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P00torially Speaking I .... I ..... m. Around the Farm had some warm .... The strike is and leaders of strike are meeting with Carter...Watch " by Allan Wall I special treat, Santa Claus answers your questions about Christmas! Inside it had 8 tabs, with a question on each tab. To find the column next week for a answer to each question, you announcement...If you open the L tab for Santa's got your Christmas answer. Here are six of 3 .... Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. yet, you better hurry up. them: of an artificial tree, not go out and chop a Q: What do you call your tree? Cedar trees are helpers? a parasite to good A: Subordinate Clauses. when there's so of them. A few are Q: Why do you have but more are coming aliases such as "Kris so don't worry Kringle" and"St. Nick"? causing a cedar A: I run a fly-by-night g one tree. operation. .... Q: How do you weed your a Christmas card that garden? on the front: As a A: Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! und Off! LaVeta Randall all-time high. At any rate, some of this reading must be done by those who find TV programs dis*asteful. Reports indicate that movies, which may in many instances be no better than the TV programs in question, are attracting record crowds. Warner Bros. saysit had its second-best year in history in 1977. United Artists reports profits that "shot through the roof." TV specials seem to have higher ratings than regular shows. Reading is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), is a national, non-profit organization de- signed to motivate children to read by giving them the opportunity to choose and own inexpensive books. Founded by Mrs. Robert S. McNamara, Washington, D. C., in 1966, the program is growing across the U.S. In 1975, Congress estab- lished an inexpensive book distrilSution project. They contracted with RIF to administer and assist public agencies who wish to participate. It is something for various groups and community organizations to look into. Your columnist respects their privilege to "sound off" about many topics which interest them, but if I could have one special wish for the new year, it would be, PLEASE take a minute to ..... (Continued on Page 8) to the thoughts last week in this about the need to better material, it was to learn that this is in part at least. writer says that apparently are dis- with the supposedly thrust at them and as a result, books are booming rebel against the network shows." AI- many have registered at some old I, personally, can't the more popular are any improvement. you believe that is one of the three are ON OUR BOAT, I am familiar with which is certainly I know nothing the other, On Our Matthew ! 8:3,4 the alternatives too much if any Since TV to be catering more to the "teenagers adults," sources there isn't much for mature or adults. So books are being sold ever before, MacMil- PUtnam and Dutton are reporting a terrific business. Paper- (no preference also, .cJPim an Q: Why don't you use an airplane instead of reindeer? A: How would the pitter patter of little landing gear sound on your rooftop? Q: Why are you so jolly? A: You'd be jolly too if you only had to work one day a year! Q: Do red noses run in Rudolph's family? A: Only in the winter time. Here are the stories behind the Christmas carols that I promised last week.. "Harkl The Herald Angels Sing" was written by Charles Wesley, brother of John Wesley, the great English preacher of the 1700s who founded the Methodist Church. John and Charles were quite a prolific pair. They worked together for 50 years and were always on the go. John preached over 40,000 sermons and wrote 233 books on the road. Meanwhile brother Charles was writing hymns. He wrote 6,500 of 'eml One of these was "Harkl The Herald Angels Sing!", which he wrote when he was thirty. In the 1800s the words were set to some music of Felix Mendelssohn-Barth- oldy, a Christian Jewish composer. week), it was written specifically for a particular Christmas service. Phillips Brooks, preacher of a church in Philadelphia, who had visited Bethlehem several years earlier, wrote the words and gave them to the church organist and Sunday School Superintendent Lewis Redner to write the music. But Redner did not claim to be a composer and carried it in his pocket day after day, but the melody didn't come. The inspiration for the tune for the Sunday morning serv didn'f cdnie to ii" until the night before. So the children of the church sang the song the next morning, and a carol was born. "Joy to the World" was written by Isaac Watts of England. Watts got his start in 1690 when he told his father that most church hymns bored him because they were behind the times. His father told Isaac that the hymns were "good enough for your grandfather and me, and they will serve you just as well." Isaac replied that the words were also mean- ..,'. o., ii but Trailer laughed. "now, you get over to your wagon "" and if you so much as look like you want to tell lies about Indians to the chil- dren, I'll settle with you in a way you'll never forget." "O Little Town of Bethle- Trailer cocked his fists, hem" was written in 1868. squared himself, took two Like "Silent Night" (see last steps toward Mr. Carrier and ingless and Nd.fashioned. (Continued on Page 4) Senior Citizens News By Clarrcy Cook Attendance has been good at the Center this week in spite of