County Chamber's banquet will launch County Hall of Fame

Stuart Strasner, Carl Etling are county's first hall honorees

Cimarron County's Chamber of Commerce banquet, set for Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., will among other things, launch the county's new Hall of Fame.

Trapper Hegglin, of Oklahoma Wildlife Trails will be the guest speaker. Hegglin will talk about the proposed “Black Mesa Loop” which will, when finalized, draw tourism and bird watchers into Cimarron County.

Entertainment will be by the Boise City High School Choir.

The newly organized Cimarron County Hall of Fame, is designed to give honor to those of whom the county is so justly proud. A plaque with each of the designees' names will be placed at the Cimarron Heritage Center along with pictures.

The ingaural duo going on the plaque will be Stuart Strasner and the late Carl Etling.

Strasner was a scholar student at Boise City High School and graduated as valedictorian. He was president of the senior class and served on the student council.

Attending Panhandle A&M College, Strasner was student body president, and was undefeated in his Intercollegiate Debate Season. He again graduated as valedictorian of his senior class.

Strasner was then selected for the Ambassadorial Scholarship granted by District 178, of Rotary International and attended the University of Bristol, England.

Returning to the the U.S., Strasner attended the University of Oklahoma's law school, made the law review, was a class officer and served on the Moot Court Team.

Now retired, and living in Baton Rouge, La., Strasner also served as Dean of the Oklahoma City University Law School.

Etling, had been, until his death in 1974, a Cimarron County resident since 1929.

A native of Ellinwood, Kan., Etling moved to the Boise City area in 1929, and became a farmer and businessman.

A WWI veteran, Etling served on the Boise City School Board for 19 years.

A civic leader, Etling was elected as a state representative in 1952 and served six terms retiring in 1964, having served as minority speaker in 1961.

Lake Carl Etling, in Western Cimarron County was named in his honor after he had retired from office.

It was an honor which the modest Etling found embarrassing and undeserved; but the name was made official.

A meal of brisket, potatoes and trimmings will be served; tickets are available for $10 for the first ticket and $6 thereafter.