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Serving Northern Caddo Country and the surrounding area for over 32 years- Hydro, Eakly, Ft. Cobb, Gracemont, Lookeba, Binger, Hinton, Colony, Corn, Sickles, Oney-Albert and in between
Voluume 34 Number 23
February 17, 2015
Who were the “Pioneers?”
by Steve York
Beside the Crow Roost Fire Station at Fort Cobb Lake lies a mystery.
Or, as was recently discovered, many mysteries. Overgrown with
weeds and trees is a plot of land about which many stories have been
told, but no answers have been discovered.
Known as the Pioneer Cemetery, there are no headstones among
the grass. Across the street is an old water pump, where once the
Pioneer School stood; its students and teachers also lost in the past.
On October 3, 2002, interested residents researched enough about
the cemetery to erect a marker noting the land for the cemetery was
donated by the R.F. Payne family on October 7, 1903. It was believed at
the time of the marker that there might be as many as 30 people buried
in the cemetery who are unknown to this day.
The area was in bad need of cleanup and though Caddo County
workers brush-hogged the plot in the summer, the trees and weeds
had taken over.
In the summer of 2010, the Crow Roost Fire Department and the
Northeast Fort Cobb Lakeside Association took over the maintenance
of the Cemetery and began cleaning, removing dead trees and trimming trees so it was easier to maintain.
On November 21, 2014, the University of Oklahoma Archeological
department brought Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and a Gradiometry
Sensor to survey the Cemetery. Dr. Scott Hammerstedt, Dr. Amanda
Regnier and Shawn Lambert spent most of the day surveying the
They identified the locations of over 40 possible unmarked graves
at the Pioneer Cemetery.
Their report explains that the definite proof of a grave can only be
conclusively determined by excavation but the team of specialists are
confident of the results.
As more trees are cleared, those involved hope to have the OU
team returned to help determine if even more burial sites are still hidden in the wooded areas in the northeast corner of the cemetery.
The Crow Roost Fire Department, the Northeast Fort Cobb Lakeside
Association and the community are very grateful to Dr. Hammerstedt
and his staff for their help.
But the mysteries are not yet solved. Who lies buried and forgotten at the Pioneer Cemetery? Why were the entire Pioneer community,
school and cemetery deserted and why is there no one who remembers?
If anyone can help solve the mystery at Crow Roost, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or The Country Connection News at
Those who lived and died in the Pioneer Community deserve to be
honored and remembered
Using underground detecting radar, a team from the University of Oklahoma discovered as many as 40 graves near the
Crow Roost Fire Station.
FORT COBB-- Caddo Kiowa Tech Center is hosting a Blood Drive,
from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday, February 27. Donors may select an appreciation item from the Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Treasure Chest. For an
appointment call 877-340-8777.
HINTON--Jace Hilliard, a 12 year old Weatherford 6th grader, formerly
of Hinton, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Community
Volunteers and family friends will host a fundraiser on Sunday, March
1, at the Hinton First United Methodist Church Family Life Center. A
luncheon and live auction are in the works for the event which will be
from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Please mark your calendar.
Following many setbacks
and a drawn-out Election &
Protest period, the new
officials of the Caddo Nation
had their first meeting at the
Caddo Tribal Complex last
week. Tammy Francis
Fourkiller, Chairman (right)
is sworn in while other new
Tribal Board members look
Becca Sullivan and her staff
were given special recognition
byThe Hydro-Eakly Board of Education at their February 9 meeting.
The Dietary Department headed
by Sullivan received the Certified
Excellent School Award.
The Board accepted the resignations of Karen Looney, Carrie
Bracken and Joseph Hardesty at
their February 12 meeting.
They hired Karli Burch as Social Worker.
Principals Tharp and Bussey
gave their reports.
Board members present were
Loyd Lasley, who gave the Invocation, Kevin Propps, Eric
Cloninger and Jim Barnett.
After the Consent Docket was
approved, transfers for 2014-2015
were approved, along with the Ten
Day Committee, and the School
Neva Taff and Bill Derryberry
were hired as bus drivers for the
remainder of the school year.
The 2015-2016 School Calendar
was approved, as well as transferring sick days from Jason Crisp to
A fundraiser request for Track
and Cross Country was tabled.
Supt. Derryberry reported on
the OSSBA Meeting, the Playoffs
and the Sale of Bonds.
News & Advertising
Mondays at 5 p.m.
FCB Board rehires superintendent
The Fort Cobb-Broxton
School Board approved the
Auditor’s Report from Angel &
Johnson CPAs when they met
Board members present were
Derek Weaver, Tom Steinmetz,
Jamie Courtney and Paul Bates.
James Biddy was a visitor.
The Consent Items were approved and the Superintendent
reported on expenditures.
The board approved the Service Agreement with ADPC; a Cooperation Agreement between the
District and Caddo County; and
the 470 ERATE Application.
Board member Derek Weaver
was sworn in as President by
Supt. Kyle Lierle.
Present member assignments
were continued for another year.
The Superintendent’s Contract for 2016-2017 was renewed
The salary amount was tabled.
The BBB-E3 Application for
the vacant board position was
Supt.Lierle will speak to
OSSBA regarding application requirements.
