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Vol 5, Iss 17 Alva, Oklahoma -

I am running quite late tonight... later than this Okie would like. As I write this, my Pug puppy is lying in her crate fast asleep. I have made a few changes to her name, though. You see ... when we are outside in the yard she loves to tackle the dandelion flowers and their puff balls. She doesn't eat them. She just picks them as she plows through our dandelion patch... leaving a slight furry residue on her lower puppy dog chin. So.... I changed her name to Duchess Dande-Lion Rose! Duchess is 10 weeks old this Friday weighing in at close to 2 or 3 lbs. A real sweetheart of a puppy.

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Walking With Sadie

Vol 17, Iss 37 Houston, TX - Woof! Woof! Want to know more about the "Flying Farmers" of the past? The image on the left is a picture of Gene McGill, his wife, Vada, and their daughter, Dorthy (about two years of age, 1945).

We take you back of 1 August 1946, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and the Miami Daily News-Record, news article with page 3 headlines that read: "Planes Bearing Delegates To Stillwater Farm Meet."

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McGill & Flying Farmers...

Vol 7, Iss 45 Remember back to August 3, 1944 when the Oklahoma Flying Farmers Association was born and by December 12, 1945 the National Flying Farmers Association was organized, incorporated under Oklahoma law? We do know that Gene McGill was one of those farmers that was instrumental in getting the Oklahoma Flying Farmers organized [more]... View/Write Comments (count 3)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Flying Farmer '57 Article

Vol 9, Iss 24 This 1957 article was written by J. B. Kelsey in 1957 by request of his youngest son, Jack Kelsey, for the monthly Flying Farmers magazine. it was originally passed along to the Waynoka Historical Society. AND... now The OkieLegacy via of J. B. Kelsey's grandson, Barry Kelsey, has received a scanned copy to share with you all. Page #2, Page #3 and Page #4.

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Harvesters & Prairie Skyscrapers

Vol 1, Iss 5 NW Okie wrote this on a Thursday, June 3, 1999, "Harvesters & Prairie Skyscrapers (The Man with the whiskers Got the Job) [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Flying Farmers '57 Article

Vol 9, Iss 24 "My Uncle Jack Kelsey found this in his barn [more]... View/Write Comments (count 1)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Membership List - Oklahoma Flying Farmers

Vol 10, Iss 25 We are not sure what year this list of members for the Oklahoma Flying Farmers was made, but assume it may have been around 1946 [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


The Summer of 2008

Vol 10, Iss 25 Well! We made it through to the 3/4 mark of June, 2008 and into the beginning of the Summer of 2008.

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Memories of Our Father

Vol 10, Iss 24 It was no secret in February 3rd, 1950 what Gene McGill stood for. He was a Democrat running for State Senator for Woods / Woodward Counties -- announcing his candidacy February 3rd, 1950 against Claude Seaman of Waynoka in Northwest Oklahoma.

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Memories of Flying Farmers & Gene McGill

Vol 9, Iss 26 We recently received a letter from Jack Kelsey this week, which included a copy of his family story he wrote for the Waynoka history book that the Waynoka Historical Society is helping organize and compile. That story is below in the Mailbag section. BUT... here are some memories Jack Kelsey shared with me concerning the Flying Farmers & Gene McGill.

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1960 - John Cronley's Once Over by E. M. Barker

Vol 10, Iss 25 While searching through The Oklahoman archives online, I came across this interesting article written by E. M. Barker and sent to The Daily Oklahoma sports editor, John Cronley for his Once Over column. It appeared March 3, 1960, on page 33, "... Some folks might have wondered when Gene McGill, ordinarily a mild-mannered man, stiffened his upper lip and stayed right in there and pitched when the governor was trying so hard to shell him from the mound ... Although he has no athletic record of his own, his father, the late Bill McGill, is regarded as Alva's most fabulous athlete.".

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Harvesters & Prairie Skyscrapers

Vol 11, Iss 26 What are Prairie Skyscrapers? Up in Kansas they are referred to as Prairie Skyscrapers (a.k.a. grain elevators). In most areas of the Heartland, you can see at least one elevator off in the distance. Every town has at least one and, in some cases, the elevator is still standing (and may even still be used) even if the town has been abandoned.

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Kelsey Airfield - Waynoka, Oklahoma...

Vol 7, Iss 45 "Linda, my information came from Jack Kelsey [more]... View/Write Comments (count 17)   |   Receive updates (3 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


1945 - National Flying Farmers Group To Be Formed

Vol 10, Iss 25 A national association of flying farmers and ranchers, with the Oklahoma Flying Farmers as the parent group, will be organized immediately by the state group and the National Areonautics association, it was announced here Tuesday [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe




SURE I DO. THERE SON SAM NOW LIVES IN DENVER,
 ~ELLIS RAYMER regarding Okie's story from Vol. 7 Iss. 5 titled UNTITLED

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 5 Bayfield, Colorado - According to the New York Tribune, dated Sunday, November 10, 1907, the big headline was reading, "Next Week Oklahoma Becomes the Forty-Sixth State In the Union." The front page also showed a couple of pictures of a typical Oklahoma village of eighteen years earlier of an Arapahoe Indian town; a typical town and street in Shawnee; and the product of a single farm (12 bushels of corn piled on the ground for want of cribs).

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McGill Bros. - Gene & Bob

Vol 10, Iss 23 The photo on the left is a picture of the McGill Brothers, Gene (left) & Robert (right), taken out at the ranch on Hwy 14 sometime around 1944 as the McGill Bros. were standing in front of Gene's light airplane.

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1947 Flying Farmers Convention In Stillwater, OK

Vol 10, Iss 25 Headlines: "Flying Farmers Still Looking For Plane To Do Chores Right."

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(December 1945) Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers

Vol 17, Iss 35 Alva, OKlahoma - According to the 1945, December 13, news article that appeared in "The Ada Weekly News," page seven, via Stillwater, Oklahoma, December 11, 1945, there was this clipping concerning an "Alva Man To Head Flying Farmers."

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Okie Flying Farmer

Vol 10, Iss 26 "The image on the left is a give away match book advertising the White Bros [more]... View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


Oklahoma Flying Farmers...

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