By Bobby Steere — In 1940, the Broadway Street of Cheyenne, Oklahoma was this towhead’s “Times Square and Broadway.” Saturdays found the street’s curb and center parking filled and shoppers patronizing the town’s many businesses –twenty — just on the north side of Broadway (called Main Street by most). There was no NYC type Broadway music in the air, but there was jukebox music penetrating out of the beer joints. There was even sweeter gospel music heard inside and outside of Cheyenne’s churches on Sunday mornings. There was excitement in the air with both farm folks and city folks exchanging greetings and tidings, its four or more cafes were packed, the court house was abuzz, lads were hustling shoe shines, and the Rook Theater was nearly filled with viewers watching Saturday’s western films, each with an introductory cartoon and a serial that left you bemoaning its cliffhanger ending. Fifteen cent bought you a full steel container of a strawberry milkshake at the Drug Store… enough to share with someone special. Roger Mills County folks, who had outlasted the Great Depression of the late 20s and 30s and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, could now spare a dime for a child’s show ticket. Folks were beginning to have more smiles on their faces…..smiles so rightly deserved.

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