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Ada Sunday News (Newspaper) - June 23, 1974, Ada, Oklahoma Gray Thompson retire As commissioners my a a it a a v David Gray two Veteran Pontotoc county commissioners formally announced their retirement from office last week. County commissioners Dave Gray and Rae Thompson Are retiring at the end of their current terms after nearly 30 years of consecutive service apiece. Thompson 71, has the most time in office. At the end of his final term Thompson will have served 32 years As commissioner for District 3. Thompson also served As head of the state association of county commissioners in 1971. Gray 67, will have had 28 years in office As the commissioner for District i both commissioners have seen Pontotoc county grow from a mostly Rural farming area to a much More urbanized society. A now commissioners Are business managers for the county a Gray said. A when we started the business was so Small. Salary was Only $125 a Gray was first elected As county commissioner in 1945, to serve a term starting in july 1946. His platform roads. A i just thought we needed More roads a Gray said. A most of the roads in Pontotoc county then were dirt or no roads at All. Most times you just Cut out through a Thompson was first elected As county commissioner in july 1943. Governor Robert s. Kerr appointed Thompson to fill a vacancy on the Board. But the appointment was Only 15 Days before the election. A one problem i had when i went in a Thompson said a was credit for the county. The other commissioners just bought and bought and Gray stressed the county now has Over $600,000 Worth of Road equipment paid for. Both commissioners said keeping the county in Good financial shape was probably one of the reasons voters kept them in office. Both men won their first terms in office in Runoff elections. Gray also had opponents in 1960, 1964, 1970 and 1972. Thompson had no opposition from 1948-1958. In 1972, he had his closest contest. He won by 26 votes. A that was close a Thompson said. A i always tried to run a clean Campaign. In be never mentioned an opponents name in any of my races. You know you always hear candidates saying a in a running because people want me to but in be never had people to beg me to run for when the two commissioners retire it will Only be from political office. Both men plan to return to their ranches and work. Gray lives seven Miles from Allen and Thompson has a ranch South of Stonewall. A i done to know How to put it a Thompson said. A i guess time caught up with me and i decided to Gray was More to the Point. A a in a retiring a cause ifs time. I be Given my Best. And the people they be been More than Nice to me. I tried to do a Job. The county a in Good shape so Iti Ada sunday news 71st year no. 87 36 pages sunday edition of the Ada evening news Ada Oklahoma sunday june 23, 1974 to cents weekday 15 cents sunday president s soviet visit could net nuclear pact Washington api president Nixon Heads for the Summit in Moscow tuesday hoping to promote detente through new nuclear and economic agreements. Officials Here Are careful not to excite american expectations. But Leonid i. Brezhnev. The communist party Leader. Already has set an optimistic tone predicting a Good new swim program has openings openings Are available in the next swimming program sponsored by the kiwanis club of greater Ada. The next session scheduled at Glenwood runs july 1-19. A special feature is being added to this program and. If successful will be continued. A new class for four and five year old youngsters will be offered. The class meets at 8 . And the youngsters must be accompanied by an adult. The third and final session of the summer returns to Winter Smith Pool. July 22-aug. 9. Ceci Chapman director said openings Are available in both sessions. Anyone wishing to enrol is asked to apply at the office of the Wintersmith Pool. A $5 enrolment fee is the Only charge made for the three week instructional sewer plans to be finalized Latta Rural sewer District no. 5 will hold a Public meeting thursday to elect Board numbers. John Matthews announced the meeting which begins at 7 30 . In the Latta school auditorium. Plans for the sewer District will be finalized and All sewer District members Are invited to attend he said. Agreement so that will please people in both countries. Nixon and an entourage headed by Secretary of state Henry a. Kissinger will Stop first in Brussels for the signing of a new declaration on . Relations with its allies in the North Atlantic treaty organization. Kissinger plans to report to the nato Council after the Summit and to swing through Paris Munich and London for meetings with French. West German and British leaders. Nixon a soviet visit begins on thursday and will last a week with probable Side Tours to such cities As Yalta and Minsk. Coming on the heels of a five nation trip to the Middle East the Moscow Summit serves to focus attention at