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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 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, MAY 12, 1960 10 Pages NO. 5 PLUCKY ARTIST: C. R. Pace, Stonewall, is improving rapidly now after a four year battle with arthritis, a.id is able occasionally to show her paintings, which hang on the walls of her home. The paintings were done while she was confined in bed. (WEEK- LY Photo by Eric Handicapped Stonewall Woman Discovers Her Talent For Art GROWTH OF TALENT: The above portrait, done by Mrs. Pace from a tin-type picture of the 1880's, is a likeness of her mother, a serious-faced little girl dressed in blue. The portrait is one of several Mrs. Pace has painted during her crippling illness, many of them done from memory. (WEEKLY By ERIC ALLEN "When I was sick and lay abed and had two pillows at my head and all my toys around me lay to keep me happy all the day." Thus begins the familiar poem which for the past four years has inspired the life of a courageous Stonewall mother. She is Mrs. C. R. Pace, mother of three, who until a month ago has been bedfast and almost help- less with arthritis. The astonish- ing thing about her story is that in spite of her terrible handicap during the four-year period, Mrs. Pace has developed an innate but previously unknown talent for painting. Now lining the walls of the Pace residence in Stonewall are scores of beautiful landscapes, still-life paintings, portraits and even ex- amples of modern abstract art. All the paintings have been done while Mrs. Pace lay bedfast and in great pain. They hang as in- spiring symbols of the courage of a woman who has performed a great feat in spite of a crippling illness. Determined "If it hadn't been painting it would have been something else, Mrs. Pace said Friday. "I was determined not to give up It's strange, though. As a child, I used to read that poem and think how wonderful it would be to lie abed and do things just dream and work with my hands." Mrs. Pace, before she became helplessly crippled, design- ed dresses, and when arthritis threatened to stifle her creative impulse when she couldn't get out of bed and sit at a sewing ma- chine she turned tc painting. Her first paintings were done with left-over portions of sign-paint, house paint, enamel and fingernail polish, and looking at them today you will sense her native feeling for composition and effective depth and form. And you will look at them with increasing amazement as Mrs. Pace's story unfolds. The pictures were painted with hands so crip- pled and helpless with arthritis that the artist had to use rubber bands around her fingers in order to hold the brush. Some days, Mrs. Pace says, her right elbow wouldn't bend at all and she was powerless to use her right hand. On those days, reso- lutely, she painted with her left, while propped up in bed on pil- lows. "Messy" "You should have seen my bed- Mrs. Pace said, laughing quietly. "Paint splattered every- where such a terrible During her illness Mrs. Pace has had a housekeeper, Mrs. Ruth Cole. 'The most recent painting finished by Mrs. Pace is a sur- prisingly good likeness of Mrs. Cole done in oils, and it is ob- vious that Mrs. Cole is very pleased. "I've taken care of Mrs. Pace for a long Mrs. Cole said. "I know, better than anyone else, the courage she has shown. And her paintings look at these I know they're good." Mrs. Pace's artistic efforts range from landscapes to difficult caricatures and abstract designs, and even an interesting self-por- trait as she looked when she was seventeen years old. Once, when she knew a daughter was coming to visit her, Mrs. Pace painted and framed four miniature coun- try scenes between noon and p.m. Improvement Mrs. Pace is out o bed now, improving rapidly, and while showing you from room to room and pointing out her first efforts at painting, she will say, "They're nothing. Absolutely nothing nothing at all." But you look at the paintings and know instinc- tively that they have an enduring value as symbols of courage, and that they were also a spring- board for her later beautiful works of art. An intriguing part of Mrs. Pace's work with oils is her ability to do, from memory, al- most incredible reproductions of places she saw before becoming bedfast four years ago. One of these paintings hangs on the wall of her living room, and will be instantly recognized by anyone who has visited the Civil War battleground at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Her painting is a beau- tiful likeness of the Latta House which stands at Prairie Grove in the newly-restored Battlefield Park. Memory Mrs. Pace saw the house on a trip through the Western Ozark Mountains before she became stricken with arthritis. She pains- takingly reproduced the old cabin in oils just as she remembered it. She also has a painting in oils of an Ozark dwelling and sur- roundings where she and her hus- band lived for a brief time sev- eral years ago. "I moved the creek closer to the house, Mrs. Pace said, smiling. "I thought it made the picture look better But the house is just as I remember it." One of Mrs. Pace's most inter- esting paintings is of her mother as she was in childhood a serious-faced little' girl dressed in blue. Mrs. Pace painted the por- trait from an old tin-type picture of her mother made in the 1880's. Mrs. Pace and her husband have lived in Stonewall for 16 years. Pontotoc County Job Chances Better in April Job opportunities in Ada and Pontotoc County increased during the month of April, A. 0. Pense, manager of the local office of the Oklahoma State Employment Service, reports. The local office received 208 job openings during April as com- pared to 139 for March. The office referred 219 applicants to these openings and placed 192 compared to 164 referrals and 121 placed in March. There were about 25 fewer new applications for work in April and the active file decreased about 50 from the previous month. Other activities of the local of- fice included counseling interviews being conducted for 20 applicants