It is always good to have a 15-minutes-of-fame program because that means we are adding more members to our ranks. Such was the case Tuesday for Lion Charles Otto, representing the newest member. Unlike the Okies in "Grapes of Wrath", Otto was born in California but migrated with his parents to Oklahoma in 1946, locating in a small town southeast of Ada. Otto's mother was originally from Oklahoma, and that is why they came here from California. His father bought 40 acres and thought he would be a farmer, but it didn't work out very well. There were some "rehabilitation" programs available back then, so his father took advantage of them and became a teacher, until he felt the "call" to preach and became a Methodist minister. Which, Otto explained, was the reason they lived in several different towns during his growing-up years before graduating high school in Copan.
After high school, Otto joined the U.S. Navy and spent some time on an aircraft carrier, U.S.S. BonHomme Richard, CVA-31. Upon his discharge from the Navy, he came to Haskell, where his parents were living at that time. He was employed by National Tank in Tulsa and began his career of 45 years as a welder. The last six of those years were spent with IC Bus Company, also in Tulsa. Otto retired, and he and his wife bought some acreage in the Twin Hills area, spending a lot of time improving the land. They eventually sold the acreage and moved to Okmulgee.
Needing "something to do", he worked for Walmart for six years, laughingly stating that he put bicycles together, but later admitting that was not all he really did. Nevertheless, we are glad to have this new member join our ranks and we certainly can find something for him to do.
On a related note, the 100-year celebration glass was won by Lion Kyle Powell on the ninth name drawn. We still have a few more slots for a few more good men and women. Come give us a try! "WE SERVE"
Pictured left to right: President Lion R.C. Morrow. Lion Charles Otto, and Program Chairman Lion Ron Martin.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)