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Your dad & unk sound like a real pair!!! Speaking of Blue River - it brought back memories of an old friend & I that also camped there one weekend [more]...
 ~Jan Carver regarding Okie's story from Vol. 9 Iss. 31 titled UNTITLED

I thought there was another place to comment on your beautiful roses (and tomatoes)...but there isn't; so here goes - my mother's side of the famly were the "rose" girls, always planting & having beautiful roses & we also passed down through generations wonderful old tubers of peonies (especially the older fragrant ones, which are hard to get started & established) [more]...
 ~Jan Carver regarding Okie's story from Vol. 8 Iss. 23 titled UNTITLED

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NW Okie's Journey

Bayfield, CO - Our journey continues slowly on a good note as we await our three month checkup (mid-May) with our oncologist here in southwest Colorado.

We have been trying to eat right and get in our walking a mile a day while the sun shines in the rockies. Some days we do not feel like walking, so we just putter around the yard and watch things grow and the trees budding out.

Lately, as we read the news online, we have been shaking our head in aversion, distaste of the group of armed violent militia, unpatriotic domestic terrorists, who are camped out on Bundy's cattle ranch in Nevada.

Bundy tends his 900 cattle grazing on our taxpayer-owned public land. In Nevada 87% of the state is owned by the federal government with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) overseeing 245 million acres of the public land. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show explained it best and digested FOX, Hannity and Bundy in the following video:

The government began allowing the use of the land in 1877 to promote economic development of dry, difficult to cultivate desert areas. A version of the Desert Land Act of 1877 still exists, which allows ranchers to graze their cattle on public lands for a nominal rate, which is cheaper than what the rancher would pay the state or a private land owner. But the rancher has to share the land with the public. It is the balance between conservation and public use that is a major source of tension when overseeing government land. The BLM are good folks trying to do the best they can.

It was in 1993 that Bundy was ordered to remove his cattle from public lands for conservation purposes. Bundy refused to comply, racking up more than one million dollars in fines. Bundy has been called one of the most selfish and irresponsible users of public land. When one person like Bundy puts his own selfish interest above everyone else's, it hurts us all. The public lands in America belong to all of us.

Is Bundy one of those "welfare ranchers" living off the government?

The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is working! Congress can keep their dirty hands off of my Medicare & Social Security!

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Walking With Sadie

Bayfield, CO - It turned out to be a beautiful Spring like Monday kind of day here at the north end of Vallecito Lake, North of Bayfield, Colorado. But how long will it last?

A few days ago we had some clouds move in for this view of Mt. Irving that can be seen as it towers over the north end of the Vallecito Reservoir.

NW Okie planted some herbs (garlic and basil) in her greenhouse a few days ago. Also ... we planted some green onions in our outdoor planting space. Hope the ground squirrels don't dig them up like they did last year.

What is it doing in your neck of the woods?

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One Hundred Years Ago - 21 April 1914

Ardmore, OK - This is a strange, but interesting story of a lady who was in a hypnotic condition at Romar's Drug Store, in Ardmore, Oklahoma, one hundred years ago, 21 April 1914. The story was found on the front page of The Daily Ardmoreite of that same year.

Who was the lady at Romar's Drug Store in a hypnotic condition? The story stated she would sleep until Thursday night, and would be awakened by Prof. Neilson at the Opera House. They were selling tickets for 10, 20 and 30 cents.

Does any southern Oklahoman around the Ardmore area remembering hearing about this lady? Did they awake? Who was she? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

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The Great Commoner, Wm. J. Bryan (1907)

Oklahoma - Have you ever heard of the Newspaper, The Commoner? Editor and Proprietor was Willliam J. Bryan, in Lincoln, Nebraska, 13 September 1907.

Mr. Bryan was in Oklahoma during this time frame as he delivered several speeches in the Oklahoma campaign terminated Tuesday, 17 September 1907, when the election would take place. On his first day he spoke at Vinita, Tulsa, and Sepulpa (sic), Indian Territory; at Bristow, Chandler and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. On the second day he spoke at Woodward and Alva, Oklahoma.

It sounds like William J. Bryan could draw a crowd, because in the convention hall in Oklahoma City, 3000 persons were unable to secure admittance tot he auditorium, and attended an overflow meeting nearby. Mr. Bryan was enthusiastically received.

