| Mama Grace
by Dana Bagshaw
16 Photos, 274
pages 5 1/2"x 8 1/2"
FROM THE PUBLISHER
After the flood demolished their home along the
banks of the Chikaskia near Blackwell, Oklahoma in 1907, Mama Grace
packaged her five children and her treasured Majestic cookstove into a
covered wagon and travelled -- minus Papa -- to her father's homestead
in Waynoka, Oklahoma.
Many years ago, Mama Grace was a historical story penned by Mama's
daughter, Letha Crossman. Publishers were not interested then, but a
great-granddaughter, Dana Bagshaw, rewrote the story and completed the
project and took it to Evans Publishing, Inc. Mama Grace was selected
by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission to bear the Centennial Commission
Letha Crossman was a resident and teacher in Ponca City from 1940 to
1968. Dana Jones Bagshaw grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, attended
Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in the 1960s. She received a B.A.
degree from San Jose State University in California, and took
employment in Silicon Valley as a technical writer. She currently
resides in England where her play Cell Talk has been published and
performed. "What a story!" Sandra Olson of the Waynoka Historical
Society exclaimed. She described Grace as "a courageous woman, a true
pioneer who braved the unknown," "an entrepreneur," and "a wife who
longingly watched the road for her husband's promised coming."
The book includes a section of photos courtesy of the Waynoka museum,
along with those from the author.
In the final chapters of the book, Papa packs up the cookstove and the
family and travels -- minus Mama -- perched atop the refurbished wagon
through a bemused Tulsa in 1918 to a new farm in Siloam Springs,
By Dana Bagshaw