Shawnee produced it by means of the 1930s with a several scrapes and bruises but survived the “Hard Occasions.” The 10 years developed a whole lot of “good guys” and “bad fellas.” The depression strike the town challenging and several households endured, but the local community was resilient and reached out in many methods to enable the needy.
The metropolis observed a big facelift in the course of the 10 a long time of the 1930s, with the increase of the courthouse, the municipal auditorium, the town lake, and a handful of other folks. Having said that, according to the 1940 U.S. Census there had been 22,053 folks living in Shawnee, 95 per cent of which ended up American born. This was a five percent decrease from the 1930 Census.
The 1940s confirmed far more progress for the town. The state legislature specified Shawnee in 1942 as the “Redbud City” of Oklahoma. It was uncomplicated see why they tagged it with the clear. The city was adorned with all forms of bouquets, particularly redbuds, as the lively “town-builders” beautified the group.
A lot more and additional of the pioneers that support located and create the city punched their tickets to eternity for the duration of the decade. At the identical time, new local community leaders arrived to the forefront and led the metropolis to new heights.
The town started to gradually, but constantly, shift to the north, growing the city limitations. New industries popped up and the aged ones expanded. The two nearby schools ongoing to development in their targets of getting ready young learners for the planet that awaited them. Both OBU and St. Gregory’s expanded the services on their campuses to give a lot more prospects for their students.
The town governing administration continued to battle in their attempt to boost residing circumstances for its citizens. Nevertheless, the law enforcement and hearth departments ended up creating into initial-class businesses, with proficient and focused servants in their use.
The initially component of the ten years saw the full region enthralled in a entire world war, causing the “tightening of our belts” with specified items in our everyday lives. When the Allies prevailed and the globe was through with war for a whilst, America became the most flourishing country in the earth. Shawnee became a section of that tradition as well.
City Will get ACREAGE Wanted FOR AIRPORT
Shawnee’s aspiration of a large and modern airport, where planes could land without having tangling in telephone wires and bounding into hollows, was a single move nearer Thursday, Jan. 18, 1940, and civic boosters hoped the “go ahead” indication was looming for the task.
T.E. Thompson, metropolis supervisor, announced that afternoon a offer to trade for the 80 acres of Indian land adjoining the present airport on the south was arranged and the proposal would go to Washington for acceptance. It was the initially definite forward action on the airport challenge in lots of months.
Mrs. Alice Abraham, Indian proprietor of the 80-acre tract, Thompson and L.E. Regan, airport manager, and A.C. Hector, superintendent of the Shawnee Indian agency, conferred on the proposal at the agency that early morning. Complete details of the trade arrangement have been defined to Mrs. Abraham and she agreed to accept the city’s give.
Hector instructed the metropolis agent he would submit the proposal to the Indian Bureau at the Division of the Interior for approval. It essential some time to total the Washington routine, but metropolis-backers hoped the federal approval would be forthcoming without the need of abnormal hold off.
Mrs. Abraham agreed to acknowledge the outdated Chapman well farm, a 70-acre tract, considerably less highway suitable-of-way that the town previously applied as its water source, and a $1,000 payment in exchange for the 80 acres. She would also go off and keep possession of properties on the land.
The town also negotiated for the 80 acres of Indian land further more to the south, adjoining the Abraham tract. The 160 acres would be substantial adequate for a modern-day and successful landing area, although the added 80 acres would equip the town with a industry even a lot more full.
All structures detailed in the airport plans would be designed on the land provided in both the existing field or the Abraham farm. Buildings prepared ended up an airport administration constructing, hangar, and the outlets building of the NYA regional college. It would be partly on the existing NYA land and partly on the airport land.
The town voted a $38,500 municipal bond difficulty for enlargement and advancement of the airport on March 7, 1939. With the income in hand, the town hoped to get a huge amount of money of federal money for the enhancement do the job as before long as title to the important land was secured.
Coaching BOYS While Creating NYA School A Big Task
Fewer than a year earlier, the to start with load of lumber was dumped on a weed patch in northwest Shawnee and the federal authorities tacitly told E. Fred Lewis, director, “There you are and here’s a bunch of untrained boys. Go in advance and start out making Oklahoma’s to start with NYA regional instruction school.”
That was a full-sized buy, even for a guy as significant and as expert in managing young men and design function as Fred Lewis. But progress was designed, and Lewis vowed that the activity would be finished on time. He stated the $350,000 sensible schooling plant would be clicking at comprehensive-velocity by July of 1942.
“We’ve received two key positions out in this article,” Lewis described on Saturday, Jan. 27, 1940, “we have to develop the university and we have to coach the boys to construct it as we go alongside. Lousy climate and red tape have slowed us, but we’ll make improved development from now on.”
Lewis had 85 youthful guys from 18 to 25 years of age housed in the two non permanent wooden barracks properties. He questioned for 20 more that would be all the present services could accommodate. When the 1st long lasting dormitory was accomplished, all through the summer, additional staff could be introduced in.
Past information of the boys who arrived to Shawnee’s school did not depend with Lewis. He had some “tough boys.” Some of them did not get it in their heads that they ended up given a possibility to “learn to gain.” Or they just did not
care. Eight this kind of as these were requested to go away. But the wonderful the greater part of the boys were being gained to complete cooperation with the NYA plan and ended up doing work faithfully for Lewis.
Currently, the tiny faculty had but four entire-time personnel. In addition to the boys. Lewis also had 6 reliable helpers amongst the boys he was teaching for foremen’s jobs.
Every single NYA youth drew a $30 every month check from Uncle Sam, but $18 was deducted from that volume at the procurement business for his board, room, and utility costs. From the remaining $12, he paid out 1 greenback monthly for laundry company. The $11 stability was his to commit as he pleased for personalized desires.
These stories all show up, together with hundreds of some others, in the 6-volume heritage of the Metropolis of Shawnee. The initially 4 volumes, by means of 1989, are now readily available for obtain at the Pottawatomie County Historical Modern society. You may buy them on line at their website, or by contacting (405) 275-8412. Every volume is $35, but a obtain of two or extra volumes can be attained at $30 every single. We are offering a distinctive offer. If you order any other quantity, you may well receive Volume A single (1830-1929) for just $20. Volume five, (1990-2009) is coming in the late spring. Volume six, (2010-2021) must adhere to rapidly in the drop.