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May 30, 2003

Lets lead off with a few humorous definitions borrowed from the Perry Rotary club's weekly newsletter. It is edited by Dr. Stacey Wilda, who will become president of the local club in July. Here we go:

Bottle feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 a.m. too.
Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the kids would care to order dessert.
Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn't appreciate the strained carrots.
Full name: What you call your child when you're mad at him.
Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.
Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.
Independent: What we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

Now here's a bit of information sent to this corner by Wes Leatherock of Oklahoma City. (Before his retirement a few years ago, Wes was a communications executive for Southwestern Bell. His late dad, W. K. Leatherock, took a chance and hired me to work in the news department of this newspaper back in 1941.) The following appeared in a recent edition of "This & That," a weekly electronic newsletter edited and published by Butch Bridges, a systems administrator for Carter county in Ardmore. The material is credited to Roy Kendrick, Perry antique dealer. There is no charge for the newsletter, I'm told. If you're interested, send an e-mail to:

Here's the portion of interest to Perry folks, all of it provided by Roy Kendrick for Mr. Bridges' newsletter:

"Thought you might like to see some of the murals here in Perry, Oklahoma. About four or five of them are on the outside walls of business buildings (a couple pertain to the business inside, such as the one on Foster's Corner Drug depicting its original '40s soda fountain which is still in use inside the store.) The one seen in the attachment here shows a map of early Oklahoma and Indian Territories as they would have appeared at the time of the Cherokee Strip land run in 1893, and is on a historic building now used its the headquarters for the IOOF Grand Lodge of Oklahoma."

The second portion from Mr. Kendrick follows: "I know that you already have a photo of this bell at the First Baptist Church at 7th and Fir avenue here in Perry, but when I saw it on your website, I didn't see a closeup of the plaque nor the lettering molded into the bell. The date on the bell is significant, too. The Cherokee Strip land run was September 16th, 1893, so this must have been ordered right away (or purchased soon after the run.) (Also submitted was a) picture of the bell at St. Mark's Episcopal church here in Perry at 7th and Grove. I think that it was formerly on an engine of the AT&SF Railroad, but I'm not certain. (The next) bell is at the First United Methodist church at 7th and Elm Streets, also here in Perry."