Welcome to the township of Lotsee, Okla., population: 5.
You can find it on a map, but you won't find a post office, city
hall or even a gas station in Lotsee. All to be found are two
houses that are a part of the 40 acres of land included in the
Lotsee Spradling, her husband Mike and their three daughters are
the only residents of Lotsee. The town is actually part of the
Flying G Ranch, located approximately five-and-a-half miles west of
Sand Springs, just south of Oklahoma Highway 51.
Spradling, who is about to begin her fourth year on the Sand
Springs Board of Education, also has a link to the history of Sand
Springs. Her great, great uncle was Charles Page, the founder of
The township of Lotsee, incorporated in 1963, was named after
Spradling's grandmother. Lotsee is a Comanche Native American tribe
Spradling said that the township was formed out of a desire to
enable Boy Scouts to still have a place to camp out and earn their
"Erwin Phillips was, at that time, a city attorney and also a
scoutmaster," Lotsee said. "He really believed in the scout
program. He decided to form a town here so the land could not be
annexed by Sand Springs or Tulsa. He wanted to keep open a place
for bonfires and wiener roasts.
"The township basically covers the 40 acres of land that the two
houses sit on. The ranch itself is 1,000 acres. There is a
three-mile planning radius. We don't collect taxes and we don't get
any government assistance."
The Flying G Ranch has been and continues to be a place for church
groups to use for picnics, Boy Scout troops to camp on, with
bonfires and old-fashioned wiener roasts.
In addition, polled Hereford cattle and quarter horses are raised
on the ranch. Lotsee's daughter Arron raises Arabian horses. Pecans
are grown and sold at the ranch, but most of that operation takes
"We have a big 500-acre spread near Catoosa where most of the
pecans are grown," Lotsee said.
Lotsee's father, George Campbell and her mother, Garnett, both
liked to fly airplanes. George was a pilot in the Army Air Corps.
Their desire for flying led to how the ranch came up with its name.
"Both of them liked flying and both of their first names started
with G," Lotsee said. "Back then, you were only allowed to have one
George, still living at the age of 91, was a great nephew of
"Mr. Page hired him to be a lifeguard," Lotsee said. "The area
just east of Charles Page High School used to be an amusement park
and zoo, along with the lake. They had a high-dive on the lake."
In his younger days, George was quite a wrestler as well, Lotsee
"He was the first two-time AAU national wrestling champion," she
said. "He had an invitation to wrestle in the Olympics, but he
couldn't go because he was in the Army Air Corps."
George taught school and did some work for Page before later
becoming a lawyer, Lotsee said.
"Since he argued so well, mom ended up convincing him to become an
attorney," she said. "He went to night school at TU and ended up
becoming an attorney in Sand Springs for many years."
He also briefly served in the State Legislature during one of
Henry Bellmon's terms as Governor.
George now lives at the Oak Dale Manor nursing home in Sand
Garnett, who passed away two years ago, was a full-blooded
Comanche. She is buried on Flying G property next to her son George
Campbell IV, who was killed in 1956 at the age of 15 in a jeep
The Flying G, started in the early 1930s, hosted a fishing derby
every Fourth of July in honor of Lotsee's brother. The derby was an
opportunity for kids to come out to the country and go fishing,
"Dad wanted the kids to come out to the country to go fishing,"
she said. "The kid who caught the smallest fish won the derby. We
stopped doing it in the mid-1970s because there was too much
cheating involved. The grownups ruined it for the kids.
"We also used to buy fireworks for the kids to shoot off at the
ranch, but the parents would get the fireworks and just take them
and leave the ranch."
The ranch is still used by Boy Scout troops, church groups and for
reunions and weddings, Lotsee said.
She now also works with the Tulsa Global Alliance and has hosted
several foreign exchange students.
"We recently had 30 Japanese middle-school kids out here," she
said. "They had never been on a horse before. The Japanese are
fascinated with the American West. They think of Oklahoma as
cowboys and Indians.
"We taught the Japanese how to do a line dance and they were just
thrilled to death with it."
She has also hosted exchange students from France and other