Maud, OK

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City/Town: Maud
Location Class: Disappearing Town
Year Built: April 16, 1896
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedDisappearing Town
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.

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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.

Special thanks goes to Sue Peters at the Maud Historical Museum for her assistance in research.

Museum hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday’s & Sunday’s or call (405)-374-2880 to make an appointment.

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For more info on Wanda Jackson visit.
http://www.wandajackson.com

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Vicki
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Vicki

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

dorthy
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dorthy

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
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John Graham

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
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B Goodman

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.

Arlie Okuna
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As per usual you’ll have created one more good quality read, your style of posting is indeed sincere and i really like reading them.

IrisheaglesOne
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IrisheaglesOne

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
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Pat bowen

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
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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
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faith bennett

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
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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
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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.
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Robert Caracik Jr.

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

linda smith
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linda smith

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
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Carrie

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

David McVey
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David McVey

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
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Billy Bennett

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

Kim Hovden Williams
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Kim Hovden Williams

My grandparents, W.L. and Ruby Holbert, lived in Maud in the 1960's and 1970's. Does anyone remember them? Also, my parents, Al and Nelda Hovden lived there briefly in the 1960's. I remember visiting my grandparents and going to the "ropings" on weekends.

Danie
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Danie

I don't understand why they have Maud listed as a Location Class:•Ghost Town. My mother, grandfather, uncle, brother, nephew and niece still live in Maud. There is a high school there. Just because downtown is not what I once use to be. Does not mean it is a ghost town. I remember when downtown was very active when I was a kid. We could ride our bikes anywhere we wanted to in town and everyone knew each other.:)

Joshua blankenship
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Joshua blankenship

My name is joshua blankenship and my uncle bobby watson is the mayor i grew up in this town and a lot of my family lives here i now live in seminole becuz its closer to my job but i have wonderful memories of growing up in the eighties and nineties growing up in a small town taught me a lot if valuez and things i wouldnt have learned in the city. I know my uncle works hard to improve the town and its one of the great small towns if the u.s. i miss the days of riding my… Read more »

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Joshua, is there any way to pass a Blight Citation on the junk in front of some of the stores? In a bigger town you couldn't get away with all the refuse just sitting out in the open. And please tell your Uncle maybe if you all can come up with some sort of a festival it could bring in some money. Someone has a Pecan Festival trying to beat a Guiness record every year. Someone else has a Sand Bass Festival. We have a Strawberry Festival and a Watermelon Festival. What can Maud have? Too bad there's no market… Read more »

Roger Copeland
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Roger Copeland

I was born and raised in Maud; my father and my mother were both born in Maud. My grandfather and grandmother moved there in 1907 and opened a grocery store – Copeland's IGA…I'm 70 now – as old as many of the folks who came into the store when I was a kid working there – lots of water has gone under the bridge since then, but nothing will ever match the magic of growing up in Maud. The friends I made through those 12 years of school there are still friends today – treasured friends – I feel sorry… Read more »

carol
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carol

Any information you could provide on my great grandfather TJ Simpson, original settler in 1900's, laid to rest in Cummings with his wife, Polly Bell Kinslow? The Simpson Farm West of town I think is gone now, but his mineral rights live on.

N Parker
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N Parker

Did you know Bill Collins or his kids, Billy Jim, Duane, and Betty Lou? They lived at 205 washington.

Linda flesher
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Linda flesher

My name is linda flesher do you remember going to school with my husband Cecil flesher

Gary Thompson
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Gary Thompson

Did you know anybody named Fife ?

Mary Rhoades Dubben
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Mary Rhoades Dubben

I was born in Shawnee, but Maud was my home. My mother, Selma Pugh. came to Maud with her parents and twin sister when she was 19 years old–1926. My father, Glenn Rhoades, came to Maud in 1937. He was hired by D. D. Kirkland as an Industrial Arts and Math teacher. He held that position except for one year at his choice moved to St. Louis and then back to Maud the next year for 35 years. Maud was always there home. The museum held a very special place in their hearts after it was opened and they enjoyed… Read more »

Jody Everett
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Jody Everett

Your father taught me math many years ago while I was in Maud High School. I built upon this and my education at Gordon Cooper Vo-tech to get an electrical engineering degree at OSU. This degree has paid for itself many times over. It is still paying today. Mr. Rhoades was an excellent teacher, the best one that I had while at Maud.

David
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David

I lived in Maud for a few years as a boy. I was friends with Ray and Betty O'Daniel who owned O'Daniel's Food Mart. I hate to see that the town has fallen apart. It's gonna become a ghost town soon.

Jody Everett
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Jody Everett

I grew up in St. Louis and went to high school in Maud. My grandparents lived out in the north of Sacred Heart. I still remember doing with them on Saturday to the prize drawing that was always held. They bought their clothes at Gosses(building gone now), groceries at Copelands(building gone now) and their animal feed at O'Daniels(building being torn down now). Kind of sad. The problem is employment. That is why I no longer live in that area(or even in Oklahoma). Lack of jobs is the problem for many a small town in the US, the jobs have either… Read more »

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