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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 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 Ado Times-Democrat BOTH YEAR ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1960 10 Pages NO. 6 John Crabtree Wages Shotgun War Against Pesky Crows and Jaybirds PECAN ENTHUSIAST: John Crabtree stands in the acre pecan grove which is his major interest in the farming line since turning most of his land to grass. This shot was taken before Crabtree smilingly offered to don his broad-brimmed hat, get his crow-hunt- ing blunderbuss and demonstrate how he stalks his game. (WEEKLY Photo) Plans on Quarferhorse Event rcialiion. will be held rain or shine, and stalls will be avail- _ able at the fairgrounds for exhibi- Shape Up tor Big June Show to s d ing both days of tle big Arrangements are shaping up I held at the Ada Fairgrounds June swiftly for the third annual East 3 and 4. Central Oklahoma Quarter Horse! The show, according to officials Association Show, which will be of the local Quarter Horse Asso- event. This .show, one of the largest of its kind in the area, is approv- ed by the American Quarterhorse (Continued on Page 2) By ERIC ALLEN When pecans are bearing, all it takes to transform John V. Crabtree from a calm-faced rancher to a keen-eyed hunter with the stock of a shotgun squeezed against hie shoulder is the flitting shadow of a jaybird or the raucous racket of a hidden crow. "I like to make war on Crabtree said, hefting his shot- gun and looking over his pecan grove with anticipation. "And when I figure I need help on the shooting job, I furnish 22 shells to neighbors. .Don't waste much time myself with 22 bullets, though. I can take this old scat- tergun sometimes and bring down crows and jaybirds on the wing." Crabtree, a 68-year old pecan grower whose home is nine mile southwest of Ada, makes war on pests of all descriptions, from pe can weevils on up to pesky fowl But the shooting of crows ant jaybirds in his pecan orchard be low the house is an interesting annual affair. And a lengthy one It gets underway as soon as the nuts have "goodies" in them, anc goes on daily until the trees an finally "thrashed." j "Early morning is the best time for this kind of Crab tree said. "And jaybirds furnisl more and easier targets. They're the most damaging birds we have j too. as far as pecans are con i cerned. They're worse than crows A crow will maneuver into a I grove of pecans in a sly way (and maybe get one nut in hi beak and fly off to a dead tree 1 or a stump somewhere and si i there a long time and eat it But jaybirds stay busy as bees I gathering pollen for honey, pull ing pecans and flying away some- where and then coming right back for more. I don't know what thev do with them. Must store 'em up." John Crabtree is widely known as an outstanding grower of up- land pecans, having exhibited reg- ularly since 1939 at Oklahoma i Pecan Growers Association shows. During all these years he has seldom failed to win top honors. Crabtree came to Pontotoc Coun- ty 47 years ago and settled in the Wilson community. He has been on the same place since 1913, when he first bought 70 acres of partly cleared land. He now owns 110 acres and practic- ally every tree on his place is pecan. However, it wasn't that way at first. "I first started growing cotton and corn, like everyone Crabtree said, "and I wasn't satisfied just farming the land I owned. I leased other cropland and went all out for row crops until the beginning of depression days. .Then I heard a story about a man who had settled on just ten acres and some neigh- bors asked the man, "Do you think you can make a living on ten acres of The man thought about the question a while, then said, "If I can't, I'll let half the ten lay out and make a good living on five." Crabtree said the little story was perhaps far-fetched in some Indian grass. r CROW STANCE: John Crabtree, upland pecan grower, shows how he draws a shotgun bead on crows and jaybirds in his grove 9 miles southwest of Ada. It's early in the season yet for this kind of hunting, but Crabtree keeps his powder dry, and his dog, Pal, seems to know what will be taking place as soon as the nuts mature Photo by Eric Allen) land m shape for the sowing of ways, but it furnished him food "I've.narrowed my money crops "Just to look at it before we started clearing, you wouldn't. have thought there was a pecan for thought. He began to study; down." the firendly, sociable Crab- i sProut on the place. This strip crop-rotation, and started plant- ing two rows of corn and one of peas. "Later I started sowing enthusiast though, and try strips of land to peas and then i all kinds of experiments to grow turning them Crabtree'a better crop even if I do give said. "And sweet clover, too, and I much of the crop away each that's something you don't have year." to-replant "every year. Sweet clo- ver will come up solid for seven or eight years at a stretch." Crabtree's land, rolling and tree said. "Just trying to make i looked like it was all blackjack, postoak and grapevines, so thick what I'm allowed to make under the Social Security plan. I'm a Crabtree grows Mahan, Schley, Burkett, Stuart, John Garner and Nelson pecans on a you couldn't see through it." Asked what he cleared the land with, Crabtree said quietly, smil- ing, "Just chopping axes and some big brush fires." The clearing on this particular! green and studded with pecan'most of his shooting of jaybirds and ,cut al1 stumps low enough :rees. is now seeded to button clover, sericea, .oats, love grass and fescue. At the time of this nterview he was busy discing a twenty acre field of lespedeza and Johnson grass, getting the State Roundup Feature HER LATEST TODDLER: "Old a twenty-five year old mare belonging to Robert Bolin, north of Union Hill, pre- colt last Monday morning. In