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Ted Wright (918) 371-1901 or email: wrightted@aol.com.
Collinsville, Oklahoma
Sept. 4 , 2007
Oklahoma Centennial
8th in A Series
As We Approach Oklahoma's First Century As A State
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Sampling of Life
In Collinsville
1920 - 1929
All Banks Failed /
All-American Athlete /
Oklahoma's First
FFA Chapter /
Rode Bike To Tulsa

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Ted Wright -- last update 9/4/2007 (OKCentennial8.html) www.cvilleok.com

Copyright 2007 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Ish Pilkington was Selected as Collinsville's "Greatest Athlete"
by "Tulsa World" June 29, 2003. The photo show Pilkington during his football playing days at Collinsville. He was later an All-American at the University of Tulsa
Collinsville High School formed Oklahoma's FFA Chapter No. 1 in 1928. L-R Front Row: Supt. T. G. Napier, Rufus McBee, Leonard McCullough, Gordon Webb, Earl Sallee, Albert Payne, and Wesley Blevans. Middle Row: Bennie Wohlegemuth, Lloyd (Buck) Johnson, Harold Henshall, H.C. Barnes, Edgar Murphy, Cecil Payne, and Hubert Jones (FFA Advisor). Back Row: Darris Thomason, Shorty Reasor, Raymond Keith, Barney White, Clem Cottom and David Mickle.
1924 story of 3 Collinsville band students making the trip to Tulsa on their bikes to hear John Philip Sousa and his band perform. My grandfather (C.H. Wright) was the band director then, but I suspect he drove or took the train to Tulsa to hear the famous band. -- Ted Wright
$6 would get you a ton of coal in 1921 Collinsville. The Prime Western Smelter was in its waning years and Collinsville's economy was suffering fom the loss of two large smelters that had made the 1911-1919 years properous.
All three Collinsville Banks had failed in the late 1920s. Citizens either lost all of their deposits or occasionally received pennies on the dollar years later. The American Exchange Bank was formed in 1928 in that void and helped provide many years of financial stability.
The Collinsville train depot in 1924.
Downtown Collinsville in April 1926 including the center street lights.
The Home Economics class at Collinsville High School in 1929.
I'm not sure of the type of pavement being added to the previously gravel (or dirt?) roads in the 1920s as travel between neighboring communites improved. -- Ted