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Out & About: Photos From Around Town





Profile: Adrienne & David Killaweit

55 Bartlesville’s Own: Tom Bice Sooner High Grad Went on to Successful Career


Feature: The Forgotten History of the Forgotten War



Arts & Entertainment: A Little R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Feature Sponsor Story: I Spy a Pie in the Sky


A Fresh Perspective: Bobby & Albert


Veterans: Korean War Memorial


Helping Hands: Foster Homes Needed


Business Spotlight: 75 Express Taking the Inconvenience Out of Your Travel


Local Legacy: Hall of Famer!


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Welcome to November friends! Christy and I want to thank all of our men and women veterans who have served this great country. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. We dedicate this Upfront to all of you who served and protected us from all corners of the world. Thank You! Every November we salute our veterans, and this year is no different. In the late 1940s and 1950s, Bartlesville had its own military base called “Radar Hill’.’ If you’re standing on the tarmac at the airport and look straight west, you will see the top of the hill where this base once was. Over the years, the radar was dismantled. Although some structures survived, eventually this area is where Keepsake Candles was headquartered for years. Debbie Neece hit this Feature Story out of the park. I have lived here since 1985 and never knew there was a military base stationed in Bartlesville. I love our history! In 2019, we had 17.4 million living veterans, and half of those were over the age of 65. The latest numbers from 2022 are 167,000 WWII veterans and all of them over the age of 90. Those alive today are from over the 16 million who served. Sadly we are losing them quickly. Just looking at the numbers, it’s almost an absolute that in the next 10 years they will all be gone. Gone ... the greatest generation ever — who not only won the war but also saved the world from evil — will be no more. Over the last five years we have had the honor of meeting many of these brave men and women. Now today, those who we met in 2017-18 have passed away.


ed this country freely. Now they are taking their own life. Here is another number that should just burn your butt. In 2021 we had over 40,000 HOMELESS VETERANS in this country. Why in the world do we have one homeless veteran? This country is sending over $70 billion to Ukraine, but leave 40,000 former soldiers walking and sleeping on the streets. What are we doing as a country? What are our priorities? This is the one population of people in the US that we should continue to take care of and help them live a productive and successful life ... no matter what the cost! The study, carried out by researchers at Harvard Medical School, the City University of New York’s Hunter College, and Public Citizen’s Health Research Group, found 1.53 million veterans nationwide were uninsured last year. Additionally, about 1 in 12 veterans – 2 million individuals – also go without needed physician care annually because of cost. I hope you can feel my passion for this issue and that we as a city and a state, can start taking care of our Oklahoma veterans and move that care across this nation for all veterans. I want to end this upfront with this. Our politicians over the years have driven our country into wars that we should not have fought. These same politicians sent our young men and women to fight a war they found was necessary. What the brave soldiers did for us, they did freely. They did something many of us weren’t willing to do, and they did it with honor! God bless you and God bless all of our brave Veterans! Keith

I have a question for all reading this Upfront. Do you think we as a country do enough for our Veterans? Here is my answer ... NO! Here is a number that should shock all of us. We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide! Twenty-two men and women take their own life because they can’t find help or are just too proud to ask for help. That is unacceptable. These men and women went to serve Managing Editors Keith & Christy McPhail with the late for you and me and defendLee Stone, a WWII Veteran.

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Adrienne and David Kallweit

Passion for Bartlesville Fuels Couple’s Entrepreneurial Spirit by Sarah Leslie Gagan Entrepreneurship has been a way of life for Adrienne and David Kallweit for over 25 years. The couple has started a variety of business ventures throughout their years together, and as Adrienne says, they have a magical working relationship, with wonderful communication that allows them to thrive as partners, and as a family. The native Tulsans met when their jobs brought them together, working at Cowen Construction. Both David and Adrienne have degrees in Construction Management. David attended University of Nebraska, and Adrienne is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. They would go on to form DNA Properties, remodeling and refurbishing homes and businesses in the Tulsa Area. In early 2021, they made the move to Bartlesville after many years in the Tulsa area. In search for better schools, more opportunities, and greater farmland for their growing goat farm, they discovered the wonder of the area just 45 minutes to the north, and they fell in love with the community. David and Adrienne have seven children, ages eight to 21. Family is their priority over all their irons in the fire. Being involved with their children’s interests and activities and raising them to become independent thrivers brings such joy to Adrienne and David. The children also help with projects and ventures, working together as a family. Adrienne grew up in an entrepreneurial family and credits her parents for their wise mentoring and business modeling. Adrienne followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a licensed private investigator, eventually purchasing her family’s business “Hide and Seek” as one of her first ventures. After running a successful investigation agency, Adrienne realized the need for on-call, background-screened childcare for her own family. In 2004, Adrienne and David founded SeekingSitters, implementing the stringent background screening 8

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process that Hide and Seek had developed from over 30 years of investigative experience. As a working mother, business owner, and licensed private investigator, Adrienne utilized her business expertise to create a company that provided a solution to a problem and turned it into a multi-million dollar company with successful franchise locations nationwide. The business was started debt-free, without any capital, and grew quickly, as profit allowed. SeekingSitters won Tulsa’s First Entrepreneurial Spirit Award in 2007. In 2008, Working Mother Magazine named SeekingSitters one of the Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses in the United States. Adrienne has been interviewed extensively both locally and nationally, on Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC stations in Tulsa as well as in the Tulsa World, Journal Record of Oklahoma, and the Tulsa Business Journal. In 2008, Adrienne and David were both chosen for the Tulsa Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.


Upon moving to Bartlesville, the couple began looking for a project property to renovate and discovered the building at 309 and 311 Dewey Avenue. This abandoned building would become the next chapter in the Kallweit’s adventure they call life, and they have embraced it with a passion. When they toured the dusty, vacant building, they allowed themselves to dream of what it could be, and absolutely fell in love with restoring it to its former glory. The renovation includes three unique businesses, Palace Rooms Lounge, 620 Lofts, and Lollipops General Store. David and Adrienne thrive on taking crazy, challenging projects and bringing them to life. They love the demolition and renovation and have so much fun working together in the process. They have worked hard to reveal what has been left vacant for many years. Palace Rooms Lounge had a successful opening in October serving craft cocktails and field-to-table bistro cuisine. The Lounge décor is reminiscent of the 1920s and utilizes many repurposed items from the original building. The idea for the lounge came from the desire to create a unique date night atmosphere and experience.

a breath of life into such a fascinating place. Adrienne and David hope to have the apartments open and available in early 2023. The Kallweits feel blessed to be so welcomed into the Bartlesville community. Adrienne says there isn’t enough room in the entire magazine to list all the things she loves about Bartlesville. They love the uniqueness of the community and the variety of activities the area has to offer. Most of all, it’s the people that they love and they are committed to meeting the needs of downtown Bartlesville. The Kallweit family all consider it such a gift to be a part of a rich and vibrant community. Adrienne and David are planning future projects and ways to promote our community once their Dewey Avenue renovation is complete. They dream big and they love Bartlesville with a newfound passion. Bartlesville has welcomed the Kallweits with open arms and is proud to have them call our community “home.”

Lollipops General Store will tentatively open in December and include farm fresh grocery items and goods, as well as a soda fountain. It will feature 1940s décor, repurposing the blue metal facade that was removed from the brick building during renovation. The crew is working tirelessly on transforming the upstairs space into six apartments. The apartments will be one- and two-bedroom units, with one ADA accessible apartment on the ground floor. The apartments will be called “620 Lofts.” Adrienne got the number 620 by adding 309 and 311 from the address of the building. She says 620 is a number of rebirth/regeneration and excitement, and it is her hope that they will breathe NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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The Forgotten History of the Forgotten War

Korean War’s Home Front Service on Radar Hill By Debbie Neece, Bartlesville Area History Museum


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Members of the 796th AC&W Air Force Squadron Turmoil seems to be a natural state of being. The political fight against imperialism, communism, nationalism and dominance has been, and continues to be in the world’s forethought. The list of wars fought on North American soil is extensive; however, the U.S. has also engaged in world-changing wars on foreign soils. WWI (July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918) was an explosive reverberation across Europe, drawing the U.S. from her neutral sideline on April 2, 1917, and concluding with the signing of not a win, not a loss, but an armistice the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

However, tensions continued to simmer as the AmericanSoviet Cold War (March 12, 1947 – December 26, 1991) became an unsettled period of suspicion and political rivalry between the United States and Soviet Union that put the world on edge, in fear of nuclear war. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a pivotal event in the history of Europe which led to events that ended the Cold War in 1991, when the Soviet Union collapsed.

The Korean Conflict (June 25, 1950 – July 27, 1953) occurred upon the heels of WWII and laid the path for the Vietnam War. It was not the first time the U.S. had been involved in conflict with Korea. The SS General Sherman, an armed merchant schooner, WWII (September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945) was a bloody was sent to Korea in 1866 on a trade pursuit to gather cotton, tin six-year global war involving more than 30 countries. Stemming and glass. However, the General Sherman was disabled and prefrom Germany’s invasion of Poland, the U.S. was drawn into batsumed lost. In 1871, tle when Pearl Harbor “After 1948, the Cold War entered a new phase. Moving beyond the borders of under President Ulwas attacked DecemEurope, it spread to Asia and even into Space! At the same time the U.S. and ysses Grant, the U.S. ber 1941. WWII ended the U.S.S.R. greatly increased their nuclear arsenals.” State Department in 1945 with the surdispatched five naval renders of Germany on May 7 and Japan on September 2, after vessels in search of the General Sherman and to establish a trade atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. arrangement with Korea. This “Korean Expedition” resulted in a “chest-puffing” match, but no trade treaty.

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The Composite Plan for the Bartlesville Air Force Station Since 1910, Korea had been under the rule of Japan until Warning Stations (AC&W) across America. Under the direction Japan’s 1945 WWII surrender. At that time, the U.S. and Soviet of the Secretary of Defense, the Corps of Engineers expedited Union agreed to a cease-fire zone and divided Korea at the 38th the construction of an Air Force Station, 1,000 feet above the parallel with North Korea supported by China and the Soviet Bartlesville Municipal Airport, upon “Radar Hill.” Union, and South Korea supported by the United Nations, mainThe 796th AC&W Squadron began operations May 1, 1951 ly the United States. with a pair of AN/FPSAlthough operating as “U.S. Radar detection Air Force Stations were different from bases. 10 radars and the role of separate countries, KoAlthough the Bartlesville Municipal Airport was a “hop, skip and jump” “guiding interceptor airrean border tensions from the Air Force Station on Radar Hill, military air flights did not leave craft toward unidentified erupted into war beour airport, which only received supplies and equipment for the station.” intruders picked up on tween North and South the unit’s radar scopes.” Korea 1950-1953, involving the supporting countries as well. AfIn 1958, the radar was upgraded to an AN/FPS-6 high-powered ter in-depth political power struggles and negotiations, an armiheight-finding radar. stice was agreed upon July 27, 1953. Growing from a small activation crew to a full-fledged Air Under the guidance of President Truman, America’s ulForce Station with 200 personnel, initially, the “hill” overlooktimate goal was to contain communism while preventing the ing the Caney River Valley was divided into three areas. The “domino effect.” America and Japan held trade agreements and Operations Area contained the AC&W Operations building, Truman’s concern was if Korea fell, Japan would fall, and others generator power plant, boiler house and tech supply building. would follow. The Cantonment Area contained the Bachelor Officer’s Quarters, six enlisted barracks, orderly room, dining and recreation During the Cold War years, the United States and Soviet hall, tennis courts, motor pool and other support buildings. Union were in a constant race…an Arms Race to develop nuclear capabilities and a Space Race to accomplish the first space mission. This competition required diligent radar surveillance to protect America’s homeland. Radar installations “blanketed” the United States from sea to sea, covering the Pacific and Atlantic coasts with the “Texas Towers” offshore covering the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, radar stations were posted at the 55th parallel, 500 miles north of the Canadian border which extending to the Arctic Circle. The U.S. mainland was peppered with Air Force radar stations, creating an early warning network. The 20th Division of the Air Defense Command was responsible for the radar surveillance of Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, and virtually all of Kansas and Missouri. Late 1950, the Air Defense Command selected Bartlesville, OK as a site for one of an estimated 266 Air Force Aircraft Control and

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An Air Force Station guard greets visitors at the station entrance South of the main site, off the crest of the hill, were nine Family Housing Units. Due to security, the Receiver Building, Transmitter Building and Radar Towers were separated in three areas.

ards-Gebaur Air Force Base, Missouri, was joined by Colonel William Hornsby, Deputy Chief of Staff; Lt. Colonel Richard Ayersman, Operations and Training Officer; Major U.T. Henderson, Administration Officer; Major R.M. Winn, Inspector General; and Captain Clifford Overfeld, Division Surgeon General’s Office.

