Daddy took special advantage of his school years, and received a lot
of encouragement from his father, who had been deprived of any schooling
whatsoever. Daddy started school in 1898 at the age of five and finished
at age 16 in 1909. He was a very good student and received the classic
high school education of his time, learning Latin by reading Cicero
and mastering mathematics so well he could do sums in his head.
During his early
school years, Daddy had small farm chores such as carrying in corn
cobs for fuel, and driving ducks up from the creek into their pen
where they would lay their eggs at night. He took the milk cow to
pasture before school and later drove her home (the pasture was about
a mile away).
In early life,
Shorty, as Daddy was called, took part in all kinds of
athletic games and sports; ice hockey was his favorite. There was
generally good ice for skating in winter, and he would swim in the
river in summer. He also engaged in a few wrestling matches before
One summer, Daddy
had planted and taken loving care of his own little flower garden
growing in front of the house. His older brother and some friends,
not being so caring, walked right through the flowers. It is perhaps
a small incident in a lifetime, but one that Daddy always remembered.
There was good
money to be made each year from trapping on Coon Crick.
There were plenty of beavers, possums and raccoons to be gleaned from
the trapsand an occasional skunk. Once Daddy was skinning a
skunk and cut into its scent glands. He had to be thoroughly hosed
down and spent that night out-of-doors.
is a letter Daddy wrote to me giving his own personal account of similar
experiences, plus his usual accounting of the state of the world and
state of the oil business.
February 3, 1974
It is 10
am and weather wise another wonderful day is indicated. I am recovering
from another little attack of stomach trouble. Mothers right
knee developed a little soreness a few weeks ago but on questioning
she always says it is better. So everything here is quite rosy.
with the skunk or skunks was quite an experience. It looked to us
that far as you were concerned that they won the first skirmish. My
worst experience on Coon Creek was on cutting into the stink bag when
trying to skin one. Howard and my dad got sprayed one night on going
to the chicken house after hearing some of them holler. A trapper
at Indianola used to deodorize himself by setting in a tree over a
the group of senators who in my opinion contributed the most to our
oil shortage are still on the initiative, blasting the oil companies.
They are at least students of psychology.
exploration for deep gas here has proven several of our small tracts
of royalty and increases the speculative value of others.
A well about
9 miles northwest of Sayre penetrated a good gas sand last week at
around 16,000 feet. It is in what is known as Atoka. The well is contracted
to go to 24,000 feet so this 16,000 foot production might not be produced
for some time.
noticed that the rains have stopped some in your area so we are hoping
you can get walls lifted to your new home and get going with the inside.
We are hoping that orders keep coming for Wiltron
I think the country needs a new set of anchor men on television far
more than a new president. The odor from chicken frying is quite appetizing.
Mother joins in sending love to you and family.