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Montandon Pavilion History


A letter dated January 2, 1980 from Glendora Montandon Hill to a Mrs. Davis contained an inquiriry into the possibility of a memorial in Waurika for the Rev. Charles Clay Montandon and his wife Myrtle who had once pastored the Nazarene church in Waurika and then later returned with plans to live out the rest of their days in this comunity they enjoyed. 

Unfortunately, Charles came down with Bright’s disease and heart trouble and passed away on December 31, 1941.

His wife, Myrtle, continued to raise their children here. 

Charles Clay Montandon was born in McMinnyville, Tennessee. 

Myrtle Taylor was raised in Texas.

According to a paper supposedly drafted by the family found in files at Waurika City Hall, the couple didn’t meet until after Charles had been ordained as a minister in the Congregational Methodist Church.

They were married at her parent’s home at Gouldbusk, Texas.

The couple had 8 children 7 of those survived. Carlos, Nina, Faye, Charles, Glendora, Pat and James. 

Charles Clay & Myrtle Montandon with their son Carlos in 1911.
Source: “Oh the Glory of it All” by Sean Wilsey

Myrtle once made the remark that they had children in school for forty-two years beginning with Carlos, the oldest, and ending with Jim, the youngest. 

Their ministry together consisted of revival meetings in communities where there were no churches. Once a church was established Charles would find a pastor for the congregation then move on to another community. 

Charles was known as a competent contractor and builder. He often built the new church buildings or surpervised their construction. 

According to the letter from the family, the couple were instrumental in establishing more than 31 churches of the Nazarene in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

According to family history, the Montandons pastored the Nazrene church in Waurika for a several years before continuing ministry in Texas.

Charles believed in the church being available to people of all races. This got him into trouble in Texas.

 After allowing African Americans to attend services one week, the KKK burned the church down then set fire to a cross on the lawn of the church parsonage. The church board felt this was too much heat for their small congregation and asked the Montandon’s to leave. 

This event lead the Montandon’s to retire from Ministry and move back to Waurika. Waurika was chosen because they had many friends here and it was by far the best place they had ever lived according to Pat Montandon’s memoir, Oh the Hell of it All. 

More than once in her book, Pat refers to “growing up” in Waurika, Oklahoma.

The family arrived in town just before WWII. Pat Mondandon can remember the time period because someone from Waurika was nice enough to loan the family a Philco radio so they could listen to news about Hitler bombing Poland. 

The death of Charles later on December 31, 1941 had quite an impact on the family. He was only fifty-six.

Myrtle stayed in Waurika to raise the three youngest who were still at home. 

The people here were always good to the Montandons.

After Charles passed away, someone in the community purchased them a small home.

An accidental fire burned the house to the ground. Within two months friends in the community found them a much nicer home in a better part of town and even furnished it. 

Myrtle would eventually pass away in 1979 in California. She had moved there to be near family, including her daughter, Pat, who had become somewhat of a celebrity by then. 

January 1980.

City Manager Stan Patty was given the letter Glendora had written and wrote her back about the possiblity of building the pavillion in their honor.

According the the letter several options had been considered, but the city commissioners decided on remodelling and expanding Harmon Park. Part of the improvements planned for the 22 acre park was to build two pavilions. 

The Montandon Pavilion under construction in 1980.
Source: Waurika News-Democrat August 14, 1980

Members of the city commission at the time were Mayor Terry Kirkland, Vice Mayor Earl Swanson, H.C. (Jack) James, Bill Fechtel and Ceburn Lovett. The city clerk was Billie Helm.

In the letter Patty advised the cost to build one pavilion was only $2000.00. 

In a forthcoming letter Glendora advised they would be happy to have a Pavilion named in her father and mother’s honor and promised a donation to cover the cost. 

Glenda Montandon Hill

The plan was to have a permenent marker attached to the pavilion which would read,

“In Memory and the Honor of Reverand C.C. and Mrs. Myrtle C. Montandon.”

According to a picture in the Waurika News-Democrat (see front page), construction was well underway on August 14, 1980. 

The contractor for the project was Ron Kerley.

The Montandon family left their mark on Waurika in more ways than one. 

Some may recall the fame of their daughter Patricia “Pat” Montandon,

who made a name for herself in San Francisco, California. 

Pat left Waurika when she was around 16 or 17 to pursue a career in modeling. Her brother-in-law Cecil Antrim (married to Faye) took money from his juke boxes and candy machines he had located around Waurika in order to pay for her trip to Dallas so she could work for Neiman-Marcus as a clothes model.

