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April 2005

2005 Men's Throw Winners

Men's throw winners: James Pratt of Beaver 1st with a throw
of 150'3". Second Todd Yeomans, Beaver, with a throw of
138'. Third Ted Sutton of Laverne with a throw of 121'2"

Women's Throw


Women's throw. First Terri Pratt of Beaver with a throw
of 122' 6". Second was Dana Martin of Goodwell with a
throw of 114' 9". Third was Terry Wallschlaeger of
Oakcreek, Winsconsin with a toss of 102' 9".

VIP Division

VIP Division winners. Sen. Owen Laughlin of Woodward
with a toss of 85' 7" was first. Second was Jon Morgan of
London England with a toss of 81 feet. Third was Gus
Blackwell of Goodwell with a toss of 80' 4"

 

Pratts take chip toss titles,

event covered by ESPN,

many other media outlets

By BRENT LANSDEN

Co-Publisher

As the dust cleared at the 36th annual World Cow Chip Throwing Contest Championship Saturday at the Beaver County Fairgrounds, one thing became pretty clear.

The 2005 toss was a family affair.

Beaverís James Pratt, who became a 5-time winner here and a 6-time champion overall, was also a proud papa. His daughter, Teri, earned the womenís chip title, upending 4-time defending champion Dana (Valentine) Martin of Goodwell.

"I told her that if she would listen to me, she could beat Dana," James Pratt said. "It finally paid off."

Pratt conquered 16 other women with a toss of 122-6, winning by nearly eight feet. Martin placed second with a toss of 114-9, while Terry Wallschlaeger of Oak Creek, Wisconsin placed third with a toss of 102-11.

In the menís throw, Pratt had a stiff challenge from Beaverís Todd Yeomans. Pratt edged Yeomans by a little more than 12 feet. Prattís toss sailed 150-3, while Yeomansí best throw was 138-0. Ted Sutton of Laverne

placed third overall with a throw of 121-2.

Records were not in jeopardy on Saturday because of a lack of strong winds. Temperatures reached 75 degrees, making it a perfect afternoon for chunking bovine droppings.

"It went good. I didnít break any records, but I was happy with it," Pratt said of his throw. "Everything went great during the week. The weather was great and lots of people turned out for the events."

State Senator Owen Laughlin, a Woodward Republican, was the VIP division champion, edging out eight other competitors - including twins from London, England, an ESPN reporter and Robb Gray, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

Laughlinís toss of 85-7 was about four feet better than Jon Morgan of London, who was second with a throw of 81-0. State Representative Gus Blackwell placed third with a throw of 80-4.

The team competition was dominating by a group of college football players from Southern Nazarene University - headed by Beaver graduate Calleb Mosburg, a Crimson Storm player.

Placing first were the "Turd Tossers" with a combined throw of 300-0. Team members were Scott Martin, Dusty Thompson, Joe Almeida and Mosburg.

Another group from SNU - the "Poo Flingers" placed second with a combined team distance of 267-5. Team members were Joseph Lux, Jeremy Rogers, Richard Kirksey and Jon McDonald.

Placing third in the team competition was MECO Land Service with a combined distance of 245-10. Team members were Katie McFarland, Jon Eric Mueller, Tim McFarland and Kael McFarland.

2005 Pioneer Queen - Velma Marie Meisenheimer Goetzinger

The Year 1907 is significant for many notable events. Included in these events are Oklahomaís admission to statehood, Henry Fordís invention of the automobile and the birth of Velma Marie Meisenheimer.

Elmer and May Meisenheimer had established their homestead near Floris in Beaver County and were awaiting the birth of their first child. May wanted to be near help for the birth so she and Elmer traveled by covered wagon to her motherís farm near Chase, Kansas for family assistance. Velma was born at her grandmotherís farm on June 30, 1907. Five younger brothers joined Velma on the homestead: Bud, Claude, Orval, Virgal and Willis.

