Mollie Spencer Farm celebrates new member, longtime friend

Blake Keesee is sixth generation caretaker; Jim Crosby retiring as Yukon city manager

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The Mollie Spencer Farm’s board of directors gathers to celebrate new board member Blake Keesee, son of Christian Keesee; and longtime friend and college Jim Crosby, who is retiring as Yukon’s city manager. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

The board of directors for the Mollie Spencer Farm in Yukon has welcomed a new board member while honoring Yukon’s retiring city manager.

The 33-acre property, 1001 S Garth Brooks Blvd., is one of the oldest pieces of continually-owned real estate in the State of Oklahoma.

Retiring Yukon City Manager Jim Crosby (left) is congratulated by Mollie Spencer Farm Board President Christian Keesee. Crosby will continue serving on the board. (Photo provided)

Mollie Spencer Farm board members gathered at a recent meeting to celebrate longtime friend and colleague Jim Crosby, who will retire in January as Yukon’s city manager.

Board President Christian Keesee congratulated Crosby on his long, fruitful career in city government. Fellow board members are pleased Crosby will continue in his role on the board.

Attending his first board meeting was Blake Keesee, son of Christian Keesee, a direct descendant of Mollie Spencer.

Blake Keesee attends his first meeting as a member of the Mollie Spencer Farm’s board of directors. He is a direct descendant of Mollie Spencer, whose husband L.M. Spencer co-founded Yukon. (Photo provided)

Blake Keesee is the sixth generation to care for the Mollie Spencer Farm, located on the original Chisholm Trail. The farm was founded in 1894 as the Spencer Homestead.

Mollie Spencer’s husband L.M. Spencer and brother-in-law A.N. Spencer founded the town of Yukon in 1891.

Mollie Spencer was grandmother of Oklahoma philanthropist John Kirkpatrick and great-grandmother to his grandson Christian Keesee.

Christian Keesee, in 2016, donated the farm to the Kirkpatrick Family Fund at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

The Kirkpatrick Family Fund ensures the protection of the property for public use through the nonprofit Mollie Spencer Farm, Inc.

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ANIMALS, EDUCATION

The Mollie Spencer Farm promotes the health, well-being and humane treatment of animals, while also providing a refuge for a few farm animals and naturally-occurring wildlife.

The farm’s mission is to provide educational opportunities that promote animal well-being, support regional history, and celebrate a sense of community pride in Yukon.

The Mollie Spencer Farm’s two miniature donkeys, Jenny and Dottie, have become quite comfortable at home on the farm. (Photo provided)

A number of sheep and several chickens call Mollie Spencer Farm home. Additional and frequent “visitors” to the farm include deer, foxes, egrets, geese, ducks, and honeybees.

The farm has two horses and one miniature donkey that were rescued through Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.

Monarch butterflies also use the farm as a resting point during their migration in the fall.

Several sheep call the Mollie Spencer Farm home. (Photo provided)

Students from the nearby Yukon Middle School enjoy frequent visits to the farm to learn about the animals and life on the farm.

Future curriculum for additional learning opportunities is in development in partnership with the school.

The Mollie Spencer Farm hosts several community events like the Chisholm Trail Festival and Easter on the Prairie.

The farm is not open to the general public outside of regularly scheduled events hosted at the farm. For more information, call (405) 767-3702 or email info@molliespencerfarm.org