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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pentotec And Adjoining Counties Single Copy 10 Only P.r Year Combined With The Ada Times-Democrat 60TH YEAR 8 Pages ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1960 NO. Two Old-Time Oklahoma Fiddlers Keep Folk Music Alive. In Tkis Area could "Draw a pretty wicked bow" whan he was a young man, and that deftness hasn't entirely left him until this day. Lively Doings "That fiddle is just about his whole Ufe now-" daughter, By ERIC ALLEN "I'll tune up my fiddle, I'll resin my bow, I'll make myself wel- come wherever I The refrain of that old fiddler's song, which spread out of the hills and valleys of Kentucky and Tennessee with the westward movement of early settlers was s a for Dad. once as familiar to rural Oklaho- Slnce Mother passed away. Dad mans as the rippling call of a stays us- and Ws fiddles whipporwill in the shadows of thei f68? him company and give him evening's dusk. lots pleasure Yes, he has two Half a century'ago people in jfiddles now- He's either working Oklahoma made most of their ion one of them- or sawing away Mrs. Amon Self said this week. own entertainment, and "home- spun music" was always the center of any week's gala affair. Those were the days when old- fashioned square dances passed around regularly from HOEDOWN F. R. Foster, the fiddlin' man in center, was dragging a fast bow on an old-time hoedown in th'e home of J. D. Sexton when the above photo was made. Younger members of the group lean strongly toward Rock 'N Roll, Presley style, and do an impressive job of it, but Foster is a confirmed lover of old folk-music and will tell you that no tunes beat ones like Durand's Hornpipe or Turkey in the Straw. Left to right are Jack Pettigrew, Wendell Pettigrew, Charles Thompson, (on Fester, J. L. Hunley, Perry Roberts and J. D. Sexton. (WEEKLY Photo) FHACommitfeeman Is Appointed Here Appointment of Bennie B. Own- bey as a member of the Farmers Home Administration County Committee in Pontotoc County was announced this week by C. Arthur Ray. the agency's county supervisor serving Pontotoc and Murray Counties. bers are Harland D. Richardson, Route 1, Konawa, who is a chair- man of the county committee and Oscar Rankin, Route 2, Byars. Each member is appointed for a 3-year term. Mr. Ownbey suc- ceeds Dr. Willard E. Rhynes, Route 1, Stonewall. Grand Jury Finishes Local Investigations By W. L. KNICKMEYER of the evidence pertaining to the Mr. Ownbey owns and oper-j The committee determines the ates a Grade A. Dairy at his. eligibility of individual applicants farm on Route 5, Ads. His dairy an types Of ioans, It also re. is approximately 7 miles north-j views borrowers' progress and west of Roff. j tne county supervisor in Two other members make tne agency's loan poli- the 3-member committee which I cies to conditions faced by farm- works with the county supervisor in Pontotoc County to see that the best possible use is made of the agency's farm credit service pro- gram consistent with local farm- ers' needs. The other two mem- ers in this area. Members are selected and appointed so that, so far as possible, different areas or neighborhoods are represented. The Farmers Home Adminis- (Continued on page two) HOUSE PASSES BILL TO KEEP LAND IDLE WASHINGTON (AP) Thelit is kept under a thorough con- House passed Tuesday a bill de-1 serving practice. signed to encourage keeping idle j The Agriculture Committee has farmland in permanent vegetation said without the legislation farm- expiration of conservation j ers and ranchers would find it reserve contracts. I necessary, in order to maintain The bill, which now goes to the, their allotments and cropland his- Senate. preserves the cropland, tory, to remove from grass and The county grand jury wound up its business late Wednesday afternoon with a mild reproof for county election offiicals but no fireworks. However, County Attor- ney Pat Holman publicly charged Thursday morning that half the absentee bal- lots cast in both elections were in violation of the law and should not have'been counted. The jury filed its final re- port .at p. m. Wednes- day after seven full work- ing days, which included in- vestigations of the county attorney's office, the- con- duct of the last primary election, and a long list of criminal indictments. County Attorney Holman had presented to the jury the results of a previous investigation made by him- self, an agent of the state crime bureau, and state election board members, al- election held on July 26, I960, we find that a general laxity exists in the performance of the duties of the Election Board of Pontotoc County and recommend that the Election Board and other election officials thoroughly familiarize themselves with the election laws and in the future, to abide by and comply with said laws." (Continued on page two) home to home. Folks just took down the bedsteads or moved out the parlor furnishings, and or- ganized "sets" of boys and girls, men and women, and "danced 'til broad daylight." Frontier Music And in those days, the old fid- dler's song was pure and simple