Letter to Editor
Muslim Day set at State Capitol
Besides the raft of typical events held at the Oklahoma State Capitol during the annual legislative
session, Oklahoma Muslims have set aside a day this month to visit their Representatives and Senators.
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has scheduled “Muslim
Day” at the Capitol on February 27.
“We already have 50 of our members who have registered for the event, and we hope to attract twice
that many for the day,” said Adam Soltani, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Chapter of CAIR. “Several
members of our community have come to me, asking how they can get their voices heard and how they
can get involved in public affairs,”
Soltani said. “Muslim Day at the Capitol” is intended to encourage followers of Islam to be more
involved in the public arena. During their hours at the Capitol, the Muslim plan to discuss issues such as
racial profiling, free speech guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, and the teaching of
religion in public schools.
They hope the event will provide an opportunity to attempt to ease the friction between members of
the Islamic faith and their Oklahoma neighbors. One GOP legislator in particular has been a rather vocal
critic of CAIR in recent weeks.
And in 2010, Oklahomans overwhelmingly endorsed State Question 755, which would have barred the
Oklahoma Judiciary, when interpreting cases for State Law, from considering any court case in which the
Islamic System of Sharia Law figured prominently in the decision. SQ 55 also forbid Oklahoma jurists from
embracing International Law as a precedent when making decisions that affected Oklahomans.
U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City approved a temporary restraining order
that barred certification of the election’s results. Subsequently that decision was upheld by the 10th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
The appellate court ruled that the initiative violate the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment to
the U.S. Constitution, because it singled out the Muslim faith among religious laws for discrimination.
Furthermore, the court declared, there was no compelling state interested for the law because it was a
solution looking for a problem; proponents of the initiative failed to identify any actual problems the
challenged amendment seeks to solve.
Mike Ray, Media Director,
Oklahoma House of Representatives.
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In the Garden
By Catherine Dougherty
Eakly club hears
needs; new project
by Kay Williams
Beautiful Valentine decorations greeted members at the regular meeting of the Eakly OHCE on
February 11. Paula Thiessen was
the decorator and hostesses were
Barbara Langley and Kay Williams.
President Elsie Jo LaFever
called the meeting to order and
Lora Hudson led the Flag Salute
and the singing of “America.”
Elsie Jo gave the devotion, “A
Time For Everything” from
Ecclesiastes 3. Karen Eskew read,
“The Simple Joys,” and “Take
Your Medicine, Boy!” Paula read
“God Loves You.”
Roll call was answered to
“What is your easy meal for one
or two?” by twelve members.
Prayer requests were for Randy
Kardokus, Mary Luper, Wanda
Smalley, Mrs. Pearcy, Tommy Bell,
Jane Poor, the Perry Ryburn Family, and Everett Taylor.
Barbara Langley offered
The lesson, “Cooking for
One or Two,” was given by Kay
Williams who discussed easy
meals, preparing and freezing,
nutrition, and trying new foods
Each lady received a pamphlet with ideas and recipes to try
After the minutes and financial report were approved, Elsie
Jo gave upcoming dates.
The group decided to entertain the New Decade group with
a brunch after the Easter Egg
Hunt on April 4. They also donated $50 for the hunt.
Guests Carolyn Cope and Jim
Yearwood told the group about
the needs at the Eakly Cemetery.
The group will have a Bake
Sale just before Mother’s Day,
with all proceeds going to the
Marie Loula talked about the
Fourth Wednesday Project and
suggested a new project. Corn
Heritage will furnish cloth is the
ladies will make lap robes.
The ladies will also make drawstring backpacks and small quilts
for DHS to give to children removed from homes.
Elsie Jo showed two bags she
had made and Karen showed
Elsie Jo, Karen and Kay reported on the County Planning
Freeda McLemore showed a
“Cat in a Basket Quilt” two
“Scotty Dog” quilt tops, and
Donna Pearcy showed four scrap
Threasa George showed two
embroidered pillowcases and
Linda Thiessen showed two crocheted doll dresses.
Jim Yearwood asked the blessing before all enjoyed a delicious
Several members stayed to tie
The Temperature Plunge and the Birds
The predicted blizzard has come and gone without giant velocity; hopefully everyone took heed and were prepared to stay inside for a few
The North East half of the nation is experiencing terrible weather conditions with record breaking snow fall accompanied by hurricane force
winds. To be classified as a blizzard, there must be snowfall, regardless
of how much, accompanied by winds of at least 35 MPH for at least
three hours. They had winds up to seventy miles per hour in some
places and the accumulated snow will take many months to thaw.
I lived in Connecticut for one of the record breaking winters, and by
the time of the April thaw, the snow had become a soggy black mass
from auto pollution and muck. Our petite amount of snow was perfect
for tossing out poppies to assure their growth.
Everyone watched the gray sky and the approaching cold front since
our sweater weather was slated to plunge. And by late afternoon the
winds picked up their pace and people were scuttling about, rushing to
Jeanette Peters will be 90 years old on February 20, 2015. However, her family is celebrating her birthday on Saturday, February
28. There will be a family-only luncheon at the Pleasant View
Mennonite Church north of Hydro. Then, the entire community is
invited to the church for cake from two to four o’clock that afternoon. Cards are wonderful, but please, no presents.
