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Drumright’s Unique History: Rare Photos of a Boom Town Born to Survive, By Eileene Russell Huff

2004 [ISBN: 1-58107-096-9; 76 pages soft cover; 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 inch] $9.95

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DUHwebcovThis series of articles published in the Drumright Gusher in 1995 was awarded first place in the “Distinguished Service Award For Preservation of State and Local History” by the Oklahoma Heritage Association.

The Contents

  • Introduction
  • Dedication
  • Acknowedgment
  • Tiger Hill
  • The Hump
  • Tom Slick and the Wheeler #1
  • Newcomers Arrive
  • Boom Town Homes
  • Drumright Needed a Library
  • Old Crow Bridge
  • Methodist Build Their Church
  • Vida Way
  • First High School
  • Drumright gets a Bank
  • Historic Roberts Hotel and Tower Theater
  • Lodges Provided Social Life
  • A Saturday Night Town
  • The Railroad Station
  • Aaron Drumright House
  • Way Park Amphitheater
  • Catholic Church and Mosaic Madonna
  • Family Living
  • Talent and Culture
  • Jeanette, the Talking Parrot
  • Cable Tool Rig
  • Historic Boom Town Tour (and Locations)
  • Sources and Bibliography

The Author

Eileene Russell Huff was born in a brown box house in Drumright. This had been her father’s first home and photo studio during the boom days. She attended Drumright schools and graduated from Drumright High School. A journalism student of Orville von Gulker, she went to work immediately after graduation at the Drumright Journal and was an editor before she was 20 years old. She attended the University of Oklahoma. She had a lifelong career in freelance writing, having been published in numerous magazines and metropolitan newspapers. Her series of newspaper articles, “Drumright’s Unique History” in the Drumright Gusher in 1995, was published in book form in 2004. This series was awarded first place in the “Distinguished Service Award for Preservation of State and Local History” in 1995 by the Oklahoma Heritage Association.