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PAGE 2 .... The Perkins Journal Thursday, April 27, 1989 THE PERKINS JOURNAL David and Alberta Burgess, Owners Robert L. and Yvonne M. Evans, Editors Published Each Thursday at 133 S. Main Street Post Office Box 695, Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Telephone: 40 547-2411 YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION RATES P yne, Lincoln, Logan and Noble Counties$11.48+77" tax Elsewhere in Oklahoma $15.18 +$1.07 tax Out-of-State Journal Editorial Opinion movement is on to rewrite or redesign the Oklahoma Constitution. Of course, those on the redesign team must bring their changes to a vote of the people. T he framers of Oklahoma's constitution wanted the government in the hands of the people and not the hands of the political bosses. Thus, Oklahoma's con- stitution was unique in that most every section of the government, even the Mine Inspector, was an elected position. Some thought this was slow and cumber- some, and many elected officials went into office to sit out several terms on a popular name. Referendums bringing about state questions have altered the Constitution through the years. Several elected offices were done away with. What people do realize is that the fewer elected offices there are the more bureaucrats are going to make the laws for the people. :The laws of Oklahoma are made by the legislature, s gned by the governor and interpreted and carried (nit by nameless, faceless bureaucrats who the erage voter does not know. There is no way the voter can get to them. People can change a law but trey can't change the bureaucrat who is locked into j ob except for "show cause" infractions which are rare. The framers of our state Constitution did not this in mind. They wanted the government operated by the people through elected office holders. : A review of the state government over the past 80 y ars indicates that the balance has worked fairly Well. Henry Bellmon and many other governors have ir dicated their hands are tied as administrators b cause the power is too evenly split among the three ches. However, they have been effective with the v eto. They are closer to the people. They hold their o vn in the balance of power. ($12.25) ($16.25) $20.25 ::Governor Bellmon is. pushingfor rewriting or' ' nodernizing" the Constitution. It will be interesting! t9 see what the Constitutional commission comes up with. Wanta bet it is weighted heavily towards the utlve? : 0klahomans would be better off with a slower, more cbrnplete Constitution on close balance, than a S treamlined, loosely administered instrument that is out of reach of the people. : Be prepared to study any changes of the Constitu- tion when they are presented and vote intelligently and with forethought. The voter has control now. Don't let it get away from you. "O" Mike Morris Blasts Threatenin For Teacher Strike : Republican State Chairman :Mike Morris has called the klahoma Education Associa- :tion's threat to strike this fall "totally irresponsible" and :"without public support." , "The time has come to :challenge the OEA--or :Oklahoma's Educational :Union--as being a part of the pro- :blem and not part of the solution :to Oklahoma's desire for Ex- :cellence in Education," Morris .said. Morris announced the forma- :tion of FIRST, an acronym for ;"Fire Irresponsible and :Replaceable Striking Teachers." : "As former President Reagan :proved to the sir traffic con- :trollers and their union, PATCO, i i) i? i? there are plenty of people willing :to take over the jobs of arrogant public employees," Morris said, "and we intend to demonstrate to the OEA that a rebellion of their members simply will not be Just A Line More (From Page 1) Be watching for an announce- ment in the next week or so. : XX X The Centennial Committee will i be looking for those who would ,like to create a working exhibit :for the celebration. They would like to establish booths in which Perkins and area folks will actual- ly be creating some of the old arts practiced back in pioneer days, such as quilting, candle making, :blacksmithing, gun repair, cook- :ing, threshing and combining, :plowing with team and plow, :making soap, weaving, making -molasses, etc. If yon have a knowledge of these projects, or :have equipment, or would just like to help, be prepared when the .call goes out. "O" tolerated by Oklahoma taxpay- ers, who rank ninth in the nation in the percentage of state funds allocated to common schools." Morris said FIRST will build a database of Oklahomans inter- ested in taking the jobs of strik- ing teachers by qualifications, geographical coverage, and salary requested. '%Ve believe that thousands of teaching positions can be quick- ly filled by equally or better qualified personnel for the same or lesser salaries," Morris said. "In addition, most teachers will have a difficult time finding other careers that pay as well, have as many benefits or include as many non-financial rewards as being a teacher of Oklahoma's youtIL" Morris stressed that the Oklahoma Republican Party is committed to ' Excellence in Education" at all levels and that the party encourages all teachers to rebuke their OEA leaders. -O- OLDTIMERS BAND-pLAYS The Oldtimers Western Swing B and played for more than 40 peo- ple last Thursday