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Mary's Miscellanea: Some monkeys, a milestone anniversary and a bit of history

Mary Phillips Modified: September 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm •  Published: September 16, 2013
The monkeys, or perhaps they are gorillas, have arrived in Midwest City.
They are now showing on the garage doors of Handley’s Garage on SE 15th Street and add a bit of color to the neighborhood!
Midwest City has another landmark to join Rose State’s logo sign and Nature’s Treasures purple building on SE 15th.
These three monkey or gorilla faces have appeared on Handley's Garage in Midwest City. - PHOTO BY MARY PHILLIPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
These three monkey or gorilla faces have appeared on Handley's Garage in Midwest City. - PHOTO BY MARY PHILLIPS, THE OKLAHOMAN
• Sunday, Sept. 26, 2013, will be a milestone in the history of Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S Pennsylvania Ave.
The church will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a special celebratory service, following with a luncheon.
Beginning as a group of people meeting in members’ homes in 1953, the small but devoted congregation now meets Sunday mornings
at their church home on Pennsylvania.
• 100 years ago
Congressman William H. (Alfalfa Bill) Murray stated emphatically that he would not be a candidate for governor in the 1914 gubernatorial election.
In Cherokee, OK, homesteaders and oldtimers were gathering to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Cherokee Strip.
A re-enactment of the run was held, and 100 of the original settlers participated.
EARLY DAYS / LAND RUN / HORSES / WAGONS / CHEROKEE STRIP / 1893:  Caption reads, "Cherokee Strip Opening.  Run of 1893.  Prettyman made this picture from his platform shortly before the starting signal launched the Cherokee Outlet run Sept. 16, 1893."  Photographer William Prettyman.  Dated listed as Run of 1893.  Published on 9/19/1993 (SS) in The Daily Oklahoman.
EARLY DAYS / LAND RUN / HORSES / WAGONS / CHEROKEE STRIP / 1893: Caption reads, "Cherokee Strip Opening. Run of 1893. Prettyman made this picture from his platform shortly before the starting signal launched the Cherokee Outlet run Sept. 16, 1893." Photographer William Prettyman. Dated listed as Run of 1893. Published on 9/19/1993 (SS) in The Daily Oklahoman.
• 75 years ago
The weather was cool in 1938 for the State Fair. Low temperatures were in the 50s while highs were in the 70s.
At the University of Oklahoma, the no week-night date rule was appealed.
And, on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Englishman John R. Cobb set the land speed record of 350.20 mph.
• 50 years ago
The Oklahoman’s front page carried stories of the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., that took the lives of four little girls.
Other news included a story about the Fischer quintuplets. The first set of quintuplets to survive beyond infancy in the United States was born Sept. 14, 1963, to Andrew and Mary Ann Fischer of Aberdeen, S.D. The babies, four girls and a boy, were all doing well in the hospital.
The quintuplets and their six brothers and sisters gathered to celebrate their 50th birthdays on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Aberdeen.
• 25 years ago
The front page of The Oklahoman for Monday, Sept. 19, 1988, carried a photograph of the monorail and the space needle at the State Fair with the caption stating that both rides offered a great view of the fair.
Sadly, the monorail is no more, and the Space Needle was shut down in 2010 due to flood damage to its power system.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. TUESDAY 9-21-04. STATE FAIR. The State Fair monorail passes by the Space Tower Tuesday during the fair.   Staff photo by Paul B. Southerland
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. TUESDAY 9-21-04. STATE FAIR. The State Fair monorail passes by the Space Tower Tuesday during the fair. Staff photo by Paul B. Southerland
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