Thursday, April 14, 1960

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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc Single Copy 10 Cents Only Per Year And Adjoining Counties Combined With The Ada Times-Democrat 60TH YEAR ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 1960 10 Pages NO. 1 Biffle Ranch Takes Tke Spotligkt As Skow place Along Muddy Boggy By ERIC ALI.KX A 2.500 acre Brangus spread along Muddy Boggy Creek 9 miles southeast of Allen soon may be- come a Mecca for those inter- ested in the clearing of hackhill sections and the reclaiming o[ depleted land. Ned Biffle. owner-operator of the newly-improved ranch, has been on the place since January 1. 1957. "When I first saw it in Biffle said. ''It wouldn't grow grass or weeds Biffle is a strong advocate of fescue, lespedczn and Ladino clo- ver as soil-binding cover crops ard producers of abundant pas- turage. He is now grazing 180 head of on bottomland pasture reclaimed by bulldozer from a labyrinth of red-oak, burr oak. post oak. bois d'arc and tangled vines. The cattle have been on 'his particular stretch of graze since the middle of March, and they look sleek-fat and show no ef.ects of the past bitter and lingering winter. Across Muddy Boggy from the fescue and clover pasture, on land once badly depleted by con- stant growing of cotton aivl com, Biffle has planted 80 acres of al- falfa for winter hay. "Alfalfa kills fescue, Biffle said. "The two g r a s s c s must be separated. You sou- fes- cue in the fall, it seeds about June, and then .-tarts growing well in September. It's a perren- ial. comes richt up from roots. Fescue, lespedeza and Ladino clover give the land a pood cov- er of legumes. my opinion. and merely a personal one that fescue should be resccclcd every five years .Ned Biffie is a kner of the land, and this is evidenced every- where he leads yon around his well-kept ranch. In the creek bot- tom where his bulldozer and the seeding of fescue nave made such a transformation. Biffle w a s careful to leave some trees for sometimes standing in the Dress Revue Will be Held AtOdkman A special 4-H club dress revue is scheduled for Friday night April 15 beginning at p. m. "ounces that ASC Warns Growers Of Wool Deadline Guy Pegg, chairman of the Pon- The payments on shorn wool are totoc County ASC committee, an- a dil'ecl incentive to increase wool and unshorn Feeders Day production. Payments on unshorn _. i lambs, at a rate based on the A. Oakman school. The program. lambs marketed not later than shorn wool pavment, are made is planned as a fund-raising pro-; March 31, 1960. be eligible to encourage the normal market- ject to purchase a new 4-H high- for payments to be made this ing of lambs with the wool on way sign. summer under the 1959 wool in-.and thus avoid unusual shearing "Some of the present wooden centive program. fo get ,he shorn wool incenlive signs are weather-beaten and Markeljng afler March payments. 1 T fh wil1 be eliSible said. at the pro- am bwhich h gram will be voluntary, but we marcn .1961 hope to raise enough money to purchase a metal sign." Applications for payment un- The revue and model meeting der tne 19S9 program must be will feature kids wearing clothes: filed not laler tnan April 30. I960. they wore in "the recent county at tne County ASC offices. Pro- dress revues, and announcements ducers filing for such payments of any winners will be made, i must furnish sales documents sub- stantiating sales. Payment Several Pontotoc county ranch- ers will be on hand at Stillwater for the 34th annual Livestock Feeders Day Saturday, April 16. Activities will get under vay at a. m.. and guest speaker will be Dr. Hilton M. Briggs, pres- ident of South Dakota State Col- lege. Dr. Briggs is a noted auth- ority on sheep, and is author of a widely used textbook. "Modern Breeds of Livestock." He is also past president of the American Society of Animal Production. Feeders Day again will feature the induction of 2 OSU graduates into the animal husbandry de- The Southern Oklahoma Beef partments "Hall of and Beef Association Meeting Is Set Association will hold its monthly research reports at the meeting meeting in the Artesian Hotel, will cover such topics of interest