By Rep. Scott Fetgatter
Today I ran into an old friend at the store. We had a long conversation about all that is going on in our world and he asked my opinion.
I have not been public on this issue that is all so disturbing to me, but I feel it is proper and right for me to put out a statement.
I grew up in Okmulgee and love my hometown and friends. I moved home because of the very thing that happened at that convenience store earlier today. When I lived in a large city, I never saw the people I knew at the store, the movies or in restaurants.
I love being in small town Oklahoma.
I want to make clear that I am deeply disturbed by the death of George Floyd. It is horrific, and these types of situations should never happen in our country.
I also 100% support the right to protest and peaceably assemble.
I made this statement to another friend yesterday: “When people are heard they respond, but when they aren’t heard they react!”
Over the past few days we have seen both responses and reactions. We have seen many law enforcement officers supporting (responding to) protestors. We have also seen protestors acting respectfully toward (responding to) law enforcement officers.
We also seen some react in ways that are unacceptable in our society, but I choose not to give them much attention.
While speaking to my friend that I met in the store, I told him “I am sorry, but growing up in Okmulgee I just don’t understand white privilege.”
Because he is my friend, he took time to explain some situations he has gone through to help me. You see, my friend is a black man, and he was compassionate when I made the comment because he knows the intent of where it came from.
Instead of him “reacting” to my comment, he “responded,” and it really helped me understand better from his perspective.
We both shared our thoughts and concerns on these issues, never once raising our voices. We even laughed at each other a bit. We had compassion and probably some empathy toward each other because we both took a brief look into each other’s world.
I really work to understand what people mean when they use terms like systemic racism, implicit bias and white privilege. I want to examine myself and the community and state in which I live to see if these things are present and to root them out if they are.
In light of all that is happening, I am calling on city and county leaders to meet with me and others to discuss these issues and come up with solutions to implement immediately for the future of our district and our state. I want to look at our local law enforcement protocols as well as hear the concerns of minority community members.
But beyond local and potentially legislative action, I want to ask all of the people I represent if they will join me today in looking into the world of another person. Please consider the viewpoint of someone who you believe to be in a completely different place and with a different point of view.
Will you look into someone’s life and try to understand better the challenges they face? Whether rich or poor, disabled or in perfect health, no matter the color of one’s skin, we all face difficulties. Empathy is an underused emotion we can all begin to use more often.
I am thankful for every relationship I have had in my life, and I will continue to cherish the opportunity to better understand your situation.
May God bless our great Nation and the State of Oklahoma in these times of growth.
Scott Fetgatter serves District 16 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Muskogee, Okmulgee, Tulsa and Wagoner.

My dear fellow Americans; How do we keep the people of The United States of America from becoming a herd of cattle being completely controlled in every aspect of our lives, free and independent thinkers with our rights of personal choice in pursuit of our own happiness?
It takes resolve: to have a firm determination to do something and decide firmly on a course of action. America doesn't have to be allowed to become the resemblance of a ghost town with our God given freedoms taken from us. If we must sacrifice our lives, let us do it upon the alter of freedom. It's not too late. It is completely up to the citizens of this nation to see what is happening, decide if we like it or not and if not, strengthen our resolve to fix it. It is in the people's hands. We formed our government. Our government did not form us. If our elected officials won't do something about it, we have the Constitutional power to change that. The real power lies in the people's hands. IT ONLY TAKES A STRENGTHENING OF OUR RESOLVE.
This coming November 3rd (National Election Day) we all have an opportunity to choose and exercise our course of action. All that remains is our developing a POWERFUL RESOLVE TO DO IT. Suggested course of action: We must remove any and all people from public office who believe our government should control us and replace them with someone who believes we should control our government. The choice is OURS. Do we have the resolve?
Please get involved and forward this all over the nation.
John Porter, Harrison, Arkansas.
