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i horseless carriages. A heard tell, that lectricity gress taking place in the -s-Bud farmed named Jake camewill bite ye like a world. Bud England to town in his wagon and thunderbolt." right in the middle of town Then there's my first 7,=,.== ; emerslu, uapusm at least ing just at dusk. Our beloved two-holer out a car came by the already encounter with a flush Oldtimers: got made from ,some driving his cows back health folks came by and passed the thing back-had gone with dad and he .= .=- ,=.=_..___ thousands of years assertion of the ' Good across the dusty road to informed Pete that the fired. Whereupon the had quite a wait to get ss came t the Bk" Iwherein lve and pasture after milking' The uthuse had t g" They nervus hrses sideled ff some hrsesheing dne FLAI IgO . I ULTU hke' .o snail on an tolerance is advised)and lights of our car was proclaimed it to be toward the opposite curb or something of that : ting. Somethingwent home and "cussed'measured quantitively in dangerous to the health of and tried to break away. nature. So I was free to " " undred years ago his mules in frustration, terms of lightning bug the community. Pete That made Jake mighty play with a couple of the Ice of new develop-The following will illus- power. Thus dad failed to firmly replied, "If you mad so while trying to set "city boys ' I d met at President Herbert Hoover, while running for quickened a bit and trate the oldtimers philos- see the big white bull think that little bungalo is the horses under control church. Nature was right reelection ill 1932, Amerlcal "a chicken in ally increased up to ophy and in rare caseswhich brought up the rear dangerous you try to he yelled at the most on schedule even though I everypot." eginning of Werldsome progress is revealed of the strung-out herd. remove it and I'll show you [I. Then because of in their awakening toJust as we were about to what danger is really cantankerous horse, "you was in another world atIt didn't happen in the '30s, but by the 10s chicken S.O.B. settle down." As the time. So I asked my has become a fi'equent meal for llMilfly people in this trash program the accept new ideas, hit the bull broadside, dad like. ' All the time he was usual there were a few spit playmates if there was a COUlltry. Americans now consume an average of in creating One case in point is the yelled, "whoa" and in- rubbing his open palm up and whittlers sitting on the barn close. They said no and more potent story of Billy McGinty of of persuasion Ripley. He was the kst Hitler and Tojo the well-known "Roughrider grew rapidly. "who fought on San Juan now con- that there has been scientific and tech- )ment in the during recorded history world. wild, wierd and wonderful have come to our i if not into our under- in the past thirty that many of us on back side of that !rbial hill pass off incomprehensibles ess than a full shrug. passive reactions not the case when I ung and my father father were old. then every new idea came under scrutiny and almost rebellion against as a disturbing status quo. .~n before new came in increas- Umbers biblical con- was always a category for Sunday afternoon I've heard argued good two hours and verses full Hill in Cuba alongside and under the command of Teddy Roosevelt. Typical of men of that era he loved horses. When the first cars started showing up in the Payne County area someone asked Billy if he was going to buy a car. He, replied, "Heck no. It's hard enough for me to find the gates on a good horse and them dang flOwers' won't help hunt for 'era." Ironically years later Me-' Ginty owned the Ford Agency there. Speaking of early day cars, dad finally broke down and bought one in the fall of 1924 from Rassie Hert in Perkins. But he had trouble adjusting his thinking to the controls of the Model T. versus the reins and large wooden hand brake on the side of the wagon box. When all was calm he did quite well but in one emergency he revealed the agony he was going through in emerging men- tally into the machine age. We were chuggin' our way to the Baptist Church in Carney one Sunday even- stinctively pulled back hard on the steering wheel as though it was leather reins but he didn't touch the brakes. Fortunately the animal was merely bowled over in the dusty road unhurt and soon we cranked up and went on to hear the old-fashioned hellfire and damnation preacher warn of even more dire consequences if we didn't walk the straight and narrow. I recall how hard it was for Mr. Fiala of Goodnight to come around to accepting new ideas for agriculture espoused by those educated