Later she migrated to San Francisco, California.

She worked as a columnist for the Sacramento Examiner and hosted her own televsion show. 

Montandon published several books including How to be a Party Girl,The Intruders, Whispers from God: A Life Beyond Imaginings, and Oh the Hell of it All. Her memoir Oh the Hell of it All was a response to her son, Sean Wilsey’s book Oh the Glory of it All

In it she talks about dating Frank Sinatra for a summer. Though she found him charming she didn’t want to marry him. 

Later she met and married Melvin Belli, the attorney known as the King of Torts, and the famous attorney who defended Jack Ruby. Their marriage, however, was short lived, lasting only a few days. 

Original memorial sign which was mounted on the pavilion and will be re attached once the pavilion has been rebuilt. 
Photo by Catrina Watters

Over the years Pat Montandon left her mark on the world. She fought for the rights of women, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, met with 26 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet President, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India. 

Some would consider her a force of nature.

During here lifetime she overcame many trials and tribulations. 

In 1987 she received the UN Peace Messenger award. 

The Montandons did more than leave their name on a Pavillion in Harmon Park. Through their lives and the lives of their children they left their mark on the world. 

A special thank you to Catrina Watters for obtaining the files in the archives from Waurika City Hall and for the pictures of the pavilion. 

Waurika Library News May 28 2020


Unfortunately, due to safety concerns this year, the Waurika Public Library’s Summer Reading Program has been canceled.  The Summer Reading Program is something we look forward to every year and we hope to see everyone again next year when our theme will be “Tails and Tales”.

‘Project Kid’ by Amanda Kingloff is available as an an ebook from the Waurika Public Library’s virtual library on Overdrive.

Perfect for crafty parents who are eager to get their kids excited about DIY, ProjectKid is everything you could want in a craft book: 100(!) stylish, inventive projects; step-by-step photographs; tips for the novice crafter; easy-to-follow instructions; and a fresh, modern look. What really sets these projects apart are the unexpected, ingenious ways Kingloff uses everyday objects and materials. (Did you ever think a body-wash bottle would make a perfect rocket ship?) And these are projects for things kids want to make—and keep—from a juice-box owl to a pirate ship to a curio cabinet for displaying all of their treasures, plus games, jewelry, and more. Also included in the book are basic crafting lessons (such as pom-pom making and weaving) to help children of all ages build a DIY arsenal, a handy guide to must-have tools and materials, and a source directory.

You can check out Ebooks and audiobooks online through the Overdrive app available from your phone or tablet’s appstore.  Your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks you can check out online. You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.  You’ll need your library patron card number and the free Overdrive app from the app store on your tablet or phone.  Once you open the Overdrive app, find the Waurika Public Library and use your card number to sign in and then search, sample, borrow, enjoy.  If you need your card number, call us at 580-228-3274 and we’ll provide it to you.

It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Overdrive has a built-in ebook reader, and an audiobook player. You can also use your Kindle app or send books to a Kindle device for reading.

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May – National Stroke Awareness Month

What is a stroke?  When blood flow to the brain is blocked, or a blood vessel in the brain ruptures that is known as a stroke. Anyone can have a stroke at any age. 

Risk factors which can be changed, treated, or medically managed include:

• High blood pressure

• Heart disease

• Diabetes

• Tobacco Use

• Birth Control pills

• Lack of exercise

• Obesity

Risk factors that can’t be changed:

• Older age

• Race

• Gender

• History of prior stroke

• Heredity or genetics

If you have one or more of the above factors, take proactive steps and visit your primary care provider to discuss what you can do to lower your risk for stroke.

It is important to know the signs of a stroke and get help quickly.  Stroke symptoms may happen suddenly and each person’s symptoms may vary.  These symptoms may include:

• Weakness of the face, arm, leg, usually on one side of the body

• Trouble speaking or understanding

• Vision problems

• Loss of consciousness

• Severe headaches with no known cause

• Sudden nausea

You need to seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of stroke even if they disappear.  Think “FAST” and do the following:

F: Face drooping. Ask the person to smile – is one side drooping?

A: Arm weakness. Ask the person to raise both arms – does one arm drift down?

S: Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech slurred – do they have trouble saying a sentence?

T: Time to Call 911. If the person exhibits any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately

Waurika Hosts Honor Band Tryouts


Last Wednesday, November 14th Waurika High School hosted the tryouts for SCOBDA Honor Band for schools Class B through 3A.  In Honor Band, students audition using a specific piece of music, and the top students are selected to make up a band.   This band, made up of students from all over south-central Oklahoma, then meets for a 2-day music clinic with a guest director, and perform a concert at the end of the clinic.

