The El Reno American. (El Reno, Okla.), Vol. 25, No. 13, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 7, 1918 Page: 1 of 10
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THE EL RENO AMERICAN.
EL RENO, OKLAHOMA, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1918
CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR DISCUSSED SCHOOL EUDGET PROMINENT STOCKMAN DIES THEY WANT KAISER'S GOAT A DELIGHTFUL PROGRAM
Prominent Business Man Shies
His Hat in the Ring.
Henry Bannister announces his can-
didacy on tin* Independent ticket this
week as a candidate for commissioner
of public affairs, ex-officio mayor, of
K1 Reno. His announcement will be
grreted with eminent satsfaction by
Ills many friends who undoubtedly will
rally to his support with their votes
and intluence. They will be glad Mr.
Board of Education Realizes Need
for Greater Amount of Money.
It its regular monthly meeting on
Monday night the Board of Education
talked over informally, but rather ex-
haustively, the subject of the school
budget for the coming year.
The extraordinary war prices render
an increase in salaries necessary. This
all are agreed upon. Living expenses
Passing of Lee R. Patterson Was
a Lamentable Calamity.
The passing of Lee It. l’atterao",
prominent fa rmei sto< km&n, jn .1- t
lamentable calamity. The automobile j
accident which occurred five weeks j
prior to his demise was an extremely
unfortunate occurrence ami was re-
I sponsible for his untimely removal
from a life of usefulne ss. Mr. Patter
are sixty per cent higher than two) son died Friday, March first, at three
1 o’clock at his home, 306 North Choc-
Rinniater hiui ahled hla hat In tke ring The living expenses continue three Lee R Patterson was born In Wood
Mr Ihinnislor Is a pioneer citizen of hundred and sixty five days every ! ward count}. Illinois, October 0. 1'"
It Reno having settled here about year, while the teacher's salary is hut I Had lie lived until October bill. next.
years ago, while the increase in sal-
aries has been hut twenty per cent. |
eighteen years ago. He is a native for two hundred fifty-two days. That
Tennessean and came here from Brad | the teacher’s wage must be sufficient
ford. For the first two years he was to cover the remainder of the year is
employed by one of the local caterers. [ evident.
but dissatisfied with serving another! The advisability of employing a mils-
lie with Ills brother, William, hough I i ic teacher who shall devote her entire
a restaurant which they have conduct-1 lime lo the subject of music in the
od very sucocssfullv since the day grades and in the high school was nl-
they assumed the management. ' *o thoroughly discussed, and while no
During his business career Mr. Ban definite decision was rone lied on the
ntstur has bnilded a substantial friend-1 matter, yet all wers agreed that if ...... , „ ...
ship among the people, both in El they were assured that the,majority son and his famby ca..... to the Tar-
Tteno and ihe countv lie has been n of the school patrons favored the ' Htory from I aula. Kansas, in lsx.i
taxnavi r fir a number of tears, and move, the teacher would be employed. He knew the vicissitudes of pioneer
Under present conditions the pri- , days. But he was a man among men
and possessed a courageous spirit an 1
stood firm in his beliefs. He never |
he would have been 53 years old.
Mr. Patterson was united in mar- j
riage to Miss Minnie Wade on Feb-1
ruary 15, 1884. at Garnett, Kansas. I
To this union five daughters were horn
who with their mother survive. They ;
are Mesdames M. Is. Henderson, L. '
Wagner and Oscar Hagan and Misses J
Mamie and Minnie Patterson. M'\
Patterson is also survived by one
brother and three sisters. Mr. Patter-
brief, he is so well acquainted and
thoroughly qualified to fill the posi-
tion to which he aspires and he needs
no introduction to the voters.
DRESSES TO COST ONLY $7.50
High School Girls Refuse to In-
cur Heavy Expenditures.
The Senior girls of the El Reno
high school have decided that expen-
sive graduation dresses are unpatriot-
ic and undemocratic when their coun-
taxpayt r ft r a number of years.
Iirb been closely identified with the I Under pro ,
he.-;t Interests of K1 Ueno, always mary supervisor has been superintend ™P°™
speaking a good word for the city he 1 big the music and drawing as well as
cast Ids lot with manv years ago. the primary work. This renders her
Moreover, Henrv Bannister is a gen- work very heavy; which is another
ilt-man of sterling traits of character 1 reason for favoring the employment
and lie will do to tie a vote to. Ini of a special music supervisor.
