Preserving Drumright’s History


In 2012, at least a dozen old trees were cutdown and removed on Broadway in Drumright to make it possible to replace the sidewalks that the trees had buckled.

One tree, an old sycamore on the north side of the street refused to come out of the ground, according to Drumright resident Jimmy Cook, who said that the supervisor of the tree removal project said “…not all my machinery or all my workmen could budge that old sycamore.”

Cook said, “To me, that old tree symbolized the determination, dignity and strength of the oilfield worker.”

Cook asked the city of Drumright if he could keep the stump and the board allowed it.

Renowned tree sculptor Clayton Coss, of Inola, Oklahoma carved “The Oilfield Worker in 2012.

On Wednesday, June 10, a group of volunteers led by Drumright Garden Club member Rhonda Frailey took advantage of cool morning temperatures and applied a coat of heavy stain to the carved statue in order to help preserve it.

Accompanyiong Frailey was her neighbor and friend Robert Klock, of Drumright and her grand daughters Sammi and Maddie Vojslavek, of Omaha, Nebraska