Born in 1879 in Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation on his family’s Dog Iron Ranch, Will was a star on Broadway and in over 71 movies. He was an author and syndicated columnist, a radio broadcaster and a friend to Presidents, senators, stars and slaves. He learned his love for riding and roping here … at the Dog Iron Ranch near Claremore, Oklahoma. Click here for a pdf of the Famous Barns Elevations and Floor Plan it inspired.
A Will Rogers’ Christmas Story
“Will’s first Christmas gift to his future wife, Betty (Blake) was a “little lace handkerchief” sent the winter after he had taken her to Chelsea to meet his family. He was away from home, but sent her the gift he had carried with him since purchasing it in Africa years before while buying lace and needlework for his sisters.
… The old Indian lady he bought the lace from gave him the handkerchief and asked if he was married. When he said no, she told him to give it to his wife when he married.
He carried it with him through Africa, through Australia, and then home, always intending to do as the old woman said. That year, just a few years before he and Betty were married in 1908, he decided it was for her.”
Sometimes very big gifts come in small packages …
there’s no better reminder of this than Christmas. Merry Christmas.