By State Rep. Logan Phillips
We’re living in a very different society today than we were last month or even last week. As a result, many Oklahomans and District 24 constituents have been affected, whether by reduced hours, unemployment, or significantly lower business due to state, county and city mandates. Your elected officials and I are working to develop ways to support Oklahomans in this incredibly trying times.Logan Phillips
Local economies will take a hit as a result of this pandemic, and it’s important to support our neighborhood and our communities. I encourage my District 24 constituents to reach out to your local charities, public schools, and community organizations. Find those who are the most vulnerable and make a phone call. Isolation and loneliness are going to be detrimental for our communities. Now is a great opportunity to share with others that you care and are thinking of them. Call your elders, help your neighbors and work together.
For the business owners in our community, there are also federal resources available if you are struggling. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal organization that backs small business lending programs. They have revamped their efforts in response to the effects of COVID-19.
Governor Stitt announced Friday that small businesses in all 77 counties may apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA. There will be a variety of small business loans available to businesses affected by COVID-19, but eligibility and other details are still being finalized by federal officials. More info on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is available at
If your business is experiencing a negative impact due to COVID-19, report damages to to prepare to receive federal assistance. Nearly 3,000 Oklahoma businesses have already reported damages through this website. We must protect our economies in our rural towns. When business shut their doors to protect our community, we must support them in every way possible so they open them back up.
Many people, both part- and full-time, have seen a reduction in their hours or have been laid off as a result of company responses, reductions and closures to COVID-19. The State has resources available to help you file for unemployment benefits during this time, and I would encourage those of you affected in this way to consider doing so.
Any employee who finds themselves without a job because of actions taken by their employer in response to this virus can apply for unemployment benefits through the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission. On Saturday, Governor Stitt issued an executive order to waive the requirement that people wait a week after being laid off to file initial claims.
While receiving unemployment benefits, claimants are required to be actively seeking new employment. They must register at within seven days of filing their claim. However, people filing because of a temporary furlough or a reduction in hours are not required to meet these job-search requirements.
Oklahomans in need of information about unemployment benefits can go to the OESC’s website,, which offers online claim filing, as well as answers to frequently asked questions. Claimants will need to provide certain information, including Social Security number and 18-month employment history.
People unable to file online can call (405) 525-1500 or (800) 555-1554, and those who are hearing-impaired can call (866) 284-6695. However, due to the number of inquiries, there are long waits on the phone.
This is a confusing and uncertain time for everybody, and I don’t have all the answers, but I will help you find the answers and solutions you need to keep you and your family secure and safe during this outbreak. This situation continues to develop and is likely to continue for several months, but if we take the precautions now, we can slow community spread and prevent our hospitals from being overrun.
It is time for our community to come together, to work to protect those we love and the way of life we enjoy. If you need me, I am available. The Capitol may be closed, but I am always working.
Stay home, wash your hands, call your loved ones and remain positive.
We are Oklahomans and we will overcome anything thrown at us.
Rep. Logan Phillips, a Republican, represents District 24 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Hughes, Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties.
By State Rep. Logan Phillips
The second regular session of the 57th Legislature is underway and the energy in the Capitol is contagious as everybody gears up for it.Logan Phillips
Representatives began the process of moving into their new offices a few months ago. Last interim, the Senate offices were remodeled, and this interim it was finally time for the House offices to do the same. This is all part of the ongoing Capitol restoration project that started in 2014. There are still several years left before the building is entirely restored.
Some parts of the Capitol, including the fourth floor rotunda, are still under renovation. If you’re making plans to visit the Capitol, I hope you won’t let the construction deter you. Many beautiful parts are still available for visitors to view, and constituents are always welcome to stop by my office for a visit or with questions.
Even when we weren’t in our offices, however, lawmakers were hard at work preparing for the new legislative session. The deadline to file new legislation was Jan. 16. A total of 1,361 new House Bills were filed, in addition to 1,526 bills carried over from last year.
