This is a snapshot from a Facebook group thread named ‘Remember in Duncan’ – it took off like a rocket up to more than 4,000 members seemingly overnight. The admin was gracious enough to suggest I may copy anything they have but I like this idea better. If you see something you like you may click through to the group via your Facebook account.
Lots of stories from the past and photos you won’t find anywhere else. If you want to try this Facebook Feed on your website, use the link to the right for a version to test drive.
Here is an opportunity to get our old Courthouse back !!!
"Bring the Courthouse Back Downtown" is a joint project effort by DETA and Main Street Duncan to erect a replica of the old Courthouse that was at 10th and Main streets. The sculpture will be 4 feet wide by 3 feet tall and 2 feet deep. The walls will be about 2 inches thick with a concrete roof. It will be hollow inside with LED lights to emit light through corresponding windows with translucent plexiglass. The sculptor is Joel Randell of Luther, Oklahoma. The replica will be placed at the SE corner of Main and 10th streets. The goal is the raise $15,000.00 for the effort. Donations are needed for the project. Make the checks payable to: Main Street Duncan, a 501 C 3 organization. Please send to Courthouse Project, Attn. Hal Pennington, P.O. Box 580, Duncan, Oklahoma, 73533. The goal is to have the replica in place for Founder's Day, June 24th. Thank you for your support ... Carolyn Rodgers and Hal Pennington, DETA Chairpersons. ... See MoreSee Less
Sharon MccordLoved the courthouse and all the memories of driving around it! Bring it back Duncan!2 weeks ago · 1
Virginia SimmsIn my opinion, it was one of the most elegant buildings in Duncan. The postoffice is also a beautiful building.2 weeks ago
Jimmy L. DodsonLove that old courthouse, pains me that it was torn down in 1968. I used to have a Duncan Banner paper route downtown and the courthouse was one of my customers.2 weeks ago
David DeLongLets get Halliburton involved and build it back. Be a neat place for their Duncan Office and a great gesture from them to the town that hs supported them for many years.2 weeks ago · 2
Tommie MartinOne memory begats another. A short block of a 2x4 with mt thread spools for tires. I also had a wood replica of a 30 cal machine gun on a tripod before i started to school. Turning a handle made it pop. It sounded like,,,,well, like a pop!2 weeks ago
Sandy HodgesThis would be so neat and unique to build it back. I loved the old courthouse.1 week ago
Yvonne Monsey MonkresDaddy had his Supt. of Stephens County Schools office in the SE corner on the ground floor. He was elected and we moved to Duncan when I was 6years old, (I think)!1 week ago
Diana Byford GloverPutting a high circular green space in in the center of Main Street where the court house used to be would be excellent idea. With shade trees and a water feature to enhance the courthouse model. I really appreciate the thought people put into building a model but without a surrounding background, I fear the model will just get lost in the concrete grayness of a disused parking lot.1 week ago · 5
Debbie Sutherland YuhrIt will get lost or vandalized......The current generation probably won't understand the significance of that building.1 week ago
A nice 1958 photo of the Palace Theatre from a different angle. The picture shows the pay booth on the right side with nice tile work. The building to the right of the Palace is still there but will be gone in a few years. Notice the nice hanging ferns beneath the marquee. ... See MoreSee Less
Clifford EnglishSeems like I remember the ticket booth still there in the 1960s, but never knew a building had been on the right side.3 weeks ago · 1
Zeldarae Moore DavisI remember the booth on the side and the bicycle stands! Place to go on Saturday when young and Friday night's when we got a little older! We use to go to the first show on Saturday and back then they would let you stay and watch twice!2 weeks ago · 4
Terry WardYes and the cartoons were first so if you saw that and then the show and then the cartoons and the show again, you could stay and see the cartoons or the serial the third time and then my mom would say get home!2 weeks ago · 3
Kathy Perkins SniderI remember it that way and for 25 cents, I got a coke and a Charm sucker every time I went to the show!😀2 weeks ago · 2
