History of Alfalfa County
Alfalfa County was formed in 1907 from
Woods County, Oklahoma originally called M County. The county is
named after William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray.
Henry Davis "Alfalfa Bill" Murray,
Probably Oklahoma's most colorful
political figure, William Murray was born November 21,1869, in
Collinsville, Texas. At twenty years of age he graduated from
College Hill Institute in Springtown, Texas. For the next six
years he held various jobs, including day laborer, teacher,
editor of a Dallas farm magazine, and of a Corsicana daily
newspaper. Admitted to the Bar in 1895, he practiced at Fort
Worth before moving to Tishomingo, Indian Territory, in 1898.
There he became legal advisor to the Governor of the Chickasaw
Nation. He was President of the Oklahoma Constitutional
Convention in 1906; Speaker of the House of Representatives,
1907-1908; Member of the Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth United
States Congresses; and Governor of the State from January 12,
1931, to January 15, 1935. At his urging, the Legislature
created the Oklahoma Tax Commission. His ranching interests
spread from Oklahoma to Bolivia, South America, where he
established a colony. He wrote articles and books, mostly
dealing with constitutional rights. He died October 15,
The William H. Murray Collection at Carl
constitutional convention before statehood in 1907 Woods County was
divided becoming Alfalfa
County, Major County and Woods County.
Drumm helped form the Cherokee Livestock
Association. The Association leased land from the Indians to graze
cattle on. This land was located in what is now Alfalfa County.
Alfalfa county is located in
land that was part of The Cherokee Outlet/Cherkee Strip
. The land was opened for
settlement with the land run Sept. 16th 1893.
on The Cherokee Strip/Outlet Debate
- The Cheokee Strip-Ponca City
Towns in Alfalfa
County still listed on the
2005 Map of Oklahoma are:
Page Last Updated: 5.17.2013
Alfalfa County Coordinator
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