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121 N Weenonah Ave, Claremore, OK 74017

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Andrew Hartley Payne was born in Foyil, Oklahoma on November 17, 1907. Andy was a member of the Cherokee Nation and graduated from Foyil High School in 1927. Andy had no interest in becoming a farmer like his father, his primary interest was school. Every…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time Newspapers' "Flying Girl" Dies After Brief Illness Wauhilau LaHay was born in Claremore, Oklahoma on July 14, 1896 to parents John Martin LaHay and Annie Russell. In 1907, LaHays moved to Muskogee where Joseph set…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time As published in the Claremore Daily Progress on November 19, 2011 by Larry Larkin, Progress Correspondent A true pioneer was laid to rest this past week.  Claremore’s own Ronnie L. Johnson, the first Oklahoma Highway Patrol black trooper…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time MICKEY PERRY – REMEMBERING A MAYOR The son of Jackson Charles Perry and Lottie Marie (Roof) Bitsko was born July 9, 1947, in Collinsville. Mickey was the oldest child and had four sisters. He graduated from…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time Born February 18, 1879, in Springfield, Missouri, Nathan Edward Galloway took up wood carving as a youngster. During the Spanish-American War he joined the U.S. Army and saw service in the Philippine campaign of 1899…
Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time This article was written by Barbra Pool, niece of Houston Summers and Claremore Museum of History Historian. Memorial Day is set aside to honor our military heroes, many which are no longer with us.  There are other…
Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time   Published in the March 1947 Ranchman Magazine, by Ferne E. King. Long before the sun topped the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, on a morning sixty-one years ago, a mule team hitched to a wagon,…
  The Great Bunion Derby           In March, 1928, the great Bunion Derby, a footrace across the United States, began in California, and Andrew Payne, the local entry, took off walking east with the rest of them.  A Claremore businessman, who launched a drive to…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time This article was written by Larry Larkin and published in the Claremore Daily Progress, Edition April 16, 2017. He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way.  He had a boogie style that no one else…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time OKLAHOMA’S POET LAUREATE, EMERITUS Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Emeritus Maggie Culver Fry was born near Vian, Oklahoma in 1900. Her parents lived a mile from her maternal grandparents, and she spent much time with her grandparents. Her…
Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time Published in Explore Claremore History July 2022, by Christa A. Rice. Banker, builder, and businessman, John Melville Bayless came from Cassville, Missouri, and made significant contributions to the “up building” of Claremore, Indian Territory,…

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