Genealogical Group Celebrates America’s Birthday

John Ferguson

On the first day of July 2021, the County Genealogical Society met in the Cheyenne Library to enjoy a “Happy Birthday America” program. The program was presented by Marilyn Wilson, who led us to reminisce of a time when our forefathers came across the ocean to a new land, seeking freedom. We were reminded of the hardships they endured to reach the shores of the USA. To complete her interesting program, the members and guests recalled words that describe America as she called out each letter of the alphabet.

We heard words from America to Constitution to Liberty to Military to United. Those participating in this inspiring part of the program were Doris Minor, Gloria Hargrave, Barbara O’Neill, Lu Eisler, Kathryn Harrison, Ellena Womack, Allen and Cindy Atha, Evie Atha, Lawson Atha, Tyler Kring, Dale Tracy, David Wilson, Carol Ann Batterton, Eileen Musick, Judy Tracy and visitors John and Lareda Ferguson from Pennsylvania. A patriotically decorated cake and punch were served to those in attendance.

Marilyn Wilson

Special guests, John and Lareda Ferguson had traveled from Pennsylvania to research their Evans Family in the genealogy department of the Cheyenne Library and the Court House records. They surprisingly found the County Genealogical group meeting in the Library. Mr. Ferguson shared a little of his family history. “After Sheriff Bullard was ambushed and killed in 1902, Mr. Ferguson’s great grandfather, James M. Evans was appointed to serve as Roger Mills County Sheriff until the next election. He lost that election; but four years later was voted to serve a full term in 1908.” The Fergusons spent two nights in the Karber RV Park and uncovered a wealth of information about the family in the Court House records and visited family graves in the Cheyenne Cemetery. They were also led to the land that their ancestors had homesteaded in 1898. John and Lareda were most appreciative of the County Clerk Office personnel, Dale and Judy Tracy for their time and the hospitality of the Genealogical group.