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2-The Perkins Journal Thursday, May 5, 1977 Rolmet L. YvoRe Evans, Published each Thursday st 133 S. Main Street, Post Office Box F, Perkins, Okllhoma 74059 Second Class Postage Paid at Perkins, Okla. 74059 Telephone...405.647.2411 Subscription Prices: Payne, Lincoln, Logan and Nohl counties ............................ ; .......................... $6.00 plus tax Elsewhere ......................................................... $9.00 plus tax I I I Ill I Ill Ill II i - Around fhe Farm by Allan Wall II The barley has headed out .... Some bird built a nest in our tractor's exhaust pipe again this year. A new breed of sheep is being developed at the U.S. Sheep Experiment station at Dubois, Idaho. It's called the Polypay, and it's developed from crosses of Dorset, Targhee, Rambouillet, Finn- sheep. The Targhee breed was developed at the same place. The developers are trying to get a breed that will raise twins twice a year. See you next week-- O" Senior Citizens News Monday was an especially good night of music and entertainment. Several of the musicians wore the costumes the)' had worn last week at the Benefit for the Sheltered Workshop, held at the Cimarron Ballroom. We appreciate their sharing their fun with those who didn't attend the Benefit and were glad it was so successful. We also enjoyed hearing Ger- trude Dilliner of Portland, Ore., play several "oldies". This is her first visit to Perkins since we've been in the new Center. She was a regular attender during he last visit with her sister, Sylvia Squires, when we were meeting in the Lions Den. You wouldn't believe all the things being made in Ceramics. Pitchers and bowls of all sizes and designs and colors, flower pots in various sizes and shapes, sugar bowl and cream pitcher sets, squash spoon rests, plates of several kinds, plus the usual cups, vases, ashtrays and soup bowls. The display shelves are full of things to be sold. Quilting continues each day on the quilt Blanche Ham pieced. It is bedspread size so will take some time. We're all anxious to see it when it is finished. A workday last week sure shined up the Center, inside and outside. Over 40 came to help, one way or another. While the men cut weeds, mowed grass and tilled a place for a flower bed the women cleaned walls, car- pet, dusted chairs and tables, washed windows, painted shelves,etc. Others helped by donating cash, and all enjoyed working together to make our Center more attractive. A bountiful pot luck dinner was served at noon. The Mosers brought a new supply of snack crackers which we all enjoy. Lucy Graham brought an unusual bouquet to share at the Center this week. It was from the Tulip Tree which she purchased and set out several years ago between her house and the Christian parsonage. The flowers are green, white and orange and the leaves resemble syca- more leaves but are a softer texture, Go by and look at it if you haven't seen one before. Recent visitors also in- cluded Thelma Holman of Paden, Mike, Kerri and Tim Reddout of Oklahoma City, grandchildren of the Floyd Caldwells, and Georgia Wright who was visiting her sister, Pvarl Freeman. It is good to have Orval Ingram and Clinton Easter home from hospital. --Clarrcy Cook My l00iflhbors Yow pet rock attacked meP' Be in the Know.. Read The Journoll Doc Comments -- Prowling around in Perkins By T. C Doc Bonner Browsing about the town of Perkins prior to dedicatory services for the bridges honoring people with man)" years of public service to the people of Payne county and the state of Oklahoma, reveals many things. Downtown business build- ings are well kept, dean and show a lot of pride in ownership. The same applies to the residential sections with new homes, older residences and unimproved building sites with beautiful yards, lawns, shrubs and flowers in colorful array of beauty that only nature can produce with the help of homeowners with a lot of work and pride. Business places are well marked with attractive wind- ow signs easy to read from street level. Window dis- plays show a l& of careful planning and talent. A few eye catchers: Carol's Fun and Things, displaying a window with gadgets and a sign that says:Sorta Open 10-5 Tuesday thru Saturday. General store across the street with a door sign that says: Push, we're inside.I pushed, but no one was inside. Remember it was Sunday. A very neat Payne County Bank building, new post office building soon to be opened with the only reservation in the area for wheel chair entrance. The famous Ralph's Packing House that is well known for fine meats throughout the county. A barber shop with signs that brings back a lot of memories. Harland Wells building reaching for the sky neatly painted and decorat- ed. Stella's Building and Home Supply with an attractive yard and frontage. A nice restaurant that was the busiest place in town. Of- fices of attorneys, neatly ide- ntified by attractive signs. The Perkins Journal with the pretty front and a handy drop in box