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Local folk win val- entine basket-see page 12 "Zorro" turns 45-See page 10 i i!)i:! !ii/ Perkins State Develop- of Perkins, Is, is in developing 15 Estates Street lots, origi- in the early of 105 total be eventually and Wayne doing the week to get the lots and r Avenues. as these 15 will develop with an even- 100 residential lots that builders. to build but is making to builders to be in range. are in short -~ars ago there now there are "The de- that to pay $5- if they were in can. get building in ionals at new ct playoff school officials :!~:::::::.i: :::::::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Grassfires plagued area fire- men Monday as high winds and dry grass combined for a com- bustible day. Perkins Volunteer Fire Depart- ment personnel responded to as. sist Ripley firemen on a huge fire north of Ripley just east of Stt l 08 and County Road 68th. Ripley Fire Chief Bill Layes tom The Perkin, Journal that he had three trucks t~. in, g to put the fire out that almost consumed a grader on the side of the r~md (left photo). Several homes and other struc- tures were in danger especially the VanBuskirk and Custer homes located on the rural road where this photo was taken just east of SH108. Fortunately they were on hand Monday evening around 5:00 p.m. when the local firemen re- sponded to a fire southwest of Perkins at the Alta Youngker home (photo below). The fire at the Youngker home did not destroy any buildings but did catch several roundbales on fire. The fire apparently was started to the southwest of the farm and burned all the way to the edge of Mrs. Youngker's home. Mo ea~, fo~thefi~es has ~n determined yet. Will also host playoffs that 27 with the after- be in next for the sub- PTHS grad helps messages get from "there to here" games between will start at 6:30 'at 8:00. or school honored at rules and $2 for -~ rates are also page to us! is impor- go to the r~riew-ed or to The l.er, Perkins Mich. " Stillwater * Holsapple, Perkins , Tulsa O.W. Linda Por- Felsa have the mailed to see page Review Matheson, Perkins 10- 34; Rainfall: l ebruary 11 - 22; Rainfall: 12 26; Rain- 13- Rainfall: 14- Rainfall: 15- 24; Rainfall: 16- 32; Rainfall: By Margaret Coate There must be a lot of people who aren't acquainted with com- puters so, of cou:se, they don't know about"e-mail" which is a short way to say "electronic mail." They don't realize how much faster mail can get to its destination via computer than it does by "snail mail"--the long established way of getting mail across town or across the coun- try. Naturally, mail traveling over- land on a truck or by train--or sometimes by airplane--is much welcomed and will, hopefully, be around for a long time to come. But in these days and times when it takes a letter sometimes a week to go a short distance due to having to be sent to a larger town to be sorted and then mailed out to its destination, it is nice to know that you can type a letter with a computer, click on the "send" button and have the mail on its way to your corre- spondent in a matter of seconds. I don't know where a copy of the message goes after it leaves the home PC but it only takes a very few seconds for the recipient to be able to view it on their own PC (personal computer). Now, a computer has to be hooked up to the phone line in order to send and receive mes- sages, whether at home or in an office--or overseas--and one person who knows how to send messages from overseas via a computer is Sgt. Terry Stafford, a 1987 graduate of Perkins- Tryon High School. Stafford, who is presently with Eskan in the Patriot Missile Di- vision serving in Saudi Arabia, could tell you exactly where the message goes and how it gets to its destination for, even though he is far away from home, he helps messages from fellow sol- diers as well as from himself get to their loved ones back in the states. An article by Staff Sgt. Mark Diamond, 4409th ABG Public Affairs. tells about how mes- sages get delivered stateside via radio operators: "Many Eskan service members have walked Continued on page 9 Stillwater man instrumental in getting Eaton recognized by Cowboy Hall (Ed: Note-Lance Millis of Still- water was instrumental in get- ting Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton nominated for a "Directors Award" from the National Cow- boy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. Those ceremo- nies will be held March 14-15 in Oklahoma City. Millis re- searched and wrote a letter to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame urging the board of direc- tors to consider inducting Eaton into the Hall of Fame. The Jour- nal thought that his letter would be of interest to its readers.) Nomination for Induction of Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton