As in most towns in Oklahoma, Norman has many streets named for people who left an impression.
Asp Avenue is one of them, named not for Cleopatra's snake, but in honor of Henry E. Asp, whose efforts for education still affect the lives of Oklahomans long after his death.
In The Oklahoman’s April 22, 1939, Golden Anniversary edition, David P. Marum, Woodward lawyer and editor, was quoted saying, “ It was Henry E. Asp of Guthrie, then a regent of the newly created Oklahoma university, who made it possible for the university to survive. . . It was Asp who laid the foundation for the present great university and there should be some distinction given him permanently within that institution.”
Henry Asp was born and raised in Illinois. Moving to Winfield, Kan., he studied law, tried his first case at 17 and came to Oklahoma in 1890 at the age of 34.
He settled in Guthrie with his wife and son, practicing law there for 22 years until moving to Oklahoma City in 1912.
His obituary published in The Oklahoman, July 2, 1923, described his achievements.
“Henry E. Asp, widely known Oklahoma attorney, a member of the now historic state constitutional convention, and a leader in the republican party since territorial days died at an Oklahoma City hospital Sunday morning.
“When the constitutional convention was called, Asp was elected a delegate from Logan county and was appointed to the judiciary committee of the convention. He prepared personally a draft of a complete constitution with his conception of the proper function of a constitution as a framework about which legislation should be formed rather than an instrument embodying many legislative measures. ...