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IjA-THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, May 22, 2003 Sherry Clemens Staff Writer About nine o&apos;clock last riday morning, oil was ruck in the Ross well, tour tiles east of Ripley, at a depth f 1350 feet. It will produce xty-five barrels a day. The Perkins Cemetery Asso- ation will serve dinner in the [oreland building on Decora- ion Day. The big meal will bll for 25 cents per plate. While away from her home uring the storm Wednes- ay afternoon, Mrs. Charles how, who lives about two iiles north of town, was ruck by lightning and ren- !ered unconscious. She soon OVered and appeared not to r any ill effects. i Centerview Sunday School ave an ice cream social Tues- iay evening and the proceeds ere over eight dollars. i7 Years Ago, May 21, 1936 i Fire of undetermined origin broke out in the bedroom of the tenant house on the W.A. Knipe farm Monday night about 7:30 while the tenants, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, were eating supper. The fire truck was taken there and the fire was extinguished with chemi- cals. Damage was $100. Donald Albright fell from a tree and was injured, but is better now. Mrs. Viola Hickman was bitten by a copperhead snake and is getting along quite well at the last report. 50 Years Ago. June 6, 1963 The Lions are constructing two more picnic tables at the park. They hope to have every- thing ready for the big 4 'h of July celebration. Glenn Shirley, Stillwater Police Captain, and son-in- law of Mr. and Mrs. George Jacob of Perkins, has recently had a book published called "Toughest of Them All." 40 Years Ago, May 23, 1963 A reunion was held at High Prairie School for those who attended school there 60 years ago. Sixty were present, among them Nina Belle Hurst Nichols who was the teacher in 1903 and 1904. Miss Linda Jo Cameron, bride elect of Arlis Riley, was honored with a shower on May 3, at the Baptist Church. Another shower was held at Riley's Steakhouse on May 9 to honor Linda and Arlis. 30 Years Ago, May 24, 1973 Newly hired to assume duties of Perkins-Tryon band is instructor Kent Taylor, a 1973 graduate of OSU. He is a Barnsdall native. Perkins policemen John Reed and Leonard Leafty recovered the property that was stolen from a crop spray- ing plane parked east of Per- kins. The theft was considered a prank. 20 Years Ago, May 26, 1983 Perkins Lions honored a long time member, Dehnar Niles by presenting him a Citizen of the Year award. The presentation was made by Bob Evans, chairman of the committee. At an adjourned meeting Monday evening, the city council appointed a five-man subdivision committee to bring back a set of subdivision standards for consideration in June. Remember y Charles Wall In late May of 1957, I was nishing the spring semester a student at O.S.U. I was 3ming home from Stillwater lat evening. That day the Cimarron River ,as above flood stage, at the ighest level yet recorded since efore 1889. Re appehes i several river bridges were nder water. These bridges ere closed: Perkins, Ripley, lighway 33 bridge south of ',ipley, and Coyle. I had this information about ae bridge closings. The only iridge I knew of that was still ,pen was Highway 18 bridge oi'th of Cushing, so I went round that way to get home rom Stillwater. It was after but I got across. The river was still rising, and I learned later that that bridge had been closed thirty minutes after I crossed it. I stayed on Highway 18 with the plan to go past Agra and get on the road that went through Tryon and take that route home. That road  now ghway 105, but then it was an unmarked and unpaved county road. I was driving a 1946 Ford car. It was after dark, and there was a light rain. By mistake I turned off Highway 18 onto a county road one mile too soon. This road wasn't a through road that night and after two miles it was very muddy, and I got stuck. I went to a nearby house where a young man and his family lived. He was probably about 24 years of age then, so now he would be 69 or more. The man was willing to go out and help me. He had an 8N model Ford tractor in a building and a log chain. The tractor started and he went and pulled me out and got me on my way back to Highway 18. I made the rest of the trip through Tryon without trouble. The tractor had lights and was in good condition. The man wouldn't take any money for his kindness. I never learned his name. I wish that I had gone back on a dry day and visited him. Maybe some of you readers have some infor- mation about the young man on that road who was a good Samaritan. pawnee Bill Wild West Shows 00heduled in June The Oklahoma Historical lociety's Pawnee Bill Ranch ;ire will once again host the wnee Bill Original Wild qst Show on June 14, 21, tM 28. The OHS, Pawnee hamber of Commerce, and ri'ends of the Pawnee Bill [anch sponsor the shows, +parade begins the festivities pm in downtown Pawnee, owed by a barbeque dinner ktiS:30 pm at the ranch. The .ld West Show begins at 7: !0 pm. '.' "We encourage visitors to iartake in every activity," iaid ranch staff member Erin rown. "'The mansion will be wailable for tours prior to the show." The show features reenac- tors primarily from the Pawnee community who portray various characters includ- ing Pawnee Bill, May Lillie, and Annie Oakley. Visitors will witness precision gun fire, whip demonstrations, a western style sack race, cabin burning, cavalry charges, horsemanshi p, a stage hold- up, and trick roping feats.' In addition, Indian dancers will be performing in their finest costumes. Admission fees are $10.00 for adults at the gate, $5.00 for children seven to 12, and children under the age of six are admitted free. Limited reserved seating is available for $12.50. The historic ranch was origi- nally owned by Gordon Lillie. Lillie and his troupe of Pawnee Indians were employed by Buf- falo Bill, performing across the nation in the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Lillie, now known as Pawnee Bill, later started his own touring Wild West Show. The Pawnee Bill Ranch is located one-half mile west of downtown Pawnee on SH 64. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Brown at 918/762-2513 or e-mail <\. Banjo Festival welcomes comedy acts e Guthrie Jazz Banjo Fes- ival is thrilled to announce athy Reilly and Mickey Finn rill be making their first festi- ,al appearance Memorial Day Veekend, May 23-25, in His- oric Downtown Guthrie.. Finn and his world famous Mickey Finn Show" started Lsa San Diego nightclub act ,ecoming the most success- ul of its type in the United ;tates for fourteen years, ts success resulted in NBC ricking up "The Mickey inn Show" a popular vari- ety series which continued to run for several seasons. The television program then led to headline Status in Caesar's Palace, becoming the longest running Dixieland Comedy Show in the history of Las Vegas. A fresh original high- energy show featuring over one hundred. Lower Level in Penn Square Mall, 1901 N.W. Expressway, Oklahoma City. Adult Admission - 1-Day Pass $15, 2-Day Pass $25, 3-Day Pass $35; Children Admission 1-Day Pass $7, 2-Day Pass $12, 3-Day Pass $15. For additional informa- tion call Caroline Hogan at 405-260-1323 or 800-652- 2656 (1-800-OK-BANJO), or visit our website at www.banjofestival.com <http: //www.banjofestival .com/>. The Guthrie Jazz Banjo Fes- tival would like to acknowl- edge and thank their 2003 sponsors: The Oklahoma Arts Council, John Vance Motors, Inc., Lamar Outdoor Advertis- ing, and The Batista Group Ray Gazaway with restored family wooden wagon which can be seen in his front yard at' Payne. Journal photo by Moira K. Gazaway restores heirloom by Moira K. Wiley Journal Staff Writer Perkins resident Ray Gaza- way has added a new lawn ornament to his property at 123 Payne. The ornament, an old wooden wagon that he has painstakingly restored, took an enormous amount of time and devotion, but he likes having a little piece of history in his front yard. Although the wagon's true history is a bit sketchy, he knows it was bought new in 1936 by a gentleman named Clarence Calvert who lived outside of Tryon. It was then purchased by Gazaway's granddad, Lewis Gazaway, some time after that. "1 don't know exactly when granddad purchased the wagon," Gazaway said. "But, I know it spent some 40 years sitting in a field until it rotted out. I had to completely rebuild it, because all that was left Was the rftefal parts and the x heels, which, by the way, say 1894 on them. I even had to build my own axles." "Dad needed a wagon and Clarence had one for sale, so he bought it," added Gaza- way's father, Claud Gazaway. "We lived about two and a half miles west of Tryon at the time and needed the wagon. My dad used it as long as he lived. He left the wagon to my brother, but he didn't.use it. It sat until all the wood rotted out, but, I've built three or four wagons in the past, so I knew how to fix it." Gazaway has spent close to a year working on the wagon to restore it to its former glory and it has become a family project. "First, we had to get it out of that field. It was embedded in the ground about a foot. Then, once I got it home, my dad came out and showed me what I needed to do to rebuild it. My wife, Cathy, has helped some and my friend J.D. has helped, as well. I guess you could say he's related in a roundabout way. We recently figured out that one of his cousins married my uncle, so he's family by marriage. We've done all the work ourselves though and I made the axles and all the bolsters myself. It was really a lot of work." Gazaway, who's retired and grew up in Tryon like his dad and granddad, says the project has given him something to do and he plans on keeping the wagon on display in his front yard permanently. 0' "It's been a lot of hard1 but I like my new ment," he said. "And, I something of my call it a family "I still need to put a on it, but I'm springs. I also need to stars painted on the I was going to paint it green, but then I I'm a veteran that red, white and blue The white stars are thing to finish up sure look good." Now that the work done and Gaz so much working wagon, he says he mind rebuilding in the future. "It wouldn't be bad another one, but it a lot of work. I've put in about 200 work on this one, but all worth it!" The wagon can moved to mow although a hand to do so. and although not discovered about the complete origin, still proud to have a his family's history his front lawn. Perkins - Many People One Comm Is Perkins newest history and will be available to the public in November 2003. The book, the third and final volume in a series, is a companion to Perkins - Queen City of the Cimarron and Perkins -A Place To Call Home. The hard bound book will be the same size and format as the previous volumes and will contain 384 pages and over 550 photographs, many never published before. If you purchase your books by June 1, you can save $5.00 per book and become a part of history by having your name listed in the book as a Charter Subscriber. The pre-publication price is $32.50, after June 1, the price will be $37.50. Chapters include Settlement, Maps, Rural Communities, Agriculture, Transportation, Trade, Entertainment, Residences, Children Families, People, Military, Education, and all the Senior panels for the classes of 1927 to 2003 of Perkins-Tryon High School. ......................... ORDER FORM .......................... Here is my pre-publication order for Perkins. Many People One Community Name: Mailing Address:. City: State: Zip: Price: $32.50 plus $2.75 sales tax (Oklahoma residents) plus $4 for postage/handling. Note: Books may picked up at Perkins Tag Agency rather than being shipped. Please reserve, copy(ies) of the book for me for a total of $ l:lMail my book(s) to me (+$4.00 ea.) 1"31 will pick up my book(s) at Perkins Tag Agency. DCheck / Money Order enclosed QCharge my credit card: Acct# E/isa Expiration Date: IZlMasterCard Signature Note: Charges will appear as Perkins Tag Agency on your credit card name do you want entered on the Charter Subscriber pages? Limit one name r'lMr. [Vl. I-IMiss riMs. r'lMr, and Mrs. [Dr. (State) Mail to: Perkins Historical Society, PO Box 788, Perkins, OK 74059 ,, This book is made possible by the following sponsors: Frontier Realty .The Harrison & Lambert Families ,The Iowa Tribe of Chris McCutchen "Payne County Bank .The Perkins Journal The Railroad Yard, Inc. "Sassr & Company Antiques .Strode Funeral Home, InC. The Vassar Company