Sapulpa Daily Herald (Sapulpa, Okla.), Vol. 67, No. 256, Ed. 1 Friday, July 10, 1981 Page: 1 of 14
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OKLAHOMA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
HISTORICAL DU ILDI HQ
OKLA. CITY, OKLA. 73105
Black Gold Days
festivity is slated
By JAMES LAUGHLIN
Herald City Editor
GUSNPOOL — It’s celebration time again as city residents prepare for
tha fifth annual Black Gold Days festivities, to be held Friday and
Saturday at the Kendalwood Sports Complex near the corner of 141st
Srwt and El wood Ave.
A "super colossal” parade, carnival rides, games, tournaments, food
«id fun will all be part of the Glenpool celebration, according to Ken
McCullouch, spokesman for the Black Gold committee.
,v Hit celebration will begin Friday at noon as the carnival rides go into
operation, and concession stands and arts and crafts booths open. A
softball tournament is also scheduled to begin tomorrow.
Friday evening activities include gospel singing, and a flatbed trailer
will be set up both days of the celeberation for impromptu acts to per-
“Everyone is invited to get up and do their thing, whether it’s reciting a
pawn or playing a guitar rag,” McCullouch said.
Dm high point of the two-day celebration will be the parade, set to
bugln at 11 a.m. Several military units will march in the event, as will the
Cbmmanche Drill Team, from Tulsa, and “horses galore", McCullouch
TOrry Young, Tulsa County Commissioner for District Two, will serve
M parade master. One of the military units participating in the parade
hu reportedly scheduled a helicopter fly over, and one of those ’copters
will land at the sports complex and be on display all day Saturday.
Activities planned for Saturday will include a seed spitting contest,
watermelon eating, arm wrestling, sack racing and horse shoe pitching.
Arts and Crafts booths will be set up both days of the celebration, with
headdresses, cowboy hats, arts, crafts and much more on sale.
McCullouch noted there are several booth spaces still available for
local craftsmen to exhibit their wares.
PWl Ashmore, the owner of the multi-million dollar Kendalwood Sports
Complex, is reportedly providing the new facility free of charge for the
The Black Gold Days Celebration is held annually to commemorate the
lda-Glenn oil field, discovered in the early 1900s, which led to the birth of
the town of Glenpool.
Tax cut provisions being drawn
for fishing hole
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following
article Is the first in a continuing series
•I features concerning longtime local
residents and the stories they have to
tell about their recollections of the
past hew and when they occurred over
By PATTY LANGLA1S
Herald Staff Writer
George Tyler is a classic example of
the aetfenade American businessman
even though his older brother did help
him get started.
He’s been described as “a man who
can da anything. He’s also traveled to
almost every country in the world and
has a slide show on each one, he said.
In the 42 years the furniture and
appliance dealer has lived in Sapulpa,
he’s advanced from boning meat for
Wickham Packing Company to passing
a 1250,000 business on to his sons,
Denny, Mike, and Rick.
Rick said his father has given in-
valuable help to the brothers while
they’ve built the business to a volume of
! They’re buying it from me. That’s
howl Uvenow,’’ he said with a chuckle.
His youthful eyes twinkled as he also
daimad that he lives by fishing.
Tyler's solid blond hair and relatively
smooth face also belie his years.
The inventory of the Tylers’ new
furniture, appliance, carpet, used
furniture anu antique stores ranges
from the latest RCA color television set
to a 1904 issue of the Adair Ledger.
Born in 1915 at Centrahoma, about
120 miles south of Sapulpa, Tyler said
he grew up in different towns always
within 150 miles of Sapulpa.
“We moved so often that I hardly got
to finish a whole year of school in one
place," Tyler said.
Tyler’s father farmed for a living. All
the younger Tylers know of their
grandfather is an old picture of him
with a wagon aod two mules, said the
youngest son Rick.
In 1929 with 14 years and a sixth
grade education behind him Tyler went
to work in sales for his older brother
J.W. Tyler. The elder Tyler owned a
chain of stores of different kinds—dry
goods stores, general stores, wholesale
and retail feed stores—scattered across
“J.W. bought up alot of bankrupt
stores during the depression. He’d sell
out their inventories and bring what
people didn’t buy back to his
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WASHINGTON (UPI) — Senate
Republican leader Howard Baker and
Speaker Thomas O’Neill both said
today they are willing to talk com-
promise on a tax cut, but the House
leader insisted Democrats will not be
“stampeded" Into hasty action.
