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PAGE 6 THE PERKINS JOURNAL, PERKINS, OKLAHOMA " EVERY I.ITTER BIT HURTS" PEIIKINS, PAYNE COUNT~, ~KLAHOMA V" ~mmmmm mm 11~ O.Iv ~ I,, ~ St.~ IMt ~ Ik,~d;t P,~lm 6nd Cometary ".. i t Editor and Publishers 1~4~.] ~. ~.~lJ'" " Published every Thursday and entered as secona class matter at the ~l Perkins, Oklahoma, Post Office, under the Act of Congress, March 3, M J 97. i Subscription Rates: $2.00 a year in Payne, Lincoln and Logan count- I - ~: $3.00 a year if sent ~ at o the above mentioned counties. / ~An l know is what I read in the papers--Will Rogers ~ If emember Unless you're a newcomer to Perkins, you certainly re- member Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton, the legendary cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, mail carrier and deputy U. S. Marshall. Probably the most colorful citizen in Perkins' history, "Pistol Pete" was a true character out of the wild and woolly west. The story of how Pistol Pete avenged the killing of his father by tracking down and killing five of the outlaws invol- ved while still in his teens has been written and rewritten, and told and told again. Ttm tales of his exploits as a crack shot, as a law officer, and all-around cowboy are endless. The Perkins Lions club claimed Pistol Pete as the world's oldest Lions club member ,and no one challenged the statement. He served as the model for the famous "Pistol Pete" em- blem which is the official mascot for Oklahoma State univer- sity, many years ago. His long braided hair, bushy mustache, cowboy hat and western trousers were as much a part of Perkins as Main street. Practically everyone remembers Pistol Pete. Immediate- ly following his death, local civic groups began making plans to erect a monument in Perkins in his memory. Somehow, the plans never took shape. It Is hard for us to realiz~ that, a few months from now --- on Aprll 8 -- Pistol Pete will have been gone four year=. And we're no closer to having some sort of permanent landmark in m~mory of the pioneer now than we were three years ago. A monument to Pistol Pete In Perkins would serve to commemorate an era, a bit of Americana almost totally van- Ished in the pa~t. It would be a worthwhile addition to the many points of Interest in Oklahoma which tell of the state's rich and colorful early days. Personally, we'd like to see a statue of Pistol Pete. life- size, long hair, hat, boots, Cott .45 with 11 notches and all on some prominent location on Maitt street. On the base of the monument might be a short legend telling of his exploits, and this quotation from his autobiography: "Well, so long partner. May the drought never hit your range. And may you always have a free horse and an easy saddle on the trail." It would take some work, but we think it would be worth the effort many times over. x,Vhat do you say? A Library Home }The establishment of a permanent library service in Per- kits four years ago was a significant mark of progress for our community. Since that time, grownups and youngsters alike have capitalized on the new opportunity to read for knowledge and enjoyment. The individuals neighboring com- munities and local organizations who pitched in to make the Perkins library a successful undertaking are to be congrat- ulated. The time has come, we believe, for the community to consider establishing permanent facilities for the library. The books are now located in a part of Neal's Shoe Shop. Mrs Arvil Neal, who has served as librarian for Perkins has done a commendable job, putting forth much more time and energy on the job than the Day warrants. The present space is inadequate, .not only in that library users have no chairs nor desks avai~alMe, but there is not enough room for all of the books to be shelved. Our library is growing. During the past few months, we have heard several sug- gestions concerning the establishment of permanent library facilities, the most frequently-mentioned making use of the present C~.y Hull in some manner. T/qs would be the most cc~:-.~.,-~':~-" ~~u'~c, a:a~ p"~bob?:: the mo~t 9"actical. Personally we wouldn't care how permanent facilities were established; as a separate building, an addition to City Hall, or the filling of one of our empty buildings on Main street. We would like to see facilities available so that readers can use the library to greater advantage. It is a fine service to the community now, but It can be even better. THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1962: Passing through the valley of weeping they make it a place of springs. --(Psalms 84:6). Begin this ."car anew with Cod Discard old thoughts. Change old habits. Release old limitations. Re-order your life, Give thanks to God for this opportunity to begin anew. Other Editors' There has been considerable discussion around town about the increase in property taxes in Wellston which has been mainly due to the sewage bonds. It proves that you get what you pay for and you pay for what you get and eventually it all goes down the ol sewer anyway. Ben Gerdes in the We~lston N ews. Perkins Has A Brilliant Future Preparations for Expansion and Future Growth Are Imperative (From the Dec. 18, 1925 issue of the Perkins Journal) Opportunity is knocking at our door, and Perkins should be prepared to receive the visitor with open arms. Take time by the forelock, prepare a feast that will please your visitor and thus lay a foundation for future growth that is sure to come. With a well developed oil field only five miles northeast of Perkins, and proven territory coming