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ft. tJm Mars By Bob Evans you survive, too? was one point after a feast Christmas eve, before another turkey on Christmas Day I was beginning to Many people often VOL. 88 NO. 13 News and Views of the Cimarron Valley PERKINS JOURNAL PERKINS, PAYNE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA 74059 20 cents THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1977 they would like to able to relive a certain of their life, generally younger adult years. me. My philosophy is I am what I am right now I don't want to be different, and I care to do a bit of it again. However ..... I mind if my poor stomach could regain bit of the elasticity vim and vigor it had 25 ago when I could through Thanksgiv- Christmas and New eating every in sight without even an eye XXXX McClain has "her skirts back...and she know they were Lyle Youngker, had done some work on car, tell her in the office that he had to put her fender back on. Emma's "My gosh, honey, I even know I had skirts!" XXXX looking back in the of The Journal to last noticed some- that should stop a little from Santa Claus. was issued a license for by LiOns Officials year fight in Riley's In fact, after a long for the Santa suit, found it way back in his Now, what with a and permanent pos- of the red suit, that the matter once for all. XXXX quiet around town after Christmas. the only thing open the service stations, a The Journal and Store. The same will probably be in for next weekend when bowl games will be on Monday. XXXX holiday is also a kink in meeting The Lions and of Commerce are meeting next Monday. .' city council meeting will Tuesday night instead and the school meeting will be on night instead of ht. XXXX toymakers have left educational aspect out of industry, at least the as you and I it. Witness the latest 'fad for youngsters this "Stretch Arm- dolH Due to the morning TV adver- and word of mouth, Armstrong is prob- the most sold toy this What does stretching poor character out of and letting him back teach these kids? I'll crawl down my soap box. I just Yvonne what is the of our son's Stretch and she says it's machine. Chil- will develop muscles Stretch out of 1 guess it's all in the see things. Some- we have to eat our xxxx motivation speaker at a Press Asso- meeting we attended this thing about and following home to me. He everyone a blank piece paper. He told each to close their eyes the paper in the then tear a corner the left hand side of fold the paper again piece the size of a from the middle of fold; fold the paper once The homes of Mr. and Mrs. Cleo Coldsmith (above) and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hunt (below) were judged winners in the Jaycee Christmas home decorating contest. Mrs. Coldsmith stands with her religious arrangement in the yard and on the porch of her home on North Main. Bill Hunt (below) stands with the displays he made by hand through the years. The Hunt home is on East Thomas Street. The winners received Smoked Turkey Breasts. ' Mystery Shoppers are Identified All four mystery shoppers were identified Thursday evening, and the winners all received $10 gift certificates. Mrs. Lee Reed identified (;oldie Lacy as a Mystery Shopper. Violet Brake identi- fied Ray Henderson; Rose Jarvis identified Rosie Grimm, and Mrs. Bob Burden identified Rich Grimm as the 4th Mystery Shopper. There was a good turnout for the free children's movie at the Lions Den. Those helping with the movie were Alvin Olson, Bob Evans, Mattie Lee Thompson, Eliza- beth Wise and Yvonne Evans. Timmy Conner han- dled the film projector and helped set up the chairs and screen. Those winning gift certifi- cates at the final drawing were Violet Brake, Zula Henderson, and Frances Burden. The Chamber of Com- merce sponsored a varied program of interest to Perkins shoppers. The activi- ties included a Santa Parade, drawings for 16 $10.00 gift certificates. The treasure hunt, Mystery Shopper and the free movie. The Lions Club sponsored Santa's visit on Saturday, December 17. -O- "TUPPER STARS" ARE NO. 9 Mattie Lee Thompson reports that her unit the "Tupper Stars" are No. 9 of 32 units in the Distributor- ship for the 1977 year. She held her Tupperware Christ- mas Dinner and Year End party with Prestige Party Sales at the Heritage House in Oklahoma City. Special recognition was given the Super 1977 Performers. County Commissioners pass up Redistricting; Areas to remain as they have been Payne County Commis- sioners' were unanimous in their vote to leave the three Commissioner districts as they are rather than propose and enact a redistricting plan at this time. The action was taken Thursday