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 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 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...

 

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