Smith Paul was the first white man to come to this valley. Smith ran away from home and joined the Chickasaw Indians in northwestern Mississippi. He came out west with them on the Trail of Tears, and worked for a Scotchman named McClure. After McClure died he married his widow. Paul came to the valley about 1847 and farmed the rich bottom land and it became known as Smith Pauls Valley. When the post office was established in 1871 the name shortened to Pauls Valley. In 1887 the newspaper was established called The Chickasaw Enterprise. A formal townsite was laid out in 1892 and was incorporated in 1897. During WWI, Pauls Valley was a major market for supplying mules to the U.S.Army.
Standing: Eva, Claude Sr., Kate, John.
Middle: Laura, Clem
Seated: Nettie, Alice, Kathleen
County Tornado- 26 May 1910
Town of McCarty, Garvin County, Oklahoma Wiped Out
This community began in 1886 as Walner, named for John H. Walner, and early settler. With the coming of the Santa Fe in 1887, railroad officals changed the name to Wynnewood, after a town in Pennsylvannia. It became a one of Oklahoma's largest pecan markets.
On 20 Sep 1913, Claude M. Shawbell, Sr. and Edna Maybel Covington were married by Justice of the Peace Walter Beard; on his farm outside of Wynnewood (Walner). Their marriage certificate indicated they were from Wynnewood, but the township line was handwritten in as Walner.
In 1935, Edna's mother, Effie Covington moved back to Wynnewood after
her husband, Thomas Jefferson Covington passed away in 1931 at Powell. 'Ma', as we all called her, lived out her life in a neat white frame house on a hill a couple of blocks east of downtown. (ciiisiii: I was in Wynnewood October 2007 and the house is still there and it's memorable 'storm celler'. It has been commerically sided now, but still is reconisable today).
Powell, Marshall County
Thomas Jefferson and Effie (Smith) Covington moved there shortly after Oklahoma statehood in 1907 from Ardmore, Carter Co. OK. Thomas 'Tom' was in the grocery business after retiring as a Deputy Marshall in 1897, and Effie served as Postmistress. Tom passed away here in 1931. Powell was flooded when Lake Texoma was filled, and town was abandoned.
Photos/Article/Obit :: Boiler Explosion Exacts Terrible Toll
Peaches have been cash crop since the town's founding in 1906. 'Peach Capital
of Oklahoma'. Named Stratford-on-the Avon, for reasons since forgotten. Tom
and Effie Covington lived here a short while.
Pernell, Garvin Co.
No info yet. I did drive through in October 2007 with my cousin Marie Stilley. Marie had lived in Pernell when she was a young girl. It was my first time to see the place, which is just a Post Office today sparsely surrounded by some homes.
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