âÂ€Â”Sequoyah County Times, Aug. 10, 1997
From the files of Your Sequoyah County Times 25 Years Ago
(From the Aug. 10, 1997, issue of the Sequoyah County Times)
–Heavy machinery rolled into the picturesque valley northeast of Roland this week that will soon be transformed into a new man-made lake.
Workers with Seven Oaks Construction of Sallisaw started moving dirt to build the six-foot foundation for Roland‚s water plant. Nearby will be the dam across Garrison Creek that will hold back water to form the 55-acre lake, and supply water to Roland residents.
The reservoir will be the third in the county. Sallisaw impounded Brushy Lake and Muldrow impounded Muldrow Lake many years ago for their water supplies.
The Roland project was started after years of planning and work by town trustees.
In addition to the dam, lake, intake and treatment plant, engineers also designed a spillway which will be about 100 feet by 260 feet. Updike said it will carry 27,000 cubic feet per second of water, in the unlikely event of a dam break, and accommodate 36 inches of rainfall withing a 12-hour period.
âÂ€Â”It is an Oklahoma soybean field instead of an Iowa corn field, but residents at Gore have the same hopes as Kevin Costner‚s character in “Field of Dreams.” That is, if they build a big ball field, the players will come.
After months of discussions, Gore trustees agreed Tuesday to support the idea. The unanimously approved a contract with Johnny Sheffield to buy 25 acres of farm land for $50,000. The city will then lease the land to the Gore Chamber of Commerce for a community sports complex, said Mayor Bill Summers.
50 Years Ago
(From the August, 1972, issue of the Sequoyah County Times)
âÂ€Â”Files for this time period cannot be read.
75 Years Ago
(From the Aug. 15, 1947, issue of the Sequoyah County Times)
âÂ€Â”A petition was filed this week by County Attorney R.O. Ingle to revoke the beer license of R.L. Green, Gore beer hall operator. Hearing has been set for 10 a.m. next Monday before County Judge J.T. Brockman.
The petition alleged that Green has been selling beer to minors and allowing persons in drunken conditions to loiter in and around his beer parlor.
âÂ€Â”Bridging operations across Big Lees Creek and Little Lees Creek should begin in a “few days” Paul V. Carlile, secretary of the state highway commission said Thursday morning.
Steel girders for the bridges are being unloaded from railroad cars near the Missouri Pacific depot. Construction materials had been ordered several months ago but are just now arriving.
Bridges over both creeks were washed out in 1945 during Bill Byrd‚s term as commissioner and it was through his efforts that federal aid was approved for the projects.
Carlile also sated that the Public Roads Administration had promised him the farm-to-market road from Vian to Blackgum would be approved and a work order would be issued in the near future.
âÂ€Â”Plans were announced this week to install a home economics, vocational agriculture and music departments in the Vian High School. The three departments will be included in the 1947-48 school program if competent teachers can be procured, schoolmen said.
100 years ago
(From the Aug. 4, 1922, issue of the Sequoyah County Democrat)
âÂ€Â”A.R. Kent, superintendent of Dwight Mission school near Marble City, who has been in New York the past month, has returned here and will open the school, for a limited number of students, on Sept. 15. The Home Mission Board of the Northern Presbyterian church will start construction of many improvements this fall, and will expend about a quarter of a million dollars for new buildings, lighting system and other things to make Dwight a modern and up to date institute of learning for the education of Indian girls and boys. Mr. Kent is a gentleman of most pleasing personality and will have full control of affairs of the school.
âÂ€Â”The well-known firm of Cherry and Winter of this city, are preparing to inaugurate a gigantic clearance sale of their stock of furnishings, drygoods, shoes, notions and clothing. The sale will begin tomorrow under the management of Mr. W.A. Stern, a member of the firm of New System sales company, of Oklahoma City, one of the best know sales firms in the southwest.