spite of her advanced age, the mare is still in good shape. Everybody in the neighborhood uses her for plowing gardens. The colt is a filly, and Bolin says he hasn't decided '-undt9r obvious reasons- The eolt wa Local 4-H Group Two Pontotoc County 4-H club members will be featured at the State 4-H club round-up in Still- water, May 3. Mike Lucas, State 4-H Club President will preside at the Hon- or Night program at p. m. Thursday June 2. The program will be in the Football Stadium at Oklahoma State University. Mike will also be presiding over state 4-H club election of officers at p. m. on Thursday. Panny Teel, 4-H club member from Roff, will assist with the narrration for the Candli, Light- ing Program following the hon- or program Thursday night. She has also been assigned to lead he 4-H Club Pledge at the Senior Assembly Thursday morning. Other 4-H delegates from Pon- totoc County attending the round- up will be: Kay Haliburton, Al- len; Georgene Rowsey, Allen; El- len Ward. Vanoss; Cheryl Mel- ton, Vanoss; Shirley Howell, Roff; Martha Herion, Roff; Nancy Young, Fitzhugh: Birtie Barton, Fikzhugh: Barbara Huddleston, Roff; Carol Howell, Roff; Shir- ley Griffith, Roff; Donna Isaacs, Vanoss: Carol Timmons, Latta; Dewayne Coffey, Latta; Jimmy Ford. Latta; Harold Swink, Roff; Phil Harris, Roff; Larry Year- gan, Roff; Herbert Teel, Roff; Hollis Harper, Center; Ronnie Bennett, Center; Warren Bellin- ger, Byng; Eugene Caton, Byng; (Continued on Page 3) and crows. Crabtree first started grafting work on the '-alive trees back in 1933. "I hadn't thought much about pecans until we started clearing this strip of Crabtree said. Final Assembly Program Held at Old Latta School By MRS. WESLEY BRANTLEY j But there was sadness in the Ain't gonna need this house j hearts of the older visit- house no more ..nna nee 'SI ors who could remember thai, once _ itne old ouilding was new and play- This song brought the final as-i ed a verv important role in their land was started in 1932 and j sembly program of the Latta j ]jves Tnere in the Crabtree said he and his hired i to a dose last Wednesdayi audience who could look back to on rtwir I the time when there was no high The voices of the students rangj school at all at Latta. Children out loudly, clearly. Perhaps, with: finished the eighth grade and their the eagerness of youth, they were I schooling ended, unless they went jubilant because the old building; to Ada to stay, was going to be sold at public! It was on A t ,9 1919 when auction Thursday, May 26 and the qualified voters of School Dis- torn down to make wav for a new i________________________ acre orchard in which he Sot on knees so they wouldn't hinder a mow- ing machine. He and his wife searched out and left jvery pecan sprout they could find and tied strings on the sprouts to make (Continued on Page 2> and modern structure. (Continued on Page 2) HISTORIC WELL: Members of the Home Demonstration Club at Frisco gather happily at the pump they recently repair- ed (with help of their menfolks) near the old Community Building. History of the well, a stopping-place for wagon travelers in earlier days, dates back to Indian Territory times. The Frisco Club took the pump and maintenance of the Community Building as their project this year. See other photo inside. (WEEKLY Photo) GaEley-Vanting Around The County AHLOSO i By KAY WEST j Charley Winters of Lane visited Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Cook during: the weekend. I Mrs. Fay Wiser and sons. Ronnie, Jerry, and Kenneth Wiser j and Wanda Savage spent Satur-, day in Oklahoma City and visited Lincoln Park Zoo, Springlake and Frontier City. Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Price and son visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reese Sunday .light. Tip Mayfield of Ardmore, Mr. j Ahloso spent last Friday night I and children of Midwest City, and Mrs. Joe Gordon and Jean [on a camp-out south of Ada. The Mrs. A. J. of Ada and Mr. Marie of Dallas, and Joan, Kath- boys report a good time and a! and Mrs. Louie Moshier and Ter- ryn and Mark Gordon of Ardmore. string of fish. Those going were ry. tion for the homecoming which 'will be held Sunday. Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Prentis West Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Newt, Don and Roger Thomp- son went squirrel hunting the opening day of the squirrel season. Billy Ray Bowers, Jimmy Porter and David Smith. Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. Vas- co Moore during the weekend ry. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith visited Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Smith awhile Friday evening. Tuesday was Clean-up day at Tlie Eagle Patrol of Troop 6 of were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Frye the Baptist Church in prepara- Mr. and Mrs. Gene Treas drove to Pryor Saturday. Mrs. Cecil Jackson and Mrs. Joy Avery spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs. Gail Blankenship. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ross were the Sunday guests of Mr. Wade Duty, Mr. and Mrs. j with Mr. and Mrs. Edd Brashier Mrs. Gather Reed of Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman and Ronnie left Sunday for Cal- ifornia where they will spend two weeks visiting relatives. Watkinds, Eddie Brent and' and family. Mrs. Lois Hayes, all of Ada. John Mann, Tommy, Bruce, Bill and Donnie Mann and Glendel poss Sunday UnffnM Itlnnf nf i Mr. and Mrs. Jess Ross visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Houston Duty and family Hatton went fishing at the Cana- dian River Sunday. The Universitv Oklahoma has Mr. and Mrs. Milligan of Ok- j had 24 Rhodes Scholars and 38 iwere Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Duty, mulgee are spendig the week j Fullbright scholars.
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