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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc And Adjoining Countits Single Copy 10 Cents Only Yur Combined With Tht Ado Times-Democrat COTH YEAR 8 Pages ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, July 21, 1960 NO. IS Historic Sites at Old Mill Creek Arouse Interest in Indian Governor By ERIC ALLEN I age, its front porch sagging. In the spring and fall the hard Its paneless windows stare out rains come, and Mill Creek boils! forlornly across the surround- dark and heavy. High waters ing countryside. surge against the crumbling earth of an old cemetery plot and carry flotsam down to the Washita and Red rivers and thus on to the Mississippi and out to sea. Weathered clapboard planks are disintegrating from the cabin's corner, showing the skeleton-like ribs of old log walls. In front the porch sleepers have rotted or In another few years, if the! been torn away, and the roof is creek, keeps cutting, the final rest- tilted crazily. Scattered timbers ing place of Cyrus Harris, first governor of the Chickasaw Nation, may be wiped right off the map. It's easy today, if your fancy is keen and things of the past in- trigue you, to walk near the bank of Mill Creek in Johnsto'n County and feel times of more than a hun- dred years ago come back to life. If you're lucky and have Jack Pen- ner along to talk to, history will be right at hand. Jack is one of Cyrus Harris1 great-grandsons, and he knows most of the family history back to days when the Chickasaw Nation was young. Driving north across a pasture road Irom the Penner Ranch head- quarters, your imagination will first be sparked by sight of a lone- ly cabin. It's all that remains of a once large two-story log home built by Cyrus Harris before the Civil War. The cabin stands at the edge of a tree-lined meadow three miles west of the pres- ent town of Mill Creek. Its board roof is weathered with lie hidden in the weeds and. grass where once was a hard-packed yard. Slightly to the east, shading the house and an old dug well in the mornings, are two huge walnut trees. The cabin and trees are on the north side of what was once the bustling Main Street of a con- ventional frontier village. That was Old Mill Creek, Chickasaw Nation, before the railroad came in and the town was moved to its present site on Highway 12. Behind the cabin runs Mill Creek, its waters shaded by climb- ing vines and underbrush and a heavy growth of timber. A short distance eastward along the creek's course are two native- stone pillars all that remains of the old water mill stand which Cy- rus Harris built and which gave the creek its name. The cemetery where Governor Harris is buried is up-creek from the cabin, close up against the bank. The plot is overgrown with trees and brush and a knee-deep blanket of greenness. Scattered through the jungle-like maze are broken and fire-ravaged markers of several lonely and abandoned graves. You wiH find it hard to be- lieve that one of those broken and I i c h e n-covered tomb- stones marks the grave of Cyrus Harris. It will seem in- credible to you that the rest- ing place of a five-time gov- ernor of the Chickasaw peo- ple hasn't been better pre- served. Already the creek has cut un- der a corner of the graveyard and washed but a section of the old steel fence. Skidding down the muddy bank, Jack Penner crossed the creek and stood a while with concern on his face, looking at the sheer raw earth where water has cut. "See .Any holes or "No. he said. T h e n he said, "But maybe there wouldn't be any signs. .not after all these years no signs at all." It was Jack's opinion that most of the damage was caused by last spring's flood. And floods will continue as time goes by, and unless some sort of abutment is built, a historic spot will be wiped out. History grows taller with the span of time. OLD HOME OF CHICKASAW GOVERNOR: The above small cabin is all that remains of the spacious two-story log home of Cyrus Harris, five-time governor of the Chickasaw Nation. The cabin it located three miles west of present Mill Creek in Johnston County. Once it was surrounded by a good-sized town (Old Mill Creek) and was well-known stage-stop for travel between the Indian Nations and Texas. Jack Penner, great-grandson of the famous governor, out original logs of the cabin, which were later covered by clapboards. (NEWS Staff Photo by Eric Allen) (Continued on page two) GRAVE OF GOVERNOR HARRIS: Above is shown the tombstone which marks the grave of Cyrus Harris. Flood waters of Mill Creek have cut under a section of an old