It was not unusual to see Air Force planes arrive at the Bartlesville Municipal Airport delivering supplies, equipment or personnel. However, in celebration of Armed Forces Week, May 1958, a special joint effort was arranged by the U.S. Air Force, After a ceremonious welcome at the Bartlesville Municipal Charles Cummings of Phillips Petroleum Company, Major J.C. Airport, Colonel Coulter enjoyed a presentation by the 796th McCullough and Captain Gregory Briggs, commander of the AC&W’s precision drill team, commanded by Airman Second 796th AC&W Squadron. Class George H. Abbott, “The Grandview Airport opened in 1941, 17.7 miles south of KanThousands of people waited followed by a fire drill and sas City, MO. During WWII (1944), the airport was used as a miliin line to explore the interilater a sabotage drill which tary training airfield and became the Richards-Gebaur Air Force or workings of an Air Force forced the installation into Base February 1945, later closing in 1994.” C-124 Globemaster cargo full security lockdown. aircraft. While the drill operations were conducted, the Air Force servicemen did not waver from their duty as eagle-eyed watchmen Inspections and drills were constant companions of the airtracking flying menaces. men as they protected the peace of America from a perch over Washington and Osage Counties. One such inspection came October 17, 1958, with the arrival of “brass.” Colonel Theron Coulter, commander of the 20th Air Division, stationed at Rich-

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Three hours after Colonel Coulter’s arrival for the “ship shape inspection,” base commander Major Frank Gallagher classified the general housekeeping and maintenance of the entire 89 acre facility had exceeded expectations. The inspectors were impressed with the airmen’s appearance, barracks and dining hall, and noted the need of a non-commissioned officer and airmen club. The ever watchful servicemen not only protected the skies, they were also part of the Bartlesville community. Christmas 1958, the airmen and non-commissioned officers opened their hearts to play Santa Claus for 91 under-privileged youngsters at a Christmas party on base. In addition, their basketball team entered the YMCA/City league competing against teams like


Three men converse in front of the Radar Hill Radome road to Radar Hill, on the left, visitors pass a cluster of rural Cliff’s Sporting Goods, Johnston’s Drive-in, National Zinc and homes at Maude Lane, which was once Air Force family housothers. And in 1959, the 796th Blue Eagles Air Force softball ing. Gone is the ever diligent radar installation performing a and basketball tournaments called challengers to the “hill” from beacon task 1,000 feet above the Bartlesville Municipal Airother Air Force Bases and Stations. The squadron newsletter port. After 1961, the property for social happenings was “The “Chester Cadieux II served in the Air Force AC&W on Radar was sold by the General SerScope” which detailed wedHill from 1954-1957 before co-founding Quik Trip in Tulsa.” vice Administration for reportdings, stork visits and personnel changes.

For Pablo Alvarado, being assigned to “Radar Hill” for his Air Force service was a divine intervention. His accidental meeting of Phillips employee Ann Allen at the downtown Flat Iron Diner allowed him to find the love of his life. He later became a minister and the couple retired to Bartlesville in 1995 where she passed away March 11, 2018 and Pablo followed her just two days short of a year later. And, for off-site recreation, the service men created “Echo Park” at the base of Radar Hill, just off Highway 60. Dewey resident, Richard Kayholm was stationed with the AC&W on Radar Hill from 1956-1960. He said, “Bartlesville was ‘dry’ but the bootleggers were an open source and the airmen invited ladies to party on the hill or rendezvous at Echo Park which had a few picnic table and benches.”

edly $106 thousand dollars to Texas businessmen, Troy Dutton and Arthur Jeske, who parceled the property to others, with the Osage Tribe retaining all mineral rights.

While some buildings have remained, some have been repurposed or moved. The recreational facility/gymnasium became the location of Ed and Alice Ririe’s Keepsake Candles in 1975. And, the Red Dirt Soap Company occupied the Operations Building. Founded in Oklahoma City in 1996, the soap compa-

Standing sentinel, operating million-dollar electronic radar equipment, the Air Force Aircraft Control and Warning Station was inactivated June 1, 1961 due to budget constraints. A few personnel remained onsite as cleanup crew for a few months, until being redirected. Seasons change and so has the view from Radar Hill, once barren of trees and vegetation. Traveling west on Highway 60 to Road 3235, turning north to traverse the winding paved

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The 796th Air Force AC&W Squadron discusses strategy ny is now web-order operated by Doug and Melinda Lucas of Lenapah with a small retail presence in stores. In addition, other buildings were repurposed as residential homes and several of the two-story barrack buildings have been relocated; one to Okesa and two to the airport area, repurposed as private homes. The remaining derelict radar installation buildings have weathered time and now offer only a glimpse of their once useful purpose. Locals remember seeing the large white rubber Radome that covered the sophisticated radar antennae, the cement pad remains. Otis “Ed” Ririe, Jr. enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Gallup, NM, as a member of the 769th AC&W Squadron. In 1963, after graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, he accepted a position with Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville. Ed remembered:

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“The AC&W Squadron was preceded by the Ground Observer Corps, a nationwide band of civilian volunteers who scanned the skies for airplanes with binoculars. The look-out post in Bartlesville was atop the Hotel Phillips. As an early warning defense system, the binocular plan had its shortcomings. So the Air Force built the radar stations. The shelter for the radar dish was called a Radome. It was a bladder made of several-ply rubber that was inflated, produced by Goodyear. To enter the Radome, airmen had to pass through an airlock so that the balloon wouldn’t lose its air pressure. It was heated by banks of automobile lights.” Arkansas born but Texas raised, James P. Thomason was 19 when the military tapped on his shoulder in 1951. After a year in the National Guard, he joined the Air Force and received training at various locations before landing in Korea, January 1953. After serving ten-months, he was sent home on the USS Nelson, a 13 day trip to Seattle where his orders took him to Bartlesville’s 796th AC&W Squadron for two years. His job was mess hall clerk and he, his wife and child had an off-base apartment near the entrance to Johnstone Park. Through his AC&W experiences, a sergeant helped him get his GED which paved the way to use the GI Bill to get his college degree. He found employment in Texas but returned to Bartlesville in 2004 to live in retirement. He has heavily researched radar defense and left a compiled history notebook at the Bartlesville Area History Museum. Sandwiched between World War II and the Vietnam War, the Korean Conflict has been tagged the “Forgotten War.” Americans invested heavily in conserving resources in the name of the war effort during WWII and when that war ended, Americans were war weary and in need of normalcy. Jumping into another war was the furthest from our hearts, and many did not


The 20th Division of the Air Defense Command was responsible for the radar surveillance of many central US states “buy in.” The Korean Conflict was a blip on the radar as America was conscious of the ever looming Cold War while plunging full-steam ahead into the Vietnam War. For those who served, for those who lost and for those who cared for the injured and cleared the devastation in the wake of the Korean War, they have not forgotten. They live and relive the memories and loss. Symbolism has a healing power. The Vietnam War ended April 30, 1975 and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was dedicated in 1982, adding the Three Soldiers statue in 1984 and the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in 1993. And then the realization… we need a Korean War Memorial…an afterthought because remember, the Korean Conflict was a blip on the radar. There was no place of peace and solitude to gather thoughts, morn or pray over our dead and missing. And so it came to be…the KOREAN WAR VETERAN’S MEMORIAL.

The Korean War Veteran’s Memorial consists of five equally vital parts, exemplifying the healing power of symbolism: The Field of Service. Appearing from the shadows, walking through a small field of juniper bushes representing the harsh terrain our soldiers endured in Korea are nineteen stainless steel warriors, standing eight-feet tall and weigh approximately 800# each. Represented are 14 Army, 3 Marine, 1 Navy and 1 Air Force servicemen and among them, a cross section of ethnic Americans: 12 Caucasian, 3 African-American, 2 Hispanic, 1 Asian, 1 Native American. Their grimaced faces show their pain and struggle as their ponchos seem to blow in the bone chilling winds of Korea. The Wall Mural is a two-dimensional, 41 panel, highly reflective, 164-foot long, Academy Black Granite wall with over 2,400 photographs sandblasted into the panels representing our

In the words of President Bill Clinton at the Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony on July 27, 1995: “In steel and granite, water and earth, the creators of this memorial have brought to life the courage and sacrifice of those who served in all branches of the Armed Forces from every racial and ethnic group and background in America. They represent, once more, the enduring American truth: From many we are one.” As documented by the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation, “During its relatively short duration from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953, 36,634 American servicemen and 7,174 Korean Augmentation to the United States Army died in hostile actions in the Korean War theater. Of these casualties, 8,200 are listed as missing in action, lost or buried at sea. In addition, 103,284 were wounded during the conflict.”

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Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, steel soliders of the Korean War travel through rough terrain Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard service personnel. The faces look out over the Field of Service and in turn, the reflections of the 19 statues glare back to create 38 statues, symbolic of the 38th parallel that separates North and South Korea at the location of the signing of the armistice after 38 months of war. The U.S. Army employed about 1,500 K-9 sentry companions during the Korean Conflict and they are also represented on the Wall Mural. The United Nations Curb is engraved with the twenty-two nations who contributed to the Korean Conflict effort, in alphabetical order: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Greece, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America (17 contributed combat units and 5 medical support). The Pool of Remembrance is 128-feet in diameter, granite re-

flecting pool encircling the “Freedom Is Not Free” wall; noted in this area is the cost of war, Killed in Action, Wounded in Action, Missing in Action and Prisoners of War. The Wall of Remembrance was the final piece of the Memorial, completed July 27, 2022. The Wall consists of 100 granite panels, weighing approximately eight tons, featuring the names of 36,634 American war heroes and the more than 7,174 Koreans who died while supporting our U.S. troops. The names are by rank and service branch with the first 84 blocks Army, followed by ten Marine Corps blocks, two Navy blocks and four Air Force blocks. The pièce de résistance is the dedication stone at the base of the American Flag with the words etched: “Our Nation Honors Her Sons and Daughters Who Answered the Call to Defend a Country They Never Knew and a People They Never Met.” The Air Force AC&W Squadron stationed on Radar Hill holds a history some have pondered, while others have forgotten…the forgotten history of a forgotten war and her forgotten warriors. FREEDOM IS INDEED NOT FREE GOD BLESS OUR SERVICE PERSONNEL ONE AND ALL! Dedicated to my Dad, Marion Dean McGill, for his service during the Korean Conflict, a war of memories he would not mention. Written in appreciation of James Paul Thomason’s research to keep the history of Radar Hill alive, Ed and Alice Ririe for their knowledge and collected memorabilia and my new friend Richard Kayholm.

