The Friends of the Chickasha Public Library invite the community to join them at their second of three Summer Luncheons on Thurs., July 18, 2019 from 11:30am-1:00pm at 415 W. Chickasha Ave. The event will be held in the dining area of the Grady County Historical Society, also recognized locally as The Dixie Building.
Reservations are required and due by Mon., July 15, 2019 at 5pm. Contact Jana Dabney at (405) 824-5118 to make a reservation.
The cost for the luncheon is $10 and may be paid at the door. A delicious Taco Salad and Italian Cream Cake will be served along with tea and water.
The guest author and speaker is Bernhard William ‘Little Pete’ Hammert, a lifelong Oklahoma farmer and rancher. Although he is semi-retired, Pete still likes to dabble in the cattle business and grow wheat in Caddo County.
Pete has become well-known in the area for his story-telling talents about his family and the life experiences that shaped him.
Mr. Hammert is a graduate of Oklahoma A&M College, Stillwater (now known as Oklahoma State University) and received a degree in animal science. While working in farm production credit, he also farmed and ran cattle in partnership with his father. He later branched out and raised stocker and feeder cattle in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.
He and his late wife, Lois, reared three daughters, DeLois, Janice and Rhonda. He is grandpa to Matt, Ty, Evan and Carly, and great-grandpa to Emma, Hannah, Aiden, Easton and Ethan.
Pete was again widowed recently, having lost his wife Rosezellen ‘Rosie’. Dealing with his grief and being unable to sleep, many of the stories in his book came to life on a yellow legal pad in the middle of the night.
His recently-released book and e-book is titled ‘Secondhand Cowboys, a Slice of Life in Early Day Anadarko, Oklahoma.’ In his book, Mr. Hammert retells homespun stories told to him by the ‘old folks’ in his family … his grandfather, father and uncle … as they lived life in that amazing frontier town that sprouted up seemingly overnight from the prairie of Indian Territory in the Washita River Valley, now known as Anadarko, Oklahoma. The patriarch is "Papa," who as a German-speaking 15-year-old came to America determined to learn the language, find a wife and make a living for a growing family. In that quest, he helped to pioneer Indian Territory.
Pat Hammert, a retired journalist and Pete’s sister-in-law, adds a historical perspective to his book relating how that unique event actually happened at the turn of the 20th century.
Mr. Hammert was a featured author at a recent book signing event. His book is available in the Chickasha Area Arts Council’s ‘Gift Shop’ located at 1301 S. 7th and his book and e-book can be purchased on Amazon.
The last summer luncheon of the Friends of the Library is Thurs., August 15, at the Grady County Historical Society in The Dixie Building.