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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - November 10, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc And Adjoining Counties Single Copy 10 Cents Only Per Year Combined With The Ada Times-Democrat 60TH YEAR ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1960 NO. 31 Nothing's Left But Fragments Of Bottles Oidtimer Recalls Wild Days Of Corner Saloon By ERIC ALLEN There's a place on the north- western edge of Pontotoc County where the South Canadian Riv- er, at high tide, runs wild as a carousing Indian. You can stand there at flood time and watch its waters swooshing past like mol- ten copper under tendrils of ris- ing fog. It's tip-toe country, though, with ghosts of dead whisky bot- tles lurking and maybe the ghosts of men who "killed" those bottles dead men who tell no talcs. The place is just inside the line of what was once the "old Potta- wattomie country." Once upon a time a log-and-clapboard build- ing stood there. The building hous- ed the famous. .or infamous. old Corner Saloon. Tales Abound Many talcs concerning the old saloon have been spun since it vanished right after Statehood Some of those talcs are true. Some are false. Some of the true ones are so vivid in one man's mind that he won't even mention them publicly. "I wouldn't want to tell every- Emmit Wood, an 81 year-old Chicaksaw Indian who grew up near the site. "I can tell you lots of things, though, and the things I saw are so. But the things I didn't see. don't know." Emmit W. Wood (the W., he says, doeon't stand for anything at all except it's the way he j wants to sign it) first saw the old saloon about the middle 1880's. His father had just brought the family from Mississippi by wag- on and settled a place near the mouth of Buckhorn Creek. That was two miles down-river from the of the Corner Saloon. Well Traveled Trail The family home, Wood says, was on a rise of land south of the main river bottom and right beside the old horse trail that followed the course of the river on the Chickasaw Nation side. "I guess every drinking man in the Chickasaw Nation travel- ed that old horse trail sooner or Wood recalled. "Indians from as far away as Tishomingo rode past our place, heading for the saloon to fill their jugs. Some- times, heading back home, they stayed all night with us, or built thing I saw at that said! fires close by and stayed in the woods. When I got bigger I trav-; up in, and sometimes not even eled to the saloon and back with I that. Then there he was, left to them, lots of times. and I saw lots of things." stare at the oleak barren walls of his cabin, and that craze upon The Corner Saloon's clientele, him, and in his agonized mind Wood said, was not confined to the ad, accusing eyes of his Indians, not by any means. Squat-! loved ones watching him. OLD WHISKEY ROAD: Emmit W. Wood, a Chickasaw Indian who first saw the Corner Saloon when he was a small boy, is shown pointing out the old horse trail across the South Canadian River. The trail was a main-traveled route for hard-drinking men of the j way te and from the saloon- Some famous outlaws who vis- ited the old saloon, Wood says, included the Dalton Staff Photo) STATE 4-H CLUB LEADER DIRECTS RECREATION AT ADA YOUTH CENTER Sixty Pontotoc County senior, schools. He commented on the 4-H club members from eight 4-H marked improvement the group has made in their recreation Way of f-'ccanS bu it ft By MRS. W. E. SNYDER A pumper on one of the leases! in the area has reported finding! a unique and easy way of har- vesting pecans. Incidentally there is no danger either of falling out of a tree follo'.ving his method. It' seems it all came about this way: One day a few weeks ago this pumper began noticing a number! of bluejays flying back and forth! an between a pecan tree and a near- by derrick. Curious to know what the activity was all about, he strolled over to the derrick, which had an up-ended pipe lean- ing against it that he had job- served the jays always lit upon. He raised the pipe off the ground and out poured pecans, about a gallon of them. (Continued on page two) EGG PRICES ARE ABOVE 1959 PERIOD U. S. farm prices during December 1960 are expected to average about 38 cents a dozen, or around six cents above the comparable 1959 period. January- March 19B1 prices probably will average 34 cents, roughly four cents over the same months. clubs participated in a 4-H rec- reation leadership training school, at the Ada Youtl. Center. Thurs- skills. during this time. The club members will utilize the training they have received by day night. Senior members in-1 assisting in the county-wide Jun- cludc those 13 years and above. Party in'January 1961. Also, they will assist in recrea- tion in their local club activities and other local events. (Continued on page two) Under the able direction of Mr. Ray Parker, assistant stale 4-H club leader, the group played as they studied and increased their talents for leading other 4-H mem- bers in group recreation. Mr. Parker is outstanding in this field, having conducted rec- reation at the National 4-H Club Congress, Kansas City, and the Oklahoma 4-H Club Congress, in I Oklahoma City. j This is the third year that Mr. Parker has assisted Pontotoc I County by conducting recreation Highway Dept. Lists New Speed Limits In Ada New speed zones will be estab- lished on all state highways throughout Ada, Senator Buck Cartwright has been advised. As adopted by the state high- way commission on recommenda- tion