Historical society to honor 5 people

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Abraham Bayouth

The Osage County Historical Society plans to honor five well-known current and former residents at its annual Heroes and Legends Dinner and Auction, set for May 10.

The five honorees include two county residents who died in the past decade. Deceased honorees are Abraham “Bus” Bayouth, a Skiatook businessman, who died in December 2010 at age 94, and Carl Otto Short, a Pawhuska-area and Tulsa businessman who died in November 2011 at age 82.

Other honorees include Babo Carter of Hominy, Debbie Reed of Pawhuska and Frederick Drummond.

The Heroes and Legends Dinner and Auction is an annual fundraiser for the Osage County Historical Society. The event is to be held this year at 6:30 p.m. May 10, at the County Fairgrounds Agricultural Building.

Tickets will not be available at the door, according to the Historical Society. Tickets will be $25 each, and tables seating six people each can be reserved for $200 per table. Tickets may be purchased from Historical Society board members, including Joyce Lyons, Garrett Hartness, Diane Garrett, Jimmie Ratliff, Shirley Roberts, Patty Gambill, Jack Shoemate, Lu King, Roger Lloyd, Jerry Butterbaugh, Alan Brown and Frederick Drummond

Ticket information can also be obtained by calling the Historical Society Museum at (918) 287-9119. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Babo Carter of Hominy is a military veteran who explained he’s being honored because of American flags he puts out at the local cemetery.

Carter said he retired in 2008 and started walking at the cemetery in 2009. He began looking for military markers at graves in the cemetery and eventually began putting flags out at the graves. Memorial Day 2011 was the first time he carried out his flag-placement plan, he said. The project eventually became so large that Carter required help from the community.

Debbie Reed is active throughout the Pawhuska community, Joyce Lyons, president of the Historical Society noted. Lyons said Reed is particularly well-known as an advocate for children and youth. Among Reed’s contributions to the Pawhuska area is a foundation that annually buys books for use by the local elementary school library.

Drummond is a prominent Osage County rancher and a founding member of the Osage County Historical Society. He has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the state’s Western Heritage Award.