at a special meeting for the purpose to discuss redistricting. Commissioner Bob White, after hearing Chairman Ulysses CruZan read off a list of standards that are used in establishing Commissioner districts, said there were several reasons to leave the three districts as they are. He mentioned a legal question as to the timing of the proposals, the 20 day protest period, as well as other criteria, such as the concern of small towns, the location of road district headquarters, different ver- sions and opinions, lack of interest. Chairman Cruzan asked for comments from the delegations present. Winfrey Houston, speaking for the city of Perkins, reported tl" .t his clients stated that redistricting was undert _ . they would like to stay in District 3, and he felt they would be satisfied if districts stayed as they are. Bob Evans of Perkins asked if there would be any reaction from the other areas of the county of the one-man-one-vote mandate was not used, which he understood was a basic requirement. The districts are not equal in population at the present time. Evans said his concern was that the county might be redistricted in court rather than by Commissioners. The Com- missioners stated that they did not feel there was interest in the matter at this time and they could act later if petitioned to do so. The motion was made by Commissioner White to adjourn the meeting, which in fact left the districting as it is. Commissioner Mayfield seconded the motion. The roll call vote was unanimous. Allen Evans, 23, a 1972 Perklns-Tryon High School graduate, is a new Perkins police officer training under the CETA program. Evans began the program in the county sheriffs office where he served as jailer and deputy. He transferred to the Perkins police department when a vacancy became available. Under the CETA program, the government pays the officer's salary for the training program. The new officer lives at '111 E. Stumbo, and he and his wife, Vicki have a six month old son, A.J. (Allen, Jr.). The couple moved back here last summer from Houston, Texas where they had lived a year. Evans, who attended Northern Oklahoma College at Tonkawa one year after graduation, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Evans. The elder Evans is a deputy in the Payne County Sheriff's office. 1977 Perkins news was interesting, although not sensational News of Perkins and area has been interesting in 1977, even though probably not considered sensational. This reporter has access to the back issues of The Journal, all filed neatly in a volumn. Thumbing through and looking at the front pages during the past year, a list has been compiled of some interesting happen- ings. Of course there are many more that will not be listed here. There was not eractly a set formula or any particular criteria used in selecting these news accounts, other than the reporter felt that perhaps they affected the entire community as opposed to certain persons and organizations. In other words, happenings of very general interest. Starting in January, or .actually in late December, The Journal reports that 29 inches of water flooded the five underground classrooms at Perkins schools. Some children playing basketball on Christmas Day discovered the mishap that occured when, evidently, a toilet overflowed during the Christmas holidays and a malfunctioning sump pump put a great load on the other sump pump and blew an- electrical circuit. Damage was in the thousands of dollars as books, workbooks, papers, and other items were badly damaged or ruined. Insurance paid several thou- sand dollars on the damage. It was announced in January that Calvin An- thony, a Perkins native, was opening a drug store where the former Conoco Station was located. The building was formerly built by Mr. and Mrs. Grady Gardner 10 years ago as a service station. The Perkins Drug Store is now a progressive Perkins business, managed by Anthony and Steve Willingham. Late in January, Dan Wesffall was elected to serve on the Perkins-Tryon Board of Education. He defeated his opponent G. T. Bickell. In March, The Journal, after several critical editor- ials and news stories prior, announced that the Depart- ment of Transportation was installing blinker lights and chatter bars at the Perkins Corner (Highway 177 and 33 intersection). Several serious accidents had happened there, and area residents and law enforcement officers termed it a potential death trap. Highway 177, a major U.S. Highway, deadends at the intersection, and the corner is congested with all types of truck and bus traffic plus a daily traffic count of over 4000 vehicles. The Cimarron River bridge south of Perkins officially