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I, 8-THE PERKINS IOURNAL, Thursday. lune 26, 2003 TheHisto Pa e !ii " by Sherry Clemens i Journal Staff Writer ii ' 88 Years Ago. June 25, 1915 ! The Fourth of July Committee asks that all automobiles enter : . Fulwider Park Saturday at the north entrance, and all teams enter at the west entrance to pre- vent a runaway or an accident. W.D. Crabs and sons who con- structed the T.T. Lowery barn, are home again. Commencing with this issue "of The Journal, we will present each week an eight page news- paper, four pages of home news and four pages of patent print. ; The rule at The Journal Office is "work." This will be a work- , shop, not a parlor. To keep up , such a paper as we are offering our readers we need the support of everyone. We hope to have ,.a thousand subscribers in the ,, Perkins area. , The Stork paid a visit to the Charlie Gearhart place, leaving a fine 11 pound baby girl. ' 67 Years Ago; June 25; 1936 : Some unknown person or per- sons must be going into the poul- ,, try business. At least six people report the theft of chickens. A number of boys were rounded , up last spring for stealing and ,, things have been right until this latest outbreak. ,, Norris Dickey is going to Olda- homa City Monday to work in one of the A&P Stores there. Another delegation is going to visit the WPA office to see about Perkins' sewer project which has been in the hopper for about two years. Congress appropriated another billion and a half for the WPA which may enable the project to go ahead. 50 Years Ago, .luly 9, 1953 It was estimated that over 5000 people were in Perkins Saturday to attend the annual Fourth of July celebration. Playing at the Lyric Theatre in Perkins was "Distant Drums" starting Gary Cooper. Tuesday and Wednesday, the feature is "The Bad and The Beautiful," starring Lana Turner and Dick Powell. 40 Years Ago, June 27, 1963 Ray Harral has warned young- sters in Perkins against throwing firecrackers in the streets. Resi- dents may shoot them in their own yards on the 34 and 4  of July, but anyone throwing them out in the streets will be fined. Around noon Tuesday, the Cimarron River south of Perkins crested at 10 1/2 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. 0 Years Ago, June 28, 1973 The Payne County Bank opened Monday for business in their new building at 202 S. Main St. The bank is observing their 75  year. A spark from a truck exhaust ignited ablaze which swept through a wheat field destroy- ing nearly 75 percent of the crop in less than 20 minutes. Mrs. Lettye Burrow, a 17 year veteran of wheat harvests, and Henry Sadler were harvesting wheat on the Frank Cox farm southwest of the city. She was waiting for the combine to make another round when she smelled smoke. Another fire occurred Monday on the Harvey Brixey farm while he and a crew were harvesting wheat. Mrs. Harvey Brixey drove her 1972 Ford onto the field taking the working men some dinner when a spark from her exhaust ignited the cut wheat stalks. The fire totally engulfed the car. The Perkins Fire Depart- ment was called to extinguish the fire. Mrs. Brixey said they lost 10-15 bushels of wheat but no one was injured. 20 Years Ago, June 30, 1983 The Perkins Fire department made two fire runs Monday caused by lightning bolts. The first run was to the well heat exchange tanks on W. Knipe Ave. Witnesses said a lightning bolt struck the tank and exploded accumulated gas, which burned out quickly and apparently did no damage. The second run was to the Brixey Trailer Park on W. Knipe where lightning had struck electric lines. There was no damage except two blown fuses. Motorists can now travel the River Road southeast of Perkins and ride over Dugout Creek in style. Commissioner Ken Nelson accepted the new concrete bridge from the contractor Tuesday at 1 p.m. and by evening had the approaches filled and the bridge opened. The county built the previous bridge there in 1915, eighty-seven years ago. I by Charles Wall When grain is harvested, it needs to be reasonably dry, or it will become moldy and hot if it has too much moisture. In harvesting of wheat, the hot, sunny afternoons we have in the month of Jun e are good. The moisture content for farm storage needs to be below 12 1/2%. Elevators can take it at higher percentage, like up to 14%. Elevators usually have more equipment for moving the grain around or perhaps mixing some dry wheat with the wheat with higher moisture. Wheat is especially sensi- tive to moisture in the air and absorbs extra moisture when the weather is cloudy, or foggy, or when the standing stalks have heavy dew on them. That is why that you will see the combines running when it is hot and sunny. There is one procedure which was sometimes used in years past to take care of higher moisture grain - that was turn- ing it. The grain would be piled at one side of the grain bin and every day you would take a scoop shovel and pile it on the other side of the bin. If there were more than 100 bushels, the turning procedure would take too much time. In 1959, Russell Westfall harvested a field of barley for us with his Massey-Harris self- propelled combine. We had him to harvest the barley about three days early because he was scheduled to leave with some other operations to follow the wheat harvest and go north. There was about 100 bushels of the barley that had too much moisture, so for several days I turned it with a scoop shovel. There is another trick with higher moisture grain. I tried this with some wheat I harvested on a cloudy day in 1966. I put eight square bales of dry grass hay in the storage bin and then put 100 bushels of moisture wheat on top of the bales. The dry hay was expected to absorb the moisture out of the wheat. I don't recommend this method. The wheat still was damaged so that it couldn't be sold nor planted. It was good for cattle feed after being run through a hammer mill and all the hay stems and dust ground up with the wheat. Nowadays, both commercial and farm storage have vents and drying floors with perforations the size of a pencil