Posts by Don Diehl

Historic Buildings Purchased, to be Restored by SeneGence

The expansion of the multi-million dollar cosmetic company SeneGence to its founder’s hometown is having an impact all over the area including two of the most historic buildings in downtown Sapulpa. Ben and Joni Rogers Kante are owners of SeneGence. Besides its mammoth expansion in Sapulpa the company has holdings in California, Canada and Australia.…

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Goodbye, Friends: Becks sell Danny Beck Chevrolet to No. 1 Chevy Dealership in the Nation

Sapulpa’s largest Chevrolet dealership has changed hands. In November, Danny Beck Chevrolet was sold and became Mark Allen Chevrolet. Customers received emails about the transaction, and Beck himself posted on Facebook. Mark Allen is a partner of the largest-selling Chevrolet dealership in the U.S. for 10 of the last 11 years, Classic Chevrolet of Grapevine,…

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Robert Samuel Kerr: “King of the Senate”

There are four famous Charles Banks Wilson paintings in the rotunda of the Oklahoma Capitol that capture native son greatness. They are of Will Rogers, Jim Thorpe, Sequoya and Robert Samuel Kerr. The story of Robert S. Kerr is a genuine rags to riches one, and that of true Oklahoman. When seeking election to political…

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Famous Sapulpans: Sapulpa’s Malvina Stephenson was ‘real’ newswoman

Writer’s Note: Before there could be a Barbara Walters or Megyn Kelly there first had to be a Malvina Stephenson. This is one in a series of articles featuring those with Sapulpa ties who became known nationally and, often times, internationally. From, doctors, inventors, and entrepreneurs to writers, sports figures, movie stars, singers, musicians and cartoonists,…

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The Sapulpa City Council on Monday night changed a city ordinance that allows Raisin the Pig to continue residing in the town. That pleased thousands of fans (mostly on social media) across the land. An ordinance banning miniature pigs as pets in Sapulpa was changed in council action Monday night. Meanwhile, Tulsa’s Fox News and…

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Historic Downtown Sapulpa Building Sees Robust Reopening

Little Bit of Country at 124 E. Dewey Ave. is experiencing a robust reopening following a spring storm back in May that closed the business down and heavily damaged the historic old Morton Building. Diane Gloden and her family own the building, which besides Diane’s Little Bit of Country features several vendors, including a beauty…

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