all the other activities going on so near Christmas. Making ceramic pretties is still big business and the ladies keep finding new things to add to the favorites which are done each year. Several gathered Wednes- day for the Potluck Dinner and to quilt and play games. Ruby Albright's quilt was put in the frames Thursday so there would be plenty of room for everyone to quilt on Friday. Mrs. Combs' quilt was finished Friday. It is one of the prettiest quilts that's been done at the Center. There were 54 at the Center Friday, but only four honorees for the Birthday Dinner: Alice Clark, Sophia Rogers, Clarrcy Cook and Lee Troxell, for whom it was a very special day since both his daughters and two friends came from Cushing to share his birthday dinner with him. They were Trudy Case, Debbie Miller, Gloria Buckles, and Sarah Daugher- ty. The beautiful white and gold cake was furnished by the Kenneth Strattons. Was good to see Beulah Thompson out to the Center again. Jack and Winnie Moser brought a large box of snack crackers to be enjoyed at the Center. A new electric corn popper and popcorn was brought by Clarrcy and Sue cook for use at the Center. A A large group was present Monday night to enjoy the music. The Christmas Carols were especially enjoyed by everyone. Jo Knapp and Mabel Caldwell were the hostesses. We miss the Easters. We know the Senior Citizens who were visited Wednesday night by the youth of the Christian Church appreciated the Christmas Carols. We enjoy- ed hearing them, too, while visiting friends. Visitors recently included Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Rogers of Tempe, Ariz., O. J. and Laveda Cunningham, Jeff Savage and Oscar and Edrie Davis from the Stillwater Center. Remember the Christmas Party Friday at 2:30. Women are to bring a gift for a woman, men for a man and snack foods to be shared at the Center. The usual Monday Night Music Program will he presented December 26th. Wednesday the 28th will be time for the Potluck Dinner again at noon. Cathy Stinson RN took blood pressures Friday but the machine was unavailable for doing blood sugar tests that day. A trip to Payne County The Perkins Journal Thursday, December 22, 1977.3 The Wagon Train (The tallowing account m my impression of my family's move from Missouri to Oklahoma. These events are based on factual happenings, however some segments are fiction- alized. This manuscript is not intended as a definitive history per se, but rather as a subjective view of a people and an era in our past. -J. C. Nin!nger (con't. from last week) "I didn't go .o a girls' chool like I suppose you'did, and learn to cook. I notice that you do most of the :ookin' in your camp and let your boys do your men's work. Cookin's women's work and I don't do woman's work. I could learn to cook, if I wanted to and I bet I could do a better job at it than you do." "I dare you to try to cook just one meal for you and your wife," said Mr. Carrier. "Or are you afraid you both might be poisoned?" and all said, "If you want to settle anything, why don't you do it right now?" Harley Carrier did not move back an inch, but the other men moved in a little closer and surrounded Trail- er and Mr. Carder---all eyes glued on Trailer and flashing. It looked like war was going to start even before we got into Indian Territory. Trailer saw the hostile look ' in the eyes of the other men and his belligerent attitude suddenly subsided. He drop- 'ed his hands to his sides i and, without another word, slunk over to his wagon and dissapeared inside it. When we crossed the state line from Missouri to Kansas the terrain on both sides of the line looked the same, but this was not so when we crossed from Kansas into the Indian Territory. It looked like we might be in a different country all to- gether. The roads did not follow the section lines like they did in Missouri and Kansas; there were less prosperous looking farms; there was less industry; there were many Indians with their blankets, feathers and moccasins and many of them lived in teepees. When we were preparing to leave our camp near Caney, Kansas and head for Bartlesville, Indian Terd- tory, Mr. Willians stood up on the spring seat of his wagon and shouted, "All aboard for Bottlecork where you can get your blankets, feathers, moccasins, beads, buffalo meat and Indian ponies. This will be your first chance to get yourselves dressed up in style." Pogue's City Plumbing Co., Inc. 547-2117 122 S. Main U R. "RED" POGUE filumbing -:. Heating dir Conditioning 7I i i IF Geneva Binford Will Present this Ad At J. C. Nininger, 1915 The road from the Kansas line to Bartlesville was really 'not a road at all, but only an angling, trail through wild country with tall grass growing everywhere and trees growing along the creeks. We expected to see wild buffalo, coyotes, wild turkeys, and many wild savage Indians. About all the wild life we saw were a great many jackrabbits and a few cottontails. The altitude of Bartlesville is 694 feet above sea level. It is now the County Seat of Washington County, Okla- homa. It is the center of an extensive oil and gas field. It has large smelters, foundries and machine shops, etc. It was named for Jacob Battles, a famous pioneer. Its first enterprise was a grist mill for grinding corn, built in 1868. In the early days Jim Finch established a freight line of wagons and four-mule teams to serve this section of the Indian Territory, and which vas