Oakman Club rales for the 1959 program will Sulphur, on Tuesday, April 19 at oca announced this summer when 2'0o p m replacement :the average price received i shorn wool during the 1959 mar-1 Membership in the association rmS iPrtinn AApPt ketinS IS known. Payments js composed of cattlemen from laSLICUIUM WCCI t producers will follow the de- j pontotoc M Cflr. _ termination ot payment rates. The Oakman Sportsmen s Club i j ter and Garvm counties. Associ- members and their families met; The wool incentive program has ;ates are as development beef heifers, in- fluence of excess fatness on per- formance of beef females, and various effects of pelleting and steam rolling milo for fattening steer calves. Thursday April 6 at p. m.been in effect since 1954. and sponsoring a beef per- j formance test in the five-county j paid County Clubs Schedule Date ForRoundup Pontotoc County Agent. C. H. Hailey. announces that the coun- ty 4-H Roundup will be held April 19 in Ada. The girls' division will be held Payments are made under the! Kelly, our Francis correspondent, jn the First Baptist Church and presided over the meeting. Mo- National Wool Act and are of- was unable to send in her regu-; entrants are requested to use the tions were made and voted on to fered in an effort to stimulate !ar news for your WEEKLY. She entrance on Fifteenth Street, keep the present oflieers and wool production toward a 300-mil- did. however, phone in a special' The bovs' division will be held committees with a slight change lion pound goal. .item. in the Educational Building An- m the tood commtt.ee. A for, of the First Methodist Church. County is lagging in the Cedar Grove cemetery Sat-! Enlrants compete m eith- in the Oakman School gymnasium now between forty and fifty grow- for their monthly meeting. ers in Pontotoc County are par- area- and an interesting program Due to severely bad weather i ticipating. Two separate Plannea- last winter, the j'anuary. Febru- i grams have been initiated, one} Tnoss who are not members ary and March meetings were all Ifor stlorn woo! and the otner the association yet are cordial- postponed, j unshorn lambs. ASC payments ]y jnvjted to attend and join. March is the usual time for foj" shorn woo] last year amount- the annual election of officers to Producws m but due to no meeting in March the lamb category were the election was held Thursday 1 night. George Carter, president, SPECIAL FROM FRANCIS Due to illness this week. Mrs. Billy Zackery and Myra Ber- LUSH GRAZING: Ned Biffle, left, and ASC Field Man Paul Henderson, right, examine the green ladino clover which has furnished rich pasturage for Biffle's cattle since the middle of March. he banks or mtitia. vetch, big yellow hop and lespedeza. In 1953 a gully-washing from always wcl- crimson clover on the upland eight-inch rain swept newly-plow- prove plenliuil. protions of his ranch, but the ed ground from the upper bottom woods crock bottom which spreads away across a wide strip of lard, al- timber and others itist Ui beauti- with iheir heads lifted alertly. fy the land. On his ranch arc other time.- bounding across the Muddv fenced-off patches ''or quail and roadway other birds, and several lakes dot inc car. the countryside in the foothills Biflle above Muddy Boggy, where peo- he has front of vir.ir travcl- wi tiding course of ready badly eroded, where Bif- Boggy seems lo be his fie had pair 'ikingly coaxed fes- spite of these incentive payments Ihc upper bottom the land below. When Biffle took over (he ranch in 1957, he signed for a plan improvement through the local Soil Conservation District and ASC. A man of strong personal ;md joy. At one spot on cue to grow, the creek, where Bifflc said he Surprisingly, the flood caused happy nbmit work was told nothing would ever grow, very little damage. The scattered !or.e with Midland her- he brushed off and planted to, fescue even caught enough silt (Continued on Page 2) LONG STRIDES: A tw fat Brangus herd. And I o-man rangeland ong strides forwa conference is on betwee rd in the way of clearing n' ASC field man Paul Henderson, left, and Ned Biffle as they walk toward Biffle's sleek- and pasture improvement are things Ned Biffle can rightly claim. BANNER