Elk City News-Democrat (Elk City, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 7, 1921 Page: 1 of 12
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ELK CITY NEWS-DEMOCP ii
SUCCESSOR TO BECKHAM COUNTY NEWS AND ELK ClfY RECORD
ELK CITY, BECKHAM COUNTY, OKLAHOMA. THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1921
A TRIP TO THE
Jim O’Donnell and W. W. Black-
bum visited the Granite well last
Friday and came back feeling pretty
good over the outlook. They met H.
C. Ford of the bank, and who former-
ly was with the First National Bank
of Elk City, who showed them every
Zi-Jn tr°fdUfhed w thTe Ratifying, showing excellent faith-
5!" ®f. *e *1"’' i- ful work increased funds raised, all
ENLARGE CHURCH BUILDING
The annual meeting of the Prosbv-
terian congregation was held in the
church last Wednesday evening,
March 30th. The business session
was preceeded at 6:30 o’clock by a
dinner served by the ladies in cafe-
teria style, hot and substantial, of
which more than a hundred guests
At the business session reports
from all departments were most
Hennessey, general manager, H. E.
Dodd, head driller and G. T. Felty,
The well is on the Robert Williams
farm six miles north of Granite and
is being drilled by the Star Oil Syn-
dicate, headed by Jotin N. Metcalf,
prominent oil man of Los Angeles,
California. The editor of the Enter-
prise said: “Those in charge of the
work, Messrs. Hennessey, Mills and
Isch, had scarcely slept in bed for
two weeks so anxious were they to
avoid the accidents which have caus-
ed the loss of two wells in that
vicinity. When the drill was pound-
ing away at a depth of 860 feet the
driller was scared as he thought he
had lost the string of tools. The
gas came with a roar.
Those familiar with the various
kinds of gas are satisfied that this is
what is known as casing head gas. : jent (ja(-e
debts paid and balance in every
The total expenditures of the con-
gregation were $3,667.87 of which
$2,692.37 were for local needs and
$975.50 were for the various bene-
volent, missionary and educational
agencies supported by this church.
To better promote the work of the
Sabbath School department, the con-
gregation unanimously voted to
adopt a proposal of John Forsyth
and W. B. Hedlund, to alter and en-
large the church building at an esti-
mated outlay of $1,500.00 exclusive
of a heating plant. Many members
of the congregation were given op-
portunity to express their views and
all favored the change. Thereupon
Mr. Forsyth secured pledges for
more than $1,600.00, insuring the
improvement at the earlist conven-
BIG MEETING A SUCCESS
“That was a great meeting,’’ so
said all who attended the Agricul-
tural meeting here last Thursday.
The weather man had “blowed” him-
self the day before until he had no
blow left, so Thursday was calm and
Mike Hawkins, President of the
Chamber of Commerce, introduced
all of the speakers and having a good
strong voice he was heard by all.
Dan Diehl, known to all of us,
made the first speech which was a
little 4, ort as he “had to catch a
meals, but if they have not milk
they must substitute tankage. An
egg is composed of yolk, white, shell
and water and each part
needs its “feed.” He is a great be-
liever in clabber milk for the chickens
at all times.
Do not feed little chicks for 48 to
72 hours. Give them a little course
sand first, then feed hard boiled
egg, shell and all, mixed with bread
crumbs, sour skim milk, fresh water.
Most young chicks are killed by too
much feed and feeding too often.
train,” but he spoke on “Better ! Have water fresh and real often. The
County Fair,” and he was truly
happy over the fact of the great co-
operation between Sayre and Elk
City and said this boosting spirit
would make Beckham county one of
the best counties in the state. He
wanted all- the men to take their
wives, kiddies and dogs and attend
the county fair at Elk City and when
the County Live Stock Show was on
at Sayre to do the same and go there.
people showed their interest by ask-
ing Mr. Smith many questions.
The demonstration by the Belle
Vista school, conducted by County
Agent T. J. Eldredge was fine. They
knew why and where a tree should
be trimmed for setting out and how
to trim to keep the limbs in the right
shape, hqw to get rid of borers, etc.
