Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - June 9, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 1960
Nash Wood, Old Chickasaw Hunter Still Loves To Stalk Wild Game
By ERIC ALLEN
Up until late in the spring of that year, tag-ends of the winter storms kept coming, blowing in cold rains, flurries of hominy snow and sleet that pelleted like frigid buckshot along the valley of the South Canadian.
“That river was on a high horse too.” Nash Wood said, recalling events of his early life. “Indians couldn't cross it and get food at the stores in Konawa, even if they had any money to buy. And flooded creeks and bad weather made it hard to go anywhere elce.”
It was a hard year for white homesteader and Indian alike, with the bare-fanged wolf of hunger snarling through the dog-trots of double-log cabins and even before the doors of substantial clapboard homes.
However, for a man who had “laid in" a goodly supply o! flour, and knew how to hunt and take care of wild meat, the situation wasn't so bad.
Chickasaw Hunter Nash Wood, part-Chickasaw farmer and rancher near Byng, can look back across almost three quarters of a century of hunting.
CHICKASAW HUNTER: Nash Wood, Byng, has stalked game in the forests of Oklahoma and other states since he He was taught to hunt when he
was nine years old. He is seventy-five now and still likes to hunt as well as ever . . . and to talk about hunting, too. was a little tvke, and he has fol-
Pu,et,y a"° obligingly cinched on his cartridge belt and took his trusty rifle in hand when asked to pose for the lowed it regularly through the
camera. In the foreground are antlers of a 212-pound buck he bagged in Colorado last year. (WEEKLY Photo). years He still does it annually
Wheat Growers Advised of Quota Rates
A U.S. Department of Agriculture release through the Pontotoc County office announces a marketing quota penalty rate of $1 08 per bushel on “excess" wheat of the 1960 crop.
As directed bv law. the rate of
the marketing quota penalty Growers approved maketing Is 45 percent of the parity price q otas for the 1960 wheat crop on
per bushel of wheat as of May I Juiy 23 1939 when wheat mar-
of the calendar veal rn which the ketin£ quotas are in effect, a
crop is harvested. The current farm^r A’ho does not comply with
parity price for wheat is $2 39 the whfcat acreage allotment es-per bushel.
Pat Bullard, WEEKLY Assistant, Accepts Job with Norman Firm
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SYMBOL OF INITIATION . . . AND FAREWELL. TOO: Pat Bullard, left, wraps a rib-bon of teletype tape around Kaye Eden, right, as Kaye takes over the job of teletype the NEWS *nd a**»stant on the WEEKLY. Pat is leaving the NEWS and • u .. * Position with a newspaper firm in Norman, where her husband will fin
ish college. Kaye, a graduate of Stonewall High School, takes Pat's place this week.
(Photo by W. L. Knickmeyer).
Mrs. Pat Bullard. Ada NEWS teletype operator and assistant on the WEEKLY will terminate her employment here this week and move to Norman, where her husband. Wayne, will complete his studies in the School of Pharmacy.
Pat s job on the NEWS and WEEKLY is now in the hands of Mrs. Kave Eden, a member of the 1960 graduating class of Stonewall High School. A portion of Pat’s time during the past keek has been spent in showing Kave various features and techniques of the newspaper job.
Pat will continue in newspaper work af Norman. She has secured employment on the Norman Transcript and will work there until her husband finishes school
Pat attended grade school and all of high school at Stonewall, and graduated there in 1957 as valedictorian of her class. Before her graduation, she won the Most I seful Student award from the Frist National Bank o! Ada. After, her graduation she attended East Central State College.
On August 19. 1957. Pat became recentionist, secretary and proofreader for the Ada Evening NEWS, and remained in the em-J ployment until her marriage in. July, 1958. when she moved with her husband to Cedar Hill. Tex. While in Cedar Hill she was secretary at the First Baptist Church.
In April. 1959, she and her husband moved back to Ada. and she started work again at the NEWS as teletype operator and assistant on the WEEKLY while Wayne attended classes in pharmacy at East Central State College.
