The Logan County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Established In 1981
Summit View Cemetery Book includes
photos & cemetery map.
All names are indexed, block and lot numbers and includes purchaser.
1890 - 1990
602 pages $30.00
History Of Summit View Cemetery
The Logan County History, Volume II, "The County and It's Communities", provides an excellent history of the Cemeteries of Logan County, including Summit View. According to this publication, Summit View Cemetery Association was formed in June 1890 by citizens with H.E. Copeland as president. Board members included M. Luther West, George H. Lynds, Russell Briggs, and Herbert Wolcott.
Prior to the opening of Summit View to the public, burials had been made on school land on the south side of Guthrie, so many of the bodies were moved from that burial plot to Summit View.
In 1915, Summit View was sold to the City of Guthrie, where ownership has remained to the present time. Additional land was acquired in 1949 and again in 1975. Summit View Cemetery is located on North Pine Street in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. The legal description is as follows: North 1/2, Northwest Quarter, Section 3, Township 16 North, Range 2 West, Indian Meridian.
The first reported death in Guthrie was that of W. V. Herancourt on April 27, 1889 and was reported in the Guthrie City Council minutes where a resolution was passed that Harpers Weekly should recognize Mr. Herancourt's passing. He authored sketches of Oklahoma which were published in Harpers Weekly. According to the article, Mr. Herancourt died of heart disease - not wild shooting.
The cemetery has a "Boot Hill" section and has received publicity because some famous outlaws are buried there, one of which is Bill Doolin of the Doolin Gang, and the other is Elmer McCurdy, a bank robber killed in 1911. Mr. McCurdy's body had been a carnival attraction for a number of years after his death and was finally brough back to Guthrie for its final resting place.
Summit View also has various sections, such as Catholic, Masonic, Babies, Black families, indigents, unknowns and soldiers. When you walk through the cemetery, you will notice how well it is maintained and how restful and peaceful it is. You will see stones depicting the lives of those buried there. Religious symbolism is apparent throughout the cemetery. Every tombstone speaks a message about the individual buried in the grave. There are many unmarked graves and they, too, tell a story about the pioneers who struggles to settle these lands.
According to the maps, the new section contains 21 blocks for a total of 1, 244 lots. Lots usually contain six burial sites. In the old section, there are 44 blocks with a total of 4, 431 lots. This makes a grand total of 5,675 lots in Summit View. There are four blocks with only 12 lots in each, and there is one block with 440 lots. There appears to be somewhere around 35,000 burial sites with over 13, 500 burials thus far.
The Logan County History, Volume I: The Families, contains biographies of many of the old families of this community. These volumes are no longer in print, but if anyone would like to know if their family is included in the book or to request copies of biographies, please contact our society.
The Logan County Genealogical Society owes a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Anita Blake Ellis (1903-1991), charter member, who passed away before this project was concluded. Mrs. Ellis was a dedicated member who so tirelessly gave many hours in her waning years to the work of the society. When the first assignments went our for surveying specific blocks, Mrs. Ellis said she would like to survey the block where her lots were located and where her husband was buried. For all her good work to this Society, we are eternally grateful.
In the fall of 1987, the Logan County Genealogical Society undertook a project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Run of the Unassigned Lands in Indian Territory in what is now the State of Oklahoma. A survey of Summit View Cemetery, which is located in the Territorial Capital, Guthrie, seemed an appropriate project because so many of the original '89ers, as will as historically important people are buried there. The Centennial Coordinating Committee approved the project as worthy of being included as an officially sanctioned project for celebration of the Centennial.
The project began with a unanimous vote at the October 2, 1987, meeting of the L.C.G.S. to survey and compile a record of the burials at Guthrie's Summit View Cemetery. Chairperson, Nelda Brown Alkadhimi, was elected to oversee the project and the first workday was set for Saturday, October 17, 1987. During the course of the project, all local members participated in some way. Those who were physically unable to work in the cemetery provided many hours researching records, verifying information and proofreading data. Others spent hundreds of hours in all kinds of weather in the cemetery recording the wealth of information on the tombstones.
Without the dedication of the members of the L.C.G.S., this project could not have been accomplished. A heartfelt word of appreciation goes to Nelda Alkadhimi for chairing this project, to Ann Smith's dedication and hundreds of hours of work to input the tremendous data base, to all the members who gave so many hours of their precious time to participate in this project. More specifically, a big thank you to Odessa Ray, Nona Wheeler, Martha Evans, Ethelyn Boren, Jimmie Ward, Dora Lue and Lee Gilliland, Tom Walker, Del Shaw, Rosella Gaskill, Mahlon Erickson, and to the host of other relatives and friends who pitched in to help. A special note of appreciation and acknowledgement goes to Tom Walker and Ann Smith who provided the photographs.
A special word of appreciation goes to the Guthrie City Clerk, Betty Wrede, and to "Cookie" Chambers, the cemetery sexton, who both showed a great interest in the project, and who provided assistance wherever possible. Their enthusiasm and cooperation was especially appreciated.
Merle G. Smith Jr.
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