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Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - August 25, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma Th« Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc And Adjoining Counties Single Copy IO Cents Only $2.00 Per Yearcombined With The Ado Times-Democ rot GOTH VEAR 8 PagesADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 1960 Old-Time Oklahoma Fiddlers Folk Music Alive In This By ERIC ALLEN “I’ll tune up my fiddle. I ll resin my bow, I'll make myself welcome wherever I go.” The refrain of that old fiddler’s song, which spread out of the hills and vaFeys of Kentucky and Tennessee with the westward movement of early settlers, was once as familiar to rural Oklahomans as the rippling call of a whipporwill in the shadows of the evening’s dusk. . Half a century ago. people in Oklahoma made most of their own entertainment, and “homespun music” was always the center of any week s gala affair. Those were the days when oldfashioned square dances were passed around regularly from home to home. Folks just took down the bedsteads or moved out the parlor furnishings, and organized “sets” of boys and girls, men and women, and “danced ’til broad daylight.” Frontier Music And in those days, the old fiddlers song was pure and simple truth. All a man had to do in order to be invited everywhere nucvuwm iimk::    p. k. Poster, the fiddlin' man in conter woe    ....    *•    .    .    was to learn to play the fiddle home of J. D. Sexton when the above photo was made. Younger members of the group lean strong™* toward*Rock 'N JI® Wtfn 1    weIco™e    a^r ♦hat Jl'V hI    •"•mpressive job of it, but Foster is a confirmed lover of old folk-music and will tell you I : ^ Was the center of s,oc[al P#Jti£ Jcharf«    °tr    J'****'"'    th*    St""*    Left    to    right are Jack Pettigrew, Wendell lections ranging from summer ®_________'    Thompson,    (on    drum),    Foster,    J.    L. Hun ley, Perry Roberts and J. D. Sexton. (WEEKLY Photo).    picnics and lively box-suppers to the weddings of a community’s elite    set.    All he had to do    w-as to be deft with the bow and    finger- work on such popular tunes as! D u r a n d’s Hornpipe, Arkansas Traveler, Flop-Eared Mule, Waggoner, Hell Among the Yearlings or Turkey in the Straw. If he could pull a sweet bow on a f    •.    .    .    .    ,    ..    waltz or tw'o, he was a fiddler 0    the    evidence    pertaining    to    the    that    was    ..jn-. for k 1 election    held    on    July    26.    I960,    we    w    R    Baker 82 yPars    y(Hmg FHACommitteeman Is Appointed Here Appointment of Bennie B. Own- hers are Harland D. Richardson, bey as a member of the Farmers Route I, Konawa, who is a chair-Home Administration County man of the county committee and Committee ’    -    -    -    - Grand Local Jury Finishes Investigations By W. L. KNICKMEYER fps    .    -    .    v.vvviun    SJI    I    UUIJT    I    ITW, we ^ mttee in Pontotoc County Oscar Rankin. Route 2, Byars. wound Units' business ^lat'e    '(Th    TI***    anfl    now    hvin% in Ada, is one announced this week by C. Each member is appointed for Wednesday afternoon with of the FWtinn fwd p . ties fiddler who remembers these ear-ir Ray the arencv s ronntv a    ip™    Mr    ....    U eanesaay atternoon With of the Election Board of Pontotoc iv d;,v<: 4mnna fiAA]arc „ (Continued on page two) Arthur Ray. the agency', county a 3-year term Mr. oWbev'suc- "    '1“    ^    a    fuT'?01 days. Among fiddlers of the supervisor serving 'Pontotoc and    ceeds Dr. Willard E. Rhynes'    3, mflld reproof for county    County    and    recommend    that    the    cherokee    Nation    in    old    lndian Murray Counties.    Route I, Stonewall. '    *    election offlicals but no    Ejection Board    andtother election    Territ0ry    he    was    once    cream    of PSS?