This is the third year for WHS to host the SCOBDA Honor Band auditions.  When speaking with Band Director Everett Hodges, he stated he thought this year went great.  “We had 9 students qualify, 4 of which in High School, 3 junior high qualifiers, and 2 seventh grade band members. There were roughly 500 kids in attendance during the auditions, from about 20 different schools,” Hodges mentioned.   He also noted how appreciative he was to WHS and its faculty for making the auditions run smoothly each year. 

Students qualifying from Waurika were:  7th graders Alexia Henry (flute) and Trish Julian (trumpet), 8th grader Hannah Lamons (trumpet); freshmen Kaytlyn Williams (flute) and Mallory Adkins (flute); sophomores Hope Cummings, Regena Bradley, Brooklyn Barnes (all clarinet), and senior Emily Waid (baritone).  

The SCOBDA, or South-Central Oklahoma Band Director’s Association, Honor Band clinic will take place January 11-12 in Marietta, with both jr high and high school concerts taking place on Saturday the 12th.

Terral News and Happenings May 2 2019


Quote of the day- “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha

Terral School – May 1st will be the end of the year field trip for grades 5th- 8th they will be traveling to OKC for the Dodgers Game. May 2nd will be the end of year field trip for 3 years old through 4th grade going to the Nocona Park in Nocona Texas. May 3rd they will not have school. May 6th will be our board meeting at 4:00 p.m. May 7th is our graduation. May 8th is our field day for 5th through 8th grades. May 9th we will not have school- Professional Day. May 10th is our awards ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and the last day of school.

FBC Girls in Action Group – School is almost out and we will be out for the Summer also. Last day for our kids or Christ is May 8th. We are gearing up for our Mother’s Appreciation Breakfast on May 11th. We will be finishing up our study of Super-Heroes soon. End of the Year Pool Party will be announced as soon as scheduled. Special Thanks to everyone who supported us this year. 

Terral Alumni Association – Attention All Students: It is time to apply for Terral Alumni Scholarships. The deadline is May 3, 2019, and the application must be postmarked on or before that date to be considered. The following are eligible to apply: 1)Have graduated or will be graduating from Ryan High School. 2) Are attending or will be attending an accredited institution of higher learning full-time, 12 hours per semester. 3) Reside in the Terral, Oklahoma school district. Terral Alumni does not discriminate in its scholarship program on the basis of race. The committee will be making the final decision for the scholarship in May. The applicant receiving this scholarship must be enrolled and confirmed by the institution’s registrar before the check is mailed directly to the institution in the Fall and in the Spring. If you have not received a scholarship application in the mail and are interested in applying, please contact Karen Gunter, 580-437-2347, Thanks- Johnny Reynolds, President. 

Happy Birthday To You – Wylie Vanover celebrated his “50” on April 24th.

Community Prayer List – Jan Campsey, Gary Bussey, A.R and Martha Jane Goates, Wayne Loo Duke, Esther Grimes, Virginia Tanner, Darlene Hall, T.K. Delaney, Manuel Villarreal, Shawna Reed, Hardy Johnson, and our military stationed around the world. Our Prayer is for God to keep you in his loving care.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center gears up for its busiest day of the year


DUNCAN, Okla. – It’s the ninth year for the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center to offer its free National Day of the Cowboy celebration, Saturday, July 27. With funding from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the museum is able to provide live music and a children’s art project during this event. This day is also the busiest day of the year for the Heritage Center.

Designed as a fun celebration and a way to give back to the community, there’s no admission charge into the museum on the National Day of the Cowboy. Guests can choose to attend morning, mid-day or afternoon and they will be able to enjoy everything planned. All the fun is indoors. The entire day of activities, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is for families and individual fun – no matter the age.

All the fun is indoors. Music, exhibits, a few surprises and interesting individuals – an author, bison ranchers, a basket weaver– will be available for guests to meet.

This year, a nationally-touring exhibit, Bison: Ancient. Massive. Wild., is available to see and the art project will be bison related. It will be the final weekend to see the bison exhibit. It is the largest exhibit the Heritage Center has hosted and is a visual, educational and historical display.

