Spotlight on Sapulpa: Headlines in History for September 11th


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Rachel Whitney, Curator,
Sapulpa Historical Museum

Wednesday, September 11, 1912, Sapulpa Evening Light: Glass Company Will Start to Build Next Week

“Mr. B.M. VanOrman, secretary of the Commercial Club, received a telegram from M. Collins, manager of the Premium Glass Company, stated that he would be here tomorrow to lay out the buildings for the new factory. The plant will be located where the site of the old glass factory was three or four years ago, about four blocks south of the packing plant. When the glass factory will be in operation can’s be learned, but Mr. Collins intends to start work as soon as the buildings are completed. The plant when completed will work 75 men.”

Wednesday, September 11, 1935, Sapulpa Herald: Court House is Receiving Many Needed Repairs

“Janitor is bringing about some long awaited wonders and changes. Flooded conditions have prevailed in the courthouse during the past few days, wit incidents and activities taking place that mark a precedent dating back to the time the building was first constructed. It has almost become necessary for persons going in and out of the courthouse to wear boots to avoid the high water floating around the ground floor. Despite all these conditions, there are smiles of approval on faces in the offices on all floors. History is in the making. The unusual activity concerns Frank Smith, janitor, and his workers. They are renovating completely the dismal, dirty, aspects of the offices, ceilings, floors, walls, fixtures and everything…All in all, the courthouse has been cleaned from top to bottom. All that remains to be gone over is the outside. Maybe Smith will get to that also.”

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Thursday, September 11, 1947, Democrat News: SHS Chieftains Open 1947 Grid Season September 19th Against Strong Norman 11

“Coach B. (Bom) Bomgardner and his inexperienced but battle-eager Sapulpa High School Chieftains, District 6 grid co-champs of last season, will hit the rugged warpath Friday night at Norman when they blast open their 1947 pigskin season in a non-conference debut against a highly-potent Norman schoolboy crew…Bom has a total of 87 lads out, gamely battling the blistering afternoon heat as they toil in earnest to win berths on the 1947 Sapulpa squad. Of these, only five are experienced campaigners of the highly successful season of a year ago…Schedule: Sept 19 at Norman; Sept 26 at Sand Springs; Oct 3 at Okmulgee; Oct 10 versus Daniel Webster; Oct 17 at Bartlesville; Oct 31 versus Will Rogers; Nov 7 versus Bristow; Nov 14 versus Muskogee; and Nov 21 versus Tulsa Central.”

Tuesday, September 11, 1951, Sapulpa Daily Herald: Warning Signs are Being Placed This Week

“This week will see several ‘School Zone’ signs placed near the public schools. These were secured and are being installed by the City of Sapulpa as a furtherance of the current safety program that is being sponsored nationwide with interest of the National Safety Council, the State Safety Council, and the Junior Chamber of Commerce. More of the signs will be put on the parking of Reed Park going toward Woodlawn on Dewey, one on the approaches on Mission from each way. Two others are set to be put on S Main where a cross line will soon be put up for the students of Jefferson School to cross that busy thoroughfare. More ‘No Parking Anytime’ signs have been installed along school property by the city this week in the interest of safety.”

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