Chamber Chatter & Marlow Happenings

by Debbe Ridley

 

 

November 22, 2018  – Chamber Chatter

 

First observed in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts, “Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after US Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year.  First observed in the United States on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively.  By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.” 

 

Small Business Saturday, and every shopping day, remember -- it’s your friends and neighbors.  The sales tax you pay supports your community.  It’s YOUR town.

 

As we pause to give tribute to a day for family, friends, and thankfulness, these thoughts printed in the November 22, 1917 Marlow Review, bear repeating each and every year.  “THANKSGIVING By Rev. James M. Farr.  Thanksgiving is not a day; it is a habit.  We cannot be thankful on Thanksgiving day unless we have been learning how every other day of the year.  There are some simple rules: Walk on the sunny side of the street; live as much as possible in the best room in the house; think about your friends, not your enemies; talk about your good luck and not your bad.  These are some of the ways of acquiring the spirit of cheerfulness which is the only soil on which the flower ‘Thanksgiving’ will grow.”

 

Encouraging the “spirit of cheerfulness,” Marlow’s annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st.  The parade will start at 10:00 a.m., with line up beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the area around the high school building – with one exception.  The horses and horse drawn entries will line up in the parking lot of the City Hall building at 119 S. 2nd, to be escorted to the lineup area by the Marlow Police Department.  

 

Adding to Marlow’s “Happy Holidays” atmosphere, along with Chamber volunteers, the ladies of Delta Sigma will be in the lineup area to assist and provide refreshments to participants.  Several Sigma Nu members will be on hand to lend their help with the lineup area.

 

The only restriction we have is that no “imposter” Santas are included in your float or entry.  We’ve got a hotline to Santa and he assures us he’ll be here and in the parade.

 

The parade will travel down Main Street to First Street, with Boy Scout Troop 4417 serving as Color Guard.  Prizes will include cash prizes from $25 to $100 for the top four floats.  Trophies are given for the best truck, best original vehicle, best Christmas decorated, and best-modified vehicle, as well as best original tractor and most unique tractor.  First and second place trophies will be awarded in the individual horse division, and first and second place trophies will be awarded in the horse drawn division.

 

To enter the parade in the category of “Best decorated motorized off road vehicle” entries such as golf carts, 4-wheelers, lawn mowers and any other motorized off road vehicles must be decorated in the Christmas theme. 

 

Motorcycles, if any, are asked to line up with the automobiles. 

 

In the spirit of the season, how about a reminder of a little known Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday fact?  “Jingle Bells” was first written for Thanksgiving, and then became one of the most popular Christmas songs – so says Christmas-celebrations.com.

 

Happy thanksgiving, happy holidays and looking forward to a Merry Christmas!  And, among the most timely seasonal trivia of all – let’s all remember to SHOP LOCALLY FIRST! 

 

 

And, last but not least, in this merriest of seasons, hold in your thoughts the reminder of over 100 years ago: “Walk on the sunny side of the street!” 

 

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November 15, 2018 – Chamber Chatter

Last week’s issue of The Marlow Review featured a “Community Thanksgiving meal approaching” article on the front page.    The Review reminds us that the annual community-wide Thanksgiving meal will be served at Marlow’s First Baptist Church Life Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Those who wish to have a meal delivered are reminded to call the church office at 658-5413.

The November 11, 1920 Marlow Review proclaimed “THANKSGIVING NOV. 25TH OUR NAT’L. HOLIDAY” Here are the thoughts of the day.  “There are holidays and holidays.  Christmas and New Years are cosmopolitan – are the property of no particular people, but yet are joyously observed by many.”

“But Thanksgiving is purely an American holiday, original in conception and growing from a small beginning until it has reached the dignity of a national event.  The first celebration was by the Plymouth colony in 1621 – those sturdy pioneers whose piety was as pronounced as their pluck, who honored themselves by honoring their Deity.  The custom soon became more general, spreading over all the New England states.  After the revolution it gradually extended to the middle states and later to the west, growing more slowly in the south.”

“In 1863 the patriotic Lincoln forever established it in the list of holidays by proclaiming it a day of Thanksgiving, his action being promptly followed by the individual proclamation of the governors of the states, who named the day.  Since then, by common consent, the first announcement of the day is found in the president’s proclamation, and the day so named is also named by the states.”