The growth of the high school, not-
withstanding the war and other local
causes, has been such as necessitates
the employment of an additional teach-
er next fall.
One additional room in each of the
two wards, Central and Lincoln, is
imperative*, and while the feasibility
of building extra rooms is very ques
tionable at this time, yet extra furni-
ture for the basement rooms must be
secured, if they are to be fitted up.
This is being serioulsy considered in
order to tide the schools over the
Interesting Events Among Cana
dian County Boys in Camp.
Calvin L. Everett, American corre-
spondent at Camp Travis, sends his
second report this week. In submit-!
ting his second article he says he is i
requested by the boys of Company 1 1
to say to American readers they are
still determined to get the "goat” of
Kaiser Bill and they are satisfied that:
“There’ll he potted-ham in Potsdam
when the boys are matching thru;
When Kaiser Bill is in the mill that he
planned for Tom and you;
So. let each man do his best and al-
ways thinking, too.
Of the potted-ham in Potsdam, and the
Old Red, White and Blue!”
Bugler Nova R. Mathews, has re-
turned from his visit with the home
folks at Union City and reports that
his mother is much improved in health.
Nova is making good in tin1 army and
is well liked in the company.
Private Audrey A. Black has been
promoted. He is now company me-
chanic. Audrey is from Yukon. Okla.,
where his many friends will be glad to
know that he is doing well.
Private Chester L. Schifiman is in
El Reno this week visiting his siek
Irving Has Invested More Than
$2,000 to Help Win War.
Every available seat.in one of the
largest rooms of Irving ward school |
was tak« n when all the grades render-;
ed an interesting, patriotic program
on Friday evening of last week,
which was witnessed by patrons and
friends. Each individual performer
and collective performers were ap ;
pin tided at the end of each act. The |
instrumental music, speaking, singing
and in fact each number was a pleas-
Several who have attt nded previous !
undertakings of similar character mad
tin* declaration that the last was the
best. It was. truly, remarkable to
note the control and perfect poise of
each pupil who graced the program,'
which was as follows:
Piano solo. Lilian Deck; song, "Mt.
Vernon Bells,” sixth grade; play, I
George iti Nursery Land.” first and
second grades; Washington Birthday i
exercises, fourth grade; piano solo, I
Albept Shriver; reading. Eva Lamp;
folk difnee, "I See You," fourth
grade girls 1 "Captain Morgan’s
March,” 2 “Consolation.” Exercise,
“Fighting for the Red, White and
try needs service and sacrifice from
every one of its citizens; furthermore
that no classmate shall suffer by com-
parison with a wealthier friend.
The girls met some time ago with
their advisor, Miss Witcher, and decid-
ed to limit expenditures for graduation
and baccalaureate dresses to $7.50 for
Miss Gordon, of the Domestic Art
department, will place a variety of
samples of materials and designs for
dresses, on display in the department,
and will help the girls plan their
dresses. Many of the girls will make
their own dresses.
Some of th» high school girls in the
nursed imaginative things, hut viewed |
events as they really occurred. Vo
man could truthfully say that Mr. Fat-
terson ever wavered when it came to
a question of what he considered a
duty. He was, truly, a good man.
While serving as county commission-
er, from the first district for two
terms, Mr. Patterson injected real bus-
iness methods into county affairs. Ho
also served the county in the capacity
of treasurer for two consecutive terms,
1910 to 1914.
Several years ago he became inter-
ested in thoroughbred cattle and was
a pioneer breeder of the Shorthorn
strain. Stockmen over the entire west
knew him well and many of th in
came to El Reno and paid elaborate
prices for the pick of his herd, some
animals selling for more than $500.
The remains of Mr. Patterson lav
in state at the Elks’ Home Surtdav
j morning Pom 10 until 2 o’clock. The
I funeral was held promptly at 3 o’clock,
j The spacious lodge room was filled
In order that all may know'the food with friends who came to pay their
regulations, through the kindness of | last respects to the dead. A brief Ber-
the nevspapers of Canadian county ; vice was held by brother Elks, accord-
THE FOOD REGULATIONS
Food Administrator Is Determin-
ed that Rules Be Obeyed.
they are here published as laid down
by ilie Food administration, which
rules must be strictly followed:
All grocers and dealers in flour
must hereafter enforce the “fifty-fifty”
plan; equal amounts of substitutes
must positively be sold to all custo-
ing to the rites of the order, of which
the deceased was a member. The ser-
vice was very impressive and touch-
ing, exemplifying the esteem in which
brother Elks held their former brother.
