Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - April 28, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1960
BERMUDA SPRIGGING TOPS OFF WORK ON THREE LOCAL SANDY CREEK SITES
“Full steam ahead” might be the watchword of tile Sandy Creek Watershed project.
And. they aren’t kidding Things are really boiling along under a work plan formulated by the local Conservancy District There is still a long way to go but things already are a far crc from what they were when the district took its first few feeble gasps of air back in 1954 Dam sites are building. And. right on the heels ot this con
struction. an equally important phase follows. Experts get quickly on the job of “anchoring dow n” the dams and spillways.
And. what s the best soil anchor anybody in these parts has discovered. . Bermuda.
That’s right, and they are going after it hammer and tongs Tangible proof of this statement can be seen from an inspection of bermuda sprigging operations on three strategic sites,
J. F. Blanton, sprigging contrac
tor of Guthrie, has obviously used good equipment and a reliable crew to best advantage in the speedy completion of sites 29. 30. and 31. And now. the stage is set for immediate sprigging of Site No I on the Leo Robbins place just west of Latta.
Bermuda sprigging operations on these dams are bv no means just simple and routine ventures. tile final topping-off of what has been a tremendous upheaval and placing of hundreds of tons of
dirt. The sprigging of a site involves skill, and the danger to workmen is constantly at hand as a winch truck with cables steadies heavy equipment on trips to and fro across the steeply-pitched slopes of the dams.
SCS specifications require that a site's whole area be treated with 48 lbs. of nitrogen and 60 lbs. phosphate to the acre, not broadcast, but distributed in rows. Slope* of the dam are first tilled, then sprigged with bermuda in
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«MyT rL I’ouna'mln 'T ,0 ,ract0r ,nd bridge the gap between peril end
y g mao on the left as bermuda sprigging operations got underway on Site 30. (WEEKLY Photo).
such a manner that the roots
overlap. This practically guarantees a perfect stand of grass
which will protect the slopes of
the dam from erosion of wind or rain. After the final
run of the sprigger 'it starts at the top and moves in close-spaced consecutive rows parallel with the dam until it reaches the bottom' the slopes of the dam are rolled with a cultipacker and dragged. The top of the dam. u*ed for traffic until t h e project appraoches completion, is sprigged last.
Bermuda roots, dug and placed in a tarp-covered truck, are used while they’re still fresh and damp. All disturbed areas above the permanent water pool of the lake are also sprigged with ber muda. thus insuring against the filling of the lake by rain-washed silt.
The first site completed by Contractor Blanton this month is No. 29, on Spring Brook 7 miles northwest of Ada. This dam is on the M. D. Edwards place. Site 30. on a Spring Brook tributary, is on the M. M. Golden place. However, about half the lake's permanent water is on land owned by Dr. L. W. Cheek.
Site 31, just completed, is on the property of H. C. Wright.
Growers Warned Of Release Dates
Bennett Sherrer. ASO Director, announced Monday that deadlines on the release of cotton and peanut allotments for Pontotoc County are close at hand. Unless farmers intend to plant their allotted acjeage of these two crops, releases should be given to the County ASO Commettee.
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Farm-Ranch Club Elects Officers
Dr. Don Williams of the Ada Veterinary Clinic was elected president of the newly-organized Farm and Ranch Club at a meeting held Tuesday night.
The meeting got underway at 7:30 p. rn. at Johnson’s Steak House, Ada. and guest speaker was Dr. D. E. How’ell. head Entomologist from OSU.
Eight board of directors were also elected at the meeting, four for two year terms, and four for a period of one year each. Those elected to serve four-vear terms were Lee West, J. R. Ham. Harold Wingard and Glen McDaniel. Those installed for one year were Jim Stribling and W. M. Whitmire. ard a three-way tie resulted between Cager Hisaw, Jimmy Thomas and W. C. Wigley.
