Welcome to another installment of This Month in Oklahoma History from 98 Apartments Owasso. It’s August, which means the temperatures are about as hot as they’ll get all year. In the past, these rising temperatures have led to quite a bit of conflict in our great state.
Thankfully, the invention of air conditioning means we don’t face those problems quite as often anymore. Why go out and stage a rebellion when you can just chill inside your air conditioned Owasso apartments? As you’ll find out below, however, people didn’t always have that option. August has been a tumultuous month in Oklahoma history, and this week’s blog post will help you learn you all about the important dates to be aware of if you want to understand Oklahoma history.
Enjoy this week’s post, and remember to share this blog with your friends and neighbors!
August 3rd, 1917: The Green Corn Rebellion
When a bunch of farmers in Southern Oklahoma got upset about the hardships they were facing, things got a little violent. Oklahoma’s farmers were struggling in the early 20th century, and many were forced to rent their land from other landowners. This created tension in the community, and that tension boiled over into full-fledged conflict when the United States decided to join World War I. The farmers saw the war as something that would only hurt poor people like themselves.
More than 150 farmers gathered at one Southern Oklahoma farm in early August with the intention of marching on Washington. The term, “Green Corn Rebellion” comes from the fact that the farmers survived on their journey by eating green corn and barbecued beef. However, the march didn’t last long. Although the farmers (new rebels) began burning bridges and cutting down power lines on August 2nd, they were quickly stopped by townspeople who banded together to end the madness. Many of the farmers were convicted and sentenced to long prison terms for their violent outbursts.
August 5th, 1932: Stringtown Shootout
It was hot, it was the middle of the Great Depression, and people were angry. Back when Oklahoma was truly a part of the Wild West, these shootouts were all too common. This particular shootout in Stringtown was between Bonnie & Clyde and the local police. After the dust settled, one deputy was dead and the sheriff was wounded but alive, despite being shot seven times. This sounds like a horrible time to be a resident of Springtown, Oklahoma. The town doesn’t seem to mind, however, because in 2007 they erected a granite slab to commemorate the shootout.
August 25th, 1896: Outlaw Bill Doolin Meets an Untimely End
For more than half of the 1890s, Outlaw Bill Doolin terrorized Oklahoma and the surrounding states through a series of bank robberies, train heists and other crimes. He was eventually tracked down and put in jail in July of 1896, but he wouldn’t stay there long. Bill Doolin escaped almost immediately, and went on the run for more than a month before he was trapped in the town of Lawson, Oklahoma. Doolin decided that he wanted to go down swinging, and died in a firefight on August 25th, 1896.
We’d like to end this post by taking a moment to thank our residents for reading this week’s blog. Oklahoma has a fascinating history, and we’re happy to keep residents informed month after month. If you liked this week’s blog, we recommend checking this page again in a couple weeks to read another post. Also, remember to follow 98 Apartments on social media to stay up to date with your community of apartments for rent in Owasso.