Blaine County Treasurer
Location: PO Box 140 Watonga, OK 73772
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours : Monday – Friday
08:00 AM – 04:00 PM
Second half payments are due on or before March 31, 2019
Please contact the office with any questions or concerns you have.
Donna Hoskins, Treasurer
While the Treasurer’s Office makes every effort to ensure accuracy, any error contained herein does not constitute a waiver of any tax amounts by or for the County.
Watonga is the county seat of Blaine County, located at the junction where State Highways 8 and 33 meet U.S. Highway 270. The Northwestern Oklahoma community grew from a tent city in the midst of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation. It was part of a non-Indian settlement opened in a land run on April 19, 1892.
The town was named for Arapaho Chief Wa-ton-gha, whose name meant Black Coyote. A post office was established in 1892. In 1902, the Enid and Anadarko Railway opened a line extending west from Guthrie and passed through Watonga. The 60-mile leg was the community’s first rail connection and became a vital transportation link for the area’s growing agricultural industry. Four years later, the Blaine County Courthouse was built and remains as one of several in Oklahoma that predate statehood.
In October 1892, Thompson B. Ferguson arrived in Watonga and established the Watonga Republican newspaper. In 1901, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him as Oklahoma’s eighth territorial governor. He served until 1906, leaving office a year before Oklahoma became the nation’s 46th state.
By 1940, the city had grown to a population of more than 2,800. That same year, the Watonga Cheese Factory was established in a building that had formerly served as an ice and electric plant. The factory, famous for its many dairy products, inspired Watonga’s annual cheese festival in 1976. After operating in Watonga for 70 years, damage from Tropical Storm Erin forced the cheese factory to relocate in 2010, but the annual Watonga Cheese Festival continues to be a community celebration every October.
Watonga’s current population is about 3,000. Famous people from the community include native son Clarence Nash, who provided the voice of Walt Disney’s cartoon character Donald Duck.
Buildings on the National Register of Historic Places include the Watonga National Guard Armory, the Blaine County Courthouse, the Noble Hotel, the Thompson Benton Ferguson House, the Cronkhite Ranch House, the U.S. Post Office, and the J. H. Wagner House.
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Watonga, Ok 73772
Meetings: 12:00 PM Every Wednesday
Watonga Senior Citizens
112 S Noble Ave
Watonga, OK 73772
Serving Watonga Since 1928
Kiwanis clubs dot the globe, making sure kids have what they need to be secure and successful in any community. Kiwanis members know the needs in their communities and host nearly 150,000 service projects a year, from building playgrounds to mentoring teens and sponsoring youth sports.
$380.00/yr. for Membership
P.O. Box 569
Opportunities, Inc. seeks to remove obstacles and solve problems which inhibit the ability of low income families to attain self-sufficiency. Utilizing funds, from the Community Service Block Grant (CSBG), Opportunities, Inc. is able to provide a range of services and activities to impact upon the problems of poverty.
This agency serves Alfalfa County, Beaver County, Blaine County, Cimarron County, Custer County, Dewey County, Ellis County, Harper County, Kingfisher County, Major County, Texas County, Woods County and Woodward County. Programs and services include:
Asset Development – Tax Return Preparation Assistance;
Developmental Disabilities – Residential Services;
Early Childhood – Head Start;
Emergency Services – Clothing, Food, Prescription Assistance, Rent/Mortgage Payment Assistance, Temporary Housing, Utility Payment Assistance;
Employment – Job Training Funding;
Housing – Single-Family Construction, Rentals, Weatherizing;
Nutrition – Child & Adult Care Food Program, Congregate Meal Sites, Meals Delivery to Residences;
Senior Citizens – RSVP;
Substance Abuse – Outpatient Counseling, Residential Treatment; and
Other – Turning Point Initiative.
117 W. Russworm, P.O. Box 569
Watonga , OK 73772
Visit Opportunities, Inc.
Carla Flynn, Executive Director
A native of western Oklahoma, Representative Mike Sanders has dedicated his career to public service. He began working on campaigns at the age of 9 and after making a strong impression on the George W. Bush Campaign, he earned a position at the White House. As Director of Interns, Mike managed over 1,000 interns and put policies and procedures in place that returned The White House Intern program back to prominence.
