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PAGE 2 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday. November 28, 1985 THE PERKINS JOURNAL Robert L. and Yvonne M. Evans, Owners-Publishers Published each Thursday at 133 S. Main Street Post Office Box 665, Perkins, Oklahoma 74059 Telephone: 405-547-2411 SUBSCRIPTION PRICES Psym, L~coln, Logan & Noble Counties $9~0 + 60e tax (I0.10) EINwhm~ In State $13~0 + 85 tax (14~5) Out of State $16~0 JOURNAL EDITORIAL OPINION Osage County is in trouble economically. Always proud of the anching and oil industries that have made the area well known throughout the world, many towns and the business people therein have done well by riding the coat tails of the millions of dollars in fortunes that were spawned from cattle and oil. No more. The bloom has gone from these two industries that were literally the geese that laid the golden eggs. The ranchers admit their industry is hurting and fear that the proposed Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is merely a means for the federal government to bail out some finan- cially troubled ranch empires. There is little question that the oil industry in the area is depressed, as it is throughout the midwest. This leaves the number of dollars circulating in the Osage greatly reduced. Pawhuska, the county seat, once a fine small city of some 8,000 to 10,000 people, now stands shorn of its income. Once magnificent four and five story buildings tand va- cant or nearly vacant. Chain stores have exited the com- munity with the depression that has set in. It is no longer the trade center that it was in years past. Vacant store fronts stare out onto a Main Street that was once filled to capacity with automobiles and pickup trucks on even the least busy day. School enrollment declines. A large carpet factory built over a dozen years ago with county GO bonds has stood vacant for the last 10 years on the eastern edge of the town. The daily newspaper that trumpeted news throughout the vast Osage has earned the honor of being a daily newspaper published in the smallest town in the state as circulation dwindles to an alltime low and they border on becoming a weekly publica- tion. There is talk of moving the county seat nearer to the more populated eastern part of the huge Osage County. If there is any town in the state that needs an economic boost, it is Pawhuska. Therein lies the battlelines formed by the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, which would add at least a 25 person payroll, plus a predicted annual half-million to one million tourist trade to the Pawhuska area. The opponents of this project, some of the cattlemen and the Osage Indian rul- ing council, object because it would put from 30,000 to 50,000 acres of bluestem into the hands of the government park service. A task force studying the proposal has ascertained that the land will still be leased to ranchers. Mineral rights will still be in possession of the Osage Indians. Instead of an individual rancher managingthe land, the park depart- ment will. : The land is for sale by willing sellers, the Barnard trust of the famous Barnard/Chapman ranch, once the largest, Would like to dispose of the land and offered it to private Sale with no takers. The money will come from a surplus fund set up from the proceeds from sale of offshore leas- ing rights. There is even a proposal to sell off other govern- ment land to private individuals and use those proceeds for purchase of the 50,000 acre prairie preserve. The park department realizes the land must be operated with an ological balance, which includes grazing. The Osage In- fans will have complete access to their minerals. There are funds available to pay in lieu of taxes so the county . treasury will not be deprived of taxes. DOC'S COMMENTS gets a to the old go ollowing several nice days Mary Frances is showing im- with warm temperatures provement taking some therapy the weatherman told us and walking for the first time that we would see a drastic since surgery. They have in. change as a mass of cold Arctic stalled a sky-hook over her bed air would be invading Oklaho- which assists her in getting in ma Tuesday with very cold and out of bed. While there, I weather. And it is cold out there enjoyed a nice visit with Frank with northwest winds that's and Mildred Phillips. Mildred very uncomfortable, had surgery recently but was On Saturday I drove to Still- up and around ready to go water to visit with daughter home. Frank is former sheriff of Mary Frances who had