Tanti Study Club

ADA — The history department of Tanti Study Club met April 3, 2006, with Verna Rice presiding. Rice opened the meeting and Betty Mitchell led the reading of the collect. A thank-you card from Barbara Garrett was read. Mary Ann Briggs will do the yearbook. Rice also reminded members of the breakfast April 29 at J.D.’s Café.

Dorothy Escamilla gave the lesson on “The Worst Hard Time” by Thomas Egan. It tells of the depression and the devastating Dust Bowl and the people who lived through it.

The promise of the great plow-up from 1901-1930 turned to betrayal from 1931-1933. Dust storms came blowing dirt as high as the windowsills.

Egan interviewed an 86-year-old man who grew up in a dugout. Each spring his mother would boil water to pour over the walls to kill the bugs. They used cow chips for fuel. His father had gotten 320 acres of land to homestead. Wind provided power for the windmill to bring water up out of the ground.

The rains stopped and dust clouds boiled up to 10,000 feet. Cattle went blind and suffocated. Many children died from pneumonia. Women wet sheets to put over doors and windows in an effort to keep the dust out of the house. The wheat fields which were planted were runied by hail. Anyone who lived in no-man’s land knew it would be a hard life. Farmers begged for one last chance, but banks foreclosed. Oil dropped from $1.30 a barrel to 10 cents a barrel.

President Hoover said the economy of the country was not fatally ill but in 1931 banks failed and in the following year many more failed.

Life without water did strange things to the land. It brought out the bugs and grasshoppers which stripped the land of anything green.

When F.D. Roosevelt was elected President, he took immediate action by creating the CCC and other programs.

The farmers used “Red skies at night, sheep herders delight; red skies in the morning, herders take warning” to predict the weather. Farmers were paid $15 a head for skinny cows to help them get by. One family killed a hog and said they ate everything but the squeal. Some ministers told their congregation that they must have done something wicked to have this hard time. Some people abandoned their children because they were unable to feed them.

President Roosevelt was talking to the senators when soil from Oklahoma fell on them in Washington, April 19, 1935. The Soil Conservation Act was created after that. Nearly a million people left their farms during that time. Ernie Pyle called the land the saddest land he had ever seen.

The cattle and wheat boon was the cause of the soil blowing away. Two hundred million trees were planted in an effort to hold the soil.

They said if the blowing dust was black, it came from Kansas, and if it was red, it came from Oklahoma.

Rice served dessert to Adele Davenport, Charlotte Oxford, Dorothy Escamilla, Betty Mitchell, Marlena Lee, Mary Ann Briggs and Peggy Bagley.

Happy Elders

ADA — The Happy Elders of Asbury United Methodist Church met Tuesday, April 11, at the Family Center for a covered dish luncheon.

Joe Jared gave the prayer.

The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Ethel Jones and Merle Ballard.

Those attending were Glenna Hunt, Marjorie Sneed, Jack Kemper, Jeanne Kemper, Nancy Phillips, Lattie Jones, Ethel Jones, Margaret Dean, Mary Murray, Burl Webb, Dru Webb, J.E. Quinton, Barbara Quinton, Orval Ballard, Lorene Ballard, Joe Jared, Joyce Jared, Eddy Ballard, Merle Ballard, Paul Landrith, Charlotte Landrith and Liz Chandler.

Latta HCE

ADA — The Latta Home and Community Education Group met at J.D.’s Cafeteria March 14 for its monthly meeting which was called to order by Kathryn Floyd, president. Sylvia Brantley gave the blessing and devotional. The devotional topic was how everyday product by-lines, such as “Duz does everything” are similar to spirituality.

Floyd led the pledge to the flag and the OHCE creed.

Brantley read the minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report. Both were approved. Roll call was answered with “What is your favorite restaurant and what is your favorite food there?”

Floyd and Sara Pritchett plan to attend the Southeast District meeting at Coalgate March 16.

Floyd will assist at the Pontotoc County Quilt Show April 28-29 at the Agri-Plex.

Jan Manuel presented the lesson on similar recipes of famous restaurants. She prepared and served artichoke and spinach dip which is similar to Olive Garden’s dip.

The next meeting will be April 4 at J.D.’s.

Those attending were Sara Pritchett, Sylvia Brantley, Jan Manuel and Kathryn Floyd.

Naomi Class

ADA — Ruby Lee Smith and her group were hostess for the Naomi Sunday School Class meeting at the Baptist Village this week. There were 20 present.  

Christine Folger, presided. Reports were given on the following members: Wanda Mauch, Melba Cottingham and Viola Dew. Lois Gilley opened with a prayer for all that were ill and a special prayer was given for a small boy in need.

Mary Helen Newton, secretary, gave her report and read the minutes of the last meeting.  Essie Wilburn, treasurer, gave her report.

