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October 24, 1996

Let's talk prep football! After last week's 42-14 victory over Tulsa Union, it seems' apparent that the Jenks high school Trojans are the cream of the crop in Oklahoma's class 6A this season. But did you realize the Trojans have a Perry connection? Two of their stalwart linemen are J.D. and Will Elliott, grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Elliott of Oklahoma City, who formerly lived here. Bob, a native of Perry, met his wife, Mary Louise, in Perry high school back in the early 1940s.

J.D. Elliott, a senior, is a tackle; younger brother Will, a sophomore, plays guard. Both are about 63" and sturdily built. Their dad, David Elliott of Jenks, is a son of the Bob Elliotts. David is with a Tulsa van line but lives in the Jenks school district. Other Perry relatives are Karen Grim, Bob's niece, and her twin brothers, Gene and Glen Elliott. Grandpa Bob says some area college teams are watching J.D.'s senior exploits with interest and he is hoping to land a full scholarship.

'To complete this story, we'd better tell you also that David's older brother, Bob, is associated with their dad in Elliott Engineering Inc., based in Oklahoma City, and their sister, Janet, is manager of Congressman J.C. Watts' office in Norman.

Still on the subject of prep football, the Perry Maroons have been unable to win as many games as they'd like this season (along with some big-time teams I could name), but a few individuals are earning laurels, statistically. According to the latest compilation by Daily Oklahoman sports writers, our Marcus Long is the leading punter in class 3A with 14 kicks for 548 yards (an average of 39.1). Long also is 3A's second leading rusher with 760 yards on 120 carries, an average of 6 yards per carry. Perry's James Boone is 3A's fourth leading pass receiver with 27 catches for 297 yards and one touchdown; the Maroons' Justin Stevens (14 catches, 262 yards, two touchdowns) is seventh. PHS quarterback Doug Morris is fourth in 3A passing with 62 completions in 130 attempts and one interception for 759 yards and six touchdowns.

Terry and Judi Leonard's Cattle Baron Steakhouse Restaurant on East Fir is favored by many local diners and visitors for its unique decor and cuisine. Aside from their buffalo burgers and an 80-ounce "free" steak challenge, the Leonards have some other things to intrigue their guests. One of these is the restaurant's king-size menu printed on a heavy 17" x 22" sheet, with loads of information besides the bill of fare, as interesting as that is all by itself.

The front and rear covers of the menu are formatted like an old-time newspaper with interesting stories about this area to occupy diners while they're waiting to be served. The source of the Cattle Baron name is explained; another piece tells about the post-Civil War cattle drives through this area; the 101 Ranch north of Perry is described, along with other major points of interest of tourists; and a recipe for Mexican chili con carne is offered. The Cattle Baron's dining room walls are decorated with memorabilia such as Western art, photos of the old 101 Ranch, a few branding irons, and similar paraphernalia. If they wish, diners can send copies of the menu back home to their friends. They make good souvenirs.

Along the same line, but on a much smaller scale, are the little handouts provided by Mike and Janet Shannon at Foster's Corner Drug Store on the east side of the square. These are 3 1/2" x 81/2" sheets printed vertically on brightly colored paper with an invitation to "return to the '50s" with a visit to the old-fashioned fountain at Foster's. It's the only place in Perry, and one of the few places anywhere, still offering ice cream sodas, sundaes, malts and milk shakes concocted by a fountain attendant (we used to call them soda jerks).

Former long-time Perry residents who return here for a visit usually, make a beeline for Foster's to enjoy a bit of nostalgia as they relax on one of the stools around the fountain. Many of these folks are often accompanied by children or grandchildren who have only heard about drug store fountains. It's another place of interest to show off in our little town.

Perry has other uniquely interesting places for dining and light refreshment and I'll try to touch on more of them from time to time. Stay tuned.

How appropriate! The next blood donor drive at the Charles Machine Works, Inc. is scheduled on October 31 -- Halloween. The Oklahoma Blood Institute will visit CMW that day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive pints of blood from the company's hundreds of employees, retirees and their families in the basement auditorium of the main office building.

And speaking of CMW, how about a little applause for them for bringing the Deutz German men's chorus to Perry earlier this month. The stirring concert at the high school auditorium was a trilling experience, one that will be long remembered by those attending. We also are indebted to the Ditch Witch company for the use of their men and equipment in cleaning up trash and weeds from the median and curbs along a long stretch of Fir avenue fronting the company's complex on West Fir. Those folks are good corporate citizens of this community in every way, and often we don't acknowledge all they do.