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Pictorially Speaking LITTLE THINGS cup of cold water"-- a thing/But life is made of little things, and he would rise to higher is wise if he the loving yet :raingly trifles of daily --F. W. Tomkins Senior Citizens News by Clarrcy Cook "Outreach" person for Senior Citizens will her duties next She will provide for Senior to the Center Doctors offices, to for food and clothing, Office, Bank and City to pay bills and etc., Possible. She will also for short periods to assist Senior in their homes, as permits. For further help, call Zula 547-2471 or Van 547-2576 quilting ladies don't nish up two quilts in but they did last finished Clarrcy's and lacked a little on Virginia IF 'Roger Jennings This Ad At 00LUMER'S 00HAMPLIN before noon Oct. S Receive of Gas THIS SPACE H WEEK--YOU BE THE NEXT Sassers. Sophia Rogers came back on that night and since she'd rather quilt than play games, she finished Virginia Sasser's quilt, which was made by her class. It was quite pretty set together and lined with red checked gingham. Another quilt for Clarrcy was put in the frames Monday. It is being made for her granddaughter and was pieced from family scraps. There were 137 out for Music on Monday night. It seemed real good and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Goldie Lacy and Jo Knapp kept the refreshments moving in the kitchen. Congratulations to Larry Plank and LaNita Stanley who were married last Friday night. Larry is one of the regular musicians and La Nita is a granddaughter of Ruth Stanley and the Bill Hunts. Sorry to hear that Rose Anderson and Forrest John- son are in the Stiltwater Hospital. Visitors at the Center this week included Virgel Kin- kade, Garden Grove, Calif., Margaret Jefferson, Forrest Hill, Calif., and Doc Dob- son's brother Leon and his wife Esther from Wynona, Oklahoma. Ida Brannon was able to be out to the Center in just a few days following her eye surgery. "0- Hondas g Kawasakis "" Daily! ,er's Olole Oenter E. 9th Sflllwator 377-2525 The Perkins Journal Thursday, September 29. 1977-3 Around the Farm by Allan Wall I I IIII Some farmers are still drilling grain...Only a few more days of the Oklahoma State Fair. It ends October 2, this Sunday. The Tulsa State Fair ends October 9. I went to the OSU game Saturday, where they smear- ed the University of Texas of El Paso 54-0. It was OSU's first home game. It was also Band Day. Fortunately, Robert brought his radio and we kept up with the OU-Ohio State game which developed into a real cliffhanger. By the end of the game we were huddled around the radio cheering the Sooners on. telling them what to dO, etc. As you probably know, OU pulled off the victory, thanks to a touchdown and a field goal in the last 19 seconds. OU won 29-28, and Woody Hayes wasn't too happy about itl See you next week. 3 Artists to featured Chaparral Gallery Sund Oil paintings and weav- ings will be on exhibit at Open house at Holbrook Chaparral Gallery at Perkins Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2' from2 to 5 p.m. Joan McCrary Marron, of Oklahoma City, will be present exhibiting some of her oil paintings. She is an extraordinaire tecaher with the rare gift of inspiring her students to surpass them- selves. She teaches at the Okla. Musuem of Art and conducts workshops throughout the state. Her semi-annual Paint-ins have led her students to Mexico, Spain, Hawaii, Red River and numerous other colorful places. The world is fresh paint for Joan's palette. Vonda Evans of Stillwater will be showing pottery which is her latest venture in the art world. She is an accomplished oil painter. Now she creates lovely pieces, teaches pottery mak- ing and in August conducted a workshop at Principia College in Illinois. Sue Blakey of Mannford has been weaving four years. , I I Hi [_ I ] II] .. Cimarron Laundromat 128 N. Main Perkins Open 24 Hours A, R. Karnes 547-2692 Hoke LUMBER CO., INC, 218 W. 9th STILLWATER 372-2377 I I II II [lll l Joan McCrery Matron She has three looms; a two, a four, and an eight-harness loom. She hand spins some wool before dyeing it with vegetable dyes to create special effects. She also uses natural materials in her creations such as pheasant feathers, stick cinnamon and bark of trees. Sue says of weaving, "It is a craft as well as pottery, basketry, and leatherwork. All go back as far as recorded history and are practiced by many cultures." Some of her weavings have recently been on exhibit at the Home Economics Building at OSU. _ "'L i i -- -- ONE-DAY SERVICE PICK-UP & DELIVERY Wardrobe Cleaner| 114 W. 8th Ave. , StiUwater ,Phone 372-7022 372-0644 716 N. Main Stillwater, Okla. Drive-Up Window DRAPES BEA UTIFUI Y CLEANED AND FAN-FODED Drifting Down ///emory Lane By Ward Hays (Part 1 of a series) OKLAHOMA AGRICUL- TURE' AND MECHANICAE COLLEGE THROUGH THE YEARS WITH SOME WILD AND WOOLY COLLEGE STUDENTS In no way does this story or series of stories reflect any lack of discipline or wrong doing of the College Presi- dent or Faculty members. All the College Presidents and Faculty that I knew were honest conscientious hard working men and women. These stories are not meant to be a history of the college but of happenings of the students that other writers failed to tell. And it is written from my own memory with no reference from any book or newspapers, but as I saw ii it with l have my own eyes. ii no doubt that young people that read this story will ::: wonder what was wrong with some of the older generation. My first appearance on the college campus was in 1900. I had gone with my father to make a milk delivery to the college creamery. It was a thrill to a four year old to look at the broad pine.lined driveways, well kept lawns and beautiful flowers. From then for the next several years I was on the college campus two or three times a week either with my father or older brothers. Each morn- ing we would deliver four ten-gallon cans of milk and take home four ten-gallons of butter milk to feed to the hogs and chickens. The campus at that time had four buildings, the creamery, the steam build- ing, Old Central and the Library. To me, the Library was the most beautiful building that I have ever seen. It was the second building built on the campus. After 1903 we had our own cream separtor and delivered cream instead of milk. Watching them churn butter in the 100 gallon yellow steam churn was fascinating. Delivering. cream to the college became one of my daily chores and became a part of my life that