Spotlight on Sapulpa: Headlines in History for September 15th


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Rachel Whitney
Curator, Sapulpa Historical Museum

Thursday, September 15, 1904, Sapulpa Signal: A Store Robbed

“Burglars entered Miller & Cash Jewelry Store Tuesday night and carried off $400 worth of jewelry, and a diamond brooch, valued at $40, belonging to Mrs. C.L. Leed. The jewelry store is located in the southeast front of the building occupied by Dr. Turner’s Drugstore. The thieves gained entrance by cutting the screen over a transom, and then unlocking the back door from the inside. Nothing was bothered in the drugstore, but in the jewelry store the thieves found the secret drawer where Miller & Cash keep their supply of railroad watches, and broke into it taking every railroad watch they had on hand, besides an immense amount of other jewelry, aggregating about $400 in value; also a $40 diamond brooch belonging to Leeds, which was in the store at the time of the burglary. The burglary was committed after the rain Tuesday night. No clue has yet been found, but it is thought the burglary was done by a professional.”

Thursday, September 15, 1932, Democrat News: School Books More Plentiful Than Last Year

“The school book situation in city grade schools is much better than at this time last year. Supt. E.H. McCune reports that very few pupils are without books to start the school year. He gives as one reason for this condition the fact that the various schools have been operating book exchanges, making it possible for children to purchase second-hand books. Supt. McCune is very enthusiastic over the outlook of the new Junior College started this year with 24 students. A total of 20 students was required for the college to operate, and the few over that number makes it possible to conduct the school very well financially…Announcement of a number extension courses from O.U., A. & M., and Northeastern at Tahlequah, has been received by Supt. McCune, courses in graduate and undergraduate education subjects being offered providing enough requests for subjects are made…”

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Tuesday, September 15, 1953, Sapulpa Daily Herald: Huge Movie Screen in Place at Criterion Theater Now

“A huge movie screen, 19 feet tall, 47 feet wide, and so big it couldn’t be fitted into the big stage at Criterion Theater was put into operation this week. The first film especially adapted to the wide screen ‘Miracle Mirror’…Since the big-screen proportion is different from that of the normal screen, special lenses must be used to fill up the large screen…The stereophonic sound process utilizes a total of 12 different loud-speakers scattered throughout the theater…With a few changes the theater can easily show regular 3-D movies also. The estimated cost of ‘shifting over’ to the new processes would run from $20,000 to $25,000. The new screen itself, with no cost of labor involved, costs $2,753. The building had to be rewired to allow for the new loud-speakers…”

Tuesday, September 15, 1964, Sapulpa Daily Herald: New Hours at Library Told

“New hours for Sapulpa’s city library have been announced by Mrs. Mattie Blackwell, new librarian. On Monday through Thursday, the building will be open from 9 am to 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Mrs. Blackwell assumed her duties Tuesday morning, replacing Mrs. Mayme B. Clark, who has retired.”

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