Oklahoma Society History
The Oklahoma Society Sons of the American Revolution was organized February 22, 1905, according to the national Society's Handbook. It received its official charter during May, 1905. We have been unable to find minutes or other official records of the organization meeting or other preliminaries leading up to it. Readers are reminded that when this meeting took place early in 1905, present day Oklahoma was still Indian Territory, and its headquarters was at Guthrie. The United States Congress passed the Enabling Act in 1906 and Oklahoma was admitted to the Union, as the 46th State, in November 1907, nearly three years after the organizational meeting. Theodore Roosevelt was president. Much of eastern Oklahoma land had recently been allotted to the Indians occupying it, and much of the other lands in that area were 'restricted'. Most of western Oklahoma lands had been opened to white settlers during the 1890 decade. Between 1890 and 1905 many thousands of settlers and home seekers poured into both eastern and western Oklahoma, many towns were platted, growth was rapid, but there was some confusion.
By 1905, law and order was pretty well established, churches had been organized, and several of the new towns had become small cities. Among the thousands coming into Oklahoma during this time were several (but less than a dozen) members of the Sons of the American Revolution. It is likely (we think) that the National Society SAR corresponded with most of them, urging them to form an Oklahoma (STATE) Society. It is also likely several of those members were thinking in similar vein, and sought advice from the National Society. Evidently Henry H. Edwards took the lead in contacting his Oklahoma Compatriots, and that three to five of them responded favorably. One of them, Arthur H. Price, must have offered to help by securing supplies, application blanks, etc. from National.
Encouraged by the favorable responses, we believe that Edwards or Edwards and Price, invited all Oklahoma Compatriots to bring interested friends and attend an organization meeting to be held February 22, 1905, probably in the home town of Edwards, maybe in his home. We don't know who or how many attended. Probably 3 to 5 Compatriots, possibly with 6 to 10 interested friends, maybe as many as 17 in all. We are inclined to believe that then and there a plan of organization was adopted, and that all those eligible; and interested signed the Charter Application. Arthur Hamblin Price was authorized to serve as interim Registrar and all interested were asked to sign and file with him Applications for Membership which he would clear through the National Society. We know for sure that during the year 1905, five of those having SAR memberships in other states transferred and fourteen new applicants for membership were admitted to membership in the Oklahoma Society, nineteen in all. The first seventeen were considered (and often are referred to) as 'Charter Members'.
Past and Present Oklahoma Society Chapters
Location / Descriptive Data
| Ardmore ||Ardmore, Lawton, Durant area. || 2009 || Active |
| Bartlesville || || 1960 || Active |
| Choctaw || Antlers, Durant, & McAlester. || 1974 || 1975 |
| Claremore and Claremore-Pryor || Renamed Nathaniel Pryor in 1981. || 1961 || 1981 |
| Five Tribes || Tahlequah, Muskogee. Absorbed by Tulsa. || 1976 || 1981 |
| Great Plains || Altus, Duncan, Lawton. || 1972 || 1979 |
| Jet || Largely decendants of Jonathan Harned. || 1958 || 1964 |
| Kingfisher || Absorbed by Oklahoma City about 1979. || 1971 || 1979 |
| Michael Gold || Far NE Oklahoma. Miami, Vinita area. || 1976 || 1979 |
| Montfort Stokes || Gradually changed to Muskogee. || 1928/1929 || 1948 |
| Muskogee || Often inactive. Eventually merged with Tulsa. || 1935 || 1974 |
| Nathaniel Pryor || Formerly Claremore-Pryor || 1981 ||Closed|
| Norman || || 1985 || Active |
| Oklahoma City || Formed when the Oklahoma Society split into two chapters, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. || 1924 || Active |
| Oklahoma Society || Operated without chapters. || 1905 || 1924 |
| Ponca City || Absorbed by Oklahoma City || 1970 || 2004 |
| Shawnee || Never very large or active. || 1954 || 1964 |
| Stillwater || || 1964 || 1975 |
| Tulsa || Operated informally 1916-1923. Formally created when the Oklahoma Society split into two chapters, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. || 1924 || Active
Source: "The Oklahoma Society Sons of the American Revolution 1987 Historical Roster"