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~kGE 10 -- The Perkins Journal Thurmtay, N0y.ember 16, 1989 .'1 I I III I The Natural Way By Dr. Jeff Black II I I! Biology Department, East Central University Ada, Oklahoma I II II Sumac One plant that is still visible and somewhat attractive this fall with its erect heads of red fruit is the sun~ac. This plant goes by a lot of dif- ferent names such as Sumac, Sumach, Shoe-make, Velvet Sumac, Upland Sumac, Scarlet Sumac, Sleet Sumac, Senhalanac, Vinegar- tree, Hairy Sumac, Staghorn S~mac and Lemonade Tree. The sumac so visible this time of year along our roadsides is proper- ly called Smooth Sumac, Rhas glabra, and is a member of the cashew plant family. This small tree or shrub seldom reaches a height of more than ten feet. They grow in thickets along roadsides, in old fields, open woods and pastures. They will not survive in the shade. The leaves are long and actually made up of 11 to 31 pointed leaflets. Each leaflet is 2 to 4 inches long. Smooth Sumac flowers appear in early summer. Flowers are small, inconspicious, yellowish to greenish, and in a cluster 6 to 11 in- ches long. The fruits start to become visible and ripen during the summer and remain on the plants through winter. Each fruit is dark red and covered with tiny hairs. The fruits make up the pyramid-shaped and erect clusters that are visible dur- ing winter in Oklahoma. Most of my students are not familiar with Smooth Sumac and watch closely when I put some of the red fruits in my mouth. If I try them first, they will usually do the sanle. When I tell them they have just put sumac berries in their mouths, there is always a lot of spitting and gagging as they think I have tried to poison them with poisonous SUI~ ac. If you only go for red sumac ber- ries, there is no danger of picking the poisonous kind by mistake. Ber- ties of poisonous sumacs are white : and drooping. These hard, red sumac berries are thickly covered with ~ght~.i~ct hairs. The hairs contain malic acid which is tart and the same ingre- dient found in grapes and unripen- ed apples. Msiic acid from the hairs ~'is readily dissolved in water and makes a drink like lemonade. American Indians liked this cool. sour drink so well that they used to gather large quantities fo the heads - when they were in their prime. They would dry the heads indoors, so they amld make this beverage all w inter. Since the malic acid dissolves in valuable medicinally. Indians made water, it is best to gather the ber- a tea from the roots which was us- rice before heavy rain storms,ed to stop bleeding and check Sumac 'qemonade" or "rhus-ade"dysentery. can be prepared by putting theSumac flowers were steeped in heads of red berries into a large con- boiling water and used to make a tainer of water and pounding and wash for irritated eyes. Ripe berries stirring them for ten minutes or so. were boiled to make a gargle for The fruits can also be boiled or sore throats and to be given to steeped to the desired strength, henorrhagingwomen. Leaves were Always strain the juice through also boiled in early spring to brew several thiclmemes of cloth toa general tonic and for veneral remove all the fine hairs. Sweeten- diseases. ed to taste, it is much like A number ofIndiantribesmixed lemonade the leaves and roots of sumac with B obwhite Quail are one of the few regular tobacco, half and half, in el- birds that feed on sumac berries forts to break the smoking habit. during the winter. Sometimes, in This treatment is still used in scrne severs weather, quail will remain parts of the U.S. today. The leaves near a thicket of sumac until all the are also smoked in the Appalacia to fruits have been eaten. Rabbits and treat asthme deer feed on the bark, twigs and So in addition to the ornamental fruits of sumac, quality of sumac in the winter, it Indians, early settlers and moun has functional qualities that can tain men found the Smooth Sumac add to our pleasure throughout the year in Oklahoma. Early Day Teacher Cimarron River, north_ Arthur had gone to college at By Zola Sample Stillwater. He was a Rue young Looking back, the early day marl He had boarded and roomed teacher had it rough but