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Have you ever heard of the term "Swat the Knockers?" This is what we found in The Wichita Beacon, dated 15 April 1909, Thursday, page 7: "Swat the Knocker." The Knocker wasn't numerous but he was awfully busy in Wichita. The Knocker didn't appreciate what local magnates had done for Wichita by getting it advanced to a higher league.

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1895, Big Bank Robbery Haul

There was a strange, weird bank robbery that occurred in 1895, November 22nd, at the Santa Fe Depot, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This story was found in the Highland Recorder, out of Monterey, Virginia, dated 22 November 1895, Friday, page 1: "A Big Haul Robbers Get Twenty Thousand Dollars Easily. Put the Agent To Bed."

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1963, What is the Basic Difference Between Two Parties in Oklahoma?

Let us look back to 1963, July 7, Sunday, page 3 of The lawton Constitution., out of Lawton, Oklahoma, with the following page 3 headlines: "Democratic, Republican Party Chiefs Debate Upcoming Presidential, Senate Contests," with this article written by Gaylord and Bob Shaw.

Editor's note - Republicans and Democrats held different views on what's needed for Oklahoma and which party was best suited to provide it. The AP reporters interviewed the state chairman of each party to present these views before the state and national elections for the next 1964 election year.

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Sweet Silly Sadie

NW Okie's grandpa, Wm. J. "Bill" McGill, played professional baseball in the early 1900's. Doing research in old newspaper archives, we found this mention in The Wichita Beacon, dated 15 April 1909, Thursday, page 7: "Are Practicing Team Work Today," as Manager Holland was giving regulars their first instructions. "Dad McGill had signed a Wichita contract - Richter and Bailey go to Enid - both were thought to make good there.

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1964, McGill Signals Fresh Leadership Battle in State Democratic Party

Remember back to 1964 when "right to work" was the heat of campaigns in Oklahoma Politics? My dad, Gene McGill, was wanting the Democratic party to remain neutral on the controversial Issue of "right to work." The executive committee of Democratic Party overrode McGill's objections and voted 8-7 to place the party on record opposing right to work legislation.

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Linda, I have copies of two pictures from the era of baseball mits that looked like bird's nests. One is of the St Louis Browns of 1914, with Branch Rickey as Manager [more]...
 ~Jim Bradley regarding Okie's story from Vol. 10 Iss. 25 titled UNTITLED

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1909 - The Courts of Europe

This article from The Times Dispatch, out of Richmond, Virginia, dated 21 January 1909, Thursday, page 6, tells the story of the Earl of Warwick, who claimed descent from the Kingmaker. It was written by La Marquise de Fontenoy, "The Courts of Europe."

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1964, Reapportionment Forces Rejoice, Fight Not Over

Back in 1964, in Oklahoma these headlines showed up in Lawton, Constitution, out of Lawton, Oklahoma, dated 20 January 1964, Monday, on the front page: "Reapportionment Forces Rejoice, Fight Not Over.

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