We don’t look for President Boren to be a candidate at Yale, his undergraduate alma mater. In January 2017, he’ll have 50 years of public service, counting his election to the legislature while still an OU law student, the governor’s chair and the U.S. Senate.
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Also in the longevity category, friends of Otto Hansmeyer will say goodbye next week. The pioneer Cleveland County resident died at home this past week at age 100.
From his farm on Tecumseh Road, he watched Norman change from a small town surrunding the university and state hospital to a thriving community with all the amenities of a larger urban area.
Interviewed in January, Hansmeyer told me about when his family finally received electricity. It was 1941 and the shortage of wire during World War II slowed the process.
“We just went from darkness to light,” Hansmeyer told me. “We were all ready to go before World War II. They got the right of way, set the poles and the war broke out and they couldn’t get the wire because of the war effort.”
Hansmeyer’s family will celebrate his life at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church. His presence in east Norman will be missed.
“I’ve seen Norman grow from nothing to what it is today,” he told me in January. “I was born and raised on the same farm and I’ll stay here until they take me out feet first.”