to help them make a suitable vo- cational choice. Tests were admin- istered ot 30 individuals to help in choosing a line of work or in measuring their proficiency in a line of work already trained for. Through the counseling and test- ing program 23 handicapped ap- plicants were placed during April. Unemployment as represented by claims for unemployment com- pensation decreased about 30 per cent from March 1960. They have two daughters, one in New York and the other in Hous- ton, Texas, and a son, Charles, who will graduate from Stonewall High this year. Mrs. Pace doesn't have to worry about materials to paint with now. Her daughter in New York sends canvases and paints and other equipment regu- larly. Her children, Mrs. Pace says; take possession of her best paintings as soon as she gets them finished. However, Mrs. Pace has scores of landscapes, portraits and still-life paintings, many of them mounted in good frames and others as yet unmounted. She has made no effort to. sell her paint- ings, but recently people have been dropping in from surround- ing towns to admire them. Just how Mrs.- Pace's art will stand up under appraisal is as yet unknown. Only time and wider recognition will show that. But however things turn out along that line is at this time seem- ingly beside the point. To a lay- man her paintings are beautiful in inspiring, tangible examples of a courage which has refused to ac- cept defeat in the face of such terrible odds. Church Members Redecorate Pastor's Home A facelifting is in process at the First Baptist Church parson- age at Stonewall. Members of the church and the pastor, Rev. Mack Caffey, are meeting as often as possible to redecorate the inside of the parsonage and paint the exterior. Monday night a group of the members papered the living room, dining room and hallway with rose pink printed paper. A parti- tion had been removed to make the living room and dining room one area. The group worked until a.m. to complete the job and clean the house. Those working were Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Winton, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bullard and Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Patton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ganus, Mr. and Mrs. Boda Hisaw and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. King, Carol and Aletta, Mr. and Mrs. William Shellen- berger, Austin King and Rev. Mack Caffey. The pastor's wife and two chil- dren are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harrigan, Houston, Tex. AFTER THE TORNADO: Clyde Kendall, left, and Willis Sutton, right, help O. A. SuHon, center, repair a torn-down fence. In the background is O. A. Sutton's home, which was wrecked during the Oil Cetner tornado. (WEEKLY Strange Incidents Reported After Oil Center Tornado People in the Oil Center com- munity this week have obviously quelled much of the shock caused by the recent tornado and are hard at work clearing the rubble and repairing damaged homes. During the weeks ahead, clean-up crews, carpenters and electricians the healing hand of nature cover most signs of the damage so swiftly done. Girl Places In Money At State Broiler Show Charlotte Shope, Francis 4-H club member, placed in the money with her exhibit in the state broil- er show and contest held Wednes- day at Muskogee. Charlotte's birds came in four- teenth in a field of 256 entries in the junior division of the show, winning an extra award for her. Cash prizes were given for the first 15 places. Four other local 4-H members placed in the "blue" group: Jerry Fredericks, Jimmy Fredericks, Buddy West and Don Yeargan. Placing in the "red" group were Mike Tiffin, James Morrow, Bill (Continued on Page 2) Or a storm cellar being com- pleted just before the except for the timbers of step- forms which blocked the entrance and thus forced a family to endure the havoc of a home disintegrat- ing about their heads. Or a bucking barrel for the training of rodeo riders, undented j wind, on its cable after the tornado, hanging serenely between two came through the fury of the tor- nado unharmed. Or things like a dollar bill lying on a table before the storm and still lying in the same place afterwards, on an undisturbed tab- le on the floor of a room whose walls had been swept away by The violent onslaught of the ele- trees whose limbs twisted off into.infinity along with the wreckage of a demolish- ed home. Or the fortitude of a youth who, ments last Wednesday night, how- ever, will not soon be lost to mind. Neither will the odd, freak- ish incidents which happened dur- ing the storm. Things like a 210-barrel capacity tank of oil being wrenched from its moorings and hurled almost base of a small cedar tree and a mile through space above the I grasped it. The youth flattened out Stories like the above, told by Oil Center residents who witness- ed the storm, will perhaps be- come part of the community's lore. The oil tank, according to A. 0. Sutton and his brother, Wil- shelterless and running with the lis. was property of Booth and I Spencer. The tank was carried so avid breath of the tornado at] ctviu ui ujc iisiiiauu at i f his heels, flung himself at the far, lts ongmal ll took the company several- hours to trace it down. rolling hills. there, hugging the cedar tree, and (Continued on Page 2) ALMOST COMPLETED: H. R. Henderson, points out the doorway of the Cox cellar at Oil Center, where the timbers of step-forms blocked entrance during last week's storm. Hen- derson was constructing the cellar, and had to leave the step-forms in overnight to the freshly-poured cement would dry. (WEEKLY GaEley-Vanting Around The County MIDLAND By MRS. CHRIS PEDERSEN Bob Marble of Ada spent Moth- er's Day with his mother, Mrs. Dora McGee. Saturday night and Sunday guests in the Pedersen home were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pedersen of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. John Pedersen. Arlene and Lin- da of Midwest City, Miss Paula Jean Brassington of Midwest City, Miss Pat Martin and Jim Ped- ersen of Midwest City. Sunday visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gentry and sons David and Tony of Stratford and Bob Marble of Ada. Mrs. Marjorie Martin visited with your correspondent Friday morning. Miss Sherry Pedersen spent Friday night with Miss Jan Floyd of Ada. Miss Susan Price also was a guest in the Floyd home. The girls enjoyed a morning shopping for gifts for their mothers. Steve Kasmir spent Friday night with Mike Pedersen. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Martin, Pat, Marion and Arlis visited Mr. Mar- tin's sister and family the Mc- Neils, of Galey Sunday. Sunday afternoon they attended the bac- calaureate for the Vanoss seniors. Marion sang. Jim Pedersen won first place at the National pasture and range judging contest held recently at Oklahoma City. This was the second time Jim has won first in the contest. Two years ago Jim, then a student at Vanoss, won fist place individual winner and the FFA Chapter also won first. In the recent contest. Jim en- tered in the adult class. He is DOW a student at Central State College. He is the son of your correspondent. Mike, Jim's younger brother, was 5th individual winner and his team placed 7th this year. The team consists of Mike, Frank- ie Benton, Johnny Hoosier and Gary Moore. Instructor is Pat Gallup. Mrs. Dora McGee got word her daughter, Margaret Barnes, was soon to pay her a visit from Pasa- dena, Calif. in Seoul, Korea for 13 months. Paul Parker was ill Monday but is feeling some better now. VANOSS By MRS. V. T. GASAWAY Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis and son Earl of Oklahoma City spent the weekend with Mrs. Net- tie Childers. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Childers and Valerie Sue of Hamburg, People from this community Iowa spent a week visitng his are in sympathy with those who! mother, Mrs. Nettie Childers and lost their homes and were injured' other relatives of Vanoss and Ok- at Oil Center and rejoice with I lahoma City, them that there were no lives Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow visit- ed with Mr. and Mrs. England taken. I got a card from my son Paul. He was in Honolulu. Mawaii. He! night said he would be in San Francisco Davis and children awhile Sunday by Tuesday and hoped to be! Mr. and Mrs. Lee Parish and home by Sunday. Paul has been Tresa of Ada spent Mother's Day N. D. McCauley and Mr. and them" with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Berger. Eulas Jones visited with Wal- ter Leech, Barton Williams and Raymond Holmes, all of Mays- ville Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gasaway and Clyde of Konawa spent Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gasa- way. Miss Myra Nell Garrett of the day night with Mary Jo Gasaway. Mrs. Eulas Jones visited with Mr. and Mrs. Jolen Keeze at Wa- nette awhile Saturday. She also visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bud Baker at Maysvjlle. Mr. and Mrs. Miles McCauley and children of Ft. Worth spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. B. I. McCauley and children. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow and Sunday afternoon visitors in the Vernon Gasaway home were Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller and Dale of Ada and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Cornell. I Pam visited with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gasaway awhile Friday night. Mother's Day visitors in the home of Mrs. Mary Ragland were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilkerson and Mrs. Bernice Scott, all of Pauls Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Pick Ragland of Oklahoma City, Mr. Bebee community spent and Mrs. Earl Hodges, Ada, and Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Melton, fell Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burleson of Wewoka. Miss Pam Glasgow of Lawton spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow. Others visit- ing in the Gasgow home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mustain and Mike and Mrs. Arkie Glas- gow, all of Lawton. Miss Pam Glasgow' returned home with Mr. and Mrs. England Davis and children were in Enid Sun- day on business. Roy Glasgow was in Durant Saturday attending a business meeting. Robert Melton, small son of last Sunday striking his head on a sharp object and cutting it. Two stitches had to' be put in the wound. Mrs. Roy Glasgow visited with Mrs. Geneva McCullar awhile Monday afternoon. Mr. Cleamon Stone, agriculture teacher, visited Tommy Gasaway awhile Monaay. The FFA class is trying to get the tractors all ready to plant a patch of cotton for a FFA project. OAKMAN By ILA PEVEHOUSE I'm glad to be able to write the items again this week after spending such a hectic week with all the stormy weathe. and trag- edy happening to neighboring communities and friends. I think from all reports that nearly everyone in this commun- ity was in cellars both Wednes- j day and Thursday nights .1 have- I n't heard of anyone being injured or ill due to the storms but some slight damage was done. Mr. and Mrs. John Brassfield's west window blew completely out, and sh-! reported that they had to buy a new frame and window. complete to put back in its place. Several houses have shingles blown off and there will probably be quite a bit of roof repairing going on around here. I would like to extend my sym- pathies to those of Oil Center and other places who were in- jured or received damage from the tornadoes. We of the Oakman community all feel very lucky. I heard a report that Mr. and Mrs. Roy White are working hard to get their cellar finished. They have been working on one for some time, but it wasn't complet- ed before last week. Charlie Sliger of Ada spent Fri- day afternoon with his lister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pendergrass. Bill Pevehouse accompanied the Byng Pirates baseball club to Chandler Monday for the semi finals and finals of the state base- ball tournament. (Continued on Page J)
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