Chamber to induct two couples in Hall of Fame

J.L. Wheelers, Julius Coxes to be honored

The Cimarron County Chamber of Commerce will induct two couples, Dr. J.L. and Reba Wheeler, and Julius and Opal Cox, into the County Hall of Fame on Saturday night, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. during the annual Chamber Banquet.

Since the banquet was near Valentine's Day and that was the theme chosen, it was decided to choose two couples who had made a difference in the county.

As wives, both Mrs Wheeler and Cox, gave of themselves, family time and their husband's companionship so they could do the work they chose.

 

The Wheelers arrived in Cimarron County and Boise City, in 1957.

A Nebraska native, Wheeler served in the U.S. Navy as an aviator during WWII. At the war's end he made the decision to become a doctor and attended the University of Oklahoma.

As a rural family practitioner, Wheeler has been honored with a Presidential Citation for correctly diagnosing a case of bubonic plague in 1991.

Nearly 50 years later “Doc” as he is affectionately known remains dedicated to the hospital which he has served for so long.

Both Opal, (1909-87), and Julius Cox, (1903-92), were children of parents who arrived in Cimarron County before Oklahoma had achieved statehood.

 

Opal's mother operated a nursing home and acted as a midwife before the county had a hospital.

Julius' father served the county as county assessor and sheriff and was a merchant and banker.

Julius recognized the importance of his father's service to the public and served as a State Representative from 1932-35 and as Senator from 1935 to 1942.

He founded Cox Equipment, (Now Sanders Town and country) in 1925 and ran it in Boise City until 1988.

The Coxs made the decision to bequeath their unique home designed by Bruce Goff, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright to the Cimarron County Historical Society along with $10,000. Known simply as “The Cox House” it became the foundation for The Cimarron Heritage Center on North Cimarron Street.