Mr. Eldredge said he had noticed
that of all the peach trees he had
examined in poultry yards not one
John Fields, editor of the Oklaho- was infected with borers. Belle
ma Farmer, had not been advertised Vista can well be proud of her young
If it is, it is better than a 50 barrel
oil well, as the very highest grade
of gasoline is extracted from this
kind of gae.
Of course the officials of the syn-
dicate are feeling jubliant over the
bringing in of this well and Mr.
Hennessey remarked ^hat he would
not consider an offer of $50,000.00
for this one hole,' which has been put
down in the record time of a little
over two weeks by Contractors Dodd
This gas was found at about the
same depth that heavy flow was
found in Turner No. 1 two years ago.
It was cased off and drilling resumed.
A few feet deeper a flow of oil was
struck in that well wnich measured
970 barrels per day. One extra
punch of the drill however, broke
through into salt water, and the
owners of the well were never able
to shut it off. *
Mr. Hennessey and associates are
now putting in six inch casing into
the oil sand, which they calculate is
only a few feet deeper. This will
enable them to save and utilize both
the oil and gas in the well, thus mak-
ing it a double valuable property.
The eight inch casing is right down
to the bottom of the well, it could
not be in better shape, according to
the opinion of the contractors.
Both Mangum ami Hohrtrt interests
are now at work making preparations
to organize companies for the pur-
Sabbath School officers were elect-
ed, F. W. Snoddy was chosen as an
elder and the existing congregation-
al officiary continued for another
The church has made a net gain in
membership and is supporting loy-
ally all the causes approved by its
General Assembly. The budget for
1921-1922 was materially increased,
both by local necessity and by the
apportionment of the New Era Move-
ment. But on March 20th this bud-
get was fully provided for with
something to spare. The congrega-
tion looks hopefully into the coming
as one of the speakers, but all were
glad to know it was possible for him
to be here. He was going to Port,
also Rankin. He said he liked to get
around and see how things were in
all parts of the state. It was just
twenty-five years last Thursday since
John Fields came to Oklahoma, and
he said he felt like he was at an old
settler’s reunion. Mr. Fields said
the first business of the people was
to raise Jced for the family. He
said one-twelfth of the farms in Ok-
lahoma. did not raise chickens, but
that there were enough bugs on each
160 acres to raise 200 chickens. Why
not do it? Why raise bugs? He
believes in “a cow, a sow and a hen,”
on every farm.
pose of pining the ga<i
Granite field to those
H. C. POWELL HAS A
On Monday morning a
arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
H. C. Powell. This makes two boys
and two girls in the home, and of
course they are very proud of their
little quartette. Congratulations.
ARCHIE REYNOLDS IS PAPA
A fine twelve pound baby girl was
born to Mr. and Mrs. Archie A.
Reynolds on Monday, April 4th. at
the Tisdal Sanitarium, being the first
baby born in the new hospital. The
little babe has bten named Mary
Aletha. Mrs. Reynolds was formerly
Ethel Karnes, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. W. A. Karnes. Archie was one
from the j of our soldier boys who v/ent to
towns for | Camp Logan. We are glad to learn
I the mother and babe are getting
SISTER SERIOUSLY ILL
I along fine.
W. L. Blackburn received word i F,Rj T,BA^rY D •
Tuesday afternoon of the serious ill- < Born to Mr. and Mrs. H. Ruzicka,
ness of his sister, Mrs. Grace Derry | on Wednesday, April 6th, a fine
in El Reno. Because of the trains’, baby girl. She was named Melba
not running on Rock Island he was , Nadine. This is the first child for
unable to leave that day. He started Mr. and Mrs. Ruzicka and they are
to make the trip in auto, which could’ | about the happiest couple in town,
not be done because of so many wash-
out and he had to give it up, but left
yesterday via. Woodward. Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Blackburn who went to
Oklahoma City Sunday, stopping
at El Reno on Tuesday. Mrs.
