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Water runs over the Dam at Beaver Dunes Park Lake located
to the north of Beaver. May 10, 2010.


Beaver County Abstract

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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.

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
who just 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 30’s, Mother’s
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
there 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, and Buke
remained in Washington. Oh! What fun it was to be home again and see old friends and family! And to make
new friends!
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
time that 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 Christmas?
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
cooking for them.
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
grands, and, oh, they are all such fun and have brought so much joy to our lives - love all of them!!!
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 with the offer.
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
heartbreak 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.


1982 Lamb Lead winners
Listed above is the new web site of the Old Gym located
at the corner of Douglas and Fifth Avenue. The Old Gym
has not been in use for several years and a group of citizens
are organizing a "Save The Old Gym Fund". Click to view

Below is a web site that you may use to find an obituary or (maybe) information about your relatives.
This site has just about all of The Beaver Herald and Beaver Herald-Democrat newspapers
from the 1895 to 1930s. It will take a little getting use to the software but it can be used.
The web site has just about all of the very early day newspapers in Oklahoma. We are sure that
other states' newspapers are also available online.


Unknown Soldier Tomb in Arlington, VA

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the
Unknowns and why?21 steps: It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the
highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why? 21
seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet? His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?
He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path,
he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?Guards are changed every thirty minutes,
twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a

6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to? For a person to apply
for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his
waist size cannot exceed 30.

They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb,
live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or
off duty for it is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard
of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey
these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin. The shoes
are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from
their feet.. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe
in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform.. Guards
dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a  guard cannot talk to anyone nor
watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175
notable people laid to rest in
Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and
where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe Lewis
{the boxer} Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated
soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame. Every guard spends five hours a
day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..

President John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy are buried there also.


In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington ,
DC , our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of
the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that
because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military
members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend
the assignment.. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way,
Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical
storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment,
it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a serviceperson.
The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

God Bless and keep them.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.

Text of Open Meeting Act

Title 25, Oklahoma Statutes §§ 301-314

(As Amended Through Close of Forty-Seventh Oklahoma Legislature, Second Regular
Session and First Extraordinary Session, 2000)

[Editor’s Note: Bold face, italics and underlines were added for emphasis and clarity.
Comments and explanations not part of the act are enclosed in brackets.]

7. “Teleconference” means a conference among members of a public body
remote from one another who are linked by interactive telecommunication
devices permitting both visual and auditory communication between and
among members of the public body and members of the public.

§ 305. Recording of votes. — In all meetings of public bodies, the vote of
each member must be publicly cast and recorded.

§ 306. Circumvention of act — Teleconferences excepted. — No informal
gatherings or any electronic or telephonic communications, except teleconferences
as authorized by Section 3 of this act, among a majority of the members of a public
body shall be used to decide any action or to take any vote on any matter.

§ 307. Executive sessions.

A. No public body shall hold executive sessions unless otherwise specifically
provided in this section.

B. Executive sessions of public bodies will be permitted only for the purpose of:

1. Discussing the employment, hiring, appointment, promotion, demotion,
disciplining or resignation of any individual salaried public officer or employee;
2. Discussing negotiations concerning employees and representatives of employee groups;
3. Discussing the purchase or appraisal of real property;
4. Confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning
 a pending investigation, claim, or action if the public body, with the advice of its attorney,
determines that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the public body to process
the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding in the public interest;
5. Permitting district boards of education to hear evidence and discuss the expulsion or
suspension of a student when requested by the student involved or his parents, attorney or legal guardian;
6. Discussing matters involving a specific handicapped child;
7. Discussing any matter where disclosure of information would violate confidentiality
requirements of state or federal law; or
8. Engaging in deliberations or rendering a final or intermediate decision in an
individual proceeding pursuant to Article II of the Administrative Procedures Act.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection
B of this section, the following public bodies may hold executive sessions:

1. The State Banking Board, as provided for under Section 306.1 of Title 6 of the Oklahoma

2. The Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority, as provided for in Section 854 of Title 74 of the
Oklahoma Statutes;

