Sherman ACKLEY - Oklahoma pioneer, 1937 interview
During our country's Great Depression, the Works Project Administration (WPA) commissioned over 100 "field workers" to visit aging Oklahomans who had once been early residents/pioneers of Indian and Oklahoma Territories.The link above is to an interview taken from Sherman ACKLEY in February 1937 at his home in old Keystone.
The land donated by Mr. Ackley for the Keystone cemetery has since had its "inhabitants" relocated to the present-day Sinnett Cemetery in Pawnee County. Several ACKLEYS are buried there, including his parents: Samuel and Sarah (Rush) from Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ackley is proud of his family's white heritage, but incorrect in one of his statements. I am equally proud to descend from his sister who, in 1879, married a Cherokee in what is now Wagoner County, Oklahoma.