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And also in the early days firing a gun was a signal in some towns for men to come from the fields or shops to fight a house fire or help with some other emergency. Many farmsteads had dinner bells. The farm wife or her children would ring the bell when lunch was ready. This was s signal for the people working in the fields. In the days when animal power or hand hoeing were practiced, the bell could be heard. After tractors and autos came along, the bells could not be heard. (In the years 2010, one of my daughters-in-law uses the horn on the car to call people to lunch.) The farm dinner bell would be on a pole in the back yard. Usually the bell had a rope for the bell ringer to pull, but the bell at my grandpar- ents Fiala's house was on a ten foot pole. To ring the bell, you would shake the pole. Schoolhouses often had bells on top of the build- ing to be a signal for pupils that it was time for school to take up. Often times the schoolteacher would have a small hand bell to, use as an extra signal. The 1895 Perkins School House had a large bell on top of the building. This bell has out-lived the schoolhouse through the years and is now on dis- play at the Perkins-Tryon High School Commons. In the 1940's when I was in Perkins Elemen- tary School, there was a big clock in the Super- intendent's office. It mechanically and electri- cally set off buzzer type bells for school take-up, recess, noon hour, and school dismissal. Also in the 1940's, many church houses had bells that were rung on Sunday mornings and other appropriate times. Telephones have always had a ring, but now the rings can be custom- ized and can even play a song. Doorbells have a ring; but now with cell phones, when the visitor arrives he or she some- times call the resident from the car to announce their arrival. The railroad that served Perkins, 1900 through 1957. had whis- tling posts. The upper part of the posts were white background with a black "W" painted on them. The posts were located one quarter mile from each railroad cross- ing. The posts were a signal for the engineer to blow the whistle to warn county road traffic of the approaching train. Referees' whistles are used not only by referees but also by coaches and teachers. In the 1950's, the siren by the city hall was blown at 12:00 noon every day and was referred to as the noon whistle. Now, in the year 2010, recorded chimes play familiar songs at 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. They are played for a few minutes at each time. On weekends the chimes play at 12 noon only. During Decem- ber, Christmas songs are played. These chimes can be heard on Main Street and surrounding areas. The chimes equipment and the street clock in the center of town were furnished by the Perkins Main Street Association a few years ago. In the 1960' s and 1970' s, the Perkins United Meth- odist Church had a chime system that was played on Sunday mornings. The speakers were mounted on the building at the old location, one block east of Main Street on Thomas Street. I could hear the chimes from my home five miles away if the wind were in the right direction. InThe Journal classifieds. Control your comfort and energy consumption -- all at once. A new Trane high efficiency air conditioning and heating system from Country Comfort can help reduce your energy usage. And with up to $1,000 rebate on qualifying Trane heating and cooling systems, you'll save big right from the start. Just purchase your qualifying Trane system during the eligible program period Reliability, energy-efficiency, indoor air quality, and an instant rebate...they're all yours with Trane. Receive up to $1,500 in federal Tax Credits. Ask us for details.** The system you choose for your home comfort will no doubt be influenced by the dealer you choose. 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On April 28, 1897, the Chickasaw and Choctaw, two of the Five Civilized Tribes. become the first to agree to abolish tribal government and commu- nal ownership of land. The other tribes soon followed. finally throwing open all of Indian Territory to white settlement. On May 1, 1926. Ford Motor Company becomes one of the first compa- nies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers. Manufactur- ers all over the country soon followed Ford's lead, and the Monday-to-Friday workweek became standard practice. On May 2, 1933, the modern legend of the Loch Ness Monster is born when a sighting makes local news in the Scottish Highlands. The Inverness Courier newspaper related an account of a local couple who claimed to have seen "an enormous animal roll- ing and plunging on the sur- face. ' Scholars of the Loch Ness Monster find a dozen references to "Nessie" in Scottish history, dating back to around 500 A.D. On April 26, 1954. the Salk polio vaccine field trials, involving 1.8 million children, begin in McLean. Va. On Apr. 12. 1955. researchers announced the vaccine.was safe and effect, ive., andAt .qui,ldy became a standard:part of childhood immunizations in America. On April 27, 1963, Mar- garet Annemarie B attavio' s very first single, "I Will Follow Him," reached No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts. The 15-year-old singer, better known as Little Peggy March, became the youngest female performer ever to top the Billboard Hot 100. On April 29, 1986, in a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 20 batters in a nine- inning game. Ten years later. Clemens repeated the feat, the only player in base- ball history to do so. (c) 2010 King Features Synd.. [nc. OHS to hold annual may be the key to a cure. Donate any car you own to the American Cancer Society. 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