they did until he graduated with my Uncle not realize it at the time. They were Hank and Aunt Eve glsd to get the job. If they got a My folks urged the school board salary of eighty five or ninety to hire hin~ They dicL He was my dollars a month for a six or seven first man teacher, others had been month job they were happy, wome~ I loved him right off. I was Finding a place to board and nine years old. I was ready for the room was a problem- Roads werefifth grads. poor, schools were located in the Heeame home with Brother Bfll new land in difficult areas. Rivers and I and stayed all night. We walk- had to be crossecL Them were many ed through the woods I remember. rivers which had no bridges built to one and one-half miles, talking and cross, visiting about the area of nature. Our homestead was located in the He was a good teacher. I loved north part oft he Horseshoe Bend arithmetic. He bragged on me I between East and West Basi~ memorized the multiplication Basinwasasmallinlandareaatthe tables right off and have never crossing of four county roads,forgotten them to this day. The East and West district Arthur was a frontier lad, his teachers had to find places to board, family came early to the Cherokee They each had a large enrollment of Strip from SwederL He was a some sixty or seventy pupils, strong and sturdy rather than a Some were large and husky farmsmall ma~ He stayed at his home. lads, hard to manage in thosodays. He would rise early, get his However, they were not too bad as teaching garb on and walk to the they wanted to get a fair education. river bank among the willows, There was never too much turmoil about two miles or so. as I recollect. Then he would untie a small skirt I remember our district hired a or row boat to cross the river. He man teacher. HIS name was Arthur left it tied to some tree in a safe Brodell, son of a Swede family. The place on the other side, then walk- Brodells were good friends of my ed about two miles to the school family. They lived across the house to ring the 8:30 bell. He was Nutrition Center Fine Tune tour Body With Precision Products Superior quality in whole food & snacks, athletic & body building supplements, vitamin & mineral products, haircare & Rachel Perry Cosmetics. =.m.--7 p.m. SUIIwater 9th & Main DOWNTOWN 377-1688 never late. He made a successhtl teacher. He became well known in Pawnee County. He later was County Superintendent of the county for years. If I remind right, he may have still been superintandent un- til his death in late years. He serv- ed his area in Oklahoma greatly. By Pat Skaggs The Carney Assembly of God Church had 71 in Sunday School Sunday, Nov. 2 with several more coming for morning worship ser- vices at 10:45. The Sunday School lesson was on "Living By Faith'~ taken from Galations 3:1-6, 10-14 and 18-22. "Faith in Christ enables us to receive the benefits of salva- tion." Pastor Don Stewart is the adult teacher. Anyone who does not have a church home is welcome to come worship with the Carney Assembly of God where love is bountiful and the word of God flows truthful in all things. Sunday School is at 9:45. Fun Weekend Ends With Horrifying Experience B ill and PatSkagge began their vacation trip Friday, Nov. 3rcL _Their first stop was at their son Melvin Skaggs and family in G mnesvil~ Texas where they spent Friday night. Saturday morning they traveled on to Allen, Texas where their oldest daughter Patty Daei and family live. While there they went , to their grandson Shawn Daei's soc- cer game and watched him play his last game of the seasorL They lost the game 2-5 but was really in- teresting to watch our first soccer game. Melvin, Glenda Skaggs and two children Christopher. and Christina came to Allen around noon Satur- day, Nov. 4th and then along with the Daei family and Bob and Pat Skaggs all left for Tow, Texas around 12:30. Bill and his mother and father, brother and sister used to fish on Lake Buchanan years ago near Tow. While at Tow, the Skaggs and Daei families had fun looking over the lake and visiting together. Sun- day afternoon the Skaggs end the Daei family left for Allen, Texas around 2 p.m. Ali Daei stopped for gas at a small town called