Maud, OK

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Year Built: April 16, 1896 | Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedEndangeredGutted
Photojournalist: Jennifer BurtonLeslie Flaming

History:

Maud, OK is best known as the birthplace of Wanda Jackson, the queen of rockabilly. The town is located at the intersection of State Highways 59 and 9A, with its western half of the town located in Pottawatomie County and its eastern half in Seminole County. The town was established along the dividing line between Oklahoma and Indian territories and in 1890 a barbed-wire fence was built from the North Canadian River to the Canadian River through the middle of town to keep Indians out of Oklahoma Territory. However, the fence did not deter the illegal distribution of alcohol to the Indians.

On April 16, 1896, a post office was established and the town named after Maud Sterns, a sister to the wives of the two owners of the first general store. Astronaut Leroy Gordon Cooper Jr. was the grandson of Philip Cooper and his wife Cora Sterns who were one of the owners of the store. A railroad depot built in 1903 serviced four passenger and eight freight trains daily on the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway (in 1923 the Oklahoma City, Ada and Atoka Railway). In a short time one general store, three dry good stores, two drug stores, one blacksmith, three cotton gins, and one funeral parlor were built. The first newspaper, the “Maud Monitor”, was published in February 1904. Maud was incorporated on July 21, 1905. By 1910 the population had reached 503.

In the early 1920’s, due to the discovery of oil, Maud became a boomtown with an estimated population of 10,000, and its business district doubled. However, by 1930 Maud’s population dwindled to 4,326. At the turn of the twenty-first century the Maud Historical Museum was located on East Main in the old Irby Drugstore, and the town had a population of 1,136.

Wanda Jean Jackson

In 1937 Wanda Jean Jackson was born in Maud. Her father Tom played piano in bar bands and worked whatever odd jobs he could find during the Depression. In 1941 he loaded up the family and headed for California and a better way of life. The family settled in Bakersfield.

Wanda first learned to sing in a church gospel choir. Her father bought her her first guitar, gave her lessons, and encouraged her to play piano as well. In addition, he took her to see such acts as Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, and Bob Wills, which left a lasting impression on her young mind. Tom moved the family back to Oklahoma City when Wanda was 12 years old.

While attending high school in 1952, Wanda won a talent show at a local radio station. Her prize was a daily fifteen-minute radio program on KLPR. The program, soon upped to 30 minutes, lasted throughout Jackson’s high school years. Jackson began her professional career while still attending Capitol Hill High School in Oklahoma City after being discovered by Hank Thompson in 1954, who heard her singing on local station KLPR-AM and invited her to perform with his band, the Brazos Valley Boys.

After graduating from high school, Jackson began to tour with her father as manager and chaperon. She often shared the bill with Elvis Presley, who encouraged Jackson to sing rockabilly. She was a cast member of ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri from 1955–1960, and in 1956 she signed with Capitol, recording a number of singles mixing country with rock and roll. “I Gotta Know” was released in 1956 & peaked at No. 15.

First Baptist Church of Maud

Built: 1926 Abandoned: 2008

They stopped using the church because the roof leaked and they got black mold inside. The cost of cleaning it, carpet, piano, pews and everything else was way too expensive for them to do. They built a new church.

Maud Masonic Temple

Built: 1929

Maud masonic temple built in

Sunset Estates of Maud

 Built: Abandoned: 2006 Status: Restored

Sunset Estates was opened as a long term nursing facility in 1977 for medicaid and medicare patients only. There were 62 beds.

They provided many services to residents such as clinical laboratory services, dental services, dietary services, mental and social services and speech and language pathology. In 1997 a Pottawatomie county judge found Sunset Estates (medi-plex) not guilty in a case filed against the facility.  The case concerned injuries a patient suffered when she fell from her bed in 1994. In 2002 they were cited with 4 deficiency violations by the state fire marshal concerning smoke alarms, sprinkler system, faulty electrical wiring in the attic and fire extinguisher certifications. By September of 2002 it had changed ownership four times. In 2006, the facility was unable to secure funding through the states medicaid program and was forced to close its doors.

