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/ o. Beaming bright blue eyes peak out from the stringy uncombed bangs of 12-year-old Eddie lngram as he steps forward holding his report card and the attached note out to a visitor in the Roscoe Ingrams' Morrison home. Eddie is proud of the note which reads: "You have been promoted to the seventh grade." Despite the string of "incom- pletes" for grades; despite the added stipulation that Eddie must keep up his seventh grade work or be sent back to the sixth grade; despite having spent most of 1975 in hospitals .... Eddie is happy that he has been promoted with his classmates. Eddie has leukemia. In 1973 a thick haired 11-year-old named Eddie lngram was a muscular 70 pound wrestler on the Morrison team. At a Stillwater based statewide contest, Eddie took fourth in his division. Eddie, like all young men, had the stamina of a Jim Ryun. "Me and another boy at school Could run the longest distances in track without getting tired," recalls Eddie today. His father adds, "He's always been athletic---any- thing he did he went all out for." But during Christmas vacation last year, Roscoe lngram noticed that Eddie was no longer able to pull his own weight in chopping Wood along side 15-year-old brother Leslie. As the bleak winter afternoon folded into a dreary gray overcast, the wood was ready to be loaded into the pick up truck. But Eddie wasn't standing at the tailgate to do his share of the work. "Go ahead and lay down on the seat then, if you don't feel good," said his father, quietly making a mental note to check later to see if the youngster was gold bricking. "I knew if he felt like getting outside and playing ball after we got home, that he was just being lazy," says Ingram, adding, "and he was going to catch it if that proved true." But Eddie took three naps during the day---an unusuailoss of energy for a 12-year-old who "could run the longest distances without getting tired." "He looked healthy, so we started giving him vitamins." says Ingrain, looking for the cause of Eddie's sudden lethargy. Growing pains...reaching puber- ty...just a streak of laziness...could have accounted for Eddie lngram's inability to respond with his old "do or die" effort. But something more powerful than vitamins was needed to correct what was eating away at the blood in Eddie's body---and he was responding with despondency and a quarrelsome nature that wasn't typical of the shy young man. Eddie's physical education teacher noticed the change in attitude first. "Him (Eddie) and the coach went round and round," says Eddie's father. "I told Eddie, 'You've just got to try harder."' But there wasn't much left for Eddie to try with. The Monday after Christmas vacation Eddie faltered in a running exercise and took the customary extra Iaps. He got sick and lost his color. "We don't blame the coach. There's no way he'could have known. We should have known The Journal Reports II I earlier that there was something wrong," says Ingram. Eddie called his mother, Mary Ann Ingram, at home and told her: "Morn, can you come and get me...I just can't make it." When Mrs. Ingram arrived at the school to pick Eddie up she found the shell of the son she had taken such pride in when he won wrestling patches and a trophy. Fighting back the tears that came with pain, and mustering what courage was left, Eddie appeared ashen and his lips had turned an alarming purple. "It seemed like he had a cold during Christmas vacation, but his temperature was only up at night. We should have suspected some- thing because his mental attitude had changed so drastieally---I should have noticed that something was wrong," says Mrs. Ingram looking back today on the late December events which unfolded. Mrs. Ingram took Eddie to the family doctor in Perry and Eddie was immediately put in the hospital. Visiting Eddie, Mr. and Mrs. Ill in Courage by Lee Gray lngram were told to wear surgical gowns, caps and masks and to stay at the end of Eddie's bed. Under no circumstances were they to touch him. Fear loomed like an albatross over the couple as they left Eddie's room and Mrs. Ingram questioned Dr. Arthur M. Brown about what was wrong with Eddie. "Let me have a few days to get the test results back before I say anything definite. Let's