THE LAWTON CONSTITUTION, Friday, August 23,1963 3 imear-OId Oak Tree falls At Sill A barrel-makers dream fell.'at: Fort Sill", recently.' What . would' have been a high spot in a.cooper's: lite was .an oak tree'which was 1 growing in. Fort SiHY'R'ucker Park before old age and internal decay, struck ils killing blow. . Â· i The tree was approximately 190 i years old. ! Â· .- j The giant white 'oak-, 'which was just a sprout when Massachusetts, first outlawed slavery, when John Fitch was experimenting with Ihe first steamboat;', and when Philadelphia was laying claim to the first successful newspaper fell with a crash and had. to be removed. A grounds maintenance crew from the Post Engineers moved into. Rucker Park after the oak leli to cut it up and remove il, According to Jack Hendricks, one ol the men who cut the tree, "She was. rotting' Â·from tJie base up, aiid just feil down." ' . Â·. " Â·Â· .'. With- the .cutting . crew 'was James Marler of.the USAAMC Museum \yho asked .for and'received a large section of Lhe.' tree for the Museum. "We'll h'av'e tests' run on the piece", to determine'aje and. then put -it on permanent display. Now.it's'in the Old.Post Corral," Marier said. The fallen giant measured some four feet : thick ..at .'a point'lO feet above Lhe' base. From ground lev- e l - t o .the first branch was more than 40 feet--which means the tree could Â· have produced more than 4,300 .board feet of .lumber. Oval Bishop,, the man in charge of the Engineer culling crew and a .ground maintenance, foreman, said: "I'm from commercial oak Gas Dealer's Plea Rejected By Court OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A writ of prohibition was denied Thursday to a Shawnee liquefied gas dealer who sought to keep the state Liquefied Petroleum Gas from holding a hearing on whether his license should be revoked. Dist. Judge \V. R. Wallace said state law gave him no alternative but lo rule against Ralph Lillard Jr., owner of Blue Flame Gas Co. Wallace said he believes an agreement could be reached between the board and Lillard pending a full hearing. H. Corky Bishop, attorney for j Lillard. said he filed the action because the LPG board is trying to pul Lillard out ot business. Bishop said Ihe board is composed of Lillard's competitors. Area Men In Service ROY DEAN RIDDLES SPENDS LEAVE HERE Roy Dean Riddles, who enlisted in the U. S. Navy June IS, is spending a two-week leave with his parents. Sfc. and Mrs. Frank Letcher, 1133 Ozmun. Riddles recently completed basic training at the U. S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, 111., and is enroule lo Lhe aviation ordinance school. Jacksonville, Fla. country and mis tree was larger than any down there. There were limbs on this tree, better, than two feet 'thick.. Even the Ozarks oak tree country can't lay claim to many trees this big." Although thereÂ· are. 'some other .oak trees at Fort Sill, which are larger than the one which recently fell down, they, too, are fast approaching a 'Shaky old age."It's unusual to see white oaks grow this large and in prairie country it's amazing," Marler said. "There-are five kinds of oak trees in the Fort Sill area of which the white oak is the largest variety." ' When ,the cutting crew finished with their job and the timber had been carted . away. Bishop told of the tragedy in the scene. "Oaks such as this one are .a great heritage. If something doesn't happen to. save them our grandchildren will never see and know the majesty of Oklahoma's nature." You Don't Hove to Buy Siding and Roofing from Out of Town .People! EUGENE L. BOWMAN CO. Â» S. Â«lh EL S-tt2Â« HUGE OAK. Orval Bishop, ground maintenance foreman at Fort Sill, and James Marler, right, assistant director of the Artillery and Missile Center Museum, count rings on giant white oak recently felled at Fort Sill's Rucker Park. 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He recalled that ;he committee had been introduced to the pice- curie at a previous hearing in June. It had been explained then, under contrressional probing, that "the picocuric is a litde easier to say than micro-microcurie" but that it means the same thins. If "Micro-micro curie" throws you, it's a millio.")th-of-a-millionth of a curie -- a curie being the amount ol radiation given off by a sram ol radium. The term is still used by many scientists to describe radiation levels in air, milk ana man. "Yes," Parker went on, warming to the subject, "you mijrht also say that one micro curie equals 1,000 nanocurics," Up piped Sen. Henry M. Jack- || son, D-Wash.: "Some of us prefer to remain ignorant!" Rep. Price, though obviously squared away on the arithmetic, had his last word: "I've been on this committee about IS years, and I've never heard the word 'nanocurie.' " Parker granted thai it was somewhat new to him. too, but that scientists at Hanford had used it--and there you are. 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