Holiday Events in Hooker
We invite you to join us in celebrating the holiday season with these events, and of course shopping with our local merchants!
November 29 - December 12--Christmas Cash Giveaway
Shop at home and register for one of 5 $100 Christmas Cash certificates to be given away December 12th.
December 7--Lighted Christmas Parade
The parade starts at 6 pm, bringing Santa to visit. Register for the turkey giveway after the parade.
December 12th--Christmas Cookie Crawl
Donate a non-perishable food item at the Olive Warner Memorial Library, then visit merchants for cookies and special offers from merchants.
Where Did Hooker
Get its Name?
It's unusual, and seeing or hearing it usually brings a smile, a giggle, or a sly comment. Despite what you might think, the story behind the name Hooker is about a real person. The following story was taken from the book, Lost Trails of the Cimarron by Henry E Chrisman:
John (Hooker) Threlkeld was so nicknamed after Gen."Fighting Joe" Hooker of Civil War fame, some say. Others say he received his name after an old cattleman on the Beaver River whose name was Hooker. Still others say he received his name by being such a "hooker" of cattle, that is, top roper. Wherever he received that nickname we know how the town of Hooker, Ok received its name. For it was named after John "Hooker" Threlkeld.
Hooker was born in Kentucky, Nov. 13, 1846. He came west with his parents to Missouri. On May 15 1864, he joined up with a freight outfit and bull whacked west from Omaha to Virginia City, Montana, with his two brothers. In 1873 Hooker came to No Man's Land where he spent the next 30 years in the saddle. He was foreman for the OX ranch for many years.