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Sun., Mon., Tues., Feb. 22- 24
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First Christian Church Youth
Fund Raiser Dinner
Funds for Summer Church Camp
Sunday, February 22
12:00 to 2:30
Fellowship Hall, First Christian Church
233 E Main, Hydro
All day on Saturday and Sunday the birds instinctually knew of the
impending storm… they were at the feeder the entire day, stocking up
as it were. Many of the birds had begun building nests during the
balmy spell last week so they are quite possibly are in shock. This is
the time it is important to feed them for the duration of this cold weather
so they remain healthy. A mixture which contains cracked corn is excellent since eating corn produces a higher body heat than other feed and
will keep our feathered friends warm.
The outdoor Geraniums that are currently being housed until spring
were in shock when they first arrived inside so many lost leaves and
produced lackluster growth with the change of their environment. For
months spindly stems and small pitiful blooms have made them appear
half their former selves as they impatiently wait to go outside again.
However if one looks closely, the tiny new leaves that are being called
forth appear robust in form and color. It is time to prune them so the
energy lost in futilely attempting to keep the old growth alive may be
transferred to the new.
Drastically pinch back your plant, removing small yellowing leaves,
old unhealthy growth, and bare stems. The Geraniums will appear unsightly now but by the time to take them to the garden, they will have
totally recovered from being a boring houseplant and will be ready to
bloom their hearts out for you.
Weds & Thurs., Feb 18 & 19
The SpongeBob Movies 3D-PG 7:00
American Sniper-R ends Thurs 7:00
Fifty Shades of Gray-R
Fri. & Sat. , Feb. 20 & 21
*The SpongeBob Movie 2D
7:00 & 8:35
* McFarland, USA-PG 7:00 & 9:10
* Fifty Shades of Gray-R 7:00 & 9:15
The early cold raindrops suddenly changed sleet pellets, which clung
like frozen fingers from the side mirrors of passing cars. Indeed for a
few scant moments, it was oddly interesting to see rain drops and sleet
falling simultaneously. Then the winds began and could be heard howling, their voices predicting the inevitable power loss from which we
were spared this time. *An interesting side note is that OG & E reports
it takes only 1/16th of an inch of ice on lines to cause a power outage...
and a loss of electricity could quickly dash any sense of Valentine
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Once Over Lightly
by Tony Lightcap
The deflation of footballs may or may not be in the top five problems you are trying to muddle thru
at this moment. I think we can all agree that there are bigger fish to fry in this country, but as your inresident Bull Detector it is my job to call to your attention to the laughable circumstances that surround
Roger Godell, regardless of the circumstances, will be laughing all the way to the bank. The man
makes 45 million dollars per year… talk about being out of touch. If football is one of your addictions
like it is mine it is worth discussing simply because if we are going to take the time to play the game
then the rules should apply to everyone regardless of race, class, creed, national origin, or even if your
stud of a quarter back is married to a super model.
First and foremost I should mention that I am a dyed-in-the-wool Okie, and that means when it comes
to NFL teams I’m in neutral territory because Oklahoma has no real stake in the outcome of such a
contest. We usually look upon the results of a game like that as we would a spat between Rosie and
Whoopi on the VIEW… it is fun to watch the fur fly but nobody really cares how it turns out.
It is part of the media’s playbook that winners should be nice. Bill Belichick is by no stretch of the
imagination a media darling. He usually comes off as gruff and mean and the mainstream media types
Interviewing Bill on ESPN is like putting Mr. Obama on the hot seat at Fox and Friends. Is it possible
that the guy is just feeling a little off his game because he is poised to play one of the biggest games of
his life and you are talking to him (with a microphone in his face no less) about the amount of air in a
football?? Just because a coach refuses to play kissy-face with a reporter does not mean there is a
conspiracy going on. A little closer to home even, our own coaches on occasion have run-ins with the
media. Every time one of those twenty-something reporters approaches Bob Stoops about his defensive problems in the first half ,the reporter usually ends up fleeing the scene with one of Bob’s incisors
hanging off the side of his ear.
Bob hates the media and I certainly understand why. It was also not so many moons ago that Mike
Gundy had a meltdown on ESPN as well, against a reporter who “refused to let it go”. If I am not
mistaken that clip has made it into “The Top Ten Coach Melt-Downs” on YouTube, and I might add is
certainly worth watching.
During the course of the playoff game against the Colts Tom Brady threw three picks on three
different broken plays by three different Colts defensive players. Why is it that none of those players
seemed to notice that the Patriots were playing with deflated balls at that moment instead of it coming
out in the news three to four days later??
When the Oklahoma weather presents us with sub-zero temperatures what is the first thing you
notice? Your tires start deflate! Shouldn’t that also be considered a possibility?
Tom has been known to play with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and I get that as well. He was a 6th
round draft pick out of Michigan and he has backed up the likes of Drew Bledsoe so the guy has paid
his dues. Is it so unreasonable that he should enjoy his moment in the sun?
Pete Carol is getting beat up in a big way over his play calling on the goal line play about the rush
versus the pass. We all understand how this works. If it had worked he would have been a hero. The
fact that it didn’t work makes him a zero.
People are even trying to say that this was possibly pre-meditated and planned. If you really believe
that theory. how would that make the NFL any different from the WCW? Should we expect to soon see
an opposing quarterback grind glass into his forehead and watch coaches body slam each other against
New England has had their fair share of fiascoes over the years and they were caught in
2007 recording opposing teams play calls from the sidelines during games. Do the words
straight from the good Lord that say “There is nothing new under the sun” resonate here?