of Bill McGjrdy, traffic en- gineer, th-ey will be as follows according to the senator: On the 4-lane Broadway route from Main to Ninth street Z miles per hour. From Ninth street north t< Fourth, 35 miles. From Fourth street north to tfo Oklahoma City, Ada and Atoka railway crossing north to the June tion of State Highway 3 and 99 45 miles per hour. Previously a 25 mile an hou limit existed on these routes. The new regulations will be come effective as soon as speec signs are established. ted at an isolated place on the river's second bank, the old sa- loon was the center of a frontier carousing ground that was cater- ed to by .vhite settlers and cow- hands alike. Only (Whig) Where else could hard-drinking men on the Chickasaw side go to get bonded The Cor- ner Saloon was in the wide-open ''old Pott while the Chickasaw Nation, according to the edicts of Federal law, was dry. Of course. Indians living near the Choctaw line could go on a tear by imbibing "Choc" beer, or maybe the brimstone concoctions of Kiamichi mountaineers. But that was dangerous business. Some of those mountaineers, in order to add to the fire-andbrim- stoe potency of their liquor, piled in a few dabs of Eagle lye. A man could go pig-shoat crazy on that kind of stuff, and maybe stay that way for days maybe for so long his squaw would up %id leave him, and take all the kids, and leave vanized iron lining in his stom- ach, though, anything that passed across the bar of the old Corner Salooi was good. Except hot lead And hot lead flying inside the Corner Saloon was a common occurrence. Men seldom fought with their fists. Wood says. They settled their scores with guns. "But the only killing I ever saw there." Wood said, "was when Hooky Miller shot John out of 188 proof alcohol. A man j Coleman. Coleman was running "the saloon for Joe Allen and Jesse West. Allen and West had bought the saloon from Connor, but they didn't run it them- selves. West and Allen were That was bad. Strong Mixtures "I've seen 'em go crazy on of so-called bonded whisky, Emmit Wood said. "Especially after they started buying drinks mixed up could buy a pint of that for fifty cents. A man by name of Bill Connor Saloon then he ran the Corner he mixed that stuff up and sold it, flavored and colored a little with soda pop. A man drinking good whis- key, maybe he could stay on it a couple of .veeks without get- ting too jumpy, but when a man went on that 188 proof for a few days, anl then tried to pull off, he got snakes in his boots. I've seen 'em piled on the floor of that saloon, -razy, kicking and yelling and groaning. One man I knew, he was pulling off a bender at home, and he got bad with the shakes and mounted up and headed for another drink. When he got the drink, though, it made him worse. He run right through a glass window and fell nothing in thu house at all ex- dead.' cept the quilt he was wrapped For a real he-man with a gal- was a little man. He couldn't break loose so Hooky could get a clear shot, but he tried to. "About that time Hooky thought he saw his chance, and he throwed down on the man that was partly behind Cole- man. But the man jerked Cole- man around just as Hooky fired. Coleman fell dead, and when Hooky Miller saw what he'd done, he just stood there, shocked so he couldn't seem to move. "You see, John Coleman was his good friend Hooky Mil- ranchers the same ones that a gang hung in a stable at Ada but that was later Shooting "Well, about this killing, Hooky Miller and a man got into trouble outside the saloon one day, and Jie man broke and ran inside with Hooky right after him. John Coleman was behind the bar, and the man Hooky was after saw a chance for some protection. The man got behind the bar and grabbed Coleman, and wheeled Coleman around in front of him. When Hooky came in he had his gun in his hand, trying to get a shot at the man he'd had trouble with, but Cole- man was in the way. Coleman Pecans Will Take The Spotlight At Big Show Scheduled in Ada Pontotoc County pecans will j for the show which will be held take the spotlight for a lively day at the big show scheduled on December 1 at Ada. A five-man exhibit committee has already been chosen to shape up plans for one of the best pecan shows to date. Dr. L. W. Cheek is chairman of the committee, which is com- posed of Mrs. Byron Norrell, the Herr.don Building, 121 South Townsend. Ada. A meeting of the committee is scheduled for 10 a.m. on November 15 at the office of C. H. Hailey. Pontotoc county agent, at which time final plans for the show will be shap- ed up. Committeemen at the meet- ing will formulate plans for con- tacting growers in an effort to John N. Skinner, Nolen W. Dyer .'make the show one of the best and John V. Crabtree. The committee announced this week that a goal of 150 outstand- seen in this area. This year's show, which has al- ready aroused widespread inter- ing pecan exhibits has been set lest due to a bumper pecan crop. will be sponsored by the banks of Ada. Cash awards will be paid on improved pecan varieties, na- tives, black walnuts and pecan foods. All entries for the show should be made by 10 a.m. on Decem- ber 1. Entries may be made at the county agent's office the week of November 28, or any time con- venient to growers prior to the show date. The pecans will be judgr-d by E. L. Whitehead, Extension Hor- ticulturist from Stillwaler, begin- ning at a.m. on December 1. ler just stood there and let the man he was after run out of the saloon and get away. The kind of shot Hooky Miller was, he could