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Meet Muskogee native who is now a prominent Santa Fe artist; New owners restore bed and breakfast.

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  • 1 Slice of Muskogeemuskogeephoenix.com

    Spring 2015

    Muskogee native now prominent Santa Fe artist ALSO INSIDE: New owners restore bed and breakfast

  • 2 Spring 2015

  • 3 Slice of Muskogee

    The Graham-Carroll House has been updated and returns as a bed and breakfast.

    BACK IN BUSINESS

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    Santa Fe artist, Raymond Nordwall, recalls childhood home.

    MEMORIES OF MUSKOGEE

    Larry Moore has transitioned from the chief prosecutor to the grocery store owner.

    A CUT ABOVE

    GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS

    EMERGING TRENDS IN CRAFTING

    PUBLISHERJeff Parra

    EDITORElizabeth Ridenour

    PHOTO EDITORJerry Willis

    ADVERTISING & DISTRIBUTION

    Kim Maples

    LAYOUT & DESIGNJimmy Reily

    on the cover

    Spring 2015

    Slice of Muskogee is published quarterly by the Muskogee

    Phoenix. Contents of the magazine are by the Muskogee Phoenix. No

    part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval

    system, or transmitted in any form or by means, electronic, mechani-cal, photocopying, recording or

    otherwise, without the prior consent of the Muskogee Phoenix. Slice of Muskogee, P.O. Box 1968,

    Muskogee, OK 74402.e-mail eridenour@muskogeephoe-nix.com - Editorial: 918-684-2929

    Advertising and distribution: 918-684-2804

    STAFF

    Cover photo by M.J. Van Deventer-Shelton

    Muskogee native credits much of his success in the Santa Fe art world to artists from the Muskogee area who helped and inspired him early in his career.

    muskogeephoenix.com

    Spring 2015

    Muskogee native now prominent Santa Fe artist ALSO INSIDE: New owners restore bed and breakfast

  • BACK IN BUSINESS

  • The Graham-Carroll House has been updated and returns

    as a bed and breakfast

    Thousands of crystals glis-ten anew in the Graham-Carroll House.

    They can bee seen on a 7-foot chandelier that hangs from a second-floor ceiling and circling doughnut-like around the center of a ceiling lamp downstairs.

    The crystals shine for visitors staying at the Graham-Carroll House Bed and Breakfast, which reopened for guests earlier this year in the Founders Place His-toric District.

    By Cathy SpauldingPhotos by Mandy Lundy

    Donna and Jeff Crane and friends spent 27 hours cleaning the crystals from the chandelier and re-assembling it.

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    The original bed and break-fast went into foreclosure in 2011 after nearly 24 years in business. A year later, Donna and Jeff Crane of Greeley, Colo., bought the house and restored its earlier grandeur.

    We were in the ministry, and we were empty nesters, Donna said. My mother had been try-ing to get us back to Oklahoma.

    Donna said her relatives have lived in central Oklahoma since shortly after the 1889 Land Run.

    This house had been on the Internet and piqued my interest. Mom said, Lets go to Musk-ogee and see that house, Donna said. We saw this house and fell in love with it. It had been a dream of mine to have a bed and breakfast.

    The Cranes also saw a great opportunity to restore the house, she said.

    It had been closed for about a Jeff and Donna Crane fulfilled Donnas dream to have a bed and breakfast when they purchased the Graham-Carroll House.

    When Donna and Jeff Crane purchased the home, they tried to preserve as much of the historical quality as possible.

  • 8 Spring 2015

    year when we bought it in 2012, she said. There was an auction that sold everything that was there.

    Donna recalled the good for-tune they had in buying back the crystal fixtures. She said a neighbor had bought the chan-delier thinking the houses next owner would want it.

    He saved it in a Rubbermaid tote, Donna said, recalling the other fixture was just a pile in a storage unit.

    The Cranes and some friends then began the arduous task of cleaning each crystal. Donna couldnt begin to say how many they cleaned.

    I stopped counting at 3,000, she said. My girlfriend and I took 27 hours to wash all the crystals, reas-semble the whole thing.

    Restoring the rest of the house was just as challenging.

