STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION
Oklahoma City, Okla.
June 9th, 1937.
Mr. C. S. Avery,
My Dear Mr. Avery:
I noticed an article in the papers this evening, in which some utterly ridiculous statements were made, accusing you of building a pond on your farm in Nowata County.
For the benefit of any investigators and also for the information of the virtuous (?) citizens bringint the charges, I submit the following statement of facts:
1st. That I was CSA, O-ERA, & F-ERA Administrator for Nowata County from Dec. 1st, 1933 to June 1st, 1935.
2nd. That I personally developed the farm pond program for Nowata Co. against much local opposition, as I then thought, and still think, it was to the best interests of the county farmers to have supplies of stock water.
3rd. That I personally selected the site for a pond on your farm west of Lenapah, at the time of the survey I thought that the land belonged to a local farmer, when I talked with him on the subject, he informed me that he did not own the land. I thereupon searched the county records and found it listed in your name; I talked with you over the phone, received your approval of the idea, made out the proper form of easements, and mailed them to you for signature.
4th. At that time, to the best of my knowledge, you were in no way connected with the relief administration.
5th. The work was started either in Jan. or Feb 1935, if I remember correctly.
6th. After the work was well started, you inspected the project, and phoned me, requesting that if possible, without injuring the project or making extra expense to the government, that I lower the spillway and the crest of the dam, as the pond as projected would occupy too much of the area of the far.
7th. That the project was over 75% complete when I resigned as County Administrator.
E. L. Heiser.
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