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March 11, 2013

‘Ollie’ Douglas to retire after 36 years with Rogers County

CLAREMORE — Rogers County will be celebrating the retirement of Olga “Ollie” Douglas on March 15 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Judge Sheila Condren's courtroom on the third floor of the Rogers County Courthouse.

Douglas has worked for Rogers County as the courthouse law librarian for 36 years.
“Judge Jack Mayberry asked me if I would be interested in the job. That was way back before he was a judge,” Douglas said.
She gladly accepted the position and the responsibility. 
“In those days it was real work, there was paperwork and that is not done anymore. It is now all on the computer,” Douglas said.
Things have changed over the years, she added.
Although technology has changed the job, it is not the reason Douglas decided to retire.
When she heard of plans to build a new courthouse, Douglas said maybe the time to retire had come.
“I decided that when the new courthouse was finished or when I turned 90, I would retire,” Douglas said.
The courthouse is scheduled to be complete in April so Douglas will retire just a few months shy of her 90th birthday.
Her age has not slowed her down at all and she currently works each morning in the library.
One of the things Douglas said she is looking forward to in retirement will be going to the Claremore Recreation Center to workout.
Douglas said she currently works out during the week, but retirement will allow her to follow a more convenient schedule.
As far as changes in the courthouse throughout her 36 years of service, Douglas simply says, “It has been a good run.”
“I have seen a lot of changes and a lot of people come and go, but many of the attorneys are still the same as when I started,” she added.
Douglas adds that she only has good memories of her time at the courthouse.

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