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1.1995 50 105 Perkins, OK, was taken in 1918, accord- Johnson, and depicts the of Perkins's main street and what appears to be veterans in uniform. nuFnerous on the south side of the building. Coal was is that old song, One Picture sold by the hundred pounds in a sack. Sev- 1Killion Words! However, in this eral have informed that a fire destroyed sev- are many vacant spots to have eral buildings on Main Street and there is We believe the old water tower is no positive date as to the time of that fire or L0fthe Old Martin Cotteral Build- just how many buildings. building was a saloon for quite a The Flag Pole and Marker was almost in Years, on the ground floor, and Dr. the middle of Main Street and just to the east his office up there for some of the library today. When was the Flag Pole the rock building built that isremoved and what became of the Marker as east of the filling station, on the well as the Pole? Too, just where was the side. Water Tower and what happened to have this Zny information has been handedchanged or removed? Where was it moved :by Johnny Flint. Johnny's mother to or what year? Cotteral girls. What was her Back to about 1930, give or take a few years: died suddenly, and her children, the Old Cotteral Building's top floor was Grace, were taken care of by leased to Lee Kirk and Tom and Frank Johnny informed me that Chrystal and this became the first boxing and to take care of the stoves on the wrestling ring in that part of Payne County. a sack of coal was too heavy for Some type of a club was organized and many Carry up the stairs that are still of the young people took part, including Ben and Chet Cundiff, Charlie Rowe, as well as this Ole Indun. Some kind of an agreement ! Pete Says made with the College in Stillwater for Note: Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton training by Mr. Galliger. Many times, good a column in the Perkins Jour- wrestling matches would be held and the the 1950s. We will be publish- space was not large enough to take care of Columns periodically. This one the attendants. Other buildings were rented in 1954. Let us know what you to take care of this. Where? My first time to see the Flag was just about Thanksgiving time, the year 1917 as my par- there .were two men by ents, Walter and Zoa Maude Jacobs Johnson John Morrison that got their took a homestead, way out west in No Man's postoffice and another Land, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, Texas at Goodnight. There were County, 12 miles west of Hooker. The war Eatons and I used to get Old checks and he got my fi- was coming and my parents decided to sell claim. Jesse Stanton was the homestead and move back to Payne and he would hand to the County. to see us open and read it My oldest sister Vera, my cousin Ralph ours. Johnson and I climbed on to one of the and his family lived on the Rock Island trains at Hooker and traveled to of us. He ran a saw mill and Newton, changed over to the Santa Fe, headed a lot of sawing until Chantry south to Guthrie, where we were met by my mill in on the place now Uncle Charlie Jacobs and Aunt Vera Jacobs Myrick. Mrs. Denton and with Wade Johnson doing the driving. When Mrs. Mathias were two typical I mean ladies, and we arrived at the Jacobs place, four miles were like them to a certain east of Coyle, Uncle Wade and my sister, Vera Denton could cook a good continued on east from Newton to visit with of next to nothing. When the his family. COuntry opened they moved About a week later, Grandpa Jacobs, Aunt about Gracemont, where Vera, Uncle Charlie and I came to Perkins in Gene, had a claim. Jessie a two-seated buggy. The team pulling the Owned the claim that the mill buggy was not trained to having a flag flying to Ike Dungan. Gene or popping in the air so they refused to go by I had lots of fun coon hunt- the flag. Uncle Charlie got out and led the Was lots of game of all kinds team by the flag while Grandpa did the driv- plenty of meat on were not at Dentons, ing. Aunt Vera got out to go about doing her at our house. I never shopping while we continued on past the flag than they were. Continued on Page 12 Per Copy America Town Talk... Perkins Senior Citizens serve over 200 people during their annual Memo- Day dinner last ionday. It was a recora ? rant says...Tornado g: One long continous blast on the siren means take cover. Remember there is no All Clear signal. Causes too much confusion to sound all clear... Quote of the Week: "Standing in the middle of the reoad is very dangerous. You get knocked down by the traffic from both sides."