Dr. Howell talked for approximately an hour and a half, and much of his speech w’as concerned with the danger of insecticides. He cited one instance where butter, shipped to Hawaii, was found on arrival there to be dangerously’ contaminated with DDT. When the cause was traced down, it w’as discovered that no cattle producing the butter had actually been grazed on gras es deliberately treated with DDT. A cotton field next to the alfalfa upon which the cattle had grazed had been treated heavily with DDT, and the alfalfa had absorbed enough poison from the cotton to dangerously contaminate it. Dr. How’ell stressed caution in the use of all insecticides, and said that generally the container labels were safe guides.
The new Farm and Ranch Club is shaping up plans for a tour of northern beef markets this summer. The club’s reasons for organizing is to arouse stronger interest in the ranching and farming industries.
Next meeting of the club will he May 26. but a definite place for the meeting has not been set.
Pioneer Roff We
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By ERIC ALLEN
Pioneer men and women whose lives have spanned the years from the post-Civil War period to the age of jet planes have witnessed the greatest transition in the history of the world. During their lives the old ox wagon and hor e-drawn hack—and the surrey with the fringe on top —have given way to automobiles, streamlined trains, air travel and the venturesome launching of satellites into outer space. Modes of communication have changed from rural mail hack and crank-type telephone to teletype, daily newspapers, radio and TV.
A w’oman w’ho has lived through this period—and one who is still very alert and active—is Mrs.
Sampson Summers of Roff.
Mrs. Summers, whose maiden name was Neathery, was born in 1870 in the Arkansas hills near Little Rock, and was taken by covered wagon to Grayson County,
Texas, where she was six months old. Her father, a Civil War veteran, moved the Neathery family from Arkansas when the hard brunt of Reconstruction was at its worst. The family settled in Texas on Red River near the Indian Territory border, and Mrs.
Summers, who recently celebrated her 90th birthday, has lived inside Oklahoma or near its border ever since. In fact, she has lived constantly in Oklahoma since 1887. w’hen she was seventeen years old.
Some of her earliest memories are of isolated families along Red River traveling by wagons, buggies and on horseback to the big camp meetings at Gordonsville.
Roads were bad.” Mrs. Sum-; NINETY YEARS YOUNG: Mrs. Sampson Summers, Roff.
mers recalls, “but folks didn’t stands serenly in the wind and sunshine. She has looked
mind them much. ITI tell you, °,ot ,into many such days—and into days of clouds and
(Continued on shadows too—during a lifetime which had its beginning
continued on Page 2> when Oklahoma was untamed land. (WEEKLY Photo).
Mans Trial For Arson Moves Into Fourth Day
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Thursday in district court in Ada The pair drove on and when ole Ju ge John Boyce Mc- they stopped. Leader said he no-
... „ , . , t,ced a 8low in the sky. He said
VV oil ord IS charged with second Wofford then told him he had
degree arson. He is accused of set the barn on fire,
burning a large hay barn on the Lambert questioned Leader 4-B Ranch, northeast of Ada. on Tuesday afternoon and again for the night of January 5-6. an hour and a half Wednesday
TIk proceedings have been pack- morning- bringing out a number of od since attorneys began the task *ncons*stencies in various state-of selecting a jury Monday morn- ments Leader had made, ing. * Leader admitted making vary-
The case has an interesting ov- statements in the case, but
£ ertone. Many have felt and testi- stuck to his story that he and
5 mony has been injected in an ^ d had driven by the barn
attempt to show' the burning that Wofford had left
was an act of retribution against ™e car f°r a time• and that later aa order to stop the running of 1 h,eader 1 had seen the fire.
