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C-C Told Farm Cannot Go for Hospital
Ion that It Is much more deslrabl
to bold the main county fa
lTact of 320 attes for publie recu
llion P\U"P05es than to bring abou
so slight a tax reduction, even 1
cOllJlderable time should elaps
before actual development," th
Since the subcommittee bega
It••tudy, the Mayor's Commltt
on Recreation and the Tuua Par
Board both have urged retentio
of the farm for park purposes.
Concerning acquisition or the
park by the City oJ: Tulsa., the
"The committee- II or the opin-
I bI~Telolullon., letters a.nd Tote.
(0 tbe neWlpapers. public addreSle!
a.nd In other wan and
f is convinced that nnUment
alron,l.r fnors thd tbe main
J20..cre t rae t of tbe count,.
farm should !lot be IOld but
IIhould bc beld for dn'elopmCllt
II a public park."
"What will we do with those
peoplc It the farm I. lold?".
An appraisal or the farm last
summer valued an 8O-acre tract
at 615t 51. and Yale Ave. at $2,850
an acre. An earlier appraisal In
1955 valued two other 8O-acre
tncb soulh of 615t St. at $2,MO
lin acre. Shurtleff saId he believed
some arelS of Ihe farm
are now worth up to $5,000 an
The commissioners first de.
cided to seU the fsrm last nm·
mer when tbey realized catUe
were pllturing on land worth
more tban $2,500 an a.cre.
They declared the farm unPTOfitable,
had a section a~
praised and advertlsed for bidll
before the clamor began to keep
the land for a park instead of
selling It lor residential deYelo~
Shurtleff IIId he retCITei SU··
enl InQuldes ea.tb week from
printc Interells wanUn,. to purdlue
pa.rts of the farm.
The fa.rm has only 21 hl"a.d of
ca.ttle These a.rt uucl primarily
for meat and milk. for persons
"The commlltee hu Boled
public lentiment II e..pressed
proposed to sell the farm, but
agl'ffd to a slJl;-month \ deilly In
order'lor the Chamber of Com·
meree to test public sentiment on
disposition of the farm and consider
Its leg a 1 and financial
The report .Iates:
County Heads Still Cool
The le,al advinr, who deda.
red It u n.t Qlandalo..,. that
the 'um be Mid, alS4l rtPOrt.eeI
the 'uftds would hne to be
und within the fllnl .rear of
tbe sale, Their opinion was that
this would Dot be enoulb time
to plan a.nd buUd a boapltal.
In "lew of that. the proceeds
,,'ould be a.pplled to reduction ol
the tax rate, the report .ald.
The subcommittee report urged
utilli;a.Oon of the farm for park
purposes, and recommended that
the boa.rd of directors appeal to
the county commissioners to take
such a step.
J. W. McLelln, of the First Na'
ionlll Bank and Trult Co., ~erved
. cha.lrman or the subeommltt~.
st July Ihe commluloners
The Tulsa County Commission
cannot utilize proceeds from intended
sale ol the Tuln County
Farm for construction of I county
hospital, a Tulsa Chamber of
Commerce subcommittee de.
clared In a. report adopted today
by I.he C. of C, bollrd of dl,rector.,
Under .. plan announced earlier.
I.he comminloners had sug·
gested selling the pa.rk to the
highest bidder and usln~ the proceeds
to build A county hO/lpltal.
However. a leial advisory committee
studying law iovunlnl
use ol the proceeds. reported thelTdR .. F lunds must be returned to the ouraI' etall1lDg aI'III ",",'ly C..",1 ,."" I<om whl'h ..
the farm wa.s purcbased In 1920, • (1) The county ~.y not liVe the
property to the City.
Tulsa County commissioners today' reacted coolly to' (21 The laod can be purcb~~ed
a. Chamber of' Commeree subcommIttee report asking by Ihe city only after competitive
that the county fa~ be retained for a city -park. bl~~e county may lease I.he
prTophoesedColuenilt?ln, g Cthome mIa.iOSOSioa.nOO huas.s-".',.h.l."..w I ..,'I ,,_,~ wh,l 'h. la.nd 10 the city.
Inl the proceeds for ~truCtiOD thin, lin· I Just walll every- The oplnloll a.lso uplalned
of II county hospital. ODe to Tote for uprul".a1s." that the COllDt,. ma1 .et aENIrt
The commissioners declined to Disl. 1 Commissioner Frank the land IS a. eOGJlt,. pa.rt or
comment at length on the ",port O'Brien said: "As fn as I'm con- tbe tollnty ma1 jola tbe ci~ In
claiming they are too busy tryln' cern~, the farm Is not for sale establlshln, the a.rea. as a put.
11 _ .•- 22 tn anyooe. 11Ia.t', the only com- "As fa.r as financial considera-to
se ~u....ans on the OcL ex· ment J have to make until a.fter Uons a.re concerned, the commitpressway
bond vote 10 become the expressway vote," tee recognize, that there are no
embroiled In a battle over diJ.. Dist. 3 Commissioner Charlel Immediate funds avaUable ell.her
))Osition nf the farm. V, Shurtleff .eemed more Imme- to purchase or maintain the farm
dla.tely concerned about the re- a.s a park in the Tulsa Park Sy.s-
"I'U have plenty to 111 a.bout port s(nce Ihe fa.rm ls located In tem," the report eJl;plained, ''1bI.5
the farm and the report .nd hl.5 district. condition Is not sn argument for
an,.thln, the,. \ll'a.nt to talk "The farm l.s orf the market the quick sale or the propetfy but
vaooot.ut arur this espresswlY . hi "Sh rtl II Id "Th ral.her a com Uing reason 1. ""'," •• Id C,mm'.-..-.I,n in.gno nIomwm, edlauto eruslhlt,o 1Ic11 eirte. prevent such s.a..l.e a.t a.1I cosa."
Chairman W. V. Ca.ffe,.. "But We can keep that flIrm indefi_ Civle groups IIl1ted in the re-nil.
eb'. POrt as hvorlnl'( the Ulle of the
"However, I sUIi t h Ink the farm property IS a park include:
county needs I hospital Il the Tulsa Real Estate Board, Eastfsrm
ls sold," the commissioner ulsans Inc., Tulsa Park Board,
said. "We can't just put those Tulsa Council of Social Agencies,
peoplc out in the street, We have Tulsa City Council of the Par76
persons living there and 19 of ent-Teachers Assn., and d~ctors
them are bedfast. EIght others of the Downtown LIons Club,
are in a convalescent slatus. And Members of the reporting comthe
populatlon of the farm usually mlttee are AI G. Chamberlain,
rises in wlntcr, Harvey A. Heller Sr., N. G. Henthorne
Jr.. Victor F. Bsmel!. Dr.
Charles C. Mason, Robert L.
McGowen, David R. Milsten, and
R, D. Barnes.
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