Woman attorney will take office
— Sequoyah County Times, Dec. 31, 1948
From the files of Your Sequoyah County Times
25 Years Ago
(From the Dec. 27, 1998, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners have said they are working on a solution to get the county’s 911 system on-line by the first of the year.
With only one board meeting left before the first, a decision has not yet been made public.
The agenda for the final meeting of 1998 has been posted, but nothing concerning 911 is included.
50 Years Ago
(From the Dec. 27, 1973, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Sequoyah County experienced a huge jump in the dollars returned through the state sales tax collections, figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission indicate. The reporting period is for the month of November, but is basically returns from the month prior.
—During the month of November, the Sallisaw City Library circulated 1,195 books, records and magazines, Mary Beth Ozmun, associate director of the Eastern Oklahoma District Library said this week.
At the same time, the EODL bookmobiles checked out 852 library materials to residents in the outlying areas of the county.
Ninety-seven books were added to the collection of the Sallisaw library during November, Mrs. Ozmun said.
75 Years Ago
(From the Dec. 31, 1948, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Mrs. Amelia Patterson Frye, Oklahoma’s first elected woman county attorney, will officially assume her duties Monday.
The small attractive woman didn’t seem too impressed with her new title or the big shoes she will step into in an interview this week.
“I’ll just do the very best I can to see that the law is enforced,” she said calmly and quietly. And somehow her statement made you feel she would.
When asked how she happened to become a lawyer the dark-haired woman replied simply, “Law has been my professional life since I went to work in a law office in 1924.”
The law office was that of her lawyer husband, Roy Frye Sr.
She said after working around a law office for so many years she decided to be a lawyer herself. Her desire in this direction came to a head in 1935 at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., when she was handed her law degree.
The woman attorney said she is interested in just general law practice. She is a partner in her husband’s law firm.
—Seventeen Sallisaw merchants will bestow gifts on the first baby born in Sequoyah County in the New Year of 1949.
As stated in the Democrat-American where a complete ad on the baby contest was carried, all the parents have to do is put through a call to Mrs. Bob Burchfiel, a member of the staff no later than noon, Jan. 4, or as soon as the birth occurs.
100 years ago
(From the Dec. 28, 1923, issue of the Sequoyah County Democrat) —Mose Newman, former chief of police, was caught late Tuesday evening with a small quantity of illicit whiskey by night patrolman Chuculate.
—Christmas day has passed in Sallisaw with nothing unusual occurring and is now a matter of history. Banks, business houses, court house, offices and the post office closed all day, a holiday spirit was manifest.
Three arrests were made during the day by the local offices, which included one for drunkenness and two for carrying concealed weapons.
—Miss Jessie Adair, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tandy Adair was painfully injured Christmas day when her little cousin accidently shot her in the hand with an air rifle, which Santa Claus had just left him. Dr. Green was called to extract the shot from Miss Adair’s hand. Thus Sallisaw passed through Christmas with only one accident.