Did You Know...?
The annual Miss Sapulpa Contest, held by the American Legion, was won by 16 year old Marguerite Mayfield. Miss Sapulpa went on to win second place in the state contest. The winner of the state contest was Mary Marco of Okmulgee. (Sapulpa Herald, August 19, 1932; Sapulpa Herald, August 24, 1932; Democrat News, August 25, 1932; Sapulpa Free Press, August 26, 1932; Sapulpa Herald, August 30, 1932)
Artifact(s) of the Month:
Two 1916 glass "walking" canes used as décor from Bartlett Collins Glass Co.
a) long 4' clear spiral cane, indentations throughout
b) smaller - because it broke off at bottom - dark maroon strip down middle
What Have We Been Up to This Month?
Summer days have been hot, hot, hot! And our museum workers have been on fire this month! We have been updating and completing a few exhibitions. Our docents (tour guides) have been running around, trying to keep up with demands, of all the tourists coming in. We love it!
If you haven't seen our newest updates and rooms, please stop by and see us.
We had to get at least 8 fire fighters (two fire stations' crew) to bring in the statue of Sapulpa from City Hall Wednesday morning. Thank you, Fire Chief David Taylor and Station No. 1 & 2, for all your help. (They even helped us by carrying down a few bookcases that we needed for our newest exhibit...LEWIS MEYER BOOKSTORE - COMING SOON!)
Furthest visitor to check out our museum:
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa...
Workers began tearing down the old YMCA in March 1934. This building had been built in 1905 during the boom times of the Frisco Railroad in Sapulpa. It was the first in Oklahoma and was the only one for several years. It was built to house Frisco workers during layovers and waiting for their next assignments.
Did You Know...
The high school announced new schedules for the public use of the swimming pool at the high school. The pool was to be opened to the public four nights a week, Monday through Thursday. (Sapulpa Herald, July 22, 1920)
Artifact of the Month:
The prescription glass bottle from Cowman's Pharmacy is a 3 oz bottle. This bottle is no taller than an average ink pen. The year is unknown, but likely between the 1920s and 1940s. Wonder why "Sapulpa" is in black instead of red like the rest of the bottle?
What Have We Been Up To This Month:
Wow! Our volunteers have been incredibly busy this month. The number of visitors have skyrocketed substantially. Before Covid, we probably averaged to 5 to 10 groups per week; now, with everyone getting out and about again, we are averaging nearly 7 to 14 groups a DAY!!! We have had great groups come in, all around the world, from far away in the country, and all over the state!
If you haven't visited with us yet, or it's been a while, please do come in - we would LOVE to give you a tour around our joint!
The furthest visitor not from Sapulpa to visit us:
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa
The Kiwanis had finished their model home on East Fairview. The Sapulpa Herald ran an article that described room-by-room. The image is from the article on October 2, 1925.
Did You Know...?
The Hotchkiss Grocery Store at 404 West McKinley was robbed by two men. Three officers responded and sped to the scene. Officer Fred Archer was thrown from the car while riding (hanging) off the side of the patrol car. The other officers, Frank Vest and E.O. Edwards, did not stop to attend Archer, but instead proceeded to the store in time to see one of the robbers run out of the store and jump into a waiting automobile. The chase was on and several shots were fired. During the chase the robbers doubled back and by this time Archer had recovered enough to fire shots at the fleeing criminals. The officers following the robbers then lost sight of the speeding car and the robbers sped away. The only things taken from the store were a few cigars and five pieces of bacon*. (Sapulpa Herald, June 1, 1931)
*This store was robbed only a few weeks ago when a large amount of stock was taken.
Artifact(s) of the Month:
The City of Sapulpa was honored to have not one, but two ships named after it.
1) In 1919, the SS Sapulpa, according to a story from The Tulsa Democrat, the Sapulpa was the fourth of four ships to be given a name from Oklahoma, based on the city's participation in a World War I Liberty Loan drive. The Tulsa Democrat reported in July 1919 that the Sapulpa was under construction in Oakland, Calif., would be launched in October and sponsored by Mrs. J.W. Hoover. The fate of the ship remains unknown.
2) In 1944, the SS Sapulpa Victory was launched on April 29 of that year. It not only participated in the end of World War II, but through the Korean War, as well. It was scrapped in 1972 in Taiwan. It was 455 feet long, could carry over 9,000 tons at 15 knots.
The SS Sapulpa Victory was the 14th Victory ship built for the United States during World War II under the Emergency Shipbuilding program. The vessel was launched by the California Shipbuilding Company on April 29, 1944, and completed on June 19, 1944. The ship's US Maritime Commission designation was VC2-S-AP3, hull number 14 (V-14). The Sapulpa served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was operated by the Alcoa SS Company.
The 10,500-ton Victory ships were designed to replace the earlier Liberty ships. While Liberty ships were designed to be used only during World War II, Victory ships were designed to last longer and serve the US Navy both during and after the war. Victory ships differed from Liberty ships in that they were faster, longer, wider, taller, had a thinner stack set further toward the superstructure and had a long raised forecastle.
SS Sapulpa Victory was christened and launched at the yards of the California Shipbuilding Corporation on Terminal Island in Los Angeles. It was one of the 218 Victory ships that were named after American cities.
Sapulpa Historical Society has new blog series to be posted every Friday.
The new blog series, "Then and Now," has 4 segments to teach Creek County history.
First Friday's segment: 'Sapulpa Showcase' shares an artifact-of-the-month in the museum.
Second Friday's segment: 'Historical Highlight' tells a little tidbit about the town's history.
Third Friday's segment: 'Society Sights' shows a then-and-now image of a local business.
Fourth Friday's segment: 'Museum Moments' features life in the museum world.
Catch Sapulpa’s new blog series “Then and Now” every Friday right here !