‘Hogs and Jalopies’ Poker Run to Benefit Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame Oct. 9
‘Hogs and Jalopies’ poker run to benefit Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame; 2010 inductees announced
A “Hogs and Jalopies” poker run is scheduled Oct. 9 to benefit construction of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame. A 2010 Induction Ceremony is planned Dec. 5 to induct 14 law enforcement professionals.
The museum and hall of fame is in the Lincoln County Historical Society building in Chandler. The law enforcement portion of the site is not yet open. The museum and hall’s board of directors hopes to raise money to complete construction and renovations in the building before the Dec. 5 induction ceremony.
To raise money, a “Hogs and Jalopies” poker run is scheduled Oct. 9. The poker run has two starting points: 300 River Walk Terrace in Jenks, and Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, 6789 NW 39 in Bethany. Both routes are about 140 miles and will meet in Chandler after several stops to gather playing cards. A $1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the participant with the best poker hand. Second-, third- and fourth-place cash prizes also will be given.
The board hopes to raise at least $30,000 to complete the facility before the Dec. 5 induction ceremony, said Richard Boyd, retired Oklahoma City Police Department lieutenant and hall of fame board member.
“Our goal is to establish an exciting location so folks can come through the exhibits and through the programs that we’re developing to really understand the past as far as how law enforcement impacted the state of Oklahoma,” said Board President Carl Reherman, who served as mayor of Chandler andEdmond.
Roger Webb, president of University of Central Oklahoma and one of last year’s inductees to the hall of fame for his 12 years of service to the Department of Public Safety, said Oklahoma has a rich tradition in professionalism in law enforcement dating to territorial days.
“The brave men and women who have served our state through years of professional law enforcement service, I think, deserve this honor of having a memorial that can testify to the legacy of the services provided Oklahomans through all these years,” Webb said.
The induction class includes eight men and six women, all of whom have served as law enforcement professionals during their careers.
The six women are notable for being the first female police officers in Oklahoma. Lt. Berniece Jean Latham and Iona Fae Chapman Braswell will represent their deceased co-inductees: Ina Mae “Tiny” Miller, Edna Jean Linn Armstrong, Lois Faye Moore and Mildred Louise Jones.
The eight men are Jack Poe, Robert “Bob” Wilder, James “Jim” Cox and posthumous inductees Bass Reeves, Sam Sixkiller, Robert “Bob” Turner, Clinton Riggs and K.O. Rayburn.
“Most people don’t realize, but there have been more deputy U.S. marshals killed in Oklahoma, particularly during the territorial days, than in any other state of the union,” Reherman said.
“So, when you think about the kind of lawlessness that existed in the Indian Territory and later in the Oklahoma Territory, it was a place where it took some very strong people to make it work. Our goal is to tell that story and let people know that their heritage includes this as part of the state’s great picture.”
How to help
The museum and hall of fame is a nonprofit organization. If you’re unable to attend the “Hogs and Jalopies” poker run but wish to donate to the organization, your donation is tax-deductible. Send donations to the organization at 3100 E Memorial Road, Edmond, OK 73013.
To register for the poker run, call 701-1354 or 637-1354, or e-mail Lbraboyd@cox.net.
For more information, go to www.oklahomalawenforcementmuseum.org.
- — Laura Crilly Nov 13, 06:41 AM #