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A2 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL,.Thursday, January 30, 2014 People Kim Bernard Helton 1967-2014 Kyle Taylor Haines 1978-2014 Kyle Taylor Haines, 35, passed away on Janu- ary 26, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. A Graveside service will be held on Thursday at 2: 00 p.m. Janu- ary 30, 2014, at White Dove Cemetery in Sparks, Okla- homa. Mr. Norman Richmond will officiate. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Kyle was born on July 17, 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was lov- ingly welcomed into the home of Roy and Mary Jo Taylor. He attended school in Prague, Okla- homa graduating from Prague High School. He enjoyed school and always greeted classmates as they arrived. His other loves include basketball, coun- try music, coffee, time at the lake during sum- mertime, spending time with his extended family, and all holidays, most especially Christmas. He was also well known to watch TV and listen to the radio at the same time. He loved Special Olym- pics where he competed in the Wheel- chair Race and Softball Throw. He was also well known to watch TV and listen to the radio at the same time. Kyle is preceded in death by his sister, Andrea Watashe. He is survived by his parents, Roy and Mary Jo; three brothers, Farrell, Charlie and Bob Taylor; and sister, Donita Davis. Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary viewed by visit- ing www.strodefh.com Kim Bernard Helton, 46, of Edmond, formally of Per- kins, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Integris Bap- tist Hospital in Oklahoma City. Her funeral service was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Ray of Hope Church with the Rev. David Morrow offici- ating. Interment followed at Resthaven Memorial Gar- dens. Arrangements were under direction of Carter- Smart Funeral Home. Kim was born May 5, 1967, in Duncan, to Billy and Roma Foster Bernard. She was a graduate of Empire High School, gradu- ating in 1985. Kim worked as hair stylist which was her passion. She also worked at Perkins-Tryon Intermediate School in Perkins. Kim met David Helton in 1983, and they were married June 6, 1985, and together they raised two boys: Cread born in 1989 and Jake in 1992. She enjoyed helping and mentoring children. She was a counselor for children church camp almost every year. She loved spend- ing time with her family and friends, whether it be cruising the Caribbean or at shore side of Lake Tex- homa. Kim's loved ones were never far away. She loved attend- ing school activities of the boys from field trips to football games. Survivors include her husband: David of the home; sons: Cread Helton of Edmond, and Jake of Perkins; her parents: Billy and Roma Bernard of Duncan; sister, Lori and husband James Rhodes of Duncan; brother, Justin and wife Stacy Bernard of Edmond; her mother- in-law, Margaret Helton of Duncan; several nieces and nephews; also cousins, aunts and uncles. Kim was preceded in death by her father-in-law, J.W. Helton; grandpar- ents: Deloris and Leonard Foster, and Ada and Henry Bernard. Pallbearers were Cread Helton, Jake Helton, Jace Rhodes, James Rhodes, Scott Helton, Allen Rolof- son and Don Chisum. Helping a local business with an oversees customer The, Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development at Oklahoma State University recently proved its value to Hydro Foam Technology of Per- kins, Okla., by helping the company work with an important overseas cus- tomer. Hydro Foam Technology produces a product that is applied to drilling fluids to ensure waste products from drilling are efficiently car- fled to the surface for more effective and user-friendly drilling. The company called on the center at OSU to help it with logistical challenges and financial risks involved in working with a new international customer. Justin Hazzard, interna- tional trade specialist at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development, worked with the client over sev- eral months to make cer- tain the company had an understanding of its export compliance responsibili- ties and ensure that Hydro Foam received full payment for the order while reducing the risks of working with a new customer in a foreign country. Dennis Fagan, Hydro Foam Technology owner, Terry Fagan, Hydro Foam sales director and Dennis Fagan, Hydro Foam president, are holding a water soluble product that's formulated to improve oil bit performance. The orange polymer stick is an effective drill bit cleaner, solids dispersant and drilling fluid thinner. said he was impressed with the depth of knowledge and professionalism of the Inter- national Trade Center. "We are not frequent exporters, so this particular sales order presented chal- lenges that I am not sure we would have undertaken if it were not for the export assistance we received," Fagan said. "Among other things, Hazzard helped us fully understand the meth- ods of export compliance by providing customized train- ing for our company." The international order provided some