Ada Weekly News, July 21, 1960

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Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - July 21, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc And Adjoining Counties Single Copy IO Cents Only $2.00 Per Year Combined With The Ado Times-Democ rot 0MTH YEAR    8    Pages    ADA,    OKLAHOMA.    THURSDAY,    July    21,    1960    NoTTs Historic Sites at Old Mill Creek Arouse Interest in Indian Governor By ERIC ALLEN In the spring and fall the hard rains come, and Mill Creek boils dark and heavy. High waters surge against the crumbling age, its front porch sagging. Its paneless windows stare out forlornly across the surrounding countryside. Weathered clapboard earth of an old cemetery plot and are disintegrating from the cabin’s carry flotsam down to the Washita corner, showing the skeleton-like and Red rivers and thus on to the ribs of old log walls. In front the Mississippi and out to sea. 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 lie hidden in the weeds and grass governor of the Chickasaw Nation, where once was a hard-packed may be w iped right off the map. . It’s easy today, if your fancr/ is yard Slightly    to the east, shading the keen and things of the past in-    house and    an old dug well in the trigue you, to walk near the bank    mornings,    are two huge walnut    der    a    corner of the graveyard    and of Mill Creek in Johnston County    trees. The    cabin and trees are on    washed    out    a    section    of    the    old and feel times of more than a hun-    the north    side of what was once blanket of greenness. Scattered through the jungle-like maze are broken and fire-ravaged markers of several lonely and abandoned planks graves. You will find it hard to believe that one of those broken and 11 c h e n-covered tombstones marks the grave of Cyrus Harris. It will seem incredible to you that the resting place of a five-time governor of the Chickasaw people hasn’t been better preserved. Already the creek has cut un- dred years ago come back to life, the bustling Main Street of a con- steel fence. Skidding down the muddy bank. Jack Penner crossed If you’re lucky and have Jack Pen- ventional frontier village. That    and    stood    a    while    with concern on his face, looking at the “See anything?.. . .Any holes or ner along to talk to. history will be wras Old Mill Creek, Chickasaw right at hand. Jack is one of Cyrus Nation, before the railroad came    sheer    raw    earth    where    waler    has Harris’ great-grandsons, and he in and the town was moved to its    cut knows most of the family history present site on Highway 12. back to days when the Chickasaw' Behind the cabin runs Mill Nation w as young.    Creek, its waters shaded by climb- dIiyiuin8- Driving north across a pasture ing vines and underbrush and a .j °; * ^°’ Sa.! 6 IL » road from the Penner Ranch head- heavy growth of timber. A short    ™    there wouldn t quarters, your imagination will distance eastward along the    ^ any    sl8ns-    •    -not    alfer    a'l    these first be sparked by sight of a lone- creek’s course are two native-ly cabin. It’s all that remains of stone pillars — all that remains of a once large two-story log home the old water mill stand which Cy- years ... no signs a* all.” It was Jack’s opinion that most of the damage was caused by built bv Cyrus Harris before the rus Harris built and which gave *ast spring s flood Civil War. The cabin stands at the edge of a tree-lined meadow three miles west of the present town of Mill Creek. Its board roof is weathered with the creek its name. OLD HOME OF CHICKASAW GOVERNOR: The above small cabin is all that remains of the once spacious two-story log home of Cyrus Harris, five-time governor of the Chickasaw Nation. The cabin is 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 a well-known stage-stop for travel between the Indian Nations and Texas. Jack Penner, great-grandson of the famous governor, points And floods will continue as ou* original logs of the cabin, which were later covered by clapboards. (NEWS Staff Photo by Erie Allen) The cemetery where Governor ^me ^oes and unless some sort Harris is buried is up-creek from the cabin, close up against the of abutment is built, a historic spot will be wiped out. History bank. The plot is overgrown with grows taller with the span of time, trees and brush and a knee-deep (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 Erie jMlen) Ada Farm and Ranch Club Will Meet at Wilmar Farm A meeting of the fast-groving is open to all those interested in Ada Farm and Ranch Club will th® growing of better beef and he held next Thursday night, July establishment of permanent pas-27 at the Wilmar Farm five miles lures. Time of the meeting is set Sheep Ranching in the County Is Good Business, Maxey Says Orville Maxey, a native of Pon- them, and turn them out in the a pretty perspective, with a long totoc County who has been in the morning.. Outside of drenching cedar-lined entrance drive and Annual Summer Pony Sale Frisco Youth Draws Huge Crowd af Ada Bags Rattler The third annual simmer sale'1.000 ponies are expected to go at the Ada Pony Palace moved under the auctioneer's hammer Boosters Set Rodeo Dates In September By MRS. SIMON PATTON The A. T. Minors were baling j , ut j j . r    ,    _ I hay last week on the Irl Rhynes ° *    a1 Wednesday before    the sale winds up Satur- ranch south of stonewa„.    Anthonv with 1.000 Shetland breeders and day. Bidding on registered stock rakimr tho hav H. wa. .itHno buyers from a several state area j will run through Friday, a spokes- on hand for one of the biggest: man said, then 300 grade ponies auctions of registered stock to will be offered. da^e*    |    The    sale    was    kicked off Tues M ______________________ The high pony at Tuesday s bid- day at noon with the showing of and tight just ready to strike. No for thc^odeo was raking the hay. He was sitting out under a tree when he heard this year a funny noise behind him. About The annual Ada Rodeo will be taged a month later than usual Itl    I/V CI I    III (I    *    •**»    J")    • •    V IAI W/IVA V*    VI    VI vlIV AA AA    I    V    V    V*    VA    A    A A AA VVI    VAIIiJ. 