Home on the presidents interest and accomplishments in the foreign Field. See a a president so Page 12 a a a a a a a a a a soviet police arrest jews to prevent demonstrations Moscow apr Security police were holding about 40 jews in six soviet cities saturday in a drive to prevent protests during president Nixon s visit jewish sources said. Three Moscow jews termed the arrests a shameless blackmail of american Public a the responsibility for such blackmail should be Laid on the soviet and american govern in e n t a declared Mikhail Gursky Vitaly Rubin and in Essa Axelrod in an open Appeal to the . Congress. More than a dozen jews were picked up in Moscow thursday and Friday and the others were from five cities with Large jewish populations Leningrad Odessa Kishinev Kiev and Vinnitsa. The sources said Many More have been questioned and warned against protests. They said More arrests were possible before Nixon a arrival thursday for a week Long note found at scene of Wayne killings Wayne okla. Apr authorities in Wayne disclosed saturday that a suicide note was found Friday night near the Bullet riddled bodies of a former High school Secretary her husband and two of their children. Mcclain county sheriff Joe Huddleston said Shirley Brakefield 40, apparently shot her 45-year-old husband Curtis and their 14-year old son Jeff and 10-year-old daughter Kelly. An older son Steve was not at Home at the time of the shootings. The weapon was found Friday night in mrs. Brakefield s hand and Huddleston said the suicide note was left in a Kitchen table in the family a Home in Wayne. The sheriff said the note contained funeral instructions but gave no clues As to what touched off the slayings. A she said in the note How much she loved her husband a Huddleston said. The bodies were discovered shortly after 5 . By two of Brakefield a Brothers who went to the Home to find out Why Brakefield had not reported for work. Brakefield and his two Brothers were partners in local construction business. A they were All Fine people a Huddleston said. A i knew them real Well. It the investigation is a hard thing to Hall asks corrections official step Down Oklahoma City a gov. David Hall saturday demanded the resignation of Gil Burk a member of the state Board of corrections for failure a to act in a manner conductive to attaining the goal of a modern penal the move to oust Burk climaxed a Day of decisions by gov. Hall regarding the state prison at Mcalester. Earlier he asked state judges for a 90-Day moratorium on sending prisoners to the prison and announced he was paring the governors task Force at Mcalester. In a statement released through de Hardy Halls press Secretary the governor said a we Are at an important decisive moment in the history of Oklahoma corrections. Or. Gil Burk of Oklahoma City serving As a member of the Board of corrections has failed to conduct himself in a manner conductive to attaining the goal of a modern penal system for this state. A chairman Ungerman corrections Board chairman Irvine Ungerman and i have conferred today and i have asked for or. Burks details of Why the action were taken were not disclosed by the governors office. There were indications Burk might resist the demand. Hardy said he informed Burk of the decision and Burk said he was a i told him the governor wanted his resignation on his desk by 8 30 . Monday and Burk indicated maybe he would not chose to do so a Hardy said. Hall s Call for a moratorium o n sending prisoners to Mcalester came saturday morning in a talk to the state judicial conference in Oklahoma City. Hall said prison officials had asked for a 60-Day moratorium but he feels a 90-Day moratorium from july i to oct. I would be better to allow adequate time for repairs to be made. Later Hall issued a statement saying he was a extremely pleased with the distinct change in attitude and atmosphere at the institution since my visit there two weeks ago. A i have after appropriate consultation with corrections department officials and the Oklahoma Highway patrol relieved the extra members of the governors Security task Force assigned june 7.�?� a Force of an estimated 15 officers from the Ohp has been at the prison since last Summers rioting. On june 7, Hall doubled the Force because of tensions at the prison. Halls comments were another Pat on the Back for new acting Warden Harold a a buds Wilson who recently relieved Sam Johnston and has taken several moves credited with relieving tensions among prisoners and guards. In his talk to the judicial conference Hall said there Are 801 prisoners at Mcalester and the number must be reduced by 150 to 200 so that needed repairs can be made. He said the same locks that were used at the see a a Hall Page 12 Townsend named new director Hardin to leave county position Floyd Hardin Leafs through a scrapbook entitled Quot this is your life Quot presented to him by associates Friday afternoon. Hardin is retiring As county administrator