Dorothy Strong honored as educator
Dorothy (Strong) Jameson has been selected as the 2004 Very Important Member by the Murray County Retired Educators.
Born July 20,1923, Dorothy was the third child of Cy and Bertha Strong on the Strong Ranch in Cimarron County.
She was bom just outside Boise City, in what is now known as the oldest house in the Panhandle.
An English cattle syndicate the Muscatine Cattle Company built the home in the 1800's.
Dorothy's grandfather purchased the land where the house stood after the Oklahoma Panhandle, (“No -Man's Land”), became open to settlement.
She and her two brothers, John and Howard, studied through the eighth grade in a one-room schoolhouse a mile from their home, “At one point they shared the school with only three other students, representing a total of three families.”
Her high school years were spent in Boise City. The three Strong children lived in a two-room house a block from the school, because no bus went to the ranch.
They went back to the ranch on the weekends.
They went to high school during the Dust Bowl.
She excelled in basketball, making the all-state team in 1940.
After high school, she attended Panhandle A&M, in Goodwell for two years.
She then transferred to Oklahoma A&M University, to complete a degree in Vocational Home Economics.
While at A&M, she was honored as the university's Outstanding Girl Athlete in 1944, for her accomplishments in intramural sports.
She was also a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
After graduation, Dorothy worked a year with the Extension Service in Tucumcari, N. M.
She married Roger Jameson, a serviceman in the Army during World War II.
When he was released from the service in 1946, they established a ranch between Sulphur and Davis.
Dorothy taught in the Davis Public Schools for 30 years, for 20 years, she taught Vocational Home Economics, and for the remaining ten, she taught science at Davis Middle school.
She served many years as a Cub Scout Den Mother and as a 4-H Leader. She is a charter member of the Akomda Club in Davis. Over the years she has received many awards for her service to her school and the community, including Teacher of the Year and Murray County ; 4-H Lifetime Volunteer Award. In 1999, Dorothy received the Award .of Merit from the Murray County Soil Conservation Service for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation. Dorothy is very active in the First Christian Church in Sulphur where she was recently honored as the Outstanding Church Member for the Church's Centennial Celebration.
She has three children, John, Judy, and Bill; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
She is now married to Mr. Laron Quaid, a retired superintendent of 25 years with the Wynnewood Public Schools.
She will be honored along with other county VIMs, at the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association State Convention on May 13.
Boise City News