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Payne County's Oldest Newspaper- Since 1890 Ralph's By David Sasser had a killing floor capacity of smoke meat." Journal Publisher 50 cattle or 100 hogs per day. The Cranes, along with son PERKINS - Ralph's Pack- Services included custom Gary,worked hard and put in ing Company is celebrating slaughtering, wholesale for long hours to build up their 60 years of business in Per- deep freezers, and regular new business. Ralph worked kins this week. wholesale trade, in the meat processing On November 1, 1959, Ralph and Sue started the department, business office, Ralph and Sue Crane pur- small meat company with the or wherever needed. Sue chased the struggling Beall idea of producing a product was in the business office, Packing Company in Perkins, of the highest quality. His handling bookkeeping and and the business then became dream was to produce quality accounting chores, but also known as Ralph's Packing products at a price everyone puttingin time in the process- Company. could afford. Ralph perfected ing department when needed. Today,Gary andTess Crane a curing and smoking process Gary worked after school and continue the family business which was second to none, during summers and had the along with their daughter and has been proven by many title of 'bacon slicer." Erica Hering; son-in-law awards and honors over the By 1962, they had built an Jason Hering, and their twin years, addition to the plant doubling sons Joshua and Logan "Dad's first smokehouse the working space and freezer Art and Anna Beall had was an old milk cooler that storage as well a adding a opened Beall Packing Com- had a wood stove on the side new and larger loading dock. pany in October 1956. Con- of it and a gas bumer at the They had grown from a work struction of the new packing bottom of that milk cooler," force of two employees to 15 plant at 500 W. Freeman was Gary recalled. "He'd build employees including Lonnie started in May 1956, and a fire in that wood stove, and Savage, Chester Crane, Olin the facility consisted of ten he'd hand hams and bacon Williams, and Tom Tubbs, rooms, five of which were in there. He had a hair dryer butchers; Joe Randall,Robert refrigerated. The plant fea- on the wood stove to keep Tubbs,Eddie B.Tubbs, Sara tured the latest equipment and the fire going, so he could Campbell, Mamie Tubbs, By Van Mitchell Journal Staff Writer PERKINS - Kelly McCau- ley, general manager with LifeNet in Stillwater, said he expects LifeNet to have an ambulance presence in town by early December. He said LifeNet will be housed at 715 West ll6th Street, west of Perkins on SH33. - "We have a fully executed contract effective Oct 94 k feNet will be housed at 715 West 116th Street, west of McCauley.said.-'-qZhe land Perk ns on SH33, J0umal photQby David Sasser . lords, Al Hanel and Mickey each service area providing put an ambulance to test us Hanel, are going to do some community education and out," he said."We have been remodeling and they hope outreach to strengthen the trying to get down there for we can move in as early as chain of survival, years. It all hinged On the Dec. 1.". McCauley said LifeNet has ideal property. This is the LifeNet is a not-for-profit been looking to have a pres- ideal property we think, and ground and air ambulance ence in Perkins, but couldn't gets us into Perkins." service provider. In addi- do so until the right location LifeNet has a five-year tion to providing medical was found, lease ontheproperty,with an transportation throughout "Since May 2011 when oppoaunity for an extension. Northeast Texas, Southwest LifeNet started business in McCauleysaidLifeNetwill Arkansas, and Central Okla- this area, the City of Perkins add one ambulance to service homa, they also are active in gave us two opportunities to UFENET, Page A 7 Three generations are hard at work continuing the legacy. Pictured (I to r): Tess Crane, Gary Crane, Erica Crane Hering, Logan Hedng, Jason Hering, and Josh Hering. Photo provided and Larry Savage, meat pro- wholesale. The plant's ter- were butchered. Products cessors; Fred Kirkpalrick and DeWayne Moser, salesmen; Wesley Campbell, truck driver; and Phyllis Camp- bell, secretary. John Cruse was the cattle buyer and Mrs. Burnham was inspector. Although offering custom butchering, 90 percent of the plant's output was sold ritory included Shawnee, marketed under Ralph's Cir- Prague, Stroud, Cushing, cle-R brand included bacon, Yale, Ponca City, Enid, Alva, pork cutlets, Chuck Wagon and Woodward. Drive-in steaks, Western Steaks, restaurants were a big cus- pepper steaks, and meat loaf, tomer, and the plant was pro- a frozen product ready for the ducing and selling an average housewife to stickin the oven of 6,000 hamburger patties for a quick meal. per week. Each week 90 to By 1975, Ralph's Packing. 