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THE PERKINS JOURNAL-THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 1997 Gary Minshall- Continued from page I wanted to get back to," he fondly recalls. After coming back, especially in slow times, he's worked as a car- penter, in an airplane factory, on drilling rigs--whatever it took to make ends meet but the work best is shoeing horses. It was his father-in-law who taught him that occupation, he said. "One day when we were visiting with him, he was shoeing horses, and as I watched him, I decided I'd like to try that so showed me how," Gary remembers. After working at it for awhile, he decided to at- tend Oklahoma Farriers College in Sperry. Since then he has taught classes at the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School in Oklahoma City-- but he is self-employed and says, "I am blessed to be able to work for myself. It's pretty hard work but I like horses and if I had it to do over again, I would still shoe horsesi" The farrier-turned poet explains about horse shoes and the how's and whys of putting them on horses. Horse shoes are made of iron and come in a couple of diffe 'ent kinds, ready to put on. Some- times it is pretty hard to get the shoes on the horse, especially when the horse doesn't want his shoes on, but with determination it can be done. Minshall began shoeing horses at the Oklahoma City Stockyards. These horses were ridden by cowboys when they were putting cattle into pens for the auction. In the olden times, shoeing ulOrses could be a dangerous occupation. "There was always a pen 1 of young horses, pretty tough bronc horses that needed to be shod. Usually we would tie the leg up to get the shoe on, but nowa- days," Gary explains, "we use tranquilizers to keep horses sttll if needed". Gary's first try at writing poetry was in conjunction with his oc- Cupation. "It.was when I was in Texas shoeing horses fora friend that I wrote my first poem," he said. He was way down in Texas on a big ranch, living in a cabin quite a ways behind the ranch house at that time. Had been down there a few days, he said, and was wanting to go home long before that particular night. The hired hand who he'd worked with during the day had already finished his chores and had gone home. Everything was quiet---no televi- sion, no telephone, no nothing to keep his mind occupied--and he was lonesome and he was hungry. He would be going home soon, and as he sat there remembering his home and the wife he'd left behind,' his thoughts began to come in words that rhyme. Those words he wrote down--and that is the first poem he ever wrote. One More Night In Texas I set here in this Texas camp Without a friend in sight Juan is up there don' chores He's here yet tonight. I think I'll cook me up a n eal Of some bologna and some cheese And drink me some of those Texas And knock me out some Z's. beers And get up bushy tailed tomorrow With my hammer and my rasp And shoe them horses left and right And get their money in my grasp. And while you sleep and dream your dreams of thoughts that you may des e, The answer will fall and surround your soul up there on the brightest star." So give this a try, you'll be amazed of the message that falls below, So sure in your mind and the love in your and the peace that's deep in your soul. heart, With his poetry, Gary has entered several contests and some have been published in other publications other than the Journal. "I have no plans or goals in poetry writing, just whatever God has in his plans I will do," this poet says, and some of those plans that are in the future include reading his poetry at the old rodeo stadium in Guthrie during the 89ers Rodeo and Parade on April 26. Sandy Boles, the coordinator for the poets' get-together, invited Minshall and other poets from different states to gather in the first State Capitol of Oklahoma to entertain guests with their poetry. He was among poets who entertained during the Tom Mix Festival in the Logan County city last fall. Locally, Gary Minshall can beheard reciting his" poetry when he entertains at the annual Co-Op meeting on Saturday, March 29. He was invited for this occasion by Tim Fox, manager of the Co-op. Writing poetry takes a lot of time, but that isn't the end of it when a poet recites what he has written." According to this particular poet, it takes two or three days to get a piece memorized and longer to get just the right inflection on certain words. Gary practices the poetry reciting just about anywhere--at home, in his car, and at the Journal. Editor Rick and I were fortunate in hearing him re- cite some of his poetry recently. Minshall gives credit to Atha at "Special Touch" on the south edge of Tryon for getting his poems typed on her computer so they will be presentable for taking to The Journal for publication. Atha is a poet, too, Minshall says, so she knows how they should be done-- and he is considering having them made into a book of poetry. Getting back to Minshall's occupation of shoeing horses, he says that over the years he has bettered his business and now shoes top- notch cutting horses, some of the best in the world. He has shod horses for the late Pat Patterson of Tecumseh, vho Gary considers to have been "a legend in his own time" in riding cutting horses Not only was he a World Champion cutting horse rider, Minshali says he was a "fine man." "I worked for him for 20 years and learned a lot from him about riding horses and shoeing them. I considered him a truthful man and good to work for," Minshall says. "I always felt good about working for him, even though some thought he was difficult to work for." The