Telling Our Stories

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Charles Lionel Klock, Sr

In this 1977 interview, Charles Lionel Klock, Sr. (1927-2003) describes his very early childhood memories in the Pinehill Community outside Bristow, Oklahoma…
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Bob Moore

In this 1976 interview, Bob Moore discusses working as a tool dresser on oil rigs in the early 1900s in northern Oklahoma at a time prior to electricity, when…
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George Krumme

In this brief 1976 interview, George Krumme (1923- ) discusses a 1925 United States Geological Survey geological report covering the “Bristow Quadrangle”…
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Ralph R. "Brick" Kirchner

In this 1979 interview, Ralph R. “Brick” Kirchner (1893-1990) speaks extensively about the oil drilling industry in Bristow, Oklahoma in the early 1900s,…
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Clarence "Boyd" Myers

In this 1976 interview, Clarence “Boyd” Myers (1913-1979) discusses his father’s arrival in the Pinehill Community, his siblings, the Pinehill School and his…
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Loyd Raymond Bruce

In this 1976 interview, Loyd Raymond Bruce (1920-2006) discusses his family’s early settlement of the Pinehill Community outside Bristow, Oklahoma. He describes…
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Mary Lee (Fuller) McCarty

In this 1976 monologue, Mary Lee (Fuller) McCarty (1929-2007) gives a summary of her efforts, along with her husband Bob, in compiling the history of the…
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Carrie May (Millhouse) Vann

In this 1976 interview, Carrie May (Millhouse) Vann (1900-1982) discusses the history of the Pinehill Community outside of Bristow, Oklahoma in the early 1900s,…
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Elsa Ray Self

In this 1976 interview, Elsa Ray Self (1901-1984) discusses the first pre-statehood buildings constructed in the Pinehill Community outside of Bristow,…
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Virgil Rufus Vann

In this 1976 interview, Virgil Rufus Vann (1895–1983) and his wife Carrie May (Millhouse) Vann (1900-1982) discuss their early-1900s childhoods in the Pinehill…
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Oliver "Tracy" Kelly

In this brief 1976 interview, Oliver “Tracy” Kelly (1926-2012) discusses the first banks and cotton gins in Bristow, Oklahoma, as well as the nature of the…
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Ralph R. "Brick" Kirchner

In this brief 1976 interview, Ralph R. “Brick” Kirchner (RK) (1893-1990) discusses a 1925 United States Geological Survey geological report covering the…
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How Oklahoma Millionaires Are Made…

A video of the Cushing Oil Field filmed in 1917 or 1918 to promote the sale of interests for a new well to be drilled by the Cushing-Webb Oil Company. …
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Abner Dalton Bruce

In this 1976 interview, Abner Dalton Bruce (1918-1987) describes his early life in the Pinehill Community outside Bristow Oklahoma including his family’s income…
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Louis and Virginia Masterson

In this 1976 interview, Louis Edward Masterson (1903-2000) and wife Virginia (Bruce) Masterson (1909-2002) discuss the early settlement of the Pinehill…
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Ira and Bonnie Jones

In this 1976 interview, Ira Lester Jones (1908-1988) and wife Bonnie Muriel (West) Jones (1908-1983) discuss their early life in the Pinehill Community outside…
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John and Iva Rossander

In this 1976 interview, John Rossander (1904-1984) and wife Iva Irene (Millhouse) Rossander (1905-1999) discuss their childhood and the early days of their…
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Floyd Luther Blythe

In this 1976 interview, Floyd Luther Blythe (1911-1994) briefly discusses some early family history outside Cato, Missouri.
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Ruth Vermont (Hailey) Stumpff

In this 1976 interview, Ruth Vermont (Hailey) Stumpff (1896-1990) briefly discusses the Blythe family history outside Cato, Missouri.
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Leo Frank Bruce

In this 1976 interview, Leo Frank Bruce (1897-1990), the first white child born in the Pinehill Community outside of Bristow, Oklahoma, describes his life in…
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Harry Britt McCarty

In this 1986 interview, Harry Britt McCarty (1903-1987) discusses the locations of different McCarty family cemeteries in Texas and the names/genealogy and…
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Anderson and Elwood Bigpond

In this 1977 interview, Anderson Bigpond and Elwood Bigpond work with the interviewer to pinpoint the names and specific locations of various family burial…
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Lecture: Storefronts of Bristow

