Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Augusta Victoria Folsom, was born on February 8, 1901, in Wilburton, Oklahoma (Indian Territory). She was the first child of Frank Dora Folsom and Mary G. Funk.

Both her parents died at an early age leaving her orphaned at nine years old. Her uncle, Lafayette Funk and wife, Myrtle, took her and her brothers, Clifford (a half brother), Frank Davis and Fletcher Daniel, into their home on her allotted land in the Bokoshe area, west of Spiro, Oklahoma. As a ward of the state, she was placed under the guardianship of Malcolm E. Rosser, from Muskogee, Oklahoma. He would later send her to Tuskahoma, Oklahoma at the age of 13.

She was affectionately referred to as “Cassie”, a name she most likely got form her uncles. In fact, she was unaware of her real name, Augusta Victoria, until she enrolled in the Tuskahoma Academy for Girls. She attended the Indian boarding school for three terms. Each year she would take the long train ride, knowing that she would not return home until summer (not even at Christmas).

She especially liked history and also liked to play the piano. It was here that she took music lessons and performed in recitals. When not taking classes she worked in such areas as the pantry, infirmary, or served meals to the teachers. She remembered working hard, long hours and especially the times oiling the stairway. She was also a member of the Young Women’s Christian Association at Tuskahoma.

During her third term, she received a letter from a young man, named Everett Howard Goines. Enclosed in the letter was a narrow gold band which she remembers “as almost cutting through the letter”. Arriving home in June they were married on July 13, 1917 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was an excellent seamstress and a good cook. No doubt her training at the academy helped her make the transition to wife at such an early age.

During their 38+ years of marriage, Augusta and Everett Goines had three children: Howard Eurbie, Erel Theodore, and Carl Jerrell. All were born in Spiro, Oklahoma, and of course, weighed in on grandma’s chicken scales!

She was a Godly woman who loved the Lord dearly. Most of her life was spent in and around the Van Buren, Arkansas area until her passing on February 24, 1994 at the age of 93.

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