Charles Page


Charles Page was an important figure in the early history of Oklahoma and Tulsa. His most lasting act was the creation of the Sand Springs Home for orphans and widows. Along with his dream he founded the city of Sand Springs in support of the home.

He came to Tulsa during the oil boom at the turn of the century. After many oil well failures he was finally successful in 1905 when a discovery began producing 2,000 barrels per day, which became his first million dollars. Another of his wells hit natural gas in the Glenn Pool field.

Charles never forgot how his mother struggled in poverty to keep her family after her husband died. Thus he developed a dream of creating a planned community where widows and orphans could live and become more productive members of society.

He rescued twenty-one orphans from a defunct children’s home in Tulsa which led to the opening of the Sand Springs Children’s home.
Charles Page died of influenza on December 27, 1926, but he is still remembered in his community. The main street of Sand Springs is named “Charles Page Boulevard” and connects Sand Springs to Tulsa, where it becomes West Third Street.

Opel Moss knew Charles Page well and at 103 years old she is our story teller for she was one of his children.

Interview with Opal Moss

Program Credits:
Opal Moss and Richard Zigler — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: June 2015

Date Published: June 30, 2016

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

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