be sure before there's need for alarm," the doctor reassured her. Only parents know the endless pit feeling that developes,in their stomachs when days dray by--- when almost any news is good news because the torturous anticipation is ended. Prayers...fearing the worse... hoping for the best...it all culminates in a salvo of schizoph- renic second guessing. "Mary," said Dr. Brown when the test results came back, "Mary, Eddie has leukemia." "We can probably get this under. control," he continued, stopping the give Mrs. Ingrain a chance to let it all soak in. "What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word leukemia?" asked the doctor. "Cancer," came Mrs. Ingram's solemn reply. Leukemia, often referred to as cancer of the blood, is a disease of unknown origin, though there's a new ~nvestigation to see if it is a viral infection. In 1974 an estimated 13,000 children had cancer, the No. 1 killer among childhood diseases; about 3,600 of those children died from it, according to a recent National Observer article. Nancy Keebler, the article's author, adds that leukemia is the most prevalent cancer children contract---with an estimated 4,300 under the age of 1S having it. [Continued on page 31 F Ule Mr,y Am, Don Hardin of Perklns-Tryon High and 13 other area high school Farmers of America claimed Star Farmer awards at the 49th Future Farmers of America 13-14 at Oklahoma State Star Farmer Degree is the highest on FFA members and the top two percent of FFA membership. Joining Hardin in receiving the honor was Kevin Bostian, Jimmy Davis, Johnny Long and Joe Dale Mills, all of Coyle. Cushing honorees were Bill Watson and Randy Wright. Mulhall-Orlando's Duron Darrell Ho- ward also claimed the top award, as did Ripley's Karen K. Boyd. From Glencoe Larry Brown was named while Steve R. Meyer represented Mannford. Stillwater winners included Judith Ann Burk, Bill German Jr. and Dean Alan Matthews. Yale recipientswere Clifford D. Green and Tom Hixon. Stopped Perkins Volunteer Firemen responded in force to squelch a smoldering mattress at Charles Suttoa's 307 S. Main St. home. The May 7th 4:30 p.m. fire caused ;e damage to the upper floor of the two-story dewlling, but the quick of firemen prevented major structural damage. In the above photo an is helped on with an oxygen tank so he can enter the smoke lmiiding to put the fire out. MonkeyBusiness... Page2 DicksonTournament... Page3 Demon Graduates... Page5 Perkins and other area towns joined 342 municipalities statewide in sharing a half million dollar gain over last month's city sales tax receipts, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The 57,163,263 May disbursement came from March business collections remitted to the commission during April, said S. W. Hampton, sale tax director. Locally, Perkins showed a slight drop in collections this May compared with May 1974. This month's figure was $1,583.98 while last May $1,695.04 was disbursed. Also in Payne County, Stillwater showed a $5,000 gain, posting $115,492.37 and $110,499.48 respectively for May 1975 and May 1974. Yale had a $200 plus increase which is figured by matching the current May total of le Various area students are among those who graduated this spring from colleges and universities around the state, in- ;i :f ! : g i i Queen Reheeea ilesflaa was crowned FFA Queen at fire annual Perld .Tryo FFA Buquet Saturday, May 10. Bill Nowila, State FFA ptmident' was speaker at the banquet, where It was alto mmouneed that Glen Gdder was elected Star Chapter Greeahand, and Donald Hardin was elected Star Chapter Farmer. Queen atteadaata, from left to right, are Liada Graves; Steve Bsrta, 1974-75 Seathmll Calvin Gtil~, son of Mr. and Mra.'Braee Griffin; Patti Olton, daughter of Mr. aml Mrs. Alvin Oiton; Donald ~, 1974-7S Vice President; Rebecca Boatbm; Bob McC~tcheo, ootgoing 1975 President; Dlvkl Pan-d, 1974-75 ta~mm~r and 1975-76 l~rtmid~mq ~ Jarvlt; Jim INKIrm, 1974.75 ~tery; and Kathy McCoy. Recently elected FFA Chepter edMcers for 197S-76 are David P&tta~, Immldm~ Randy jay Davh, vke preeklenq Doule Chry, emaser Jame, hmmy, " t-,,ed er t mrter. A record 373 young men and women received the coveted degrees and represented a net worth of over $3 million. They are the top graduathig $1,478.37 against the May 