Oklahoma town celebrates man who put their town on the map with Good Luck

And, to continue the whole doctorin’ theme “¦

 

One Kay County town kicked up centennial festivities a notch with its celebration of, as Oklahoman state correspondent Jim Etter reported recently, “one of the most unusual events during Oklahoma’s centennial”: “the horse liniment that made Newkirk famous.”

 

Whoa, Nellie.

 

Held Sept. 8 this year, the annual Charlie Adams Day in the small community near Bartlesville is named for Charles Francis Adams, a Kansan who set foot in the area ” then Oklahoma Territory ” in 1889, Etter reported. Adams’ claim to fame there? Creating a “medicinal rub” for his horses suffering from harness sores.

Adams patented the elixir as “Good Luck” ” and later saddled his best racing horse with the name. The appellation apparently held true ” according to the Oke, the horse won more than $13,000 by 1949.

 

 The Charlie Adams Day shindig started six years ago, as a way to spread the word on the man behind the medicine, according to local historian and festival coordinator Karen Dye.

 

“He made Newkirk famous, I guess, and it was because of the liniment,” she told the Oke.

 

Feelin’ poorly? The still-available liniment apparently works wonders for two-hoofers, as well.

 

“People around here swear by it,” resident Diane Shafer said, and Dye went a step further: “People still use it, on horses and on themselves,” she said. “We all use Good Luck.”

 

Well ” we at Chicken-Fried News could use some, too! Of some kind. Anyway, we figure there’s a lot worse to be famous for than stinky, horse cream.

 

Yes, stinky. According to Juhree Vanderpool, granddaughter of the liniment inventor, “It smells.”

 

“He made it in August, when it was hotter than blazes, and it would sit out in the sun for three or four days,” she told the Oke. “I’ve been over when it was in big barrels, and would stink to high heaven. But, it still works.”

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