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r Serving the Rural Area Since WINNING Vol. 85, No. 50 20 CENTS Thursday, Dec. 11, 1975 Perkins, Payne County, Oklahoma 74059 smeyer I Melvin S. Wilmsmeyer, former Sioux Falls. Stillwater businessman, was sentenc- Hurd told The Journal in a ed to three concurrent three-year conversation Monday that the prison terms in late November charges revolved around a following his guilty plea before a U.S. kiting scheme. District Judge in Sioux Falls, S.D. Execution of the sentence was Wilmsmeyer pied guilty to two stayed until March 15, 1976 when counts of mail fraud, and one count of Wilmsmeyer is expected to surrender fraud via a telegram, according to R.D. himself for imprisonment. Hurd, first assistant U.S. Attorney in The sentence was stayed so phone felony check Wilmsmeyer could complete bank- ruptcy proceedings in Oklahoma, according to Hurd. Hurd was instrumental in preparing the case against Wilmsmeyer but says he was busy on another case when the U.S. Attorney's Office and Wilmsmey- er's attorney engaged in plea bargaining. Orginially Wilmsmeyer was in- dicted on 14 counts by a grand jury. ns@@@@@@@@@@@ He was charged six counts but later three of those were dropped when he pied guilty to the two counts of mail fraud and the one count of fraud by telegram, said Hurd. Hurd explained that Wilmsmeyer was sentenced to three years on each count on which he was convicted. The term would be served concurrently for a total sentence of three years. The judge hearing the case indicated that he favored putting Wilmsmeyer in a minimum security federal prison in Texas, said Hurd. However, Hurd says that the Bureau of Prisons will take the judge's recommendation and then decide where Wilmsmeyer will serve his sentence. When Wilmsmeyer surrenders in March to start his sentence, the U.S. Attorney's Office will make re- commendations for fitness for parole, according to Hurd. Hurd said that Wilmsmeyer will be eligible for parole in March 1977, but he doubted that Wilmsmeyer will be paroled before March 1978 because of his prior felony convictions. The Wilmsmeyer dealings ap- parently spread across a number of states. Hurd said that Montana has declined to prosecute Wilmsme~jer since he pied guilty to the South Dakota charges. He also said that he had heard that Colorado is still considering prosecution of Walrus- meyer. The Journal checked with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver and was told that no federal charges are pending against Wilmsmeyer. A check with the Denver. Colorado District Attorney's Office also proved futile as they have no state charges filed against Wilmsmeyer. Despite the lack of experience andhave the ball handlers of a year ago. the graduation of last year's areaThe team is young and inexperienced, scoring leader, the Perkins-Tryon but I think they'll be a better team Demon basketball squad looks than last year by the end of the promising as they prepare for their season," said Coach Eddie Bunch. season opener with Yale in PerkinsBunch is pinning his hopes on the Dec. 9. height, strength and rebounding "Well be playing more conserva- ability that this year's team is tive ball this season because we don't exhibiting. Ken McKosato, now a freshman at Northeastern Oklahoma A & M junior college in Miami, was the team leader last year. For three years in a row he averaged over 21 points a game, claimed the area scoring championship two years in a row, and was tast season's outstanding area player. With Ken gone, Bunch says the team is going to have to develop a more well rounded offensive threat. ~~ Exptected to aid in that area are Mike Mobley, a 6 6" sophomor~ Mark Bunch, a 6'4" sophomore; Steve ::~**" ~f~i ~i:~[~' i ~ ~: aBaker' a seniOrsenior forward;guard;and Davidothei Parrack,Gray. a 1976 DEMON SQUAD The Demons are lacldng In experleace but should be an overall better tean than last year, aceordhtg to Coach Eddie Bueh. Rebounding strength and helghth advantage should help the squad In their Independent, Class A basketball action thls season. Staff Photo by Lee Gray junior guard. Bunch is a transfer from Ripley High School, where he started parttime last season. Baker and Gray are let~ermen from last year's squad, and Mobley and Parrack have seen action in the past. Rounding out the roster will be Winfrey Kinzie, senior; Mark Ander- son, sophomore; Phil Smith, senior; Greg Baker, 1 sophomore; Mike Cameron, sophomore; Richard Grass, junior; Guy Rose, sophomore; and Scott Page, sophomore. Last season the Demons pushed across a 11-12 win, loss record, claiming a third place finish in their own tournament, and a second place finish in the Glencoe tourney. Bunch is optimistic that this year's team will fare better in the district play offs at the end of the season. "Once they get some experience, I think they'll be stronger at the end of the year than last year's team." The Demons are playing an independent schedule against Class A schools. [Continued of Page 3.] 