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Abstracts, closings, Title Insurance, Contracts, and Deeds
Neal Riley, President
PO Box 256
I was born and raised in Shattuck, Oklahoma. I Graduated college from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. My wife Bonnie and I have three grown children and we have lived in Watonga, Oklahoma since 1998 when I began my career with Oklahoma Farm Bureau. I have been a Lions Club member since 1993 and I am currently Club Treasurer. I love volunteering and helping in my community. I have had several different jobs in my life but I really enjoy helping people with their insurance needs.
Rex & Bonnie Kraft, Owner
Prepares students to do quality welding for a variety of construction and manufacturing jobs using multiple structural welding techniques.
This is our largest Career Cluster and it includes the courses: Practical Nurse, Registered Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, & more.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
This Career Cluster includes PLTW Pre-Engineering, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, & Pre-Calculus.
In this Career Cluster, students prepare to become a Cosmetologist, Nail Technician, Esthetician, etc.
Business Management And Administration
This career major prepares students to be an Administrative Assistant, Digital Information Specialist, or a Medical Office Assistant.
This career major prepares students to solve accounting problems using computerized software and electronic spreadsheets.
This major prepares students to install, configure, and troubleshoot routed and switched networks. Classes also ready students for careers in graphic design for websites, videos and/or publications.
Architecture & Construction
This career major is an introduction to the safety practices, tools & equipment, trade related math, & blueprint reading in the cabinetmaking industry.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
According to the most recent NATEF standards, students in this major will cover the skills necessary to become an entry-level technician.
Jeff Hyatt, COO
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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