death, Daddy decided to join his brother, Howard, in Sayre, Oklahoma,
as a partner in the broom-corn buying business. Sayre was a little town
of 1,000 or so residents in the plains of western Oklahoma, between
Oklahoma City and Amarillo and on the banks of the North Fork of Red
River. This river was a typical plains river, a mile wide and a foot
deepbut only when it rained. Sayre was to grow from a population
of 1,000 to nearly 3,000 in the next 20 years, and then recede after
The first year of their business partnership, 1917, Daddy and Howard
bought more than 16 freight-car loads of broom corn, which produced
a lot of household brooms; Daddy and Howard made a good profit. Daddy
would visit farmers to survey the broom corn after it was gathered,
threshed and baled, and offer the farmers a fixed price per bale. Often
he would give farmers an advance payment to clinch the deal. Later on
in his career, Daddy ventured into buying oil leases from the same farmers
he had bought broom corn from. Daddys reputation among the farmers
as an honest dealer enabled him to keep them as clients over the years.
Daddys anecdote about the three old maids was popular with broom-corn
The first old maid brought up the topic of toilet tissue, saying how
far we have come since the outhouse days when all there
was available for toilet tissue was a Montgomery Ward catalog.
The second old maid added, Yes indeed, just consider the advance
we have made from that old slick paper tissue. Now I use a soft tissue
that comes in a roll.
The third old maid rejoined, Well, thats nothing to me anymore.
I have been on a cracker diet for the last three months and I just use
a whisk broom.