Tulsa Area History

Henry Zarrow (1916-2014) On Tulsans

Henry Zarrow, Tulsa businessman and philanthropist, passed away Saturday at the age of 97. Many local charities and organizations, including the Tulsa City-County Library, benefited from Mr. Zarrow's generosity. Mr. Zarrow, though, was quick to deflect praise, often assuring interviewers that Tulsans, in general, were the generous ones: 

"Tulsa people are always willing to help. Sometimes they just have to have time to think about it."

"I see how great the Tulsa people are in giving and helping. The $5, the $25...it amounts to quite a bit of money over a period of time."

January, 1953: Oklahoma Bans The Sale And Consumption Of Liquor In Oklahoma State Parks

newspaper headlines

January 14th, 1953: The Oklahoman reported that Oklahoma's Commissioner of Public Safety launched a long-awaited state liquor enforcement campaign by ordering a halt in the sale and consumption of liquor in state-owned lodges and parks.

You can read the entire article in the Oklahoman Archives database. The database provides complete coverage of The Oklahoman newspaper from September 25, 1901, including ads in PDF format.  Search by full-text keyword or browse by date. 

Happy New Year

The Digital Collections Department wishes you a happy and healthy 2014. 

1923 New Year's poster from the Beryl Ford Collection

Architectural Survey: Tulsa's Cliff Dweller Houses On Reservoir Hill

Thematic, archaeological, and architectural/historic resource surveys are great resources for the history of particular buildings, particular areas, and for local history, in general. 

The 2012 Historic Resources Survey of the Cliff Dweller Houses on Reservoir Hill examines 17 single-family residences that sit along the spine of Reservoir Hill. The pre-1933 houses are unique among other Tulsa homes during that time period because of their Spanish Colonial/Mission Revival and Pueblo Revival architectural styles. The survey states: 

Tulsa Fire Department Thanksgiving Banquet, 1911

Tulsa fire department thanksgiving banquet, 1911

Tulsa Fire Department, 1911 

A Thanksgiving Day Banquet was served by the ladies of the baptist church in the new fire house at 17 West 2nd Street, between Main Street and Boulder Avenue. 

Fire Chief R. C. Alder is standing against the wall on the right side of the window. Trinity Episcopal Church chaplain and rector Rev. Gerald A. Ottman, City Auditor E. B. Cline, Fire and Police Commissioner T. E. Smiley, Mayor L. J. Martin, Finance Commissioner F. M. Wooden, Tulsa Daily World reporter Glenn Condon, and Tulsa Daily Democrat reporter Charles Allen are also pictured. 

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