ADA — Grace Boeger’s new book, “Byrd’s Mill Spring’s Story and the Town of Francis Revisited” is on sale at the Citizens Bank branch inside Ada’s Wal-Mart Super Center. The banks funded the book to commemorate its 40th anniversary. Boeger first book, “The Story of Byrds Mill Spring,” was published in 2002. Cost of the book is $15. All profits go toward the Dr. Palmer H. Boeger East Central University history scholarship. Dr. Boeger, who recently died, was a longtime chairman of ECU’s History Department. Grace and Palmer Boeger were married almost 50 years.

“I’m very excited that the book is ready as we begin celebrating Oklahoma centennial anniversary,” Grace Boeger said. “Hopefully, the book will give those in the Ada area a better understanding of our local history.”

Grace Boeger was the driving force that led to the Juliana Park fountain — Ada’s tribute to the importance of Byrds Mill Spring.

“The book highlights the little known history of Citizens Bank, early Ada and its Chickasaw heritage,” she said. “It takes a look back at long ago mills and water wheels, which are now museum pieces. It also includes photos and oral histories about Old Byrds Mill and the community of Franks.”

Grace Boeger said water has always been important to the area.

“The water-war saga has been chronicled and now preserved in one place for easy reference,” she said. “Knowledge of this ‘war’ is vital. ...Throughout the story the focus is constantly on people because (they) are and have always been the solid foundation of the city of Ada.”

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