Indian Rancher

Posted By BrokenClaw on February 5, 2007

Reprinted from the “World of Farming” section of the Tulsa World 25 October 1965. The newspaper clipping was provided by Clio Caleb Church. The article had no by-line.

Indian Rancher Proves Up to Name ‘Real Fellow’

RED ROCK — His Otoe name is Woc She Gay Chee. But to his friends, and he has lots of them, he is known as Dewey Dailey. His name means Real Fellow, it’s a fitting name. If anybody or anything needs help, Dewey is there, Johnny-On-The-Spot, according to Indian Farm [Agent] Bill Kerch.

Dewey and his wife Susie are stockmen. They are not big farmers, but they farm well. They have 40 head of stock cattle and 40 acres of hay. Sixteen of this is alfalfa. They also grow 17 acres of cotton. Sons Rupert and Antoine help with the cotton. Their first farm loan 25 years ago was a modest one. They bought a big rawboned team, 5 cows and a few hens. They also bought some farm equipment including an iron wheeled wagon, turning plow and some one-row cotton machinery. The Daileys gradually expanded until they were farming 200 acres. After some 10 years, they switched to tractors. So, Babe and Blaze faded out of the picture. (Dewey had become so attached to them that he managed to be away on urgent business the day they were trucked away.)

Dewey is on his toes when it comes to farming. For several years his wife and sons had been griping about chopping cotton. But cash from cotton came in handy, so they didn’t like to give it up. This year, with some suggestions from the farm agent and an assist from the County Farmers Home Administrator, Everett Lovell, Dewey went in for chemical weed control. Dewey is the only cotton grower for miles around. He has never had to spray for boll weevils or other cotton insects. (Maybe the bugs haven’t found him yet.)

Dewey has another claim to fame. He is one of those rare Indians who buys land instead of selling it. With the help of Jack Harp, loan specialist from the Pawnee Indian Office, he obtained an FHA loan to buy 70 acres of good Red Rock Creek Bottom land. The Daileys have reached retirement age — in theory — but are sure going strong. They are never too busy to help. Dewey is chairman of the Otoe Indian Boy Scout Committee, chairman of the Agricultural Section of the Ponca Indian Fair and Sunday School superintendent. Mrs. Dailey doesn’t just sit around. She’s quite a garden and does a lot of canning. She is president of the Indian Home Demonstration Club.

The article was accompanied by two photographs, unsuitable for scanning, with the following caption.

“Real Fellow” is the meaning of Dewey Dailey’s Indian name and his consistent assistance to neighbors bear it out. Dewey is sold on chemical weed control for cotton and points to a control plot showing how weeds crowded out the plants while to his back is cotton which will make a bale an acre. While Dewey is busy taking care of the farm end of the operation, Mrs. Dailey is hard at work with a large garden, and here she is canning tomatoes for winter food supply.


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