Ryan Town Hall is located at 614 Washington Street, Ryan, OK 73565; phone: 580-757-2277.
The town is named for Stephen W. Ryan, a native of Arkansas who settled here about 1875. He married a Chickasaw Indian and acquired a large amount of land in what would become Jefferson County. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway built a station on Ryan's land in 1892, and Ryan platted a town site bearing his name. A post office was established in 1890. Ryan continues as a ranching and agricultural community. It is noted as the birthplace of martial artist and actor, Chuck Norris. [Ryan, Oklahoma, en.wikipedia.org, accessed September, 2012]
Ryan as Described in 1941 
An old town fighting stubbornly for existence is the way Ryan has been described. Many of its residences and business buildings present a dilapidated appearance; and perhaps the largest structure in town is an abandoned chicken hatchery. In 1908 Ryan lost its year-long fight with Waurika for the seat of Jefferson County.