Greetings! How great it is to wake up, hearing the birds tweeting and twirping, in the tall trees in our beautiful city of Shawnee, Oklahoma, right smack-dab in the middle of the heart of America! And, since this is in the cattle, wheat and corn area, we are part of the food center of the good ole USA, that puts food in the grocery stores and on our tables. Gee, how blessed, we, are!
Greetings! How great it is to wake up, hearing the birds tweeting and twirping, in the tall trees in our beautiful city of Shawnee, Oklahoma, right smack-dab in the middle of the heart of America! And, since this is in the cattle, wheat and corn area, we are part of the food center of the good ole USA, that puts food in the grocery stores and on our tables. Gee, how blessed, we, are! Well, come walk with me down a lane of memories. I was looking through one of my albums that is full of past news columns that I had written back in 2007-08. My thoughts and memories were soon captured, with renewal of news articles that I had written relating all the facts of when I was a part of a group, known as the Red River Bridge Brigade. It was comprised of people living in the northern section of Texas, along Red River and a large group of southern Oklahomans in Carter, Jefferson and Love counties. Since I wrote for the newspaper and had a weekly television program that was viewed in most of that area, they soon had me right in the middle of the group, known as the Red River Bridge Brigade. Actually, I think I named our group, so I could have a title for all the news items I was writing for the area newspapers and for all the people that I had on my television talk show. My weekly show, for seven years, was known as Oklahoma Moments by Correna Wilson. I had been involved with the Red River Bridge project from the very beginning. Through my television programs, I had every state official, including Governor Walters, who so graciously worked with me on every large project we had in Southern Oklahoma. I have to smile when I recall how the Ardmore group of business men called me to tell me that Governor Walters was not coming to the small rural town of Wilson, as they were hosting him at the Ardmore Country Club. And, here was this determined lady, in the very small rural town, without an airport, that was going to prove to all those nay-sayers, that our outstanding Governor Walters, was coming to Wilson; and, yes, his pilot would land their plane on the school football field! I even had trouble with the Wilson School superintendent that was a Republican and was not about to let the students out to meet and greet Governor Walters, a Democrat. Well, since nothing like this had ever occurred in our little town before, when I got through calling all the school board members and related how negative the superintendent was our about our governor, things began to change. One day the very negative Republican superintendent was there, and after the school board’s special called meeting, he was gone and I was informed that the children would be lined up, from the football field, where the plane would land, to the street beside the Wilson School, that was also Highway 70A, leading onto Main Street. I have to smile, still, when I think of me, standing firm and telling the Ardmore Rotarians that Governor Walters would be landing in Wilson at 11:30 a.m., as the students and parents with their children, were lined up, from the football field, across the school play ground, with people waving all along Main Street, to the Senior Citizens’ Center, which was packed with people waiting to have lunch with our Oklahoma Governor Walters. I can look back and smile, recalling how I stood firm, in order to put out small rural city, on the map, just as I made the Red River Bridge Brigade and the Tavayos Bridge a reality, with Governor Walters, there beside me, to cut the ribbon declaring the opening of the highway and bridge, once again connecting Oklahoma and Texas. After, over fifty-years, of farmers and ranchers, having to drive many miles just to tend to their animals and farm land owned on both sides of the Red River, the reality of once again, just a short trip to cross over and check their cattle and horses, and they could soon be back across the river, and back home, sitting on their porches, watching the sun set in the west. Have a very blessed week, and if you are ever in Southern Oklahoma, wandering around, you can hit highway 89 south, off of highway 7 south, and enjoy some beautiful farm and ranching country, all the way to the Tavayos Bridge, at Red River. Psalm 101:1 – “I will sing of mercy and judgment; unto thee, O lord, will I sing.”