014

Answer: Left to Right: Jerilyn Holt, Charlotte Hoffman, and Linda Kay at the Quapaw Pow-Wow around 1967-68 identified by Mary Seward

April 6th, 2014

Answer: Male Picher residents taken in 1957 during Oklahoma’s Semi-centennial celebration identified by Ron Sparkman

Mar 30th, 2014

Mar 23rd, 2014

Answer: Eagle-Picher baseball team identified by Alex England

Mar 16th, 2014

Answer: Coyne Lumber, an early Miami business located on East Central. Men in the cars: Ern Shriver, Pete McCollagh, Elmer Bigham, Walt Williams, Ben Standifer, Ed Milner.

Mar 9th, 2014

Answer:Classroom at North Miami Elementary School with teacher Mrs. Lorene Treece identified by Lynda Roten

Mar 2nd, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

Feb 23rd, 2014

Feb 16th, 2014

Feb 9th, 2014

Answer:Former Congressman Ed Edmondson and local tribal leaders

Feb 2nd, 2014

Answer:Georgia Pratt, Mrs. Clinton Pees, Ruth Groeneman, June Rendel, Clinton Pees and Armin Groeneman at the
Elm Creek Sunday School
identified by Fern Vanpool

Jan 26th, 2014

Jan 16th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

Jan 12th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted

Jan 5th, 2014

Answer: No names submitted


Dec 29th, 2013

Answer: Former Picher residents new mothers and sisters Patricia Johnson LaFalier and Merlyn Johnson Mantle identified by Danny Garner

Dec 22nd, 2013

Answer:No names submitted

Dec 15th, 2013

Answer:No names submitted

Dec 8th, 2013

Answer:No names submitted

Dec 1st, 2013

Answer:Early 1950’s Miami High School speech team.

Nov 24th, 2013

Answer:Two former Seneca Indian School students with a flock of turkeys.

Nov 17th, 2013

Answer:Albert Brewer, Ralph Chambers, Lucille Jennings, Lena Chambers, and Barbara Spencer at the First State Bank, Picher.

Nov 10th, 2013

Answer: Commerce Junior High School student class officers

Nov 3rd, 2013

Answer: Members of the Picher Lions Club

Oct 27th, 2013

Answer: Miami High School Cheerleaders, Year Unknown

Oct 20th, 2013

Answer: Rotary Club gathering including: Willie and Jane Osborn, Red and Gladys Robertson, Joe and Hildred Ables

Oct 13th, 2013

Answer: Members of the Miami Lions Club

Oct 6th, 2013

Answer: First legal purchase of liquor in Ottawa County on 09/01/1959 by Ilus Spicer at Avie’s Package Beverage from Ava Nell Williams, proprietor and clerk Mary Gaines. Peering thru the window was Fred “Butch” Cata.

Sep 29th, 2013

Answer: Miami Rotarians Woodrow Painter, George Cunningham, G. W. Sapp, and Fred Kelton.

Sep 22nd, 2013

Answer: Employees of the Crane Company assembly line in Miami, 1961.

Sep 15th, 2013

Answer: Patricia Dowell and Lonnie Sutton at Windham’s Rollerina.

Sep 8th, 2013

Answer: Former Ottawa County Clerk John Lemaster and staff members Carol Randall, Lana Waybright, Carol Eddings, Brosia Bullard, and Billie Potts.

Sep 1st, 2013

Answer: (Left to Right) Jack Robinson, Ethlene Robinson, Glenn Robinson, Bob Robinson,

Aug 25th, 2013

Answer: No names submitted

Aug 18th, 2013

Answer: Left to Right) 1- ? 2- ? 3- ? 4- Mrs. Lloyd Schubert 5- ? 6- ? 7- Mildred Adams 8- Lloyd Schubert 9- Edith McNaughton 10- ?

Aug 11th, 2013

Answer: Mary Redeagle and a group of girls taken on Easter 1966.