Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - May 12, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma
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Handicapped Stonewall Woman Discovers Her Talent For Art
Combined With The Ado Times-Democrat ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, MAY 1^1960 lo Pages
PLUCKY ARTIST: Mrs. C. R. Pace, Stonewall, is improving rapidly now after a four
year battle with arthritis, a.id is able occasionally to show her paintings, which hang on the walls of her home. The paintings were done while she was confined in bed. (WEEKLY Photo by Erie Allen).
GROWTH OF TALENT: The above portrait, done by Mrs. Pace from a tin-type picture
of the 1880's, is a likeness of her mother, a serious-faced little girl dressed in blue. The portrait is one of several Mrs. Pace has painted during her crippling illness, many of them done from memory. (WEEKLY Photo).
By ERIC ALLEN
“When I was sick and lay abed and had two pillows at my head and all my toys around me lav to keep me happy all the day.’*
Thus begins the familiar poem which for the past four years has inspired the life of a courageous Stonewall mother.
She is Mrs. C. R. Pace, mother of three, who until a month ago has been bedfast and almost helpless with arthritis. The astonishing thing about her story is that in spite of her terrible handicap during the four-year period, Mrs. Pace has developed an innate but previously unknown talent for painting.
Now lining the walls of the Pace residence in Stonewall are scores of beautiful landscapes, still-life paintings, portraits and even examples of modern abstract art. All the paintings have been done while Mrs. Pace la> bedfast and in great pain. They hang as inspiring symbols of the courage of a woman who has performed a great feat in spite of a crippling illness.
“If it hadn't been painting it would have been something else, though," Mrs. Pace said Friday. “I was determined not to give up . . . It s strange, though. As a child, I used to read that poem and think how wonderful it would be to lie abed and do things . . . just dream and work with my hands.”
Mrs. Pace, before she became helplessly crippled, designed dresses, and when arthritis threatened to stifle her creative impulse — when she couldn’t get out of bed and sit at a sewing machine — she turned ti painting. Her first paintings were done with left-over portions of sign-paint, house paint, enamel and fingernail polish, and looking at them today you will sense her native feeling for composition and effective depth and form.
And you will look at them with increasing amazement as Mrs. Pace’s story unfolds. The pictures were painted with hands so crippled and helpless with arthritis that the artist had to use rubber bands around her fingers in order to hold the brush.
Some days, Mrs. Pace says, her right elbow wouldn’t bend at all and she was powerless to use her right hand. On those days, resolutely, she painted with her left, while propped up in bed on pillows.
“You should have seen my bedsheets," Mrs. Pace said, laughing quietly. “Paint splattered everywhere . . . such a terrible mess!"
During her illness Mrs. Pace has had a housekeeper, Mrs. Ruth Cole. The most recent painting finished by Mrs. Pace is a surprisingly good likeness of Mrs. Cole done in oils, and it is obvious that Mrs. Cole is very pleased.
“I’ve taken care of Mrs. Pace for a long time," Mrs. Cole said. “I know, better than anyone else, the courage she has shown. And her paintings . . . look at these . . . I know they’re good.”
Mrs. Pace’s artistic efforts range from landscapes to difficult caricatures and abstract designs, and even an interesting self-portrait as she looked when she was seventeen years old. Once, when she knew a daughter was coming to visit her, Mrs. Pace painted and framed four miniature coun
try scenes between noon and 4:00 p.m.
Mrs. Pace is out o bed now, improving rapidly, and while showing you from room to room and pointing out her first efforts at painting, she will say, ‘‘They’re nothing. Absolutely nothing . . nothing at all." But you look at the paintings and know instinctively that they have an enduring value as symbols of courage, and that they were also a springboard for her later beautiful works of art.
An intriguing part of Mrs. Pace’s work with oils is her ability to do, from memory, almost incredible reproductions of places she saw before becoming bedfast four years ago. One of these paintings hangs on the wall of her living room, and will be instantly recognized by anyone who has visited the Civil War battleground at Prairie Grove, Arkansas. Her painting is a beautiful likeness of the Latta House which stands at Prairie Grove in the newly-restored Battlefield Park.
