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Lindsay Recollections

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From Otho Russell, Lindsay High School Class of 1923
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Cates Grocery Store

He doesn't recall if the 'formal' name was Cates Grocery Store, but that is close.  He remembers that is where his family purchased their groceries in Lindsay.  The Cates Grocery was there for many years.  Mr. Cates ran the store, with Mrs. Cates caring for the home and children.  He only remembered one child, a girl, who may have been related to James Charles.  

 James Charles,  First National Bank 

Young James Charles worked in the First National Bank.  A bank in which his father owned a part. James Charles was a very sensible fellow; and took his father's place in the bank, when the elder Charles died.

 Today, on the way home from the Grocery store, he started talking about Grocery purchases.

He recalls the era in which crackers were the only 'bread product' you could buy.  Then came in unwrapped loafs which lined the shelves.  Next, the loaf was in wrappers, but not sliced.  Finally, it was both wrapped and sliced and handy.

 Leta Powell & Emmett "Chief" Blundell

This was about 1922.

At a Lindsay High School picnic on the banks of the Washita River, the lads found a large tree branch which extended across the water.  Being inventive, they climbed the tree to swing a rope from the branch.  A small twig became the handle at the bottom of the rope.  They took turns swinging out over the water and back to the other side of the tree, in an arch.  When it became Leta's turn to swing, the twig 'handle' broke and into the water, she fell.  Several boys quickly dived in for the rescue.  The honor of rescuing the fair damsel went to Emmett "Chief" Blundell, who later married her.

 Dutch Ward & Otho Russell

1923 Lindsay High School Baseball Champions:

This was the year that the Lindsay High Baseball team won their state conference. (As today, the Conference was made up of schools the same size.)  They played a team from Western Oklahoma to be the Champions. It is believed that Dutch Ward was the best pitcher you could find in those days.  Otho Russell was the catcher for the team.  Otho also went on to have offers to play at higher levels of Baseball; but could make a better living as a teacher.  (Compare that with today!)  

 Remembering Robert Brown

Probably the fall of 1924:Robert was an excellent football player on the Lindsay High team.  He played the same year that Ray and Roy Russell played.  While Robert was rapidly back peddling on the field, he tripped.  Unfortunately, when Robert hit the ground, his head hit the heel of another's boot.  He died instantlyEarl Burford, Class of 1923.My dad recalls a poem Earl Burford wrote for English class about 1922.

Ms Bright was the teacher. The class loved it. Ms. Bright was the teacher. She was very prim and proper, and did not think highly of it at all.  

" The lightening flashed. The Thunder roared. The Rain came pouring down. The Women got all excited And ran to the cellar in their gowns."

It caused quite a giggle in those days. Obviously it did, for my father remembers the little ditty .. to this day. However, his memory is excellent. He can still remember the legal description of land he purchased in 1928.  

My dad told me about Earl when I presented him with the list of Lindsay High School Graduates. He also has a book with the following. My dad recalls when this was happening in "real time". I thought you might like to add something about him on your list. Though, doubt if you want it "ALL".  

More about Earl Burford:

Source for the following: "Oklahoma Adventure" by Sharon Cooper Calhoun & Billie Joan English Pub'd: ACP, Inc. 1600 Sunset Lane OKC, OK, 73127 Pub'd @ 2000 Email: tquaid@home.com ISBN 0-9619474-8-5 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 (This one I don't understand.. its simply counting backward.) But it was there, so its now here.  

Pg 401 - 402: Oklahoma Inventors

"Something most people hardly notice in their everyday lives was the fortune for one Garvin County man. Born in Lindsay, Indian Territory, Earl Burford found his knack for invention to be a real labor-saver on the farm. A rolling Stalk-cutter, a machine for elevating baled hay onto moving trucks, and elevators for moving bales of hay into barns were only a few of the items he invented to make his own work and the work of his friends easier. It wasn't until 1945, however that he began tying things together.  

Until Burford perfected his tying divide, it took several men to operate a hay-baler. With the manpower shortage of World War II, those men just weren't available. Beginning work in Dec. 1944, Earl baled his first crop using his automatic wire tying baler and then he owned the only two one-man balers in the world. International Harvester Corporation purchased exclusive rights to the patent on the machine.

With the perfection of plastics, bakers considered packaging their products in plastic bags instead of with cellophane paper and paper-sealed ends. However they had no efficient means of sealing the bags. With the experience gained from the development of the hay baling tyer, Earl Burford built the first working model of a twist tier in just thirty days. With his sons, Charles and Leonard, Earl founded the Burford Corp. Manufacturing facilities and offices were erected on the farm north of Maysville, and the company convinced the baking industry that the twist-tied plastic bag did, indeed make a better package. Today, the Burford machine is used the world over, and it is still the leader in automatic bag closing."

Other facts: Earl Burford died 10 Feb 1968. My dad mentioned that at some point, he moved from Lindsay to near Maysville.

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