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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - July 28, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotec And Adjoining Counties Single Copy 10 Cents Only Per Year Combined With The Ado Times-Democrat 60TH YEAR 8 Pages ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1960 NO. Ex-Riders For Horseshoe Recount Stories of Famous Ranch History of Ranck Began On. Ckickasaw Indian Land By ERIC ALLEN The riders had traveled for several days on the trail through the Indian Nations, pushing the big herd northward with the rising of each day's sun. Behind were the plains of Texas, the river that had stained their horses red, and the first scattered Indian settlements. It was pleasant to halt at last on the r ange they had leased from rolling expanse of stirrup-high grass in the heart of the limestone country. Such was the picture before the tur n of the century, when the famous Horse- shoe Ranch was first started in the southwestern corner of what is now Pontotoc County. Saddle Partners "My brother Harve helped A six-thousand acre portion of drive first herd up from Tex- tile once sprawling cattle empire Griffis said. "Harve was fif- is now property of C. C. Buxton, teen at the time, and that was Ada. From the present owner's pretty young for a kid to strike talk, it's abvious he knows history j out for the Indian Nations, but- he of the ranch about as well as any- one, but he preferred to turn over to older men the chore of recount- ing events of earlier years on the Horseshoe. And history of the big outfit comes alive with an epic sweep in the talk of such men as Will Brents, former Horseshoe mana- ger, and two old-time saddle part- ners with the same first names- Clay Griffis and Clay Jones. Jones and Griftis made it a point to get together for some re- miniscing, and their talk cover- ed just about everything from the establishment of Roff and Horse- shoe Ranch to personalities of early-day badmen. First Trail Herd The first Texas herd of' any consequence was pushed onto the site of present Horseshoe by the late M. L. (Matt) Trout and J.M. (Judge) Lindsey. According to the 76-year-old Griffis, that was in the spring of 1894. liked the bosses he was working for. When the outfit moved to the Chickasaw Nation, Harve mount- ed up and came along too." Those were the days when a cowhand's shelter in the Indian up from was in 1904 the Santa Fe was running through Davis, and cattle were shipped in and unloaded, and we drove them on to Horseshoe Ranch from there." By that time, Horseshoe was a vast cattle spread whose brand was as familiar as the A B C's in every packing house in the land. Ranch Manager Will Brents, manager of Horse- country was likely to be a three-1 shoe for several years before and faced log hut or a wagon tarpj after statehood, was born in Tex- stretched on the leeward side of a thicket. Transportation rested solely in riding stock, buggies or wagons. Railroads hadn't yet laid down their bands of steel across the Chickasaw Nation. When cat- tle were moved, they had to go on the hoof. Some Longhnrns "And cows were just cows in those Griffis said. "That first herd was a mixture of every- thing from Texas longhorns on up the line to Herefords and Hoi- stein. Trout and Lindsey trailed them out of Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas, driving them in the daytime and bedding them down at night. Later, when I came as and came to the Indian Ter- ritory in 1901. He said the big ranch changed hands several times after the turn of the cen- tury. He started managing the spread when the Norris family owned it. Norris, Brents said, ran principally steers, and it was part of the manager's job to travel in Texas and the Choctaw country, buying steers to send back to Horseshoe's rolling acres of na- tive grass. "I used to buy lots of steers in Brents recalled. "One year there I selected and purchas- ed 1100 head and shipped them back to Horseshoe. We didn't have (Continued en two) HEADQUARTERS OF HORSESHOE RANCH: Pontotoc County, once a portion of the old Chiekasaw Nation, was comparatively unsettled country when the famous Horseshore Ranch was established on the site above. First owners of Horseshoe leased range from Indians, and by the time of Statehood had built the spread up until it was a sprawling, 16000- domain of native grass and cattle. A huge commissicnary that served 80-odd families in the area was built before the turn of the century on the site of present Horseshoe headquarters. C. C. Buxton, Ada, now owns the norsesnoe ACCIDENT! K Oren Phillips Wins In Close Sheriff Race Oren Phillips was elected sheriff of Pontotoc County TuesdajHn one of the clos- est elections in county his- tory. The incumbent law- man edged challenger Burl Griffin by 13 votes out of almost cast in the runoff primary. Griffin said Wednesday boxes to go. It was nip-and-tuck then until the Lula box was the only one un-reported. With just one box to go, Griffin led by 14 votes. The Lula officials made it to the courthouse at p. m.. some 20 minutes after the other precincts were in. When the Lula tabulation was placed on the tally sheet, it put Phillips in front by the bare 13- morning he will probably vote margin. He received 35 votes spfik a rernnnt. The off-iris! in Lula> compared to 8 for Grif- seek a recount. The official totals are: votes for I Phillips and for Grif- fin. Veteran political ob- servers here said it was the second closest election ever held in the county. If Griffin applies count of the ballots, he must do so before Thursday fin. Strong Showing Griffin, former deputy to Bill Broadrick. made his strongest showing in the southern portions of the county and in Ada's Ward If Griffin applies for a re- Ward of Ada was even. Phillips carried every box in Ward Two. The candidates divided