The following is an abstract of Mr. Bryan's speech at Oklahoma City:

"Secretary Taft, in his speech made in this territory a few days ago advises the people to reject the proposed constitution and postpone statehood until another enabling act can be secured. At first blush one might suspect that the secretary's advice was due to his personal interest in the next election. He might be accused of advising the postponement of statehood with a view to keeping seven electoral votes out of the democratic column, but the more generous view taken in the matter is that his advice resulted from his habits of thought.

"He is inclined to postpone everything. He promises to acquire the title of the Great Postponer. In a speech made not long ago at Columbus, Ohio, he announced himself as in favor of tariff reform, but he would postpone it until after the next election. He also made an elaborate argument in favor of the income tax, but he would postpone it indefinitely. He agreed with the president in regard to the wisdom of an inheritance tax, but that, too, he would postpone until a more convenient season. He did not seriously object to the valuation of railroads, but he did not declare for it immediately. He is on his way to the Philippines to tell the Filipinos that, while he thinks they ought to have self-government after while, he wants it postponed for the present. It is not strange, therefore, that he should yield to his ruling spirit in the matter of statehood and tell you to put it off.

"He holds out the hope of another enabling act, but what assurance can he give that a republican congress will act immediately to bring in a democratic state just before a presidential election? You have been struggling for statehood for some fifteen years and now when it is within your grasp, he asks you to exchange a certainty for the delusive promise of another chance. Does he control the congress to such an extent that he can guarantee immediate action? The two senators from his own state do not accept his advice."

Why was Secretary Taft advising people to reject the constitution and postpone statehood?

The Commoner stated Secretary Taft was opposed to some parts of the constitution. He had suggested several amendments which he would like to have adopted. Even if the amendments which he proposed were good amendments and worthy to be adopted, it would not be necessary to reject the constitution in order to adopt them. These amendments were all proposed during the discussion which preceded the adoption of the constitution, but the people said "Adopt the constitution now and amend it afterwards."

Wm. J. Bryan spoke, "If Secretary Taft had the confidence he ought to have in your people, he would have given you the same advice that our forefathers followed a century and a quarter ago. The democrats can vote in favor of the constitution because they believe it a good one. The republicans who desire to change it can have as their slogan 'Adopt the constituion now, amend it afterwards.'"

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1907 In Oklahoma

Oklahoma - This article, In Oklahoma, comes from the front page of The Commoner, dated 13 September 1907, a week before the new state of Oklahoma held its first election.

It was to be 20 September 1907, Tuesday, there would be held the first election in the new state of Oklahoma. The democrats of the new state offered a ticket made up of splendid men who were standing upon a platform that means something for the people. The republicans were opposing the adoption of the new state constitution, the only objection to it being that it confers too many powers upon the people themselves and restricts the opportunities of trusts and corporations to exploit the people.

The above may sound familiar to many today (2014), don't you think?

Anyway to continue with the article dated 1907, Secretary Taft opposed the Oklahoma constitution and opposed the adoption of it. One reason being that it conferred the right of trial by jury in all cases of contempt arising from the violation of injunctions. It was reported, also, that naturally enough the corporations, and especially the transportation companies opposed the constitution because of this provision, and because of the further provision that it confers upon the people the right to protect themselves against the encroachments of the corporations.

The republican leaders back then were opposing the adoption of the constitution because its adoption meant an end to the territorial government which had afforded them such rich political picking. The democrats had taken the people into their confidence and had waged an open fight based upon the plain statement of democratic principles, and they were confident of success. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Coronado Copper Company Held 1st Annual Meeting At Alva, O.T. (1905)

Oklahoma - It was in the Clayton Enterprise, dated 29 September 1905, page 4, that mentioned the Coronado Copper Co. held its first annual meeting at Alva, Oklahoma Territory, on September 22, 1905, for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year, and to attend to other business of welfare to the company.

Officers elected were as follows: President Jno. W. Foster, Wichita, Kansas; Vice president A. McKenzie, Clayton, New Mexico; Secretary Henry W. Queen, Alva, O.T.; Treasurer John B. Doolin, Alva, O.T.