Velma attended grade school at Mount Olive, walking the 2Ĺ mile round trip by herself. She attended high school at Greenough, getting there by horseback at times, graduating in 1926 as valedictorian of her class. Velma then attended Northwestern at Alva for two years where she earned her teaching certificate. Her first teaching position was at the Turpin School where she taught first grade for four years.

During a trip to Beaver with a friend in 1928 Velma met Leonard Goetzinger. Leonard fell for the pretty teacher and the couple began dating - long distance - between Turpin and Beaver. A big obstacle to their courtship was the lack of Henry Fordís invention as neither had a car until 1929 when Leonard and his brother, Willis, purchased one together, a tradition the brothers continued until 1950. Fortunately for the young couple, a vacancy for a first grade and art teacher opened in Beaver in 1931 and Velma took the job, which included a $5 a month raise. She was now earning $90 a month! Velma taught during the regular school term and attended classes at Oklahoma A&M (OSU) during the summer for three summers. Her father would drive her or she would take the bus to Stillwater as she still did not own a car. Velma taught until 1934. Because of the depression her salary had been lowered to $80 a month and when she quit teaching the county was broke and teachers received WPA warrants.

Velma and Leonard were married in Woodward August 17, 1932 and made their home with Leonardís family - parents and two sisters sharing the home with the newlyweds. After Mrs. Goetzinger quit teaching she cared for her in-laws during their final illnesses, worked part time in the family store and raised three daughters. Velma and Leonard were blessed with Karen Heilman of Weslako, TX, Janell Edwards of Beaver and Mary Lynn who lost her battle with cancer in 1972.

Leonard, Velma and Willis and Hassie Goetzinger owned and operated the Goetzinger Grocery Store, which had been established by Leonard and Willisís father, until 1963 when the store was purchased by Bob Downing and Morris Beegle. All the children in the family worked in the store where Velma helped instill good work ethics, courtesy and customer relations in each of them.

Velma and Leonard had 5 years of retirement together before Leonard suffered a stroke and passed away. Velma continued living in the home she moved into as a bride until 1998 when she moved to her present home. She lived a total of 66 years in the family home making it a welcoming place for family and friends.

During Mrs. Goetzingerís leisure years she took oil painting classes, becoming an accomplished artist; quilting classes, making cherished quilts for her family - a total of 19! She traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Bangkok, Hawaii, Europe, and Canada and toured the U.S. Velma enjoyed Hawaii, Europe and Canada so much she went there twice! She is a member of the PEO Club and cooked for the Rotary Club. Mrs. Goetzinger is a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church where she has been an active participant.

Mrs. Goetzinger has been a very positive and productive member of this community for 97 years.

Cimarron Territory Celebration

2005 Pioneer Grand Marshall - Les Campbell

Leslie Campbell, better known as Les, was born October 5, 1917 in a half dugout west of Elmwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma to Charley and Carrie Parker Campbell.

Charleyís parents were Thomas and Christina Mathias Campbell, married in 1881 in Marion, Indiana.

In 1887, they came to Beaver County near Elmwood. They were among the early pioneers, coming here in covered wagons. Carrieís parents were George and Sarah Cunningham Parker, who were born and raised in Kentucky.

They married in Owenington, Kentucky in 1880 and also moved to the Panhandle of Oklahoma, homesteading south and east of Forgan, Oklahoma in 1887. They had three children also born and raised in Beaver County; William (Bill), 1913, Ruby Campbell Voth, 1915, and Leslie (Les), 1917.

Charley was a farmer, but he worked for Beaver County during the thirties building roads and bridges. He had a team of four horses and earned four dollars per day. Bill and Les did the farming after school and on Saturdays during those years.

Les began his school years at the Valley View School west of Elmwood in 1924. December of that year his parents purchased land two miles north and one half mile west of Elmwood on Clear Creek.

He attended the Elmwood School for seven and one half years and completed his education with one year at Beaver High School. Les was very active in 4-H and took calves to livestock shows in Kansas City, Kansas three times and once to Denver, Colorado.