A mini-debate on the outlook for
passage of a tax cut measure took place
on the terrace of the White House Rose
Garden after congressional leaders
attended the swearing-in of Charles
Bowsher as comptr oller general.
Meantime, House tax writers rolled
up their sleeves today to work on
The night manager of the 7-11 store at
921N. 9th Street reportedly fired a shot
at two alleged armed robbers early this
Ron Reed, the manager, told police
that two men hid in the store and at-
tempted an armed robbery about 2:46
a.m. this morning.
Reed believes the alleged robbers
carried a shotgun.
The store manager fired one shot
after he was ordered by a hidden
suspect to hand over the store’s money
and he heard what he believes was the
sound of a shotgun clicking.
Reed only saw the suspects as they
fled the store, he said. “It looked like
one of them was carrying some type of
shotgun.” he told police.
The manager reported that at 2:45
a.m. he was serving the last of several
customers. When they left the store,
Reed started to sit down and heard a
male voice order him to “...give me all
your money and throw it around the
corner to us.”
Reed said he looked in the direction of
the voice and, seeing no one, fell to the
floor and crawled to get his gun from
under the register.
The voice then allegedly warned that
Reed had two seconds to hand over the
money, and Reed thinks he heard the
sound of a shotgun being clicked to load
Reed did not answer, he said, but
crawled to the end of the counter. The
voice then allegedly said, “Here we
Reed said he put his gun around the
comer of the counter and fired one shot.
After that he heard the subjects trying
to get out the north door. He then saw
the suspects runnLig out the door and
watched them run east toward a
He immediately called for police
officers who arrived in about 45 to 60
seconds, he said.
Officers searched the area but the
suspects were not found. Nothing was
taken from the store, the report said.
Thursday Noon ....................88
Overnight Low 75
GEORGE TYLER raises the leaves of a drop leaf table for a customer at the
r’anaad furniture store on N. Main. Tyler retired and sold his furniture and
i business to his sons six years ago, but he still helps out frequently at
f’sfour stores. (Herald Photo by Patty Ianglais)
By FAYE DUNLAP
Herald Staff Writer
The following tale reminds one
of “who goosed the moose?," but
in this instance the “moose”
wasn’t even a goose: the culprit
was a rat and it wasn’t found in a
This strange quirk began with
the lackadaisical spotting of what
appeared to be the usual foot-
prints of a visiting neighborhood
cat on the bonnet of the car owned
by Charlie and Shirley Brooks as
they saddled up for a couple
The phenomenon never even
received a second thought.
While running their route
through the city, an odd noise
developed from beneath the car’s
hood. Thinking that the time may
have come for a swapping of
cars, the duo decided to first visit
their favorite service station.
At first sight, nothing appeared
to be malfunctioning, but while
the inspection was in progress,
Mrs. Brooks spied something
unusual hanging from beneath
the auto which resembled a
The trio of inspectors fearlessly
raised the car hood to discover
that the so-called “snake” was
the tail of a large rat which was
hitch-hiking in its chosen
chambers between the wheel well
and engine block.
Mrs. Brooks can’t (or won't)
recall who jumped first or the
highest: herself or the station
Therefore, to reiterate verbage
straight from the “horse’s”
mouth, “be alert if you find cat’s
footprints on your car!”
breaks for business research and
Ways and Means Committee
Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill.,
promised today “there will be a tax cut
this year,” but justified his com-
mittee’s deliberate pace as “prudent"
consideration of tax legislation that will
cost the government about a trillion
dollars in lost revenue over the next
Reporters buttonholed O’Neill as he
was leaving the White House, and asked
him about Senate Finance Chairman
Bob Dole’s comment that there still is
room for compromise on the tax cut
“I’m happy to know that Senator Dole
says he would be happy to have some
kind of compromise” on the tax bill,
“They apparently appreciate the
equity of our bill,” he added. “We just
can’t do it in haste.”
“We talked about compromise once
before and it fell flat," O’Neill said,
referring to early attempts to work out
a bipartisan agreement before com-
mittee work began. But he said
Rostenkowski and Dole will meet
Baker said, "If the speaker will sit
down and talk about compromise,
there's always room for compromise ...
if the House will sit down. We’ll be
happy to talk about it.”
