The El Reno American (El Reno, Okla.), Vol. 61, No. 62, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 29, 1955 Page: 1 of 10
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THE EL RENO AMERICAN
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NATION: U. S.
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VOLUME 62 NUMBER 10
(7 CENTS PER COPY-$3.00 PER YEAR)
EL RENO, OKLAHOMA THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1955
— TEN PAGES —
PUBLISHED WEEKLY —ALL HOME PRINT
Police Hunch Pays Off “■
--Youth Arrest Solves Sale on Jan. 25
Four Burglaries Here
A HUNCH BY TWO El Reno city policemen Satur-
day night proved to be the downfall for a ‘21-year-old
A*uith and resulted in the solving oi at least a part of
fie wave of burglaries that have plagued El Reno stores
in the past two weeks.
---* The officers, Gene Garrison and
Aubrey Williams, observed the
Fort Reno Swine
And Sheep Field
Day Set Jan. 19
Experts To Give
Recent reshearch to find man-
agement methods suited to Okla-
homa conditions will be featured
in discussions and visits at experi -
mental pens during the third an-
nual Swine and Sheep Field day
Jan 19, at the Ft. Reno experi-
ment station, it has been announc-
ed by Supt. Dwight Stephens.
Highlights include a talk on per-
formance testing boar pigs, and
discussions on swine and sheep
experimental breeding and feeding
programs by Oklahoma A&M ani-
The program will open at 9:30
a.m., according to Stephens, who
said a free barbecue lunch will
be served on the station grounds
at noon. ^
A ewe flock management pro-
gram for Oklahoma will be dis-
cussed by extension livestock spe-
cialist Bob Daugherty. A&M ani-
man husbandman Bob Noble will
report results of tests to deter-
mine the value of grain and rough-
age supplements for lambs grazing burglary of Bross’ Food Market
youth, Robert Russell of 105ft East
Hayes, acting suspiciously on a
downtown street and decided to
take him to the station house for
questioning. When the patrol car
pulled in front of police head-
quarters, Russell bolted from the
car and ran from the officers.
Officers Chase Suspect
Garrison and Williams gave
chase and cornered the youth about
a block from headquarters where
he resisted arrest and fought the
officers. Two unidentified sailors
passing the scene saw the officers
trying to take the youth and as-
sisted them in subduing Russell
and bringing him to the station.
IN THE FIGHT that took place
trying to apprehend the fugitive,
Garrison was punched in the nose
and tore the knees out of the
trousers to his uniform. Russell
did not escape without mishap
however and required first aid for
scratches he received when he
ran through a woven wire fence
and for bumps ho received in the
Admits Four Thefts
Police chief Lee Harvey said that
under questioning the youth ad-
mitted at least four of the recent
burglaries in El Reno, but de-
nied any part of a number of other
thefts which have occured during
the past two weeks.
Russell admitted to Harvey tha
he had broken into Harpers Cor-
ner in the 1500 block of Sunse
drive, on two occasions, taking
small amounts of change: the
on wheat pasture.
Use of Supplement*
Use of supplements with rnilo
rations will be explained by Dr.
J. C. Hillicr, A&M animal hus-
bandry professor, and Oklahoma
Experiment station head Louts
Hawkins wilT talk on “The Re-
Prof. George Litton, head of the
Virginia Polytechnic Institute ani-
mal husbandry department will
give the featured talk, “The Sheep
Program in Virginia.”
March of Dimes
With the Uptown B. & P. W.
Club sponsoring the annual March
of Dimes campaign in Canadian
county this year, and the I.O.O.F.
lodge sponsoring the Blue Crutch
phase of the drive, workers arc-
organizing the different communi-
ties of the county this week in
preparation for the event. The
entire month of January will be
devoted to the campaign.
First of the several events for
the month will be Blue Crutch day
on Jan. 3 when the I.O.O.F. lodge
will be in charge. H. C. Dozier
has been named as county chair-
man for this portion of the drive,
and E. C. Porter, head of the lodge,
is setting up the organization.
Mrs. Marion Bleigh is overall
campaign director for the month-
long campaign, and she is as-
sisted by Mrs. Joe Waldron, chair-
man of the Mothers March, Mrs.