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I Spy a Pie in the Sky The Russian Sputnik Satellite

by Debbie Neece, Bartlesville Area History Museum Amid the International Geophysical Year (July 1957–December 1958), sixty-seven countries participated in an international science project which resulted in the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1 (October 4, 1957), Sputnik 2 (November 3, 1957) and Sputnik 3 (May 15, 1958) while the United States trailed with failed attempts until our Explorer 1 satellite launched on January 31, 1958. The launch of Russia’s first satellite struck fear in the U.S. government and ignited the Space Race during the Cold War era. With the lift-off of the first Sputnik, U.S. officials scrambled to monitor the sky by establishing observation stations across America and one such station was at Orville and Nora Mitchell’s farm, southeast of Bartlesville. Seeking a location far from artificial lighting, the highest point on the farm became the location of a makeshift building from which to “spy.” Their occupation was shortlived, leaving as quickly as they came. According to their grandson, Jim Mitchell, “The Government brought in a bulldozer and shaved off a huge ‘shelf’ on the far south side of the highest hill on the Mitchell land which created an unobstructed view to the east and west for maximum visibility. They built a 10’x10’ building on a concrete pad and installed electricity to run the tracking equipment, tapping into the electric at a nearby well-site. The location is now a half block to the north of the Roanoke Ridge Road and Braddock Road intersection in Colonial Estates.” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” took on a completely different meaning from 1956-1975 as Moonwatch Stations around the world kept telescopes and binoculars skyward in search of flying objects. Operation Moonwatch was a Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory program with frontline amateur astronomers observing and reporting any signs of satellites to the Smithsonian scientists. This was indeed the dawn of the space age. Jay Mitchell, Col-Hi Class of 1958, used the rickety building for his ham radio hobby for a while, as did several science classes and astronomy enthusiasts. The Bartlesville Astronomical Society was organized in 1958 after Dr. Norman Foster, of the Bureau of Mines, organized a local Moonwatch Station and recruited high school students and amateur radio club members. In search of a dark place to observe, the Mitchell’s farm had proven the perfect place to stargaze. Many locals fondly remember gathering community building supply offerings to rebuilding and substantiate the original observation building. “The Bartlesville Astronomical Society is a volunteer based, nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting astronomy education and awareness of astronomical and space-related events.” One of the most notable Moonwatch observations reported was the detection of Sputnik 4 reentering earth’s atmosphere, September 1962. As one of the longest running amateur science activities in history, Operation Moonwatch ended in 1975 and Bartlesville’s Sputnik Tracking Station, used by citizen heroes as a Moonwatch Station, was bulldozed in 1990, during the creation of Colonial Estates. Locally, former Bartlesville Astronomical Society members have written astronomy books and many have submitted photos and videos to the Astronomy Magazine and other publications. Are you curious about what hovers above our ever revolving earth? The Bartlesville Astronomical Society is part of the Astronomical League and the Night Sky Network. Youngsters may get involved through the Bartian Youth Astronomers. Both clubs meet monthly and are accepting new members. Background photo courtesy of Jerry Rhodes Photography 22

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Moonwatch Station, photos by Jim Mitchell

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Local Soldiers Killed In Korean War ATHA, ROBERT H.

Corporal, 15th Field Artillery, US Army Bartlesville, OK Killed in Action at Hoengson, 13 February 1951 Burial Unknown


Private First Class, Offut AFB, NE, US Air Force Bartlesville, OK Died in Service, 22 April 1951 Buried in Matoaka Cemetery

FRANCIS, EDWARD ROLLAND 1st Lieutenant, 307th Bomb Wing, US Air Force Washington County, OK Killed in action at Suwon Air Field, 27 January 1953 Burial Unknown


PFC, 5th Marine Regiment, US Marines Wann, OK Killed in Action, Seoul, 24 September 1950 Buried in Dewey Cemetery, Dewey, OK



Private, 82nd Quartermaster Company, US Army Dewey, OK Died in Service in Chunchon, Korea, 14 Apr 1952 Burial Unknown

PFC, 24th Infantry Division Bartlesville, OK Killed in action at Taejon 20 Jul 1950 Buried in Memorial Park Cemetery


2nd Lieutenant, 555th Field Artillery Washington County, OK Killed in action 14 Jul 1953 Body not recovered

Sergeant, 25th Infantry Division Bartlesville, OK Killed in Action at Yonchon, 11 November 1950 Body Not Recovered




PFC, 34th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, US Army Ramona, OK Killed in Action, Naktong Bulge, 5 August 1950 Buried in Nowata Cemetery, Nowata

Sergeant, 2nd Infantry Division Bartlesville, OK Killed in action at Chongchon River 28 Nov 1950 Burial Unknown


PFC, 4nd Infantry Division, US Army Dewey, OK Killed in action in South Korea 2 Sep 1950 Burial Unknown


PFC, 24thn Infantry Division, US Army Bartlesville, OK Killed in action in Korea Burial unknown


PFC, 7th Infantry Division Ramona, OK Killed in action in North Korea 7 Jun 1951 Burial Unknown


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75 Express


Taking the Inconvenience Out of Your Travel by Abigail Singrey

When Bartlesville natives Chris and Melissa Turner moved back to Bartlesville with their family, they hadn’t planned on building deeper roots in the community here. Bartlesville was just going to be their temporary home for a few months. However, God had other plans for them and their lives that were beyond their own vision. After working in the oil industry in Texas for a few years, working with SCADA systems and commissioning oil sites from the ground up, their next adventure moving back to Oklahoma was far from what they envisioned. A few months being back in town from their move from Texas, and several conversations later with Chris’s father Ron, who was transporting documents to and from businesses for clients and sometimes to and from appointments and/or the airport, the realization of the need for such a service in our town became very evident. After helping his father with a couple of Calls for clients to go to the airport, he decided to take this on full-time. Ten years later, they’re confident that it was a great decision. Both have stated that the favorite part of their business, is building relationships with those they meet. “We literally have the ability to vacation anywhere in the world and have a host family that will keep us at any point in time, and offer to show us their culture and home, should we go visit,“ said Melissa. They recently launched a brand-new Executive Line for those who want the ultimate comfort in travel. They purchased a Cadillac and a Lincoln Navigator for that line, while passengers with their standard line ride in the comfortable Honda Odyssey van. Their clients are 90 percent corporate, ferrying people traveling to sites such as ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Schluberger, Chevron Phillips, Cessna and ABB. However, recently their residential clientele has picked up quite a bit, picking up those taking late or early flights, or families and couples going on vacation in and out of Tulsa. They provide a solution for people visiting elderly parents who don’t want to ask them to drive in the dark, or people who don’t want to leave their car parked at the airport. “We’re perfect for people who want that feeling of comfort and security of

knowing who’s going to be picking them up,” Turner said. “Our photos are on the website ... Our cars are Always clean and smoke free, and our drivers are professionally dressed.” Turner wants to be clear on one thing: they aren’t a cab service. Their target market is longer trips to airports or doctor’s appointments or other travel, not rides around Bartlesville. They’ve driven clients to Oklahoma City, Wichita, and beyond. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and business travel slowed, 75 Express was discovered by Hollywood. Turner stayed busy transporting people to and from the set of the movie Killers of the Flower Moon in Pawhuska, Tulsa, and Fairfax are , even getting to drive around Leonardo DiCaprio and his mother. A former business traveler himself, Turner knows how important comfort is. He previously worked for an oil and gas company in San Antonio, and was in a different city every three to four days. He figured that if he eliminated all his former pet peeves, then he would have happy customers. Turner still finds himself surprised by how life turned out. “If you would have told me years ago that I would be driving people back and forth to the airport for a living, I would have laughed at you,” Turner said. 75 Express is also a proud supporter of the local arts, transporting guests for OK Mozart, the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, and The Community Center. Turner has plans for business expansion, as well. He and his wife recently opened an Airbnb in town - a two-bedroom condo just a few blocks from ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 downtown. He would eventually like to add an economy car rental for clients who would like a car to take trips to area attractions such as Woolaroc or the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska. For now, though, he’s concentrating on the launch of the luxury line. As they grow deeper roots into the community, they are continually amazed as to what a wonderful city Bartlesville and its surronding towns are. “It’s just so crazy how God has blessed our business.” Turner said. If you’d like to learn more about, vehicles, destinations, booking or pricing you can visit or scan the QR code on this page. NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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Salty Senior Actors Troupe

Salty Senior Actors Troupe




Lawless Lands: Stories of the Wild, Wild Midwest

8:30 AM; Bartlesville History Museum The exhibit runs all month.


Candle Making Class


Freshman Football vs Booker T Washington

6 PM; The Crafty Candle Shoppe Wax Factory


Alive at 25


Veteran’s Day Parade



7 PM; Custer Stadium


Varsity Bruin Football vs Tahlequah 7 PM; Custer Stadium


7 PM; The Center The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Rumpelstilskin, an original adaptation of the classic children’s story. A strange little gnome appear


OKM’s Christmas Christkindle Market All Day; OK Mozart Office

Old West Buffalo Days Festival 9:30 AM; Old West Buffalo Company in Pawhuska

History and Haunts at the Dewey Motel

8:30 PM; Dewey Hotel Museum History and Haunts is held every Saturday at 8:30 p.m.


5 PM; Tri County Tech Event Center


11 AM; Downtown Bartlesville

7 PM; The Center Join Zach Williams and special guest Ben Fuller for a night of music and ministry that will fill your heart and have you singing along all night long!

Monthly Lego Club

Fantasy Land of Lights on Foot

6 PM; Johnstone Park Enjoy the opening of Fantasy Land of Lights during its annual, one-night-only, on-foot walk through the light displays in the park.

6 PM; Johnstone Park Fantasy Land of Lights is an annual, drive-through Christmas light display at Johnstone Park that is open at 6 p.m. every Friday-Sunday through December 30.

Zach Williams with Guest Ben Fuller

7:30 PM; The Center Presented by Broadway in Bartlesville, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

10 AM; Bartlesville Public Library LEGO Club is back! BPL’s monthly LEGO Club will meet the third Saturday of each month, from 10:00-11:00am, in the upstairs meeting room. The Club is for all ages and we provide the LEGOs! Each month, we will feature a fun challenge, project or game for all to participate in. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and take part in the fun!

Fantasy Land of Lights


BPS Thanksgiving Break All Week; District-wide


Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights

5 PM; Woolaroc Embark on a winter adventure to the Woolaroc Ranch, Museum & Wildlife Preserve near Bartlesville for the annual Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights. It is open from 5-10 p.m. every Friday - Sunday through December 18.

All Month

Fall Festival

Times Vary; Oklahoma Heritage Farm

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Bartlesville Catering for Every Special Occasion! Tailgates are happening and Thanksgiving is coming! Let us be apart of your memories and celebrations by ordering Chick-fil-A Catering! We have all kinds of tray options from Strips, Nuggets, Mac & Cheese, and more! Leave some cooking up to us! You can create a catering order on our Chick-fil-A app! Download it today for easy mobile ordering!

Cookies for a Cause! Purchase Chocolate Chunk Cookies during the month of November at Chick-fil-A Bartlesville and Bartlesville Regional United Way will recieve 10% of the sales!

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Tue, Nov 1

Fri, Nov 4

Times Vary

6 PM

OLLI Lifelong Learning Classes

Buffalo Dinner Theatre Show

Various Locations Bartlesville OLLI@OSU’s local lifelong learning classes: Sept. 19 - Nov. 11. In person and Zoom. Daytime classes — learning just for the fun of it! Course catalogs at Bartlesville Public Library and Dewey libraries, banks, cafes, etc., and online at Questions? Email or phone: or 405-744-5868. Visit OLLI on Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/olliosu.

Old West Buffalo Company 29521 US Highway 60, Pawhuska 12 PM

In The Kitchen With Susan Bartlesville Public Library 600 S. Johnstone Avenue

Please join us IN PERSON in Meeting Room A or live on the Bartlesville Public Library Facebook page! Susan is a local restaurateur with many years of cooking experience. She loves to share how she has made healthy cooking easy in her own home and brings her best ideas and practices to make us all better chefs. 5 PM

ELL Conversation Class

6 PM

Johnstone Irregulars Book Club Meeting Bartlesville Public Library 600 S. Johnstone Avenue

The book club meets in the Literary Services Office on the 2nd floor of the library on the first Tuesday of every month.

A one-of-a-kind live action dinner theater show starring two of the heroes who helped save the American Bison - Charles Goodnight and Theodore Roosevelt. Enjoy a catered barbecue meal while our actors roam among guests in our elegant event space telling stories and entertaining through song. Handfeed our bison in an up-close encounter that only happens here. For tickets, call 918-895-0788.

Thu, Nov 3

Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave. 8:30 AM

Lawless Lands: Stories of the Wild, Wild Midwest Bartlesville Area History Museum 401 S. Johnstone Avenue, 5th Floor This Fall, BAHM is proud to present: “Lawless Lands: Stories of the Wild, Wild Midwest.” On display through November 30th, the exhibit takes visitors on a journey exploring the complicated past of what once was Lawless Lands here in the Midwest. The exhibit will feature various artifacts from Washington County’s outlaws & lawmen. In addition, youngsters may enjoy our lawmen & outlaws coloring station. Museum entry is free, but donations are always welcome. If you have questions, you may reach Bartlesville Area History Museum staff at (918) 338-4290.

ELL Conversation classes are held on Tuesdays @ 5:00 pm and Thursdays @ 10 am on the second floor of the Bartlesville Public Library in the Literacy Services office. These classes are FREE and open to the public. Please contact the Bartlesville Literacy Services office at 918.338.4179 for more information. 6 PM

Free Citizenship Class Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave.

