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September 7, 1995

New homes decorate the landscape in many parts of town, and more are just getting started. Ron and Nancy Frazier have a fine looking place nearing completion on the south side, in the vicinity of the Frazier Dairy Farm, which has been in operation here for so many years. Over on the north side, on Wakefield Road between Seventh and Ninth streets, Frank and Jana Nickel have just started their new home. They join several others who have built in that vicinity during the past year. The Nickels are fairly new residents here; he is with the ever-growing Subsite Division of the Charles Machine Works, Inc., at the plant on Birch street.

From our breakfast table on the patio, we can see new rooftops rising north of us in the Fairway Addition, adjacent to the Country Club. Those also promise to be fine new homes for some of our city residents. Driving through the Fairway area now shows what a fine view those folks will have one day.

Down the street from us on Wakefield, Dr. Brian Busby, his wife, Diane, and their two sons have moved back to the family home in Perry from Tulsa as he concentrates his practice of dentistry in this area. Their home has been undergoing considerable renovation in preparation for the move. Good to have them back as Perry residents.

Meanwhile, Leroy Rolling is dressing up his apartment building on Seventh street with a new exterior veneer. It's looking better every day.

Last week, while putting together that column on the old 101 Ranch, a question passed through my mind (lots of things do that). It occurred to me that many people now call it the "One-Oh-One" Ranch instead of the "Hundred-and-One" Ranch which I have always heard and presumed was correct. By coincidence, the same idea came to my friend, Robert E. Lee, a senior editor and columnist with the Daily Oklahoman's lively Community section, which appears every Friday in North Oklahoma City, the Village and Nichols Hills. We don't receive that section here, but I saw last week's edition at Laura's mother's house. Bob asked some folks about the different pronunciations. Here's what a few of them said in Bob's column:

Bob Mitchell thinks it's merely the sloppy use of the English language. Lots of folks say "oh" when they should say "zero." Thus, if they're not going to correctly say the Hundred-and-One Ranch, then it should be the One-Zero-One Ranch.

Terry Vanlandingham says he'll go along with either choice, but would oppose calling it the "Ninety-Nine-Plus-Two Ranch."

Omega Gooden says her late husband worked on that ranch 60 years ago and, at that time, it was called the Hundred-and-One.

Helen Gingrich, who used to live at Ponca City, says it was so named because it originally contained 101,000 acres. Also, Helen seems to recall a children's book being written about the leopard that escaped from the Oklahoma City Zoo many years ago. Bob Lee is seeking details on that book.

I can't recall hearing the Hundred-and-One Ranch being called anything but that until recent years, when I began noticing the One-Oh-One version, which I think is incorrect. All the old-timers around here who worked on the ranch called it Hundred-and-One, and they surely knew the right way to say it. Any of you have some ideas about that?