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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 4, No. 2
June, 1926

Page 85

The sketch appearing in this issue of Chronicles of Oklahoma, written by Hon. Elmer E. Brown, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be appreciated by the people generally of the state; coming as it does from the pen of a man who is in every sense of the word competent to give the facts in the case.

Mr. Brown has shown a disposition to treat all concerned, the history of No Man’s Land, with the citizens, from an impartial viewpoint, and this sketch of that section of our state will be read with an increasing interest by all the member of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

We thank Mr. Brown for this contribution to the columns of the magazine, and ask him to furnish us with sketches of other localities, persons and events, as he may see fit.

Your membership in the Oklahoma Historical Society automatically ceases when you fail to pay your dues, $1.00 per year for membership and the "Chronicles" is a small matter to you, but it becomes burdensome to those who meet the bills of the Society. If you are in arrears, please send in your dollar, which, for one year, entitles you to three things, membership in the Society, the right to vote in its annual meetings, with the privilege of reading the magazine. We do not wish to drop your name from our mailing list, so please let us have your dollar on renewal.

(An Editorial from the Daily Oklahoman, April 29, 1926.)

Not distant is the day when Oklahoma must face the imperative problem of providing at Oklahoma University facilities adequate to accommodate all the students who will matriculate at that institution.

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Less than a dozen years ago 700 was considered a heavy enrollment at the university. But next month the high schools of Oklahoma City alone will graduate 700 potential university students, hundreds of whom will actually enroll. While this local army is equal in number to the total university enrollment of twelve years ago, it is a mere drop in the bucket compared with the total highschool[sic] alumni. There are in Oklahoma 335 accredited four-year highschools[sic] and it is estimated that these schools will graduate 12,000 boys and girls next month.

It is easy enough to read these figures and forecast the problem of the university. With the university already fairly well crowded, with a single city turning out a highschool[sic] army as large as the total university enrollment of a dozen years ago, with 12,000 potential university freshmen prepared for September entrance, it is quite easy to realize the magnitude of Oklahoma’s problem.

Of course a great number of these 12,000 will never attend any college or university, howbeit all of them should. Many of the number will enter some institution other than the one at Norman. But if only one-third of them shall decide to enter the university of the state, the student body of that already-crowded institution will have doubled its numbers in a single year. And it is not altogether impossible that the third in question will decide to matriculate.

Oklahoma is going to have to spend a lot of money down at the university, a great deal more money than she dreamed of spending just a few years ago. She must formulate and carry out a policy calculated to give the youth of the state an educational training within the state and having trained her youth in Oklahoma she must do her best to keep them in Oklahoma. And it is going to cost money—a great deal of money.

It is not the purpose of those who are responsible for the contents of "Chronicles of Oklahoma" to divert its pages and give admonitions of a moral suasion; but as the student body of Oklahoma schools and universities are supposed to be readers of this magazine, we deem it not altogether out of place to give, occasionally at least, some choice statements.

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as we find them from men who have had to do with those who have been successful in the business world, as an urge, or stimulus to the many young men and women who are just about to enter the business world as employees. These words of Mr. Chappell and his friend prove the scarcity of real men today, and how easy it will be for any young man or woman to step into the best position that can be offered. The world was never more in need of skilled, honest men, than now. A skilled man or woman, absolutely honest, in all that honesty means, can demand of the world what they will and the world will respond to that demand.

Read the "Answer" as given by Edwin B. Chappell, Jr., and vindicate him in his statement as well as your ability, to do.


The more I travel around, the more I find big jobs searching for men and men searching for big jobs. That’s a queer state of affairs, isn’t it? It would seem that it would not be very difficult to arrange interviews with men and jobs with the result that every one would be happy. There is a big firm in my town where many men are constantly seeking employment. The president has the reputation of paying good salaries and treating his employees fairly and squarely. The men on the streets will tell you that it is a mighty hard thing to land a job there. I talked with this president for a few hours the other night. "Tell me where I can find a half dozen good men," he said after we had been together only a few minutes.

"What!" I exclaimed, "Why, I thought there was scarcely ever a vacancy in your organization. Every one seems to be trying to get in." He smiled rather sadly I thought. "Yes, such as they are," he confessed. "But did you know that I don’t have half a dozen men in all my establishment who can be trusted to do their best when I am out of the city? I’m sick and tired of that kind of business, especially when you consider that I must be away a great deal. Show me a man who will give me his best for eight hours each day, regardless of whether the boss is watching or not, and I’ll give him a job tomorrow."

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There is your answer. Lots of jobs; lots of men to fill them. But the men can’t be trusted, and the jobs go begging. And people still talk about hard luck and bad times.


In looking over the list of subscribers to the Chronicles of Oklahoma, we find a membership of 370, at this writing, 214 of whom are paid up for the year 1926, 124 are in arrears for one year, 32 for two years; leaving a paid up membership of only 214.

This is anything but a satisfactory showing for so worthy a publication; and to the directors and officers it is deplorable. No state in the Union is so rich in historical matters as Oklahoma, and we wonder why so many of our citizens are not more interested in it. Our annual membership fee is $1.00, including one years subscription to Chronicles of Oklahoma, a quarterly periodical devoted to the history of our state.

To those responsible for its publication, there can be but one answer as to this apparent indifference, that is, attention has not been called to the merits of the publication as it should be. Some of the best men and women, in the state are giving their time and energies, as directors and officers, to the preservation of this history of the past and the present as it has been, and is now being wrought into the building of one of the greatest commonwealths of all ages.

This publication has for one of its purposes that of familiarizing the present day citizenship with the citizenship of the yesterdays. This is important when we consider that there has been as many as a half dozen commonwealths Of recent years in this state; and if we were to accord government to all the types of citizens and clans and peoples who have lived and wrought in this country in the past, we could multiply the commonwealths by the hundreds. This is just one important item of interest to which we call your attention that you may see the vastness of the work of the Society along with the interesting things connected thereto. Let me suggest that you give a little time to interesting your neighbor in behalf of Chronicles of Oklahoma, in the end that we may work together for the common interest of humanity as we preserve the past record of our ancestors.

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