into National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center Few have put it better in de- scribing Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton than Effie S. Jackson in her 1937 interview with him for the WPA inspired Indian Pio- neer Papers. She wrote "His appearance suggested the old plainsman, the Indian Scout type. Slender, weather beaten, keen eyed, with long gray hair to his waste, chaps, boots, spurs, sombrero, old style holster with its %humb buster' Colt, he typi- fied the early territorial days." Although he seemed larger than life to those who knew him and those who have heard of this leg- endary man, he stood only 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed 150 pounds. He was extremely bow- legged from the many years in the saddle, and had a lazy eye which made it difficult to tell where he was looking. Frank Eaton was a cowboy, now doubt about it, and he ~ dressed the part. Even until his death in Perkins, Oklahoma at the age of 97. Born in 1860 in Hartford, Con- necticut, Frank Eaton moved west with his family shortly af- ter the close of the Civil War. They settled near what is now Lawrence, and lived in other towns in southeastern Kansas. After his father's death, his mother remarried and the fam- ily moved to Indian Territory in 1873 and lived near Bartlesville and then in Delaware County. Eaton settled on his own home- stead near Perkins, Oklahoma shortly after the Land Run of 1889, where he lived the rest of his life. Besides living most of his life in Indian Territory, he also spent time in Texas, Arkan- sas, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Until he settled in Perkins, Frank made a living as a cow- boy, working for the Comanche Pool in the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma and the famous JA Ranch in the Texas panhandle (owned by Colonel Charles Good- night), among others. Along with driving cattle along both the Chisolm and Santa Fe Trails, he rode fence and tracked cattle thieves for various cattlemen's associations. Later in life, he was a blacksmith m~djack-of-all- trades around his home in Perkins. in 1929, he was a Town Trustee, and many remember him being Town Constable or Night Watchman for a number of years. Glenn Shirley, noted author in Stillwater, recalls that that was "between the world wars," probably the 1920s and 1930s, and that he was also made an Honorary Deputy of Payne County around 1950. Throughout his life, Eaton told the story of his father's murder and how he tracked down and shot the culprits. During the time he was learning to handle guns and eventually avenging his father's death, he was given his nickname "Pistol Pete" for his quick draw and accuracy with agun. He also told of hav- ing been named a Deputy United States Marshal due to his gun handling ability and because there would be no one to cry for him if he were killed. His story was and still is widely published in books, periodicals and news- papers (partial list attached) and was detailed in his 1952 autobi- ography Pistol Pete--Veteran of the Old (called "...an excit- ing genuine bit of Americana..." by the Chicago Tribune at the time of its release). The story has become legendary and is widely believed to be true. How- ever, as indicated in the attached letters from the United States Marshal Service and the Fort Smith National Historical Site regarding Deputy U.S. Marshals of that day, it js possible that he was a Deputy, and that no record of that ever existed. In 1923, after serving as Mar- shal of a parade in Stillwater, OK, Eaton was asked by a group of students to be the model for a new mascot to represent Okla- homa State University (Okla: homa A&M at that time). He consented and OSU began to use his nickname, Pistol Pete, and a likeness of him on sweatshirts, notebooks, etc. Shortly after- wards, Collegiate Emblems of Des Moines, Iowa was commis- sioned to create what is still used today for the official logo and mark of the university. For 35 years, the crusty old cowboy was a living symbol of OSU, repre- senting the colorful past of the area. As such, he would attend OSU athletic events, building dedications, etc. and sign auto- graphs, pose for photographs and reminisce about the Old West with anyone who would lis- ten. In more recent years; the Uni- versity of Wyoming and New Mexico State University (Wyo- ming being the Cowboy State and NMSU's mascot being the Aggie) began using variations of that artwork as logos for their schools. To this day, his likeness is a visible reminder of the Old West to literally millions of people yearly as a symbol of col- leges whose mascots pay homage to the cowboy. An estimated $12,000 in royalties was earned by the three universities in 1995 alone from the sale of the mer- chandise bearing his likeness. Continued on page 2