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THE PERKINS ]OURNAL-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1997 NS] This newspaper is dedicated to the memories of Dr. R. V. and Bea Clark (USPS 42 8040) Published every Thursday and entered as periodical postage paid at Perkins, Ok 74059-0040 122 S. Main Box 40 Perkins, OK 74059 405-547-2411 FAX 405/547-2411 Rick & Kathy Clark Publishers The publishers are solely responsible for content and any errors will be promptly corrected when brought to the attention of the publishers. Office hours: 9-5, Mon.-Fri. 9-noon on Sat. Deadline for advertising 8. news submissions is Monday at 5 p.m. POSTMASTER: Send changes of address to The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 40, Perkins, OK 74059 All contents Copyright 1997 n||mnn|n||n|||n||||n||1 To Subscribe By Mall Just Fill Out This Form and Mall I With Remittance To: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 40,1 Perkins, OK 74059 I I I I I IAddress .......................................................................... I I I I City ..................................... State ................ Zip ............... I i( ) One year in Oklahoma .... $24 ' ! n-( ) 6 months in Oklahoma .... $14 i I( ) One year Out of State ..... $28 I OKe|~P~, SS ASSOCIATION I( ) 6 months Out of State .... $16 + - ...... i I ,------------------------------------, ++ii +i : Our happy httle town contm- ues to grow and change. Harland Wells is developing lots near the Methodist Church that were platted in the early 80s; Dennis Oliver is moving his The printed word is often a barbershop out on the highway [brce to be reckoned with. Many near Jalopy's; Billy McDaniel is people will react in different puttingin a new car/truck wash; ways, often taking somethingand Perkins-Tryon got the nod written about someone else, or to host the district and sub-re- something else, and think it is gional basketball playoffs. directed at them personally.The new gym is quite literally An example is the Amber paying off-not only for the stu- Waves column written two dents, patrons, andfans, butalso weeks ago, but only printed last for merchants. The state YMCA week because I didn't have room wrestling tournament held last for it. month is an example of what I What was meant as a tribute call "plus-dollars" coming into to a former teacher and basket- town. ball coach was taken personally Instead of money "leaking" out by a longtime Perkins familyof town, there are out-of-towners that I have known all of my life coming here to buy gas, grocer- and they were quite upset by the ies, food, and an occasional words, newspaper. It's too bad that it was taken The golf course is. another ex- wrong, because I have admired ample of why we are seeing more and respected those folks for a "plus dollars" being circulated long time. into the local economy...the more RVC the merrier, I figure. Letter to the Editor: The February 13 edition of the Perkins Journal brings up an is- sue which prompts my comments, plus some other items that call to mind nostalgic memories of long ago. To address the proposal for re-locating the library to the old United Methodist Church Education building begs the question, "What happened to the museum and the contents which have been c n- tributed, by gift or loan, by members of the community from their family antiques, heirlooms, and keepsake related to this area?" l would rather see the Historical Society re-activated, progress made on restoring the church building, and a re-kindled interest in main- taining the museum. I have too much of myselfinvested in this to stand by and watch it die withotlt giving voice to my concerns. I also question the practicality of the education building as a suit- able facility for the library. I believe it would be, at best, a stop-gap measure. On to other matters, I enjoy "Elizabeth's Comments" and Kathleen Johnson's column, along with other features in the Journal. I al- ways have an eye for human interest stories, tCmthleen's comments about valentines from the past sent me to my own "treasure drawer" where I have the home-made valentine I had fashioned for my grandma when I was a first grader in 1922-23. Grandma had it among her treasures and after her death in 1941 it was returned to me. Elizabeth and her gravy--now let me tell you my tale. Standing on a chair and stirring the gravy as it cooked was, at age 4, my introduction to the culinary arts. Verlin and I were married in 1935 in the depths of the depression, and my expertise at gravy- making stood us in good stead. I earned quite a reputation for innovative ways to make gravy--onion gravy, pickl gravy, chili powder gravy---and yes, there were times when I had'to resort to water gravy! Ah, yes, "the good old days?" Perkins is a wonderful little town and community in which to Live and raise a family, and to retire to. I am heartened to see the younger citizens ( and at my age that means anyone under 60!) take such a positive interest in improving and promoting Perkins and the ac- tivities and facilities that are available. The CLIP winter pa ty was terrific. My congratulations. And now I am off on a 9-day trip to San Diego to visit my son Richard and his wife Alice. Respectfully, Florence