O'Neill described as "hogwash"
President Reagan's warning in a
political speech in Chicago Tuesday
night that unless a bill is passed by
August, there will be no tax cut this
“This is the most momentous tax bill
in history,” O’Neill said “We’re not
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Vol. 67—No. 255—14 Pages Thursday, July 9, 1981 Sapulpa. Okla. 740<>(>
TWO GAS PUMPS at the Bro-Mar station at 1204 N. 9th street
were damaged by a fire at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The fire
department report said that Joe Broaddus was pumping
water from the gas storage tank when a short in a wire under
the pump apparently set the gas on fire. The pumps are
equipped with safety valves that turn the pumps off in such
occurrences to avert an explosion. (Herald Photo by James
Appeal of prosecution
ruling is said possible
TULSA, Okla (UPI) - Despite a
judge’s ruling that acting district at-
torney Jerry E. Truster has the
authority to file criminal charges, a
chief public defender says he may take
the case to the Oklahoma Court of
Two defense lawyers and Chief
Public Defender Pete Silva have
challenged the 102 felony and
misdemeanor charges Truster has filed
since assuming his position Saturday.
Truster was first assistant to long-
time District Attorney S.M. “Buddy”
Fallis Jr., who resigned Friday.
Truster assumed the acting district
attorney position Saturday. Gov.
George Nigh has not named a
replacement for Fallis.
The attorneys claimed Wednesday
Truster lacked authority to file the
charges because Fallis’ resignation left
the former district attorney without
powers of appointment.
But Special District Judge John Reif
disagreed with the lawyers, ruling that
because of Fallis’ resignation, he was
“absent” under the law and therefore
his first assistant was to perform his
However, Silva said he based his case
on another part of the law, which
“Whenever the office of district at-
torney shall be vacated by reason of
resignation or death of the district
attorney, the governor shall appoint a
qualified person to serve the balance of
the unexpired term
Gov. George Nigh has delayed
naming a successor for Fallis, saying
he would give the post to an appointee
who would pledge not to run for the
office when the remainder of Fallis'
If Silva’s case does proceed to the
appeals court and his request for the
release of defendants charged by
Truster is approved, charges against
those defendants still could be refiled
when Nigh appoints a district attorney
A Creek County moonshiner was
convicted in a Tulsa Federal Court
Wednesday of operating a still at his
home near Slick.
Willie Hammons was arrested April
27 when Creek County sheriff’s deputies
and five U.S. Department of Treasury
agents raided his rural home and
smashed nearly 16 barrels of illegal
The 54-year-old moonshiner was
handed a six-month jail term and a 24-
year suspended sentence Wednesday
for his sixth conviction on federal
I.aw enforcement officials claimed
Hammons’ still produced about 10,000
gallons of illegal whiskey a year which
had a street value of $200,000
Hammons had reportedly been
operating stills in the area for the past
eight years, and had several prior
convictions dating back to 1968.
At the time of the Slick man’s arrest,
officials claimed they knew of at least
three “shot" houses in Beggs, Ok-
mulgee and Tulsa, which received
U.S. District Judge Thomas R. Brett
said Hammons, an ex-serviceman, is to
be placed in a jail facility where he can
receive treatment for a disabling lung
A set of keys were left at the Cook
Paint store, 607 N. Mission, owner may
claim them there ... KAREN ASHLOCK
sends a happy birthday greeting to Dan
Kissee, who turns 20 today ... Happy
birthday wishes also go to Rolan Lile,
Marvin Thomas and Somer Turner,
who turns 3 today ... Brother-in-laws
Laurence DeLong and James Finegan
are also both celebrating birthdays... A
half-Siamese kitten seven weeks old
need a new home, call 224-3596 ... There
are other kittens for give away at 224-
5469 ... And, a large, light colored
German shepherd for give away at 316
W. Bryan ... Belated birthday greetings
go to Berry Hoover ... Happy an-
niversary' wishes go to Donald and
Helen Kaser, who are celebrating their
21, and Ray and Susan McCullough,
who have been married 16 years ... The
Herald invites David Teegarden, 604 S.
Muskogee, to see “Cannonball Run" or
“Raiders of the Ixwt Ark" tonight at the
Creek Hills Twin Theater....
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