Mrs. Pace saw the house on a trip through the Western Ozark Mountains before she became stricken with arthritis. She painstakingly reproduced the old cabin in oils just as she remembered it. She also has a painting in oils of an Ozark dwelling and surroundings where she and her husband lived for a brief time several years ago.
"I moved the creek closer to the house, though," Mrs. Pace said, smiling. “I thought it made the picture look better . . . But the house is just as I remember it."
One of Mrs. Pace’s most interesting paintings is of her mother as she was in childhood ... a serious-faced little girl dressed in blue. Mrs. Pace painted the portrait from an old tin-type picture of her mother made in the 1880’s.
Mrs. Pace and her husband have lived in Stonewall for 16 years.
They have two daughters, one in New York and the other in Houston, Texas, and a son, Charles, w'ho will graduate from Stonewall High this year. Mrs. Pace doesn’t have to worry about materials to paint with now. Her daughter in New York sends canvases and paints and other equipment regularly. Her children, Mrs. Pace says, take possession of her best paintings as soon as she gets them finished. However, Mrs. Pace has scores of landscapes, portraits and still-life paintings, many of | them mounted in good frames and others as yet unmounted. She has I made no effort to sell her paintings, but recently people have been dropping in from surrounding towns to admire them.
Just how Mrs. Pace's art will stand up under exper* appraisal is as yet unknown. Only time and wider recognition will show that. But however things turn out along (that line is at this time seemingly beside the point. To a layman her paintings are beautiful in inspiring, tangible examples of a courage which has refused to accept defeat in the face of such terrible odds.
Pontotoc County Job Chances Better in April
Job opportunities in Ada and Pontotoc County increased during the month of April, A. 0. Pense, manager of the local office of the Oklahoma State Employment Service, reports.
The local office received 208 job openings during April as compared to 139 for March. The office referred 219 applicants to these openings and placed 192 compared To 164 referrals and 121 placed in March.
There were about 25 fewer new applications for work in April and the active file decreased about 50 from the previous month.
Other activities of the local office included counseling interviews being conducted for 20 applicants to help them make a suitable vocational choice. Tests were administered ot 30 individuals to help in choosing a line of work or in measuring their proficiency in a line of work already trained for. Through the counseling and testing program 23 handicapped applicants were placed during April.
Unemployment as represented by claims for unemployment compensation decreased about 30 per cent from March 1960.
Church Members Redecorate Pastor's Home
A facelifting is in process at the First Baptist Church parsonage at Stonewall. Members of the church and the pastor, Rev. Mack Caffey, are meeting as often as possible to redecorate the inside of the parsonage and paint the exterior.
Monday night a group of the members papered the living room, dining room and hallway with rose pink printed paper. A partition had been removed to make the living room and dining room one area.
The group worked until 12:30 a m. to complete the job and clean the house.
Those working were Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Winton, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Bullard and Jimmy, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Patton, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Ganus, Mr. and Mrs. Boda Hisaw and Shirley, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. King, Carol and Aletta, Mr. and Mrs. William Shellen-berger, Austin King and Rev. Mack Caffey.
The pastor's wife and two children are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harrigan, Houston, Tex.
AFTER THE TORNADO: Clyde Kendall, left, and Willis Sutton, right, help O. A. Sutton, center, repair a torn-down fence. In the background is O. A. Sutton's home, which was wrecked during the Oil Cetner tornado. (WEEKLY Photo).
Strange Incidents Reported After Oil Center Tornado
People in the Oil Center community this week have obviously quelled much of the shock caused by the recent tornado and are hard at work clearing the rubble and repairing damaged homes. During the weeks ahead, clean-up crews, carpenters and electricians —and the healing hand of nature —should cover most signs of the damage so swiftly done.