the Ward Three precincts noon. He said Wednesday morning "we will probably ask for a recount." and Griffin swept Ward Four. In the rural precincts. Griffin! PACKING THE SALE RING: The big stocker-feeder sale at the Ada Livestock Auction was going full blast Friday after- !but noon of last week when the above photo was taken. The ring is shown jam-packed with thirty-three head of yearling when How-j received his biggest margin at! ever, the decision was ap-JFrisco (46-4) and Fittstown tiei-' parently not d e f i n i t e 1 his home areas. Phillips was made at that time. strongest in Homer Al- The tension was high at two Precincts (277-148) and headquarters for the county f67'8'- tion board Tuesday night as the 56' There were fcw decisive votes, precincts and absentee ballots' however, as most precincts had were tallied decisions. For example, the The race was close all the way. vote in W3-p4 of Ada was 38'37 but it became a virtual standoff :and no more than nine the late city box'es reported. consigned by St. Gregory's School at Shawnee. The whole herd went to a buyer from Columbia, Missouri. Buyers i Griffin led most of the way. but breeders representing a big cross-section of the nation were on hand at the iPhillips overtook him with nine separated the two aspirants in four of the five precincts of Ward (Continued on page two) EX-RIDERS FOR HORSESHOE: The above two farmer cowhands, now retired end liv- ing in Ada, had just finished recounting the history of Horseshoe Ranch when this pic- ture was taken. Clay Jones, left, is a former cattle buyer for Horseshoe. He worked for George Armstrong, who took over operation of the ranch in 1910. Clay Griffis, right, started riding for Horseshoe in 1904, and knows history of the ranch dating back to the Galley-Vanting Around The County LULA By MRS. LOIS CLIFFORD Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston vis- ited .Monday night with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnston. Ronnie Rowe of Tupelo. David Fortner. Johr. Clifford and J. D. Reed visited Mondav with Ron and Charles Hill of "Tupelo. er. was also a visitor in her son's home. Charles went swimming at the Wintersrriith Pool Thursday. He returned home with his aunt, Mrs. Polk Cross. Mrs. Lois Clifford. Donnie and Ronnie came home from Ada with Mrs. Cross. Mrs. Clifford and children vis- ited with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brooks. in Sulphur. Charles is a senior' student at Tupelo High School. School started Mondav, Julv 25. Wednesday with her par-! ents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brooks. with them. He had been helping his granddad plow his crops. Mr.. Polk Cross. Carl Hill and son Charles ate dinner Thursday i 'th Mr. and Mrs. James Hill. Ada. Mrs. Dale Hill, their moth- Charles Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Greer Brooks, returned his home Thursday after working for his brother who runs a dairy'. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston.; Peggy and Davey and Mrs. Sam Johnston, Tony and Carolyn. Ada. went to Stratford Thursday to get peaches to can. Mrs. Sanv Jol-iston and children came home: with the Ben Johnstons to help: wi.h the canning. Sam camel Thursday night to take his wifej ar.d children home. j Mr. and Mrs. James Warren and children, Corsicana. Tex., visited from Wednesday until: Saturday with her parents. Mr.; and Mrs. Bo's Wooley. They also attended the Missionary Baptist revival at Lula and sang a spe- cial song. Davey Johnston ate dinner with Dickie Clifford Saturday. Donald Brooks ard Burtis Wil- had supper Thursday night with Burtis's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Charley Williams. Karen Johnston of Stonewall spent a few days last week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Pa i Johnston. Karen is five. Her younger sisters. Betty ard Diane. spent Thursday night with their grandparents. .Johnston, Edgar Cross and his grandson. Roger Massey. Centra- homa. visited Sunday with Mrs. D. R. Clifford. brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Benny Byrd from New Mex- ico. Mr. and Mrs. Glen McGuire.: Billy, Sharon and Glenda, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wofford. Karen and Darlene, Ada. visit- ed Thursday with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brooks. They took their son Willis home Ir. and Mrs. Donald Brooks. Linda and Diane. Ada, spent Fri- day night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brooks. Debra Clifford ate dinner Satur- day with the Walter Brooks. The rain we have been getting i is just fine, but Saturday we got hail and rain too. There was some damage done to Paul Johnston's cotton. j Mr. and Mrs. Sam Johnston. I Tony and Carolyn of Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston and Davey I and V'arren Scott. Ada, went to Lake Texoma Sunday. i CENTER By MRS. RAE GARRETT M-s. Rov Johnston, Larry and Walter Ethridge Betsy, Mr's. Buck Sweat Stratford called Mrs. Mrs. Worley Hokett attended Thursday. They had start- countywide H. D. Club picnic _. and stopped to see if she would them_ she hurried and I went along. They are old time i friends so they had a real good _. Wrtersmith Park m Ada Thurs-; dav- Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brooks. Linda and Diane, Ada, Ronald jand Charles Hill, Tupelo, Davey Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hill. Ron.j Gail and Dama Jo Dennis are; visit. speeding this week visiting in1 Oklahoma City with their aunt; Tuckf spent Sunday aft- and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Cal wlth Soatira Garrett. erton. j (Continued on two) Charles and Donald visited Satur- day night with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Byrd of Stone- iwall. They also visited with her
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