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   Ada Weekly News, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 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 10 Pages ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1960 NO. 38 William McKinley, Old-Time Country Blacksmith Built Farm Wagons For Settlers During Frontier Days By ERIC ALLEN j his time since he got in the bus- WiUiam Luther McKinley canliness way back in Territorial look back today across the span i days. He has done all the work time and see plain in bis blacksmith and carpen- mind a bright Christmas tools: a forge, hammer and ning of seventy-odd years ago. He was just ten years old at the time, but he was filled with a manly pride. There, just out- side the doorway of his father's blacksmith sh; o was a shiny new wagon. saws and wood planes and draw- ing knives. He them all, and like himself they're mostly re- tired, but still capable of getting the job done when occasion arises. And for William McKin- During that frontier period. looking at the "tools of his brand-new wagon at brings back lots of mem- time was the answer to every hill boy's dream. ones' Hc can stand m lus black- This wagon was ancl tel1 vou the story though. It wasn't store-bought. Itjof his family reaching back as was complete from iron-tired wheels to fancy spring-seat, and long as 150 years ago. Euglish Ancestry neally painted, but young William I William McKinlcy was born in McKinley had built it with his own Sovier County, Arkansas, three 'miles west of DeQueen in the hands. It wasn't a full-size farm wagon, but it was built to scale and look- ed ready for a yoke of oxen or a strong mule team. It was the first real wagon with rocking-bolsters, bed and spring- seat that William had ever built. He had tinkered with make- shift rolling stock, of course, since lie was knee-high to a tur- key gosling little play-like contraptions made from lids of emptied old axle grease cans. He had even made the so-called "log wagons" small low-cut deals with a pegged-in sapling year 1877. His early boyhood was spent on land that was first set- tled up by his grandparents when they came to the United States from England not long after the War of 1812. William refers to his .English- born grandparents as Grandpa and Grandma Little. They crossed the Atlantic by old sail- ship, and Grandma often told William of the danger involved, and about the way those who died on the trip were. buried at sea. "The spring where Grandpa for a coupling pole and sawn-off I Grandma Little settled is round blocks of trees for wheels.' sli'l in the railroad round-house It seemed like William McKin- ley was a kid that was always inclined toward the making of something to haul tilings on, but Luther McKinley of Midland has kept a good farm blacksmith shop at his place for years on end, and still does much of his own work when the occasion arises. He came to Oklahoma from Arkansas before the turn of the century, and has spent much of his life building strong farm wagons. In his young days, he says, he Ithe strong spoked wheels was could finish one wagon wheel a day, complete with spokes, hub and felloes and a tight-fitted new iron Staff CHRISTMAS TURKEY: The above fine gobbler on Howard Baker's shoulders managed to dodgr the pot at Thanksgiving, but not at Christmas. Two days before Thanksgiving the big .yrkey managed to flee the coop at the Baker home near Byng and vanish in the woods along Rock Creek. Hunting for him proved fruitless until just two days before Cfirir.tmas, when Howard and his two brothers, Rolland, left, and Glen, right, took dogs a gun and flushed the gobbler from his wild roost on the creek. One shot from a .410 gauge shotgun laid tha gobbler low. Thi> brothers are shown as they appeared a country road last Friday, toting the gobbler home. (WEEKLY Sharecropper Is Wounded By Gunshot SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) An evicted Negro sharecropper, asleep in a tent in this racially tense county's "tent was wounded early today by a shot from a passing car, Negro lead- ers said. Sheriff C. E. Pattat could not reached. He was reported out on an investigation and unavail- able for an indefinite period. The Rev. June Dowdy, a vice of the Fayette County Zivic and Welfare League, said Early B. Williams was wounded (Continued on page two) this spanking new wagon with the real McCoy. It was destined to start Wil- liam off on a long career of spare-time wagon building. Tools Of The Trade William McKinley and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, live in a neatly-kept home on the site of what was once a thriving coun- try village in Pontotoc County. They call it Old Midland now. It's a quiet little community of a few scattered homes on the edge of the newer settlement of Vanoss. William still has a well- equipped blacksmith shop at his place, and still does some work there, but he doesn't attempt to make wagons anymore. He and his wife are still active, and stay busy about the place most of the time, but the making of wag- ons is too hard a for an 83 year old man. j But the making of farm! wagons to sell to friends and! neighbors has taken up much at William said. "They raised their family there, and owned the land that the town was later built on. I don't know whether they brought the money from England or not, but they were wealthy. They o'vned lots of slaves when the Civil War broke out." Hard Times William McKinley likes to tell an interesting and moving story about his Grandpa Little during the hard times of the Civil War.; "Grandpa got to missing some corn out of his crib, and one night he took a gun and settled down at the barn, hoping to catch the thief. It was dark and cold, and Grandpa sat there waiting, and he finally heard the noise of someone slipping inside the crib. "It was too dark to see the man, but Grandpa recognized THEY KEEP McKinley and his wife Annie Elizabeth have sided each other for sixty-odd years, and they still team up to do chores and other jobs about the place. Above they're moving a pile of bricks from the side yard near their house. Every- thing about their home at Midland is