for items when closed. Beautiful florist building. A very pretty plumbing supply company and services. Oklahpma His- torical Society Office, beauti. fill well kept chui'ches and schools. A modern grocery store. You name it, Perkins has it. Perkins is the kind of town that anyone would be proud to call home. Located on the historic Cimarron River valley and surrounded by fertile farms and ranches, OSU experimental farms and large manufacturing centers. There just has to be a heap of ambitious and prosperous people with a lot of get up and go and determination to achieve the progress we have. My friend from the free state of Winston in Alabama, now of Hollywood, Pat Buttram says: "Reading the results of the China-Russian meeting this week. I would say Russia is taking a slow burn for China. When those two outfits get together and talk of comrades, it sounds more like com-rats. Looks like Peking is developing a new line for the Russians, Chinese misfortunate cook. ies. Sounds like a hardboiled egg-foo-yung. In the meet- ing they came, they saw but never concurred. Everything the Chinese suggested, Russia said, No fair, Peking." Well, like it or not, there are indications that we may be traveling in the shadow of the roads built by Commun- ist nations. With more federal bureaucratic restrict- ions and controls facing us daily, it's frustrating to say the least. The President's first 100 days in office is a perfect rerun of his first 100 days as governor of Georgia. Without the minority vote, Carter would not have carried his home state. Today, he is slapping all free enterprise on the wrist with a much harder line to follow. No business including hosp- itals can survive without income in money for an amount a little greater than the cost of services and products. A rrivederci, DOC Yes, I remember Mama By LaVeta Myrick Randall Yes, I remember Mama, the way she used to be. She was a hard working farmer's wife who. toiled along side her husband and then did the household chores, too. ,,. One of my earliest m'n- ories of Mama was her effort to supply something out of little or nothing. Like the pretty colorful feed sacks. Or if it snowed, the pure white snow which she allowed us to scoop up for that special treat.., snow ice cream. This was not an uncommon practice before "pollution." Mama's interest in my learning has been an inspiration all my life. I've often heard her tell someone how "she" taught me to read and write long before I started to school. During my first year at Oak Dale, I remember coming home from school to find her in the field pulling a cotton sack beside my dad. He had returned from World War I in poor health. One morning as I walked to" school at Soonerville, I saw a stranse red glow from behind our big two-story house. Not realizing it was a fire, I hurried on to school, where I was told our barn had burned down. Willa Myrick, the young bride of John F. Myrick '7 remember mostly as she used to be. " Mama had been alone at the time except for my five year old brother. So she had driven the cattle from the burning barn at her own risk. It was an act of responsibility and love greater than her own physical safety. Mama was an immaculate housekeeper and the very best of cooks. Threshing days were truly a harvest feast as special as Thanksgiving. When neigh- bors joined together to reap the golden grain, it was a affair for the country kids. But mama was rough sometimes, too. Usually it was just a threat, but if she said "I'll tell your daddy," that was enough. Yet there were times, after washing clothes on a scrub board with her own home-made lye soap that she grew weary. A huge iron pot boiled the dirty overalls and snow white bedding over a fire in the yard. Ironing was a real chore with a flat iron heated on a wood stove or over a kerosene burner. She always seemed thin and tired. On such days, mama's temper was short. Many times she sent me for a switch off the peach tree in the backyard. I always took enough time in picking the right one that by the time I'd returned, she pretended to have forgotten. I'm sure now she was glad she had managed to get out of another chore. I remember mama's castor oil mixed with orange juice to keep us healthy. But when I was twleve, I rebelled at an old fashioned remedy for I was rarely ever sick. I can still smell that stuff[ It was Barbs and Wires- A big hole for microwave One of the blessings of living in America is that we have a free press. No one really censors anything we might want to say. But over the years, I've come to learn that many editors, First Amendment or not, do have a list of Sacred Cows -- things that they really don't want mentioned in their paer. Some of the ones I've encountered include; train wrecks, criticism of Frank Lloyd Wright, any mention of a person's race in any story, President Nixon's first name. rival newspapers, product trade names, stories about service club meetings, anything bad about local merchants, anything good about local merchants and many other topics