Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane

If you enjoy strolling down “memory lane”, you would enjoy stories from years gone by, printed each week in the TRIBUNE. It is one of our most popular features.
Here is a sample of what we have printed in past issues.
















A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR GOOD FRIEND CLYDE CHESNUTT who identified every person in the Central third grade school picture, taken in 1940-41 that we ran several weeks back. Those pictured are: Front Row: Cecil Ray, Kenneth Bangston, Ronald Riddle, JoAnn Vanhooser, Dona Lee Sanders, Joan Wyley, Jimmy Shamblin and Neal Van Hooser. Second Row: Gene Parks, Bill Bunch, Eldon Hodges, Miss Adams, Joel Martin, Joan Petre and Carolyn Sue Hudson. Third Row: Howard Harrod, Jackie Burns, Billy Howell, Nanette Oliphant, Patsy Treadwell, Ida Marie Horn, Maysie Ruth Farmer and Peggy Featherston. Back Row: James Wall, Clyde Chesnutt, Jr., Dale Lowder and Ronald Dean Goad.


The Year Was 1935

Lanky Red Fielder blazed his fast ball past a bewildered Elliston grocery club Friday afternoon to chalk up his sixth victory of the season as Capital Heights stretched its winning streak to 12 straight, winning 7 to 0.
Never once during the entire game was the brilliant sorrel topped lad in danger as his team mates, Knight, Harjo and the Elliotts combined excellent bits of base running with timely, well placed singles to white wash  the Ellistonites on six scattered hits. Not an extra base blow was registered during the nine inning battle.
Fielder,  in scoring his sixth consecutive triumph of the year, breezed six strikeouts past a hustling set of Grocery lads to best J.O. Elliston, losing mound performer, one up. Elliston allowed seven hits.
Knight, Capital Heights left fielder, captured individual batting honors with two hits in four trips to the plate.

Sixty One Colored
Pupils Are Enroled
Opening Day;
Parade Staged
Much interest is being shown in the Daily Vacation Bible school for colored people which opened Monday under the auspices of the First Baptist church.
Sixty one pupils enrolled the first day and this number is expected to be doubled soon.
The pupils and those in charge staged a parade this morning at 11 o’clock.
Mrs. Harmon Cox is superintendent of the intermediate department and colored helpers are A. Zollicoffer, Jakie Mence,  Dorothy Lacy, Mahalia Lacy and Katie Herd.
Miss Holder, superintendent of the junior department, is being assisted by Mrs. Lloyd Thomas, Mrs. Orville Haddon, Mrs. R.O. White, Elizabeth ox, Wilton Dillon, Irene Clawson and Marguerite ball and two colored helpers, Loetta Nutter and Emma L. Lyle.
Mrs. Bruner, in charge of the primary department, is assisted by Ida Burris and Vivian Murphree and colored helpers, Clara Lyle and Eugene Hapson.
Those assisting Miss Zelma Campbell, superintendent of the beginners department, are Margaret Fullerton, Virginia Cox, Ruby Busby and colored helpers, Blanche Perry and Ruby Herd.
Mrs. T.J. Hensley is principal of the school.

Birthday Party
For Correne Lee
It was to honor the birthday of their daughter, Correne, that Mr. and Mrs. Norman Lee entertained with a lawn party at their home, 119 South Walnut, Wednesday evening.
The time was spent in playing games after which an ice course was served.
The honoree received many lovely gifts.
Guests were Lucille Stalon, Edna Stalon, Krystine Robertson, Vada Towell, Ruby Terry, Velma Terry, Arminta and Correne Lee, Glenn and Wilson Terry, Carl Loftis, Floyd Hixson and Norman Lee, jr.

