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The War Chief Monthly Issue Delaware, OKlahoma

March 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM






Volume18                                   Issue 01                                        March 2018             

Town          of          Delaware        Oklahoma           Publication




Fire (Delaware)                  918-467-3466

Sheriff’s Office                  918-273-2287


Delaware Post Office         918-467-3231

Delaware City Hall             918-467-3218

Wheel Chair Service          918-273- 2711


Dist # 1 (Barnes)                 918-273-3881

Dist # 2 (Sonnenberg)         918-468-2369

Dist # 3 (Frost)                    918-467-3537




First Baptist Church

Bible Study: Sunday:                 9:45 a.m.

Worship:                                     11:00 a.m.

Wednesday                                  6:00 p.m.

Delaware United Methodist

Worship Service:                       9:30 a.m.

Sunday school:                        10:30 a.m.

Holy Communion                  1st Sunday

Administrative Council –      2nd Sunday

After Fellowship lunch

Childers Community Church

Sunday Services:          Sunday school @ 10:00 a.m.

Worship Service:                   11:00 A.M.

*No Evening Services

Wednesday night Kids Service only: 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

Friday Feed: 1st Friday each month

Twin Bridges community Building

& Love in Action Chapel

Meeting every Second Saturday of each Month:

Dinner at                                6:00 p.m.

Followed by singing.



11:30 a.m.

March 07:


March 21:



 OPEN          918-467-3131


Mon – Sat:            8:00 a.m. –6:00 p.m.


11-5    Monday thru Friday



04/10                                               05/08

06/12                                               07/10

08/14                                                  09/11

10/16                                                  11/13


The town meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Delaware Community building and the Public Works meeting is immediately following.




    Our thoughts & prayers go out to the family of former Delaware resident Larry Green.


March is a month of considerable frustration – it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.



The Delaware Fire Department will be hosting a Chicken Noodle Dinner on Sunday, March 11th  from 11:00 to 1:30 at the Delaware Community Building, 120 East Cherokee in Delaware.  The menu will be Homemade Noodles with Chicken, mashed potatoes, choice of green beans or corn, hot roll, dessert and drink.  The cost will be $7 per meal and carry out meals are available.  Proceeds will be used for equipment upgrade, maintenance and operation.  We hope to see everyone there


Despite March’s windy reputation, winter isn’t really blown away: it is washed away. It flows down all the hills, goes swirling down the valleys and spills out to sea. Like so many of this earth’s elements, winter itself is soluble in water.



Meter tampering

The U.S. Code, Title 42 Tampering with public water systems; defined as follows. (a) Any person who tampers with a public water system shall be imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or fined in accordance with title 16 or both. (b) Any person who attempts to tamper, or make a threat to tamper, with a public drinking water system be imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or fined in accordance with title 18 or both. (c) The administrator may bring a civil action in the appropriate US district court against any person who tampers, attempts to tamper, or makes a threat to tamper with a public water system.  The court may impose on such person a civil penalty of not more than $1,000.00 for such tampering or not more than $1000, 000.00 for such attempt or threat. (d) Tamper is defined as (1) to introduce a contaminant into a public water system with the intention of harming persons ;(2) to otherwise interfere with the operation of a public water system with the intention of harming persons.



     The Delaware Reunion date has been changed to the THIRD SATURDAY of October each year.  It was decided that more people would be able to attend.

    Also all former and present Delaware residents are invited to attend, not just alumni.




Walter Bumgarner

John Capps

Inez (Conn) Thornbrough

Una (Crockett) Overman

Nina (Davis) Bumgarner

Lucille Ingram

Marguerite (Jones) Johnson

Monroe Landers

Vivian (Marrs) Tevebaugh

Frances (Munsinger) Young

Erville (Page) Munsinger

Glenn Stark

Kathryn (VanNoy) Templin

Blanche (Weldon) GrotJohn


14 graduates




Kelly Lynn Benson

Dwayne Chapman

Thomas William Corle

Jeremy Heath Drake

Eaton Jeremy Dale

Melissa Egermeier

Michael David Heath

Jessica Misty Holland-Kirby

Jared Wade Ketcherside

Bradley Lyn Malone

Jerry Anthony Melton

Evelyn Perry

Lucas William Renfroe

Ronnie Lee Robertson Jr.


