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Goff House
The Goff House The home was built in 1900-1991, by William and Magdalen Goff. MR.Goff come to El Reno in 1892 to work for Anheuser and Busch. He soon became an agent for the firm. Later he started Goff Bottling Works. He organized the Goff Cadet Band. The home is an excellent architectural example of the Colonial Revival and Queen Anne style. Only 10 percent of the homes in 1900 was built with this combination of styles. The house was listed in the National Registry of Historical Place in 1988
Located in Canadian County, Oklahoma

 

Bill Doolin escapes from jail
The famous outlaw Bill Doolin escapes from an Oklahoma jail after only a few months of captivity. More...
Sunday, July 05, 1896
Charles Nathaniel Haskell Passes Away
Oklahoma's first Governor, Charles Nathaniel Haskell, passed away on this day in 1933. Charles Nathaniel Haskell , Democrat. Served from 1907 to 1911. Oklahoma's first State Governor was born March 13, 1860, in Putman County, Ohio. He was educated as a lawyer, admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1881, and began practice in Ottawa, Ohio. In 1901, he moved to Muskogee, Indian Territory, where he added to his law practice the promotion of railroads. He was a leader in the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention in 1906. After his term as Governor, from November 16, 1907 to January 9, 1911, he engaged in the oil business. He is buried in Muskogee. more...
Wednesday, July 05, 1933
Boise City Bombed
Boise City was the only city in the continental United States to be bombed during World War II. The bombing occurred on July 5, 1943, at approximately 12:30 a.m. by a B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber. This occurred because pilots performing target practice became disoriented and mistook the lights around the town square as their target. No one was killed in the attack (only practice bombs were used and the square was deserted at the time), but the pilots were embarrassed.
Monday, July 05, 1943
The Failure of Penn Square Bank
Penn Square Bank was a large commercial bank located in the Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma City. The bank made its name in high-risk energy loans during the late 1970s and early 1980s Oklahoma and Texas oil boom. As a result, primarily, of irresponsible lending practices, Penn Square Bank failed during July of 1982. Ranks as one of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC's) most publicized, most difficult, and most colorful bank resolutions. more...
Monday, July 05, 1982

 

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    Hillside Mission
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    Tri State Border MO KS OK
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  • Exploring Oklahoma History: Shawnee Milling Company

    Shawnee Milling Company
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