Luncheon Given To
Honor New Members
Complimenting the new members, the Women’s Missionary society of Barnard Memorial Methodist church entertained with a luncheon Thursday in the church dining room.
Bowls of mixed garden flowers formed centerpieces for the tables.
Following the luncheon, the group gathered in the auditorium and the following program was presented:
Piano quartet, Mrs. C.O. Lucas, Mrs. Bland Greer, Mrs. Floyd Crumm and Mrs. Stanley Huser; piano duet, Miss Joellen Hall and Miss Patricia Fisher; violin quartet, Mrs. Charles Orr, Mrs. Doyle Hooper, Jimmie Mayfield and Bryce McFall with Mrs. Leon Davis accompanying at the piano; vocal solo, Mrs. J.O. Little; piano trio, Mrs. Huser, Mrs. Lucas and Mrs. Greer.
Mrs. Alfred Stevenson, president of the society, introduced the officers and each one explained her duties.



The Year Was 1942

A business meeting and social hour were combined when the TED class of the First Baptist church met in the home of Mrs. Lizzie Kernek, N. Willow, Wednesday evening.
Members sang the class song to open the program.
A profit of $38.34 was reported on the season’s rummage sales and decision was made to invest in two units of the $1,000 club,” for the Southern Baptist convention.
Mrs. Grace Higgins gave the devotional, reading from John 10-3 and Mrs. F.H. McGowan read the poem, “Not Growing Old.”
Various plans for the coming year were discussed. The meeting closed with a special prayer for members who are ill or have illness in their homes. Refreshments were served by the hostess.
Guests were Mrs. Osborn, Mrs. Tom Saunders and Mrs. Oscar Knight and members present included Mrs. D.T. Pike, Mrs. Fannie Albertson, Mrs. Bert Martin, Mrs. Ed Ligon, Mrs. John Hunt, Mrs. Lizzie Sexton, Mrs. McGowan, Mrs. Edge, Mrs. Etta Adams and Mrs. Kernek.

Mrs. Ruby G. Lowe, Hughes county supervisor for the statewide school lunch project, reported that there were 32 operating units in the county, and a project will be started at Gum Springs Monday, Jan. 19.
A total of 43,100 lunches have been served in the several schools during the past month. The average number served each day is 2,803 and the average cost per lunch is 17 cents.
Marvin P. Flowers, project technician for the statewide school lunch project, will be in Hughes county Monday for the purpose of assisting in plans for the 1942 garden project.
Schools wishing to participate in the garden program are asked by Mrs. Lowe to make their plans known before that date. She said the soil must be selected early, and the supervisor’s office must know the number of schools desiring to participate, so the supervisor will know how many acres are needed.
The garden project is for the purpose of producing vegetables and other foodstuffs for school lunchrooms, thereby reducing the cost of school lunches.

The first birthday of Bill Trigg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Trigg of Corpus Christi, was celebrated Wednesday afternoon at a party in the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Reed, 1008 N. Burns.
Gaily colored balloons decorated the dining table and buffet.
After an hour of play Bill’s birthday cake, holding one lighted candle was served. He was presented gifts.
Children present included Jimmie Frazer, George Kernek, Ronald Qualls, Joe Harrod Wasson, Ann Rogers, and the guest of honor.
Enjoying the party with them were Mrs. Jim Frazer, Mrs. Boyd Kernek, Mrs. Guy Qualls, Mrs. Orian Harrod, Mrs. Clem Pollock, Mrs. Milton Love and the hostess, Mrs. Trigg and Mrs. Reed.


