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March 2008 Ending & April Beginning

With the end of March 2008 upon us and going out like a lamb, we see the signs of Spring blooming all around us and Northwest Oklahoma is finishing up its Annual Rattle snake Hunt in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Did you make it to Waynoka's Annual Rattlesnake Hunt this year?

My son sent me some pictures of the fruitless pear trees growing in my yard on the corner of 12th & Maple Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. Wild turkeys are strutting their stuff in Colorado and other parts of the USA. AND... the green grasses are getting thicker and taller in the pasture.

Suzanne in Arizona bought a Castle on the Hill Plate that was allegedly painted by on E. Hollen. Who was E. Hollen? Is the image on the plate painted or just transferred off of a 1910 postcard of the "Castle on the Hill?"

If anyone has any information concerning this Castle On the Hill Plate and E. Hollen, please share your information with us. Thanks!

As to the Alva Bullfight of July 4, 1948... that occurred about 6 months after I was born. The Barker Brothers, Jim & Bill, have submitted some memories of that bullfight below in the "Mailbag" section. If you have a story concerning that 1948 bullfight in Alva, Oklahoma or any other bullfights that may have occurred or any old pictures of the bullfight, we would love to hear from you and include them in our OkieLegacy Ezine.

Have a Happy April Fool's Day and a Happy Birthday to Bud Clark of Alva, Oklahoma. We shall be there on April 6th. Maybe even Duchess, Sadie and Nugget (Alias, Trigger).
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Waynoka Snake Hunt

Waynoka Snake Hunt... Since this is the first weekend after Easter, many rattle snake enthusiasts, as well as motorcyclists and dune buggie enthusiasts, are gathering in the northwestern town of Waynoka, Oklahoma this weekend.

Ophidiophobes, people who are afraid of snakes, may want to keep their distance. However, if you are fascinated with the scaly beauties, or how the folks of Northwest Oklahoma come to grips with rattle snakes, head down to the Waynoka's Annual Rattlesnake Hunt.

It is held on the first weekend after Easter. The Waynoka Rattlesnake Hunt promises to provide plenty of excitement with its snake pit, live music and a carnival, and there's a free ham and bean lunch served on Saturday, starting at 11.30am.

The snakes are weighed and measured for prize awards on Sunday, after which, presumably, Waynoka will be a rattlesnake-free zone until the following year.

Although the poison of a rattlesnake can kill you, their reputation is somewhat undeserved. As is usually the case you will find that the snakes are inevitably more scared of you than vice versa and will only ever attack if provoked.

If you do get bitten though, the venom seeps into you through hollow fangs, the rattlesnake releases its grip and allows you to thrash around wildly as the poison courses like quicksilver through your system, rendering you paralyzed, but alive enough to feel the full force of your realized fears.
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Farmers Elevator & Gas Prices of '39

When our demolition crew was tearing down the houses on 12th & Oklahoma Blvd. last Fall, in Alva, OK, they found many old, yellow aged receipts, especially, this 1939 receipt that was left to preserve oil and gas prices of northwest Oklahoma, particularly Waynoka, Oklahoma, on February 7, 1939.

Do you remember when you could buy ten (10) gallons of gas for $1.50? Especially at the Farmers Elevator & Farmers Oil Co., in Waynoka, Oklahoma? Does anyone remember the manager, J. L. Davis?

Farmers Oil Co. advertised "Good Gas - Good Oil - Good Greases - Good Tires - Service."

Remember Hat Carson of the Waynoka, Oklahoma area? The reason I brought up Carson's name is because the name on the receipt looks to read "Hat Carson" who bought 10 gallons gas - $1.50, 50 of something that I can't make out (?? klio ??) - $3.50 and 5 gallons of oil - $2.25. Sales Tax on the $7.25 total was only $.04, bringing the total to $7.29.

If you could buy ten gallons of gas for $1.50, then gas prices must have been about $.15 per gallon. Let us see... that is how many times more than what we are paying now? 15 times higher than the price we are paying in southwest Colorado -- $3.35 regular of today? BUT... back then $.15 was probably a lot of money to the citizens of that era as they were in a depression, dust bowl days that stretched from the panhandle of Texas, north through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, and further north -- as well as heading into World War II.

