THE PERRYMAN RANCH
Mail: 9521B Riverside Pkwy, # 358
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137
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PROCLAMATION
STATE OF OKLAHOMA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

 

WHEREAS, Oklahoma's rich heritage is grounded in the traditions of the American Indian cultures which flourished here among the original inhabitants and those who were moved here from all across the United States; and,

WHEREAS, the Perryman Ranch was established before Oklahoma statehood; and

WHEREAS, the Perryman Ranch, established 1898 by tribal allotment deed to Mose Perryman, preserves 80-acres of the family ranch started by Mose's father, George Perryman; and

WHEREAS, the Perryman Ranch Homestead is a treasured Oklahoma homestead celebrating its 100th birthday in the State of Oklahoma; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Governor Brad Henry, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, do hereby proclaim November 5, 2010, as

"PERRYMAN RANCH DAY"
In the State of Oklahoma
Homestead's 100th Birthday Cake - Lulu Perryman's famous chocolate cake (her recipe) was also served.
Roger Barnett, Donavan Hamilton, and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe - Perryman Homestead 100th Birthday - 11.05.10.
A kachubbe at work, 1910 - this shows two Creek women using it to grind hominy for sofke. Photo (in the Homestead) courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

"Perryman Ranch Day" in the State of Oklahoma and City of Tulsa -- November 5, 2010


U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe and Monetta Trepp at the Homestead's 100th Birthday
Robert Trepp stands on the original walkway in front of the homestead
Original Homestead & Walkway
The 100th Birthday of the Perryman Ranch Homestead was celebrated on Friday, November 5. The event was facilitated by Monetta Trepp and the Oklahoma Historical Society. The Governor proclaimed Friday, November 5, 2010 as "Perryman Ranch Day" in the State of Oklahoma; the Proclamation was read by U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe. The Mayor of Tulsa also proclaimed November 5 as "Perryman Ranch Day" in the City of Tulsa.

PROCLAMATION

CITY OF TULSA

NOVEMBER 5, 2010

 

WHEREAS, Oklahoma’s and Tulsa’s rich heritage is steeped in the traditions of the American Indian culture; and

 

WHEREAS, The Perryman Ranch was established before Oklahoma statehood and is the Creek allotment of Mose S. Perryman, son of Tulsa's "First Family," George and Rachel Perryman; and

 

WHEREAS, George Perryman signed the original 1898 Charter for the "Town" of Tulsa; and

 

WHEREAS, Josiah Chouteau Perryman was Tulsa’s first postmaster and that post office is preserved in the Perryman Ranch Homestead; and

 

WHEREAS, The Perryman Ranch is a working ranch owned by Monetta Trepp, granddaughter of Mose Perryman; and

 

WHEREAS, The Perryman Ranch Homestead is celebrating its 100th Birthday in the State of Oklahoma on November 5, 2010;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Mayor of the City of Tulsa , do hereby proclaim November 5, 2010, as

 

“PERRYMAN RANCH DAY”

In the City of Tulsa

Perryman Homestead

Turns 100



by: SUSAN HYLTON World Staff Writer
Saturday, November 6, 2010

JENKS - The 100th birthday of the Perryman Ranch homestead was celebrated Friday on an original Creek allotment nestled in the Jenks suburbs.

State and city proclamations were presented by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and Perryman Ranch board member Sam Jones declaring it Perryman Ranch Day at the 80-acre spread.

It was also the birthday of the owner of the Perryman Ranch, Monetta Trepp, who spent her summers at the home with her grandmother Lulu Perryman, the widow of Mose Perryman, who was the son of Tulsa's first family, George and Rachel Perryman.


"I'm not quite as old as the house," Trepp quipped. She said her grandmother was a great teacher, adding, "I just loved to come down here and play. I would go into the woods and climb trees and read books."


The ranch was actually established before statehood. After the original home was struck by lightning, the new home was built on the original foundation in 1910.

Trepp also marked the day by honoring the couple responsible for helping preserve the ranch, Wes and Coco Dickinson.

The ranch's caretakers began the restoration process 20 years ago.

Frank Clifton was also recognized for the work on the Homestead grounds by his landscape crews. 

Robert Trepp was responsible for bringing to the Perryman Ranch a white buffalo, YvnvssvHetke (Creek for white buffalo), which is considered a sacred symbol in many tribes. "It means a lot to the Indian people," Monetta Trepp said.

The kitchen features several heirlooms, replicas and original features, such as the food cooler that captures cool air from beneath the house. It also has something that certainly no other kitchen has - the mail slots from Tulsa's first post office, previously at 41st and Troost, which was operated by Tulsa's first postmaster, Josiah Perryman.

An especially treasured item is the keco kecvpe, which is Creek for mortar and pestle. It is very large and made of bois d'arc wood. A photograph on the wall beside it shows two Creek women using it to grind hominy kernels to make a dish called sofkee.

"Today, the longhorn cattle on the property are descendants of the Perryman's original herd, driven from the Florida Panhandle in the 1830's," said Robert Trepp, Monetta Trepp's son.

The ranch also includes a carriage house, barn, bunkhouse and sweet-water well. "We think the oldest structure is the sandstone root cellar that's under the bunkhouse. That's what I remember - going down there as a kid. 'Go get me a jar of peaches,' " Robert Trepp recalled his grandmother saying.

"Our family has very deep roots in this area, and we are proud of them," he said.

The Perryman Ranch is also the site of the offices for the National Indian Monument and Institute, which is leading fundraising efforts to build an intertribal cultural center. The institute offers cultural projects to the community such as the annual Tulsa Indian Art Festival, and oversees the American Indian Theater Company of Oklahoma.

Former Jenks City Manager Randy Ewing said governors from around the country visited the Perryman Ranch when the National Governors Association Conference was held in Tulsa several years ago. "It's really a neat place, and I think it gave the governors a slice of Oklahoma," Ewing said. "A lot of times we're thought of as the West, and rightfully so."

The Perryman Ranch is available for tours and events at the Ranch Pavilion. Amenities include volleyball, horseshoes, hiking trails, softball and fishing.

Josiah Perryman, Tulsa's First Postmaster