Visitors to the Heritage Center for its biggest event of the year always remark how much they enjoy meeting the special guests booked. This year’s out-of-town guests include Oklahoma author, Kristi Eaton of Tulsa, who wrote “The Main Streets of Oklahoma: Okie Stories from Every County”; Pauline Asbury owner of Habasketry, of Oklahoma City, who will demonstrate basket weaving; and bison ranchers James and Sandy Stepp from Wichita Buffalo Co. at Sandy Springs Farm in Hinton. The Stepps will feature their products, share stories about bison herd management and have a surprise for the children. Also, visitors get a chance to see “A Texas State of Mind” that has original paintings from Nocona, Texas artist, Larry G. Lemons. 

Live music entertainment will be the Cowboys at Heart band, with Allen Wooten, Missy Frye and Gaylon Blankenship, from the Comanche Opry in Comanche. They have been entertaining the guests to the Heritage Center for years on Duncan’s original National Day of the Cowboy celebration. 

“I am a cowboy at heart and from this area. The Heritage Center is history of this area,” Wooten said. His band formed about six years ago and the Heritage Center is one of their favorite venues to perform. Plenty of chairs are staged so visitors can sit and enjoy the music or dance if they choose. Wooten and his band also perform during jam sessions at his Cowboy Opry venue on Thursday nights. 

Frye, one of the band members, began playing guitar in 2005 and has been singing for most of her life. 

“Allen and I have jammed together since 2005, but probably playing consistently (as a band) for audiences the past six or so years. The Heritage Center is special because of all the history it portrays from our ancestors,” Frye said. “My grandparents came across the plains in a covered wagon so seeing life size images of all they saw as children is interesting to me. Not to mention all the kind people who have invited us to play each year. It is so much fun and a highlight for the band.”

Blankenship’s name may be familiar to fans of Summer Breeze, who he played with for years, also having opened for many country bands. “I quit playing music in 1986, then started back in 2006. I love playing with Missy Frye and Allen Wooten. We have so much fun playing together.”

Over the years, they have performed at ranches, rodeos, firefighters’ banquets, Fourth of July celebrations and cowboy church events. They play traditional cowboy songs, with some gospel and old country tunes mixed into their sets, which vary from venue to venue. 

And while the more mature visitors enjoy the music, children can play in the Interactive Area, the Duncan General Store and create an art project to take home. Each year, the art project is different. 

Visitors can experience the 4D theater, Campfire Theater, and tour the Garis Gallery of the West on this day of free admission. Tours will not be provided on this day and guests or large groups wanting to learn more about the history of the museum and the Chisholm Trail are encouraged to pick another day to visit.


Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s National Day of the Cowboy background information. 

In 2016, the Heritage Center was awarded the “Cowboy Keeper Award” by the National Day of the Cowboy non-profit organization. The award is given to those who make substantial contributions to the preservation of pioneer heritage and cowboy culture, while also inspiring others to do the same. Since 2010, the Heritage Center has been celebrating National Day of the Cowboy with a free admission day. In 2013, Oklahoma state legislators approved a resolution to officially recognize NDOC. 

Please visit our website: www.onthechisholmtrail.com and our Facebook page to learn more about all of these activities and other events.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Located at 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway in Duncan. Call 580-252-6692 for information. It is an official “Best Heritage Attraction,” an Oklahoma Outstanding Attraction, a National Day of the Cowboy ‘Cowboy Keeper” and a Top Ten Western Museum – True West Magazine. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association is a 501c3 non-profit.

Waurika Library News


The Waurika Public Library is now offering curbside service to checkout books between 9am and noon, M-F.  You can visit waurika.booksys.net/opac/waurikapl/index.html to browse our catalog.  Then message Darren Biby on Facebook or call 580-228-3274 so that we can get them ready and bring them out to your car when you get to the library.

‘Look Alive Twenty-Five’ by Janet Evanovich is available as an audiobook or an Ebook from the Waurika Public Library’s virtual library on Overdrive.

Stephanie Plum faces the toughest puzzle of her career in the twenty-fifth entry in Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling series.  There’s nothing like a good deli and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World famous for its pastrami, cole slaw and for its disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished from the face of the earth, the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced that it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

You can check out Ebooks and audiobooks online through the Overdrive app available from your phone or tablet’s appstore.  Your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks you can check out online. You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.  You’ll need your library patron card number and the free Overdrive app from the app store on your tablet or phone.  If you do not know your card number you can message Darren Biby on Facebook or email WaurikaPublicLibrary@gmail.com to get it.

Once you open the Overdrive app, find the Waurika Public Library and use your card number to sign in and then search, sample, borrow, enjoy.

It takes just a few taps to find and borrow a book. Overdrive has a built-in ebook reader, and an audiobook player. You can also use your Kindle app or send books to a Kindle device for reading.

