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5/10/2013 12:26:00 AM
I Remember
By Charles Wall

I looked at some Perkins Journal microfilms to see how Mother's Day was observed in earlier years. I saw films for May in 1927. 1928, 1941, and 1944.

I observed that three events take place in May that have to do with memories: Mother's Day, High School Graduation, and Memorial Day. This is still true in Perkins in the year 2013.

In 1927, Editor Smith would have a special quotation on page one of each issue. For Mother's Day the quote was, "Mother's love is about the nearest approach in this life to the wonderful compassionate love of God."

In 1928, he quoted a Mother's Day poem, "My Madonna," by Charles W. Fessenden.

News items indicated that in 1927 and 1928, churches had special Mother's Day recognition during services on Sunday morning or Sunday evening. Churches mentioned were Baptist, Methodist, Christian, Vinco, Lost Creek, and Eden Chapel.

The Lost Creek Women's Missionary Auxiliary had a mother-daughter meeting at Mrs. Ora Dunlap's home in 1928.

In 1941, the Methodist news item said, "Next Sunday is a great day, and at the morning hour Pastor George Strouse will bring a sermon on this occasion. Every mother, old or young, is urged to be present. The oldest mother will be honored. There will be no services that night as Baccalaureate will be held at the Community Building at 8 p.m."

I remember Pastor Strouse and I also remember Goldie Pinkston who wrote this in the Gordon Center neighborhood news (Gordon Center was southeast of Perkins): "May 11, 1941, is Mother's Day and is also my mother's birthday. As it approaches I realize how much I miss her since she is gone. But I resolve to remember the many fine lessons she taught me and never to betray the trust she placed in me. I only hope to be kind and sympathetic to other mothers... Let's all try to make this Mother's Day a great one."

One thing I noticed was that in the 1940's the Perkins merchants advertisements were more focused on upcoming holidays than they were in the 1920's.

The ad for McDaniel & Son Hardware said to buy Mother home needs: Coolerator Ice Box that used block ice for cooling, kitchen table, linoleum, pyrex ware, dishes, iced tea sets, mirrors, wall pictures, throw rugs, rocking chairs, couches, floor lamps, beds, dressers, kitchen ranges.

Mathias Drug had appreciation gifts, cosmetics, vases, glass and chromium ware, and bric-a-brac.

Eddy Stumbo Drug had wrist watches, fountain pens, eversharp pencils, mirror and brush sets, chocolates, and cards. Perkins Beauty Shop had permanents for onehalf price for Mother's Day. Beauty operators were Syble Norris, Opal Farmer, and Essie Spillars. In 2013, we continue to express appreciation to our mothers, past and present and sat 'Thank you' to them.

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