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October 27, 1977

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Pictorially Speaking MNDING WALL by Robert Frost 'Before I built a wall l'd ask know what l was walling in rvalling out, And to whom to give offence ...... will not go behind his zr's saying and he likes thought of it so well, ays 'Good fences Senior Citizens News By Clarrcy Cook past week was a very time for the Senior with some new nights are for program. Atten- was good last week 26 present and will be more this week reports of the very program last was Birthday Din- Mth 49 present. The were Ruth Kirk, Rosie Grimm, Bentley, Barbara hlin and Geneva Goldie Lacy baked Birthday cake. Sunday several of the Citizens enjoyed the open house at Evans and seeing restoration of their home. It's good to !SOmeone interested in Preservation of older mance by Mrs. Mary Lou Cross, several times cham- pion twirler at Nashville, Tenn. and now baton teacher, who lives on Rt. 2, Perkins. Her mother, Phyllis Flowers, Clarksville, Tenn., was a visitor. Other visitors included Maude Birckett, Cordell, Doris Sharptun and Pauline Harmon, both of Potwin, Kansas, Russell and Judy Dick, Cape Coral, Florida. Mary Dodson and Mae Vassar served the coffee, tea and cookies Monday night. Mrs. Goforth's quilt will soon be finished and it is certainly a pretty one. I saw a sign in a Ceramics Shop which said, "Ceramics is an incurable disease, there is no known cure." Must be true as everyone seems to keep working at it when they get started. -0- of the Senior had a real busy day going from the in the afternoon to for the annual ?. Fish Fry and then back to the Center regular Music Night. of others must have ethe same thing as there 162 registered Monday The music was good Ome new things were including a perfor- Lucy Graham spent last week at Sapulpa visiting her ' son Mr. and Mrs. Chester Graham and grandson Mr. and Mrs. Joe Graham and daughters Emily and Aman- da of Tulsa. Clarrcy and Sue Cook and Lucy Graham are visiting relatives near Hugoton, Kansas this week, including Lucy's daughter Nellie Ben Anderson and her family. Well, autumn is certainly here. The leaves are changing colors and falling. We got some rain Satur- day but still need a lot more. This rain will help the wheat that hadn't come up yet to grow. *** Well, OSU beat Kansas University and OU defeated Iowa State last Saturday. Next week OSU has a tough game, cause Nebraska is coming to town. Mean- while OU goes to Kansas Stat University. *** I hate to be redundant, but mistakes need correcting. In my review of STAR WARS in the August 25 issue, I called one of the robots TR7, when actually it was named R2D2. Now don't ask me where I got the idea it was TR7 instead of R2D2, but I hereby correct it. Also I'd like to correct a correction. In the same sentence I called the other robot 3PO. In the next issue I stated it was actually spelled Threepio. Well, either spelling is correct. {Hickory Smoked} BBQ Chicken Each $19800 Ground Beef Ill Boneless Roast Lb. 98" J i Sliced Lb. 89 Quality Meat Is Served At Steak House, tO0. 69 c Dry Smoked Hams Lb., 98 c CUPID'S Old Fashioned Meat Market Across From City Hall in Perkins Open Monday  Saturday Ih30 a.m. tll 6 p.m. Ya'll Come See Us....todayl Phone 1-5,t7-2266 I I Ill Ir Around the Farm t by Allan Wall I Also, last week I stated that Kansas State was ahead of OSU at one point in their recent game. That statement was incorrect, Kansas state was never ahead of OSU. See you next week. Ripley principal attends workshop Larry Eslinger, principal, Ripley High School and director of the Ripley Community Education Pro- gram, attended a three-day workshop on community education hekl in Oklahoma City last week. (Oct. 19-21) The workshop was held for community education per- sonnel of newly started programs or new personnel of existing programs. The workshop was spon- sored by the Oklahoma State University college of educa- tion Community Education Center in the department of Educational Administration and Higher Education with support from the State Department of Education. Community education is a concept where better use of community facilities, such as school buildings, and com- munity talent is achieved through offering courses the community is interested in during non-school hours. -0- Personals Clarrcy and Sue Cook visited James and Shirley Coffey and Mike, Shelly and Chris of Piano, Texas last week and