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
My life-long love affair with the public library began in my childhood in McAlester where I was
number six in a family of eight boys and a girl. My older brothers were all athletic, but I was the
runt of the litter. I tried out for boxing, baseball, and basketball but was too little and too slow.
That’s when I discovered the McAlester Public Library and began my journey through a gazillion
books. Much of my reading was guided by the head librarian, Mrs. Andy Gravitt. She was the reason
my book reports always drew an “A.”
When I was assigned by the Tulsa Tribune as State Capitol correspondent in 1960, one of the first
people I encountered was State Librarian Ralph Hudson. He was located on the first floor of the Capitol.
He was in a heap of trouble because the Legislature was not only niggardly in its appropriations,
there was talk about closing the library. I teamed up with Hugh Hall, Oklahoma city Times Capitol
correspondent, and our stories paid a handsome dividend for Ralph.
Ralph then enlisted us in a campaign for a new idea—the bookmobile. Rural Oklahoma was badly
underserved. Once again, the stories paid off and the rural-dominated Legislature came up with the
I have continued my support, including running a free ad periodically to promote libraries. I also
go after censors with a vengeance.
Today’s public library is a technological wonder, but the fanciest computer ever built will
never replace the written word or the librarian who cares for the reader..
-- Frosty Troy, Editor
The Oklahoma Observer