 The Year Was 1952

FIRST GRADE—Sharon and Judy Coffee spent the weekend in Bristow visiting their daddy.  Jimmy Wilbanks spent the weekend in Montgomery, Alabama with his aunt.  Larry Madden was out of school Wednesday afternoon because of a tooth ache.  Ricky Skinner who has been here in school returned to Oklahoma City Friday.  We are sorry she has gone.  Some of us took our little red story book home this week.  We enjoyed reading to our daddy and mother.
SECOND GRADE—Making 100 in reading Monday were Susan, Sarah, Meverly, Carolyn, Sharon, Maria, Lynn, Mark, Oliver, Marian, Mary, Etta, Karen, William, Mike and Donna Ray.  The following boys and girls made 100 in spelling:  Bill Loyd, Luther, William, Mike, Tommy, Rodney, Paul, Mark, Oliver, Ronnie, Beverley, Donna Ray, Karen, Mary Etta, Lynn, Sharon, Susan, Marian, Carolyn, Sarah, Maria, T.G., Jack Bruce, Mickey, Ricky, Dale, Ronald, Raymond, Bobby, Erick, Phillip, Janet, Carol, Georgia, Patsy and Donna Kay.  It was a thrill for each of us to ride the fire truck after fire drill last week.  When we returned to our room we drew pictures of the fire truck.  Penny Robinson visited in Shawnee over the weekend.  Raymond Strah spent Sunday in Oklahoma City.  He gave an interesting report on his visit to the zoo.
THIRD GRADE—Mary Jo Sartor brought a beanbag to school and we all tossed it on numbers written on the floor in order to make addition problems out of individual scores.  George Hayden, Sue Enos, Beverly Brumley, Darlene Bundy, Marjory Diamond, Mary Jo Sartor, Martha Hollis, Richard Wasson, Rodney Huffman, Linda Reos, Stanley Benton, Mike Agan, Frances Hudson, Carole Crook, Pete Gentry, Junior Sherfield, Ronnie Daniels, George Lovelace, Robert Dodson and Marsha Irby made 100 in spelling this week.  Our radio program for this week has been in Science and health.  These programs come from radio station WNAD.  We enjoy them very much.
FOURTH GRADE—The fourth grade won the PTA holiday for enlisting the most PTA members.  We got 154 members.  Joe Davenport shopped in Seminole Tuesday afternoon.  Lonnie Ledford is spending the week in Texas on account of sickness in his family.  Judy Ann Hardy was absent two days this week due to sickness.  Carl Friend brought us a set of animal and bird pictures for our room.  We are making health posters this week.  Leon Prince spent Sunday in Oklahoma City.  Tony McCollum spent Saturday in Shawnee and Sunday in Tulsa.  Rickey Hurley planned to spend the weekend in Oklahoma City.  Reed Skinner gave our room a new basketball.  We were sorry to have Reed go back to her home in Oklahoma City.  We are enjoying playing since it turned cool.  The boys have organized a ball team.  The following made 100 in spelling:  Margaret Duke, Joe Davenport, Carl Friend, Jack Hughey, Rickey Hurley, Norman Lovelady, Tony McColllum, Gary Middleton, Jerry Pennington, Leon Prince, Russell Robinson, Angus Woodford, Sue Adams, Rebekah Allen, Mary Balmain, LaQuita Cecil, Gloria Evans, Donna Hutcherson, Karen Corner, Saundra McBryde, Mary and Martha McCourry, June Mullins, Necia Turner, Joyce Vickers and Sherry Avery.
FIFTH GRADE—Ann Kernek went to Oklahoma City for the weekend.  Donna Faye Goad’s grandfather and grandmother visited her from Oklahoma City.  Linda Kaye Burton went to Tulsa Sunday.  Suzanne Mackey went to Mississippi Friday afternoon.  Susan Moore’s aunt is visiting her.  Judy Lewis went to Ada last weekend.  Sue Crowe went to Wetumka Friday.  Michael Crumm went to Pryor Wednesday. Mary Kathryn Lucas spent the weekend in Arkansas and Missouri.  Phil Neill’s dog was run over by a car and was seriously hurt.  Steve Sims went to a bingo party out at Seamprufe.  Elmer Kibby’s mother went to Oklahoma City Monday.  Karen Bailey went to Oklahoma City Monday.
SIXTH GRADE—The sixth grade won second place in the PTA membership contest.  We saw the film “Pioneer Life in the New England States” this week.  Ronnie Justice, Johnny McRay, Dwight Hutcherson and James Powell visited in Wewoka Saturday.  Nadra Hugney is the news reporter for this week.  Charlotte Harris celebrated her eleventh birthday Thursday.  Denny Anderson visited in Tulsa Sunday.  Wesley Davis visited at Hill Top Sunday.  Anna Loyce Prince went to the zoo in Oklahoma City last Saturday.  Marvin Webb celebrated his birthday recently.  John Gaberino visited his relatives in McAlester Sunday.  Jerry Boyce visited in Wetumka Saturday.  Johnny McRay, Sue Embach and Charlotte Harris were absent this week because of illness.  Annette Appple went to Wewoka Wednesday afternoon.