steel fence which surrounds a portion of the cemetery plot. Unless preventive measures are taken, some day the final resting place of a once famous governor of the Chickasaws may be washed downstream. (NEWS Staff Photo by Eric Allen) Ada Farm and Ranch Club I Will Meet at Wilmar Sheep Ranching in the County Is Good Business, Maxey Says Orville Maxey, a native of Pon-.them. and turn them out in the totoc County who has been in the sheep business for the past eight A meeting of the open to all those interested in Ada Farm and Ranch Club will j the growing of better beef and he held next Thursday night, July establishment of permanent pas- PP.le seem to be u" der 27 at the Wilmar Farm five miles south of Ada. Dr. Don Williams announces i tures. Time of the meeting is for 7 p. m. i Speaker of the evening will be that an interesting program isi__________________________ scheduled, and that the meeting I (Continued on page two) folmd H that way> They are some trouble in lambing time all right, but after that it's gener- ally easy sledding. I whistle or call them in at night and corral morning.. Outside of drenching them a couple of times each year, and the shearing, sheep seem to be less trouble than just about anything a man could grow." Maxey has been on the same place six miles southwest of Ada for 11 years, growing cattle, sheep horses and some hay crops. He has 260 acres of rolling upland and small stretches of creek bot- tom dotted with timber for shade. His and surrounding ground make Annual Summer Pony Sale Draws Huge Crowd at Ada SHEEP RANCHER: Orville Maxey is shown looking over a flock of Hampshire and Western ewes on his sheep ranch southwest of Ada. Maxey has been raising sheep for wool and the fat lamb market since 1952, and says for time and money invested, it is just about the most profitable operation a rancher can name. (WEEKLY a pretty perspective, with a long cedar-lined entrance drive and the land sloping away.on either side to huge elms and pecan trees. On the east side of his hous-a in a fold of the hills is a large tree- shaded tank. Maxey's richest grazing is com- posed of 65 acres of King Ranch Bluestem and about the same amount of Midland Bermuda. He also has some smaller plots of Greenfield Bermuda, the hybrid variety, and most of his grass- land is overseeded with vetch and clover. Maxey is now running 300 head of sheep on his place. They're a mixture of Hampshire, Suffolk and Western ewes, with the latter predominating. He and his family lived on the present ranch three years before starting in the sheep business. That was eight years ago, and Maxey's annual profit from sheep are impressive. He says he in- tends to stay in the business. Maxey is a wiry-built, lean-fea- tured man with a manner of quiet friendliness, and you have the impression he has spent most of his life on the open range and would look throroughly at home in the saddle. He will smilingly admit that to him the'raising of sheep isn't very exciting, but that is is a business, and a well-handl- ed and profitable one. He says he leans to the growing of fine horses and his enthusiasm is obvious when he catches up his register- ed quarter horse stallion and leads the horse from the corral, where its fine racing lines can be ap- preciated. The horse is six years old and has sired some top win- ners in local quarter horse shows. Talking about profits from his sheep, Maxey said he fattened out 90 head last year, feeding them on shelled corn and oats, and they averaged top at the fat lamb market in Oklahoma City. He said there is no close- by market for fat lambs, but that the market for wool in Ada is good, with a buyer from Fort Worth on hand here each year through the shearing season. "We usually shear between the first and fifteenth of May." Max- ey said. "The cut was light this spring, due to the hard winter, I (Continued on page two) Id The third annual summer sale at the Ada Pony Palace moved into its second day Wednesday with Shetland breeders and buyers from a several state area on hand for one of the biggest auctions of registered stock to date. The high pony at Tuesday's bid- ing was a mare named Grey Pearl, consigned by the Silver Mane Pony Farm of Cuba City, Wis., and purchased for by Sam Cook of Sabetha, Kan. Next high was Texoma Topper, a bay stud consigned by Wylie Hough Jr., of Ardmore, purchased for by Mildred Mikesell of Ardmore. Tuesday's total sales racked up to an impressive with 82 ponies going through the sale ring and 67 sales completed. At least ponies are expected to go under the auctioneer's hammer before the sale winds