farrier from Tryon was gifted with a buckle made of gold that Patterson had received in the NCHA Top 10 Competition. Both of Patterson's children, son Kenny and daugh- ter Debbie, are World Champs in cutting horse competitions. Here is a poem he wrote about that buckle given to him by his friend of many years, Pat Patterson: The Buckle I remember the day a few years back A shoein' horses for a man that was old-- He came to the barn with a blue velvet sack And inside was a buckle of gold. And head that truck out of here It had rubies and silver a shinin' real bright (Oklahoma's where I'm from) And a cuttin' horse turnin' a cow. And to my friend left waiting there, To my eyes it seemed a most beautiful sight My dear sweet Sugar Plum. And all I could say was "Wow!" (Now that may not sound "romancin'" to some, but I bet to Sandra that says it all.) He said you shod for me for quite a long while Minshall says he doesn't really know how he came to ..be a poet. And,I th you for a good He'd hated reading poetry and he never liked to study Enghsh when He gave me that buckle and with a big smile he was in high school--and no one was more surprised that he could said, ! won that on Peppy Lee San. write poetry than his Tryon High School English teacher, Ruby Schriener. "She wondered where my ability to write poetry came I think of that man every day, I swear, And there 'tween my boots and my hat Is that buckle that I so proudly wear A treasure from my friend, Mr. Pat. from since she knew I didn't like the subject she" taught," he said. Another teacher at Tryon was H.I. Jones who taught both Ameri- can and English Literature. "I know this is a God-given talent," Gary quickly says---and he puts that talent to work writing poetry for his children, Stepham'e and Austin, and other family members. Stephanie and Troy Taylor and the Minshalls' grandson Brett live in Yukon where she has a car detailing business and he works for Titan Oilwell Cementing Company. Austin is attending Southeastern State CoUege at Durant and plans to be a teacher and coach. Their daughter, Jenny, died at age 11. She was a victim of cerebral palsy since infancy. Pistol Pete Eaton was a hero of Minshall and recently after he'd read an article about the old cowboy in The Perkins Journal, the one telling about his induction into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame---he decided to write a poem. He'd take the Journal and a notebook with him as he went to his work and when he thought of special words, he'd jot them down--sometimes when driving down the highway. "I wrote that poem over a two or three day span," he said, "and then one evening when I came home, Sandra asked if it was finished. After giving it a little thought," he said, "I took the papers to the table where I put the verses in order and then I said, yes, I believe it is finished." That poem has been published in the J ,urna . Later he borrowed from Elizabeth Wise the book on the life of her father, and he wrote another poem dedicated to Jenny. He'd always wanted to do that but words just wouldn't come---so this poem came about after learning that Frank Eaton's first sweet- heart, who was named Jenny, had died at a young age. Eaton had mentioned in the book dealing with his life that Indian lore toId about the Indian Spirit and the star they pray to in Heaven. This is the poem written about the Minshalls' little daughter, Jenny. nayLs_$tar The Great Wah-ken-tucka, the Indian Spirit that lives up there in the sky, To white man it's God, there's no difference, you see it's the very same guy. Our Indian friends they tell of a prayer that they pray to a star in Heaven, Just ask the star the wish that you want and to you it will be given. When a loved one dies they live on the one that outshines them all, Ask the spirit to fill your heart and a message of love will fall. a star, As I lay on the ground and look up above and gaze at the stars up there, Lo and behold, the brightest stag is my sweet little JennY so fair. I ask the Great Spirit to grant me my thought and to make a will that is right, For all we know is what is behind us and what's in our present sight. And Wah-ken-tucka, the Indian Spirit, said to my soul below, "The present is yours, the fiature is mine and it's only for me to know. Iql put down the curtain in front of your eyes for the future you cannot see,' And with all your mind and all your heart paint a picture like you want it to be. Always liking to be around horses, Gary rode bucking horses and bulls in rodeos around the country, and won a bull riding contest at the Perkins rodeo once. Always liking to see different faces at different places, and now that h e has been in the horseshoeing business for many years, about 30 in all, Minshall says he shoes horses for several ranches around this part of the country and a few in Texas--including 12 years for Marilyn Franz who lives between Perkins and Ripley. Minshall explains that horses need to be shod every six weeks and the hooves need to be trimmed before the horses can be reshod. He also shoes horses for friends whose horses are family" pets. But lest the reader thinks that life for Gary MinsH'all is all work and poetry writing, he would be quick to tell you that being with his family is one of his favorite things to do--and his favorite hQbby is--golfl He likes to play at the Cimarron Trails Golf Course where some of his special friends also play. Among those are Tim Fox, Mac McCutchen, David Lara, and others from this area. "I even wrote a poem about golf and say it to them when they are beating me too bad," the poet-golfer says. Gary, it was a pleasure visiting with you and I did