Monthly Archives: May 2013
May 20. That date, by itself, will be remembered for a long time to come around here. In Moore and southwest Oklahoma City a tornado paid an unwelcome visit and forever left us with scars. Lives were lost in my community.
The tornado came while we were still at work so only our Siamese cat was home. Our cat was completely unharmed. Our home was damaged but habitable and repairable. Our truck was totaled. Briarwood elementary school, where our kids attended kindergarten through 6th grade, was pretty much leveled. Neighbors’ homes are gone, condemned or need of repair.
Thankfully, we have family nearby and had a comfortable and safe place to stay.
The next day my husband and brother climbed on the roof to put tarp over the problems. It was raining and when my husband stepped on the tarp he slid down the roof and landed feet first on the patio concrete. He immediately rolled in hopes of minimizing the impact. As I was talking on the phone to a good friend, I watched him fall and all I could think about was hoping that he wouldn’t be injured too badly. To our surprise he didn’t break any bones!
Two days after the tornado, I walked my neighborhood and took photos. Here’s a link to photos of the sights I saw: 2013 Tornado
Feeling luck was on our side and knowing there was little we could do at our home for several days due to the utter devastation in our neighborhood, Keith and I opted to go ahead and leave Thursday for our already paid for vacation to Las Vegas. We started planning the trip back in February. The first thing we did when we arrived was rent a red, Mustang convertible. Then we spent the next few days driving the area seeing sights Keith remembered from when he lived there as a boy as well as new places.
What a lucky girl I am!
Among the many projects on our lake place list is to paint the outside of the home because the paint is chalky and quite worn. Armed with the power washer and a crew of 5 we decided to tackle the back of the house first. That way we could learn from our mistakes and any errors wouldn’t be as visible to guests. The crew was my father, brother, nephew, husband and me. The first step was to replace all the screws in the siding that were rusted then scrape off or power wash the paint on the siding and tape plastic over the windows to prepare for spray painting. That took most of the day.
By late that afternoon my brother and nephew were able to squeeze in a few hours to fish at the dock, although they didn’t catch anything for dinner. Instead we went to eat catfish at my favorite place at the lake, Catfish Platter.
After dinner we played a bit with Dad’s metal detector but soon it was too dark so we had a bon fire and roasted marshmallows. All-in-all it was a nice and productive day.
The next morning we started painting the primer.
And finally the top coat. Now, we have to finish the rest of the house. Oh boy!
Saturday we flew in to Charlotte, NC where we rented a car and drove north to Galax, VA and spent 3 days. Galax is the area that my maternal grandmother lived from the age of 7 until 16 and there are still many relatives in the area. Mom and I throughly enjoyed our visit that included hearing stories and touring the old homestead areas. By midweek we were in Richmond, VA where we spent a full day doing genealogy research in the state library. By Friday evening we were in Durham, NC where we lived from my 6th grade year through my freshman year in college. On Mother’s Day we attended Sunday School and worship service at our old church in Durham and we were blessed with great visits with old friends. Monday we flew back to Oklahoma City.
This 9 day vacation with my Mom will always be a treasure full of memories to me. Here are just a few pics from our visit in Galax:
What an interesting day May 2 was! I received 2 sets of family history items both from my father’s side of the family. One set included some letters and photos from my grandfather’s uncle’s family the other set was from my father that included letters, photos, memorabilia and more. It was like Christmas to me.
Among those items that belonged to my grandparents, I did snap a picture I’ll show you today. On one side it says “5 For Old Age Assistance 5” and the other side says “Sales Tax Token Oklahoma”. It feels like it’s made of thin but sturdy cardboard type paper.
In looking up information, I discovered two sites that provided helpful information.
1) What are Sales Tax Tokens? said “Merchants had to pay sales tax to the state on the total amount of sales made by the merchant during each day’s sales. You can imagine that if the sales tax rate is 3% and a child buys a 10c piece of candy there is no way to collect the three-tenths of one cent. If you rounded down that meant that the merchant could not collect anything for the tax. If you rounded up the state was gaining 7 tenths of a cent on every 10 cent sale. You can see that if the merchant sold 100 pieces of candy he was loosing 30 cents a day in tax revenues to the state, so the token was born. This allowed the merchant to take 11 cents for the first piece of candy and give change back in mills. The next time you wanted to buy a 10c candy you could present the merchant with the 10c and a token and complete the transaction. This allowed the merchant to collect the sales tax on each transaction.A mill is 1/1000th of a dollar or a tenth of a cent. As you can imagine, people did not like having to carry a second set of coins, and to further complicate matters, different states issued different tax tokens. 1 and 5 mills are the most common denominations, but other denominations include: 1/5 cent, 1 1/2 mills, and “Tax on 10c or less.”
2) 4.29.09 Tax Tokens (Mills) said “…a tax token (mill) was in 1936 when Oklahoma enacted such a law. One mill was made of aluminum and about the size of a quarter with a hole in the center. The first ones were inscribed “Consumers Tax Check Oklahoma” on both sides. A five mill token made of brass was also issued. For every 10¢ purchase, one mill token was also collected. A 20¢ purchase took two mills on up to one penny or 10 mills was required for a dollar purchase. A short time later the inscription on one side of the mill was changed to “For Old Age Assistance” and the word “Check” on the other side was changed to “Token”.
In 1942, the mill was produced from molded white fiber and the 5 mill in grey fiber without a hole. Later, the 5 mill was provided in an orange to red to brown fiber. In 1942, to support the war effort, light grey and red-brown cardboard was used to produce the tokens. The tax was finally ended in 1952.”