The violent onslaught of the elements last Wednesday night, however, will not soon be lost to mind. Neither will the odd, freakish incidents which happened during the storm.
Things like a 210-barrel capacity tank of oil being wrenched from its moorings and hurled almost a mile through space above the rolling hills.
Or a storm cellar being completed just before the tornado— except for the timbers of step-forms which blocked the entrance and thus forced a family to endure the havoc of a home disintegrating about their heads.
came through the fury of the tornado unharmed.
Or things like a dollar bill lying on a table before the storm and still lying in the same place afterwards, on an undisturbed table on the floor of a room whose
Or a bucking barrel for the walls had been swept away by training of rodeo riders, undented*wind.
on its cable after the tornado, Stories like the above, told by hanging serenely between two Oil Center residents who witness-trees whose limbs were twisted ed the storm, will perhaps be-off and flung into. infinity along come part of the community’s with the wreckage of a demolish- lore.
ed home. The oil tank, according to A.
Or the fortitude of a youth who, O. Sutton and his brother, Wil-shelterless and running with the was property of Booth and avid breath of the tornado at Spencer. The tank was carried so his heels, flung himself at the . *** °rig,nal anchor, it
base of a small cedar tree and took the. c°mPany several hours grasped it. The youth flattened out It0 trace 11 *own-
there, hugging the cedar tree, and
Girl Places In Money At State Broiler Show
Charlotte Shope, Francis 4-H club member, placed in the money with her exhibit in the stcte broiler show and contest held Wednesday at Muskogee.
Charlotte’s birds came in fourteenth in a field of 256 entries in the junior division of the show, winning an extra $10 award for her. Cash prizes were given for the first 15 places.
Four other local 4-H members placed in the "blue" group: Jerry Fredericks, Jimmy Fredericks, Buddy West and Don Yeargan. Placing in the “red" group were Mike Tiffin, James Morrow, Bill
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ALMOST COMPLETED: H. R. Henderson points out the doorway of the Cox cellar at Oil Center, where the timbers of step-forms blocked entrance during last week's storm. Henderson was constructing the cellar, and had to leave the step-forms in place overnight so the freshly-poured cement would dry. (WEEKLY Photo).
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By MRS. CHRIS PEDERSEN
Bob Marble of Ada spent Mother's Day with his mother, Mrs. Dora McGee.
Miss Susan Price also was a guest in the Floyd home. The girls enjoyed a morning shopping for gifts for their mothers.
Steve Kasmir spent Friday night with Mike Pedersen.
Saturday night and Sunday guests in the Pedersen home were Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pedersen of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. j John Pedersen. Arlene and Linda of Midwest City, Miss Paula Jean Brassington of Midwest City, Miss Pat Martin and Jim Pedersen of Midwest City. Sunday visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gentry and sons David and Tony of Stratford and Bob Marble of Ada.
Mrs. Marjorie Martin visited with your correspondent Friday morning
Miss Sherry Pedersen spent Friday night with Miss Jan Floyd of Ada. I
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Martin, Pat, Marion and Arbs visited Mr. Martin’s sister and family the McNeils, of Galey Sunday. Sunday afternoon they attended the baccalaureate for the Vanoss seniors. Marion sang.
College. He is the son of your correspondent.
Mike, Jim’s younger brother, was 5th individual wnner and his team placed 7th this year. The team consists of Mike. Frankie Benton, Johnny Hoosier and Gary Moore. Instructor is Pat Gallup.
in Seoul, Korea for 13 months, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. B. I. McCauley and children.
-C. A. Berger. -
Paul Parker was ill Monday but is feeling some better now.
Mrs. Dora McGee got word her daughter. Margaret Barnes, was soon to pay her a visit from Pasadena, Calif.
Jim Pedersen won first place at the National pasture and range judging contest held recently at Oklahoma City. This was the .second time Jim has won first in the contest Two years ago Jim. then a student at Vanoss, won fist place individual winner and the FFA Chapter also won first.
