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Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letter Transcriptions

Identifier: RC2010-008

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two 5.25 diskettes and two 3.25 diskettes that contain transcriptions of 250 letters written by Louisa “Lula” Estelle Brannon Briscoe to her mother between 1893-1910. Letters were mailed from Sugden, Indian Territory/Oklahoma. The transcriptions were made by students at Washington State College, Pullman, Washington, around 1990 under the direction of a college professor and Robin Briscoe Diplock (Lula’s daughter).

The original letters were later donated to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. More information about the letters (RC2019.005) can be via the link at the top of the page.


  • Creation: 1893 - 1910


Conditions Governing Access

The Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letter Transcriptions has no restrictions and is available for research. If you are interested in researching the materials, please contact the Dickinson Research Center to make an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Louisa "Lula" Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letter Transcriptions is the property of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Materials, even if owned by the NCWHM, may be protected under third party copyright. It is the patron’s responsibility to research and secure any such additional copyright and pay any required fees or royalties. It is not the intention of the NCWHM to impede upon any third party rights, and the NCWHM cannot be held responsible if the patron is involved in legal action due to violation of third party copyright claims.

Biographical / Historical

Lula married Robert Willis Briscoe on December 13, 1901, at the home of the bride’s family in Indian Territory. They were both eighteen years old when they married, according to the Chickasaw Nation Marriages website. The couple had five children: Julia Edna, Anna Fern, Mary Louise, Robin Willis, and R.W. “Joe.”

Lula’s letters are to her mother, Juletta “Julia” Ellis McNaught Brannon, who was married to Thatcher Washington Brannon who died from pneumonia as a consequence of being crushed by a bale of hay while working at Grogan’s Store in Sugden, Oklahoma. Julia had six children with her husband. Their names are Louisa “Lula” Estelle, Carl, Frank Thatcher, Winnie Davis, Elmer Patton, and Juletta Augusta. Julia, as a widow, left Indian Territory with her five other children to live with her bachelor brother, Lewis Augustus “Gus” McNaught on his homestead in the Big Bend Country, Douglas County, near Hartline, Washington. They lived there until Julia’s son Frank was old enough to work, and then they moved to Seattle. She boarded people and eventually was able to build a home.

Additional information about the family:

The youngest child Juletta married Leo Duncan and the couple moved into the Briscoe home in Seattle. When they chose to sell the home and move into another house, Juletta moved the family letters and photographs with her. After she died, the family archives were found by her niece, Bonnie Duncan Peters, and given to Robin Briscoe Diplock for safekeeping.

Thatcher Brannon and his brother, William I. Brannon, had many business interests in the Wichita Falls, Texas, and Indian Territory area, including the Purcell Electric and Water Company with J. Taylor Bradley. William I. Brannon died in El Reno on August 2, 1949 and is interred in Oklahoma City. He staked a claim in the opening of the Indian Territory.

Julia Brannon had Patent #28 for Lots #5 and #6 in Block #33 of Sugden with the Choctaw Seal, June 5, 1906, and the Chickasaw Seal, June 12, 1906 showing receipt for the final payment of $19.52 on October 28, 1905. This made the full amount of the $78.12 purchase price. The patent shows it was recorded in Book 11, page 339, file #6339 on September 1, 1906.

Louisa “Lula” Estelle Brannon Briscoe: Born September 13, 1883, Texas; Died February 4, 1920, Wichita Falls, Texas Robert Willis Briscoe: Born July 13, 1883; Died March 25, 1942 Juletta “Julia” Ellis McNaught Brannon: Born December 7, 1860, Iowa; Died March 30, 1934, Seattle, Washington Thatcher Washington Brannon: Born January 31, 1845, Kentucky; Died January 6, 1902, Indian Territory


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This collection features the transcriptions of 250 letters written by Louisa Brannon Briscoe from Sugden, Indian Territory, to her mother in Washington state. The letters discuss daily life and work as a postmistress in Sugden. The letters are dated 1893 through 1910 and provide Lula’s perspective into life in Indian Territory.

Processing Information

The Louisa “Lula” Estelle Brannon Briscoe Letter Transcriptions was donated to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in 2010 by Bonnie Duncan Peters.

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Repository Details

Part of the NCWHM Special Collections at Dickinson Research Center Repository

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