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Random Thoughts

Once Ruth Brown began openly supporting racial equality in Bartlesville, city leaders wasted no time plotting to fire her from her job at the town’s public library. For one thing, the city commissio...

 

Random Thoughts

As we have seen, Ruth Brown, the long-serving librarian of the Bartlesville public library, was a staunch believer in providing reading materials of all kinds to the townspeople who used that...

 

Random Thoughts

Ruth Brown, the head of the Bartlesville public library from 1919 to 1950, believed that the library should provide all kinds of materials for its patrons to read. These included two journals that...

 

Random Thoughts Oklahoma profile: Ruth Brown, part 1

Ruth Brown was the librarian of the Bartlesville public library for more than 30 years until the city’s commissioners fired her in 1950. Brown was born in Hiawatha, Kansas, in 1891. She graduated...

 

Random Thoughts The world's oldest person? – part 2

Jeanne Calment of Arles, France, made world news in 1997 when she died at the age of 122. That made her the world’s longest-lived person since records have been kept. Or did it? Some people were...

 

Random Thoughts: The world's oldest person? (part 1)

A few years ago I wrote an article about a woman in Arles, France – Jeanne Calment – who lived to be 122 years old. This made her the oldest person in the recorded history of the world. An intrigu...

 

Random Thoughts: The farmers and the trespasser, part 4

Marvin Katko broke into an abandoned farmhouse in Eddyville, Iowa, in 1967 and was wounded when a booby-trapped shotgun discharged, striking him in the legs. Katko suffered non-life threatening...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    August 7, 2020

Random Thoughts: The farmers and the trespasser, part 3

In 1967 Marvin Katko broke into an abandoned farmhouse in the small town of Eddyville, Iowa. During the course of the burglary, he was wounded when a shotgun rigged as a booby trap fired its pellets...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 31, 2020

Random Thoughts: The tarmers and the trespasser – part 2

It is often said that there are at least two sides to every story. But every year beginning law school students learn that few things in the law are black or white. Instead, legal cases often fall...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 24, 2020

Random Thoughts: The farmers and the trespasser, part 1

In late summer, our thoughts often turn to the upcoming school year. That is certainly the case this summer. Students at all levels – from kindergarten to graduate school – will be returning to...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 17, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Blizzard of 1886, part 4

The blizzard of 1886 began early in that fateful year. Temperatures fell precipitously beginning on Jan. 1 as snow fell and the wind howled. In the following days, things only got worse. Hundreds of...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 10, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Blizzard of 1886, part 3

By the mid-1880s thousands of miles of railroad tracks crisscrossed the American West, making travel somewhat easier for the people who lived there. During the previous two decades the U.S. government...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    July 3, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Blizzard of 1886, part 2

From the late 1860s to the late 1880s the cattle industry spread from Texas to other parts of the American West including the Great Plains. Meanwhile, the U.S. government was financing the building...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 26, 2020

Random Thoughts The Blizzard of 1886 – part 1

With summer and its blazing hot 100-degree days upon us, perhaps this is a good time to tell the story of a blizzard that happened near here once upon a time. The year was 1886 and I am happy to...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 19, 2020

Random Thoughts: Oklahoma profile: Sarah Rector, part 3

When Sarah Rector was born in 1902, she became the owner of 160 acres of Oklahoma land thanks to her status as a descendant of former slaves of the Creek Nation. Eight years later, her parents tried...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 12, 2020

Random Thoughts: Oklahoma profile: Sarah Rector, part 2

Sarah Rector was born on March 3, 1902, in a rural area that is today part of Muskogee County, Oklahoma. In 1904 the local post office and the land surrounding it became the all-black town of Taft....

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    June 5, 2020

Random Thoughts: Oklahoma profile: Sarah Rector – part 1

As everyone surely knows, slavery was legal in this country until the Civil War ended. In 1865 governmental leaders approved the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolishing the inhumane...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 29, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Brothers Bibb, part 3

When Congress created Alabama Territory in 1817, President James Monroe tapped U.S. Senator William Wyatt Bibb of Georgia to be Alabama’s territorial governor. Two years and nine months later, in...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 22, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Brothers Bibb – Part 2

As we saw last week, only three people in U.S. history have served as governor of one state and as a United States senator from another. One was Sam Houston who was a senator from Texas after serving...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 8, 2020

Random Thoughts: The other Hamilton duel – part 2

In July 1804 Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel brought on by the political feud the two men had been carrying on for years. Two and a half years earlier, however, another Hamilton had bee...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    May 1, 2020

Random Thoughts: The other Hamilton duel – part 1

Previously, we looked at some of the political duels that were fought when they were a common occurrence in the United States. Certainly, the most famous of those took place in New Jersey in 1804...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 24, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Lost Apple Project – Part 3

Besides the work of the apple hunters in the Pacific Northwest, similar initiatives are underway in other apple-growing states such as Colorado, Michigan, New York and Maine. One of the Colorado under...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 10, 2020

Random Thoughts: The Lost Apple Project – Part 1

Recently, we looked at the life’s work of Henderson Luelling who is primarily responsible for the Pacific Northwest being the leading apple-growing region of the United States today. But apples...

 
 By Roger Hardaway    Local    April 5, 2020

Random Thoughts

As we have seen, Ruth Brown, the long-serving librarian of the Bartlesville public library, was a staunch believer in providing reading materials of all kinds to the townspeople who used that...

 
 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...

 

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