Received this from unknown person by e-mail September 11, 2007,
from Bill Manard.
This information is from the Delaware High School Newspaper (War
Chief) which was published Jan. 13, 1939. The front page starts
HISTORY of DELAWARE Contents of the article:
In 1912 Delaware was a community in which agriculture and cattle
raising were the principle industries. In the little village of
Delaware the Negro population almost equaled that of the whites.
In the same year racial difficulties which had existed for a long
time, finally ended in a riot; as a result the Negroes were expelled
from the Delaware community. The citizens then passed an ordinance
which stated "that any Negro who remained in the town after sundown
made himself subject to arrest,"
The following year an oil company found "black Gold," alter,
in that same year, Delaware, a sleepy little farm community, became
a noisy "oil-boom" town with a population of approximately 2,000.
The business districts, which had formerly consisted of a small
group of stores, now reached the number of about 59. These were:
seven open saloons, a blacksmith shop, a city hall, depot, interurban,
real estate office, bank post office, two drug stores, canning
factory, two pool halls, theater, two barber shops, two filling
stations, a bakery, two garages, a hardware, and farm implement
store, four restaurants, and elevator, stockyard, two ice houses,
two shoe shops, mill and feed store, lumber yard, three doctors'
offices, telephone office, four grocery and dry goods stores and
a tile plant.
The three oil companies that existed then were: Diamond, Transcontinental,
and Henderson. These companies were producing oil from shallow
wells and in a few years there was a noticeable decline in the
out put of oil from these wells.
By 1921, Delaware had ceased to be a booming oil town. With the
decrease of oil there was a decrease of population. Business firms
moved their wares to other cities. Business buildings and homes
were torn down, and moved to other cities and to the country.
The city declined rapidly until it now consists of 24 business
buildings, two grocery and dry goods stores, four filling stations,
two garages, post office, depot, rooming house, grocery and meat
market, restaurant, doctor's office, hardware, lumber yard, three
barber shops, ice house, feed mill, pool hall, interurban, and
a blacksmith shop. The total population is approximately 526.
The High School building was constructed in the year of 1922.
The school children contributed the flowers and shrubbery. The
cost of the building was approximately $360,000.00. The first
superintendent in the new building was Mr. E. R. Bell, who served
from 1922 until 1928. Mr. Joe B. House followed Mr. Bell, and
served until 1934. Our present superintendent, Mr. O. G. Shubert
has served for 4 years.
Thank you so much, Bill for your contribution....Sept. 12, 2007
Delaware City Hall
City Hall, Posted Hours: 9-12 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and
Telephone: (918) 467-3218
Here you see the town hall and fire department. There is not
a sign anywhere that says City Hall. I would like to say "Thank
you" to the kind lady working at Landers Grocery for helping me