It Takes A Whole Village

by LK Wagner - 30 July 1997, Wednesday

Recently I have come across a great masterpiece filled with a wealth of knowledge about the " The Birth of Freedom " and how a town came to be. It was written by John Cable.

John starts off his story of Freedom's beginning with an ancient African tribal axiom that states: " It takes a whole village to raise a child ." He wrote is book for Freedom, and all the people there who raised him. If you want to purchase the book, the Freedom Museum is selling them for $15.00 each ( address - Freedom Museum, Freedom, Oklahoma 73842 ).

In his book John describes the " string of unique events that took place in the vast panoply of our national history " and how Freedom and the surrounding communities played their part in it.

John also states, " ...It was the quest for freedom that brought the first immigrants to this country in 1620. And it was the same quest that brought people to the Freedom Community in the years around 1900-1920. They were looking for freedom of opportunity. They came to take their best shot. Looking for their main chance, in a completely foreign and alien place, to succeed -- or not -- based on their own personal talent, ability, and effort..... "

Fairvalley, Oklahoma

Fairvalley in late 1920sThis photo was taken in late 1920s. The settlement of Fairvalley was started by Marion and Mary Clothier in 1894. That is according to John Clothier and family as taken from the " Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County ". The Clothier's came from Sylvia, Kansas in July of 1894, and settled near Anderson Creek. They lived first in a big tent, then a dugout. The photo above was taken in the late 1920s showing the Buffalo Northwestern Railroad stretched out in front of the town buildings. The Buffalo Northwestern Railroad run from Buffalo, Oklahoma to Hennessey, Oklahoma by way of Freedom, Fairvalley and Waynoka.

If you drive out by Fairvalley you might find a freshly painted sign located just south of the cattle guard. Done in fun and to give the truckers and others something to read as they travel down the gravel road.

If anyone out there spots anyone vandalizing our present sign, please contact Louise whitney, city commissioner;, Everette Whitney, mayor; or Linda, aka Oakie & the Judge.

As I said earlier, this is done in fun and as the Judge says, "Valley of Fair Justice does prevail for All in New Fair Valley, Oklahoma."