Newspaper article from "Wave"
Donated by Sheryl Unrath


1912 Leslie:  The older man is Ossie Layton.  He worked for dad on the farm for  50 cents per day and dinner.  This is an original picture.  See the nails and shoes on the oxen.  They worked hauling timber to the mills- ties and bolts.  The ties were for railroad beds, the bolts to sew into staves to make barrels.

Editor Tudor: 
Some time ago you published an unusual picture in the "Wave".  You asked for more.  I have one.  If anyone wants to know more, ask Bert Boyd.  He lives in Leslie, and he knew the owner of this team. 

Mr. Ben Winchell of Rocky Hill- I know the older man, Mr. Ossie Layton.  He lived on the road east of Leslie Cemetery.  He raised a large family of boys and girls.  I was in school with them.  Mr. Layton worked for my father on the farm some.  You notice the small wooden yoke on the steer.  Most men, when working one steer, would use a horse collar upside down.  You can also see the nails in the steer's hooves to hold on the shoe.  Steers had to be shod with two steel plates as the hoof was divided.  There was a blacksmith shop in Dinktown.  This smithie would shoe steers.  He had a squeeze-shut to hold them while the worked on them.  I have a set of steer shoes worn by Leslie steers.

Bert Boyd said Ben came to Leslie once or twice a month with ties for the railroad or stave bolts for the mill.

Glyn "Holly" Hollabaugh
Broken Arrow, OK  74012

                         Comment:  This article was very confusing- I typed it pretty much as it
                              originally appeared.

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