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story THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, July 22, 2010 - A5 " By Charles Wall ~:ii: i!i~ Johnson grass Johnson grass is a plant My son Robert uses John- that was introduced to our son grass for grazing, but country over a hundred years he rotates the grazing. He ago. Traditionally through moves the cattle to another the years, it has been consid- area and lets the Johnson ered as a pest and a weed, but grass recover. He is not it has also been used for hay trying to eliminate it, but he and grazing, wants it to continue. The other day I was pick- There are some hazards ing up large square hay bales to grazing Johnson grass, from a meadow which had because summer drought tall Johnson grass. The bales stress sometimes causes it were four feet high and eight to have toxic conditions, feet long. With the ample commonly called Johnson moisture we have had, the grass poisoning. Johnson grass had grown The story is told that Elmo up over four feet high, and and Lyle Barnes father I was having some trouble would load a milk cow in finding those bales in the the stock racks in the back tall Johnson grass. (I was of the pickup when they had using a tractor with a front to drive cattle down the road end loader to load the bales to another pasture. Then if on a trailer), any of the cattle became sick The hard-to-find bales from eating Johnson grass, in the tall Johnson grass Mr. Barnes would get some reminded me of a similar milk from the cow, and give situation with Johnson grass it to the sick animal. The back in 1942. My dad and milk would counteract the grandfather had cut a field poisoning and the animal of wheat with a binder, and would recover. the bundles of wheat were . When Johnson grass is in shocks scattered around dry, itbums readily in a wild the field, fire. This indicates that it is a The normal practice would possible source of alternative have been to have the thresh- energy. Maybe someday it ing machine and a crew of can be usedto make into cel- neighbors to come and thresh lulose fuel. the wheat, but that didn't If a person inadvertently work out that summer, grabs a handful of Johnson The alternate plan used grass, the blade of the grass that summer was to pull will cut his handjust like the Grandpa's combine with blade of a knife. the tractor around the field, Johnson grass growing on from shock to shock, pitch- roadsides causes blind cor- fork the bundles into the ners at rural intersections. combine, and thresh the The county mowing crew wheat that way. : and, local residents try to The only trouble was that keep intersections mowed. with the various kinds of My late cousin Bud Prib- field work that summer, the benow was a Kansas State threshing job was delayed, Trooper. Fifty years ago we and my dad and grandpahad family reunions here, were still working on that and he would admonish me threshing job in August. By to mow the intersections by then, the Johnson grass had our farm, to prevent blind grown up tall, and it was comers. difficult to find the shocks of wheat. Grandma Wall would go ahead of the men and the combine and find the next shock, while the men were threshing the previous shock. The Johnson grass was tall, and Grandma was short. Grandma would hold up a pitchfork so the men could see where to pull the com- bine for the next shock. So they were having the ,same trouble finding the shocks in 1942, as I was having the other day, in 2010, in finding the bales of hay. As a plant Johnson grass is aggressive and persistent. It is especially a nuisance in the traditional row crops like cotton and corn. It grows up from both roots and seed. Crop rotation with wheat and summer fallow can eventually eliminate it. Con- tinuous grazing by cattle will eliminate it, because it is so palatable. The cattle graze it to the ground, and eventually kill it out. s on Often when a historian to boot camp, During one is researching a project, he of their final tests before or she may stumble upon becoming firefighters, unexpected unanswered the young women had to questions. This is the successfully remove and case for John Withers at replace their face masks the Sheerar Museum of while being locked in a Stillwater History. chamber filled with poi- Withers has been sonousgas. researching the history of The Volunteer Firefight- Stillwater'sfirefightersand ers were extremely suc- police officers for the"First cessful, respected by the Responders" exhibit open- community and received ing in September. During national recognition. his research, Withers dis- Their fire chief, Betty Joe covered a brief time in his- Kerby, was the first woman tory when college women to attend the National Fire were the firefighters of Department Instructors' Stillwater. This took place Conference as a delegate. in1942 when the majority Stillwater's success with of the men were shipped the program inspired the offto fight other fires over- discussion of women as seas in World War II. firefighters across the Stillwater Fire Chief nation J. Ray Pence carefully In his discovery of the selected college women collegiate women firefight- for the program. They ers, Withers discovered a would undergo the same mention of Junior Coed training that the men did, Firefighters, high school which was often compared girls. Withers is looking for ,t, any additional information please contact the museum that anyone can offer about by phone, (405) 377-0359, "' the Junior and the colle- email at sheerarmuseum@ giate Coed Firefighters. If sbcglobal.net, or feel free you have any information, to drop by! M0ment ment. ibility, when it came upon the Chrysler Building. The Tl II l tl - On July26,1931, a swarm plane swerved to avoid the of grasshoppers descends on building, but the move sent On July 30, 1619, in Jamestown, Va., the first elected legislative assem- bly in the New World -- the House of Burgesses -- convenes in the choir of the town's church. Its first law required tobacco to be s01d for at least three shillings per pound. Other laws included prohibitions against gambling, drunken- ness and idleness. Sabbath observance was made man- datory. On July 29, 1909, newly formed General Motors Corporation acquires the luxury automaker Cadillac Automobile Company for $4.5 million.In 1954, Cadil- lac was the first automaker to provide power steering and automatic windshield wa~her~ as standard equip- crops throughout the Amer- ican heartland, devastating millions of acres, especially in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. The swarm was said to be so thick that it blocked out the sun and one could shovel the grasshop pers with a scoop. On July28,1945, a United States B-25 Mitchell bomber crashes into the Empire State Building, killing 14 people. The freak accident was caused by heavy fog. The bomber was flying low, seeking better vis- it straight into the north side of the Empire State Build- ing, near the 79th floor. On July 31, 1964, Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close- up images of the moon -- 4,308 in total. The images were 1,000 times clearer than anything ever seen through Earth-bound tele- scopes. ,:~: Aug 1, future President George Walker Bush is suspended from flying with the Texas Air National Guard for missing an annual medical exami- nation. Bush was given an 7; honorable discharge from the Air National Guard in 1973 to attend Harvard : Business School. On July 27, 1981, Adam John Walsh, age 6, is abducted from a mall in Hollywood, Fla., and later found murdered. Adam's father, John Walsh, became a leading victims' fights activist and host of : the long-running television show "America's Most" Wanted." (c) 2010 King Features Synit., Inc. Horse-Drawn Z Mower In 1847 the first of what eventually be over 100 brands of horse-drawn mowers was offered for sale. By the time Perkins area was for settlement, fiOwwex, the bad (and the designs among them had been winnowed out. The Perkir settler could choose from proven, dependable machines. This truly was an agrieultmal tnil ao. With the hozse-dmwn mower (and the :horse-drawn rakes and which quickly followegO hay crop could be put in the barn wtth only a small of the labor that was required using hand tools, and with a significant increase in the quality the hay. The Farm Tool mid Equipment Collection at tbe Oklahoma Territorial Plaza contains afine example of a McCormick-D dng No. 7 HoeseDrawn Mower. Dist. 1 Lincoln Co. Commissioner Republican Primary July 27 Has faced 3 Natural Disasters Head-On... Working Closely with FEMA & State to Overcome Creat Adversity in the District Fiscally Responsible - Watches After Taxpayer Money , Developing Long Range Improvement Plans - Three New Bridges Underway, Three More Coming -... Two Paving Jobs Done, Two More Coming... Don Helps Every Community inthe District! - GET OUT AND VOTE... LET'S GIVE DON A FULL 4-YEAR TERM Paid for by Don Sporleder, Box 700, Davenport, OK 74026 [::, .:: ................... ........ .... 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