Following the lodge service, Rev.
Holmes Nichols, pastor of the First
Blue.” fifth grade hoys. Reading,
father. We are looking for Chester I "Your Lad and My Lad.” Dorothy
in tomorrow and trust that his fath j Bradbury. Essay. The Flag," Mary
er’s health is much improved. Chester , Barker; folk dance, "Danish Dance,”
is a good soldier. fifth grade; reading, Elisabeth Harris;
state, particularly Mangum, have voted mers, there being but one exception, | Baptist church, preached the sermon,
to wear white aprons for graduation, I which is: farmers having their own | He paid a glow ing tribute to the mom-
hut the El Reno girls think rightly,
that they will learn more, to spend a
small amount of money wisely and get
two dainty, simple frocks, which will
he in keeping with a dignified occas-
ion, and of service for the entire sum-
Surely, these girls are growing into
a finer womanhood when they can
make such unselfish and wise decis-
ions, in considering the feelings of
others and the demands of their time.
A SHEET OF THIN STEEL.
L. N. Shepard received a tiny, thin
sheet of steel from his son, George B.
Shepard, who is employed in a rolling
mill at Middletown, Ohio. The sam-
ple that Mr. Shepard sent his father is
-60-gauge steel and is so thin and flex-
ible that it may be used in a type-
writer. The manufacturers are turn-
ing out huge quantities of this gauge
which is used in the manufacture of
aeroplanes, and it is also used in
wireless telegraphy. L. N. Shepard
has another son, D. Dayton, who is
serving his country in coast defense.
corn meal may, by signing the usual
statement, and by buying one pound
of substitute to each four pounds of
Flour sales are limited to 24 pounds
to town or city customers, and to 96
pounds to farm or rural customers.
Sugar sales are as follows: sugar
may be sold to city customers in not
more than two to five pound quanti-
ties, and to country customers in not
more than five to ten-pound quanti-
Beef and beef products, pork and
pork products are absolutely forbid-
den to be sold or bought on Tuesdays.
Pies and doughnuts may he reinstat-
ed on the menus of public eating
places on wheatless days. This, how-
ever, may be done only if they are
made every day of the week from
doughs which contain at least 331-3
per cent of non-wheat flour.
The substitutes for wheat flour are
as follows: Hominy, corn grits, corn
meal, corn flour, edible corn starch,
barley flour, rolled oats, oat meal,
rice, rice flour, buckwheat flour, pota-
to flour, sweet potato flour, soya bean
flour, feterita, or kafir flour or meal;
potatoes may be used as a substitute.
The above rules will will he in vogue
ory of Mr. Patterson and spoke com-
forting words to the grief-stricken
wife and children. Rev. Nichols ex-
pounded some of the teachings of the
Bible relative to humanity and if any-
one had an obscured vision pertaining
to the Good Book his or her under-
standing should have been clarified
when ho concluded and offered prayer.
The floral offerings were many and
beautiful. At the close of the ser-
vices the remains were taken to El
Reno cemetery where interment was
AN AGED MISSOURIAN DIES
County Commissioner’s Father
Succumbed at Age of 84.
J. T. Witcher, sr., father of Jesse T.
and E. L. Witcher of this city, passed
away at his home in Sweet Springs,
Mo., on February 26, aged §4 years.
The funeral waB held last Saturday,
March 2. County Commissioner J. T.
Witcher, jr., and brother, E. L. attend-
ed the funeral.
The deceased was horn in Howard
county, Missouri, and when only two
WOMAN AGENT TO WORK HERE.
Felix K. West, county agent, receiv-
ed a communication on Monday from
C. W. Callerman, district agent for
the Central distrist^ Oklahonia, inform-j (jH, county Food administrator. Ob-1 Mr. Witcher died within one-half mile
serve them—be loyal to your govern-j of where his parents located when
ment. Should you know of violations j they moved to Saline county. The do-
of any of the food rules notify the | ceased was prominently identified with
weeks o'd his parents moved to Saline
you arc notified otherwise by | county, where he had since resided.
iftg him that a woman agent in the
person of Mrs. Ruff, principal of Kil-
dare, Okla., schools had been secured
for Canadian county to aid the women.
Her efforts will be directed in manag-
ing the canning of vegetables and
fruits, suggesting new methods to the
poultry clubs and boosting school gar-
OKLAHOMA WAR CONFERENCE.
