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OBSESSION

***I was looking through my phone for a picture and ran across a screenshot about a ”Noir” story contest from, Alta, a California publication. I looked at the rules. Said, “I can do that.” I sat down and wrote this story. Sadly I was past the deadline.***


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I drive a lot; a forty-plus minute commute back and forth to work, kids to school and activities, and all those little things that come with modern life. So I spend a lot of time listening to things on the radio; mainly podcasts and audiobooks. …


Cigar Box Label

The Oklahoma Territorial Museum has in our collection cigar making equipment and photographs from the Traband cigar factor, 205 W. Oklahoma Ave. owned and operated by Adam Traband. There was a cigar factory in Guthrie? Yes, and Traband was not the only one; I. …


Florence and Lottie Hitchcock

Every so often a story makes its way back to us about two Lady Deputy U. S. Marshals doing field work in the Indian Territory. The story goes that S. M. “Sadie” Burche and Mamie Fossett left Guthrie and traveled hundreds of miles to the Sac and Fox lands to…


Not long after I started working at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, the Popper thesis of the “Buffalo Commons,” came up in conversation. I have to admit, I was unaware of it at the time, but I've kept it in the back of my mind since. The theory is that the…


Farmers in Payne county Oklahoma

“No one can question or doubt the inevitable effect of this cool condensing surface upon the moisture in the atmosphere as it moves over by the Western winds. A reduction of temperature must at once occur, accompanied by the usual phenomena of showers. The chief agency in this transformation is…


Site of F. B. Lillie Pharmacy Guthrie Oklahoma wikkicommons

I am organizing my document folder and ran across the first collection I worked on at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum. This is just an overview of a collection of pharmacy scripts but it’s cool.

Box RM15 Folders A-F contain 430 prescription forms from sixteen pharmacies located in Guthrie O.T., Mulhall…


Guthrie Land Office

Two men staffed the land office in Guthrie on April 22, 1889, John L. Dille, the Register of Deeds, and Cassius M. Barnes, the Receiver of Public Moneys. After completing the forms needed to record each claim, they entered the information in the official ledgers. The land office staff was…


This is one of my favorite stories of the Territorial period of Oklahoma history. The other day a friend of the museum Fred Staff called us from Bolivia. Yes, Bolivia in South America. Fred is a writer from Oklahoma who currently lives in Bolivia. Anyway, Fred wanted to know what…


October is a busy month for us at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum, especially the third week. We will be attending the Mountain-Plains Museum Association conference in Denver Colorado. Upon our return, we will hold our annual “History Never Dies” Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October, 21. …

Michael D. Williams

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