I will never forget. I loved the campus very much. One reason was because my father had worked so hard av with several other men to get the college located at Stillwater. While the College was a land grant college, the campus of 160 acres was donated by Mr. Husband, Mr. Duck, Mr. Dunkins, Mr. West and Mr. Ramsey. There are streets in Still- water with the above names to honor the men that gave part of their homesteads. Being on the campus every day, my father Harvey J. Hays, my two older brothers, Jesse, Ion and myself came to know the College Presi- dent and all the faculty and many students. Angelo C. Scott was president when I first began to make the campus. The college in 1900 was no more than a prep school and had very little to work with. The Government had given the College a grant of 1000 acres of land that joined the campus on the west and lay along the north side of Stillwater Creek and was as good land as there was in Payne County. The students themselves broke most of this land for farming with several teams of oxen and a sod plow. The college bought an old worn out steam engine and grain separator in southern Kansas. The engineering Shown in the picture, are Harvey J. Hays with his wife Josephine, and their four sons reading from left to right, Jesse, Lon, Ward and Wallace " Hays with his brother J. 1t. Hays built the first building in Stillwater, a Blacksmith Shop located on 9th and students went up to Kansas, fixed up the engine, loaded the whole thing on a flat car, brought the engine to Perry on the train, and then drove the engine to Stillwater, pulling the grain separator. Four students rode on top and the other two boys were on the engine. The Students were three days getting the outfit from Perry to Still- water. We heard the whistle of the engine and rushed to the campus to meet the students and found half the town waiting at the campus, also, to welcome the students home. That was the first achievement for the Engineering students. The students used the thresher to thresh the small grain that was raised on the college farm and the engine was used in many parades to pull floats. The students kept the engine shined up like a silver dollar as they drove it whistling down the street attracting much attention from both old and young. By 1906 the college, with seven buildings, Chemistry, Engineering, Old Central, the Library, Heating Plant, Dairy Barn. and Dairy Lab, had taken on a look of stability. It was a long time before a place for women was found on the campus. The women got off to a late start but the school of Home Economics was founded with Dean Nora A. Talbott as its head. It was nice to see girls on the campus. Most of the students were from the country or small towns. With their high-top shoes, long dresses sweeping the ground and hair hanging down their backs below their sun bonnets, these girl students, mingled with the campus flowers, helped to make the campus more beautiful. The A & M College was a lonely place for many of the boys from the country. They missed their family, good food and good bed, and all their friends. Students in Dairy, Horiticulture and Agriculture were doing the same kind of work they had done at home before they came to college. Many of these boys stayed at college the year round. The college had the quarter system then instead of semester. By staying for the summer and working in the crops and caring for the orchards and dairy, they could earn fifty quarter hour credits and carry a lesser load in winter and while getting the summer credits they were / FLECTRA KLEEN " / i WINDOW WAIHII t HOM! I OFFICE CLEANING URPliT CLIANINO Jennie Van Stavem Phone: 405-37%6499 "Call Husband Street. Harvey Hays' home- swad was located west of Washington Street and South of 19th St. J. H. Hays homestead was located noah of 19th St. andEast of Sangre Road. The picture was taken in 1899. earning money to go to school in winter. Military was compulsory in those days and the students drilled three times a week including Saturday from two to four p.m. dressed in the gray uniforms with wrapped leggins. With the College Marching Band, hundreds of people from the country and city would come to the campus to listen to the beautiful music of the band and the Drilling students with rifles over their shoulders keeping step with the music was delightful to watch. Most of these early day students were honest and hard working but like the steam engine and the soft plumbing, there were times when they just had to blow off a little steam. When the fall term of college began, everyone in the country for miles around was in town to watch the upperclassmen initiate the freshmen. Two lines of upperclassmen would form on east 8th Street running east from Main Street in Stillwater. There would be at least 200 upperclassmen in each line with belts in hand. While it was against the rule to use the buckle end of the belt, some students did use them. One at a time they ran the freshmen through the line, each one of the 400 upperclassmen taking a whack at the running freshman. Some of the freshmen never made it but fell and had to be carried out to safety with blood running down their pant legs. They had been hit with the buckle end of the belt. They were taken to a doctor's office where the wounds took several stitches to sew up. I have heard many young men say if that is what it takes to go to the cow college I am not going. 1 have seen women faint as they watched the freshmen students beaten with belts. Many times students that came to enter college went home after the initiation. Those that made it through the belt line had welts on their buttocks and legs for weeks, l have seen freshmen, after going through the belt line. cry like babies. I have seen big rough men turn their heads and look the other way when the going got too bad for them to look at. While watching those freshmen run the bel line 1 have stood there with tears running down my face and during the years many times I have asked myself why did I stand there and look at such cruelty. 1 decided then and there if that was the prtce one must pay for a college education. the price was too high and l wanted no part of it. The college I loved so much and my father worked so hard for began to take on a different image- more like sour grape ripe. Be sure to read the next issue of A & M College through the years because you haven't read nothing yet. Next issue will run cold chills down your spine. 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