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Mary’s Miscellanea: Taxes, crias, baths and more

Mary Phillips Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013


Hallelujah! My taxes are done and sent. Another year I’m safe from a failure-to-file charge. For those of you who also procrastinate until the last moment or those who smugly sit back having filed their taxes as soon as they receive their W2′s, check out this link for some interesting facts about income taxes:


Four-hour-old alpaca cria stands next to his mother, Pearl Jam. - PHOTO PROVIDED
Four-hour-old alpaca cria stands next to his mother, Pearl Jam. - PHOTO PROVIDED
  • This has been a week of cria watches, both in Oklahoma City and Fletcher. Crias are what alpaca people call baby alpacas. It takes 11 months for baby alpaca to be born, so the waiting can be endless.

Circle of Dreams in Fletcher is still waiting and watching. But, here in Oklahoma City, my friend since kindergarten, Terry Bradford, is the owner of Spinning Wheel Ranch’s alpaca Pearl Jam, who is the proud mother of a little boy!

For more about crias, read the informative article at


  • Many companies are offering incentives for employees to become healthier and to help reduce the constant increases of insurance rates.

This editorial appeared in The Oklahoman, April 8, 1913, and shows the incentive idea is nothing new:

“Sanitation is claiming more of the attention of the people than ever before, in Oklahoma and in all other states. The present movement is designed to prevent sickness, whereas in former days cures were looked up as vital, but the more important matter of prevention was often overlooked.

Big business institutions have joined in the salutation movement. A number of manufacturing institutions maintain manicure departments for the benefit of the employes who are engaged in packing food products. A mercantile establishment in Philadelphia has offered a premium of 15 cents to each employe every time the employee takes a bath, with the number limited to seven each week. The company furnishes bathrooms, nickel-plated equipment and all the appliances which are needed to keep the army of workers clean.


The expense assumed by the premium bath system is expected to tax the company’s purse to the extent of $33,000 in twelve months. But it is considered by the business establishment that health is just a little more important than money making, and should take precedence over financial matters.

Sanitation is merely cheap insurance against sickness. It is gratifying to note that the movement is sweeping the nation and is conserving human life.”

Is it that one hundred years later and we’re right back where we started with an emphasis on prevention of illness?

An article from ’Forbes” magazine can be accessed here


  • Found in ”Oklahoma Notes” in The Oklahoman Jan. 13, 1905:

“The rural correspondent writes: Joe Wiliams is still feeding 30 head of cattle on two acres of pie melons. We used to think that the only thing in nature made in vain was a skunk, a rattlesnake and a pie melon, but we find that rattlesnake oil cures rheumatism, skunks catch mice and an acre of pie melons make 10 times more cattle feed than anything one can plant.”

A pie melon looks like a watermelon but doesn’t taste as good.

Visit The Archivist at for a story on rattlesnake oil.

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


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