110 head of cattle and hogs RALPH'S, Page'A7 Cattle Producer's Meeting Held By Aaron Box Journal Correspondent STILLWATER- On Thursday, October 24, the Payne County Cattle Producer's Association held its annual banquet at the Payne County Expo Center. More than 150 local cattlemen attended the event which included a stock show, judging con- test, trade show, business meeting, awards presen- tation and benefit auction. Cattle producers heard a legislative update from the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association as well. The Cattle Producers inducted into their hall of fame Retired OSU Pro- fessor Dr. Robert Wet- teman and his wife Grace for their more than four decade commitment to Payne County and Okla- homa cattlemen. Dr. Wet- teman's work on repro- ductive efficiency due to body condition improved calving rates for producers nationwide and has had a significant impact on sus- tainable cattle production. The Payne County Cattle Producer's Association awarded its annual scholarship to Riley Collum (.center). Presenting the award are Brent DeMuth (left) and Gregg Pickens (right) Photo provided Dr. and Mrs. Wetteman own a cow-calf operation in Payne County. The Association also awarded its annual schol- arship to Riley Collum, a Perkins-Tryon senior who this year earned the distinc- tion of being a champion in cattle handling, the show ring and as an acclaimed NCA cheerleader. Producers had the oppor- tunity to network with businesses that support the cattle industry. Local and regional banks, feed mills retail, ag equipment and animal healthcare com- panies participated in the trade show and offered door prizes to attendees: The Oklahoma Coopera- tive Extension Service and the Payne County Exten- sion office were on hand to answer questions and CATTLE, Page A7 Perkins-Tryon High School Midnight Regiment Band wraps up marching season PERKii,!S - The Per- overall. In addition, Drum THE band of day! kins-Tryon High School Majors Sydney Flynn and ".The students have worked Midnight Regiment cele- Layne Johnson were pre- incredibly hard this season" brated the 50th Anniversary sented with the Outstanding said band director KG Rob- of the 1969 Lunar Land- Drum Major.award. inson. "Mr. Nichols and I ing in their 2019 Marching Just two weeks later,could not be more proud of Show "Man on the Moon." on Oct. 12, the Midnight them." " Their program featured a Regiment competed in in Overall, the band and voice over from President the 2019 Oklahoma Band- staff put in over 170 hours John F. Kennedy's 1963 masters' State Marching designing, writing, and "Moon Speech" and must- Championship where they rehearsing the show. cal selections including became the reigning Bronze "We owe a great deal of John Williams' "Fanfare Medal State Champions in thanks to everyone that sup- from E.T " "Moondance" their class and achieved 6th ported the band including by Van Morrison, Claude place overall, our Sweepstakes Society Debussy's "Clair de Lune," Then, on Oct. 16, the band sponsors" Robinson added. and"Rocket Man" by Elton took their program to the "Our band parents, our John. OSSAARegional marching color guard and drumline On Sept. 28, the Midnight contest where they were techs, Kristi Voelker, Darci Regiment traveled to the awarded straight Superior Robinson, Lexi Matthews, Okmulgee Bulldog Invi- ratings from all threejudges, and Sara Nichols, and our tational marching contest One judge even declared the incredibly supportive school where they came in second Midnight Regiment to be and community." Shear Grace Ribbon Cutting Held The Perkins Community Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, October 17, at Shear Grace Studio located at 130 S. Main Street in Perkins. Shear Grace Studio is a full-service salon offering haircuts, highlights and color, manicures, pedicures, and tanning. For appointments call (405) 880-2117. Pictured (I to r): Harland Wells, Chris Petermann, Joyce Fox, Casey Martin, Baze Fox, owner Victoria Fox, Kandi Garrison, Lux Sullivan, Lisa Allen, Karli Allen, Magee Garrison. Arthur Fox, Cassie Wilson, Virginia Sasser, Dustin Bledsoe, Sharyl Pickens, Eric Lovelace. Journal photo by David Sasser Classifieds I B6 I Comics I B3 ! History II, A8 I Obituaries ll A2 I Opinions II, A4 I Public Records A8 IIIIIIIInUllllllllllll ll III, 8 04879 0886 NSIDE ~t'S of night" Marshall at Mcllvain FieId. What to watch TV listings, soap updates, encounter ~th John trivia, and horoscopes. Sports B1 Television Guide Inside