We shall never see that low of gas again in our lifetime, though. Will we see another recession and depression like our ancestors and parents experiences?

Back to the 1939 receipt... On the back of the receipt was this statement by the Farmers Elevator:

    "This Announcement Was Written For YOU. We want YOU to take a personal interest in this store. Consider its advantages are for YOUR benefit and convenience. Our employees, stock and equipment are at YOUR service and everything YOU buy here is sold with the understanding that IT'S RIGHT in Quality, Quantity and Price, and if IT"S not right we are here to make it right. We thank YOU for YOUR interest in us and YOUR patronage."
I am assuming the Farmers Elevator & Farmers Oil Co. was a forerunner of the Farmers Co-op in Waynoka, Oklahoma during 1939. Did the Farmers Co-op manage to carry on the "GOOD" products and services that the Farmers Elevator was advertising back then? View/Write Comments (count 9)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Major Virus Warning

Major Virus Warning... This has been confirmed by SNOPES

Anyone-using Internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning, Direct from both Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who has access to the Internet.

You may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled "Mail Server Report." If you open either file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful."

Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, And the person who sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus software's are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself 'life owner'.

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Pioneer Pauline Estella (Johnson) Whitney - 02/04/1917-03/27/2008

Obit - Pauline Whitney (February 4, 1917 - March 27, 2008) VIEW/SEND CONDOLENCES Another great pioneer of Northwest Oklahoma passed away March 27, 2008, at Waynoka, Oklahoma, at the age of 91 years, 1 month, and 23 days.

Sandie, this NW Okie and McGill family is sending an "In Memory Donation..." for Pioneer Pauline Estella (Johnson) Whitney. One of her sons, Everette & Louise Whitney, and family, have been one of the greatest influences of this NW Okie's life.

Pauline Estella (Johnson) Whitney's funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2008, at the Waynoka First United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Hull officiating. Interment will be in the Waynoka Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Waynoka, LLC.

Pauline Estella Whitney, daughter of the late Anderson W. and Lenola Ethel (Norman) Johnson, was born February 4, 1917, in Southeastern Woods County, Oklahoma, and passed away March 27, 2008, at Waynoka, Oklahoma, at the age of 91 years, 1 month, and 23 days.

Pauline attended Twin Oakes rural school through the eighth grade and graduated from Waynoka High School in 1934 as the Salutatorian of her class. On May 27, 1935, she was united in marriage to Vernon Everette Whitney at Alva. They made their home on the family farm until moving to Waynoka in 1959. She worked awhile at Miller's Cafe and then at Thrift-T-Wise Supermarket for 12 years. After that she helped her husband on the farm until her health began to fail. Vernon passed away April 28, 2001.

Pauline loved to sing and with her brother, Paul, who played the guitar, entertained at many rural school programs, nursing homes, and senior citizen affairs.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Tena Miller, Essie Strong, Ruby Unruh, Irene Webster, and Edna Mease; and three brothers, Harry, Paul, and Bill Johnson.

Pauline is survived by three sons, Everette Whitney and his wife, Louise, of Waynoka, Lowell Whitney and his wife, Ladonna of Waynoka, and John Whitney and his wife, Jane, of Angleton, Texas; one daughter, Janice Earhart and her husband, Howard, of Alva, Oklahoma.

Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and their spouses: Angela Pearson and Dennis of Buffalo, Vernon Whitney and Mary of Clinton, Chris Whitney of Seattle, Washington, Mike Whitney and Connie of Burleson, Texas, Brian Whitney and Gwen of Waynoka, Brett Earhart of Waukomis, Lora Bromley and Gerald of Gardner, Kansas, Jeff Earhart and Stacy of Savannah, Georgia, Drew Earhart of Oceanside, California, Jill Craft and Ben of Lockhart, Texas, Jay Whitney and Tracy of Manville, Texas, and Jacquie Hornback and Bobby Joe of Lake Jackson, Texas; other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Waynoka Nursing Home Activity Fund or the Waynoka First United Methodist Church."
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Pioneer John J. Whitney, Woods County, OK

This bio was written by Pauline Whitney for the Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County history book, published 1976, and appeared on page 748.