On Monday and Tuesday, March 11
mid 12, war workers from every coun-
ty in Oklahoma will meet in Oklaho-
ma City to attend the first Oklahoma
War council. Secretary Houston
brings a message from Washington.
Paul Perigord brings one from the
French army. Special conferences
held by Food and Fuel administrations,
Thrift Stamp, Liberty Loan, Woman’s
committee. Council of Defense and
others. Houston and Perigord speak
BOUGHT A GROCERY STORE.
A deal was consummated Tuesday
whereby G. B. Bannister disposed of
his grocery store, East Hays street,
to his brother-in-law, C. W. Andrew’s.
Mr. Andrews will continue his duties
as tonsorial artist at the Southern ho-
tel, and place the management of his
newly acquired grocery stock under
control of his wife and his father, J.
D. Andrews. Mr. Bannister has en-
listed and will soon depart for his
post of duty.
DOCTORS GO TO FORT RILEY.
Doctors P. F. Herod and W. P. Mor-
rison departed today (Thursday) for
Fort Riley, Kansas, to serve their
country. Both doctors are commis-
sioned first lieutenants. Dr. Herod re-
ceived his commission on June 28,
1917, and Dr. Morrison was commis-
sioned on July 6th, same year. They
have been patiently waiting orderB
for entering the service since the
County Food administrator and the vi-
olator will he severely dealt with.
The Food administration is not re-
quiring more of us than we should
gladly do in the conservation of food
that our soldier boys in Europe so
badly need. Wheat, meat, fats and su-
gar they must have and for this food
they look to us. They must not look
in vain. It will be furnished them
through the effort and patriotism of
the American citizens. I do not claim
the conservation of food alone will win
the war, hut the lack of it would lose
it to us; therefore it is our sacred duty
and should be our supreme pleasure to
conscientiously preserve all the food
possible.—J. N. Roberson, county food
568 PAIRS OF GOPHER SCALPS.
The greatest display of gopher
scalps ever turned in at the office of
County Clerk Wells was on exhibition
the first of the w’eek. There W’ere 568
pairs and all were neatly fastened on
card hoard. J. H. Zimmerman, who
farms the Wilson place, near Yukon,
turned in .he scalps and wras awarded
5 cents per pair, aggregating $28.40
The gophers were destroying his al-
falfa fields and he made a specially
constructed trap which he used to
MRS. DUST PASSED AWAY.
The funeral services of Mrs. Claude
Dust were held at the First Christian
church yesterday (Wednesday) after-
noon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by
Rev. W. L. Thornton. Mrs. Dust ex-
pired last Saturday at her home, 319
North Evans, after a brief illness. She
was thirty-one years old. She is sur-
vived by her husband, a son of ten-
der years, several brothers, sisters
and her father.
the business interest of his commun-
ity and owned 400 acres of good, Mis-
He was the father of eighteen chil-
dren, eight by his first and ten by his
second w’ife. Only six children sur-
vive his first marriage, and ten frbm
the last. Messrs. Jesse T. and E. L.
Witcher are children of the first mar-
HAD NOT MET FOR 34 YEARS.
Harry Turner, of St. Louis, Mo.,
was in this city yesterday (Wednes-
day) on official business for the gov-
ernment. He is an old-time Missouri
newspi-per man and a friend of E. S.
Bronson, of lhe American. He spent
a brief time at The American office
renewing his acquaintance with his
quondam companion in journalism. It
was the first time they had met in the
last thirty-four years. Mr. Turner is
making his headquarters at Oklahoma
City for the time being.
CLEANED UP MORE THAN $100.
Calumet Red Cross workers receiv-
ed more than $100 by serving dinner
and from the sale of a Duroc hog at
W. H. Barrett's sale, near Darlington,
according to intelligence reaching El
Reno. The El Reno chapter intend-
ed furnishing the dinner, but owing to
a lack of assistance hv the. ladies of
El Reno the undertaking was turned
over to Calumet ladies. Mr. Barrett
gave the ladies the hog.
BOUGHT THE JEWEL THEATER.
A1 Derry has bought the Jewel the-
ater from Almon E. Tinkelpaugh. who
joined the Coast Artillery. Mr. Tink-
elpaugh will he stationed at Jefferson
Barracks, Mo. Mr. Derry contemplates
remodeling and painting the Jewel
within a short time.
Private Lon C. Booth is making vig-
orous strides in military arithmetic.
He says that he has learned that Sun-
day equals K.I’, that 1 year equals 52
K. P.’s, therefore, lie is glad that there
are only fifty-two Sundays in a year.
