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Pieces of history discovered inside Medicine Park cabins

Cabins named in honor of Dionne Quintuplets located in Medicine Park. (Source: KSWO) Cabins named in honor of Dionne Quintuplets located in Medicine Park. (Source: KSWO)
Lawton newspaper from November 3, 1948. (Source: KSWO) Lawton newspaper from November 3, 1948. (Source: KSWO)
Grapette Soda bottle found under cabin floor. (Source: KSWO) Grapette Soda bottle found under cabin floor. (Source: KSWO)
Cabin wall made of ammunition boxes. (Source:KSWO) Cabin wall made of ammunition boxes. (Source:KSWO)

MEDICINE PARK, OK (KSWO)- Five historic cabins in the town of Medicine Park are getting a facelift.

The cabins are named after the Dionne quintuplets. The first set of quintuplets known to have survived past birth. Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cecile, and Marie were born in Ontario, Canada on May 28th, 1934. These cabins were built around the 1940’s. During the current work on the structures some pieces of history were unearthed.

“It’s very interesting to see stuff like that, back before I was even born you know. So it’s pretty cool to see things like that,” said Martin Woods.

Martin Woods says he was inside one of the cabins tearing out the walls when he noticed a newspaper stuck to the cement floor. Woods says the paper is dated November 3, 1948. It is the front page of a Lawton paper that has since closed up shop called “The Lawton Morning Press”.

Owner of the cabins, Retired Major General Leo Baxter says he was shocked when he got the call that workers had found the newspaper.

“I think it’s just remarkable and the fact that it talks about a Presidential election it couldn’t be more timely to catch that along with the ads about Lawton I think is really fantastic. It’s just a really neat find,” said Baxter.

The headline for the day the presidential election where former President Harry S. Truman defeated Republican candidate Thomas E. Dewey. To show you just how much things have changed since then some of the advertisements show pecans costing just 69 cents a pound and bread 14 cents a loaf.

There was also a glass Grapette bottle, which was a grape-flavored soda that was introduced in 1939. The bottle was found under the floorboards of one cabins fully intact. It’s an original bottle from when the soda was first produced. In another cabin a handful of love letters were discovered stuffed inside the wall. Believe it or not the last cabin to be built of the five has walls made of old ammunition boxes for cannon howitzers.

Baxter says now more than ever he believes restoring these cabins to their former glory is important to the history of Medicine Park.

“There’s so much history there and it is so easy to not preserve what was here in the 30’s and 40’s. What we have really tried to do it preserve the culture of the history of Medicine Park and through these cabins I think we got a great way to do that.”

Baxter says they aren’t sure what they’ll do with the artifacts they found just yet. The renovations on the five cabins are expected to be completed sometime this June.

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