Florence King as publicity direc-
tor, and Mrs. I. W. Douglas as
Members of the Uptown Busi-
ness & Professional club are
ftjdling the El Reno phase of the
drive, with Mrs. M. A. Mitchell,
jr., as El Reno city campaign di-
reccor. Miss Louise Spears is Spe-
cial Gifts chairman, and Mrs. Gene
Miller and Mrs. Kessler. Dorman
are in charge of Special Events.
Mrs. Dave Norvcll is in charge
of the El Reno Mothers March,
assisted by Miss Elaine Hess, Mrs.
Joe Brandies, Mrs. J. G. Kubon,
Mrs. Dillard Crump, jr., and Mrs.
Hubert Raney. Mrs. Marvin Cham-
bers is in charge of the Coin
Community chairmen will serve
as follows: Mrs. Joe Dobry, Yu-
kon; Mrs. Henry Reding, Mustang;
Mrs. W. H. Penwright and Mrs.
Margaret Thompson, Calumet.
The Mothers March will be held
on Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
On Court Docket
The three-week-old county court
term, which has dragged out due
to case postponements and dis-
missals, closed Wednesday with
r the last case on the docket.
The final case was the state
vs Garner Pettigrew and the de-
fendant withdrew an earlier plea
and pleaded guilty to a charge
of operating an overloaded truck
on the state highways. The court’s
sentence was a $100 tine and court
One other case docketed, the
state vs Willie and Murray Tur-
tle, was stricken from the docket
Wednesday when they changed
their pleas to guiUy.
at 1107 Sunset drive, where he
took an eltctric shaver; and the
Champlin service station, Wade at
A SEARCH OF THE youth’s
room turned up the shaver taken
from Bross' food market and some
papers taken recently from the
Champlin station when it was ran
Youth Has Weapons
The youth was carrying a black
jack and a six-inch bladcd hunt-
ing knife at the time of his arres
Harvey was convinced that Rus
sell’s arrest has not completely
solved the string of burglaries
however, as there were three more
committed Monday night while
Russell was in the city jail and ou
of circulation. The youth was
Two Canadian county tracts arc
neluded in a block of 29 restricted
ndian farms and building in seven
counties due to be sold under
sealed bids Jan. 25, it has been
announced by Edward Ezards,
ield representative of the area of-
ice in Concho.
Data and description of the local
Tract No. 12, 158.6 acres,
Bitchenen, No. 1052 — Eft
NW»/4 & NWftNWft & Lot
1, Sec. 15, T12N-R10W. Oil
and gas lease expiring 11-4-
1958 included. Windmill, tank,
and partition fences reserved
by lessee. Located 3 miles east
and approximately seven south
of Geary on North Canadian
river. Buyer can have posses-
sion Jan. 1, 1957.
Tract No. 13, 160 arces, Bad
Looking No. 1614 — SWV4 Sec.
12 - T13N-R10W. Located ap-
proximately five miles west of
Calumet on U. S. 270 and one-
half south. Possession possible
by Jan. 1, 1957.
In addition to the local tracts,
27 other farms will conje up for
sale in Blaine, Custer, Dewey,
kingfisher, Roger Mills and Wash-
ita counties. Ezards announced
hat prospective buyers could ob-
ain complete details about the
arms by inquiring at the area
field office at Concho.
Terms of the sales arc to be
en percent submitted with the
sealed bid and the remainer due
in 30 days. The bids Should be
addressed to the Cheyenne-Arapa-
10 Area Field office at Concho,
where they will be opened at
10 a.m. Jan. 25.
Ezards explained that all tracts
have been appraised and the
amounts kept confidential. No
tracts will be sold for less than
the pre-sale appraisal.
Local Crime Wave
Tapers Off Some
The mounting wave of burglaries
in the county which has resulted
in some 25 businesses being en-
tered in the past three weeks,
subsided somewhat this week with
only two crimes reported since
County sheriff Tiny Royse re-
ported that thefts had been re-
ported from a Yukon auto agency
and from an El Reno been tavern.
A,bout 100 packs of cigarettes
and some silver were taken from
a vending machine in the 66
Lounge in the 2500 block of Sun-
set drive sometime Monday night.
The crime was discovered by a
1,400 Car Owners
Have New Tags
The purchase of automobile and
truck licenses for the new year
has been going at “about an aver-
age rate,” is was announced today
by tag agent Mrs. Maria Freeman.