night at the Perkins Lions buildin~ People from Perry, Gather, Stillwater, Morrisen, Yale Ripley, Drumright, Guthrie and Austin, Texas came to dance, visit and generally have a good time The band played The Anniver- sary Waltz for Mr. and Mrs. Herb Brann of Perry, who were celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary. Everyone is welcome to come to dance to the old western swing music, or just come to listen every Thursday night from 8 p. m. to 11 p.m. -O" -j ( LETTERS TO TH___E E_DI_TO_R_ ( were from the Elm Grove LETTER TO THE EDITOR neighborhood. Dear Editor: Sincerely, As a result of my letter printed Charles Wall, in The Perkins Journal a few Rt. 1, Box 185 weeks ago, I have learned that the Perkins, OK 74059 first known recorded marriage in Payne County was July 4, 1890. (Editor's Note: Mahlon Erick- The couple married was Robert son, who is mentioned in this let- M. Bechell and Ellen F. Not- ter, is co-author with David tingham. The Payne County Sasser of the Perkins history courthouse burned in 1893 with book that will be published this the county records, so informa- Fall. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Perkins tion was obtained from newspa- Historical Society.) per articles. -o- I want to thank Mary L. Parker LETTER TO THE EDITOR of Linden, Michigan, a native of Dear Bob and Yvonne: Perkins, who saw my letter in The I was sorry to hear you are leav- Journal. She wrote me telling of ing The Perkins Journal owner- Mahlon Erickson, Box 1565, Still- ship, altho I am sure you will be water, who has done extensive working very hard in your book research in geneaologies in Payne printing business. County and has compiled books I-have enj oyed all your articles which can be purchased from him. and special features over the past Thanks to Mr. Erickson who several years. Hope you enjoy looked up the 1890 marriage for your vacation coming up soon. and thanks to you for print- I am planning to visit ing my letter. Oklahoma about July 29-30th. Now it would be interesting to Hope to visit several places and know if any readers know of relatives while there. descendants or relatives of this Sincerely couple Mr. Erickson said they Mary Lou (Kirk) Parker "0" Dear Bob and Yvonne: The following poem truly expresses my feelings since my grandfather, Lucion Myrick, made the run and my father inherited land on which grand- pa lived with us until he died, when I was only five years old. However, I remember him so well as he would take me for walks on the old home place. In fact, he called me to his bedside shortly before his death and whispered one of "our secrets" in my ear and told me not to tell. He died that same night, but his memory lives on but his words are long forgot- ten but not the memories. Oh, I want to go back to the old home And sit by my mother's knee And forget the long, long, years between The dear old days and mel~ '~ ~' Oh for a Poppy blbssom Out of the garden old To weave a spell about me That lurked in its silken fold! I want to go back to the old house Though I know they have gone away Who lived and loved in the old time B ut were I there today I could dream them back to the hearthstone I could see my mother's face And forget my homesick longings I n the peace of the dear home place With me at my grandpa's knee. Anonymous (copied) B reathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath saicL This is my own, my native land? Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned From wandering on a foreign strand7 Sir Walter Scott: The photo is an old, old barn on highway near 4 corners south of Perkins. I imagine this old barn is gone by now as I must have taken this photo while working at The Journal several years ago. LaVeta M. Randall .... ~.~ ;!~,./. Danny Kitchel and Elizabeth Bishop show off this nice catch weighing 6 pounds each, ~aey took them out of the river Saturday morning with a bank line and a rod ~nd reel. 67 Years Ago (From The PerlBns Jo~al May 19, 1922 -67 years ago) ev. Clyde Brengle is the new preacher at the Baptist Church in Perkins. He comes here from Shawnee. A near disaster occurred at the Cimarron river bridge south of Perkins last week when Aubry and Miles Nixon, sons of C. W. Nixon, one of our well known farmers south of town, procured a car at the French Garage for a drive to the farm. The boys were unfamiliar with the gearing of the car and as they struck the down grade of the bridge, the car sud- denly lunged for the side, break- ing through the guard rails and would have plunged to the river below if, in he drop of the for- ward part of the car off the bridge, a small bolt in under the gear, was driven firmly into the planking, thus holding the car balanced on the edge The new chat and oil highway from Oklahoma City to Kansas City may pass through Perkins, crossing the Cimarron river bridge here. A few of the Good Roads Committee of our town met with the members of the ' olorado Sernade" O eefe and in "Mr. District Passes await A: the boxoffice. A list of tising in The Journal in clude: Moser and Grocery, Market and Mack's City Grocery; Nu-Way Howard Warren; Grocery and Feed Store, Lawrence; Warren Market, J. L. Warren, R. L. Baker's Grocery. 