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i . (:i PAGE 10 -- The Perkins Journsl Thursday, May 17, 1984 The Natural Way Dr. Jeff Black Professor of Biology Oklahoma Baptist University OKLAHOMA WILDFLOWERS Our family always en- joys trips in Oklahoma in the spring because of all the beautiful wildflowers. This weekend we saw roadsides covered with the bright red Of Indian paintbrush, shining yellow sunflowers and dozens of other kinds of plants with beautiful blue, yellow and white flowers.~ Any flower that we don't recognize brings about a rapid stopping of the car. If the plants are plentiful, a single specimen is usually col- lected. Otherwise I try to photograph the bloom. On our return home, all the flower books are taken off the shelves and a name put with the plant. It is fun and we have learned the names of a lot of Oklahoma plants. Many of the plants in bloom right now have white to yellow flowers. There is one plant in road- side ditches, yards, overgrazed pastures and meadows that looks very much like wild onion but lacks the characteristic onion odor. I t grows from a small deep bulb that sends up a tuft of narrow leaves. The flowers have 6 white petals with green s {veins) and occur ~cluster at the tip of 't~stem. Plants are ~om more than 6 in- elms tall and flower from March to May. This corn- mcm plant is a lily and ~es by the common mimes of False Garlic, Crow Poison and Odorless-Onion. You can also see some large white flowers along our roadsides, railroads, fence rows and pastures that are half-hidden in the tall grass. They are usual- ly low to the ground and can easily be identified as a member of the blackberry group. The spines on the stems will quickly verify your iden- tification. I thought I might tell you what blackberries occur in our area, but quickly gave up the idea after discovering the complexity of the group. There are at least 12 different kinds of these brambles in Oklahoma and all are difficult to name. Most of the ones we currently see in bloom are probably a type of dewberry. Dewberries make excellent jams, pies and sauces so now is the time to locate your pat- ches for a delicious feast in June. We also saw lots of pat- Ches of a beautiful small sunflower known as the Prairie Ragwort or Prairie Groundsel. This sunflower grows in prairies and open woods throughout Oklahoma and blooms from April through June. Plants may be 16 to 18 inches tall and bear a cluster of flowers at the tip of each stem. Flowers have rays that are deep rich yellow and are around a center disk of glowing orange. This is one of the most beautiful of our daisy-like sunflowers that blooms in the spring. Another beautiful flower that has a spotty distribution in central Oklahoma is the Prairie Windflower or Anemone. These plants grow well in overgrazed pastures and are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Each stem bears a single flower with 6 to 20 sepals. Most flowers are white, but here and there may be a pink or blue one. The leaves are finely divided and close to the ground. The anemone is more widespread in the eastern half of the state. I shouldn't forget to mention one of our most common yellow-flowered plants, the dandelion. I have seen a lot of people battling dandelions in their yards this spring. I probably shouldn't admit it. But I find the dandelion to be a rather attractive plant. In fact some parts of our yard wouldn't be green in the spring if it wasn't for dandelions~ Dandelions are also praised by most wild food lovers as being one of the I I II I Complete Bookstore Waterbed $219.00 Bean Bags - $24.95 Win the Beef drawing June 2 Free Bean Bag with any Sale Over $300.00 5,000 Green Stamps with Sale Over $500.00 Waterbed Room 1911 N. Boomer, Stillwater 3724}900 | Prairie best sources of rich vitamins and minerals. The early spring leaves can be used in salads and scrambled eggs. The yellow flowers can be add- ed to pancake batter or used to make dandelion wine. Even the roots can be scrubbed, sliced thin and cooked. Roots can also be used as a coffee substitute. However, Judith tried to make some dandelion coffee a few years ago and we decided we could do without cof- fee rather than drinking coffee made from THE FRIENDSHIP CLUB MEETS The Friendship Club met Monday, May 6, 1984, at 1:30 