Columns/Opinions

Tue
11
Nov

A Fresh Perspective

By Shawn Brubaker

After an electoral drubbing experienced by the Democratic party, the political future of this country still hinges on our beleaguered president. How Barack Obama handles the next two years will go a long way in determining his legacy. Think about Bill Clinton, for instance. Aside from his personal life, his legacy is based on how he worked effectively with a predominantly Republican congress. Obama has a chance to do something similar, but he and congressional Republicans both need to focus on issues on which common ground can actually be reached.
 
Tue
11
Nov

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

James Clarence Wakely was born on February 16, 1914, in Mineola, Arkansas. He was the second of four children to Major Anderson Wakely and Jemima Caroline Wakely. The family moved around quite a bit in Jimmy’s early days, but eventually settled on a farm in Cowden, Oklahoma.
 
Wed
05
Nov

ZANE GREY

If you were a boy named Pearl Gray, growing up in Zanesville, Ohio, in the late 1870s and ’80s, it probably never occurred to you that you just might have the most fashionable name in the world. Queen Victoria of Great Britain had gone into semi-mourning to mark the tenth anniversary of the Prince Consort’s death, and had popularized a shade known as pearl gray. Because of her influence on the fashions of the world, the smoky color crossed the Atlantic and swept through America.
 
Wed
05
Nov

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

This week we conclude our series on the life of George Bent. After the end of the negotiations over the allotments of land in Oklahoma to the plains Indians, George once again found himself out of a job.
 
Tue
28
Oct

Washita County Museum News

We still are following the life of George Bent half breed son of Col. William Bent, Cheyenne Warrior, confederate soldier, and late in life, a contributor to the development of Washita County. In 1887, the government once again cast a covetous eye on the Cheyenne’s land holdings.
 
Tue
28
Oct

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

Native American artists Enoch Kelly Haney, Mike Larsen and Benjamin Harjo Jr. all grew up in Oklahoma, worked from the ground up to develop their careers, produced dramatically beautiful art works and earned numerous awards. All three are featured among artists at the Oklahoma Judicial Center in Oklahoma City and in “Art of the Oklahoma Judicial Center,” a recent book, said Justice Yvonne Kauger, but more is to come.
 
Tue
21
Oct

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

This week we are still following the story of George Bent. When we left off last week, George and his family lost everything in the ambush of Black Kettle’s camp by General Custer during the Battle of the Washita. George and his wife were safe at his father’s trading fort in Colorado at the time.
 
Tue
21
Oct

A Word From The Superintendent

by Brad Overton

As we fly through the fall season, there are several activities taking place within Cordell Schools. In my article this week, I would like to update you on some of these activities. I must first recognize and congratulate the Cordell cross country teams. Both the junior high and high school teams have dominated all season. The junior high season is over as the high school team prepares for the state cross country meet.
 
Tue
14
Oct

Washita County Museum News

By Landon Jones

This week we continue on with the story of George Bent, half breed Cheyenne Indian. After the signing of the Medicine Lodge treaty, the government expected that their problems with the Indians would quiet down. The problem was that they could not keep white settlers from continuing to crowd onto Indian lands.
 
Tue
14
Oct

ONE FOR THE OKLAHOMA HISTORY BOOK

By: Max J. Nichols

When I was growing up on the east side of Oklahoma City during the 1940s, oil rigs filled the middle area of Lincoln Boulevard south of the State Capitol. While those rigs are gone, others dot the various parts of the Oklahoma landscape, and today’s people might wonder what they do.
 

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