14 graduates *********************************

With rushing winds and gloomy skies, the dark and stubborn winter dies. Far-off, unseen, Spring faintly cries, Bidding her earliest child arise.



    Nowata County is located in northeastern Oklahoma. Surrounding Oklahoma counties include Craig on the east, Rogers on the south, and Washington on the west. The Kansas counties of Montgomery and Labette border on the north. Archaeologists believe humans first occupied Nowata County some six centuries ago. Among the first inhabitants were prehistoric American Indians called the “Earth House People” and the “Cave and Ledge People.” Three archaeological excavations, the Craig, Lawrence, and Lightning Creek sites, revealed much information about those people. Located in the Verdigris River valley, the sites date from between 1000 to 1500 B.C.

When white trappers and hunters arrived in northeastern Oklahoma, they encountered Indians primarily from the Quapaw and Osage tribes. When the United States acquired the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the land was accepted as Osage territory. However, an 1828 treaty with the Western Cherokee assigned the area to the Cherokee Nation. In 1856 the Cherokee National Council included present Nowata County in the newly created Cooweescoowee District. An 1867 Cherokee-Delaware treaty resulted in the establishment of Eastern Delaware settlements near present Delaware, Lenapah, and Nowata.

An important pre–Civil War community was Coody’s Bluff. Located on the Verdigris River east of present Nowata, Coody’s (Coodey’s) Bluff was settled in the 1830s by a Cherokee named John Coody. Coody’s Bluff became a staging area for Confederate forces early in the Civil War. Following the war the area experienced increased settlement, including whites. The new arrivals included Henry Armstrong and his wife, Lucy Jane Journeycake, in 1868. Lucy was the daughter of Delaware chief Charles Journeycake. Other settlers were members of the Chouteau family who emigrated from Kansas in 1871.


One of the county’s earliest prestatehood communities was Metz, which was named for its postmaster, Fred Metzner. By 1889, when the Kansas and Arkansas Valley Railway (purchased by the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway in 1909) constructed a depot there, the name had been changed to Nowata, which is a derivative of the Delaware Indian word no-we-ata, meaning “come here” or “welcome.” The railroad’s misspelling of the word as “Nowata” eventually became the official town and county designation.

Other prestatehood towns included Alluwe (formerly Lightning Creek), Childers, Delaware (formerly Comana Switch), Elliott (also known as Seminole Station and Howden), Etchen, Lenapah, Polson, Wann (formerly Coon), and Watova. Both Etchen and Polson became part of present South Coffeyville. Delaware, Elliott, Lenapah, Nowata, and Watova became important when a railroad depot was constructed at each. Those stations supported a rail line that connected commercial centers in Kansas, Arkansas, and beyond.

Nowata County was formally organized at statehood in 1907. At that time the town of Nowata became the county seat. Nowata County is comprised of 580.8 square miles of land and water area and is roughly divided into eastern and western halves by the Verdigris River, which runs south from Kansas into Rogers County. Most of the county’s creeks empty into the Verdigris basin, except for the runoff in the extreme western portion, which drains into the Caney River. Within this part of the prairie-plains region of eastern Oklahoma, cattle raising and cultivating wheat, corn, oats, and sorghum are economically important. In addition, the county is known for its woodland belts, limestone and sandstone hills, limestone quarries, and petroleum and natural gas production. Nowata County is home to the Cherokee Shallow Sand District, one of the world’s largest shallow oil fields.