P.M. at the home of ,~Vlabel Bickeil with eight members in at- tendance. The President, Lenora West. conducted the meeting with opening prayer, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, scripture reading, roll call and reading of the. minutes of the last meeting. Mrs. Fulton received the door prize, a lovely rose lapel pin and a handkerchief. The group held a round table discussion of the various interests and the show and tell articles that were on display. Much neighborhood news and happenings are always of vital interest to the group, as we all appear to be of one special family. The spring flowers and the special culture of our house plants were discussed and Mrs. Caldwell related their winter stay at their home in Texas. Mabel showed the ladies around her table and began to hand out strawberries, ice cream, and angel food cake. No one seemed to be on a diet at this particular time. The next meeting will be June 4th. "O" Ragwort 1 Group Men's Straw Hats Size 3 to Size 50 Perki, dandelion roots. You can even pick the seed head of a dandelion and blow it three times. The remaining seeds are said to tell time, future children, marriages, money in the bank and life expectancy. A predic- tion you can count on is that blowing off the seeds will increase your chances of a greater dandelion population in your yard in the future! So don't spend a lot of time fighting your dandelions, eat them! EDEN CHAPEL By Donna Burton Mr. and Mrs. Bob Burnett visited Mrs. John Breay and Denice in Austin, Texas last week. Congratulations to Richard Dugas and Ramonda Sutliff. They were married at Southside Baptist Church in Stillwater on May 12, 1984. Sunday Mother's Day visitors of Mrs. Opal Courtright were: Mr. and Mrs. Danny Kinkade and Daniel, Bob and Linda; Mrs. Tammy Olson and Jai O ~Neal. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Murlin from Oklahoma City attended the wed- ding of Ramonda and Richard Dugas on Satur- day and visited relatives. Sunday Mother's Day dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Burton were Mr. and Mrs. Don Perceful of Tryon, Mr. and Mrs. John Doddson, Mickey, LaDonna, and Vickie; and Frank Sutliff of Stillwater; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Doddson from Altus; Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Price and Tiffany and Donna Matney. Other callers were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Murlin and Chris, Rick Burton, Sheila Brown, and Mrs. Earl Ware and grandson. Sunday Mother's Day guests at Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Taylors were Mr. and Mrs. Rob Taylor and Clint, Cindy and Janie; Mrs. Ruth Etheridge; and Gene Riley also called. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Murlin and family visited Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Smith on Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Lee Murlin, Jana and Chris, spent Mother's Day with Mrs. Bill Gaskins. They visited Bill in the hospital. We hope he gets well soon. Mrs. Gaskins spent Sunday night with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Murlin and family. Debbie took her home and visited her Dad and Morn. Kenny and Kathy Murlin spent the weekend with her Mother in Edmond. There will be a basket dinner at High Praire on Memorial Day, May 28th for those attending Glen- wood Cemetary. Pauline Franklin THINKING IT OVER By Zola Sample Note: This article was written on April 29 before going to church. That same morning, a tornado struck Mannford. It's almost unbelievable what damage can be done in a few seconds during the whirling 180 or 150 mile an hour winds of a tornado. Destruction lay in its wake. Those that remain alive to tell the story are lucky. Miracles seem to happen in such a tragedy. Folk are numbed for days, weeks and longer from the disaster. Persons not only lose their personal property and businesses but loved ones and dear friends in a matter of seconds. They are dazed. All this happened April' 26 at Morris, Oklahoma. The storm swept over the Oklahoma area near Okmulgee where I slept soundly through all the commotion of golf-ball sized haft pounding away, strong winds blowing breaking limbs from my trees and flattening my picket fence. Why I always sleep better on stormy nights I cannot say, but I