“A commendable feature of this holiday is a practical benevolence which has become very notable.  Poor people to whom a good dinner is a rarity, are hunted out, and in an unostentatious way are helped to properly observe the day, so far as its festive features are concerned.”

“The sick and suffering are remembered in various ways.  The homeless are, for the day, made members of some hospitable household where they can join in its pleasures.”

“Altogether this is perhaps its best feature.  There  is no pleasure so lasting, none which affords such real joy as that which comes to us from the knowledge that we have done a real kindness to some of the suffering children of earth – in some way alleviated their sorrows or eased their pain.”

“Last, but not least the devotional spirit which is the impelling motive of the day, is encouraged and developed, we learn to be more contented with our lot, thankful for what we have and hopeful for the future.”

In 2018, Thanksgiving and thankfulness in Marlow lead to another celebration of small town living just a few days away.  Saturday, December 1, brings Marlow’s annual Christmas parade to downtown at 10:00 a.m. 

Line up begins at 8:45 a.m. in the area around the high school building.  One exception – the horses and horse drawn entries will line up in the parking lot of the City Hall building at 119 S. 2nd, to be escorted to the High School area by the Marlow Police Department. 

Please contact the Chamber office, 658-2212, as soon as possible for exact lineup location for your parade entry.  Santa Claus is coming to town!

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November 8, 2018 - Chamber Chatter

 

Thank you to all the local businesses who gave shoppers a head start on their Christmas gift search last Sunday!   Lots and lots of folks took advantage of the opportunity find out – and purchase – what Marlow has to offer for Christmas! 

 

“This year on November 11 it will be a hundred years since the guns fell silent on WW1.” (Unknown)

 

We look forward to the opportunity to honor our military veterans this Veterans Day, which is both a state and federal holiday in all states.  The fall holiday was originally proclaimed as Armistice Day by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, and President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill for the holiday into law on May 26, 1954.  The act was modified later that year replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been recognized as Veterans Day since. 

 

In 1920, Oklahoma’s Governor took matters into his own hands.  From the pages of the October 28, 1920 issue of The Marlow Review:    “NOVEMBER 11 MADE HOLIDAY BY GOVERNOR.  Above a world torn with four long years of war and sorrow, agonized in body and soul from the torture of prolonged battle, with hearts and homes bleeding from the despotism and relentlessness of autocracy, on the Eleventh Day of November, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighteen, there was born anew throughout the earth the spirit of hope and peace.”

 

“To these United States, which had entered the world struggle that the ideals of justice and truth on which our government has been founded might be preserved with honor, this day marked another milestone in the victory of humanity and Christian virtue against the spirits of evil and destruction.  With a burning patriotism and love of freedom, nearly five million of the young men and women of this nation gave their unreserved service that these ideals might be preserved.  In battle, on the high seas, and by disease many thousands of these made the supreme sacrifice for the great cause.”

 

“In order that these principles for which we fought may be kept ever before us, and in order that the citizens of this State may in some way pay respect to the bravery and service of these departed patriots and to their comrades-in-arms who have returned to us, I, J.B.A. Robertson, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, do hereby set aside and proclaim the Eleventh Day of November, One Thousand  Nine Hundred and Twenty as Armistice Day, to be observed as legal holiday in the State of Oklahoma.  May this day be spent in loyal commemoration of the dead, of the heroes of our State, and in prayer for the future peace, safety and guidance of our nation, and all the nations of the world.”

 

“IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma, on this the 25th day of October, 1920.  (Signed) J.B.A. ROBERTSON, Governor.  (Signed) Joe S. Morris, Sec. of State.”

 

A October 23, 2018 article on thespruce.com informs that we now have 7.0 million Vietnam-era veterans (1964-1975) living in the U.S., with another 5.5 million Gulf War veterans (August 1990 to present), 2.0 million veterans of the Korean War (1950-1953), and 1.1 million World War II (1941-1945) veterans.

 

There are 62,544 living veterans who served during the Vietnam War and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later), and 4.4 million who served in peacetime only.

 

As plans are being made for the December 1 Christmas parade with the Boy Scout Troop 4417 Color Guard leading the procession we should remember that Public Law 829 also tells us to salute the flag at the moment it passes in a parade.  Put the right hand over the heart, or give a military salute if appropriate. 