3. The Oklahoma Development Finance Authority, as provided for in Section 5062.6 of Title 74
of the Oklahoma Statutes;

4. The Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, as provided for in
Section 5060.7 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes;

5. The Oklahoma Savings and Loan Board, as provided for under subsection A of Section 381.74
of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes;

6. The Oklahoma Health Resource Committee for purposes of conferring on matters pertaining to
research and development of products, if public disclosure of the matter discussed would interfere with
the development of patents, copyrights, products, or services;

7. A review committee, as provided for in Section 855 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes;
 [A “review committee” may be appointed by a city, town, or county to study and recommend
action on proposed projects for such things as neighborhood renewal, economic development
and other plans. It determines project eligibility, appropriateness, and financing. Financial
statements, marketing plans, trade secrets or other proprietary information submitted to the
committee are confidential, except where the person submitting the material consents to disclosure.]

8. The Child Death Review Board for purposes of receiving and conferring on matters
pertaining to materials declared confidential by law; and

9. All nonprofit foundations, boards, bureaus, commissions, agencies, trusteeships, authorities,
councils, committees, public trusts, task forces or study groups supported in whole or part by public
funds or entrusted with the expenditure of public funds for purposes of conferring on matters
pertaining to economic development, including the transfer of property, financing, or the creation
of a proposal to entice a business to locate within their jurisdiction if public disclosure of the matter
discussed would interfere with the development of products or services or if public disclosure would
violate the confidentiality of the business; and

10. The Oklahoma Indigent Defense System Board for purposes of discussing negotiating strategies
in connection with making possible counteroffers to offers to contract to provide legal representation to
indigent criminal defendants and indigent juveniles in cases for which the System must provide r
epresentation pursuant to the provisions of the Indigent Defense System Act, Section 1355 et seq. of
Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

D. An executive session for the purpose of discussing the purchase or appraisal of real property
shall be limited to members of the public body, the attorney for the public body, and the immediate
staff of the public body. No landowner, real estate salesperson, broker, developer, or any other person who
may profit directly or indirectly by a proposed transaction concerning real property which is under
consideration may be present or participate in the executive session.

E. No public body may go into an executive session unless the following procedures are strictly complied with:

1. The proposed executive session is noted on the agenda as provided in Section 311 of this title;

2. The executive session is authorized by a majority vote of a quorum of the members present and the vote is a recorded vote; and

3. Except for matters considered in executive sessions of the State Banking Board and the Oklahoma Savings and Loan Board, and which

are required by state or federal law to be confidential, any vote or action on any item of business considered in an executive session shall be

taken in public meeting with the vote of each member publicly cast and recorded.

F. A willful violation of the provisions of this section shall:

1. Subject each member of the public body to criminal sanctions as provided in Section 214 of this title; and

2. Cause the minutes and all other records of the executive session, including tape recordings, to be immediately made public.

§ 307.1. Teleconferences.

A. No public body shall hold meetings by teleconference except:

1. Oklahoma Futures;

2. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education;

3. The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision;

4. The State Board of Osteopathic Examiners;

5. The Board of Dentistry;

6. The Variance and Appeals Boards created in Sections 1021.1, 1697 and 1850.16 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes;

7. A public trust whose beneficiary is a municipality; however, no more than twenty percent (20%) of a quorum
of the trustees may participate by teleconference and during any such meetings all votes shall be roll call votes;

8. The Native American Cultural and Education Authority;

9. The Corporation Commission; and

10. The State Board of Vocational and Technical Education.

B. No public body authorized to hold meetings by teleconference shall conduct an executive session by teleconference.

§ 308. Meeting between Governor and majority of members of public body. — Any meeting between the
Governor and a majority of members of any public body shall be open to the public and subject to all other provisions of this act.

§ 309. Legislature. — The Legislature shall conduct open meetings in accordance with rules to be adopted
by each house thereof.

