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School $ School Dis- to go to the 11 to school mill- for voters on the operate the fund, local Elementary stu- dents "Wet and Wild"-See page 13 New band room addition okayed-See page 2 i! ; will v ho will sit Technology BOard of Edu- men have post-David and Supper 17 Club Presi- an- the annual Sup- for Monday, Lions Den, the go toward causes $4 for under be served from tickets avail- Perkins Lions at the door. also reminded that the uet will be February ~r l~ick Matheson, Perkins lanuary 27 - 4; Rainfall: 28- : 8; Rainfall: 29 Rainfall: 30- 93; Rainfall: February 1 - 37; Rainfall: ~ehruary 2 - 43; Rainfall: 'the month of page is impor- go to the renewed or to The Dunham, & Larry " Jack & City Ari- Eva Mae "Joe & Rena " Morris & Oklahoma Bickell, to have the mailed to see page .... IOTth ye NOW in our ar0f servin ............................... PayneCo nN,,,s Oldest Newspaper "x:i::i$ x:$ 87: $ :~ ,. ===================================== ! :. k "Pi: tol by by Rick Clark The late Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton will be honored by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame with a prestigious "Director's Award" presented in his name during Western Heritage Awards ceremonies March 14-15 to be held at the Sam Noble Events Center at the National CowboyHall of Fame in Okla- ho a City. The Director s Award" is being presented in Eaton's name in special recognition of his role in the American West, Lynda Haller, National Cowboy Hall of Fame public information direc- tor, told the Perkins Journal Monday evening. Eaton's caricature "Pistol Pete" is the mascot and symbol of Oklahoma State University. Al- though many people do not real- ize that there really was a "Pis- tol Pete", those who grew up in Perkins know that he was very real. Frank Eaton was born in 1860 and lived in Perkins most of his life and at the time of his death in 1958. He is buried in the Perkins cemetery. He learned to II Hall of Fa shoot at eight years old; won the nickname of "Pistol Pete" at 15; and became a U.S. Deputy Mar- sha] at 17. He wrote a colum~ for the Perkins Journal fi)r many years prior to his death, "Pistol Pete Says" and as his autobiography published in 1952 by Little, Brown and Company said: "This is his own story of the colorful, violent, thrill-packed years as a cowboy, scout, Indian fighter, Deputy U.S. Marshal-one of the few survivors of a vanished era on the American frontier...a true veteran of the Old West." His daughter, Elizabeth Wise, writes a column in The Perkins Journal, "Elizabeth's Com- ments", and carries on Eaton's wit and wisdom through the printed word. The Western Heritage Awards, sponsored by the National Cow- boy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage center since 1961, en- courages the telling of the West's story through creative arts. The bronze "Wrangler" sculpture, awarded to the principal cre- ators of winning entries, is an original work by Native Ameri- can sculptor John R. Free. The award ceremonies will be- gin on Friday night, March 14, with a welcome reception at the Hall for honorees and designated guests. The awards banquet and ceremonies will be held in the Sam Noble Special Events Cen- ter at the Hall Saturday evening, March 15. A brief video presen- tation of clips from Frank Eaton's life will be shown at the banquet, Haller said. Tickets to the black tie event are $110 per person. The ceremonies honoring Frank Eaton's life are the culmi- nation of efforts by Stillwater resident Lance Millis. Millis be- came interested in the Eaton legacy several years ago and worked with the Perkins Cham- ber of Commerce, The Perkins Journal, David Sasser, and many other interested parties to get the ball rolling. Other details about the presti- gious National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Awards ceremonies will be published in later editions of The Perkins Journal when they become avail- able. Perkins-Tryon Board of Education Member Calvin Roggow, left, received a plaque and words of appreciation Monday night for the ten years of service to the district. Roggow at- tended his last board meeting Monday night. Roggow, who did not seek re-election, will be replaced by David Sasser, who ran unopposed, at the March meeting. SH33 traffic stop In an attempt to create a safer highway system in Payne County, state officials approved a plan Monday that alters an area intersec- tion, Rep. Dale Wells and Sen. Mike Morgan announced. State maintenance workers will convert a one-way traffic stop to a three-way stop at the west junction of U.S. 177 and S.H. 33 near Perkins, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation said. "This has been a dangerous intersection for many years," said Wells, D-Cushing. 