Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - December 29, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1960
William McKinley, Old-Time Country Blacksmith Built Farm W agons For Settlers During Frontier Days
BLACKSMITH—-William Luther McKinley of Midland has kept a good farm blacksmith shop at his place for years on end, and still does much of his own work when the occasion arises. He came to Oklahoma from Arkansas before the turn o the century, and has spent much of his life building strong farm wagons. In his young days, he says, he
ii" » ont wa9°n • day# complete with spokes, hub and felloes and a tight-fitted new iron tire.—(NEWS
Sharecropper Is Wounded By Gunshot
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -An evicted Negro sharecropper, asleep in a tent in this racially tense county’s “tent city,” was wounded early today by a shot from a passing car, Negro leaders said.
| Sheriff C. E. Pattat could not be reached. He was reported out on an investigation and unavailable for an indefinite period.
The Rev. June Dowdy, a vice president of the Fayette County Civic and Welfare League, said Early B. Williams was wounded
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By ERIC ALLEN
William Luther McKinley can look back today across the span of time and see plain in his mind a bright Christmas morn-ning of seventy-odd years ago.
He was just ten years old at tile time, but he was filled with a manly pride. There, just outside the doorway of his father’s blacksmith shop was a shiny new wagon.
During that floatier period, a brand-new wagon at Christmastime was the answer to every hill boy’s dream.
This wagon was different, though. It wasn’t store-bought. It was complete from iron-tired wheels to fancy spring-seat. and neatly painted, but young William McKinley had built it with his own hands.
It wasn’t a full-size farm wagon, hut it was built to scale and looked ready ^.for a yoke of oxen or a strong mule team. It was the first real wagon with rocking-bolsters, bed and spring-seat that William had ever built.
He had tinkered with makeshift rolling stock, of course, since he was knee-high to a turkey gosling . . . little play-like contraptions made from lids of emptied old axle - grease cans. He had even made the so-called “log wagons” . . . small low-cut deals with a pegged-in sapling for a coupling pole and sawn-off round blocks of trees for wheels. It seemed like William McKinley was a kid that was always! inclined toward the making of something to haul things on. but, this spanking new wagon with tile strong spoked wheels was' the real McCoy.
It was destined to stall William off on a long career of; spare-time wagon building.
Tools Of The Trade
William McKinley and his wife, Annie Elizabeth, live in a ^ neatly-kept home on the site of what was once a thriving country village in Pontotoc County. They call it Old Midland now. It s a quiet little community of a few scattered homes on the edge of the newer settlement of Vanoss.
William still has a wellequipped blacksmith shop at his place, and still does some work there, but he doesn’t attempt to make wagons anymore. He and his wife are still active, and stay busy about the place most of the time, but the making of wagons is too hard a project for an ,83 year old man.
1 But the making of farm wagons to sell to friends and neighbors has taken up much of
his time since he got in the business way back in Territorial days. He has done all the work with his blacksmith and carpentry tools: a forge, hammer and saw’s and wood planes and drawing knives. He ha> them all, and like himself they’re mostly retired. but still capable of getting the job done when occasion I arises. And for William McKinley, looking at the “tools of his trade” brings back lots of memories. He can stand in his blacksmith shop and tell you the story of his family reaching back as long as 150 years ago.
William McKinley was born in Sevier County, Arkansas, three miles west of DeQueen in the year 1877. His early boyhood was .spent on land that was first settled up by his grandparents when they came to the United States from England not long after tile War of 1812.
William refers to his .English-boni grandparents as Grandpa and Grandma Little. They crossed tile Atlantic by old sail-ship, and Grandma often told William of the danger involved, and about the way those who died on the trip were. buried at sea.
“The .spring where Grandpa and Grandma Little settled is still in the railroad round-liouse i at DeQueen.” William said. “They raised their family there, and owned the land that the town was later built on. I don’t know! whether tliey brought the money from England or not, but they were wealthy. They owned lots of slaves when the Civil War broke out.”
William McKinley likes to tell an interesting and moving story I about his Grandpa Little during the hard times of the Civil War.
“Grandpa got to missing some corn out of his crib, and one night he took a gun and settled down at the bara, hoping to; catch the thief. It was dark and cold. and Grandpa sat there waiting, and he finally heard the noise of someone slipping inside the crib.
“It was too dark to see the man. but Grandpa recognized
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THEY KEEP BUSY—William McKinley and his wife Annie Elizabeth have sided each other for sixty-odd years, and they still team up to do chores and other jobs about the place. Above they're moving a pile of bricks from the side yard near their house. Everything about their home at Midland is efficient and neatly-kept.—(NEWS Staff Photo).
Exemption Forms Go Out To Home Owners
Applications for homestead exemptions will be mailed to approximately 3.000 Ada home owners Friday, according to County Assessor Frank Jared.
Jared said Tuesday his office will start accepting applications January 3. Full details on the process for claiming exemptions are available on the sheets to be mailed.
Rural home owners who wish to claim homestead exemption must do so by going to Jared’s office.
The County Assessor also set the following dates for visiting towns in the county for assessment purposes: Roff (Jan 17-20);
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Local Lawmen Find Reefer Cache Here
A cache of raw marijuana, valued at about $5,000. was discovered Saturday by Ada lawmen who acted on an anonymous tip to dig up the valuable weed at an undisclosed point in Pontotoc County.