 

It’s the least we can do.  Did you vote November 6?  Thank a veteran.

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November 1, 2018 – Chamber Chatter

 

As we take a last look back at October 2018, and the 116th anniversary of a Marlow institution, this week we’ll share more from the October 3, 1929 article in the Marlow Review.  The history lesson was shared by Dr. R.L. Montgomery, Marlow pioneer, and Mayor of Marlow at the time.  The article was written in commemoration of the newspaper’s 37th year serving Marlow.

 

“People would ride into town and hitch their horses to the trees on the streets.  The pawing of the horses killed most of the timber on our thoroughfares.  The still and brooding silence of the nights was often broken by the sharp report of a revolver which was a signal to the wet fraternity that a bootlegger was hiding in a nearby thicket ready to ply his nefarious avocation.”

 

“We were of course in the Indian Territory.  We all came here just alike, all ‘broke.’  It was a poor man’s paradise.  All were on a common level.  There was no aristocracy of birth or wealth or of wisdom.  The people were almost without exception honest.  There was never any petty pilfering; that was brought to us in the wake of civilization.”

 

“When we get to writing about the earlier days we are too prone to forget our main subject, The Marlow Review.  The first Marlow paper from which the Marlow Review descended was the Marlow Magnet, which was a little two sheet paper; the type was set by hand and the paper looked blotched and blurred.”

 

“There were various owners of the paper, among whom was R.E.L. McClain, who was a long, lank Texan.  He ran the paper a few months, Mr. Lemons published it for several years.  The paper was slowly improving during all of this time in news items, in editorial strength, and in advertising.  W.B. Anthony began publishing it in about the year 1900, who by his personality, and spice and vigor of the editorials, and by better business management, gave the paper such force and vitality that it was rapidly pushed to the forefront of Oklahoma journalism.”

 

“While Mr. Anthony was serving the people as legislator, as private secretary to Governor Haskell, and on the commission for building the state capitol, Mr. N.G. Wallace managed and edited The Review.  Mr. Wallace afterwards moved to Portland, Oregon, where he engaged in the practice of law, gained a great reputation, and has held several positions of honor and emolument including a district judgeship.”

 

Back to 2018 news, Chamber members please remember to turn in your nominations for Board members for the term of 2019 – 2021.   Please send or drop off your nominations to the office, 223 W. Main, Marlow, OK 73055, or e-mail to marlowchamber@cableone.net

 

Chamber of Commerce members who have been members in good standing for at least ninety days are eligible for nomination under the by-laws of the organization.  The Chamber Board meets on the second of fourth Thursday each month at noon, so prospective Board members should be able to attend at that time on a regular basis.  Please take this opportunity to voice your opinion

 

And one more reminder! Many local businesses will set the tone for a festive Christmas 2018 with their annual Christmas open houses this Sunday afternoon, November 4.  Be ready to enjoy bargain hunting and a taste of the unique gifts you can find right here in your own back yard.  Besides the perfect party-setting to get started on your 2018 shopping list, it’s a fun outing to get in the mood for the most magical time of the year!

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October 25, 2018 – Chamber Chatter

With the holidays all but upon us, many local businesses are kicking the season off in style when they host Christmas open houses Sunday afternoon, November 4.  Their hospitality, holiday finery, and unique gift suggestions will be on full display for the enjoyment of those ready to dive into the sugar plum season.

But first let’s celebrate the holiday filled with tricks and treats with some fun facts and did-you-knows tossed out by icebreakerideas.com.    We find out that Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, with (as expected) Christmas being the first. 

With Halloween focused on the treats, we learn “Tootsie Rolls was the first individually wrapped penny candy in the US.  Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.  Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers first.”

“More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be made for Halloween.  That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.” Of course, not everyone is a fan   “This kernel-shaped confection also has a reputation as ‘the fruitcake of Halloween,’ and in fact, some trick-or-treaters would consider it more of a ‘trick’ than a ‘treat’ when it lands in their goody bags.”  According to farmersalmanac.com, at least.

This won’t come as a big surprise to you parents out there!  When you’re stocking up on your trick-or-treat goodies, keep the “old folks” in mind too!  “90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’s Halloween trick-or-treat bags.”

