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Mary’s Miscellanea: The beginning

Mary Phillips Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: March 19, 2013

Hi, I’m Mary Phillips.

I’ve worked with The Oklahoman’s Archives for over 30 years.

This column will represent a hodge-podge of stuff: the interesting, the odd, and the historical.
Most of it will have an Oklahoma connection, but not necessarily every item.
Here are some observations and notes to get this column started:
- Recently traveling through Fort Sill, I saw a herd of 30 or so elk and thought how content they must be: hunting season is over and the recent rains had turned the pasture where they were grazing into an emerald green smorgasbord.
If you want to know more about historic Fort Sill, visit
- This appeared in a 1904 “Oklahoma Notes” column in The Oklahoman:
“In a recent newspaper controversy it has been settled that the “sooners” compose the territory’s aristocracy. For are they not the “first families?”
- Do you suppose the state forestry department would have recommended planting the red cedar, if they knew what a problem they would become as a fire danger and allergen producer?
To learn more about the red cedar, check out and
- Does anyone else pass the Capitol at night and see the red beacon lights and think of a ballerina’s tutu?
- 100 years ago on March 9, The Oklahoman reported President Woodrow Wilson was settling into the office of the Presidency,
corsets were selling for a dollar at Brock’s, and Pettee’s was advertising the Ohio Electric Vacuum Sweeper for $25!
- In 1913, the Legislature was debating the cost of building the Capitol; in 2013 the legislators debate repairs to keep the building standing.
-There is a wind generator (windmill) just north of the Harn Homestead. When I pass it on I-235 I often think how windmills probably populated the farms located north of the city after the Run and how appropriate it is to see a modern one working today.Learn more about the Harn Homestead at
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at


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