Osa Lee Banzett

Inducted: 2001

OSA LEE BANZETT (1906-1977) was born in Indian Territory; graduated from Maysville High School and graduated from what is now the University of Central Oklahoma in 1927. She married Don Banzett, who founded the Edmond Booster. She worked side by side with her husband on the paper and they eventually bought another paper, The Edmond Enterprise. After the birth of their daughters, she worked at home writing a column. They sold the papers in the late 1940s and began buying other weekly papers in Oklahoma and Arkansas, which they built up and sold for profit. In 1991 she was inducted into the Edmond Historical Society’s Roll of Honor.