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 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 3, 2020

Random Thoughts: Educated to the Nth degree – Part 2

After Michael Nicholson graduated from high school, he spent four years earning a bachelor’s degree and another three years completing a master’s degree. In the meantime, he got married and went t...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 27, 2020

Random Thoughts: Educated to the Nth degree – part 1

An administrator at Northwestern Oklahoma State University once told me that NWOSU was the primary thing that distinguishes Alva from other small-town county seats in this part of our state....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 20, 2020

Random Thoughts: More annoying TV commercials

Previously, I wrote about television ads that drive me crazy. I thought I was finished with that topic, but I feel compelled to revisit it. Currently, there are at least three advertisements running...

 

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Elijah McCoy was born in the Canadian province of Ontario in 1844. His parents were former slaves who had run away from their Kentucky master in 1837. Utilizing the series of safe houses known as the...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    March 6, 2020

The story of Henry Box Brown, part 3

Random Thoughts As we saw previously, Henry Brown devised an unprecedented way to escape from slavery. He successfully shipped himself in a wooden crate from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Thereafter,...

 

Random Thoughts: The story of Henry Box Brown – part 2

In 1849, Virginia slave Henry Brown resolved to escape to a free northern state. He decided to conceal himself inside a wooden crate and ship himself to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brown sat in the...

 

Random Thoughts: The story of Henry Box Brown, part 1

Henry Brown was born a slave on a tobacco plantation in Virginia in 1815.When he was a teenager, Henry’s owner loaned him out to the operator of a tobacco processing factory in Richmond....

 

Random Thoughts: He took fruit to Oregon – Part 2

Henderson Luelling left Iowa for Oregon in 1847 with a wagonload of fruit trees. During the six-month journey on the 2000-mile Oregon Trail, he watered and tended to his plants daily. Many died, but...

 

Random Thoughts: He took fruit to Oregon – Part 1

In the 1830s and 1840s many Americans looking for good farmland set their sights on the Oregon Country. This region – referred to today as the Pacific Northwest – included roughly the future...

 

Random Thoughts: A unique football game – Part 2

In 1950 the Cleveland Browns were new to the National Football League (NFL) after the All-America Football Conference folded. In the Browns’ first NFL game, they trounced the defending league champi...

 

Random Thoughts: A unique football game – part 1

With the Super Bowl fast approaching, perhaps the time is right to look at a unique football game that constitutes an interesting anomaly in the evolution of the most popular sport in the United...

 

Random Thoughts: A man named Twilight

One of the ways of learning about our past is to study biographies of people who accomplished extraordinary things in their lives. This article is about Alexander Lucius Twilight, an American who...

 

Random Thoughts Good but not perfect

Every year on Dec. 31 media outlets are full of stories of celebrities who have died during the year that is drawing to a close. Then the page of time turns to a new era – and celebrity deaths...

 

Random Thoughts: Bullfrog County, Nevada – Part 2

In 1987 the Nevada state government enacted a law creating Bullfrog County. Nevada’s 17th county contained 144 square miles of land and no people. Nevada is, of course, a state with much desert...

 

Random Thoughts: Bullfrog County, Nevada, part 1

While the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., has much control over the lives of all Americans, the same is true – to a somewhat lesser extent – for other governmental entities, specifically at t...

 

Random Thoughts: An Arkansas duel – part 2

On Dec. 4, 1837, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, John Wilson, attacked fellow representative, Joseph J. Anthony, on the floor of that legislative body while it was in session....

 

Random Thoughts An Arkansas duel, part 1

If you are one of those folks who is constantly astonished by the actions of politicians in Washington, D.C., you are not alone! Many people, regardless of political beliefs, are often dismayed and...

 

Random Thoughts: A small good deed – part 2

Last week, I recounted how once upon a time I was able to rescue a turtle from being run over on Oklahoma Boulevard. A lack of traffic allowed me to remove the poor reptile from the roadway and...

 

Random Thoughts A small good deed, part 1

Some wag once decided that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Well, that’s a cute saying that – like most cute sayings – comes in handy every once in a while. But, it seems to me, believing in...

 

Random Thoughts: Adding a new state, part 4

As we have seen, President Abraham Lincoln and Congress conspired to make Nevada a state just days before the 1864 presidential election, although Nevada did not have enough residents to qualify for...

 

Random Thoughts: Adding a new state – part 3

On the last day of October 1864 Congress granted statehood to Nevada, just in time for November’s presidential election. As expected, the voters of the new state gave their Electoral College votes...

 

Random Thoughts Adding a new state, part 2

The American Civil War lasted from 1861 until 1865. When it started, both sides were optimistic – they thought they would win and that it would be over quickly. As it turned out, of course, the Nort...

 

Random Thoughts Adding a new state – part 1

When the British colonies won the American Revolution, they created the “United States of America” with 13 states. As everyone surely knows, we now have 50 states. How did we get from 13 to 50? We...

 

Random Thoughts Mr. President! Mr. President!

Have you ever noticed that when people ask the president of the United States a question or greet him, they always refer to him as “Mr. President?” There is actually a story as to how the...

 

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Back when the United States was a collection of British colonies, punishment for violators of the law was often harsh. But unless someone committed a terrible crime, punishment often did not mean time...

 

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