History 430: Theory and Practice

Document Type

Undergraduate Research

Publication Date

Fall 1-17-2012


In 1928, the United States had a thriving middle class. Picher, Oklahoma was no exception to that normal state of affairs. In every year, in every city there are diverse incomes and activities. In this era of social history, many historians concentrate on the poorest residents of a given city. This can give a casual history buff the impression that everyone in the city was desperately poor and struggling for survival. That limited presentation negates the impact that the people of middle income had on society. The local Picher newspaper, The King Jack was like many local papers of its era. Much of the news printed in the paper included items of local interest. It was not unusual to see as front page news a question and answer column about proper etiquette in different social situations. There were multiple mentions of dinner parties complete with guest lists and menus. The meetings of the American Legion Auxiliary, along with local church notes were also front page news. Some of the activities had live music, with the KGGF Orchestra playing at an American Legion and First Methodist Church combined activity.