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Last week Bob Bright's cousin, Don Roberts, died in Oklahoma City [more]...
 ~NW Okie regarding Okie's story from Vol. 9 Iss. 20 titled UNTITLED

We forgot to mention that the week of August 5th, 2006 we will be on the road and the OkieLegacy Ezine may be a couple of days late [more]...
 ~NW Okie (a.k.a. Linda McGill Wagner) regarding Okie's story from Vol. 8 Iss. 30 titled UNTITLED


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Duchess & Sadie speak, "This time last year (January 15, 2005) we were showing you snow scenes from from the San Juan mountains in SW Colorado. So... Hope you all don't mind viewing these pair-o'-pugs mugshots again this week!"

With the High front that has been lingering over New Mexico and Colorado for the last few months of 2005 and into 2006 our normal snowfall is way behind -- about 60+ inches or so. All those snowstorms have pushed northward and eastward. It seems DRY with a lot of static electricity! Our temps drop down into the 20's during the the night and in the mid-40's during the day!

We did hear that parts of Oklahoma finally got a taste of that white snow early this week. Sounds like the northern and eastern parts got the most. Maybe that moisture will help out the fires that have been ravaging that part of the state for the last few weeks.

SW Colorado's gas prices in Durango this weekend ranged from $2.30-$2.37 for unleaded gas. Sounds like parts of Oklahoma's gas prices near Perry, Oklahoma are creeping up to SW Colorado's gas prices.
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NWOSU's Oklahoma Hall Being Demolished...

What are NWOSU's plans for this SE corner of 8th & Oklahoma Blvd (Alva, Oklahoma) after this Northwestern Oklahoma State University dorm (Oklahoma Hall, built over 30-years ago) gets demolished?

This is what has been going on in this northwestern college town (Alva, Oklahoma) this week.

This writer remembers back to the late 1960's when they built this women's dormitory. I believe it was around the time that I was a sophomore or junior attending classes at NSC (Northwestern State College). That is what they called it in my college days. Back then, with almost everyone moving off-campus, the college thought they need another dormitory. NOW... 30 some years later -- after it stood empty and unoccupied for (I forget how many years) -- Oklahoma Hall at Northwestern is under the wrecking ball.

Maybe some of our readers out there knows more about what is going on and can fill us in on what if anything will replace "Oklahoma Hall" on the corner of 8th & Oklahoma Blvd, in Alva, Oklahoma.
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Remembering 1954 & RAND Corp. Computers...

Yep! We have come along way in the technology of computers since 1954 and the computer that filled an entire room.

Some of you will remember in the fifties & sixties when the computer had it's own special room all to itself. AND... it required a dust-free, temperture controled climate; it used keyed cards punched with little holes that the machine was programmed to understand.

Yep! We have come along ways from those huge computers of 1954 to our desktops and laptops of the present. AND... it took us less time than what RAND Corporation estimated it would take for the technology to invent the "Home Computer."
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Tribute to Jack Eugene Lenhart...

We Remember JACK EUGENE LENHART -- Woods County, in Northwest Oklahoma lost another special, great icon last week. I particularly remember the time that Lenhart's bought sod grass from our dad (Gene McGill) and we helped the Lenhart's plug it in to their yard back in the 1960's. Besides that... Jack and Gene shared the same middle name, Eugene, until Gene changed his name to Gene M. McGill.

Funeral services for Jack Lenhart, age 77, were held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2006, at the Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Sean Evans, pastor of the Alva First Christian Church officiating. Interment was in the Alva Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home of Alva.

A Little bit about Jack... He was the son of the late Russell James and Clara Bell (Mincher) Lenhart. Jack was born May 10, 1928, in Alva, Oklahoma, and passed away December 31, 2005, at Share Convalescent Home in Alva, at the age of 77 years, 7 months, and 21 days.

Jack was known by many as a great storyteller. He played basketball, football and ran track in high school. He was awarded the "Omar Hill Award" as the outstanding football player his senior year (1945-46) at Alva High. Jack graduated from Alva High School with the class of 1946. As a youth, he worked in the Golden Crust Bakery on the east side of the downtown square in Alva, Oklahoma.

It was during the start of the Korean War that Jack and Bonnie Eden were married in Newton, Texas. This was six weeks before Jack left for Korea where he spent two years as a chef with the 45th Division in the United States Army. While serving in Korea he was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the service Jack went into farming and ranching with his father-in-law, Rudy Eden.

Jack was a member of the Cattlemens Association, the VFW, the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the Old Cowhand Association. As a supporter of the Freedom Rodeo, he donated meat and helped work the concession stands.

Jack was known as a hardworking, generous, fun loving man affectionately known as "Big Jack" who always had a story for his friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Dick Lenhart. Jack is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Alva; two daughters, Jana Thiesing and her family of Alva; Keri Myers and her family of Kingfisher; four grandchildren, Kassy Thiesing, Kaylee Thiesing, of Alva; Cale and Paige Myers, of Kingfisher.
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Rudy Eden Family of Fairvalley, Oklahoma...

