Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - July 28, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JULY 28, 1960
Ex-RidersHorseshoe Recount Stories of Famous Ranch
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History of Ranch Began On Chickasaw Indian Land
By ERIC ALLEN
The riders had traveled for several days on the trail through the Indian Nations, pushing the big herd northward with the rising of each day’s sun. Behind were the plains of Texas, the river that had stained their horses red, and the first scattered Indian settlements.
It was pleasant to halt at last on the r ange they had leased from Chickasaws—a rolling expanse of stirrup-high grass in the heart of the limestone country.
Such was the picture before the tur n of the century, when the famous Horseshoe Ranch was first started in the southwestern corner of what is now Pontotoc
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Saddle Partners “My brother Harve helped up from Texas—that was in 1904
A six-thousand acre portion of drive the first herd up from Tex- — the Santa Fe was running the once sprawling cattle empire as> Griffis said. “Harve was fif- through Davis, and cattle were is now property of C. C. Buxton. teen at the time, and that was shipped in and unloaded, and we Ada. From the present owner's pretty young for a kid to strike drove them on to Horseshoe Ranch talk, ifs abvious he knows history out for the Indian Nations, but he from there.” of the ranch about as well as any- liked the bosses he was working By that time. Horseshoe was a one. but he preferred to turn over I°r When the outfit moved to the vast cattle spread whose brand to older men the chore of recount- Chickasaw Nation, Harve mount-, was as familiar as the A B C’s in ing events of earlier years on the ®d up and came along too.” every packing house in the land. Horseshoe. Those were the days when a; Ranch Manager
And history of the big outfit cowhand’s shelter in the Indian Will Brents, manager of Horse-comes alive with an epic sweep country was likely to be a three- shoe for several years before and in the talk of such men as Will faced log hut or a wagon tarp after statehood, was bom in Tex-Brents, former Horseshoe mana- stretched on the leeward side of as and came to the Indian Ter
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ger, and two old-time saddle part- a thicket. Transportation rested ners with the same first names— solely in riding stock, buggies or Clay Griffis and Clay Jones. wagons. Railroads hadn’t yet laid Jones and Griffis made it a down their bands of steel across point to get together for some re- the Chickasaw Nation. When cat-miniscing, and their talk cover- fie were moved, they had to go ed just about everything from the on the boof. establishment of Roff and Horse- Some Longhorns
shoe Ranch to personalities of
ritory in 1901. He said the big ranch changed hands several times after the turn of the century. He started managing the spread when the Norris family owned it. Norris, Brents said, ran principally steers, and it w-as part of the manager’s job to travel in
First Trail Herd
“And cows were just cows in Texas and the Choctaw country those days,” Griffis' said. “That buyin8 steers to send back t<
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The first Texas herd of any thing from Texas longhorns on up ^ve §rass-consequence was pushed onto the the line to Herefords and Hoi- ‘T used ta buy lots of steers ii site of present Horseshoe by the stein. Trout and Lindsey trailed Atoka.” Brents recalled. “Ow late M. L. (Matt) Trout and J.M. them out of Gainesville in Cooke >’ear tbere I selected and purchas (Judge) Lindsey. According to County. Texas, driving them in ec* 1100 bead and shipped then the 76-year-old Griffis, that was the daytime and bedding them back t0 Horseshoe. We didn’t hav<
HEADQUARTERS OF HORSESHOE RANCH: Pontotoc County, once a portion of the old Chickasaw Nation, was compdra.iveiy unsettled country when the famous Hor»thn»'
Ranch was established on the site above. First owners of Horseshoe leased range from Indians, and by the time of Statehood had built the spread up until it was a sprawling MOO?
acre domain of native grass and cattle. A huge commissionary that served 80-odd families in the area was built before the turn of the century on the site of present Horslsh^’ headquarters. C. C. Buxton, Ada, now owns the ranch.—(WEEKLY Photo). present Horseshoe
“crnr^-Oren Phillips Wins In Close Sheriff Race
noon uJ II. I U L b‘L9 *tock«rf*«d«»’ the Ada Livestock Auction was going full blast Friday after-
ftetr* rn * WcW c ?!° "A* tak®" Th« ring is shown jam-packed with thirty-three head of yearling
in? hr!!2! • sr Gregory, School at Shawnee. The whole herd went to a buyer from Columbia, Missouri. Buyers
and breeders representing a big cross-section of the nation were on hand at the sale.—(WEEKLY Photo)
Oren Phillips was elected sheriff of Pontotoc County Tuesday in one of the closest elections in county history. The incumbent lawman edged challenger Burl Griffin by 13 votes out of almost 6.000 cast in the runoff primary.
Griffin said Wednesday morning he will probably seek a recount. The official totals are: 2.951 votes for Phillips and 2,938 for Griffin. Veteran political observers here said it was the second closest election ever held in the county.
If Griffin applies for a recount of the ballots, he must do so before Thursday noon. He said Wednesday morning “we will probably ask for a recount.” How-ever. the decision was apparently not definitely made at that time.
The tension was high at the headquarters for the county election board Tuesday night as the 56 precincts and absentee ballots were tallied.
The race was close all the way, but it became a virtual standoff when the late city box-es reported.
