The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Enid Features

November 28, 2009

Couple leaves out-of-this-world legacy

The Youngblood family has a rich history in Enid.

But what some Enid residents may not know is the family has a significant connection to the University of Okla-homa in Norman.

The Laurence S. Youngblood Energy Library, located in the Sarkeys Energy Center at the university, contains several large fossil specimens donated by Loyce Lawson Youngblood, who established the library in 1989.

In addition to the sampling of ammonite, palm and other fossilized specimens, the library also holds 200,000 map sheets and more than 100,000 volumes of geological work for ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics.

“We are very indebted to the Young-blood family for this facility,” said Jody Bales Foote, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence S. Youngblood chairman for Energy (Geology) Librarian.

Loyce Youngblood was the wife of Laurence Snow Youngblood, who established the 15-story, 300-room Youngblood Hotel in Enid in 1930.

“For a few months, (the Youngblood Hotel) was the tallest building in the western half of Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City,” said David Wallace, husband of Loyce Ann Hemry Wallace, Loyce Youngblood’s niece.

Laurence also was the founding co-partner of the oil and gas leasing firm, Youngblood and Youngblood, which produced oil and gasoline in Canada from 1938 until 1965, when he died.

Background information about the Youngblood family was provided by Wallace.

The original Youngblood Hotel is now owned by Continental Resources, and is the northernmost of the two tall buildings in downtown Enid.

Loyce Youngblood, like her husband, was well involved in the oil and gasoline industry.

She was Gov. Frank Buttram’s secretary from 1937 to 1940, then worked with her husband for 25 years in his business.

After Laurence’s death, Loyce formed the L.S. Youngblood Co. in Oklahoma City and operated the business until she died June 2, 2007 in Nichols Hills.

In 1985, Youngblood gave a “major gift,” according to the April 14, 1985, Sunday Oklahoman, to the University of Oklahoma Energy Center to establish the library.

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