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Ponca City Information

Ponca City History

1929

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1929 - Marland Oil Co. and Continental Oil Co. entered into a plan of reorganization.

The two companies merged under the name Continental Oil Company, better known as Conoco. The new company's logo incorporated the Marland red triangle and the Conoco name.

Continental Oil Company took over the Marland Industrial Institute, and the complex became known as the Quah-Ta-See-Da Club, providing additional facilities for Ponca City's newest golf course at the Rock Cliff Country Club.

Lew Wentz sold his oil holdings just before the stock market crash in October.

The City Commission agreed that the city would not hire employees over 50 years of age until those persons passed a rigid physical examination. Ponca City started construction on an airport, one of the earliest municipal airports in the country. Mayor Mulroy was responsible for getting permission from the U.S. Post Office to secure an airmail stop for Ponca City.

Talking movies were here to stay, and the Poncan Theatre was wired for sound.

Polo playing began in the spring. It had become the elite thing to do in Ponca City to be part of the "horsey set." Ponca City's polo fields of Bermuda grass were noted to be most easy on the ponies' legs. There were stables in many areas on the east side of town, with trainers and grooms working the horses, a tower for grain storage, a tack room and a feed room, and sometimes a blacksmith shop.

Bill Vanselous, owner of the Big V Ranch, began experimenting with types of corn that resisted drought. He developed a white corn that was particularly adapted to western Oklahoma. In 1929, the Big V produced 50,000 bushels of white corn, and it was soon in demand all over the country.

The Royalty Building was constructed at Fourth Street and Grand Avenue. John Duncan Forsyth, architect for the Marland Mansion, designed the mission-style structure.

The two-story building had a retail business on the main level and office space on second floor for Marland.

Sunday, Oct. 29, opened the foxhunting season, and it continued through Dec. 29. The farmers in this area made their land available for the hunters. Marland had imported red foxes from Pennsylvania into Oklahoma, as they were not indigenous to this area. The foxes had a tendency to raid the farmers' chicken houses, but Marland saw to it that all claims were paid promptly.

On June 16, Mayor Mose Shire resigned his position as mayor. Six days later, a mass meeting of over 75 businessmen nominated H.F. Harter to serve as mayor for the balance of Shire's term.

Mayor H.F. Harter presided at the dedication of the new Ponca City Airport, with a reported 30,000 people in attendance. The celebration included a 300-mile air race from Ponca City to Tulsa and onto Wichita, then back to Ponca City.

The city had a contract with Continental Oil to construct individual hangars and then lease them to employees of the oil company.

The Nickles Machine Company opened a new building on South First Street.