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October 12, 1996

Dr. Edwin Fair, one of our community's most distinguished citizens is valiantly battling a debilitating disease at his home here but he knows he has the prayers and good wishes of many friends in far-flung places. That kind of support helps Dr. Fair and his entire family in this stressful time. Before his illness progressed this far, Dr. Fair had finished work on a project that has been on his mind for some time -- writing a dual biography about his life and that of his late father, Dr. Ellis Nathan Fair. The book is now at the printers and should be delivered in just a few weeks. The title is The Doctors Fair, and it will be available here in due time. Numerous photos are used to illustrate the text.

Dr. Ellis Fair spent his life in the early years of this century as a country doctor in Heavener, in east-central Oklahoma, and he served as a role model for his son, who truly idolized him. Dr. Edwin Fair has pretty much patterned his life according to the things he learned from his father. The story of their careers should be fascinating reading. Watch for this book when it becomes available. Meantime, Ed and the Fair family will appreciate your good thoughts.

There's more good news for our downtown area. Two new business locations have been established -- one on the north side of the square and one on the south.

Jim and Sondra Garvey will formally open their downtown shop, Wood 'n Stuff, on October 22 at 610 Cedar street. Jim says the emphasis will be on their woodcraft, but other works will be included in the gallery. Pottery is one example of the additional pieces we'll find there, and many of them will be created in the gallery.

The first month will be devoted to a Christmas store atmosphere. Regular business hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Clerks, including Jim and Sondra, will be on hand to assist shoppers, and you will generally find other artists at work on the premises, also. The Garveys will continue to maintain the shop at their home, 415 First street. They are finding a growing demand for the custom pieces of furniture emanating from their shop.

On the north side of the square, Michael Flynn has just opened an insurance agency at 603 Delaware, in the TRIB building. Michael is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and has just been appointed Farmers Insurance Group agent for Perry. Mike, a native of Sand Springs, spent some time as a member of the Perry national guard unit while at OSU so he's somewhat familiar with our community.

Mike is unmarried but engaged, so that status may change sometime soon. He is still receiving training to prepare for his new business venture and for that reason he may be out of the office temporarily from time to time. Also, he has not yet found a home here so commuting is a daily chore, also temporarily. Drop by the TRIB and get acquainted next time you're strolling down the north side of the square.

Improvements and acquisitions such as these are welcome and are helping to make the downtown area more inviting and convenient for those who shop and transact business in Perry. We're glad to join with others in welcoming them to this community.

Other things also draw a crowd, sometimes unexpectedly. The other day, when the state school land auction was held in Perry on the courthouse lawn, you could hardly find an empty parking space on either side of the street on all four sides of the square. The situation was pretty much the same for several days after that while a jury trial of great general interest was going on in the district court room on the third floor of the courthouse. Many veteran observers could not remember a bigger turnout for a trial here. Some though it was almost like another September 16th Cherokee Strip celebration.