FIRST GRADE—Monday night was open house for our parents and friends.  We were happy that most of our parents could come.  Our room was decorated for Halloween.   David Harris visited his grandmother in Atoka Sunday.  We were sorry to hear of Linda Kay Swinhart’s grandfather’s death.   Bruce Grizzle was six years old Tuesday.  We enjoy reading “My Little Green Book.”  Most of the boys and girls like it even more than “My Little Red Book.”
SECOND GRADE—Max Williams brought his turtle to school.  His turtle’s name is Myrtle.  Myrtle lives in a clear plastic bowl with a green and brown palm tree in the middle of the bowl.  We want to that Mrs. C.A. Moore for bringing the lovely roses to our room the night of open house.  Karen Ann Thomas brought a real pumpkin for our room.  The children are enjoying singing Halloween songs.  Sharon Kay Stafford brought some pretty roses to school Wednesday.  Shelley Green was absent Monday.  Carmen Pappas had a lot of fun with the camera and pictures she made at home.  These boys and girls made 100 in spelling:  David Blasingame, Tony Blaylock, Roy Giles, Bobby Grizzle, Jimmie Mann, Lonson Moore, Red Stirman, Max Williams, James Carter, Joyce Rae Dowdy, Karen Elaine Gordon, Barbara Harris, Peggy Sue Kibby, Carmen Pappas, Sharon Kay Stafford, Karen Ann Thomas and Ruby Nell Vail.
THIRD GRADE—Tom Grizzle was a very nice weather man.  Minnie Harjo was absent Tuesday and Wednesday.  Rickie Hodgins had a shiny new bicycle.  He was eight years old Tuesday.  We are very happy to have had the cleanest room.  We all made perfect scores in spelling but two.  One pupil missed one word and one missed two.  These boys and girls made perfect scores:  Don Blasingame, Richard Bowen, Robby Clift, Eddie Fleming, Tom Grizzle, Billy Harris, Rickie Hodgins, Bobby Smith, Robert Standfield, Rudy Troup, Floyd Vail, Eugene Walden, Paula Kay Barnes, Kay Bennett, Pequita Hall, Minnie Harjo, Carolyn Kibby, Jan Poteet, Sharon Swinhart, Doris Thompson, Paula Faye Halbert and Cora Lee McCombs.
FOURTH GRADE—Monday evening we enjoyed having our parents visiting school.  We have sold $23.50 worth of chances on the turkeys.  The fourth grade enjoyed a film Tuesday.  We recorded a play—Earth Magic—in our reading class.  We sold fudge Wednesday at noon.  The pupils with a perfect spelling score were Elizabeth Jane Leader, Linda Sue Morrow, Dayna Lee Mann, Ovita Harris, Peggy Gordon, Mary Lou Baxter, James Vail, Leon Sanders, Bobby Jackson, Hal Swinhart, Jimmy Kibby, Donald Merchant, Joe Moeller and Larry Vail.
FIFTH GRADE—Monday night we observed open house.  Mr. Paul Kennerly was our guest speaker.  The rooms were open to the guests to see the children’s work.  Those who made perfect scores in spelling are Joyce Ann Robinson and Janice Stanfield.  Last Friday some children came from Park View to give the school a lecture on preventing fires.  We saw two interesting films, “Patriotic Songs” and “Early New England Settlers.”  We enjoyed singing along with the songs.
SIXTH GRADE—Those making 100 in spelling are Jan Thompson, Donna Gordon, Joan Skaggs, Brenda Nichols, Betty Smith, Jackie Holmes and Billy Tobey.  We are very proud of our room.  A professor from the audio-visual department at Oklahoma A&M College will observe the presentation in our room of a film on “Teaching Music.”  Also our picture will be taken and carried in a national magazine.  We have enjoyed recording the play “Blue Willows.”  Our voices surprised us.  This is helping very much.