lead. Then a fan is used to draw air through the grain and dry it down. Now if you ever apply for a job on a wheat farm, tell your employer that you learned how to do wheat by reading The Perkins Journal. I am sure you will get the job! phamtlla. Phrul ,,do ua,vw,, h the davs when hay was bundled by band, he coils of wire used to sel,e the bLmdle were ng and ea, slly entangled If not handled sklfUlty. Somer, hl t.la goes chaxClo and w-lid Is enid to i Deadline for articles & ads Monday 6 p,m. e Senior Citizen news MOIMNG MtIIINO 9f Stillwat by Kathleen Johnson Ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Job 12:7. Job and the Psalmist say the birds of the air, the animals, and all life declare the glory of God's goodness and value of all creation. Yet species after spe- cies continue to be endangered. By the year 20.30, it is predicted that one-quarter of all currently known species will be extinct. I hope this prediction doesn't come true. What beauty would leave our world. Cead mile failte. :#** Current Events: Music Monday: 6:45-9 p.m. Every third Friday: Birthday Luncheon, July 18, 12 noon. Covered dish luncheon. Every fourth Friday: Mystery Dinner, June 27. We leave the Center at 5 p.m. sharp. Do you ever feel like you could conduct a symphony. My solace is not yoga or rum or even deep sleep - it's music! I'm amazed by it. Any one who plays it, sings it, intrigues me. Great musicians like Beethoven, as in Ludwig Van, how marvelous are some of his creations. This man knew about depression and unhap- piness. He moved from place to place trying to find the right place. Had a lousy love life, quar- reled with friends, had a rotten nephew who worried him deeply. He lost his hearing quite young, stone deaf at 48, before he fin- ished his great Ninth Symphony. He never heard it, he just thought it. Awesome! Listen to it, grandi- ose, irresistible. You'll find in it the sun of summer, the songs of birds, an affirmation. Some day when I am very rich, I'm going to rent a grand hall, a great choir and a mighty symphony orches- tra, stand on the podium, conduct the Ninth Symphony.And I will play the kettle drum part all the way through, singing along at the top my lungs. And after the grand applause, I will thank Ludwig for his Ninth. "Man alive !" Lorraine, want to help me? We had 56 attending the Birth- day Luncheon, Friday the 20 . I had only 53 count, so someone didn't sign in. Jack Rosson and his crew were in attendance (city manager); Lynn Polley, Donna Murray, Amelia Dailey Hub- bard & Barbara Dailey Hubbard also; I know that Amelia is Hattie Prather's cousin and is visiting the Prathers. Nice having all of you. We used to rent land from their families. Nice to see them and have them come have lunch with us. They came for awhile Monday evening, special people, special friends. We had a deli- cious meal, fried chicken with lots of delicious salads & des- serts. Come join us sometime, you'll be glad you did. We traveled to Thunderbird Lake last Saturday to our Kelley reunion which is held every other year. It was so good to see our uncle Earl (Bill) Kelley who is 86, the last of the Kelley Clan, and dear Aunt Myrl, his wife. Aunt Otha Lea, Uncle Hubert's wife couldn't be with us, her health is not the best, she is only 95. It was so good to see everyone. Had a wonderful turnout, and a wonder- ful day. Wanda Murcheson was president and did a wonderful job, along with Beverly, Glenda, cousins, Kevin, a second cousin. A hearty applause of appreciation to each one who helped arrange the reunion, all the go-fers, do- fers. We'll see you guys in two years if not before. Love each one of you mucho! Most of us are selective about what we eat. Have you eaten rattlesnake? Out in Watonga country (we lived there app. l0 years when Gerald was pushing tools in the oil patch.) They always have Rattlesnake Round-ups at Okeene, which is just north of Waton]ga, and they have fried rattlesnake for sale. We tried some! Well it tastes, I think, like chicken. When you are eating it you can't seem to think, of anything but SNAKE!!!! Threre are hums in several states. Some of the states are passing a law to prevent kill- ing the rattlesnakes - well! They could all be gone and I wouldn't mind. An old cowboy wouldn't have ordered snake, but snake on a plate is nothing if you've already flushed a rattler from a hole, killed it with a stick and roasted it under the desert sky, as he did 40 years ago. That was after the bacon was all gone. He ordered chicken at a caf6 and was remembered as saying, "It tastes just like snake." I don't know what the difference would be especially if you had a need for foodandth and the chicken wasn't. "'AND SO IT GOES AT EDEN." *** Why older is better: You realize that the gifts of life, health, and love outweigh anything mere money could buy. You've learned that enjoying the journey may be just as important as reaching the destination. You have developed a new appreciation of old things- old friends, old books, old values, and ideals, and yourself. Our hostess greeted 94 guests & 117, great group. Millie Weaver were esses, serving grapes, tur chips; Edith sandwiches bean cookies; mon rolls; & triangle nut pie; nuggets; Jerry Pate, Hey! What a mmmgood Maynard! everyone ! Happy Sanders. Throne, Michelle Mutters, Shirley Higgins, R Lancaster, Jr., Todd Wassell, Faith Wassell, We wish you manY, J Happy Birthdays. Our condolenceS | Cruse family at hai remember her loving person, special memories remembering family in to them play, I' what a w :fui how wonderful place to come play how wond, t is them our MCee, does We had with Smith son ter; Reid & Mrs. City; Charles Mouser, Barbara Hellon, Worthy, Agra; - first time for come you, glad Lorraine Smith, ( Perkins; Gene Chandler; Bemiece Perry; Florence Glen & Esther Coyle; Phyllis, Cushing. Thanks appreciate each o# fill our lives with *** Till we meet and relatives, DeO pren dre conge, I and love. ROD GORDON HOME IMP! Roofing Home Repair & Remodelin0 Decks - Privacy Fencin0 20 Years Experience Insured Seniors - On a fixed I will figure out how to fix itl