Recently her husband trans-1 ferred from East Central to the University of Oklahoma to complete his training in Pharmacy. The couple plans to live at Norman at least until he graduates.
“Working at the NEWS has been a very rewarding experience," Pat said. “I’ll miss the congenial staff and the WEEKLY correspondents, and all others with whom I’ve been associated during my stay at the NEWS."
Kaye Eden, a new' teletype operator for the NEW'S and assistant on the WEEKLY, was chosen
as All-Around girl student of Stonewall High School s 1960 graduating class. Also, she received an Honors Award for shorthand.
Kaye is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Dennis, and has lived most of her life in and around Stonewall. Her husband is Jack D. Eden, now employed by the Southwest Natural Gas Company. He plans to enter East Central this fall.
Previous to her employment at the NEWS and WEEKLY, Kaye was employed by a local law- firm.
“I’m very interested in learning this new job," Kaye said. “I believe I will enjoy working for the NEWS and WEEKLY."
One Bullet Bags 'Possum And Fat Hen
By MRS. SIMON PATTON
FRISCO — Monday morning
Anthony Minor, son of Mr. and
Mrs. A. T. Minor, looked out in
the back yard where his mother
had poured some milk in the trough for the chickens.
He saw' a possum at the chicken trough, just helping itself to* the milk.
“Come here. Dad!" Anthony yelled, “and bring the gun!"
A. T. grabbed his rifle and came running. He saw the ’possum and stopped. He took aim, fired, and the ’possum did a flip.
So did one of Mrs. Minor’s fat leghorn hens.
Mrs. Minor was on her way to the garden when A. T. called, “Mama, come here. I’m in the dog-house again."
A. T. picked up the hen and swiftly wring its head, and Mrs. Minor dressed it.
“That bullet went through the neck of the ’possum, hit a feeder and richocheted," A. T. said. He didn’t say that he might have been hungry for chicken and dumplings.
At any rate, he couldn't have done a better job had he taken dead aim at the chicken’s head.
even if he has to pack up and travel half a thousand miles to the west in order to bring down game enough to supply his household with plenty of venison steaks.
“I go out to Colorado every year when deer season opens," Wood said, gesturing to a pile of antlers under a tree near the house. He grinned, his dark eyes flashing with the shrewd insight of an old hunter. “Season opens first out there. Soon as I bag two deer, I come back home and hit the woods for the season here. That way, I get two hunts."
Wood has witnessed most all the aspects of frontier living, and in spite of his advanced years still walks erect and with the lithe step of a man born to open country. He says he has never known a real bad sick spell in his entire life. Once widely in demand by cattlemen as a roper and rider, he has worked range stock in all kinds of weather and across all sorts of wild terrain in Oklahoma since before Statehood days. He has stalked game in practically every section of Oklahoma where deer, bear, wild turkey or quail may be found.
Wild Game Plentiful
"Used to keep wild turkey hanging in my smokehouse all the time back in the old days. My wife could go in and cut off thick slices of turkey breast for breakfast. . . We had a log smoke house with plenty of room for all kinds of wild meat and good pork too. I have built many a log house myself, heaving the logs up by hand until the building got too high, then bracing up skid poles and drawing logs up one end at a time with rope."
It’s obvious, talking to Nash Wood, that his life has been filled with varied activities; but hunting seems to have furnished more pleasure for him than any oilier outdoor activity he could name Riding, roping and Indian ball games. . . he has participated in all of them. . . .but hunting ha5 been, and still is. his main forte 1
“It’s not the Indian way to killf just for sport, though," Wood said; seriously. “I kill deer to eat, and that goes for squirrel or quail or any other wild meat. No meat has flavor like wild game, not when it’s cooked up right.”