truth. All a man had to do in order to be invited everywhere was to learn to play the fiddle. He wasn't merely welcome after that; he was the center of social functions ranging from summer picnics and lively box-suppers to the weddings of a community's elite set. All he had to do was to be deft with the bow and finger- work on such popular tunes as D u r a n d 's Hornpipe, Arkansas Traveler, Flop-Eared Mule, Wag- goner, Hell Among the Year- lings or Turkey in the Straw. If he could pull a sweet bow on a waltz or two, he was a fiddler that was "in" for keeps. W. R. Baker, 82 years young and now living in Ada, is one fiddler who remembers ear- ly days. Among fiddlers of the Cherokee Nation in old Indian Territory he was once cream of the crop of hoedown fiddlers, much in demand at all kinds of social gatherings. He practiced diligently on his fiddle at an early age. He loved it. He got so he Feeder's Tour Of Local Area Was Success If livestock feeders ever had any doubts about how cattle on local ranges stack up against beef grown on ranches of the north- west, those doubts were wiped out this week by a tour sponsored by the Ada Farn. and Ranch Club. "I think we convinced them history of acreage previously re- j other cover crops thousands of primary election, tired under the great plains and! acres which should otherwise re- conservation reserve programs if main idle. leging irregularities in the that cattle in the Ada area wil1 The jury's report stated: "After a complete Investigation stack up against beef grown any- where in the Dr. Don Williams, president of the Ada Farm and Ranch Club, said after VISITING CATTLEMEN: Shown and outlying towns this week. Left and Merle Redman. John, Michigan. Marian Mitchell, livestock feeders from Illinois who toured the cattle country around Ada c j t front row' are Ford, Fred Legner, Henry Marvick, N. Orrin Baker man Ford is from Ottawa, Illinois, Legner, Marvick and Baker from Leland, Illinois, and Redman from St. L.ett to right, back row, are Miles Warren, Stanley Rosengren, Robert Dewey, Clarence Gage, John Ott, II, Larry M.tchell, William Mitchell and Webb Setchel, all from Illinois. (WEEKLY Photo) the tour was finished. "Several of the feeders were under the impression that Montana cattle couldn't be beat, but their opin- ions were changed somewhat after the tour of ranches in this sec- tion. I think it's safe to say we can look forward to some busi- ness from those feeders from Illinois." The 26-man tour, sponsored by the Ada Farm and Ranch Club and organized by Robert M. Schneider, farm editor of the Ot- tawa Republican, Ottawa, III., got under way soon after group arrived in Ada Tuesday afternoon. First stop was at the Ada Live- stock Auction, where the group got a close-up look at facilities there and cattle on hand. After the gathering at the auction barn, supper was served to the group through sponsorship of Evergreen Mills, and later the group met with the Farm and Ranch Club at Trail's Motel. Don Taggart from Murray State Agricultural College was guest speaker at Tuesday night's meet- ing. Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock the tour of local ranches began. First stop was on the Tobe Wingard Ranch at Fitzhugh, at a tune on one, and I know he enjoys himself." W. R. Baker was born in Stone County, Missouri, but moved to the Cherokee Nation at an early age. Later he and his family moved to Sulphur. He has lived in Ada since 1952. He says he has played for some wild dances back in Territorial days, and some- times kept fiddling when he really wanted to sack up his fiddle and "shag out of seme shack." "Maybe a half dozen young bucks fist-fighting outside the Baker recalled, "and inside people dancing." Music At Home Such abandoned affairs held at rural homes have practically van- ished from the national scene, but, not the making of homespun mu- sic. Drive along side-streets of almost any Oklahoma town on certain nights in the week and you're likely to hear the wailing tones of a fiddle, the clinking of a piano or the strumming of gui- tar strings. Folk-music at home isn't the widespread thing it once was, but it's still going pretty strong. J. D. Sexton of Ada is still a strong advocate of homespun music. At least one night each week he and his family host friends and neighbors from the surrounding area who like to drop in for some "fiddle and gui- tar fun." Get some musicians together, and a lively tune going, and J. D. seems to be in' his ele- ment. No slip-shod stuff for him, FIDDLER FROM WAY BACK: W. R. Baker, right, one. fiddled for rough-and-rowtfy dances in the hills of the Old Cherokee Nation. Ho was born in Stone County, Missouri, but came to what is now Oklahoma when he was young and has lived here ever still loves to play his fiddle at gatherings of folk-musicians, and sometimes plays In .N...