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Opal Hartsell Brown

Opal Hartsell Brown, American writer, retired educator. Named Woman of Achievement Oklahoma Press Women, 1983-1984, Lawton Teacher of Year, 1962-1963; Opal Hartsell Brown day proclaimed by mayor, Sulphur, 1993.


  • Brown, Opal Hartsell was born on September 5, 1907 in Spaulding, Oklahoma, United States. Daughter of Aurbrey Addison and Nanny (Herndon) Hartsell.

  • Education

    • AB, East Central State University, 1932.


    • Teacher Seminole (Okla) Public Schools, 1927-1931, Sulphur (Okla) Public Schools, 1933-1936, Butner Public Schools, Wewoka, Oklahoma, 1936-1941. Reporter, society editor Lawton (Oklahoma) Morning Press, 1945-1947. Teacher Lawton Public Schools, 1947-1972, Army Education Center, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 1950-1970.

      Columnist Sulphur Times-Democrat, since 1983.


    • Classroom challengers: 5s to 50s
    • Classroom Challengers - 5s to 50s, traces public education in Oklahoma as it emerges from the concept of a one-room school house within walking distance of every family farm, to the public school system of the 1990s with the new reforms that promise to propel the system into the 21st Century.


    Party affiliation: member Church of Christ.


    Denomination: Church of Christ


    Campaigner Democratic Party, Seminole, Oklahoma, 1939. Member Oklahoma Education Association, Lawton Teachers Association, National Federation Press Women, Oklahoma Heritage Association, Oklahoma History Society, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. (honorary life).



    Travel, helping others.


    • Married Gorden Brown, March 4, 1934 (deceased April 1969).
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    Born September 5, 1907
    • 1932
      East Central State University
    • 1927 - 1931
      Teacher, Seminole (Okla) Public Schools
    • 1933 - 1936
      Teacher, Seminole (Okla) Public Schools
    • 1936 - 1941
      Teacher, Seminole (Okla) Public Schools
      Wewoka, Oklahoma, United States
    • 1945 - 1947
    • 1947 - 1972
      teacher, Lawton Public Schools
    • 1950 - 1970
      teacher, Lawton Public Schools
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States