Figures showed this afternoon
that about 1,400 passenger car
owners had taken out their 1956
licenses and something over 400
commercial and farm vehicle
owners had bought theirs.
Deadline for purchase of the
new white tag with black numer-
als is January 31. Beginning Feb.
1 motorists will be paying a ten-
ccnt-a-day penalty on their new
tag and just 30 days later on
March 2 the new plates will double
in cost and law officers will be-
gin seizing drivers who do not
display the 1956 tag.
Mrs. Freeman reports that
processing has been fast and little
or no waiting is experienced by
tag buyers. She suggests the after-
noon hours for buyers who would
prefer to visit the office during
the least busy time.
Work On Sunset
Drive Job Due To
Begin in February
The El Reno city council has
given its okay to plans and speci-
fications submitted recently by the
state highway commission on the
Sunset drive project and it is
generally believed that construc-
tion on the Federal-state $ 250-
GOO job is due to get underway
within two months.
Specifications in the office of
the city manager C. A. Bentley
show that the project will start
immediately west of the Rock Is-
land overpass and continue west-
ward to the east edge of the Fori
Reno reservation. The plans call
for a 50-foot road bed from the
overpass west to the curve at.
Adams park whore the road is to
be divided into a four-lane
throughfare. The job will include
construction of new bridges at
Reno and 15th streets.
Cement to be Used
The plans show that an eight-
inch sub base will be laid with
a four-inch sub cushion of sand.
The surface is
of Portland cement. The old paving
will be .removed.
The street has a 66-foot right-
of-way which will leave property
owners on both sides of the streets
eight feet of projerty adjoining
The entire project measures 1.884
mile. The highway department has
announced that West Foreman
street is to be used as a by-pass
during the construction.
Extension of the project to make
Plans Launched for Installation of
Large Downtown Parking Project
Merchants Take Option for Purchase
Of Stewart Lumber Co. Property
Giving Food to Needy Jf™
during the holidays for passing out baskets of food to the needy
are members of the junior chamber of commerce and their auxil-
iary. Filling the baskets are Mrs. Ed Metz, Charles Holbrook,
John Fox and Cecil Perdue.
Vacationing El Reno Mother and Infant
Daughter Are California Flood Victims
Tragedy marked the holiday season for a local family
when an El Reno mother and her two and one-half year
old daughter were drowned Dee. 22 in rampaging Cali-
fornia flood waters as they visited the woman’s parents
at their mountain lodge about 15 miles east of Colfax.
* Swept away in the flash flood
waters were Mrs. Johnny Slier,
) uuMiiuii ut aunu. /* t % » [\ i
io i* mvw inch*. Christmas rnone
ent. The old paving [
wh',Jt°P^dJ * ““ U. S. 66 four-laned to the refer-
at mid-morning and walked inside
charged with burglary Tuesday in through the front door which the
county court and he pleaded in-
THOSE PULLED Monday in-
cluded nn attempt on the Big
Warehouse stores In the 100 block
of South Rock Island, Motors Ic-
corporated at 220 West Elm, and
Abercrombies Implement company
at 200 West Elm. Harvey said that
both Abercrombies and Motors
Inc., were entered by thieves
breaking windows: The only thing
missing reported by the owners
was SI.35 taken from the Motors
Inc. cash register.
The thieves tried to enter the
Big Warehouse store by chiseling
through a brick wall in the alley,
*hcn by trying to force the door
with a big pry bar. Both attempts
failed and the would-be thieves
gave up without success.
Tax Collections Over
The $700,000 Mark
With a pressing deadline, per-
sonnel of the county treasurer’s
office have been busy accepting
payments from last-minute tax-
payers this week. The total amount
collected thus far $ $691,407.38
in personal and mil property
taxes, and $12,716.48 in intan-
thieves had forced, to find the
business untended and the floor
cluttered with goods the thieves
scattered about in their search
for money. The tourist notified
The second theft occurcd Tues-
day night when thieves stoic 18
hub caps from 1956 automobiles
parked in the agency’s car lot in
Yukon. The owner of the Cooper
Oldsmobile company told authori-
ties that the hub caps were valued
at about $120.
On First Half Taxes
Taxpayers who just haven’t
gotten around to dropping that
chock to the county treasurer yet
are goin to find themselves sub-
ject to a penalty if they don’t
get the job done by Saturday
noon — the deadline on payment
of the first half taxes.
