The State Fair of Oklahoma 2013 was a success from my point of view.
My sister, Martha Vickery, took home first-place and second-place ribbons for her knitting and weaving projects.
We visited the fair on Wednesday, Seniors Day, and enjoyed the booths, the people and the weather.
Recently, my friend Terry and I visited her locally agisted alpacas.
Pearl Jam and her cria, Spinning Wheel Ranch’s Constantine Le Noir, live with John and Janice Robinson’s JR Just Right Alpacas in Jones.
Constantine, also known as Pepper, will be Terry’s entry at the Alpacas of Oklahoma Blastoff show in November.
He looks brown but is registered as a true black. When his fleece is opened, his fiber is black to the skin.
This week in history:
• 100 years ago
The Oklahoman for Sunday Sept. 21, 1913, published this story from Denver, CO, on the front page.
“Mrs. Dora Funke, young, pretty, a bride of six weeks, stood in front of a local cafe Saturday waiting for her sister. She wore a skirt slit on both sides. The slit on the left side reached almost to her knee. Her stockings were supported by red ribbons. A large bow twinkled through the slit to the left. She was arrested by Sergeant Barry.
“‘It is none of my business if she wore her skirt open,’ said Sergeant Barry today, ’but I had to arrest her for blocking traffic.‘
“That was the first arrest of a woman here for wearing a slit skirt. She was taken to police headquarters and her husband was not permitted to make bond for her until the police matron had sewn up the slits on both sides of her skirt.”
• 75 years ago
The Associated Press reported in The Oklahoman Sept. 22, 1938, more than 125 persons were killed by a hurricane and tidal wave that struck the east coast. Storm damage was reported throughout New England, from New Hampshire to New Jersey, including Boston, MA, Providence, R.I., and New York City.
• 50 years ago
Miss Tulsa, Cheryl Dee Norris, a finalist in the the Miss Oklahoma contest, crash landed a plane near Okemah. She won flying lessons as a part of her contest winnings. The 19-year-old was flying solo on a training flight to Ardmore when she attempted a landing on rough terrain.
She suffered a broken arm and some minor head lacerations and told The Oklahoman that the crash landing was a “misjudgment on my part and no fault of the aircraft.”