Derry recently visited Elk City a
Lou Siglin received word Monday
of the death of his sister Rosa, who
lived in Colorado. The body will be
shipped to Elk City for interment
and is expected to arrive the first
train coming through.
MRS. HALL TO MICHIGAN
Mrs. Alice Hall left Friday for
Escanaba, Michigan, in answer to a
telegram stating the serious illness
of her daughter, Mrs. Jodie Crabtree.
A telegram was received Tuesday
morning that Ruth had passed the
i crisis and was getting along fine.
No doubt it was good medicine for
her to have her mother with her.
Ruth has a legion of friends here
who anxiously awaited news of her
condition and there was great re-
joicing when they learned she was
1 he Belle Vista school was repre-
sented and sang “Keep the Home
The Baptist church is expecting to
build a tabernacle - between their
church and Baraca rooms in which
they will hold meetings the coming
We revise our subscription list
once a month. If your subscription
•s nearly out do not wait until your
name is taken off, but come in and
-enew. We treat all alike.
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If you have broom corn to sell, write us, we have the
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Can get you best market price for your brush.
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Chickasha, Oklahoma, Box 407.
Illinois office and warehouse, Areola, 111.
MOST IN QUANTITY AND QUALITY
We put Quality Bread in Elk City. Your patronage
will keep Bread of Quality for Elk City.
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WE KEEP THE QUALITY UP
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Chas. M. Smith, the poultry man,
made a heart to heart talk on poul-
try, for this is one thing our people
seem to be getting more interested
in each day. He says the State
Poultry Association has started out
to get 100 hens on each farm.
The importance of the poultry in-
dustry was shown when he said Ok-
lahoma received $50,000,000 last
year from poultry and that did not
include the home consumption. He
would like to see Beckham county
organized to have pure bred chickens,
better and more uniform eggs, so
they could receive better prices. It
does not cost' a fortune to start in
poultry and there is nothing pays
better than the egg machine—the
hen. Chickens should be comfortably
housed and he showed plans of a
good poultry house which could be
made at a very reasonable -price. We
drew a little plan of the building as
he gave it which we will be glad to
show any of our readers. He told
h<$w to make the houses chicken
moot. With the drop board in the
house you can save the hen manure
which is worth a good price when well
cared for. He sold $500.00 worth in
one year. One barrel is worth a
load of other manure that a team
of horses could haul.
If the farmer has grain, gTeen
grass, sour milk, and plenty of water
he has things about right for chickens
people and in years to come we will
;ec the fruits of their teaching. Mr.
Eldredge says this is the greatest
:ruit belt in the west and not to get
discouraged because of the freeze
his year. He brought in how one
year kafir failed to make a crop, but
:hat was no reason why people should
top raising kafir.
He said one-tenth of the farms in
Oklahoma are without a cow. Beck-
ham county has 2470 farms, 140 of
these are without a cow, 118 without
chickens, 200 without hogs and he
remarked how many children were
deprived of milk and butter, the
basic element of nutrition. Then
we all know what he thinks about
the rural schools being the very best.
Mr. Radway said the cream can
and eggs were keeping the farmer
from running bills. The milk and
butter was the quickest crop to
“harvest.” Of the 500,000 dairy
cows in Oklahoma, one-third were
profitable, one-third breaking even
and one-third not paying their boart!
bill. He believed in teeding, breed-
ing and weeding. Test the milk and
get rid of the cows that were board-
ing. A good feed was 100 pounds
cotton seed meal. 200 pounds bran,
together with 400 pounds ground
kafir (You lose 40 per cent of kafir
if not ground) Feed one pound for
four pounds of milk. He believes in
feeding the cows as “you can’t make
milk and butter without raw ma-
terial.” Many cows thought worth-
less would prove to be good if fed.
He believes in good sires and sug-
gested that several farmers get to-
gether to buy the best.