returned by way of Mena, Arkansas to see the beautiful foliage which was at its best. IF Lloyd Gibson Will Present This Ad At BLUMER'S CHAMPLIN before noon Nov. 2 Will Receive 5 Gal. of Gas WATCH THIS SPACE EACH WEEK--YOU MAY BE THE NEXT WINNERI "L The Perkins Journal Thursda.y, October 27, 1977.3 A trip to Payne County The Wagon Train roll (The following account is my' and about six and one-half had some home dried beef impression of my family's I feet above the floor of the and some had a few apples move from Missouri to wagon box. The front and and nuts. The Jarvises Oklahoma. rear bows were attached to brought a few live chickens. These events are based on the extreme ends of the Milk had to be obtained factual happenings, however superstructure of the wagon along the way and was some segments are fiction- box with one end attached to usually purchased from alized, each side and the other two farmers. This manuscript is not vere spaced equally between Occasionally some one intended as a definitive hem. The wagon-sheet was would bag a rabbit or a history per se, but rather as a made of heavy canvas and squirrel along the way, and subjective view of a people was stretched over the bows some of the group had and an era in our past. and fastened to the super- visions of wild turkeys or a -J. C. Nininger. structure on both sides. This deer, but as far as I know, (can't. from last week) Presently Stu Jarvis said, "I see a wagon coming." Everybody looked and Anson Moore said, "Yes, I see it too. i guess that's Larsons" Soon they were able to see that there were two covered wagons and in a few minutes they drove into the yard. Mr. Larson was driving the lead wagon, followed by the other dven by Jake Nininger. [ Some of the men good naturedly chided Larson for being late, but he retorted, "What do you mean, late? It's not sunup yet." Harley Carrier was looking intently toward the north and Stuart Jarvis said, "What are you looking at, Had?" Harley answered, "Look up there. Don't that look like someone on horseback com- ing this way?" "It sure does," said Stu, "but what's that got to do with us?" "Well," said Harley, "Jim Nininger's wife was expecting a baby and I wonder if this could have something to do with that." John Nininger spoke up, "I bet it does. That looks like our old Coley with Harvey on her. I bet he wants to tell us something before we get away." What Mr. Carrier and my brother John said attracted attention and everybody gathered in a group near them and by the time Harvey rode up, everyone was looking at him and talking among themselves. Harvey looked a little puzzled and embarrassed at the special attention he was being paid. Mr. Carrier spoke to him and introduced him to the others and then asked him if he could help him. Harvey said he had come to tell John and me that we had a new sister, born "last night". Everyone smiled and many of them congratulated him and us and Mr. Carrier asked him how mother and baby were getting along, and he said, "Fine." The women were all excited and now had a new topic of conversation. After a little more conversation, Harvey turned Coley's head toward home and rode away. Our new sister was more than two weeks old before we I I I I I I I I I made a sort of tent with a semicylindrical or quonset hut shaped roof ten feet long, five feet wide and the center of the roof about six and one-half feet from the floor of the wagon bed. The ends of the wagon sheet extended past the front and rear bows about two feet and each end was provided with a "drawstring" by which both ends of the "tent" could be closed when desirable. The draw-strings were always drawn at night, and were also used when someone desired privacy while dress. ing or for some other reason. However, even when the draw-string was tightly drawn, the ends of the "tent" were not completely closed, because there was left an opening in the center of each end about a foot in diameter and if the occupant desired absolute privacy, he or she could hang a cloth or something similar over each opening to remove the temptation of boys to peek. Normally 1he driver sat on a spring seat about three feet back of the front bow, just in front of the second one. Sitting in this position with the wagon-sheet over the front bow, his side vision was partly obstructed, so he often threw the sheet back over the front bow and sat in front of it, which provided him with a clear view in all directions. Such a journey was