Charles Page came to Tulsa during the oil boom at the turn of the century. After many failures he finally made it rich in the oil business. He shared his fortune and his life with hundreds of people in need. Charles Page rescued twenty one children from a defunct Tulsa orphanage. The result was the Sand Springs Children’s Home built in 1918, followed by the Charles Page Children’s Home, a modernistic building now in use.
Charles Page also created a Widow’s Colony where women could come to find shelter and get back on their feet.
Charles Page is considered the father of Sand Springs, and his name appears on street markers, over libraries and schools. A trust continues to operate his benevolent enterprises.
The author, Opal Clark, came to Sand Springs to the Children’s Home in 1916. She worked on the book off and on, for more than twenty–five years. The stories of Charles Page’s childhood were told to the author by “Daddy Page” himself while she stood at his knee as an orphan.
Charles Page died in December, 1926. The author writes, “I shall never forget that day (of his funeral). Church bells rang and factory sirens gave a mournful wail as the wheels of industry in both Sand Springs and Tulsa came to a halt for ten minutes in his honor. As my sister and I stood weeping, strangers around us spoke in hushed whispers of his greatness. We had never thought of him as they pictured him. We knew him only as Daddy Page.”
His memory and his accomplishments live on through A Fool’s Enterprise.