John J. Whitney left his home in Iowa in 1890. After spending some time in Texas and Kansas he came to Woods County. In 1901 he settled on a claim east of Waynoka in the Galena Township.

On December 21, 1902 John Whitney was married to Cloy McCray at the old town of Augusta. Cloy McCray had come to the Galena area with her parents in 1890. She had attended Northwestern Normal School and had taught school at Griever and Twin Oaks before her marriage. They established a home on the claim, NE1/4 of Section 19-24-14. John and Cloy Whitney had three daughters, Edna, Cecile and Mildred and a son, Vernon.

Later the Whitney's bought the SE1/4 Section 19 and this half section of land was owned and operated by their son. The Whitney's also bought the SE1/4 Section 18 across the road from the original claim from Walter Cope and this land was owned and operated by Edna and her husband.

In 1939 they also bought another quarter of land which was NW1/4 Section 21-24-14. This place was owned by Cecile and her husband. All the Whitney children attended Highland rural school in Woods County.

In 1928 John and Cloy established a home in Alva. John Whitney passed away on August 4, 1959 at the age of 88 years and cloy passed away on January 18, 1970 at age of 89. Mildred lived in the home that the Whitney's bought when they moved to Alva.

During the 1920's, Mr. Whitney built an outdoor platform at the farm place, and for several years held old time country dances. This furnished recreation and entertainment for both young and old in the surrounding communities.

In the late 1930's jack rabbits became numerous and were destroying crops in this area. Rabbit drives were organized. Since the Whitney place was located about the center of Galena Township the hunters would form lines around the outside of the area, and armed with clubs they would drive the rabbits to the center and kill what they could. Lunch was always served when they reached the center.

Edna Whitney married Fred Denker and after living in the Enid area, in in California, and then in the Waynoka area, they made their home in Alva. They had two children, John B. and Freda.

Cecile Whitney married Estel Haltom and they lived in Hopeton. They had three daughters, Leatrice, Dorothy and Ava.

Mildred Whitney married Glenn Curtis and they lived in Alva. They had one daughter, Sharon.

Vernon Whitney married Pauline Johson and after living on the home place for several years they moved and lived in Waynoka. They had four children: Everette, Lowell, Janice and John. (written, compiled by Pauline (Johnson) Whitney).
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Your Legacy Bio

Hi, Linda, it was good of you to put your bio out there on the legacy. And to write about your folks was really interesting. I want to thank you for continuing to post my little tid-bits. I continue to get a little feedback mostly from friends and relatives. I see you have found the website for the free music. I encourage you to continue putting a song along with your stories. When I insert one with my tales, I try to find a song that fits the story. I enclose this one for your legacy of today. It's a little mushy but just listen to the parts that fit your story of your bio and folks. Thanks again." -- Kenneth
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KOMA & Good Old Days

KOMA & Old Days "Hey Linda, oh those old days of KOMA. Reminds me of the days with reverberators in our cars to make it sound a little more "stereo like". This is a good site to kick back and reminisce. Take me Back To The Fifties and Take Me Back to the Sixties." -- CB -Emial: - OkieLegacy Comment
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Alva's Bullfight

Alva's Bullfight... "I ran the story of Alva's bullfight TWICE in my Sports Spasms column! There was actually only one, and it most likely was illegal, but according to Bert Reed (who furnished this information) Ken Greer did NOT stop the fight. He may have prevented any future operations for the same, but the 1948 show went on!

