CHAPTER 1: The Welch & Hess Families of Indian Territory

A Diverse Heritage Like many families living on the American frontier, the Welch and Hess families’ lineage and history is somewhat shrouded by the passage of time. Record keeping for frequently migrating individuals over 100 years ago is often scant. But thanks to the Dawes Rolls (, the Native American portion of the family heritageContinue reading “CHAPTER 1: The Welch & Hess Families of Indian Territory”

Prologue: An American Family

By Christopher Rush (Note: I’ve recently decided to begin putting into writing many stories of family history told to me over the years. While this won’t have much interest beyond our immediate family, I thought it was important to preserve as many of these stories as possible as entire generations are passing on. I don’tContinue reading “Prologue: An American Family”

Confessions of the Uncool: Kurt, we hardly knew you

Originally published in The Daily World of Grays Harbor, Wash. on June 10, 2009 I must confess I was not a Nirvana fan while Grays Harbor native Kurt Cobain still walked this earth. This most famous of grunge rock bands burst onto the national music scene a decade too late for me. You see, IContinue reading “Confessions of the Uncool: Kurt, we hardly knew you”

Grilled salmon, smoked salmon, baked salmon, fried… 

Originally published in The Daily World newspaper of Grays Harbor, Wash. on Sept.13, 2009 Before I visited the Pacific Northwest for the first time, I had never really eaten salmon.Oh sure, I had ordered it from the menu at restaurants back in my native Midwest — things called salmon croquettes, or occasionally a salmon filet.Continue reading “Grilled salmon, smoked salmon, baked salmon, fried… “

Change in the weather

Originally published May 20, 2017 in The World newspaper of Coos Bay, Oregon It was a long, dreary winter to endure, wasn’t it? Note: The following was my last column for The World newspaper. I had already tendered my resignation with a mutually agreed upon departure date. However, once this column appeared in print, andContinue reading “Change in the weather”

The Middle of Nowhere:

Northwest Oklahoma’s Black Mesa is not on the way to anywhere but well worth the trip By Christopher Rush The state of Oklahoma is not generally known for its mountain vistas, but a hidden gem tucked away in the extreme northwest corner of the Panhandle provides a top-rated hiking experience, a near-pristine southwestern landscape andContinue reading “The Middle of Nowhere:”

The Rush and Chapman Families in Early Day Oklahoma

By Christopher R. Rush STONEWALL, OKLA. — On Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, our immediate family — Chris and Sheryl Rush, along with son Evan and his wife Julia, and daughter Elizabeth — took the opportunity to drive to the historic Frisco Cemetery near Stonewall in south-central Oklahoma. This cemetery holds the graves of a handfulContinue reading “The Rush and Chapman Families in Early Day Oklahoma”