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On the Beach

This kind-looking, elderly gentleman is Alvin S. Nuckolls, He was one of nine children (two died in infancy) born to John and Fannie Nuckolls of Toone, TN. His dad was a local doctor and had a farm where all of the kids worked, but I guess Alvin wanted more than the farm had to offer and left Tennessee when a young man.

 

He moved to the bustling railroad town of Shawnee, OK, and I believe he was one of the founders of Round House Overalls (named after the giant round house railroad hub in the center of town) in 1903, which was housed in a huge, red brick warehouse near downtown. Alvin worked hard to build an extremely successful business, constructed a grand house that he shared with his large, extended family, and travelled all over the place with his loved ones (as in this photo of him and his grandson and namesake, Alvin, at Daytona Beach, FL). After years of hard work, Alvin sold the business and retired in 1938.

 

For the next 10 years of his life, Alvin continued to play a large role in his adopted community of Shawnee through his charitable works and spent the rest of his time with his adoring family.

 

Round House Jeans is still a thriving business today and is Oklahoma's oldest operating manufacturing company.

 

Here's a history of Round House Jeans:

 

www.round-house.com/history/1803-1895.html

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Taken on May 10, 2012