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January 7, 2006

Some of you have been kind enough to admit you read the recent column under this heading which repeated portions of a column originally written by a former staff member, Jane Schneider, who now lives in retirement in San Francisco. Her husband, who also was a news writer and a San Francisco city councilman, is now deceased but fortunately I receive an occasional note or a phone call from her just to reassure me and folks in this area that she is still going strong. Jane was quite a gal and I miss her. She worked under the indirect supervision of Milo W. Watson, who was sort of assistant publisher when he wrote a column of his own, El Toro. On October 29, 1943, he wrote a column that I came across in researching another project recently at the Perry Carnegie Library. The reprinted portion follows.

The paper that day also included small ads from merchants like Cleo Stout's OK Filling Station, Frank Eby's Economy Cleaners, the J.C. Penny department store and Dr. C.H. Cooke's Perry General Hospital, Inc. Remember them? All are now deceased.

Here's the column by the late Milo Watson, or MWW, as he signed it. Get set, and Go: this was Milo's column:

There's no telling what benefits are liable to accrue from church attendance in addition to the spiritual uplift. A good friend of ours went to church a few evenings ago for the first time in quite a spell, and later was asked to fill a vacant position in the choir. This he did and sang loudly and lustily, but imagine his surprise when next morning his first business transaction give him a net profit of $24. Pretty good, considering his collection plate investment was only 50 cents, but the profit probably wouldn’t have been more than $18 if he hadn’t helped out in the choir emergency.

We learned some more about church attendance from listening in on a session of a local spit and whittle club,. One philosopher said he always felt guilty when church bells began ringing on Sunday, unless he found himself ready to go to services somewhere. However, his advice is to attend churches of various denominations without offering permanent vows to any one group. "That way," he explained, "none of them can claim you and they won't come hitting you up for big donations."

Mrs. H.L. Johnson has preserved a copy of a Perry newspaper dated May 3, 1923, which carries an ad from Crowder and Johnson offering loganberries at 68 cents a gallon. Even if loganberries were available at 68 cents now, the OPA wouldn't be long in getting them to $1.68.

Another thing the OPA seems to have overlooked is bobby pins. While they're selling for 10 cents a dozen here, Oklahoma City department stores are offering two of the tiny wire necessities (?) on a card for 10 cents, with a limit of one card to a customer.

And that's about it for today. At the time this piece by Milo was written, Jane Schneider also wrote Perry Parings, W.K. Leatherock wrote In the Wake of the News, and I was in military-service, though still listed as city editor. The Northwest Corner came later.