October 17, 2012

Grady County Historical Society

Spotlight of the Week

The Express-Star

— On view in the center hall of the building in the first alcove is a display featuring a copy of the first CHS yearbook and sports related items. The sports items are the  “Fightin’ Chick” that has been on view all fall, a 1916 banner, collection of letter jackets, a band uniform, and a sampling of game programs and promotional items.  

From the beginning of Chickasha High School the outstanding athletes have been honored with a “letter”.  Today’s young athletes at all schools look forward to getting a stripe for each year’s play to place on a letter that represents the name of the school.  The letter is attached onto the left side of what has become the traditional “letter jacket” usually constructed with leather sleeves.  Originally it was a sweater on which the “letter” was stitched.

The museum has four Chickasha High School letter Jackets which are on display. It is interesting that no two of the jackets are the same shade of purple.  The marked letter jackets belonged to Howard Foster, Bob Jordan, and Jeff McVey.  One jacket is not marked.  

One featured item in the front of the display is a banner.  A cloth copy of a photograph of the 1916 football team has been attached.  The uniforms show young men who played a rough and tumble game without pads.  Also, the young men appear not to have had any time spent in a strength building exercise routine.  Other items in the window are a band uniform and the collection of promotional items from Jolene Singleterry.  

The 1911 CHS Yearbook, The Tomahawk, has a section dedicated to sports.  This was the first yearbook for CHS.  It included in the front a list of graduates for the previous years, 1905 to 1910.   CHS had football, track, and basketball teams.  The year 1911 was the first year that there was a “second” football team which won three of their four games.  The one game lost was against the “First Football Team”.  The yearbook indicates that the only basketball team was for the girls.

The varsity football team had an outstanding year.  They played 8 games and won 8 games.  They won the seven games on their regular schedule which included Anadarko, Lindsay, Norman, Ft. Sill, Pauls Valley, Lawton, and Oklahoma City.  These wins awarded the team the “Oklahoma Championship”.  Then the team traveled to Sherman, TX.  The team won and returned home “the happiest bunch of bruised and skinless boys you ever saw”.  They traveled home by train as the winner of “the championship of both Texas and Oklahoma”.   Afterwards, the team members were awarded a sweater with the letter “C” stitched on the center front.  Photos of the team members wearing their sweater were included in the yearbook.  

The Grady County Museum is located at 415 W. Chickasha Avenue, Chickasha, OK and is open M-F from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For additional information contact 405-224-6480, or