-U Accompanying him on the guitar is J. D. Sexton, Ada. (WEEKLY church. either, and not too much of this has lived in Pontotoc County for 55 years. Foster says he has been Rock 'N Roll. "I like music that sounds pret- J. D. said. "A smooth play- ed 'fiddle and guitar can't be beat." Sexton is both a fiddler guitar player, and when neigh- bors drop in for a get together, he switches from one instrument to the other, just however folks insist. Contest Winner Another top hoedown fiddler who drops in each week at the Sexton home F. R. Foster, who fiddling for 40 years and still gets a kick out of playing. He is re- tired now, but he doesn't look old enough for that. Crowding seventy, he-still-looks like a man in the middle fifties, and when he pulls a bow across fiddle strings, state, and often draws down top honors. He was first place at tbo fiddling contest held in Ada on the day the city celebrated its fiftieth anniversay several ago. He is still much ia demand as a iiddler at family ri and for dances. turn out for that illusion is intensified. As one j those lively and colorful affairs. old timer put it, "Foster can draw tones out of that fiddle that will make the hair stand up on your head." Old Folk-music, a distinctive of Americana, seems to go on and on. Many of the tunes that old- Foster still enters old-time fid-itime fiddlers are playing today dling contests held around the (Continued en page two) (Continued on page two) ?s Jol San a fo.l.H An Pl w" on the Harold Davis Ranch noar Roff. Tho I ._ the sin .Pw of who said tho stallion's siro was tittonTt th. r Davis Joe wi" be in horse eompo. the 17 (WEEKLY Wi" 9" Soptombor IS and run throjfh Gal ley-Van ting Around The County AHLOSO By KAY WEST We are happy to welcome Rev. and Mrs. Cliff Elliot and children. Angela and Tommy, as new resi- dents in our community. Saturday August 13. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese. Jim and Patti, to Chandier to !he Baseball Firm where Jim's Elkj team played the "ten and under" team there. The Elks team returned with a victory. After the game the Reeses went to Oklahoma City and spent the night with Mrs. Reese's parents, Mr and Mrs. R. D. Gooch. Mr. Reese returned home Sunday. Mrs Reese and the children remained the rest of the week. They visit- ed relatives and many places of interest in Oklahoma City, in- cluding Frontier City, the His- torical Buidling. and the Lincoln Park Zoo. They returned home Friday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Smith and Debbie visited Mr. and Mrs. Doug- jlas Smith. David and Dusty, last .Monday evening. I Clifford Hem-ell is home follow- ing several clays spent in Valley 'View Hospital. Mrs. Douglas Smith visited Mrs. C. L. Blankenship and Mrs. Clyde Avery last Tuesday evening. "get together" of relatives friends of Mr.. and Mrs. M. H. Durbin at Wintersmith Park Sun- day avternoon. The occasion was held in observance of Mr. and Mrs. Durbin's Golden Wedding Anniversary. Afterwards, the Wests visited Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hatcher and Mrs. Earl West in Ada, Sandra. Brenda. and Gary, of! Chouteau, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. and daughter. Sandra and Patti Lee visited Nancy Fulsom Tuesday. Mrs. Douglas Smith and Mrs. Gene Thomas visited Mrs. Smith's mother. Mrs. R. L. Cope, and sister. Mrs. Geneva Latta. in Ok- lahoma City last Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Aric Latta and been employed as a teacher. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Thomas en- ______ joyed charcoal hamburgers at the Mr. and Mrs. Prentis West, Kay and Stephen, attended the Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman, Ronnie and Xancy, dur- ing the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Treas and children, Douglas Smith home Monday eve- ning. Weekend visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese. Jim and Patti, were Mr. and Mrs.! M. J. Miller and daughters. Sheila and Sandra, of Hastings, Neb. Rube Merrick of Ardmore vis- ited Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Jack- son Monday afternoon. visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. I Douglas Smith at Happyland an interesting C. L. Blankenship. left Sunday! day afternoon for their regular j tion on closet accessories and Bio. for Sunray, Tex., where he has Mickey Blankenship visited Stephen West Saturday. monthly meeting. The meeting was called to order by the presi- dent, Mrs. B. L. Hardin and the Devotional was given by Mrs. fee. anA cake Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Avery, who tures. Refreshments of punch, eof- were served by Evans. The program Smith to folkxring: Mrs. 'month was "Decorate With WhatiJ- L- Evans, Mrs. Robwt Hunter. Mrs. Fletcher Reed returned j You Have." and roll call was BiQ Bowers, Mre. Morgan Saturday from California where; swered by 'An Accessory I Have Mrs. Kenneth Martin, Mrs. she has spent the past several Seen and Liked." A very interest- ;Ed Sliger, Mrs. B. U Harden, weeks visiting relatives. jing program was given by Mrs iMrs- c- L- Blankenship, Mrs. Kenneth 'Martin on Moshier, Mrs. J. A. Hoi. The Ahloso Home Demonstra- for the home and dried arrange- jman. Miss Martha Mote, and tho I. ivi nit- jzumc ctuu ULICU oil ango nave spent the past several days'tion Club met in the home of Mrs.'meats. Miss Martha also! (Continued on
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