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Great State: A Mustang Family That Grew But Never Moved Away

MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA — The sisters manage to get together once a week.

Dolly is youngest.

June is the oldest of the surviving 4.

Bernie and Dorothy have been middle children throughout their 70-plus years.

Each is a short golf cart drive from the other.

“That’s all we have,” states Dorothy O’Dell.

They live on the same 160 acre farm their father bought before they came along.

There were 6 Husmann kids originally.

Leukemia took the oldest sister at age 12.

The 4 remaining sisters still miss their big brother who passed away just a few years ago.

There was a time when each of them moved off the home-place to get married and to start families of their own.

But their father promised each of them 5 acres.

One by one they moved back.

“We built a house in 1966,” says Dolly.

The 5 Husmann kids offered the same deal to their children.

That’s how Husmannville grew to its present population of around 23.

Dorothy recalls, “We all moved out here at different times.”

June told us, “You don’t want to live next door to just anybody.”

Dorothy continues, “Not when you got all your good family right here.”

They grew up here.

They grew old here.

Each of them recalls chopping corn and pitching wheat bundles.

They played in the creek and ate dusty mulberries till they were sick.

But they never grew truly apart.

For better or worse, they managed to stick close together bad habits and all.

From her kitchen table Dorothy quoted, “As my own mother used to say, ‘If they can stand them all the time then surely we can stand them a little while.'”

Husmanville isn’t even a wide spot on Southwest 44 Street, but it’s a place until the last Husmann shuts the gate.