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Your presence is I I /|| ............... ~ U ]requested so we can get on n ~" m [with a plan of action that c,,w "1 : : ::i!~::i~:: .... lers the needs of Perkins eiti- ..... : Izens. in our i07th year of servln Payne Count's Oldest Newspaper basketball team history of Perkins- has any ath- gone to the final for a state )...until Saturday, 1997. chapters of his- over the week- Lady team won the the state tourna- 'sday against top then knocked off on Friday in game, and were 3A Runners-up af- Ly at in: the Fairgrounds Lady Demons farther than the De- the first game.in or girls, football, , or baseball varsity it to play for trophy in Jerry Burnett, As- Hill. and the tournament un- til the last game Saturday at the vT S ~ "Big nou, e ip the 52-34 loss to Bethel. The Lady Demons bad never been picked higher than tenth all season long by the two major Oklahoma daily newspapers. But, tbe proof of being one of the two best t(,ams in the state, is the Silver Basketball Troph~ now sitting in the trophy case. Burnett told the Perkins Lions Club members Monday night at Lions Club, "Our fans have al- ways been with us all the way and we appreciate it very much." The Lady Demons and the coaches were special guests at r ' 1 the local orgamzat]on s meeting "We've been talking about win- ning state since last August," Burnett said. "Our Motto has been 'Believe? Believe in who you are and what you are and you will believe in yourself and what you can do." The Perkins-Tryon fans have been cheering the group since the beginning of the year, but with tournament ti~ver and the eventual runners-up trophy, the 'We Believe' heat has been on." fans lined Main Continued on page 9 :!i::!:?:!:i?i:!??::?)i:::ii%?:~?!i:U M .. ,:.: :, chapter in school's history book State Class 3A runners.up, The Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons proudly hold up their silver trophy in the championship game held Saturday at the Fairgrounds Arena. Gary Minshail [ Please call 547-2000 to con- firm your attendance. The "Perkins Package"--a round of golf at Cimarron Trails, a night's stay at Accordion House Bed and Breakfast, and dinner at Prairie's Edge--will be awarded at this event. Candy for PIE Darlene West, a member of the Partners In Educath)n group, announced that Perkins Elementary students are contacting local residents about purchasing candy bars for fundraising activities. The money goes directly to- ward the non-profit group that helps the school with pur- chases unrelated to the school budget, she said. They pur- chase such items as play- ground equipment and extra- curricular items. For more in- formation you can contact Darlene West at 918/374-2600. New bandroom Open House The newly expanded t'~wki ns- Tryon band room witl be on display for everyone to cmntz and see Thursday, March 20 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.. Park/Rec signups Everyone interested in the Perkins Park and Rec program for baseball,T-Ball, and Coach Pitch are reminded that Thursday and Friday, March 20-21, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Perkins Elementary gym are signup nights. Park and Rec Director Rick Lomenick said that the pro- gram is still needing coaches and umpires. You're front page news to us! Your subscription is impor- tant to us. Thanks go to the lift- lowing who renewed or started a subscription to The Perkins Journal: Dale R. Anderson, Perkins Kenneth & Linda Edmondson, Stillwater * Mr. & Mrs. Raymond O. Kinzie, Perkins Nancy & Lodeen Davenport, Wellston Willie Nelson, Perkins Evelyn Westfall, Alpharette Georgia Mrs. Pat Knapp, Perkins Perkins Weather Review .(compiled by Rick Matheson, superintendent, Perkins Agronomy Station) oMON., March 10 - High: 72; Low:. 32; Rainfall: 0.00. TUES., March 11 - High: 82; Low: 35; Rainfall: 0.00. WED., March 12 - High: 74; Low: 49; Rainfall: 0.00. THURS., March 13 - ttigh: 61~ Low: 53; Rainfall: 0.00. FRI., March 14 - High: 43; Low: 26; Rainfall: 0.00. SAT., March 15 - tllgh: 48; Low: 23; Rainfall: 0.00 ,SUN., March 16 - High: 52; Low: 28; Rainfhll: 0.00. 