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A view of the Harmon County Historical Museum sign


East Wall at Museum
Photo by Jeanette Coaly 2008
102 West Broadway Street, Hollis, Oklahoma.

Welcome to Harmon County !

Sue Harris, Curator....Museum Hours 11 am to 4 pm....Tuesday - Friday....580-688-9545

click here for January l, 2012 NEWSLETTER

Input from the community is very informative in keeping the Museum open. Your ideas and suggestions are very important to us. Memorials and dues continue to support the Museum and the maintenance on our building. Dues are $15.00 per person and $25.00 per couple.

click here for JUNE 2011 NEWSLETTER

click here for Dec 2010 NEWSLETTER

click here for JUNE 2010 NEWSLETTER

-Feb-Mar 2010 Newsletter, read about events here....

""Planning Route 3" a History of Harmon County is now For Sale at the Museum....
344 pages of Harmon County people, businesses, organizations and bios...cost $75 + $4 postage = $79.00 ...value priceless.....Book on CD For Sale

click for a VISIT to the new GOULD SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY MEMORIAL in GOULD, Harmon County, Oklahoma.. COMPLETED

click for "INDEX" of STORIES OF PAST BUSINESSES a 2007 project of Donna Wiley and Betty Motley

celebrate..celebrate..Change your Calendar from August to "OCTOBER, 2011"..celebrate..celebrate

Harmon County is steeped in history;
from the years when this land was the new home to our pioneers.
Harmon County Historical Museum
The Harmon County Historical Museum was established in 1987.
It is a Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax deductible.
The Black-eyed Pea Festival proceeds, along with dues and donations provide operating funds for the museum.
2007 The Black Eyed Pea Festival was an official 2007 Oklahoma Centennial Event

2009 date changed from August to October "Cotton Pickin' Festival"

a was a VISION turned into REALITY by the
Harmon County Historical Society
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Harmon County Historical Museum
102 West Broadway Street
Highway 62
Hollis, Oklahoma
Hours: Tues - Friday 11 am to 4 pm

Other times by appointment!
Please, call 580-688-9545
E-Mail: [email protected]
Prints For Sale
THE CHARLTON HOME, 202 East Jones Street, Hollis, Oklahoma,
built in 1906 by Dr J E Jones, the father of Hildreth Jones Charlton, the resident from 1933.
This was the first large home in Hollis,
another first.....indoor plumbing!
LU HASKEW, artist Signed and Numbered


Bricks Left Abernathy Sign Bricks Right East Wall
royal Military Hollis Drum Bank
Click...on Photo for larger view!

Photos by Jeanette Perrin Coaly
Jan 2003

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"THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE......... and Other Poems" Cowboy Poet, DARIN BROOKMAN,
2004 NEW BOOK..."Where Sagebrush Grows" .... Harmon County talent!

new photos of McKnight School and Sypert Hill School

Additional pages on this site:

From 1906 and OBITUARIES
Past and Present News
Obituaries Past and Present

Flag of the Great State of Oklahoma


PURPOSE: To maintain the Harmon County Historical Museum. To protect and preserve Harmon County history.
MEETINGS: General membership meets every fifth Monday.
Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Monday.
ELECTIONS: Officers elected every two years. Board members serve three year terms.
MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES: Members entitled to attend all regular and special events of the Society and Museum.
Members elect officers and other members of the Board of Directors.

COUPLE........$25 ANNUAL

MEMORIALS: Donations given in memory of a loved one go toward the perpetual care of the Museum.
The society will send a card to the family, notifying them of your gift.
You receive a donation receipt for TAX purposes. The museum receives your ongoing support.

I study History not because we make it! But because we were made by it!

View Photos of Places in Harmon County
E-Mail your Photos for display Here

MESSAGE:... Questions were asked about a film made in Hollis with local actors.....I now believe this to be the VCR we have been selling titled "HOLLIS ON PARADE 1936" previously mailed by Joan Patton Doolittle. Some of the scenes are:
Scene 1 Girl tap dancing
Scene 2 Hollis City Drug-W D Ewing and Abie Petrie
Scene 9 J N Coursey, H H Reeves, Charley Younger, Ona Lee Yowell Boyett, Gayle Hollis, Chester Caswell Scene 14 Students Class of 1936 Boothe Charleton, Nadine McClure Taylor, Lloyd Stone, Madeline Doolittle. Others Jane Watson, Boyd Parr, Don Royal R L Patton Miss Mary Gillentine, Earl Brecheen and Claude White. We still have several more tapes for sale
.... your curator