OF SPRING: Full-blown with blossoms in the April breeze stands this old pear tree on the J. A. Skeith Fittstown. Mrs. Skeith says the tree was just as large as it is now when they bought the place in the late 1940's. (Photo by W. L. Knickmeyer) Gadey-Vcmting Around The County HART By MRS. ALVIE L. GRIFFITH Mrs. Grant Johnson and May visited with Mrs. Roy Cantwell at Lightning Ridse on Tuesday. Mrs. Virgil Haines of Union Hill spent Wednesday night and Thursday night with her sisitcr, Mrs. Evert Summers. Mrs. Grant Johnson and May Wednesday morning. Miss May Johnson visited Wed- nesday afternoon with Mrs. Ev- ert Summers. Mr. and Mrs. Alva Johnson and their son-in-law. Mr. Jack Griffith. Ft. Worth, visited awhile Friday night with Mrs. Grant Johnson and Mav. were at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ownbey in Hart Community. Miss May Johnson visited Sat- urday morning with Mrs. J. S. Stanfield. Mrs. Josie Mclntyre visited Saturday afternoon with Mrs. Grant Johnson and May. May, Mr. Sales is a brother Mrs. Johnson. I Mrs. A. H. Mercer Sr. spen' Wednesday night with Mrs. Grant Johnson and Mav. Mrs. Dick Sweeney Sr., visited Mr. and Mrs. B. IX Ownbey went to Lawrence on Friday and Saturday to see their grandson. James Robin Davis, who had pneumonia. is feeling much better now and he and his par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. John Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Young. Pamela and David Mack of Den- ton, Tex., came Saturday and spent Ihc weekend with Mrs. Young's aunt, Mrs. A. H. Mer- cer Sr. Mrs. Evert Summers and Joe and Miss Roberta Escue of Cen- ter were luncheon guests in Roff Sunday in the home of Mrs. Ola Hodges and daughters and Mrs. Sampson Summers. Mack Summers spent Sunday afternoon at Sulphur. Miss Roberta Hodges and her grandmother, Mrs. Sampson Sum-! mcrs. Roff. visited Saturday with Mrs. Evert Summers, Charles Ownbey spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Ownbey. i Mrs. Evert Summers and Mrs. Ola Hodges went to Ada Sunday i afternoon to visit Mr. George jTolliver. who is a patient in Vai- 1 ley View Hospital. Vanoss came for his mother, Mrs. J. E. Dunn, and they spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. Luther Dawson and family in Sulphur. I Miss May Johnson visited brief- ly Monday morning with Mrs. Alvie L. Griffith. i Mr. and Mrs. Winston Ward of Pearson visited Sunday night j with his uncle, Mr. and Mrs. j Herman Ward. Mrs. Sampson Summers of Roff returned home with Mrs. Evert Summers Sunday evening and is visiting a few days. Mrs. Matt Heimer Jr.. Madeline and Peggy of Latta spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Alvie L. Grif- fith. Mr. and Mrs. Farrell Sales of Co'berl spent Sunday afternoon i with Mrs. Grant Johnson and j Mr. and Mrs. John Dunn of The Summers' family is deep- ly grateful to all who contributed food, flowers and sympathy in any form during the past week, due to the passing of one of the community's most beloved pio- neers, Evert Summers. PARISH CHAPEL I By FLORENCE ISAACS Mr. and Mrs. Claude Coley of Oklahoma City spent Sunday with his sister. Mr. and Mrs. Herman Ward. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Ward of Seminole were visiting his par- Mr. and Mrs. Herman I Ward Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gray and family spent Friday night with his sister, Mr. and Mrs. Law- rence Lane, of Oklahoma City and were the Saturday dinner guests of another sister. Mr. and Mrs. Arlis Martin, and girls, al- so of Oklahoma City. j Mrs. Clara Chandler and chil- dren of Stratford spent Wednes- day with her sister. Mrs. Pearl Gray, and Carma. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gray andi family the Tuesday supper guests of his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Oren Gray of Center. Larry and Gary Gray spent Sunday with their cousins, Mike and Rodney Gray. Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Henson visited her father. Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Crawford, north of Ada, Saturday night. Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Tucker and Londa visited awhile Sunday evening with Mr. and Mrs. P. Q. Henson. (Continued on Page 2