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October 15, 2004

101 Ranch topic of history instructor’s prose

Once again it's time to tip our hat to the Oklahoma Historical Society and thank those fine folks for another article of special interest to those of us in this part of the state. The piece I'm referring to is in the latest issue (Summer, 2004) of The Chronicles of Oklahoma. The piece bears the title, "No Home on the Range: " The Miller Family Great Swindle of Indian Lands. That's a rather long and imposing title for such an article, but it should be of interest to many people here. It's about the 101 Ranch, that wonderful piece of real estate that continues to fascinate hundreds of us in this unique part of Oklahoma. And it adds a bit more to our knowledge and understanding of the Miller brothers. The writer is L. Wendell Behrens, who is identified primarily as an instructor in the History Department at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. The bibliography of resource material is given, and it is quite long.

I'm not saying that all of us will agree 100 percent with the statements and conclusions drawn by the author, but the article is chock full of information about the Miller brothers and their fabulous 101 Ranch when it was tucked away in a corner of Noble County.

Numerous photos are used to show the ranch grounds and some of the people who made it such a success. Serious students of the 101 Ranch era will be grateful for this article. Look for the Chronicles in your favorite bookstore, or contact the Historical Society to obtain a copy. This is a good time of year to delve into some of the history that makes this part of the Cherokee Strip unique and other articles in this issue also give us glimpses of other days in Oklahoma. The Society is doing an outstanding job of preserving the story of early-day Oklahoma.