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November 28, 1985

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PAGE 10 -- The Perkins Journal Thursday, November 28, 1985 Thumbin the By Bud England This picture reveals a nostalgic trip for the grand- father Milo Williams (of Still- water) and a memorable story for his grandson, Monte Eng- land of Tulsa. This was in the early 1970's. The story was that Mflo, as just a lad, moved from Pekin, Illinois to the Stillwater area in 1898 along with his family. Dur- ing his teens Milo lived not far from this secluded rock out- cropping in a grove of trees. These rocks formed a sheltered circle in which to build a fire. Being in the 'possom woods it was naturally the spot to build a fire during a winter hunting season, to grab a warmup and let the dogs hunt out the surrounding timber. The young fellows would carry a syrup bucket and some coffee {dry). With a water supply nearby they brewed a strong gut- Free Drawing--Come in & Register To Be Given Away Sunday, Dec. 22 Early American 1 S ivel Rc cke, 2nd Pair Mauve Bedroom Lamps Brass Magazine Rack ShotJ Milo Williams, left, and grandson Monte England at a favorite to roast a stolen chicken, now and then. chicken house so the heads or tails of the moment determined the fate of certain farmer's fowls in the selection of the fowlers. Milo said none of them ever got shot at but a few times some mongrel dog unworthy for the hunt would be left at home and raise cane when they raid- ed the rooster's harem. So they were yelled at and threatened a few times. My son Monte and I shared many tales from Milo as he directed us from place to place warming drink over the open fire. At times the undisciplined dogs would bay a rabbit in a That was als0 good roast- ing material. When nothing else was available for hungry ap- petites they would flip a coin to see which two of them went to some nearby neighbor and steal a chicken. No night out was complete without good meat broiled over the fire between these big rocks. Those whom fate chose by coin-flip to steal the chicken were never required to go to their own parents Q Perkins, Oklahoma ~t % boyhood spot for Milo and friends where they used in his old haunts west and north of Stillwater. And in Milo's last years, when he was confined in a nursing home in Stillwater, my wife Ewanna {Milo's daugh- ter) drove to Stillwater about once a week and when Milo could be out they took many nostalgic drives back into Milo's youth. Too often the younger generations don't real- ize just how much twilight peo- ple need and want to ramble back toward their daylight years, verbally or geographical- ly or both. I 'm glad our son Monte was interested and I 'm Your Local Merchants First happy that I had my along that day. My brother Paul on such a trip to a Eufaula where dad ly one year, but it to him to see the place crown it all, he found one old boyhood pals still nearby after almost sixty l had passed. And now a longer shadow I too understand many feel a need for to the youthful years. @ Perkins, O&taho~e .