October 18, 2002
How about some more tidbits of news as found in a copy of the May 28, 1934, issue of The Perry Daily Journal, provided by Virginia Gengler. Here we go with some nuggets chosen at random.
Final services were held for Frank Rigg, pioneer Noble county resident and Frisco Railroad agent here who had died of a heart attack. Theodore Hartman, 9, was injured when a .22 caliber bullet exploded after it was hit by a hammer in his hand. Theodore had been playing with the bullet, which he thought was a dud. A neighbor boy had given it to him. John M. White, manager of Wacker’s Variety Store, returned home after ten weeks on active duty with the CCC camp at Talihina. White was a first lieutenant in the Officer Reserve Corps and was second in command at the camp. The 200 CCC camp boys at Talihina were building truck trails through the mountains.
(More from the 1934 issue of the PDJ.) Major Gordon W. Lillie, better known as Pawnee Bill, pulled out of the annual spring rodeo and Indian pow-wow at Pawnee in a disagreement with the show planners. Discord between the white-haired cowman and the city of Pawnee was the only reason given. Pawnee Bill usually was master of ceremonies for the show. Perry stores were planning to close for Decoration Day but no extensive programs to honor the dead were planned here. The Perry Merchants baseball team defeated the Ponca City team, 6-5, in an exciting game played here the previous day. Mr. and Mrs. Al Singletary announced the birth of a son in an Oklahoma City hospital. Sixteen students were enrolled for summer school classes being offered at Perry High School.
Perry Middle School Journalism class students, taught by Joan Hubble, have produced their first issue (for this school year) of the Maroon Messenger. Again it is an attractive and well-written newspaper. One feature this month is a brief explanation and favorable commentary by Ian Woods concerning the new “minute of silence” law. Congratulations to Mrs. Hubble and her students for their dedication to excellence.
Many of you were kind enough to say you enjoyed the “Idiot Sightings” in a previous column, so, with that in mind, here’s some more for today’s closer. Idiot Sighting #4. I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on. Idiot Sighting #5. When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. “Hey,” I announced to the mechanic, “it’s open.” To which he replied, “I know – I already got that side.”