-swnafflxs f-r    $£&? =5 farm on Route 5, Ada His dairy for all types of loans. It also re-    Pat    dolman    Publicly    complv    with    said    laws    „    *    athe™'gSf:*e Practlced is approximately 7 miles north- views borrowers’ progress and charged Thursday morning 1--—- diligently    on his fiddle at an early west of Roif.    aids the county supervisor in    that half the absentee bal- Two other members make up    adapting the agency’s loan poll-    lots cast in both elections the 3-momber committee which    cies t0 conditions faced by farm-    were in violation of the law works with the county supervisor    ers *n this area. Members are    and should not have been in Pontotoc County to see that the    «kctad and appointed so that,    counted, best possible use is made of the m far as possible, different areas, T. -*    .    ..    _ agency’s farm credit sendee pro- ^ neighborhoods are represented.    *    !    •    q    ut    2 gram consistent with local farm- Th6 Farmers Home Adminis- Por* aJ 5.lo p. m. \\ ednes-.    ..................dav after seven full work- diligently on his fiddle at an early age. He loved it. He got so he could “Draw a pretty wicked bow’’ when he was a young man. and hat deftness hasn’t entirely left him until this day. Lively Doings ‘ That fiddle is just about his whole life now,” his daughter, Mrs. Amon Self said this week. “It s a good thing for Dad, too, since Mother passed away. Dad stays with us. and his fiddles keep him company and give him lots of pleasure Yes, he has two fiddles now. He’s either working on one of them, or sawing away at a tune on one, and I know he enjoys himself.” W. R. Baker was born in Stone County, Missouri, but moved to the Cherokee Nation at an early age. Later he and his family moved to Sulphur. He has lived in Ada since 1952. He says he has played for some wild dances back in Territorial days, and sometimes kept fiddling when he really-wanted to sack up his fiddle and “shag out of some frontier shack.” “Maybe a half dozen young bucks fist-fighting outside the house." Baker recalled, “and inside people dancing.” Musk* At Home Such abandoned affairs held at rural homes have practically vanished from the national scene, but not the making of homespun music. Drive along side-streets of almost any Oklahoma town on certain nights in the week and you re likely to hear the wailing tones of a fiddle, the clinking of a piano or the strumming of guitar strings. Folk-music at home isn't the widespread thing it once was, but it’s still going pretty strong. J. D, Sexton of Ada is still a strong advocate of homespun music. At least one night each week he and his family host friends and neighbors from the surrounding area who like to drop in for some “fiddle and guitar fun.” Get some musicians together, and a lively tune going, and J. D. seems to be in his element. No slip-shod stuff for him, * FIDDLER FROM WAY BACK: W. R. Baker, right, once fiddled for rough-and-rowdy square dances in the hills of the Old Cherokee Nation. He was born In Stone County, Missouri. but came to what is now Oklahoma when he was young and has lived here ever since. He still loves to play his fiddle at gatherings of folk-musicians, and sometimes plays in church. Accompanying him on the guitar is J. D. Sexton, Ada. (WEEKLY Photo). either, and not too much of this Rock ’N Roll. “I like music that sounds pretty," J. D. said. “A smooth played fiddle and guitar can’t be beat” Sexton is both a fiddler and a guitar player, and when neighbors drop in for a get together, he switches from one instrument to the other, just however folks insist. Contest Winner Another top hoedown fiddler who drops in each week at the Sexton home is F. R. Foster, who ers needs The other two mem-' (Continued on page two) HOUSE PASSES BILL TO KEEP LAND IDLE Feeders Tour Of Local Area Was Success has lived in Pontotoc County for1 55 years. Foster says he has been fiddling for 40 years and still gets a kick out of playing. He is retired now. but he doesn’t look old enough for that. Crowding seventy, he still looks like a man in the middle fifties, and when he pulls a bow across fiddle strings, that illusion is intensified. As one old timer put it, “Foster can draw tones out of that fiddle that will make the