The Wetumka Chieftains played “give the ball to Ferman” for four quarters of Hard-fought football here Friday night, downing the Weleetka Outlaws by a tidy 27-6 score.
The victory, witnessed by a Homecoming crowd of 2,000 improved the Chiefs’ standing in the East Central conference and was no breather.  The Outlaws never once stopped playing to win, though their effectiveness suffered when their big gun, quarterback Charles Stephens, had to be helped from the field in the second quarter.
Things started off well for the Chieftains; quarterback Jimmy Winters intercepting a Stephens pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage.
Halfback Ferman March took a pitchout from Winters to scamper 16 yards around left end and score three plays later.  Winters’ kick was wide.
The Outlaws marched to a first down after the kickoff, but end Cleo Watson got the ball again for the Chiefs when Bob Keck fumbled on the Weleetka 33.
WINTER SCORES—Winters kept on the optional from the one to score after his own 20-yard run had put the Chiefs on the 13.  Joe Lowder’s kick was no good.
The Chieftains scored a third time in the third quarter when Winters Churned 41 yards through the Outlaw secondary and into the end zone.  His kick for the conversion was good.  The quarter ended after a 38-yard kickoff runback by Doug Cluck of the Outlaws.
Stephens galloped 30 yards to set up the Weleetka touchdown, scored on a pass from Cluck to Fred Larney two plays after the 175-pound Outlaw quarterback left the game.  An attempt to run the conversion was foiled by Wetumka linemen.
MARSH SPARKS DRIVE—The second half began with an 80-yard drive to a touchdown sparked by Marsh.  The little half-back scored from three yards out, behind mow-‘em-down blocking by the entire Chieftain team.  Winters’ kick was good.
Guard J.T. Doke blocked a Cluck punt later in the quarter and Ralph Marsh picked up 12 to the 18, but Lloyd Herndon was hit while handing off to Tommy Sheppard and the Outlaws recovered.
Cluck sparked a long Outlaw drive to the Chieftain 12.  Joe Lowder and Howard Baldwin broke up a pass play as the fourth quarter got underway.  Burnett intercepted a Weleetka pass, but a penalty nullified the play and put the Outlaws on the Chieftain 10.  Doke stopped a running play and the Chiefs got the ball.
A fumble by Sheppard gave it back to the visitors, who tried four unsuccessful plays from the Wetumka 12.  The Chiefs took the ball and moved up field, and neither team again threatened.

The Year Was 1961

The Elks scored single tallies in the first and second innings, added two more in the third and one in the sixth to pick up their first victory at Wetumka.
Wetumka trailed 5-2 going into the seventh stanza but rallied to score one run and leave two runners on base before absorbing the defeat.
Two hits by Kenny Ott, Orville Reid and Jim Harjo led a nine hit spree for the Elks.  Jackie Copper went the distance on the mound for the victors, giving up four hits and striking out 15 to rack up credit for the win.
Hughes led Wetumka batsmen, cracking out a double and single in three trips.

Close games with good pitching highlighted Little League baseball in Holdenville Thursday night as eight teams saw action in the Midget and PeeWee loops.
Gene Harjo and Larry Foster combined pitching efforts to shut-out the elks and give the Methodist their first win in three tries.  The Elks could collect only two hits during the contest, compared to five foe the winners.
Sam Mason paced the Methodist batsmen with a single an a double as his club scored two runs in each of the first and third innings.
Lanny Scroggins hurled a creditable game for the Elks and had a single in a losing cause.  Billy Jack Kibby picked up the other Elk safety in the third, when their biggest scoring threat failed with two men left on base.
In a battle of the unbeatens, Baptist sailed past Kiwanis behind the three hit pitching of Rolley Johnson.  Prior to the contest, each team had won their first two games.
The winners put together doubles by Rickie Knighter and Ronald Pittman, along with a single by Johnson to break the game open with three runs in the second inning.  Baptist added single runs in the third and fourth frames, via walks and errors.  Bob Lucas and Jack Stripling limited Baptist to three hits also, but were the victims of walks and errors.
Kiwanis picked up their lone run in the fourth inning on singles by John Lucas and Ricky Scanlon.
Baptist finally outlasted Methodist in the wildest contest of the night, after scoring three runs in the fifth inning to take the lead.  The winners connected for only two hits but were aided by five errors and six walks.
Methodist jumped to a 4-2 lead in the first inning and scored in all but the third and last innings of the six inning contest.
Martin Harjo picked up the win for Baptist.  Johnny Stafford and Tommy Wilbanks were the only hitters able to connect safely for the winners.
Donald Harjo was the tough-luck losing pitcher for Methodist and helped his own cause by blasting out two safeties.  Butch Smith also had a pair of hits for Methodist.
In a red-hot pitching duel, John Stirman picked up another win for Rotary, allowing only one hit over the five inning contest.
Rotary pushed across three big runs in the third inning to net the victory, the tallies scoring on five walks.  Billy Turner
Was the only lad to hit safely for the winners in the close contest.
Kiwanis only run came in the third frame on Harold Brown’s long triple.
The loss was the first for Kiwanis in three starts and Rotary picked up their second win of the season in the squeaker.
The only game on the card at Fairgrounds park tonight will pit the Elks against Wewoka at 8 p.m. in a Minor League contest.

