Claremore Daily Progress

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June 2, 2014

New Ropers join WR Memorial Museum


Volunteers from Oologah, Claremore, Chelsea, and Collinsville have completed a training program to become the latest graduating class of Will Rogers Memorial Ropers.
The newest Ropers since the program was initiated in 2008, bring to 51 the number of active docents, according to Steve Gragert, Museum executive director.
Hill is a retired Oologah teacher and rancher associated with her father, Joe Tanner, and husband, Joe Hill, and their sons. She shares both a friendship and kinship with Will Rogers through her maternal grandfather, Clarence Lipe. 
He was the son of Clark Charlesworth Lipe, connected to the Rogers family not only through the Gunter family as far back as Alabama, but as neighboring Indian Territory and Oologah ranchers and business partners.
Bolin first visited the Will Rogers Memorial Museum more than 40 years ago on his honeymoon.  He lives in Claremore, where he raised his family and enjoys working with horses.
Morton and her husband, Bob, are long affiliated with the Will Rogers Stampede Rodeo. She is retired from Rogers County juvenile services.
Kirtley is no stranger to Will Rogers Memorial Museum. She worked for the Claremore Chamber of Commerce several years and was involved in Will Rogers Days projects. Recently retired as CEO of First Financial Group of America in Houston, she returned to Claremore to be near her two sisters.
Thompson is an American Airlines retiree. 
She earned a degree in anthropology and is eager to learn more about local history. 
She grew up in Maine, joined the Air Force, and met her husband. They came to  Oklahoma for him to attend Spartan School of Aeronautics and remained here where they raised two sons. 
Sherrer and his wife, Ginny, live on a ranch in the Tiawah community. He has a degree in agronomy from Oklahoma State University but spent his career with the Tom James Company. 

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