hair stand up on your head.” Foster still enters old-time fiddling contests held around the state, and often draws down top honors. He was first place at the fiddling contest held in Ada on the day the city celebrated its fiftieth anniversay several years ago. He is still much in demand as a fiddler at family reunions and for “modern-day” square dances. Hundreds turn out for those lively and colorful affairs. Old Tunes Folk-music, a distinctive type of Americana, seems to go on and on. Many of the tunes that oid-time fiddlers are playing today (Continued on page two) ing days, which included investigations of the county attorney’s office, the- conduct of the last primary criminal in^rfmpntc ^    livestock    feeders    ever    had    the tour was finished. “Several criminal indictments.    any doubts about how cattle on of the feeders were under the county Attorney llolman local ranges stack up against beef impression that Montana cattle had presented to the jur\ grown on ranches of the north- couldn't be beat, but their opin- the results Of a previous west. those doubts were wiped ions were changed somewhat after WASHINGTON (AP) — The    it is kept under a    thorough con- House passed Tuesday a bill de-    serving practice. signed to encourage keeping idle The Agriculture Committee has    “    r1 ^    -w*.    uuuuu9    «cic    wipcu    luna were cnatigeu somewnai aner farmland in permanent vegetation said without the legislation farm-    ©Stigatloll made bv him- out this week by a tour sponsored the tour of ranches in this sec- a ter expiration of conservation ers and ranchers would find ii se^’ an af>en* of the state the Ada Farm and Ranch tion. I think it’s safe to say we reserve    contracts.    necessary, in order to maintain    crime    bureau, and    state    Club-    lcan look forward    to    some    busi- The bill, winch now    goes    to    the    their    allotments and cropland    his-    election board members, a1-    th,nk    ue    convinced    them    ne*s . from those    feeders    from Senate,    preserves    the    cropland    tory,    to remove from grass    and    leging    irregularities    in the    that    cattie    in    the    Ada    area    *>11    Ill‘nu0,s’ ’ history of acreage previously re-    other cover crops    thousands    of    primary    election    stack    UP a£ainst    beef    grown    any- ^ The    26-man    tour, sponsored    by tired under the great plains and    acres which should    otherwise    re-    The    jury’s    report    stated-    where    in lhe    world”    Dr.    Don the    Ada    Farm    and Ranch    Club conservation reserve programs if main idle.    ‘    *    AftPr    a    Williams,    president    of    the    Ada    and organized by Robert M. ---^--- _-Atter a complete investigation Farm an(, Ranch c|ub ^ ^ Schneider, farm editor of the Of- tawa Republican, Ottawa, 111., got . .    j.."-    -    •    ^    ,    .    p.    -ti    -    -jar-r-    -wr    -      -ifi....... under way soon after the group ll    arrived in Ada Tuesday afternoon. First stop was at    the    Ada    Livest!    stock Action, w-here    the^    group got a ciose-up look at facilities there and cattle on hand. After the gathering at the auction barn, supper was served to the group through sponsorship of Evergreen Mills, and later the group met with the Farm and Ranch Club at Trail’s Motel. Don Taggart from Murray State Agricultural College was guest speaker at Tuesday night’s meeting. , Wednesday morning at 7 o’clock the tour of local ranches began. First stop was on the Tobe Wrngard Ranch at Fitzhugh, and'ouHyinCgVo!Jn*^^    *r*u*th!    ,iv*$tock    from    Illinois    who toured the cattle country around Ada .«2 r.S v;‘dTfromo,,.;/?,,.!.:0 L.::r; u: G,tr    l*?T' ^ M*rvie,<' n°— b.kT John, Michigan. Left to right b^ck rn! Jr. M ll. S/ M**’v,c1k Baker from Leland, Illinois, and Redman from St. Marian Mitchell, Larry Mitchell William MitVhlukl'c /k    Robert Dewey, Clarence Gage, John Oft, —_ >    TT    m.Tcnen,    William    Mitchell    and    Webb Setchel, all from Illinois. (WEEKLY Photo). (Continued on page two) P,RJ« SS.JnOE. wr'Jil ?.h.