I again participated in the annual "Faces of Fort Sill" event held at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on Saturday, July 16 and was interviewed regarding my living history and law enforcemenet research activities. I even managed to get a mention of Oklahombres in there:
Indians Win Again At ˜Faces of Fort Sill'
By Mitch Meador, Staff Writer, Lawton Constitution
July 17, 2005
The Fort Sill Cannonballs found themselves sadly outgunned by the Fort Sill Indians on Saturday...The vintage baseball game was part of "The Faces of Fort Sill," an annual educational program dedicated to recognizing the many contributions to Fort Sill history by those who have come before.
As part of this year's event, a five law enforcement interpreters' group held their formal organizational meeting. They gave themselves a name, the Fort Sill Deputy U.S. Marshal Service, picked Diron Ahlquist of Oklahoma City to be their leader and made it their goal to promote awareness of the law enforcement heritage of Oklahoma.
Ahlquist said he grew up on Fort Sill when his parents were stationed here in 1978-1985. He used to visit the Guardhouse every weekend with his father, and that's what got him interested in law enforcement history. He graduated from Cameron University in 1997 with a criminal justice degree.
Today he's a State Farm Insurance claims adjuster based out of Norman, but Ahlquist has been volunteering at the Fort Sill Museum since 1995. He started by doing manual labor, but soon moved into the archives doing research on law enforcement.
Since 1993, he has been associated with Oklahombres, an organization founded in 1989 for the purpose of preserving Oklahoma's law enforcement heritage. He's currently the organization's secretary and editor of its quarterly journal.
Ahlquist said the character he most often interprets here is that of Deputy U.S. Marshal James N. Jones, an Army scout at Fort Sill from 1870 to the early 1880's, when he became chief of Indian police at Anadarko. Jones was tried three times for murder on two different occasions and was charged with cattle rustling and obstruction of justice, but he was acquitted on all counts. He went on to become a cattle rancher and one of the founding fathers of Verden. He died of old age on Jan. 5, 1929.
Though the group has only five law enforcement interpreters, Ahlquist said they're always looking for more. People can volunteer by calling 442-5123.
"People involved in living history are the ones who make these functions take off. It puts a face to history. It's more than just an abstract concept in the textbooks. That's what I love about it," Ahlquist said...
On the Trail
Secretary, Oklahombres Inc.
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