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1967 THE PERKINS .TOURNAL PAGE FIVE Old Timers Page e and Pictures from the 6ood 01d Days " All Right, Hop On " WOLF DOGS Our stepfather gave Jean and me each a light rifle and let us hunt together. We were godd Wooct smen and could take  care of ourselves almost anywhere. We killed squirrels and rabbils for meat and once in a while a deer or turkey. And all the while I was getting to be a bet- "ter shot. MOTHER'S ADOPTED CALF In the Cherokee Nation all the stock ran out on the open range; we had to have a fence around the house to keep the hogs and cattle out of the kitchen and off Jean and I hoed and corn, helped to get WOod and water. Tim gave us 3 hunting dogs half wolf. The Ind- the female dogs to the the pups were smart good fighters. We dog that would set a a setter dog sets a were not so wild they were only killed ometimes they would we got within 50 before they would i:tll Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton d The 01d West the front porch, or gallery, as it was commonly called. The barn and corn cribs were fenced in, tls well as all other plaees where we did not want the stock to run. "vVe had our house, s.)kehouse, all the out-buildkngs and tle ash hopper inside a high rail fence. The ash hopper was a container for wood ashes. It was made so that when we poured water over.them the lye from the ashes ran out through a trough. The lye was used ir soap that was made from the cracklings after the lard was rendered out. The fence enclosed the garden the war[ and the flower garden and tht'e were steps to go over at the front and back. My mo- ther and sister Flora had lots of beaniiul flowers. There were zinnias, asters, bachelor buttons and many other kinds. The fence was covered with morning- glories, ivy and bitter-sweet berries. That garden was the thorn in the sid of Jean and me for it was our lob to grub out the weeds and grass and keep the soil loose and melIw, tt was lois more fm to take ot rfles and g hunting than to take the hoe and work in. the flowers and vegata- bles. But it had to be done, so we kept it in fine shape, for we knew there would be no hunt- ing while there were any weeds in the garden. One spring an old cow died and left a little calf. Mother adopted the little thing, took it in the yard and fed it milk and table scraps. It lived, and out- grew every other calf in the cou- ntry. Jean and I fenced the flowers off from the yard so the calf would not trample them, kept fresh water in the trough for it to drink - and in the fall it was bigger than a common year- ling. We had Sunday to do as we plemcd. There were no chur- ches or Sundayschools. Some- times we would g htmting and sonmtimes ride wild. ponies or cattle. -We rode e-erything on the place. One Sunday we had fiiRshed fixing the fence and were elear- Jng out guns. Mother was out in e shed kitchen washing the milk pans, whiei, sl-m kept ha the shed on a.long bench where the sun would shJlre on them. As she worked she sang that old hymn- In. the sweet by-and-by. Wlen Jea, an& I finiahedt caning our guns we hung them in their plhces. We wece at the wbll washing our hands when Mother's pet Ca!f canoe up and began begging for some water. We gave it to her and an idea struck us both at the same time. We looked at each other and Jean said to me, "If you will keeP her from riding acound where Mother is I will ride her to a finish." We had never been on her back. She was really Mother's pet! We rubbed her neck till she shut her eyes. I whispered, "All right, hop on!" Jean pile.d on and got settled before the calf knew what had happened. Th she jerked loose from me and went to bucking like a real bronco. Jean stayed right on her. After a turn around the flower garden she heard Mother singing and headed for the shed. Mother was scouring the milk strainer when Jean and the catf came in, ran over the milk pan ad upset the bench. I was lngi.ng on to, the calf's tail try- ing to tm-n her from the shed, for I "knew there was going to be trouble if Mother caught us mding that calf! But I couldn't turn her, and neither could Jean. We all ran over the tneh fult of pans a! buckets. Mother thxew up both ands, with the strainer in one H and the scouring rag in the other. She gave a scream you could hear for a mile. The calf ral r'z ,ht. TaD to. her and Jean slid off. Ile and I ran around the corner of the shed as fast as we could go and the calf ran around Mot- her and: stopped her bucking and weit t tbrikh'tg bl,-diohwater and begging for biscuits. We were looking through a crack to see bow things were going when Mother called u. We came out sober as julges, and she looked at us a long time veithut speaking; then she said "Young gentlemen, I want; you to understand this calf is n@ sad- dle pony, and the next time you bother her I will' get me a good hickory and you will sleep on your faces and take your meals st,n(ing u or a week when I am through with you. Now gat- her up those pans and buskets,   up, wash and scour alI that tinware and. put it where it belongs. Clean up everything well, then you can go down to the creek, take a bath and change your clothes and behave yourselves, the rest of the day." She sat down on the end of a log on the woodpile and watched us; nd that damn cal stood right there beside her. OLD TIMER Do You Have An Old Timers Article That Would Be Suitable To Prin? Send or ring It By The Jour- TIL, tNKS, HARLA,NB WaLS I This Page Sponsored By: PC. N. 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