*l,*db0AD*rnie2t5UrT9!3    tn4PP®d    on    the    H.r.ld    Devi,    Rench    ne,,    Roff.    Th.    hor.. th. fem.", Lo sin which .old for SUiofl .    I*    "rT Pr0pert': °HH,rold wh° ">• .t.Hi.n’. .ire woo tition at the up-coming Pontotoc County Free Fair    The    annual %f* %    J W,j bt ancentry in quarter horse compo- the 17. (WEEKLY Photo).    annual fair will get underway September 15 and run throughAHLOSO By KAT WEST We are happy to welcome Rev and Mrs. Chil Elliot and children Angela and Tommy, as new real dents in our community. Galley-Van ting Around The County Saturday nigh! August 13. Mr and Mrs Robert Reese, Jim and Patti, drove to Chandler to the Baseball Farm where Jim’s played the “ten and bunder” team there The Elks ! team returned with a victory. I Alter the game the Reeses went to Oklahoma City and spent the ni&ht with Mrs. Reese’s parents, Mr and Mrs. R. D Gooch. Mr. Reese returned home Sunday. Mrs Reese and the children remained I the rest of the week. They vialled relatives and many places of interest in Oklahoma Qty, including Frontier City, the* Historical Buddling, and the Lincoln Park Zoo They returned home Friday afternoon. Mr and Mrs. J. B Smith and Debbie visited Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith, David and Dusty, last Monday evening. Clifford Harrell is home following several days spent in Valleyview Hospital. Mrs Douglas Smith visited Mrs. C. L. Blankenship and Mrs Clyde Avery last Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Prentis West, Nay and Stephen, attended the “get together” of relatives ; a n d friends of Mr. and Mrs. M H. Durian al W’intersmith Park Sunday a cr noon. The occasion was held in observance of Mr. and Mrs. Durbin's Golden Wedding Anniversary. Afterw ards. t h e Wests visited Mr. and Mrs. A. J Hatcher and Mrs. Earl West in Ada. Sandra. Brenda, and Gary, of Chouteau, and Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Holman and daughter. Mrs. Douglas Smith and Mrs. Gene Thomas visited Mrs. Smith’s mother. Mrs. R. L. Cope, and sister. Mrs. Geneva Latta, in Oklahoma City last Tuesday. Sandra and Patti Lee visited Nancy Fulsom Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Aric Latta and Mr. and Mrs. Gene Thomas enjoyed charcoal hamburgers at the Douglas Smith home Monday evening. Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman, Ronnie and Nancy, during the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Gene Treas and children. Weekend visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese. Jim and Patti, were Mr. and Mrs. M. J Miller and daughters, Sheila and Sandra, of Hastings, Neb. Rube Merrick of Ardmore visited Mr. and Mrs. W\ E. Jackson Monday afternoon. visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Blankenship, left Sunday for Sunray. Tex., where he has been employed as a teacher. Mickey Blankenship visited Stephen West Saturday. ! Mrs. Fletcher Reed returned Saturday from California where she has spent the past several weeks visiting relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Avery, who have spent the past several days The Ahloso Home Demonstration Club met rn the home of Mrs. Douglas Smith at Happyland Monday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting jWas called to order by the presi-, dent. Mrs. B. L. Hardin and the Devotional was given by Mrs. J. L. Evans. The program for the month was “Decorate With What You Have.” and roll call was answered by ‘.An Accessor)' I Have Seen and Liked.” A very interest-ing program was given by Mrs. Kenneth Martin on accessories for the home and dried arrangements. Miss Martha Mote also, had an interesting demonstration wi closet accessories and pictures. Refreshments (rf punch, coffee, ami cake were served by Mrs Smith to the following: Mrs. J. L. Evans, Mrs. Robert Hunter, Mrs. Bill Bowers, Mrs-. Morgan Wells, Mrs. Kenneth Martin, Mrs. Ed Sheer, Mrs. B. L. Harden, Mrs. C L. Blankenship, Mrs. Louie Washier, Mrs. J. A. Holman, Miss Martha Mote, and the(Continued on pogo two) ;