1879 – The Sacred Heart Mission Post Office opened on January 30. It closed on May 24, 1888. Also on January 15, 1900, a fire destroyed all the principal buildings and most of the lesser ones.

1879 – The Sacred Heart Mission Post Office opened on January 30. It closed on May 24, 1888. Also on January 15, 1900, a fire destroyed all the principal buildings and most of the lesser ones.

1893 – Through a duly election, in January, the voters changed the name of County “B,” to Pottawatomie County.

1895 – On January 21, two and one-half months after the first meeting, the newly incorporated town of Shawnee’s Board of Trustees passed a resolution to send a lawyer to Washington, D.C. to try to persuade the Secretary of the Interior to route the railroad through Shawnee.

1906 – The new City Hall was dedicated and opened for business on Ninth street, between Beard and Broadway in mid-January.

100 years ago – LIBRARY & SCHOOL BUILDINGS BURGLARIZED On the evening of January 11, 1917, an unknown burglar broke into and burglarized the Carnegie Library, the high school building, and the Central school building. At the Library, $8.09 in money was taken and some bank exchange was not bothered. At the school buildings, small amounts of change and stamps were taken. An effort to enter the vault at the high school was unsuccessful.

75 years ago – Effective January 1, 1942, the formation of a partnership in Shawnee between L.J. Gregg and the Norton Motor Company, under the leadership of H. Mead Norton and Sam Norton Jr., was formed. The company was called Norton-Gregg Motor Company. The business would continue at the same location of 116 North Union. The enterprise had 23 years of experience in Shawnee, and was known as “Oklahoma’s Oldest Chevrolet Dealer” and “Shawnee’s Oldest Automobile Dealer.”

50 years ago – TUCKER GETS RECORD 50 IN BISON TRIUMPH Northwestern outscored Al Tucker by four points, but the magnificent 6-foot-8 All-American’s record-smashing 50-point salvo on January 13, 1967, carried the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison to an overwhelming 88-54 triumph over the Rangers. The victory boosted OBU into a tie for first place in the Collegiate Conference basketball race.

With a partisan crowd of 1,500 at Clark Craig Fieldhouse urging him on, Tucker broke his own school single game scoring record of 46 points by pumping in a 22-footer from the right corner with 3:20 left. That gave him 48, and the lean ringleader of the 1966 National Championship team made it 50 with a swisher from center field with 2:20 left. A few moments later, Coach Bob Bass withdrew Tucker from the game and the fans gave him another roaring ovation.

25 years ago – PEDESTRIAN INJURED AT SHAWNEE CROSSWALK A 34-year-old Shawnee man suffered injuries on January 25, 1992, when he was struck by a car as he walked along an uncontrolled crosswalk at a crowded intersection. Craig Stuart, complaining of head, neck, and arm pain, was taken by ambulance to Mission Hill Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Stuart was hit by a 1975 Ford driven by a lady as she turned south on Harrison from a westbound lane of Main Street. She said “the sun was in my eyes and I didn’t have my visor down and I just didn’t see him.” A companion who was walking with Stuart was uninjured.

Several bystanders, some of which were nearby residents, were not surprised that the accident occurred at the busy intersection, that did not have “walk/don’t walk” signs.

“I’m afraid to even cross I,” said an elderly man who lived nearby and often walks in the area. He said he goes out of his way to avoid the hazardous intersection. “I can’t get but halfway across the street when the light changes” from green to red, he complained.

The traffic lights changed quickly, a woman agreed, adding that many drivers did not pay attention to pedestrians crossing the crowded intersection.

10 years ago – POLICE ARREST ATTORNEY ON LEWD CHARGES A Shawnee attorney, who represented juveniles in court, was arrested on January 13, 2007, on several complaints, including lewd acts with a minor and possession of drugs. His arrest came after a teenager approached police with allegations that prompted officers to serve a search warrant at the attorney’s home.

Shawnee Police Lt. Russell Frantz said the investigation began on Saturday night. The local attorney was later arrested at his home and taken to the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. He was booked into jail on five complaints: lewd molestation of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Special District Judge Dawson Engle set his bond at $250,000.

Five years ago – BUSY NEW YEAR’S Shawnee police had a busy New Year’s Eve, including at least two foot pursuits and incidents where tasers were used on three suspects. One chase was a suspect who assaulted officers and resisted arrest before taser weapons were used to arrest the person on charges including possession of cocaine.

In a separate incident, a foot pursuit resulted in police using a taser to chase down and arrest a suspect in the 700-block of North Broadway. Earlier, reports of screaming in the 2500-block of North Park resulted in police response to that area and the use of a taser again. Later, the police dealt with a prowler on the roof of Liberty Academy on East Federal Street.

In addition to these events, a store robbery was reported on North Harrison. Reports said that the suspect was wearing a mask and had a firearm. He made away with the cash register.

One year ago – MUSEUM KICKS OFF NEW YEAR WITH MATCHING GRANT Members of the Pottawatomie County Historical Society celebrated the New Year when they received Paul Milburn’s matching grant contribution of $500,000 to build an additional museum to supplement the historical collection in the Santa Fe Depot building. Milburn’s gift enabled the Historical Society to break ground for the new museum during the winter. Shawnee architect John Patterson completed the construction drawings.

(Clyde Wooldridge is a local historian and is currently researching and writing the comprehensive history of the city of Shawnee. Look for its publication, “Redbud City,” in 2018.)