became the Lee Kirk Bridge in April. Many thought it was named that when it was dedicated 25 years ago. It was made official, and several hundred Perkins residents turned out for the second of two bridge dedications that weekend, to honor the former County Commissioner Lee Kirk and his family. Lee declared his 92nd birthday in December. The day before the Kirk Bridge dedication, the new Highway 33 bridge over the Cimarron River east of Perkins, was dedicated the Robert Murphy Bridge in honor of State Senator Bob Murphy and his family. Highway officials and hun- dreds of friends turned out for the two dedications. The Murphy Bridge was con- strncted recently as a part of the Highway 33 improve- ments. The Kirk Bridge was constructed 25 years ago, but received a $1SO,000 remodel- ing job last fall. A May issue of The Journal reported that De- wayne Moser was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Town of Perkins, or Mayor. Others being sworn into office was new councilman Larry Moor- man; also Leon Reynolds who was unopposed; and Gayle Sager, unopposed. Other officers are Don Boydstun who filled out the unexpired term of Walt Martin, Bud Redus, and City Clerk Elizabeth Wise. It was announced in June that Ross Jacobs, Lanny Jacobs and Lyle Youngker had purchased the former Jarvis Station from Clara Wirz, and embarked upon a remodeling job. The Station opened as Main Service Center, sporting new equip- ment and total service. Perkins' neighbors to the east became involved in a water situation when it was learned through the Health Department that the city water supply was contami- nated with too many nitrates and other chemicals, Boiling the water was required. Citizens became upset. Numerous meetings have been held. At one point a recall petition was present- ed. Since then a well has been drilled, the city water system established as a Public Works Authority, money borrowed and grants received to do construction work on the system, and the boiling order has been removed and everything is in order once again. After over two years of on-again-off-again construc- tion, the new Perkins post office was accepted and the patrons began using the facility in August. The post office was built on the site of the old lumber yard at the corner of Stumbo and West 2nd Street. Following the post office move, Alvin and Viola Moorman purchased the former post office location and the building was remodeled for Viola's Bou- tique, a ladies' dress shop. Mrs. Moorman has now added a line of men's clothing. A new Chamber of i Commerce organization was established in October. The Chamber meets on Monday mornings for a coffee and donut meeting at the Lions Den. Their goal is to handle problems that will be of benefit to the business community and the commun- ity as a whole. The group is completing incorporation papers and a formal election of officers will be held in January. John Reynolds opened a new plumbing shop in Perkins. Other Main Street business news included the opening of Bunns, Etc., a student activity center, and Bob Brown was hired as manager of the Cimarron Valley Co-op- when Dwain Darrow moved to Wakita to take a similar position. Other changes included Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spillarsselling their Jude's Steak House to Dick and Mary Cupit. Patti Johnson moved her Arts and Crafts Shop into a new location in the Vassar Building and purchased Frieda's FlOwer Shop to incorporate into the busi- ness. Naudain Lore closed up the Perkins Tag Agency and My Friends Attic. Mrs. Frances Blair is new tag agent and her office is located in the Wells Build- ing, the first door s6uth of The Perkins Journal office. (Continued on Page S) This Week's Question: There is a state and federal law making the highway speed limit in Oklahoma 55 miles per hour. The enforcement officers are finding it difficult to enforce the 55 mph limit. It would be interesting to know what percentage of Journal readers try to comply with the speed limit law. Do you generally comply with the 55 mpb speed law? To Vote Yes call ) 547-5028 To Vote No call 547-2972 Last Week's Question Many people feel Anita Bryant has come under much criticism and perhaps even discrimination because of her vocal stand against homosexual rights in Florida. Presently she has been banned by NBC from the Orange Bowl Parade, and a group of fellow Oldshomans are coming to her defense. Do you feel that Anita Bryant is being treated unfairly following her public stand against homosexual rights? Yes..* 86% Call onyt/me before Noon*. Tuesday No... to Register Your Vote. There is no need to talk. The "hang up" sound you hear is your vote being recorded.