OKLAHOMA: Oil Man Forever

Year ago Ernest Whitworth Marland, who made and lost many millions in oil, became Governor of Oklahoma. It was a cold January day when he and his young second wife moved into the Governor's Mansion in Oklahoma City.

The Mansion, a handsome hybrid on the northeastern fringe of the capital, was something of a comedown from the magnificent $1,000,000 Marland estate at Ponca City. To make matters worse, before the Marlands moved in, retiring Governor William Henry ("Alfalfa Bill") Murray had had all the grounds ploughed up.

Nevertheless the Governor's Mansion was well removed...

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