Spotlight on Sapulpa: Headlines for December 29th

Rachel Whitney
Curator, Sapulpa Historical Museum

Friday, December 29, 1905, Sapulpa Light: The School Contest was Good

“The entertainment and contest given at the Auditorium in the High School building last Friday was well attended, but the building should have been packed. The contest in declamation waxed warm and the contestants, each did splendidly. The judges were Dr. Avery, Rev. O.A. Wright, and Atty. L.B. Jackson. Miss Laura REagan was awarded the silver medal as first prize. Her selection was ‘The Last Leap of Flying Jim,’ Miss Lucy Clarke was second, in ‘Larue Stakes-How They Were Lost.’ Each one in the contest did exceedingly well and the musical part of the program was appreciated. The proceeds, about thirty dollars, goes toward the payment on the piano, recently installed in the High School building.”

Saturday, December 29, 1928, Sapulpa Herald: Club Officers are Installed

“Officers for 1929 were installed at the meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club, following the dinner hour at the YWCA last evening. Miss Elizabeth Mann succeeds Miss Gertrude Davis as president of the organization. The other new officers are Miss Erina Morgan, first vice president, Mrs. Erma Morris, second vice president, Miss Kate Henry, secretary, and Miss Lillie Wayne, treasurer…”

Sunday, December 29, 1957, Sapulpa Sunday Herald: Giant Steps of Progress Predicted for Sapulpa During Coming Year

“Plan for annexation, park, housing, street, water, and sewage improvements, already prepared by progressive-minded city commissioners show a big year for development is in store for Sapulpa during 1958…One of the most important items intended to be pushed by the city officials is annexation of fringe areas…Many new housing additions, along with old ones, are without fire protection and other urban facilities such as paved streets, sewage, utilities, and street lights. They are presently paying double water rates, too…Another outstanding project is an overall park improvement program. Heading the list is Liberty Park. The first of five year development plans will be completed in ‘58 which will make the park one of the very finest in Oklahoma. Working in stages, the ball field is now ready for finishing touches to be added. In another year, roads, fences, tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic tables, bleachers, and lights will be installed as well…”

Monday, December 29, 1986, Sapulpa Daily Herald: Memorial Scholarship Planned

“The Sapulpa High School music department has set up a scholarship program for graduating seniors in memory of Robert Christian, a 1985 Sapulpa graduate. The Robert Christian Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Security National Bank. Contributions can be made in any amount during banking hours. Mark Sumner, vocal music instructor, said the fund was opened Friday. Recipients of the scholarship money will be vocal and instrumental music students…The student the scholarship is named after was a 1985 Sapulpa High School graduate and was attending Oklahoma State University. He was killed in a traffic accident Dec. 12. Christian was active in the music department at the high school, and SUmber said he would have been one to receive such scholarship, if one were available.”

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