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Ada Weekly News (Newspaper) - May 19, 1960, Ada, Oklahoma The Paper With PERSONALITY Biggest Reading Buy in Oklahoma By Mail in Pontotoc Single Copy IO Cents Only $2.00 Per Year And Adjoining Counties Combined With The Ado Times-Democ rot SOTH YEAR ADA, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, MAY 19, 1960 IO Pages NO. 6 John Crabtree Wages Shotgun War Against Pesky Crows and Jaybirds r 4 >WA ENTHUSIAST: John Crabtree stands in the 4Vi acre pecan grove which is his major interest in the farming line since turning most of his land to grass. This shot was taken before Crabtree smilingly offered to don his broad-brimmed hat, get his crow-hunting blunderbuss and demonstrate how he stalks his game. (WEEKLY Photo) Plans on Quarterhorse Event Shape Up for Big June Show ciatiion. will    hp hold rain or shine, and stalls will be available at the fairgrounds for exhibitors during both days of the big event. 'aping up I held at the    Ada    Fairgrounds    Juno    'hoW’    °f ,he ,arRest swiftly    for    the    third    annual East    3    and    4.    ot lts kind in    the area, is approx-- Central    Oklahoma    Quarter Horse    The    show,    according    to    officials    _. by ,he Amenca” Qmrterhorse Association Show. which will be of the local Quarter Horse Asso- (Continued on Page 2) Arrangements are By ERIC ALLEN When pecans are bearing, all it takes to transform John V. Crabtree from a calm-faced rancher to a keen-eyed hunter with the stock of a shotgun squeezed against hic shoulder is the flitting shadow- of a Jaybird or the raucous racket of a hidden crow. “I like to make war on ’em,” Crabtree said, hefting his shotgun and looking over his pecan grove with anticipation. “And when I figure I need help on the shooting job. I furnish 22 shells to neighbors. . .Don t waste much time myself with 22 bullets, though. I can take this old scat-tergun sometimes and bring down crows and jaybirds on the wing.” Crabtree, a 68-year old pecan grower whose home is nine miles southwest of Ada, makes war on pests of all descriptions, from pecan weevils on up to pesky fowl. But the shooting of crows and jaybirds in his pecan orchard below the house is an interesting annual affair. And a lengthy one. It gets underway as soon as the nuts have “goodies” in them, and goes on daily until the trees are finally “thrashed.” "Early morning is the best time for this kind of shooting.” Crabtree said. “And jaybirds furnish more and easier targets. They’re the most damaging birds we have, too, as far as pecans are concerned They're worse than crows A crow will maneuver into a grove of pecans in a sly way, and maybe gel one nut in his beak and fly off to a dead tree or a stump somew-here and sit there a long time and eat it. But jaybirds stay busy as bees gathering pollen for honey, pull ing pecans and flying away somewhere and then coming right back for more. I don't know what thev do with them. Must store 'em up.” John Crabtree is widely known as an outstanding grower of upland pecans, having exhibited regularly since 1939 at Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association shows. During all these years he has seldom failed to win top honors. Crabtree came to Pontotoc County 47 years ago and settled in I the Wilson community. He has been on the same place since 1913, when he first bought 70 acres of partly cleared land. He now ow-ns 110 acres and practically every tree on his place is pecan. However, it wasn't that way at first. “I first started growing cotton and corn, like everyone else,” Crabtree said, “and I wasn't satisfied just farming the land I owned. I leased other cropland and went all out for row crops until the beginning of depression days. . .Then I heard a story about a man who had settled on just ten acres and some neighbors asked the man. “Do you think you can make a living on ten acres of land?” The man thought about the question a while, then said. “If I can’t. I’ll let half the ten lay out and make a good living on five.” Crabtree said the little story was perhaps far-fetched in some ways, but it furnished him food for thought. He began to study crop-rotation, and started planting two rows of corn and one of peas. “Later I started sowing whole strips of land to peas and then turning them under,” Crabtree said. “And sweet clover, too, and that s something you don't have to replant every year. Sweet clover will come up solid for seven or eight years at a stretch.” Crabtree's land, rolling and green and studded with pecan trees, is now seeded to button clover, sericea, oats, love grass and fescue. At the time of this interview he was busy discing a twenty acre field of lespedeza and Johnson grass, getting the * Irn 'JMmr _mgdip ,    - ]JBI  __ HU; jTie RS ST ANCE: John Crabtree, upland pecan grower, shows how he draws a shotgun bead on crows and jaybirds in his grove>9 miles southwest of Ada. It's early in the season yet for this kind of hunting, but Crabtree keeps his powder dry, and his dog, Pal, seems to know what will be taking place as soon as the nuts mature. land in shape for the sowing of “Just to look at it before we,—  —— -LWMKLY Photo by Erie Allen) Indian grass.    started clearing, you wouldn't “I’ve narrowed my money crops kave thought there was a pecan dow-n.” the firendly, sociable Crab- sPr°ut on the place. This strip tree said. “Just trying to make l°°ked like it was all blackjack, what I'm allowed to make under postoak and grapevines, so thick the Social Security plan. I’m a y°u couldn’t see through it.” pecan enthusiast though, and try Asked "hat he cleared the land By MRS. WESLEY BRANTLEY all kinds of experiments to grow- whh. Crabtree said quietly, snail- Ain t gonna need this house a better crop even if I do give “Just chopping axes and no longer, ain't gonna need this much of the crop away each some big brush fires.”    