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Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 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 VkeJej Times-Democrat GOTH YEAR 10 ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1960 NO. 37 FROM US... ...TO EVERYONE Buying Of Furs Makes Comeback In The County Time was when all a country the business will be booming boy had to do to sack up a little money for Christmas was to catch himself some fur. Opossum, raccoon, red fox. skunk you name it. Produce houses in every town in Okla- homa had a ready market for all kinds of pelts. Along about the first of December each year, boys who were naturally, in- clined to chounce around in the woods were right in their ele- ment, and they got pretty fair pay' for doing something they liked to do. Something happened to the fur market, though, several years ago. Prices went so low that even a far-ranging country boy couldn't make enough out of the business in two month's time to buy himself a pair of lace-up boots. Tramping the woods and setting traps just wasn't worth- while at all. So steel traps rusted in the FUR TRADE: Tht front perch of Ishmael Briscoe's place of business at Stonewall looktd like that of a frontier trading post this week, with filled burlap bags much in evidence and mink, coon, civet cat and 'possum hides hanging under the roof to dry. Briicoe, left, says fur prices are en the upswing, and that Pontetoc County is full of game. The small fry, right, investigating the feel of a tkunk'i tail, Timmy, Briscoe's son, aged three. (WEEKLY barn, and hounds got fat and lazy and the only hunting done was strictly for sport. Then, right out of the blue this year, the cycle changed. "Fur prices are making a Ishmael Briscoe of Stonewall said this week. "Chances are, before too long. again. Briscoe is furnishing one of the few markets for pelts in Pontotoc County. Prices aren't too impressive yet, but he thinks they will go up steadily as de- mands increase. "Must be that the United States isn't getting so many furs from Briscoe said. "I don't exactly know what's bring- ing the market back, but this year it's definitely worthwhile. And a good thing about it is that Pontotoc and Coal counties are full of fur-bearing animals. Most of the furs I buy are com- ing from these two counties." Folks aren't trapping much, though, Briscoe says. Most of his pelts come from local hunt- ers who catch the game with dogs. And for a man or boy with a good tree dog, it's pretty good business. Clinton Fore- man, a hunter from Coalgate who sells his catch to Briscoe, made twenty-one dollars in two hours last week, and had a high time in the woods while mak- ing money. Foreman caught two mink on Buck Creek near Stone- wall in the comparatively short period of two hours of hunting. "Trapping mink is pretty (Continued on Page Four) LOG RAISING: The above two young Indian boys were making the chips fly with double-bitted axes one day this week near their home southeast of Ada. They were raising a log smokehouse for storing the family's winter meat. In pio- neer times such scenes were common, but these days they're hard to find. Irvin Walton, left, who goes to Ah lose school, is only thirteen years old, but he can swing an axe with the adroitness of an old-time mountain man. So can hie brother, J. T. Walton, right, who if fifteen and going to high school at Stonewall. (WEEKLY Cars Mingle In Lone Accident A minor rear-bumping was the only traffic mishap in Ada Wed- nesday as city police chalked up the 26th accident of December. A car driven by Alfred K. Kim Death Claims MaryF. Roan Of Stone wail Mary Francis Roan, long-time brough. Allen! "banged of Stonewall, died at Val- the rear of another vehicle, driv-l'fy Hospital m Ada Satur- en by Bobby Bruce Branch, 33jday night, December 17, at 7 p.m. SALES PITCH PLAYED ITS ROLE IN PUSHING LIGHTNING ROD Atwood. The'smashup was at at the of 87- in the 200 block of East1 Mrs- Roan was was charged with p. m. Main. Kimbrough following too closely. The only other case in the light municipal court docket was a reckless driving charge against Nedra Gale Price. 18. November j 10. 1873, near Monroe, La., to Joe and Rbecka Bryant Leach. She moved to Arkansas oung and spent her childhood there. She moved to Commerce, Texas at the age of (Continued en ptge two) By W. L. KNSi :'MEYER Among the mysf, ?s of mod- ern life, one if you stop to think about it stands high on the list: What ever happened to light- ning rods? Time was when these protec- tive spikes were everywhere you looked, standing as tall proud guardians on nearly every house and barn in the country. And when the dark clouds gathered and the thunder rolled, the ap- prehensive householder Dave Howe, man- look up and take comfort: ager of the Ideal Cement plant He had protection. Slim metal; here, says. "But industry still fingers trust upward from his; uses them." property, daring the wrath ofj Thus, there are lightning rods the skies: even inviting the j not only on the old stacks at dread bolt, that it might be safe- ly discharged into the ground. And in fair weather the rods, set with gaily colored glass balls, lent a decorative touch to the home and farmstead. Often, too, the central rod bore a weathervane (Forerunner of to- day's so that with- out holding up a moistened fin- ger you could tell at a glance which way the wind was blow- ing. Tli us Vanished the old days; but no GOOD CHEER IN MINIATURE: The above little table ace'ne, on display this week at the county agent's office, was designed and constructed by Martha Mote, Home Demon- stration Agent, and her assistant Margaret Stettler. Cliatening Christmas trees, a tiny church surrounded by snow, a welcoming deerway beyond a walk which could only be trodden by elfin feet its design sparks a feeling ef lively good cheer. (WEEKLY more. Now, you might cruise the countryside for a full day and never see a sign of a lightning rod. There are still a few around, to be sure, but they're getting as hard to find as a set of work harness. So what's happened? Where are the lightning rods of yes- teryear? Was their supposed ef- fectiveness merely superstition? Has the advance of science knocked them out of the pic- ture? Are they even being made any more? Could you get them if you wanted them? Is their evanishment creased the result of sophistication, in- creased sales resistance or just an increased willingness to gamble with disaster? There are probably