He further says that this statement of
ye scribe pleases him much in that it
verifies what he has often written to
his best girl.
Private John P. Hennessey was
called to El Reno, Sunday, by the ill-
ness of his father.
Private Edwin J. Lively, who is in
the hospital with the mumps say, “I
don’t want to get well; I’m having a
Fram es A. Luttrell has been made
acting Caisson corporal of the fifth
section of his battery. Luttrell is an
efficient worker and always to be
found on duty.
In a recent contest in gunnery held
before the major the gunners of Bat-
tery D 343d F. A., won second place,
losing by only a small margin. Grover
C. Wolf, of El Reno, is acting gun cor-
poral for the third gun section of ‘D*
battery and with the three other gun
corporals is greatly responsible for
the good showing made by his battery.
First-class private, Lee J. Stoneman,
battery F 343d F.A.N-A., has been re-
cently appointed a tpember of the In-
strument detail 6i his organization.
This detail has charge of the instru-
ments for calculating firing data.
Guy Fread and Earnest F. Doke, for-
merly of El Reno, are again acting as
Battery barbers in Battery D 343d F.
A. Battery furnishes the barber chairs
and the barbers are allowed a percent-
age of all money collected from the
sale of barber tickets.
Company I marched thru the streets
of San Antonio last Friday in the
largest. Washington’s birthday celebra-
tion, it is said, ever staged In Ameri-
the khaki-clad columns march down
Houston Avenue, lead by the Regimen-
tal hands, playing martial airs. Prac-
tically the entire population of the
city turned out to witness the parade,
together, with thousands from neigh-
boring towns. As we passed army
posts, the regulars came out and cheer-
ed lustily. Of thousands that crowd-
ed the streets, then* was perhaps not
one who doubted that whatever the
culmination of this bloody world war
may be, the 90th Division will have a
place in the final settlement of the is-
sues that are engaging the nations of
the world today. It was said that
that parade was an illustration of
what five months’ intensive training
could do for a hunch of “rookies.”
In the five months’ service that I
have had, I have not found a cleaner
hunch of men than Company I. I think
that they will compare pretty well
with any other hunch of men, of equal
number, chosen at random, from as
many different avocations, and thrown
together as we have been.
We are glad to have Private Joe
Sides with us again after a visit with
the home folks at El Reno. Sides re-
ports an enjoyable time.
Private Sam C. Pollard was recent-
ly appointed assistant to Divisional
Gas Instructor. He is is working un-
der Lieut. Grant. Sam is a good in-
structor, even as he is a good soldier
and is conscientious in all his work.
Corporal Whitlock, Corporal Bruce,
Corporal McLemore, Bugler Leo C
Radtke, and Privates Baker and New-
berry report good progress at the
Owing to military regulations and
necessary restrictions, we have not
been permitted to visit with the fif
teen or sixteen thousand recruits that
have come in to camp in the last few
days. The Oklahoma train that
brought the Canadian county hoys ar-
rived Sunday and from what I have
been able to ascertain, they came with
a smile broad as an overseer’s wage.
Private W. M. Brooks, of El Reno,
who was transferred from company I
to headquarters company, seems to be
doing well. He is making himself felt
Bugler A. E. Selken, of Okarche,
Okla., is doing well in Co. A. We hear
his taps at eleven o’clock and draw
a deep breath, think about home a
little, and go to sleep. But when he
wakes us up in the morning with his
inspiring reveille it is well that he is
blissfully unconscious of what we
Private Carl F. Schraeder returned
from El Reno, Friday. He reports his
sister, who recently underwent a sur-
(Continued on last page.)
reading, Inez Head.
The program was terminated by in-
teresting talks by the eighth grade
pupils on "How Irving School Is Help-
inf Win the War.” These talks were
The public will he Interested in
knowing that Irving sMiool pupils are
trying in every way to do their part in
winning the war. The number of
Liberty Loan bonds held, in all the
grades is thirty-two, amounting to $1,-
650. Thrift and War Savings stamps,
owned by the pupils, amount to
$383.77. A Junior Red Cross has been
organized with a membership of 186
pupils. Miss Mary Lawson has been
elected leader, with Miss Frances
Young ns treasurer.
