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I Ring In the New Year 1978 Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky, The flying cloud, the frosty light; The year is dying in the night; Ring out, wild bells, let him die. Ring in the valiant man and free, The larger heart, the kindlier hand; Ring out the darkness of the land Ring in the Christ that is to be. --Alfred Lord Tezmys ......... -' .. . ,.%:.:.*.:...?.?;.;,:.;.;.;.;.;.;.;.;.;.;.%:.%;.:.'....%%:.-,- -.-.-.-.-.-.. -.-.:,-.. . , ,, .,:,: ....-.-. ......... , .. ............ .... ., ...... .% ..@,gg.*..$.:...:...........:.%.....................:.:.:o...%...........:.::;.?;%,;.i.'.,.%....:.:........_o=.;.;..;o .-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.=.-.-.-.-.-.-.. I ' ' ........ '"' '- Longhorns 24-11. Anyway, by Allan Wall ...... IIIII I[ II i Bowl season is here, and the major ones are starting tomorrow with the Gator Bowl. There are more Saturday, and the Big Four (Cotton, Sugar, Orange, and Rose) are next Monday. In the Orange Bowl, OU will beat the Arkansas Razor- backs, and it'll be an upset if Washington beats Michigan in the Rose Bowl. In the Cotton Bowl we have the No. 1 ranked Texas Longhorns vs. Notre Dame. Texas is expected to win but you never know. Seven years ago in the Cotton Bowl, the same two teams met, and Texas was undefeated (as this year) and the Irish were once- defeated (as this year) and Notre Dame upset the II I i Talk about extremes in :limate! These past weeks we've had 'em!...Farmers t and ranchers are keeping occupied with feeding live- stock. Cattle need to be fed more in the winter, since there is not as much pasture and they need feed to keep warm .... Some of our local farmers have been active in recent strike tractorcades, like the recent one that was in Enid, which was followed by one in Chandler, where the tractors parked on Main Street so the shoppers couldn't. This same method was used by striking farmers at Hinton. However, when Santa Claus arrived, they left the street. Sound off by LaVeta Randall Happy New Year to each And may I add this lenge? That is for each of the new year to be as as a climb up the a beautiful mountain. Like the mountain top, of the best qualifies in t. Although cannot see the summit in a halo of clouds, it an inspiration--a to meet each and overcome obstacle. Most persons are familiar the story of the old who prayed for a to be removed, to look out her window next morning and "I knew it[ The stilt there." So it with life. Sometimes the large, and our is small. Perhaps. another good to start the new year is a look at some of the achievements by ordi- men through scientic tls. Many in our own etimes have surpassed the t far-fetched dreams of ise men of centuries past. Some relatively simple energy etch, t1 In 1917, Alexander Bell is said to have the coming (or energy crisis Bell, invem00t-.00 "alcohol makes a beautiful clean and efficient fuel...we can make alcohol from sawdust...cornstalks, and in fact from almost any vegetable matter capable of fermentation. Our growing crops and even weeds can be used. The waste products of our FARMS are available for this purpose, and even the garbage from our cities." Farmers, I'd say that's food for thought, and one mountain of a challenge! Anita Bryant, who has received a mountain of criticism for her attempt to express her personal opinion and her effort to exercise her civil rights, is finally getting some public support from two Oklahoma mini- sters. They feel she has not been fairly represented. Their action came about when Miss Bryant was not invited to participate in the Orange Bowl Parade January 2 The former Miss Okla- homa and inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame has become the subject of crude jokes on national TV. However, little has been said about the sflecfion of Anita as the "most admired woman in the world" by readw  II GOOD HOUSEKEEImU MAGA. ZINE. This is personally en- couraging to me. Not many of us have the courage to take a st,ui will we'll see. Meanwhile, in the Sugar Bowl, Ohio State takes on Alabama. This should be a pretty good game, and ' according to oddsmakers it's the bowl season's closest match. It'll be a good confrontation between Coach Woody Hayes (Ohio State) and Coach Bear Bryant (Alabama). In this one I'm rooting for Alabama. I'd love for Woody to get beat again. And, as I said before, OU will beat the Razorbacks. They're just gonna eat pork. Yes, it's College Bowl Season again. If you don't care for it, and dread the long hours the TV is monopolized by Bowl fans, remember it comes only once a year. And here's the announce- ment I promised last week: Announcing the First An- nual, unprecedented, untest- ed Around the Farm New Year's Baby Contest. You probably know about such contests that are held in hospitals, in which the first baby born after the begin- ning of the New Year gets an award. Well, this contest follows the same principle, except that it's not for human babies--it's for farm animal babies. That's right, A trip to Payne County The Perkins Journal Thursday, December 29, 1977. 