'Records reflect that 37 people have been in- jured in 28 accidents at the intersection over the past four years. Currently, through traffic on S.H. 33 does not stop at the junction where US. 177 merges with the busy state highway, noted Mor- gan. As a result, motorists traveling sough on U.S. 177 must cross four lanes of oncoming traffic to turn east onto S.H. 33. Daily traffic volume at the intersection ranges from approximately 7,400 vehicles on U.S. 177 just north of the junction, to 3,000 ve- hicles on S.H. 33 west of the junction and 3,300 vehicles east of the junction. By Rick Clark Tryon area residents pled their case of keeping the Tryon El- ementary School campus open to Perkins-Tryon Board of Educa- tion members during a crowded meeting held Monday night dur- ing the board's regular monthly meeting. Over 40 citizens from the Tryon area gave their input to the board on how and why the elementary school should be kept open as enrolment for the school and the accompanying state-aid dollars to the district decline. Larry Parrish, Tryon Realtor and businessman, spoke elo- quently on the need to keep the school open. "It is common knowledge that The new "stop" signs will be installed in six to eight weeks, the we have excellent facilities and Transportation Department said. teachers andthe kids are getting a good education," Parrish told the board. "I understand budget priorities, but my concerns are- one, younger children beingthat far from home (if bussed to the Perkins campus); two-that bus ride is wearing on young chil- dren; 3-Stress-are they ready to learn after a long bus ride?" Parrish added that "school is t~he focal point of a communit'y- there would be less involvement from parents. "Falling enrolment is not a dis- ease-it's the symptom of another problem-economics," he said. "For the last ten years the economy has dropped-housing has deteriorated, we lost our bank. "We are not sickened to death. We have a new sewer system, new park, a contract has been let on a new post office...new people have moved in and fired Up everyone...business buildings are being restored-old houses are destroyed and the lots are being cleaned up. "We have created a nonprofit corporation looking at building a community center, aworking child care center. "We're not dying, we are in transition. Please consider what is best for the youngsters. Why close down a functional cam- pus?" Parrish asked. "We've been challenged to roll up our sleeves and we're working on the prob- lem." One resident told the board that "We've only been aware of the problem for the past 30 days. Since then we have tbrmed a large committee that has a lot of great ideas. The big thing is we are asking from more ,,youn :, Effie Emerson remembers"life in the days but appreciates "modern conveniences" ' northwest of Perkins near the growing up years and their went out to look for him and he my people remem- of place but g "-- but Mrs. you that has she in this 19, 1898. and Mrs. country ,~ "Oklahoma ' The Clark three came to land from and settled present-day IXL community cen- ter. The children Daisy, Mable, and Nora. The little "Okie" chil- dren were Roy, Effie, and Everett. In a taped interview conducted by Florence Holbrook a few years ago during a family gathering, Daisy, Effie and Roy tell about their early lives. The family got offthe train at Guthrie and went to Crescent to visit with a grand- mother for awhile before coming on to the Perkins area. After finding a farm they wanted, Mr. Clark traded a wagon, a team of horses and harness for land that had been "Soonered'-- which means someone had settled it sooner than they were supposed to. They also tell about their courting days. The first home for the family was a dugout which was already on the farm. It was later re- placed by a log cabin built by Mr. Clark and his brother. The Clarks farmed and later Mr. Clark was with the bank at Goodnight. He was one of the men who built the telephone line. Roy said he can remember hauling the telephone poles across the river to be put up to hold the telephone wires. One very sad time Mrs. Emerson remembers is the death her brother Everett. At about 14 years old, Everett had gone to drive the cows to the barn during stormy weather. When he didn't come home, Roy had been struck by lightning. The Clark children attended a school north of their home and later they attended the IXL School. Mrs. Emerson said that is where her three girls, Maxine, Thelma and Neoma, attended el- ementary school there before coming into Perkins for high school. Maxine and Harold Mar- tin live in Perkins; Thelma Holman lives in Paden, Okla.; and Neoma Abernathy lives in Pittsburfi, Texas. There are 16 grandcl~ildren which includes Maxine and Harold's two daugh- ters, Carolyn and Helen. Effie Emerson has been very involved in community and Continued on page two A young-at-heart Effie Emerson shows off some beautiful red roses she was presented at her 99th birth. day party. time...we're working on it." Board President Lloyd Moor- man said that the board has only been aware of the declining en- rolment problem for only 30 days as well. The declining enrolment in the elementary school-at Tryon and Perkins- was brought to the at- tention of the board at last month's meeting by Supt. Jim Hyder. He reiterated the prob- lem again Monday night and spelled out the financial conse- quences to the entire school dis- trict of declining enrolment fig- ures. "I have to keep tabs on enrel- ment," Hyder told those present at the meeting. "70 percent of our funds come from the state-the funds go where the students are. "Enrolment has been declining in the elementary since Novem- ber of 1996. Even in the last five to six weeks students, for what- ever the reasons, have moved out of the district. "We are down 22 students. Per- Continued on page two