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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 13, 2011 - AS On Jan. 23, 1775, London merchants petition Parlia- ment for relief from the financial hardship put upon them by the curtailment of trade with the North Ameri- old Robert Frost recited his poem "The Gift Outright" at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occa- I remember that when Icolumn for each project, was in school in 1954, the such as beef or sheep. application for FFA State Then the next pages wuld Farmer Degree was due be for income and expenses in February. Not many of of the projects. can colonies. Most critical sion, titled "Dedication," to the merchants' concerns faint ink in his typewriter us applied for that in those There was a summary were the 2 million pounds made the words difficult to years, but with the help of page for the financial sterling in outstanding debts owed to them by their North American counterparts. On Jan. 18, 1882, A.A. Milne, creator of "Winnie- the-Pooh," is born. Milne wrote his volumes of verse for his son, Christopher Robin: "When We Were Very Young" (1924), "Winnie-the-Pooh" (1926), "Now We Are Six" (1927) and "The House at Pooh Comer" (1928). read, so he recited "The Gift ag teacher Paul Evans, my aspects of the projects for Outright" from memory, parents, and others; I did that year. Every calendar On Jan. 21,' 1977, Presi- dent Jimmy Carter grants an unconditional pardon to hundreds of thousands of men who evaded the draft during the Viemam War. In total, some 100,000 young Americans went abroad in the late 1960s and early '70s to avoid serving in the war. On Jan. 22, 1981, Roll- ing Stone magazine's John Lennon tribute issue hits newsstands, featuring a cover photograph of a naked John Lennon curled up in a fetal embrace of a fully clothed Yoke One. The photograph had been taken just 12 hours before Lennon's death. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. applyi Not 0nly' was the year the student would application necessary for start a new record book. the State Farmer Degree, The summary page would but it was also for other awards and for running for state offices in the Oklahoma FFA. The application informa- tion came from the finan- cial records in the student' s yellow FFA record book. This was before the day of personal computers. The record book covered the various projects that an FFA member might have, such as beef, swine, sheep, dairy, wheat, or corn. The first two pages had lines and spaces for begin- ning and ending inventory, beginning with January 1 and ending with December 31. The student would list the livestock and crops he owned. There would be a TOOLS Building the Homestead show how much profit or loss each project made that year. The best plan was for the student to keep up with making the entries in the record book throughout the year. Our ag teacher Paul Evans gave us time in class to work on our record books. The yellow record books also had pages for improvement projects, farm skills learned, lead- ership activities in FFA, school, church, and com- munity, and awards at fairs and livestock shows. The state Farmer Degree application was filled out by the student when he was a senior in high school. It covered four years of voca- tional agriculture. The stu- dent would take his yellow record book for each year and use the information to fill out the application. The application form was detailed and had sev- eral pages. It was better to fill it out with a typewriter On Jan. 19, 1915, during World War I, Britain suf- fers its first casualties from an air attack when two German zeppelins drop bombs on Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn on the eastern coast of England. The zeppelin, a motor- driven rigid airship, was developed by German inventor Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin in 1900. On Jan. 17, 1953, a prototype Chevrolet Cor- vette sports car makes its debut at General Motors' Motorama auto show in New York City. The car featured an all-fiberglass Ag teacher Paul Evans and Robert Wall working on FFA record book in 1982. Photo by Mary Jane Wall body, a white exterior and red interior, a 150-horse- power engine and a starting price tag of around $3.500. An AM radio and heater were extra. On Jan. 20, 196 l. 87-year- BAIT Continued from Page A1 show filming process and had fun watching how it was done. He even appears on screen in a couple of scenes. During fishing season, from mid-March to around Halloween. the store is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Clayton and Shannon are usually nearby during the rest of the year, so if you're ready to give winter fishing a shot, just call (405) 800-5522 for more information. Splitting Posts In building fences, the Perkins homesteader would usually set a six m eight foot long tree trunk for each comer post. Line posts were often made by splitting large trees into two or four pieces. This was done to but we borrowed a L. C. Smith typewriter from Earnest and Lillian West- fall that had elite sized type which was smaller than pica. That way we could office in Stillwater by the February deadline. It was a similar procedure when my sons submitted. applications in the early 1980's. And in 2011 the get more words on a line. Perkins-Tryon chapter has They had that typewriter for their daughters, Wilma an Edna. They studied sec- retarial skills. Another part of the FFA records was the FFA scrap- book. We would order this from the FFA Supply House in Alexandria, Vir- ginia. The blue hard back cover was 13 inches by 17 inches, and it had blank pages. In the scrapbook we put photographs, newspaper clippings, county fair rib- bons, and other pertinent information. Also in the book were three letters of recommendation from the school principal, the church pastor, and some- one in the community. The applicant for State Farmer Degree and his teacher would turn in the rather than hand writing, yellow record books, the My parents' typewriterapplication form, and the was of the pica sized type scrapbook to the state students working on their applications. FFA chapters in surrounding towns also have students who apply. 4-H Club members have record books, but they use a different format that fits the 4-H program. With my application in 1954, my mother Sybil worked on the scrapbook: part and the photographs, and she did the same for my brothers' applications in 1968. Sybil pursued the idea and went beyond the FFA applications later and made scrapbooks for others in the family who had not been in FFA. Then when my sons were in FFA in the early 1980's, my wife Mary Jane worked on their scrapbooks. P-T ag teachers Roger Jennings and Paul Evans helped with their applications and Annie Marie Evans helped also. conserve timber, and also becaus tr s having decay resistant qualities (such as eastern red cedar or black ~ :', " locust) would concentrate decay resisting chemicals in ::i~ .... i:i~ !ii!~ their centers (heartwood). Older and larger trees would i : : : ....,/il .......... "~ /!.?~i~::i ii:::i . have much more of these chemicals and would make :: ,: , better posts. , ill !i!iii ii:i ii ::!iii! !i ii:i :::ii i::~ :::i::::~i!i!:::iii i::i!!! iiiii::!i Treetrunks would be split lengthwise using a number f*:::;::;::?:~:~i~!i!:!!!i:;!~:i!!:: ......... ~:,:. ~::i:;; f:i::i:i:i~;.: i!iii!i :i!iii!!;ii;ii:ii!ii!ii:!i!!ii!!i:!ili~ii~ of steel wedges and a striking Beetle driving a steel wedge Sledge hammers and wood-chopper's mauls were also used to drive wedges. They had to be used with care, as striking two hardened steel tools together would occasionally cause metal chips to fly. The Farm Tool and instrument: a beetle, sledge or woodchopper's maul. Beetles were made of tough hardwoods (preferable second-growth hickory or American elm). They wer9 usually homemade with iron bands to keep them from splitting. The 1902 Sears Catalog offered six inch diameter beetle rings for fourteen cents each. Wood,hopper's maul and Sledge Hammer Equipment Collection at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza would be enhanced with the addition of any of the above tools. If you can help in this matter, or if you need timber information, please call Bob or Norton Constien at 405 547-5057. 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