Dust Bowl & Okie Lore
Oklahoma - Lois Guffy sent us the following information and links concerning the "Dust Bowl Lore" and the "Okies" term that was coined by Ben Reddick. Reddick, a newsman, coined the "Okies" term and was credited with first using the term Okie in the mid-1930's, to identify migrant farm workers. He noticed the "OK" abbreviation (for Oklahoma) on many of the migrant's license plates and referred to them in his article as "OKies."
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Comments: My cousin's husband said that it was so dry in the panhandle that when they tested the water for moisture content, it was only 25%. Also, he said he once saw a gopher three feet in the air digging a hole. Such are the stories of the "dust bowl". ~James Bradley 2011-06-27 23:01:49
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