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May 4, 2001

Leonard Robinson, rotund and jolly as ever, is now the postmaster at Stillwater. He used to occupy that position here at the Perry post office and he has had other stints of duty at Billings and Ponca City. His wife is a valued member of the faculty at the Perry Middle School. She was Perry’s “teacher of the year” last year and that shows the great respect her peers have for her here. Leonard also apparently likes Perry. He told the local Rotary club the other day that he intends to retire from the Postal Service at Stillwater and then return here to make his home. That’s good news. We look forward to having the Robinsons as friends and neighbors in this community for many years.

Spent a while in Morrison recently and visited with the esteemed upholsterer, Howard Hicks, at his neat dowtown shop. While there I kept looking at the Citizens State Bank building across the street, where Rick McSwain is now president and CEO, and it’s obvious that a major improvement project is going on there. Howard explained to me that a new canopy has been built along the north exterior wall and incorporated into the overall design of the bank building and the interior also is undergoing major changes. A brand new roof now covers the bank, and work is still going on. Looks like another sign of progress at Morrison, to go along with the “tree city” designation and other major improvements in that east Noble county community.

My reader dropped by the other day to say how much he enjoyed the recent column containing nostalgic quotes from the 1950s because they remind him of just how much things have changed since then. I’m surprised that he remembers that period, but at his request here are some more of those observations.from the 1950s:

“I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.”

“It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”

“It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”

“I’ll tell you one thing. If my kid ever talks back to me, he or she won’t be able to sit down for a week.”

“Did you know the new church in town is allowing women to wear pants to their service?”

“Next thing you know, the government will start paying us not to grow crops.” (Pardon me, but didn’t that phrase find expression years ago when Henry Wallace was FDR’s secretary of agriculture?)

“I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”

“Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to Congress.”

That’s enough of this for today. More coming at some future date.