Spotlight on Sapulpa: Headlines for March 28th

Rachel Whitney, Curator,
Sapulpa Historical Museum

Monday, March 28, 1910, Sapulpa Evening Light: Prairie Fire Approaching Sapulpa Today…Keystone Oil Field Developing Rapidly

“Fanned by a high wind a prairie fire is sweeping over many acres of land five miles east of the city. Belief that oil property is in danger, lease hands are being assembled to fight the flames to prevent them from igniting oil property. Much loose oil has been burned which is responsible for the dense smoke which overcasts the sky in that section…Rapid progress is being made in the development of the Keystone oil field, fifteen miles northwest of the city. An oil well has just been drilled in by Steel & Son at a depth of 1900 feet, and three other wells are being drilled in that vicinity. As a result of the discovery of oil in this section practically all of the lands in the northern part of Creek County have been leased. Lease holders have hopes that the Keystone field may be connected with the Glenn Pool field, passing through the North Sapulpa fields.”

Friday, March 28, 19313, Oklahoma Farmer and Laborer: East Side Play Ground

“The latest organization In the city of Sapulpa is the East Side Park and Playground association with Mrs. G. C. Hughes, president, Mrs. J. B. Summers, vice president, Mrs. Clyde Robinson, Secretary and Mr. J. W. Manning, treasurer. The people have awakened to the necessity of a public park and play ground and quite extensive preparations are being made for the play ground on East Dewey. The future of the neglected boys and girts, who have resorted to the city streets, and alleys for play ground in the past, is the main topic of conversation in home and on the streets these days…”

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Friday, March 28, 1919, Creek County Republican: Would Open Gym and Pool to the Public

“At the regular Tuesday luncheon at the Oakmore Hotel, the Rotary Club took up the matter of securing the gymnasium, swimming pool and auditorium of the new high school, which is now nearing completion, for the use of the public in general. The use of the auditorium as a meeting place is needed very much by the civic committees, boy scouts, and other organizations; also the swimming pool and gymnasium is needed very much. Lots of fellows who are employed indoors during the day and do not have an opportunity to get physical exercise would enjoy spending a couple of hours in the gym and pool in the evenings, and this would not interfere with the school boys in the least. A committee was appointed to wait on the board of education in regard to the matter…”

Thursday, March 28, 1929, County Democrat News: Easter Egg Hunt Postponed for Week

“The annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Lions club, has been postponed until Sunday, April 7, on account of the threatened meningitis epidemic, among school children. The hunt which was to have been held Easter Sunday will be at the city park. The Lions club sponsored an Easter egg hunt last year, and an even larger one is planned this year.”

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