Nelson Wall Dear Rick and Kathy- Thank you for continuing to publish the "Important Who-What- When-Where issues. It doesn't seem possible that my first year in Perkins was 30 years ago (1958-59) and my friendships and memo- ties have continued to build. I am so proud of you! Marilvn Sodowskv Kin Charter schools narrowly survive By Jim Campbell OPA Capitol News Bureau An educational concept endorsed by the Republican governor and Democratic state superintendent as well as President Clinton is alive in Oklahoma but hardly in robust health. The House Education subcommittee voted 15-14 for a charter schools bill by Rep. John Bryant, R-Tulsa, with most rural Demo- crats opposed and Republicans and a few Democrats in support. Gov. Frank Keating was pleased this plank of his program "is see- ing the light of day." A charter school is a public school set up in a contract between a sponsoring group and a local school district or State Board of Edu- cation, operating independently of the local district. The goal is to be innovative, producing greater student achievement The form charter schools take will be a subject of continuing de- bate. Rep. James Hager, D-Pawhuska, was worried teachers in charter t pline and motivation are the biggest pro[ She cited achievement by charter schools in 63 percent of them deal with problem students. HHH Opening records on juvenile felony arrests to popular issue with the public, if not some Scan Voskuhl, D-Marshall. Voskhul's bill has passed the house again where it died last year. He saw some reason to "Dick Wilkerson is Senate author," he said. enforcement credentials." "A lot of people sure want to know the names mitring these crimes," he said. Although several other bills with the same duced, Voskuhl said he understood other HHH A telephone deregulation bill backed b other local exchange operators was placed on a unanimous, committee recommendation. But AT&T's Max Lehew, calling it a "license an opposition coalition of long distance and sumer advocates are allied with them. The bill by Rep. Larry Adair, D-Stillwell, goes house for a vote. It says phone companies regulation system by the Oklahoma While it freezes basic rates for two years the freeze does not apply to any such add-ons as Commission Chairman Cody Graves said the schools would not be certified or paid the same as other public school working for two and a half years on the same teachers, time for the commission to complete its 'ark. " why not just go the whole hog and get rid of all the statutes, Both sides praised Adair for his fairness md make them exempt from all the statutes?" he asked, to further ideas. HHH State Schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett asked the commit- tee to keep the bill alive. She said she believed charter' school teach- A half.cent sales tax hike to fund prison bull, nance passed the Senate Finance Committee 9-1. ers would have to be paid equally with other public school instruc- D-McAlester recalled the riot of 1973, warningi tars. Rep. Barbara Staggs, D-Muskogee, a former teacl'ler and princi- hot weather and. overcrowding. pal, said the bill meets Bryant's educational philosophy but "it does "It gets worse every year he said. "We re goi ,g not meet mine." later." "I see charter schools as simply another kind of quick fix that Keating said Oklahoma does not need more doesn't do anything for the,kind of system government is supposed "regrettable that lawmakers are embarking on to provide for all students, tions plan in disregard of recommendations by fo Rep. Odilia Dank, R-Oklahoma City, co-author, said lack of disc,- arts director Mike Quinlan. .................... would allow county sheriffs to enter into "mutuall From the desk of... " ' r under the Local Cooperation Act to assmt o p IIState Representative merit services to any municipality, county or homa. C 'PL L Once requested by another jurisdiction, the law enforcement authority within the jur sdic quest. Despite that, the measure ensures the OKLAHOMA CITY -- What will become a torrent began last employing the sheriff would remain rest week as a trickle. As committees continued working on the record deputies "pursuant to any mutual aid a number of bills introduced this year, a few of those measures found Lawmakers attached an amendment their way onto the House floor for consideration. Even so, the week was still dominated by committee meetings. Each bill must first be considered by at least one of the House's 28 standing committees before the full House can consider iL The House of Representatives again considered an issue of great public concern last week. In House Bill 1070, representatives again expressed their strong support for making public the arrest records of suspected juvenile criminals. Under the measure, which was forwarded to the state Senate, felony arrest records on a suspected young criminal would be open to the public. Under current state law, any such rec0 dS are sealed to protect the identity of the suspect. House Bill 1572 also touches on law enforcement. The measure sure cross-deputization law enforcement litical subdivisions and federal agencies or Indian not need state government approval. The bill was Senate. The House voted to further protect