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4-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, May 3, 2001 Vice Admiral Richard A. Nelson " Vice Admiral Richard A. Nelson ,, by David S ss r Perkins Itistolical Society and Perkins Historical Museum Vice Admiral Richard A. Nelson received his Doctor of Nelson became the thirty-third Medicine degree from the Uni- " Surgeon General of the Navy versity of Oklahoma, and did his -' and Chief. Bureau of Medicine internship at Baptist Memorial and Surgery on June 29, 1998. Hospital in Oklahoma City. He , Nelson. who was born north- completed a residency in occu- east of Perkins on April 4, 194 I, pational medicine at the Univer- is the sou of Florence Nelson sity of Cincinnati. ' Wall and the late Verlin Nelson. Nelson entered the Navy via A 1950 graduate of Perkins Special Doctor Draft Number 41 High School. he attended Okla- in 1967. "I had no intentions of homa Stale University. getting into any branch of ser- "! started out i, the School of vice, but the draft made up my Agriculture and intended tomind for me," Nelson said. "I major in pre-veterinary medi- intended to do my two years of cine,'" he said. "But after my obligated service and then go first year, I changed to 'people' back to private practice." How- medicine and m tiored in pre- ever, he soon changed his mind medical sciences in the College about military life. of Arts and Sciences." After spending a short time at According to his mother, Dr. Navy Hospital in Corpus Christi, Leou Freed, the Nelson family Texas hese ,e t as Senior Medi- ":, ptysi ian, was l iP //'tiy re- caIOfC r qt :Naval A',amiu- sponsible forplacing the veteri- nition Depot in McAlester, narian-to-be on a path toward Oktahoma He aiso served as a medicine. "Freed took the op- Medical Officer at the Naval portunity of an appointment Hospital in Bremerton, Wash- with Richard lbr a physical to ington, and Head of the Occu- broach the subject, " Florence patton Medicine Branch, Bureau said. "He had told Verlin, my of Medicine and Surgery in husband, a couple of years or so Washington, D. C. prior to that that he was going He had command of the Navy to make a doctor out of Rich- Environmental Health Center in ard." 1974 when it was located in Cin- cinnati, Ohio, and again in 1981, after it was relocated to Norfolk, Virginia. Nelson was the Direc- tor of Occupational Health and Preventative Medicine Division from 1984-1985, and then served from 1985-1988 as Deputy Commander of Fleet Readiness and Support, Naval Medical Command, Washing- ton, D. C. He was then assigned to the Office of the Naval In- Fulton, Linda Martin, Rosetta spector General as Director of Journal Staff Writer Brixey, Clara Mae Hart, Leta the Health Care Review Divi- 99 Years A ,o. May 2. 1902 Sue Westfall, David Gibbs, sion. There will be an ice cream Glenda Mercer, Curtis Fisher, From 1989 to 1991, he served social and entertainment at the Donna McGee, Joyce Youngker. as Commanding Officer Of the close of school at IXL School 45 Years AgoAlay 3. Naval Hospital in Bremerton, four miles west of Perkins, At Thursday's fire department Washington. In 1991, Nelson Tuesday evening May 6. The meeting the members voted to returned to Norfolk, Virginia, proceeds to go on purchasing an sponsor and maintain a ground where he had three concurrent organ for the IXL Sunday observer corp in Perkins. assignments as Fleet Surgeon, School. The Board of Education ap- U. S, Atlantic Fleet; Command The closing exercises of the proved plans for completing the Surgeon, U. S. Atlantic Corn- Perkins schools were held at the combination tennis, volley-ball mand; and Medical Advisor,Methodist church Friday and basketball outside courts Supreme Allied Command At-evening. There were 336 en- south of the school. Bob lantic. He then served as Com- rolled in Perkins this year. The Chesney has been assisting with mander of the Naval Medical graduates were: Aden Utter, the project. Center in San Diego, California Harry Diffenbaugh, Harry 40 Years A ,oAlav 4, 1961 from 1993, until his appoint- Harbour, Charley Ryel, Frank Announcement has been made ment as Surgeon General byLowrey, Harry Lowe, Ada of the letting of a contract for President Bill Clinton. Sillix, Rose Broom, Mae 133,000 bushel capacity addi- "One of the things I'm con- Broom, Addie Smith and Bessie tion to grain storage facilities cerned about now is that we take Huffman. owned by Ahrberg Milling in young people and send them to 79 Years A o. May 12 1927. Perkins. boot camp, in both the Navy and Wallace Dickey put up a new Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Hardy Marine Corps, and we don't let awning at the front of the meat have purchased the Kifer store them smoke - but yet we don't market this week. on Highway 33 west of Perkins. have all the programs in place Quite a large congregation Its- 30 Years Ago.Anril 29. 