I thought I would type a few words to let you, our Old Timer members, know what has been going on since the last newsletter. The bad weather we had earlier slowed down most of the outdoor work but quite a bit was still accomplished at the museum and Marland's Grand Home.
The past couple of months saw a number of leaks pop up in the basement steam pipes which caused a lot of concern for some of us. No damage was done but the possibility of extensive damage was there. The city is looking into changing the old boiler to a different type of heat which will solve this problem. I will keep you posted.
No one has filled the vacated position at Marland's Grand Home since Barbara Vail left and se we are unable to make any changes in the museum due to the fact there is no one who can enter the information in the computer. We are hoping this will be remedied soon so we can get back to the improvements we want to do to the exhibits.
The past couple of months saw the loss of long time Old Timer member John D. Cooper Sr.'s son, John Cooper Jr., who was killed in an automobile accident. Jerry Murphey, founder of the 101 Ranch Collectors Association and member of the Old Timers died recently after a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their loved ones.
We are working on the upcoming Wine Tasting and Charity Wine Auction, which will be held on June 6, 2014 at Marland's Grand Home. We will have a good number of vendors tables with various wines and beers for you to sample. Also we will have a silent auction with various western related items to bid on and lastly an auction which always stirs the crowd up. There will be numerous bottles of wine to auction off along with other items for you to bid on. Admission donations are $30.00 per person at the door or $25.00 per person in advance. Donations to be mailed to Joe Glaser, 1609 Donald Ave. Ponca City, OK 74604. We are hoping for a good turnout and a lot of fun. I hope to see you there.
This year the 101 Rodeo foundation, which for many years has held their rodeo and parade on the same week in August as our annual reunion, has decided to move their event to June 12, 13 and 14, with the parade on the 14th. At our last directors meeting it was decided to continue having our annual reunion in August and this year it will be held on August 9, 2014. Plans are already being made to make this years reunion another day of fun, food and friendly conversation. Please plan on attending.
Jerry Murphey, Long Time member Dies
Jerry Murphey died Friday, March 28, 2014. He was born December 26, 1932 to Arthur and Claudie Qualls Murphey at Ada. He graduated from Allen High School, he was an Eagle Scout and served as a Sargent in the 45th Infantry of the Oklahoma National Guard. Jerry graduated from Eastern Oklahoma A&M. He worked in the oil fields and after moving to Corpus Christi he was employed with Suntide Refinery. He worked in safety, maintenance and operations and later in petro chemicals. He supervised the start-up of Parazline units in the United States and Puerto Rico and later became a consultant. As a sideline, he owned and operated Westside Refrigeration. He retired from Suntide in 1992 after 38 years of service. He was a Mason, an active member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and a historical partner of the Gilcrease Museum. Jerry was raised in the Allen Church of Christ and was a long time member of the Arlington Hights Church of Christ in Corpus Christi.
Jerry and Thurma Jean Triplett were married December 26, 1952. After her death he married Ruth Penick in October 1968.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Roscher Penick Murphey; a son Jerry Murphey and wife Sandy of El Campo, Texas; Daughters Sheryl Bremer and husband Dan of New Fraunfels, Texas; Kimberly Hull of Rowlett; Karen Hall and husband Jim of Campbell; step-sons Wayne Penick and wife DOnna of League City, Texas; & Fred Penick of Houston, Texas.
John D. Cooper Sr. Looses his Son
in Pickup Accident
Our sympathy and prayers go out to long time director and member of the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association, John D. Cooper Sr. who lost his son recently in an autobomile accident.
John D. Cooper Junior died at the scene of the accident when the 1998 Ford Ranger pickup he was driving left the roadway and landed on its top. He was 71 years old.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to John D. Cooper Sr. for his tragic loss.