The above named would also act as directors with C. H. Mauntel, attorney, Alva, O.T.; M. B. Grippe and Denver Boggs, both of Kenton, O.T.

It was reported that the majority of the named officers would not hesitate to say that any undertaking they may try would be vigorously prosecuted. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

William Jennings Bryan (1860-July 26, 1925)

Nebraska - It was Bryan county, in Oklahoma that was named for the Populist Democrat, William Jennings Bryan. Willliam J. Bryan ran for president in three elections, garnering fewer votes each time he hid. Bryan was a powerful speaker that drew large crowds. He once spoke to an audience of 5000 when he was in Muskogee.

Bryan first ran for president was in 1896 at the age of 36 years. Back then he was the youngest presidential candidate in American history. He was invited to give a speech at the Democratic Convention that year. It was a rousing oration that swept the Democrats up in enthusiasm and gave Bryan the nomination. The vote was close in 1896, but his opponent, William McKinley, won that year.

It was in 1900, both political parties were in disarray and several splinter groups put up nominees of their own. Bryan was the nominee for two Democratic groups and one Republican. Bryan again lost to the incumbent, President William McKinley.

It was Bryan that took advantage of a new invention in his campaigns, the phonograph. A local music store offered his campaign speeches by record. Residents could purchase and take home a record to play on their Victrola.

Bryan's Progressive ideas found their way into the Oklahoma Constitution, and this great orator returned again to Oklahoma to campaign for the constitution's adoption in 1907. President Teddy Roosevelt sent William Howard Taft to the territories to campaign against it.

In 1908, Bryan ran against Taft, but lost once again. Even in 1920, Bryan was on a nominating ballot at the Democratic Convention. It was Will Rogers that joked, "The only way to Democrats were going to keep Bryan from running for president was to make him vice-president." Bryan did not get the nomination, but was tapped by Woodrow Wilson to serve as Secretary of State.

William J. Bryan served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska and was the United States Secretary of State under President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1915). Bryan resigned because of his pacifist position on the World War.

Because of Bryan's faith in the wisdom of the common people, William Jennings Bryan was called The Great Commoner. Bryan's final great oration was at the Scopes Monkey, with William Jennings Bryan arguing for the prosecution, while Clarence Darrow, a famed defense attorney, spoke for Scopes. Bryan died five days after the trial as the eight day Scopes trial took a toll on Bryan. Bryan died in his sleep. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

The Early 1920s

America - It was the early 1920s we find social patterns were in chaos. Traditionalists (older Victorians) worried that everything valuable was ending. Then we have the younger Modernists no longer asking whether society would approve of their behavior.

The Modernists and the Traditionalists would dominate American culture during the early 1920s. The Modernists were asking whether their behavior met the approval of their intellect. Intellectual experimentation flourished during that time. Americans danced to the sound of the Jazz Age, showed their contempt for alcoholic prohibition, debated abstract art and Freudian theories. With the wave of modernism, another wave of revivalism developed in the American South, becoming strong.

It was also a time when journalists were looking for a showdown, finding one in a Dayton, Tennessee courtroom in the summer of 1925. It was the Scopes Trial with a jury to decide the fate of John Scopes, a high school biology teacher charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution. The meaning of the trial emerged through its interpretation as a conflict of social and intellectual values.

William Jennings Bryan led a Fundamentalist crusade to banish Darwin's theory of evolution from American classrooms. Bryan cared deeply about equality, but worried that Darwin's theories were being used by supporters of a growing eugenics movement that was advocating sterilization of inferior stock.

Bryan, the Great Commoner, came to his cause out a concern that the teaching of evolution would undermine traditional values he had long supported, and because he had a compelling desire to remain in the public spotlight. A spotlight Bryan had occupied since his famous Cross of Gold speech at the 1896 Democratic Convention.

During the Scopes trial, Bryan had transformed himself into a sort of Fundamentalist Pope. It was in 1925, Bryan and his followers had succeeded in getting legislation introduced in 15 states to ban the teaching of evolution. It was in February, 1925, that Tennessee enacted a bill introduced by John Butler making ti unlawful to teach any theory that denied the story of divine creation as taught by the bible and to teach instead that man was descended from a lower order of animals. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe


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