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Remembering Black Sunday
April 14, 1935
80 years ago today (Tuesday, April, 14, 2015) in the heart of the Dust Bowl a major dust storm pushed its way across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles.
This storm was dubbed “Black Sunday” and took place on April 14, 1935. It was one of the worst dust storms in American history and caused immense economic and agricultural damage. It is estimated to have displaced 300 million tons of topsoil from the prairie area in the United States.
The “black blizzard”, or dust storm, hit the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma first on the afternoon of April 14. It then moved south, hitting Beaver, OK around 4:00 p.m., Boise City around 5:15 p.m. and Amarillo, TX at 7:20 p.m.
The storm was harsh due to the high winds that hit the area that day. Along with the drought, erosion, and the unanchored soil, the winds caused the dust to fly freely and at high speeds.
Thomases honored as marshal, queen
Keith Thomas was born in Azusa, California on April 11, 1926. When he was just six weeks old, he moved with his family back to Beaver County. Keith was involved in his farming and ranching operation most of his life, among other various jobs.
He started school at Home Creek, eight miles southwest of Beaver. During his school years, his mother convinced him that the Christian life was the way to live. When he was in the sixth grade, Keith transferred to the Beaver School, graduating in 1943.
He was inducted into the military in 1945 and spent 11 months in the Philippines and Japan. He was discharged in 1946 and continued farming at the home place.
Doris was born on her home place near Elmwood, site of the current Parker home. She attended school at Elmwood for eight years and then went to Beaver, where she graduated in 1947. After her high school days, Doris attended a business school in Abilene, Texas. She returned to the area and became involved with her husband of now 68 years. Doris worked in the courthouse for a couple of years before deciding to return home to raise her children.
Keith and Doris were married on Sept. 20, 1947 at the home place. They are parents of three children: Sharon, Ed and Rusty. They are blessed with five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. They continue living at the farm southwest of Beaver.
Beaver Dunes to have many April activities
2015 Cimarron Territory Celebration, which will feature the 46th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest. The celebration will get underway on Saturday, April 11 with the Cow Chip Chili Cook-off and a red dirt tractor pull.
Here is a list of the entire schedule:
SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2015
8 to 2 p.m. - Cow Chip Chili Cook-off, Beaver County Fairgrounds Community Building. Presented by the Beaver County EMT’s
2 p.m. - 2nd Annual Red Dirt Antique Tractor Pull, Beaver County Fairgrounds Arena. Persons interested in registering in the event should arrive no later than 9 a.m. Concessions available under the Grand Stands beginning at 2 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015
8 a.m. & 1 p.m. - Cow Chip Classic Golf Tournament, Beaver Pioneer Park Golf Course.
7 p.m. - Eternity Focus in Concert, Beaver Public School Auditorium. Presented by the Beaver County Ministerial Fellowship. A love offering will be taken.
MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015
6 p.m. - Cow Chip Annual Golf Bash, Beaver County Fairgrounds.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
6 p.m. - Cow Chip Chuckwagon Feed, Beaver County Fairgrounds. Presented by the First Baptist Church of Beaver. Proceeds benefiting the Beaver Youth Fellowship
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
2 to 4 p.m. - Reception for the Parade Marshal & Queen, Cimarron Room, First Security Bank.
3 to 7 p.m. - Cow Chip Hobby & Craft Show Vendor Setup, Beaver County Fairgrounds.
7 p.m. - "Cow Chip’s Got Talent" Show, Beaver Public School Auditorium. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance at www.beaverchamber.com
7 to 11 p.m. - Carnival Open (Bracelet Night), Beaver County Fairgrounds.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Cow Chip Hobby & Craft Show, Beaver County Fairgrounds.
2 to 5 p.m. - Carnival Open (tickets).
3 to 7 p.m. - Toad Kisser, musical entertainment, Beaver County Fairgrounds.
5 p.m. - Cow Chip Horseshoe Throwing Contest, Beaver County Fairgrounds.
7 to 9 p.m. - Bull Fighting Competitionappearances by Whiplash the Cowboy Monkey & Championship Trick Riders, Beaver County Fairgrounds Arena.
7 to 11 p.m. - Carnival Open (Bracelet Night).
