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Letter to the Editor

OCHS says “thank you”

My late Mom used to say, “It’s never too late to say thank you.” Therefore, on behalf of the Osage County Historical Society, I would like to extend a very special THANK YOU to everyone involved with the Museum’s 2014 Annual Meeting.

We deviated a little bit from the usual formality with a theme “Howdy from the Wild Wild West.” Rave reviews complimented the simplicity of the evening and the incredible BBQ catered by Bill Todd of Pawhuska Hometown Foods.

Thank you Barbara McVey, Pawhuska’s own decorator extraordinaire for creating the perfect setting for our western fete. Jim and Debbie Taylor added fun and touches of humor to the live auction which was punctuated with an outstanding selection, including a limited edition Boy Scout Bronze, Woody Crumbo print, painting by Dr. Bob Chesbro, first edition of the “Mullendore Murder” book, and a limited-edition Pendleton blanket honoring our military.

Thank you to all of our supporters, especially those who helped make both the silent and live auctions such a success. These auctions are one of the Museum’s major fund-raisers for the year. Donors included Debbie Reed, Judy Thomas, Dr. Robert Chesbro, Front Door Salon, Mudpies, Plum Tree, Geraldine Enyart, Mark & Linda Simms, Bob & Shirley Roberts, The Twisted Bronc, Nancy Woodyard, Miss Jacqueline’s Beauty Salon of Hominy, Steve & Debbie Easley, Head to Toe Salon, Triangle Serum, Tennie Slone, Garrett Hartness, Jack and Dean Shoemate, Yvonne Rose, C & G Oilfield, Osage Outfitters, Lu King, Magnolia Market of Bartlesville, Tallgrass Prairie Flowers, Plum Tree, Kailsey Cree Photography, Jessica Jantzen, Howell’s Pump Shop, Charles Leonard, Kathy Scott, Paula Elliott, Osage Trading Co., Clifton’s Osage Prairie Gifts, Reasor’s, Delores Hartness, Barbara Pease, Ron Silva & Gordon Johnson, Geraldine Newhart, Comin’ Home and Grandview Inn.

Thank you Judge John Kane for sharing your musical talents with us. Thank you for personalizing your music and songs for this event. Your patriotism and love for great Country and Osage County, in particular, captivated the audience.

Thank you Nancysu Herron for using your creative talents to print our colorful programs. They were certainly a hit with our guests. We would also like to thank the Pawhuska Journal Capital for its continued support of Museum activities. A special thank you to Jack Buzbee for sharing his gift of photography and to Mike Erwin for writing such a good follow-up article. Reviewing Jack’s photos and Mike’s article enables us to relive this exceptional evening which joins other outstanding events that are a part of Osage County’s living history.

From myself, I would like to recognize an incredible board and thank them for their hard work in pulling this event together. The old adage, “It takes a village to raise a child” can be slightly modified to say, “It takes a dedicated board to successfully plan and execute an annual meeting.” Kudos to Shirley Roberts, Julie Wilson, Garrett Hartness, Tennie Slone, Frederick Drummond, Jerry Franks, Patty Gambill, Lu King, Ann Leatherman, Roger Lloyd, Frank Lorenzo, Frank Maher, Mark and Linda Simms, George Weston and Nancy Woodyard. Special thanks also to Museum Director Barbara Pease, Paula Elliott, Rhonda Kohnle, Larry Taylor and Errol Heath. Your contributions and ‘behind-the-scenes’ efforts are much appreciated.

Kathryn Swan, OCHS President

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