Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - December 22, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1960
...TO EVERYONEGalley-Vanting Around The CountyAH LOSO
By KAY WEST
Mrs. Preston Sims and c h i 1-dren and Lois Sims of Moore spent the weekend in the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Sims.
Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Dustin Stout and daughters of Midwest City were also guests of the
Rev and Mrs. George Keppner
I visited Mr. and Mrs. Jess Ross I Sunday.
ily visited Mrs. Myrtle Brown in Tupelo Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Jess Ross visited Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Ross Sunday afternoon.
Joe Parks visited with W. M. Ross Thursday afternoon.
Mr and Mrs. Kenneth Martin afd family visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anvil Stout in Ada
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith attended the Ahloso—Byng basketball games at Byng Thursday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Reed. Alice and Virginia visited Mr. and Mrs.
Ed Brumley in Ada Sunday night. -
-Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ross and
Mrs. E&lie FuUscha and (am-.family and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis
Ross and family visited Mr. and I and family visited Mrs. Ida Nosh Mrs. Bob Ross Thursday night, at Lehigh Sunday.
Mrs. Luther Hodge and Ronnie and Phyllis Brown of Ada visited Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Flowers Sunday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Malloy and Mr. and Mrs. Anc Latta visited the Douglas Smiths Thursday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Espen Brashier and family of Creed, Colo., visited relatives here last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Furman Wainscott visited relatives in Shawnee Sunday.
the First Baptist Church in Ada Sunday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Espen Brashier and family of Creed. Colo., and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ross and family all visited Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ross Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Nelson
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Treas, Nancy Fulsom and Linda Bowers attended the Christmas cantata at
A. 0. Davis visited Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Ross Friday night.
len Friday afternoon between Allen and Coalgate.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman visited Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Hardin Friday night.
Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Theo Cash.
ty for employes of the Ideal Cement Company held in Ada Saturday night.
Mr. anc! Mrs. Everett Shay of Purcell visited Mr. and Mrs. Carl Watts Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith attended a basketball game at Al
Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Moore, Bill and Joe, visited relatives in Oklahoma City Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Louie Ray Mo-shier and daughters of Ada spent Saturday night with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louie Moshier .
Visitors in the Douglas Smith home Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Aric Latta, Mr. and Mrs. Gene
■ Mrs. Cecil M. Jackson visited I her sister. Mrs. Bob McNutt and family in Ada Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese at-i tended the annual Christmas par
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Young and Wanda Savage of Ada visited Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith Saturday evening.
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Buying Of Furs Makes Comeback In The County
FUR TRADE: Tho front porch of Ishmael Briscoe's ploco of business of Stonewall lookod
like that of a frontier trading post this week, with filled burlap bags much in evidence and mink, coon, civet cat and 'possum hides hanging under the roof to dry. Briscoe, left, says fur prices are on the upswing, end that Pontotoc County is full of game. The small fry, right, investigating the feel of e skunk's tail, is Timmy, Briscoe's son, aged three. (WEEKLY Photo).
Tim« was when all a country boy had to do to sack up a little money for Christmas was! to catch himself some fur.
Opossum, raccoon, red fox. ] skunk . . . you name it. Produce houses in every town in Oklahoma had a ready market for all kinds of pelts. Along about, the first of December each year, boys who were naturally in-; dined to chounce around in the woods were right in their element, and they got pretty fair pay for doing something they liked to do.
Something happened to the fur market, though, several years ago. Prices went so low that even a far-ranging country boy couldn't make enough out of the business in two month’s time to; buy himself a pair of lace-up boots. Tramping the woods and setting traps just wasn’t worthwhile at all.
So steel traps rusted in the bam. and hounds got fat and lazy and the only hunting done was strictly for sport. Then, right out of the blue this year, the cycle changed.
“Fur prices are making a comeback.’’ Ishmael Briscoe of' Stonewall said this week.! “Chances are, before too long.
the business will be booming
Briscoe is furnishing one of the few markets for pelts in Pontotoc County. Prices aren't too impressive yet. but he thinks1 they will go up steadily as demands increase.
“Must be that the United States isn’t getting so many furs from Russia.” Briscoe said. “I don’t exactly know what’s bringing the market back, but this year it’s definitely worthwhile. And a good thing about it is that Pontotoc and Coal counties are full of fur-bearing animals. Most of the furs I buy are coming from these two counties.”
Folks aren’t trapping much, though. Briscoe says. Most of his pelts come from local hunters who catch the game with dogs. And for a man or boy with a good tree dog, it’s pretty good business. Clinton Foreman, a hunter from Coalgate who sells his catch to Briscoe, made twenty-one dollars in two hours last week, and had a high time in the woods w'hile making money. Foreman caught two mink on Buck Creek near Stonewall in the comparatively short period of two hours of hunting.
“Trapping mink is pretty
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LOG RAISING: Tho above two young Indian boy* wore making the chip* fly with double-bitted axes one day this week
near their home southeast of Ada. They were raising 0 log smokehouse for storing the family1* winter meat. In pioneer times such scenes were common, but these day* they're hard to find. Irvin Walton, left, who goes to Ahloso school, is only thirteen years old, but he can swing an axe with the adroitness of an old-time mountain man. So can hie brother, J. T. Walton, right, who is fifteen and going to high school at Stonewall. (WEEKLY Photo).
Cars Mingle in Death Claims Lone Accident i rn
Mary F. Roan
A minor rear-bumping was the only traffic mishap in Ada Wed-
nesday as city police chalked up ^lOllcWUll
the 26th accident of December.
