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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 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 Ado Times-Democrat 60TH YEAR 8 Pages ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 1960 NO. 33 'h' the sPotli9ht the Civil War Centen- Old -Timers Skare Tke Spotlight As Civil War Centennial Hears Merchants Set Opening Of Holiday Season Ada's retail stores will official- ly open the Christmas shopping season Monday night, Nov. 28, in accordance with a decision reach- ed Monday at a meeting of the Retail Division of the Chamber of Commerce. To inaugurate the shopping sea- son, all stores are planning to have gift merchandise on display special window displays and store decorations 'in place. They will remain open Monday night until 8 to permit early shoppers to do their first browsing and make early purchases. Preliminary plans were also made at the meeting for the an- nual Red Tag day in January and another Sidewalk Sale to be held in July of next year. Bud Asklund, president of the retail group, presided at the meet- which was held at the Cham- i ber offices. By ERIC ALLEN years the friendships of Arkansas fVlJVcUlibaO "My name's Benjamin Frank-'0'11 split asunder by lin." he said, then added with aitne famous "Brooks-Baxter" and contagious grin, "B e n j a m i n i Colmty" wars- 1 Ben was too young at the time lraoull m alloulBI- to remember instances of pitched, went back on their family raising violence, but he recalls the lean during the Civil War and fought Franklin Gillum, that is, I'm 94 years old." He doesn't look it. He must. have lived in the open a lot. afterward. he a farmer oefore he moved to an Allen rest home? "Land sakes. his wife Melissa said. "Not Ben: Ben Gil- lum was always too lazy to Ben looked at his wife chiding- ly. then finally smiled. She lean- ed forward in her rocking chair and laughed briefly For a time it was quiet in the room. From the lobby of the rest home came the sound of old folks talking. Then Ben Gillam started remin- iscing" and out of his talk comes a story that reaches back to one year after the Civil War. Far Land and chickens or anything else of value. The so-called "scalawags" were southern hillsmen. bred and born, who for one reason or another on the side of the North. The war of factions in the hills Even after the local wars be- broke out soon after initiation of (tween kindred were settled, it was the North's arbitrary "Confisca-i l'me of hardship in the I T Arkansas hills. Ex-soldiers still lion Law. Patrols; ol high-riding I wearing tattered remnants of scalawags roamed through thejgray started turning hung b t m.mh hopeful eyes toward the west. When those ex Conferates crossed the Arkansas they had their families with them, moving i determinedly into Oklahoma and I Indian territories, the last fron- tiers in the nation's central sec- backhill country, confisca- ting horses and mules, cows, hogs CLEAR BOGGY SITES ARE LET was born Melissa Massey at La- Coygne, Kan., but her family soon moved from cha. state to Arkan- sas. The family ban previously moved from Missouri to Kansas. Nancy Holderfield, one of Me- lissa's older sisters, who also lives at the Allen rest home, says she remembers when the family mov- ed from Missouri Nancy Holder- field is now 97 yeaFs old. She was six when the Massey fam- ily left Missouri. Melissa's mind seems to hover around the time she first met Ben Gillum at Cleveland, Ark. She said it wasn't long until they bought marriage licenses at Morrillton and then married in the town 4-H Banquet Is Set For December 5 j tion. "I was just a kid of a boy when j The Upper Clear Boggy I first saw this Ben' i Watershed program took a swift Gillum said, speaking of the town 'stride forward Wednesday with; of Allen. "Best I remember, there Indian Territory, when Ben F. jthe opening of sealed bids on. wasn't much here except maybe Gillum was a small boy, was a! three sites. j a couple of log stores' over in far wild land across the green j The bids of contractors were! what we now call Old Town. I hills, and no one ever went there; opened at 1 p.m. Tuesday at a I didn't stay long that first trip. except buffalo hunters and scout-; meeting of officials in Coalgate.'l went back to Arkansas." ing ex-Quantrill raiders who had Sites 4, 6 and 7 on the Upper! Melissa got still in her chair, never received amnesty from the Clear Boggy project were let to: "That was when we first met