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March 11, 2013

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



“They have always been real god to me and no one has ever spoke a cross word to me,” Douglas said.
 Raised in Hamburg, Germany during WWII, Douglas came to Rogers County in the 1950's.
She married an American service man from Chelsea and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
A survivor of the war, Douglas's story actually started in 1943 when she was receiving treatment in Kiel for an eye infection.
Her eye became infected after entering a Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD) camp in Erfde, Germany.
Girls ages 17 thru 21 had to serve in the camps for six months, according to Douglas.
“For most of us from Hamburg, it was a reprieve from being killed in air raids and from being hungry much of the time,” Douglas said.
The girls would leave the camps during the day and work on local farms.
It had been three and half years since the start of WWII and Douglas said she had learned to take it one day at a time.
While seeking treatment for the eye infection, an air raid occurred and she took shelter with others, however Douglas was injured in the attack.
Her leg was hit with shrapnel. Mangled and in need of an operation, she spent a year in the hospital trying to recover.
A survivor of the war, Douglas has many stories of her life in Germany.
She has shared many stories like this one with visitors at the Rogers County Courthouse.
Although Douglas has led a very interesting life she found the law library to be “peaceful”.
It was just one of many reasons she has enjoyed her work as a librarian, according to Douglas.
Beloved by courthouse employees, Douglas and her stories will truly be missed.
The public is invited to attend the retirement celebration. 

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