Although not from the Sooner State, J. C. Penney made his mark on Oklahoma and its people through his retail empire based on his golden rule principles. By visiting his store locations in the state, Penney influenced a new generation of company leadership to grow from the small towns in Oklahoma. David D. Kruger explains the impact of Penney the man and J.C. Penney the company on the culture of retail shopping in Oklahoma.
Chronicles of Oklahoma
Kruger, David Delbert (2011). "James Cash Penney: The Impact of a Main Street Merchant on Oklahoma." Chronicles of Oklahoma 89.3, 260-287.