Nd night meeting had been’ ar-
ranged, but when it was found the
speakers would be here a meeting
was planned. While there were not
as many out as would otherwise have
been, there were a ndmber present
and it proved to be a most interesting
John Fields again made a talk on
the relation if agriculture to the
business world, and while things are
pretty bad to be busted—with gran-
eries full” he thinks things will get
settled after while, and while the big
prices may not get back, remember
that you cannot measure a state’s
production by dollars, but by volume
of stuff raised that folks need.
The decrease of the farmer’s pur-
chasing .ability being two hundred
million dollars cannot help but have
its effect and draw attention of the
business men, but keep steady in the
boat. This country had its early
struggles and people are not having (
CE1VES MANY VISITORS
Earl Amend called last week and
renewed the subscription of the
News-Democrat for the home folks.
Earl is now traveling for the Ameri-
can Milling Co. He was with Mr.
Massey the first week and .this week
takes charge of the territory around
Dallas. Dallas will be his head-
quarters. Earl has been working for
the Morris Co. He has made several
changes the past few years, and each
one is a better one for him. He is
one of our young men who is bound
to reach the top.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Ko:.'. were in
Elk City on Saturday with that beau-
tiful baby and Jerry said the baby
just had to have the News-Democrat,
and like most every doting father
and mother, they sure are going to
give their only baby v.hat they want,
especially all the good things, so
Jerry handed us $2.00 for the paper
Chas. F. Bates of Mill Creek, Okla.
wrote, “Am sending money order to
renew, so my paper will keep com-
ing, for I just can’t do without the
news from good old Beckham county.
Have had a lovely winter here but
it was stormy Easter, turning off
cold and freezing just after a big
rain. Sure have a fine season now.”
Mrs. F. M. Hopper writes from
Michigan City, Ind., enclosing re-
newal. She says they get the paper
every Monday morning by eight
o’clock and she says, “you ought to
see us getting the morning work
done so we can read the news from
Ed Gilkey of Eastern Oklahoma,
w .s in Elk City last. Saturday and
made us a pleasant call. He handed
us a year’s subscription to the News-
Democrat to go to his father, J. L.
Gilkey, who lives in Oklahoma City.
G. W. Reeder and family of Ca-
nute, were in Elk City last Saturday
evening and he stopped us as we were
going to supper and handed us $$
for a year’s subscription to the News-
Mr. and Mrs. D. McGrady have re-
turned from their trip to Texas,
where Mr. McGrady has been taking
treatment. He says he is feeling
much better. He called Saturday and
renewed his subscription to the
W. J. Spencer was a Saturday caller
and said he wanted the News-Demo-
crat to come to his address on Route
Seven, and he left the where-with-all
to keep it going.
Mrs. Susie Laswell was a caller
it as hard as they did in the early i last Thursday morning and renewed
jiay. | her subscription to the “good old
Jomes A. Wilson, director of the • News-Democrat,” as she speaks of
! it. She said she did not want to
*mcs A. Wilson
cxbention department of the A. & M.
College, of Stillwater, made an ad-
dress showing why he was so inter-
ested in the young people getting
schooling. His trip to Massachusetts
wfS verv interesting, the state which
is small, has 38 large cities. The
food produced in that state would not
keep its population but a very short
time. He said it made him realize
more than ever the great work being
done by the boys and girls clubs in
making true Americans, after his
visit to the capital of Massachusetts
with so many foreigners.
Mr. Nelson says there is no ex-
cuse to lose hogs from cholera or
cattle from black-leg. By going to
proper person who can use remedies
furnished to cure these diseases. He
believes “a stitch in time saves
nine.” $250,000,000 a year is lost
from live stock dying from disease
that could have been prevented. He
made a talk about the extermination
of the rats that are doing so much
damage. Then he is anxious for the
children to kill a fly and save having
a million later on. The farmers
should have sheep. If you- have ten
sheep one year and then they die,
they will make you money in restor-
ing fertility to lana.
Mr. Hunt of the Rock Island talk-
ed on relationship between the pub-
lic and the railroads, and while the
railroads are in a serious condition,
they ask the people to be lenient
with them for they hoped to “iron”
out the difficulties ^ind the freight
rates be adjusted soon.