Let’s not forget the healthy side of Halloween --- the fruits of the season.  Icebreakerideas.com says that apple bobbing is believed to have originated from a Roman harvest festival in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees.  But apples aren’t always as healthy as they’re cracked up to be.  To all you mystery novel and Agatha Christie fans out there -- her novel Halloween Party is about a girl who is drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

And, yes, pumpkins are a fruit.  From a botanist‘s perspective, a fruit is a product of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. (Who knew?)  “The tradition of making Jack o’Lanterns to ward off evil spirits is thousands of years old.  Jack o'Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.”

”Orange and black are Halloween colors because the orange is associated with fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.”  You can just as easily lighten up the mood though.  Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue and green.

Just a reminder!  The fourth quarter each year also brings up some annual Chamber business.  Under our bylaws, it’s time for members to voice their opinion concerning the leadership of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce.   In October the nominating Committee of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce is asking the members to send in their written suggested candidates for the Board of Directors. 

The Chamber Board meets on the second and fourth Thursday each month at noon, so prospective Board members should be able to attend at that time on a regular basis.   Please send or drop off your nominations to the office, 223 W. Main, Marlow, OK 73055, or email the office at marlowchamber@cableone.net as soon as possible.

Now that we are firmly planted in the fourth quarter of 2018, there’s no ifs, ands or buts about it!    The holiday season is right around the corner!

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Chamber Chatter - October 18, 2018  

 

October translates to Halloween and trick-or-treating for some folks.  According to a September 27 article from the National Retail Federation, it has become a much, much more impactful fall holiday to many of you. 

 

The article says 2018 Halloween spending is expected to reach a total of $9 billion, the second highest Halloween spending seen post-recession.  “NFR and Prosper’s annual Halloween Spending Survey found that seven in 10 consumers plan to celebrate this year, and they’ll spend an average of nearly $90 per person.  Celebrants plan to purchase everything from decorations to candy to costumes (even for beloved pets).”

 

We also learn from the article “that this year kids are planning to dress as their favorite princess (back in the number 1 spot) or super hero, while pets will be donning adorable pumpkin, hotdog or bumble been getups. Adults, on the other hand, ae sticking with the traditional spookiness of Halloween, dressing as witches, vampires and zombies.”

 

Halloween is the 8th largest card-sending occasion.  The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920's, with more than 28 million Halloween cards sent each year.  That translates to $50 million on Halloween greetings, at least according to purpletrail.com.

 

Of course, the greeting cards used by most people to stay in touch would be Christmas cards. Here we are in mid-October, so there’s no denying the holiday season is coming up fast.  Chamber directors and volunteers have been seeing visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, and are fine-tuning happenings to add to Marlow’s Christmas cheer and holiday spirit.

 

Many local businesses will set the stage for Christmas 2018 when they host Christmas open houses Sunday afternoon, November 4, to offer bargains and a taste of the unique gifts you can find right here in your own back yard.

 

The fourth quarter each year also brings up some annual Chamber business.  Under our bylaws, it’s time for members to voice their opinion concerning the leadership of the Marlow Chamber of Commerce.  Just to make sure our new members know, here are some established guidelines for the nomination process. 

 

“The control of the Chamber is vested in a Board of Directors composed of twelve (12) members.   No member is eligible for election as a director if they have not been a member in good standing for at least ninety days prior to nomination.  Four members of the Board of Directors are elected annually.”

 

“The nominating Committee during the month of October will cause notice to be mailed or a news story of notice to be published in a local newspaper that the Committee will receive in writing suggested candidates for the Board of Directors.  The Committee, after careful study of the membership and suggested candidates received, will select nominees from the eligible members which would be desirable for a strong, well-balanced board.”

 

Just as a reminder, the Chamber Board meets on the second and fourth Thursday each month at noon, so prospective Board members should be able to attend at that time on a regular basis.   Please send or drop off your nominations to the office, 223 W. Main, Marlow, OK 73055, or email the office at marlowchamber@cableone.net as soon as possible. Now that we are firmly planted in the fourth quarter of 2018, there’s no getting around it.  The holiday season is right around the corner!_______________________________________________________________________________________

October 11, 2018 -  Chamber Chatter

Did you know?  Until 1924 when Coach Jones S. Graves polled the student body we were the Grey Wolves – not the Marlow Outlaws.  To have a 100 year look-back at what was on people’s minds, we have this perspective through the 1916-1917 school term’s “Grey Wolf” yearbook.