Mike continued his public service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development as well as the Senior Advisor to the Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Mike had the honor of serving on the Council for Small Business for Governor Frank Keating and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin from 1999-2003. Additionally, for Mike’s dedicated service to the White House and Nation on September 11, 2001, he was awarded the Distinguished Honor Service Award by the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Mike was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008 garnering 79% of the vote. He went unopposed in 2010, 2014, and in 2016. In 2012, Mike set an Oklahoma election record gaining 95% of the vote.
In his years in the Legislature, Mike has served as the vice chair of the Human Services Committee, focusing on reforming the Department of Human Services. For his distinguished service on behalf of children and families in Oklahoma, he was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Elected Official Award by the State Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served in House leadership under various speakerships and after Sanders was re-elected in 2012, he was elected by his peers of the House Republican Caucus to remain in Leadership as one of the Assistant Majority Whips, a position he has held since his election in 2008. During the fifty-fourth Oklahoma State Legislature, Sanders continues to be a strong voice for Western Oklahomans. He served as the Chairman for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation for over 4 years overseeing the budget Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Sanders’ now serves in a Senior Leadership role as House Majority Leader. He continues to serve on the Agriculture & Wildlife, Utilities, Business and Commerce, Energy & Aerospace and Appropriations & Budget Committees.
In addition to being an active member of the Kingfisher County Farm Bureau, Mike’s community involvement includes the Knights of Columbus #3113, Kingfisher Elks Lodge, Kingfisher Rotary Club and the National Rifle Association. He is also a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and has served in many leadership positions with the Kingfisher County Republican Party, serving as Chairman from 1999-2001.
Mike graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1993 and from Oklahoma Christian University in 1997 with a degree in History and Pre-Law. While in Washington, D.C., Mike attended Georgetown University to work on his Master’s in Government. Mike is married to Nellie Tayloe Sanders, and they live in Kingfisher with their sons, Davis Lee Sanders and Walker Tayloe Sanders.
Senior Citizen Center Applauded!
Pansy Hollis, the Executive Director for the Watonga Senior Citizens Center received an ‘Outstanding Volunteer’ award from NODA on May 16, 2008.
Pansy has served as coordinator of Senior Citizen Center since 2004. She doesn’t accept payment and for the first 2 years she came in every day in order to conduct the business of the center and prepare the financial reports for the board meeting each month. She fills when the cooks are off (she is a fabulous cook and she loves to cook). Pansy often brings cinnamon rolls from home she has baked to serve the city workers on their daily coffee breaks. She’s known for her delicious cream pies which she bakes at home and brings to the center to serve. Pansy is regularly involved in community happenings and etc. She is a talented quilt maker and helps many learn to quilt. She works on fundraising events of the center to support it’s existence.
The Watonga Senior Citizen’s Center was chosen by NODA from 7 counties as the Outstanding Senior Center.
When you walk in the door at the center, the room has a pleasing neat appearance of being well kept and clean. The kitchen being open-like looks inviting of the good meal being served. There are two cooks every day plus volunteers who provide assistance as needed. Donations and fundraisers support the center along with quilting money paid by those bringing in quilts to be quilted. Serving the Kiwanis Club once a week is another means of support. The center provides the meals on wheels every weekday that are delivered by volunteers. Meals in the center are served five days a week around games of dominoes, canastas and pitch. A quilting club meets at the center twice a month. Birthdays are celebrated every month on the last Friday with Bingo and prizes.
For the Oklahoma Centennial in 2007 an attractive mural was painted on the center’s building that is an inviting view for the public as they enter Watonga from the south. This was paid for by donations of individuals and business.
Our Senior Center provides fellowship, meals, and entertainment. Come join us, we’d love to have your company. See old friends, make new ones. This organization has not provided GuideStar with a mission statement.
How to Find Us
112 S Noble Ave Watonga, OK 73772
Now Tasty Breakfast in Watonga, OK, Non Profits – Watonga Senior Center
Now Tasty Breakfast in Watonga, OK, Non Profits – Watonga Senior Center