Citizenship classes are held on Tuesdays at 6 pm, Wednesdays at 5:30 pm, and Thursdays at 11 am on the second floor of the Bartlesville Public Library in the Literacy Services office. These classes are FREE and open to the public. Please contact the Bartlesville Literacy Services office at 918.338.4179 for more information.

7 PM

7 PM

Chonda Pierce


Join the multi-talented Chonda Pierce, a stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, as she channels her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets to see the Queen of Clean comedy LIVE IN CONCERT today!

An original adaptation of the classic children’s story, join in the fun of Festival Time and help Clara guess the mischievous little gnome’s name. You will also encounter a Jester, Villagers, Wizards, a Queen, a King, Knights and more! This heart-warming tale of mischief and friendship answers more questions than just “What is that little man’s name?” For tickets, call the Missoula Children’s Theatre at 918-336-2787.

The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd

The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd

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5:30 PM

11 AM

Free Spanish Classes

Veterans Parade

Free Spanish Class every Monday evening at 5:30 pm in Meeting Room B on the first floor of the Bartlesville Public Library. This class is free and open to the public. Please contact the Bartlesville Literacy Services office at 918.338.4179 if you have any questions.

Celebrate and show appreciation to all of our military veterans at the Veterans Parade this November!

Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave.

7 PM

Return To Form

9:30 AM

Old West Buffalo Days Festival Old West Buffalo Company 29521 US Highway 60, Pawhuska

Dive into history at our annual Old West Buffalo Days Festival celebrating National Bison Day. All day Saturday – 1800s Buffalo Rendezvous featuring native and western artists, music and dance, special presentations. Purchase a chuckwagon meal and hay wagon tour tickets to feed the bison. Entry times are staggered to avoid overcrowding during the event. To see the schedule, go to buffalo-rendezvous-2022

10 AM

OKM Music’s Christkindl Market OKM Music Office 415 S. Dewey Ave

This will be OKM Music’s Sixth Annual Christkindl Market on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event will be indoors and outdoors, located between 4th and 5th street.

The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd.

Sun, Nov 13

Tue, Nov 8

Presented By The Bartlesville Chorale, this concert features the sacred choral works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert. Come and hear the musical maturity of Mozart’s first choral mass, completed at the age of 12, and the expression of Schubert’s Mass in G major. Although we have a new name, we remain committed to showcasing the brilliance and beauty of the classical choral tradition. For tickets, call the Bartlesville Chorale at 918-336-2787.

6 PM

7:30 PM


The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd.

8 PM

Knit & Crochet Night

History And Haunts At The Dewey Hotel Dewey Hotel Museum 801 N Delaware St., Dewey

Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave. This free event is held in Meeting Room C on the second Tuesday of each month.

Spend an evening at the Dewey Hotel. They will go over some of the hotel’s unique histories and take a lantern guided small group tour. You will go into some of the rooms, usually blocked off access to guests. Each journey will be unique, as you can never predict what our fellow specters will do during the tour, or what you might hear or see. Tours are held every Saturday at 8 p.m.

Sat, Nov 12

Mon, Nov 7

6:30 PM

Hops For Hope

Bartlesville Municipal Airport 401 NW Wiley Post Road You’re in LUCK, because everyone’s favorite home-brewing competition is back for our 13th year. Whether you’re a sponsor, a brewer, or a beer enthusiast, we think the odds are good that this will be our best year ever! But the real winners are always the kids and families that we serve at Ray of Hope. Hops for Hope patrons enjoy a home-brewing competition to raise funds for Ray of Hope Advocacy Center. This fun, laidback event features beer tasting, pub grub, music, a raffle, and silent auction items. More than 850 attendees, judge and select the best brew, so feel free to bring your judgiest friends. As the agency’s only fundraiser, Hops for Hope provides critical funding for child abuse and domestic violence survivors. Cheers to beer making a difference!

Downtown Bartlesvillle Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville

9 AM Watercolor Workshop with Monte Toon Bartlesville Art Association 500 S Dewey Ave

You will advance from basic beginning watercolor to the next level of stronger paintings with focus on reference material, techniques and application of watercolor. Consultation, critique, and suggestions of previous works will elevate your painting process. Early-bird pricing is good through June 30, 2022. Register online at the BAA website. Event runs Saturday, Nov 12 through Sunday, Nov 13. 7 PM

Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra Masquerade Ball 1 PM Oil/Acrylic Painting with Cris Sundquist Bartlesville Art Association 500 S Dewey Ave.

Last Spring, Cris’ classes at the Bartlesville Art Association were so popular, she’s agreed to return this fall with a Monday afternoon painting class in oils and acrylics. Maximum of 12 students ensures plenty of personal attention! Don’t miss this opportunity to study with one of the best! Mondays from 1 – 3 pm. Adults (including high school age). All levels are welcome. Email Cris for questions about this class at

Johnstone-Sare Building 100 SW Frank Phillips Blvd.

The Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra invites you to a Grande Autumnal Masquerade in the Style of “Bridgerton.” Indulge yourself in high notes and undertones of our lush prairie haute indigenous cuisine, the gentle and enlivening sounds of the prairie, auctions, dancing, drama, and beauty to delight your every sense. Join us as we introduce a new Award to Bartlesville highlighting a legacy in the world of the Arts. For more details, call 918-336-7717.

Presented by Broadway In Bartlesville, R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The elevated concert experience brings a community together with timeless music that speaks to the complicated human condition, honoring the impassioned and transcendent music of one of America’s most beloved singer-songwriter. Rejoice while you are taken on an intimate musical odyssey guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and dancing! The production journeys through Aretha Franklin’s courageous life of love, tragedy and triumph starring a live band, supreme vocalists, and a night full of music by one of the greatest artists of all time.

Mon, Nov 14 7:30 PM

David Osborne - Pianist To The Presidents The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd

Presented by the BCCA, David Osborne comes to Bartlesville! Known as the “Pianist to the Presidents”, Osborne’s credentials are many. The list of White House performances include Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations. Osborne is a regular performer for Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter in Plains, Georgia. He created and organized President Carter’s 75th birthday tribute in 1999. Osborne performs currently at his new home the Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. His music includes romantic, classical, jazz, pop, inspirational, patriotic and Broadway show tunes. Osborne’s music encompasses 22 cd’s currently on sale through the Northstar Music label available at gift stores and Borders Books. His record sales near five million. His latest recording is available at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores, “Simply Romantic”.

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Thu, Nov 17

Fri, Nov 25 5 PM

Woolaroc Wonderland Of Lights

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve 12 miles SW on Hwy 123 from US 60 6 PM

Jesus Burger 12 PM

Simple Eats With Amanda Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave.

Please join us in person in Meeting Room A @ BPL or live on the BPL Facebook page for Simple Eats w/ Amanda. This free program consists of eight healthy cooking classes. Amanda will teach you how to make seasonal, simple, made-from-scratch meals using vegetables that you can grow in your own backyard!

Get Real Ministries 411 W 14th St. Come be fed spirituality and physically with others that have recovered from ALL kinds of addictions and life struggles that have been healed or are being healed. We will fight the fight with you! Baptisms, free food, free clothes, and free love — all paid for by Jesus. You WILL leave changed! 6 PM

Fantasy Land On Foot Johnstone Park Cherokee and Hensley

Come walk Johnstone Park’s Fantasy Land of Lights on foot! To help keep the park running, there will be a small fee. Food and drinks will be available. 3 rides at Kiddie Park will also be open. 7:30 PM


Sat, Nov 19 10 AM

Monthly LEGO Club

Bartlesville Public Library 600 S Johnstone Ave. LEGO Club is back! BPL’s monthly LEGO Club will meet the third Saturday of each month in the upstairs meeting room. The Club is for all ages and we provide the LEGOs! Each month, we will feature a fun challenge, project or game for all to participate in. Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and take part in the fun!

The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd Resonance is a show presented by the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. Featuring Jay Hershberger, the winner of the BSO Young Artists Competition in 1978.

6 PM

Fantasy Land Of Lights Johnstone Park Cherokee and Hensley

Fantasy Land of Lights is an annual, drive-through Christmas light display at Johnstone Park that has become a local holiday tradition. With the help of generous donations from the public, Fantasy Land of Lights continues to grow each year. Be sure to visit so you can see what is new this year! The display is manned by dedicated volunteers from the Bartlesville area. There is no admission fee however donations are accepted and very much appreciated. Once the expenses are paid, money is set aside to purchase or repair displays and a budgeted amount goes into the Club’s Foundation to cover educational scholarships to students in the Washington County area. Event runs November 20th through December 30th.

Thu, Nov 24

Sun, Nov 20 7 PM Zach Williams With Guest Ben Fuller The Center 300 SE Adams Blvd Join Zach Williams and special guest Ben Fuller for a night of music and ministry that will fill your heart and have you singing along all night long!


A wonderful holiday tradition returns again this year at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, with the spectacular Wonderland of Lights. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland! The lights will be turned on Friday, November 26th and will be on every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 19th. Entertainment will be in the Heritage Theater almost every Friday and Saturday night. Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view, seen only this time of year, of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights. Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $6 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under.

Tue, Nov 29 7 PM

OKM’s #GivingTuesday Ambler Hall 415 S Dewey Ave

#GivingTuesday began in 2012 as an initiative of New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation to encourage acts of generosity during the holidays. #GivingTuesday is a rallying cry across 70 countries to donate to your favorite cause. Last year OKM Music was fortunate to raise over $ 10,000 on this special day. All funding raised as a part of OKM Music’s #GivingTuesday directly supports musicians. OKM is excited to have the CRUSA String Quartet perform for #GivingTuesday. Join us at Ambler Hall on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. for a romantic evening of candlelight, Christmas tunes, and scrumptious treats.

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Proud Community Partner of Forrest Manor Nursing Center Proud Community Partner of Forrest Manor Nursing Center Grace Hospice is excited about contracting with Forrest Manor to empower our residents with even more choices in their individual plans of care!

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Forrest Manor is excited about contracting with Grace Hospice to empower our residents with even more choices in their individual

ForrestManor Nursing Center “Caring is our Tradition”

plans of care!

Transportation to Owasso & Tulsa for acute care hospital services.

Highest wages in the area based on a survey completed with all other area nursing homes.


Forrest Manor has a long track record of providing premier, skilled care for its residents. Trusted by individuals and their families to continue recovery when leaving the hospital and to enhance residents’ lives by promoting independence and safety. Forrest Manor provides rehabilitation services by caring, licensed therapists. Forrest Manor offers: • Physical Therapy • • • • • • •

• Occupational Therapy

Personalized Care Social Services Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Planned Activities Skilled Care Respite Care Short & Long Term Care

• • • • • •

• Speech Therapy


Hospice Senior Fitness Center Theater Room Private Party Room Elegant Private Dining Room Meals planned by a Registered Dietician

• Restorative Therapy

• Complimentary transportation to doctors’ appointments • Highest wages in the area based on a survey with nursing homes • Cigarettes included in per diem • Transportation to Owasso & Tulsa • And much more!

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City Ride


City Program Now Offers After-Hours & Weekend Rides by Lori Esser United Community Action Program, Inc. has a mission to provide safe and reliable public transportation in the Cimarron Public Transit System (CPTS) service area. This private, non-profit agency was incorporated in 1969 and added the transportation program in 1999. It operates within Osage, Washington, Creek, Osage, Pawnee, and Kay Counties. “In 2003, we began operating our curb-to-curb, shared ride service called CityRide in Bartlesville,” said Laura Corff, transit director. “Our public transit program is economic development in these counties we serve, as 90 percent of our riders are going to make money or spend money on these trips.” Regular fare for one-way trips within the city limits is $3. Drivers travel to Pawhuska, Tulsa, Nowata, Dewey on a regular basis and fares are based on a mileage schedule. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. “We have a fleet of 14 vehicles and drivers and a dispatcher,” said Corff. “In June 2021, we began an evening on-demand pilot project called PICK. This service expansion was exciting, as many individuals needing mobility devices do not have options to travel after our day service closes.”

be made. What transit professionals do every shift is not easy. They are champions!” Drivers are subject to national background checks and random drug and alcohol testing with a no tolerance policy. Drivers receive extensive training and job shadowing before being placed on the road. Vehicles are ADA accessible with either a ramp or lift to accommodate riders who utilize mobility devices or have trouble maneuvering steps.

