Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time.     WRITER FOUND OWN PAST DOING HISTORY STORIES BY:  Ken Willhoite   This article was printed in the Claremore Progress June 27, 1993             It’s odd how we live our lives, rarely thinking about the past.  We walk on the same land on which… Read More


G W Eaton

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. War Changed Future of G.W. Eaton BY:  Ken Willhoite This was published in the Claremore Progress Sunday, June 27, 1993 A change had swept over the United States.  The harsh brutality of the Civil War had given way to growth and rebuilding.  George Washington Eaton, a young confederate soldier… Read More


Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time TEACHING JOB BROUGHT ZELDA ASHLEY TO CLAREMORE BY:  Dorothy Willman   This article was published in the Claremore Progress June 27, 1993             Zelda Bear first came to Claremore as a young girl.  She, her mother, and her baby brother were visiting her uncles, Bob… Read More


Mr Streeter

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time This article was published in the Claremore Progress, Centennial Edition, June 17, 1993.- By Pat Reeder ELTINGE STREETER WENT TO CALIFORNIA TO CLAIM BRIDE By Pat Reeder             Before the turn of the century, Philip and Elizabeth Jones Land came to Indian Territory to build a… Read More


Charlie Alton Claremore Oklahoma History

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time       REMEMBERING CHARLIE ALLTON             In 1896, Charlie Allton was born to Joseph and Susan Ramsey Allton in Cooweescoowee District, Indian Territory.   Sue Ramsey was born near Panther Creek in 1866, the first Cherokee baby born in the Cooweescoowee District after the… Read More


Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. “JUST CHARLIE” By Charlie Allton   The 1970 Introduction To The Gridiron Show   Seems like a bunch of us gather here About this time most every year. Father, Mother, Sister, Brother, Each one bragging on the other, And trying to picture the transformation, That’s coming… Read More


Blue Starr

Bluford Starr- Pioneer of Claremore, Part Two Published in the June 1959 Ranchman Magazine, by Myron A. Hurd      When Blue West Starr was foreman of C. W. Turner’s Three Bar Ranch on the south slope of Timbered Ridge north of Inola, he drew a salary of $100.00 per month during the 8 years, and… Read More


Blue Starr

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time. Published in the May 1957 Ranchman Magazine, by Myron A. Hurd. Bluford Starr – Pioneer of Claremore, Part One Bluford Starr was one of the outstanding pioneer cowmen in the vicinity of Claremore and Inola for 40 years or more, and some of his oldtime cowboy… Read More


JB Milam

Telling the history of Claremore…one story at a time.  Remembering: J. Bartley and Elizabeth Milam   This story was printed in The Ranchman Magazine, December 1953. Written by Myron A. Hurd.           Back in March 1948, I wrote in “The Country Correspondent” column for the Claremore Progress about a trip I took with the late Chief… Read More


Early Claremore Aerial

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time   HISTORY OF CLAREMORE By W. T. Taylor             W. T. “Bill” Taylor was a pioneer of Cooweescoosee district and a resident in 1880.  This story was first printed June 8, 1938 in the Claremore Progress and again on June 28, 1953.           The Katy… Read More


Oklahomas first Toll Road

Telling the History of Claremore…one story at a time This information was in the June 28, 1953 Claremore Progress.Submitted by:  Claremore Museum of History FIRST TOLL ROAD IN OKLAHOMA             It was about 1916 that the commissioners of Rogers County issued permission to a Broken Arrow man to operate and maintain a toll road… Read More


Andy Payne Track

This article appeared in the June 28, 1953 Claremore Progress by Bill Waller, Progress News Editor. Claremore History: 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… Read More