This bit of information was taken from the history book of Woods County, Oklahoma (Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County, pg. 193).

Rudy Eden Family -- Rudy was born in Humbolt, Nebraska, June 7, 1889; died December 15, 1961. Rudy's parents were emmigrants, George and Ana Eden. The Eden family moved to Woods County, Oklahoma in 1900 and lived on their homestead near Fairvalley.

Rudy served with the American Expeditionary Forces, in France during WWI. He returned home to farm/ranch labor. Rudy acquired land by small purchases. His first possession was on Red Horse Creek and he lived in a small 1-room building.

Rudy Eden married Alice Kendrick, March 14, 1921, in Enid, Oklahoma. They built a home in 1928 in the Fairvalley community.

Rudy promoted the Junior Freedom Rodeo and was a member of the Cimarron Cowboy Association. He helped establish the monument located in the town park of Freedom, Oklahoma. The monument was a tribute to the cattlemen and ranchers in this northwestern area of Oklahoma Territory. In 1961 Rudy Eden was the Old Cowhand during Freedom's Rodeo that year. Rudy was also, Woods Commissioner.
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Alva Fire Department Roster...

"My dad (Nick) worked at the Zenith Gas Company with Virgil. When the fire whistle blew, he would pick up the phone and ask the operator, 'Gas Company, Where's the fire?' He would then go and turn off the gas at the place of the fire." -- Steve Nicholson - Email: snicholson@earthlink.net View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


King Parrots Food - England...

"Did you know there is a King Parrot Foods in Liverpool, England? TIP: when searching, put double quotes around all the words." -- Steve View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


A Macintosh User...

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Bickel Curtain Control...

"Reading your latest e-zine about WM Bickel jarred my memory. In disposing of collectibles from my parents' estate on eBay, I ran across a flyer on one of Mr. Bickel's inventions -- the Bickel Curtain Control. Sometime in the past year, I listed this item on eBay and sold it. As you can see from the picture (attached), it was not in very good shape at the time, but it does say that his invention was patented, which is in disagreement with your information. Either could be correct. I personally have no knowledge either way. In fact, I had no clue whom Mr. Bickel was until reading your e-zine today. I believe I recall who bought this item from me and if any of Mr. Bickel's descendents wants or needs to know, they can contact me directly at - Email: scottdowns@scottdowns.net. can try to research the buyer's info for them. Keep up the good work - I don't always have time each week to read your e-zine word for word, but I do my darndest to try!" -- Scott View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


OkieLegacy Link...

"I couldn't get it (last week's OkieLegacy URL) to open either. Finally, had to pretend I was going to forward (FWD) the message so that I could push the url down a bit to get it away from the rest of the line. Same thing happened with Volume 8 this week." -- Christy View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Pinevalley, OK Article...

"I really loved to read about Pinevalley (Oklahoma). You see... I was born there in 1938, I only lived there for 2 years. This last summer I visted Pinevalley for the first time in my life that I could remember. Then reading Mr. Powel's article on Pinevalley was really touching I could almost see him running around the saw mill. Thank you for sharing this with me and others who lived there at the time." -- Jack Morren - Email: Jjbmorren@aol.com View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Snow & Gas Prices In Perry, OK...

"After the many prayers for rain on Sunday, we got snow Monday night! Here in Perry (Oklahoma) the official amount was the same as my estimate which was 2" (someone erroneously reported 7" to the media). Lamont (west of Tonkawa) received 10" and Nardin (about 10 miles northeast of them) got 13". It's not enough to get us out of the wildfire danger yet, but it helps. With the return of sunshine and warmer weather, the snow's gone again but was a welcome relief. Our gasoline prices are back down to $2.16.9 today from last weeks $2.22.9.

I noticed on Wednesday (this week) that the prices for regular unleaded at the pumps had jumped up another 6-cents to reach $2.19.9, and today they raised them again. This time the bottom price is $2.22.9! I wonder now if we're headed back towards that $3.00 mark, and I also wonder what their excuse is this time? They'd already shown that they've been having record high profits. Have they decided to see just how much gouging the public will stand for? 'Tiz a puzzlement (as the king said in the play and movie, "The King and I")." -- Roy View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


iMac, Firefox & OkieLegacy eZine...

"Having been unable to open the last few newsletters, I consulted my Microsoft person, who said the problem wasn't my iMac. She said the contents of the error message indicated that a change likely had been made in the website which was not compatible with Firefox browser. I'm really sorry not to be able to read Okie Legacy, as I have found it both interesting and informative. Please let me know if at some point your site can accommodate other browsers." -- Barbara View/Write Comments (count 8)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Remember Those Days of Fortan & RAND Computers...

"This picture may be before you knew what a computer was or probably before some of you were born! This picture is from the 1954 Popular Mechanics Magazine.

1954 Article... Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a Home Computer could look like in the year 2004. However, the needed technology will not be feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technolgy to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the fortran language, the computer will be easy to use." -- B Lee View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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