house    no    more.    .    .” The clearing on this particular This song brought the final as- Final Assembly Program Held at Old Latta School year. But there w-as sadness in the hearts of some of the older    visitors who could remember that    once the old Duilding was new and    play- Crabtrw grows Mahan, Schley, ian(j was started in 1932. and sembly program of the Latta jjves There *were * those *in^the t «"■» - *" - NS Hired    -Id    loo, back^ most    shwHi'ngl<of feybfrfc a“> ^al^Znps low^enouth Pf ™ic**1rf students rang schoTat^au"at {Itta*Children and crows. Crabtree" fL^nrted    » 'Hey wouldn’t hinder a mow-    eage    nestoTvouth^'vTere    fin'sh^'He e;ghth grad. and    their grafting work    on    the    alive    trees    ,n8 machine. He and his wifc    me    eagerness of youth, they weie    schooling ended, unless they    went hack in fra    searched out and left .-very pecan    Jubllan‘.    becfuse ‘He old building    to Ada to stay. “I hadn’t thought much about sProul 'hey could find and tied auction°'Thu^sdOT “Mayland was on August 29. 1919. when pecans until we started clearing strings on the sprouts to make (orn ()own |o mal_e wav for a new lhe qualified voters of School Dis-this strip of land,” Crabtree said.    ‘    -    * State Roundup Will Feature Local 4-H Group Two Pontotoc County 4-H club ! members will be featured at the State 4-H club round-up in Stillwater, May 31: June 3. Mike Lucas, State 4-H Club President will preside at the Honor Night program at 7:15 p. m. Thursday June 2. The program will be in the Football Stadium at Oklahoma State University. Mike will also be presiding over state 4-H club election of officers at 3:30 p. rn. on Thursday. Panny Teel, 4-H club member from Roff, will assist with the narration for the Candle Lighting Program following the honor program Thursday night. She has also been assigned to lead I the 4-H Club Pledge at the Senior j Assembly Thursday morning. Other 4-H delegates from Pontotoc County attending the roundup will be: Hay Haliburton, Allen; Georgene Row'sey, Allen; Ellen Ward, Vanoss; Cheryl Melton, Vanoss; Shirley Howell, Roff; Martha Herion, Roff:    Nancy Young, Fitzhugh: Birde Barton. Fitzhugh: Barbara Huddleston, Roff; Carol Howell. Roff: Shirley Griffith, Roff; Donna Isaacs, Vanoss; Carol Timmons, Latta; Dewayne Coffey, Latta: Jimmy Ford. Latta: Harold Swink, Roff; Phil Harris, Roff; Larry Year-gan, Roff: Herbert Teel, Roff; Hollis Harper, Center; Ronnie (Continued on Page 2)    \    and    modern    structure. (Continued on Page 2) SHeEn?edL? neSVS° u a^rhor'fj loHpast'    °'f m*7 b*'°"9in9 *» ""Her* Bolin, north of Union Hill, pro- Hollis Harper. Center; Ronni, Everybody in "the Lighter^'«««tarH Ti Hit Tn^I?„*” ? T ?    Bennett, Center: Warren Dellin ar us “»yrs: s.’rx"*! -•—• ^ L---    -    _I (Continued on Page 3) !,JSiTS!?l!r WELL: Member* of the Home Demonstration Club at Frisco gather happily at the pump they recently repair-e (with help of their menfolks) near the old Community Building. History of the well, a stopping-place for wagon ravelers in |arl|ei’ days, dates back to Indian Territory times. The Frisco Club took the pump and maintenance of the Community Building as their project this year. See other photo inside. (WEEKLY Photo)Galley-Vanting Around The CountyAHLOSO Bv KAY WEST Charley Winters of Lane visited Mr. and Mrs. A. Z. Cook during the weekend. day in Oklahoma City and visited Lincoln Park Zoo, Springlake and Frontier City. Mrs. Fay Wiser and sons. Bud, Ronnie. Jerry, and Kenneth Wiser and W anda Savage spent Satur Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Price and son visited Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reese Sunday .light. Tip Mayfield of Ardmore, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gordon and Jean Marie of Dallas, and Joan. Kathryn and Mark Gordon (rf Ardmore. Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Prentis West Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Newt, Don and Roger Thompson went squirrel hunting the opening day of the squirrel season. Ahloso spent last Friday night! on a camp-out south of Ada. The boys report a good time and a string of fish. Those going were Billy Ray Bowers, Jimmy Porter and David Smith. and children of Midwest City, Mrs. A. J. Frye of Ada and Mr. and Mrs. Louie Moshier and Terry- tion for the homecoming which the Sunday guests of Mr. and will be held Sunday.    Mrs. Oather Reed of Ada. Tile Eagle Patrol of Troop 6 of Those visiting Mr. and Mrs. Vasco Moore during the weekend were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Frye Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Smith visited Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Smith awhile Friday evening. Tuesday was Clean-up day at the Baptist Church in prepara- Mr. and Mrs. Gene Treas drove Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holman to Pryor Saturday.    and Ronnie left Sunday for Cal- - ifornia where they will spend two Mrs. Cecil Jackson and Mrs. weeks visiting relatives. Joy Avery spent Sunday afternoon    _ with Mrs. Gail Blankenship. i Sunday visitors of Mr. and Billy Wade Duty. Mr. and Mrs. with Mr. and Mrs. Edd Brashier Eddie Watkinds, Eddie Brent and and family. Mrs. Lois Hayes, all of Ada.    _ , .    _    Mr.    and    Mrs.    Jess    Ross    visited John Mann. Tommy Bruce Us    ts Mr    and Mrs w M BlkI and Donnie Mann and Glendel Ross Sundav Hatton went fishing at the Canadian River Sunday. The University Oklahoma has Mrs. Houston Duty and family Mr. and Mrs. Milligan of Ok- had 24 Rhodes Scholars and 38 mulgee are spendig the week Fullbright scholars. Mi J. Iiuuaiuu isuiy CHIU I emmy Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ross were were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Duty, ;