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Those By-gone Days

John C. McCornack
Yukon, Oklahoma


Farm House

Those By-gone Days

Doesn’t it make you sad
To see old abandoned homes?
Where once a family lived
And the animals casually roamed?

They were the heart of our country
What made our world go ‘round
And now these farms are silent
You can’t hear a single sound

Fields that once were carefully
Gown to be the perfect feed
For cattle raised to perfection
Now there is no need

The home may still be standing
A refuge for mice and such
But if you entered broken doors
All you would hear is a hush

The barns were filled as well
Baby calves nestled in
The hay by their mothers
Now it’s so sad and so grim

Ah yes, time does move on
As though it were only a faze
But it’s important to remember
Those wonderful by-gone days!

Marilyn Lott © 2008 - 12

Farm Pond

6 million housewives

Can't be wrong

Who keep

Their husbands

Right along in



Great pictures, as usual, love your new background,
and also, the Burma Shave sayings,
I remember them so well, driving to my grammas
was so boring to me as a child,
and those were what brightened the trip. ...... P


Grandpa's Home

Many years ago when I was little
We use to go out for a Sunday drive
My daddy always stopped to see my Grandpa
And I would get to see the honey bees in hives

They would swarm around the lilacs and get nectar
They would fly back to their hives to work awhile
I would always have to watch them from the distance
But it gave me precious memories as a child

Precious memories of Grandma at her washboard
And the cast iron tub she had astride the fire
It was fascinating to watch her do the laundry
I could watch her doing laundry by the hour.

Grandpa carried water from the well-house
Carried bucket after bucket to be warmed
Yes, they worked the many chores they had together
I learned love and patience on my grandpa's farm

Grandma made some ice tea and we would gather
Out behind the farmhouse 'neath the shaded trees
Grandpa'd tell about the way the crops were growing
As I sat there with Ole Shep there in the breeze

When I travel yet today and pass a farmhouse
With it's boarded windows and two-stories high
It can bring back precious memories of my childhood
And sometimes it brings a teardrop from my eyes



When the government wanted to thin the dairy herds, there were a lot of empty barns and milking parlors here in Indiana. The small farmer who loved to raise his crops has been replaced by huge conglomerates and machinery -- and the farmhouses that once housed proud families, the backbone of the country, lie derelict and abandoned.

The echoes of laughter and tears in those homes could tell stories of the joy of winning a blue ribbon at a state fair or the sorrow when a sudden hail storm destroys tender seedlings. It is a bygone era, but one I can remember with pride.

Sorry if I'm spouting off this morning -- but your photographs brought back many memories today. ... B

Oil well

The World of Mom:

My mom taught me

7/5th of all people don't understand fractions

Retrop, Oklahoma

Retrop, Oklahoma

Sentinel barn

Barn near Sentinel

Another Red Dirt poem by John


Love to touch a fence post and feel the red dirt

Jet Trails

From Cowden to Cloud Chief and on to Cordell
In that area where my grandparents called home
For it was always a special place to raise a family
On the same ground where buffalo used to roam

But my family is now complete and time moves on
Still red tinted sunsets light up this part of the sky
Sometimes a jet trail in the distance may be seen
A sign that soon it will be my turn to say goodbye


Learn to know Debbie

Photo by John McCornack

1. Active Aging Week was started by the International Council of Active Aging to celebrate aging and to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Spanish Cove will once again share the positive message of Active Aging Week and promote our age-friendly wellness programs.

2. The goal is to provide as many older adults as possible the means to experience wellness activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere.

3. The ICAA has suggested examples of activities offered during Active Aging Week which includes a theme event each day. Spanish Cove has a whole week of activities planned to follow of the ICAA theme. Events include:

Monday - the WALK! We will be going to the OKC Zoo to participate in a wellness walk.

Tuesday - Say Hello! It may be a simple greeting, but its power is profound. Social interaction is essential to good health. Engaging socially minimizes the potential of serious health risks. Spanish Cove will be paddling at the Okc River in the morning. Tuesday afternoon our educational program is on SCAM awareness.

Wednesday - Take the Plunge - This day is devoted to aquatic exercise and well-being. Water is a safe and easy way for people of all ages and abilities to improve strength, cardiovascular endurance and overall health.