The northern portion of Oologah Lake, which is part of the Verdigris River basin, is found in Nowata County. Oologah Lake emerged as the product of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project completed in 1974. The adjacent wildlife management and wetlands area has provided the county with an outdoor recreational site.

Nowata County is traversed by two U.S. Highways that intersect at Nowata. Those roads are U.S. Highway 169, a north-south route, and U.S. Highway 60, an east-west thoroughfare. Crossing the county are State Highways 10, which cuts through the northern portion of the county primarily on an east-west axis, and 28, which goes east and north of Oologah Lake. The Union Pacific Railway runs north-south through the county’s center.

When Oklahoma statehood was granted in 1907, the population of Nowata County was 10,453. In 1910 that figure increased to 14,223 and by 1920 had reached its all-time high of 15,899. During the next eighty years the population fluctuated, with 15,774 in 1940 as the highest reported number, and 9,773 in 1970 as the lowest. In 2000 the population was 10,569. In 2010 the number stood at 10,536, of whom 69.0 percent were white, 19.1 percent American Indian, and 2.0 percent African American. Hispanic ethnicity was identified as 2.3 percent. Incorporated towns at that time were Delaware, Lenapah, New Alluwe, Nowata, South Coffeyville, and Wann.

Nowata County has produced several notable individuals. Eugene B. Lawson, a Nowata attorney, banker, and politician was a candidate for delegate to the 1906 Constitutional Convention and a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. He later owned of one of Oklahoma’s largest independent oil production companies. His wife, Roberta Campbell Lawson, 1935 president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, was a granddaughter of Charles Journeycake. Walter Davis Humphrey, an attorney and four-time Democratic mayor of Nowata, was awarded a seat at the Constitutional Convention and was appointed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 1915 and to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in 1931. Alluwe native Beth Campbell Short became a nationally known journalist. A reporter for the Daily Oklahoman, she joined the Associated Press’s Washington bureau in 1936 and was appointed by Pres. Harry S. Truman as the White House’s first woman correspondence secretary.

Several Nowata County properties have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The county courthouse in Nowata was included in 1984 (NR 84003375). Cemetery Patent 110 (NR 01000951) and the Diamond Point Dependent District Number Forty-Four School (NR 96000977) are also represented.

Gary L. Cheatham


Doreen Tackles Four Lads

Doreen, aged 79, finished all the shopping on her weekly list at Walmart supermarket. She walked determinedly towards her car which she had left in the car park. There she saw four youths about to drive away in her car. Doreen became agitated and dropping her shopping to the ground, she drew a handgun from her bag and screamed as loud as her lungs would allow at the four miscreants, ‘I have a gun and I know how to use it. Get out of the car you horrible little men.’

The four lads didn’t wait around for a second invitation but got out and ran helter-skelter as far away as they could, whereupon Doreen, somewhat shaken, proceeded to load her shopping bags into the back of the car and get into the driver’s seat. As hard as Doreen tried she could not get her key into the ignition. Then it began to dawn on her why.

She came across her own car a few moments later in another row near by. Putting her bags now, into her own car, she drove hesitantly to the nearest Police Station. As Patricia was recounting the tale to the Duty Sergeant she wondered why he kept giggling and smiling. Eventually he pointed to the end of the counter where dear old dizzy Doreen saw four young lads, faces extremely pale, who were describing how a little old lady, some 5 foot tall, wearing glasses and with grey hair had stolen their car by waving a gun at them.

Doreen was not charged with anything.


Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer inquires, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”


Walking into the pub, Patrick said to the bartender, “Pour me a stiff one, Sean. I just had another tiff with the little woman.” “Oh yeah,” said Sean. “And how did this one end?”

“Well I’ll tell ya now when it was over,” Patrick replied, “herself came  to me on her hands and knees, she did.” “You don’t say? Now that`s a switch! What did she say?” She said, “Come  out from under that bed, you gutless weasel!





























































































March 21, 2018
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