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Hoag & Sons Book Bindery, Inc. P. O. Box 162 Springport, Mich. 49284-0162 THOUGHT OF THE WEEK Oar lives would rum lot m._m~e smoothly If mend thonghts esme ftn~ 52 Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma.- USPS 428040 THURSDAY, September 28, 1989 A Y Jeff Shultz issue you will find the "The Way It Evans. This week's standing Richard's cafe, Care. and pleasure of accounts of "Let's Eat." that their little the "hang out" school student in a bunch of good "Not one bed apple evidently, was from time a poem Boling, a 1944 High School. place here in Perkins go from day to day by the barber shop "Let's Eat Cafe" high classed joint h'ke the place, meals they serve; best cooh of his race fixing hamburgers, a hand to lend meal on time lee talks to her friends. mind leaving so badly, another Rich's cafe Lee, Irene and Dorothy t O.K to leave today. )rs all get to heaven we're going to do, ask St. Peter make the stew OSU are my neighbors to and since I am sup. mention something to my at- out to me that is actually the Old On, that day, ago, R.B. 's father area that has been Homesteed." the original Perkins area would September 21 [ share their memories had a tape recorder." )uld really record R.B., this reunion year until World the war the interest "seemed to die off" irml Old Settlers 21, it's a date, such as October 21, to heritage and pioneers possible. hbor. Gertrude me to shame the she had been ex- Some back trouble *, When I saw her walk- street, I thought I'd and offer her a embarrassed. r kindness to her "Oh, I just with a gentle "It's Ishmael." with "Oh. you two miles a day to was. She's walk- a day and I won't two blocks from my office. that's why Mrs. so long. if you want dk two miles a working for asking all Homeland Chamber Hears From SW Bell A representative from Southwestern Bell, Larry Brown. told Chamber members last Thurs- day, September 21, that Bell "does not oppose" a direct line from Perkins to Stillwater and that the telephone company is "doing all it can to see that such an exchange happens. "" Brown spoke to the group of local merchants at their noon luncheon and business meeting last Thursday. Brown stated that in recent studies, by Southwestern Bell. 80 percent of the long distance calls coming out of Perkins were made to Stillwater. "rhis more than meets the re- quirements by the Corporation Commission for an exchange system to Stillwater," he said One drawback pointed out by Brown was that in their studies not enough calls were coming out of Stillwater to Perkins. 'q'hat low traffic count {long distance calls from Stillwater to Perkins} has put a snag into the idea of having an exchange system." he said. "However," he continued, '%re have made our request to the Cor- poration Commission for the ex- change and are waiting now for their ruling in the matter." Brown said that he and other company officals do not know when the approval will come, but when it does come, and if it is favorable for the exchange, it wouldn't require much to get set up. Brown estimated the exchange system would he operable within 30 to 45 days once the approval came. However, Brown said that there could be some extra charges to Stillwater and Perkins residents because of the "low traffic count" from Stillwater to Perkins. Brown also responded to qum,~ tions concerning the recent discovery that Soathwtstern~4~ell had overch ged for sales taxes for services. 'Whe Corporation Commission, and other consumer groups, have requested that we {Southwestern Bell} refund the money back to the customers, but that would amount to approximately five dollars for each customer," he said. "Instead, we have proposed that we use th at money in expanding customer services without any ex- tra charge to the customers." Brown also shared with the group other services on the horizon that would be available to customers. One such service is being tested in Muskogee, according to Brown, m which a customer can automatically trace a call that comes to their home by the touch of a button. 'q'his has proved very effective in reducing prank and obscene phone calls in Muskogee," he state& The Chamber also heard reports from David Sasser on the upcoming Centennial week preparations and Lynn Kinder on the Prize Drawings to be held on Old Settlers Day, Oc- tober 21. The next meeting of the Chamber will be October 5 at noon at the Lions Den. Perkins Sales Tax Takes Small Decline The September disbursement of city sales tax collections to 463 cities and towns revealed that Perkins took a slight drop from 1988, while other cities or towns in the Perkins area enjoyed an in- crease in disbursements. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Perkins' July tax receipts, which represents September's disbursements, total- ed $16,769.46. For the same tax period in 1988 Perkins recorded $16,249.20 in tax receipts. Perkins joins Ripley and Coyle in showing a decrease in their tax disbursements, while Stillwater, Cushing, and Agra increased their disbursements. elementary. CITY 1~9 1988 goal is to acquire Agra 2,248 2,1f~ for a computer Coyle 1,986 2,049 software for the Cushing 128,432126,670 Sipley 1.637 1,703 this project Stlllwater 585,862576,g63 Bank, the "S office, and Taylorsville Fair Slated For November 4 The Perkins Town. Board of Trustees met in special session Wednesday, September 20, to discuss and take action on the rela- tionship between the Town Board and the Parks and Recreation Board. Park Board members present for the meeting were John CalavarL Jan Thomas. and Leon Morris. One of the past problems that the Town Board had with the Park Board situation was the length of a Park Board member's term To clear the issue up, the Town Board set the following expiration dates for each Park Board mmnber. Joe Boley, President--I/1991 Leon M orris, Vice- President -- 1/1990 Jan Thomas, Secretary--I/1991 Neal Moore. Treasurer--I/1992 John Calavan-- 1/1992 "The Councilmen also moved to regain control of the purchasing policies and proceedures of the Park Board by requesting that any monies and checkbooks the Park Board may have be turned into the Town Treasurer and that any future purchases made by the Board members be done through the purchase order system of the Town of Perkins. Trustees noted that the Parks and Recreation Board would act as an advisory beard only and report too the Town Board for considera- tttm of Park B oard recommendations. P, uncilm Rick Jarvis stated late that he felt the Town Board w.m~head/ngin the right direction od the Park Board situatio "We're progressing on it," he said. "We're working on the situa- tion now where in the future we'll have a good program ~t up for the residents of Perkins. A program that will work for the city and the Park Board. '" The Board also gave approval for the construction of a proposed T- B all field to be located at the Billy J. Dickson Park. In other business, the Trustees gave Police Chief Bill Lott the authority to search for a Police of- ricer to replace officer Bennie Roberts, who recently resigned from the police force. The Town Board of Trustees will meet again in their regular monthly business meeting Monday. October 2. at 7:30 p.m. The First Annual Taylorsville Country Fair will be held Saturday, November 4, and those sponsoring the event say it will be a major family event for this area. Taylorsville is located four miles east of Highway 177, to Stillwater, and south of Mehan Road. The Country Fair will cover al> proximately 10 to 20 acres of the 320 acres of land that is commonly known as TaylorsviUe. Fair sponsors and coordinators have proclaimed the event as a '~nini-Branson, Missouri" with several pioneer crafts, games, con- tests, and tournaments scheduled. ' Ve are expec 5,000 plus peo- ple to show up for the Country Fair, "Gloria Lane told the Perkins Lions Club last Monday night. Lane is one of the coordinators for the event, 'This will be a major arts and crafts event which we hope will grow larger hnd larger each year." she said. The festivities will actually begin Friday evening, November 3, with supper attend. induding a box for all who and there will be many events to last throughout the day. One of the highlights of the Con try Fair will be Sam Downs, an im- personator of Will Rogers from Lawto Downs will be on hand to perform hie Will Rogers show all day ~ and he will also MC the , evenings entertainment show. Downs is sponsored this year by the Perkins Lions Club. r will be Gunfighters from Work on the Kirk Street Bridge is progresdng right along. A couple of weeks ago a portioa of the street was d~ so the bridge could be torn down and a new ste~ structure could be put in its place, PERKINS PUBLISHER RELEASES A NEW BOOK, "TO CHASE A DREAM" families of that era, the Easons are proud, and Papa and Mama will not hear of their son being "adopted" out. Besides, a sharecropper family of five, with two of the children girls, can't afford to let the only son spend that much time with books when there is "work to be did" in the cotton fields. The problems resulting from this conflict sere the tone for a story to which each member of your family can relate. Their problems, includ- ing the Tecumseh school principal and his wife, follow the Easons across the state where they establish a home in a two-room cropper house. Mrs. North's book is "autobio- graphical fiction" in that much of the Easons' way of life is based on the author's growing up days. As stated in the Foreword, most of the characters are based on members of her own family. It is the type of book to be read both with a smile and an occasional tear---tears of both sadness and joy. Most of those who have worked with the manuscript say they are faced with a touch of deja vu as they relate so easily to the plight of the Eason family. To Chase A Dream is the 29th book to be published by Evans Publications of Perkins, Oklahoma. They began publishing books on 'Oklahoma history and Oklahomans in 1976. To Chase A Dream is a quality sofw.over book with a suggested re- tail price of $14.95. They maybo purchased in bookstores or ordered directly from the publisher at: Evans Publications, Box 520, Perkins, OK 74059. (Visa and Mas- tercharge orders may be taken by phoning 405-547-2144.) They may also be pumhas at the publishing offme at 126 Soeth Main Street, Perkins. SAVE MONEY! Subscribe To The Journal Today! 