Interestingly, the town of Gillette in Teller Co., CO claims to have been the site of the only bullfight ever held within the continental United States, as this article that I found on a Colorado "Ghost Towns" website attests:

    "The only Bull Fight ever held within the continental United States was held in Gillett in the year 1895. Real bulls and bullfighters were imported from Mexico. So much was done to promote the event, nearly 50,000 persons attended. They came from far and wide. There were celebrities from throughout the United States and Mexico, all expecting to see a rousing bull fight. It was a fiasco. Some say the bulls were tired from the long trip from Mexico. Whatever happened, the 50,000 persons were looking for a fight, not excuses. The bullfight ended in a riot. The story ended on a positive note, however. The bulls were slaughtered, dressed and passed out to the poor. Gillett was a family town. Some good mines in the area made the town a busy one. The city had some of the best residential dwellings and many churches. Gillett started disintegrating during the early 1900s. Now the ruins of an old church, located in the middle of a hay field west of the highway, and the old jail, near a small cluster of houses at a turn in the road, and an isolated hydrant of two are all that is left." - - Submitted by Henry Chenoweth.
One of the last "look-ups" I ever got to do with the Alva Review Courier's stacks that used to be kept at the Alva Public Library was in an early July, 1948 paper and it was in searching for material on Alva's bullfight article. A full-page ad made about July 2 or 3, 1948 listed the participants and the order of events for the bullfight. So I'm sure this all actually took place and probably very much as Bert described it. There are still some retired Alva businessmen around town (Bob Reneau, Artie Ware, etc.) who actually worked this thing.

So I offer the article in the vernacular of Bert Reed, who was president of the ABC (American Businessmen Club) club at the time and who originally penned the attached article. Enjoy! (The syntax and verbalisms are all Bert's, except for a few notations by me.) ." -- Jim Barker
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ARC Newspapers Back Issues

"Linda, the individual looking for back issues of newspapers could read them on microfilm at the NWOSU library, the last I knew - and can print, too. The Alva city library may have them, too. The Waynoka Public Library has Waynoka newspapers on microfilm, and a limited number of area newspapers." -- Sandie Olson
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$15 Dollar Wheat

"Hi and Happy Easter. It is wet and cool perfect condition for wheat. I have been kidding Everette about selling 15 dollar wheat -- if only we have some .. Ha Ha -- can't tell about that. I kept the Whitney crew during spring break, had lots of fun, of course, now it is back to the grind tomorrow. Take care and tell everyone hello." -- Louise Whitney
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The 50's

"May need to watch it twice. Once to watch the Burma shave signs change and once to catch all the pictures plus listening to the music of the Statler Brothers. THIS IS REALLY GREAT !!! For those of you too young to remember ... too bad you missed it! Watch the Burma Shave Signs change. Old Forty-fives." -- Bud L.
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Waynoka Cousins

"I have enjoyed looking through your Okie Legecy website. Although I did not live in Oklahoma, I remember going to visit my aunt and uncle and two cousins that lived on a farm outside of Waynoka. Don't remember the highway they lived on but it was the first farm on the right past the airport outside of town.

Visits in the 50's & 60's included going to the movie theater in town and driving through the cemetery at night after the movie, buying "Waynoka Railroaders" sweat shirts at the dime store, going to the sand dunes and seeing the five legged calf and fainting goats and taking a ride in the dunes in a home made dunebuggy, sand burrs, going to the hardware and grocery store for goods, swimming at the city pool, sand burrs, home made ice cream, riding their two horses "Popcorn" and "Peanuts", more sand burrs, riding on the 1953 Case tractor, watching my oldest cousin come home dirty after working in a nearby oil field, and watching the family milk the cows every morning and night.

The aunt and uncle and the oldest cousin are gone now. The youngest cousin lives in Peru, SA. My uncle was one of the telegraph operators at the RR station. The oldest cousin was a high school band teacher in Kansas and Alva before moving to Colorado. My aunt farmed the family farm and worked at the diner until she met her second husband. They farmed west of town. And as I said, the youngest boy is living in Peru, SA. Keep up the good work, I enjoy the stories about the past." -- Dennis Rittenhouse - Email:
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Spring Blooming In Alva, OK

These are the fruitless pear trees found blooming on the Southeast corner of 11th & Maple Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. -- Robb

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Wild Turkey

" These pictures were taken today about 1:00 and only about -- mile from our house. I was on the way to the grocery and stopped by the road and took these pictures. I think turkey season opens next month. Maybe that is why they are staying close to town. (you can't shoot them in town!)" -- Steve N.
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Oklahoma History Ball Pushed Forward

"Thank you for attempting to push the Oklahoma history ball forward. I hope you will look at my website that describes my 1,046-page book: Bourland Civil War, Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory in North Texas during the Civil War: fort Cobb, fort Arbuckle, and the Wichita Mountains.

