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Mat" impor- go to the reo a subscrip- tl" Bickell, Oox Still- Scott, and Galene Evelyn 1 Frank and Herb Ripley md Shirley Charles Edmond Perkins arge Moser, and Danah and Perkins the mailed to see page history gee was in- Matron of Won grand at the 4-H Bert of the se- r. and Mrs. northwest of 1. John army W-2. Grant cel- wedding Partier of 13-pound Out- Men of the has east all- Mike an ap- Arlin Source to attend Journal. i Tough loss in "Demonviile" Tuesday night. Top rated Chandler sweeps varsity- See page 8 Stillwater woman helps families reunite-"There's an opening and a closure"- Please see page 9 about this special person ::::::~::::: i:.:iiii. :::iiiiiiiiiii : :!ii:i! N in: our ]'O th year of servm:, ::; ":~:::':~:~. -..:. Some activity The Anderson family reunited. Monson, Chester Roy Girard. Morehart; Vivian McCurry. Back row (left to right): Jim Anderson, Jack Morehart, Terry Front row (left to right): Judy Ford, Gene Uphus, Joanne by Rick Clark Journal Publisher The Perkins Journal has learned that the Oklahoma Department of Transpo ation has completed a traffic study of the west inter- section of SH33 and US177 (33-40 Caie) and is recommending the installation of signal lights, according to J.R. Sim, ODOT Traffic Manager from the Perry Divisional Office. The traffic study and signalization recommendation is the result of Sim, several ODOT engineers from Oklahoma City, and Cham- ber of Commerce Transportation Committee Chairman David Sasser meeting at the intersection earlier this year. The group personally observed the traffic flow of the intersection for several hours at that meeting and Sim ordered a traffic count and study to try to find a solution to the dangerous intersection. Coincidentally, Tuesday morning an accident that injured two people occurred a the intersectionthat sent both drivers to the hos- pital. Michael Thorsen, Chandler, and Sandra R. Campbell, Perkins, were transported to Stillwater Medical Center after their vehicles collided. Both have been treated and released, according to OHP Trooper Bob Park. Campbell was issued a citation for improper turn from a direct course. According to Trooper Park Campbell came onto SH33 from the industrial road, then turned left to go northbound toward Still- water. Thorsen was going westbound on SH33 and collided with the Campbell vehicle that had pulled out in front of him, the trooper reported. Although no one was killed in the Tuesday morning accident, it does point out how dangerous the intersection is, and with the ODOT recommendation for signalization shows the concern to correct the problems from ODOT, local citizens, and civic leaders. Sasser said that he will ask the Chamber of Commerce members to endorse by a resolution support of the ODOT signalization rec- ommendation that he will propose at the Chamber's Thursday, Continued On Page Nine \ Perkins 25- Rainfall: 26- Rainfall: 27- Rainfall: 28- Rainfall: By Mo Wassell Journal Sfaff Writer Thanksgiving is typically a time for family gatherings and reunions. But this Thanksgiving found the Anderson family cel- ebrating more than gratitude for the usual blessings. Eight broth- ers and sisters of the Anderson family were reunited for the first time since 1951 on Saturday, November 30, 1996, at the Church of God in Ripley. The emotional gathering culmi- nated a 38-year search by Jim Anderson and wife, Sam, of Still- water, for his three brothers and two of his three sisters who were separated in their childhood by the State welfare system and placed initially in foster care, and later with adoptive families. They credited the invaluable as- sistance of Leona Smith of Still- water, and her husband, Tom, for helping to bring the family to- gether again. Approximately two years ago, Jim and Sam, who ing taken away. The mother, attend the Ripley Church of GOd it all!" And his mother was gone EstherAnderson, died about one with Leona and Tom, happened most of the time, working to try to mention to Leona their frus- and support the family. In 1951 year later, and they suspect it was partially due to a "broken tration resulting from their fu- Jim was sent to visit a relative heart at losing her family." tile search to locate Jim's fam- and when he returned home he Jim, the oldest of the clan and ily. Leona, who has had expert- found the Oklahoma Depart- affectionately referred to by his ence reuniting families, offered ment of Human Services had siblings as"Big Brother", was 11 to help and they gratefully ac- removed the children from cus- years old when he and his sis- cepted her offer, tody and placed them in various ter, Vivian, age 9, were first Born in Stillwater to Otto and foster homes in Oklahoma. Heplaced in foster homes and then Esther Anderson, Jim struggled spent several years feeling as later placed at the Whitaker to take care of the younger chil- though he had done somethingState Home, where Jim re- dren. According to Jim, his fa- wrong, that he was respons'fD'm ther was"an alcoholic. That says for his brothers and sisters be- Continued On Page Nine 29 - High: 0.94 30- Rainfall: 1- High: 0.22 Novem- at 24 office ty cirive or Perkins Southard 18 Your curb of the the Lions Kinder Perkins at 547- By Margaret Coate Journal Staff Writer A lot of water has gone under the bridge over the Cimarron River south of Perkins and a lot of water has gone into and out of the old water tank that stands near City Hall since Gayle Sager went to work there