up Satur- day. Bidding on registered stock will run through Friday, a spokes- man said, then 300 grade ponies will be offered. The sale was kicked off Tues- day at noon with the showing of a registered two-year-old mare belonging to young Keith Finger, a 4-H Club member from Pow- hatan, Kan. The pony was the youth's current project in the Modern Sunflower 4-H Club at Powhatan. The mare, Crescent Duchess, was purchased by Sam Cook from Sabetha. Asa Hutchinson, prime mover in the Ada sale, said crowds of pony fanciers from several states start- ed arriving in Ada early last week. (Continued on page two) Frisco Youffi Bags Rattler By MRS. SIMON PATTON The A. T. Minors were baling hay last week on the Irl Rhynes ranch south of Stonewall. Anthony was raking the hay. He was sitting out under a tree when he heard a funny noise behind him; About three of four feet behind him lay a big rattlesnake all coiled up nice and tight just ready to strike. No one had to tell Anthony what it was or what it was about to do. He made a dash for his dad's pickup and the .22 rifle. He grab- bed the gun, climbed up on top of the hood and shot the snake, or at least shot at it six times. Anthony ran out into the hay] field waving both hands, holler- ing, "I got one! I got Mr. Minor couldn't hear above the roar of the tractor he was driv- (Continued on page Boosters Set Rodeo Dates In September The annual Ada Rodeo will be staged a month later than usual this year. Plans for the yearly show have been completed, according to lo- cal rodeo enthusiasts. The dates for the rodeo are September 14th through the ITS. In the past, it has been held in the middle of August. "We were a little slow in getting the final details worked out for the show this said Bob Sb'ger, one of the local boosters. "However, we expect it to be somewhat cooler about that time and it shouldn't hamper the at- tendance." This could be about the wildest (Continued on page two) C-JO'S TOPPER: Loraine Adams, handler of Shetland ponies for the C-Jo Pony Farm, Sherman, Texas, is pictured as she coaches a two-year-old mare into a striking pose inside the sale barn of the Ada Pony Palace. The mare. C-Jos Top- per Starlet, was Grand Champion Mare at the Fort Worth pony show this year. Before parading through the sale ring, the mare was property of C. C. Teague. (WEEKLY _____________________________ Galley -Vanting Around The County BEBEE Bv MRS. LEO SCOTT The Camp Ground Freewill Baptist Church had 69 in Sunday School. Several visitors were pres- ent. The pastor, Rev. Curtis Hogue, delivered the morning and eve- ning message. The annual camp meeting at the camp ground begins on Wed- nesday, August 3. Those visiting Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. P. P. Kite were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kite and Theresa. Mr. and Mrs. Charles' Kite and sons of Fort Worth. Tex.. Mrs. Judson Kirby, Brenda and Barbara. Mr. and Mrs. Orel El- more and children of Shatter, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Kite, Darlene, Donnie and Steve and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Wilfong. Mrs. Oris Roberts. Kay, Tony Corner this past week. and Judy and Miss Carolyn Rob- erts attended the funeral of Diana j Mr and Mrs. Clyde Boyd were Dorgan at the Pentecostal Holi-; Saturday night supper guests of ness Church in Stratford on Thurs-JMrs, Lorene Cope and children day. of Ada. I Mrs. Clyde Boyd visited Mon- Rev. and Mrs. Earlin Haskins j day in the home of Mr. and Mrs. attended revival services at Gaat' Leo Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. Delton Button land Judy visited the zoo in Okla- 'horna City Sunday. j Mr. and Mrs. David Turner jand children of Miami, Tex., and 'Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Turner land children of Houston, Tex., jare visiting this week with Mr. Mrs. S. 'M. Golden who has been a patient in Vailey View Hospital has been moved to her Rev. and Mrs. Earlin Haskins I Mr. and Mrs. Edd Berryman, j her condition is report- and Mrs. Billy McNair, Lana and day night, and Mr. and Mrs. John Viann. I Baker of Francis. spent Monday night with Mr. andi.Kay and Charles and Mr. as good. Mrs. William Haskins and family Mrs. Roy Bivins and Dennis of of Ardmore. Egypt visited Sunday with Mr. They visited with Mrs. Euel; and Mrs. Hollis Kite, Stevie, Don Haskins and children of Ada Sun-jand Darlene, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kite and sons and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kite! (Continued en two)
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