Sumart, Texas and while there they saw an ' old gentleman set his stand up to sell pecans. All said he went to buy some pecans, but decided not to as the old man had tried to sell him less pecans for the money. The old man then went to the trunk of his car and pulled out a shotgun. The Daei and Melvin Skaggs families then were chased by the man for several miles with the gun h~ld out the window on them. The police were called by the sta- tion man where Ali had bought gas and finally pulled the man over where he tried to str~ggle,with the pOli~e officer before the 12-geuge doublebarrel shot gun was finally taken away from him. "" The incident left the Melvin Skaggs family and Daeis shaken, but uninjured. They returned back to Tow where Bill and Pat were spending Sunday night and all began telling about what had hap- penecL "Its like something that happens on TV every day but don't think it will happen to you," said Patty Daei. They all spent Sunday night together again and left for their separate homes around 9 ~m. Mon- day mornin~ Bill and Pat traveled on to Dublin, Texas to visit with some distant kinfolks, the Tommy Burlinsons, for awhile, then on to Gorman, Texas where they visited with some friends, John Browning and daughter Lottie Mac Morris and husban~ They had pictures of a mounts;in Hun that Mr. Morris had shot and killed with a 22 gauge rifle, about two years ago near their home. The next stop was at Bowie, ,~ Texas where they spent Monday night before traveling home on Tuesday, Nov. 7tb_ This will be a trip well remembered by the families involved for many years to come We are so thankful that no one was hurt and every thing turned out like it did. The old saying, "there's no place like home, be it ever so humble" and maybe a little big safer. Now, when we say our prayers we have so much to be thankfull for as all our grandchildren and two of our children and spouses could have @ W lost their lives on Nov. 5t1% Sympathy Extended The Carney community extends sincere and deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Tressie Flanigan, 82, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1 in a Chandler nursing home. Services for Mrs. Flanigan were held Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Carney First Baptist Church with Scott Stearman, pastor of the church, of. ficiating. Burial was in the Carney Cemetery under the direction of the Curry-Parks Funeral Home of Chandler. Mrs. Flanigan lived most of her life in the Carney are& She lived for 25 years in California before retur- ning to Carney in 1970. She married Lemual "Lem" Flanigan on Nov. 9, 1925 at Chandler. He survives. They had five sons who also sur- vive, three sisters who include Opal Reece of Carney, one brother, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grand- children, many other relatives and a host of friends~ Yes, the age of time has claimed another for the everlasting garden of peace, one who will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Remembered Carney people who need our prayers and remembrances this week are: Mrs. Helen Wilson, the family of Mrs. Tressie Flanigan who passed away recently, Bob Hanson, Ben Green, Charles Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Arvilla Savage, Mrs. Faye Perry, Mrs. Pearl Best, Mrs. Idella Smith, Mrs. Nellie Phillips, Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Hagar, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hagar, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Kinder, Mr. and Mrs. Ivy Wesffali, Mrs. Pearl Holton, Mrs. Grace Franklin, Paul VanVliet and several others who have been ill with colds, virus and sore throats. We wish all of you a quick recovery. Local People Fly To Anthony, Kens. Red Melton and Helen Bell of Carney flew to Anthony, Kans. last Sunday, Nov. 5tl~ Red took his four-seater to have Glen Garner check it over. Wihle in Anthony, Helen visited with her grand- daughter, Michele Ward and great granddaughter Holly Ward end the Glen Carners. Michele and her parents, the Garners used to live in Carney. Helen said it took only 55 minutes to fly up there and40 minutes to fly back home. She said that she real- ly loved the flight. Birthdays