Alva's Water Tower on Hilside
West edge of town, hwy. 64
" . . . . Some say, 'Alva was NOT named for Alva
Adams,' an attorney, for the Santa Fe Railroad. Most source quote
that but . . . While doing research for Centennial, Joan (Wagner-Hodgden)
and a couple of others went to Topeka where there is a Sante Fe Railroad
museum and they could not find where Alva Adams was an attorney for the
RR. Joan wrote several articles for the Courier during Alva's Centennial
that are most interesting and they are all in a scrapbook at the Alva
Public Library. You would enjoy them and you know Joan (Wagner-Hodgden)
never did anything halfway."
1895 - Alva, Okla. Downtown Square
[CLICK photo for larger view.]
Adams - "...Alva Adams, three time democratic Governor of
Colorado, was born in Iowa County, Wisconsin on May 14, 1850. While
Adams had little in the way of a formal education while he was growing
up, he had a voracious appetite for literature which made up for his
lack of schooling. By the time Adams died, he had acquired a collection
of over six thousand books, which was one of the largest private libraries
in the region. Like many people who settled in Colorado, the Adams'
moved west when a member of the family contracted tuberculosis. The
arid climate was reputedly beneficial for sufferers of this debilitating
disease. At twenty-one years of age, Alva Adams began his rags to riches
story by hauling ties for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad...."
- Alva's Hospital History
Henry's Homepage - While you're over at Marvin's Place check out
his Treasures of "Oklahoma".
Washington School's 1950 5th grade class with Mrs. Hoch; The Golden
Krust Bakery, 1940; A Postcard Foto-Vue booklet of Alva & Northwestern;
The Monfort Drug Store burning down; and A Burial Association Certificate.
What else can I say! It's GREAT!
- Located on NE corner of College Ave. & Church
Street. Thsi photo was taken September 1999.
Bros Swimming Pool
- Located downtown, behind and west of McGill
Bros Furniture that was on the SW corner of the square.
Old Alva Schools
- The Old High School, the West Side School (Washington), and the East
Side School (Longfellow)
- Alva Presbyterian Christmas Choir (ca.
1950s). Can you help identify nay of these young ladies and gentlemen
of the the early 1950s?
of Alva taken looking up College Avenue straight up to the Castle on the
Hill, before paved streets. No date given (I don't have it yet, so if
I discover a date on it, will let you know). Click Photo to see large
view. - photo submitted by Rod Murrow
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