complexi- ties since it was generated in the United Arab Emir- ates but the destination of the goods was the oil fields in Iraq. Hazzard provided training to the company's key employees on export compliance, international logistics and export finance. He also researched the sanitary requirements for wooden pallets being imported into the destina- tion country. Hydro Foam Technology fulfilled the sales order and the company is now con- sidering the development of an export strategy plan to attract additional foreign customers and increase its international market share. Companies can contact Wes Watkins Center for International Trade and Development SBDC with their international trade questions at 405-744-4272 or citdl @okstate.edu. }! ..... ....... " i00S[OI 4 t l By Charles Wall In the early days Perkins promoters advertised that the people of Perkins were pioneers in obtaining and maintaining a bridge across the Cimarron. I realize that getting a bridge takes many people and is a community effort, but in considering the his- tory of Perkins bridges, the names of three men come to mind. These are the three who helped make the bridges possible- W. A. Knipe for the 1891, 1897, and 1905 bridges; Lee Kirk for the 1954 bridge; and Phil Tomlinson for the 2014 bridge. I will tell of some memories of the 1905 bridge. At its com- pletion, the editor of The Perkins Journal wrote, "The bridge virtually does away with the river, so that the north and sotrth sides of the river are united." In 1912,three spans ofthe 1905 bridge washedout, They were replaces by two longer, stronger spans that had taller trusses. Longer spans allowed more room for driftwood and big trees to go through during high water. These two longer spans were on the south end of the bridge where the main current and deepest channel of the river ran. The remaining shorter spans of the 1905 construction were left as a part of the 1912 addition. I was bom in 1936, and at the time of my earliest remem- brance, the main channel still ran under the south end of the bridge where these longer, stronger spans were. Then about 1950, the main channel shifted to the north end of the bridge. That may have contributed to a weakening process. In 1953, county commissioner Lee Kirk said the old bridge was "rattling and about to fallin." Some people were concerned about the school busses loaded with children falling through the bridge. As a child I never thought of the 1905 bridge being old until people started talking about it. Vehicles were getting wider and faster, farm machinery was getting wider, and more farmers had fields on both sides of the river. I knew the bridge on Highway 33 east of Perkins on the way to Cushing and the bridge at Coyle were more modem looking than the Perkins bridge, but I didn't think much about it. One spring about 1950, the 1905 bridge was closed for about three weeks for repairs and reinforcing. No vehicles were allowed to cross the bridge. The school buses went around to the bridge on Highway 33 east of Perkins. The buses traveled on River Road east of Vinco and picked up students on that route. For other trips to Perkins we would have to go that way, or else park on the south side and walk across the bridge. They allowed us to walkacross. Usually someone from Perkins would pick us up or take us back to the bridge. Occasionally we would walk the mile between Perkins and the bridge. Before the repair work, the bridge was open to two-way traf- fic. I would guess that the width if the bridge inside the trusses was 16 feet. This was adequate for farm wagons, buggies, and older model automobiles. When the bridge was opened after the repairs of 1950, it was designated for one-way traffic only. Automobiles were about 6 feet wide. The beds on farm trucks in 1950 were 8 feet wide. A Volkswagen Beetle is 5 1/2 feet wide. The traffic was beginning to be faster also, and that road was designated as state highway 40. The 1954 bridge was just in time for wider and faster vehicles and for later model farm equipment. The new bridge had a 28 foot wide roadway with three extra feet for sidewalks on each side. Self-propelled combines were coming into use by 1954. The wide headers needed up to 16 foot clearance. In those days combine headers were not a s easily detached as they are now. The P,)54 bridge was a benefit for farm equipment and also for oil field equipment and other vehicles transporting wide loads: We are thankful for those who worked through the years to build and maintain bridges at Perkins. Main St. Perkins Tag Sale Friday, January 31, 4-rpm Saturday, February 1, 9am-2pm 31 Preston Circle Stillwater University Estates - west on Lakeview from Main Street Watch for signs - NO EARLY SALES Duncan Phyfe table, 2 Lift chairs, Twin beds, Couches, Tables, Chairs, Desks, Refrigerato r , WasherDryer, Desert Rose-made in USA, Kitchen/ Household, Toro lawn mower, Tools, Motorized chair, Polish stoneware, Upholstery nails, Leatherette rolls, Accordion, Jewelry, Clothing, Snow blower, Jim Shore, books, ddcor +more. This is only a partial listing/ www.thetagladies.com 405.612.2016