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
8 a.m. - 5K Cow Chip Color Classic Fun Run & Walk, meet in front of the Bank of Beaver City. Participation Entry Fee: $30/personRegister online at www.beaverchamber.com or at the start line.
10 a.m. - Cow Chip Kiddie Parade, Douglas Ave ~ line up in front of the Beaver Motel.
11:00 a.m. Cow Chip Parade Location: Douglas Ave~ line up at 10 a.m. in front of Beaver County Memorial Hospital
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Cow Chip Hobby & Craft Show OpenLocation: Beaver County Fairgrounds
12 to 5 p.m. - 12 Gauge, musical entertainment. Beaver County Fairgrounds under the awning.
12:30 p.m. - Kids Coke Can Throw, Beaver County Fairgrounds Arena. Presented by the Beaver Fire Department & Downing’s Market.
1 to 2:30 p.m. - Cow Chip Kid Games, Beaver County Fairgrounds Big Barn.
3 p.m. - 46th Annual World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest, Beaver County Fairgrounds Arena. Participation Entry Fee: $20/person; $70/team (4 people).
6 p.m. - Monster Truck & Demolition Derby, Beaver County Fairgrounds Arena.
7 to 11 p.m. - Carnival Open (Bracelet Night), Beaver County Fairgrounds.
The Chamber office is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, you can look online at www.beaverchamber.com
The phone number to the office is 625-4726.
Balko students win national "moon mail" contest
The creative works of two students at Balko High School will soon find a permanent repository - on the moon, courtesy of Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology.
The company, which is planning to make the first ever commercial moon landing, announced in December that Balko School and its 155 students as the winner of its first MoonMail contest.
As part of its landing, the company is establishing a service called MoonMail, through it will tote small keepsakes, things like rings and photographs to the moon’s surface where they will be permanently left.
"We received numerous heartfelt stories that made it very difficult to decide on just one winner," Astrobotic CEO John Thornton said. "The entry of Balko School captured the goal of the MoonMail program, which is to inspire and allow people from around the world to have a personal connection to the moon, now and for generations to come."
Hanna Parker and Colton Lentz wrote an essay that allowed Balko to be chosen. They will send an SD card filled with photos, poetry and other memories from the school.
In making the pitch to be selected, the school wrote:
"Some students never look up the invitation of the cosmos at all, seeing their future as locked to the land and to this place. We believe that the inclusion of our video card in this lunar mission will be a beacon for all the young people of Balko, Oklahoma; establishing our permanent presence in the infinite universe and staking an undeniable claim to both a place in, and our ability to contribute to, the future of Humankind. For those students whose gaze is ever downward and earthbound, there will now be a reason to gaze into those heavens. When they do, they will know that Balko students could and did touch the face of the moon."
Hospital Authority looking forward
As another year passes the staff of the Beaver County Hospital Authority (BCHA) would like to thank the community for supporting their local healthcare facilities in 2014.
BCHA was formed 25 years ago and has proven to be a unique creation. BCHA consists of six entities, including the Beaver County Memorial Hospital (BCMH), Beaver County Nursing Home (BCNH), Beaver County Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Community Clinics of Beaver and Turpin and the Community Pharmacy, makes them the hub of healthcare for the people of Beaver County and the surrounding communities.
Healthcare has seen many changes over the past few years and will continue to see changes year after year as healthcare evolves.
According to administrator Alissa Schlessman, there have been several exciting changes and developments throughout the organization this past year. As our world has been transformed by digital technology it has changed our daily lives as well as the way we communicate and healthcare is no exception.
One of the biggest changes for BCMH has been the implementation of the electronic health record. The collaboration with St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City made the transition possible. They provide a vast amount of resources and support to BCMH.
BCMH is one of several St. Anthony affiliate hospitals who went through this process over one year ago. The benefits of a fully functional electronic health record will improve quality and convenience of patient care, increase patient involvement in their care, improve care coordination and improve diagnosis and health outcomes as well as increase practice efficiencies.
Implementing the electronic health record dramatically changes how the facility functions, however the staff at BCMH embraced the challenge and celebrated their one year implementation anniversary in November.