PICK operates from 5-10 p.m., Monday through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Riders can download the Uber app, enter the origin and destination and choose the PICK option. Rides remain $3 one way. The pilot period ends in December, but CPTS is monitoring ridership trends and hopes to continue PICK after the pilot period ends.

CPTS contracts with partners to assist riders with reduced fare rides. Major partners in the area include City of Bartlesville and Cherokee Nation. CPTS is also a provider for SoonerRide Transportation with federal and state funds to cover about half of their operating expenses. This year, CPTS is assisting 100 Bartlesville-area residents to work or education under their WorkRide promotion for $1.

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by Susanna Mackie

I was young at the time … can’t quite remember my exact age. I do know that I was in elementary school at St. John’s Catholic School. Many times we walked to school, but when the weather was really bad my mother picked us all up — all meaning five kids or so. I have four sisters and three brothers. One day my mother did not show up, so we were going to have to walk home in the rain. That was not fun! You see, we did not have book bags or backpacks then. We carried our books piled in our arms — the largest book always on the bottom for balance. I always had homework, so I began to put all my books under my coat. At least they would stay dry there. As I did this, Mrs. Ash (a lady that lived several blocks past our home) offered us all a ride. We of course accepted gleefully! We arrived at our home, and as we all piled out of the car (in those days we did not have to wear seatbelts, they weren’t made in cars back then) we all said “thank you for the ride Mrs. Ash.” We had been taught by our wonderful parents to appreciate when someone did something nice for us and to always let them know by saying “thank you.” Thank you’s were very important in our upbringing. After that week, Mrs. Ash called my mother to thank her for raising such polite and appreciative children. From that day forward, the words “thank you” were planted on my heart. We also walked home from school in the cold and even sometimes the snow. I began then to appreciate and be thankful for a warm home. We would come in our back door and head straight to our warm furnace to defrost. Sometimes we were even blessed with my mother’s hot homemade bread with melted butter. I would say “thank you” God for providing for me all the simple things in my life. As I have gotten older, I reflect daily on what I am thankful for. My husband, my children, my grandchildren, my relatives, my friends … My list is long. The words “daily thank you’s” have become a part of my life. By doing this, it makes me aware of God’s daily presence in my wonderful life. Wow! How blessed am I! When my husband and I go out to eat, our “thank you” to anyone waiting on us to show our appreciation for all they do for us. Also, not having to cook or clean up in my own kitchen is a blessing to me. Coming home from getting groceries in town while in my car, I often say “thank you, Jesus” for providing food to cook & nourish our bodies. Each evening, as I take my warn shower or bath and I crawl under my warm covers on my bed, I say out loud “Thank you Jesus, you are so good to me!” I am warm and comfortable when many are not. When I have moments of sadness, I always try to reflect on what I am thankful for … and then it doesn’t take long for me to forget what I was sad about. I pray always to have a “thank you” heart. We live in gratitude. NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly



Schneider’s Wheeling & Dealing Family Left it’s Mark on Community by Debbie Neece, Bartlesville Area History Museum

K.S. “Boots” Adams, who was president of the Bartlesville Born and raised on a Kansas potato farm, Fred Schneider, Chamber of Commerce. Jr. worked for the Kansas Light and Power Company while mastering The Schneider’s only son, Fred III, attended College High courses in business administration, School and graduated in 1942. He spent one semester at Kanwhich paved the way for him to take sas University before signing up for Officer’s Candidate School over Kansas-based Ford, Lincoln and and then served in the Army Air Force as a navigator during Mercury dealerships. In 1941, he, his WWII. There is a sense of pride and ownership in naming an wife and son Fred III moved to Barairplane after your home town and it brings a determination to tlesville where he worked with Raybring the aircraft and all her crew home safe and sound. During mond Nye at the Fourth Street GaWWII, as the B-29 pilot, Ben Robertson would have named the rage, 207 E. 4th Street. About 1948, he aircraft “The Omaha” but another pilot had used the name established the Fred Schneider PonOmaha so the naming rights turned to the navigator, Fred tiac dealership at that location and quickly established himself Schneider of Bartlesville. The Guam-based B-29 Superforas a member of the Bartlesville Businessmen’s Association, tress carrying the “City of Bartlesville” insignia, aka the “Grand Rotary, Elks and MaSlam,” completed sonic Lodge. He also The B-29 Superfortress was the world’s first nuclear-capable bomber, credither 35 missions and served as Bartlesed with saving lives and winning WWII from the air. It was a B-29 that dropped returned to America ville’s representanuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, contributing to the end of WWII. If with all of her crew tive on the Oklahoyou are interested in a matter-of-fact, true-to-life account of Ben Robertson’s surviving. ma’s U.S. Highway 35 missions as a pilot of a B-29 during the Pacific Theater and being responLieutenant Fred 60 Committee after sible of saving thousands of lives, “Bringing the Thunder” by Gordon Bennett Schneider, III combeing appointed by Robertson, Jr. is a must read. 40

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NOW YOU KNOW pleted his military service and was decorated with a Distinguished Flying Cross medal with six oak leaf clusters. He attended the University of Oklahoma in 1946 and was a varsity baseball pitcher for O.U. and played for the KOM Bartlesville Oilers. He followed in his father’s footsteps, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. In 1950, he returned to Bartlesville and purchased the J.E. Curtis Supply Company which he operated as “Schneider’s Appliance Company” at 220 E. Third Street, current location of Accent Pest Control. The Schneiders were community supporters who believed in paying it forward. In 1949, they supplied College High School driver’s education students with a “Dual Control Driver Training Car” courtesy of the Fred Schneider Pontiac dealership. In 1951, the father and son duo consolidated under one roof at 207 E. 4th Street. The Schneiders were wheelers and dealers with their unlikely pairing, selling Frigidaire and Tappan appliances, Magnavox radios and televisions, and Pontiac automobiles. In 1952, Fred III started steering from the appliance business and focused more on his father’s Pontiac dealership. In 1956, they purchased two Pontiac dealerships in Omaha, Nebraska and they relocated to manage the family holdings. In 1957, a Pontiac dealership became available in El Paso, Texas. Fred III stayed to operate the Nebraska dealerships, while his father, Fred Jr. relocated to El Paso. After the Nebraska businesses were sold in 1959, Fred III moved to El Paso to become part-owner of the El Paso dealership.

Florida and California. Honda’s luxury automobile, the Acura, made its debut in 1986 and Fred Schneider, III was awarded one of the first Acura dealerships in the United States as the Goodson Acura dealer in Irving, TX. He also established the Great Western Management Corporation to oversee his massive automotive retail and accounting operations. In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of four banks, including the El Paso National Bank; and was a partner in the New Orleans Saints until 1992.

In 1966, Fred Schneider Jr. died of a heart attack while doing what he loved most, playing golf. He was returned to BartlesHe was involved in insurance, finance and other automobile ville’s Memorial Park Cemetery for eternal rest. His wife, Mary, enterprises and after selling his Houston based dealerships, he died in 1995 and joined him. Their son, Fred III, continued the moved to Dallas in 2000 and died six years later of heart failure. auto entrepreneurship, expanding to include Cadillac, MerFrom the Schneicedes-Benz and ToyThe Kansas–Oklahoma–Missouri League (KOM) was a minor league baseball der’s humble Kansas ota franchises at team from 1946-1952. Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle played for the beginnings, erupted multiple locations Independence, KS Yankees from this league. an automotive emthroughout El Paso; pire. Though wheelwhich he sold in the early 1980s before relocating to Houston. ing and dealing, the Schneider’s climbing the entrepreneurial His Houston acquisitions included the Landmark Chevroladder to success. Fred III’s son-in-law, Clark Richardson conlet, Goodson Toyota and Spring Branch Honda; in addition, he tinues the Schneider automobile legacy and is now the Chief bought and sold Oldsmobile, Infiniti and Honda dealerships in Executive Officer of Audi in Dallas.

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Son of Polish Immigrant Treated His Customers Well by Kay Little, Little History Adventures As the son of Polish immigrants, who became the #1 Phillips service station dealer in Bartlesville, Casimir Tom Sas had a good life. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Tom’s daughter, Nancy Gibson, who is also the widow of a local legend, Gary Gibson. Nancy is very proud of her father, as she should be. Tom’s parents came through Ellis Island from Poland in the early 1900s. The family eventually moved to Bartlesville, where the father worked in the Smelters. Tom was the oldest of seven. After high school, he dropped the first name. Tom met Nancy’s mom, Bernice, in the ice cream store where he was working. They eventually married on September 19, 1937. Tom joined Phillips Petroleum Company in 1937 as a driveway salesman at the service station across from First Baptist Church. When he was 30, he wanted to join the Army to fight in WWII with his brothers and brothers-in-law, but he was too old for the Army. However, he was able to join the Navy. Despite his desire to serve in combat, he was assigned shopkeeper duty on South Seas Island. This frustrated him, but God prepared him for his post-war career. During the War, he made sure the soldiers had what they needed and was able to get supplies to his brothers in the army. He wrote a letter to Bernice every day. She would usually receive several at a time in packets. Nancy has enjoyed reading those. Tom was honorably discharged November 2, 1945. After the war, he trained to be self-employed at the service station where he worked before the war.

Even though Tom was the owner of the station, he sometimes serviced the cars. He catered to everyone. Phillips executives favored his downtown station. Their wives were driving more than the men. Tom treated them fairly and kept his station clean. He gave some of his better trade-in tires to people living in a nearby poverty area. When other service stations started self-serve, he refused. He felt service was a big part of his business. He said, “Be friendly, give good service, and ask for return business. A customer is a customer and everyone gets the best we have when they pull on my drive.” Tom Sas was also known as a great teacher. He taught his young employees how to serve the public. Some of these men were members of Phillips 66’ers basketball team. Many went on to continue working for the company. He stressed honesty, courtesy, pride in Phillips and in service to the public. Several of the men said he was a hard-working, extremely friendly man who was always willing to help anyone. Tom loved the cottage style service stations and was not thrilled when the stations were modernized. He moved to the station next to the Depot, which was the first station in Bartlesville. He retired from there in 1981, shortly before it closed. In reflection, Nancy believed that God had provided her father the shopkeeper duty in the war. A Shopkeeper, Second Class takes charge of a storeroom, takes inventory, prepares requisitions and payrolls, keeps financial records, and supervises the work of others. Perfect training for the job he had with Phillips! NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly



Racers Seek Community Support Nine Young Racers Trying to Purchase Safety Gear by Abigail Singrey Jason Foster knows how important pursuing your passions can be, and he’s asking for the community’s support in helping a group of 14 youth — nine of which are local — pursue theirs. To help make their dreams a reality, he recently negotiated a deal with K1 Racegear to provide the youth with the safety gear they need at a deep discount of $5,600. Each of the young racers will be provided with a fire-retardant suit, shoes, and gloves needed in their size. “This is what they need to keep them from getting burned in case of a crash,” Foster said. Currently, many Washington County youth need new safety equipment to ensure they are up to current safety standards. Foster is seeking both sponsorships and donations. Those wishing to donate can visit RCB Bank and contribute to Foster Enterprises-donation account. “The best part is knowing that I’m helping kids follow their dreams,” Foster said. A former racer and self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie himself, Foster grew up in Nowata County but credits his passion for racing to his NASCAR driver neighbors when he was living in North Carolina for four years after high school. He watched them work on cars in their garage, inspiring a lifelong love of cars. He formerly owned a racetrack in Coffeyville, Kansas, but now pursues 44

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his passions by sponsoring local racers and selling racing branded gear. He recently signed Kaylee Bryson, a USAC Midget driver who’s also sponsored by Toyota. On Sept. 22, Bryson tied the record for the best finish by a woman in a USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature at Gas City I-69 Speedway. Bryson, who hails from Muskogee, liked the idea of partnering with a local, community-oriented business. Design One Racewear will be the distributor of shirts, stickers and more with Bryson’s name and car on them for fans. He recently made the decision to become a sponsor for nine local children who are racing, most of whom live in Washington County. The co-owner of Design One, a creative design and marketing firm, Foster found a niche that needed to be filled: racing swag for micro racing. Bryson is his first midget class racer. “This really legitimizes our business,” Foster said. Foster never dreamed he would one day create his own brand of clothing. But now he sells Slideshow Dirt Wear out of his trailer at racing events. While some items are branded for racers, others feature the Slideshow Dirt Wear logo in celebration of dirt racing. Jason and his wife of nine years, Kelli, have a combined family of six children and five grandchildren. When it comes to dirt racing, the Foster family is all in.