Mr. McDougal then told of their
troubles and why, etc., and the peo-
ple seemed to realize they had their
difficulties like other folks. He said
’here were 500 box cars alone stored
in the Panhandle division, not being
used, when before the prices slumped
they were behind with that many.
Mr. McDougal has lived in Okla-
homa two years and after a trip to
California he gave marty reasons why
he would rather live in this state
than in sunny California. The Rock
Island expected when' things became
normal again to have the line going
through Elk City one of the best, as
it will be a main line from Los An-
eeles, California, to Washington, D.
One of the first things that the
people became interested in was the
box at the Farmers State Bank where
the people registered their guess as
to how many beans were in a quart
jar. There were all sorts and sizes
beans. The guesses ranged from
730 to 5,800.
There were 2218 beans in the jar.
Mrs. Frank Conway and Pior Mc-
Donald guessed 2220, but Pior not
being in the meeting at the time of
tWq presentation, the $10.00 gold
piece was handed to Mrs. Conway.
One of the rules was that the person
had to be present when name was
called. Virgil Joseph guessed 2195,
Walter Fenter 2190 and W. N. White
2250, and $5.00 each was presented
to them. Four had guesses 2250 and
Mr. White was the only one of the
four who had remained until the
close of the meeting.
Chairman Mike Hawkins got us all
excited when he told of the County
Fair Directors going to build a laige
pavilion on the Fair Grounds. He
also said the Chamber of Commerce
would pay one cent for each rat tail.
Oklahoma is in the 5th or 6th
grade in eggs. Let’s build it up to
be one of the first.
miss a copy.
Charles Fidler of Amarillo, Texas,
sent us check the first of the week
for a year’s subscription to the News-
W. H. Nance on Route Two. told
us Friday that he couldn’t do with-
out the News-Democrat, so renewed
for another year. That was a good
way to get April fooled we think.
E. Penick on Route One, called
Monday and handed us $2.00 tc have
the News-Democrat visit him at his
home each week for the coming
G. W. Gunter of Herring, was in
Elk City Saturday. Said he had the
News-Democrat habit, and just had
to have it another year. We were
Bart Cox on Route One, will read
the News-Democrat the coming year,
calling at our office Monday to leave
D. A. Parnell on Route Three, does
not want to miss a copy of the News-
Democrat, and Saturday had his sub-
scription pushed up another year.
Mrs. Isabel Atwood played an
April fool joke on us last Friday by
calling and renewing her subscrip-
tion, at least that is what she said.
Last week A. J. Warner of Fay,
Okla., ordered the News-Democrat
and Dallas News sent to him at Fay,
Okla., the coming y«ar.
George C. King of the Doxey list,
was among our many subscribers
who called last week to renew sub-
scription for the coming year.
L. L. Davis is a new subscriber at
Doxey postoffice, calling last Thurs-
day afternoon to have his name added
to our list.
L. B. Bowman was another old
timer who called last Friday and had
his name entered on our subscription
Mrs. J. T. Read on Route Four,
will read the Ndws-Democrat and
Dallas News the coming year, calling
last Friday to keep them coming.
J. C. Steele, the Insurance man,
hand his subscription put up another
year last Saturday, making us a
Mrs. C. R. Earl of our city list
called Monday during the April
shower and handed us her renewal
to the News-Democrat.
J. C. Webb called Satturday and
handed us his renewal for the News-
Miss N. Verel Royse called last
week and left us a check for a year’s
subscription to the News-Democrat.
E. E. Baird, of Agenda, Kansas,
sent’ a check, last week to renew his
Joe Hart handed us his subscrip-
tion last week.
Paul Corbitt came ta the office and
renewed his subscription last week.
VISIT ELK CITY
The unity of purpose of Sayre and
Elk City in making the world know
of the great features of Beckham
county, has been demonstrated. The
visit of Sayre citizens to Elk City last
Thursday was one made in the spirit
of co-operation and the friendship
cf the two cities has been cemented,
and we bespeak msny occasions in
the future when there will be enjoy-
able times together.