North. Simmons Incorporated, contract- she said. "It was at Cleveland, Ben was born in Arkansas, my of Duncan, Oklahoma. The! Ark." in 1866. near the little mountain; Dancan firm took the contract j Remembers Move town of Atkins. During his early j with a low bid of Melissa is now 89 years old. She (Continued on page two) The Pontotoc County 4-H Achievement Banquet is sched- uled for Monday, December 5, in the' Student Union Ballroom, East Central College, Ada. Approximately 122 youngsters who have been recognized for outstanding work in 4-H during 1960 will meet for the banquet at 7 p.m. The achievement banquet this year is being sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ada. In addition to the 122 youths who are being recognized for their achievements in county and state activities, adults who have spent time and effort in behalf of 4-H work in the county will be honored So i will 4-H leaders. Bogard's Work On Soil Survey Moves Fast In Pontotoc County ready been mapped fied during the past Plans Are Shaping Up Fast For Big Pecan Show In Ada If you're one of the hundreds across Pontotoc County who have grabbed off a share of this year' million-dollar pecan crop, take time right now lo mark off a date on your calendar. It's December 1. .next Thurs- day, to be exact. Even if you aren't a grower of pecans, you wouldn't want to miss what's coming up. It's the Ponto- toc County Pecan and Pecan Food Show. On that date the show will get underway at the Herndon Building, 121 South Townsend Ada. This year's show is being spon- sored by the First National Bank and Trust Company and the Ok- lahoma State Bank of Ada. C. H. Hailey, Pontotoc County Agent and general chairman the show, announced this week that a six-person committee is busy contacting growers. Any resident of Pontotoc County is (Continued on page two) ridoeton 9- m countryman 'he sight of a fine horse standing on some eliarlv .t Vi, a morning with the Great Plams wind stirring the grass around him and his sleek body etched I icJur. yi mslde a au horse on a lookout point seems to exemplify Freedom. The above picture was taken after sun-up one day this week on a ranch south of Fitihugh. (WEEKLY Photo) Section Line Pecans Are Not Public Property Pecans are in the same cate- gory as a branded cow or an other item of personal property, Jack M. Cornelius Jr.. president, state board of agriculture, re- marked recently. "Many people fail to realize that pecans are a crop similar to cotton or other cash crops, and just because they grow on trees doesn't mean they are the property of any person who picks them the board chief declar- ed. "Even though pecan trees may grow on section lines, the nuts are still the property of the land owners, since the hoHer of the land has given the county or state permission to use a certain amount of feet along his property for a highway right of way. So, this doesn't indicate, even though the tree limbs extend beyond the fence, the land owner has given One hundred thousand acres of land in Pontotoc County has al- and classi- year under the standard soil survey conduct- ed by Vinson Bogard. Bogard, a soil scientist who covers two Oklahoma counties Pontotoc and said this week if the survey keeps pro- gressing at its present rate, it will be completed two years ahead of the date first scheduled a year ago. "The survey was scheduled for completion in he said. "But if work keeps running smoothly, we'll have the job wound up by 1966." Bogard has been headquarter- ing at the Soil Conservation office in Ada for one year now, working out land classifications from aerial photos. His work is conduct- ed under the direction of Ted Lehman, area Conservationist at Okmulgee Technical Work Bogard, whose work is highly technical, has seldom had the news spotlight turned on him. "You won't find much adventure or romance in the work I he siad. "It's technical business from the first jump go." It's true that soil is Vinson Bo- gard's business, and also that it's technical. He has learned it thor- oughly. He takes it seriously. He has been in some phase of soil work since he graduated from Ok- lahoma State University in 1939. However, his statement that his work lacks romance is somewhat open to question. He was referr- ing, of course, to the general out- look of those who aren't associat- (Continusd on page two) Local Members Of Farm Bureau Attend Meeting The 19th annual convention of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau wound. up in Oklahoma City Wednesday, November 17, with consideration resolutions es- tablishing the organization's pol- icy for 1961. Farm Bureau members from Pontotoc county who registered during the convention were: Philip Busby, Ada: Irl Rhynes, Stonewall; Willard E. Rhynes, Stonewall; Mr. and Mrs. Dorsey N. Myers, Ada; Mr. and Mrs. Guy H. Binkley. Ada and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Davis, Raff. (Contir d page two) GRASS ENTHUSIASTS: Among the many men in Pontotoc County who lean strongly NK-37 Bermuda are ASC field man Paul Henderson and County Assessor Frank Jared. Henderson says that for certain types of soil in this area, NK-37 cant be beat. Jared, who planted a ten acre plot of it this year on his ranch east of Ada, says he harvested 80 bales per acre at one cutting. Its so far ahead of common Bermuda there's no Jared said. Above, Jared. left, and Henderson, right, are shown holding a stringer of the improved grass and gauging its approximate height more than seven feet, and they didn't have to search to find it. (WEEKJ.Y MIDLAND By MRS. CHRIS PEDERSEN Saturday my good neighbors, the J. L. McGees visited me in the pecan orchard. Mrs. McGee said she knew I would be in the pecans. As we had not had time to visit each other in quite some time she thought she would just visit me and help me pick up a few pecans. Last week Mr. and Mrs. Noel Watson of Oklahoma City came Galley -Vanting Around The County down and helped me two days, which I surely appreciate. They are my daughter Helen's in-laws. They said Helen and Don were coming horn..- the first of Decem- ber to stay. Don has been sta- tioned with the Air Force in Flor- ida the past three vcars. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Peder- sen, Oklahoma City, and Oliver Stonecipher, Sharon and Johnny were visitors in the Pedersen home Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gentry, Tony and David visited us Sunday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Parrish and Teresa of Ada visited her par- ents, Mr. and Mrs. Christian Ber- ger Sunday. Judy Farmer, Janis Meelyand and Linda Kirkley visited Sher- ry and Sheila Pedersen last week. We are very proud of our grade school basketball team. They have won three games. The teams they defeated were Byng. Roff and 3yars. Here's hoping they win their final game which will make them winner of the trophy. EGYPT By VELiMA HENDERSON Wednesday, November 16, 1960, our favorite state of Oklahoma was 53 years old. I joined other Oklahomans in a celebration by taking a tour to view more of its beauty. Mr. and Mrs. Don Henderson, Chrystal Ann and James Don, along with Mr. and Mrs. Burl Lane and my- self, started from Ada about a.m. and went by way of Sa- sakwa, Wewoka, Cromwell, Oke- mah, Henryetta, and OH to near Morris where we had dinner and visited a few hours with Mr. and Mrs. Bud Lane, Mary Carol and Mike, also Chartene White and Robert Vaughn before returning home. Most of the trip from Ada to Okemah had been covered many times over a period of years by Mr. and Mrs. Lane and" myself, so it was interesting to note the vast changes from trip to trip and discuss them. The foot hills around Henryetta made a beauti- ful scene in various colors. I saw one coal mine in operation. I saw more smoke coming out of chimneys that day than I have seen in many a moon. 'You know, having experienced burning coal, I didn't consider I was missing a thing, by not even having a chimney for the black smoke to roll out of. Lenora Berryman spent a while Monday with Mrs. Roy Bivins and Reggie Tucker. Mrs. Opal Bivins, Geraldean and Benny, also Bill Roper of Lat- ta, visited with Opal's parents, Mr. and Mrs. 0. S. Whitson Sun- day. They also visited Hollis and Marion Kite and children. Busy as a bee, that's what Opal Lee Bivins is these days, with a formal and a wedding gown to make for her daughter, Geraldean, plus something for the bride's mom and since Opal does custom sewing and the holi- days are just around the corner, she is getting several orders for this and that. There she goes, making that sewing machine da its stuff. George Littlefield was ill four days last week from a throat in- fection but had improved enough to return to his job Monday. Mrs. Ollie Littlefield and daugh- ter Ann joined the Ray L. Au> ten family and attended the Bi- ble Baptist Church in Ada Sun- day morning. (Continued en page two)
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