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Oklahoma City @ 125: The shopping cart, a tennis champion, a crook and Will Rogers Field

by William Crum Published: April 4, 2014
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As the Depression wanes and the war years approach, the Civic Center opens downtown and an airfield named for Will Rogers is established.

• City Hall, the Oklahoma County Court house, the old City Jail, and the Municipal Auditorium, now Civic Center Music Hall, open to the public in 1937.

• Grocer Sylvan Goldman files the patent in 1938 for his “folding basket carrier,” known today as the shopping cart.

• Don McNeill of Oklahoma City wins the 1939 French Championships tennis tournament.

• In 1940, the reign of OKC crime lord Orban Patterson ends after his conviction on federal bribery and income tax evasion charges.

• Will Rogers Field opens southwest of Oklahoma City in June 1941 to serve as a training facility for aerial photography and bombing crews.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
Reporter
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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