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.
What Have We Been Up To This Month...
A few things are in the works as we continue to update and experiment with our exhibitions. We are working with local community members to highlight Sapulpa's strong religious ties in its community. In addition, we had plans to have a Spring Open House this month, but due to weather, we postponed the event to next month. Come see us for our Spring Open House, June 10, 4-6:30PM.
The 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre will be this weekend (May 31-June 1). The History Channel will be airing the much anticipated documentary about the Tulsa Race Massacre, "Tulsa Burning" on May 30th. Contributions from local organizations, leaders, historians, and activists, including the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and the Historic Vernon A.M.E. Church, and Sapulpa Historical Society, and others.
The Sapulpa Historical Society & Museum were able to work with the documentary, and included an image describing the oil boom of Tulsa (and area). See image below:
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa:
The image of Wells-Sapulpa Packing Co was located on a lot of nearly 80 acres. The location was just east of the Sapulpa Oil Refinery just north of town along Route 66.
Did You Know...?
The Collins Foundation was donating $5,000 ($43,305.50 with today's inflation) for the lighting of the baseball field at Liberty Park and for the construction of restroom facilities. (Sapulpa Herald, May 19, 1959).
Artifact of the Month:
Club Loraine was a night club inside the Loraine Hotel. As far as we can tell, the Club ran from 1946 to 1947. There were only 3 mentions of the Club in the newspaper, a 1946 article about alcohol sales in the club, and 2 advertisements in 1947. The Loraine Hotel would be consumed by fire in 1949, taking a few businesses on Main & Lee along with it.
What Have We Been Up to This Month?
Have you been by the museum lately? We are moving things around and shaking things up a bit. We have update numerous exhibitions and still working on a few more as we speak. The Fire Museum has been a hot item to see for our visitors! And have you noticed the Filling Station?! Wow, those gas pumps look good out front, don't you think?
And don't forget to get your passport here and stamped for your visit!
Tourism this Month:
Then and Now Images of Sapulpa
The post card image states Uden Yeager Bookstore, probably taken in 1912, from on top of the Sugar Loaf Hill. The large buildings, including Uden, along S Main St are no longer around; in addition, the hill is nearly removed, as well.
Did You Know...
The Sapulpa Golf Course was building grass greens to replace the old sand greens. Jerry Croston, who was in charge, gave most of the credit to Bob Irwin from Oaks Country Club, and Bus Hudgins who donated the equipment. The greens would be completed about June 1st the same year. (Sapulpa Herald, April 18, 1950).
Artifact of the Month:
This is a patch for the Sapulpa High School Pepoose Club. This was actually the Pep Club for the high school. An article stated: "Pepooses" and "Wahooes" are the two pep clubs. Go Chieftains! (Sapulpa Herald, Oct 31, 1949)
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 !