County Timeline of Events
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Oklahoma Events in Green Okfuskee County Events in Red
Oklahoma Events in Green
Okfuskee County Events in Red
U.S. purchases the Oklahoma region (except the Panhandle) as a part of the Louisiana purchase.
Oklahoma region (except Panhandle) becomes a part of the Territory of Arkansas.
William McIntosh, a Creek chief, signs treaty providing an exchange of Creek lands in Georgia for a trial domain between the Arkansas and Canadian rivers in the West.
Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act and the Five Civilized Tribes begin their move (the Trail of Tears) to Indian Territory.
John Deere invents the steel plow.
Arkansas Territorial Census taken (did not include Native Americans).
Telegraph links both coasts.
Civil War begins.
13th Amendment Abolishes Slavery.
Creek Nation government established. Includes what would later become Creek, McIntosh, Okmulgee, Okfuskee, Tulsa, and other counties.
Completion of the first coast-to-coast railroad.
Missouri Kansas Texas (MKT) railroad built across Oklahoma.
Tuskegee post office opens but closes three months later, reopens again in 1896.
Joseph Glidden invents barbed wire.
Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone.
Thomas Edison invents the phonograph.
Yellow fever epidemic in the South kills 14,000.
Thomas Edison invents the light bulb.
Thlopthlocco Methodist Church builds first building.
Arbeka post office opens (Sept 10).
U.S. begins opening part of Oklahoma to white settlement (Oklahoma Land Run - April 22) - the first of several runs and lotteries for land.
Congress establishes the Territory of Oklahoma (and adds the Panhandle region to it) effectively closing the frontier.
Congress establishes the Dawes Commission to manage the affairs of the Five Civilized Tribes.
Springfield (renamed McDermott in 1894) post office opens.
Alaskan Gold Rush.
Bearden, Creek (renamed Welty in 1905), and Okfuskee post offices open.
Fentress and Morse post offices open.
Welty school opens.
Handy and Watsonville (renamed Spokogee in 1902 then Dustin in 1904) post offices open.
Okemah town site selected and surveyed by Perry Rodkey and H. B. Dexter.
Amabala post office opens.
First town site lots sold in Okemah (April 22).
Okemah's First State Bank begins operations in a tent.
Weleetka town site opens (February 10).
The First Bank of Weleetka opens in a tent (February 11).
Clearview, Okemah, and Weleetka post offices open.
Wright brothers invent the airplane and make first flight.
First train of the Fort Smith and Western railroad reaches Okemah (May 12).
First Baptist and First Methodist Churches of Okemah open.
Welty cotton gin opens.
Boley, Castle, Edna, Irene, Paden, and Price post offices open.
Goode and McDermott post offices close.
Boley platted and formal opening held (September 22).
Micawber post office opens.
Handy post office closes.
Okemah's first school built and opened on the Old Wilson school site.
Welty town name changed from Creek, town platted and lot sales begin.
Shumpker (renamed Trenton four months later) and Welty post offices open.
San Francisco Earthquake.
Hampton post office opens.
Construction begins on the Panama canal.
Oklahoma becomes the 46th state (November 16).
Noble school completed and named after Miss Mae Noble.
Amabala, Arbeka, and Irene post offices close.
Okfuskee County Population 15,595.
Ford Motor Company introduces the Model T.
The Dexter House, an Okemah boarding house, is bombed (April 23).
Fentress and Hampton post offices close.
Robert Peary reaches the North Pole.
New building completed for Boley grade school.
Okfuskee County Population 19,995.
Welty Odd Fellows Lodge organized.
Woody Guthrie born in Okemah (July 14).
World War I begins in Europe (1914-1918).
First transcontinental telephone call.
18th Amendment begins prohibition.
19th Amendment gives women the right to vote.
Okfuskee County Population 25,051.
Two movies, "The Bull Dogger" and "Crimson Skull", starring Bill Pickett, black rodeo star, are filmed in Boley.
Thlopthlocco Methodist Church builds new building.
First flights around the world.
First Baptist Church of Okemah moves to new building at Fifth and Ash.
Okfuskee County courthouse building completed.
First television broadcast in New York.
Black Friday on Wall Street (October 28).
Great Depression begins (1929-1942).
Fort Smith and Western fails leaving area without rail service.
Okfuskee County Population 29,016.
Three gunmen attempt robbery of The Farmer's and Merchant's Bank of Boley - the three gunmen and the Bank President are killed.
Roosevelt's New Deal enacted.
21st Amendment repeals prohibition.
Gunmen rob the Okemah National Bank and the First National Bank of Okemah (December 22).
Oklahoma's Dust Bowl Days (1935-1938).
Okemah's new post office building is dedicated.
World War II begins (1939-1945).
Okemah native, Leon C. (Red) Phillips is elected Governor (1939-1943).
Okfuskee County Population 26,279.
Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (December 7).
WWII rationing begins in U.S.
Allies invade Normandy on D-Day (June 6).
Korean War begins (1950-1953).
Okfuskee County Population 16,948.
Segregation in public schools deemed illegal.
Vietnam War begins (1959-1975).
Okfuskee County Population 11,706.
First Baptist Church of Okemah purchases the old Church of Christ building at Sixth and Ash.
Cuban Missile Crisis.
Fire heavily damages the First Baptist Church of Okemah (Sixth and Ash).
President Kennedy assassinated.
Woody Guthrie, Okemah native, dies in New York of Huntington's Disease.
Neil Armstrong sets foot on the moon.
Okemah adds third water tower - a tribute to singer Woody Guthrie.
Okfuskee County Population 10,683.
Richard Nixon resigns his Presidency.
Jane Mayo, Okemah native, named All-Around Cowgirl.
Fire destroys Okemah's Box Hardware, Power's TV, and some apartments. Six other businesses receive heavy smoke damage. Damage estimated at $300,000. (October 5)
Okfuskee County Population 11,125.
A tornado sweeps across rural Okfuskee County northeast of Okemah destroying the New Life Holiness Church, a residence, a vacant house, a mobile home, damages the roofs of several homes, and kills livestock. (May 18)
Space shuttle Challenger explodes.
Cold War ends and the Berlin wall opened.
Okfuskee County Population 11,551
Okfuskee County Population 11,814
Thanks to Rusty Lang for the idea and starting outline of this timeline.
This page was last updated on 10/14/11
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