Thursday - Good Things Thursday – There are more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables in this country. Dr. Esther Winterfelt, PhD., will be speaking on nutritious foods. Delicious, nutritious smoothies will be served! The Spanish Cove Dragon Boat paddling team will be racing in the Regatta.

Friday - Get Skin Health Smart – Did you know that our skin is our largest organ and critical to our overall health? All of us will have at least one skin disease over the course of our life. We can take many steps to maintain, nourish and enhance healthy skin. Spanish Cove will have a program on skin maintenance.


Historical Photo by John

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My dad cutting wheat on our Cloud Chief farm


A Spanish Cove special memory

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Cletus at a meeting of
The Literary Preservation Society (2015)


Scenes around Spanish Cove

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Marvin signing a phone book for Gail


Thanks for spending a little time in my world!

John McCornack


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Morning John, I will try this again... it is springtime... flowers are blooming, trees are putting out leaves... even the dead desert is coming to life... new Joshua trees dotting the barren waste...they are ugly.. but seem to survive out here.. the mountain sides are turning green with small plants that only grow this time of year.. the rest of the time... it's too hot and not enough rain....your picture of the great... it is void of life.. as we know it...but with the warm days.. the sap will rise from the ground...once again.. bringing it back from it's long winters sleep...the branches seem to bow in the presence of the dying sun....I marvel at the sunsets on the lake.... the water mirrors the vibrant colors... maybe this is how rainbows get their colors...your world has so much to offer to the residents.. and tourists...your site gives fair treatment to all... the native culture, schools, churches, parks, barns, windmills,,, no wonder your site is looked at by so enclose bits of history.. legends, folklore, myths...all to make it interesting reading... as well as pleasing to the eye.... you bring back so many childhood is almost painful to look sometimes.....

John, I so enjoy when you feature the Native Americans.. their culture and people are the most fascinating... the more I learn.. the more I wish to know. .Do you have more information on the Cheyenne Tribe...old pictures.. legends, actual facts... anything...there is a Cheyenne that comes into n/a forum room...he is a historian.. researching the northern band of Cheyenne... so the Indians around Oklahoma must be the southern band...are the northern band.. survivors of the forced march by our government....the pride that most Indians have for their heritage.. is great...the way they pass along the history of the people...customs.. ceremonies...regalia...we all could take lessons from them.....thank you for including this segment on the Native Americans....

Mrs. Oklahoma.. see there is something to say about mature women... just because we get older doesn't mean we are over the hill...we have experience and maturity on our side... if Father Time hasn't been unkind... we have some vigor and appeal left...I'm only as old as I feel... you have a deep affection for your Alma Mater... John... the yellow flowers make a good place for you to stand... the college behind you..the patch of yellow blossoms in front.. and you in between...again.. I think you should be head of the Chamber of Commerce...think of all the new people you would meet...could change the name of it.. to McCornack's Place...what were your feelings when your dad quit farming... I know you were in Peoria by this time... most likely.. but to grow up farming.. it was a part of you.. more than a way of life...I still like to drive by fields of cotton, vegetables, wheat, hay.. anything that reminds me of my childhood.. aah.... Precious they, they ever fill my soul... sorry to get maudlin on you.... your pictures either leave me in awe at the beauty of our world... or conjure up sweet memories.... that make me cry.... enough.....


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Down on the farm near the windmill
A storm is brewing, the sky is not still

Photo by John McCornack

Mother Nature has a show for us
She loves to make an amazing fuss.



Bubba checks out a California sea hare.


The California sea hare (Aplysia californica) is among the world's largest gastropods and grows to lengths of about 41cm (16in). It has ruffled flaps along its back and two pairs of antennae. The color of an individual Aplysia californica is determined by the color of the algae (or other plant matter) on which it feeds, but in general can be shades of red, brown, or green.

When disturbed, Aplysia californica secretes a purple dye from glands under its mantle (see photo, courtesy Genevieve Anderson).

The purpose of the dye secretion is not fully understood. Some researchers have proposed that the dye acts as an 'inky' screen or decoy to deter predators. Other researchers have suggested the dye secretion releases by-products of the sea hare's diet.

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