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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, January 14, 2016 - A5 mEOli On Jan. 19, 1809, author Edgar Allan Poe is born in Boston. By the time he was 3 years old, Poe's parents had died, leaving him in the care of his godfather, John Allan. Allan eventually disowned Poe for gambling debts. On Jan. 22, 1879, U.S soldiers badly bloody Chey- enne Chief Dull Knife and his people as they make a desperate march to flee the Indian Territory where they had been relocated and return to their Wyoming homeland. On Jan. 18, 1912, after a two-month ordeal, the expe- dition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole only to find that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had pre- ceded them by just over a month. On Jan. 21, 1959, Carl Dean Switzer, the actor who as a child played "Alfalfa" the freckle-faced boy with a. cowlick, in the "Our Gang" comedy film series, dies at age 31 in a fight in California. On Jan. 23, 1968, the U.S. intelligence-gathering ship Pueblo is seized by the North Korean navy and its crew charged with spying. Nego- tiations to free the 83-man crew dragged on for nearly a year, and required a signed confession by the ship's captain admitting to spying. On Jan. 24, 1972, after 28 years of hiding in the jungles of Guam, farmers discover Shoichi Yokoi, a Japanese sergeant who was unaware that World War 11 had ended. Yokoi had gone into hiding rather than surrender to the Americans. On Jan. 20, 1981, minutes after Ronald Reagan's inau- guration as the 40th president of the United States, the 52 U.S. captives held at the U.S. embassy in Teheran, Iran, are released, ending the 444-day Iran Hostage Crisis. President Jimmy Carter had been unable to diplomatically resolve the crisis. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc. By Charles Wall These are some excerpts from the minutes of the Christian Church of Perkins in the 1950's. Also, I have made some additional com- ments. These were the ministers in the 1950's: Charles Gibbs 1950-1953, weekly salary $60; Archie Vincent 1953- 1954, weekly salary $65; Max and Juanita Horner 1954-1957, weekly salary $65; Earl Gibbs 1957-1959, weekly salary $65; James and Jeanne Rousseau, 1959- 1962. We have learned Juanita Homer passed away last fall. She was in her 90's. Nov 1, 1953, the board approved giving the October missionary offering to Eden Chapel for their new church building. Their old building was destroyed by fire earlier that year. March 5, 1954, the other churches in Perkins met together at the Christian Church building for a World Day of Prayer observance. November 1957, A com- munity Thanksgiving ser- vice was held with several churches and pastors partici- pating. This tradition is still with us. Last Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, the Thanks4Giving services were held at Lost Creek United Methodist Church. January 5, 1958, Lenora West was appointed Church treasurer replacing Emma McClain. Lenora lived where Country Comfort offices are now. Lenora worked at Payne County Bank at their old location. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge which met upstairs above Baker's Store (Prairie's Edge Building. So Lenora's church, workplace, and lodge were all a block away from her house or less. The post office and a grocery store were nearby on Main Street. January 19, 1958, the Lost Creek Church pastor and people came to the Christian Church building and used the baptistry for a baptismal service. Goldie Lacy prepared each week for several years. She was also secretary and trea- surer of the Sunday School. Organist and pianist during 1958 were Donna McGee and Mrs. Earl Gibbs. Delbert Butler of Payne County Bank was a willing and good photographer. He took a photograph of the Christian Church building which was used on the front of the Sunday worship bul- letins. September 13, 1959, the Perkins High School Future Homemakers of America organization held their initi- ation services in the church building. In comparing the length of the 1934 minutes with the 1960 minutes, the length gradually became longer. This probably means the meetings lasted longer as well. Also, more people were on the board in later years. It is to Emma McClain's credit that we have these collections of board minutes available, even with some years missing. She was taking minutes in 1934 and on through 1960. Probably she took minutes before 1934 and even after 1960, so she was church clerk and board secretary fr nearly 30 years. Her minutes were hand written in spiral bound theme notebooks, such as the one of the "Hy-Grade" brand that had a picture of Benjamin Franklin on the front. It seem that there are very few records like these min- utes available from those years for organizations, businesses, churches," and schools. Minutes like these reveal the accomplishments, struggles, and victories of these times. Some things now are the same, and some things are different from back then. Appreciation is also given to Emma's niece, Shirley Jenkins Knight, who saved these notebooks and arranged for them to be put into the Christian Church archives. D l res - Part.Is. Relines - Repairs 321 N. Main in Perkins Call (405) 612-7304 for appointment d Your Local Id~lependent Agent Don Wooldridge, Agent 421 E Hwy. 33 Perkins (405) 547-2900 2?' _ x;os fy s [-eeee I Let us help you accomplish your goals. Auto Real Estate Home Improvement Recreation Construction Agriculture Stop in and visit with a loan officer for details. .............. !i i;i:ii:i iili! www.paynecountybank.com Main Bank. 202 S. Main Convenience Branch. 417 E. Hwy 33 . Perkins, OK ....... " .... i: I