The following document is a copy of the original manuscript from an article my great grandfather J.B. "Bunk" Kelsey wrote for the Oklahoma Flying Farmer newsletter in 1957. "Jack" in the article refers to Jack Kelsey (my grandfather Roland Kelsey's brother and my great uncle), who was president of the state organization at the time. (If you want to know what the Flying Farmers are, click here.)
More than just a fascinating personal history, this document gives you a sense on what Oklahoma must've been like for a young farmer who witnessed the birth of the state, stuck with it through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, and saw it finally come into its own. Along the way he crossed paths with such famous pilots Charles Lindbergh and Ruth Law, and the first airplane he ever saw was was made by the Wright Brothers!
I think this is incredible stuff. I thank my father Barry Kelsey for letting me post it here. If you can't read the jpeg, I've included a download link to the pdf.