Oklahoma Library Legends
Carnegie, Andrew Foundation
Delphian Clubs and Societies
Ferguson, Milton J.
Ferguson, Mrs. Thomas B. (Eva Shartel)
Frasier, Sally Freeman
Friends of Libraries groups around Oklahoma
Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO)
Friends of Tulsa City-County Library
Funk, Mrs. Trimmier Sloan
Gates, Bill & Melinda Foundation
Hardesty, Roger & Donna
Henke, Esther Mae
Johnson, Edward R.
Lowry, William (Bill)
Maddox, Eugenia (Frances)
Marable, Mary Hays
Martin, Allie Beth
Masters, Anne Rounds
McGlenn, Alma Reid
Morgan, Anne Hodges
Motter, Robert T., Jr.
Motter, Robert T., Sr.
Norberg, Lillian Born
Parker, Mrs. J.C.
Phelps, Edith Allen
Phillips, John & Vicki
Porter, Cora Case
Ratliff, Julia Brady
Ray, Dee Ann
Robbins, Louise S.
Rouse, Roscoe and Charlie Lou
Segal, Bob & Pat
Thompson, Clinton M. Jr. (Marty)
Townsend, Mrs. Hosea
Troy, Forrest (Frosty)
Wentroth, Mary Ann
Women's Federated Clubs
Women's Clubs of Oklahoma
Zarrow, Henry & Anne
Elva Shartel, later known as Eva, was the wife of Thomas B. Ferguson, Oklahoma’s 6th Territorial
Governor. They came to Watonga in 1892 at the opening of Cheyenne and Arapaho lands. It was at first
difficult for her to accustom herself to the rough life in the crude shack which served as their
home and the newspaper office. Tom was the Postmaster and founded the Watonga Republican newspaper.
Elva assisted with the work of gathering news, setting type, and writing articles.
In 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Tom as Territorial Governor, and from
then to 1930 she mostly ran the paper by herself. She raised their two children, served as First
Lady of Oklahoma from 1902 to 1906, and still found time to start and run the library in Watonga
from 1906 to World War I, then reopened it in 1921.
She was indeed an outstanding pioneer woman and library advocate. Eva was inducted into the Oklahoma
Heritage Association’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1933.