T0M & JERRY—JIM & JEAN BROOKS
Tom & Jerry, the matched set of coal black mules owned by Jim and Jean Brooks were put to rest near the old rock cellar on the 101 Loop Road in the fall of 2002. Beginning in 1978 through 2001 these full brothers pulled wagons and buggies in well over 150 parades in the Western United States. Their most famous hitch was during the 1986 Senatorial Campaign when they pulled Jim and Jean along with President Ronald Regan and Senator Steve Symms into the C.S.I. Expo Center in Twin Falls, Idaho. These boys were always decked out in their fancy black harnesses and usually pulled the old ice wagon that was originally owned by Buhl Feed and Ice Company.
The four rock posts surrounding their burial site came from the elementary school that Jim Brooks attended near Ponca City, Oklahoma. Tom and Jerry also came from the Ponca City area where they were purchased for Jim and Jean by their nephew in 1977. We were really surprised to find out that just a few miles from Ponca City is the 101 Ranch, which was the headquarters of the world famous Miller Brothers “Wild West Show” of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Jim Brooks spent a lot of time during his youth at that 101 Ranch and we like to think that Tom & Jerry did also.
The Old Rock Cellar to the left of Tom & Jerry is all that remains of an early 1900’s homestead. Today, the 101 Ranch consists of 1600 acres. This ranch in earlier years was made up of several small farms, which were purchased by former owners: Hubert Henderson, Cecil Brim and Charles Kast.