Cimarron County Hall of Fame s 2003 inductees

A six-term state legislator, Carl came to Boise City in about 1929.

His son Larus recalled that he came here, as a farmer, but he also bought a bakery, first a bread bakery then he bought out the pastry business as well.

Etling was always involved in civic activities: the Red Cross, Rotary, Masonic Lodge,the Chamber of Commerce, about 19 years on the school board and then his stint at state politics. Though a Republican, it has been said that Carl was respected on either side of the aisle.

In 1961, he was elected majority floor leader.

He was influential in getting the Panhandle Black Mesa state park and also the lake in the park which bears his name. The naming of the lake (he preferred Black Mesa Lake) was a source of some embarrassment to the humble Etling. The name change came on his resolution; the amendment, put up by Frank Ogden of Guymon, was done without Carl's knowledge or consent. He protested, but the event was planned and ran by him over his objections.

Carl wrote of himself in a journal that he kept: My successes in life were never measured in acres or dollars, but in the number of my friends.


Stuart Strasner is a 1947 graduate of Boise City High School.

He attended PAMC in Goodwell, and was undefeated as an Intercollegiate Debater.

Thanks to A Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship from District 178, Strasner was able to attend England's University of Bristol.

He attended the OU law school, graduating in 1954 having made the law review, and serving on the Moot Court team.

He drafted legislation for the 1960 session of congress.

He had law practices in Boise City, Duncan and Baton Rouge, La. serving corp. clients in health, banking and consumer finance.

He has been the Executive director of the Oklahoma Bar association, and was Dean of the Oklahoma City Univ. Law School. While dean, one law class passed 100 percent of its students, the only time an Oklahoma law school has accomplished this feat in a modern era. The school's passage rates on the bar increased from 51 to 90 percent.

When contacted, Strasner said he was honored to be selected; but he was more proud to have been selected along with Carl Etling, a man he greatly admired.