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r\ PEIIKIN$, PAYNE COUNTer, ~KLAHOMA ~. o~ mmmm,, b ~ ~1, win+ c,. k,~ h.t~ ,.+ c.m-~ Mr. and Mrs. Roland Sedowsky Editor and Publisher3 i v+++++ __+++ Perkins, Oklahoma, Post Office, under the Act of Congress, March 3, 1897. Subscription Rates: $2.00 a year in Payne, Lincoln and Logan count- Ira: $3.00 a year if sent 0 at of the above mentioned countieL All | know is what I rood in the poporl--Wili RogwsTM / 7! THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1962 . PAGE 6 Ma Joad Is Preferable John Steinbeck's novel, "Grapes of Wrath," has been, over 'the years, condemned by more Oklahomans than any other book. His portrayal of the "Okies" on the long road to California pricked ,the "state ~pride" and aroused the indignation of many who either refused to' admit the situation ever existed, or chose to ignore that page in our history. We suspect that many of his ~ritics never read the book at all. Steinbeck's description of "Ma Joad" in .the book is considered to be one of the finest tributes to motherhood in modern l~terature: "H~r thin, steel-gray hair was gathered in a sparse wispy knot at the back of he$ head. Strong, freckled arms were bare to the elbow, and her hands werei chubby and delicate, |ike those of a plump little girl. She Iool~ed out into the sunshine. Her ~full face was not soft; it was controlled, kindly. Her ~hazel eyes seemed to have ~xpeHenced all possible tragedy and to have mounted pain and suffering like steps into a high calm and a ~uperhuman und. erstanding. She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her posit. ion, the citadel of the family, thep strong ;place that could not be tak~en. And since old Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear un,loss she acknowledged hurt and ,fear, she had practiced denying them in ~erself. ~nd since, when a ,joyful thing happen- ed, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to goddeu. She ae~med to know that if she ~wayed the family shook, and if she eveJr really deeply wavered or d~spaired the family would fall, the family will to function would be gone." An eastern Oklahoma county judge recently decided to re- tire, and he gave these reasons for his decision: "1 am sick and tired of welfare abuses I Iha~e aee~ reflected in my court. Mothers of illegitimate children ~re r~arded for their promiscuity. These mothers were not intecested in anything but getting ~n the relief roll . . > once someone ~ets on the relief roll, h~ or she never gets off. My philosophy ~of life doesn't go a- long with this 'give-away' trend of the times, so I felt it Was time for me to leave public life." . Somehow, we prefer Ma Joad. The Saturdav Drawing The weekly Perkins Merchants drawing, held each Saturday in front of the Journal office, mus~ seem to many people as much a pagt of Perkins as Main street, l~olks tell us theft it has been a weekly event for around 30 years. The drawing seems to be taken for granted by many people; that is, it's held a,t 3 p.m. every Saturday, the money comes from some unknown bu~ dependable source, and ~f you're lucky, you'll win a $1 or $5 bill A few folks have had the impression that we here at the Journal office are the donors of ~,he money. Our job Is to collect the money once each month, and call out 'the winning names each week. We didn't ask for the job, and we don't particularly care for the task of going around each month ,to collect ,the money, lmt we do it. A~parently, we inherRed the job ~hen we came into t~te Journal office. their particular business, bu.t because they think At helps the community. Crying The Discount Blues By Ben Gerdes in the Wellston News The other day I was in a store in Wellston when someone came in, inquired as to the price on a certain article and when told, snorted, "Huh, I can buy that same thing for a lot less in an Oklahoma City discount store," and he stormed out of the store, jumped in his car, and the last I saw he was speeding towards the City. We cert,ainly hope he's happy with his purchase. If he isn't he might as well be; he's stuck with it. Whenever you are tempted to buy anything in most discount stores, the moment you walk out the door with it you're strictly on your own. 1~he discount stores in case you're not yet aware of it, are there for only one purpose and that purpose it to sell, Sell SELL' Service is at the minimum in al- most all discount stores, and in our brief experience in them the clerks acted as if Vhey were not particularly interested in even finding out how come we happen- ed to be standing in front of them. Maybe they have some secret method of knowing who has mon- ey to spend. How many t+imes have you made a purchase and gotten