'I wanted to be a cowboy'
It may have taken 60 years, but one Elk City man has realized his dream.
Donnie Morey said he asked his mom when he was about seven years old, “Why couldn’t I have been born 100 years ago?”
Why? Morey dreamed of being a cowboy; he wanted to work on a ranch.
Morey grew up on the family farm west of Elk City. He loved horses and started riding alone by the time he turned six years old.
“I always wanted to be a cowboy,” Morey said.
Morey said when he was in high school at Merritt, he and his best pal Wayne Wilson had a plan. Once the pair finished high school, they were going to pack up their belongings on their horses and ride to Texas and hire on at the first ranch that would have them.
Such were their dreams. But, Morey said, Wilson married. Then, facing the draft, Morey enlisted in the United States Army and, in 1966, was shipped off to Alaska for a two-year hitch.
After he discharged from the army, Morey returned to Alaska where he worked for a private Christian School. He stayed there until 1978.
“God changed my life in 1969,” Morey said.
While working at the school in Alaska, Morey spent his spare time riding bareback broncs.
“I paid money to get bucked off horses,” he said ...
Christmas basket fundraiser continuing
Elk City Ministerial Alliance Christmas Basket fundraiser is in full swing and donations are being accepted for this season’s supply of baskets. As in years past, moneys will be accepted at The Elk City Daily News.
Committee Chair Rev. Brent Gifford said the committee needs to collect between $15,000 and $20,000 to cover all the baskets to be delivered on Dec. 21.
So far this season, only $2,125 has been received.
Donations can be made at The Daily News office or mailed to Christmas Basket Fund, c/o The Elk City Daily News, 206 W. Broadway, Elk City, OK 73644.
“We did 350+ baskets last year, not including the walk-in requests,” Gifford said. “We will buy food this year for 400.”
Gifford said the Christmas Basket fundraiser is not a church outreach but an annual example of the community pulling together to help others.
“The people involved donate their time and effort to help the community,” he said.
The basket fund began during the late 1920s when the late Paul R. Wade, saw a need in the community.
Year after year, the need has grown Gifford said.
The funds come from the generosity of residents who bring donations to the Daily News. No direct solicitations are made.
A telephone committee made up of volunteers for local churches will take calls Dec. 9 to Dec. 13. Volunteers at the phones will be members from area churches
To turn in names of families or apply for a basket, call 225-0373 during that week only. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Following the receipt of the names, the recipient committee will meet and data processing will be completed.
Committees and leaders are food purchasing, Kandi Burge, treasurer; Norma Warnke; gathering boxes, Maxine Jackson; phone-a-thon and data processing, Joyce Twyman; donations, Elizabeth Wade Perkinson; recipient review, Maxine Jackson, Kathy Bell and Rev. Brent ......
Hot rod hobby store hits home
It all started with a remote-controlled car.
“He bought himself a car, and his coworkers liked it, so they got cars too,” Linda Barnard said of her husband David. “He would order parts, and his friends would ask him to order parts for them too, and he wound up putting it all in a trailer so he’d have those parts on hand.”
In September, the Barnards opened T&R Hobbies at 103 Meadow Ridge Drive in Elk City.
“It was probably more to supply our habit than anything,” David Barnard said, laughing. “I knew if we didn’t try, we’d kick ourselves for not doing it.”
The shop is equal parts dealer and service station. One end of the building houses kits for battery and gasoline remote-controlled cars, helicopters and planes. Customization parts – paintable bodies, upgrades for the kits – are there too. A workbench sits on the other end for repairs and tinkering.
“The whole part of having a car is working on it,” David said.
At the store, David Barnard repairs the cars, and he’ll help customers learn how to fix their own cars up as well.
“After you do it one or two times, it’s pretty cut and dry,” David said. “It’s very user friendly.”
While they try to keep replacement parts in stock, given the number of parts it’s hard to keep everything in the store. But if a customer needs a part that they don’t have, they can order it.
It’s those customers who have made the store successful since it opened its doors. If David’s not around, customers have been known to help each other with repairs – or even help make a sale or two.
“The customers are so excited, they’ve helped answer other customers’ questions and even help us try to make sales,” Linda said, laughing.
Before T&R Hobbies opened ...
Mustang chances still available
There are only about 75 chances remaining for the 2014 Ford Mustang set to be given away the second weekend in December by the Elk City Rotary Club at Christmas in the Park.
For a $100 contribution to the Elk City Rotary Club, anyone over 21-years-old has a chance to win the 2014 Mustang in the give away.
The donation supports Rotary Park, Meals on Wheels, the Education Foundation and local scholarship programs. The total number of chances for the Mustang is limited to 150.
To make a contribution and receive a chance to win the car, visit Barber-Dyson Ford, Rocky Andreson at Western Oklahoma Insurance, Shonda Currell at Currell’s Do-It Center or Basil Weatherly at the Route 66 Museum. Tickets can also be purchased by contacting any Rotary Club member.