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01/05/15

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Contact: Glen R. Roberson
State Historic Preservation Office, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 405-521-6387
groberson@okhistory.org
www.okhistory.org/shpo

Canadian County Ranch Owners Receive Centennial Ranch Award

Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer Melvena Heisch announced that an Oklahoma Centennial Ranch Award has been presented to the owner of a Canadian County farm. Jimmie Jack and Ms. Bridget Smith of Geary own the Jimmie D. Miller Ranch located northwest of Calumet. The family has grown wheat and milo and run cattle since great-grandfather James Eli Small (also known as James D. Miller) purchased the land in 1913.

To qualify for a Centennial Farm or Ranch Award, a property must be owned by a family member for at least 100 years and must be operated or occupied by a family member or leased out by a family member over the age of 65. The property must include a minimum of 40 acres and gross annual sales of at least $1,000. The Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry have sponsored the Centennial Farm and Ranch Awards for 25 years, in which time 58 awards have been given in Canadian County.

For further information on the Centennial Farm and Ranch Program, contact Glen R. Roberson at 405-521-6387 or groberson@okhistory.org.

The State Historic Preservation Office is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information visit www.okhistory.org.





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