30 Years (From The Perkins May 7, 1959 - 30 years J Walter Martin serve as cilmen electing him Weems, John Baker Lewis. Melvin Sager and W.K. is Delbert Butler city council to dig a well 15 feet wide which would hold an 30,000 gallons of said the larger at 47 feet, and because Autombile Association of Kansas hold a supply City and Oklahoma City at have tobe Ratliff and Wildman Store to because water discuss the proposition, from the surface. The City Meat Market needs folks sent wells are 48 to sign up for ice delivery this diameter and must be summer. The ice can be delivered hard to produce for lc per pound, but a certain said the water sands number must be signed up to foot deliver at that price. Go by today instead of being draw and sign up for ice delivery so pump pressure. The everyone can benefit, partment will meet with| The First State Bank of cil about the large well Perkins published a May 5, 1922 The Perkins Library financial statement totaling one year of operation in $97,665.32 in Resources and a report by librarian Liabilities. Officers listed are L. indicates 5027 books G. Lenker, R. W. Holbrook, and during the year. The M. M. Lenker, directors. L.G. started inApril1958 Lenker is president. The Payne ty agreed to pay $50 a County B ank statement publish- a librarian and rent ed on May 5, totaled $209,344.67 in front of the Neal's in resources and liabilities. Of- Col. Stump has ricers are W. B. Freeman, J.A. from living quarters Hert and C. W. Kenworthy, with tral Sundries store, to Kenworthy as Cashier. above the business so Sanitary Barber Shop, featur- begin on building a ing shaves, shampoos and hair- clinic for Dr. Clark at cuts. H. R. Drumright, the Central Proprietor. Miss Nedra James A. McLauchlin married on June 13. 42 Years Ago (From The Perkins Journal June 12, 1947 - 42 years ago) l~:tVl~, from Woodward folks for {~mtrib~ti~ Storm relief there. Doc Knipe tells us that Mrs. Sylvia Thompson drives her father Mr. Case to the Saturday drawing in Perkins, and on the floor boards of the back seat sets an old red hen on a setting of eggs. When the car comes to town, the old hen comes with it, sitting contentedly and does not mind the ride to town and back at all. The Diaper Laundry has closed, but that has nothing to do with the dry cleaning plant next door. Plant owner Grady Gardner says his business is growing and he al> preciates local trade. Mr. Recer was down to the Journal office all steamed up one day last week. Seems that some- one's milk cow got out of the yard and stomped down his garden and ate the tops out of his sweet corn patch! He asked us to print something about folks keeping their livestock penned. Maybe the town needs to create an ordinance about animals being kept in town? Work started Monday to re- build the school shop that was destroyed by fire earlier. It will be of concrete block and built on the same foundation as before. Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Hubbard bought the new house built by Merrill Butler on West 3rd St. 24 Years (From The Perkins April 29, 1965 - 24 i l's,, and ] oy Delegates this na Wall, Charles Clark and Jerry Ditz McIlvain was Lions club president, year. Farm Sho in the state Mercer, Robert Stan Moffat. 20 Years (From The Perkins May 8, 1969 - 20 years The city council $600 for new in their next year's New city officers oath are Mayor Cecil E Dodson, LeeRoy wayne Moser, Sager and Clerk Materials for baseball field have beer Included are six 75 foot 55 foot and two 30 lighting fixtures, cros braces. Volunteers equipment. $3600 is pay for the 10 Years (From The Perkins May 3, 1979 - 10 year ight of Department of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Gray tion for the Perkins bought the Bill Stephens place on construction project, the river this week. The Stephens by the first of the' family is moving into Perkins. to a letter FOR SALE - 1939 Model A Moser from R. A. Ford in good shape, good tires for and chief $300. Epsey J. Myers, Route 1, project will Perkins. tion of main James Luster, a local garagecurb and gutter, owner, has opened a Firestone underground S tore here and will handle a com- thinks the project w plete line of their supplies. He is of the also Sinclair products dealer, main street. The Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stephens estimated at $800 have bought the Let's Eat Care Perkins graduateS from the Dick Clarks on Wednes- degrees from OSU day and took over that day. The Bostian, BS; Marla Clarks will visit for a time back BS; Walter Disney, east. Dustin, BS; Betty Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Self havePHD; Donald Hardim bought the building and stock of Jarvis, BS; Linda the local Farmers Exchange.He Roy Wall, MAL. operated a grocery previously in Police Chief Bill Kiowa for 12 years, ted in oneofthe Among the youth in the com- the muuity, as compiled by Gretafrom a Eyler. Several kids from Perkins brown and tan, were at Crystal Plunge Sunday. mer western style R. L. Benedict and Houston Neal started summer classes at A & M. Releign Jamison is to leave this week for harvest. Doyle Butler is OSU BAND taking over the cream room at the new grocery, the former Farmer's bands will present Store. Peggy Eyler attended the cart of Rainbow girls state meeting at 27, at8 p. m. Muskogee. Concert Hall. The Playing at the Lyric Theatre, and ope to the publi Eddie Dean and AI LaRue in "o-