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Great Grandma’s Old Farmhouse Ringwood Oklahoma – Thursday Doors

In 2012, the kids and I tagged along with my husband on one of his business trips from Northern California to Texas and Oklahoma.  We all crammed into his work truck and hit the road.  I had just two conditions for the trip, we stop and see the Grand Canyon and if we were anywhere near Ringwood Oklahoma, we’d take the time to go find my Great Grandma’s old farm house.  I remember going to the house at least twice and the last time I went I think I was maybe 17 or 18 years old.  All I could really remember about the house was my Great Grandma lived near a church.  Ringwood is so tiny (population 508), I knew we’d find it and we did!  We also visited the Grand Canyon, which was awesome!

Great Grandma's Old Farmhouse

This picture below was taken inside the house back in the late 1980’s.  That’s me with the big 80’s hair, along with my mom’s father, my brother and my mom.

Ringwood Ok Late 1980's

Below is another picture taken inside the old farmhouse.  It’s my Uncle Larry, my Grandma, Great Grandma, Great Grandpa, me and my brother.  I remember this trip, driving out to Oklahoma from California, my brother and I were both so excited because we’d get to go swimming in hotel swimming pools.  We both ended up contracting impetigo and didn’t get to go swimming.

Ringwood Ok 1970's

My Great Grandma’s house was originally out on the farm (homestead).  She had the house moved from the farm and into the “city” in 1978.  My Great Grandparents added onto the house that same year.

Farmhouse Moved To Ringwood 1978

Here’s the same house back on the farm in 1950.  The pretty lady is my Grandma with my Uncle Larry and my mom.

Farmhouse 1949

Same farmhouse with my Uncle Larry and my mom in 1949.

Farmhouse May 1949

I don’t think this is the same house but I could be wrong.  This is the house where my Great Grandma grew up in Oklahoma.  It’s the William Thomas Crites Homestead, “the farm” was part of this homestead.

Great Grandma's Childhood Home

We visited an old Sod House I remember going to when I was a kid.  It’s near Ringwood, Ok.

Sod House Oklahoma

We spent the day before driving around checking out drilling rigs, looking at lakes and we even went to Bray, Oklahoma where my husband’s family is from.

Bray Oklahoma

After finding my Great Grandma’s house, we headed back towards Woodward Oklahoma where we had hotel reservations and we experienced some HUGE hail.  Like dorks, we stopped to check out the hail.  The wind was whipping all around, you can see my daughter’s hair was a mess from the wind.   My husband doesn’t like to listen to the radio so it was off all day (big mistake in tornado country).

Oklahoma Hail 2012

When we got back to Woodward, my husband went to check into the hotel.  While we were waiting in the hotel’s parking lot the tornado sirens started going off.  I panicked and asked a man in the parking lot what we were supposed to do, and he said, “Well you got to die sometime.”  Not a cool thing to say in front of kids!

The hotel suggested we go to the hospital, which didn’t make much sense to us, but what did we know?

We went into our room, turned on the news and went online.  There were two tornados headed towards Woodward.  My husband figured out a safe driving route and we hauled ass to Amarillo Texas.  We are big chickens like that.

Sadly, the tornados did hit Woodward and five people died that day.

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Monday 14th of June 2021

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Marian Allen

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Wow, what a great story! I love the pictures of all the houses -- how cool is that, that you could find your great-grandmother's house? I remember my great-grandmother's farmhouse, but I'd never be able to find it again, assuming it's still there. It's probably a parking lot by now.

Look at the size of that hail! Getting out of the way was the smart thing to do, for sure.

ShellyB

Saturday 20th of February 2016

I'm still so happy we made that long drive out to Oklahoma and found my Great Grandma's house. I think it's something my kids will always remember, even though we never went inside.

The hail balls were crazy huge! I'd never seen anything like it before.

Thanks, for stopping by Marian!

janet

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Glad you escaped the tornado to share this memory-filled post with us. My grandparents lived on a farm in Nebraska and I thought the farmhouse was big. Many years later when I went back, I was shocked at how small it actually was. :-) It's gone now, so I can only go back in memory

janet

ShellyB

Saturday 20th of February 2016

I remember thinking the old farmhouse in the post was big too. It's actually tiny! It's funny how perception changes over time.

That's too bad about your grandparents farmhouse being gone now. Truthfully, I'm surprised my Great Grandma's house is still standing. The current owners have made lots of improvements.

Thanks for commenting Janet!

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