Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - August 25, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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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 ’ - - - -
Jury Finishes Investigations
By W. L. KNICKMEYER
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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 „
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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
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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.
‘ 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.
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
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
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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
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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).
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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)