it home to discover that it needed some min- or part replacement or correct- ion? If you purchased it in a local store the merchant will generally furnish you the needed replace- ment part. Don't expect those dis- count store clerks to correct it for you. They wouldn't know a left-handed Dingfiidget from a right-footed Alacamzingus; and besides they have been thoroughly trained in the knowledge that their one complete duty is to SELL. The discount store operat- ors will give you some friendly information--call a repairman. By the time you finish buying the necessary repairs and paying for their installation you would have saved muney by buying the article in your own home town store. First of all, the difference bet- ween a discount store and your home town merchant is that t~e merchant considers you as more than a temporary customer, to him, you are one of his friends and neighbors and he will treat you as he would like to be treated by a friend and neighbor. In the second place, he knows that you live just down the street and that he will see you every day and probably a half a dozen times dur- ing the d~ay, so even if he wanted to he knows you wouldn't let him get by with selling inferior mer- chandise. When you buy an article in a local store and are not satis- fied you'll be back in that store quicker than the merchant can ring up the sale in his cash regist- er. Did you ever try to get a refund ]n a discount house? When you ~urchase an appli- ance from your home town mer- chant he ahnost always installs and sets it up for you ready to operate before he figures the transaotion concluded. In a dis- count store, Buddy, its strictly Cash & Carry; and if you happen to drop it, and it breaks into a hundred smithereens before you get it to your car, about all the satisfaction, you can get is to go back in and buy a bottle of glue, tlmf'hmy be so old it lost its. stickiness Just before John Smith divorced Pocahontas, and glue the smithereens ,ba~k together. Be sure and sweep up all .the broken glass and parts; otherwise, they'll probably bate their lawyers beat you home with a subpena slapping a l'aw suit a~a, inst you for littering the premises. Now, so far, we haven't even considered how important the loc- al business people are to your home community. When you live in a community, even if you take absolutely no part in civic affair~, you're stUl a cog in the commun- ity, maybe not a very well greased cog bu.t a cog nevertheless. In too many discount stores, you're noth. ing but a sueker with a green- ~;aek. The local businessman pays practically all of the local taxes to educate your children, fix your streets, pay for your water and sewage bonds; the businessman can't apply for Homestead exem- ption on his business property. The taxes the discount houses pay go to the city, Which is all fine and good providing you live in the C~ty. We hope your house doesn't burn down or that you even have a lengthly serious illness in your family, or that you ever have any other occasion to need a little ex- tra financial help; but if you do, hope you aren't fool enough to think you're going to get any help from those city discount houses. When a collection is taken up for you, if one is ever needed, your local business people will be the ones who will dig down into their billfolds and cash registers and come up with a little money, that is, if they have any left after everyone gets through shopping in the discount houses. The local business people are the ones who are hit to support every project from blacl~topping the streets to buying magazine subscriptions for your kids school queen contests. Now's the time to remember that if you ever need help, finan- cial or any other kind, unless he's a mighty close personal friend, that discount store manager is not going to know you from Adam. These are just a few of t"hT many reasons why we should all do as much of our shopping as possible right here in We~tsoffT even if we do have to pay a rift~ more, in the long run ~mpping at home will cost us less. It pays to buy guod dependable name brand merchandise, instead of some off,brand inferior Junk, and to buy it in a store w~ere you are known--and where you know the seller--and that's right here in your own home town. Don't be one of those people who rush to the d~scount store to make your purchase, and then, to your discrmy discover the reason why you could buy the article cheap was because .that's exactly wthat it was--cheap stusf. Don't be a cryer o~ ,the "Discotmt Blues." but if you do get stuck, your local merchan.t will probably loan you a shoulder to sob on. SAFETY FACTS The driver improvement section of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety revoked the