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Maxey has been on the same  .......    w        club    member    from    Pow-    He    made    a    dash    for    his    dad’s    August a fold of the hills is a large tree-1 Wis., and purchased for $2,050    n|!?£LW?nS    [^jPic‘kuP    and    th^-22 rifle. He grab- “We were a little slow in getting A I Ariosi. Ct mf ] Anim* A TI { ® hed the gun, climbed up on top ol finaj details worked out for impression they have to baby place six miles southwest of Ada sheep all the time,” Maxie said, for ll years, growing cattle, sheep jby Sam Cook of Sabetha, Kan.    ,    ,    .    ^     r----r _,UIC Ullcll UCU11 Next high was Texoma Topper. ^Iod®rn Sunflower 4-H Club at the hood and shot the snake, or the show this south of Ada Dr. Don Williams announces that an interesting program is scheduled, and that the meeting for 7 p. rn. Speaker o.r the evening will be all right, but after thai it’s gener- and small stretches of creek botany easy sledding. I whistle or tom dotted with timber for shade, call them in at night and corral His and surrounding ground make (Continued on page two) and 67 sales completed. At least! (Continued on page two) 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 it is iust about the most profitable operation a rancher can name. (WEEKLY Photo). money invested, be less    trouble than    just about    On the east side of his house in    Mane Pony Farm of    Cuba City, anything a man could grow.” shaded tank. Maxey’s richest grazing is com- .    .    posed of 65 Heres of King Ranch    Ardmore, purchased    Duchess,    was    purchased by Sam “I haven    t    found    it    that    way.    They    horses and some    hay    crops. He    Bluestem and about the same    for $2.OOO    by Mildred    Mikesell of    ^ook    *rom    Sabetha, are some    trouble    in    lambing    time    has 260    acres of    rolling upland    amount of Midland Bermuda. He    Ardmore. also has some smaller plots of Greenfield Bermuda, the hybrid variety, and most of his grassland 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 intends to stay in the business. Maxey is a wiry-built, lean-featured 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-handled and profitable one. He says he j leans to the growing of fine horses and his enthusiasm is obvious when he catches up his registered quarter horse stallion and leads the horse from the corral, where its fine racing lines can be appreciated. The horse is six years old and has sired some top winners 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, j and they averaged top at the fat lamb market in Oklahoma City. He said there is no close-by market for fat Iambs, 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.” Maxey said. “The cut was light this spring, due to the hard winter, I year,” said Bob Sliger, one of the local boosters. Anthony ran out into the hay ‘‘However, we expect it to be field weaving both hands, holler- somew'hat cooler about that time bav stud consigned by Wylie Pow^atan- T^e mare- Crescent }eaSf sh0t at it six times. duchess, was purchased by Sam 00k from Sabetha. Asa Hutchinson, prime mover in 1. _ „T ,    ,    T    ,    ,    ,    ..    .    ,    .. —----- tho cut* cain omu’rie of nrmv in§’ 1 80t one ■ 1 §°" on€- Mr- and shouldn t hamper the at- Tuesday’s total sales racked up [be . a tdle’ said crJ)wds of pony Mi    couldn’t    hear above the tendance ” to an impressive $42,550. with 8$; fanciers from .several states start-'Mlnor eoulant Mar aBove    tenaance- ponies going through the sale ring ed amving in Ada ®arty last week. roar of the tractor he was driv- (Continued on page two) This could be about the wildest (Continued on page two) (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-Jo's 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 Photo).Galley-Vanting Around The County BEBEE Bv MRS. LEO SCOTT delivered nine me* The Camp Baptist Churr. School Sever a wit Crc The annual the camp ground be nesday, August 3 lormng and eve- Theresa.    Mr. and Mrs. Charles    Mrs. Oris Roberts, Hay, Tony    Comer this past    week. Kite and    sons of Fort Worth. Tex..    and Jud.v and Miss Carolyn Rob-    - 3mp meeting at Mrs    Bren(ja and    erts attended me funeral of Diana    NIr ^ Mrs    Clyde Boyd    were homa City Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Delton Sutton and Judv visited the zoo in Okla- and Mrs. Billy McNair, Lana and Viann. day night, and Mr. and Mrs. John Baker ol Francis. on Wed- Barbara. Mr. and’Mrs. Orel El- D°fg” *■ ^.Peyc?^L,Holi' Saturday night supper guests of in Sunday were pres- more and children ct Shafter. Church m S:ra:ford 00 Thurs- Mrs Lorane Cope and children Mr. and Mrs. David Turner - -    -    °* Ada-    and    children of Miami, Tex., and _    .    . Mrs. Clyde Boyd visited Mon- Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Turner Mr and Mrs P. P Kite were Darlene. Donnie and Steve and Rev. and Mrs. Earlin Haskins dav in the home of Mr. and Mrs. and children of Houston. Tex., .are visiting this week with Mr. •se vi Sunday night Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Kite, \ P Kite were Darlene. Donnie and Steve The pastor, Rev. Curtis Hogue, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kite and Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Wilfong.    attended revival services at Gaar Leo Nelson. Rev. and Mrs. Earhn Haskins spent Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. William Haskins and family of Ardmore. They visited with Mrs. Ebel Haskins and children of Ada Sun- Mr. and Mrs. Edd Berryman. Kay and Charles and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bivins and Dennis of Egypt visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Kite, Stevie, Don and Darlene.    j Mrs S. ’ML Golden who has been a patient in Valley View Hospital has been moved to her home and her condition is reported as good. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kite and sons and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ki^e (Continued on page two) ;

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