the right, Elsie Loho, Big Eagle, Rusk. Her Indian name: Wah-Shah-Hah-Me,
allotment number, 793, roll number, 528. She was full Osage, born January
1, 1890 and died January 10, 1949. She was the mother of Bertha Big Eagle,
Jones. Elsie was married to Harry Big Eagle, allotment number 497, roll
number 527. He was full Osage, and he was born January 1, 1886. He died
September 14, 1931.
Lee Otis Jones wrote
Lohokawally, shortened to Loho, on the back of this photograph. The name
is more accurately O-Loha-Walla.
Bertha is on the left. Her
allotment number is: 2143, roll number 529. Her Indian name, " Metza
he," is the term used for the first daughter. The Osage roll book
shows her to be born June 1, 1906. The family Bible shows, April 1906. She
died, January 31, 1938.
The child in the picture is
Ura May. She was born May 2, 1923, died November 11, 1974.
These photographs were
passed on by Lee in 1986 upon his death. This current date is December
1999 to begin the millennium he always talked about.
This will be, hopefully,
the last entry. It is one coming from Duanne Big Eagle. He writes,
"Bertha Big Eagle was my half aunt; Harry Big Eagle was my father's
father and my grandfather. My grandmother was named Myrtle Goad. Harry Big
Eagle had ten children; 1. Bertha (with Elsie Loho (O-Loha-Walla), Big
Eagle, Rusk), five children with his wife Florence: 2. Homer 3. Mildred,
4.Imogene, 5.Mamie, and 6.Hayes. There were twins 7. Ed and 8. Bill
Petzamoie, 9. Flora Dobbins BigEagle 10. and Norman BigEagle (with Myrtle
The methods on writing a
book like this is, for the student, a trial and no one should begin such a
task without knowing the pitfalls. Suspicions as to the author's motives
can bring fierce retaliation down on the author and the family of that
person or anyone else associated. There is no office too lofty not to not
come under these attacks. This must be forgiven and understood because of
the deep scars suffered by families. Information sometimes is shaded to
defend actions when family members feel they must protect their ancestors
from the permanence of the written word. Usually, the truth wills out, but
only after much sifting and after putting oneself at risk in order to find
the truth. At this time the author must decide upon how much of the
information must be included for posterity. The information is on
permanent record and anyone who wishes to go to the above expense can
Let this warning be
included. It is a recommendation that no one attempt a work like this
without carefully considering any one or all of the above.
True, the rewards are great
also. To become acquainted with the heirs of the folks who were but a
picture is an uncommon joy. Everyone who contributed bits and pieces of
information a little at a time, made for the overall design just as a
beautiful piece of quilted piece work comes together; so, the healing
begins as rest over dark nights trials may cause a brighter tomorrow when
we go into this new millennium.