‘ hound dawgs” on the sprawling Asked why county officers had ranch. brought him back from Gerty be-
Here are the developments in ^ore the preliminary hearing in the case. the case (held Feb. 5 and 6>, Lead-
The state rested its case Wed- er said, For my protection, they nesday. The big gun in its attack sa*d- He admitted that he had
a young member of J. F* B Ian to 1^% Ha afna * * ** n d ‘ n 9 * steely arm of reassurance (the cable) down to the tractor below,
Site No. 30. (WEEKLY Photoi. ,s I se or a d,sc,n9 run across a slope of the dam on Watershed
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was Clarence Leader, who said not been threatened, but, he w as with Wofford on the night d*dn * make no difference to me. the barn was burned. Leader so 1 came back witb them.” told how he and Wofford bought In response to Lambert’s ques-beer in Allen, then headed south. Tining he admitted that w'hile Near the barn. Wofford stopped (Continued on Page 2)
aNa°u* V* ter^e • • • but earry. Jack McPhetridge, right, county trapper,
* VL-P th# t0rC.h t0 a p,,e of 188 wo,f and 11 bobcat «ar* b« ba* garnered recently in this county. In his four years here, he has counted coup on 709 wolves and
cats, most of them by trap but some with a gas gun. C. L. Rowland, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Supervisor, is at left to witness the furry flame. He says McPhetridge is one of the Service s outstanding trappers. (WEEKLY Photo).
Galley -Vanting Around The County
be instead of out of the so out the pump came again, to the rubbish lo a ditch. Luther Thompson and Janelf'Tn ueekenT' vcittf Mr3 MeC* rt^*' '"h ^Th ^ J*10 Was "ttinS Saturday night guests in the visited Leona
■IRS. SIMON PATTON spou' put the 20 lee! of nine thee had „ _____IL p? al,ld ,eU' In weekend Mlth Mrs- McCarty s whom. They both emerged with home of Mr and Mrs Vance ninh.
a new dress.
By MRS. SIMON PATTON
We have water at the community building at Frisco.
The H. I) Club had gotten tired of brine-ng jugs, buckets and jars of water every time they met and of course, thcv never had enough water. So the club voted to take the well for their project for 1960. along with the upkeep of the community building.
Last Thursday wa* set for work day. Fourteen came to work. They were Mr and Mrs J W Stegall. Schley Stegall. Mr. and Mrs. Homer Herion. Mr and Mrs. Boda Hisaw, Mr. and Mrs Coy Byrd. Mr. and Mr*. Simon Patton, Sid and Jim Marshall and Mrs. Windell Price.
The men went to work on the well and the women worked inside the building By noon the men had pulled the pump, found (he trouble—a big hole in the P*P€ just above die loot valve
which let the water go back into ell instead of out of the
They welded some had places in the pipe, cut oil the end with the hole, threaded it and put it back in the well, all but about
20 I eel ot pine on the bottom which they decided we didn’t need The men had all the old
stale water pumped out of the
well bv the time the women had dinner on the table.
Instead of serving buffet style as usual and having the men try to balance their plates on one knee and a cup of hot coffee
on the other, the women were especially nice to them. They seated the men around the big dining table so they could rest and visit while they enjoyed their meal. The women waited their turn. '
Friday being Mrs. Patton's birthday, three pretty birthday cakes showed up for the occasion
After dinner, the men went back to inspect their job. They
only got two buckets of water. so out the pump came again, to put the 20 I pet of pipe they had left out back in the well. But when they were loosening the valve, they broke the valve and the threads off the pipe.
Patton and Herion left for Ada with instructions from the dub women to get whatever it took to fix it. 'If it took a new one they were tired of packing water from home »
Stegall and Marshall loaded the pipe in Stegall's pickup arvl headed for Stonewall for a cutting and rethreading job Of course. every time the pipe was shortened that included the sucker rod.
They both returned with their material. The men chipped in and shared the cost.
All during this period, the women were cleaning out and discarding things inside the building that were worn out and useless.
After the well was fixed, Marshall and Stegall began putting in window panes that had fallen
out and Patton began the rubbish to a ditch.
Everyone had a wonderful time and a very profitable day.
Thanks to a group of men that never let us down when thev are a*ked to lend a helping hand.
Mrs. S. L. Thompson and her little granddaughter. Sara Lynn Anders, both were sick last week with colds. Mrs. Thompson was still hoarse Monday but otherwise feeling better.
Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Anders Jr. and Sara Lynn of Oklahoma City, and S. L. Thompson are back on the job after their week's vacation.
Mr. Anders spent most of his week on the Lake fishing w’hile Mrs. Anders and Sara visited with Grandpa and Grandma S. L. Thompson.
Mr. Thompson spent his week doing odd jobs around the house. He started a brooder house.
Mr. and Mrs S. L. Thompson. Mr. and Mrs. Dillon Anders Jr.
and Sara visited Mr. and Mrs. Luther Thompson and Janell. In the afternoon they drove by and picked up a sister. Mrs. Clara Murphy and drove out to visit both cemeteries. Memorial Park and Rosedale.
Schley Stegall visited his in-la w’s. Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Thompson Sunday morning.
and Tonva of Ada weekend with Mrs. parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Long of Ada visited Sunday with her brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Windell Price.
Mr. and Mrs. Coy Bvrd attended an all-night singing Saturday night at B^ack Rock. Didn’t get home until after midnight. They made it to church Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon, joined bv Simon Patton, they spent the afternoon at the singing in the Free Will Baptist Church of Stonewall.
Visitors Thursday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Windell Price were Mr. and Mrs. Sid Marshall.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon McCarty
Mrs. Richard Osburn and Steven arrived Tuesday by bus and spent the night with her parents, the A. R. Johnson. Wednesday her dad. A. R. and granddad. V. A. Johnson, loaded Mrs. Osburn and little Steven in the truck, drove by Ada for a stove and regrigerator, and on to Seminole for the rest of their furniture. and moved them to Bartlesville, where Mr. Osburn has been transferred.
The Osburns spent last week in Bartlesville on the job and house hunting.
V. A. and A. R. Johnson spent Wednesday in Bartlesville with the Osburns and other relatives.
Sisters Jim Marshall and Aline Johnson spent last Monday sew-,
Mr. and Mrs. Boda Hisaw’ went to Tupelo Thursday afternoon to the baseball game. Their son, Charles, a senior at Stonewall High, was playing.
Ann Brooks of Stonewall visited the Hisaws Sunday afternoon.
Saturday night guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vance Minor were Mr. aqd Mrs. A. T. Minor and Anthony, Mr. and Mrs. George Minor, Mrs. Zoa White and Carl Wade.
W. J. Barnes is back on the job grafting paper shell pecans.
Mrs. Bob Langley and girls of Vamoosa visited her parents. Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Minor Wednesday afternoon and went poke picking.
Mr. and Mrs. Vance Minor had Sunday night supper with the A. T. Minors.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack West. Jo-lene and Jackie and Mrs. Una Lee had Sunday dinner in Ada with Mr. West’s mother, Mrs. Mary West.
Mr. and* Mrs. Joe Thompson of Ada visited Sunday night with the Jack West family.
Mr. and Mrs. John Daniel visited with Mr. and Mrs. Jack McDonald last Monday afternoon. Mrs. Daniel visited with Mrs. McDonald while the men fished.
Visitors Monday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Daniel were Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Daniel and Dora Daniel of Ada, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Daniel and Mickey and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Daniel and Tracy of Kokama, Ind.
Mrs. Margaret Barnes of Stonewall visited Sunday night with her brother and family, the John Daniels.
Cyril Loyd. Glenn Rav McDonald and Homer Ray Roberts
visited Leonard Daniel Sunday
Bill and Gene Williamson visited Leonard Monday.
Dora Daniel of Ada spent the weekend with her sister. Mrs. Homer Barnes of Stonewall.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Daniel spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Brady of Jesse.
Mr. and Mrs. Buck Daniel and Thomas and Robert, Loveland, visited Saturday night with Mrs. Daniel’s dad and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Patton.
Mrs. Inez Stegall of Clinton
visited Wednesday afternoon and had supper with her in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Stegall.
Virginia Lou Herion is spending this week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Herion.
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