Earlier this year BCNH became a Medicare skilled facility, they also received a Dodge Grand Caravan through a grant received from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. BCNH has also received notification that they will be eligible for funding through the Department of Commerce- CDBG Disaster Recovery 2014 Grant that will be used for constructing a safe room at BCNH.
Beaver County Emergency Medical Service has been fortunate enough to receive funding from the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Stabilization and Improvement Revolving Fund (OERSSIRF) which has allowed the service to obtain two power load systems for the ambulances as well as a first responder vehicle that is slated to arrive early in 2015.
"Our EMS service is mainly a volunteer service therefore relies on our own community members to serve their fellow citizens," Schlessman said. "It is always a challenge to find willing individuals to commit to becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT), however they are an integral part of rural healthcare. Beaver County EMS will be offering an EMT course beginning in January for anyone who is interested and would like to become a part of our healthcare team."
Schlessman stressed the importance of teamwork to make the facility run as smooth as it has.
"While providing rural healthcare has its challenges it definitely has its advantages. Being small, we need absolutely every person to make things run smoothly. We strive to provide our community with very personal and most importantly quality healthcare," she said. "We are here to take care of our patients, which also happen to be our family, friends and neighbors. It has been a very rewarding year for Beaver County Hospital Authority. The Board of Trustees, Administration and Staff would once again like to thank Beaver County for the support and encourages anyone who has any healthcare needs, questions or concerns in 2015 to reach out to your local healthcare team."
Mrs. Mary Tibbetts with FHS and BHS STUCO members Chase Bryer, Nicole Welch, Garrett Weber, Shalyn Farrington, Gabby Morales, Kinsey Smalts.
Mrs. Haley (Pierson) Nichols with FHS and BHS STUCO members Chase Bryer, Nicole Welch, Garrett Weber, Shalyn Farrington, Gabby Morales, Kinsey Smalts.
"Pink out" week a smashing
Beaver, Forgan STUCO groups give to four families. . .
During the annual "pink out" week last October, the Beaver and Forgan Student Councils combined to raise over $4.000 with the various events devoted to support those with cancer.
Events included t-shirt sales, the glow walk and the groups made various items for the auction that was held during the football game. Sponsors were Nancy McVay from Beaver and Tara Albert from Forgan.
"We want to give a huge thank you to the Beaver and Forgan communities for their generosity during our pink out week in October," McVay said. "Because of our great communities, Forgan and Beaver’s STUCO raised over $4,000 that was given to four different families."
Last Tuesday, two of the families were awarded money. Mrs. Mary Tibbetts and Haley (Pierson) Nichols were both given checks to help with their battles. Also, money was given to Mary Martinez and Heath Thomas, who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant.
Mrs. McVay wanted to thank the following donors as well: Beaver Co. Memorial Hospital, Bank of Beaver, First Security Bank, Herald-Democrat, Bittersweet, Slatten Farms and Howard Drilling.
LONG FOOD LINE AT FAIRGROUNDS DURING THANKSGIVING
Lansden family celebrates
70th year of publishing paper
This month (October, 2014) marks the 70th anniversary Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden took a "leap of faith" and bought the newspaper, The Herald-Democrat, from H. H. Hubbart in 1944.
At that time, the newspaper plant was located on Second Street where the Senior Citizens building is now. It moved to its present location on Douglas Street in March, 1966.
The newspaper has run continuously since the summer of 1887. The Territorial Advocate only published three or four issues before selling to George Payne. It was then sold to a J. C. Hodge, who changed the name of the paper of The Beaver Advocate.
It changed ownership and names until 1896 when it was under the banner of The Beaver Herald. The publisher added Miss Maude O. Thomas to his staff as associate editor, August 9, 1900. Miss Thomas took over ownership in 1902.
The Beaver County Democrat was established by W. B. Newman in 1906. Several years later, the new owner L. B. Tooker consolidated the newspaper with a number of papers throughout the county, which included The Forgan Enterprise, The LaKemp Mirror, the Ivanhoe News, The Beaver County Republican and The Farmer’s News (Knowles).
It was then called The Democrat. The Gate Valley Star was later taken over by the Democrat in 1922. It was owned by A. W. Cox and A. L. Kimball by that time. In early editions there were word fights between the Beaver Herald by Miss Thomas and The Democrat by Mr. Kimball. The name calling wasn’t too bad by today’s standards, nevertheless, it was probably interesting for the subscribers.