do. I did not know what a bad night storm it was until a friend called early the next morning. I have witnessed many cyclones m my eighty years. Some around Mannford and over Creek and Pawnee Counties. In my early years when the Edwards' home on the farm joining our homestead in Basin area was destroyed, Mr. Ed- wards was hanging from a door on top of the house visited Mr. and Mrs. while Owen, their son was Wayne Burton on Mon- burned badly from red day morning, coals in a stove. The -o- storm we heard coming dipped down over the hill and missed us. That was the only time I ever went to a cellar. I was not yet teen age. Father rushed us, leaving theoil lamp burning on the kitchen table. I was more scared of the dark cellar. When the storm hadpassed our lamp was still burning. I do remember we were all sur- prised and talked of it. Another damaging cyclone demolished the Miller ranch house and did a great deal of damage. I viewed this disastrous scene There was a square aluminum Maytag washer in the fork of a large dehorned tree in front of the house, an old rooster was walk- ing about in the yard in a dazed condition complete ly plucked all but a tail feather or two, no other chickens about. They had flew the coop. The magic carpet, a nine by twelve art rug, was laying some distance from where the house had been, in a calf pen where the man and wife had huddled during their air borne flight. They had hung together through it all. A sheep was dead from a piece of timber driven through its belly. Everything was chaos. It was a southwest of over the and around Mannford butl pletely wiping has Morris, Seventy town is seven dead of, eighty matter of If Maudie Robbins is can relate perience when I struck her Mannford ing of it. She i in the cloud to of the dropped on and dition farm. She was a then and sand and hair later. It she was not They all shelter, but there isn't special care season and Mercury ,s that is tem The following equipment will be sealed bids ending May 31, 1984. be opened 9:00 a.m., May 31, Superintendent's Office. 1-Yazoo Riding Lawn Mower, Wisconsin, 76" cut 1-Yazoo Riding Lawn Mower, B & S, 48" cut 1-1979 Buick LeSabre 4-dr, air 82,000 ml. Send bids to Indian Meridian Area School, 1312 S. Sangre Rd., Oklahoma 74074; Attention: Jim IMAVTS reserves the right to all bids. (To Be Sold Separately) Sale to be conducted on the property located at 318 East French Perkins, Oklahoma. B . 9 9 egmnlng at 1 P.M. Legal Description: Lots 54 and 56 Block 10, Perkins Town Com- pany's Second Addition to the Town of Perkins, Payne Coun- ty, Oklahoma These two lots are ideally located and are improved with a" mobile home hookup and an unattached building consisting of a one car garage and living quarters. There are a variety of trees that add to the attractiveness of this property. The Mobile Home has one bedroom, living room, kitchen and bath. The wheels and tires sell with the home. METHOD OF SELLING--The two lots will be sold and then the mobile home will sell separately. TERMS ON LOTS--Ten percent of the purchase price will be required on day of sale with the balance due tion of said District Court of Payne County. TERMS ON MOBILE HOME--Cash. Title to be transferred when sale is confirmed by the Court. All down will be escrowed in the Auction Company's Trust Account at Payne County Bank, Perkins. POSSESSION--To be granted on completion of transaction. PERSONAL PROPERTY 1-Dinette Set, Table with 4 chairs 1-Electric Sewing Machine with cabinet 2-End Tables 1-Rauio 1-Wicker Rocker 1-Refrigerator 2-Roll-Away Beds 1-Large Metal Grill 1-Car Luggage Carrier 1-Old Trunk 1-Portable Ice Chest 1-Kirby Vacuum Cleaner 1-Two Gallon Metal Box 1-Black & White Television I-TV Stand 1-Stereo, Several Old Records I-WaU Cabinet 1-Portable Electric Sewing Machine 1-Chest Type Deep Freeze 1-Wringer Maytag Washing 2-Wash Tubs with Stand 1-Car Air Conditioner (Water 1-Westinghouse Broiler and Stand 1-Lawn Mower , I -Toaster Many pots and pans, dishes and other items too numerous to mentiom TERMS ON PERSONAL PROPERTY-Cash. All Statements Made Day Of Sale Take Precedence Over All Prior Birdie Brawdy Estatc Owners Nola Whitfield, Guardian -- This Sale Conducted -- ] ,i IIAI,~ AUC'I'FO~ OOMPA, NY DEWAYNE LUSTER & ASSOCIATES Broker and Auctioneers Perry, Oidal,oma