Bill 2099 would make it a misdemeanor ,an or person having custody of a child to fail dered day care or medical insurance costs. After: without opposition, HB 2099 was also Feb. 20 is the deadline by which House bills committees. Following that deadline, the HouSe of long sessions as representatives will of bills and resolutions okayed in "Pistol Pete" letter-continued from page one The fame he received from the telling of his story and the use of his likeness gave him unique stature and honor in many different ways. There are two interviews with him which are part of the historical Indian-Pioneer Papers. He was often asked to speak to Dr. B.B. Chapman's Oklahoma History classes at Oklahoma State University and once shot a hole in the wall of the OSU Student Union during a quick draw demonstration (O'Callgeian 3-11-55). He spoke to numerous groups and clubs on subjects like "tales of Gunslinging on the Frontier." During World War lI, he and his long time friend Rolla Goodnight rode their horse along the former Chisolm Trail to commemorate the placing of a historical marker in Enid, Oklahoma (Tulsa World 9-2-45). Had a poem/song written about him, was interviewed for several local television programs, and was even in a movie about cowboys which was filmed at the famed 101 Ranch but never made it to the screen. He attended the famed Cowthieves and Outlaws Reunions held by Frank Phillips at Woolaroc, and was an honor guest at the Cowpuncher's annual meeting held in Texas in 1956 (The Cattle- man 10-56). tie rode in and was Marshal of numerous parades, and even won $10 for first prize in the parade at the unveiling of "circuit" selling war bonds, and played his fiddle for nearly every audience he was in front of. He was a member of the Indian Terri- tory Pioneers Association, Cherokee Strip Cow Punchers Associa- tion, Perkins' Old SetHers Association, 89ers Association, and was said to be the oldest Lions Club member in the world. In the 1950s, he wrote a series of columns for the Perkins Journal called "Truth- ful Pete Says" and "Pistol Pete Says" filled with tales of the old west, homespun philosophies, and humorous anecdotes. In 1959, a Latin Professor in Connecticut,'named Goodwin B. Beach, trans- lated the story of his life into Latin for his class and it is called Petrus Sclopetarius. Additionally, two audio interviews with him are presently part of the Oklahoma Historical Society's Oral His- tory Collection--Living Legends Series (1938 and 1951). He was present for every run and opgning of Oklahoma Territory (WKY Radio interview 5-8-38) and experienced an era of ranch life and cattle thieves which he loved to speak of. By the sheer luck of when he was born, Eaton was alive during one of the most storied and romanticized periods of American history. Because of his life experiences, his personality and the fact that he lived so long, he became a legend. His persona influenced people's perceptions and he helped to perpetuate the romance and traditions of the Old West by his dress and when he told his stories. Adding further color to his legend is the fact that, unlike most banks in the area, the Perkins Bank has never been robbed. Many attribute Eaton's Blacksmith Shop was just down Main and criminals were just too scared of him to Echohawk, a noted Native American terview for the OSU alumni magazine "..he's tory." Throughout his entire life, Frank lived the life Said to "pack the fastest guns in the Indian carried a loaded forty-five and often said "I'd full of rocks than an empty gun." His q much interest throughout his later years, and members taking him to an Indian ciation meeting to show offhis skills. He coin in the air, draw, and shoot it beT( to H.F. Donnelley of Stillwater who saw it himse remembers Eaton picking up burning s the fire in his Blacksmith shop, with his toe (hi and callused that he couldn't feel it)! When he appeared throughout the country, in the Magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chronicle, The Cattleman, The 1959 American dia Yearbook among others, each listing him aS U.S. Marshal. In addition, according to his Wise of Perkins, his family received sympathY away as Germany, Canada and Japan and waS tars at his home for many months following the Criteria tbr induction into the National Western Heritage Center includes "( have been prominently connected with... and romance of the American Wet..." I believe Eaton, through the life he lived and the symb through his autobiography (reprinted five times by three separate publi times his story has been seen in print or through his caricature serving as mascot and ern United States universities, exhibits the of those who tamed the American west. He perfect example of a cowboy to many. I ask for your consideration of Frank "Pistol duct,on into the Hall of Fame of Gre Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage CeO Respectfully submitted, Lance A. Millis 5134 N. Husband St. Stillwater, OK 74075-1632 (405) 377-2900 "Burt By Sam White, Perkins, OK COACH, T/l( T(AtI'5 VRY ODY'5 6LOOD P/2(55U, '5 TTING Tt-iEIR Pl-/)'5 /CAL 5 V 0/4. TI-II?OU/-i TI-/C ROOF[ / ITER GO TODAY. / THOUGHT YOU' /IY " SEE TIiAT NURSE AND FIND OUT OUGHT TO SEE Tttl5 If CI'V( ( OT AN EPlDE/II( ON OUR H,