Irving school has 326 pupils and Ihe
patriotic ardor of a major portion of
these pupils is very much in evidence,
for it is authentically stated that 253
of the total enrollment either wholly
or partially observe wheat leas and
meatless clays. The youngsters are
very zealous over the idea of home
gardening which is being advocated by
the* teachers in the valious grades. Ac-
cording to latest reckoning there will
he 217 gardens from Irving, and it is
not unlikely the* quota will not be rais-
ed before garden making has advanced
to a marked degree. Anyway, 217 gar-
dens wrll go a long way towards les-
sening the expense at home and will
help win the war. It is gratifying to
record a news event wherein little
folks figure so conspicuously.
BIG RAIN FOR OKLAHOMA.
All Smiill Grain Crops Greatly
While Jupiter TMuvius was shed-
ding copious, gushing tears over the
It was an impressive sight to see lJlst Saturday, giving Oklahoma
its first precipitation of consequence
for months, the newspapers at Okla-
homa City carried tin* weatherman’s
report for Saturday as “fair and warm-
er.” The weatherman must, have done
some faulty prognosticating.
Well, it rained in El Reno from
about 5 o’clock Saturday morning un-
til late in the afternoon at which time
the rain gauge at the Citizens Nation-
al hank showed a precipitation of .70
of an Inch.
Along about 10 o’clock Saturday
night it began raining some more and
on Sunday morning the same rain
gauge showed 1.3 inches of precipita-
t:on. The previous rain was .25 of an
inch, which gave Canadian county a
total rainfall of 1.28 of an inch.
Farmers say the recent rains will
help the small grains wonderfully, and
put the soil in first-class condition to
prosecute general farm work. Weath-
er conditions were very pleasant until
Tuesday evening when a cool wave
swept the country.
BERTHOLD WEBER IS FREED.
William Redder received word Tues-
day from the Post Intelligencer offi-
c< r. Fort sill. i hat Bert hold Weber,
who has been imprisoned there since
last September on a charge of shoot-
ing himself in the foot to escape army
service, was discharged on Monday
from draft service on account of phys-
ical disability for general military ser-
vice. The officers were unable to se-
cure sufficient evidence to prove he
shot himself with intent to avoid ser-
vice. Weber was a high school stu-
dent in El Reno and graduated in the
class cf 1913. Weber will be required
to fill out a questlonaire and will be
held for special military duty.
MR. SPENCER HELD FOR SERVICE.
The District Exemption board has
reversed its decision in regard to the
physical examination of Arthur Spen-
cer and announced he is held for gen-
eral military service, according to a
communication received at the of-
fice of Wm. Rodder, secretary local
Exemption hoard. Mr. Spencer
left here Monday for Norman to pros-
ecute his studies in wireless teleg-
raphy and mechanical engineering.
MRS. PHELPS IS CHAIRMAN.
Mrs. J. I. Phelps has received her
appointment as chairman of Women's
Council of Defense for Canadian coun-
ty. The appointment was made by
Mrs. Eugene Lawson, state chairman.
Mrs. Phelps is formulating her plans
for getting the county organized and
hopes to have the active co-operation
of an able corps of assistants before
SUPERINTENDENT IS HERE
The Go Ahead Order Is in Mr. Ry-
an s Department Already.
J. E. Freiberg, superintendent of |
construction, has just arrived front ;
Cadillac, Mich., where he completed
his last work for Swift & Company,
with whom he has been employed for
a period of years as superintendent of
construction of plants ami branch I
houses. Mr. Freiberg, a practical pack-j
ins house man. was so favorably im-
pressed with the possibilities of the
American Packing company that he he
came a stockholder and resigned his j
position with Swift »v Company and
connected with tin* American Packing
company. The initial orders have |
been placed for lumber, and posts and |
the ground is being broken for the
construction of stock pens. The latest
ideas in stock-yard construction will,
be employed and the very best of ma-
Mr. Ryan, who for several years
has been in tin* mechanical and con-1
I struct Ion department of Swift A Com-!
puny, has accepted a position ns chief
engineer with tin* American Packing i
company, has already arrived and has
taken charge and expec ts to move his
family as soon as suitable living quar-
ters can be obtained. Mr. Ryan is al-
ready busy getting the mechanical end
of the plant shaped up preparatory to
opening on May 1st. The go-ahead or-1
der has been posted in big letters in
his department and from the manner I
in which his part of the work has
started off there seems no doubt about
Mr. Ryan's department being in ship-
shape when the signal is given for the
plant to start up.
