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PAf;E 8 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday, November 15. 1984 THIN VMO IT OVI ,R The Natural Way Dr. Jeff Black Professor of Biology Oklahoma Baptist University II SUNFLOWERS Western Ragweed. Most ! always teach an ragweeds are found ~ of ecology, which ed pieces of land. my students and I It was interesting to : ! field trips around look up and find that the -i, county to study scientific genus name for grasslands, ragweed is Ambrosia. ,:'ings, ponds, and other This is the Greek and ~-,~ural areas. The Latin name for several Jdents soon learn that kinds of plants and ,'~.'~t of the flowers means "the food of the i:>oming in the fall are gods." It is reputed to ~.~nflowers. Sunflowers confer immortality on :,ce difficult to identify those that partake of it. :nd belong to the plant All the "food of the ~amily known as the gods"ever gave me was compositae or Aster- hayfever! ceae. This is perhaps the I shouldn't be com- ',~rgest family of flower- pletely negative about ng plants in the world, ragweeds. The Western with 19,000 species. Ragweed has had several ~me of us know there medicinal uses among ~re sunflowers around the American Indian i :Cause we immediately groups. The Kiowas of ~tart sneezing and Oklahoma prepared a .... ~:,ughing. One of my concoction from rag- - tudents had such an weeds that was rubbed :~llergic reaction to pollen on sores, either on ~,eek ago that she end- humans or horses. ed up in the hospital for Pueblo Indian women in day. New Mexico drank a tea The sunflowers that made from the plant in ,ive most of us the case of difficult labor at ~eezes and hoarse- childbirth. Cheyennes ,ounding voices are the drank a ragweed tea to gweeds. Oklahoma has treat bloody stools, colds i,'e different kinds of and bowel cramps. :~gweeds. Even though Indians used the fibers of the ragweeds are from the stems of Giant common throughout the *!~roughblooming, there Ragweed for making Plains from southern :-~ ~still plenty of their thread and cords. Some Saskatchewr~n to Texas. !ollen in the fields and tribes also applied the FrorfJAugu t to October, ~ir; currents to make us bruised leaves to the ab- the flowers, 2 to 3 inches ~6serable. domen for the relief of wide, face outward Most people blame the nausea. The Meskawaki toward the sun and look ; ;i mt Ragweed for pollen, Indians in Wisconsin like a solid, golden col- eus time of the year; chewed the root to drive umn. The color of the ~i:iant Ragweed is also away the fear of night, flowers is rich and the ::~led Great Ragweed, Today the seeds of all plant grows from 2 to 12 orse Weed and Buffalo ragweeds are recognized feet in height. The leaves ~, eed. Another impor- as an important food for are narrow or lance-like pollen-producing quail, doves, ducks, and 3 to 7 inches long. ~weed in the area is turkeys and even rac- This particular sun- By Zola I~lmple Turkey Mountain. For many, many yurs, When I was a small problably centuries, the child, I remember my Cimarron River wound mother telling me how its way much as a snake the mother and father does, seeking areas eagles trained their across the present state young and kept their of Oklahoma. It would nesting place clean. {She spread wide in flood happened to be cleaning times, not known to have her ^wn house with a a stationary, permanent makeJhift, buckbrush bed. But when it reached broom and scouring the an area just above its native walnut floor- mouth, where it flowed boards with sandrock of into the Arkansas River, our homestead house; it was forced to make its one large room with loft bed, for decades later, by above.) the high, rocky cliffs of The mother eagle kept Eagle Mountain. No tell- her nest tidy by pushing ing how many years the all litter to the edge of Bald Eagles had nested the nest. Food of prey, in the high cliffs among brought in for her brood, the dense, sturdy growth was also arranged in a of native trees with, tidy manner, the left- heavy undergrowth, to overs later being pushed shield their natural over the edge of the nest habitat, to fall to the ground far It was a bird sactuary below. Eagles also train- and a safe place for the family of Bald Eagles with their young eaglets they trained from baby- hood. By Winnie Corley In recent years their Kids no longer ask for homestead has been inpennies to put in the gum jeopardy and in danger bail machine, as they did of being destroyed. But when my kids were small. somehow they have man- They ask for quarters to aged to keep this his- poke in the machines of toricai sight, even if it no return--game vending has grown smaller from machines. the effects of progress. I have seen kids at Approximately only 12Wal-Mart and other eagles winter here atstores put quarter after present, quarter in these One hundred years ago machines, until Morn my father, Bill Bellis, refused to give them came from Essex, Iowa, more. Although ; they and settled on a claim on stand with eyes glued to the Arkansas. He scout- the screer excitedly wat- Sunflowers in all their glory, ed about the new, rawching frenzied things country to write about it race across the screen, to relatives and friends, when the noise stops