3 The Wagon Train (The following account is my   the fiver one wagon at a accomplishments impression of my family's, move from Missouri to' I 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. Nininger (can't. from last week) Pawhuska, our next town, is situated at the junction of U.S. Highways 60 and State Highway 99 at an altitude of 885 feet above sea level. It is now (1962) a thriving city, the County Seat of Osage County, Oklahoma in a rich oil section which made the Osage Indians immensely wealthy from oil royalties. Pawhuska was named for an Osage Indian chief, Paw-Hu-Seah, or White Hair. He received his name from an incident in battle. He wounded an officer wearing a powdered wig. When he started to scalp him the whole scalp came off and the victim escaped leaving 'Paw-hu-seah holding the fluffy, white wig. Paw.hu- seah believed the wig had the first farm animal born supernatural powers and after midnight, December. therefore he wore it fastened 31, 1977 will be eligible for the prize, which is 100 Ibs. of feed supplied by the Co-op for that animal. So be watching your livestock, and the first animal born after midnight in this area is reported will win the prize. In case of a tie, the first one reporting the birth wins. Also, only farm animals, those used for agrarian purposes are eligible, this usually includes cattle, pigs, horses, sheep, domesticated fowl, etc. Only birds and mammals are eligible, so if you have an alligator farm, sorry. SO, be on your toes and your newborn farm animal may win 100 lbs. of feed supplied by the local Cimarron Valley Co-op. If one arrives on the 2nd or 3rd or so, go ahead and contact me, it may be the first. My number is 405-547-2531, my address is Rt. 1, Perkins, OK 74059. Hopefully the winner will be in next week's column. Good luck! 1977 is almost over, cause Saturday night at midnight 1978 begins. My New Year's Resolution is to finish my History of Agriculture. Part I (Continued on Back Page) are not Senior Citizens News J. C. Nininger, 1915 evening. There was some apprehension about cross- ing, because the river was big and wide and appeared to be deep and we would have to ford it, because there was no bridge. Everybody got out of the wagons and there was considerable dis- cussion about the problem. Finally they decided to camp where we were for the night and decide in the morning what to do. Mr. Carrier mounted one of his horses and rode across to see how deep the water was and time, and each wagon will wait on this side until the one ahead of it is dear across and up on the bank of the other side. That way, if anyone has trouble, all of the others will be free to help. I'll go first and the rest of you follow in the regular order. Are there any questions?" There were none and Mr. Carrier continued, "There is nothing to be afraid of, so don't be nervous. The water is pretty deep, but it will not come up to your wagon beds, and there is no quicksand. All right, let's go." The wagons all crossed the river, one at a time according to plan and as each wagon crossed, the occupants of all of the other wagons stood on the banks and watched. There was no difficulty, although the water did slop achieved by backing way from difficult tasks. We traveled southwardly from the Arkansas,River and it was on this part of the trip that many of the group first saw cotton growing. On the west side of the road where we stopped for the noon meal one day was quite a field of it. There was much conjec- ture as to what it was. Some thought it was a field that had been taken by weeds. My brother John and I thought it was a field that cockleburs had taken over. Joe Carrier decided he was going to find out, so he went into the field and brought back to camp all that he could carry in his hands and showed it to his father who said, "That's cotton. We saw lots of it on our scouting trip. You'll all get a good against the bottoms of some introduction to it next fall, of the wagon beds. Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the last wagon pulled up on the north bank of the river. As I thought of the incident in later years, I was made to think that great because we are going to raise cotton and all of you children will be picking it." (How right he was!!) Joe boasted, "Hurray[! I was the first to pick cotton." (To be continued) -0- By ClarrcyCook Artha Fagan-at the party The Christmas Party at the Friday. We all enjoyed the Center on Friday was a very gift exchange. enjoyable time for the group There was no shortage of who were present. Pat and goodies brought to the Sheryl Bickell gave a chip Center Monday for Music and dip dish to the center Night enjoyment. Mildred and it was used for the first Cash and Clarrcy Cook time at the party. Everyone served as hostesses and brought goodies to be served served the variety of cakes, with the punch which was cookies, breads and candy served byMildredCash, with the coffee, tea and Mac Vassar was in charge water. of the short program which The music was good and included singing a carol, a there were over 100 present reading about growing old, to enjoy the music, play pool, and most everyone telling of dominoes, and cards Special a Christmas which they guests were the Van Nickels' especially remembered, son Pat and his wife from Floyd Caldwell spoke of Odessa, Texas, and Axie the Christmas he spent Magee's daughter Cioann overseas in the service, Mihura from Arkansas, Claude Cash recalled his Nancy MoWs son Michael appreciation of being to and Linda Noyes, both of come home from the service Jacksonville, N.C. Other to spend time with family visitors were Leonard and and friends during the Jane Rush of Lake Palestine, Christmas season. C. N. Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Thompson spoke of their joy Darrell W. Porter and sons, of having their son come McKinleyville, California, home from service for son of the John Porters. Christmas. Others spokeof Remember to save all memories of childhood scrap paper, magazines, Christmases and all seemed catalogs, pasteboard, as well to agree that the TRUE as newspapers for the meaning of Christmas and Center. Wayne Allen hauled being and sharing with a load to Glencoe for the families and friends is what Center last week. makes Christmas time so very special to everyone when we celebrate the first and greatest Gift. We were glad to have to his own haft. When our wagon train passed through Pawhuska it was a far cry from a thriving city. (Mr. Williams called it "Hardscrabble".) It was an Indian village and most of the Indians wore blankets, feathers and moccasins. There were a few buildings, but mostly teepees. Many ill-kept Indianponies were in evidence, a half dozen many steers roamed the village, together with a few scrawney hogs and a few straggly chickens. There were no street lights--in fact, there were no streets-.only paths and trails. There were a few rickety wagons, but no farm machinery was in evidence. From all appearances the Indians subsisted by hunting and fishing. Hides of buffalo, coyotes, foxes, rabbits and occasionally a mountain lion or bob cat were stretched on the walls of the few buildings and on crude frames made of poles and tree limbs, about the teepees. Near each teepee was a goodly supply of spears and bows and arrows. These bore evidence of skill and precision in making. They were decorated with weird:y painted designs. Mr. Williams was writing a letter and Mr. Carrier asked him, "What are you writing, Walt?" 'Tm writing to Brother Jones back in Leeton, telling him about Hardscrabble." Mr. Carrier laughed and said, "What is Hard- scrabble?" "This town Don't it look like it?" Blackburn, Oklahoma is situated on the south bank of the Arkansas River at an altitude of 798 feet above sea level. The annual reunion of the drought survivors of 1901 is held in Blackburn. Its population in 1901, the year of the big drought, was 198. It was Blackburn, Indian Territory when our wagon train arrived on the north bank of the river early in the whether there was quicksand CIc:::::::tc::::::::::::::_...K..._._lC::l because the big stories that I HapPy Birthday00 had been told about quick- sand had some of the group worried and the children were really scared. there was reason for worry, because quicksand could be dangerous if there were a great deal of it. g Much of the conversation that evening was centered around the problem of crossing the big river and some of the group related stories they had heard, of whole teams and wagons being totally swallowed up in the stuff. The next morning every- e one was up "bright and 1] early" and by sunrise all of the regular chores had been done and we were ready to cross the river. Mr. Carrier called the group to attention and said, "Now, we'll cross Sue! Wishing you many, many more. 0 0 D 0 Bill, Virginia, L David & Robert IF A. C. Damron Will Present this Ad At BLUMER'S CHAMPLIN before noon Jan. 4 Will Receive Thanks to you, we've had a very successful year. With our help, we hope you've had a good year too. Let's con- tinue our friendship for many years to come! Happy '78! From All of Us At- Main " 5 GAL. of Gas Ruby Albright's quilt is WATCH THIS SPACE almost finished and her 1 EACH WEEK -- YOU | [[ ,,..,,f,d[n d[ second one will be next. II MAY BE THE NEXT[[[ e,,t.,, ] Happy New Year to lWll[ everyone from the Center.