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Wister pavilion to be dedicated Saturday

August 1, 2013

The public is invited to the dedication of the Henry J. Heflin Pavilion on Saturday at Lake Wister State Park.
State Rep. James Lockhart and Sen. Jerry Ellis will be on hand for the ceremony along with Heflin family members and descendants.
The legislators sponsored a bill to authorize the naming of the Victor Camping Area pavilion in honor of Heflin, a LeFlore County pioneer who once owned the land where the camping area sits.
Heflin's grandsons Carl Heflin and Carrel Vaughn a former county commissioner, along with other family members had sought the naming to honor Henry Heflin's contributions to the area.
The elder Heflin, who died in 1947, owned 460 acres in the area, donating 10 acres so that Lone Star School would have a deed to the property. He sat on the school board and sometimes boarded teachers in his home, Carl Heflin said.
Lone Star School was consolidated with the Wister School District in 1947, Carl Heflin said.
Henry Heflin later sold the land to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which was building the dam that would fill Lake Wister.

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