The marijuana was enclosed in a 10-gallon can. The can was buried somewhere in the county, according to County Attorney Pat Holman.
Holman received a tip on the whereabouts of the can Friday.
‘He and Trooper H. T. Gay of th< ' Oklahoma Highway Patrol search cd for it Friday, but were unabl< ; to find it.
Then. Holman asked the South I west Natural Gas Company fo; , help. Leon Scroggins, an employ! of the gas company, used a “pip< finder” machine to locate tin cache.
“The going rate for this stuff ii about $250 for a half-gallon,” Hoi man noted. “That’s what on<
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S T^R*K!iT: .The ab0VLe fine »obb,er °" Howard Baker's shoulders managed to dodge the pet at Thanksgiving, but not at Christmas. Two days before Thanksgiving
wood*9 a or t Ypma|?ar l° ti th4? C00#p at.the Baker home "ear Byng and vanish in the u ti CreIk* Hunting for him proved fruitless until just two days before
and J aun nd uu.tWOx broth*r*' Rolland, left, and Glen, right, took dog,
410 fl0bb!er fr!m h,s wild roost th* One shot from a
* 900 l3\d ?J>bb,er ,0W’ Th* br°tbers are shown as they appeared e ong a country road last Friday, toting the gobbler home. (WEEKLY Photo).
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WINTER HARVEST: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Tyler, Route 3, Ada, were pulling peanuts off the vine right out in the field
one day last week lust before the cold spell struck. Seems to prove that December has had some fickle weather
XU ?y.IUr#hmt • * ; day,$ of r.a.m' 50,d and even snow* Mrs* Ty,er said theV h°P®d to "thresh out" the peanuts eft rn the field, but next day after this picture was taken, all the shocks except one were still standing. It was too cold for opon-fiold hervosting. (WEEKLY Photo).Galley-Vanting Around The County
By KAY WEST
Ylflftsog kl the home of Mr. and Mrs, C. L. Blankenship this week are their children. Jeral Lee Blankensbdp of Almagardo. N. M.. aud Barbara Blankenship of Tulsa.
Major and Tony, Wiggins, Colo., | arrived Saturday morning to spend the holidays with her parents, Mr. ami Mrs. Douglas i Smith, and his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Collins, Konawa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ruins Clifton of Moore visited during the week end wit* his parents, Mr, and Mrs. John Clifton and Diana.
Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reese during tile weekend were her parents. Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Gooch of Oklahoma City
and Mrs. Stephen. were Mr. lace and City. Mr. and Jane and Mrs. of Dallas.
Prentis West, Kav and during the holidays and Mrs. Terry Wal-Mark of Oklahoma and Mrs. Tip Mayfield of Ardmore, and Mr. Joe Gordon and Jean
Mr. Mrs. Joe Coigns
Mrs. Barney Mrs. Bradshaw day night.
Visiting in die
Abbott in Ada,
home of Mr.
Christmas Day visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith, David and Dusty, were Mr. ami Mrs. Joe Collins, Major and Tony, of Wiggins, Colorado. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Thomas of Ada. and Mr. and Mrs. Wendell
Winn and Mike of Stratford.
Mr. and Mrs. W. C. McCrary am, family of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Hice of Ada visited Mr. and Mrs. Charley Flanagan and family, Saturday night. They a’so had as their guests Christmas Day Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Black and children of Ada.
and children of Oklahoma City. Mr. and Mrs. James Abbott and children of Tulsa, and Floyd
Mrs. Wesley Harrell and Mrs.
Rosie Harrell ot Hobbs, N. M.,
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Harrell of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs.
Doyle Cheatham and daughter of Elmore and Mr. and Mrs. Lus-Okemah. Mr. and Mrs. Gene*ter Elmore of Oklahoma City Sanders and family, and Mr. | visited during the weekend in and Mrs. Leonard Weddle and the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bar-
Mrs. R. L. Cope in the Douglas Smith home, last Thursday aft-1 ternoon.
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Mrs. Mamie Stever and Mrs.
Helen Johnson of Oklahoma City s were dinner guests in the Robert Reese home Christmas Dav.
ship and family, Mickey. Jearl Lee, and Barbara visited Mrs. j Blankenship’s parents, Mr. andi Mrs. W. E. Miller in Ada Sunday.
Murray Medcalf, Richard and Elsie.
Visiting in the home of Mrs. Clifford Harrell, Paul Wayne and Kay during the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. John Gray and family of Dallas, Tex., Mr. and
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brashier Rev and Mrs- George Rep-
and Mark of Houston, Tex., vis- P"er' K,i\and *"■■£.»* visit-. , , . , ring relatives in Illinois this
lied during the weekend with week
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Massey.
Mr. and Mrs. Junior Abbott
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Latta anc. Lucy of Lafayette, La., visited
Harold and Paul Fallis of Oklahoma City visited Mr. and Mrs. Joe Collins and children at the Douglas Smith home Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. John Clifton and Diana visited Mrs. Clifton’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Scott at Reagan. Sunday. Sunday night they visited Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Clifton, also of Reagan.
John Eddie Ross, who teaches in Colorado, in spending the holidays here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Al vis Ross.
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Ma visited her mother, Mrs. E Mitchell in Okmulgee, Sund
Betty Medcalf of Galveston,
- Tex., visited during the holidays
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Blanken-,with her parents, Mr; and Mrs.*
Mr, and Mrs. Dolph Treas of Ft. Towson spent Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Treas.
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