Big Basin Herald (Newspaper) - April 22, 1971, Muldrow, Oklahoma SUCCESSOR TO THE MULDROW HERALD VOLUME 6 Muldrow, Oklahoma 74948 10 Cents Each Thursday, April 22. 1971 Number 43 The Annual Spring Band Concert will be held Thursday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Beth grade school and nigh school bands will be performing. The refreshment stands will be open and door prizes will be given. Admission is adults $1.00, students 50 cents. Proceeds irom this concert will go to the Muldrow High School Band. One of the more significant real estate transactions was recorded Monday in the office of County Clerk, Jess Ross. The document, a warranty deed conveyed ownership to property on East Cherokee to Pollock Stores Company and Harry Pollock. The property is where the The P.TA. election of officers will be Thursday night, April 22, at 7 a.m. at the grade school music room. Those who wish to attend the band concert may leave in time to-do so. - It is imperative that theChrist-mas wrapping paper or money be turned in. ' if you are unable to return it personally, please senditbyyour children to the school. The Sequoyah Settlers Reunion, sponsoed by the Chamber "of Commerce will be held April 24 at the Sallisaw Civic Center and adjacent grounds. Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Bob Turner and Roy McDaniel. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. followed at 11 a.m. by a stalk shoot* A Hog Calling Contest will begin at 12 p.m. immediately before lunch. Lunch will be from .30-1:30 At 1:30 p.m. the main program will begin with various" contests and the awarding of the prizes. Muldrow will participate in an "Earth Day" by sponsoring a Clean-up Campaign Program. The Muldrow High School students assisted by the Muldrow Chamber of Commerce and the Jaycees will participate in a 1 hour "clean-up collection"x on Wednesday, May 5. Poster contests will be held at the school and further details on this and the clean-up campaign will be in next weeks paper. We have collected $333.00 to aid in sustaining the Muskogee office of the Boy Scouts. Our quota is $400 00 to pay the minimum expense of the area executives handling of the Muldrow Troop and Cub Scouts. The following have made liberal contributions to this worthy A new shop has been opened just east of Sallisaw, located opposite the Western Motel, on Hiway 64. Called "Verna,'s Knitting Nook", it has just about anything you could possibly need for your knitting supplies. Owned and operated by Verna Norrid, the 'Nook'' is ideally situated to cater to patrons from any of the adjacent towns, so if you are needing knitting materials, stop by and see Verna, she will be glad to help you. v Also', if you would like to learn to knit, Verna has knitting classes at a very reasonable rate. bowling alley building now stands and is adjacent to property recently acquired by Safeway , Stores. \ The purchase of these properties by these two well established firms indicates the strong faith in the future of Sallisaw and Se-. quoyah County. cause. Aubrey Henshaw, Troy Stimson, Rev. Charles Wilson, John Reed, Leon Merrill, Paul Lee, Edmund Edwards, C. W. Gilstrap, Joe Patterson, Rubye Sparkman, Mrs. Dean Shackle-ford, Calvin Fargo, Gerald Blay-lock, Bill Phillips, Muldrow Home! Extension Club, Mrs. Mildred Bethel (Gans), Frank Farmer, Louis Allen, Jack Shermer, Fred Tabor, Piggly-Wiggly Store. Jean Schaefer, Gary Lookebill, Bell Telephone, and Rev. Roy Llnd. The last tabulation showed $333.00t donated. If we reach the $400'.00 quota it most likely will be a first for a Sequoyah county town as far as this writer knows. We. have been the low man on the Totem pole in the county in the Eastern Oklahoma Council of the Bov Scouts. The United Fund or Community Chest pays only a smallpercent-age to the Scout Fund. Individual sustaining membership pays the larger part. Help is urgently needed in the Redland Cemetery clean-up program, from now until decoration day, which is the third Sunday in May. Help is needed to clean up fallen limbs, clean away brush and also ,to remove the flowers from the graves, so that the mowers can get busy. Donations for mowing are also still being accepted. We will appreciate, any help we can get. Thank you Mrs. Dillard Jordan, Secretary-Treasurer. There will be a JayceeJayne Meeting Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jaycee Hut. All members and Jaycee wives are urged to attend. Remember to set your clocks forward 1 hour on Sunday, April 24 when daylight saving time begins. The official time change is set for 2 a.m. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips that they speak no guile. Spring and Summer, Autumn and Winter, give place peacefully to each other. Submitted by Karl Swanson. BY GLORIA "FARLEY The news that Norsemen were in central Oklahoma in the eleventh century, almost 500 years before Columbus, was announced Monday, April 19th in the-form of a Senate resolution. The resolution was sponsored jointly by Senator Ralph Graves of Shawnee, where a new rune-stone was found, and by Senator James E. Hamilton of Heave-ner, where the famous twelve foot Heavener dated November 11, 1012, is protected and perpetuated in a state park named for his father, the late Senator Clem Hamilton. The perfectly preserved small Shawnee Runestone was found in August 1969 by Jim Estepandtw$ small boys who were snake-hunting by a creek in the Larkiri Meadow Housing Development, on property owned by Tom Brown and David Little. Turning over a stone which was almost buried, Mr. Estep noticed that the underside was carved with strange letters, and took it to his mother in law, Mrs. A, T. Lindsay. When the family later moved to Lawton, the stone was taken along, but, only recently did they realize that the carved letters were runes. Mrs. Lindsay contacted Dr. O. G. Landsverk of California, North authority^ and the stone was later placed in the hands of the writer, who has researched the subject of the Norse in America for the past twenty-three years, to record and document so that it might be authenticated. The Shawnee Runestone is roughly oval in shape, measuring 14 1/2 by 11 1/2 by 2 inches in thickness. It has been verified by Paul Richardson, geologist, as a red finegrained sandstone which is native to the reg- The Annual Grade School Music Festival v^ill hold their spring program April 29 at 7:30 in the high school gymnasium. participating in the program will be the 1st-6th grades and the theme for this year will be "Children on Parade." ion. He states that the inscription was made with a combination of punch and cutting tools. The stone is plainly carved with five runes from the oldest futhark, one of the runic alphabets used by the Norsemen who inscribed both the Heavener and the Poteau Runestones In eastern Oklahoma. The Shawnee Runestone differs from these two because the first three runes a re connected, forming bindrunes. This fact made possible the translation of the Shawnee in-cription as another date in the early eleventh century: November 24, 1024. Tne translator is Alf Monge, retired U. S. Army cryptographer of Santa Rosa, California. It was Monge who rediscover jc! in 1965 the method of solving the dated Medieval Norse cryptopuz-zle, an art which had been lost for 500 years. The Shawnee date contains nine points of verification, and an ;count of Monge's solution, written by Earl Syversen, will be publisv ' y Landsverk Foundation. This date in 1024, which is twelve years later than the.date on the Heavener Runestone, and seven years later the date of November 11, 1017 on the Poteau runestone found in 1967, indicates that the party of Norse explorers spent some years in the land which was to become Oklahoma, traveling by water. The Shawnee Runestone lay about a mile from the North Canadian River, near a srnalltributary. Other runestones have formerly been seen near various creeks and rivers, especially the Arkansas River, and on mountain cliffs and boulders, and others have been moved. If any of these ' are rediscovered, it is requested that they*be left unmolested, and their locatipn be reported to Gloria Farley, Heavener. All runestones are the property of the state. The Shawnee Runestone, now in protective custody of the Eastern Oklahoma Historical Society, will be exhibited by the Oklahoma ScienceandArts Foundation at the State Fair grounds at the planetarium, September 1 through, October 5. The equally perfect and important Poteau Runestone will be loaned by the Kerr Museum of Poteau for. this exhibit also.