have killed that man a dozen times, but Hooky just stood there because he had killed his friend by mistake." Wood, recalling memories of Hooky Miller, said that Miller was. a likeable man in many ways, but that he couldn't seem to stay out of trouble. A high spot in Wood's mem- ories of the old Corner Saloon (Continued on page two) Latta School Will Hold Open House Superintendent J. J. Potter of Latta School announced this week that open house will be held at the new building Monday night, November 14. The gathering will get under- way at 7 p.m., and will include a tour of the new high school, shop and grade school buildings. No formal program is planned, but refreshments will be served in the home economics room. The meeting will be a come- and-go affair, with parents and teachers gathering for a look at the new facilities. The new gym isn't finished yet, and a program is scheduled for there later. ANNOUNCEMENT Charlie Shockley. will be the auctioneer at a pie supper at the "Jaley school building Monday. November 14, p.m. Proceeds rom this event will go for Christmas tree fund. The public is cordially invited. PROMENADE: Senior 4-H Club members from eight communities around the county took part in the recreation lead- ership training school held at the Youth Center, Ada, last Thursday night. Above a group of youths are learning intri- steps of a square dance, promenading under the direction of Ray Parker, assistant state 4-H Club leader (WEEKLY FARM-RANCH CLUB MEETING IS ANNOUNCED The regular monthly meeting of the Ada Farm and Ranch Club will be held Thursday night, No- vember 17, at Pendergraft's Cafe in Ada. Dr. Don Williams, president of the club, announces that Bill Home, a certified public account- ant of Ada, will be guest speak er at the meeting, which will get underway at p.m. Home's speech will concern income tax problems of area ranchers. The meeting is not closed to members of the Ada Farm and Ranch Club, Dr. Williams an- nounced. All interested area stock- men, or those interested in the continued of the club in this region, are cordially invtied to attend. TOPPING MAIZE: A well-trained team, a good farm wagon and a couple of sharp knives are all the Voyles family need when a fine mane crop is ready for harvesting. Such scenes as the above are becoming increasingly rare in Pontotoc County in this highly mechanized age, but for families with small crops in the uplands, a good team and wagon come in mighty handy Clifford Voyles and his wife, Lillie, were finishing up a field of maize near Byng when the above photo was taken. (WEEKLY Galley -Vanting Around The County EGYPT Ilje femjnine.sfx have accumulat-1 Don Henderson and Milton Biggs i son ivy isn't anything to be sneez- P I up in a pecan tree to thresh ed at. Sherrill Henderson had to __L i i----------c? nubu n i_i v. itj.1 111 a Ltuc IIUKSI] By VELAIA HENDERSON land they are stuck with until it it, they discovera-1 a peculiar nut, As you know, there is a T '-------'L for everything. This is a time when gloves are worn extensive- ly but this particular time has more reasons for the wearing than to complete the attire acces- sories. It is to cover the pecan stains take a sum of her earnings and I _ 11: j IL, iii'-j a I j wears off Tc inow. I haven't heard j in the form of a large coon at pay for a shot to rid her of the of a smgle thing that will remove rest. The yomg men tried to bluff [stuff and she may have to have the stain. One young lady I know him into leaving the tree, but huh- i a secondary before she is com- jhas detergent burns on her hands he was resting and he propos- pletelv free from it from using pure bleach, but the ed to stay. He did stain still is there. Delta ter r n There IS also another drawback j Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Campbell has One day eaily last week, while I to gathering pecans. Getting poi-ibeen pretty sick all week from reporter a few minutes. Being neighbors, Mrs. Goyne and I are always exchanging something. Thursday she brought me in some tomatoes and in return I gave her a pot of house flowers. Mrs. Patricia Jolley went to the Byng school to pick up her chil- dren, Janice, Karen and Laren just before time to dismiss Fri- day. They took off for Artesia, N. M., to spend the weekend with Mr. Jolley who is employed there. They returned Sunday night re- porting a joyful trip and visit with Kenneth. The weather was won- derful and aided their enjoyment. Miss Patsy Ann Campbell left Ada Friday morning by bus to Tulsa to join her aunt, Bobbye I Richrads and back to her employ- ment before getting sick. Mrs. Bonnie Lane is battling the attack of poison ivy she con- tacted while'getting pecans. Mrs. Willie Goyne and M r s. Eula Scott stopped in late Thurs- day evening to chat with this with her blackberry vines, try- ing to prune out the dead run- ners where the rabbits gnawed on them last winter. The vines died after making a small crop of berries. If you don't think they will fight back, just bump one unexpectedly and by the time it you will know you have been got! A party at the Brocketts? No, it was just a family reunion j for the Paul Brockelt family Sun- day. Attending were Wilford Ken- nedy, Ida Lee Shaw and Mrs. Kate Cornelious, all of Seamore, Tex.; Ralph Stork, Wichita Falls, Tex.; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stillwell, Barbara and Patty, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Stillwell, Linda, Sherry, (Continued on page two)
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