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Collinsville, Oklahoma
February 14, 2008
1917 (Jan-Mar) News Sampler

Oklahoma Centennial Followup:
1917 Collinsville Schools
Were Overgrown
Smelters Were Busy
U.S. Was Near Entering War

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Copyright 2008 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Rev. David Burton: Pioneer Collinsville Resident
Was First Teacher & Preacher
Note: The Erwin Hotel was built in 1911 and was later known as the Commercial Hotel. That hotel was torn down in ~1978 where the Collinsville Postoffice is now located on the NW corner of 11th & Center.
1/4 Mile of Road Built By Volunteers In One Day
Using Smelter Retorts
This 1917 story caught my interest for two topics: (1) a community volunteer effort & (2) dispersal of smelter material (retorts) on roadways and blowing dust ... which I will pass along to the DEQ folks. -- Ted
Any "oldtimer" know the location of Haddock Park? Our current City Park opened in about 1921. There was also an early day French Park (which might have been located near the light plant at 5th & Broadway?). There was also a Perry Park on the half block downtown where Bank of the Lakes and the Education Service Center are now located. -- Ted Wright
United States On Brink Of Entering World War I
The U.S declaraed War on Germany Apil 6, 1917 after European countries had been fighting since August 1914.
With Collinsville's population swelled by smelter workers and associated businesses, the local schools struggled to make room for all the students.
Shipment of Collinsville produced zinc plating was divereted as the US prepared to go to war.
Collinsville's two smelters (which were built in 1911) made it one of Oklahoma's (& the world's?) largest zinc smelter operations in this 1917 pre-war story.
With a school bond election (in 1917) and a vote to switch to Tulsa County (in 1918) women still could not vote. The 19th amendment was ratified in 1920.