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Really Small Town // Spradling Family of Five Inhabits Lotsee, Okla. Near Sand Springs

Really Small Town // Spradling Family of Five Inhabits Lotsee, Okla. Near Sand Springs

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Welcome to the township of Lotsee, Okla., population: 5.

You can find it on a map, but you won't find a post office, city

hall or even a gas station in Lotsee. All to be found are two

houses that are a part of the 40 acres of land included in the


Lotsee Spradling, her husband Mike and their three daughters are

the only residents of Lotsee. The town is actually part of the

Flying G Ranch, located approximately five-and-a-half miles west of

Sand Springs, just south of Oklahoma Highway 51.

Spradling, who is about to begin her fourth year on the Sand

Springs Board of Education, also has a link to the history of Sand

Springs. Her great, great uncle was Charles Page, the founder of

the city.

The township of Lotsee, incorporated in 1963, was named after

Spradling's grandmother. Lotsee is a Comanche Native American tribe


Spradling said that the township was formed out of a desire to

enable Boy Scouts to still have a place to camp out and earn their

merit badges.

"Erwin Phillips was, at that time, a city attorney and also a

scoutmaster," Lotsee said. "He really believed in the scout

program. He decided to form a town here so the land could not be

annexed by Sand Springs or Tulsa. He wanted to keep open a place

for bonfires and wiener roasts.

"The township basically covers the 40 acres of land that the two

houses sit on. The ranch itself is 1,000 acres. There is a

three-mile planning radius. We don't collect taxes and we don't get

any government assistance."

The Flying G Ranch has been and continues to be a place for church

groups to use for picnics, Boy Scout troops to camp on, with

bonfires and old-fashioned wiener roasts.

In addition, polled Hereford cattle and quarter horses are raised

on the ranch. Lotsee's daughter Arron raises Arabian horses. Pecans

are grown and sold at the ranch, but most of that operation takes

place elsewhere.

"We have a big 500-acre spread near Catoosa where most of the

pecans are grown," Lotsee said.

Lotsee's father, George Campbell and her mother, Garnett, both

liked to fly airplanes. George was a pilot in the Army Air Corps.

Their desire for flying led to how the ranch came up with its name.

"Both of them liked flying and both of their first names started

with G," Lotsee said. "Back then, you were only allowed to have one

brand registered."

George, still living at the age of 91, was a great nephew of

Charles Page.

"Mr. Page hired him to be a lifeguard," Lotsee said. "The area

just east of Charles Page High School used to be an amusement park

and zoo, along with the lake. They had a high-dive on the lake."

In his younger days, George was quite a wrestler as well, Lotsee


"He was the first two-time AAU national wrestling champion," she

said. "He had an invitation to wrestle in the Olympics, but he

couldn't go because he was in the Army Air Corps."

George taught school and did some work for Page before later

becoming a lawyer, Lotsee said.

"Since he argued so well, mom ended up convincing him to become an

attorney," she said. "He went to night school at TU and ended up

becoming an attorney in Sand Springs for many years."

He also briefly served in the State Legislature during one of

Henry Bellmon's terms as Governor.

George now lives at the Oak Dale Manor nursing home in Sand


Garnett, who passed away two years ago, was a full-blooded

Comanche. She is buried on Flying G property next to her son George

Campbell IV, who was killed in 1956 at the age of 15 in a jeep


The Flying G, started in the early 1930s, hosted a fishing derby

every Fourth of July in honor of Lotsee's brother. The derby was an

opportunity for kids to come out to the country and go fishing,

Lotsee said.

"Dad wanted the kids to come out to the country to go fishing,"

she said. "The kid who caught the smallest fish won the derby. We

stopped doing it in the mid-1970s because there was too much

cheating involved. The grownups ruined it for the kids.

"We also used to buy fireworks for the kids to shoot off at the

ranch, but the parents would get the fireworks and just take them

and leave the ranch."

The ranch is still used by Boy Scout troops, church groups and for

reunions and weddings, Lotsee said.

She now also works with the Tulsa Global Alliance and has hosted

several foreign exchange students.

"We recently had 30 Japanese middle-school kids out here," she

said. "They had never been on a horse before. The Japanese are

fascinated with the American West. They think of Oklahoma as

cowboys and Indians.

"We taught the Japanese how to do a line dance and they were just

thrilled to death with it."

She has also hosted exchange students from France and other

European countries.

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