-Margaret Thatcher und 9 Jim and Shirley Dervin officially take own- ership of Del-Mar's Grocery this Sunday, June 4, and are in the process of making big plans to remodel the store. The store will be closed this Sunday for that purpose and will reopen Monday under its new name: Dervin's Food Mart, the Dervin's told The Perkins Journal earlier this week. Immediate plans will be to have a new sign on the front with work to begin on the park- ing lot "real soon." There will also be electrical work done on the building this Sunday as well. Jim Dervin is in the electrical contracting business in Stroud and will continue to spend most of his time with that business which takes him to many different parts of the state. The day to day operation of Dervin's Food Mart will be left to Harold Clark, who has been named the manager. Shirley Dervin will also be a big part of the operation as she will commute back and forth from Stroud to Perkins. No other changes at the store have been announced. like Del-Mar's Grocery Store has been "home" to Lonnie and Judy Tabor for the past 17 years, and now that they are contemplating ending their days as owners of that estab- lishment, they feel they are leaving family and friends behind. "When people are customers for so many years, they tend to feel like fam- ily because we actually see many of them more than we do our own family," says Judy, "but we will be in the store because we plan to work for the Dervins for awhile." Perkins will still be home for the Tabors, though. The Tabors, Lonnie and Judy, purchased the store from Delmar and Pat Nilesl7 years ago but Lonnie had been employed there when he moved to Perkins with his parents, Jewell and Juanita Tabor. They came to Perkins in 1959 from Glencoe where Lonnie was born and raised. He had graduated from Glencoe High School just before moving here. Judy was in the fifth grade when she and her brother Joe moved with their parents, the late Jim and Alta Rylant, to Perkins from Ponca City when her dad was transferred to work down by Carney where he was employed with the pipeline division of City Service. Judy graduated from Perkins-Tryon High School in1963. Lonnie and Judy Tabor are an exceptional couple when you consider they went against the thinking of many of their family and friends and married the summer before she began her senior year in high school. But their hearts knew better than the heads of those who told them it wouldn't work because she was so young and still in school--for they have been married now for 33 yearsl! Since coming here, Perkins has been home to both Lonnie and Judy except for the one year when they lived in Spearman, Texas and the nine years they lived in Fairfax aRer pur- chasing a grocery store there from Glen Dou- glas of Stillwaterin 1969. Del-Mar's Grocery was purchased from Delmar Niles in 1978 when, due to his health, Delmar decided to sell and become an employee there. "I loved working with Delmar," Judy says. "He was always so up- beat and excited about anything new we de- cided to do in the store when we first took over." Now the Tabors are in the same situa- tion--they are selling the store because of Lonnie's health. Says Judy, "We are looking forward to working for Jim and Shirley Dervin and to seeing the new things they will be doing to the store to make it better for the community." Judy says there some things they had planned to do with the store but now, because of Lonnie's health, they can't do it themselves but they know their customers will be well taken care of by the Dervins. The Tabors are parents of two sons: TOny and Victor. Tony, a 1987 PTHS, lives in Phoe- nix, Ariz. with his wife, the former Linda Ryan, a 1989 PTHS grad. Upon graduating from Perkins-Tryon High School where he was active in all sports, Tony attended South- west Missouri State on a football scholarship earning a business degree. Later he earned a teaching certificate from Oklahoma Univer- sity. After working at Egghead Software in Oklahoma City for one year, Tony and Linda moved to Phoenix where he is still employed by the Software company and is a substitute teacher in the Phoenix School system. He hopes .to get a teaching position in the fall as a teacher of business computers, accounting and as a coach. Linda is assistant manager for Harolds, an exclusive clothing store. Her parents, Don and Kathy Ryan, also make their home in Phoenix. Son Victor graduated from PTHS this spring and plans to continue his studies in commercial foods at Meridian Vo-Tech. ic- tor is very artistic," says his mother, and especially is good at decorating cakes." Not Continued on Page 12 Sarah Campbell prepares to turn the dirt and plant some mere flowers in the flower pot next to the Thomas Wilhite Library last week. Sarah has donated her time and gardening talents for eeveral years at the Ubrary|s flower box and also tends to several others on Perkins's Main Street including Eadee Hardware and at the Perkins Tag Agene3t Sarah is getting ready to take a brief vc a. tion and wanted to make sur the boxes were taken care of before she left. "l just love this little tow Don't you?" she asked. I I