A car dfiven by Alfred K Rim-1 Mary Francis Roan, long-time brough. 46, Allen, hanged into r69”?* of Stonewall, died at Val
SALES PITCH PLAYED ITS ROLE IN PUSHING LIGHTNING ROD
USDA Committee Launches Plans In Defense Move
A four-man committee of the U. S. Department of Agriculture met Tuesday morning at the SCS office in Ada to shape up plans for civil defense on a county level.
The meeting was part of a nationwide move on the part of
Oklahoma Outdoor Council Plans Regular Publication
By W. L. KNICKMEYER ! prehensive householder could and barns,” Dave Howe, man-
Among the mysteries of mod- j°°k UP anc* comfort: ager of the Ideal Cement plant
o _____ ern yfe QQp _‘|f yoy stop to He had protection. Slim metal here, says, “But industry still
the rear of another vehicle, driv- J?? Vie* HosPlLal in Ada Satur- think R _ ^ands high on fingers trust upward from his uses them.”
en by Bobby Bruce Branch, 33, • D^^ber 17, at 7 p m. ^ jj^. property, daring the wrath of Thus, there are lightning rods
Atwood. The*smashup was at 4 13 at the a^e of 67- j What e'er happened lo light- the skles: even inviting the not only on the old stacks at
p rn. in the 200 block of East Mrs ^oan was bom November njng ^§0 dread bolt, that it might be safe- the cement plant (w'here they
Main. 10- near Monroe, La , to Joe was t^ese pr04ec. ly discharged into the ground. might be dismissed as a hang-
K im brough was charged with W* Lea<]h and Rebecka Bryant ^ve spjkes were everywhere you And in fair weather the rods, over from an earlier day) but
following too closely. Leach. She moved to Arkansas standing as tall proud 5564 Wlth gaily colored glass they have also been installed on
when very young and spent her guancijans on nearlv everv hou<*> balls, lent a decorative touch to the big new stack.
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Ned Riffle. Allen, President of Oklahoma Outdoor Council announced recently in a news release that the Council has appointed an executive secretary and editor for a monthly news letter.
Mrs. Paul Updegraff. Norman, was elected to these posts at the
Council’s annual Lake Texoma.
Mr. Biffle announces that in the future the monthly publica-1 tion “Outdoor News” will be out by the 20th of each month. The1 news letter will be mailed to all1 members of the outdoor council, both regular and associate.
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Masons Choose Oft Free To Head Lodge
Ott H. Free. Ada insurance man. will head the Masons here in 1961. He was elected Worshipful Master of Ada Lodge No. 119, AF&AM this week.
Free heads a list of ten new Mason officers who will be installed next Tuesday at 7:30 p rn. in Lodge Hall, Broadway and Twelfth.
District Judge Lavern Fishel, (Continued on page two)
The only other case in the light municipal court docket was a reekier Nedra G
childhood there. She moved to
guardians on nearly every house and bam in the country. And
the home and farmstead. Often, And Ideal Cement is not an
s driving charge against commeroe, Texas at the age of,when the dark c]ouds gathered t00' the central rod bore a outfit to invest hard cash Gale Price. 18. I (Continued on pig* two) " and the thunder rolled, the ap- weathervane (Forerunner of to- mere superstition.
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day s windsock), so that with-j Moreover, if you’ll take a look out holding up a moistened fin- at the transmission lines from ger you could tell at a glance the plant to the quarry you’ll which way the wind was blow- see that they carry four wires, ing. Three of them are “working”
Vanished | lines; the fourth, the top wire.
Thus the old days; hut no ls grounded at every second more. Now, you might cruise the P°s*- s0^e. function to guard
countryside for a full day and aga*nst lightning, never see a sign of a lightning' Also the transformer stations rod. There are still a few at the plant itself are grounded, around, to be sure, but they’re So there’s no overstatement in getting as hard to find as a set Howe’s comment on lightning: of work harness. j “We’re very conscious of it
So wTiat’s happened? Where (hectare the lightning rods of yes-: Actually there’s a perfectly teryear? Was their supposed ef- va^ scientific basis for the use
GOOD CHEER IN MINIATURE: Th* ahoy* littl* tabla scan*, an display this weak at
the county agent's office, was designed and canstructad by Martha Meta, Homa Damon-Stratton Agent, and her assistant Margaret Stattlar. Glistening Christmas trees, a tiny
fectiveness merely superstition? Has the advance of science knocked them out of the picture? Are they even being made any more? Could you get them if you wanted them? Is their evanishment the result of in-creased sophistication, in* ; creased sales resistance — or just an increased willingness to (gamble with disaster?
There are probably a number of factors involved in the disappearance. But one that can be ruled out in a hurry is the idea
of lightning rods. They’re just as effective now as they were in 1752 w'hen old Ben Franklin made his first one; modern electrical theory only confirms that effectiveness.
For a quick explanation, go to Harral Allen, former science teacher and still an enthusiastic radio ham, who’s been noodling around with electrical matters for quite a W’hile.
“Electricity.” Allen says, -starting at the bottom of the ladder for you, “is simply the
church surrounded by snow, a welcoming doorway beyond a walk which could only ba that the rods were ineffective. I ^ow ®i®ctrons. Mhen theie s trodden by elfin feet ... its design sparks a foaling af lively good cheer. (WEEKLY “I don’t know what happened a superfluity of electrons in one
° ___ _ 1the ^toning rods on houses! (Continued an page two)
REHEARSAL: Such scenes as th* above war* being enacted throughout th* country this weak as rural and city grade
schools prepared for Christmas programs. This picture was taken as children at Francis school settled down on stage in the auditorium for a bit of rehearsal before th* play that was held there Thursday. Mrs. Judy Smith, extreme right, intermediate teacher et Francis, is directing her pupils in a Nativity scene. (WEEKLY Photo).