A few weeks ago when the County
Live Stock Association held their
annual meeting at Sayre, they were
gratified and pleased by a visit from
a delegation of Elk City citizens ac-
companied bv their band. It took
them somewhat by surprise, but
manv told their appreciation and
said they would return the same at
the first opportunity.
When Editor Seeley, of the Sayre
Headlight, heard of the Agricultural
meeting at Elk City he commenced to
work up a crowd to come, and he
was assisted heartily by a number of
prominent citizens, Mr. Seeley
handed out cards to all to wait at the
end of paving on Broadway at Elk
City and all go in together.
They had their band on a large
army truck, and there were about
thirty-five cars. Some trouble with
the truck in which the band was
riding caused a delay and a few of
the autos drove on ahead. Several
of our citizens went out'to meet the
Sayre visitors and bid them welcome.
Many watched the long procession as
they drove in town with the band dis-
pensing its pleasing music.
County Agent, T. J. Eldredge and
his wife were in the first car carry-
ing a large flag, then came the band
followed by the citizens. Truly the
pleased looks of our people made
them know they were welcome, and
during the Agricultural meeting
most of the speakers spoke highly of
the great spirit of co-operation be-
tween Elk City and Sayre.
Sayre being the county seat and
so centrally located is visited by our
oeople during tax-paying time, dur-
ing court, county political conven-
tions and now the students over the
county are looking forward to soon
be going over to Sayre to the County
Track Meet to be held there this
month. It is at Sayre the County
Live Stock Association has its annual
meetings, also the County Red Cross,
While Elk City entertains the
Beckham County Fair each year, it
is not confined just to this county,
but is a fair for Western Oklahoma,
but it helps to bring our county to
the front. For a time Erick had a
fair, which has shown that in the
western part of the county can be
found a wonderful land that grow3
everything, also they have the finest
of live stock and have a progressive
Truly Beckham County is forging
ahead and nothing will help mor®
than these demonstrations of co-
operation among the people of tha
The fellow who says it never rair.s
in Oklahoma has been dead and
juried long ago. It rained all night
Monday. Think it must have been,
an eight inch rain, if what people
say is so. A mile of track was wash-
ed out on the Rock Island near Fot4
and also some track washed out near
Doxey, so .here was not a train
came in on Monday night.
Some thought the people in China
htd all been drowned, for the world
is so soaked with water, that it must
have gone straight through.
The very heavy rains on Monday
night, the worst known by old settlers
was accompanied by considerabl®
Jack Steele says he thinks he has
about a thousand miles of fence on
his place washed there by the big
The rain washed away sixty-fiv®
bales of cotton for Hering & Young
at Foss. They may recover the most
Prof. Faifer said when he was go-
ing home from band practice Monday
night he made a mistep and went into
a puddle of water which went half
wav to his knees.
Jim Lewis said they kept the tele-
phone ringing so much Tuesday
morning, telling of the“ washouts”
that he just got up and came to town.
It made him “heart-sick” to see the
damage done to roads with so many
bridges out, etc. He has been doing
lots of work on the roads lately and
had two miles on Sayre rad graded
and all ready to surface with clay
and cinders. It will have to be done
A family camped in the tourist
park Monday night. They had a
car on which a little house was built.
The water got up to the floor of
their home. Guess there will have
to be signs nut up, for people to
watch out if they see a cloud coming
along while in the park. They will
have to arrange for higher ground
for tourists during a rain.
C. H. Fieuguth and son will have!
a public sale on Thursday, April 14,
in which they will sell some extra
good milch edws, registered hogs,
horses and mules, etc. But you can
see all about it in the big ad to b®
found elsewhere in this paper.
No Stairs to Climb.
ELLIOTT Ml MEEK
The Straight Chiropractors of Elk City, Okla.
2nd Door South
of Post Office
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Elk City News-Democrat (Elk City, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 7, 1921, newspaper, April 7, 1921; Elk City, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc497027/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.