Maud Residential  care 65 beds

Article by AOK Photojournalists Jennifer Burton and Emily Cowan.

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Scott Tribbey
Scott Tribbey
5 years ago

The drug store that was in Maud, was originally operated by a Arthur William Tribbey. This was my Great Grandfather. Has the drugstore been converted into a museum? Also my Great Great Grandfather Alpheus Milton lived there off of Broadway. I have been able to find the obits on their deaths.

John Lineberger
John Lineberger
8 months ago

I work for a couple, Jim (91) and Sue (89). Jim has been gone most of his life from there but has a sister and step brother buried there
1925-1929 time frame
Baby Benny Smith <1924->1927,
Baby Ketchum

Jaclyn Malcom
Jaclyn Malcom
4 years ago

I’m not sure why you are calling Maud a ghost town, while we have quite a few abandoned properties and the town has declined in many ways it is by no means a ghost town or abandoned. We have open schools, post office and businesses; we have community events and a decent population considering all the other oil boom days communities in the area.

Larry Wade Drennan
Larry Wade Drennan
1 year ago

I lived in Maud from 1947 till 1955. Attended school from the 2nd grade until the end of the 8th grade when my father was transferred to West Texas. He worked for Mobil Oil Co. My mother was a beauty operator working for Mrs. Roberts at the beauty shop in the Roberts Hotel. I made many friends in Maud and am still friends with many of them today. Maud was a great place to live during that time. I will always have fond memories of living there.

Mark Crook
Mark Crook
4 years ago

Wow, Maud is full of memories for me, some good, some, well….. I am glad to see that some people are trying to keep it going! My grandparents (Gilbert "Sr." and Dorothy Crook lived there (ever since I can remember) after moving from Ray City. They sold beef to O-Daniel's grocery from their farm south of town. My father Gilbert "GM" Crook as well as my aunt Marvella Crook (Martin), uncle E.O. "Corkey" Martin and my brother Bruce Floyd graduated from Maud high. I went to high school in Maud 72 to 76. I graduated and couldn't wait to leave… Read more »

James L. McMeekin
James L. McMeekin
4 years ago

My father, Maynard Wilbur McMeekin, drilled oil wells near Maud beginning in early 1927. He met my mother, Dolly Hamilton, at a watermelon stand in Wewoka. They married in 1928. Apparently there was no housing available in Maud and the newly weds lived on the edge of town in a tent with a board floor and board walls about five feet high. I was told the area of tents was referred to as "Rag Town." I was born in the Maud Hospital on the 28th of August, 1929. As a baby, I spent the first 18 months of my life… Read more »

ron hathcock
ron hathcock
5 years ago

would like to find some who is doinggeneology on the hathcock linr .green loyd is my great great uncle whose father is loyd green hathcock, green is buried in one of the cemetaries around maude. My email is rjhath1950@gmail.com thanks ron hathcock

Terry
Terry
5 years ago

Hello friends, thank you for your work on the history and comments of a town That holds heart felt memories. My family and I moved to Maud by accident in 1954. Grew up there from the 1st grade through the 6th. My fathers family all grew up in Maud, Oklahoma. My grandparents were Carl and Ida Skeen. They had the plumbing company and also took care of the Cummings Cemetary. I remember all the families that owned the stores in downtown Maud. Seeing the pictures and reading some of the comments posted brings back so many memories. For me…. It… Read more »

Shirley Bowder
Reply to  Terry
5 years ago

Amen! Shirley Coward Bowder here. Was my home too. In fact my husband 's family the Crawfords are still there. We live in Ardmore. We come to see them. (overdue) But, Maud will always be our home.