The 19th Psalm was the text of the devotional presented at the monthly meeting of Fitkin Missionary Chapter of Church of the Nazarene held recently at the church.
Mrs. Faye Robinson led the group in singing, “Will Jesus Find Us Watching.”  Mrs. Bertie Gatlin accompanied them on the piano.
The devotional, given by Mrs. Beulah Garret, was followed by prayer by Mrs. Belle Frederick and Mrs. Robinson.
The business session was presided over by Mrs. Gatlin, after which Mrs. Ethel Cooper, presented the lesson “Tribes and Nations in the South”
Attending the meeting were Mrs. Mayme Petete, Mrs. Dovie Simpson, Mrs. Beulah Garret, Mrs.
Abbie Campbell, Mrs. Faye Robinson, Mrs. Ethel Cooper and Mrs. Bertie Gatlin.

Ten members attended the social and business meeting of the Phebian Sunday School class of First Baptist Church held recently in the home of Mrs. J.W. Critz, 400 Berton.
Mrs. Thelma Vannoy, president, presided over the short business session, followed by the devotional presented by Mrs. E.M. Kelly.
Mrs. Claudia Parks then led prayer.
A delicious party plate was then served to the following members.  Mrs. E.M. Kelly, Mrs. H.R. Swearingen, Mrs. Gladys Holloway, Mrs. Claudia Parks, Mrs. Francis Reifle, Mrs. Reba Scott, Mrs. Thelma
Vannoy, Mrs Sylvia Hunnicutt, Mrs. Argin Warren and the Hostess, Mrs. J.
W. Critz.

Swimming lessons will be offered at the city swimming pool starting at 9 a.m. Monday, it was announced by pool managers today.
The classes will be open to youngsters five-years-old and above, and will be held five days each week for a two week period.
Joe Moeller and Alfred Tuttle, pool lifeguards who also have received their life saving certificates, will be instructors.  The classes will be held from 9 until 10 a.m. each weekday.
Registration is $10 and enrollment can be made by phoning 1519, or by enrolling at the pool before 9 a.m. Monday.
A second course will be opened July 3, it was announced.
Judy Smith, 18 year-old-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O.A. Smith, 705 Country
Club Drive, became the fourth entry in the Miss Holdenville Beauty Pageant today.
A graduate of Holdenville High School this spring, Miss Smith is 5 feet four inches tall, weight 120 pounds, has blue eyes brown hair and fair complexion.  She is sponsored by the Holdenville Rotary Club.
Miss Smith lists swimming and dancing as hobbies and plans to further her education at Oklahoma University this fall.
Zane Nowlin, chairman for the contest, reminded those interested in sponsoring a contestant to do so as soon as possible in order that final arrangements may be completed.
The beauty contest, as well as the second annual Fun Day, will be staged by the local Junior Chamber of Commerce on the fourth of July.
The Fun Day program, chock full of interesting contests for all age groups, will be held at Stroup Park.
Miss Smith becomes the fourth entry into the beauty pageant.  Previous beauties named to participate are Glenda Jean Montgomery, sponsored by Lee Weatherred’s Paint and Wallpaper store, Jayne Ballinger,Holdenville
Daily News and Jo Ann Culberson, Chamber of Commerce.