LEGENDS

In addition to being the home of the Osage Nation, tallgrass prairie and vast cattle ranches, Osage County has produced its share of noteworthy citizens, we like to call legends, including: military heroes, movie stars, ballerinas and most recently a Food Network star.

 

Osage Principal Chief James Bigheart

Osage Principal Chief James Bigheart

A statue of Osage Principal Chief James Bigheart, who served from 1875 to 1906, was unveiled on June 22, 2016, on 11th and Grandview in Pawhuska, Okla, on the Osage Nation campus.James Bigheart, also known as “Jim,” was born in 1835 at St. Paul, Kan., then called Osage Village. His father was Nun-tsa-tum-kah and his mother was Wah-hiu-shah; both were full- blooded Osages, who named him Pun-kah-wi-tah-An-kah.He was a Catholic convert, educated at the Old Osage Mission in Kan., established among the Osage in 1847 by Catholic Father Schoenmakers. He learned to speak many languages fluently – Osage, Pon... READ MORE

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond

This self-described “accidental country girl” was born in nearby Bartlesville. She married into a third-generation Osage County ranching family, and found herself worlds away from the golf-club community where she grew up.  This homeschooling mother of four, soon settled in to life as a rancher’s wife. Her husband not only raises cattle, he also takes part in the National Wild Horse and Burro Program, which contracts with ranch owners to manage wild horse herds.  Ree Drummond, who began as a successful blogger sharing her recipes and musings about ranch life, has gone on to become a suc... READ MORE

Clark Gable

Clark Gable

Although born in Ohio, movie star, Clark Gable, spent time in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, during the oil boom. Known to the locals as "Gabe," he was a bit of a rabble rouser, who some have said left the Osage following a particularly severe scuffle, eventually, making his way to Hollywood, where, as they say, the rest is history. Material for some of his leading roles, may well have had their roots in his oil field days in the Osage. Gable won an academy award for his role in "It Happened One Night" and solidified his position as a sought-after leading man in his r... READ MORE

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia        Ben "Son" Johnson, Jr. (June 13, 1918 – April 8, 1996) was an American stuntman, world champion rodeo cowboy and actor. The son of a rancher, Johnson arrived in Hollywood to deliver a consignment of horses for a film. He did stunt double work for several years before breaking into acting through the good offices of John Ford.   Tall and laconic, Johnson brought further authenticity to many roles in Westerns with his extraordinary horsemanship. An elegiac portrayal of a former cowboy theatre owner in the 50's coming of age drama, The L... READ MORE

Larry Sellers

Larry Sellers

Larry Sellers, who was born in Pawhuska, Okla., is an actor/stuntman of Osage/Cherokee/Lakota heritage, perhaps best known for his role as Cloud Dancing on the television show Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nomination. Photo by Pinterest.com Content by Wikepedia  READ MORE

Maria Tallchief

Maria Tallchief

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia          Born Elizabeth Marie Tallchief (Osage family name: Ki He Kah Stah Tsa;[2] January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013) was considered America's first major prima ballerina,[3] and was the first Native American to hold the rank.[1]   Almost from birth, Tallchief was involved in dance, starting formal lessons at age three. When she was eight, her family relocated from her birth home of Fairfax, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, California, to advance the careers of her and her younger sister, Marjorie. At age 17, she moved to New York City in search of a s... READ MORE

Marjorie Tallchief

Marjorie Tallchief

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Marjorie Tallchief was a ballerina of the Osage Nation. She is the younger sister of the late prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief, and was the first Native American to be named "première danseuse étoile " in the Paris Opera Ballet.[1][2]  Early lifeMarjorie Louise Tallchief was born 19 Oct 1926[2] in Denver, Colorado while her parents, Alexander Tallchief and his wife, Ruth (née Porter), were on a family vacation with her older siblings, brother Gerald and sister Maria Tallchief. She was raised in Fairfax, Oklahoma. She and her family moved to Los Angeles in 193... READ MORE

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

Kenneth M. Taylor is considered a legend in Osage County because of his quick response on Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese Imperial Navy attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor.  During the chaos of the attack, Taylor with the help of a fellow pilot, was able to get a fighter plane into the air where he shot down multiple Japanese planes.Taylor sustained some injuries during his heroic efforts and went on to receive the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart, and several other awards over his 27 years of active duty. Taylor retired as a Colonel in 1967.  He went on to be an Assistant Adjutant Ge... READ MORE

Major General Clarence Tinker

Major General Clarence Tinker

Clarence Leonard Tinker (1887-1942) was the first American Indian in U.S. Army history to attain the rank of major general; Tinker took command of the Hawaiian Department following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.  Promoted to major general in early 1942, he was placed in charge of the newly created Seventh Air Force at Hickam Field, Hawaii., Tinker led four Liberator bombers on a raid to Wake Island on June 5, 1942.  Leaving Midway Island on June 6, his plane crashed at sea, killing all on board. Clarence L. Tinker was the first American general to die in World War II; his body was never ... READ MORE

Anita Bryant

Anita Bryant

Anita Jane Bryant, born March 25, 1940 in Barnsdall, Okla., is an American singer, 1958 Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner, former brand ambassador for the Florida Citrus Commission. According to Wikepedia, Bryant scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950's and early 1960's, including "Paper Roses", which reached number five on the music charts. In 2005, Bryant returned to Barnsdall, Oklahoma, to attend the town's 100th anniversary celebration and to have a street renamed in her honor. Photo by NewsOK.com Content from Wikepedia   READ MORE