The Oklahoma A&M Cowboy Quartet was among the most notable of the many student groups and individual acts that performed across the state and elsewhere during the Great Depression to give talented students a chance to fund their educations.
The quartet (pictured with Major Bowes) appeared on major shows at the time including Arthur Godfrey's radio program, and Major Bowes Amateur Hour, they also sang at Madison Square Garden in New York City and several venues in Washington D.C.
The quartet included, left to right, Glennis Stice, Rufus Culver, Glenn Woolpert and George Newell.
A. Frank Martin, the director of student employment at the time, worked with funding from the National Youth Administration to arrange employment for 800 students (1936), who received $15 a month.
Engagements were usually accepted anywhere in the state. The entertainment was always so popular that OSU had a director of student entertainers for many years beyond the depression. For instance, by 1968, students were receiving $5.00 a show on campus and more for out of town engagements.