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Great Stories about growing up in the Horntown, Oklahoma area!

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Burley Turner - The Best Shot . . . . Bar None!

     One day at the old Horntown store some of the farmers of the area were sitting around the old wood burning stove when the subject of "who is the best shot" came up.  It seems that everyone had a story to tell touting someone's best shot.  The "marksmanship" improved with each tale. Finally, my dad, Kenneth Summy, suggested that for someone to be a better shot than Burley Turner, they would have to be pretty good. He went on to relate how Burley could shoot through the small mouth of  a Coke bottle and knock out the bottom end of the bottle. Some didn't believe it, the discussion got pretty animated to say the least. Since Burley was present, not saying a word about his prowess with a rifle, the shooting exhibition was on. So with three empty coke bottles in hand off they (a dozen or so men) go to the creek down behind Winford Lee's garage. I couldn't go because my dad made me stay and watch the store, but I could hear the three rifle shots from the front porch of the old Horntown store. 
     Within 30 minutes they were all back and all three Coke bottles had the bottoms shot out. Those old bottles were placed in a prominent place in the store and when the subject of shooting came up, the story of Burley and the Coke Bottles was repeated once more. No one argued the point because it seemed there was always someone there who had witnessed his great skill with his 30-06.  Besides who could argue with those three, now famous, Coke bottles. I don't know what ever happened to them, but they still sit there in my memory to this day. (Click on Burley's picture for a larger view)
Jerry Summy - Class of 1962    (This story took place in the mid 50's and many of these men have passed on, but I believe Sonny Stringfellow was there that day and can probably verify this story.)

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