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History. THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 15, 2012 - A5 Momen00 in On March 23, 1836, in hopes of keeping pace with the furious march of technol- ogy, the U.S. Mint unveils its first steam-powered press. lmKlllglllY00 The new-fangled contraption helped crank out coins more efficiently. On March 25, 1911, at the The Farm Museum at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza tells the story of farm life in the Perkins area during the years 1889 to 1919. Fortunately for farm historians, the last twenty years of this time period was also the Golden Age of picture postcards. Privately printed postcards had been allowed in the mail since 1861, but it was not until 1901 that their use was simplified and their cost of mailing reduced to a penny. In this same year, photo paper with preprinted postcard back was introduced. Many photo labs offered this option for all the film they developed. The introduction of rural free delivery in 1902 added to the demand for postcards with hundreds of thousands of them being produced before the boom ended with World War I. Research done by the Post Office at the time showed that the most numerous postcard mailingsper capita actually occurred in rural areas and small towns. This is probably why cards with views of fanning operations still exist in such large numbers today. One subset of these farming postcards which enjoyed wide popularity was devoted to portraying the (ahem!) superior size of the local farm products. One can only look with wonder at the prowess of these early-day farmers! LEGAL NOTICE The Farm Museum is in need of farm postcards printed before 1919 for enlargement and display on the museum walls. If you can help in this matter or if you need further information, please call Bob or Norma Constien at 405 547-5057. Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York's Lower East Side, a fire quickly engulfs the factory and claims 146 lives, mostly young women. Because management had locked the exit doors, many of the garment workers either expired from asphyxiation or leapt from windows -- a fatal, 10-story fail. The factory's owners were eventually found guilty on charges of manslaughter. On March 20, 1920, Bugatfi delivers its first 16-valve car to a customer in Switzerland. The Bugatti was a symbol of wealth and status, and its cars were equipped with massive racing engines. The renowned American dancer Isadora Duncan was riding in a Bugatfi when her trademark long scarf caught in a rear wheel of the vehicle, and she was instantly strangled to death. On March 22, 1947, Presi- dent Harry Truman issues an executive decree establishing a sweeping loyalty investigation of federal employees in every department and agency. The program uncovered only a few employees whose loy- aity could be "reasonably" doubted. On March 19, 1952, the one- millionth Jeep is produced. The name"Jeep" is reportedly derived from the Army's 1941 request that car manufacturers develop a "General Purpose" vehicle. "G.P." turned to "Jeep" somewhere along the battle lines. On March 24, 1989, the worst oil spill in U.S. territory begins when the supertanker Exxon Valdez runs aground on a reef in Prince William Sound in Alaska. An esti- mated 11 million gallons of oil eventually spilled into the water, polluting more than 700 miles of coastline. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. Legal notice published in The Per- kins Journal, March 1, March 8, and March 15, 2012 NOTICE OF SALE The following vehicle will be sold March 17, 2012 at 7:30 a.m. to satisfy the lien against it: 1981 Yamaha motorcycle.VIN #JYA3Y6004BA106453. The sale will be held at AGT Motor Works, claimant, 1909 W. 92nd Perkins, OK 74059. For further information contact Stu Preston at 405-743-2865 C When a visitor to the com- munity asks the location of a house or business, we try to give them a clear answer so they won't get lost. In our day now (2012), we have Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cell phones, maps, and street signs. In earlier days we would describe landmarks around the com- munity, and we can still use landmarks to give directions. We can say so many miles past a particular landmark. A landmark is something that is impressive in size or appearance. It is usually something that local people know about and is also obvi- ous to a newcomer. Every community has its land- marks, but I will mention some ound Perkins. Some landmarks before 1952, one mile south of Perkins were the old river bridge, the railroad, and the depot. In 1916, the Ozark Trails Highway System was devel- oped, and by the 1920's two of these Ozark Trails high- ways intersected just south of the Perkins river bridge. An oblisk structure was built there out of concrete which gave directions to various towns like Vinco, Goodnight, Coyle, Cushing, Carney, Perkins, and Stillwater. A block west of the oblisk was a Witness Tree which marked the intersection of section lines. This tree was in the driveway entrance to the railroad depot and at the north edge of Vinco. Around 1920, it was at this tree that the town marshal of Perkins stopped and arrested the thieves who robbed the ser & Company00 Antiques Gifts [ Collectibles H 47 S. Main N Perkins 47-5298 away Gift Registry Gift Certificates Coyle bank. Going south from the river bridge the mad went to Dugout Creek bridge and up a steep hill. Back in the 1940's and 1950's it was called Capitol Hill. Now no one under age 50 seems to know we called it Capitol Hill. There was a picnic place up on top of the hill. Coming down the hill from the south gives a beautiful panoramic view of the Perkins area. That road on Capitol Hill was not paved until the 1950's, and there was not much traffic. The boys in Perkins who had bicycles would sometimes take their bikes to the top of Capitol Hill, and see how fast they could ride down. Following that road south takes the motorist to Four Comers and then to Carney. The road was designated State Highway 40 and then in 1952, re-designated as US Highway 177. In 1957, Mary Jane and I were recently married, and her brother George Dunlavy came from out of town to visit us. George did not know where we lived. He stopped in Perkins and borrowed his five year-old nephew, Randy Dunlavy, to show him. Randy was like a live GPS to show George where our farm was. When I explain to someone how to get to my house, I tell them it is Goodnight Road, the road to Bill Scott's Body Shop, Grider's Pumpkin Patch, and Horsethief Canyon. The ladies know where the pumpkin patch is because they have taken their children and grandchildren there. The men know where the body shop is because they have taken their cars there. Some of our present streei signs are named after land- marks - like Jogline Road, Fairgrounds Road, Lakevie w and Cottonwood Road. The Ampride Corner, northwest of Perkins, is now a landmark. Years ago the comer was called the Nine- mile Comer. The MK&O Bus Company called it Per- kins Comer. It was a busy bus stop where passengers changed busses to go to their desired locations. If you get lost, call me on your cell phone, and we will try to find a landmark. Perkins old Cimarron River bridge, circa 1955. Breakfast & Lu,h Speials Daily Wednesday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. _fau0000.00ou00 1/3 lb Specialty Burgers (Fresh not frozen) Slow Cooked Brisket Salad Bar & Much More Needing a loan? Let us help you accomplish your goals. Auto Real Estate Business Home Improvement Recreation Construction Agriculture Stop in and visit with a loan officer for details. www.paynecountybank.com 1 Main Bank . 202 S. 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