Griffin led most of the way. but Phillips overtook him with nine
boxes to go. It was nip-and-tuck then until the Lula box was the only one un-reported.
With just one box to go, Griffin led by 14 votes. The Lula officials made it to the courthouse at 8:40 p. rn., some 20 minutes after the other precincts were in.
When the Lula tabulation was placed on the tally sheet, it put Phillips in front by the bare 13-vote margin. He received 35 votes in Lula, compared to 8 for Griffin.
Griffin, former deputy to Bill Broadrick. made his strongest showing in the southern portions of the county and in Ada’s Ward Four. Ward One of Ada was about even. Phillips carried every box in Ward Two. The candidates divided the Ward Three precincts and Griffin swept Ward Four.
In the rural precincts. Griffin received his biggest margin at Frisco <46-4' and Fittstown (161-22). his home arqas. Phillips was strongest in Homer < 118-25 >, Allen’s two precincts (277-148' and Conway (67-8 >.
There were few decisive votes, however, as most precincts had split decisions. For example, the vote in W3-P4 of Ada was 38-37' and no more than nine votes! separated the two aspirants in four of the five precincts of Ward
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EX-RIDERS FOR HORSESHOE: The above two former cowhands, now retired and living in Ada, had just finished recounting the history of Horseshoe Ranch wnen this picture was taken. Clay Jones, left, is a former cattle buyer for Horseshoe. He worked for George Armstrong, who took over operation of the ranch in 1910. Clay Griffis, right, started riding for Horseshoe in 1904, and knows History of the ranch dating back to the 1890's.—(WEEKLY Photo).Galley-Vanting Around The County
Bv MRS. LOIS CLIFFORD
Mr and Mrs, Ben Johnston vii ited Monday night with Mr, an Mrs Paul Johnston.
Ronnie Rowe of Tupelo, David Fortner. John Clifford and J D Reed visited Monday with Ron and Charles Hill of Tupelo
1 or. was also a visitor rn her son’s home.
Ovaries went swimming at the Wintersmith Pool Thursday. He
returned home with his aunt. Mrs. Polk Cross,
Mrs. Lois Clifford. Donnie and Rennie came home from Ada with Mrs. Cross.
Mrs. Clifford and children visited with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brooks, Ada,
in Sulphur. Charles is a senior student at Tupelo High School School started Monday, July 25.
visi*«d Wednesday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brooks.
with them. He had been helping his granddad plow his crops.
Mr*.. Polk ( toss. Car! Hi: and diaries Brooks son of Mr and son Charles ate dinner Thursday Mrs Greer Brooks, returned to th Mr. and Mrs. james Hill. his home Thursday after working Ada. Mrs. Dale Hill, their moth- for his brother who runs a dairy
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston. Peggy and Dave) and Mrs. Sam
Johnston, Tony and Carolyn. Ada. went to Stratford Thursday to get peaches to can. Mrs. Sam Job iston and children came home with the Ben Johnstons to help wi.h the canning. Sam came Thursday night to take his wife arri children home.
Mr. and Mrs. James Warren
and children. Corsicana. Tex., visited from Wednesday until Saturday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bo s Wooley. They also attendcri the Missionary Baptist revival at Lula and sang a special song.
Davey Johnston ate dinner with Dickie Clifford Saturday.
Donald Brooks arri Burtis William; had supper Thursday night with Burtis’s parents. Mr. and Mrs. Charley Williams.
Karen Johnston of Stonewall «pent a few days last week with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Pa i Johnston. Karen is five. Her younger sisters. Betty ard Diane, spent Thursday night with their grandparents.
Johnston. Edgar Cross and his grandson. Roger Massey. Centra-homa. visited Sunday with Mrs. D R. Clifford.
brother and sister-in-law'. Mr and Mrs. Benny Byrd from New Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen McGuire. Billy, Sharon and Glenda, Ada.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wofford. Karen and Darlene, Ada. visited Thursday with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brooks They took their son Willis home
lr. and Mrs. Donald Brooks. Linda and Diane, Ada, spent Friday night v/ith his parents. Mr and Mrs. Walter Brooks.
Debra Clifford at* dinner Saturday with the Walter Brooks.
The rain we have been getting is just fine, but Saturday we got hail and rain too. There was some damage done to Paul Johnston's cotton.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Johnston. Tony and Carolyn of Ada, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Johnston and Davey and Warren Scott. Ada, went to Lake Texoma Sunday.
M**s. Roy Johnston, Larry and Betsy, Mrs. Buck Sweat and Mrs. Worley Hokett attended the countywide H. D. Club picnic at Wi tersmith Park in Ada Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brooks. Linda and Diane. Ada, Ronald and Charles Hill, Tupeio, Davey
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hill, Ron, Charles and Donald visited Saturday night with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Byrd of Stonewall. They also visited with her4
Gail and Dama Jo Dennis are
speeding this week visiting in Oklahoma City with their aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Cal Howerton.CENTER
By MRS. RAE GARRETT
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ethridge of Stratford called on Mrs. Rae Garrett Thursday. They had started to Ada to the REA meeting and stopped to see if she would go with them. She hurried and went a’ong. They are old time friends so they had a real good visit.
Paula Tucker spent Sunday afternoon with Sondra Garrett.
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