efficient and Staff (Continued on page two) Exemption Forms Go Out To Home Owners Applications for homestead ex- emptions will be mailed to ap- proximately 3.000 Ada home own- ers Friday, according to County Assessor Frank Jared. .Tared said Tuesday his office will start accepting applications January 3. Full details on (he process for claiming exemptions are available on the sheets to be mailed. Rural home owners who wish to claim homestead exemption must do so by going to Jared's office. The County Assessor also set the following dates for visiting towns in the county for assess- ment purposes: Roff (Jan. Locai Lawmen Find Reefer Cache Here (Continued on page two) A cache of raw marijuana, valued at about was dis- covered Saturday by Ada lawmen who acted on an anonymous tip to dig up the valuable weed at an undisclosed point in Pontotoc County. The marijuana was enclosed in a 10-gallon can. The can was buried somewhere in the county, according to County Attorney Pat Holman. Holman received a tip on the whereabouts of the can Friday. He and Trooper H. T. Gay of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol search- ed for it Friday, but were unable to find it. Then. Holman asked the South- west Natural Gas Comjiar.y for help. Leon Scroggins. an employe of the gas company, used a "pipe finder" machine to locate the cache. "The going rate for this stuff is about S250 for a half-gallon." Hol- man noted. "That's what one (Continued on page two) WINTER HARVEST: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Tyler, Route 3, Ada, were pulling peanuts off the vine right out in the field one day last week just before the cold spell struck. Seems to prove that December has had some fickle weather dayt of balmy sunshine days of rain, cold and even snow. Mrs. Tyler said they hoped to "thresh out" the peanuts left in the field, bet next day after this picture was taken, all the shocks except one were still standing. It was too cold for open-field harvesting. (WEEKLY Galley-Van ting Around The County AHLOSO By KAY 1VEST Visiting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Biankenship this week are their children, Jeral Lee Biankenship of Almagardo. N. M.. aod Barbara Biankenship of Tulsa. Major and Tony, Wiggins, Colo., arrived Saturday morning to spend the holidays with her par- ents. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith, and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Collins, Konawa. Mr. Mrs. Rufus Clifton of Moore visited durins the week- end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton and Diana. Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese dining the weekend were her parents. Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Gooch of Oklahoma Cilv. jand Mrs. Prentis West, Kay and Stephen, during the holidays were Mr. and Mrs. Terry Wal- lace and Mark of Oklahoma City. Mr. and Mrs. Tip Mayfieid and Jane of Ardmore, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gordon and Jean of Dallas. Mrs. Barney Abboli visited I Mrs. Bradshaw in Ada, Thurs- nc j day Mr. Mrs. Joe Collins. I Visiting in the home of Mr. Christmas Day visitors in the home of Mr. Mrs. Douglas Smilh. David nnd Dusty, were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Collins, Major iand Tony, of Wiggins, Colorado, j Mr. and Mrs. Gene Thomas of 'Ada, and Mr. and Mrs. Wendel! Whin and Mike of Stratford. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McCrary and family of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Hice of Ada visited Mr. and Mrs. Charley Flanagan and family, Saturday night. They also had as their guests Christ-j mas Day Mr. and Mrs. Ronald i Black and children of Ada. Mrs. Wesley Harrell and Mrs. Rosie Harrell of Hobbs. N. M.. Mr. and Mrs. Glen Harrell of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Cheatham and daughter of Okemah. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sanders and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Weddle and Wayneath. Visiling in !hc home of Mrs. Clifford Hari'eH, Paul Wayne and Kay during the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. John Gray and family of Dallas, Tex., Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brashier and Mark of Houston, Tex., vis- ited during the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Massey. Mr. and Mrs. Junior Abbott and children of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. James Abbott and children of Tulsa, and Floyd Elmore and Mr. and Mrs. Lus- ter Elmore of Oklahoma City visited during the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bar- ney Abbott. Mrs. R. L. Cope in the Douglas ship and family, Mickey. Jearl I Murray Medcalf, Richard and Smith home, last Thursday aft- Lee, and Barbara visited Mrs. Elsie. ternoon. Mrs. Mamie Stever and Mrs. Helen Johnson of Oklahoma City w-ere dinner guests in Uie Robert Reese home Christmas Day. Blankenship's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Miller in Ada Sun- day. Rev. and Mrs. George Kep- Harold and Paul Fallis of pner. Kit and Jimmy, are visit-'Oklahoma City visited Mr. and ing relatives in Ilu'nois (.his i Mrs. Joe Collins and children at week. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Latta the Douglas Smith home Mon- day. Betty Medcalf of Galveston, Tex., visited during the holidays Lucy of Lafayette, La., visited! Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Blanken- with her parents, Mr: and Mrs. Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton and Diana visited Mrs. Clifton's par- ents. Mr. and Mrs. Scott at Rea- gan. Sunday. Sunday night they visited Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clif- ton, also of Reagan. John Eddie Ross, who teaches in Colorado, in spending the hol- idays here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Ross. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Massey visited her mother. Mrs. Ethel Mitchell in Okmulgee, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Treas of Ft. Towson spent Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Treas. (Continued on page two)   

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