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Mary’s Miscellanea: Alpacas and more

Mary Phillips Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm •  Published: March 26, 2013

Let me introduce my new “ABF” – alpaca best friend, Rowan’s Phoenix.

Rowan's Phoenix of Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch in Fletcher, OK. -PHOTO PROVIDED
Rowan's Phoenix of Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch in Fletcher, OK. -PHOTO PROVIDED

Phoenix and his buddy, Olivia Grace, will be my new show string this fall. I exhibit alpacas for Circle of Dreams Alpaca Ranch of Fletcher, OK.

For the next couple of months, I will keep you posted as Phoenix and Grace get their summer hairdo’s and learn the fine art of walking with a halter. Our first show will be in November at the Lazy-E. Keep posted on the Oklahoma show at http://www.alpacablastoff.com/

 

Here are some stories that appeared in The Oklahoman on March 26 in previous years:

  • 25 years ago in 1988, the Myriad Gardens opened. Visit the Gardens online at http://www.myriadgardens.org/
View looking east from the intersection of Hudson Ave. and California in downtown Oklahoma City Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. California Ave. ran east and west where the Myriad Gardens lake is shown. In the block of California Ave between Harvey and Hudson Avenues was the first location for Douglass School in 1891. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
View looking east from the intersection of Hudson Ave. and California in downtown Oklahoma City Friday, Jan. 27, 2012. California Ave. ran east and west where the Myriad Gardens lake is shown. In the block of California Ave between Harvey and Hudson Avenues was the first location for Douglass School in 1891. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman
  • 50 years ago in 1963, the Oklahoma City Council was in the final planning phase for a paved road around Lake Hefner over the dam. This road is now part of the Lake Hefner Trails. http://www.okc.gov/trails/hefner.html
Bright, cool mornings at Lake Hefner also bring out the bike riders, roller bladers and joggers (rear) on the road atop the north side of the Lake Hefner dam.
Bright, cool mornings at Lake Hefner also bring out the bike riders, roller bladers and joggers (rear) on the road atop the north side of the Lake Hefner dam.

 

  • 75 years ago in 1938, Adolf Hitler was announcing that “when Germany takes possession the Nazi flag stays put.”  Also, the state fish and game commission voted to open Lake Murray, Oklahoma’s newest lake for fishing on June 1. Learn more about Lake Murray and other state parks at http://www.travelok.com

 

  • 100 years ago in 1913, the state legislature was discussing Sunday closing laws (Blue Laws). Liquor stores being closed on Sunday now is a reminder of these laws.

 

In 1963, Kent Ruth, travel editor of The Oklahoman, had an Okies contest, the prize being a subscription to Oklahoma Today. The contest was for how many state cities and towns could be used in a one-line quip or a story. One person submitted a story with 116 towns, but the winner was Mrs. M.L. Roberts of Pampa, Texas, a former Oklahoman.

“My STORY is of a HOLIDAY at MOUNTAIN PARK where my friends BESSIE, SHARON, ALMA, VELMA AND SALLISAW a BIG CABIN by a STONEWALL, among the REDOAK, WILLOW, COTTONWOOD, HICKORY, WHITEOAK and APPLE trees. The RED BIRD, WHITE EAGLE, CROW AND LARK nested there. There were COLD SPRINGS of STILLWATER and we saw BUFFALO, FOX AND BEAVER and sometimes a LONE WOLF drinking the SWEETWATER which tastes of SULPHUR and BROMIDE. From a SHADY POINT on DEER CREEK we saw a HERD of BISON WADE POND CREEK. We found the COUNTY LINE marked by an IRON POST and at a SAND BLUFF we found ANTLERS and a BROKEN BOW.”

Mrs. Roberts used 40 state cities, towns and communities in her story.

The winner for the one-liner was Mrs. H.V. Posey of Hugo with: “SALLISAW VERA TRYON a BLUE FOX; MIAMI SLICK she BRAGGS.”

If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at mphllips@opubco.com

 

– Mary Phillips 



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