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16.The Perkins Journal Thursday, December 15, 1977 Drifting Do wn femory Lane With Ward Hays (4th and last chapter of Oklahoma A&M College Through the Years) My story begins in June of 1923. The Oklahoma A&M College Campus was under Marshal law. College Presi- dent James B. Eskridge had left the college for greener pastures after serving two years. The way 1 understand it, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma went over the Regents' heads and appoint- ed a new President for the college, but neither the faculty or the students would honor the new President. So faculty declared a holiday after a week and the President of the college remained in his office. There were rumors if he didn't give up the office he would be rode out of town on a rail. But the Governor got word of these rumors and placed the college campus under Mar- shal law. Several hundred :ional Guardsmen were placed on the campus but still the holiday continued. After two weeks the Gover- nor-appointed President was removed and the National Guard was sent home. The Board of Regents replaced the out-going Presi- dent with Bradford Knapp. As soon as Knapp took over his duties as President it was like a breath of fresh air in the spring, or the smell of rain falling on a dry parched field after a long dry spell. Every thing seemed to fall into place and run smoothly.: One of the first things Knapp did was to organize the FFA chapter which meant much to the young farm folks through the years. The spring of 1924 A&M College played host to the Girls' State Basketball Tour- nament of 109 basketball teams. A girls' midget basketball team from Turley Oklahoma won the State. I don't believe there was one of these girls in the team over five feet and two inches tall. But their action was like lightening striking. They were everywhere on the court. Also in 1924, A&M played host to the National AAU Wrestling Tournament. Coach Edd C. Gallagher's wrestlers won the tourna- ment without a struggle. In 1928 wrestling Coach Edd C. Gallagher sent three of his men to France and the Dave Williams, Stillwater, was the winner of the $10 Gift Certificate, Sunday. We Carry- Doll Rags brand Jr. Sportswear May tVe Suggest A Gift Certificate ,,f ,, , , i ,, ALL LADLES LONG AND SHORT Coats 20% off i i May We Suggest: Ladies Ready.To Wear; Jr. Sportswear; [] Lounge Wear [-]Pajamas Robes F]Caftans Long Skirts E]Long Dresses [gressy Blouses []Tops [] Bras FPantie Ladies and Girls Jeans [Little Girls Long Dresses []Baby Clothes .Size 0 up Men 's Knit Shirts _]Boys Knit Shirts [tfen's Fleece Lined Vests ]Boy's Robes tlanes Underwear Purses hawls [--]Pant Suits aekets  House Shoes _Tube Socks  Hose Leather Belts Knit Hoods for Baby and Young Persons in and see our nice selection fo, the entire family! We GiftWrap! 'tit 8 on Thursdays en sundays 1 until $ Viola'00 Boutique00 Olympics. The three men were Clarence Berryman, Jack VanBebber and Charley Pierce. Berryman, captain of the team and a most outstanding wrestler who had gained international fame in his weight and class, was both a Mo. Valley winner and national crown holder in his weight. He was one of the cleanest wrestlers that I ever watched wrestle and as great a guy as you would ever want to meet. Edd Gallagher had won national recognition as a leading wrestling coach with his continuous success of producing champion wrest- ling teams. Gallagher was a graduate of Oklahoma A&M College. I believe Gallagher lettered in track and never wrestled. Gallagher coached several Olympic teams. He had a way with his men of getting the very best out of them they had to offer because Gallagher was King to his men. The reason I know so much about Gallagher and his wrestlers I worked very close with them from 1926 to 1933. In 1926 after I had finished wiring Carter Hanner Hall, Jessie Thacker Hall and White Hurst Hall for electricity, working 11 months on these three buildings, using a million feet of copper wire from size t4 to 4-0, and cutting from 1/2 to 4 inch pipe and threading by hand, when I pulled in the last wire I walked across the street and bought a little cafe. That soon became known on the campus and downtown Still- water as Ward's Waffle House where good food and fast service was the talk of the town. Our slogan was "When better food was served the Waffle house would serve it." Each evening before a wrestling match that night. 1 would serve the wrestlers each a big T.Bone steak so rare the steer was still kicking, dry toast and for drink either black coffee or tea without sugar, and unsweetened apple sauce. I always cooked and served the men myself because Gallagher didn't want them to have anything else. John F. Maulbetsch came to Oklahoma A&M in 1921 to coach football, basketball and base ball. He was a graduate of Michigan Uni- versity and was a member of Michigan's famous football team. Maulbetsch was twice chosen on the All-American football team and placed three times on the All-West- ern squad. Under Maul- betsch' coaching the Aggies enjoyed a great success and became champions in foot ball, basket ball, and base ball. Even as early as 1929 Maulbetseh was rated a- mong the ten greatest football coaches in the United States by football authorities. Maulbetsch led the Aggies (or Cowboys) to victory of the Missouri Valley in 1929, then returned to Michigan to coach. Then to California where for many years he placed several of this football teams in the Rose Bowl. Maulbetsch retired a few years ago and I heard he had more Bowl games to his credit than any other football coach in the United States, and he was just as fine a man as he was a coach. The greatest football game I ever watched played on Lewis Field was between the Aggies and OU on Thanks- giving Day 1929. The evening before the game to be played in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day, Coach Maulbetsch came in the Waffle House and ordered a cup of coffee. "Boys," he said, "if you intend to do any betting on the game to- morrow, don't bet on the Aggies to win. Bet OU don't beat the Aggies. That way you will win if there is a tie and a tie may be the best my boys can do as we are really going to have to fight even for a tie." Well the coach sure knew what he was talking about. The morning of the game a well-known coffee company salesman came into the Waffle House and said, "Hays, 1 will bet you a 100 pounds of coffee double or nothing that the Aggies don't beat OU." "Turn the bet around," I said, "and I will call it." "How do you mean? .... 