This small wooden was typical of early farm houses built in the 1880s. It was the modest home of Reverend Morris, a Methodist minister. Reverend Morris was reportedly shot and killed by lawmen who had mistaken him for a whiskey peddler. His horses continued on home, bearing his body in the carriage. The house was vacant for some time after the death of Reverend Morris and was thought to be the oldest house of its kind. It was moved to the present location in Owen Park in 1976 after intruders set fire to it. Although 1880 may not seem that old to some, it pre-dates the first Land Rush of 1889 when the first of the Unassigned Lands were available for settlement. The land run started at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of the available two million acres (8,000 km²). Initially known as Indian Territory, Oklahoma became a state in 1907.
Retired American Airlines programmer, married to Susan, between us are 8 children and 14 grand children. Attended Wagoner High School, BS from Oklahoma State, MS from University of Tulsa, cradle Episcopalian, my hobbies are photography and tending roses.