Oklahoma tornadoes: Chickasha historical book found in Midwest City

After Tuesday's storms, a woman in Midwest City found a book from Chickasha in her yard, and she's looking for the owner.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: May 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm •  Published: May 25, 2011
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— Debris mixed with rain and pea-size hail fell on Sheila Rose's yard.

When the rain stopped Tuesday night, Rose looked out on her yard and spotted a lump sitting among the insulation and other chunks of people's homes.

“I went out to check on it,” Rose said, “and it was this book. I just got to looking at it, and it obviously is something someone spent a lot of time putting together.”

She thumbed through the wet pages and discovered stories, photos and the history of Chickasha neatly put together in a history book. Chickasha is about 40 miles away from Rose's home.

The covers and first chapter were gone, and most of the index was ripped out. About 70 pages remain.

“It's torn up,” Rose said, “but there's enough of it that's still there that someone would definitely want.”

She spent Tuesday night patting everything dry and trying to unfold and straighten bent pages. Everything is fragile, Rose said.

The book covers all parts of Chickasha history — business, education, government, churches. Some photos date to the early 1900s.

“Someone spent probably years putting this together,” she said. “It's very complete.”

Rose wants to return the book to its owner. To claim it, call 475-3911.

“Sometimes it's finding the little things that mean the most at times like this,” Rose said. “Your life's just been torn apart completely. ... It's important to someone. I want to make sure they get it back.”


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