which some editors feel might warp the minds of their subscrib- ers. At the top of the list though, are stories deroga- tory to cats. Most of our nation's press lords live in deathly fear of cat owners. Now personally, l'm neut- al on the subject, and, l'm not about to get involved in either protecting or defam- ing the fury wretches. It's just that cats are newsworthy animals by virtue of doing interesting things that other pets don't; escapades that visa vis our free press, should be reported. Now if each of you will sign a statement to the effect that will neither tar or feather me, nor bombard the office of this paper with kitty litter, I'll pass along the most recent cat stories to come my way. Like the hapless tabby back East somewhere that got itself stuck in the top of a tall tree. The pet's owner prevailed upon her mother to do something, so the local volunteer fire department was Called. Out came the fire laddies, with their shiny new truck and ladders and kitty was brought safely down. For a moment there were smiles all around and dried tears, but as the fearless smoke eaters backed out of the driveway they ran over the carl An even more recent story making the rounds is the one about the .newlyweds who received both a microwave oven and a kitten as wedding -presents. One evening the bride came home to find her pet had been left out in the rain and was soaking wet. From The Files (From The Perkins Journal May 2, 1957 - 20 years ago) John Summers was elect- ed president of the Perkins Lions Club at the annual election of officers. He will take over from president J. A. McLauchlin the first meeting in July. Summers has been a Lions member and resident of Perkins the past four years, owning and operating the Summers Sundries. Others elected were Bob Evans, 1st vice-president; Gaylord Hanes, 2nd vice-president, and Perk Butler, 3rd vice-president. Six from Perkins were in Lawton to attend meetings sponsored by the Lawtou Women's Forum featuring Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. Those attending from here were Mrs. Dale Holbrook, Mrs. Bill Fisher, Mrs. C. D. Ross, Mrs. W. N. Baker, Mrs. O. W. Smith and Mrs.Frances Markee. The Perkins Band Boost- ers club and the Lions club will join forces to stage the first in several entertaining programs in observance of Oklahoma's 50th annivers- ary. The production Friday will be titled "Golden Jubilee." The production is directed by Mrs. John Summers and Mrs. Dale Holbrook. John Rusco will be master of ceremonies. Others participating in pro. duction of direction will be Mrs. Verlin Nelson, Mrs. Don Mercer, Mrs. Bill Fisher, Mrs. Jack Vassar, Miss Mary Jane Dunlavy, Frank Evans and Perk Butler. Paul Evans and Frances Markee will be featured in "Ballerina Danc- ers." Frank Pistol Pete Eaton will be an honored guest for the evenfng, called "Asphidity." I don't believe its even in the dictionary, and I'm sure it's not spelled correctly. Any- way my grandmother had fixed some of the horrible mess in a little piece of cloth for me to wear around my neck. That was just too much[ An eighth grade irl with such a thing around ner neck would surely be sent home--even by the kindly Ruth Kirk, who was my teacher at Free Silver. I'm sure it was not mama's idea. Back on the old home place there was a new bungalow to replace the old two story house which grandpa built and where I was born before we moved away for a few years. There was a Maytag washer, an Aladdin lamp, and a lot more conveniences. There were also three children now. Mama was always willing to help a neighbor. She was often called upon when an. other farm wife was in child- birth, and the doctor had not yet arrived. Dr. Holbrook Editor Bob Evans writes in his column, An Item More:Good thing there was- n't a fire Thursday evening as the firemen were so stuff- ed with barbecue it would have been quite an ordeal to perform any activity. There was preparations for 80 andwiches for 18 people and believe it or not it was all finished off except for enough barbecue for about six sandwiches. Curt Savage again kept pace with Paul Evans for the honors, followed by Bill Evans, who atefive sandwiches. Personally, we were watch- ing our waistline so we limited ourselves to enough barbecue for six sandwiches but only used three buns. Anyone that goes down the street South of Del-Mars Food Store does so at his own risk and had better be a good driver. Should one accident- ally drive off into one of those holes, it would take a winch truck to haul it to the garage for repairs. One observer reported that dur- ing the rains last week he saw a car run off into one of the water-filled holes. The front wheel went almost out of sight and the car lurched like it was going to turn over. He didn't report any injuries to the occupants. We just went up to measure that hole. It is 36 inches long, 23 inches wide and 8% inches deep. There were 56 holes of every size. (From the Perkins Jounal May 4, 1961 - 16 years ago( Hollis Ward, superinten- dent of Perkins