This is an undated recording of an unknown woman presenting a professional lecture on maintaining the historical storefronts and township of Bristow.
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Dr. Frank and Gloria Chapman

In this November 2020 interview, Dr. Frank and Gloria Chapman discuss how they arrived in Bristow to begin a new medical career, Dr. King, improvements at the…
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Slyman Family- Mrs. Deeb, Mrs. Dave…

This 1979 interview discussing Deeb Slyman includes his wife Annie, nephew Tex (Edmond) Slyman and niece. They share about the journey from Lebanon and their…
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Kate Corey

In this interview, Kate B. Corey (1897-1996) discusses her family’s experience in Bristow. She moved with her husband in the 1920’s and lived there for the…
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Corwin Henkins

In this 1990 interview, Corwin Henkins (1899-1999) shares his experience of living in Bristow for the first twenty-seven years of his life. He discusses his…
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Dillard Baker

In this 1993 interview, Dillard 'Doc' Baker discusses coming to Bristow in a covered wagon, childhood on the farm, and growing up in Bristow
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Carolyn Webb

In this 2020 interview, Carolyn Webb shares about her life and involvement during her years of growing up in Bristow. She discusses all of the Main Street…
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Bob Webb

: In this 2020 interview, Bob Webb shares about his experience growing up in the Bristow area. He discusses attending high school, meeting his wife Carolyn, and…
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Todd and Mary Herman

In this 2021 interview, Todd and Mary Herman sharing about how life was growing up in Bristow. They discuss their family’s backgrounds here including, starting…
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Jim Hurt

In this 2021 interview, Jim Hurt shares his experience growing up in Bristow alongside his friend Gerald Henshaw. He discusses his upbringing, different jobs,…
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Gerald Henshaw

In this 2021 interview, Gerald Henshaw shares his experience growing up in Bristow alongside his friend Jim Hurt. He discusses life on a farm, numerous jobs,…

Ralph Kirchner at Bristow Rotary…

In this 1979 interview, Ralph R. “Brick” Kirchner (1893-1990) speaks extensively about the oil drilling industry in Bristow, Oklahoma in the early 1900s,…
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Bill and Beth Dalpoas

In this 2021 interview, Bill and Beth Dalpoas share about life in Bristow as young adults. Together, they talk about the organizations they were active in,…
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George Krumme

The following programs recorded in 1998 by George Krumme, a longtime Bristow oilman. In the following programs, George Krumme discusses the early oil industry…
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Ed Cadenhead

The following programs were composed by Dr. Ed Cadenhead, a History professor at Tulsa University. He discusses many different aspects of Bristow, including the…
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Bunny Baker

In this 2020 interview, Bunny Baker shares her experiences growing up in Bristow. She discusses family history, western heritage days, and shares many fun…
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Monta Jean Wheeler

In this 2020 interview, Monta Jean Wheeler shares her experiences growing up in the Bristow area. She discusses her childhood, the various businesses throughout…
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Cecelia Wittman

In this 2020 interview, Cecelia Wittman shares her families history in the Bristow area. She discusses the Tiger Mansion and Indian Culture.
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Lydia Taryole

In this 2020 interview, Lydia Taryole shares her experience growing up in Bristow. She discusses her childhood, family history, and baseball.
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Royce Kelly

In this 2020 interview, Royce Kelly shares his experience growing up in Bristow. He discusses his family history and talks about the many influential figures…
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Basil Baker

In this 2020 interview, Basil Baker shares his experience growing up in the Bristow area. He discusses his family, military service, and life during the dust…
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Bob Thompson

In this 2021 interview, Bob Thompson shares his knowledge of Bristow. He discusses the hand dug water well and the local amphitheater.
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Edgar Spencer

In this 2020 interview, Edgar Spencer shares his experience growing up in the Bristow area. He discusses the many businesses and segregation.
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Myra Fadely

In this 2021 interview, Myra Fadely shares her experience in the Bristow area. She discusses the Freeland Center and the different businesses.
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J C Hutson

In this 2021 interview, J C Hutson talks about growing up in the Bristow area. He discusses his time in the military and owning the Bristow Tire Shop.
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JoNell Jones

In this 2021 interview, JoNell Jones shares her experience growing up in the Bristow area. She discusses family, town life, and travel.
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Leola Roebuck

In this 2021 interview, Leola Roebuck shares her experience living in Bristow. She talks about her farm, babysitting, sewing, and cooking.
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Carole Ellis