In the recent contest. Jim entered in the adult class. He is now a student at Central State
People from this community are in sympathy with those who lost their homes and were injured at Oil Center and rejoice with them that there were no lives taken.VANOSS
By MRS. V. T. GASAWAY
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis and son Earl of Oklahoma City spent the weekend with Mrs. Nettie Childers.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Childers and Valerie Sue of Hamburg, Iowa spent a week visitng his mother, Mrs. Nettie Childers and other relatives of Vanoss and Oklahoma City.
-Sunday afternoon visitors in the
Eulas Jones visited with Wal- Vernon Gasaway home were Mr. ter Leech, Barton Williams and and Mrs. Clifford Miller and Dale Raymond Holmes, all (rf Mays- of Ada and Mr. and Mrs. Glen
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow and Pam visited with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gasaway awhile Friday night.
I got a card from my son Paul. He was in Honolulu. Mawaii. He said he would be in San Francisco by Tuesday and hoped to be home by Sunday. Paul has been
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Glasgow visited with Mr. and Mrs. England Davis and children awhile Sunday night
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Gasaway and Mother’s Day visitors in the Clyde of Konawa spent Thursday home of Mrs. Mary Ragland were
with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gasa- Mr and Mrs Walter Wilkerson
arid Mrs. Bernice Scott, all of
Pauls Valley, Mr. and Mrs. Pick Miss Myra Nell Garrett of the Ragland of Oklahoma City. Mr. Bebee community spent Wednes*and Mrs. Earl Hodges, Ada, and
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Burleson of
Mr. and Mrs. England Davis and children were in Enid Sunday on business.
Mrs. Roy Glasgow visited with Mrs. Geneva McCullar awhile Monday afternoon.
Roy Glasgow was in Durant Saturday attending a business meeting.
day night with Mary Jo Gasaway.
Mr. and Mrs, Lee Parish and Tresa of Ada spent Mother’s Day
Mrs. Eulas Jones visited with Mr. and Mrs. Jolen Keeze at Wa- Miss Pam Glasgow of Lawton nette awhile Saturday. She also spent the weekend with Mr. and visited with Mr. and Mrs. Bud Mrs. Roy Glasgow. Others visit-Baker at Maysville. ing jn the Gasgow home Sunday
7 were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Mustain
Mr. and Mrs. Miles McCauley and Mike and Mrs. Arkie Glas-and children of Ft. Worth spent gow, all of Lawton. Miss Pam the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. Glasgow returned home with
N. D. McCauley and Mr. and them.
Robert Melton, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Melton, fell last Sunday striking his head on a sharp object and cutting it. Two stitches had to be put in the wound.
Mr. Cleamon Stone, agriculture teacher, visited Tommy Gasaway awhile Monaay. The FFA class is trying to get the tractors all ready to plant a patch of cotton for a FFA project.OAKMAN
By ILA PEVEHOUSE
I’m glad to be able to write the items again this week after spending such a hectic week with all the stormy weathe. and tragedy happening to neighboring communities and friends.
I think from all reports that nearly everyone in this community was in cellars both Wednesday and Thursday nights .I haven’t heard of anyone being injured or ill due to the storms but some slight damage was done.
Mr. and Mrs. John Brassfield’s west window blew completely out, and site reported that they had to buy a new frame and window complete to put back in its place.!
Several houses have shingles blown off and there will probably
be quite a bit of roof repairing going on around here.
I would like to extend my sympathies to those of Oil Center and other places who were injured or received damage from the tornadoes. We of the Oakman community all feel very lucky.
I heard a report that Mr. and Mrs. Roy White are working hard to get their cellar finished. They have been working on one for some time, but it wasn’t completed before last week.
Charlie Sliger of Ada spent Friday afternoon with his sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Pendergrass.
Bill Pevehouse accompanied the Byng Pirates baseball chib to Chandler Monday for the semi finals and finals of the state baseball tournament.
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