In other words, yes they broke the rules but were they by any stretch of the imagination
the first or only ones? Their biggest crime they committed just might be that they got
Both JFK and Bill Clinton fooled around while in office… the difference is Bill got caught. Bill may
be called “Slick Willy” but he wasn’t slick enough to pull off that magic trick. I often wonder what it
feels like to perpetually be sleeping in the dog house.
Do everyone in your household a favor today and put away your #1 foam fingers and your face
paint. The mystery may not be solved just yet but the good news is you will have about 9 months to
Listen to Old Time Gospel Preaching
with Buck Nicholson
KWEY 95.5 FM Weatherford, OK 9:00
KTLR 890 AM Oklahoma City
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Around & About Hydro
HYDRO—If the paper is late this week it is because ice and snow followed summertime temperatures
Sunday evening and roads and wrecks were everywhere. In the midst of it all, was rolling thunder! As
Shelby Woods said, the roads were “slicker than a Safeway chicken.” Your news crew did not make it to the
office on Monday, and both the Carneys are still fighting the respiratory bug.
Even before the ice hit, Joanna Slagell took a tumble in a parking lot at Yukon and she looks like she lost
a prize fight. Hubby Dwight took her to the E.R. because she thought perhaps her wrist was broken, but it
was “only” sprained, which hurts just as bad.
Paul Jones, our Wake Forest Professor, was home to visit his dad, Jay, but hightailed it out of town early
when he heard the storm was coming.
Two Hydro alumns got together in OKC last week when Glendall Pope Smith took daughter Makaeli to
shop for a prom dress and of course they found it at the shop where Ashley Crissman works.
Amanda Stockton went to Stillwater on Friday to surprise friend Joyce Coombes Wilson on her birthday, with cake and flowers. They had a great time with Joyce and Andrews’ two little ones. Amanda’s kids
have been sick so stayed with Grammy Stockton. The elder Stocktons, Larry and Karla, took Amanda,
Jeremy and kids to a Thunder game, carriage rides in Brickton and other fun activities to celebrate Amanda
and Larry’s birthdays.
Kurt Bright celebrated his birthday with a family dinner and his favorite chocolate pie.
Others celebrating birthdays were Keri John, Ben Schantz, Bralee Giblet,Essie Gesell Muns and Marla
Eichelberger. Jody and Pam Chisum celebrated another anniversary.
Be Kind this week and pray for all the sick little children who have the flu!
The Caddo CountyArea Suicide
Prevention Task Force
is available for
Call 405-247-5200 for help.
EAKLY—For all who have said
they missed my column, I have
been very sick. I became ill on
January 4 and am just now getting better. All my family came to
help celebrate my birthday, which
cheered me up.
Little Chanclee Askew fell and
got a big knot on her head. She
took a ride in an ambulance to
Carnegie, where she was pronounced okay except for some
pain on her sweet little forehead.
Mom Amy felt as if she was going to be sick when she saw the
big bruise. The family thanks the
Eakly First Responders and
Carnegie EMS for their fast response and comfort.
Carolyn Wilburn was treated
to a Valentine dinner when Carol
Kenedy, T. J. and Tessa came from
OKC for a visit and took her to
Brent and LaTasha Winther,
and Nathan of Edmond came to
Hydro to fix a grilled idnnner for
Bob and Cathy Chisum and
Our sympathy is extended to
the family of a dear friend, Melvin
We also extend sympathy to
Max and Linda Megli. Max’s parents, Howard and Liz both passed
away last week.
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by Dorothy Adams
Also we were sorry to hear of
the death of Sue Wright who
taught Head Start in Eakly at one
Margie Scott’s weekend
guests were Carroll and Mary Kay
Scott, Jeff and Brandy Schroder,
Larry and Sharon Schroder,
Bobbie, Alexa and Hall, and Ryan
Adams, Anderson and Axton.
Bill and Brad Coe attended
the Monster Jam Car Races in
Oklahoma City Saturday and took
the grandchildren along.
Jerry King of OKC came Friday to visit his mom, Joycle. He
also stopped by the Eakly Co-op
where he visited with Scotty
Adams, Tony Setzer, and Mike
Loula and told them some interesting experiences he had while
. Joycle and Jerry enjoyed a
Valentine dinner with Danny and
Donna Lewellan and Carman
Please remember Mark and
Carolyn Yearwood in your prayers
as Carolyn is very ill with cancer
and hospice is coming every
dayJerry and Kay Williams went
to Springdale, Arkansas recently
to celebrate their Aunt Eula Fay
Adkins 80th birthday, and also
their 38th Anniversary. They also
traveled on to Gardner, Kansas to
visit Zac and Misty Chandler and
of course, spend time playing with
Happy 65th Anniversary to Don
and Joan Williams.
Happy Birthday to Kolton
Kardokus, Debbie Copus, Jolene
Snow, Wanda Smith, Jordan Snow,
Jayden Lasley, Neva Taff, Barry
Askew, Glen Bamburg, Donna Bradley, Carolyn Brown,Tierra Poor,
Catherine Thiessen, Francisca
Carillo, Rebecca Rodriquez and
daughter Allie, and Joycle King.