and Anniversaries Hippy Birthday to Perthena Wiley, Pearl Best, Elizabeth H an sen, Jim Wininger, Christina Norvell, Scott Hagar, Jo Ann Pickett, Mandy Catlett, Lonnie Speaks Jr., Jered Brown, Scott Bailey, Eunice Carpenter, Danny Harris, Lisa Donovan, Jay Hicks, Faye Hackworth, Helen Wilson, Ann Kinder. Stephen Foster, Sandy Hagar, Dianne Underwood, Donna Brown, Michael Harris, Kristal Harris, Jim Martin, Karl Miller, Phyllis Moore, Joe Hopkins, Jayne Bryant, Tom Stocker, Larry Potts, Kyle Alford, Janet Jaggers, Robert Riley, John Hamilton and Ginger Mendenhall. Congratulations on your anniver. saries to Mr. end Mrs. Bobby Townsend, Mr. "and Mrs. Larry Ports end Mr. and Mrs. James Bell. November School Calendar Nov. 1 -- 8th and 12th grades try on caps and gowns at 11 a.m.; Banana Split Party at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria for those students 7th through 12th grades who have not raised a day of school the first nine weeks Nov. 17th -- High School basket- ball games at Ripley: B Boys at 5:30 with varsity games following;, OU Engineering Fair, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Math and Science saudents go~ FHA Cluster meeting in Little Rock, Ark.--Mrs. Joan Hix, teacher, goes 17th-19tl~ Nov. 20 -- 5 through 8th basket- ball at Carney with Agra, begins at 4:30 p.rfL Nov. 21 -- Music classes go to OSU Concert at 6:45 p.m.; Student Council meets 2nd hour in homemaking room; i hold a town meeting in gym at 7:30 p.n~ A from ONG I will be there to enswer ! formation about the getting natural gas. invited to attend. Nov. 23 -- School Thank vmg day, Nov. 24. Have a safe Thanksgiving. Carney Senior The Cushing be here to entertain 17th at 11 era. Ifycu or heard this band, It1 ! it's worth your time They play the we all enjoy. We are sponsoring program agaivL We gram two years a took it will need to take continue your , insurance. If anybody is two afternoons of class | p.n~ There is no driving test to take receive a card to send give you up to 10 on your premium, th~ Dec. 5th and 6th. Perkins Senior Stay Busy By Ludlle For potluck dinner on had 25 present. and John Beeler, Grimn Barbara Creagor, Cleta Castine, McMillan, Strattons. Also Lula and C.N. and and Virgil Bean, Lori Ann Radus, John and Betty Reeler, Billie Ham, Bill and LaVell and Vern The Saturday enjoyed by all. Those Doris Tarlton, Mary Hortense Erwin, June Grant, Bob and Betty and John Pat McCarty, Vern and LaVell Ruby Dobson, Miller, Alpha Bower, and Maudetta Monday Night hostesses June Moor Dobsor~ There were playing and from Perkins--, M.C., and Evelyn From Stillw ater. Vic Denny, Billie sing but played end have him with us. AlsoJ and Dan Brown; from Toll; from Coyle, Glen Drumright, Marvin Rainwater and Jesse Lanny Porter from , Besides the musiciar~ I 35 present to enjoy the Announcements: open every day Friday for games and ( 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, thday and Saturday night is the 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sorry Ida Cowger hospital. Good to at the Center. Betty and John visit to her sister Jane NOTI Perkins Police Chief would llke to inform the 91I emergency NOT work in Perkine *have emergencies ! following numbers. FIRE POLICE -- AMBULANCE -- The Perkinsgrryon Agriculture Club - SUNDAY - - THURSDAY- . MEAT LOAF WITH ~ GRILLED LIVER CREOLE SAUCE WITH ONIONS ~n 2 vecetables @,'3 At'~ with any 2 v~etLblet ~,.~ ~lt~ ,d .~,~ B~] read O.*'kO and bread ~O.~.k~ OB BARRY, JR. and the -MONDAY-. -FRIDAY- { CHANNEL 4 FOUL-SI/OTS TURKEY AND FRIED COD WITH .. ' DRESSING TARTAR SAUCE with any 2 vegetables e,*'~ A#~' "V)~F[ " VS and andabread ~O.~ wttheny2v~etab~ ~t.~ d - - -SArtmDAY- RKINS/TRYON FACULTY CHICKEN AND COVN Y FRIED DUMPLINGS STEAK on with any 2 vegetables I_4_.,~ and. bread $3.49 with .d.bre.d $3.49 Monday, November 20, 1989, 7:45 p.m. - WEDNESDAY- When you buy our ENCHILADAS WITH special, you may at the CHILI purchase any dessert for withand e breadany 2 vegetables $3.49 59C PERKINSffFRYON HIGH SCHOOL GYM Presents Pistol Pete w/Free Autographed Pictures at 7:30 p.m. The Perkin~r~on Band ' Special' Cheerleader= L=e=d Fm~d lt~ Tickets & Information Call 547-i~71 er 372-68~