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Part Five of A Dream Come True by Mike Schmitt

Mike Schmitt is not only my friend but is an amazing gentleman to visit with. His life in professional hockey is a fascinating story. Today we will continue sharing some of that story, which is found in his soon to be published book, A Dream Come True. Mike is married to my lifelong friend, Anita Mills Schmitt and they moved back to Lamar a while back.

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Elementary Student Drop Off Request

Elementary Student Drop Off Request

Hello, Chieftain Family!

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Blacks among Boomers

As the clock struck high noon, the sound of bugles resonated at separate locations across the prairie. Horses sprang forward. Buggies and wagons lurched into motion. Dogs barked uncontrollably, and thousands of voices unleashed shouts of jubilation.

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LINCOLN CITY

An All-Black town, Lincoln City was located in Kingfisher County, seven miles east and two miles south of Dover. Between 1879 and 1882 African Americans left the South and sought political, economic, and social opportunities in northern and western states. By 1889 several thousand black families, recruited to Kansas by emigrant companies, had gathered to await the opportunity to compete for free homesteads in Oklahoma. On April 22, 1889, an unknown number made the land run from the north line of the Oklahoma District into the Unassigned Lands. Only about fifty families found and staked claims, primarily in the valley of the Cimarron River in present Kingfisher County. Three black towns resulted: Red Wing, Wanamaker, and Lincoln City.

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Oklahoma All-Black Towns State Conference

On Saturday, August 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Oklahoma Historical Society is partnering with the Oklahoma Conference of Black Mayors to present the Oklahoma All-Black Towns State Conference, an event that will bring together the mayors of Oklahoma’s 13 All-Black towns. The conference is designed to encourage a network of state agencies to join with the mayors to share resources enabling them to collect, preserve and share their town histories.

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Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)

Living in the past is a waste of your precious and limited resources of time and energy. Time and energy applied to the past is time and energy taken away from the present. Apply your resources to make progress toward your goals.

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Make your bed

Do present day parents require their kids to make the bed every day? I researched this question and couldn’t find the answer. But given the evolution of parenting styles I suspect many do not. Modern parenting provides more freedom of choice to kids that when I was young.

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