§ 310. Legislative committee members attending executive sessions. — Any member of the Legislature
 appointed as a member of a committee of either house of the Legislature or joint committee thereof shall be
permitted to attend any executive session authorized by the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act of any state agency, board or
commission whenever the jurisdiction of such committee includes the actions of the public body involved.

§ 311. Public bodies — Notice.

A. Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, all regularly scheduled, continued or reconvened, special or
emergency meetings of public bodies shall be preceded by public notice as follows:

1. All public bodies shall give notice in writing by December 15 of each calendar year of the
schedule showing the date, time and place of the regularly scheduled meetings of such public
bodies for the following calendar year.

2. All state public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and other bodies with the state
as beneficiary, shall give such notice to the Secretary of State.

3. All county public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and any other bodies with the county a
s beneficiary, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county wherein they are principally located.

4. All municipal public bodies, including, but not limited to, public trusts and any other bodies with the
municipality as beneficiary, shall give such notice to the municipal clerk of the municipality wherein they
are principally located.

5. All multicounty, regional, area wide or district public bodies, including, but not limited to, district
boards of education, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county wherein they are principally
located, or if no office exists, to the county clerk of the county or counties served by such public body.

6. All governing boards of state institutions of higher education, and committees and subcommittees
thereof, shall give such notice to the Secretary of State. All  other public bodies covered by the provisions
of this act which exist under the auspices of a state institution of higher education, but a majority of whose members
are not members of the institution’s governing board, shall give such notice to the county clerk of the county
wherein the institution is principallylocated.

7. The Secretary of State and each county clerk or municipal clerk shall keep a record of all notices
received in a register open to the public for inspection during regular office hours, and, in addition, shall
make known upon any request of any person the contents of said register.

8. If any change is to be made of the date, time or place of regularly scheduled meetings of public
 bodies, then notice in writing shall be given to the Secretary of State or county clerk or municipal clerk,
as required herein, not less than ten (10) days prior to the implementation of any such change.

9. In addition to the advance public notice in writing required to be filed for regularly scheduled meetings,
all public bodies shall, at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to such  meetings, display public notice of said
meeting, setting forth thereon the date, time, place and agenda for said meeting, such twenty-four (24)
hours prior public posting shall exclude Saturdays and Sundays and holidays legally declared by the
State of Oklahoma; provided, however, the posting of an agenda shall not preclude a public body from
considering at its regularly scheduled meeting any new business. Such public notice shall be posted in
prominent public view at the principal office of the public body or at the location of said meeting if no
office exists. “New business,” as used herein, shall mean any matter not known about or which could
not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting.

10. In the event any meeting is to be continued or reconvened, public notice of such action,
including date, time and place of the continued meeting, shall be given by  announcement at the
original meeting. Only matters appearing on the agenda of the meeting which is continued may be
discussed at the continued or reconvened meeting.

11. Special meetings of public bodies shall not be held without public notice being given at least
forty-eight (48) hours prior to said meetings. Such public notice of date, time and place shall be given
in writing, in person or by telephonic means to the Secretary of State or to the county clerk or to the
municipal clerk by public bodies in the manner set forth in paragraphs 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of this section.
The public body also shall cause written notice of the date, time and place of the meeting to be mailed
or delivered to each person, newspaper, wire service, radio station, and television station that has filed
a written request for notice of meetings of the public body with the clerk or secretary of the public body
or with some other person designated by the public body. Such written notice shall be mailed or
delivered at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the special meeting. The public body may charge
a fee of up to Eighteen Dollars ($18.00) per year to persons or entities filing a written request for
notice of meetings, and may require such persons or entities to renew the request for notice annually.
In addition, all public bodies shall, at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to such special meetings,
display public notice of said meeting, setting forth thereon the date, time, place and agenda for
said meeting. Only matters appearing on the posted agenda may be considered at said special meeting.
Such public notice shall be posted in prominent public view at the principal office of the public body
or at the location of said meeting if no office exists. Twenty-four (24) hours prior public posting shall
exclude Saturdays and Sundays and holidays legally declared by the State of Oklahoma.

