Claremore Daily Progress

Community News

July 24, 2012

She called him Uncle Will

Meyer pens remembrances in new book

CLAREMORE — The day began like any other day in the Bartlesville home of James Gunter and Jennie Belle Lane. About noon on Aug. 16, 1935 all that changed, as did the lives of people all over the world and especially for the family of Will Rogers.

Doris “Coke” Lane Meyer, then 16, vividly remembers the phone ringing and her father running from the house. He was headed for the Bartlesville Examiner newspaper offices, where they were reading on the wire services that Will Rogers and Wiley Post had died Aug. 15, in an Alaskan plane crash. The newspaper had called her father, Will’s nephew.
Coke, a nickname she was given as a child in Chelsea, and as she is fondly called by most, has recounted that day many times. Only now that she is the only one living of the great-nieces and nephews of Will, has she decided to put the many remembrances of her famous uncle in print.
“I Called Him Uncle Will” is the recollection of his visits to Chelsea where Gunter Lane and family lived near his parents, Will Rogers’ sister, Maud and Cap Lane. They also saw him often after her family moved to Bartlesville.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum Ropers (docents) will assist with the book signings at the Museum and Ranch. 
They will host a signing party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 4, at the Claremore Museum. She will be in the Birthplace Ranch barn from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Fly-In Day, Aug. 12. 
She will be in Bartlesville at the Bartlesville Area Historical Museum from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 15, the 77th anniversary of the crash. 
Books will be available at the signing parties and are sold in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum Store at $13.99 each.
Coke remembers her uncle “would fly to Tulsa and come to Bartlesville.  In 1925 he gave a talk at the Community Center. Tickets were $1 and $3,” she said with a laugh. She said Will would go to their Aunt Estelle’s (Maud’s oldest daughter) in Tulsa and they would all gather there.

Text Only
Community News
  • OHCE state meeting Oowala OHCE Group attends state conference in Norman

    The 79th Annual State Conference of Oklahoma Home and Community Education was held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center in Norman, Okla. on July 13-15, 2014.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Child abuse awareness Timms brings child abuse awareness to Claremore
    Rodney Timms, a child abuse survivor, will visit the Rogers County Courthouse at 2 p.m. Wednesday as part of his 77 county tour.
     

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Silent Auction Saturday at First Presbyterian Church Claremore

    First Presbyterian Church Claremore will host a Silent Auction from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 19.
    All items remaining in the two houses on 5th Street —105 and 109 E. 5th Street — will be auctioned off, among them, light fixtures, doors, cabinets, shelving, flooring, and more.

    July 18, 2014

  • American Red Cross offers volunteer opportunities

     Disasters don’t take summer vacations. American Red Cross volunteers are needed year round to help those struggling with the loss of their homes and belongings because of disaster.

    July 17, 2014

  • Paula Deen Keen on Deen

    Two weeks ago, Claremore resident Susan Hammett-Krackov took her daughter, Robin Baldwin, on a Mother’s Day excursion to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., to meet celebrity chef Paula Deen. 

    July 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zebra band kicks off summer practice
    A new school year is approaching, and for the Claremore High School Band, that means summer rehearsals.
     

    July 8, 2014

  • Hazel Mooney celebrates 100 years

    Hazel Mooney, a Claremore resident at The Brookfield, is celebrating her 100th birthday party this week.

    July 4, 2014

  • Willis Dr. Willis honored as a ‘Woman of Inspiration’

    Rogers State University’s Dr. Susan Willis was recognized as a Woman of Inspiration for serving her community with relentless dedication and passion while impacting the lives of area youth and community members.

    July 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • U Pick Them Berry picking on the 4th

    Sandra Patterson has her home on land that has been passed down in her family for over 100 years. In 2009 she and her husband, David, decided to do something with all of their acreage.  

    July 2, 2014 2 Photos

  • Edwards-Matheson named new Red Cross Advisory Board Chair

    Misty Edwards-Matheson is the new Advisory Board Chair for the Rogers/Mayes/Wagoner County Service Center of the American Red Cross.

    July 1, 2014