going to take about two weeks, it was important to have adequate equipment and a goodly supply of food for the people and feed for the. horses. Some of the food and feed could be obtained on the road, but because none of us knew the country through which we were to travel very well, and because some of it was wild country, it was best to not take chances, so every family took as much as they could. One of thel first consider. ations was food. Most families had a few kinds of food that were different from the average, but there were some staples of which all carried a supply, such as beans, bacon, potatoes, flour, salt pork, sweet potatoes, eggs, hams, corn- meal, butter, sorghum mo- lasses, homemade jams and jellies, lard, coffee, soda, baking powder, salt, pepper. One or two of the families J. C. Nininger, 1915 saw her the first time, and that was in Oklahoma, a great distance (in those days) from .where she was born. The wagons were loaded with such articles as could be easily transported by wagon, including things that were necessary for the journey, but there were many articles--farming machinery, livestock, large bulky house- hold articles, etc. which could not be taken in the wagons, and to transport these, all of the families had teamed up and chartered a railroad box car. And since at that time my father and mother did not know just what time the stork would arrive, and when it did arive, mother would be delayed for some time before she could make the trip to Oklahoma, and because the box car would make the trip in less time than the wagon train, for these reasons, father was chosen to accompany it and look after its contents. In addition to this plan fitting into father's uncertain schedule, it would save him the cost of three train tickets from Missouri to Oklahoma-. one for himself and one each for John and me--and father was never adverse to taking a chance to save money. The body, or wagon bed, or wago n box, as it was variously called, of the regular farm wagon those days, was ten feet long, three feet wide and about twenty-two inches deep. The wagons used on our wagon train had their bodies enlarged by building on top of them superstructures ten feet long, five feet wide and one foot high. This five foot wide superstructure provid- ed a place for a full size double bed and the space under the bed was filled with articles used on the trip. The wagons in our train had four bows each to support the cover or wagon- sheet, as it was called. These were made of hickory wood strips about two and one-half inches wide and one half inch thick and long enough for the ends to be fastened to the superstructure and to form an arch about five feet wide none was ever seen. Every family carried feed for the horses. This consisted of hay by all and some carried corn and some oats. Some of the men "staked out" their horses on long ropes so they could graze when we happened to camp in a spot of good grass. However, some of the men thought green grass was not good for working horses and fed theirs only dry feed. This difference of opinion furn- ished a topic of conversation to while away the time, and also resulted in some arguments which sometimes became pretty heated. it was also necessary to have cooking utensils--pots, pans, skillets, coffee pots, etc. Some families had dutch ovens for baking, others had spits for suspending a pot or a roast over the camp fire. (To be continued) -0" llllllll Ripley FFA 'ers exhibit at Tulsa Fair, The Ripley Future Farm- ers of America had ten exhibitors at the Tulsa State Fair. There were seven exhibitors of swine and three members exhibited Dairy Cattle. Three members placed in the Swine Class. Tim Cash had a first and third place February Gilts and the Reserve Champion Yorkshire gilt. He aso exhibited in the drive for the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt. Bill Bunch had the sixth place light-weight Yorkshire barrow. John Carter had the tenth place cross-breed barrow in the third weight division. Francis Dean had the eleventh place Hamp- shire gilt. In the Dairy Show, Mark Moorman placed sixth with his short 'horn bull, and his brother Mike Moorman placed third and sixth with his Jr. yearling short horn heifer. Greg Mitchell had the second place jr. heifer Gurnsey calf. Bill Bunch Chapter Reporter llllllllll You'll find it bewitcbing to banl at Payne County Bank 1 I I Member F.D.I.C. llll I I 1 1 I I I I I I I Perkins, OMa. I Iillllllllll00