of the department of institutions social and rehabilitative services. Staff photo Floyd Hardin county administrator of the department of institutions social and rehabilitative services is retiring effective july i. Hardin has served As county administrator in Pontotoc county for nearly 22 years. He began his service Here in november 1952. His replacement will be Kenneth Townsend 45, who lives on a ranch near Stratford Lloyd Rader state director of the department announced. Townsend reports for duty Here monday. Townsend is now manager of the data processing Center of the welfare department in Oklahoma City. Friday Hardin was honoured with a party Given by his colleagues at the social services Center on the theme a this is your Hardin moved the department into the social services Center in april 1972. Offices were earlier housed in the county fair barn and then the v. F. W. Building. Hardin began his service to the welfare department in february 1937. When he was appointed county director of the Choctaw county office. He also served As county director of Coal Cherokee my curtain and Delaware counties. His service was broken Only by two periods of military service during world War ii and then the korean conflict. He attended Southeastern state College at Durant and received his bachelors and masters degrees from East Central. A member and past president of the Lions club he is a member and sings in the choir of the first Baptist Church. Hardin said he and his wife Joyce will remain at Home in Ada. They live at 231 w. 17th. A Ham radio operator Hardin plans to keep Busy with his Hobby and other projects at Home. Townsend has been commuting to the Oklahoma City welfare office since he joined the department in 1970. He was in private business before then. A native of Pauls Valley he attended East Central and graduated from Oklahoma University. He also did graduate work at the University of Tulsa. He is married and has four children. As county administrator he will bring new computer technology to the social services Center office Rader said. Music is the food he feeds his soul Coalgate s Hoyt Axton returns from West coast by Art Cox Coalgate Hoyt Axton has never chased Fame or Fortune. He sings and composes a to feed his Axton sings of taxicabs in Mexico friends on drugs lost loves the awful Beauty of his life his despairs. In other words he chases rainbows. And he a found the pot of Gold. Its not filled with Money but with believe in music its the food i feed my soul. Country Western Boogie Boogie gospel Rock and Roll. That a a song Lyric a Hoyt said. Hoyt was visiting his brother John who lives in Coalgate. The two recently purchased a 122-acre Lake seven Miles South of Holdenville. A a in a going to build a House there a Axton said. A a it a too hard for me to work on the West coast and ill probably make Oklahoma my Center of opera Hoyt is he composer and Singer of such works As a never been to Spain a a Joy to the world a and a the his most recent album is a life machine on the a amp a Label. Over the years Hoyt has Cut 12 albums on nearly As Many labels. He first started composing when he was 15, shortly after his Mother Mae Axton wrote the hit a Heartbreak spurred on by his Mother s Success Hoyt decided in 1958 to become a Singer. He started on the Coffee House circuit in san Francisco. He was a a a Success and never wanted for bookings. Iii 1962, Fortune smiled. Hoyt wrote with the late Ken Ramsey his first hit a Greenback the Kingston Trio recorded it and the song climbed to the top of the charts. Hoyt flushed with Success Tore across the country in a an old rag top he wrote whenever the mood hit him Sang in name clubs and dives started and finished fights drank wine. After the first Shock of Success was Over Hoyt began serious work again. In 1964, John Kay then a dishwasher at the troubadour in los Angeles heard Hoyt sing an angry terrible song. It was a the Kay went on and became the Lead Singer in a group called Steppe Wolf and the song became their first hit. Eventually it won four Gold records and became the theme for the movie a easy a i Felt there was a need to write that a Hoyt said. A at that time every group was singing pro drug songs. I Felt the other Side should also be a and three or four people told me they kicked drugs because of that also Hoyt said the song had a lot to do with his own drug experiences. A sure i tried Mem. Its part of the life experience Man. But done to forget just like Johnny Cash and Roger Miller i put them Down. A i remember a song i wrote a Bathtub Ltd a kind of a take see a a performer Page 12 campers at class staff photo it is not All fun and games at Camp Adana. Here Doug Kreis staff member at the Robert s. Kerr environmental research lab oratory talks about environment and ecology to some of the Young campers. The first term of Camp ends and the second begins monday at Camp Adana on Lake Murray

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