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GETS SCULPTURE - Beaver Co. Historical Society president Kathal Bales presents a check to Spurgeon family members Del Roy Spurgeon and Brad Marchel, representatives of Mrs. Mary Spurgeon.
Musuem acquires sculpture
The fund raising is complete! The sculpture Pieces of a Dream, a sculpture by Mary Spurgeon, is officially sitting at the Jones & Plummer Trail Museum for all to see. Kathal Lansden Bales, president of the Beaver County Historical Society, presented a check to the Spurgeon family Sunday, Novemer 2, 2014 at the museum with several folks to witness the event.
The one-of-a-kind sculpture was done by the late Mrs. Spurgeon of the Gate community. Her sculptures and art work can also be seen at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Dodge City, and many other places across the U.S.
"It was on display at our last Beaver school alumni meeting. Thank you to all who helped acquire this valuable piece," Bales said.
The approximate size is:
Base: 36"X 23"; Height: 33"
Mary Spurgeon was a longtime resident of Gate, Oklahoma. Mary is an internationally well-known artist.
The sculpture depicts the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our ancestors who settled this land.
The base of the sculpture depicts a settler’s wagon, Coronado, & Plains Indians hunting buffalo. Topping the sculpture is a pioneer couple with their child, looking across the land they claimed for their own.
"We would like to thank the Spurgeon Family for offering us the opportunity to acquire this masterful sculpture that depicts the history of this county so very well. It will be the touchstone for this museum. We are grateful to Mary Spurgeon whose magnificence artistry designed and built this sculpture. I hope she would be please to know it has found a home here in Beaver County," Bales added.
"We also wish to thank all those who made it possible to acquire this sculpture, "Pieces of A Dream". Without the many donors it would have been impossible to achieve. We will commission a plaque to acknowledge those who gave and the Artist and her family who provided it."
Sunday, November 9, 2014
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.
Games Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Dusters win over Texhoma 26 to 21 At Hooker Thursday
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.
Beaver Ministerial Fellowship
Beaver County Memorial Hospital
Dr. Tim Becker, Dentist 625-3111
Beaver Oil Company
Beaver Ace Home Center 625-3102
Beaver Auction, LLC
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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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