Mu-ve along, little dogies

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When I'm writing a column that has a historical angle, I'll look through the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps or the 1957 Polk Directory for Tulsa. Writing about the Pearl District, I was browsing the street listings for 5th Pl.

In 1957, Paul Harvey's mom, Mrs. Anna D. Aurandt, still lived in the house where Paul grew up, at 1014 E. 5th Pl., right next door to "Lee, W Thos Rev." and family, including regular BatesLine commenter S. Lee. (Click here to see a photo of Paul and his mom, taken by Rev. Lee.)

Just a couple of blocks away on the same street, I spotted this name, familiar to those of us who remember the Golden Age of Tulsa television:

1223 Lile Henry D GI7-1048

Henry Lile was a freelance photographer for KOTV and a private pilot, in addition to his day (actually late night/early morning) job delivering Rainbo Bread.

But a juxtaposition further east, near the TU campus, gave me a chuckle.

Sorority Row, then as now, was on 5th Pl. between Florence and Gary: Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Phi Mu, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Delta Gamma. Just across the street from sorority row, right across from the Phi Mu house, at 3123 E. 5th Pl., was a single-story house, owned and occupied by...

D. Leon Cowherd.

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Paul Uttinger said:

According to TULSA ~ The City Beautiful by Mrs Dan Morris, the Junior League of Tulsa began maintaining and managing the Tulsa Convalescent Home for Crippled Children on October 5, 1926. The Home was operated within the house at 1101 E 5th Place. That house still exists at the northeast corner of Norfolk Ave and 5th Pl.

A photo from the mid-1920s shows the corner property with the same buttressed retaining wall that's there now. The photo also includes the two houses to the east (1105 and 1111 E 5th Pl).

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