“IS MARLOW PROGRESSIVE?”

“There is not a wide-awake citizen in Marlow who does not answer involuntarily in the affirmative when he asks himself this question.  Whether you affirm or deny this question it will not be amiss to point out a few of the many remarkable improvements now being made in our town.”

“In the past year Marlow has established a record that is not to be easily excelled.  In this short period of time seven business buildings, six of which are brick, have been erected on Main Street.  Among these are the Johnson Hotel, the Ice Plant, the Stanton Auto Co. building, the DeShazo garage.  There are good prospects that the record for this year will even exceed that of the past year.”

“New bungalows are springing up everywhere.  Both resident and business houses are being painted, repaired and remodeled.  Trees are being pruned and concrete sidewalks are gradually being laid on the principal streets over town.”

“Our progress is not limited merely to buildings.  The sewer system, which was voted last fall, is now being installed and will probably be completed by the first of July.  This improvement is a necessity of unlimited importance.”

“The fire truck is an improvement of no less importance.  Altho it has not been used yet, we feel that it will stand the test when the time comes.”

“The motor hearse, which was installed by J.F. Callaway & Co., at the beginning of the year, has also proved to be an invaluable asset to the town.”

“The Lyon & Matthews Lumber Co. are improving their lumber yard by building a new office and new sheds.”

“The Nyal Drug Store has been purchased by Foreman and Lauderdale.  These new and progressive proprietors are remodeling and refurnishing the store with a view of making it first class.”

“Bill Moore and Onie Tapp have recently bought out the City Bakery and are proving to be capable proprietors.”

“Mr. Frank Miller will soon build a new theatre, having a seating capacity of five hundred, on the ground now occupied by Click and Zachary.”

“Mr. A.T. Chapel will move his confectionery to the brick building he contemplates erecting between Jno. Graham’s office and the Guaranteed State Bank.”

“Two new churches, the Methodist and Baptist, are going to be built in the near future.  Neither one is to exceed $10,000 in cost.”

“Marlow people have the oil fever and are looking for each day to bring them the news that their oil investments have made them wealthy.”

“But, as we look into the future, we see other problems that must be solved.  One, which has already presented itself to many people for consideration is the paving of Main Street.  Although  this may seem to some an arduous task, when you have studied the situation its dreadfulness almost disappears.  Such an improvement would add to our town in almost every way.  If you favor the movement PUSH IT.”

“If Marlow continues to improve as it is now being done we expect it, before many years elapse, to become a small city.” 

And so we did, and here we are! 

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October 4, 2018 – Chamber Chatter

 

Last year we had the privilege to celebrate the anniversary of a business which has served Marlow for what is now 126 years -- The Marlow Review.  This business which has been the scribe of our heritage merits recognition and congratulations each October.  This portion of an October 3, 1929 Marlow Review article, written by Dr. R.L. Montgomery, Marlow pioneer and Mayor of Marlow at the time, helps tell the story.    While the entire article is too lengthy to include here, the rest will be shared later.

 

“This edition of The Marlow Review (October 3, 1929) will commemorate its 37th year of service to the people of Marlow and the surrounding communities.   They have been years of growth and development of this country and The Review has kept step to the march of progress.”

 

“In 1892, a little white-headed, sandy-mustached man by the name of Jones blew in upon Marlow in a covered wagon with a little hand press and a small bunch of type, containing the most of the alphabet, and settled down in a little office on Main street and began the publication of a periodical known as the Marlow Magnet.  There were not more than thirty or forty people here, who laughed at Jones’ nerve and optimism and made jokes of his reckless audacity in thinking that he could establish a paper in Marlow.”

 

“That was in the long ago, before civilization or the law had come this far west; when the six shooter arbitrated the differences between gentlemen and was the court of last resort.  It was when the cowboy rode into the pool hall, ordered drinks on horseback and indulged in all such innocent amusements such as shooting out the lights.”

 

“The railroad had not been built and it was sixty miles to the nearest market.  There was not a church in what is now the city limits, nor a school house.  We went to church in the country.  Our roads ran on divides so that we traveled a long ways to get a short distance.  Our broad prairies were covered with a native verdure and in the spring time portrayed a picture once seen, never to be forgotten.  Cattle were grazing upon a thousand hills.  The air was perfumed with the aroma of the wild flowers which were scattered in great profusion.”