coons. The leaves are also flower is named for Max- roadsides, it means that He related finding the they get nothing. Gum eaten by deer. imilian Alexander Philip, winter is upon us. What nesting pieces of the bald bails make more sense. Another sunflower prince of Neuwied, who a choice, hayfever or eagles high in the rocky I spent too many hours that is beautiful along undertook scientific ex- winter, cliffs. I guess it Was dragging a cotton sack to some of our highways is plorations in North -0- already known as Eagle enjoy spending my Maximilian's Sunflower.America in 1832-1834. MORRIS GETS HELP Mountain, but that was money for nothing. I This is a spectacular This sunflower is als0MORRIS --Morris has what he also called it. He would rather spend my large sunflower that is an important food for received a grant to con- was thrilled and pleased quarters to ride the turn- wildlife and livestock, struct a new city hall, with his discovery, pike. To ride the turnpike Almost all parts of this and announcement has Turkey Mountain, near from Wellston to Okla- sunflower are eaten and been made of another Tulsa, got its name in the homa City only takes nutritious. It also pro- $100,000 to add a senior same way; from thou-two quarters. Besides the duces a heavy crop of citizens section to the sands of wild turkeysride and enjoying the seed that is relished by new city building. Also, that came there to roost scenery, you don't exit birds, there is money available in the early days. The empty-handed. At the I always say that I amthat residents can apply story is told of large tree end of the line, you are ready for the ragweed for up to $10,000 in limbs breaking from the given back half of your and other sunfldwers to rehabilitation work on turkies' weight. Father ticket so at least you disappear so that my their home. Morris was and Uncle Hank Bellis have something to show hayfever will also disap- nearly destroyed by a obtained a wild turkey how you spent your pear. But when the last tornado in April. for their first Thanksgiv- money. yellow sunflowerblooms ing in Cherokee Strip -o- I guess quarters have are gone from along our country in 1895 from , %'~~;*;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;e~2~*~;~;~;~;~;~;~;~;;~;~;~;;~;~;;;~';';~*~;~:~;~:~:;~:~:~~;~~ ........ ,.. ,,.,,...o,...~,,;.;.;;.;.;,;,=.=;,;,;;.=,..=;.~;.._ ~~:~:~:~::~:~;~:~:~:~:~:~;~'~~;;~;~;~~~;~;~*;~':~~~~~~~%%~~%~%~~%%~;;~;~ I URNAL FOOD CORNER ,ace ed their young when strong enough, use their wings pushing them off edge to stretch wings in flight. explained they them to hunt for and take care of selves. I've heard my explain to others that~ was like that eagle. She children to be for life; to be able make it on, that is what we learned to do. We do or did without. this generation needs day in my estimate. LET US TRY PRESERVE NATURAL CAL SIGHT FOR LAHOMA!! become the most medium of, day it takes one or for a candy of gum. Two or morel needed for a pop. Oh a quarter to make s# from a pay Many more needed if this is a distance call. Believe me, the tance of a learned young. The night my her nineteen granddaughter and out to eat. My lary is somewhat as you might expect; she knows the "quarter" and what t are for. Where w~ the eating place, was a gum bail Jana patted this globe of glass with tiny hand as she "Gwma quoto?" she places more her money than youngsters. Or she just isn't tail yet to reach the slot on the Thanksgiving is upon us, a Saturday morning we begged heryolks and two teaspoons of bak- sugar, molasses, and egg. SiR dry :;e~,son that brings out the best in to bake a pie. She agreed! There ing powder to make it stand up ingredients all together with i;, e cooks. Not only is it a time was a quick trip with a list to the and brown just rightJ raisins, then add to liquid mix- to be thankful for the blessings of grocery store and a lot of grun- ture. Turn into greased pans and i.he past year, but to show it by ting and groaning as she worked You'll want to have pumpkin bake in moderate oven (300) for } lessing your family and friends around the table in the center of pie for Thanksgiving, because it 2 hours with one of your most precious the room. First the crust, then the is traditional, but no doubt you ]l i ,lents, the ability to prepare and filling, and the layer of crust on have more than one dessert offer- If you want a sort of icing on roduce a bountiful table of top, then to the oven. The smell ing, so here are some suggestions the Salt Pork Cake, you might 'hanksgiving. of apple pie in the little house and they ARE old and from themix up a bowl of-- I f you have this ability, rejoice, festered up all kinds of hopes and past: ~l'he family dining table is the smiles. Could she, by some VINEGAR PIE EGG BUTTER i~ymbol of love and caring, and it miracle, recover and be herself? 