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Al Jay Kester

Posted: Feb 25, 2015 11:47 AMUpdated: Feb 25, 2015 11:49 AM

Bartlesville Through an Old Cowboy's Eyes

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Diane Coston


You may be under the impression that the Wild West ended in the early 1900s. You'd be wrong, according to former rodeo cowboy and lifetime Bartlesville resident, Al Jay Kester. During a recent interview, Kester talked about what it was like in Bartlesville during the 1950s.


Kester said that his father was a bootlegger in the 1920s and in the 30s and the 40s there were lots of speakeasies on the west side of Bartlesville. Kester is in the process of writing his memoirs which should be a rich history of bootlegging, rodeoing and living life.

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