12. In the event of an emergency, an emergency meeting of a public body may be held without the
public notice heretofore required. Should an emergency meeting of a public body be necessary, the
person calling such a meeting shall give as much advance public notice as is reasonable and possible
under the circumstances existing, in person or by telephonic or electronic means.

B. 1. All agendas required pursuant to the provisions of this section shall identify all items of business
to be transacted by a public body at a meeting, including, but not limited to, any proposed executive
session for the purpose of engaging in deliberations or rendering a final or intermediate decision in an
individual proceeding prescribed by the Administrative Procedures Act.

2. If a public body proposes to conduct an executive session, the agenda shall:

a. contain sufficient information for the public to ascertain that an executive session will be proposed;

b. identify the items of business and purposes of the executive session; and

c. state specifically the provision of Section 307 of this title authorizing the executive session.

§ 312. Minutes of meetings —

Recording of Proceedings.

A. The proceedings of a public body shall be kept by a person so designated by such public body in the
form of written minutes which shall be an official summary of the proceedings showing clearly those members
present and absent, all matters considered by the public body, and all actions taken by such public body.
The minutes of each meeting shall be open to public inspection and shall reflect the manner and time of notice
required by this act.

B. In the written minutes of an emergency meeting, the nature of the emergency and the proceedings
occurring at such meeting, including reasons for declaring such emergency meeting, shall be included.

C. Any person attending a public meeting may record the proceedings of said meeting by videotape,
audiotape, or by any other method; provided, however, such recording shall not interfere with the
conduct of the meeting.

§ 313. Actions taken in willful violation of act.

Any action taken in willful violation of this act shall beinvalid.

§ 314. Violations — Misdemeanor — Penalty. — Any person or persons willfully violating any of the
provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine
not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not
exceeding one (1) year or by both such fine and imprisonment


Water runs into culvert on county road towards Turpin. A seven inch rain fell north of Forgan. Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Water flows barely under bridge at Pioneer Park Golf course Wednesday from a seven inch rain.


Water floods down bar ditch north of Beaver from a seven inch rain north of Forgan Wednesday.


Water fills creek that is normally dry north of Beaver Wednesday, May 26.

Water fills front lawn at Mills home southeast of Forgan following a seven in rain.


Water goes over the Beaver Lake dam following a seven inch rain north of Forgan Wednesday, May 26.


Water runs over county road heading toward Turpin following a seven inch rain Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

Water makes an unusual design as the water flows into a culvert north of Beaver following a seven inch rain Wednesday.



Men's winners at the World Championship Cow Chip Throw Saturday, April 18, 2009. All from Beaver:
James Pratt first place, Jon Elfers, second place and Mark Tillman, third place.


Women's winners at the World Championship Cow Chip Throw Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Teri Pratt Welty, first; Dana (Valentine) Martin of Goodwell and Sandi Frey, of Tilden, Nebraska.




Top winners of the Beaver County Junior Livestock show


Lady Dusters celebrate their victory over Seiling at Enid. A loss to Seiling earlier caused the
Lady Dusters to make state the hard way.


Lady Dusters on the way to Class A State Basketball playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Lady Dusters play at Carl Albert gym at 2 p.m. Thursday. Friday and Saturday
games will be played at the Fairgrounds

Forgan Bulldogs are in the Class B playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Bulldogs play
Big Pasture at the Fairgrounds Arena in Oklahoma City Thursday, March 5, 2009
 at 6 p.m.


Wacky Beaver County Weather Produces strange events

Beaver County saw some strange events was Clear Creek near the Read Cates
home just North of Elmwood Monday, August 18, 2008

Normally Clear Creek near Elmwood has or is close to drying up this time of the
year, but not this year as cool rainy weather has been recorded the past week.
Our moisture total here in Beaver is now at  9.21 so far this year.
This flood occurred Monday, August 18, 2008.

Hail covered the ground near Balko  on highway 3 Thursday, August 14. Normally
this area is dry  and blowing dirt. The hail caused traffic problems and
graders had to be called out to remove the hail .




