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Gov. Alfalfa Bill of Oklahoma

A Fraught Month

For many Americans, 1931 marked the depth of the Great Depression, with high unemployment, bank failures, evictions, and little help from Washington. State governors did the best they could ease the situation, but few governors had more on their plates than Gov. W. H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray of Oklahoma. Looking at a single issue of …

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It’s the Pits

Before backyard pools, municipal swimming pools, and water parks, many Dallasites went for summer dips in the water-filled gravel pits surrounding town. The pits had crumbly banks, uncertain depths, and were filled with chilly rainwater or seepage from small springs. It wasn’t difficult for inexperienced swimmers — and there were few experienced swimmers early in …

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