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History I J THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, June 1-4, 2012 - A5 7 blades allowed them to , barbers.the Lion'sMyDendadiS now. Saturday was a busy day for avoid being struck by the .... machine gun bullets. and I would _ go on other days of the week for haircuts, because on Sat- . On June 18, 1923, By Charles Wall urday, a person would have the first Checker Cab THE HISTORY CHANNEL On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire becomes the ninth and last necessary state to ratify the Con- stitution of the United States, thereby making the document the law of the land. Massachusetts had initially opposed the document as it failed to reserve undelegated powers to the states. On June 23, 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren- Gesellschaft (DMG) first registers "Mer- cedes" as a brand name. The famous Mercedes symbol, a three-point star, was registered as a trademark in 1909. On June 24, 1915, young German fighter pilot Oswald Boelcke makes the first opera- tional flight of the Fokker Eindecker plane. The Fokker was equipped with machine guns that could fire straight ahead through the aircraft's propellers. The precise timing of the propeller TOOLS OF THE ORY __ Feed Cutters It was a common practice during the Territorial era for livestock feed to be prepared by cutting it into small pieces. In the Perkins area, this was usually done with rolls off the line at the I remember in the 1940's fect Circle piston rings. It Checker Cab Manu- when my dad and l went to the had a picture of a muscular facturing Company in barbershop in Perkins. We mechanic working on a car Kalamazoo, Mich. The usually went to the shop on engine. It had the phrase, shipment stood out as a the west side of Main Street. 'q'ough, but oh so gentle." major landmark in the I think the shop had three Intheearly 1940's, haircuts history of the company, barber chairs, but most of the were 25, but during and after whiCh by then employed time only one barber. The the war, the price gradually some 700 people, barber had a board to put on increased and by 1950, it was he arm rests for smaller boys. about 50. O n J u n e 19, 1953, The shop used electric clip- In those years I think mer- Julius and Ethel Rosen- pers. Shaves and shampoos chants tried to price their berg, who were convicted were available. For shaves goods and services so that a of conspiring to pass U.S. the barber used a straight- single coin or combination of atomic secrets to the edgerazor, coins would pay for a prod- Soviets, are executed by There was a long mirror uct. In the mind of a young the electric chair at Sing along the south side of the person, we felt that if anything Sing Prison in Ossining, shop, so when the haircut cost over a dollar, wecouldn't N.Y. Both refused to was finished, the client could affordit. admit any wrongdoing see how it looked. Post cards and peppermint and proclaimed their There was a short barber's candy were a penny. Ice innocence right up to the pole on the building just cream cones were a nickel. time of their deaths, outside the door. It had alter- Hamburgers were a dime nating white and red stripes and a nickel. Haircuts were On June 22, 1964, Dan spiraled around it. aquarter. Brown, author of the There were two benches Saturday afternoon was international blockbuster for clients to wait for their a big trading day at Perkins "The Da Vinci Code" as tumforahaircut. Sometimes and other towns. It was also well as other best-selling menwhodidn'tneedahaircut a social event. The farm thrillers, is born in New would come in just to visit, families would come to Hampshire. Brown's There was a little sign on the town to sell eggs, cream, and north wall that read, "Under poultry and buy groceries and new regulations, no credit will supplies. be allowed." Editor Glenn Eyler orga- Also, on the wall was a nized a drawing and often a calendar from an auto parts string band would play. The company advertising Per- bandstand was located where hay, cornstalks and sweet novels are known for sorghum stalks. It was believed involving symbols, that this practice saved the conspiracies and secret animals much energy in chewing[I societies. His first novel, .and digestion, The actual 9| L [L "Digital Fortress," was advantage, however, was that the published in 1998. animals wasted less of this chopped forage and that it was Hinged-knifecutter On June 20, 1980, in easier to handle. In some eases, poor a match in Montreal, quality forage could also be made Roberto Duran out-points more palatable by chopping it into "Sugar" Ray Leonard to small pieces, win the World Boxing Root crops such as mangel-wurzel Council welterweight beets, rutabagas, turnips, kohlrabi, title. Yet, five months carrots and parsnips were also grown later in a rematch, with for succulent forage duringthis time and less than 30 seconds left in the eighth round, mechanical root cutters were manufactured to process them. Duran looked at the ref- Although these crops wer, more eree and famously uttered . adapted to cooler and wetter climates, the words "no mas" or some of them did well the "no more," giving up. Territory. Turnips alone prevented widespread hunger among the Root Cutter . (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. homesteaders and their livestock in the winter of 1890-i 1891. Eventually, the effort and time required to operated feed cutters made their use uneconomical. It is rare today to find a surviving example of any design in this part of the country. The Farm Museum at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza would be more complete with the addition of any feed or root cutter. 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About 30 years ago I went to a gospel singing at First Assembly of God Church in Perkins. The pastor's father- in-law was there with one of the singing groups. This gentlemen said, "I have two sons-in-law. One is a barber and one is a preacher. One shaves my head and the other shaves my soul!" Sasser & Company Antiques. Gifts Collectibles 147 S. Main Perkins 547-5298 Layaway Gift Registry Gift Certificates from the people "you can count oni 202 S. Main Perkins, OK 74059 {405} 547-2436 MEMBER FDtC I I