By Betty Anderson
The electrical wiring around the Council House Square and in other areas of downtown Okmulgee is in desperate need of updating. During the Pecan Festival last year it was discovered that there was not enough electric service in the downtown area to handle the three (3) day event. It was discussed at that time it might be beneficial to the City, Chamber and Main Street to look into upgrading the electric around the square and adding additional service. The Chamber had to rent generators last year to supplement the required electricity.
The City Council voted to approve to authorize a joint venture between the City of Okmulgee Community Trust and the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce for the installation of electric service in the downtown area around the Council House Square and extending down to Muskogee Avenue by providing the funding, not to exceed $20,000 to the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce.
The account for electric service will be in the Chamber’s name, which will make it easier when there are events happening in the downtown area. Based on cost estimates, the material cost will run close to $20,000 and the installation should be about the same. The City will purchase the materials, which will be the City’s contribution and the Chamber will hire the electrician to do the installation for their contribution to the project. The City will cover the Chamber’s contribution at the time of installation and the City will hold out $5,000 each year, until paid, from the Tourism monies given by agreement to the Chamber each year.
By Betty Anderson
Vicki Jones reminded Okmulgee City Council that April is Autism Awareness Month and she wanted to ask if the City would color the City of Okmulgee’s fountain blue again and promised to show up with a banner and to gift them with the signature blue cookies. Jones said, “Together is better, you never know who you may run into, whether they have Autism or any other type of limited ability. The more we know about what Autism is, the better the community can better accept it and respect it.”
The Autism Society celebrates National Autism Awareness Month by promoting Autism awareness, Autism acceptance and draws attention to the tens of thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year.
For more information and to sign up for the Autism Society Newsletter you may go to this link:
Helen Marie Winn Fidler was born Tuesday, October 6, 1925 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late Byron and Helen (Mar) Winn. She left this earth on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Tulsa.
Helen attended Hendrix College and graduated from the University of Arkansas. She met the love of her life, Glenn Fidler, at the University of Arkansas, soon after Glenn returned from World War II. They were married March 22, 1947 and lived in Prairie Grove and Lincoln, Arkansas until they moved to Okmulgee in 1951.
They raised three children in Okmulgee. Helen was a loving wife and mother, an excellent cook, and was always kind and supportive. In addition to raising her children, she was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Bridge Club, Ladies Golf Day and the Garden Club. We will always remember her beautiful smile, which never faded, even in her last days on earth.
When Glenn retired, Helen and Glenn enjoyed traveling in their R.V. Helen especially enjoyed fishing in Estes Park and exploring in San Diego. As grandparents, Helen and Glenn gave each grandchild the gift of a week in Estes Park with Momo and Papa when they were nine years old. This was a week filled with hiking, picnicking, fishing and exploring. These trips are precious memories for each of the grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Mark.
Survivors include her daughter, Becky Murphy and son-in-law, Rick Murphy, son, John Fidler and daughter-in-law, Gwen Fidler, grandchildren, Brett Murphy, Mike Murphy, Matthew Fidler, Chris Fidler, Ashley Hebert and their spouses and nine great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Shirley Winn, sister-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Cox Jones and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was a gentle, yet strong, woman, loved by all who knew her. Ephesians 3:14-19 MSG “not a brute strength, but a glorious inner strength”.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Plantation House in Okmulgee and Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa for the excellent loving care she received these last three years.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Roland Youngberg officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 302 S. Seminole, Okmulgee, Oklahoma 74447.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.
Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Helen’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com
PREMIUM BEEF SALE
The 35th Annual 4-H/FFA Premium Beef Sale will take place at the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds on March 21st, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Please note that this sale is on a Tuesday evening. In the past, the sale was on a different night of the week. The Carcass Sale is sponsored by the Okmulgee County Cattleman’s Association. 4-H and FFA members from Okmulgee County will sell their halves of beef from the Okmulgee County Beef Performance Program at the public auction. We will have 50 halves of beef available to the general public. This auction provides a great opportunity for anyone to be able to purchase a top quality half of beef for their own use.
Carcass data and pictures of each steer will be shown for the 4-H/FFA members. The carcass data includes quality grade (prime, choice, select, and standard) as well as loin eye size, fat cover, internal fat and hot carcass weight. The highest bidder of each carcass half will have the beef cut and wrapped to their preference at Walke Bros. in Claremore for 75 cents per pound of the hot carcass weight.
Participants in the program are required to complete a market steer record book. This consists of recording their calves weight and weight gain. It also includes calculating cost of feed, veterinary cost, trucking, income, and prize money. Management and feeding practices are included as well. This record book is utilized for 150 days during the time the animals are being fattened. The performance program consists of three areas that the animals are being judged. The first being rate of gain; the second area is carcass data and the third area is show points. 4-H/FFA members are responsible for showing their calves in the Fall Fair and the Spring Livestock Show. 4-H/FFA members in this program include students from Okmulgee County only.
Winners of the program have won trophies and cash awards. The Bell Ringer award goes to the steer that has earned the most points during the course of the competition. The Reserve Bell Ringer earns the second highest number of points. The Carcass Champion has the highest number of points in the carcass division. The Rate of Gain Champion gained the most weight during the course of the competition. Finally the Show Ring Champion is determined by a judge. There are Show Ring winners in the fall and spring shows.
