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Historic Pictures for you from Alva State Bank and The Cherokee Strip Museum of Alva
 

 
 

This is Alva State Bank’s Original Certificate of Authority, from the Banking Department, dated September 7, 1901 in Guthrie Oklahoma. This document states; It is Hereby Certified that Alva State Bank, a corporation organized under the laws of the Territory of Oklahoma, whose place of business is at Alva in the Territory of Oklahoma, subject to several provisions and requirements of the said laws until the 23rd day of August, in the year of 1951. In the Testimony Whereof, I, Frank J. Wykoff, Territorial Bank Commissioner of Oklahoma Territory, have hereunto set my hand and offered my seal of office at the City of Guthrie, the day and year first above written. Signed Frank J, Wykoff, Territorial Bank Commissioner.
 

 
 

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This was the location of Alva State Bank during the 1950’s. As you can see, Alva had just been struck by a significant snow storm, blocking access to the bank and local grocery store
 

 
 

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This is the view facing west of Alva’s downtown, probably before 1901..
 

 
 

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Alva’s Ford Garage around 1935. The Scotty Dog Emblem on the side of the Ford is saying, “Aye, and Thrifty Too!”. This dealership was located on the corner of 7th and Flynn, where Lehr’s Muffler Shop is today.
 

 
 

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Wayne Butler, Ord Dooley and Arlo Collie pose in front of an old filling station.
 

 
 

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Sheriff D.C. Oates examines a paper in Alva’s Sheriff’s office. The other man is unknown. Notice the picture of President McKinley on the wall above. Sheriff Oates served as Sergeant at Arms at the Territorial Convention and later became assistant warden at the penitentiary in McAlester, where he lost his life in a prison break.
 

 
 

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The Share Brothers opened one of Alva’s earliest Mercantile Companies. This photo was taken before 1900. The Share Brothers store remained a valuable asset to the Alva area for many, many years.
 

 
 

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J.M Snapp, known as Matt, to friends and family, brought this house from Christfield, Kansas to his claim near Ingersoll in the early 1900’s. The family line continues right down to an Alva State Bank employee, Vilene (London) Hansen. Matt was Vilene’s Great-Grandfather, and a civil war veteran. Alva State is proud to be Older than Oklahoma, serving this area since 1901.
 

 
 

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This is a photo taken of Alva in 1893, only 20 days after the Land Run.
 

 
 

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This picture was taken of an Alva Office in 1929.
 

 
 

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These advertisements were placed in Alva State Bank’s Customer Statements in the 1970’s. They still apply to our banking services today!

 
 

 
 

This panoramic picture faces west towards Alva’s downtown. The middle building housed the first Alva State Bank location.
 

 
 

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This is the East side of Alva probably before 1900. The Runnymede Hotel is at the far left on the corner of Fourth and Flynn. Visit Alva today to see this recently remodeled historic building!
 

 
 

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This is a picture of Alva facing west at the corner of 5th and Choctaw in front of ‘Mathew’s Garage’. Today the building is Arlo Collie’s filling station.
 

 
 

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The Alva Land Office in 1902 is busy with Miss Saure at the typewriter; A.R. Museller, resgistrar; Irving Stoner with the bowtie; and Mr. W.H. Cofield, receiver.
 

 
 

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It is not known what lunchroom this is, but several visual clues indicate that it was on the south side of the Barnes Street in Alva, just west of the College and Barnes intersection.

 
 

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Alva is home to Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU), founded in 1897 as a “normal school”. The college’s main building for a time was the “Castle on the Hill” a huge, fanciful brick building that towered over much of the town. The Castle burned down in 1935, to be replaced by the more staid Jesse Dunn Hall, which was dedicated in 1937 by Eleanor Roosevelt.

 
 

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This harvest picture was taken near the turn of the century near Avard, Oklahoma. Notice the device the horse is wearing. This helped to ward of flies and other bothersome insects.

 
 

 
 

This is a picture of the Alva Roller Mills during the early 1900s.

 
 

Alva State Bank would like to  thank the Cherokee Strip Museum of Alva for allowing us to borrow and share these Historical Pictures of Northwest Oklahoma.

 
 

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