In this 2020 interview, Carole Ellis talks about her experience growing up in Bristow. She discusses the different businesses located throughout the community…
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Mary Jane Trigalet

In this 2021 interview, Mary Jane Trigalet shares her experience working for the garment factory in Bristow.
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Marland Armitage

In this 2021 interview, Marland Armitage shares his experience living in Bristow throughout the years. He discusses the different businesses located in town and…
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Jack Carman

In this 1979 interview with Jack Carman and his wife, Reba, Jack spoke on the oil boom, growing up around Bristow, working at his dad's Ford Agency and the…
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Curt Gillaspie

In this 1979 interview with Curt Gillaspie, he shares about his family history, bank robberies, Indian relations, statehood, and what it was like to attend…
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Jonas Thompson

In this 1990 interview with Jonas Thompson, he talks about moving from Alabama to Muskogee and, finally, to Bristow. He talks about his family, early life and…
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Winey Harjo - Part 1

In Part One of Winey Harjo's 1990 interview, she talks about her family history, having small pox as a child, attending school some, working in the fields, and…
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Winey Harjo - Part 2

In Part Two of Winey Harjo's 1991 interview she continues talking about their first car, speaks and sings in Creek, talks about her grandchildren and medicines…
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Dora Wolfe

In this 1979 interview with Dora Wolfe, she talks about all the colleges she attended and being a long-time teacher in Bristow Public Schools. Fay Freeland…

Ola F. Lee

In this 1979 interview with Ola Lee, she talks about her mother passing away when she was just 13-years-old and what it was like growing up without her. She…
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Milly Bell Wyatt Thompson

In this 1979 interview with Milly Thompson, she talks about her early life in Bristow including her family being farmers, going to school, cotton farming and…
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Wendell O. List

In this 1979 interview with Wendell List, he talks about the Tulsa Race Riots, the first radio station, the first newspapers, politics and race relations in…
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Herbert Abraham

In this 1979 interview with Herbert Abraham, he talks in depth about the Lebanese community and his father, Joe Abraham, and his life and contribution to…
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Etta Feild Caves

Etta Feild Caves discusses her move to Oklahoma from Mississippi at age 10, early Bristow days, her family, school, church, early transportation and her…
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Lafayette Johnson

Lafayette Johnson (1936-2002) discusses his early life on a farm east of Bristow, chores, trips to town, social life as a young man, Jim Crow laws, dress…
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Ellis Joseph Shamas & Pearl M.…

In this 1979 interview which includes Ellis Shamas and Pearl Stoker, Ellis talks about his family, Clarke’s clothing, the oil boom and WWI. Pearl Stoker tells…
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Reverend Percy Alford Mayes - Part…

Reverend Mayes talks about his brother being a doctor and about all his children and their families.
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Reverend Percy Alford Mayes - Part…

In this 1992 interview, Reverend Percy Mayes talks about God’s call on his life to be in ministry, establishing the Duffey Chapel and businesses that were near…
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Howard Lem Fugate - Part 1

In this 1993 interview with Howard Fugate, he talks about using wagon teams to haul boilers, oil men, living in Bristow, his children, livery stables, attending…
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Howard Lem Fugate - Part 2

In this continued 1993 interview with Howard Fugate, he talks more in depth about all the different oil field items, among other things, that he hauled with his…
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Lucinda Johnson - Part 1

In this 1992 interview, Lucinda Johnson talks about her family, where she was born and grew up, how Bristow got its name, attending school, stagecoaches,…
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Lucinda Johnson - Part 2

In Part Two of this 1992 interview with Lucinda Johnson, she talks about her children, her husbands and Tom Slick.
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Hyatt Chapman - Part 1

In this 1979 interview with Hyatt Chapman, he and Harlan Krumme discuss his Chandler homestead, the Bristow jail, school life, his grandfather, teaming…
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Hyatt Chapman - Part 2

Hyatt continues this 1979 interview discussing plugging wells, Bristow’s first gas well, early merchants, brick streets, oil supply companies and the railroad,…
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Velma Jones Collins - Part 1

In this 1994 interview with Velma Collins, she talks extensively about the home her father built and the different people that worked there, along with other…
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Velma Jones Collins - Part 2

In Part 2 of this 1994 interview with Velma Collins, she talks about her childhood memories, attending school, her music education, attending college, and most…