a going industry for several years. On April 15, 1897, the first "commercial" oil well in what is now Oklahoma, was brought in across the Caney River from the old mill. The same year (1897) the region's first telephone line was set up, connecting Bartlesville, Indian Territory with Caney, Kansas. The first railroad, the Santa Fe, was built in 1898. Bartlesville is situated on U.S. Highways 60 and 75. The country around Bartlesville was a wooded country, which provided plenty of firewood for our camps. When our wagon train passed through Bartles- ville, it boasted a general store, a blacksmith shop, the old mill and quite a number of Indian teepees, for we were now in real Indian country and everywhere we could see little black heads with sparkling wide black eyes peeping at us from the flaps of the teepees. We saw few white people except the storekeeper and his wife, and the blacksmith and his wife, hut many Indians and Indian ponies were in evidence. Here we bought a supply Santa-Logan Is Wild of bailed hay and oats at the general store. The hay that ,-ould not be put inside the vagons was tied on the sides and on top of the feed troughs at the back of the wagons. The families who were short of food bought bacon, beans, flour, pota- toes, etc. The store had quite a stock of Indian blankets, moccasins, beads, Indian headdress, etc., but our group could not afford many luxuries, so, as far as I know, none of them indulged in any of them. Between Bartlesville and Pawhuska we camped by a small creek on a small area )f level ground with hills all tround and one tree on the :.rea. After supper, about a half 'ozen of the boys of our ,roup walked up on one of :he hills and sat down by a fig rock in the light of the moon and told wild Indian stories and listened to the coyotes howl and the owls hoot. The louder the coyotes howled and the faster the owls hooted, the faster we told the stories and the bigger they got. Finally, we got scared at the coyotes and the owls and our own stories and ran back to the camp as fast as we could go. The men did not pretend to be expecting trouble, but it was obvious that they were apprehensive, because they arranged the wagons in a semicircle with the open side of the semicircle facing a curve in the creek in such a manner that the wagons and the creek formed a complete circle and the camp fires were built inside the circle, and everyone was cautioned to make as little smoke as possible. Just about dark about fifteen young buck Indians rode up to our camp on theft ponies, bareback. Some of them wore headdresses of feathers and others were bareheaded; some wore blankets and others wore only breechcloths; some wore moccasins and others were barefoot. All of the children were frightened because of the Indian stories Mr. Trailer had told them and they ran to their wagons as fast as their Deal, For Chrhtmasl! r,,p of Bag' Speclall I ,m  , w,F, " Very Nice Full Power & Air, Road Wheels. 0. $I. 7S F IStImqpr II,! 3 Door,  browe IY/LTDh-.t-- Metallic. 2.3 Lkrc. 4 Full Power &/lit, Tilt CyL Eaaiae, Cruise. A Wileel, Delm Two 4 Ikmr, White W Me Trims.. Power Toae Beam & Tam.  Vim# aoo[. Bur- Rack & Pinion $(efin I  IWce |.45. ItadY Air. Plus Mmy Other Nine N. Wlkie  'rh, es. Cosvesicnt OVtkmtl lllmt   . Yd O t/w C  vm Air. IaJD stt No# Jrt. Cqb's Chdn. Pal-  Asd WI vs C.m, I Ca- F imt. Air, Am. r.ud $J l|ImdmeSO0 Trek, Pewer serls 8, Speed Colletl, 'lilt Russet/Whiee, Air. Wheel, And MsII Power S-,dnS. Tilt MareGmli. Wheel. & Mtmb More. I. $ IO, I l L  h WI $1 little legs could carry them and scrambled aboard. They thought their time had come. This amused the Indians and they laughed among them- selves. Everywhere wide- eyed little heads could be seen peeking out from under wagon covers. The women also left their work and climbed into the wagons, but they pretended to not be scared and were more leisurely about it than were the children. Mr. Carrier went to the Indians and asked them if he could help them. They looked at each other questioningly and did not answer. After Mr. Carrier had made several unsuccessful attempts to make them understand, he returned to his work. The Indians sat on their ponies talking in their language and gesticulating for seemed to us about a half-hour, then they turned, kicked their ponies in the flanks, gave a loud yell and rode away in a gallop. Everybody in our camp was relieved, especially the women and children. The men did not admit to being relieved, but the sole topic of conversation that evening was "Indians", but they kept their voices low because they said they did not want to frighten the children, but that night every man slept with his gun within reach--- and loaded. Soon after we left this camp we came to a house which showed signs of being occupied by white people, and the men were not sure they were on the right road, so we stopped to inquire. After their inquiries had :onvinced the men that they were on the right road, Stu Jarvis asked the woman if there were any dunkards in that part of the country. The woman replied, "I don't know, but my husband has got a lot of hides tacked on the side of the barn. You kin go and look at 'em; iffen they's any dunkards around here, some of their hides will be among 'em. (Dunkards was a nickname for the Brethren Church.) (To be continued) -0" BLUMER'S CHAMPLIN, before noon Dec. 28 Will Receive 5 GAL. of Gas WATCH THIS SPACE EACH WEEK -- YOU MAY BE THE NEXT WINNERI /