“Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”
– Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Eufaula Armory – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor
Built in 1935 and finished in 1937, this building continues to house a
unit of the Oklahoma National Guard. The Works Progress Administration
program began in June of 1935 in order to stimulate the economy and
employee citizens of the country. The program spent $10.75 billion, with
$185 million spent in Oklahoma.
Many of the projects throughout
Oklahoma were to build roads, dams, schools, post offices and other
public buildings. One of the most outstanding examples throughout
Oklahoma is the series of armories constructed in a variety communities.
Prior to their construction, the Oklahoma National Guard units did not
have permanent structures. Most rented building space, where security
was a problem, leaving arms and equipment open for theft.
The National Guard Unit headquartered in Eufaula is Company H, 2nd
Battalion, 180th Infantry. From time to time, the unit had seen its
headquarters located in the High School Gymnasium, the county
courthouse, as well as rental spaces in commerical space. Conditions
were so bad that at one point the unit drilled in the streets of
Eufaula. More info and photos here.
About Swami Sivananda Saraswati
Swami Sivananda Saraswati, born Kuppuswamy, was an Indian doctor and
Yoga guru. He was born in 1887 in India. When he set up a clinic in
Malaysia, he became known for his kind heart and charitable work. He
left a successful medical practice to go on a pilgrimage to India, where
he took monastic vows. As a spiritual leader, he attracted many
disciples, including Krishnamurti. He called his discipline the Yoga of
synthesis. He wrote more than 300 books on Yoga and spirituality. He
died in 1963.