Oklahoma celebrates its centennial year in 2007

By mid-1929, Oklahoma and thereby Cimarron County were 22 years old, and the county's residents felt secure in their future. But, the great depression was mere months away, and the dustbowl was on the horizon. But already, heartache had found some residents, as told in Alma Cryer's “Wheeless-Mexhoma.


“Ola Mae Adams, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. V. Adams, waslaid to rest in the Wheeless Cemetery.”

There were no details given as to her birth or death. She was a small child. As you enter the cemetery from the south gates, on the east side of the drive there is a tombstone base. This is where the child is buried. The family had a stone put there and then were unable to pay for it, so the company came and took the top part away. The base is all that marks the little grave.- Alma Cryer

“Wagner-Petro. Last Sunday, Feb. 17th, Mr. Earl Wagner and Miss Mapel Petro slipped away to Liberal, Kans,, and were united in marriage in that city.

“Both contracting parties were well known in Boise City. Mr. Wagner is a local dairyman and Miss Petro is at present conducting a beauty parlor in our city. They will make their home in Boise City.”

Ms Petro practiced her skills as a beautician well into the 1950s in a small shop southeast of Coly's Grocery- Ed.

“Public Sale. 11/2 miles south of Wheeless Store; 22 miles west and 11/2 south of Boise City on Thursday, March 14, at. 10:00 a.m. James Marinda, owner. Ponder and King, Auctioneers; Citizens Home Bank, Clerk.”

“Wanted: A section and a half of sod to break out at $2.00 per acre, $1.00 due when sod is broken and the balance to be paid out of rent. Pay rent same as old ground, 1/4 marketed same as we market our own or 1/3 harvested. We have ample tractor power and equipment. Would like refusal of the ground for 3 to 5 years. Lawrence Peck, at Buick Garage, Boise City; W. M. Anthony and J. W. Waldrop, Wheeless. Reference: Any bank or business man with whom we are acquainted.”

This next item has nothing to do with Wheeless or Mexhoma, and I hope it had nothing to do with a human. Surely it was a gag.- Alma Cryer

“Live white baby is secured for prize at Guymon motor show. After traveling over the entirety of Texas County , Okla. , the management of the Guymon Motor and Tractor Show have at last found the live white baby which is to be given away at their show on Saturday, March 30th, the last day of the big 2-day show. Realizing that there should be some baby that needed a home, and knowing that there are homes where this little one would be more than welcome is the way of this gift. At last after a great search a family was found who thought they could spare one of theirs and would be glad to know that the little one would be getting a good future home. This little one comes of good parentage, and is one that anyone may well be proud. There are no strings attached to the drawing, the only request is that you be there. Other useful and ornamental prizes will be given away that night.”

Gag or not, the 1920s and 30s saw “orphan trains” originate in cities in the east, Chicago , New York , etc. Children who were either real orphans or those who merely roamed the streets, were loaded into train cars and shipped west. Individuals and couples wanting children as laborers on the farm or as real family members, had the ability to pick and choose.-Ed.

Then as now, someone is always unhappy with the price of content of the local newspaper.

The Wheeless community had a subscriber who was unhappy with the cost of reading the news.

“A News subscriber at Wheeless writes that he had been taking county papers since 1889 [he couldn't have. The first paper was established in 1898], he started out paying a dollar a year for them and indicated that if he couldn't get The Cimarron News for one dollar per year we would have to worry along without his name on the list. This is the first real kick The News has had for a long time.”

The subscription price in 1929 was $2.50 per year. Wonder what he would have to say about the subscription price today?

Then there was the lady who was quite content to pay the $2.50. “1 am enclosing $2.50 subscription for The News. My subscription expired February 6 last, and I am sorry to have been so negligent about renewing. You should have put that notice in the paper sooner. No indeed, I do not wish to be taken off the subscription list, and I thank you for continuing to send the paper.

“My sister and 1 each have 160 acres of land three miles east of Wheeless, and are having the entire 320 acres put in wheat.

“We think your paper is very well edited indeed, and we have found you conservative enough in your statements to be reliable. So if we see it in The News, we believe it is true. Yours very truly, Evangeline Sinnott, Oswego , Kans. ”