Nash Wood was born in Mississippi, in country which was once a part of the OM Chickasaw Nation East before the tribe’s i emov-
YOUNG HUNTERS: Their ancestors were hunters, and the two boys on the left are carrying the tradition on under the tutelage of their grandpa, standing beside them. Little Terry Dixon Palmer, left foreground, is just beginning to learn the fundamentals of the chase, but Tommy Earl Palmer, behind his brother, is already a veteran. Nash Wood took his grandson Tommy Earl on a big deer hunt last season. (WEEKLY Photo).
a1 to Indian Territory. His father, Wellington Wood, brought the family west when Nash was five years olcL That was long before fhe turn of the century, but much of the country was already opened to white settlement, and ownership in common among Indians of most tribes had changed to head-right allotments. Asked if the family came west by railroad, Wood smiled
^and shook his head.
“It was the slow way. . . .by wagon. My father and another [Chickasaw family made the trip together; two wagons loaded up, and driving other stock they owned I was too little to remember the trip, but I’ve been told about it. It was a long-time thing, hunting some and cooking and sleeping out ail the way.”
Wood says his father started
i farming and raising cattle nea Jhe South Canadian river, usuall running about 150 head of gang! longhorn stock on the foreste open range.
“It got to be my job. herdin cattle," Wood siad. “I starte staying in the brush with thor when I was nine years old, an didn’t quit until I wras 21. . .Ha about ten bell cows in the bund;
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QUARTER HORE LINEUP: The above photo was made as sleekly-groomed entries in the stallion halter class were
led into the arena at the Ada Fairgrounds during a portion of the East Central Quarter Horse Association show last Friday and Saturday. (WEEKLY Photo).Galley-Vanting Around The CountyVANOSS
By MRS. V. T. GASAWAY
Mrs. Bill Melton and children north of Gaar Corner spent Memorial Day with her sister and family, Mrs. Shaun Melton.
Mrs Leo McNinch and Gavle stied with Mrs. Webster of the
[Lightning Ridge community! awhile Thursday evening.
Mrs Lee Parish and Teresa of Ada spent Monday with her par-’ ents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Berger.
Mrs. Marie Cantrell and girls visited with Mrs. Roy Glasgow awhile Wednesday.
Earl Gasaway and son. Clyde of Konawa, visited in the Vernon Gasaway home awhile Thursday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Holland and children of Montrose. Colo., are visiting with Mr. and Mrs Ezra Holland. Wayne and Raymond.
Mrs. Leo McNinch and Gayle visited with Mrs. Pete Winters of
the Ahloso community awhile Sunday afternoon.
Roy Glasgow' was in Durant Saturday attending a business meeting.
Glasgow. Miss Pam Glasgow remained in the Glasgow home for an indefinite visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mustain and son Mike and Miss Pam Glasgow all of Lawton spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow and Mrs. Arkie Glasgow visited with Mrs. Vernon Gasaway and family awhile Friday evening.
Thursday morning arri Thursday afternoon. They spent the afternoon with Mrs. Clay McCause and Diane of Ada.
Mr. and Mrs Dwain Leming and boys of Sulphur spent Sunday children.
Mrs. Roy Glasgow and Mrs.! Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Platt of Arkie Glasgow shopped in Ada Norman spent the weekend with
her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mille- and Dale, also visited relatives in Ada.
Clyde Gasaway of Konawa spent Sunday visiting in the Gasaway home.
Mike Ti.fin is attending Boy Scout Camp at Camp Simpson near Bromide this week.
Teresa, of Ada visited with Mr.' visited with Mr. and Mrs. R. B. and Mrs. C. A. Berger Saturday Tiffin and Mike awhile Friday night. night.
Don Walker, stationed at Fort Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boyd
Sill with the U. S. Army, spent an(j daughter Dale Ann and Mr. the weekend with his mother, Mrs. j f r. i , ,, trt1l Essie Walker, also visited with and Mn Joe ^bnd all of OU.-
Mrs. Jean Harrison and ch,Wren homa Clty v,s,ted wlth Mrs' B 1
McCauley and boys Saturday.
Mr. and 'Irs. Lee Parish and
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow] (Continued on page tyvo)