1905 – Indian Territory
In 1905, William B. Hudson built and established Henryetta’s first high school at 511 West Trudgeon.
Mr. Hudson arrived in Henryetta with his wife and seven children, in 1903, from La Grange, Indiana. Construction on a new home, at 522 Wet Trudgeon was completed in 1904, and a one room structure at 511 West Trudgeon was built and established in 1905, by W. B. Hudson as Henryetta’s first high school. The carpenter work was done by Adam Cooter, of La Grange, Indiana, and the beautiful cut stone foundations by Bill Black and Arnold McMullen, of Henryetta. Upon completion on the one room school, with outside plumbing mr. Cooter returned to L Grange, Indiana.
Professor Steele, of La Grange, Indiana was then hired as the one high school instructor, with a monthly salary of sixty dollars.
In the building Mrs. Hudson founded Henryetta’s first public library. In 1906 the First Presbyterian Church was organized and having no church building, the one room school was used by members until 1916, when their new church was completed. Other than school, church, and public library, for many years the building was the meeting place for the VFW, Boy Scouts, Red Cross Headquarters during World War I, and other organizations.
Around 1926, the building was moved to 515 West Trudgeon to make room for progress. With horses pulling, and failing to stop at the proper time, the one room school was to remain facing the wrong direction for many years.
The building was inherited in 1945, by William Reid Hudson, Pawhuska, Oklahoma, grandson of W.B. Hudson. The north half was partitioned and rented to Dr. Donald Washington, dentist, and was used by him as his dental office until retirement. Dr. David Warden, dentist, then occupied the building for two years, waiting completion of a new office.
With one half of the interior of the structure remaining in it’s original design, the building was purchased by Mr. Rodney Bones to make room for expansion of the American Exchange Bank parking area.
The one room school was again moved to city property on West Moore, and the building donated by Mr. Rodney Bones to the newly organized Henryetta Historical Society, to be renovated as a future museum.
- First Public Library
- Presbyterian Church
- Boy Scouts
- Civic Center
- Court Room (Judge Morgan Barclay – Murder Trial)
- Red Cross Headquarters during World War I
- American Legion
[Information obtained from James H. Hudson and approved by the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce for entrance into a historical contest]
Today, the original school is located at 410 West Moore St. in Henryetta, Oklahoma and serves as the home of:
The Henryetta Territorial Museum