Long before the white man came, or even before the Kiowa and Comanche settled in the area, Roosevelt was already a booming thriving town. Homes, families, work and play were to be found there just as much as it is today. Roosevelt was the first large Prairie Dog Town.

Roosevelt began life as Parkersburg, named for a Mr. Parker, brother-in-law of C. S. Winn, who headed the Parkersburg Development Company, which had plans to develope a town, somewhere in the county that would be served by a railroad.

Parkersburg proved to be an unsatisfactory name for this little town. Charley Hunter, who was well known as an organizer of townsites and townsite companies, had been a "Rough Rider" under Theodore Roosevelt. He was deeply impressed by the man who later became president, so he selected the name Roosevelt when a new name was needed.

About 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt made a trip to the town that was named after him. The President had heard of United States Marshall Abernathy's skill in catching coyotes alive and wanted to see him in action. He wanted to come to Roosevelt to see Charley Hunter, one of his "Rough Riders". The President came by rail to Snyder, then rode horseback to Roosevelt. Unlike the retinue that accomppanies the president today, he travled practically alone.

The farmers around Roosevelt gave land gifts from their allotments, of 40 acres each to the townsite company to induce them to develop the town.

The land around Roosevelt was good rich farming soil and the town early on became a good trading center. The fall of 1901 was very dry, but rains came in March 1902, making it possible for the homesteaders to to start breaking their sod. They raised more cotton in 1902 on their new plowed ground than they could pick. They were still picking in 1903. The cotton was hauled by wagon to Hobart to a gin and in 1903 a gin was built at Roosevelt by Chickasha Gins.

As World War I, II, Korea and Vietnam came along, Roosevelt sent her young men and women off to fight on foreign soil. The town has stayed a smal and busy trade center. As with many small towns, the young people drifted away to find jobs in other places. Roosevelt remains-----------surrounded by farmland------- and life continues.

Deputy Fatally Wounded by Filling Station Operator at Roosevelt, Okla. Read the newspaper account June 11, 1930, and the appeal filed with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, by the Defendent, Sam Allen.

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