Garret Saunders of Binger, pictured with his sponsor, Representative David Perryman, House District #56, did an outstanding job the
week of February 9, 2015, as Perryman’s first Legislative Page of
the 2015 Legislative Session. Garrett, the son of Robert and Sandra
Saunders is a Junior at Binger-Oney High School. He is active in
his church and the FFA Program. He hopes to attend OSU and become a Veteranarian. Now that he has seen the legislative process
first hand, politics also looks like a possibility. Garrett spent the
week with students from around Oklahoma, getting a first row seat
to the legislative process in the House of Representatives. Each week,
the House Pages have a mock legislative session, Garrett was selected by his peers to serve as Majority Floor Leader of Pageville.
Perryman said, “What an outstanding young man!”
published in The Country Connection News, Feb. 10 & 17, 2015
The Country Connection News, Inc. February 17, 2015, Page 5
Hope & Tranquility
by Dr. Dixie Yoder
This is the first in a series of
articles highlighting Veterans of
the Hydro Community, in an effort to increase awareness of the
sacrifice they made. An effort is
underway to erect a Hydro Veterans Memorial at the Masonic
Cemetery. Donations may be
made to the Bank of Hydro.
Claudina Baker was a small town
girl who saw the world in the Army
Many of Hydro’s citizens remember the late Claudina Frost Baker as a nurse who worked for Dr. Ralph
Buller. Many are unaware that she was once addressed as First Lieutenant Frost in the United States
Claudina was born to Claude and Bertha Frost on December 1, 1919. She was a normal kid, according to
those who remembered those days, and like most little girls, she wanted to be a nurse when she grew up.
However, Claudina never gave up that wish. “As long as I remember, she told a reporter for “The Hydro
Review, “that’s the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
That was not what the Frosts wanted for their daughter though. They thought that nursing was “too
hard” for their delicate looking daughter, so Claudina went to college after her graduation from Hydro High
School. She received her degree in Home Economics from OSU in Stillwater. And she still wanted to be a
Relenting somewhat, although still doubtful that she would do it, Claudina’s parents advised “If you’re
going to do it, try for the best.” Claudina made her application and so it was that a small town girl from
Hydro received her RN Degree from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Claudina admitted
that during her training there were times when she thought maybe her dad was right..it was too hard, but
her love of her chosen career persevered.
It was considered by some a brave thing for Claudina to go so far from home and work so hard to
become a nurse, but then she went one step further.
World War II was in progress when Claudina joined the United States Army, November 1, 1944. She took
her Army training at the Woodrow Wilson Hospital at Staunton, Virginia and later at Camp Lee, Virginia and
Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
At Fort Meade, she joined the 138th Evacuation Hospital Unit, April 3, 1945. After her arrival overseas,
she helped set up and serve in military hospitals in Germany and France, fighting pneumonia and other
diseases behind the front lines in those countries throughout the war.
Claudina said she would never forget the day that she was on a ship en route to the Phillipines when the
message came. “Look to the stern.” Those on board did. The ship made a square cornered turnabout in
mid-ocean. The war was over. They were on their way home.
For some time, Claudina continued her Army life working with the war’s paraplegics in Memphis,
Tennessee. She had achieved the rank of First Lieutenant during her Army career and considered returned
to Johns Hopkins to assume duties with the pediatric department there. But she instead came home to
Hydro and finding her parents in bad health, “just couldn’t leave.” For some time to come, her nursing was
confined to the care of her parents.
A handsome young fellow named Ralph Baker was running the Ford Garage in Hydro. Claudina had
come home in time for the Hydro Fair and she and Ralph got to know each other while helping to decorate
the Community Building for the Annual Fair dance.
They were married in March, 1947. Their children are Janey Pease, Susan Kimble and Everett Baker.
When the American Flags wave on the streets of Hydro on Veteran’s Day, think about the service of
people like Claudina Baker.
Let’s put her name on the new Veteran’s Memorial, along with all the others.
Invites you to worship with us
this Sunday at 11:00 a..m.
At Oakdale you will find a Christ-centered, Grace-Oriented,
Bible-driven Church that is friendly, and committed to the
preaching and teaching of God’s Word. If you need a ride we
would be happy to pick you up and drive you home after
services with our church van.
We are located 9 miles west of Binger and 4 miles east of
Eakly on highway 152.
Visit us at www.sasolo.com/oakdalembc
Call us at 405-797-3327 for more information.
At Oakdale you are more than welcome-you are wanted.
BE MY VALENTINE
Valentine’s Day has become our culture’s definition of love. Traditions says that Valentine’s Day has it
roots in in Rome in 269 A.D., when Emperor Claudius II was fighting bloody and unpopular
campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time recruiting soldiers. Believing it was because
Roman men didn’t want to leave lovers and wives, he cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome!
A Roman priest, Valentine, defied Claudius and secretly performed marriages. When Valentine's actions
were discovered, he was sentenced to execution by beheading. The jailor’s daughter visited Valentine, and
they fell in love. Before his death on February 14, it’s believed he wrote her a letter, which he signed, “From
your Valentine.” In 496 A.D., Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honor St. Valentine.
