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By Nolan Clay Modified: November 17, 2007 at 12:46 am •  Published: November 17, 2007
GUTHRIE — The pistol shot didn't exactly go off on time Friday morning, but no one seemed to care.

"It's wonderful,” said a smiling Dorothy Noble, 80.

She got up at 4 a.m. and came from Snyder with her daughter to watch the re-enactment of when statehood was announced 100 years ago.

"We love it,” she said.

A crowd — on the brick streets outside the State Capital Publishing Museum — cheered as Hugh Scott fired a blank round just a few minutes past the official time of 9:16 a.m.

"Oklahoma is now a state!” he shouted.

Peter Lucht, 10, and his sister, Rebecca Lucht, 7, of Oklahoma City got to skip school to watch the fun. They weren't quite sure what to make of the re-enactment of the marriage of Miss Indian Territory and Mr. Oklahoma Territory on the steps of the Carnegie Library. The wedding didn't even have a kiss at the end.

Peter said, "Nice actors.” Rebecca said softly, "She was pretty.”

University of Oklahoma fan Kenneth "Happy” Batiste worked his way to the front of the crowd for the re-enactment ceremonies at the library. He pumped a beat-up OU football helmet up and down in the air any time there was applause.

"Looks like it might have been used in 1907,” quipped one man who saw the helmet.

"That's my team. That's my team,” said Batiste, 49, of Guthrie. "I had to bring it.”

Plenty of people in Guthrie dressed in the clothes of 100 years ago.

Andrew Winn, 10, of Tulsa wore black suspenders and knickers. He also got to wave Oklahoma's first flag, a white star and No. 46 on a red background, even though the flag was not actually adopted until 1911.

"It was pretty fun,” Andrew said of dressing up.

"Hey, you said you hated it,” Caroline Coatney, 9, of Tulsa said teasingly. Andrew denied ever saying that.

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Frank Davis of Guthrie re-enacts reading a proclamation declaring Oklahoma a state Friday at the centennial celebration in Guthrie. BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahomans celebrated the state's centennial Friday with music, parades and re-enactments of the day 100 years ago that Oklahoma became the nation's 46th state.


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