547-2411 "If you've ever been poor, and if you've ever struggled to be some- thing better, then you'll easily re- late to our new book "To Chase A Dream', Perkins book publisher Bob Evans says. The shipment of books arrived in Perkins this week and am ready for sale and distribution. Evans continues, "Many of you will remember a small school in the 1930s or 1940s, to which some of the students came to class in the mornings, their overalls and flour sack dresses reeking of wood fm s and smoked bacon. They enrolled late because they had to snap cotton until the first snow flew; and they skipped school in the spring when they had to return to the field. They usually stayed only a year or two in one town. What happened to those people? To Chase A Dream gives some insight into their life and how they looked at the rest of the world. Somehow, sooner or latex, they did all escape." Erick and Tecumseh, Oklahoma, are two rural towns that complete the setting for the new novel by Margie Snowden North. To Chase A Dream is a 400-page book that deals with the Eason family and their effort to escape from a life of tenant farming, written by Margie Snowden North, an Erick farmwife. The setting for the story is on a farm near Tecumseh in 1946, where the Easons are "croppers," desperate to be established on their own place earning enough to send their bril- liant 17-year-old son, David, to col- lege. The childless principal of the Teeumseh High School and his wife take an interest in David and offer to help finance his college education. They plead with the Easons to permit the boy to stay in Tecumseh and live with them when it is discovered they will relocate across thestate to EriCk. where they will be sharecroppers on yet another cotton farm. Even though they are "din poor," as were most of the typical cropper Ripley Cub Scouts Form I n Ripley, boys in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades have oined the Cub Scouts. The Cub Master is Victor Roseberry. The two den leaders are Jim Driskill and Jamie Tackett. They wil have weekly meetings. The boys are. Rocky Brown, Ran- dy Hanks. Heath Ashrnent, Jason Rush. Mike Roseberry, Chris Vogt, Brent Hitch, Toby Haley, Randy Hood. Jesse Hood, Jason Burrows, Christ Wooton, Trey Layes, Jonathan Tackett and Daniel Myers. Members of the committee of the Cub Scouts are: Shirley Driskill, Shelby Ashment. Diane Ashment and Cathy Hanks. The group is looking forward to a great year. Offices Moved The Oklahoma Department of Human Services office for Payne County moved to 711 East Krayler on Friday, Sept. 1. The DHS office will be col(mated with the Oklahoma State Employ- ment sErvice office and the EAst Central Private Industry Council office (JTPA). For further information, contact Harl Hentges, Payne County ad- ministrator at (405} 372-1941. tb~ day, . ........... Lane told the Lions Club that the sole purpeas of the Fair is to help raise money "Any and we dent expect to make will be donated to our schools, "she said. 'qNe are also en- couragin~g the schools to have booths at the Fair." Other eventdinclude a Childrens Christmas Crafts Cottage, Quilting Bee and Auction, Petting Farm. Turkey Shoot, Pony Rides. Centem. nial Costuming, Basket Weaving, Soap Making, Wool Weaving, and Bonnet Making. Admission to the event is free, however, donations wouki be great- ly_at r ted. For more irdormation on the Taylorsviile Country Fair please call Marcia Hargrave at 918-372-4506. Pancakes This Friday The Perkins Lions Club will have "flap jack flippers" and "batter pourers" ready this Friday night. September 29, to serve all the pan- cakes you can eat at their annual Pancake Supper held from 5-7 p.m. at the High School Cafeteria Along with the pancakes, side orders of bacon and sausage, coffee and milk will also be served. A free delivery service will also be available to the elderly and shut- ins. Those wishing to have their pancake supper delivered to their home should call 547-5098. Pancake Supper tickets can be purchaeed from any Lions Club member. Admission prices are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children under 12. September 28 ,,,Jr. Varsity Football. Perkins :~ vs. Chandler, Here. 5 p.m. September 29 State Fair Livestock Shows , Lions Club Pancake Supper. 5-7 p.rrL High School Cafeteria -Varsity Fodtball and H omecon ng. Perkins vs. Drumright, Here 7:30 p.nL Rick Matheson . OSU Rese - Station October 2 ~Jr. Varsity FootbalL Perkins DATE HI LO PREC. vs. Stroud, Away. 6:30 p.r~ 9t20 80 58 00 ,-Perkius-Tryon Board of Educa- 9/21 82 ~6 00 84 7: J0 p.n Snperintamd|mte Perkins Town Board of Trt stess. 7:30 p.m. City Hall. FHA meeting. 7 p.m. High School Cafeteria October 3 Tulsa State Fair 9~ 9r26 73 4O 00 i