Although Valentine’s Day began tragically, it has become a day of romance. It is highly commercialized,
but is a reminder to appreciate those with whom we share loving relationships, with cards, flowers and
Webster defines romance as a feeling of excitement or mystery, especially when sentimental or idealized. Romance is a wonderful break from real life. However, pursued as though it is real life, romance
becomes destructive. True love at its foundation isn't a romantic feeling. Real love is a verb—an active
response to what we think about commitment to the other person, and their value. Real love stands firmly
on the foundation of God’s perfect love for us. Real love honors the real person; romance often longs for
a selfish image created in our own mind. Real love cannot be earned, and isn’t dependent on whether we’re
always pleasing to each other.
The term falling in love is misleading. We fall off a bicycle or into a ditch. We decide to love or not to
love. Romantic love flows from fairy tales, often with the expectation that if ‘he or she” is the right one,
we’ll live happily ever after.” In our day, when happily ever after doesn’t happen quickly and easily,
divorce is the next choice, followed by a search for that “one person” who will surely make me happy. It’s
a terribly destructive cycle. Even when there's a breach of trust, a quick split is not a good answer. God’s
desire is that we learn forgiveness and rebuild trust.
The most common reason listed for divorce is “irreconcilable differences.” Well, of course the differences cannot be reconciled! Men and women are created inherently different and we are often incompatible, but that doesn’t mean the differences can’t be cheerfully accepted.
Acceptance doesn’t mean we’re suddenly delighted by all our beloved’s previously irksome habits. But
rather than blaming and defending, acceptance helps us gain understanding of how he/she is thinking and
why. Romance focuses on compatibility. Real love focuses on acceptance.
True love, based on the very Source of love—God Himself—sweats and hurts and loves; continuing to
grow more stable through the years. Without God, what we think is love is often a self-focused, manipulative demand for our own way. Even giving may be done out of a desire to get what we want.
True love allows the other person to fail and offers affirmation when they do their best, even if we’re not
completely satisfied. Unselfish love flowing from our relationship with God refuses to judge or manipulate
and quickly asks or offers forgiveness for wrongs done.
1 John 3:16 (HCSB) “This is how we’ve come to know love: He gave His life for us. We should also lay
down our lives for one another.”
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Rubie was oldest member of her tribe
Services for the oldest member of the Kiowa Tribe, Rubie Paukei McKenzie Williams, 96, of Oklahoma City, were Friday morning, February 13 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Anadarko. Rev. Marilyn
Bread officiated with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Fort Cobb, directed by Smith Funeral Home.
Rubie was born October 18, 1918 to Lewis Clifford and Emily
Botone Paukei. She attended Sedan Elementary School, Riverside
Indian School, and graduated from Lawton High School. She continued
her education at Bacone College in Muskogee where she studied
Religious Education. She marriedRobert McKenzie in 1940 and they
made their home in Wichita, Kansas, where Rubie was employed as a
Social Worker to the Indian Community, by the Wichita Council of
Churches. She retired from the Wichita Board of Education where she
was a teacher’s aide. She was very active in church and civic causes.
She was a Charter Member of Indian Southern Baptist Church in
Wichita and also served as a Charter Board Member for theMid-America
All Indian Center, also in Wichita. She held various offices during
her service to the American War Mother’s organization, including Past
State President; National President of the Past Presidents’ Association;
and State Chaplain. She also held the office of National Chaplain for
the American War Mothers, during which time she was in charge of services at the Tomb of the Unknowns
at Arlington, Virginia. Rubie received numerous awards and recognitions during her lifetime of sevice. She
was proud to be inducted into the Kiowa Hall of Fame. She received Distinguished Service Citations from
the City of Wichita, the Wichita Board of Education, the Wichita Council of Churches and the United
States Social Security Division. She also received a Certificate of Excellence Award from the Kiowa Chapter
18 of American War Mothers. Robert passed away in 1974, and Rubie later married John M. Williams and
they made their home in Fort Cobb until his death. She later lived in Oklahoma City.
She passed away peacefully on Monday, February 9, 2015, in Oklahoma City. In addition to her
husbands, she was preceded by her siblings, George Paukei, James Paukei, Rupert Thompson, Burke
Charles Thompson, Nora Mary, Lela Ruth and Eulah Thompson; and her parents.
She is survived by three children, Betty Tsatoke of Oklahoma City, Ckif McKenzie and wife Michele,
also of Oklahoma City, and Emile McKenzie and husband Paul Maton of Edmond; four grandchildren and
their spouses, Glenn Stewart and Lori Ivanoff of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen and Tonia Ivanoff of Yukon,
Kasey McKenzie and Brent Coleman of checotah and Kristen and Joseph Burnett of Moore; and four
great-grandchildren, Madison and Allison Ivanoff and Kassidy and Kandace Burnett. Also surviving are
her brother, Robert Thompson and wife Cora of Carnegie, two special friends, Delores Harragara and Joyce
Phillips who were faithful visitors; many other friends and relatives whom she loved very much. She will be
Chuck had his own library
Services for Zackur Charles “Chuck” Noeldner were at the Sickles Community Church, Thursday
morning, February 12, with Rev. Steve Spyres officiating. Burial was in the Sickles Cemetery entrusted to
Turner Funeral Home-Hinton.