certainly enjoy hearing your recite your poetry. Thank you! Senior Citizens News By Kathleen Johnson May the road rise up to meet you May the wind always be at your back May the sun shine warm upon your face The rain fall soft upon your fields And until we meet again May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. (An Irish Blessing) **** Tis time for the wearnin' of the greenb'gorra. Plantin' taters and the like. Plant in the fruitful signs of Scorpio, Pices, Tauras, or Cancer (lion, feet, neck or breast). (Don't plant potatoes in the feet). Plow, till, cultivate in Aries. Never plant anything in the barren signs (trim, deaden, destroy). Always set plants out in a water or earth sign. Take taters--on the dark ofth' moon or th' old ofth' moon (th' last quarter); they make less vines; and on the light of th' moon they make more vine and less tater. Don't plant in th' flowers--a plant blooms itself to death; blooms fall off-don't make cucumbers, to- matoes, squash or stuff like that. I don't know why it is, but it's sure thataway, for my daddy tried it. ak@** If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten. ***$ , Talking to a nice lady on the phone. She has a case of midwinter rot--and a terminal cold she's had since September. Do you ever get depressed? Well, do you? I get so depressed it would take a ladder to get out of--"yep!" but not for long. Drive over to First and Kirk and listen to the Cimarron Valley Music Makers--thatll get you out of whatever you're in. Uplifted, exalted, excited, af- fixmed and overwhelmed by musicians and wonderful, wonderfi.d song and music. They'll Whig ya! Zing, bang yal Ting-a-ling ya! MAN Alive! I can't imagine anyone sitting around in heap feeling sorry for themselves. So Winter and rain and bills and taxes? Says I to! down, up and have a hip! hip! hooray time Lorraine Smith, Chet Smith, Jimmie T Cole, Bill Boyd, all of Perkins; Bill Worthy, Agra; and Jo Martin, Alvy Stevens, Jim Music, all c Felton, Drumright; Willie Mouser, Ival Hesser, Howard Anderson, Allen Cain, Crescent; Jim Childers, Glencoe. Harold the Irish Ballad, "Oh Danny Boy," beautifully. of the talented musicians that come so far to Hostesses and host Esther Ham, Ynona and decked out in St. Patrick Regalia. Ynona, R.L., a green derby and a frilly green special flair of Irish with their fashions. and 19 musicians delicious sandwiches, cup of green goodies. Others adding Mattie Thompson, Geraldine and Wayne Allen, Bonnie Blumer. Thanks! If you give a pig and a child every good pig and a bad child. **** Enjoyed Margaret's interview with ily last week. thing Eli2 Our condolences to the Gene Hardy, AA. and Gertrude Kinder families. **** Current Events :: Moaday Night Music--7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays--Center opens 1 to 4 p Potluck--every 2nd and 4th Friday. March 21--Triad Eyecare Clinic Birthday Luncheon, board electi_ Thursday. March 27--Mystery Dinner, 5 p.m. Tusdav. April 8th Bus trip to Zoo and Cowboy Hall of Fame (Please send the $15 per person fee for to: Senior Citizens, P.O. Box 606, Perkins, Happy Birthday: Justin Wayne Johnson Walter Davis, Goob Sharp, David Westfall, "Henley, Helen Sue Brown. We wish you manY,: :t: -'k $ q-" Justin J., Alissa J., Deanie Johnson, Happy skiing--'Keystone." Hi! Dora M. I don't remember havin Have you written your alumni letter? about you, Goldie B. See you there. Saturday Night Revelers--still reveling, a great time. Edith Cretsinger, Joanne BottS,. ret Suggs, Olga Tomlinson, Pete and Viola Jewell and Buck McCorkle. Elsie Grant, GuY, ers, Jeanette Owen, Walt Davis, Jessie James Martin. Had sad news about friends,P oy home and belongings to fire. Monday for music--total $352.50. The Senior to this. We hope and pray for the best for yoU. Well, what do you think? I think it's time to: this is our grandson's birthday, 17th, will call Happy Birthday. Till we meet again, dear friends, I wish By Priscilla Hancock, CRH Marketing Manager One of the strongest weapons in the fight 'number one killer continues to be knowledge' Tuesday, April 1, Cushing ing the "No Foolin" National Heart Attack Participants not only get vital information risks of heart disease, but also receive take steps to reduce those risks. The heart attack risk study screening fee finger-stick blood test to measure betes test). Screenings now include information on HDL or "good" cholesterol HDL and total cholesterol. These factors be an additional indicator of heart attack evaluated in the screening are weight, pressure. The screening is open to all adultS, "We continue to offer these response from our citizens is always Cushing Hospital Administrator. "It's people want to take control of their own they can do to protect themselves and staY lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise, it heart attack risk factors. And, any can have a significant impact on long "T Chile all individual results are on the number of people screened and trends," Cackler explained. "We have bee number of people do return to the months to monitor their progress, by the improvement in many categories, including numbers, reducing high blood pressure, sugar and a decrease in smoking for these z In addition to Cushing Regional by Hillcrest Exercise and Lifestyle Prograf Hillcrest HealthCar.e. The $10 screening fee includes testing sulks. At least two hours of fasting is Appointments are available between 10 aJ For more information or an appointment, toll free, 1-800-516-8444. Happy Birthday to Beaulah Beaulah Henderson, a former birthday on Thursday, March 13. She is 114 at Westhaven Nursing Home in receiving cards and calls from her many occasion.