Milton Labadie Honored by Osage County Historical Society

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PAWHUSKA, Oklahoma - The Osage County Historical Society selected five individuals as honorees at the Heroes and Legends dinner, May 2, 2019.  The event was held in the Ag Building at the county fairgrounds at 6:30 p.m. The honorees included Cha’Tullis, Chester “Chet” Reyckert, W. Robert Wilson, Maybelle Kennedy, and Osage member, Milton Labadie. 
 
Labadie was born in 1930 and raised in Osage County.  He holds a reputation as a highly respected banker and civic leader in Barnsdall and Pawhuska.  His father, Alvin “Buss” Labadie, was an original Allottee. 
 
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State University.  He married Sue Ann Bivins in 1953.  In 1954, Labadie enlisted in the Army as an infantry soldier.  After completion of his military service, he started his career in banking.  Labadie worked for Pacific Finance, Barnsdall State Bank, and Phillips 66 Credit Union.
 
In 1972, he went to work for Osage Federal Savings and Loan, serving as President and CEO.  His leadership and professionalism contributed to the growth and prosperity of Osage Federal.  He was involved in many civic activities and organizations, including President of the Barnsdall Chamber of Commerce, member of the Rotary Club of Barnsdall, President of the Kiwanis Club, a member of the American Legion Post, member and Deacon of the Pawhuska First Baptist Church, and served on the Osage Tribal Tax Commission. 
 
Labadie’s awards extend back to High School in Pawhuska where became the second Orman Beach Award winner. In 2012, he was inducted into the Pawhuska High School Basketball Hall of Fame.  Current day, Labadie has been honored by the Osage County Historical Society as a true Osage County Hero and Legend.
 
“I felt honored because I grew up here in Osage County.  I raised my family here in Pawhuska. My peers selected me for this award, and I am very proud to be from Osage County and Oklahoma. I will soon be 89 come October, so I’ve been around quite a while and I remember quite a bit.  I don’t know where I could have been any happier with my life”. 
 
From artists and business leaders to bankers and chief editors, those chosen represent pioneers in business and prominently esteemed professionals who have paved the way for many others.  The Heroes and Legends event is a fundraiser occurring  annually supporting the Osage County Historical Society Museum in Pawhuska. 
 
For more information about this event and award, visit Osage County Historical Society, Inc.
& Hawley Genealogical Research Center at http://www.osagechs.org/
 
To learn more about Osage heritage and genealogy, contact the Osage Nation Museum:
819 Grandview Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Phone: 918-287-5441
Or visit: https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/museum
  Milton Labadie receieves award

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