schools, has resigned effective June 30, 1961. Ward has been superintendent the past three years, and .the five years previous to that was of Perkins, had delivered my brother and 1, so there was a long acquaintance. Wisely, the doctor began to instruct mama as to what must be done in case he didn't arrive in time. Dr. Holbrook's confidence paid off for the time came when Mama delivered a neighbor's baby. Mama had a talent for music. She loved to sing church hymns. "In the Garden" was her favorite. It semed appropriate since so much of her life had been spent in the field and garden, so she could possibly identify best with it. She learned music to some extent. She was mostly quiet and lady-like. Even now, 1 remember Mama as the proud, neat housewife - always canning, cooking, cleaning, working at something when my parents quit farming. It was her expression of love and security. Yes, l remember Mama, but sometimes now- a-days, Mama doesn't re- member me. oven full of kitty principal and Perkins. Mr. Ross superintendent at the past six years, has named to succeed Dr. R. V. Clark, veterinarian, was president of the Lions club for the year. Others Roland Sodowsky, president; Frank second vice-president; 1 Fioile, third vice- George Jacob, B. McDaniei, Lion (From The Perkins May 4, 1967.10 years Cecil O. Erwin, one' newly elected Perkins Board members, as mayor by the formed board. Other members are Leo D. Sassar and Hubert Outgoing board is Wood, Joe Barta, Hughes and Roscoe son. The problem of a good water discussed. Mayor pointed out that this has plagued every town board for decades. He advised board not to be if they drilled a bad because most all have had to water and haven't all successful. Palmer Sadler is o other side of the fence He was elected the Lions Club ian) and no one knoWS he is going to break the of throwing things putting ice in Lee boots for a whole TOWN-COUNCIL (From Page 1) tower which will city with adequate storage facilities. creased storage enable the City to better fire alleviate serious safety problems now ing. The Farmers Hom ministration is makii grant of $2,300 and funding of $2,400 complete the total cost of $12,000. The Ozarks Re mission was under the Public Economic of 1965 to map and long-range programs stimulate ec opment in the fie Ozarks Region of Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. The proposal discussed further by board and decisions accordingly. Claims month of April were proved. Raised in this technological age as she had been, the young lady decided the humanitarian thing to do would be to dry tabby off by popping her in the oven for just a second or two. Later that night the groom had to dig a hole in the back yard to bury both the oven and its contents. One cat story I do have personal knowledge of is the tale of Eleanor Roose- velt. Not the first lady, but a ferocious feline that lives down the street from us. Rosie, as she likes to be called, is a swaggering, black as crude-oil, female who is fiercely independent. Strictly an outdoor gal, she returns home only for an occasional meal, or to deliver the remains of a field mouse, vossum, or stray calf she has killed just to show her owner that she is still queen of the beasts. Usually these visits are without warning. Rosie will wait until about 10 or 11 p. m. and then get a running start and launch herself at full force against one of the window screens. Sometimes she makes it all the way through, but more often the screen will just bulg and quiver as she clings 'to it, grinning like Satan. Either way, .whatever babysitter happens to be on duty usually cancels her contract on the spot. But Rosie is getting soft in her old age and the home fires look a little more beckoning. A fact that was almost her undoing one bitter cold night last fall. Apparently she was on her way home, seeking a warm-looking window to jump through when she crossed a neighbor's yard just as he returned home. She must have sensed the warmth coming from his car's engine, because that is where she headed to bed down for the night. She sprawled comfortably out across the block, with one paw curled around a spark plug and her tall draped carelessly through the blades of the fan. All was well until the neighbor started to leave for work the next morning. Rosie's wails rattled wind- ows for blocks around; when he raised the hood, she shot out bloody and cussin' mad, minus an ear and part of her By Ken AndersO00 nursing her dignity, was condescended to ing in a doghouse front porch, but no town is foolhardy trespass in Rosie's So much for cat Although I fear a resident of Perkins in his wife's six-shooter. S guns, I am sort of about the politics of the fellows at work. checked gingham instead of a gun back window of his truck. Or did you hear letter President to his old Plains telling her what was like? He scalp and with a permanent- capital as a "City kink in her tail. She limped an area 71 square. around for a few days, .surrounded on all licking her wounds and reality."