Miss Helen March pointed out
that delinquent taxes would be
subject to a one per cent a month
penalty. The courthouse offices
close on Saturday afternoon thus
cutting the deadline a day shorter
than usual, she cautioned.
matory entrance a mile west of the
city limits, is eyed by some locally
as a probability. Thee additional
project has been rumored and it
is believed that the highway com-
mission might include it with the
Sunset drive project to take ad-
vantage of a saving which could
be realized by the contractors al-
ready having equipment on the
$253,000 Contract Is
Set for Yukon Road
Canadian county may be in for
more highway improvement soon
according to the tone of the Jan-
uary 1956 issue of the magazine
OKLAHOMA TODAY, the official
publication of the state govern-
ment, which is out this week.
In the article concerning the
outlook for highway improvement
in coming months, it lists a $253,-
000 contract for some three mile?:
of four-lane grading and drainage
from the Oklahoma county line
west to Yukon.
C. A. Stoldt, highway director,
reported that the state highway
commission let $2,206,968 more in
contracts for road improvement
during the first 11 months of 1955
than it did during the correspond-
ing period of 1954.
\A/*mnar • George A. Hazen of 1100 East Ash, receives a $15 check from
VsOffTcSf W inner• his commanding officer, Col. Ernest B. Gray, for having written
the first place winner in the Gulf Transportation Terminal Command essay contest. The sergeant,
who is attached to the 512th Transportation Company at Camp Leroy Johnson, La., wrote the win-
ning essay entitled “My Stake in the American Way of Life.” — U. S. Amu Photo
Christmas long distance phone
calls to link up widely separated
members of families are growing
in popularity, it is reported by
Mrs. Thelma Lewis, chief opera-
tor at the El Reno Southwestern-
Bell Telephone office.
For the Yule occasion being a
time of family reunions, the phone
provides a convenient substitute
for those who are unable to join
in the the trips home. A visit with
loved ones over the wires bridges
the gap which otherwise would
result in holiday loneincss, the
phone folks pointed out.
To check on the growing popu-
larity of the Christmas calls. Mrs.
Lewis compared last year’s rec-
ord with this and came up with
the following figures: LD calls on
Dec. 24, 1954, 935; on Dec. 25,
704; total 1,634. Calls on Dec. 24,
1955, 1,065; on Dec. 25, 729; total
Noting the steady increase in the
Christmas calls, the phone com-
pany adds additional personnel to
the long distance staff during the
two-day period each year. No over-
seas calls were handled by the
local office this year, although one
went to Canada and other all over
the United States.
Farmers Get Advice
On Social Security
Many self-employed farmers
here in your county will soon be
filling income tax returns for the
first time and paying their social
security tax if their gross earnings
are as much as $800 or their
net earnings amount to $400 or
more for , the year.
Joseph J. McCain, manager of
the Oklahoma City Social Security
office, offers this advice to these
new taxpayers: (1) Make sure
the report is complete and correct
by itemizing all sources of in-
come and expenses; (2) Enter
your cocial security number in all
places it is called for on the forms;
and (3) Keep an extra copy of
the return at home or In a safe
place, together with all business
records from which the return
McCain emphasized that the
self-employed farmer who follows
these three steps will have little
trouble in proving his claim to
benefits when the time comes.
Walter McRae of the Oklahoma
City office will br* in El Reno at
| the Post Office from 8:30 a.m. to
2:00 p.m. on January 5 to answer
social security Inquiries.
FORMER RESIDENTS HERE
Visitors Tuesday and Wednes-
day in El Reno and the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Neal V. Golden, 611
South Reno,'were Mr. and Mrs.
M. C. Bates and children, Tommy
and carolyn Ann of Phoenix, Ariz.
The Bates, who arc in the Phoe-
nix school system, arc former El
Reno residents and were with the
local school system. Bates served
as principal of Lincoln school for
several years and Mrs. Bates
taught at Oak school.
33, of 1115 South Rock Island, and
her small daughter, Mamie Rae.
The tragedy also claimed the El
Reno woman’s mother, Mrs. Louis
Strula of Colfax.