I’ll highlight my own bills in detail as they move through the legislative process. I have a lot of reading to do in the next few weeks as we begin to consider this new legislation. Once session starts, we will hear bills in committee before they are considered for a vote before the entire House.
Last week, we also wrapped up budget hearings for state agencies that fall under the education umbrella. We heard from the State Department of Education and State Regents for Higher Education. Both talked about their current fiscal years, their goals for the next year and looked ahead to next year’s budget request as well.
As you know, all budget requests from state agencies must be approved by the Legislature before the legislative session on the last Friday in May. These meetings ahead of session give lawmakers the opportunity to ask detailed questions before we begin the formal budget process.
The new legislative session begins Monday, and I look forward to getting started and working to better District 24. Thank you for the opportunities to serve!
Rep. Logan Phillips, a Republican, represents District 24 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes Hughes, Okfuskee and Okmulgee Counties.

(Publisher's Note: Henryetta native Brad Sellers spent hours researching the connection behind one of the top 1970s televisions hits and Henryetta. His account of the tie between Charlie's Angels and  early-day Henryetta is presented below.)

by Bradford Sellers 

With the new Charlie’s Angel movie set to premier in movie theaters across the country, most are aware that this film is a reboot of the “Charlie’s Angels” franchise from twenty years ago, starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.
But what younger readers may not know is that the 2000 film was itself a reboot of a campy 1970s-era television icon - the Charlie’s Angels TV show that debuted on ABC in 1976. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the first Charlie’s Angels was a silly show about super-models working as under cover, private detectives. The show featured glamorous starlets chasing criminals, solving crimes and kicking bad guys while wearing high heals. Patently ridiculous, of course the show was an enormous hit fondly remembered by those over 50 years old. Pauline EvansBut what even fewer readers will know is that the star of Charlie’s Angels — megawatt super-model, TV spokesperson and actress Farah Fawcett — has deep family ties right here in Henryetta.
Farrah’s mother, Pauline Alice Evans, was born in Henryetta on January 30, 1914. One of at least 10 children, Pauline seems to have been born into a bustling but down-on-its-luck family, with many mouths to feed.
Pauline’s parents, John Henry Evans and Martha “Mattie” Johnson, came to Oklahoma before statehood. One or both of them may have been Cherokee Tribal members, and some sources claim that they were Choctaw.
In May 1910, John Henry and Mattie lived in Grady County, Oklahoma, but they moved to Henryetta roughly some time in the next year.
We don’t know why they left Grady County, nor why they chose Henryetta. We don’t really know anything about what John did while in Henryetta, but he probably came to town in pursuit of economic advantage.
He may have farmed somewhere around the city, worked in a coal mine, or labored for a local merchant or business owner.
In 1924, John and Mattie Evans lived at 529 East Broadway, a home probably located near where the Walmart store currently stands. Walmart’s address is 605 East Main Street, but the old East Broadway would have run right through the current store. John’s occupation was listed as “laborer.” That’s all we know about his career in Henryetta.
A photograph exists of John, Mattie and the rest of the Evans brood. It was taken during the Henryetta-era, and was probably taken in Henryetta. Pauline is a babe in her mother’s arms, probably around one-year old - thus dating the photo to sometime around 1915.
John Evans family about 1915We don’t really know what the Evans Family did while in Henryetta. We can probably assume that Mattie was busy with the children. Regarding church membership, we have few clues. We know that upon his death in 1926, John Henry’s funeral was presided over by a Baptist minister, Rev. A.H. Huff. Perhaps they were Baptists.
On the other hand, when Pauline died, a Catholic priest presided at her memorial service. Also, she raised Farrah as Catholic, and sent young Farah to Catholic schools. So perhaps they were members of the St. Michael’s parish here in Henryetta.