Hope you will tell your friends about my 1,046-page book that weighs 7.3 pounds. Attached HERE are:

    1) my 6-page handout at my speeches. Since I have a large book, I have an extensive handout.

    2) the form letter that I send to libraries all over the USA. I think my best advertisement is listing the local libraries that have shelved my 1,046-page book that is 70% from handwritten records.

    3) Judge Abell's book review is important since he is the only reviewer who understands Indian wars as well as the Civil War. The most important sentence is the last sentence of the first paragraph. Also, on the review on the second page, he used my book as a standard of reference.
Bourland in North Texas and Indian Territory During the Civil War: Fort Cobb, Fort Arbuckle & the Wichita Mountains, ISBN: 0-9761405-3-5, Pages: 1,046 pages including four indexes: one is a 150-page Name Index. Binding Type: Oilcloth hard cover; List Price: $125.00 each. Shipping: $8.00 each, my 8.5x11 book weighs 7.3 pounds. I have transcribed 240 militia listings and the militia correspondence of 34 counties of North Texas in order to interpret the Bourland Papers -- about 200 Civil War era documents, 43 of which are not in the Official Record, but should be. Topics that I have addressed extensively are: the Brush Battalion; Quantrill in North Texas; gruesome details of four Comanche-Kiowa Indian raids into North Texas including the 1864 Battle of Elm Creek; 1862 Tonkawa Massacre in Anadarko, I.T.; Camp Napoleon Meeting attended by 5,000 to 7,000 Indians plus J.W. Throckmorton in now Grady County, OK; and the Confederate treaties with the tribes of Indian Territory, especially the Reserve Tribes of the Leased Lands. Starvation in Indian Territory among all of the tribes is a central theme of my book.

About 70% of my 1,046-page study is from handwritten records and about 90% is from contemporaneous sources. It addresses the Civil War era in the area bounded by Oklahoma City, Dallas, Texarkana, and Childress to Jones Counties, Texas. My book is described on my website," -- Patricia Adkins-Rochette, 580-252-2094, 1509 Shadybrook Lane, Duncan, OK 73533,"
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Bullfights of Alva, OK

"My brother Jim covered the Bull Fights in his column in The Sport's Spasm column of the ARC. The ABC club sponsored it and Bert Reed was one of the major movers and shakers of the event. I attended and it was entertainment of the highest order." -- Bill Barker

Helen Barrett's search for information on the American Business Club mystery bell took her in a roundabout way back to the latter half of the 1940's and the beginnings of the old Alva ABC club. Back then everyone not connected with the ABC club assumed that it meant "Alva Business Club," but in an interview I had with Bill Crenshaw over ten years ago, he informed me that the correct title of the organization was 'American Business Club.' They were instrumental in both organizing and supporting the youth baseball programs of the era along with several other promotional aspects that might benefit Alva.

During Helen's interview on the subject of the business club with Bob Wharton, Bob made mention of a bullfight the club sponsored in Alva in the late 1940's. Helen quizzed me about it, and I reminded her that I had written a series of articles on that event from material provided me by the late Bert Reed. Those articles appeared in July of 1996. Helen suggested running the articles again, so here goes: (Warning - It takes about three editions of the Courier to get all of this in!) The narrative is written in Bert's own words. Come in, Bert:

"A man came to town one day and wanted some civics club to put on an exhibition bull fight. But no civics club would take it on. Finally they came to the ABC (American Business Club). I was out of town, so some of the boys said to wait until Bert gets back the next day. When they told me, I said 'OK, Let's do it.'

"The first thing they asked was 'where will we get $500.' I said if I can't get 500 people to see a bull fight, I'd put up the rest. So we started, signed the contract for $500. and $300 if we killed a bull. We got started advertising and getting the Roundup Club to let us borrow their rodeo grounds one mile west of Alva, which is now PanEastern. (Author's Note: This is where Moser Repair and Towing is today.)