1 mean I will bet you 100 pounds of coffee that OU don't beat the Aggies." "One hundred pounds of coffee, double or nothing, that OU don't beat the Aggies! .... That's right," I said. A man with the coffee salesman said, "I will take fifty dollars on those terms." "OK," I said. The man handed me the fifty dollars. I set down to the typewriter and made a notation of the bets and put it in the cash register. The game was called to start at 1:30 and it was nearing that time and the house was still full of people. 1 told one of the students that was waiting on tables to lock the door and not let anyone else in. We got everyone out but five men sitting at one table that kept'asking for coffee. I told the boys not to serve them any more, that it was game time. The men said if we would serve them one more round of coffee they would drink it real fast and pay our way into the game which would be three dollars for the two of us. We agreed but it was 1:37 when we got the door locked. We struck out in a trot from 213 South Knoblock to the football field 3 blocks away. By the time we reached the field OU had scored a touch down. From then on neither team could seem to get out of the middle of the field. It was a see-saw. By the time the first quarter was over I had chewed a package of gum. All through the second quarter it was the same way and by half time I had pulled out most of my eye brows. All through the third quarter neither team had moved ten yards either way. And by that time I had crawled the full length of the football field with 100 other boys and girls. I had wore the knees out of my trousers and my knees and hands were bleeding. Now that I couldn't crawl any more I started to pull out my hair. Before the fourth quarter began I walked behind the stadium and there was the coach all bent over. I said, "Coach, what is wrong? .... I am sick to the stomache. Must have ate something I shouldn't." "Didn't we all," I said. "What is happening?" I said. "Nothing," the coach said, "but if something don't happen soon we are going to lose a ball game. And I will lose $100." The fourth quarter was called and new boys were put in the game on both sides. But it didn't seem to change anything. Both teams seemed to be nailed to the ground. 4 minutes left in the last quarter. The Coach called time out and put in Albert Wright and Claude Poole. Wright was the best baseball player in the state. As Wright and Poole went on the field they stopped and talked a minute. Everyone was watching. Things didn't seem to change much the first two minutes. Then it happened so fast one could hardly see what was happening! Wright made a fake pass to one of the boys and all of the OU boys took after the one they thought had the ball. Then Wright made a long pass to Poole and Poole ran half the length of the field for a touch down before OU knew what they were doing. 46 seconds left in the game. Big 21 poundCharley Strake walked in to kick the goal. It was so still you could hear a pin drop. Strake backed off a few steps then took a run and hit that ball square in the middle. The ball sailed high over the goal post--a perfect kick! And the Aggies had won the game and the Missouri Valley Conference. When some of the Aggies rushed to Old Central to ring the Victory bell the OU boys had beat them to the bell and stole the bell clapper and for 48 years the two teams are still feuding over the bell clapper. I think now the winner keeps the clapper. OU got mad and pulled out of the Missouri Valley Conference. They were mad because the Aggies had lost 4 out of 6 non-conference games. Tulsa had beat the Aggies a couple of weeks before and OU had beat Tulsa. So OU had come to play the Aggies thinking they had a cinch. And my way of thinking OU was just a bunch of poor sports. The 100 pounds of coffee I won was used for free coffee for the A&M athletes. The $50.00 was used for the Waffle House student loan fund. Carney News By Pat Skaggs The Carney gym was the place to be if you were in the 7th or 8th grade basketball tournament this past week. Finals were Dee. 10 with results in next weeks paper. .Carney boys and Meeker :boys will be playing in the finals on Winners' Bracket. s The high school basket ball teams traveled to Drumright Friday, Dec. 9. The Carney girls lost their game, but Carney Bulldogs were victorious. The next high school games will be played in the Oilton Tournament beginn- ing Dec. 12-17. The next grade games will be at Davenport December 19. The Carney FFA Chapter held a Turkey Shoot Sunday December 4 at the town park. Six turkeys were given away. They will have another Turkey Shoot December 18 at the park. There was a good number who attended the annual Christian Church Bazzar and Chicken Dinner Saturday December 3. Thanks to everyone who helped with this good event. Mrs. M. L. 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