You can download books and audio books for offline reading, or stream them to save space. Sample any book with a tap — nothing to download or delete. Try a zoomable graphic novel, or a picture book with read-along audio.  Your loans, holds, reading positions, bookmarks and notes are synchronized automatically across all your devices.  Your ebooks will be automatically checked back in at the end of your check out period.  Ebooks placed on hold will be automatically checked out to you when they become available.

The Waurika Public Library will reopen as soon as possible.  Thank you for your understanding.

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Terral to Celebrate All School Reunion


The biennial Terral All School Reunion will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2018, on the grounds of the Terral Community Center.  Registration will begin at 10:00 AM with lunch being served at 12:00 noon.  Note:  Class pictures will be taken at 11:00 AM again this year.  Be sure to tell everyone you see who is associated in any way with Terral School or Union Valley to come early and join us that day. 

Lunch will be catered again this year and you will need a reservation.  Reservations MUST be received no later than September 21, along with a check for $12.00 per meal.

Due to very generous donations the Terral Alumni Association was proud to award four $1,500 scholarships and one $529 scholarship in 2017, and four $2,500 scholarships in 2018.  The scholarships go to deserving persons who reside in the Terral school district, to assist them in continuing their education.  Selling brass nametags for the memorial plaques also assists in funding the scholarships.  The brass nametags are available for $20 and the plaques are permanently displayed in the Terral Community Center.

Please remember there is no membership fee charged to anyone.  The All School Reunion is funded every two years solely on the donations of people who love Terral School and want to enjoy the fellowship of visiting and remembering old times.

If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund or assist with reunion expenses, you can include that on the registration form, even if you are unable to attend. 

We plan to tour Terral School again this year.  Raffle information is enclosed.      

We hope to see you on October 6th.

A Registration Form can be found in this week’s paper!

If you have questions or need additional information call or email:

Ronnie Ewing @ 940-928-2278 or ronnie.ewing@sbcglobal.net   

Karen Gunter @ 580-437-2347 or karengunter.1950@gmail.com 

McGahey describes JCDA role to Ringling Trustees


Editor’s Note: This article appeared in the Ringling Eagle on October 25, 2018. A special thanks to Melissa Grace, editor of the Ringling Eagle, for allowing us to publish it here.

Trustees listened to Brian McGahey describe the role of the Jefferson County Development Authority, which was charted in May 2018, during the town board meeting on Monday, October 15.

McGahey said, “The goal of this development authority is to work together with all the communities in Jefferson County to make sure Jefferson county will rise and thrive. We want to stimulate the economic development of our county.”

“We want to see what each city has and bring it under the umbrella of the county,” McGahey said. “We want ot raise the tax base, attract more employees, and raise school attendance by having people move in.”

“We need a list of available buildings in each community that could be available for business,” McGahey said. “We’re gathering info up for a brochure on what Jefferson County has to offer. We need to know about each town’s infrastructure – water pressure, internet, etc. It’s a big thing to understand the infrastructure we have.”

“We’re willing to get involved with the city if you want us to help. I want my kids to have the opportunity to come back,” McGahey said.

McGahey is one of seven board members. Other board members of the public trust that reports to the Jefferson county commissioners included Lauren Nitschke, Brent Wade, Gary Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Carter Waid, and Dylan Sheffield.

“Jefferson County’s previous economic development board (JCEDA) had some IRS issues with a tax lien – which have been resolved. That entity has been shut down and this entity is a new entity with a complete new board,” McGahey said. “We are a volunteer board that meets the first Monday of each month at 2:00 pm. at the courthouse. We are looking at taking turns meeting in each of the Jefferson County towns.”

McGahey noted former Ardmore Development Authority director Wes Stuckey had spent a couple of hours with the new Jefferson County Development Board at a board meeting in early October.

Cameron University to present Disability Awareness Fair


Cameron University will present the 11th Annual Disability Awareness Fair on Thursday, October 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom, located in the McMahon Centennial Complex on the Cameron campus. The event is open to the public at no charge. The Disability Awareness fair will inform participants about services and resources available on campus and in the community for persons with disabilities.


The Disability Awareness fair will feature interactive stations where participants can learn more about disabilities such as visual impairments or learning disabilities in reading comprehension. In addition, various community organizations that provide services and support to those with disabilities will be present to share information and answer questions.  Cameron’s annual disability awareness event is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to gain an understanding of what it means to live with a disability.


For more information, contact the Office of Student Development at 580-581-2209 or via email at student_development@cameron.edu.