"When the Mexican men saw the rodeo arena, they said 'Too big,' so we put a fence across the middle. The bull fight started on a Sunday which was the fourth of July and ran over to Monday, which was a holiday.

"In the meantime Harry Coffman was an ABC member and wanted to sell pop and beer. But we had to have a license. So Cecil Wilhite was a lawyer and a member of the ABC. He said he would see Judge Glazier tomorrow, which was Saturday. So Cecil went over to the judge's office. The first thing the judge said was, 'Do you know, to get a license you have to apply three days before you start your bullfight show?' The judge did say, 'When you were over here the other day and I was busy, did you want the license then?' Of course you know what Cecil said - - - yes!

"So the next day we all got started. Those days everybody worked six days a week. We got our pop, hamburgers, buns, beer and candy bars. We were to start the bullfight at 1:30 p.m. We had everybody in place ready to go. I had five or six men on the gate and one asked: 'If the law comes out shall we charge them?' 'Yes, if they haven't been called.' I had not more than got it out of my mouth, that all three drove in.

"Ken Greer was the sheriff and his two deputies were Nels Nelson and Dewey Randalls. The first thing they wanted to know was, 'Who was in charge?' They did not have to ask that question, because they all looked at me.

"The first thing Ken said was 'What are your boys having?' and I said 'A bullfight.' And that was the wrong thing to say. Ken said 'If you draw a drop of blood, I will lock every one of you boys up.' So I changed my story quickly. 'A bull exhibition.' Then I said 'You think more of these bulls than you do of us boys.' Ken jumped out of his car. Dewey and me was sitting in the back seat and the window was down about three inches. Where I was sitting next to Dewey and talking and laughing, I did not pay any attention to what Ken was trying to do or say.

"I finally figured out that he was trying to hit me. So I told him I would give him a chance for a sandwich. Then he said, 'You draw any blood and I will fine you and lock you up.'

"They all left, but said 'Send all the Mexican boys down to the sheriff's office.' Thirty minutes went by and no bullfighters. So I sent Arty Ware, Gene Lamley (Chamber of Commerce manager) and two more boys to ask what was the sheriff trying to do to us. "Because only one of the bullfighters could speak a little English, all the rest could only say 'si,si.' I don't know what that means." Tomorrow . . . the bullfight!

Continuing on with the late Bert Reed's narrative of the 4th O' July weekend bullfight that occurred in Alva in 1948, I would like for you to keep in mind these early ABC members and their dogged determination to see a project through. It was typical of the businessmen of that era and illustrates the enthusiasm with which many of the returning veterans of World War II approached a difficult task. Come in Bert:

"We finally got started. The man on the microphone was J. G. Gillen, who had just returned from the army and was running for sheriff and was furnishing us boys the loud speaker system. Ken Greer was present and had been sheriff for 17 years. As Ken was talking to us, Mr. Gillen was telling the crowd they should vote for him. The election was in the next two days. I don't think the sheriff (Ken) liked it.

"When we signed the contract, they did not tell us what kind of bull to get. When they saw what Bill Arganbright got for them, they said that kind of bulls don't play fair. They only jump three times and then stop to see where your feet is. Bill told them they did not tell us to get a lof of milk cows for them. They finally said O. K.

"Just about then the boys turned out the first bull from the pen. The bull looked a couple of times and he must not have liked what he saw, because he never stopped running and tried to jump over the middle fence that I had just put in. We had used a three foot roll of hog wire, one on top of the other, but had put the first roll on the ground, the second on top of the other, which made a six foot fence.

"I had a big pair of bobwire pinchers in my hip pocket. They had turned over and was hanging down and I had to climb over another wooden fence. I looked through the fence and there stood Nels Nelson, the deputy sheriff. The first thing I said was, 'What will Ken do if he broke his leg?' Nels said, 'You did not tell the bull to jump the fence.'

"We left that bull in the back pen. Then they turned out another bull. He looked around and he must have seen the same thing. He was luckier than the other bull. He made the fence out the west side, but landed between two cars. He brushed the front fender of one car. Mr. Hubbard wanted $125 to fix his fender. But we got Del Brunsteter to fix it for nothing. He ran a body shop.

