Jim Smith of Frederick,left, representing the Tillman County Historical Society and American Legion, accepts historical items representing the late John S. Kerr at the historical society’s annual meeting. Presenting were Jason Hall, center, owner of Go Pawn in Altus, and Barry Reynolds, Go Pawn manager.
John S. Kerr was a Tillman County soldier who fought in World War I. Kerr died in France on July 18, 1918, at the Battle of Soissons. After his death, the Frederick post of the American Legion was named the John S. Kerr Post.
The framed memorabilia presented to the historical society includes a small book that was owned by Kerr and a unique Gold Star pillow-top that was presented to Kerr’s mother, Mrs. O.H. Kerr, in France after the war.
The items are currently on display at the historical society’s Pioneer Townsite Museum in Frederick.
Shane Boothe, left, superintendent of Tipton Schools, accepted a very old tiger painting from the Tillman County Historical Society at the history group’s annual meeting on April 14. Making the presentation was Cacy Caldwell, historical society president.
The large painting was done in the 1920s by the late Birdie Robinson Scott. Scott lived in Frederick from 1917 until 1953. She was an early librarian at the Frederick Carnegie Library and she also gave private instruction in art. Scott moved to California in 1953 after the death of her husband, Judge W.D. Scott. She died in 1968.
Several of Scott’s paintings, including the tiger painting, were given to the historical society in 2009 by the estate of her grandson. The tiger painting was passed on to the Tipton Tigers with the approval of Mrs. Scott’s family.
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