- 75 years ago in 1938, Adolf Hitler was announcing that “when Germany takes possession the Nazi flag stays put.” Also, the state fish and game commission voted to open Lake Murray, Oklahoma’s newest lake for fishing on June 1. Learn more about Lake Murray and other state parks at http://www.travelok.com
- 100 years ago in 1913, the state legislature was discussing Sunday closing laws (Blue Laws). Liquor stores being closed on Sunday now is a reminder of these laws.
In 1963, Kent Ruth, travel editor of The Oklahoman, had an Okies contest, the prize being a subscription to Oklahoma Today. The contest was for how many state cities and towns could be used in a one-line quip or a story. One person submitted a story with 116 towns, but the winner was Mrs. M.L. Roberts of Pampa, Texas, a former Oklahoman.
“My STORY is of a HOLIDAY at MOUNTAIN PARK where my friends BESSIE, SHARON, ALMA, VELMA AND SALLISAW a BIG CABIN by a STONEWALL, among the REDOAK, WILLOW, COTTONWOOD, HICKORY, WHITEOAK and APPLE trees. The RED BIRD, WHITE EAGLE, CROW AND LARK nested there. There were COLD SPRINGS of STILLWATER and we saw BUFFALO, FOX AND BEAVER and sometimes a LONE WOLF drinking the SWEETWATER which tastes of SULPHUR and BROMIDE. From a SHADY POINT on DEER CREEK we saw a HERD of BISON WADE POND CREEK. We found the COUNTY LINE marked by an IRON POST and at a SAND BLUFF we found ANTLERS and a BROKEN BOW.”
Mrs. Roberts used 40 state cities, towns and communities in her story.
The winner for the one-liner was Mrs. H.V. Posey of Hugo with: “SALLISAW VERA TRYON a BLUE FOX; MIAMI SLICK she BRAGGS.”
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