Farm Talk


March 2, 2010

Never let age get in your way

At the age of 86 viewing adventures on the television is the most the average person can do. Art “Bud” Paisley of Delaware, Oklahoma, doesn’t have time for too much TV watching though, he’s too busy doing ranch work, welding, trail riding, dancing, working a cutting horse or training a horse to enable himself to return to calf roping.

Paisley was raised doing farm and ranch work including both on area ranches starting with the Bar K in Osage County, Okla., and the family ranch.

“We moved to Delaware when I was 16, we were raising a lot of hay,” he said. “My sisters husband bought a Farmall F-12 and my dad liked it so well he went and bought an F-20. I dropped out of school to work on the farm,” Paisley explained. “My grandfather was a blacksmith and was in the run into the Cherokee Strip and staked his claim two miles north of the 101 Ranch. They came to Ponca in 1904, farmed, ran some cattle, had a small feed lot and a blacksmith shop. ”

Over the years, Paisley has worked for most of the big ranches stretching from the Ponca City area to Craig County, Okla., but his actual training was in welding, a skill he learned at Coffeyville and is still using.

When he retired he inherited property in Nowata County including five lots in Delaware. The house had burned several years earlier and the lots were covered with brush, trash, the remains of the old foundation and the stumps where the trees had been cut for firewood. Now the place looks like a park.

All of the trash and junk has been removed, a new mobile home installed with a porch and car port, the old barn repaired, roof painted and new siding installed including cutouts of frolicking horse on the doors. A welded corral fence was constructed by Paisley from stock panels and tubing. This is now the residence of a 12-year old Quarter Horse Zan Crowbar, out of Zan Prybar, but better known as Salty.

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