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The OSU Extension Center are having a meeting on
Salt Cedar (Tamracks) that is taking over the river bottom and water
there. The meeting is Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in the Extension center.
The program begins at 1 p.m. Pictured is no salt cedar in the 1950 with
the sale barn in the photo
preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, the mild first half and
summery second half of the month combined to produce a statewide
average temperature of 80.6 degrees, two-tenths of a degree above
normal and the 57th coolest August since records began in 1895.
summer ended as the 26th coolest on record with a
June-August average temperature of 78.7 degrees, nearly a degree below
average precipitation total of 1.4 inches was half of the normal total
for August and the 12th driest since records began in 1895.
The Mesonet site at
Porter led the state with 4.1 inches and several other stations across
northern Oklahoma reported more than 3 inches, but 50 Mesonet stations
recorded less than an inch for the entire month.
The summer as a
whole was still wetter than normal, however, with a statewide average
of 11.4 inches, 1.6 inches above normal to rank as the 34th
wettest on record.
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
Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes;
Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.
Photo courtesy Clifton Savoy Beaver Theater 1920s or 1930s??
Water runs over the Dam at Beaver Dunes Park Lake located
to the north of Beaver. May 10, 2010.
Directional Road Boring
Beaver County Memorial Hospital
at Beaver and Turpin
Beaver County Nursing Home
Emergency Service (EMS)
Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111
Beaver Oil Company
Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102
Beaver Auction, LLC
Sale every Tuesday
We took this photo of Ruth Barby before the Beaver County Free Fair 2011
Here is a story that she brought us before the 2006 Cimarron Territory
Celebration where she was
Pioneer Queen. A very good choice
What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I would
like to thank the person,
or persons, who chose me.
I was born April 27, 1924, six miles east of Beaver in a little two room house.
(My grandchildren in
their younger years used to all think I was just born under
“that tree at the six mile corner!!”)
My parents were George and Rosa Altman. I was the sixth of seven children:
Vesper (Vep), Herman,
Burl (Chalk), Grace, Burford (Buke), myself and George
Junior. Daddy was the blacksmith and also
drove a school bus. Mother had six
children at this time, plus three or four extras. These were children
needed a home! There was always room for more at Mother’s table!
It seemed we moved “every time the moon changed,” so we moved to Beaver after
living in the country
for three years. Daddy’s blacksmith shop was located where
the City Hall is now. I loved going down
to see Daddy because he would give me
money to stop at Goetzingers for “peanut butter.” He also had an indoor toilet -
a novelty to me, as we had a path leading to an outhouse at home!
After several more moves, we ended up at Forgan. With the dust storms in the
health was serious with coughing spells. We had friends and
family in Washington state, so “Washington,
here we come!” In a truck with a
heavy tarp and bows, we started. The trip took about ten days. We lived
for seven years. Buke and I graduated from Kelso High School.
Daddy didn’t like so much rain, so in 1942, we moved back to Beaver. Vep, Grace,
remained in Washington. Oh! What fun it was to be home again and see
old friends and family! And to make
Lloyd Barby and I had gone to school together in 4th grade, when he came to
Beaver from the ranch school.
My vivid memory of him was that he wore blue denim
shirts and cowboy boots! However,
he didn’t give me
a second look! This big
school was about all he could handle.
It was awhile before we started dating after I came back from Washington. A cute
story that my kids liked
about their daddy was that Virgie, my sister-in-law,
encouraged me to date Lloyd. I had seen him one time
sitting in the car when I
was walking down the street. I had smiled and waved, and he just looked right
ahead. I thought he was just the most stuck up person I had ever been around. I
got a job at the AAA
office, thanks to Grover D. Smith and my brothers, Hermie
and Chalk Altman. In that office I got to
know almost every farmer and rancher
in the county, plus some in neighboring states. It was during this
Lloyd and I started dating. I asked Lloyd about the time I saw him in the car.
He didn’t remember
it! He had been sleeping!
I hope you don’t mind all these little stories, one that our grandkids love
follows. My brother and
sister-in-law Chalk and Cleo Altman lived in the Jim
Thompson house, the place that Roy Bridwell
now owns. I was there for one
week-end in September, and Lloyd rode his horse Ole’ Smokey up
to see me. We
were in the front room visiting - no TV - and he asked, What do you want for
I replied, “You!” It surprised us both, I think, but it worked. We
were married in the Christian Church
on June 25, 1944. Lloyd turned twenty-one
the week before, and he always joked that he got to be his
own boss for one
week, but I must say he treated me like a queen all our married life. We went to
Alva for our honeymoon on four borrowed tires!! (Remember, this was during the
war!) We moved to
the ranch and made our home there, living in a little five
room house that Earl and Reola Maple had
built. Lloyd ran the ranch, and I took
care of the home. I fed many ranch hands in my home and enjoyed
Lloyd and I became the proud parents of three children: Cathy, Read and Jan.
Cathy is married to Jim
Lewien, and they have five children. Read married Jerry
Lynn Sterling, and they have three children.
Jan is married to Guy Payne and
they have four children. We have twelve grandchildren, ten great
oh, they are all such fun and have brought so much joy to our lives - love all
Besides ranching, Lloyd had rodeo stock. Oh! The stories I could tell about that
venture! We learned
a lot and got to know so many wonderful people. One night I
fed 30 cowboys in the motel room, cooking
out of the bathroom.
I have also always like to sew. It paid off when my kids were growing up. I made
dresses for the girls
and western suits for Jan when she was Miss Oklahoma
Northwest. I even got offers from some
companies to design them when she spent a
week modeling for Tregos and market during the National
Western Stock Show and
Rodeo in Denver. I never did, didn’t have time, but I was quite flattered
Lloyd had failing health, making it necessary to turn the rodeo business over to
the kids. However,
this did not keep him at home. So it became necessary to sell
the rodeo stock. It was a sad day when the
last load left the ranch. They all
had personalities and were such a part of our lives. The sale was a
to us all but was necessary.
Lloyd’s health continued to decline. We went to doctors in five different states
to find a cure,
but there was to be none. I have been alone for eleven years.
Thank God for kids, grandkids,
and great grands!!
Again. I say a sincere “Thank You” for choosing me to be Pioneer Queen.
I am truly honored!
What an honor to be chosen Pioneer Queen for the 2006 Celebration! I
would like to thank the person, or
persons, who nominated me.
The Cimarron Territory
Celebration and World Championship
Cow Chip Throw is always scheduled for the third Saturday in April
For Hunting information go to
Weather Service web sites at:
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
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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