Nikki J MorrisYou could stay & watch the movie over & over back then. I would take 50 cents & get into the movie, get popcorn, a giant Sweet Tart or a box of Mike & Ike, a drink, & have enough change left for a big peppermint stick or a handful of Boston Baked Beans from the Gumball machine.2 weeks ago · 2
Glenda Chapelle Hamilton50 centS? when my brother and I would go to the movies, it was ten cents until age 12 and then 50 cents for adults. no way we can see a movie for that price today!!!2 weeks ago
Linda Harris ChancellorCarol Manson introduced me to the Nestle crunch candy bar at the palace2 weeks ago · 1
The Daily Oklahoman newspaper. Caption: "1957 TEACHER OF THE YEAR in Oklahoma is Mrs. Helen White, Duncan, whose 52-years teaching - 35 of them in Emerson school's first grade-are "happy years," she says." Helen White retired in 1964 after the "new" Emerson school was built. A total of 42 years at Emerson school. ... See MoreSee Less
Philip Russell-WorrellRecognized her immeduately, but I had Mrs. Hassler for 1st grade at Emerson.3 weeks ago
Marsha Fenter BolayI loved her!!! Her husband was really nice too. They lived next door to my Aunt and cousins right across the street from Emerson School.3 weeks ago · 1
Nancy Frensley StorrieMy Dad had her in first grade and I had her also in first grade. Great teacher !3 weeks ago · 3
Ann HartMy first grade teacher too! Mrs. white also taught my husbands mom and her sister.3 weeks ago · 1
Vanessa Thomas DuranMy first grade teacher also. She made an impression on my little mind.3 weeks ago · 2
Midge Choat GerberShe was my first grade teacher at Emerson. She was just our size. Loved her.3 weeks ago
Jan Bennett GillespieI can still see her sweet face. She told me everyday not run in the halls and then she'd pat me on top of the head...3 weeks ago · 1
Cathy Cherry CollierAwww!!! Love this!!! Mrs. White was my first grade teacher!!! This is exactly how I remember her!!! No surprise that she received this honor!!!3 weeks ago
John EstesMy wife found the trophy pictured above under the stage at Emerson School. Mrs. White went to church with my family as was my Sunday school teacher in my early years. Sweet lady!!2 weeks ago · 4
Early Duncan banks from 1893 to 1921.
Established about 1893. Owner is Capt. J.T. Jeanes. Located in the 700 Block of Main street in Duncan. The bank will change to First National Bank in 1900.
Merchants and Planters Bank
Established in 1894. The bank was housed in the Fowler – Whisenant building. The building was located on the NE corner of 8th and Main streets. The bank failed May 9, 1904. C.M. Hobbs was the President. He died May 12, 1904. Last payment to creditors was June 1, 1904 by G.W. Volres of Forney, Texas.
First National Bank (# 5379)
Established in 1900. It was located on the SW corner of 8th and Main streets. The first directors were J.T. Jeans, Wade Atkins, James W. Weaver, R.J. Allen, J.T. Warren and J.H. Wolverton. On April 19, 1909, First National Bank changed to a State Bank. In 1912, the charter changed back to a National Bank. On January 3, 1972, FNB becomes First Bank & Trust Co. (same directors in 1900 will est. First National Bank in Comanche, OK in 1902).
Duncan National Bank (# 7289)
Established in June, 1904. The officers were J.M. Armstrong, president, J.M. Robberson, vice-president, W.W. Payne, vice president, J.D. Wade, cashier, and F.W. Jarboe, asst. cashier. Duncan National Bank will consolidate with First National Bank
in November of 1922.
Farmer’s Bank & Trust Company
Established in April, 1906. The Directors are John A. Fowler, J.W. Whisenant, W.P. Fowler, and D.A. Fowler. They will merge with City National Bank.
City National Bank (# 8616)
Established in 1907 on the NW corner of 8th and Main streets in a new building. The Directors are W.P. Fowler, J.W. Whisenant, J.C. McCasland, and W.T. Foreman. The building will also house Duncan Real Estate, and Southwestern Bell telephone operators. City National will sell to First National Bank.
Security State Bank later Security National Bank
Established November 11, 1918. Stockholders were G.L. Dark, E.E. Clark, H.W. Sitton, L.L. Humphreys and M.M. Meeks purchased the bank in March, 1921. In December 14, 1921, the bank changed to a national charter, and became Security National Bank. The original building was located at 9th and Main streets. The bank was remodeled in 1935. In April 1956, the bank moved to 9th and Willow.
