—Sequoyah County Democrat, Oct. 4, 1973
From the files of Your Sequoyah County Times 25 Years Ago
(From the Oct. 4 and Oct. 8, 1998, issues of the Sequoyah County Times) —Sallisaw is joining forces with other Sequoyah County towns and water suppliers to keep the water flowing into the 21st century.
Jim Hudgens, Sallisaw city manager, has been named as a board member of the Lake Tenkiller Water Study Taskforce.
Hudgens said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed two studies involving the use of water from Lake Tenkiller by the small communities around the lake and the city of Tahlequah. The study also included the Sequoyah County Water Association which serves a large portion of the residents of the northern half of Sequoyah County and Vian, Webbers Falls and Gore both have their own water treatment plants and use Lake Tenkiller.
—Fire destroyed the announcer’s booth at the Sallisaw Rodeo Grounds Saturday, but a city official said the structure will be rebuilt as soon as possible.
Mike Tubbs, safety and training officer for the Sallisaw Volunteer Fire Department, said fire which destroyed the booth may have been smoldering for some time before it was noticed and reported to the fire department, at 9:31 p.m.
“When we got there the fire was all over the structure,” Tubbs said. “We got the fire out in 20 to 30 minutes.”
Firemen were able to save several of the advertising signs adjacent to the booth, but the wooden announcer’s booth was destroyed and the remaining structure, other than the signs, is made of metal and the fire had no where else to go, Tubbs said.
50 Years Ago
(From the Oct. 4, 1973, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Ribbon cutting ceremonies for two businesses, one a retail facility and one a manufacturer, will be held in Sallisaw this week, marking an indicator for growth in the area.
The businesses, Electro Foam Packaging Corp. and C.R. Anthony, have both recently completed their structures.
Anthony’s is located in the Eastgate Shopping Center near Walmart and Electro Foam is located in the Sallisaw Industrial Park south of I-40.
Grand opening at Anthony’s will be held this Thursday with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. planned to make the opening official.
Imogene Gabbert, chairman of the Sallisaw Ambassadors Committee will host the ceremony that will be attended by Sallisaw Mayor Perry Wheeler, other city and civic leaders and officials from C.R. Anthony.
75 Years Ago
(From the Oct. 8, 1948, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —The sale of Ivey’s Drug store Oct. 1, ended a remarkable saga of a business founded by a young University of Arkansas pharmacist graduate in 1902, and continued 46 years under family management by three sons who elected to follow his profession.
The late C.F. Ivey founded the store in Sallisaw, I.T., five years before statehood. At various times it was managed by the late Earl Ivey, Roy Ivey and until its sale this week by Walter Ivey, three druggist sons.
New owners of the store, D.D. Maddux, former Fort Smith druggist and Paul Bollinger, owner of a Spiro drug store, say they will continue with the same employees, and will maintain the same policies and the same service for which the store is famous.
—Sale of the Dwight Mission property, of the Presbyterian church, north of Sallisaw was postponed Tuesday through a vote of ministers of the Oklahoma Synod meeting with laymen at the Mission.
The Board of National Missions agreed to hold in abeyance the sale of the 99-acres with its buildings and farms, to see if the Synod could work out a plan to maintain the school.
The school did not open for the present term. Orders to close the school were received from the national board last spring.
100 years ago
(From the Oct. 5, 1923, issue of the Sequoyah County Democrat) —Another one of Sequoyah County’s convicted bank bandits was turned back to us this week when our governor issued a parole to Levi Cookson, a noted bandit from the Cherokee Hills who looted the Farmers State Bank at Gore. Cookson following his conviction was given five years in the penitentiary for looting the Gore bank. He appealed his case, which was confirmed by the higher courts. He was sent to the penitentiary at McAlester last year to do his “bit.” Other bandits who have made brief visits at McAlester, now out on a parole or furlough, are Bush Wood, wanted in this county but convicted at Pryor for bank robbing, Monroe Cook, sent for the Muldrow job and the famous Ed Lockhart who had his furlough revoked, and whose present address is unknown.
—Deputy U.S. Marshal George Ritter and Special Enforcement Officer Joe Morgan captured a still 15 miles north of Gore, Sunday afternoon. They also arrested Will Blevins, the alleged owner of the still. He was brought to this city and placed in the county jail. The officers captured only a small amount of “moonshine” and a barrel of mash. The still was of copper and had a capacity of 60 gallons, according to the officers.