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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, December 5, 2013 - A5 Moments in time HISTORY On Dec. 13, 1642, Dutch navigator Abel Tasman becomes the first European explorer to sight the South Pacific island group now known as New Zealand. In his sole attempt to land, several of Tasman's crew were killed by war- riors from a South Island tribe, who interpreted the Europeans' exchange of trumpet signals as a prelude to battle. On Dec. 9, 1775, the Virginia and North Caro- lina militias defeat 800 slaves and 200 redcoats serving John Murray, earl of Dunmore and governor of Virginia, at Great Bridge outside Norfolk, ending British royal control of Vir- ginia. On Dec. 11, 1872, already appearing as a well-known figure of the Wild West in popu- lar dime novels, Buffalo Bill Cody makes his first stage appearance in a Chicago-based produc- tion of "The Scouts of the Prairie." On Dec. 12, 1901, Ital- ian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Mar- coni succeeds in sending the first radio transmis- sion across the Atlan- tic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit trans- mission to 200 miles or less. On Dec. 14, 1946, American tennis cham- pion Stan Smith is born in Pasadena, Calif. A three-time All-Ameri- can at the University of Southern California, Smith captured the NCAA singles title in 1968 and the doubles title in 1967 and 1968. On Dec. 10, 1967, a plane carrying soul- music legend Otis Redding crashes into the frigid waters of a small Wisconsin lake 3 miles short of the runway, killing seven of the eight men aboard, including Redding. His classic song ("Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" would be released in its "unfinished" form several weeks later. On Dec. 15, 1988, legendary singer James Brown, also known as the "Godfather of Soul" and the "Hardest Work- ing Man in Show Busi- ness," becomes inmate number 155413 at the State Park Correctional Institute in South Caro- lina. Already no stranger to law enforcement, Brown's reckless spree on Sept. 24 had resulted in numerous criminal charges, including assault and battery with intent to kill. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. What was Christmas like in Perkins and other communi- ties 120 years ago. I looked at some Perkins Journal microfilms at the Thomas- Wilhite Library. They give a glimpse of what went on back then. These were some ads in 1892: A nice assortment of holi- day articles at J. M. Boone Dry Goods and Groceries. Toys of all descriptions at Teter and Moore's Store. Quite a neat little Christmas gift would be one of these handsome shaving mugs at William Wilder's Barber Shop. Step into his shop and examine them. An advertisement for F. B. LiUie Store in Guthrie offered fancy booklets, testaments, teacher's and family Bibles, photo albums, Christmas cards, dolls, wagons, house balls, drums, trumpets, doll dishes, toy blocks, and a thousand other things for both old and young. We can't be beaten on low prices. The Perkins Journal had a special Christmas supple- ment tab included in the Thursday, Dec. 22, 1892 issue. It had Christmas sto- i i ties, poems, and pictures. These are items from the "Town Jottings" column in the Perkins Journal issues of December 1892. Christmas falls on Sunday this year. Are you preparing for Christmas? The post office will be open from 9 to 10 a.m. on Christ- mas Day. The public schools will close Friday, Dec. 23, 1892 for the holiday season until Monday, Jan. 2, 1893. The pupils will be thoroughly acquainted with Santa Claus by that time. Don't fail to come to the big community Christmas tree at the Methodist Episcopal Church Saturday evening, Dec. 24, 1892. (Christmas services back then were sometimes called Christmas Tree, Christmas exercises, or Christmas Entertainments.) In 1892, there were several Sunday Schools and churches which met in rural areas in school houses and church buildings. In Perkins the Congre- gational and Methodist churches were present. Other churches were started in later years. Both ofthese churches had finished new buildings in mid-1892. The following includes some of the information on Christ- mas community services in Christmas Eve. "Christmas! How the birthday of Christ will be observed in Perkins. The Sunday Schools will unite in Christmas Eve Exercises. "A mammoth Christmas Tree will be at the Methodist Episcopal Church Saturday evening, Dec. 24. Christmas is the joyous time of year. Preparations for the Christ- mas exercises by the Sunday Schools are going on vigor- ously. The beautiful and commodious new church building will have its capacity tested by old and young. Last year the exercises were held at the little log school house. (Note: The same M. E. Church building in refur- bished form is now at the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza thanks to community sup- port and donors.) "The tree will be a gorgeous one this year and the various Rates as low as 3.49% committees are doing their utmost to furnish a great program and amusement for all who attend. The program included con- gregational songs from the Epworth Hymnal. Pastors, teachers, andmembers of both town churches and from rural churches participated. There was a Christmas address, and prayers, many recitations and songs by the children. Two choir anthems were "Peace on Earth" and "Ring on Ye Bells." Atlhe close Santa Claus made an appearance and gifts were distributed. (I think that in those days that parents would bring their children's gifts to the church program to be distributed.) The next morning both the Methodist and Congre- gational churches each had their individual services with a Christmas sermon and great singing at both churches. The Methodist sermon by Pastor J. F. Smith was from Luke 2: 7 -"Mary brought forth her firstborn Son." To Qualified Customers Offer expires 12/3112013 Example: $15,000 loan for 60 months @ 3.49% Monthly payment of $274.48 3.63% Annual Percentage Rate .. You Can , Nk Bmk. 202  I2m  Com'dmce Brah , 417 F Hwy 33. Pedr, OK  (405) ,174, w ww,lylw,umybankc d Your Local InLlependent Agent We've Got You Covered/ Don W )oldridge, Agent 505 7y.33 Perkins 547-2900 Lovelace Medicare HMO Lovelace Medicare Plan is a Medicare Advantage organization with a Medicare contract. The benefit information Iovided herein is a brief summary, not a comprehensive description of benefits. Limitatkms, co-payments and restrictions may appf. Benefits, formulary, pharmacy network, premium and/or co-payments/co-insurance may chage on January 1 of each year. 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