1974 figure of 51,260.54. In other area towns, the report showed Tryon posting a drop in collections this May. The 1975 figure was $218.33 while the May 1974 collection amounted to $442.53. Glencoe. which is collecting city sales tax for the first time, pulled in $379.38 this May. Cushing, which increased to two-cent collections, captured $43,885.39 in revenues this May compared to the one-cent collection of $18,193.79 last May. Carney enjoyed a modest gain--draw- ing in $341.37 for May 1975 compared to $331.79 in May 1974. Coyle jumped from $285.55 last year to $312.82 this May. ol cluding Oklahoma State University, Central State University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Among those who.receiVed their degrees from OSU Saturday, May 10, during the commencement exercises ~re students from Perkins, including Merrell Butler, who received an EdD; Steven Cundiff, with a BS; Vivian Cundiff, ~ith an MS; Helen Martin Fleischer, with a BS: Thomas Logan III, v,~th an MS; Gene Niles, DMV; and Jimmy Story, with a BS. Coyle graduates from OSU and their degrees include Larry Berg, who ob- tained a BS; Leroy Brewer, with an MS; Beverly McAnally, with a BS; and Mary Rosson ~ith a BS. Twenty-five of the 2,766 spring graduates from OSU ~re from Cushing and include Dale Adams, BS; Susan Adams, BS; Billie Bennett, BS; Wayne Bland, BS; Janice Bon&urant, BS; Walter Clovis, BS; William Clovis. BA; . Leonard Cochran, AD; Linda Combs, BS; Judy Evans, MA; Theresa Haley, BS; Kris Kinzie, BS; Barbara Maloney, MBA; Mary Nishimuta Salvia, BS; Shirley Sawatzky, MS; Donald Tucker, MS; Bill Vassar, BS a~nd AD; Nancy Weber, BS; Debra Wheat, BS; Robert Wilson, BA; Jeanette Winkcompleck, BS; Larry Winterscheidt, BS. Glencoe OSU graduates include Raymond Hoffman, who graduated ~th an MS; Dale Lyle, with an ME; Michael Lyle, ~th a BS; Robert Newman, ~ith an MS; and Eddie Porter, a BS. Two students from Mulhall also graduated this spring from OSU. They are Ixadyth Bolmstedt, who graduated with a BS, and David On', who aim graduated ~th a BS degree. seniors studying vocational agriculture in 186 community high schools across Oklahoma. The students' farming investment averages $9,700 per student and this is far above the national requirement of $.500 f~r each degree candidate, according to Paul W. Newlin of'the state FFA Association. "This is the 16th consecutive year that Oklahoma's State Farmer candidates have had an investment of more than $1 million and the second time of over $3 million," he said, adding, "Together, they own 19,054 head of livestock, rant 16,801 acres of land and own an additional 2,525 acres." The Gold Key, emblematic of the State Farmer Degree, was presented by officials of the Oklahoma Vocatiomd and Technical Foundation, Inc., sponsors of the award. Bids will be accepted on the $762,000 State Highway 33 construction project lyeginning at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the offices of the Highway Commission in Oklahoma City, according to State Representative Joe Manning. The construction project includes 2.1 miles of asphaltic concrete surfacing, beginning east of Perkins and extending east across the Cimarron River. Cont.acts will be awarded to the successful bidders at the next Highway Commissiou m -tin June 2. Mottles Presented Becky Bostian, past president of the Future Homemakers' Chapter of Peddng-Tryou High School, and newly elected president Connie Jarvis present two ebecks to Galen Holsinger of the Payne County Bank for the Karen Barnes and Rieky Klnde Scholarship funds. Holsinger servesns treasurer for each fund. The Karen Barnes Schelerahip winner is select~! by the presidents of the Perkins Lions, American Legion and American Loflieu AuxllJtry and MI Club. Anna Maria Evans serves as the executive of the committee. Veeatitmd teachers at Perkins-Tryon High School select the winner of the RIcky Klm/e Scholarship. Each scholarahip is $100. This year's winners were announced at the Tuesday night commencement exercises and included Mlsi Bas//mt and Don Hardin. MR. BUSINESSMAN FARMER-RANcHER SELF- EMPLOYED WES WYATT ||||i||u|n||un||m|||n||| n|m NAME ........................................................................ PAYING TOO MUCH TAX? 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