Oh Holiday Vacation
Mr. and Mrs. Siler and their two
daughters had gone to California
only last week to be with the
relatives over the holidays. Siler
is owner of Jonnie’s Grill at 315
South Rock Island.
Silers’ parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Siler of North of El Reno
said that information received by
them indicated that a dam had
broken in the vicinity of the Stru-
ts’ cabin and the waters inundated
the area in a matter of minutes.
The family was wading a swollen
stream in an effort to reach high
ground when the treagedy occurcd.
Strula told tuthorlties that he was
carrying Mamie Rae in his arms
as he forded the stream, but was
bowled over by the swift waters
and the child was swept from his
grasp. He reported that when he
reached safety the child, Mrs.
Tentative plans were launched at a meeting this
morning at the chamber of commerce office for the pur-
chase of ground and the setting up of a large off-street
parking area to be financed by local merchants in an
effort to alleviate the parking shortage which is handi-
capping business here.
Morris Wright, chairman of the*-•
committee in charge of the proj-
ect, brought J. Wiley Richardson,
prominent Oklahoma City mer-
chant and owner of several park-
ing stations, to the meeting to
provide information on thcvmethod
of operating a parking ticket
validation system f o r shoppers.
Under this plan the participating
merchants would provide free
parking in the lot for downtown
Take Option on Property
Mr. Morris explained to the
group of business men present that
an option for the purchase of the
Stewart Lumber Co. property had
been taken by ten local business
men, to be effective until Jan.
17. In the intervening time it is
hoped that an organization of
merchants may be set up who will
buy $20,000 of stock in the plan.
The remainder of the cash needed
for the project would be bor-
Under the terms of the option,
the present Stewart Lumber Co.
building would be razed and
smoothed while the storage lot
across the street to the north
would be cleared. The warehouse
on the east side would be re-
tained and used for rental pur-
Cost of the 260 feet of property
would run $62,800, according to
Mr. Wright. The space thus
cleared would accomodate between
100 and 120 autos, it is estimated.
In the event the purchase is con-
cluded, it is planned to blacktop
the lots and place a parking at-
tendant in charge.
Mr. RichardMMi explained the
problem which is faced in every
city in the nation of providing
downtown parking for the firms
which conduct the majority of the
business and pay the majority of
the taxes in each community. He
suggested that while the proposed
project would be a help it would
by no means cure the problem.
Acquisition of other locations for
similar projects should be one of
the goals of the organization of
merchants, he declared.
Mr. Morris stated that the next
step would be the underwriting
of the $20,000 fund and the work-
ing out of a system for financing
the monthly operations of the lot.
Bill Stewart, Shawnee, who heads
the Stewart Lumber Co. chain,
accepted the option offer lust
4-H Land Judging
School Set Jan. 7
Assistant county agent Dave
Williams has announced that a
land and pasture judging workout
Siler and Mrs. Strula were “no- will be held for all 4-H boys in
where in sight.” Siler managed
to cross the stream carrying the
other daughter, Millie Lou, six
year old, without mishap.
Bodies Still Missing
Searchers combed the down-
stream area for several days for
the bodies of the three victims,
bilt they have not yet been re-
covered. The tragedy occured on
a fork of the American River near
the Rawhide goldmine, which
Strula had taken ocer and was
attmepting to re-develop. He for-
merly was a San Francisco cafe
In addition to Slicrs* parents,
other local relatives of the family
include four brothers, Melvin Siler,
1619 South Dillc, Dwight Siler,
1404 South Miles, Donald Siler,
Enid, and Marvin Siler, Wewoka;
and two sisters, Mrs. Griffin
Crouch, 807 South Reno, and Mrs.
Byron Griesel qL Yukon, Mrs.
Griesel and DwiRit Siler flew to
California late Thursday as soon
as they learned of the deaths. The
tragedy occured about 4 p.m.
County Gets First
Half of State Aid
For High Schools
Financial conditions for seven
county highschools were bettered
considerably this week with the
receipt of flu* first half of basic
state aid by county treasurer Miss
Helen March amounting to $23,-
El Reno’s highschool came in for
the largest single portion of the
aid with a total of $14,032. The
other schools receiving aid and
the amounts were: Yukon, $4,132;
Mustang, $1,413; Calumet, $1,207;
Union City, $946; Piedmont, $707;
and East Walnut, $582.
