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April 4, 1996

More good news for the downtown business area. Brian and Dianne Richardson are preparing to open a new men's apparel store on the south side of the square at 632 Cedar street, snuggled between Kelley Kueck's newly opened women's clothing store and Shirley Self’s Shoe Box. Seems like a natural combination. Brian, a computer operator at the Charles Machine Works, Inc., and Dianne plan to have their store opened by the latter part of July. The name of the business will be Cedar Clothes, a reference to both the street location and the decor they are planning. Brian will continue as an employee at CMW.

While Susan Henderson and her husband, Bruce, were recently dismantling an old house for salvage, they came across the faded remnants of a note that may have been written in the early days of this century. The note was found in the wall of a room. The writer used a pencil on plain white stationery, now turned quite yellow, and time has nearly obliterated the entire message. There is no salutation or other indication of the recipient's identity, and the signature of the sender is difficult to read. This much is legible:

"I hope you have a good time at the ball game. Did you have fun last night'? I didn't. Yes, I got my problems today and some for tomorrow. I don't know if I can come Sunday evening because I may have to stay home and take care of my daddy for he is very sick, but if I come I'll tell you. I know the weather sure is awful. This rain -- it looks like it will never stop. Oh, I don't care:" The signature follows, but it is very unclear. A note on the back of the sheet reads: "She can't spell very good, can she'? Ha!"

Sounds like it might have been a note exchanged by two young school girls. With just the smidgen of information given, you can let your imagination run free and conjure up little story based on these word fragments. So, it's just a little cryptic message from out of the past, a small slice of life from another age in Perry. The Hendersons have laminated the sheet to protect it from further loss, and they are enjoying speculating on the origins of their unusual find.

A recent note from Wesley A. Leatherock in Oklahoma City contains a comment that some of you will find interesting. Wesley writes: "Your mention of the dentists downtown led us to recall Dr. Render (whose office was not downtown) and the houseboat he had at what was then called the New Perry Lake. The lake was also the site of boat races that drew considerable crowds. We recalled the Cutsingers' speed boat of which they were particularly proud."

Dr. L. 0. Render's home and office were on Birch street. As I recall, he built the houseboat Wesley remembers and he and his wife, Ruth, often spent weekends aboard it on the "New Perry Lake," which we now know simply as the Perry lake, our water reservoir. Dr. Render was quite proud of his houseboat and it was an interesting sight to behold floating along on the surface of that big lake. At least, we thought it was big at that time, back in the 1930s and 1940s. What with silting and one thing and another, it doesn't seem so big any more.