First of all I want to extend our sympathy to the families of John D. Cooper Sr. and Amsden Mothes who lost these two loved ones recently. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
We held our annual wine tasting party this past June 6, 2014 and although the attendance was not up to what we have been used to it still was a good event. There were three other events being held this same night so we had fewer people in attendance.
As you will see further on in this newsletter, James Hopkins and Jerry Jansma have replaced the large cement balls that have been missing for so long on each of the pillars in the fence around the White House grounds. James recently had a company make them and now they look great at the site. Thanks fellers.
James and Jerry also salvaged one of the ornate vents that once was on the dairy barn roof. The diary barn collapsed a couple of years ago due to deterioration mainly from floods through the past years. The vent is now on display at the ranch site.
I was recently contacted by Jerry Rainwater, the brother of G.W. Rainwater who lives in California who was wanting to donate his Colt Single Action that once was part of the 101 Ranch, to our museum. I was very happy to make the trip to Sand Springs, OK to receive the gun and it will soon be on display at our museum.
And last but not least, please remember our annual reunion is coming soon and we hope to see as many of our members as we can. The reunion will be held on August 9, 2014 at the Moose Lodge here in Ponca City. Please make plans to come if you can.
An Old Friend is Gone
On May 16, 2014 John D. Cooper Sr. died just three days short of his 92nd birthday. John was considered the historian of the 101 Ranch. John was a director of the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association for many years until his health limited his ability to make the trip from Stroud to attend the meetings.
John continued to supply information for the Old Timers newsletters and saw to it that we had stories and history available for the future newsletters.
Born on May 19, 1922, John grew up during the depression and the dust bowl days, and knew many lean times. John took a keen interest in the 101 Ranch from visits there as a young boy. He gathered everything he could about the 101 Ranch throughout his long life.
Another Friend is Gone
On June 1, 2014 Amsden "Mo" Mothes died at the age of 69. Mo's wife, Janice, is a long time director of our 101 Ranch Old Timers Association and has contributed so much to our organization and has helped with our many functions.
Mo who turned his passion of old cars into a successful business. He owned Newkirk Body and Paint for 47 years and restored many classic autos.
Mo was an avid outdoors man and loved to hunt, fish and enjoyed all the things of nature and some called him a mountain man.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Janice and all the family for the loss of Mo.