Talk:Colcord, Oklahoma

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I'm hoping to get someone to write (or help me write) a section about the school (elementary, middle, and high school) and include a good photo or two.

A photo of Old Settlers Day would be nice.

Tim Morgan 16:59, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

Things to add to the history section:

  • First business(es) that began the "community feel" and pointed to an eventual town in that location
  • More about Charles Bourbage - his land, wealth, demeanor, motive, etc.
  • Date of incorporation
  • First Chamber of Commerce
  • First Sheriff
  • First Fire Department
  • Something about Dan Draper and his contributions to the town
  • First school (elementary, high school, etc.)

I'd also like to mention:

--Tim Morgan 16:38, 11 November 2005 (UTC)

Might be of some help...[edit]

I attend Colcord High School I'd be happy to help although I doubt I could write the whole thing. If youre looking for pictures of the school there is plenty at our home site I hope this was of some help. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:53, 5 February 2007 (UTC).

Sorry, I didn't see your offer to help until just today (I'll follow this page more closely in the future). Any facts you can offer at this point would be appreciated. I'm especially looking right now to add a section on high school sports, e.g. football and basketball. I think Colcord has a strong pride around these sports, and I'd like to at least list some of the trophies and other notorieties we've acquired over the years. Any ideas where I can get such a list? Tim Morgan 16:48, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Deletion of New Life Ranch article[edit]

The New Life Ranch article has been deleted, so I'm pulling some of its content into this article. The history of NRL, I will paste here in case it fits in somehow in the future...

It is believed that the earliest known dwellers of the property that is now New Life Ranch were Native Americans that camped along Flint Creek. Many artifacts have been found all across the grounds, including flint stone arrowheads.
During World War I, the grounds were used as a rest and relaxation retreat for soldiers weary from battle. During the 1920s, a military man named Colonel Kellum purchased the retreat and turned it into a youth camp, and called it Kellum’s Ranch. The Great Depression of the 1930s proved especially hard for rural Oklahoma; many ranchers in the neighboring area were not able to make a living. The land is rocky and difficult to farm, so most land wasn't profitable to its owners. Many landowners were forced to sell their land in order to pay their property taxes. Since Colonel Kellum worked for the federal government, he had a steady income that allowed him to purchase many acres of land in the area that is now New Life Ranch. The final ranch size was 972 acres (3.93 km2), and as a result of Kellum's many separate land purchases, NLR today has an irregular shape.
For several years, Colonel Kellum kept the ranch as a youth camp. Different churches and Christian groups would bring their youth to the camp for a week in the summer.
In the early 1950s, a minister known as Reverend Willard Heck brought his youth group from Tulsa to the camp. At that time, Heck had the desire to start his own summer youth camp. He liked the location of Kellum's ranch, but didn't believe Kellum would ever sell the ranch. Heck eventually asked Kellum to sell the ranch to him, and Kellum said, “I never wanted to sell the ranch to anyone because I would be afraid that they wouldn't take care of it nor use it for the Lord’s work. But I have watched you and your youth group when you visit during the summers. I noticed how well behaved the children are. Because of this, I would be willing to sell the ranch to you only.”
Reverend Heck purchased the ranch in 1958 along with his partner Tom Hull. The two men dedicated the ground to God and later named the place "New Life Ranch." Heck said of purchasing the Ranch, “It’s been a faith work to begin with. We trust the Lord to provide the needs which he has done abundantly, and I trust he will continue to do so.”
In 1960, Willard Heck’s father built the existing chapel in memory of his wife who died in 1959. The main beams of the chapel were cut from oak trees on the Ranch. The stained glass windows were brought from the Heck’s home church in Westwood, New Jersey and are memorials to Willard’s grandparents.
Campgoers and staff alike recount the story of Reverend Heck and the small retreat location that grew over the years from a humble piece of land with a few log cabins to a notable retreat camp visited by thousands of campers.

--Tim Morgan (talk) 16:08, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

I just undid most of a recent revision due to horrid POV problems. The wording sounded like it was straight out of a brochure or other marketing material, which is the main reason why our NLR article was deleted in the first place. This is the last safe place for some of this content -- be really careful about how it comes across.

I think it's fine to say it's a Christian camp, but there has to be a good way (better than the last revision I just undid) to say the camp is about Jesus Christ, without it sounding like it's coming from a pulpit.

--Tim Morgan (talk) 22:30, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

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