Vicki
Vicki
6 years ago

Would your site be interested in a scan of the graduation class photos of class of 1947?

dorthy
dorthy
Reply to  Vicki
4 years ago

Yes would love to see pictures of the class that graduated from Hackleburg high I graduated in in 1947 and married Elvis Raper and moved to Mich, He has passed away and I am inOhio now with My daughter, thatguy15111@gmail.com thanks

John Graham
John Graham
6 years ago

Does Maud still have records of Births and such from when it was incorporated? My grandfather, Elmer S. Graham was said to have been born in Maud, OK around 1905. Looking to see if there are any records of him or any other Graham's from that time. _

B Goodman
B Goodman
6 years ago

My father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather came to Maud from Denton, TX in 1928 to work on a "boarding house." My great-grandfather probably worked in the oil fields. Does anyone who lives in Maud know if there is a hotel or boarding house from 1928 still standing? I would love to see a photo.

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris
Reply to  B Goodman
22 days ago

No . my great grandmothers house was right by it. It is gone also

IrisheaglesOne
IrisheaglesOne
7 years ago

I absolutely love old cities and this one brought tears to my eyes. I came to Oklahoma 7 years ago and I love everything about it but cities like Maud capture my heart. I see the pictures that you have taken and I see the reality but I also see what it once was. The hustle and bustle of full stores, people standing around talking amongst themselves, small city life where everyone knows each other and cares whether or not someone hurts. I do not know if the town was really that way or not but the beauty in those… Read more »

Pat bowen
Pat bowen
7 years ago

Patsy Hammett Bowen, My name, went to school in Maud………and attended the First Church of God all of my growing up years. I have often wondered about one of our high school teachers, Jean Pittsenbarger, her father was the pastor at the church. Anyone know please give shout out. Also Danny O'Daniel???????
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Pat Bowen
7 years ago

I was brought up in the country east of Maud. My brother Bill and I attended Maud High school. Happy to find this site. Is there any recent updates from the museum?

faith bennett
faith bennett
7 years ago

although I am only 15 I grew up in maud Oklahoma and some of my family members still live there or in the niehboring towns I am proud of were I grew up and will always that little town that I call home<3

العاب تلبيس اطفال
7 years ago

It’s onerous to find educated individuals on this matter, but you sound like you already know what you’re speaking about! Thanks

Randy Kowalski
7 years ago

I spent my senior year in Maud, got my first job at Bodkins Furniture Store and worked as a life guard at the Maud Pool. During my brief stay, I made many friends and had the privilege of meeting some of the friendliest people around. My life in Maud was a Blessing. Its been almost 40 years now since I left, yet the memories of the good times spent in my little town still register as the best. My travels have been extensive and my experiences vast so I can honestly say the friendliest, most down to earth people I… Read more »

Robert Caracik Jr.
Robert Caracik Jr.
Reply to  Randy Kowalski
4 years ago

Hi Randy, I had the chance to meet you while attending Maud High during my exchange student program back in 1974. I was staying with Ann and Jack Arnold (Arnold Hardware Store at main st.) visiting from Brazil.
We were playing basketball, remember? Sterling Harjo was the team star at that time.
I had the chance to visit Maud back in 1995 and the city was really
Hope you are doing well.
I was reading about the earthquake and bumped on this site.
God Bless you!
If you get this message drop me a few lines! robert.caracik1@gmail.com

Robert

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris
Reply to  Randy Kowalski
22 days ago

I remember when the pool opened.we were so happy. Was there all the time. Tommy Jackson was lifeguard and his brother can’t remember his name

linda smith
linda smith
7 years ago

Love all the photos! I grew up in Shawnee and don't remember ever going to Maud but I plan to visit soon as my sister's daughter now owns a cafe there and I am anxious to visit her as haven't seen her since she was a child. I recall there used to be a man who restored old photos there as my aunt took some to him many years ago, does anyone remember him?

Carrie
Carrie
7 years ago

I hope that someone would come to maud and see how beautiful maud is and and restore the town.:)

David McVey
David McVey
8 years ago

I am looking for a Rick Hudson that is thought to be living in Maud. If anyone here knows this man, please tell him that David McVey is trying to reach him. email dave_exp@yahoo.com

Billy Bennett
Billy Bennett
Reply to  David McVey
7 years ago

David the only Hudson I knew in Maud was Jim Hudson. We were in the same class,Class Of 1971

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris
Reply to  Billy Bennett
22 days ago

I remember Jimmy

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