He won a trip to Chicago, Illinois for his outstanding 4-H club work. He remembers riding to Kansas City with the cattle on one of the trips. He said the county agent, Walter Schmelle, came up later with Lloyd Barby and Burton Starcher, who were also showing calves.

He coached 4-H children for several years and wrote Clear Creek news articles for the Herald Democrat for several years in the late thirties.

Les met Lois Gray at a school competition and on May 16, 1941 they were married at the United Methodist Church in Beaver. Lois was born and raised on the Gray farm five miles east of Elmwood and attended Garrett Grade School and Beaver High School, graduating in May of 1941. She passed away in April of 1997 after 55 years of marriage.

Les and Lois have three sons who were also born and raised in Beaver County, Carl of Perryton, Texas, Calvin of Anadarko, Oklahoma and Max of Fairland, Oklahoma. He also has eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Les lived most of his life in the Elmwood community. He purchased land south of Beaver near Clear Creek in December 1941, after he and Lois were married.

He was a farmer and rancher, raising registered Hereford cattle for over 50 years. He also worked at the Beaver Livestock Auction for 35 years.

He was classified 1-A during the war, but was never called to active duty. He tries to always be present for cleanup day at Capital View Cemetery where three generations of Campbells have been buried. This is a day of mowing grass and trimming around the headstones and graves before Memorial weekend.

He moved to Beaver in July 1998, where he now resides.

In 1946 two of Godís homeless ministers held gospel meetings in the Elmwood Schoolhouse. Les and Lois responded to the message of love and hope they brought. Les still enjoys the fellowship meetings which have been held in his home for nearly 60 years.

Chili cookoff winners announced

The 2005 Cimarron Territory Celebration got off to a "hot" start over the weekend with the 11th annual Cow Chip Chili Cookoff, held at the Beaver Co. Fairgrounds Saturday.

Chili cookers competed in several divisions, according to organizer Bill Greenfield. He said the Cow Chip events is "the best in the 5-state area" and said he was pleased with the local turnout for the event.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Beaver County chapter of the OEMTA. The results are as follows:

CASI Division

(19 chilis judged)

1. Jo Newman, Woodward.

2. Linda Moore, Mooreland.

3. Bill Greenfield, Beaver.

4. Milley Horn, Oklahoma City.

5. Vickie Arnold, Beaver.

6. Ruthann Newman, Guthrie.

7. Mike Pearson, Balko.

8. Joe Arnold, Beaver.

9. Jerry Dickerson, Shawnee.

10. Sion Walsh, Forgan.

Showmanship

1. First Security Bank, Beaver.

2. JC Chili, Jeannie Greenfield,

Beaver.

3. That A Chili, Bill Greenfield, Beaver.

Open Division

1. Mike Pearson, Balko.

2. Jeannie Greenfield, Beaver.

3. Bill Greenfield, Beaver.

Peopleís Choice Award

1. Bank of Beaver City, Beaver.

Best Decorated Booth

1. Vickie Arnold, Beaver.

Fire House Chili Award

1. Forgan Fire Department, Sion Walsh, Forgan.

Several more events are again planned for this yearís celebration. Local residents and visitors still have many days worth of activities to enjoy.

Here is a look at the tentative schedule of this years events:

Monday, April 11

Golf Bash, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, April 13

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Old Fashioned Church Services, Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Reception for Grand Marshal and Pioneer Queen, 2 p.m., Cimarron Room.

Boots and Jeans Cowboy Fellowship, 7 p.m.

D&J Shows Carnival, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Free will potluck supper, 5 p.m., BHS cafeteria (proceeds to Beaver River Wellness Corporation).

Talent Show, 7 p.m., BHS Auditorium.

Jeep Giveaway, Talent Show intermission.

Friday, April 15

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Horse shoe throwing, 3 to 6 p.m.

