OKC Civic Affairs


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

by William Crum Published: April 4, 2014

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
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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