gone Payne County and says he is through corrective surgery for feeling so good he has about a fractured hip. As I pulled in- decided to get another job. I to the hospital parking lot don't know what he has in mind steam was coming out from but with his nergy, drive and under the hood which proved to dependability he would pro- be a ruptured water hose. Being bably do well in anything he Saturday afternoon most places chooses. Frank has served the called reported that they were people well in public life. Is he operating with limited man- thinking of something like that power but the Ford distributors tgain? But we will just wait un- gave me a number to call. It he decides and makes .an was the W-W Service Center announcement. operated by Bill Wisler and his The doctors, nurses and all sons. They responded within support personnel at the minutes replacing the hose, Stillwater Medical Center are anti-freeze and checking dedicated, experienced and everything. I am very ap- highly trained in taking care of preciative to the Wislers for the patients in a professional their quick assistance. They manner and they do a super job operate a large service station in doing it. The persons who on East Main and all the men handle communications of in- were wearing a star on their coming calls are great. It's a uniforms. I now know what Bob privilege and pleasure to visit Hope meant when he said: the Stillwater Medical Center "Trust your car to the man with and see them in action. the star. "The Wislers are the best in service and products and It's real nice to live in a all the Cimarron Valley is for- friendly community where the tunate indeed to have them good people will go out of their there, way to be helpful. Many calls Then on Monday when I have been received offering started to visit Mary Frances alternative transportation. again before the storm, a stop Everything from bicycles, was made at the post office to scooters and one offer of a golf pick up the mail and the car cart. A show on tv titled ' Kane would not start. I drove her car and Abel". We heard alot about on the trip. Charles D-X Service Cain and Abel in our growing Station took care of the trouble up years and it was always a and fortunately the cause was problem to know which one was only a corroded connection but victorius in their last fight but I decided I just must not be liD- there was a little poem we could ing right, depend on. It was like this: Tuesday I picked up the car 'Gain and Abel had a little tuN- and stopped in front of the ale, Cain kickedthestuffingout Cushing Daily- Citizen. When I of Abel's bustle." returned there was a large band- Hope you have a good day aid on the front. Made me and enjoying the sunshine, but wonder if someone was trying it's cold out there. to tell mesomething. I suppose Arrivederci, the magic of the band-aid work- T.C. ' Doc" Bonner ed wonders as I have experienc- ed no further trouble. -o- FALL FLIGHT By June Mote Pearson The wild geese soar in tireless flight, They spread their wings to span the night; Their forms in silhouette arise, Against the moonlit southern skies, The cry of geese is heart's delight, I, too, with them would take my flight. :: The resistance to the Preserve is nothing new. Tradi- tionally the ranchers have resisted public projects. There :had been a proposal a dozen years ago to run what is now ithe Cimarron Turnpike through Osage County, which ould be known as the "Northwest Passage". The Stillwater and Morrison group won the location because :the ranchers would not support the Osage County in- :terests. The four lane expressway would split the county, :take valuable land off the tax rolls, and make it diffitult ito get the cat.tie back and forth across the super highway. We had the largest crowd for :The nextproject was a waterway using Salt Creek andthe Thanksgiving dinner last :Bird Creek ough Osage Cmanty for barge traffic from Thursday that we have ever ansas to the Port of Catooea, The Corp of Engineers had had with 56 present. ,a preliminary study done and plans drawn and held discus- The food was delicious and : ons withcivic organizations alongthe route. It went over there certainly was lots of dif- ferent good things to eat. :Hke a lead balloon in Osage County because of the same Alpha Bower cooked the :reasons - the ranchers said it would take valuable land off turkeys and made the dressing, -O" Thursday, December 5th. They will have a gift exchange. Our sympathy to the family of Ray Henderson who passed away Friday. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! -O- ;ter to Dear Editor: I just wanted to let you know that we really e.njoy receiving having Christmas 67 Years Ago Street would be a {From The Perkins Journal, ject. There are now three December 20, 1918--67 years ago.) lights that the editor Recent advice from the estimated that it would management of one of the big $40 to $50 each to oil companies now operating in more strings to stretch across Oklahoma, informs us that the pro- Street. Preparations spects for oil in the Perkins vicini- made for storing them. In ty will be thoroughly tested during each merchant bought the coming year. Several holes have string and were been put down here, of which one them, but when C proved a splendid gasser and two around, no one knows others capped mysteries, stored the strings of lights. Verne Cook published an auction Editor Evans comments: ad stating since he was leaving the members had a double treat~ county, he would sell at public auc- I Thompson furnished the tion in Perkins, on the First State and Frank Pistol Pete Bank corner, the following proper- !nished the birthday for ty: 1 black horse, 5 years old, party. weight 1000; I bay driving horse, 8 Playing at the Lyric years old, weight 950; 1 red cow, Perkins was "Pony Expres~ been fresh six weeks giving 4 ring RhondaFlemingand gallons daily; 1 male calf, 6 weeks Heston, in Technicolor. old; one sow, weight 80 pounds; one Mrs. Cade Wilcoxon, wagon; incubator, good as new; one Mrs. Maureen Jones and baby carriage; seven turkeys, one Velma Riley, presided at s set of harness, one heating stove, shower in honor of good as new, three chairs; and other B aker at the Baptist items. Randy Morgan Westfall Mrs. Woodson has been anxious born to Mr. and Mrs. for the past two months not having Westfall on Friday, any news of her son, Jesse, who has Howard Warren's been in France the past year. We dinal Food Store was are glad to report she received word S. Good T-Bone Steaks, last week that he was well the 14th Fryers, lb. 55". of November. John Burns purchased the An- 25 Years Ago derson property at Vinco and mov- {From The Perkins ed in last week. November 24, 1960 - 25 The road between Perkins and The Perkins Demons the bridge has reached such a state out of the playoffs in that it requires fixing, round Friday, dropping We are reliably informed that the defensive game to Minco store building formerly owned by Demons were winner, s Williams and Thoroughman, now but on the scoreboard~. the property of M. R. Clark, has were hampered b3 been leased for a year. The new oc- tion of outstanding cupant, despite impertinent ques- LaFollette, who suffered tions from the printer, remains intestine the day before the J unsaid. The season record was 8-3. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rankin Those from Perkins returned from three months' visit OSU are: John Casey, on the Pacific coast. He thinks Chesney, Garry Cundiff, Oklahoma has more to offer. Mr. Darby, Bill Dickson, Rankin may again enter business in Fulton, Joe Dell Gray, Perkins. He came here many years Murlin, Charles Nelson, ago when our town was mainly Nelson, Jo Ann Pegues, composed of postoak grove. Hesold Savage, Wanda Lee out and moved to the hustling oil Roland Sodowsky, town of Drumright and became Philip Stout, Stephen quite wealthy when he sold out a Tomlinson, Larry Tom] year ago. Phillip Tomlinson, Sybil Wf Walter Jarrett, secretary of the ny Ray West, Carolyn state board of pharmacy, reports and Virginia Roberts. charge accounts at drug store must Perkins students at be discontinued after January 1. Tech school are Roy This is a statewide order. Dr. R.W. and fender; Don Jacobs Holbrook, proprietor of the Central and Bill Scott, and Drug Store, stated that he is aJean McIlvain member of the pharmaceutical named bowlerq society and thus, must comply with ed a 602 series to gain the the statewide order. All drugs will The Friendship Sunday be prescribed on a cash basis in class of the Christian Perkins after January 1. sored a pink and blue shower ing Mrs. Charles Wall. Mrs, 51 Years Ago Courtright was in (From The Perkins Journal, games, and Mrs. Paul December 29, 1934 - 51 years ago.) companied the group in lu~ ditor's Note: The volume songs at the piano. Jt~for 1934 has been completed e to numerous issues that were missing throughout the past year. The 1935 volume is available, but the "From The Files" column would like to wait a few weeks before starting on it so that the listings each week will correspond more closely with the actual date in 1986. Therefore, the 51 years ago column will be discontinued for a few weeks until we get closer to 1935.) 