idiots from A&M who went around to the various country schools and gave lectures. Mr. Fiala was of Slovic descent, very successful at farming and self-assured. His accent was still strong and I loved to hear him put the city dudes on the hot spot with tough questions. Pistol Pete was much admired around Perkins but on at least one occasion his reluctance to change with "progress" put him face to face with authorities in a standoff. When the sewer line first came to Perkins, Pete, like most others, still had his and down across his big notorious pistol at his side. He kept the two-holer a while longer. In the late 1920s the county school authorities were trying to figure a way to better educate the rural children and at the same time save money. Consoli- dation seemed to be the way to go. However, our Scott School parents were almostunanimously against such a drastic move. They wanted to keep tight control over their own district. And besides, they didn't want their kids' thinking con- taminated by the city kids. (Perkins at that time had a population of maybe six hundred.) The parents went to Stillwater in a convoy of Model Ts and such to fight the battle with the powers that be. They lost. That was a hard earned step of progress for which I am grateful in retrospect. Otherwise I ain't shore I'd a learnt good English. Progress caused a small uproar right on Main Street in Perkins once too. It was during that awkward time when horse drawn vehicles were mel- ding unwillingly with the street benches nearby and witnessed the whole thing. Naturally they were amus- ed at Jake's plight. One of the sidewalk sightseers was affectionately called "Fizzle" by his friends. He bawled out to Jake, "what do you call the other horse, Jake?" The unhinged farmer shot back, "Fizzle." "By dang, Jake, you named one for me and one for you." One time we were on vacation. We stopped in at Huddleston's "Jot Em Down Store" near Mena, Ark. This store was made famous as the setting for most of the action on the Lure and Abner radio program. They had one lightbulb hanging down from the center of the high ceiling. As usual a twine string hung down from that to pull for on and off. Some really and truly "hillbillies" meandered into the store and gawked around. One lad spied the string on the ceiling light and slowly raised his hand to grasp it. His mother was watching. She grab- bed his shoulder and yanked him away from the string saying in hushed tones, "Henry you leave that think alone. I've but told me where to find an alternate. When I walked into this mall tin covered shanty, thinking I'd find the typical board bench with the holes, I was shocked to see a porcelain type fixture backed up to the wall. It had a pipe running from that to another such tank up high and from that hung a small rope. Well, it was all new to me and I was only a land. There was a real emergency at hand and getting more critical by the moment and nobody to help me make judgments. Finally I saw a handwritten sign up on the tank which read, "flush when through." There are times in everyone's life when he must take chances. So I did. Now it was time for the most exciting new discovery. I did what the sign said. I pulled the rope and the awfullest mini flood took place and I fled the place wondering if I had really pulled a boner. My small friends assured me that everything would quieten down in a bit. So I was much relieved (in more ways than one) and a might smarter about pro- more than 60 pounds of chicken per year. We eat more chicken than pork, and the experts believe that in a few more years we may be eating more chicken than beef. Price is a major factor. Chickens are cheaper to raise than beef cattle or hogs. Production costs total 70 cents for a pound of beef, 45 cents for a pound of pork and 25 cents for a pound of chicken. It takes only 2.2 pounds of feed for each pound of gain by a chicken. (In 1925 it took 5.5 pounds of feed.) Back in those days, it also required 15 weeks of feeding before a chicken reached market weight; now less than half that time is needed. In 1925 hens produced 112 eggs per year and consumed 8.0 pounds of feed per dozen eggs. Now it takes half as much feed per dozen eggs, and hens lay twice as many eggs per year. The chicken-raising areas of Oidahoma are mostly in the eastern counties bordering on Arkansas. (Adair County is the leader.) We're not among the top chicken and egg producing states; we consttme more than we produce. IN 1982, MORE THAN 51 million broilers and 814 million eggs were produced in Oklahoma, plus 2 million turkeys. 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