Will Rogers In Waynoka, Oct. 30, 1929
"CAPTION: Will Rogers (1879-1935) penned a newspaper column that is a timely topic for today. He is shown standing next to a tri-motor airplane.
Dateline: October 30, 1929, Waynoka Okla. Will Rogers and the Wall Street Collapse -- Will Rogers, who was one of America's best loved and most widely read newspaper columnists, was in Waynoka on October 30, 1929. He was traveling coast to coast on the Transcontinental Air Transport air-rail service, and landed at the TAT Airport northeast of Waynoka. In his newspaper column that day, he reflected on the collapse of Wall Street.
"What does the sensational collapse of Wall Street mean? Nothing. Why, if the cows of this country failed to come up and get milked one night it would be more of a panic than if Morgan and Lamont had never held a meeting. Why, an old sow and a litter of pigs make more people a living than all the steel and Geneal Motors stock combined. Why, the whole 120,000,000 of us are more dependent on the cackling of a hen than if the Stock Exchange was turned into a night club.
"And New Yorkers call them rubes." - from the Autobiography of Will Rogers.
Rogers may have been inspired by the farms that he passed in the Rose Valley community on his way to dinner at the Harvey House before an overnight train ride to Clovis, New Mexico.
Incidently, Will Rogers was born in the Cherokee Nation on election day, November 4, 1879." -- Sandie
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