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John Wesley Flood1935

JOHN WESLEY FLOOD, BORN DECEMBER 28, 1910, his wife, Wenona Mae Medler Flood, born December 6, 1913, with their son, who was eighteen months old. Rodney Lee Flood, their son, was born April 30, 1934.

Wenona's parents were living in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1923. Her father, Roy Harkens Medler was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 1892. He died 1949 at Tonkawa, Oklahoma. Roy Medler's wife was: Lenora Grace Reid Medler. She was born June 1892. She died 1967 at Valadosta, Georgia.

Lenora's father was William Walter Reid. Lenora's mother was Soaphirnia Alice Jobe.

Roy Harkens, Wenona's father was a water well driller when the drought caused him to leave Arkansas in 1923 to come to Oklahoma for work. The family first came to Barnsdall, Oklahoma, then on to Three Sands, a small oil town, close to Ponca City, Oklahoma. He first worked "in the ditch," digging ditches, until he had the opportunity to go to work in the office.

While the family lived at Three Sands they lived in the back of a store for one whole summer. There wasn't much of an environment, because when the gushers would come in they would blow all over everything, the shrubs, all vegetation, and the streets. Everything was covered with oil, making for bleak surroundings.

The town, Three Sands, was named because oil was found in three levels of sand. There would be three derricks in a group for each level, hence, the reason for so many derricks, looking like trees in a forest. The head plant made gasoline, not well refined.

"Mother made things pleasant in spite of all the grimy oil," Wenona remembers. "My sister and I loved to go to the store for a Hershey bar. The candy bars were a nickel each." Mrs. John Flood reflects.

The family moved to Stroud, Oklahoma and then on to Braman, Oklahoma. "There we had a company house with two bedrooms, quite a move up. However, my Grandparents came to live with us, having to take one of the bedrooms. This left the glassed in back porch for my sister and I. Mother was fastidious to a fault, sometimes putting things away before they were used. She kept the small area pleasant."

Wenona Flood continues, "It was very cold in the winter, when the wind blew the curtains would stand out from the drafty walls. We had all the gas we wanted to use to heat with, but it often had air in it and was not a very hot fire. You stayed in Oklahoma because you had a job and a paycheck."

"We moved to Drumright, Oklahoma, and Dad retired with ill health. He passed away at Tonkawa, in his late 50's."

Lenora, Wenona's mother, was of the Medlers of Grand Rapids, Michigan. They family was bent towards learning and literature. They were owners of a newspaper in Grand Rapids.