nearly 30 years ago. Gayle is planning to retire the last day of 1996 and when asked about changes that have taken place between May of 1967 and December of 1996, she says the most obvious change is the way the town has grown. That growth means a lot more homes and those added homes naturally mean a growth in the number of water meters and the number of city utility bills Gayle and the other employ- ees at city hall have to get ready each month. Another obvious change, espe- dally to residents who have lived in this town for many years, is the number of water towers. In 1967 there was only one water tower and now there are three. In those earlier years, the tower was visible at night from a great distance because of the light on top. That light, a large bulb on top of the tower, was a beacon for the weary traveler coming home--and it was kept burning by men brave enough to climb up the steep steps to change the bulb. One of those men was Leon Reynolds who was the superin- tendent when Gayle first came to work. Even though she looks forward to being able to travel with her husband, Melvin, Gayle will miss the every day goings-on at the place where she has worked for so long. And when she retires from being City Treasurer at City Hall, the place will not be the same. City Hall--the place where city residents go to pay their util- ity bills each month and where prospective residents go to pay deposits for utilities. And it is longer be the treasurer, Gayle our work done--and we had a lot said, "I asked Melvin if he of fun doing it." One of the thought I could do the job--and he said he thought I could" so she ran for office--and to this day, she hao never had an opponent. Melvin retired from Oklahoma State University where he was in electrician maintenance and after Gayle retires, the couple plans to travel for awhile. They expect to go south to Texas with the "Snow Birds." Both Melvin and Gayle gradu- ated from Cushing High School. The son of the late E.W. and Ruth Sager, graduated in 1949. Gayle, whose parents were Arthur and Ethel Gentry, gradu- things these two women "got done" was reading the water meters. Least anyone say read- ing meters is"a man's job," Eliza- beth wants everyone to know that isn't necessarily s(r--women can do the job, too. The first time the women read meters hap- pened this way: "The men acted as if that was a difficult job, so we decided to take the books and go read the meters to prove to the regular readers the job re- ally wasn't that hard," she said. "Of course, we found some spi- ders but we got the job done," she continued. Gayle explained that people who work at City Hall wear many hats, especially the women who fill in as police and fire sta- tion dispatchers, and they still read water meters when neces- sary. Another helpful change at City Hall is the way utility bills are prepared. Until recently it was done with the use of typewriters but now it is done with the new computers. Mr. Ernest Dirks, state training director, designed a computer program for small towns in 1984 and, as Gayle says, he used Perkins for his "guinea pig." "This program cut down tremendously on the at City Hall that these new rest- ated in 1950. They moved to dents get their first taste of Perkins in 1951 to run the dry Perkins hospitality. The people cleaner business, later buying it who work there are happy to greet old and new residents alike, making the ones who have been here for some time feel glad they came and making the new ones feel welcome in their adopted town. Gayle was elected to the office of City Treasurer in 1967. Asked how she decided to run for office, she says it was her husband who helped her decide. At that time, Melvin was the treasurer and at the same time he owned and ran the local dry cleaner business. When he decided he could no from Jack Berry. After 20 years, Melvin sold the business and went to work helping maintain the Perkins-Tryon schools before working at OSU. "isn't necessar- ily so. At the time Gayle decided to run for the office of City Trea- surer, it was time to elect a new City Clerk, also, and Elizabeth Wise, a life long resident and youngest daughter of the famous Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton, was elected to that office. Of the 12 years she spent working with Gayle, Elizabeth says, %Ve got amount of time it took to get the bills made out," she said. In or- der to improve her work on the computer, the treasurer took some computer classes at Merid- ian Technology Center. Many funny things took place during the time Gayle has worked at City Hall. Of course, nearly everyone in town knew the Sagers before she'went to work--and some of the people she worked with could think of funny things to do--like the sign in her yard the day one very spe- cial day--her 40th birthday. Her co-workers knew that she felt 40 was "over the hill" so early that morning, the aforementioned sign appeared "out of no where." Of course, many people thought it was her husband who had done that dastardly deed--but in reality it was her co-worker Leon Reynolds. That sign read (as plain as could be) Gayle is 40! "I tried and tried to pull that sign up," Gayle said, "but it couldn't be budged. It wouldn't have been so bad if it hadn't been right across the street from the school where everyone going to and from school could see it!" the "Happy Birthday Girl" said. Another funny thing (not funny at the time but it gets fun- nier with each year they think Continued On Page Four