Welcome to yet another edition of This Month in Oklahoma History, presented by your community of Owasso apartments. Historically, March as been an eventful month for Oklahoma, and we're excited to tell you about the events, people and laws that shaped this great state.
This month’s post has info about the state’s first female representative, its prohibition laws, and a long line of trees that stretched from North Dakota to Texas. Check out the list of historical events below, and be sure to share the link to this post with your friends and neighbors at your community of apartments for rent in Owasso!
March 4th, 1921 — Alice Mary Robertson Begins Serving in Congress
It’s always worth celebrating a strong woman from Oklahoma. Alice Mary Robertson was the first women to defeat an incumbent congressman to take his seat. She was the second woman to ever serve in the United States Congress, and she was the first woman from Oklahoma to do so.
Alice Mary Robertson remained the only women from Oklahoma elected to congress for 85 years, until Mary Fallin was elected in 2006. Robertson was known for being a strong supporter of Native American rights, and she also had the honor of being named the country’s first female Postmaster of a Class A post office. Teddy Roosevelt himself appointer her Postmaster of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
March 7th, 1907 — Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Prohibition in Eastern Oklahoma
Eastern Oklahoma used to be Native American territory, but when the white settlers move din, they believed they would be allowed to make, buy and consume alcohol. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis did not agree. There were more than 40 counties in this part of Oklahoma, and none of them would be allowed to have liquor. Prohibition in Oklahoma remained in effect throughout much of Oklahoma until the 1950s.
March 18, 1935 — Oklahoma helps build the United States’ first Shelterbelt
What on earth is a shelterbelt, you ask? It’s a long line of trees that is used to block high winds from causing dust storms. The first tree was planted on this day in 1935, and more than 225 million trees were planted thereafter. There are more than 2,000 miles of Shelterbelt trees in Oklahoma, and they still provide conservational benefits to this day.
March 29th, 1918 — Sam Walton’s Birthday
If you’ve ever bought anything from Sam’s Club or Wal-Mart — and who among us hasn’t — you can thank Sam Walton for making those products affordable. Sam Walton emphasized logistics when building his stores, making sure they were close to his supply centers so that prices could remain low.
From 1982 to 1988, Sam Walton was the richest man in America. President Ronald Reagan even awarded Walton the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the retail sector. Not bad for a kid born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma!
Those are all the historical events we’ve got for you this month, residents! We’d like to thank you for spending some time with us here on the latest edition of This Month in Oklahoma History. If you enjoyed this blog and want to read more like it in the future, please be sure to bookmark this page so you can easily check it again in a couple weeks when our next post goes up on the site. While you wait for that, be sure to follow us on social media. After all, that’s the fastest and easiest way to ensure you’re up to date with everything happening 98 Apartments Owasso.