Commentary

Thu
22
Jun

Indians, the first to tap state oil

By Bunny Baker

Indian hunters and gatherers who roamed territorial lands were the first to discover oil in Oklahoma.

The early Americans noticed something glittering on the water at oil coated springs where their horses refused to drink.They called the dark substance that oozed over rocks and leaked into creeks “natural tar” and used it for everything from medicine to lubrication for tools.

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Thu
22
Jun

Trolls

By J. D. Meisner

I don't spend much time on Facebook, but in order to keep up with the 21st century, I've got a personal Facebook page.

If I think of something knee-slappy to say or have a strong viewpoint on something, it might get one or two updates a month (on a good month).

Rare are the occasions where I actually comment on someone else's posts unless it's... again... knee-slappy or to throw a memory back at them.

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Tue
20
Jun

R.I.P. America

By Shirley Todd

I saw this heading above an article on a website that read R.I.P. America. I thought it to be pretty sad. I read the article that accompanied it, and I couldn’t believe how negative and wrong the article was.

The article said that America has gone soft on discipline. The cost of living is so high that both parents have to work outside the home rather than spending time with their kids. God was taken out of schools. Parents were told they can’t discipline their own kids. The article said due to this, America will now reap what it sows.

Tue
20
Jun

Roller Skating Tents

By Bunny Baker

 

Portable tented roller skating rinks came to Bristow in the 1940’s. The site was on South Chestnut Avenue where the low-rent housing is now located. Trucks loaded with the equipment would arrive after the grass and weeds were cleared away. The tent would be set up; then the roller rink with a masonite floor.

 

The sides of the tent consisted of snow fence which let the summer breeze blow through and kept onlookers at a safe distance and there were plenty of on-lookers to enjoy watching the skaters. For 25 cents, you could spend the afternoon skating to the sound of “The Blue Shirt Waltz” or some other skating theme.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Masons in Oklahoma

By Bunny Baker

The first cornerstone laying by the Mason fraternity in Oklahoma was on Aug. 18, 1875, when the cornerstone of the Indian Agency building, now the site of the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, was built.

Acting grandmaster of the Masons of Indian Territory at the ceremony was Rev. J.S. Mierrow, with the principal address given by Will P. Ross, retiring chief of the Creek Nation, a Princeton College graduate. Also speaking at the program was Samuel Checote, the Creek chief, who spoke in his native tongue.

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Thu
15
Jun

Millennials

By J. D. Meisner

If you are a millennial who thinks you might fit the stereotype created for you by older, impetuous know-it-alls like me, you probably want to stop reading now, or you may get offended, but I implore you to read this to the end.

Wife and I spent some time this weekend walking around downtown Oklahoma City and Brick Town and we saw things... things that made us go hmm.

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Tue
13
Jun

The Old West

By Bunny Baker

Chuck Goodnight was the likeliest inventor of the chuck wagon who reportedly converted an old government issue wagon to specifications, which included iron axles and a chuck box on the rear.

The famous Chisholm Trail was named after Jessie Chisholm. He was not a cattleman; he was a trader, a Tennessee native of Scottish and Cherokee ancestory. Chisholm came west in the 1820’s, established several Indian trading posts in what is now Kansas and cut a rutted wagon road between Kansas and Texas, a trail that was later followed by countless cattle drives.

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Tue
13
Jun

Celebration

By Shirley Todd

This past Saturday, we had a celebration in my family. We didn’t get too wild and crazy, but we celebrated a wild and crazy woman’s 80th birthday. My mom, Theda Buchanan, turned 80 on Saturday, June 10. It’s hard to believe she is that old. Only because I lie about my age so much.

While making preparations for her party, I reflected back to her 50th birthday. This is the birthday that almost didn’t happen. I remember being at home with her and dad. We had dinner, and I fixed her a cake to celebrate. She was still recovering from a brain aneurysm she had in January 1987.

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Tue
13
Jun

Stoops? Who's Stoops?

By; J.D.Meisner

 

I was writing a column about something completely unimportant, as I often do, when I got a News Channel 6 push notification on my vintage iPhone 5c Wednesday, informing me that some dude named Stoops, Bob, was retiring from the University of Oklahoma football program.

I figured this Bob guy must be kind of a big deal because the university held a press conference and there were cameras whirring and clicking and reporters were running through the OU campus like Japanese business men in a Godzilla movie.

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Surprise, surprise, guess who is coaching football at Kellyville, Bill Scott and his son, Brent Scott.

Bill was the only fooball coach in Bristow history to win a state championship. He won three state championships, two runnerups, 18 district champs and was the youngest coach in Oklahoma to win over 200 wins.

Maybe now he will get the honor and respect that he deserves, not from Bristow but from Kellyville.

Heck, I will be in Kellyville on Friday nights.

Thank you

Ed Reed, Bristow

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