00000000 Hoping to reverse last year's 8-16 record to 16-8 this year, Coach Mike Rafferty is preparing the Perkins- Tryon Demonettes for their first season contest with Yale, Dec. 9 in Perkins. The strength of the Demonettes should come from Geraldine Johnson, senior gt~sxd; Debbie Hinkle, senior Barnes' Family Receives $800 The Christmas spirit is a year-round commodity in Perkins as witnessed by the late November kick-off for Christmas 1975 when area residents came to the aid of the Lyle Barnes' faraily. Barnes was burned otit by a 1 a.m. Nov. 24 fire at his rural home 15 miles southwest of Perkins. Galen Holsinger, Payne County Bank president, immediately started a fun~ raising program to help the Barnes' family. Raised in the last two weeks has been $800 thanks to the contributions of area residents. Clothing, bedding, and other household items have also been donated to the family. Friends and neighbors came to Barnes' aid the day after the fire, acting quickly to put in trailer hookups for a mobile home to house the family. Holsinger said Tuesday that the $800 will be forwarded to the Barnes' family this we~k. He added that future donations will also be passed along as they come in. I forward; Laura McCutchen, junior forward; Jennifer Dodrill, sophomore forward; Linda Parrack, sophomore guard; and Chris Evans, sophomore guard. Added heln is exoected later in the season from sophomore Shawn Clark, who is currently on the sick list ~Lnd is doubtful for the season opener. The girls will play a 16 game schedule plus appear in the Demon and Glencoe tournaments. The squad boasts nine lettermen, two of which have earned letters for two years. There are three seniors, four juniors and 16 sophomores on the team. Rounding out the roster are: Cheryl Cretsinger, Dawn Bradley, April Baker, Cathy Foutch, Donna Brake, F WES WYATT [See additional photos, schedules on page 3.] Tummy Moser, Jana Marigold, Kathy eels, Marilyn Cundiff, Shelia Vassar, Dana Westfali, Jeannie Lewis, Darla Stallard, Ginger Sadler, Renee Jones and Pare Sharp. I MR BUSINESSMAN FA RM ER.RA NCH ER SELF-EMPLOYED PAYING TOO MUCH TAX? 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AGE ......... | All Replies Confidential I III I I I For Lee Payne Life hasn't always been easy for Lee "Pistol Pete" Eaton has there been Kirk, but then nothing worthwhile one man who has inspired as many ever comes easy anyway, legends as Lee Kirk has in the And Lee Kirk's life, and the effect Perkins-Payne County area. his life has had on this area, has But, under those legends, is a dose certainly been worthwhile, of just plain-old-fashioned hard work Not since U.S. Marshal Frank and consideration for his fellow man. 901h BIRTHDAY Ray Hendersou [Hght]~shmd Perkins Llama Club membet~ to honor Lee Kirk mcmtly ms his 90th birthday. Here Heudeemu ld Kirk display the c~ke the Llom Club presented to hilt. lm Itmglas with Kirk's lifeloa8 h-*xest in horses the calm wm d,M Ittod wlth a hurm. Jourul Plso~: ay Lee Gray -- determination he took on his family The legend of Lee Kirk started out responsbilities 74 years earlier. in the sleepy Catfish Capital of Kansas "He fooled me," Lee said of the when he was born in Chetopa, eight bronc, "and caught me when I was miles north of Oklahoma Territory, in looking the wrong way." 1885. The result was a severe neck injury Cold winter winds blew across the which required five days of Southeastern Kansas town on thathospitalization. And that was a rare November day. experience for the 81-year-old Kirk Two years later, baby Kirk, two who has spent less time sick during his sisters and his mother were loaded lifetime than most people do annually. into a covered wagon by his father. But true to his constitution, Kirk did Papa Kirk had his eye on a new life not climb down from the bronc until in a new place--Oklahoma Territory. the horse was broken, despite the neck Bringing his family to the Cimarron injury. River near present day Ripley, the Lee Kirk is like that. Kirk family settled in with other homesteaders, awaiting the opening of Lee Kirk is a combination of the the new land. tough and tender, though you'd never Papa Kirk homesteaded just west of prove it by him. Eden Chapel Church, northeast ofThe tender is respected and Perkins. admired by a following of Payne Here the family built a small home Countians who elected him to 30 and worked at farming, consecutive years of service as county No more than settled in, by the commissioner. standard of those days, Lee was seven And, it's like Galen Holsinger of when a tornado ripped through Payne Perkins pointed out last week when County, claiming his father's life. Kirk was honored by the local Lions it was a dubious honor, but PapaClub on his 90th birthday, "Lee has Kirk was the first man killed in infant been active in all community activities. Payne County and the first man buried lle's always done his part, and more. in the area's first cemetery at Eden He's always been there when someone Chapel. needed help." The death of his father, meant that And this tribute by Holsinger, based Lee was now the man of the house, an on his 40 years of knowing Kirk, shows awesome responsibility for anyone at the respect Kirk has garnered for his the tender age of seven, lifelong selfless interest in the other But, if there's one thing about Lee fellow. Kirk that stood out then, and still On the other side of the coin is the stands out today, he's not the tender tough physical and mental character of type. Lee Kirk. -- As championship horse racing Nearly 74 years later, at age 81, Lee trainer, as county commissioner, Lee Kirk was just as tough as ever. Kirk has always been tough enough to He left the dudes and tenderfoots to meet the challenge. the pony rides--Lee Kirk was breaking And that toughness, tempered with broncos, a sense of fairness, enabled Lee to look A trainer of race horses, Lee took on back on his accomplishments as a spirited horse with the same county commissioner with pride. " "No man can say I've not helped Kirk to keep his seat on the county him when he asked for or needed help. commission, even when the 1966 I might have been a little slow at Republican landslides threantened. times, though," Kirk added with "If a lot of Republicans had not modesty and a smile during an voted for me, I would have lost the interview several years ago. election," recalls Kirk, who put That willingness to help enabled [C~tinaed on Pago 3.| x