Links relating to Harmon County:

Robert Keys Torn and daughter
see article

March 26, 2007 The Keys Quads
Paul Pendergraft
Senior Producer, News and Public Affairs
88.7FM, KUHF-Houston Public Radio

4 Jun 1915 - 19 Aug 2011


a remarkable woman with an incredible life story, died on the 19th of August 2011, at the age of 96, and went to be with the Lord she loved. She and her quadruplet sisters, Mona Keys Fowler, Mary Keys Anderson, and Leota Keys Hall, were born on the 4th of June 1915, in Hollis Oklahoma, the first quadruplets of the same sex to be recorded in medical history. The Keys Quadruplets were born to Flake and Alma Keys, and the occasion of their birth was so unique that President Theodore Roosevelt telegraphed his congratulations and his astonishment.

From their birth to their early adult life, the Keys Quadruplets were quite a novelty, performing locally and nationally by singing and playing the saxophone. They had many opportunities for stage, vaudeville, and cinema, but their parents chose for them a life of normalcy with Christian values being their primary focus. In 1933, the Keys Quadruplets were offered full scholarships to Baylor University by former Texas Governor Pat Neff. They travelled all over the country, promoting Baylor and then promoting the Texas Bicentennial. While at Baylor, Roberta excelled academically and played in the Baylor Band along with her sisters. In 1941, Roberta accepted a teaching job in Canton, Texas, where she met and married Roland Sarrazin (Rip) Torn. They were married 58 years until his death in 1999. They moved to Houston in 1947 where Rip was a Special Agent in the F.B. I., and later served as a private investigator, a real estate appraiser, and an investor.

Their marriage was one of a kind, fueled by humor and laughter and filled with a zest for living and a passion for serving others, especially those in difficult circumstances. Much of their life and their friendships centered around South Main Baptist Church, where they were both Honored Deacons and served in almost all aspects of church life there.

While at South Main, Roberta saw a need to help the patients at M.D. Anderson Hospital who had no family or friends in Houston. Roberta founded Adopt A Friend, which helped patients with no family or friends who had extended stays at M.D. Anderson. This eventually led to the formation of the interfaith apartment ministry, The Sojourn House. Roberta received numerous awards from M.D. Anderson, along with the Houston Mayor's Award for Volunteer Service, and the Baylor University Abner McCall Humanitarian Award. She is remembered at M.D. Anderson for her humor, her infectious smile, and her ability to get things done. When asked for what she wanted to be remembered, she stated," I want to be remembered as someone who gave back.." In addition to her work at M.D. Anderson, Roberta served as a schoolteacher, a Sunday School teacher and an active participant in PEO, Chapter AX.

Roberta's family was her joy. Roberta and Rip loved their children and were involved in all aspects of their lives and their grandchildren's lives. Surviving her are her three children, Susan Torn Young and her husband, Dr. Paul R. Young, Roland Sam Torn, and his wife, Susan Boggs Torn, and Marjorie Torn Patrick and her husband Richard L. Patrick. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Susanna Young Kartye and her husband Clay Kartye, Philip Young, Scott Torn and his wife Secily, Christopher Torn and his wife, Ceci, Angela Torn, Kyle Patrick and his wife, Amber, the Reverend Clay Patrick, and his wife, Holly, Megan Patrick Herne and her husband, Kevin Herne, and 18 great grandchildren, each of whom she called her "pride and joy" and numerous nieces and nephews who remained very close to her throughout her life.

Roberta's parents, her four older siblings, Rex Keys, Jacqueline Keys Bennett, Marjorie Keys, and Charles Keys, her quadruplets sisters, her husband, Roland (Rip) Torn and an infant son, preceded her in death. As she stated, "I was the first of the quads to be born, and I will be the last one to die." The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Luis Campos and to Roberta's caregivers, Matilde Martinez, Anne Dawson, and Pat Kimble.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o'clock in the evening on Monday, the 22nd of August, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. All are invited to gather with the family for the interment service, to be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 23rd of August, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. A memorial service and celebration of Roberta's life is to be conducted at noon, also on Tuesday, in the sanctuary of South Main Baptist Church, 4100 Main Street in Houston, where a reception will follow. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in memory of Roberta Torn may be directed to the South Main Baptist Church Foundation, 4100 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002; or to the Baylor University Keys Quadruplet Scholarship Fund, 1 Bear Place, Waco, TX, 76798-7026.


Darrell Royal
Harmon County Royalty
A Google search will give you his amazing story!

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