William Vandever

Vandevers Department Store

In the 50’s all things big and small could be found at the store with everything. Vandevers was the go-to department store located at 16 E. 5th Street in Tulsa. One could purchase everything from Paris fashion knock-offs to Levi jeans, from a full-length mink coat to a youngster’s Hopalong Cassidy outfit, expensive imported jewelry and Mickey Mouse watches. Five brothers owned and managed this multi-level retail space in the heart of downtown Tulsa, plus a store in Bartlesville. In addition, very little of major importance happened without the avid support of the Vandevers. Bill Vandever the son of Gary Vandever, managed Vandevers for many years. He served on the boards of 17 organizations including his favorite, the Tulsa Philharmonic.

Bill Vandever’s interview was recorded March 9, 2009. He was 84 when he passed away January 2, 2010.

The story of Vandevers Department Store and his family’s many years of faithful civic duty.

Program Credits:
William Vandever — 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: March 9, 2009

Date Published: February 23, 2015

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

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