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Who is this Man? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Lackmeyer   
Saturday, 29 November 2008 01:10


William L. Couch was born in North Carolina in 1850. Sixteen years later his family moved to Kansas. In 1880 Couch aligned himself with the Oklahoma Colony effort and took over as leader in 1884. He was the first mayor of Oklahoma City under the provisional government.  He was shot during a dispute over a homestead claim at Oklahoma City, April 14, 1890, and died six days later.

 Portraits of all of Oklahoma City's mayors can now be found as part of Buddy Johnson's Oklahoma Images collection at: http://www.mls.lib.ok.us/mls/oklahoma.html



Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2008 03:31
Our Friend Doug Has Some News to Share! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 26 September 2008 20:36


Doug wants you to know it is his pleasure to invite you to attend his very first ...

  • When? Thursday, October 23, 2008, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where? Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, northeast corner of the lower level.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2008 02:02
Now Out in Stores: Bricktown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Lackmeyer   
Thursday, 28 August 2008 06:00

We are pleased to announce that “Bricktown,” the latest publication by Steve Lackmeyer, co-author of “OKC Second Time Around,” is now out in stores across the metror. The book features more than 180 images, many never published before now.

For more information, visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2009 16:43
Taft Stadium - A Crumbling OKC Icon PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 08 July 2007 06:00

A compelling story about the sad disrepair of Oklahoma City's historic Taft Stadium is told in the July 7, 2007 issue of The Oklahoman (www.newsok.com).


By Justin Harper

Staff Writer

In March 1949, R.W. Smilie was fed up with Taft Stadium. Most likely, if the venerable old stadium was in the state of disrepair it currently is, Smilie might have walked a half block down the street from his home and gave it a good strong push so that it might go ahead and crumble.

But back in those days, Taft Stadium was a mighty structure both in structure and status.  Truth be told, Smilie didn't have a problem with the stadium itself. He was just sick of all the noise produced by midget cars racing around the track inside, often, he claimed, past the 10 p.m. cutoff time. So Smilie took his cause to district court. When his application was denied there, he went up the ladder to the state supreme court.

Even empowered with a petition signed by 58 neighbors of the venue situated along May Avenue between NW 23rd and NW 27th, Smilie was left with no reason to smile. In suggesting, rather imposingly, not to file an appeal, a judge overlooking the material wrote that no action would be taken and the grounds would not be disturbed.

Fifty-eight years later, that mandate is being followed as if it was a court order. And as for ol' R.W. Smilie, it took a long time, but Taft Stadium, which in its prime was place for sports in Oklahoma City, has for a while now been virtually silenced.

"I hate to see it like this," said Darrell Palmer, business manager of the Taft Stadium Board.  "I remember Midwest City-Putnam City football games where 14,000 people would fill it to the brim in the '60s. I went to it when my dad took me to the stock car races when I was a kid. I saw it in its heyday when it was a great place. And it's been a little spark in my heart for years."


To read the entire story, visit http://newsok.com/article/3078384 (free registration is required)

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 September 2009 02:47

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