Chuck was born September 9, 1969, in Clinton to Charles and
Janie L. Noeldner Poor. He graduated from Anadarko High
School in 1988 and studied Theatrical Arts at Oklahoma Baptist
University in Shawnee. He received a Master’s Degree in Business
Administration and Psychology. He worked as an insurance
adjuster and a Home Health Case Manager. Chuck was an avid
reader and owned his own “library.” At a younger age, he was a huge
music buff. He was a member o f the Masonic Lodge and theFirst
Baptist Church in Anadako He was an animal lover.
He passed away at his home in Vian, February 7, 2015. He was
preceded by his half-brother, Charles Fry; his father, Charles
Poor; his grandparents, Henry and Ethyl Poor and Harold and Rita Noeldner; and his uncles, William,
Chris, Ike and John Poor.
He is survived by his mother, Janie Poor and Donnie Capps of the home in Vian; other
relatives and friends. Memorials may ve made to Compassion International, 6228 NW 39th
Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.
Frieda was active in her church
Services for Frieda Ella Sisson were Saturday afternoon, February 14, at the Turner Funeral Home
Chapel in Hinton, with Rev. Donald Hefta officiating. Burial was in the Hinton Cemetery.
Frieda was born August 5, 1927 in Hinton to Otto and Emma Kratzke. She attended school at
Lookeba. She married Raymond Eugene Sisson on November 11, 1951, in Hinton. They moved to Texas in
1969. Frieda enjoyed quilting, gardening and was an excellent cook. She was a member and very active in
the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dallas, Texas.
She passed away February 9, 2015 in Plano, Texas at the age of 87. She eas preceded by her husband;
two sisters, Rosie Huls an Betha Wilkowske; and her parents.
Survivors include her daugher, Marilyn Hancock and husband Morris of Fairview, Texas; her
grandchidlren, Kevin Hancock of Fairview, Texas and Kerri Benn and husband Brent of Edmond; and her
great-grandchildren, Bosten and Brookly Benn. Also surviving are her brother, Lawrence Kartzke of Wichita,
Kansas; her sister, Evelyb Graumann of Elk City; her brother-in-law, John Huls of Wichita, Kansas; her
sister-in-law, Myrtle Sisson of Norman; many other relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to Holy
Cross Lutheran Church, 11425 Marsh Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229.
Keri loved the New Mexico mountains
Services for 58 year old Keri Jo Repp of Fort Cobb were Saturday afternoon, February 14, at the First
United Methodist Church in Fort Cobb. Burial was in Oakgrove Cemetery in Fort Cobb,k direccted by
Steverson Funeral Home.
Keri was born November 27, 1956, in Anadarlo to Robert Huber
and Paula Jean McAdoo Weidenmaier. She grew up in Fort Cobb
where she attended school. She graduated from St. Paul’s
Lutheran School in Concordia, Missouri in 1975, and then
attended Oklahoma State University for a while before working
in retail sales. She was united in marriage to Rodney Repp on
July 5, 1980. They soon moved to Sentinel for several years before
moving back to Fort Cobb. Keri worked in her family’s Weidenmaier
Department Store for many years before it closed. She then attended
Cosmetology School and owned and operated Tresses Salon until her
health problems led to retirement. Keri liked going to the family’s cabin
in the mountains of New Mexico. She enjoyed animals and loved
spending time with her grandchildren.
She passed from this life on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at
Fort Cobb. She was preceded by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney of the home; one daughter, Katrina Jo of Arkansas; and
three grandchildren, David Repp of Fort Cobb, Chris Jones of Weatherford and Jeff Upton of Fort Cobb.
Also surviving are her siblings and their spouses, Kay and Ray Smith of Stillwater, Kendra and Allen
Schenk of Chickasha and Bobby and Lori Weidenmaier of Fort Cobb; her uncle, Don McAdoo of North
Pole, Alaska; other relatives and friends.
Sue worked at Eakly Head Start
Memorial services for Sue Wright were Friday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Pentecostal Holiness
Church where she was a faithful members. Rev. Dillon Marsh and Iris Deurmyer officiated with services
entrusted to Turner Funeral Home-Hinton.
Sue was born to Ed and Hazel Campbell Turner on August 28, 1939, in Sallisaw; where she attended
school up to and throughout her Junior High year. She then moved with her family to Sickles, where she
graduated from high school. She was united in marriage to Claude “Gene” Wright on March 22, 1958 in
Clinton. Gene soon reported to the United States Armed Forces and Sue lived with his mother until his
return from the Army. The couple then farmed at Hydro for several years. Sue was a teacher’s aide in a
kindergarten class while attending classes to earn her Teaching Certificate to teach in the Eakly Head Start
Program. The couple moved to the Hinton area for several years before moving to Colony in 1987, where
she has lived since that time. Sue loved camping and fishing. She loved to care for her garden and the
flowers and trees near her home. Mostly, Sue loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She passed away February 11, 2015 in Oklahoma City at the age of 75. She was preceded by her
husband, Gene; her siblings, Bill, Roy, Charles and Louise; her parents; and Gene’s parents, Claude and
Becca Wright. She is survived by her children, Bradley Wright and wife Cheryl of Fort Cobb, Jeannie
Wright of Springfield, Missouri, Randy Wright and wife Safrona of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Venee LaHue
and husband Mark of Mustang; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Evelyn, Norma,
Kay and Margaret; other relatives and friends.