August 1, 1923 marked the purchase of the Beaver Herald from Maude O. Thomas by A. L. Kimball, to form the present Herald-Democrat with Kimball serving as editor and publisher. The Forgan Eagle was consolidated with The Herald-Democrat, February 1, 1927. The Herald-Democrat again changed ownership on May 16, 1938, when it was purchased by H. H. Hubbart.
In October, 1944, the late Willis and Merlee Phelps Lansden bought the newspaper. During these many years, the family has seen many changes in the publishing business, going from hand set type and printing the newspaper in-house to sending the pages to be printed to the printers via computer.
As World War II was still on-going in 1944, Willis was basically putting out each week’s edition single-handedly. He had an army cot set up in the supply room so he could get a few hours sleep before getting up and going back to work. He did have a linotype operator at that time...the only problem was that usually on Monday mornings Willis would have to go bail the man out of jail after a weekend of carousing.
The pages would be made up by hand then carried to the printer. The blank newsprint would be fed into the machine one page at a time, which would print four pages. Then the large pages would be flipped over and print four more pages on the other side. The pages would go through a folder and ready for addressing to the subscribers. It was a tedious project to publish a newspaper back in the day, but Willis loved every moment of it. (Maybe not so much when a paper would jam in the folder!)
The Herald-Democrat received state-wide recognition when, in 1963, Willis was selected to serve on the Oklahoma Press Association Board of Directors. He served as president of the association in 1969 and remained on the board in an advisory capacity until July of 1970.
He also was appointed to the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission by Gov. David Hall, where he also served as the chairman in 1974-75. Willis was instrumental in getting quail and pheasants back in Beaver County at that time.
He and his wife served the community and state faithfully and with distinction until their deaths in 1985 and 1986. Then their children, Joe, Cheley and Kathal took over the publication of the newspaper. In 1996, Cheley and Kathal sold their interest in the business to their brother, Joe and nephew, Brent, who have been serving this community since that time.
Throughout the years, many folks have been worked at the newspaper helping to get the editions out each week, including three more generations of Lansdens. That’s 3,640 issues mailed throughout the United States to thousands of subscribers each week.
We are grateful to each and every one of our loyal friends and advertisers.
This wind farm is being constructed in
east Texas county. Some 142 have been completer. The Balko Wind project
begin this month where 162 will be
constructed south of Bryan's corner now. The transmission line should be
completed by now.
Beaver Sale Barn in 1950s
New manager takes over Dunes;
Plans to work promoting park
Heath Noyes is the new manager of the Beaver Dunes Park. He started his new job on August 25.
Noyes graduated from Vici High School in 1996 and earned his college degree in accounting in 2006 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Noyes worked for the Woodward County Sheriff’s Department from 2002 through 2006 and most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s office for the past eight years.
Noyes is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and has one overseas tour of duty. He expressed excitement for his new job in Beaver.
"The key is to promote, promote and promote. Not enough people have heard of the Beaver Dunes," Noyes said. "My family really enjoys the area, and wee are excited to be here."
Noyes, on Monday, was working to place picnic tables in the ORV area and also plans to install some watchable wildlife stations in the coming weeks. He has many other great ideas for the park as well.
Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes; Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.
These are a few of sponsoring
businesses that support this
Beaver Ministerial Fellowship
Partners Oilfield Service, LLC
Beaver County Memorial Hospital
Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111
Beaver Oil Company
Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102
Beaver Auction, LLC
The Cimarron Territory
Celebration and World Championship
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Pictured above is the tornado that hit the Woodbury home. Vance and Barbara Woodbury both died from injuries when the struck their home about 1/2 mile from this location near the Northern Natural Gas plant east of Elmwood. The tornado hit their home Wednesday evening, March 29, 2007 . Photo courtesy Beaver County Sheriff's office.
Above is a photo of the USS Mullinnix DD-944 which was used as a sink test back in the 1990's. The United States was testing new weapons. The ship was used during the Vietnam war but later decommissioned in the 1980's. The editor and publisher was stationed on the ship from 1963 until 1965.
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