COMMUNITY Meet the local racers: Baron Silva Now 16, Baron was only four-and-ahalf years old when he started racing. In 2018, Baron was the Junior Sprint National Champion held at Arkoma Speedway in Arkoma. He was second in points in the restricted class in 2019 at Port City Raceway in Tulsa. Baron was also honored as the Outlaw Rookie of the Year in 2020 at Port City. In 2021, he was the A-Class and Non-Wing Rookie of the Year at Port City and was ranked third in A-Class points and fourth in Non-Wing points. When he’s not racing, Baron enjoys fishing and basketball and attends classes at both Barnsdall High School and Tri County Technology Center. Landon Graham Sixteen-year-old Landon from Coffeyville, Kan. started racing at age seven. His career is off to a stellar start. Landon was the 2021 Port City Raceway Rookie of the Year and was also in the top five for championship points at Port City. In 2020, he was the Go Kart Chili Bowl Nationals champion in Vandalia, Missouri. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family at the lake, playing iRacing, hanging out with his girlfriend and attending high school games. Lathe Griggs Fourteen-year-old Lathe has his heart set on winning at the Tulsa Shootout this year. He started racing at age 10 and had a heat race win at the Tulsa Shootout Jr. Sprint in 2020 and also placed fifth in the A Feature. He was the Spring Fling Restrictor Champ in 2022 at Port City and was the Restrictor Milestone Outlaw Nationals Champ the same year. Lathe lives in Bartlesville but attends school in Dewey. He enjoys riding go-karts, basketball, baseball, and hanging out with friends. Ryker Griggs Nine-year-old Ryker has the same goal as his brother: win big at the Tulsa Shootout. In 2019, he won a qualifier for the Tulsa Shootout in the Jr. Sprint category, then finished 15th in the A Feature Jr. Sprint. He was the Donnie Ray Crawford Memorial Jr. Spring Champion in 2021 at Port City. In 2022, He was the Rayce Rudeen Non-Wing Showcase Jr. Sprint Champion and the Spring Fling Jr. Sprint Champion at Port City Raceway. Ryker also lives in Bartlesville but attends school in Dewey. With a need for speed, Ryker also likes to ride go-karts, dirt bikes and four-wheelers, as well as play basketball and baseball.

Masyn Truitt Nine-year-old Masyn from Dewey has a big goal: to win the Tulsa Shootout. Recently, he won at Port City in Junior Sprints and at the Outlaw Kart Nationals. In addition to racing, Masyn enjoys riding horses and roping with his dad. Hudsyn Truitt At 12 years old, Hudsyn has already been racing for seven years. He has won almost all the specials at Port City Raceway in Tulsa. “I want to never stop winning and always get better,” Hudsyn said. A student at Dewey Public Schools, he also enjoys football, basketball and riding horses. Bryce Kujath Twelve-year-old Bryce has been racing for three years. He lives in Dewey and attends school in Owasso. He achieved his first junior sprint win in 2019, and his first Restricted A-Class win in 2022. He’s been in the top five in points the last two years. He was the 2021 and 2020 Rujo Rumble Jr. Sprint Champion, and made the Tulsa Shootout Jr. Sprint A Feature his first year. When he’s not racing, Bryce enjoys soccer, video games, riding bikes and basketball. Oakley Wren Though seven-year-old Oakley has only been racing for a year, he’s already made it on national television. He was interviewed as part of his third-place finish at C Bell’s Micro Mania at Lil’ Texas Motor Speedway. He also placed fourth at the I44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City. Oakley hopes to finish in first place soon. He has big dreams for his career moving forward. “I want to race sprint cars, monster trucks and NASCAR,” he said. He attends Lincoln Elementary, and likes to play football, run and play a sprint car game on his PS4 in his free time. Jace Wren Thirteen-year-old Jace attends Caney Valley High School and has been racing for two years. Jace finished second at the Donnie Ray Crawford race recently, and finished second at the Washington Speedway. Jace is working towards a win at the Tulsa Shootout, hoping that will help him launch a career as a racer. “I want to someday race NASCAR (cars), and go head-to-head against the best,” Jace said. Jace also enjoys football, basketball, wrestling and golf. NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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So I’m going to give you four things I am specifically grateful for this year in no real order. This is not a complete list. There are other things. These are just a few I feel like telling you about.(Also, each year I have to give this disclaimer when I release this list: Obviously at the top of my list are God, Family and ‘Merica, but for the purposes of this column

Each year I have to give this disclaimer when I release this list: Obviously at the top of my list are God, Family and ‘Merica, but for the purposes of this column let’s believe these truths to be self-evident and list a few of the other gratitudes.

Each year for the November column I make “The List” — a number of things I am specifically thankful for in 2022. It seems only appropriate in a season of Thanksgiving.


little time. It brings joy, offers hope, releases endorphins which make us feel good, and the things we are grateful for are things we can often unify on. I also like it because once you start naming things you’re thankful for, it’s hard to stop. It becomes a gratitude landslide.

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK let’s believe these truths to be self-evident and list a few of the other gratitudes.) Everybody ready? Let’s get started. ONE - UNITY SQUARE: I know Unity Square isn’t really a new thing anymore, but I still love being out there. I love the Main Stage and the city backdrop behind it. I love that more times than not when I’m “attending” something at Unity Square, kids take over the western grass circle (the Wilds) with impromptu games of tag and foot races and dancing and whatever else. I love the way it connects the Price Tower and The Center. It’s like an architectural bridge between the two.

I love it that when we get together, people from all parties and backgrounds are present and the crowd changes every time. Some of these wonderful people stay connected online ( or via our page on Facebook, but it’s these face-to-face gatherings that are by far the strongest experience. We love these people. To us it just reinforces the value of community. FOUR - MY WIFE: I know I said I would pick other things than God, family, and country, but in this case I am thankful for my wife specifically this year ... well, I mean every year ... but specifically this year.

If you make enough trips around the sun you start to see that I love the variety of exbeing human can be hard. periences we have there. Expectations don’t always I keep hoping as a people group we’ll have a season change I’ve enjoyed everything from flesh out, your body starts to too, that as a culture we’ll turn some corner into a brighter concerts to funerals there. revolt on you like a stubborn time. That maybe we’ll all wake up one day and just forget to It’s wonderful (to me) that mule that just won’t go. You be anxious or angry or hate our neighbors. Wouldn’t that be a many of my same friends start to notice the mileage great change of seasons? that attend Gospel concerts signs on the highway of life there also go to Graduation Events and Pride Celebrations and and you wonder what terrain is ahead of you. That’s a lot for CommunityFest and outdoor plays there. people who think of themselves as perpetually young.

It really is a magical place that still has that new venue smell. And yet even with all that it has to offer, it’s what it will be (new art installations, new performances, maturing trees, and new memories) that I think makes it even more exciting. To me it’s so appropriately named. TWO - SEASONS: After a summer that was remarkable for so many reasons, I’m grateful that seasons do change. I mean that physically, metaphorically, spiritually, and every other kind of -ally. It’s amazing that even without typical temperature changes, the trees and bushes know — it’s bedtime. This is when they rest, so like clock work they start shedding their leaves. They’re on a schedule (even if there are some deciduous night owls out there). I keep hoping as a people group we’ll have a season change too, that as a culture we’ll turn some corner into a brighter time. That maybe we’ll all wake up one day and just forget to be anxious or angry or hate our neighbors. Wouldn’t that be a great change of seasons? THREE - DREAMERS: A year ago my wife, Ann-Janette, and I followed up on an idea that had been haunting us for four or five years. What if we found other people that wanted to human better, live more engaged and creative lives, and sorta banded together in the process? We call that group PioneerDreamers (or Dreamers). What an amazing assortment of people.

This year, my wife has gone above and beyond in keeping our little family and all its ventures going. She keeps our daughter alive, dressed, and where she’s supposed to be 8 days a week. She never seems to run out of encouragement or energy for my dumb ideas. She’s a fighter and a giver. And though I mostly hate it ... she’s extremely festive. She’s such an amazing trooper who endures so much. Now, we’re not touchy-feely people, so she’ll probably be mad that I wrote these things about her, but it’s my list. She can do what she wants with hers. I have so many other things about this great community that I’m grateful for: friends, community leaders, arts and entertainment, the ease of living here. You probably have your own list. What’s on it? This is a great “table topic” next time you go out to eat: Name one thing you’re especially grateful for this year. Chances are good you can’t limit yourself to just one. And isn’t that a wonderful thing?

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I think it was in 1967 in 7th grade P.E. where I first met the boy with the thick glasses from Will Rogers Elementary School. His name was Tom Bice and we became good friends. If my memory is right, I talked him into coming out for wrestling that year. He was a little smaller than me and all through junior high he was always a weight below me. In the 9th grade I was at 115 and he was at 108. We also played football together that freshman year for the Madison Mustangs, coached by Coach Kirksey. In high school it all changed. In our sophomore year, he started lifting weights, played quarterback for the Junior Varsity coached by one of our favorite coaches, Coach Clark, and just continued working on his strength and conditioning all through high school. In our junior year we are both starting defensive ends on the varsity and he’s about two weights above me on the wrestling team. His weight lifting and conditioning resulted in him being our top wrestler, going to State our junior year and then having a record of 13-0 as a senior before mono sidelined him midway through the season. Besides becoming one of our top athletes at Sooner, he was always a lot smarter than most of us, always on the honor roll, and just had an air of confidence about him. He becomes a captain on both the football and wrestling teams and even gets to kiss the homecoming queen. That’s hard to beat. I say all that, because it shows that if you have enough heart and drive, you can accomplish anything. Here is his story. Tom was born in Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital and grew up in Bartlesville. He attended Will Rogers Elementary, Madison Junior High School, and Sooner High School. Tom enjoyed all the opportunities available through the various school and community organizations, participating in sports and music activities. Starting at the elementary level, Tom played baseball, football, and wrestling. He also enjoyed vocal music and was a member of the Concert Choir while at Madison, and the award-winning Varsity Choir at Sooner. He performed lead roles in school musicals and along with three other students, would entertain residents at the senior living communities during the holidays.

He initially began his pursuit of college attending Brigham Young University on a full wrestling scholarship, a Phillips Scholarship and various other academic grants. The wrestling career was shortened as he severed his ACL one week before the first match. Although the 1973 surgery was successful, the focus became earning his degree. Tom transferred to Oklahoma State University and earned a Bachelor’s in Architecture (1978), and a Master’s in Architectural Engineering (1980). He worked as a consulting engineer in Tulsa from 1980 through 1986 and passed the licensing exams, becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer, first in Oklahoma. He would eventually become licensed in 49 states and Washington D.C. In 1986, Tom moved to St. Louis, where he would spend the rest of his engineering career working for various firms. Tom’s area of expertise was Mechanical Engineering for the Healthcare marketplace including Hospitals, Surgery Centers, and Medical Office Building. One of the interesting things about him is besides being born in the Jane Phillips Hospital, the main 10-story bedtower at Jane Phillips Hospital was designed by Tom. Throughout his career, he designed thousands of hospital projects located throughout the entire U.S., becoming Executive Vice President of the largest Hospital Design/Build firm in America. Since retiring at the end of 2021, Tom and his wife, Rena, live in Sarasota, Florida, where they remain active golfing, fishing, bicycle riding, pickleball, boating, and beach time. They have two grown children and are now enjoying being grandparents. Their son lives in Knoxville, Tennessee and their daughter lives in St. Louis. Missouri. NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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My wife and I were watching a Tulsa Drillers game in the Busch Landing section of Driller park, when Dallas Hindman saw an open seat next to me and came over to say hello. Dallas and I hadn’t seen each other in a while and we swapped stories while watching some baseball. Dallas gave some cash to his son, Pierce, to buy ballpark food. Pierce quickly returned empty-handed, saying that the concession vendor only took credit cards. Which reminded me of the time my dad handed me a five dollar bill for a hot dog at a St. Louis Cards game. A vendor cautioned me against waving about my five dollar note. He was right, the currency snatched by a kid about my age. He ran out of sight before I could say, “Pass the mustard.” Dallas then told me his story about Busch stadium. I remember Dallas’ father well. Bobby Hindman was a homebuilder like me, so we saw one another at monthly Builders Association luncheons and at job sites. I never knew that Bobby and I shared a love for St. Louis Cardinals baseball until Dallas shared his dad’s story. Bobby had two hobbies in life, mowing the lawn and watching Cardinal baseball. Which is why Dallas brought him to Busch stadium in his sunset days to enjoy a couple more games. Dallas said, “Bobby would have been fine dying during the 7th inning stretch singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but it wasn’t quite time to leave this world yet.” Watching the Cardinals with his family by his side on a summer day in St. Louis was enough of a treat for him, but this day was made even more special because his one-yearold granddaughter was sitting on his lap. She rarely warmed to anyone other than her parents but on this day she chose to light in the lap of her grandpa Hindman. Knowing his days were numbered, Bobby hung on tight to Aubrey. Holding his granddaughter so close in the sweltering stadium may have contributed to what happened next. He slumped in his seat and passed out. They spent the remainder of the game in the stadium medical facility as they awaited an ambulance. Meanwhile, with the game complete and crowds filing out, they loaded Bobby on a stretcher and rolled him to the waiting ambulance. The star slugger for the Cardinals, Albert Pujols, walked past the stretcher on the way to his vehicle, which happened to be blocked by the ambulance. Bobby noticed Albert and breathlessly urged his son to get Pujols’ autograph. Sheepishly, Dallas ambled over to Pujols, who graciously obliged with an autograph. But, not before refusing to sign the Texas Rangers jersey Dallas was wearing. They eventually settled on signing his hat instead. Just then, another Cardinal, Matt Holliday approached and eagle-eye Bobby spied him. “Get Holliday’s autograph,” he said excitedly. Holliday signed his autograph also. After wishing Bobby good health, Albert Pujols drove away after promising to pray for Bobby.