Whynona enjoyed making friends
Services for Whynona Doris Easter, 80, of Weatherford, were Monday morning, February 16, at
Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. David Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery,
directed by Lockstone Funeral Home.
Whynona was born April 9, 1934 in Ralls, Texas, to William
Robert and Maudie Myrtle Whited Schluter. She grew up in Ralls
where she attended school. On December 20, 1950, she married
Willie C. Easter in Ralls. She was an operator for General
Telephone Company, and worked at Wal Mart and Texas 4-H Center,
while living in various towns in Texas. She moved to Weatherford in
2009. She enjoyed painting, quilting, crocheting, spending time with
her family and making friends.
She passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015, at her home. She
was preceded by her husband and her parents.
She is survived by her son, Craig Easter and wife Lydia of
Weatherford; two grandchildren, William Chad Easter and wife Jena of
Hinton and Audrey Ann Shepherd and husband Derek of
Butler; three great-grandchildren, Jayven Renee Easter,
Deacon Eli Shepherd and Blakley Ann Shepherd; her sister,
Joyce Lorain Schutte of Fredericksburg, Virginia; other
relatives and friends.
Donna attended Grace Fellowship
Services for Donna Jean Odum Turner, 52, of Fort Cobb were Saturday morning, February 14, at the
Steverson Funeral Home in Anadarko.
Donna was born April 10, 1962, in Clinton, to Cardwell and Katie
Pendarvis Odum. She attended school at Fort Cobb; and was a
member of the Grace Christian Fellowship in Anadarko.
She passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at her home. She was
preceded by her husband, Daniel Henry Baker; her siblings, Phyllis
and Larry Odum; her father; and her grandparents, O.J. Sr. and Sarah
She is survived by her mother, Katy Odum of Fort Cobb; her
children, Christopher Odum and wife Danna, Daniel Henry Baker
and companion Veronica Renee Rivers, and Amanda Jean Baker, all
of Lawton; and 15 grandchildren. Also surviving are her siblings,
Cardwell Odum Sr. nd wife Sharon of Tulsa, Steven Odum and wife
Emmy of Fort Cobb, Sarah Jean Odum of Lawton, Marilyn Odum
of Lumpkin, Texas, and Benecia Simmons and husband David of Lawton; the mother of her grandchildren,
Alana Odum of Lawton; many other relatives and friends.
Harry was a licensed pilot
Funeral services for Harry Floyd Leppke, 83, of Corn, were Wednesday morning, February 18, at the
Corn Mennonite Brethern Church with Bro. Tim Sandy and Bro. Ken Gardner officiating. Burial was in the
Corn Mennonite Brethern Cemetery, directed by Lockstone Funeral Home.
Harry was born January 11, 1932 in Corn to Ezra and Selma Flaming Leppke. He grew up on a farm
southeast of Corn, and when he began attending Pleasant View’s one room schoolhouse, he spoke only
German. He finished school at Corn Bible Academy where he graduated in 1950. After high school, he
served in Alternative Service during World War II, and then helped his dad farm. He also was a carpenter
and began his own metal building business. He was united in marriage to Ida Belle Kirkpatrick on May 23,
1958, in Enid and they made their home southeast of Corn. As a young man, Harry owned an airplane and
was a licensed pilot. After living in the country for eight years, the family moved to a home which Harry
built in the town of Corn where they brought up three sons. Harry and Ida took many fun family vacations
over the years. He always enjoyed his “coffee shop time” with friends. Harry retired in 2009, and moved to
Corn Heritage Village in 2013.
He passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015, at Weatherford Regional Hospital. He was preceded by his
wife Ida; and his parents.
He is survived by his sons, Larry and wife Alayna of Corn, Marvin and wife Treva of Moore, and
Richard of Mustang; and seven grandchildren, Daniel Leppke, Brandon Leppke, Charity Arnwine, Courtney
Leppke and Nicholas, Juliana and Morgan Leppke. Memorials may be made to Corn Bible Academy and
the Corn Mennonite Brethren Church.
Thank you to all who
helped make my 83rd birthday
a great day.
Thank you to this great
community, the Eakly Baptist
Church, Eakly Methodist
Church and the OHCE Club for
all the food, the many cards,
and flowers, and everyone
who helped with the service.
Thank you to all the wonderful
people to whom words can’t
express how we were blessed.
Love and Thanks,
The Family of Melvin Scott,
Carroll & Mary Kay
Sharon & Larry Schroder
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Both the Fort Cobb-Broxton Mustangs & Lady Mustangs won a District Championship on
Saturday, February 14, 2015. They both defeated Corn Bible Academy. The Lady Mustangs
won 75-44 and the Mustangs won 74-45. They will play in the Regional Touranment
Thursday, February 19 at Fort Cobb-Broxton. The Lady Mustangs will play Sasakwa at
6:30 p.m. and the Mustangs will play Wanette immediately after the girls’ game. The
games will be on radio station KECO 9.5 with Fort Cobb locals Don Tyson and Kem
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Madilynn Grace was born at 10:49 p.m., January 28, 2015, at
Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. She weighed 7
pounds 14 ounces and measured 19.75 inches long.
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McKellips. (Sherry Hart reporting)