license of a total of 131 Oklahoma dr, iv- era during the month of May. A total of 172 drivers had their license suspended because of viol- ations on their driving record dur. ing the month of May, Ray H. Page, state safety commissioner. announced. The driver improvement section of the Oklahoma Deoartmerrt of Public Safety reviewed the records ~f 2,446 errant drivers during May. (If this number, corrective action was taken agaln~ 1,638 o~ t;he drivers invesfdgated. Getting Back To Money? From the Christian Science Monitor ()ther Editors' Disaster--If for a period of two week's everyone in Newkirk made all their retail ~p~rchases and had all their professional services per- formed away from home, what would happen? It is pretty hard to imagine the chilling effect of a fine, friendly little community suddenly trans- formed into a ghost town. But *hat's exaet]y what would happen in Newkirk if everyone suddenly began leaving town to do their business. It certainly is a frighten- ing thought and not a complete impossibility. Every w~ek rv.z::y Newkirk re- sidents take their money out of town to spend on things that could be bought right here at home. They fully believe they are get- ting bargains they cannot get here. And, until they are shown differently, they will continue to drive away and shop. ---Newkirk Herald Journal Next time you pay your water bill, there will be a small increase for garbage and trash hauling ser- vice. There might be a few who will want to do a little griping and complaining, SO, we have de- vised this plan: We will furnish the City clerk, Wands Lowery, with a pair of super insulated ear plugs, so go ahead and gripe, (and pay the bill) Then go home and spend the same amount of time quietly con- sidering the many services you call upon the city to provide for you, and how little you really pay in taxes and fees to help pay for these services. Want to go back to the days of the well beaten path behind the house????? --Konawa Leader A check at the local grain elevator showed that approxi- m, ately 50,000 bushels of grain had been brought in, indicating the delay the continuous rains have caused on the harvest. The total c~upac~ty of the elevat- or is around a 'half.million bushels, so you can see the harvest has not even started in -t2~is area --The Dewey County N~ws If I told who said this I would probably get skinned alive. But overheard one merchant say last week that running a store with a bunch of women is like trying to share-crop farm with a couple of old mules. 1 wounldn't know, per- sonally. --Grandfi~ld Big Pasture News Say, have you noticed how distinctly your property boundary line is located when your neighbor mows ~is lawn? --Thomas THbune Everybody---including the wild liberals--know that giving away the nation's patrimony, paying ottt rrmre than is warranted by productivity and all of the devices which provide government hand- outs must sooner or ~ater be halt- ed, or catastrophe will engulf America. It is only beem~se the many have been thrifty and sav- ing that it can go on at all. --Vlrginla, Minn. Mmmbi Daily News We suspect a good portion of the crowd which gathers at the Still another new trading stampstamps ~.ave cost him, the remain- drawing each week isn't there for the money, but because it's a company has entered the field--ing fourth paying for the stamp fine excuse to stop and visit with neighbors and friends. At any with an inter e2,,ing variation ~f operation. .ra'te, tl~e tr~'aditional Saturday event seems to afford a quarter, the usual "free' premium l~lan. With this arrangement the Y~E 0~/f Y~ stamps begin to take on a li.ttle r~~-~----~ rmur oz relaxation and ,pleasure for many folks. The stamp saver will not go to a more of the characteristics of Following is a list of the merchants and businessmen who are single premium cer=ter to pick out money. In ~avt, the slogan of this regumr contributors to the drawing. Ne~t time you see one of a "gift" for her filled stamp books. th~n, you might grief a pat on the back ~or keeping the drawingInstead, the stamps will be re- firm is, "They spend like money." going: One would think that customers deemable in merchandise or ser-might begin to come arouni full _ Redus Welding; DeNMar Food Store, Payne County bank, vice at any of the stores at which circle to the idea, that, after all, ~:vans Oil company, W.N. Raker Drygoods, Mrs. Henry's Dry. they are issued, money I tsele wa~ t such a slouch ~ar~;r~n~a~n'sdsri~r~cHr~'rdY~a~f~'r's~e+t~:nCl~ie~~n li~ware, Grimm's care ~nd Okla~ma Natural Gas co. o~ whatbokThewillmerchantaget~Iml]arlmckWh three'fourtlt~redeemSnumber theo! ~+tfbe ~npastedn~>~Inve~tin'inan~her.bks'I desn't~:d canhave tbe bo3wh"Anr~membeTimerwhenls a fellwee'