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December 31, 2004

Perry airport part of the local charm

One of the nice things about living in a town like Perry is the size of our airport. The fact that we even have an airport is quite a story in itself, and we have recounted that bit of history in this space on previous occasions.

But when you consider the turmoil surrounding Tulsa's airport and Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City, we have to count our blessings.

Tulsa is going through some domestic turmoil right now regarding concessions given to lure a now-broke airline and Oklahoma City is rebuilding (again) its sprawling airport, a fact which makes boarders walk endless pathways just to find the gate where their airline will admit paying customers. And, that process is going to continue for several more months, we hear.

By contrast, we just read in this paper the other day that Perry is the favored spot for a non-military flight school. If that becomes reality, considerable work will be started at Perry's small but comfortable landing field to make it unable for the new purpose. That will not create any special problems for customers arriving or departing.

They won't be on regular flights and most of them will not be on charter flights, but they can reach just about any destination by leaving here and avoiding the problems now being experienced at the state's two largest airfields. That's another plus for those of us who live here because of the advantages Perry has to offer.

If you're looking for some light reading with historical implications, find a copy of the current "Chronicles of Oklahoma," published by the Oklahoma Historical Society and enjoy the articles it contains. One in particular should be of interest to folks in Noble county. It is entitled "Householder Fruit Farm," and it tells the story of a pioneer family who settled in the Guthrie area after the April land run in 1889. The Householders were long-time Logan county developers, and their story makes good reading on a chilly autumn night.

Of course, the little book contains a lot more in addition to that article, and all of them should be of interest to people in this area who like to learn how our ancestors found sustenance in this area when the Great Land Runs gave them a place to live back there in the nineteenth century.

One note of criticism regarding this particular issue: The dark green background makes the cover art almost impossible to see. All in all, however, it's a good piece of work.