    We tried to preserve as much of the historical quality as pos-sible. But every inch of the place needed, at minimum, some

    IF YOU GOWHAT: Graham-Carroll House Bed & Breakfast.WHERE: 501 N. 16th St.WHO: Owners, Donna and Jeff Crane.INFORMATION: Donna@GrahamCarrollHouse.com, grahamcarrollhouse.com or (918) 683-0100.

    The Graham-Carroll House can accommodate up to 10 guests.

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  • 10 Spring 2015

    scrubbing or painting.They also had to find someone

    to redo the roof.The high pitch of the roof

    house had to be tended to immediately, but finding some-one who could restore a slate roof proved to be quite chal-lenging, Donna said. It took roofers out of Tulsa six weeks to do, because of the steep roof.

    Instead of slate, the Cranes opted for stone-coated metal shingles, which Donna said gave it more of a historic look.

    Restoration also involved his-toric research, she said.

    We went to the library, and from their historic department we were able to acquire quite a few nuggets from here and there, trying to put together as much of the story as possible, she said.

    Donna discovered the homes history is as rich as its decor. She said the original home was built around 1913 by the Graham fam-ily, who co-owned the upscale Graham-Sykes Department Store.

    Donna Crane cooks all the breakfasts for guests but hires a chef for special dinners.

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    The original house was a Prairie style with a broad front porch and sweeping, low-pitched roofs.

    Donna said Graham sold it to his partner in 1929, the year of the stock market crash.

    When Sykes had the house, and with the economy the way it was, he was not able to maintain it, and it mysteriously burned to the ground, Donna said. It sat in rubble for a number of years.

    Fred Carroll, a Texas petro-leum engineer, acquired the property and built a new home for his wife, she said. According to a 1991 newspaper article, blue slate on the roof came from the Fort Gibson military post.

    They built it to withstand a great amount of time, Donna said. The first floor is concrete reinforced with railroad rails. The walls are three layers of brick thick. They used the orig-inal bricks, and they scrubbed them all and used as much as they could.

    The Carrolls gave the house a whole new look. Instead of a sweeping, broad Prairie style, they opted for English Tudor, with steep roofs, stonework and thick timber beams.

    Donna said the Carrolls lived in the home until the 1980s. New owners converted it into a bed and breakfast, which earned a grand reputation over the fol-lowing decades. In 1991, the

    A clawfoot tub provides guests with a place to relax and unwind.

  • 12 Spring 2015

    Houston Chronicle profiled the Graham-Carroll House, and its next-door neighbor the Queens House, in an article, Chic B & Bs forgo cute to offer quiet elegance.

    Unfortunately, the grandeur could not go on forever. The home went into disrepair, then foreclosure.

    The Cranes managed to stay true to the Graham-Carroll Houses heritage, while add-ing their own touches. They retained all the original stone-work and thick timber support beams.

    Crane said the most notable difference is the color scheme, replacing pastel pinks and cor-als with warmer, cozier golden tones.

    The Graham-Carroll House Bed & Breakfast has five rooms, accommodating a total of 10 guests.

    Most of the rooms keep the original Graham-Carroll names Honeymoon Suite,

    Silk Stocking Room, Magnolia Room. The rustic Aspen Room

    pays homage to the Cranes Col-orado roots.

    Diners may eat together on a formal dining table Donna Cranes mother once owned, they may eat in the sunroom or outside.

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    A rooftop balcony allows visi-tors to enjoy a cool breeze while looking at the stars.

    Diners may eat together on a formal dining table Donnas mother once owned, or they may eat in the sunroom or outside.

    Donna cooks all the break-fasts, but hires a chef for special dinners.

    I want to make a combina-tion of heirloom and healthy, she said. They have maybe Greek yogurt with vanilla,

    drizzled with honey. That would be followed by a generous plate full of fresh quiche, right out of the oven, perhaps a bran muffin, cranberries.

    The Cranes keep other full-time jobs while manag-ing their bed and breakfast. Jeff Crane is manager of the Connors State College. Donna Crane telecommutes and works as an information analyst for Banner Health, Phoenix. 2

    Furnishings and decorative items reflect the homes elegance.

  • 14 Spring 2015

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