Mystery also surrounds the Evans Family exit from Henryetta. We don’t know why they left, but we do know that eventually the entire family ended up in Corpus Christie, Texas. It seems that by 1924, some members of the family had already began migrating south. From what fragmentary information exists, probably one or more of the older children opted to make the move to Texas, likely for work reasons, and over time some of the others followed. Maybe the children — most of them teens or adults by the mid-1920s — were looking for better opportunities, or maybe they were just attracted to living near the beach, but they left. This probably included Pauline.
Actor Ryan O’Neal, Farrah’s late-in-life partner and the father of her only son, wrote that Pauline had only a “third-grade education.” If correct, Pauline probably left school in Henryetta at about the age of nine or ten, moved with siblings to Texas, and never resumed her schooling.
Then, in November, 1926, John travelled to Corpus Christie. We don’t know why he went. Was he looking for work so that he could rejoin his children there? Or did he already have an offer? Perhaps he was on vacation, visiting family on the sunny Gulf Coast?
What we do know, is that in December 1926 - only two weeks after he departed Henryetta - John Henry Evans passed away. John died in Corpus Christie of “stricture of gut,” along with complications from “shock of surgery.” According to the Free-Lance, he “was taken suddenly ill" and never recovered. His body was returned to Henryetta for burial. The Free-Lance reported that he was expected to be buried at Westlawn Cemetery, but we find no record of his grave site.
Mattie was still very much alive, and still in Henryetta. In 1928, Mattie was listed as “widow of J.H.” and her address was 711 North First Street — now a vacant lot.
Mattie and the remaining family members finally moved to Corpus Christie in 1928. Mattie had recently lost a teenaged son to unknown reasons, and perhaps that played a role in her desire for a change of scenery. Or perhaps, with her husband and son now dead, she was eager to have the remaining family together again. Pauline’s older sister Bertha remembered returning to Henryetta to bring Mattie with her back to Texas.
In 1930, the federal census shows Mattie residing as a boarder in Corpus Christie. She was not employed. Living with her were her son Robert - employed as a welder - and three daughters. Bertha and Pauline worked as “waitresses” in a “cold drink stand.” Opal, only 14, held no employment.
Otherwise, as far as we know, the large family mostly stayed in Corpus Christie, and were active in civic life. They seem to have been a large, social, happy and close-knit family.
Pauline married James “Jimbo” W. Fawcett in the late 1930s, and in 1947 they gave birth to their second daughter, named “Farrah” because that name went well with “Fawcett.” family
Ryan O’Neal described Pauline as having “a very deep southern accent. She’s a quarter Choctaw Indian, high cheekbones, an older woman but striking. She’s strong and stoic, not at all impressed by Hollywood fame and glamour. She’s been the one sturdy constant in Farrah’s life and Farrah depends on her for advice and emotional support.”
That sounds like Pauline stayed true to her Henryetta roots.
In 1965, about the time that Farrah was leaving for college in Austin, Pauline and her husband Jim moved to Houston, Texas, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Pauline passed away in 2005, after more than 65 years of marriage.
While Pauline lived out her entire life, after 1928, as a Texas resident, she did return to Oklahoma to visit extended family members. At least one Henryettan remembers meeting Farah Fawcett when the future star was about 8 years old.
Pauline also frequently spent extended visits with her famous daughter in California. This probably helped keep Farrah grounded and also provided the star with excuses to decline unwanted invitations. Pauline told a reporter that Farrah could say “I have some plans with my mother,” and that would be the end of it.
Farrah Fawcett honored her mother’s roots in Henryetta. At least one local citizen claims to have met Farrah Fawcett, in Henryetta, back in the 70s. The story is that she walked through the lobby of the old Holiday Inn, flashing that million dollar smile, and waving that gorgeous head of hair. Farrah's poster
Pauline died in 2005 in Houston. She was cremated, given a Roman Catholic memorial service, and Farrah herself kept the ashes.
After a long battle against cancer, Farrah died in June 2009. One of her last requests was that her mother’s ashes be placed in her coffin, and so mother and daughter remain together in death.