The treasurer pointed out that
the check represented one-half of
the amount due the schools and
that another of approximately the
same size would be forthcoming
at a later dote. The funds are
earmarked for teacher’s salaries.
the county 13-years-old or older
who are interested on Saturday,
Williams explains that the work-
out site has not been designated
yet, but letters will go out to the
4-H’ers soon notifying them of the
MacSwain Hardware Is
Display Contest Winner
First prize of some $175 in mer-
chandise has gone to the Mac-
Swain hardware of El Reno in
the General Electric window dis-
play contest conducted recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob MacSwain,
owners, were notified Monday by
telegram that their entry was the
best in the contest. The winner
was given one of each item that
they displayed in the window-
in the MacSwain*’ case, about $175
worth of merchandise.
Files Appeal On
Helen Eckert Will
Uncle from Kingfisher
Appears on The Scene
The controversy over the will
of the late Helen Eckert has been
stirred up -again with the appear-
ance of a heretofore unknown
uncle who has filed a second
notice of appeal in county court
contesting the document which
leaves the suicide victim’s $200,-
000 estate to neighbors.
The person filing the notice of
appeal, Otto Eckert of Kingfisher,
has identified himeslf as a pa-
ternal unde of the dead woman.
In his appeal he states that he
is contesting the will on both law
and fact — claiming that Helen
Eckert was not mentally com-
petent to draw a will; and further
stating that the document intro-
duced into earlier court proceed-
ings was not drawn by his de-
The will read in court left her
estate to two brothers who farmed
land near hers; stipulated that the
brothers leave her farm manager,
H. W. Steers, 85, a life-time in-
come of $150 per month; and left
each of her living relatives $10
One relative, a cousin, Earl Wie-
land of Weatherford, had filed a
protest to the will earlier, but in
a Nov. 30 hearing the court ruled
that it was valid. Attorneys for
Wieland immediately filed a notice
of appeal and carried the action
into district court.
Miss Eckert was found dead in
a farm pond Nov. 11 and the
county attorney ruled her death
suicide on the basis of a post
Salvation Army Drive
Ends With $873 Total
Totals in the Salvation Army
drive conducted in Canadian coun-
ty during November reached
$873.42, according to Dr. L. U.
Conrad, publicity chairman.
Of this amount $47.20 was added
since the last report with $32 being
turned in by Mustang community,
$11 from El Reno, $2.77 from rural
schools, and $1.43 from Yukon
Totals for the various communi-
ties were; El Reno, $408.76; Yu-
kon, $263.98; Mustang, $65.01;
Heaston, $58.36; Union City, $56;
Piedmont, $15; county schools, in-
cluding El Reno, $6.31. Total ex-
penses for the campaign were
Meef/ng Jan. 9
Canadian county 4-H’ers will
reap the results of their efforts
over the past year Monday eve-
ning, Jan. 9 when the annual
Achievements Meeting will be held
in the El Reno high school audi-
torium and some 250 awards made.
Invited to preside at the annual
evening meeting will be Ira Hol-
lar, state 4-H club leader, who
also will present the awards.
The meeting is to open at 7:30
New Year's Baby Due Many Gifts
A joyous occasion for some Canadian county family is going
to be made doubly important soon due to a wide array
of gifts and services being put up by El Reno firms in the
American’s 19th annual New Year’s baby contest.
Advertisements throughout this issue tell of the many
gifts that the “Mr. 1956" will receive in the big event.
Rules of the annual contest, are that the parents must
reside in the county; that the baby must be born within
Canadian county; The American editorial office must be
notified as soon as practicable; If no baby is born in the countv
by the time the next issue ot the American
is published, the contest continues un-
til the first birth; and Physicians at-
tending the mother must certify the
time of birth.
*THE father or a representative of
g the family named the winner,
is to call at the American for the
yRjjg/ credentials which will entitle them
mA to the gifts at the merchants.
SC* The New Year's baby contest,
L__j which is sponsored by the American
annually, was inaugurated in 1937
and the first winner was Mr. and
Mrs. V. M. Nix of West Walnut and
their son Dois Dean Nix.
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Crump, Donald. The El Reno American (El Reno, Okla.), Vol. 61, No. 62, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 29, 1955, newspaper, December 29, 1955; El Reno, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc911288/m1/1/: accessed April 26, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.