1 cup molasses 1 cup sorghum d( sn't even have to be skillfully Was this beautiful apple pie a1 cup sugar 4 eggs prepared. One of the nicest meals symbol of her recovery? Unfor-1 cup flour V2 teaspoon nutmeg ever had in my life was around tunately, it wasn't, but at 111 tablespoon butter Heat sorghum in skillet, add old oak table in my grand- o'clock that Saturday morning,1 cup vinegar beaten eggs while stirring con- parents dining room in their small we gathered around the table and V~ teaspoon salt stantly. Flavor with nutmeg. Use home. My grandfather had madeate hot apple pie, the last of hun- 3 cups hot water as a spread on hot biscuits or ~s daily walk 12 blockS to the dreds she baked during her 80 Nutmeg or lemon flavoring bread, or try a dab spread over ,~tore to get a pound of sliced some years. It was delicious! She Cook on top of stove, stirring that Salt Pork Cake! bologna, a loaf of bread, pickles was .a beautiful, sweet constantly. When thick, pour in .... und a head of lettuce. We were in grandmother! to baked pie crust. You l have to start a day town and dropped in on them It's your touch that will make " - - ahead, but here is an old timer for 'unexpectedly about 5 p.m. when your Thanksgiving dinner a suc- SORGHUM GINGERBREAD your morning breakfast if you hey were ready to sit down for cess. Magazines and daily cup butter have family home for the holiday heir evening meal. In anotherhewspapers will be full of colorful cup sugar and they will get up hungry {our or two they would have been photographs and recipes for I cup sorghum Thanksgiving morning. This ifi-bed. They were so glad to see delicious dishes and desserts. 2 cups flour should bring out some big smiles They insisted we dine with This year, why don't you go one teaspoon soda and conversation. If you have a them. For a lonely, old couple at better. Prepare at least one recipe cup sour milk hunter in the family, here is an op- the twilight of their life, they were from the past, and point it out to teaspoon cinnamon portunity to include some of his jest exploding with love and year- those around your table. Let 1V2 teaspoons ginger ' game in your cooking. rdpg for some in return. I ?lthem enjoy at least one old timey Raisins {optional) .remember those cold bologna dish from the days of your grand- Mix ingredients, put in greased isandwiches and their smilingparents, pan, bake about an hour. JOHN'S PENNSYLVANIA - -- DUTCH PONHAUS j' ces. forever. If you don't have an old time SALT PORK CAKE 6 pounds pork (boiled). One third recipe from back then, here are a 1 pound salt pork (ground) venison or beef may be used as One of the most delicious apple few. Fix one of these and mention 2 cups of very hot water part of the six pounds. Cook pies I remember was made by my it, and see if it doesn't add a 4 cups sugar meat, then grind. Place back in g andmother as she stood in the flavor of conversation and ap- V2 cup sorghum or molasses meat liquid and add enough water k~chen on a pair of crutches. She preciation at your Thanksgiving 1 beaten egg to make 3 quarts. Add salt, pep- fad broken her hip and was hav- table: I cup raisins per and sage to taste. Stir in cor- ii gdifficulty attitude-wise in her 6 cups sifted flour nmeal until a thick mush. Sim- ir'ecovery. She had given up,GRANNY'S PIE CRUST i teaspoon cloves mer, stirring often for one hour. :discouraged, 80 years old, her life (For 2 t vo-crust pies) i teaspoon nutmeg When cold, slice and fry. ver. The doctor suggested we4 cups flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon - - - i t, her out of her rocking chair 2 scant cups lard 1 teaspoon baking powder - - - !where she sat all day long in front 1 cup water Here is a quickie for breakfast p f the fire, deep in thought and 1 teaspoon salt Pour hot water over pork and and should go well with the rlmmory of the days gone by. One {For a cobbler crust, add 2 egg when cooled to lukewarm, add Dutch Ponhaus: DUFFIN (For 6 people) Use two eggs per person served. 12 eggs 3 tablespoons milk 6 slices bread (crumbled) salt and pepper to taste Beat eggs, add milk, salt and popper, crumble bread in the eggs, then fry as scrambled eggs. Especially on Thanksgiving, cook with love and gratitude in your heart. {Above Recipes from ~'C~ome In Tim House" a novel by Helen Dut- ton Russell and published by Evans Publications, Perkins.) -O- THANKSGIVING HINT: Try putting your turkey breast down in your cooking pan for about 75 percent of the cooking time. This will let the juices flow into the breast meat, making it more moist. Please exercise extreme caution in turning the bird over to continue cooking, as it will be hot. -O- CONSIDERING STORM SHELTER YALE --The board of education will consider bids for a storm shelter at the elementary school grounds. .O- ANNUAL PARADE PLANNED FAIRFAX --The an- nual Christmas parade is scheduled for December 8, with the Beta Sigma Phi sorority sponsoring it. -O- LOCAL TEEN IS FINALIST Miss Youllonda ton, age 15, Mr. and Mrs. Buck ton of Perkins, and Lila Parker of Must has been selected to finalist in the 1985 Oklahoma Teen-Ager Pageant held at Oklahoma University, May and 26, 1985. The Oklahoma Teen-Ager Pageant is official state finals Miss National Pageant to be August 1985. There will be testants from all ove state competing fo title of Miss National Kimberly Norris Idabel, Oklahom reigning 1984 Miss tionai crown the Queen. sented Oklahoma she competed other state won the cant, which was dicated for Miss Sexton is sponsored by Packing, Rathole, Elk City; Rental Tools, Republican Oklahoma CitY; Steer Inn, PerkinS" "0"