The Cardinals won the 2011 World Series with Bobby looking on, surrounded by his two sons, his brother, and nephew attending games 6 & 7. Bobby enjoyed watching that series with the unforgettable David Freese homer in Game 6. Two months later, Bobby Hindman walked into the outfield and through the cornfield where dreams come true. Dallas told me that Pujols had decided to not give out autographs during this year, his final season, because the demand is so great that the line to sign autographs never diminishes. But Dallas’ son, Pierce, would manage to get Pujols autograph on a recent trip to St. Louis to watch the Yankees series. Dallas’ son and his buddy, Hudson, hoped against hope for an autograph and staked out a spot near the Cardinals dugout. Despite their pleas, no Cardinals came over to sign an autograph for the boys. Until Albert broke his autograph policy and walked over to this group of kids including Pierce and Hudson. Dallas said that seeing the boys get those autographs on a day with 48,000 fans attending gave him a thrill, “The moment they got those autographs I just had chills. Knowing that one of the better days of my Dad’s life was now linked together forever with this Hall of Famer (Pujos) and one of the better days of my son’s life. It’s an indescribable feeling, best described as one of my most valued and priceless memories.” NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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Washington County in Desperate Need of Foster Homes by Abigail Singrey The foster care system in Oklahoma — and Washington County specifically — is experiencing a crisis, with 7,000 Oklahoma children in foster care on any given day. Caseworkers are not able to find the best foster home to meet the needs of a particular child, instead having to place them in any available foster home. Currently, 65% of Washington County children who enter foster care are being placed in other counties, sometimes hours away from their biological family. This removes children from their siblings, schools, and doctors, making the transition into care more disruptive. Biological parents often struggle to make it to their required visits when they must drive further. “The likelihood of reunification goes up when the children stay in the community,” said Alisha Thompson, child welfare specialist with Oklahoma Department of Human Services. OKDHS works towards reunification with birth families whenever possible. They see the primary goal of foster care as providing a nurturing home for children while their families develop the skills and supports that they need. Last year, 1,896 children were reunited with their families after working to correct the conditions that led to the children’s removal. However, reunification is not always possible for a variety of reasons. Last year, 1,353 children found a permanent home through adoption, while 301 legal guardianships were established. Thompson encourages local families to consider fostering. Most of the time, the process can be completed in 60 days. They are looking for families who are financially stable, have a safe, clean environment, and room for the child. Prospective parents fill out paperwork with OKDHS, complete a home study, then attend 27 hours of training, taught in a three-day format. “It’s very doable to become a foster parent,” Thompson said. Currently, OKDHS is experiencing a shortage of homes for

children of any age, even babies. However, they always need families who are willing to parent teens, kids with special needs and sibling groups. Any child taken into foster care has already experience trauma, and many have developed survival skills that are an attempt to meet an unmet need. They need families who will meet them where they are. “The children who are being placed in foster homes have not been raised how the foster parents raised their children,” Thompson said. “These children will have additional needs that they have never dealt with before. We need families that have a realistic picture of what will be asked of them.” The foster parents also have the opportunity to model a new type of parenting for the foster child’s family of origin. They can serve as an encourager and a motivator as the biological parent works toward their goals. “You’re not just fostering a child, you’re fostering a family,” Thompson said. “You’re telling these parents: ‘I’m supporting you at one of the lowest points of your life.’” If fostering is not a possibility, community members can support local foster parents instead. Through the website, OKDHS shares their current needs with the community, ranging from formula to beds to help with funding for daycare. Other families need a support system to know that they are not alone on this journey. Thompson encourages anyone interested in fostering to reach out to OKDHS. “Fostering is hugely rewarding,” Thompson said. “The children will remember you forever. You show them what it means to be safe, what it means to be loved, and what a family is.” Children come into custody every single day and need a family like you to say YES to fostering. You can visit the website or call 1-800-376-9729 to apply today.

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Joe Todd Inducted Into Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame by Sarah Leslie Gagan A legacy is etched into the minds of others by the stories shared about our lives. And those stories were meant to carve names on our hearts, not tombstones. It is the drive of every human being to matter long after we take our last breath, to never be forgotten. Without the tireless effort of those who listen to and preserve the stories of our lives, our legacy would be forever lost. Everyone has a story, and the greatest of these come from those who fought for our freedoms. Major Joe Lee Todd of Bartlesville is not only a hero for his service in the US Army, but for his diligent and faithful preservation of stories recorded from over 2000 of our nation’s military men and women. To recognize Major Joe Lee Todd for his outstanding service in documenting and preserving history, he has been inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Having served in the U.S. Army, Major Todd also received the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award, given to deserving individuals for their service to veterans that strengthen their quality of life. Joe was born in Bartlesville in 1946 to Harold and Mildred Todd. His ancestors first arrived in Bartlesville in 1904. He recalls his childhood growing up southwest of Bartlesville as a wonderful time of exploring nature, climbing the mound that would become Circle Mountain, swimming in Sand Creek, and enjoying life. Joe’s father owned the auto salvage in town, so he spent weekends and summers working there with his dad. Joe graduated from College High School in 1964 and went on to spend two years at Oklahoma State University. Joe joined the Army in 1966, completing basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. He was trained for helicopter maintenance and left for Vietnam in August of 1967, where he was with the 1st Air Calvary Division as a helicopter mechanic. He served three years active duty with the US Army in Vietnam. Upon returning home from Vietnam, Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, and began his career with the Oklahoma Historical Society. Joe enlisted with the Oklahoma National Guard, serving from 1975-1978, then the Texas National Guard from 1978-1983, and the United States Army Reserve, 1983-1996, and served in Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991, and in Haiti in 1994. 66

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Joe has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious achievement as a 4th Brigade Civil Affairs Officer in the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) during Desert Storm, the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnam Service and Presidential Unit Citation. While with the Oklahoma Historical Society, Joe served as an oral historian, traveling throughout Oklahoma interviewing senior citizens. He retired from the Historical Society in 2001 and


became a volunteer with the Eisenhower Library, interviewing World War II veterans and preserving their stories. This process was very meaningful to Joe because his father was in WWII, as well as his uncle. Joe interviewed 1,200 WWII veterans for the Eisenhower Library. Currently, Joe is interviewing veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom, and has conducted close to 2,000 interviews. He attends various veteran reunions in Oklahoma and adjoining states to perform these video interviews. For his work, Joe has been listed as a noteworthy Historian by Marquis Who’s Who.

during the 1921 Race Massacre, and hid African American victims in his shoe shop, saving their lives. Joe believes in supporting education and sponsors two scholarships for local High School graduates each year, The Fred & Mable Todd Memorial Scholarship & The Harold & Mildred Todd Memorial Scholarship. He also spends time documenting cemeteries for Find a Grave online. To anyone considering serving in the military today Joe says, “Do it! This is the best country in the world, and remember, freedom is not free. We have to preserve our freedom, or we will lose it.”

Joe notes the humility of the WWII veterans, the manner with which they modestly told their stories, often saying they just did their duty, not realizing the degree of their heroism. Joe has also had the honor of interviewing 60 to 70 World War I veterans. Joe considers these interviews his greatest accomplishment and is proud that they are still ongoing. He works hard to preserve veterans’ stories for future generations, and it has become his life’s work. It is therapeutic for the veterans to share their stories and is healing for Joe as well. Perhaps the most healing for Joe is doing the Vietnam interviews. From time to time, he still thinks back on the horrific things he witnessed and knows what it feels like to hold those feelings inside. Interviewing other Vietnam veterans allows Joe the opportunity to help each veteran heal a little more as they let their story out, and no longer hold it inside. He states that if you keep your stories in, “it will eventually eat you up.” Joe enjoys writing and is a published author of two books. His first book is about the USS Oklahoma, and his most recent book, titled The Shoemaker, is the story of Louis Kerbel, a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant who lived and worked in Tulsa NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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Take Your Sip of Sunshine... Sometimes You Have to Go Back to Get to Now by Lori Kroh

It was always there waiting for me. I drove around and looked at all the old buildings, beautiful architecture, and even the gas stations. I played my favorite music and let the memories flood my soul. All these places I used to frequent. I noticed the changes and maybe it was new paint or maybe it was me. I was invited to lunch with friends I had not seen in five years and I decided I needed to go and see them. I finally sat still long enough to make the time. I finally decided to show up as it is easier to say another time, another day. A few of them I had not seen in 20 years. These friends are the dear ones who don’t live here. Life took them to another town, another country, another place. Yet, this is where we met … this is where our paths crossed. My parents met them here at the college. All the children of all the parents became friends. We grew up seeing each other and staying over at each other’s homes. I thought back to the meals and the card games and the hospitality. Things were simple and good. I knew I needed more of the simple now and a lot more of the good. These are old friends. The ones who have the stories that make you cry laughing and the stories that make you laugh crying. It echoes of a place when you knew you were loved and there’s a chasing that occurs that cannot be caught. It was always there waiting for me. I can only describe it as sunshine in a bottle. All the people who knew you when ... and they loved you for just being you back then. I realized that I have been far away from where those memories held space in my heart. I had forgotten how memories ... just the good ones, please ... can center me. I had forgotten how the sound of voices can be oh so soothing. I had forgotten how a hug and kiss on the cheek from those who truly knew me can bring sweet emotions. All these memories ... just bottled up. It was sunshine in a bottle. I had to go back to get to now. Back in the past, all the way until now. I still had not found what I have been looking for … it’s hard to chase sunshine friends, you have to let it find you. It did and in the laughter I was caught. It came pouring out into the room and filled the air. Deep inside I felt this peace and understanding of where I belong. Been searching the last few years ... in the place of sacred and the place where I know who I am. Where had my true self gone and where had it been? I thought about it as I drove around later and looked again at the old spots. It was abandoned after chaos. It was crowded with

faulty fears and oh so weary thoughts. It was lost during loss. I had looked among the pieces of me ... on the floor where my tears had dried. A lot of years had passed and hard seasons had occurred. The person I used to be seemed to be deep in the past. My true self was nowhere to be found. I had a hard time finding the laughter. Believe me - I have tried. And then I sat with those who knew me best ... and there it was — ready to be poured out. It would fill me and if you know me ... well, you know my silent quest. I soaked it all up and settled in to a place where I was no longer unseen or unheard. We mattered to those that mattered and this settled all the rest. The questions. The awkward. Our search for significance. We matter to those that matter. Taking the time to connect with those who have meant the most to you in your life will work wonders. You will know it. You will feel it. You never knew how much you needed it until you needed it. It was good. No. Wait. To be totally honest, it was GOOD GOOD. Make the call. Take the time. Meet for dinner. Write the words. The laughter and tears are chasing you again. It’s a sip of sunshine ~ I highly recommend. NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly


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Restorations Medical Spa Medical Spa Making the Move to Downtown by Lori Just Restorations Medical Spa has been a premiere medical spa in Bartlesville for almost two decades. Starting next month, they will be moving from their Washington Boulevard location to the recently vacant space in the 100 block of Frank Phillips occupied by a former massage & wellness spa. “We’re really excited about moving into this new space and look forward to the opportunity to provide even more to our clients,” said Elizabeth Sherrock, MD, medical director. “We are also honoring Fusion gift cards at our location. Individuals will need to call us for more information.” Restorations Medical Spa offers comprehensive and highly-personalized plans and aims to provide concierge-level service to every patient under a board-certified medical director and certified esthetician. “We have three main goals at Restorations Medical Spa: education, results-oriented services and products tailored to the individual, and to utilize the latest technologies and procedures,” said Sherrock.

create a personalized treatment plan tailored to their skin type, budget, desired outcome, and lifestyle. Everything is closely monitored and altered if needed, ensuring optimal results. “We will still offer all of our client’s favorites such as Botox, lip and dermal fillers, laser hair removal, photofacial and Morpheus8 RF micro needling,” added Sherrock. “We plan to add massage therapists in the future. We also plan to add Eminence to our line of skin care products.” To schedule an appointment or to learn more about their services, call them at 918-331-2329 or visit

A new service added to their menu will include Emsculpt NEO, which is a body sculpting technology using high intensity focused electromagnetic energy to trigger what’s called supramaximal contractions. During these intense pulses, the muscles are “overworked,” causing them to release a chemical that signals fat cells to break down, allowing up to 30 percent fat loss. This is happening while the muscles undergo cellular changes, growing, thickening, and strengthening for 25 percent muscle gain. This can help treat stubborn areas such as abdomen, posterior, arms, and legs. Another new technology is the Emsella chair, which is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic energy to deliver thousands of supramaximal pelvic floor muscle contractions in a single session. The treatment results in better muscle tone and reduction and/or elimination of incontinence. They will also begin to offer BioTE bioidentical hormones for both men and women. This hormone replacement therapy in the form of custom-made subcutaneous pellets that can help men and women who are experiencing imbalanced or low hormone levels. A patient’s initial visit begins with a complimentary consultation where concerns are addressed in detail. From there, Restorations will NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly



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Rightfully So . . .


Fairfax Dancer to be Featured on 2023 Quarter by Kelly Bland It’s all around us — lingering in the air, on the library shelf, etched in stone, hidden in hearts — and if you listen, you’ll learn from it. Many reject it these days. Some try to rewrite it to their likings, but nothing can change it, truly. It is what it is. I’m talking history. Let’s turn the hands counter-clockwise and go back a hundred or so years in Osage County — back to the tail end of the time period known as the Reign of Terror. Even the name for it sounds like it would be best left to itself. No one is ever prepared for terror. In its very essence, it holds an element of surprise and catches folks off-guard. But it’s not the terror history I want us to dig up – it’s what happened in a small Osage County town during it that holds a lesson to be learned, a perspective to be gained, and an outlook to be admired. Over on the western edge of the county — where the worst of it all seemed to take place — a man decided to build something positive that would take their mind off the evil that had engulfed the community of Fairfax, and not just any man — an Osage man named Alexander Joseph Tall Chief. Why is this significant? Because Mr. Tall Chief had every reason not to. History tells us this was a time when Osages were being murdered due to their extreme wealth, which can be attributed to the oil boom and the foresight of Chief Bigheart to have retained all mineral rights on the Osage Nation Reservation. Mr. Tall Chief could have held resentment — and rightfully so. He could have withdrawn from community — and rightfully so. He could have even retaliated — and rightfully so. But instead, he sowed — remarkably so — and the world has been reaping from his seed ever since. Tall Chief’s two daughters, Maria and Marjorie, first danced on the stage in the historic Tall Chief Theater in down-

town Fairfax as little girls — and then went on to impact the world. Maria amazingly became known as the world’s first prima ballerina. Already recognized in Oklahoma with “Maria Tallchief Day” on June 29th and forever remembered in Mike Larsen’s mural, “Flight of Spirit,” in the Oklahoma Capitol, now — thanks to the American Women Quarters Program, on the reverse (tails) side of the 2023 quarter dollar, Maria Tallchief will be recognized once again for her contributions to the arts as a trailblazer in American history. Think about it… Commemorated on a U.S. coin — a little girl from Fairfax whose daddy decided to build something positive instead of carry around something negative — in the face of the Reign of Terror, his girls danced… and made the world a better place. It would seem that the worst of situations give opportunities. Opportunities to respond rather than react. Opportunities to show what truly beats within our hearts. Opportunities to “rightfully so” or remarkably sow. I guess it would all depend on what you want to reap… Thanks for reading along this month! NOVEMBER 2022 | bmonthly



Welcome Home

Truity Credit Union Announces the Return of Becki Gailey Truity Credit Union is proud to welcome back Becki Gailey in the role of Senior Mortgage Development Officer in Bartlesville. “We are thrilled to have Becki back on our mortgage team at Truity,” Vice President Mortgage Sales and Development Andrew Harris said. “Her knowledge, expertise and local connections are incredible assets to the credit union and the members we serve. The Bartlesville community can look forward to seeing Becki at Truity-sponsored events and working as a go-to resource for real estate networking and education.” Gailey first started at Truity as a Teller in 2007. She transitioned into mortgage lending and was promoted to a Development Officer. Most recently, she worked for Stride Bank for one year before returning to the credit union. Gailey is responsible for developing mortgage production in Bartlesville as well as building professional relationships with members in the real estate community. She is a graduate of Leadership Bartlesville and Keller Williams’ signature training program, BOLD. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from Tri County Technology Center. She currently serves as an advocate for the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce.


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RETURNING HOME “One of my favorite things about my job is directly helping members with financial needs regarding mortgages and seeing their homeownership dreams become a reality,” said Gailey. “If you have questions or are ready to apply, I’m here to help.” In today’s world, it is not uncommon for employees to leave one job for another — but it speaks volumes about a company when those people often see that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and they return. In fact, 7% of Truity’s employees fall into this category. “There are many reasons previous employees may choose to leave, however they often find ways to boomerang back to Truity,” Recruiting Coordinator Clare Ppool said. “Our culture centers around the well-being of every employee, both personally and professionally. We offer opportunities for employees, at all levels ,to have a voice in projects that impact the entire credit union and our members. We also invest in health plans that offer comprehensive coverage and benefits for them and their families. In everything we do, we strive to become the best place to work in our markets.” Gailey couldn’t be happier that her Truity family welcomed her back with open arms! “I am grateful for the opportunity to return home to Truity,” Gailey said. “It is truly a great place to work. Their ‘people first’ values center on taking care of their employees, members and communities.” Truity adopts a #OneTeam culture that centers around innovation and inclusiveness for every employee. Whether it’s dress

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Memories of My Bartlesville Youth by Rita Thurman Barnes

Honestly, I don’t think I could have imagined a better place to have spent my younger years than right here in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Beginning when my family slowly started migrating back from Borger, Texas where Phillips had sent my uncle and my dad, I became a Bartian 2nd grader fairly quickly. My mom and dad were both from Pawhuska where they met and married and lived until my uncle’s business set up permanent headquarters in Bartlesville. They rented a small house until they found one to buy in the 1300 block of South Keeler just a couple of doors from the Wienecke family and Gretchen grew up to become the actress, Gretchen Wyler. I however was born in Texas one Halloween night a long time ago. I attended Horace Mann Elementary, Central Junior High, College High and studied for a couple of years at what became Oklahoma Wesleyan University. I loved Sunset Lake and SaniPool, the Osage Theater, Hilltop Drive-In and all the old stores downtown where the brick streets made a music of their own as the cars and trucks played by. I remember Reda Pump, Cities Service, Maltby’s Hardware, and Herrington’s Furniture. I met and married the love of my life in Bartlesville where we raised two sons and where we will celebrate 54 joy-filled years in December. I started writing for the local newspaper over 25 years ago and have enjoyed writing for this magazine for several years now. Through my writing I have met so many interesting people and have made so many new friends. With our history being the

common denominator, it’s been an easy path to get to the point we are now. It still feels as if I should be 25 or 40 instead of going on 76. At times, I look at older people and sometimes think of them that way. I have to check my brain to realize that they didn’t get older without me. Sometimes I’ll pass the hallway mirror and I’ll wonder who the face is looking back at me. I remember giving my husband’s mother a haircut and a permanent wave and showing the results to her in a small hand-held mirror. She looked lovely to me, but I still remember the words she uttered — who is that old woman and how did she get this way. I have a new Facebook group called Reflections on Growing Older where I’m sharing my personal thoughts and where I’m finding out that many other folks my age are feeling somewhat the same as I do. From the day we are born till a certain point we are all growing up until the day comes that each of us realizes that we are all growing older. That day is different for everyone, but the reactions are pretty much universal. I have found that the best thing I can do is to treat each day as a gift and to share it with as many people as possible. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” And I think he hit the nail on the head.

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Hostages in Tehran

Remembering the Situation in Iran on November 4, 1979 by Jay Hastings On November 4, 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 American citizens hostage. The actions taken by the students was a direct result of President Jimmy Carter’s decision to allow Iran’s deposed Shah into the United States for cancer treatment. The Shah had been expelled from Iran a few months prior. The hostage-taking was more about student revolutionaries declaring a break with Iran’s past and an end to American interference in its affairs; their way of raising the intra- and international profile of the revolution’s leader, the anti-American cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. What followed was a very tense situation which held America’s attention for the next 444 days. To go back even further, there had been a long-standing distrust between Iran and the U.S. with tension stemming from conflicts over oil. British and American corporations had controlled most of Iran’s petroleum reserves since their discovery. In 1951, Iran’s prime minister, Muhammad Mossadegh, announced his plan to nationalize Iran’s oil industry. American CIA and British intelligence devised a secret plan to overthrow Mossadegh and replace Iran’s leader with someone who would have more of an interest in helping Western countries control Iran’s petroleum reserves. The resulting 1953 CIA coup was considered a success and soon the country had a new leader and form of government. Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi was a member of Iran’s royal family. The Shah’s government was secular, anti-communist, and pro-Western. In exchange for tens of millions of dollars in foreign aid, Shah returned 80 percent of Iran’s oil control back to the Americans and British. By the 1970s, many Iranians were fed up with the Shah’s form of government. In protest, many turned to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, a radical cleric whose revolutionary Islamist movement seemed to promise a break from the past and a turn toward greater autonomy for the Iranian people. In July 1979, the revolutionaries forced the Shah to disband his government and flee to Egypt. The Ayatollah installed a militant Islamist government in its place. In October 1979, U.S. President Carter agreed to allow the exiled leader, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, to enter the U.S. for treatment of an advanced malignant lymphoma. While President Carter’s decision was humanitarian rather than political, it still caused more hatred towards the U.S. One American later noted, it was like throwing “a burning branch into a bucket of kerosene.” Anti-American sentiment in Iran exploded. As soon as the Shah arrived in New York on November 4, 1979, a 82

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group of militant students smashed the gates and climb the walls of the American embassy in Tehran. Originally, 66 diplomats and embassy workers were taken hostage. After a short period of time, 13 Americans and citizens of countries other than the U.S. were released. The hostages, reportedly, were never seriously injured but were subjected to demeaning and terrifying treatment. They were blind-folded and paraded around in front of angry crowds while being broadcast on television. Americans grew increasingly concerned about the hostages’ fate as there were constant daily broadcasts on the news. Finally, the militant students set the U.S. hostages free on January 21, 1981, 444 days after the incident began, and just hours after newly-elected President Ronald Reagan delivered his inaugural address. Many historians believe the hostage crisis cost Jimmy Carter a second term as president. The television news series Nightline actually began as a nightly news report on the Iran hostage crisis. Nightline was originally titled The Iran Crisis - America Held Hostage. ABC News President Roone Arledge hoped it would draw viewers away from NBC’s late night talk show, The Tonight Show, which starred Johnny Carson.

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