Oklahoma State Highway 98 and Mary BarclayState Highway 98, also abbreviated to SH-98 or OK-98, is a highway maintained by the U.S. state of Oklahoma. It travels for 19.67 miles (31.66 km) through McCurtain County It has one unsigned spur route, SH-98S.SH-98 began as a short spur from US-70 to Wright City in 1953. In 1958, it was extended to its present extent, although the routing north of US-70 differed from that of the present day. By 1982, the highway had taken on its current routing and termini.Contents 1 Route description 2 History 3 SH-98S 4 Junction list 5 References 6 External linksRoute descriptionSH-98 begins at the eastern SH-37 about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the Red River (the Texas state line) and 10 miles (16 km) west of Idabel. The highway eventually heads northwest, but soon swings back around to head northward. The road continues due north on an arrow-straight course through the level terrain of the Whitegrass Flats. SH-98 intersects US-70 between Valliant and Millerton.Highway 98 curves to the northeast north of US-70. It then returns to a due north course, crossing the Little River. About 7 miles (11 km) north of US-70, it makes a sharp turn to the east. The highway skirts the north edge of Wright City, and SH-98S (see below) spurs off to serve the center of the town. SH-98 continues eastward, headed toward Glover, until turning northeast to meet SH-3, where it has its northern terminus. HistorySH-98 first appeared on the 1954 official state highway map, implying that it was commissioned sometime in 1953. Originally, the highway began at US-70 and extended north to Wright City, where it ended; the route was effectively a spur to the town from US-70 and intersected no other highways. The route remained with this extent throughout much of the 1950s. In 1958, the road was extended in both directions—to the north, it headed due north from Wright City to end at SH-3 several miles further west than its present-day terminus, and to the south, where it followed a short section of SH-70 to link up with its present-day route and ending at its current terminus at SH-37. The route was realigned between Wright City and US-70 in 1960, shifting SH-98 further west to begin its US-70 concurrency in Valliant.SH-98 was returned to a straighter alignment in 1975, eliminating the concurrency with US-70 and bypassing Valliant. The final major change to SH-98 occurred in 1982, when the road north of Wright City was removed from the highway system and SH-98 extended east toward Glover. This set the road at its present-day northern terminus. SH-98SSH-98 has one spur highway, SH-98S. It is a 0.10 miles (0.16 km) connector highway to Wright City, but is now unsigned. However, as of 2012, it is still an active state highway.SH-98S first appeared on the Oklahoma highway map in its 1965 edition. At this time, the highway was designated SH-198. The highway would retain this designation until 1985, when it was renumbered to SH-98S. Junction listThe entire route is in McCurtain County.
Mary Barclay and Oklahoma State Highway 98Mary Barclay (20 July 1916 – 19 February 2008) was an English film, television and theatre actress. She was best known for playing Stella Dane in the Crossroads television series, as well as her role in the 1973 film, A Touch of Class.Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 3 Death 4 References 5 External linksEarly lifeBarclay was born Mary Biddulph in Williton, Somerset, England. She earned a double first from Cambridge University in Classics.She applied to the Civil Service Board, but was turned down for the position. Afterwards she moved in with the mother of Ivor Novello in London. Novello's mother taught Barclay how to play the piano and sing. In return, Barclay agreed to take out her gin bottles. She worked at the landmark HMV music store on Oxford Street in London during this time.Barclay enrolled in the Guildhall School of Music and Drama around the outbreak of World War II. She married Richard Barclay, who later became a BBC film editor, in 1940. CareerThe couple emigrated to Canada after the war. There she landed her first acting role in the 1948 Canadian drama, Sins of the Fathers. Barclay next played a prostitute in the Canadian opening of the play, Tit-Coq (Little Rooster), beginning in 1948. She remained as a cast member of the play for three years.Barclay made her Broadway in New York in The Hollow by Agatha Christie. Her success in The Hollow led to other Broadway roles and appearances on American television shows, including Florence Nightingale. In 1955 she appeared in "Witness for the Prosecution" at Henry Miller's Theatre in New York City.Barclay and her husband returned to Great Britain in 1956, where she continued to act in film, stage and television. She was cast in the Crossroads television series as Stella Dane, an overbearing mother-in-law during the 1960s. She continued on Crossroads for 18 months before becoming bored with the role. She asked the show's producers to kill off her character, which they did.She later appeared as Jon Voight's mother in The Revolutionary in 1970. She also acted in the controversial Sex and the Other Woman in 1972. Sex and the Other Woman was cut by nine minutes because British censors objected to material in the show.Barlay was cast in the 1973 film, A Touch of Class, opposite Glenda Jackson and George Segal. Her other credits included roles in Dixon of Dock Green, Steptoe and Son, Spy Trap and Secret Army. She played Sophie Chantal in Secret Army, which was set in Belgium during World War II, from 1977 until 1979. DeathMary Barclay died on 18 February 2008 at a nursing home in Guernsey at the age of 91. She had suffered from complications from a stroke which occurred seven years before her death.Her first husband, Richard Barclay, had died from a heart attack in 1985. She married her second husband, David Taylor, a Scottish widower, in 1987.
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