A roof blew off from Jones Automotive in Forgan, Tuesday, April 15 causing a power
outage in Forgan for several hours. Tri-county electric crews were photographed working
on the damage. Three power poles were taken down.




WINS SWEEPSTAKES. The BHS chorus won sweepstakes at a recent
state contest in Shawnee. Individuals in the chorus also won individual awards.
Teacher is Cara McDonald and Bonnie Dyer.


The  Cimarron Territory Celebration and World Championship
Cow Chip Throw is always scheduled for the third Saturday in April
beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Do you need a daily devotional? Check out this one by  Upper

New link with Oklahoma State Parks Click to enter


It's Time To Promote Beaver Dunes State Park.  Plenty Of Parking For Off Road Use Such As Four Wheelers, Dune Buggies, MotorCycles. Plenty Of Overnight Camping Available. Nice Bass Fishing Lake, Walking Trail. Horseshoes, Volleyball, Basketball, Day Picnics For Families In Shelters. 9 Hole Golf Course Nearby.

For Hunting information go to


2009 Moisture 9.87 So far June 25, 2009

2008 Moisture. The local weather station has recorded 17.91 of moisture since January 2008.

2007 moisture. The local weather station has Beaver recorded 18.11
inches of moisture since January 2007.

2006 moisture 13.90 as of December 2006.

2004 Rainfall totals (unofficially) 32.18 inches.
Our normal moisture here is 19 to 20 inches. 
2005 recorded 24.67.

Weather Service web sites at:    Mesonet

Photo courtesy Dr. Donna (Jones) Long.

Here is the photo taken by A. V. Hill in front of the Beaver County Courthouse
in 1944. These men were taken to Oklahoma City for processing into the
Armed forces. Front row: Olman Overton, missing name, Okie Amos, Herb
Lawson, Carl Owens, Dale Jones, Earl Phelps, Clifford Goodner and Lynn
Wilmoth. 2nd row: Missing name, missing name, Lawrence Smith, missing
name, Joe Rose, Milford Roberts, missing name, missing name, Herman
Altman, Walter Potter and Melvin Revert. 3rd row: Phillip Wright, Melvin
Garrett, Glen Knight, Glenn Judd, Emerson Elston, missing name, missing
name, Jack Gregg, Doyle Chilcott, missing name, Dennis Ward, and Clarence
Wilhite. 4th row: Walter Schenelle, missing name, missing name, Marvin Wilson.
Back row: Orville Pearson, missing name, missing name, missing name,
missing name, Virgil Altman, missing name, Bob Phelps and Herb Herdricks.
Not identified are; Stanley Strong, Darrold Strong, Max Quinn, John May, Ernest Starr
Leo Carter and James Carter.

New Old Photos courtesy Jones and Plummer Trail Museum and Beaver County Historical Society.  Click here to see

Celebrating Oklahoma's 100th year in Beaver, Oklahoma at the Beaver Dunes State Park, Saturday, October 20, 2007

Breakfast is almost ready at the Park Saturday.

Breakfast was served early Saturday morning

The kitchen area took a break after a busy morning

Rodney Barby begins his horse training session.

The big air cannon is ready to shoot. Pumpkins can go almost a mile.


Smaller air cannon shot was demonstrated also in the off-road area.

Judge Tim Leonard speaks to the crowd at the Park
Saturday afternoon on the history of the Panhandle
and Oklahoma.

Nancy Leonard spoke to the
crowd. Nancy is a member of
the Centennial Commission

Olive Jenkins, center, was born in 1907 and was honored. Pictured left
is her daughter, Elaine, and pictured right is Rolland Jenkins.

James Pratt, Beaver's own
World Champion Cow Chip Throwing contest champion, was interviewed
by a television crew Sunday afternoon July 29. The interview was part of's Summer Tour. The crew is traveling to all 48 continental
states across the country visiting unique, fun and interesting places and events.
Pratt demonstrated his throwing ability to the crew was well.


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 1964 until 1965.

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