Drummond Home seeks donations

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The Frederick Drummond Home, a historic house museum located in Hominy, is seeking donations to help maintain the museum and its programming.

“Recent years have seen budget cuts in state funding allocated to the museum, making it difficult to maintain the museum and its programming,” Beverly Whitcomb, director of the Frederick Drummond Home, said in a press release. “Therefore, we need your help. Generous donors like you are the key to our success and make it possible to provide Oklahoma citizen’s with quality programming, exhibits and special events.”

The Drummond family worked to establish one of the most successful trading and ranching operations in Oklahoma. Arriving in the United States from his native Scotland in 1884, 24-year-old Frederick Drummond dreamed of becoming a rancher. In 1886, he moved to Pawhuska on the Osage Reservation and went to work for the Osage Mercantile as a government licensed trader.

In 1890, Drummond married Adeline Gentner, a German-American girl from Coffeyville, Kan. By 1895, the couple had saved enough money for Fred to buy a partnership in the company for which he worked. The enterprise prospered, and in 1904, Drummond bought out a trader in Hominy, forming the Hominy Trading Company.

Through this economic base, Drummond expanded his operations to include ranching, banking and real estate.

Like the business, The Drummond family also grew. By 1896, the Drummonds were the parents of four children: R.C. (Cecil), F.G. (Gentner), Blanche and A.A. (Jack). Following the death of Fred Drummond in 1913, the three sons formed the Drummond Cattle Company.

As a reflection of their financial success, Fred and Addie built a substantial home in Hominy, Indian Territory. The three-story house, completed in 1905, is Victorian in style and features a central square tower, second floor balcony and false dormers. The house, deeded to the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1980, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Today, the home is open to the public and features original family furnishings, history, and sensibility. In addition, the home offers annual special exhibits, educational programming and unique events.

“We hope we can count on your support to help us maintain those programs, exhibits, and events at the Drummond Home,” said Whitcomb.

Please mail donations to the Frederick Drummond Home, 3035 North Price Ave., Hominy, OK 74035-1007 or call 918-885-2374 to pledge support.