1971 to keep them from starting back tened to Rev. J.L. Demaree's in- Mrs. Betty E Carder, Tryon, up when they get out," Nelson troductory sermon at the Meth- was elected president of the said. "The Navy now has the odist Church. Rev. Claude E. Oklahoma Chapter National best health care team members DeWitt has resigned. He comes Associatiion of Postmasters of I have ever worked with, mill- to Perkins from Stillwater. the United States. tary or civilian; however, we are 50 Years A oAlav I0. 1951Roy Wall and Craig Acuff of faced with an increasing popu- Mrs. Dawson Brown will Perkins entered the bike races at lation of retirees and family present her piano students in a Eastfield Junior College in Dal- members to care for in a recital at the First Christian las Sunday. downsizing and resource limited Church on May 13. The public 20 Years Ago,ADril 30.1981 environment. Our challengeis invited. The following will be Payne Co. Bank announced will be to improve access to our presented: Billy Sasser, Barbara plans for a major expansiion health services while maintain- Stephens, Connie Wells, Dor- project. Th expansiion will be a ing our high quality standards othy Hillhouse, Sharon lOx40goot addition to the north- and yet not breaking the bank." Lawrence, Winona Ball, east corner of the building. His personal awards include Carolyn Jo Butler, Judy Three members of the Perkins. the Defense Distinguished Set- Friedemann, Phyllis Houston, Tryon band have qualified to vice Medal, Defense Superior Marilyn Youngker, Charlesparticipate in the official Lions gervioc-Mcdah Logionof M4srit (three awards), Meritorious Ser- :. vice'Me dal, and the l avy Achievement Medal. Vice Admiral Nelson is mar- ried to the former Alice Faudree of McAlester, Oklahoma. They have two sons, Jesse Alan and Rainey Aaron. Jesse and his while Kimberly have two sons; Alec Dreaux and Jarrett Reed. 2001 by David Sasser I Remember In the 1920's and 30's there were very few farm homes that had electricity to use for lights, pumping their water wells, or tor irouing clothes. Some people had wind charg, ers. These were small generators on a tower operated by a small propeller that turned when the wind blew. The power went to some wet cell batteries. This system was not too dependable and woukl only operate one or O tw light bulbs. Nowadays, very efficient wind generators have , bee developed. Another solution was the Delco light system. It was a b tP II ! t t | / i l small generator powered by a kerosene engine. Three of the first ones in the community were owned by Art Harrison at the Goodnight General Store, the Bartholmew brothers at the Lyric Theater in Perkins (to run the silent movie projector), and Bert Frame. I am sure there were soon others who installed them. R.B. Frame told my dad Ephraim about the one his dad had. It was a 32 volt system. It had 1 glass enclosed battery cells to store electricity, and was located in the basement. The concrete base for the machine is still there in that basement. It had a flexible metal exhaust pipe, which vented outside. My grandparents wall had Premiere graphi Need a fresh look for your business stationery? How about a new twist for your newsletter? Coil Stacy Beal at Premiere Graphics for all of your design and printing needs. Perkins Journal office: 405.547.2411 or 405.314.2754 e-mail: one, and it was in the was house. Before the rural electric lines were built in 1941, I remember hearing the engine and genera- tor running. The systems were called Delcos. Later on when the units were dismantled, some people used the glass battery containers for aquariums or flower vases. Convention tion June 15, 1981. James brown, Bobby Jodi Edwards. According to a Perkins artist was $10 from a the Steer Inn chants are requests for changing bills when has purchased a is checking The following Art students have at the Perkins Hudson, Steve GranD, Todd Decker, Phillip Woods, Lindy Stanton, Matt Murray, Sam Williams, Stanton, Jody Smith, Tina George McKinnis. The Virginia E. will hold dedication Sunday at 3 p.m. Teri Wells, chairrna committee. 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