30 Years Ago {From The Perkins Journal, December 1, 1955 - 30 years ago.) Frank Pistol Pete Eaton, a lo- cal Lions Club member, was honored by the club on his 95th bir- thday. Eaton was presented a dou- ble layered birthday cake after the group partook of a venison steak meal furnished by Gene Thompson. It is thought that Pistol Pete is the world's oldest Lions Club member. The new dial telephone building at Carney is completed and installa- tion has started on.the dial 20 Years Ago {From The Perkins December 2, 1965 - 20 Abirthday party Mike Hoover Refreshments were served Steve Barta, Steve Henigman and Allen Williamson told The Journal that announce his candidacy the Mrs. Bill Lile and spending a few weeks parents, Lile is attending a lineman ing school in Tulsa. Del-Mar's Food Store vertising 3 pounds $1; Pork Liver, lb. 11 Potatoes, 20 pound bag, 10 Years Ago {From The Perkins November 20, 1975 - 10 Members of the FFA team in Kansas ithe tax rolls and how would they get their cattle across Gertrude Ishmael made the our Perkins Journal every week equipment. James Ramsey, David it? The Osage Indians have traditionally and perhaps gravy, and keeping up with all the ThelmaMartin and Doris Jacobs Winfrey Kinzie and Kevin rightly so because of the trust placed in them, resisted any I forgot to mention last week news, even though we have attended classes in advanced hair Dennis Kastl of p,kinSl public project that will occupy the sttrface of Osage County who was on K.P. Monday night, been gone from Perkins three styling. _ the American Farmer for fear that it will prevent them from farming the minerals t orm .............. Ivlansnem ana N ary uoa- years, since we moved to . ^..Two-.L.. students'xT^ .^_Judyo.SaWer'-.^_^Clar'Q. ing the National ConVel _. .. . ~. m_xas ~,~, J.~,~u ~,~u~J, L,~, o~, Kansas City, ::beneath the surface, son were ones wno orougng ur- u, ..... County Commissioner ........... p .. . anu ranz vans, band director, The time has come for the Osage to diversify. It has been the goodies and worked we reany rmss erKms ana w ......... _ _ - . . m oe among ouz young sgage said hewascommittedto~ :!attempted several times, but generally with resistance. We took a vote Thursday the race people. . . uanasrnen ............. ana i atrec ore ag enu- munity Action Program te whether to open up WednesdayThanks for putting out such in the h Pnerkins county warehouse iSome areas of the county have diversified and have pro- . g 24t annual Oklahoma A & [eperecL Hominy on the south border is an example. They \ before Thanksgiving. We will be a nine paper. M college band clinic, o behalf of the Senior !,obtained a state prison, and the Osages are developing an open again on Friday November Sincerely, There is not much preparation for organization to use as s 29th. Max and Loretta Cox Christmas in Perkins. We still think place. Commissioner OrV ::industrial tract there. Hominy is growing and is after the field made a motion to building by bid, but it died icounty seat. They will he at the south end of the huge Widow's Luncheon will be and family &~:~:~.;:~:~:~:~.:~.~.~:~.~.~.~.~:~.~.~.*.~.~.~:~.~:~.~..~.~.~.~.~..~.~.~.~.~:~:~:~:~:~.~.*~:~-%-.~.;:;:;~;-.~:;~;.~;~;~.;~.~.~.~:~:~.~:~:~.~:~.~:~:~:~:~.~.~:~:~:~:~:~ iSklatook Lake, a public project protested by the Osages ii[ .............. r,'"" )ou'~ai af/ ................. i ............ li tfaa secnd" Mayfield wa~t sk about promises to !:and ranchers, has its Birch Lake at its doorstep, Th" YerMns St b--in Perkins. It is anti large turnout of Perkins i!and the Bare Wax Manufacturing Company. The Shidler :i Pawhuska needs the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve. Osage sioner s meeting. !:County needs it. Oklahoma will benefit from it. It is a plus ii ~ ~ Senior Demons ending| i~ii ~ ..... ~:: ili ball career at Perkins-~ proposition, and all negative aspects have been address- iiii .... .... ~ year are: Jay Davis, Ste one after the other and an asset ili Danny Lott, Glen OliV to tourism, education, and the ecology of Oklahoma. It :i~i i ~ :!:i Youngker,smith. Nick~.Smith -.' - : NEW MAYOR .... . -i:= BARNsDALL - J. ': : I ' l has been sworn in :!:~ Bob Evans Yvonne Evans Bennett Land Brenda Robinson after defeating his Ol butidenticaltheY dotWinSnot maYhsveseemidenticslthe fingerprints.Same in most respects, " Publisher-Editor Publisher-Manager Advertising-Columnist Production votes in an OCto?ber_