For more information about this program contact the Okmulgee County OSU Extension Office at 918-756-1958.
Place of Residence: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Died: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Occupation: Glass Worker
Service Date: 1:00 PM Monday, March 20th, 2017
Place of Service: Integrity Chapel, Henryetta, Oklahoma
Interment: New Sonora Cemetery - Henryetta, Oklahoma
Funeral Services are currently pending for Tulsa resident, and former Henryetta, OK resident, Junior Lee Smith, who passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Tulsa at the age of 70. Service information and survivors will be released after the information is finalized. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation invites you to join in a project dedication for the restoration of the Council House on March 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. This historic project represents a new day for the Nation as we begin to restore the Council House and tell the stories of the Muscogee people who came before, the battles they fought, and the legacy they wished to leave for the entire Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
From 1878 to 1906, the Creek Council House functioned as the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s seat of government in Indian Territory. However, following a series of Federal decrees, tribally-owned buildings and schools in Indian Territory transferred to US governmental control and jurisdiction. It was eventually sold as federal government property to the City of Okmulgee in 1919.
After almost 90 years, the Nation regained ownership over the Council House in 2010. This is the only pre-statehood structure that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation owns. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service in 1961 and reflects its importance not only to the Muscogee people, but also its historical significance to the United States.
The completely renovated Council House will for the first time present the history, context, and present-day operations of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal government. The exhibits will be designed to spotlight key government activities and historical events that took place within the Council House between 1878 and 1906. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation will once again use various rooms for tribal governmental meetings and it will be a contemporary space serving contemporary Tribal government functions. The restoration of the Council House will be complete in 2017 and open to the public in mid-2018. Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of the careful restoration of the Council House.
Attending will be:
Chief Floyd, Principal Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Speaker Lucian Tiger, National Council, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Mike Payne, CEO, Onefire Holding Company
Sean Kouplen, Board Chairman, CODEC
John Griffin, Selser Schaefer Architects
Warren Ross, President, Ross Group
Christopher Azbell, Okmulgee Main Street President & Secretary of the Interior, Muscogee (Creek) Nation
The event location: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House, 106 W. 6th, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, 74447
Reception to Follow: Morty’s Smokehouse, 104 Morton Ave., Okmulgee, OK 74447
Rain Contingency Location: Mabrey Bank Meeting Hall, 111 East 6th St., Okmulgee, OK 74447
About Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House Restoration
More Information: http://creekcouncilhouse.omeka.net/
Dearrell Truman Stephens, a resident of Henryetta, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 in Boise, ID at the age of 79. He was born July 6, 1937 in Henryetta, OK to Henry Clay Stephens & Loy Iva (Pickle) Stephens. Dearrell grew up in Henryetta and attended Henryetta Public Schools, where he played on the varsity football team as a lineman. Dearrell was born and raised in the Nazarene Church in Henryetta.
Dearrell married his high school sweetheart, Norma McNeil in 1955. They remained married for approximately 25 years. Dearrell later moved to Idaho and married Lorain Smith in Lake Tahoe. Dearrell loved sports, especially football, loud motorcycles and his scooter. He enjoyed fishing, the outdoors, and the mountains where he taught his children how to pan for gold. He worked for the casinos in Las Vegas in several different capacities.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings.
Dearrell is survived by his son, Dearrell Truman Stephens Jr,
daughter, Ruby Janette Jafari of Palm Springs, California,
daughter, Loretta Jean Demmitt of Henryetta, Oklahoma,
son, Jeffery Karl Stephens of Henryetta,
son, Aaron Kent Stephens & wife Kara of Arlington, Texas,
numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren,
spouse, Lorain Stephens of Boise, Idaho,
cousin, Doyle Pickle & wife Kay of Henryetta,
the mother of his children, Norma McNeal of Henryetta,
cousin, Butch Summers & Rita of Henryetta, Oklahoma
as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Henryetta, Oklahoma. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service in Henryetta.
An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.
Vito Zito, a resident of rural Weleetka, Oklahoma passed from this life on Thursday, March 16, 2017 in Bossier City, Louisiana at the age of 86. He was born to Petro and Anita Zito on June 8, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois.
Vito was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Wanda Zito.
He is survived by his son, Richard Zito of Dewar,
son, Russel Zito of Weleetka,
son, Rockie Zito of Dewar,
daughter, Ruth Ann Burden & husband Ricky of Weleetka,
grandchildren, Joey Zito of Weleetka,
Nikki Roberson of Louisiana,
Matt Zito & wife Mary of Dewar,
Brittany Burden of Weleetka,
Chelsea Burden of Weleetka,
Stormy Burden of Weleetka,
numerous great grandchildren,
as well as other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be from 5-8pm on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Integrity Funeral Service.
Graveside services are scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017 at 10:00am at Westlawn Cemetery in Henryetta. Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
An Online Guestbook is available at http://www.integrityfuneralservice.com.
The Okmulgee Historical Society
Meets at the Okmulgee Public Library at 1:00 pm
the first Tuesday of every month