From time to time I've mentioned that my great-grandfather, Calvin Banta, wrote for the Caddo Herald under the pseudonym, Rufe Bolts. Yesterday I came across this item from 1938. (I assume the vine and fig tree reference is from Micah 4:4)
The Caddo Herald
July 15, 1938
Liberty Hill News
We had some improvement in Sunday School last Sunday. Bro. Stince Johnson preached for us at 11 am. He agreed to preach for us every first Sunday. Everybody please keep in mind the date and come.
By the time this gets in print elections will be over and nothing to do but lick our sores and patch up our wounds. This should not be difficult for we’ll have the same officials whether we vote for them or not and if we lose our vote no one needs to know it but ourselves. Your governor will be mine, my governor will be yours, and if one is cheated all will be cheated; so let’s get together behind the man who heads the ticket and all be friends.
We listened to the President speak Saturday afternoon and must say he made some very pointed remarks that we heartily enjoyed; also some that we made bold to disagree with being snugly ensconced in our own domicile more than 150 miles away, protected by the sanctity of our own vine and fig tree, we had no hesitancy in expressing our disapproval of his ideas on the Red River dam and a few other topics of national interest. Anyway, his visit to Oklahoma went over in good shape. We could hear the din and street racket clearly. Rufe Bolts
From a story about FDR’s secret visit to an airplane manufacturing plant in Tulsa during the war: It was Roosevelt's second visit to Oklahoma. The first was in 1938 when he came to campaign for the re-election of Sen. Elmer Thomas, but he deviated from his text and also praised Thomas's political foe, Gov. E.W. Marland. In addition, Roosevelt took a potshot at former Gov. William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray and snubbed 1st District U.S. Rep. Wesley Disney, who was on the platform with the president and several other Oklahoma politicians at the July 9 event. The president's appearance at Fairgrounds Park in Oklahoma City was his fifth in Oklahoma during that campaign trip. Roosevelt had made platform talks during brief stops at Wister, McAlester, Holdenville and Shaw nee before arriving in Oklahoma City. Gov. Marland, who was running against Thomas for the Senate seat, had called on Oklahomans on the eve of Roosevelt's visit not to "surrender" to the president at the polls. "It's a question whether Oklahoma wants to assert its constitutional right to select its own senator or whether it wants to surrender that right to the chief executive," Marland had said. Despite Marland's blast, the president included the governor and Sen. Josh Lee in his "few kind words" that had been scheduled for Thomas. He made his praise of Thomas a bit stronger, however, saying "Sen. Thomas has been of enormous help in keeping me informed of the needs of the people of Oklahoma." Deviating from his text, Roosevelt referred to Democrat Murray as a "nationally known Republican." Disney, a Tulsa Democrat, was astounded because Roosevelt failed to mention him and credited Thomas and Lee for the Grand River Dam. Disney said that "the only thing Thomas ever did was to oppose the dam." Disney said he had spent seven years working on funding for the dam and Lee "never knew anything about it." He also pointed out that Thomas had said a few months earlier that Disney deserved all the credit for the dam because he (Thomas) had nothing to do with it. It was one of the most unusual elections in Oklahoma history.