July 21, 2019 archive

Former Commissioner Jim Townsend dies

Former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Townsend  died on July 18, 2019.  He was 91 and lived in Shawnee. Townsend spent  35 years as a locomotive fireman and engineer for the Rock Island Railroad. He was also elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and served from 1964 to 1980 and was the Majority Flood Leader …

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