Osage County

There’s a movie called August Osage County.  I can barely wait to see it because both grandparents, maternal and paternal, lived and farmed in Osage County.  I spent as much time as I could in “The Osage.”

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UPDATE: I saw the movie, “Osage County” and, I didn’t like it. It was not what I expected. The family portrayed in the movie was awful! Plus, there was not enough scenery of the Osage.

My mom and I drove back to Osage County in October 2012 while filming was still happening.  We didn’t see anyone famous. Although, I’ve learned a cousin who works on the oil leases met several of the actors.

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Here’s the front page of the Tulsa World.

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This post is more about “The Osage” than the movie…since I didn’t like it!

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This was my maternal grandparent’s farmhouse.  It burned down several years after they moved to “town,” {Ponca City}  It was 4 rooms and I remember when they added the bathroom onto the back porch.  At the time, I missed the outhouse.  It was a two-holer!  My cousin and I would do skits on the front porch.  Nothing was as much fun as a tractor ride with Grandpa.

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This is the barn and as long as I can remember with back was just about to fall in.  I took these pictures when I was 13 years old.  I still remember that day.  Grandpa and grandma were packing up to move and I couldn’t understand why they would leave such a magical place.  The farm was 360 acres and I am sure I’ve walked every bit of it. Many times, barefoot!

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This is Charlie Creek that runs through the farm.  We had to drive down through the creek to get to the house.  During heavy rains, we would be stuck on the farm.  I prayed for rain to come during my visits.

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The windmill…or the swimming pool.

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Walking down the road a quarter of a mile was my paternal grandparent’s farm.  The farmhouse looked just like this as far back as I can remember.  The paint is long gone…

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until my aunt and uncle fixed it up.  Sorry for the bad photo.  It was a last-minute shot as we were leaving down the gravel road.  Today the farmhouse is a cute little white cottage with running water and everything!

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We are close, loving, neighborly and respectful.

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There is a peace that comes over me in Osage County.

Where do you find peace?

Update to Osage County

We now live in Kay County, which is across the river from Osage County. We’re living in my hometown called, Ponca City. My grandparents old farms are 16 miles from our home. Above is our backyard.

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  1. Oh my gosh, Terry! We could be related!!! 🙂 I was born in Ponca City. The two farms above are between Pawhuska and Ponca. The first now has a large silo near the old entrance {the land was divided up and sold in 40 acres lots} and the second farm is a quarter mile up the road towards Burbank on the north side. My aunt and uncle and cousin live on that farm. My mom moved back to Fairfax last April after we lost dad. I have several aunts, uncles and cousins all around the area. Several aunts and uncles in Ponca, aunt in Pawhuska, cousin in Kaw city, and one in Sedan, KS. I love your website and am now following you. ~Jeanette

  2. Oh the memories you have brought back for me! I too can say that I am from Osage County! When I was 11, my Mother married her second husband in Wichita, KS and he, being a cowboy from Osage County brought us back ‘home’ to Kaw City and Shidler, Oklahoma. My third sister still lives there and works as an RN in Pawhuska. I remember going on dates to the big city, Ponca City with my high school sweetheart who became my first hubby. Our son (32) lives just over the Okla border in Kansas now and my ex In Laws still live in Grainola, OK, Osage County. What a small world this is! I still go and visit every year, my son, my sister and sometimes, even my ex’s. My now hubby and I live in his hometown of Quincy, IL.

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