closer each week, we cannot help but anticipate fut- ure poa~bi,lities. With product- ion only two miles south, and with the promise that the two pools will soon he one, it be- hooves us to burn all bridges in the rear, and prepare for a wonderful increase in business activities and expansion in the near future. Our water supply ia abund- ant, but we lack fuel and power, which lies at our very door. We must have electricity! The most consistant service can be secured from a high line. The time was never more opportune, and the future success of our town depends on the interest displayed by the Commercial Club. The line has been built to Mehan, only seven miles dist- ant, and we believe the corpora- tion would consent to an extens- ion of the line if sufficient pre- sure was brought to bear. The fuel ~ltuatton demands our immediate attention. The business and residence section of Perkins is piped for gas, only awaiting the tapping of the mair~. This is one more task for t.'m civic organization. Perkins is bound to grow and expal:d, but we must not wait for prosperity to be thrust upon us we must be prepared to meet this welcome ~.sitor. Let our slogan be: "A larger and mute pLog~-esz~ve Perkins." It's the Law in Oklahoma Liberty's Blessings Taken For Granted There are times when we take the blessings of liberty which are ours as American citizens too much for granted. We can feel ashamed too. be- cause we are likely to accept them without a second thought and be- come inclined to let the other fel- low take most of the responsibility for protecting our personal inter- ests. As Americans we always haw had a distaste fo- war. and await the peak of war to feel and ex- press our patriotism. In our years of peace we are most likely to let things ride. We make little jokes about the speeches on Memorial find our freedoms written down, and find the mechanics for retain- ing these freedoms. The Constitu- tion was written by the people themselves. Words may have been put into order by experts, but the thoughts came from persons like you and me who declared: Here is the maximum power we are willing to surrender to the nation- al government. We think is suff- icient, and if we see the need for granting more power we'll do It after everyone has had the chance to thing it over. Amending of the Constitution purposely was made difficult, yet ten amendments were added al. Day and the Fourth of July be- most immediately. This was done cause we're uneasy about show- because your grandparents and The criteria of a successful chamber of commerce is a membership that supports its program of work with ample funds and ample physical assist- ance. The support that a busi- ness or professional firm sub- scribes as its fair share of the total cost of sustaining the chamber of commerce cannot be measured by the number of memberships it maintains. A more accurate yardstick is the actual amount of time and mon- ey invested. --- Barney in the Cherokee Re- publican, Selling does not have anything to worry about along the neg- ative approach line. This is a positive plus town and just take a look around and see. In the new year even more of the im- provements that make a long list will be apparent and a succ- essful and progressive year lies ahead. --- Bob Evans in the Dewey Co-- unty News. With football out of the way until September, our attention is now turned to the political battles. This should be a good year for the politicians. Things will warm up pretty soon since the primary was advanced to May 1. ---Torn Constabile in the Dun. can Eagle. As a service to Garber resi- dents and to reduce fire hazards in the town, the Garber fire de- partment has arranged to sup- ply fire extinguishers to anyone in Gerber at prices much lower than they 'can be bought else- where. The department will have several different types of portable extinguishers and can give good advice on which type needed for any particular buil- ding. If there is any profit in the project, it will go to the Firemens local fund, and will be a benefit to the community. Chief George Logan says that they expect to display these ex- tingu_~shers at Bradshaw's store and he invites inspection. -- R.F. Kirkpatrick in the Gar- be,r Free Press, ing emotion to others, mine wanted to make doubly sure ~'~ ma Our granddads made nobone.~ that there would be freedom of ~ly h.bors about a rip-roarin' and gloriou~s the press, speech, and religion; Fourth, being close to the rugged that each of us would have the r---~_~--~~-.~. stock that wrote down the prin-right to speedy, public trial before ~110~1~ #~$r0~ ] ciples which make us strong to-an impartial jury; and that dozens U ~d~~ ~ ~1 day. They took a personal inter- of other specific freedoms in the ~ .~ e~ Bill of Rights would be guar-~~([~_~ eStworker].in seeing that those principles anteed in black and white. Yc at" r to.) r"*cn Io~e gig"" (This colum::, :,rcp.~-ca by V" ('.:"> "~:" ":~:" Ir~'.7 'I ":~'~':'..~ of who made up the group of Oklahonm Bar Association, is " W Americans known as "We, the written to Inform---not to advise. people" Who created our Constttu- No person should ever apply, or tion; and lose sight of the factinterpret any law without the aid that there are ways of fighting for of an. attorney who is fully advis- our Constitution, and t#o'r our con- ~ Concerning the facts involved, i stitutional right, without putting because a slight variance In facts on a uniform and carrying a gun. may change the appllcafdon of the ~ ~[~/'~ O~ ~ ~ It is in our Constttutlon that we law.) .............. .~.~a :,a~,~,