Spotlight on Sapulpa: Headlines in History for September 16th


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Rachel Whitney
Curator, Sapulpa Historical Museum

Monday, September 16, 1918, Sapulpa Herald: First Interurban Car Makes Trial Trip to Sapulpa

“The first car to ply between this city and Tulsa over the tracks of the new interurban railway arrived here yesterday from Tulsa on a trial trip. Officials of the Oklahoma Union Railway Company expressed themselves as pleased with the way they found conditions all along the line. Contrary to expectations, permanent service was started yesterday, cars will be running in and out of the city on a regular schedule by no later than the end of the week…Three brand new cars will be placed in service with the inauguration of the permanent schedule for the road…Opening of the interurban will fill a long-felt want. At best the service offered by the Fisco between the two points has been anything but convenient…”

Monday, September 16, 1957, Sapulpa Daily Herald: ‘Man of Adventure’ to Speak Here on Friday

“Sapulpa’s ‘man of adventure’ Robert Bruce who returned recently from an expedition into the jungles of southern Mexico, will give a talk to the Sapulpa Jaycees, Friday night. Bruce leaves here early next month to return to southern Mexico and another expedition into the country of the Lacandon natives. This will also be his seventh trip into the Mexican jungle country in the area bordering Guatemala. Bruce, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bruce, 105 N Linden, is credited with an important archeological discovery: a carved stone throwing new light on the ancient Mayan civilization which flourished years before America…”

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Thursday, September 16, 1971, Sapulpa Daily Herald: Stores Skirt Sapulpa, Tulsa Gets New Deluge

“Thunderstorms skirted Sapulpa Wednesday night and early today, but hit full force in Tulsa, and other parts of northeastern Oklahoma, causing some flooding. Flash flooding occurred in Tulsa, where 6.01 inches of rain fell between 1 am and dawn, and in Osage, Payne, and Lincoln counties. More than four inches of rain was recorded during the first two hours of the storm at Tulsa International Airport…The Weather Bureau also said the cooling trend that had been spreading the past couple of days would continue. Temperatures were expected to reach highs today from the upper 60s in the Panhandle to the mid 80s in the southeast…Lows early today ranged from 46 at Guymon to 61 at Ardmore. Highs Wednesday were from 96 at Broken Bow to 75 at Guymon.”

Friday, September 16, 1988, Sapulpa Daily Herald: Chappell Will Celebrate 100th Birthday with Parade

“During the last 100 years, Sapulpan Effie Chappell has traveled in a variety of vehicles from oxcarts to four-wheelers and will make one of the most exciting trips of her life Saturday. Saturday, Chappell will travel from Ranch Terrance Nursing Home to the Security National Bank Community Room via a 1924 Model T Roadster and a police escort…She was born Sept. 16, 1888, in Moniteau County, MO. Three years later, her family moved to Mansville, Ark by oxcart and train…Her life was included many eras that many people just read about in history books, including Great Depression…She also had a busy life, thanks to her 19 children…Feeding her large family was almost as big a chore as raising them. Chappell said she used 50 pounds of flour every four days and made her own cornmeal by grinding up her own corn. She also had a pan that held 48 biscuits –  a pan that she often used twice a day…”

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