Memories of county’s favorite son still live

Doris “Coke” Meyer, grand-niece of Will Rogers, and Joe Grayson, Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation, placed a wreath at the Will Rogers tomb Tuesday marking the anniversary of his Aug. 15, 1935 death in an Alaskan plane crash. Colors were posted by members of the Cherokee Nation Talking Leaves Job Corp and drumbeat to the “Lord’s Prayer” by Stanley John, Talking Leaves coordinator. Grayson talked about Will Rogers birth in the Cherokee Nation and his Cherokee heritage. The wreath-laying tribute to Will Rogers and Wiley Post was started with a fly-over by Steve Kirby, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper assigned to the aviation division.

Ron and Meredith Lessley fly in from Claremore Regional Airport to the Will Rogers Dog Iron Ranch Sunday in Lessley’s 1947 L-16. Ron Lessley has been participating in the fly-in most of the history of the event. Pilots came from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.

Gail Frakes Booth and her father, Dale Frakes, Will Rogers-Wiley Post Fly-In chairman, after unveiling an oil painting by Booth. The painting depicts Post in the Winnie Mae and Charles Lindbergh flying over the Dog Iron Ranch, birthplace of Will Rogers. The painting will hang in the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore.

COURTESY PHOTOS / Will Rogers Museum

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