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121 N Weenonah Ave, Claremore, OK 74017

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The Great Bunion Derby

  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…

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Lee Gilstrap

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…

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Maggie Fry – Poet Laureate

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…

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The Birth of the Modern Musical

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! – THE ORIGIN OF MODERN MUSICAL THEATRE  Excerpts published in the July 2022 OHS Extra Newsletter  Seventy-five years after Rodgers and Hammerstein adapted Green Grow the Lilacs into Oklahoma!, the duo’s first…

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R.S. Saunders

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time CLAREMORE’S MUSIC MAN, R.S. SAUNDERS Published in Explore Claremore History July 2022, by Christa A. Rice. Though “Seventy-six Trombones” did not march into Claremore in 1903, the city did acquire its very own Music Man…

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Gerome Riley – How it WasPart 3

Claremore Daily Progress June 8, 2018 Rick Heaton Progress Correspondent Fourteen years before Texas Western College made history, the Lincoln School boy's basketball team in Claremore was making history of its own. Lincoln School, Claremore's school for the black community before desegregation, put quite a team on the…

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Gerome Riley – How it WasPart 1

Claremore Daily Progress June 6, 2018 Rick Heaton Progress Correspondent Claremore is a city with a rich history — a history which includes favorite son Will Rogers, the famous Route 66, playwright Lynn Riggs and astronaut Stuart Roosa. There is also a history of athletics in the town.…

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Charles Journeycake

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time This story was published in The Ranchman magazine July 1952. Written by Myron A. Hurd.  This is a story about a good Indian Chief and a good Christian, peace-loving man.  He was Charles Journeycake, last chief…

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