Superintendent Freiberg reports the
completion of roofing on the office
building and power plant of the Ameri-
can Packing company. IB* is very
much pleased with the conclusion in
deciding on long-leaf yellow pine crco- |
soted posts for the const ruction of the
stock pens He says this is a better
(lass of material than is usually em-
ployed in :n*■ building of stock yards
elsewhere, and he is very much pleas-
ed with the policy adopted to have
nothing but the best.
FEBRUARY CROP SUMMARY
Growing- Condition of Wheat Is 4
Per Cent Less Than Month Ago.
The State Board of Agriculture
sends out its report of crop condi-
tions and prices prevailing in Febru-
ary throughout the state. The price
for eggs has been lowered in this sec-
tion since the report was made. The
crop conditions and February prices,
according to the board, are as follows:
Wheat has decreased four per cent
in growing condition during the past
month. The present condition is 53
per cent, condition last month was 57
per cent and on the same date one
year ago the 1917 crop showed a con-
dition of 73 per cent. The biggest
per cent of the crop is suffering from
the scarcity of moisture. Some wheat
Is reported frozen and blown out. This
damege, however, Is not serious. Thu
southwestern part, ol the state con-
tinues to show the poorest condition,
while the best condition appears in
the northeast part.
The fanners still have on hand from
the 1917 crop, 19 per cent of corn, 5
percent of wheat, 14 per cent ot oats
and 21 per cent of kafir and milo. They
have consumed and marketed during
the past month as follows: Corn 9
per cent, wheat 3 per cent, oats 5 per
cent and kafir and milo 13 per cent.
On the same date in 1917 they had on
hand from the 1917 crop, 27 per cent
of corn, 5 per cent of wheat and 18
per cent of oats.
Of the land to be planted to spring
crops, only 17 per cent has been plow-
ed. Plowing has been hold back by
the extreme cold weather, and some
parts of the state report that it is too
dry for plowing.
The acreage to he planted to oats,
this year will he 2 per cent less than
that of last year. This is al io due to
dryness of the soil. Should the state
receive good rains in the near future,
the acreage will be increased in many
The farmer is receiving 41 cents
per pound for his butter and 39 cents
per dozen for his eggs. Last year on
the same date butter brought 30 cents
per pound and eggs brought 30 cents
TWO MEN PLACED UNDER BOND.
A short session of district court was
held last Saturday, presided over by
Judge John W. Hayson, of Oklahoma
City. Claude Lee, Rock Island special
officer, charged with assault with in-
tent to kill, entered a plea of not guil-
ty and his bond wras named in the
sum of $1,000. He is accused of shoot-
ing Sam Kave, a locomotive boiler
w’asher, while en route from the round
house to his home. The shooting oc-
curred early in the winter. Dave El-
liott, charged with felonious assault,
pleaded not guilty. His bond was fix-
ed at $1,000. Both cases are set for
the April term of district court.
A VICTIM OF HUN SHRAPNEL.
Thomas S. Hardesty, brother of Mrs.
William Grove of this city, was a vic-
tim of Hun shrapnel in a battle last
Saturday. Mr. Hardesty enlisted at
El Paso, Texas, when his mother, Mrs.
Anna Shackelford, and her daughter
resided there. Mrs. Shackelford came
here Monday from Oklahoma City,
w’here she has been connected with a
M. G. ELKINS WANTS DIVORCE.
m. c Bikini has filed a petition in
district court which asks for annul-
ment of marriage vows between him-
self and Faye Elkins. He seeks di-
vorce on the grounds of alleged aban-
donment. The couple have one child
who is In the custody of its father.
THIRTY SIX MEN ENLIST
Five Are Auto Experts—Others
to Serve in Coast Defense.
Enlistment activities have been pro-
gressing nicely at the* offic e of William
Redder, secretary of the Exemption
board, this week. A number were en-
rolled Monday and several signed up
tor military servirt on Tuesday, which
means, an exodus of Canadian county
young men within the next few days,
possibly on Monday, March 11.
Those who enlisted for roast de-
fense* and will he stationed at .Jeffer-
son Barracks, Mo., on Monday are Ar-
thur Jenkins, Mustang; Mark Camp-
bell, James A. Finn, Alva R. King,
Chester Herbert, Waldo Miller, Guy
\ . Womack, Clarence Cooper, Reuben
• ' tep, Samuel W. Wallace, Aaron A.
Patterson, Almon Tinkelpaugh, W. E.
