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The Logan County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Established In 1981
Summit View Cemetery Book
photos & cemetery map.
All names are indexed, block and lot numbers and includes purchaser.
1890 - 1990
602 pages $30.00
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
½, Northwest Quarter, Section 3, Township 16 North, Range 2 West, Indian
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
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
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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