Oklahoma National Bank
Established about November 22, 1921, on the SE corner of 8th and Main street. Moved across the street to the NE corner in 1961. ... See MoreSee Less
Mike Nancy GranthamGlad to see him take the building back to its original state. It looks good, even without the two upper floors!4 weeks ago · 1
Catherine Ralls Russell1900 # 5379 Wade Atkins was my great grandfather. Later had the bank in Comanche S6 days ago · 3
Mary Morton-JohnsonMy brother, Ben, was a late night DJ there...played Jim Hindrex Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, at midnight....snuck it in. The owner of the KRHD caught on to it and fired Ben for playing that record.1 month ago · 4
Brent RussellMy mother (Joyce Dennis Russell) was the 1st female DJ there! Late 1950's.1 month ago · 3
Yvonne Monsey MonkresIn the mid'50s Anita Ensey, DHSSenior, had a late evening shoe called "Easy Listening.". Duane Monkres was asked to fill in for her for 2 weeks. Trying to be smooth, (now called cool"1 month ago
Yvonne Monsey MonkresHe introduced the popular love song, Ruby, with " Here's something to sleep on, it's Ruby." He wasn't fired, but they weren't paying him anyway.1 month ago · 1
Brent RussellYep. Just talked to my mom. Anita was 1st. But, Mom says that is only because she was older. 😉1 month ago · 1
Lisa LawrenceI remember the letters being on the front of the building, but I don't remember the sign out front.1 month ago · 1
Hayden KnoxGot my interest in radio TV & journalism there. Never made the big time in the business but sure had a lot of fun. THANKS KRHD!1 month ago · 2
Clifford McGhghyWe had it on while I was home for lunch. Must have been in 1976 because I was the first call with the answer to where Crystal Gail got her name. I won a silver dollar but never picked it up. Reckon it is too late now...lol1 month ago · 3
If you never lived in Waurika, you would not know the real reason for the Lake. My dad was born and raised on a farm just east of down town before you get to the 81 on the hill. I lived there as a small tyke from 1946 - 1951. I was 8 when we moved to Duncan. The reason for the Lake was 3 fold. Just about every spring, the 2 main creeks, Cow and Beaver, would overflow and flood the town. Water would get 6 - 8 ft deep on south main closing all down town and HY 70 along with the Pecan orchards south of 70 and the rail road tracks south of town. The water would be just a couple of ft deep on north main. That was reason #1. Stop the flooding. They needed a new source for drinking water in all that area, those towns was Ryan, Sugdon, Waurika, Hastings, Temple, Addington, Comanche, Corum and Walters. That was reason #2. The last was a new Fish, Game and Recreation area. It would help irrigation, too. Remember how flooded Duncan got out on the 81 many years ago. I have some pictures if you want me to post them. Thank about that happening just about every year with the water getting 8 ft deep. That's what all the Hype was about with Waurika Lake. I have kin folks that lives all around that lake... ... See MoreSee Less
Decole James MyersExactly, and I say if people keep complaining about Waurika Lake... Let's just turn all their water needs over to Duncan Lake and Humphrey.... ;)2 months ago
Linda Harris ChancellorMy father wanted to move down there on the lake in the 60s but mother wasn't going nor was my little sister2 months ago
Billy EdwardsBack before the lake was built. My Dad and uncles wood noodle for catfish near where Beaver Creek crossed the Corum/Hastings road2 months ago · 1
Kenneth CollinsworthYou are definitely right Mutt..pre- Waurika Lake and early 1950's my parents and I went to South Main and. Watched National Guard troops pulling people out of high water in 2 & 1/2 ton (duce and half) Army trucks!4 weeks ago
Rolline CoxMy grandma mentioned camping at Beaver Creek one night in her 1900 diary. I think they were going to Ft Sill to register that they still lived on Indian Territory.2 weeks ago
Betty Jennings RobinsonI remember Cow Creek flooding when I was in school and rode the bus. I also remember Waurika Lake being built, but I did not know the reasons. Thanks for sharing.1 week ago
Mutt A RoseVerna, I had an Aunt by marriage whose name was Myrtle. My mother's middle name was Myrtle. Now give me more info as to who you are talking about. My email is email@example.com days ago
Cecil HollandWhat a strip! Total Blast> You can take the boy out of the town but you cant take the town...2 weeks ago