"The second bull went down in a canyon back of the rodeo pen. So Bill Arganbright and Charley Shalloup both had jeeps and lariat ropes. They both went after the bull. After that they had caught the bull.

"On the way back out of the canyon, when the bull got to the top, he did not like the look of the people and jumped over into the canyon and broke his neck. There went 300 dollars. But Charley ran the Shalloup Packing Co. and saved us $200.

"By that time we had used what was left of the bulls, and the bulls had caught most of the bullfighters and they were pretty well all banged up. So I took what money we had and went home. I had not been home five minutes and Mrs. Wilma Coffman came by and said 'Your bulls are out.'

"Somebody had left the gate open and three bulls were out and going south. When they came to a fence they would jump over it or just walk through it. I don't think they knew where the wire fence was."

"I rounded up that evening six cowboys and horses that was helping us at the ABC. By two o'clock that night, we had rounded up two bulls by rope and drug them back - one four miles and the other six miles. The third bull got in a pen of Mr. Myers' milk cows, so he put all of them in the barn until the next morning.

"Then is when I told Ollie Brewer and his brother Forrest to be sure and put a wire over the top of this truck because I knew the bull would try to jump out. Sure enough the next morning the first thing the bull tried to do was jump out of the truck." (NOTE: Evidently the wire held, for Bert made no further mention of it in his writing.)

I'll wrap up this bullfight story in Sunday's edition. Stay tuned because it mentions an episode in the life of a former Alvan who became quite a rodeo personality in his day. This column will wrap up Bert Reed's story about the ABC club's sponsorship of the only bullfight in the history of Alva. Tomorrow I'll throw in a few comments of my own in regard to a bit of follow-up research that I did back in 1996 when this article first ran. Continue, Bert:

"The Sunday was the 4th of July - Monday was the holiday for the 4th of July. Therefore we had a two-day show. On account of all the bullfighters was so bad beat-up, we all figured we should give the public a good show. A young man that used to live here was a rodeo clown. Buddy Heaton. He guaranteed us he would put on a good show.

"So the next day we started with a bang. Two salesmen crawled over the fence and they wanted to be toreadors and they had their coats off, like a bull fighter. The bulls did not pay any attention to the coats and just ran over them. That was enough for the two salesmen. We got them out of the arena and going on down the road before they got hurt any more.

"By that time it was ready for Buddy Heaton to come on. He had a red suit and red shawl. He went out in the middle of the arena waving his red shawl at the bull. The bull did not pay any attention to the red shawl - just Buddy Heaton. Buddy could tell the bull was coming after him. He tried to throw the red shawl over the bull's head.

"Buddy did not have time to get over the middle fence (the one I had just put in). The bull knocked him down with his head three times, and every time Buddy would pull himself down to the ground and all that time Bud Hill from Kiowa was hitting the bull in the forehead as hard as he could with a hammer. (After the ordeal was over, Buddy told me he was sure he would kill the bull.)

"By then, they all got Buddy out from under the hogwire fence. He was pretty well banged up so we took him to the Alva Hospital for overnight. That got him a bath and a good night's sleep.

"The next day his father Loyd Heaton came from Kansas and took him home. He was not hurt and we paid him anyway after putting us on a good show. After all the good and bad experience we all made $500 for the ABC.

"The next day Betty and myself were having dinner at the Larison Cafe and we were both having hammered steak. I looked up and said, 'Momma, that was the last of ol' dinner.' "If you don't think we all did not have a lot of fun, you are mistaken!"

For any of you who doubt the authenticity of Bert Reed's bullfight story, I want you to know that I checked it out. Back in 1996 the copies of the Alva Review Courier were still in the stacks of the Alva Public Library, so I got down the July, 1948 issues and looked for myself. Sure enough, a large ad appeared there ballyhooing the upcoming extravaganza. The bullfighters were listed as Alberto Contreras of Mexico City and Jose Lara and Gregorio Ontiveros of Chihuahua. Also listed was "Oklahoma's only authentic bullfighter" (and I'll bet he was, too!), Manuel Flores Sanchez of Poteau.