 

“There was a little farming on the creeks and the virgin soil responded generously to the toil of the husbandman.”

 

“Our streets, now looking so beautiful with their pavement like a white ribbon, with pretty trees on each side, with our elegant homes, attractive parks, and yards so artistically adorned with vines and flowers, but at that time our streets were only sandy trails meandering in a zig-zag fashion around the jack oaks.  This town was just a thicket.  The shin oaks were so thick and dense that it was with difficulty that they could be penetrated.  To hunt quail it was not necessary to go further than what is now the incorporation of the city.  The people lived in little dug outs and in cracker-box houses.  The houses were so open that during a ‘big norther’ with a good jack oak fire burning on the hearth a fellow’s stomach would almost fry while his back would nearly freeze.”

 

Back to 2018, we’d better include a quick reminder here!  Many local businesses are sending out signals that Christmas is just around the corner!  They will be setting the stage for Christmas 2018 when they host Christmas open houses next month on a Sunday afternoon, November 4,  to offer bargains and a taste of what wonderful gifts you can find right here in your own back yard. Eighty-nine years since that 1929 article, and we’re still going strong!

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Chamber Chatter – September 27, 2018

 

Marlow’s history is fascinating when viewed from the day to day experiences of the early citizens who came here to make their homes in Indian Territory.  One such family was the William T. and Talulah Ward family who came to Marlow, I.T. in January, 1895.   

 

One of their daughters, Mrs. Elsie Ward Howard, lived out her life here.    In her later years,   she shared her memories as a town historian and story teller.    In the 1960's she began writing her reminiscences on paper, and finally completed her manuscript in 1969 when she was 82 years old.  One of Mrs. Howard’s nephews was kind enough to allow us to make a copy of her writings.

 

Now that we’ve reached autumn, the favorite season of many folks, this story from Mrs. Howard might turn our minds to even cooler days to come.   It might also make us thankful we’re dealing with Oklahoma’s fickle winters in 2018 – not 1895.  We’ll revisit a few of her memories of coming to Marlow. 

 

“What was holding back that longed-for spring?  Papa studied the almanac, searching for a long-range weather report, and we all watched for the old-time signs.  We knew that the ground hog came out in February and +

if he saw his shadow that meant six more weeks of winter.  Farmers predicted a weather change when cattle were hard to drive out of the shelter of trees, or when the horses pawed the ground and were restless when brought from the barns.  Everyone was sure we would have rain when the wind blew three straight days from the south.”

 

“Again and again the blue-gray appeared in the north, covering the sky, and we knew that a norther was approaching.  This meant action: fill the wood boxes, feed the animals, be sure every door was fastened, and get inside if possible.  Gradually the gray cloud would spread higher and higher, until it hit, either a sandstorm or a snow storm.”

 

“The snow was also different from that of East Texas; there the wind did not blow so hard and the snow came down in big, soft, fluffy flakes, lighting on the pine and cedar trees, adding white to their green and bending the boughs with the weight of the snow.  It was fun to play and roll in the fluffy white mass in Texas.  But in our Indian Territory home we learned that if the darkening sky brought a snow storm, there was usually sand mixed with the snow.  The mixture blew in drifts around the house and up the wall of the half-dugout until the windows were covered.”

 

“If it was a ‘dry norther,’ bringing only a sandstorm, we had best be inside, because the sand was sharp and cutting as it blew across your face and hit the house, finding all the poorly fit boards and creeping in where least expected.  The sand made housekeeping a difficulty, but Mama was one person who used every device to keep home comfortable and her family happy.  It took a lot of ‘grit and grace,’ and since we had plenty of ‘grit,’ we hoped the good Lord would supply us with the ‘grace.’”

 

“The remaining months of the first winter in our Indian Territory home were not easy from any point of view.  Perhaps our health suffered most; we were not used to weather as cold as this.  The cold, biting wind cut through our clothes and the thin walls of our house.”

 

Mrs. Howard’s memories of 1895 Marlow give us a glimpse into the ordinary, everyday, lives of Marlow’s pioneers.  We’ll continue to pick up on some more of her first-hand account in future articles. 

 

Thank you dear Mrs. Howard for your gift to us.  You left us a treasure.

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