Caffey Says LfLlV to Be Followed
County Farm Available
as Park for $1,250,000
As to talk of a po.ssible longterm
lease to the city on the
land, commissioners said they
did not know If such a contract
could be drawn legally and said
that, even so, they would be left
without funds to provide the hospital.
When the Library Board expressed
an Interest In the counly's
old courthouse at Sixth Street and
Boulder Avenue, II 99-year lease
was executed for which the city
paid tho eounly S!I9,OOO.
Charles V. Shurtleff, third district
commissioner, agref'd with
Caffey In the main.
"1 doubt If we legaUy can give
the farm property to the city and
bcsldes, we )Iopd the money fO?
a hospital," Sburtlel/ said.
Backers of a proposal to make a major park at the
Tulsa County farm. can see their dream come true-if
they come up with an estimaled 51,250,000.
That was the reaction of county commissioners to the
1"0 1 which was presented to Chamber of Commerce
. directors Tuesday.
I "I'm In fll\"or of having tbe land
for a park," Commission Cbalr"
man W. V. Clffe)' $llid today.
"But we're ,olni to do It accordIng
to I&w lind the law sa)'S to
.ppulse It lind ull 1t to the high.
Cafre)' u:plllocd. "We bue
advertised for bids 00 81 acres
of tbe farm lIod, as Itr as I'm
CODccraed, .,e're 1"0lDK lG ope.o
them on July 23 lIDd sell tb,t 80
aeres to the blehn! bidder."
An earlier attempt to sell tbe
80 acres below 61st Street failed
twice when no bids were re-celved.
The present tract offerf'd
for sale Is north of 61st Street at
The county farm conslSllI of 480
lIeres of land with 320 acres lying
btlween 51st and 61st Streelll and
Yale and Sheridan Avenues. The
rem.lning 160 acres are immediately
south of the main tract.
Caffey pointf'd out that the 80
acres up for sale bas betn appraised
at $2.800 per acre and
said the I.nd located on 51st
Strt'et may bring as rtluch as
$5.000 ptr .cre later. The law
provides the county' must get 90
per cent of the appraised value of
The commissioner's comments
came after A. G. Chamberlain,
chnlrman of the Chamber parks
lind playgrounds committee, proposed
R recommendaUon that "no
part of this county farm with the
exceptJon of a 2O-llcre tract under
consideration for a public school
~ltt', should be_50ld to private In_
tercAllI until thorough eXIlrii'in._
tion has been made as to the need
of this land as a part of the Tulsa
The recommendation a Iso
..reed that Tulsa Count,. resldr:
ni$ be I"hen an opportunity
1.0 express themselves ree.rdIn&"
t.be future use of the land.
Carfey explained ftis purpose In
sellina the farm land is to raise
money for the possible establishment
01 • hospital here similar
to the University Hospital in Okla,
boma City to take eIIre of Lbe
Eastern part of tbe "tate.
"I have talked with sc\'eral doctora
and they seem to think that
such a program might be worked
out between the county and state,"
"I don't know how far we "'ill Il::et wlLb thls Idea, but I am going
to Insist that the treasu~r take
the money fro m any sale of
county farm land and Im'est it in
bonds to earn money until we see
If the con!truction of a hospit.a1
Caney said such a hospital
probably would be built on the
farm .Ite and $ald I county home
'Ilo1Xl.ld be maintained there In the
present farm building.
"We spend more than SlOO.OOO
a year for hospitalintion of county
patlenl3," the commissioner said.
"These people bne known
about our eflorts to seU the
farm for tbe last )"Car. Why
have they not spoken up
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