a number of factors involved in the disap- pearance. But one that can be ruled out in a hurry is the idea that the rods were ineffective. "I don't know what happened to the lightning rods on houses the cement plant (where they might be dismissed as a hang- over from an earlier day) but they have also been installed on the big new stack. And Ideal Cement is not an outfit to invest hard cash mere superstition. Moreover, if you'll take a look at the transmission lines from the plant to the quarry you'll see that they carry four wires. Three of them are "working" lines; the fourth, the top wire, is grounded at every second post, its sole function to guard against lightning. Also the transformer stations at the plant itself are grounded. So there's no overstatement in Howe's comment on lightning: very conscious it "We're here." Actually there's a perfectly valid scientific basis for the use of lightning rods. They're just as effective now as they were in 1752 when old Ben Franklin made his first one; modern elec- trical theory only confirms that effectiveness. For a quick explanation, go to Harral Allen, former science teacher and still an enthusiastic radio ham, who's been noodling around with electrical matters for quite a while. Allen says, starting at the bottom of the ladder for you, "is simply the flow of electrons. When there's a superfluity of electrons in one (Continued en page USDA Committee Launches Plans In Defense Move A four-man committee of the U. S. Department of Agriculture met Tuesday morning at the SCS office in Ada to shape up plans for civil defense on a county lev- el. The meeting was pail of a na- tionwide move on the part of (Continued on Page Four) Oklahoma Outdoor Council Plans Regular Publication Ned Biffle, Allen, President of Oklahoma Outdoor Council announced recently in a news release that the Council has ap- pointed an executive secretary and editor for a monthly news letter. Mrs. Paul Updegraff, Norman, was elected to these posts at the Council's annual meeting at Lake Texoma. Mr. Biffle announces that in the future the monthly publica- 'ion "Outdoor News" will be out by the 20th of each month. The news letter will be mailed to all members of the outdoor council, both regular and associate. (Continued on page two) Masons Choose Ott Free To Head Lodge Ott H. Free. Ada insurance man.-will head the Masons here in 1961. He was elected Worship- ful Master of Ada Lbda-e No. 119, Free heads a list of ten new Mason officers who will be install- ed next Tuesday at p. m. in Lodge Hall, Broadway and Twelfth. District Judge Lavern Fishel, (Continued on page two) REHEARSAL: Such scenes as the above were being enacted throughout the country this week as rural and city grade schools prepared for Christmas programs. This picture was taken as children at Francis school settled down on stage in the auditorium for a bit of rehearsal before the play that was held there Thursday. Mrs. Judy Smith, extreme right, intermediate teacher at Francis, it directing her in a Nativity scene. (WEEKLY Gal ley-Van ting Around The County AHLOSO By KAY WEST Mrs. Preston Sims and c h i 1- dren and Lois Sims of Moore spent the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Sims. Joe Parks visited with W. M. Ross Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Martin and family visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anvil Stout in Ada Sunday. Mr. Mrs. Dust.in Stout and daughters of Midwest City were also guests of the Stouts. Rev. and Mrs. George Keppner visited Mr. and Mrs. Jess Ross Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. John Reed, Alice and Virginia visited Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brumley in Ada Sunday night. Mrs. EAlie Futischa and fam- ily visited Mrs. Myrtle Brown in Tupelo Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Jess Ross visited Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Ross Sun- day afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith at- tended the basket- ball games at Byng Thursday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ross and family and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ross and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob' Ross Thursday night. Mrs. Luther Hodge and Ronnie and Phyllis Brown of Ada visited Mr, and Mrs. Johnny Flowers Sunday night. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Malloy and Mr. and Mrs. Aric Latta visited the Douglas Smiths Thursday eve- ning. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nelson and family visited Mrs. Ida Noah at Lehigh Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Espen Brashier and family of Creed, Colo., visit- ed relatives here last week. Mr. and Mrs. Furman Wains- cott visited relatives in Shawnee Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Treas, Nan- cy Fulsom and Linda Bowers at- tended the Christmas cantata at the First Baptist Church in Ada Sunday night. Mr. and Mrs. Espen Brashier and family of Creed. Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ross and family all visited Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ross Saturday. A. 0. Davis visited Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Ross Friday night. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith at- tended a basketball game at Al- len Friday afternoon between Al- len and Coalgate. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman visited Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Har- din Fridav night. Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Moore, Bill and Joe, visited relatives in Okla- homa City Sunday. Visitors in the Douglas Smith home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Alexander apd Mr. and Mrs. Theo Cash. Mr. and Mrs. Everett Shay of Purcell visited Mr. and Mrs. Carl Watts Sunday. Mrs. Cecil M. Jackson visited her sister. Mrs. Bob McNutt and family in Ada Sunday. ty for employes of the Ideal Ce- ment Company held in Ada Sat- urday night. Mr. and Mrs. Louie Ray Mo- shier and daughters of Ada spent Saturday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Moshier Mr. and Mrs. Jim Young and Wanda Savage of Ada visited Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith Satur- day evening. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese at-__________________________ Aric Latta, Mr. and Mrs. Geneltended the annual Christmas par-1 (Continued on page two)
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