Coin, Gun, Hobby and Craft Show, noon to 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

D&J Shows Carnival, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Saturday, April 16

Walk this Weigh Oklahoma, 8 a.m., downtown Beaver. Registration from 7 to 7:30 a.m. north of Duckwallís, 1 mile walk, $15 entry fee.

Coin, Gun, Hobby and Craft Show, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Ping pong ball drop, 9:30 a.m. at Soccer fields, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Kiddie parade, 10 a.m.

Shootout, during the parade, downtown Beaver.

Cimarron Territory Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Beaver.

Car Show, immediately following parade, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Beaver Poker Run, departure at noon, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Pepsi can throw, noon, Fairgrounds arena.

36th annual World Champion Cow Chip Throwing Contest, 1:30 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Childrenís event, livestock barn, 1 p.m.

D&J Shows Carnival, all day, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Cup stacking exhibition, 2:30 p.m., Commercial Building.

Jones and Plummer Trail Museum open house, all day, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Colt starting demonstration by Rodney Barby, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Fairgrounds.

Concert featuring Pake McEntire, 7 p.m., BHS Auditorium.

Sunday, April 17

Community Church Service, 10 a.m., First Christian Church.

Golf Tournament (3-person scramble), 11 a.m., Beaver Golf Club.

Team Roping, 1 p.m., Fairgrounds arena.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce at 625-4726.

 

Here is the 2005 Schedule

April celebration events scheduled

The 11th annual Cow Chip Chili Cook-off marked the start of the 2005 Cimarron Territory Celebration this Saturday. The event will take place at the Beaver County Fairgrounds beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

This yearís Celebration - which will feature the 36th annual World Champion Cow Chip Throwing Contest Championship - will feature events from Saturday to April 17, according to Chamber of Commerce secretary Gwen Schlehofer.

Scheduled events are as follows:

Saturday, April 9

11th annual Cow Chip Chili Cook-off, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Hoop Shoot Contest, noon to 2 p.m. (6th grade-under, adults), Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Sunday, April 10

Chuckwagon Feed and Revival, 5:30 p.m., Faith Community Chapel.

Monday, April 11

Golf Bash, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Wednesday, April 13

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Old Fashioned Church Services, Presbyterian Church, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Reception for Grand Marshal and Pioneer Queen, 2 p.m., Cimarron Room.

Boots and Jeans Cowboy Fellowship, 7 p.m.

D&J Shows Carnival, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Free will potluck supper, 5 p.m., BHS cafeteria (proceeds to Beaver River Wellness Corporation).

Talent Show, 7 p.m., BHS Auditorium.

Jeep Giveaway, Talent Show intermission.

Friday, April 15

Museum Open House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring Iris Lochner.

Coin, Gun, Hobby and Craft Show, noon to 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

D&J Shows Carnival, 7 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Saturday, April 16

Walk this Weigh Oklahoma, 8 a.m., downtown Beaver. Registration from 7 to 7:30 a.m. north of Duckwallís, 1 mile walk, $15 entry fee.

Coin, Gun, Hobby and Craft Show, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Ping pong ball drop, 9:30 a.m. at Soccer fields, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Kiddie parade, 10 a.m.

Shootout, 10:45 a.m., downtown Beaver.

Cimarron Territory Parade, 11 a.m., downtown Beaver.

Car Show, immediately following parade, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Coca-Cola can throw, noon, Fairgrounds arena.

36th annual World Champion Cow Chip Throwing Contest, 1:30 p.m., Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Childrenís event, livestock barn, 1 p.m.

Cup stacking exhibition, 2:30 p.m., Commercial Building.

Jones and Plummer Trail Museum open house, all day, Beaver Co. Fairgrounds.

Concert featuring Pake McEntire, 7 p.m., BHS Auditorium.

Sunday, April 17

Community Church Service, 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church.

Golf Tournament (3-person scramble), 11 a.m., Beaver Golf Club.

Team Roping, 1 p.m., Fairgrounds arena.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce at 625-4726.