A February, 1953, night photo of Downtown Duncan shot from the Courthouse area. The brick streets are now asphalt and in need of repair. Businesses on the South side of the picture are the Palace Theatre, Merchant’sClub, Montgomery Wards, Ensley Tire and Supply, Strachan Jewelry, Little’s Print and Stationary, Duncan Saving and Loan, and Security National Bank. On the North side of the street are Duncan Motor Co. (where First Bank & Trust is), Porter’s Barbershop, Morton and Morton Insurance and Real Estate, J.C. Penney’s, Yellow Cab Company, Turf Bar, and the Barrett Building (where Ben & Ray used to be) on the corner. You and see Oklahoma Tire and Supply on the SE corner of 9th and Main. (photo from the Stephens County Historical Museum). ... See MoreSee Less
Dale NicholsUnder the Palace markee, it looks vaguely like a man wearing dark clothes and a light colored hat. It could be Neb Lawson who was the dog catcher and checked all of the doors downtown starting at about 10pm each night. Neb was a great guy and well known to the kids for his role as dog catcher. Neb was so kind hearted he kept most of the dogs he caught and had about 40 at his home.7 months ago · 1
Janie SolomonOh my home town,born,raised and still live here. I can't think of another place on this earth I'd rather be...Vacations are great but always good to be home7 months ago · 2
Joey PettyCrissy, I just remember how pretty you were. I just hope we are true friends . I always admired your tenacity. You are a wonderful person&Ihopewe can see each other some day. You know Pineapple got killed but I was asked to carry his Legacy. Dennis always thought you were beautiful but was always afraid to tell you.Hes gone now& I thought this might be the time to share with you because I was just sitting here thinking how much shit we went through together. We all miss you Pineapple.7 months ago · 1
Jack SylvesterAt that time, Duncan Motor Co. (Ford) was open until either 10 or 12 at night. Dad worked there for several years and was on the evening shift for a couple of years.7 months ago
Betty Jennings RobinsonThis was when I was six years old. I thought the lights on Main Street were magic! We lived way out in the country where there were not many lights at all.1 week ago · 1
Photo of the “new” Duncan Drive-In Theatre in 1949. The Drive-In was located at the NE corner of the 2-lane Highway 81 and Plato Road. The show did not start until dark which would make a long night if it was a double feature … So, did you go to the Duncan Drive-In ??? (there are two more great pictures just below this one). ... See MoreSee Less
Jack SylvesterWhen I was working during the summer I would go to the drive-in after work for a movie. I got off at 9:00 and usually got there right as the feature started.1 years ago · 1
Ann PorterDefinitely!! As a child, loved the summer because we'd go to the drive in early enough to play on the playground in front of the screen. They even had a small train that ran around in an oval. Not sure if that was the same train that ended up at Kiddie Land. As a teenager, we used to see how many we could get in the trunk.1 years ago · 5
Robert BilbreyFirst time I remember going to the movies was right there also after it closed down I remember my father bought a bunch of the concrete blocks from there my job was to chip off the pink tiles lol1 years ago
Jimmy L. DodsonYeah, went there several times. Most embarassing moment: I drove off with the speaker still attached to the window. Broke the glass pretty good. Back then they didn't have mobile glass repairmen.1 years ago · 3
Richard RoweMany a hot date at the drive-in. I remember walking to the concession in the winter and the windows being fogged over in many of the cars. Mine along with them LOL!!!1 years ago · 1
Marsha Fenter BolayDow Pannell on the far left, Susan McVey right behind him. Kay Kile far right, and Debbie Bentleyto the left of Kay (Holding her arm out)....5 years ago
Debbie Bentley GarzaNatasha, I can't believe you have these pictures! Do you know what happened to Dow Pannell?5 years ago
Marsha Fenter Bolayhahaha....Debbie, the last I heard dow lives in Comanche and is a preacher there.5 years ago · 1
Joann BallDow used to own a convenience store in Comanche. He is now on the staff of Ray of Hope Church, pastoral ministries, I believe. He's on the Comanche school board and has been for years.5 years ago
Teresa Kindred MillerThis reminds me of when we were in grade school and weren't allowed to wear slacks.5 years ago
Teresa Kindred MillerAnd look at that clothes line! I used to have to go out and bring in those frozen clothes when it was cold.5 years ago · 2
Debbie Bentley GarzaMe too, Teresa. Remember how stiff the towels were after they dried on the line?5 years ago