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The Archivist: Catchy tune about “Sally” led to an investigation

Mary Phillips: Popular song about a missing Ziegfield Follies dancer led reporter on search for her.
BY MARY PHILLIPS Published: September 10, 2012

Who was Sally? When I read a March 1, 1925, story in The Oklahoman, I wanted to know.

She must have been important, because the unnamed reporter checked with several prominent Oklahoma City citizens trying to find out where she was. It turns out the reporter came up with a clever story.

“Where's Sally?

“From bank presidents down to messenger boys, they're hunting for her through dark alleys, up the main highways, to directors' meetings and on the schoolground, comes the pitiful wail, ‘Please bring her back to me.'

“Among city business men, it isn't a question of who she is, They know. And they want to find her. So they dream, and hunt, and memory brings back the pleasant times they spent planning the future — with Sally — if only Sally hadn't deserted them.

“But Sally is gone. So John Fields, vice president of the Farmers' National bank, removes his stogie and whistles, ‘I wonder what's become of Sally,' while his eye moves a picture of how she would look all dressed up in Washington.

“Politicians muse on what a glorious figure she would make on top of the capitol dome they would have given the state.

“Ed Overholser believes she'd make a great chamber of commerce president.

“T.P. Martin would give her a place as pilot on the air mail route.

“Fred Suits seeks for her in the union station; Governor Trapp believes she is in the Darlington narcotic house; W.F. Vahlberg thinks she took his plans for a new city hall with her; Alva McDonald has a hunch that she has joined John Wilkes Booth, and hopes she led the seekers after his job with her.

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