9 daughter of Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton, poses afternoon at her Perkins home with a beautiful representing a director's award in Eaton's name Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage City. attended the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Western ,uet Saturday night and was presented the '-writer Michael Martin Murphy. She was James Halligan and was given ~ation by the large crowd of movie stars, dignitaries, two other universities that have adopted as their mascot-New Mexico State and Wyoming. who was instrumental in getting Eaton recognized Cowboy Hall of Fame, said that a video about at the dinner and the Michael Martin Murphy with Eaton as he had his autobiography as ~en kissed Liz's hand when while presenting the my hand since," Mrs. Wise, in her usual wit Tuesday morning. By Margaret Coate I love reading poems, espe- cially those written by someone I know. I've typed poetry, writ- ten by several local poets, to be published in The Perkins Jour- nal-including the late Ralph Gray who was a real estate man here in Perkins. Later, when he wanted to put his collection of poems in booktbrm for his son, Jody, he had me type eacch poem to be put between plastic pages of a photo album. Another poet gone now, Richard Grimm, not only wrote poems, he spoke in rhymn. As I read and typed those po- ems, I couldn't help but wonder how the brain of a poet differs from those who can not make words rhyme. 1 wondered if the poet thinks in rhyme or does it just happen sometimes. And so I asked another local poet who explained how the words he rhymes get into poetry form. Gary Minshall, a long-time IYyon resident, learned he was a poet a few short years ago, when h, started thinking in wm'd that rhyme and began writing down those words in the fi)rm of poetry . Not only does Minshall think poetry and write poetry, he is not bashthl about saying his poetry. Editor Rick Clark and I were fortunate to have him recite a poem for us recently. Raised in Tryon, Gary is the son of Belinda Minshall Pearson and the late Kenneth Minshall. He and his sister, DeAnn Piter, were born on the farm home- steaded by their great grandfa- ther M.F. Minshall in 1891. The farm purchased by their father, located one mile north and two miles west of Tryon, was home- steaded by the father of the late Guy McClain, former Perkins postmaster. His mother still calls that property home. Gary graduated from Tryon High School in 1964. Minshall is a "farrier" by trade. For those who don't know what that is, a "farrier" is a person who puts shoes made of iron on horses' hooves. Here, in a round- about way, is how he came to be a horse-shoe-er and a little in- fornmtion about that occupation. This is also a story about the life he &as spent with his wife, Sandra, and their children. After graduating from Tryon High School, Gary married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Green (she was a student at Car- ney High School, though) right ai~l~er high school--33 years ago. (Minshall claims to "not be much of a romancer" but he not only writes special poems for his wife, he says sweet things about their life together--such as "The only they did, Gary reports. "We left home with $50 in our pockets and got back with $1007" Thev both worked and saved their money but they came back home sooner than they had phumed because Sandrx's mother be- came ill so she flew back to be with her, Gary drove back in the Chevy with all their worldly pos- sessions loaded into it--with the ironing board on top of everw thing. Even though they hadn't thing I would have done differ- planned to come home so soon, ent," he says, "would be to have both were happy to get back to married her sooner.") Sandra, the daughter of Ben and Betty Green, has been secretary at Tryon Elementary for 13 years. Her husband also says, "If I could change anything in my life, I wouldn't change anything. I'm glad I married the woman I'm married to and I am glad to be a horseshoer and having fun writ- ing poems. Life is just pure fun!" Following their marriage, Gary and Sandra left for Califor- nia , where Sandra had once lived, in his 1956 black Chevy to make their fi)rtune. And that. Oklahoma. "It was just breaking daylight when I crossed the stateline," the tired traveler said, "and I thought the green grass and red hills were the pret- tiest country I'd ever seen! We were so glad to get back home and we've never been sorry we did," he commented. Gary thinks back now to when he was a kid--he didn't like liv- ing in this area very much-- that's the reason he and Sandra went West. "But when we were gon% I realized that is where t Continued on page I4