This Was Haskell Oklahoma in the Late 1960's

Real Estate Agent with McGraw Realtors

Bob Haywood in Haskell OklahomaIn the 1960's, they used to grow cotton in Haskell Oklahoma.  

This is a picture of me standing in a cotton field on a family vacation.  I'm guessing I was probably 5 years old.

Yeah, my family did that.

We went on those kind of vacations where we stayed in cheapo Motels and stopped to take a a picture in a cotton field.

We had the best family vacations.

Haskell Oklahoma is a small town of around 2000 people.  The Wikipedia page indicates that the first post office was established in Haskell in 1904.  

An article I found from Oklahoma State University indicates that by 1922 cotton was the most valuable cash crop for farmers in Oklahoma.  It is still grown today in Oklahoma but mostly in the southwestern part of the state.

The girl in the picture was Hellen DeCorte, my sister's best friend.  We were on a two family vacation with them to somewhere or other.  We're still close with their family today.

Oh and the thing I love most about this picture of me as a kid standing in a cotton field in Haskell Oklahoma?  My dad took it as a slide originally and then last Christmas had all his slides converted to printed pictures which he gave to me and my sister.  We both got copies.

Yeah, that was like the best Christmas present ever.

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Comments (9)

Kim Johnson
Signature Realty Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Good morning Bob!

When I saw this, I thought of when we were stationed in Altus, OK and all the cotton fields around it! Happy Sunday!

Aug 15, 2015 11:08 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Bob, those were the days of travel when a Motel 6 was $6 and a Super 8 a pricey $8 for those families on a budget!  Just loved those family vacations and how great that you and your sister now have a copy of your family pictures from the family slides!

Aug 15, 2015 11:31 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information...thanks for sharing it...have a pleasant Sunday too!

Aug 15, 2015 11:38 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Bob, at least you got to take a vacation. My parents were so frugal  (lOL) that we NEVER took a vacation. I take that back, we did take 2 during the time I lived at home. One of those was 3 days at the beach that my Grandmother went with us, and she paid for everything. The other one my Grandfather took us to his friend's cabin in the mountains. The cabin was free and he paid for everything else!

Aug 16, 2015 12:24 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Those were the days Bob Haywood - life was simpler then and we didn't get to see bare land with CATS ripping the trees out of the bowls of the earth for development. Farming meant something. I didn't even think about cotton fields up north because there were plenty of corn fields in Northern Illinois where my parents took us kids to spend summer vacations. To be honest, back in the 1960's the only thing about cotton that was important to me was that my mother bought cotton underwear for us kids! I never even saw a cotton plant until my adult life in Mississippi, after I had children of my own.

This is a great post - one of the best kind that I appreciate reading on ActiveRain. It tells the story about who you are and where you came from. Your father must be very special to think of you and get copies of those slides converted into pictures. What a great gift and such a well written family story too! I'm proud to know you here on ActiveRain. 

Aug 16, 2015 01:16 AM
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

 Kim Johnson Altus OK is getting out there now!  Nice to hear from some folks who have spent time in the heartland!

 Bruce Walter Somehow my dad always knew the budget version of those hotels too.  And imagine traveling with no cell phone?  Those were the days!


Aug 16, 2015 06:37 AM
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647 - Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting!  Have a great Sunday too!

 Tom Bailey Our vacations usually involved eating baloney on white bread by the side of the road!  LOL

 Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof My wife grew up in Indiana so I hear what you're saying about those corn fields. They are truly beautiful.  Thank you so much for your kind words on this post.  These too, are the kinds of things I crave at AR.  You have to dig to find them, but they are here.  I look forward to meeting my new friend just south of here someday.  I have a nephew who lives in Dallas.  He loves it!

Aug 16, 2015 06:40 AM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Bob, Great idea by your dad and Christmas present your dad gave to both you and your sisiter. 

Aug 16, 2015 07:37 AM
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Bob Gilbert - We were surprised by the pictures.  We have enjoyed going through them and have enjoyed putting them in order.

Aug 16, 2015 08:14 AM