A devotion was given by Gilley on Easter and the Passover season.  She brought a few things from Israel and explained how different people celebrate Easter. Bible verses were read by Carl Gilley pertaining to Easter and Passover.

Smith read a very timely article titled "Signs of an Aging Spring Chicken.”

Mary Sue Roberts entertained the group with some of her humorous stories.

The prize was won by Nell Sliger.  It was an Easter bunny.

Those attending were Lois and Carl Gilley, Mary Kay and Holt Sodeman, Nell Sliger, Essie Wilburn, Marie Spears, Fay Ford,  Mary Sue Roberts, Sammy O'Neal, Helen Middleton, Bernice Shiplet, Norman Roberts, Pauline Roan, Ruby Lee Smith, Willie Mae Williams, Christine Folger, Cleo Leach, Freda Yancy and Mary Helen Newton.


Preceptor Delta

ADA — The March 14, 2006, Preceptor Delta Phi meeting was held in the home of Bobbye Darbison, hostess.

Those attending were Bobbye Darbison, Nina Davis, Marlene Green, Lucille Collins, Juanita Sutton, Carol Winton, Juanita True, Sally Spence, Jean Erickson and Annette Rhoads.

The meeting was opened with members standing and repeating the opening ritual. The minutes were read by Marlene Green, secretary, and approved. Carol Winton gave the treasurer’s report.

Nina Davis reported on Ways and Means. She is contacting former members about reinstatement.

“Girl of the Year” was nominated and will be revealed at Founders Day, April 24. The club voted to limit gifts to twice a year with a limit of $25 each.

Erickson reported on culture as she attended three dramas at East Central University.

The Preceptor Degree ritual was presented to Sutton and the Laurette Degree to Winton.

The social will be held March 18, 2006, at 6 p.m. in the home of Bobbye Darbison.

The meeting adjourned with members repeating the closing ritual.

Music Club

ADA — The Wednesday Morning Music Club met April 5 at the Ada Arts and Heritage Center. Hostesses for brunch were Daina Baker, Connie Hall and Betty Stout. Dr. Mark Hollingsworth, professor of music at East Central University, thanked the club for its support and introduced the two winners of Muriel Davis Scholarships. Michelle Williams is a versatile mezzo soprano from Eufaula who can sing pop tunes and classical music with equal ease. As a Byng high school student, James Monroe was selected to play trumpet in the Oklahoma All-State Band. Rudy Lupinski at the piano accompanied their recital.

Williams performed the following arias: "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, "Mon coeur s'ouvre a la voix" from Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saens, "Lass from the Low Countree" and "Go 'Way from My Window" by John Jacob Niles, "Se tu m' ami, se sospiri" by Giovanni Pergolesi, "Gia il sole dal Gange" by Scarlatti, "The Haughty Snail King" by Jake Heggie, and "Can't Help Lovin' dat Man" from “Porgy and Bess” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Monroe performed the following selections: "Fantasie Brillante" by J.B. Arban, “Allegro,” “Andante,” and “Allegro” from “Concerto for Cornet in B flat” by Joseph Haydn, and “The Carnival of Venice” by J.B. Arban.

As a final number, vocalist Williams, with Monroe on trumpet and Lupinski on piano, collaborated in a rousing rendition of “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. Following the recital, President Norma Millsap congratulated the musicians for an outstanding performance and presented them with checks from the club.

During a brief business meeting, Millsap announced that the Davis Elementary School Honor Choir, directed by Denise White, will perform “Annie” at the Oklahoma City Arts Festival. The Chimaleers, a handbell choir from White Bead School, will perform at McAlester on Palm Sunday at the Masonic Temple. The Faust/Davison piano scholarship will be presented following a Master Class at East Central University. Jane Muntz, chairperson of the nominating committee gave a brief history of the activities of the club and announced that a slate of officers for 2006-2007 has not yet been finalized. Zenobia Pettett will host the May meeting at her home west of Stonewall.

Members and guests who attended the recital and meeting were Jane Johnston, Wanda Bankston, Melinda Newsome, James Monroe, Martha Rhynes, Michelle Williams, Mary Keywood Deese, Daina Sue Baker, Diana Wagner, Jean Beerman, Sue Asklund, Monica Stittsworth, Jane Muntz, Charlotte Oxford, Lillian Kroeker, Norma Millsap, Merry Monroe, Leonard Monroe, Mary Cunningham, Mary Jo Roberts Schoepflin, Loretta Yin, Vedo Mayhall, Norma Rhodes, Dorothy Escamilla, Rita Troska, Zenobia Pettett, Margaret Garber, Philip Bylet, Mark Hollingsworth, Mary Criswell Coyne, Melody Baggech, Connie Hall and Ann Dicus.