The 1948 two-day Independence Day celebration featured two dances, two days of bull fighting, two baseball games, a diving contest at the pool, a "$500 Fireworks Display," and the Rockwell Carnival was in town all week. They knew how to celebrate the Fourth back then!

A current round of installments concerning Buddy Heaton is appearing in the Courier. It's penned by "The Coffee House Philosopher" Randy Kilbourne, and he allowed me a peek at the entire write-up. I can tell you that it's well worth your time. If you haven't been reading it, get those back issues and catch up and then stay tuned. It's well-written and well worth your time.

Randy mentions a horse named High Hand foaled on the Hugoton, KS farm owned by Buddy's step father, Fred Hagaman. Buddy trained the Appaloosa and it became a star feature in Buddy's show performances as Randy's article will outline. But I would like to make mention of just how valuable that horse was beyond its show horse worth.

Foaled on May 13, 1952 ApHC #F-3366 (High Hand), according to The Complete Book of the Appaloosa, was the fifth-leading Appaloosa race sire for money earned in 1965 and 1969. Buddy sold High Hand at auction in 1958 for $10,500. In 1962 he was sold again, this time for $18,000 and 12 breedings for him, which made his total worth $24,500. There aren't many Appaloosas around even today that make or bring in that kind of money.
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Changes In Perry, OK

"We've had recent temperatures in the 70s and low 80s (85 degrees yesterday) until the wind turned around yesterday (Thursday) afternoon and everything cooled off again. We're expecting a high in the 50s today, and there's a heavy cloud cover. It looks like we may get rain.

Saturday, our gas prices dropped for the Easter weekend to $3.01. 9 and since I assumed they'd go back up on Monday, I filled up Sunday afternoon. I was wrong by one day! They didn't go back up 'til Tuesday when the price went to $3.06.9, and then yesterday (Thursday) at noon, I noticed that they'd jumped again. 10 cents higher this time, to $3.16.9! Remarkably, they'd dropped by 2 cents to $3.14.9 sometime before I passed the same (Conoco-Phillips) station about 7 PM the same day. 'Twill be interesting to see if they remain the same for the weekend.

You can probably remember paying as low as 18 cents per gallon (I can) during price wars, when gas was selling normally for 25 cents back in the '50s. That was before the Democrats in power decided to start raising taxes by promising to use the money to build and improve highways and other roads "with ALL the increased tax money" (and then instead, they placed those funds in the 'general funds' so it could be used for various 'pork' projects). We seem to forget that anytime a government promises to use certain funds to build a project or to 'help' us (or anyone else) that it's OUR money that's being used. They don't have any until we give it to them in the form of taxes or various kinds of fees. Guess who's handing out all these "Stimulus Payments" to improve the economy? YOU ARE (and 'thank you very much!).

Incidentally, when (in 1939) you could buy that 15 cent gasoline, bread was selling for 5 cents a loaf and the average farmer was making about the same price on a bushel of wheat that he's made in some recent years! Now figure out where the rest of the money goes. We forgot to mention that the 15 cent gasoline that you were talking about was pumped into the tank of a car that sold for around $500 or just a little bit more!" -- Roy K.
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Castle On the Hill Plate

"I've seen these on eBay before, but never bought one. I have no idea who E. Hollen is. The plates do not look old to me, but look like a fairly modern plate with an old postcard photo added. If it was old, I think that the font would be much more decorative and that it wouldn't be such a pure white color. I honestly don't think they are hand-painted at all; the photo is identical to the same view (same trees, etc.) of an old 1910-vintage postcard that is readily available on eBay as well. Without being able to inspect it "live and in person," it's difficult to determine much about it." -- Rod
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Castle On the Hill Plate - E. Hollen

"I purchased this Castle on the Hill plate from a gentleman by the last name of Bielski in Mesa, Arizona who used to live in New York. Here is the front and backside of the plate. It does appear that "E. Hollen" painted the plate. Would that be a correct assumption? I haven't ever seen a plate such as this, nor did I even know this place existed. I did research it and found it very interesting. Hope the plate is of interest to you or that it might be meaningful to someone." -- Suzanne Davis - Email: - Suzanne's album of Castle on the Hill Plate
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