B etz, Jol n E Blggert, Fr< d Q Smith,
Lester Crow, W. A. Biggert and Har-
old Erhar, 1*3 Reno; Verne Smith,
Banner; Arthur J. Cottey, formerly of
Illinois; William 1*\ Taylor, Manitou,
Okla.; Arthur II. Goodlier, Oklahoma
Five men signed for expert auto-
mobile service, hut three only are re-
quired. They are Joe Sarto and ChaB.
Trammel, El Reno; Glenn Button,
Frank Doyle and Carl Martin, Yukon.
These three, possibly the entire quin-
tot, will be assigned duty at Taliferro,
! ' V
enlisted for duty in tin* spruce pro-
Tuesday’s enrollment composed tho
following: Walter Goad, W. E. Talley,
Gilbert E. Nelson, G. It. Bannister, C.
E Wood, L. C. Marshall and G. C.
Witcher, El Reno; Charles Sanders,
Union City; Samuel Cozart, Point,
Texas. These men enlisted in coast
defense and will go in training at Jef-
ferson Barracks. Mo.
A STOCKMAN S UNIQUE AD.
Damns the Kaiser- Gave Lad Half
Interest in the Calves.
M. B. Hoyt, Fulton county, Ohio, ad-
vertised his dispersion sale of regis-
tered cattle in the VVauseon Tribune
I last week for today (Thursday) and in
his Introductory remarks he said:
| "Damn the Kaiser. When my lad was
called the second time for physical ex-
amination by Uncle Sam, 1 knew that
running the farm by a lazy man was
out of tin* question. Each year I have
been leaning a little heavier on tho
Kid and had hopes by next wnter to
reach $1,000 per month from the cows.
| l knew we had the breeding and the
individuals to do it, hut ‘The best laid
plans of mice and men gang aft aglee.’
"I don’t know whether he will he
called to the colors or not, but I do
know that he is no slacker. The posi-
tion of a slacker now is not so bad,
but 20, 30, 40, 50 .years hence, when
the Huns are in hell and the question
iH asked him ‘Why were you not in
France?* It wrill he to that slacker what
Sherman said of war.
"A few years ago I gave the Lad a
half Interest in all the calves and it
was surprsing how soon he owned an
interest in a lot of them. But every-
thing goes and I will take niy place as
a ’has been,' but It Is better to be a
has been’ than a ‘never was,”*
HELPING FARMERS GET SEED.
F. F. Ferguson, who is connected
with the Department of Agriculture, is
buying, assembling Had classifying
farm seeds at Clinton, Okla., a central
location in the western district of Ok-
lahoma. Mr. Ferguson went to Clin-
ton Sunday to conduct the work. Ho
states that he has found varying
prices for kafir seed, some farmers
asking $2.50 per bushel for what is
known as “A” grade, while others ask
$4 per bushel for kafir seed that will
only test "C” grade. Mr. Ferguson is
an expert on seed qualities and he is
buying and classifying farm seeds with
a view to assisting the farmers in
getting what they pay for. It is stat-
ed that Canadian farmers an* supplied
with plenty of good kafir seed.
CAR OF SEED OATS UNLOADED.
A car of seed oats were unloaded
here Monday. County Agent West
stated to an American representative
that this car was billed out of No-
wata, over a traction company, on tho
18th of February and when the car
reached its destination there were
freight charges aggregating something
like $140, which is conceded by rail-
way officials to be entirely out of pro-
portion. consequently the county agent
is wondering where the car has been
during all the days it was in transit.
MAKE CORN FLOUR PIES.
An El Reno lady, who has been ex-
perimenting in the use of corn flour
in pies, states that if they are made
in the usual way, but by substituting
half corn flour (not corn meal) that
very satisfactory results may be ob-
tained. The corn flour is as white as
wheat flour and the taste of corn is
not noticeable in the pie. Try it and
BROUGHT INDIANS TO SCHOOL.
Postmaster Lea M. Nichols, of Bris-
tow, Okla., brought three Indian boys
here Friday of last week and had them
enrolled as government wards in Chey-
enne and Arapaho Indian school at
Concho. The lads are brothers and
their names are Jimmie, Charles and
Laslie Seber. Mr. Nichols is a brother
of N. A. Nichols, of The American.
MRS. WHITTED IS NEW DIRECTOR
Mrs. Frank A. Whitted is the new
director of Women’s work, local Red
Cross chapter, succeeding Mrs. P. F.
Herod, who departs today (Thursday)
for Fort Riley, Kansas, with her hus-
band, Lieutenant Herod. An assistant
director has not been secured and a
huge amount of unfinished business
has been thrust upon Mrs. Whitted.
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