Location of Skedee, Oklahoma
|• Total||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|• Land||0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||850 ft (259 m)|
|• Density||769.1/sq mi (296.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1098086|
As of the census of 2000, there were 102 people, 38 households, and 22 families residing in the town. The population density was 769.1 people per square mile (302.9/km²). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 309.1 per square mile (121.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.08% White, 1.96% Native American, and 1.96% from two or more races.
There were 38 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 2.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.61.
In the town the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 12.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $17,188, and the median income for a family was $25,938. Males had a median income of $25,938 versus $11,944 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,192. There were 24.1% of families and 28.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 35.5% of under eighteens and 27.8% of those over 64.
Points of interest
Famous People of SkeDee
Kung Fu (TV series) was based on Kwai Chang Caine. Caine came from China in the mid-to-late 19th century in search of his American half-brother, Daniel, or Danny. Unlike the TV show, Kwai Chang was not wanted by the Chinese givernment. He was just searching for the brother he had never met. And now the best part... in his research for the new book on The Cain's Ballroom, author, music historian, and Western swing expert John Wooley has discovered that Danny Cain (he had dropped the last "e" by the time Kwai Chang arrived in America) had settled in Skedee, Oklahoma, and was what we would think of now as an "old time fiddler" playing jigs and dance tunes popular at the time.
After giving up more than once, Kwai Chang finally tracked Danny to Oklahoma in the early part of the 20th century. Both were old men by this time. They lived out their lives in the Skedee area, with Kwai Chang becoming a full blood-brother member of the Pawnee Indians. The Cain brothers, and their story, were very popular at the time, with coverage in all the local newspapers.
In the 1920s, oil was discovered on the humble Cain farm, and the brothers had extra money for the first time in their lives. Kwai Chang chose to continue the simple life, but his brother, Daniel Madison Cain, fulfilled his lifelong dream of a real world class dancehall. He purchased a former automobile garage from Tulsa business man Tate Brady, and opened the doors to the dancing public in 1930. And so, The Cain's Ballroom was born. Kwai Chang sat quietly in the back as a young fiddler named Bob Wills took the stage for the first time. Though his brother's vision was not a path he wished to share, it is said that he took great joy in the joy of his brother. Kwai Chang died the following year. He was 87. Daniel Madison "Danny Boy" Cain lived another 7 years and died at his home on the ranch by Skedee. He died in his sleep, a happy man, no doubt thinking of the many nights he joined Bob and The Texas Playboys on an old time fiddle tune, while the crowd filled the dance floor at The Cain's Ballroom.
This version of the history of Cain's Ballroom conflicts in substantial detail with the official Cain's ballroom history, and may well be fanciful.
Other Internet Resources
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- CensusViewer:Population of the City of Skedee, Oklahoma. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.