March 2, 1996
That photograph of the lake in Perry CCC Park which adorns the cover of the 1996 city telephone directory was taken by Nevilyn Throckmorton, one of our fine Perry middle school teachers who also dabbles in photography as a serious hobby. The CCC Park is one of the city's treasures, but sometimes I think we fail to appreciate all of its picturesque beauty. With her artist's eye, Nevilyn has captured a lovely view that will help remind us what we have out there. The new phone books are expected any day now.
Speaking of overlooked treasures in our midst, how long has it been since you visited the Perry Carnegie Library or the Cherokee Strip Museum? Well, as the commercial says, that's too long! I fear there are quite a few among us who have never been inside either place and that really is a shame. Both of them are outstanding cultural features, the sort that many communities larger than Perry would love to have. And don't forget the YMCA and Stagecoach Theatre productions, when they're being presented. Our little city has an abundance of such good things and this barely scratches the surface. Indulge yourself and take advantage of what they have to offer. Enjoy them!
The YMCA is getting ready for a major fund-raising effort so this is a good time to acquaint yourself with what we have down there on south Seventh street. Perry is still the smallest city in the U.S.A. with a full-service YMCA. Young or old, we can all share in the benefits it offers. Regular use of the Y facilities will make you feel good physically and help you trim up. We all need to work at staying healthy.
And Stagecoach is in the midst of its annual membership enrollment campaign. If you didn't get a letter in the mail about that, refer to the articles on the front page of the Feb. 13 issue of The Perry Daily Journal for details. Donations of more than $10 are tax deductible. Send yours to Stagecoach at P.O. Box 82, Perry. Our community theatre has been around since 1975. It deserves your support to enable continued presentation of wholesome family entertainment. Buying a membership alone won't pay the bills, but it will indicate you appreciate what our hometown thespians are trying to provide for the rest of us.
The Reader's Digest is still the world's most widely read magazine, so it doesn't need my endorsement, but the March issue just seems to have more good stuff than usual. Your attention is called to "The Verbal Edge" on page 145, demonstrating eight common word usage blunders, plus the usual bounty of worthwhile articles on a broad variety of topics.
I understand the two-story brick building at the south end of the west side of the square has been sold and that the ground floor level will soon become the home of a vintage and classic car collection. Another business is contemplated for the second floor. Work has started to renovate the building. You may remember it as the former home of Georgia Curtis' used furniture store. In previous years it housed the pioneer Christoph & Newton Furniture and Undertaking establishment. Other similar businesses, including a moving and storage company, have been occupants through the years.
The recent death of Wilbur Mouser calls to mind the fact that now, for the first time since Perry was born on Sept. 16, 1893, our community has no members of the Mouser family as residents. Wilbur's father, George, came here at the opening and was one of the prominent figures in the development of this area. For a time he was among the Strip's leading stock buyers. Wilbur's daughter, Joan Stinnett, lives in the Dallas area and his son, James, lives in Norman. One by one, the remnants of true Cherokee Strip pioneer families are slipping away. It's a sad fact, but worthy of noting.