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November 5, 2005

Several readers have been inordinately generous lately in sharing information about Perry with friends at the Perry High School Alumni association, the Cherokee Strip Museum, the Carnegie Library and elsewhere. Let me tell you about some of them, because I think they are all interesting.

First, let me call your attention to the well-written piece in The Journal last week concerning this county's early settlement of families from a Czechoslovakian background. In an orderly way, he told their story and the quest some of them had made to verify their search.

At about the same time, Mrs. Jack Powers and the former Wileeta Paden brought me a very large collection of newspapers, mostly from Ponca City and Tulsa. These had been saved by Wileeta's deceased father, Clarence Paden, because of his background and interest in the newspaper business, and those interests dealt with the World War II era. I could not find a local entity that was willing to save them (the museum already had a duplicate file, I was told). So I am returning the papers to those ladies, with thanks for letting me look at the publications. I remember that period very well. That is when I started my own career as an editor.

Also arriving about the same time was a mint fresh copy of the 1920 Peroma yearbook, put together by a competent Perry High School staff and brought to me by Evelyn Freese Stotts, now of Stillwater, who had several relatives working on the publication. It is an excellent example of what high school scholars can do with the proper guidance.

I would be remiss if I did not mention a phone call from Marie Rhodes of Oklahoma City, with updated information about her brother, Glen Taylor, who was shown in an interior photo of the City Drug Store, once operated by my Dad and my Mom. The caption stated Glen was deceased. Well, not exactly, Marie says. He is still living (age 92) and I apologize for the slipup.