A study in linguistics, lifestyle, sociology, and history of our heritage. The Cookson Hills Dictionary provides the reader an insight to the hard-working, God-fearing, ingenious, inventive, and adventurous pioneers, who built the foundation of theMoreA study in linguistics, lifestyle, sociology, and history of our heritage. The Cookson Hills Dictionary provides the reader an insight to the hard-working, God-fearing, ingenious, inventive, and adventurous pioneers, who built the foundation of the country we enjoy today.
Some of the terms we use now originated during Medieval times, over 600 years ago, and the source of terms are documented, where available. Originally begun and intended as a small glossary in the back of Gary Courtneys book on the Cookson Hills history, the collection became a full-fledged book on its own, thanks to the contributions of local residents and Garys Oklahoma roots.
Historical chapters pertain to the Cookson Hills, but the dictionary itself could apply to the language and pioneer lifestyle of all early America. The Cookson Hills, on the Illinois River in northeast Oklahoma, were: The site of a large population of ancient inhabitants (over 1,000 years ago), The new home of the Cherokee Nation (1828-1839), Sam Houstons home, before he left for Texas, Levi Cooksons open range for thousands of head of cattle worked by 200 cowboys, A favorite hideout of outlaws, such as: Belle Starr, Jesse James, and the Doolin and Dalton gangs (1880s), and Charles Pretty Boy Floyd and Carl Janaway (1930s), The site of many family farms taken for Camp Gruber, during World War II, and Scene of the book and movie filming of Where the Red Fern Grows.
The rugged limestone bluffs and crystal-clear, spring-fed streams are where Gary Courtney, a born adventurer, has walked, camped, fished and hunted, ridden horseback, SCUBA dived, and explored underground in caves, since childhood. The area is now a water sports, hunting, and trail riding Mecca, Intermingled with horse and cattle ranches and farms, the Cherokee Nation, and Northeastern State University.
His writings and two one-month-long museum exhibits at Northeastern State University on the Cookson Hills history and outlaw Carl Janaway, last surviving bank robber of the 1930s, have been the subjects of Gary Courtneys guest speaking engagements at local civic organizations and at the Sam Noble Museum at Oklahoma University.
Inspiration for the book came from Garys grandmother, Cleva Pauline (York) Tillman and grandfather, James Grover Cleveland Cleve Tillman, who pioneered the homestead cotton fields of Hollis, Oklahoma, in the 1890s, and from the many good, hard-working people he grew up with, in Cleveland, Hominy, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In living the ethic he learned from his father, a printer in a small town newspaper, Gary has worked as many as 120 hours in one week and accomplished impossible projects, while in the business world.
Contributions to The Cookson Hills Dictionary came from all walks of life and ages. People from Jimmy Houstons Outdoor Store in Keys on Lake Tenkiller, to Braums and Luckys Cafe in Tahlequah, and Tulsa, have submitted contributions. Sometimes, the submissions were written at 1:00 A.M., on an empty Marlboro carton, a brown paper sack, or an envelope, so they wouldnt chance being forgotten by morning. Sometimes, entries were written with friends, over a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Printing has been intentionally kept to a font sizeable enough for easy reading, especially by the old-timers who contributed to the books content.
Blank pages are provided for notes in the back of the book, so readers can record and submit their suggestions for the next edition. A CD-ROM disk is available by order form, so readers can use the Microsoft WORD Edit-Find function to look up words and phrases quickly and easily, without trying to sort the dictionary in any particular order.
A chapter is planned, for subsequent editions, to contain Cherokee old time and slang words and phrases.