Q: “Just Ask” on April 28 listed the animals that settlers found here. What was the worst to them?
A: Settler Job Chamberlin explained:
“The wolf was the most troublesome of all the wild animals. It was almost impossible to raise sheep on account of them and we had to put our sheep in high pens at night to save them from these dangerous pests.
“We could hear the wolves howling nearly every night and, frequently, two or three gangs at a time. One gang would howl and the others would answer them.
“My father took great pains to destroy them and killed 49 in all. He took the scalps to Perrysburg, which was the county seat of this district at that time, and at first got $1.25 bounty for each scalp, but it was soon raised to $3.25.
“He had to take them within 30 days after killing and make oath that he killed them.
“To save going himself, he sometimes would bring the wolves to his house alive and get Joseph Gordon, the mail carrier, to kill them and get the bounty.” — “History of Hancock County, Ohio.”
Q: Why call it the World Series when the world isn’t involved? — J.D. Smith, Findlay.
A: Old old-fashioned hype.
In 1903, newspapers hailed the “championship series,” “world championship series” and “world series” as the Boston Americans of the upstart American League beat the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League in their first tournament.
These slogans originated in the seven series between the National League and the American Association between 1884 and 1890.
Then, some called it more accurately, “The Championship of the United States.” But that wasn’t grand enough in 1903. — Various sources.
Q: Have another of the language’s 10 best sentences from “The American Scholar”?
A: From “In Cold Blood,” by Truman Capote, 1966:
“Like the waters of the river, like the motorists on the highway, and like the yellow trains streaking down the Santa Fe tracks, drama, in the shape of exceptional happenings, had never stopped there.”
Q: Whatever happened to Anita Bryant?
A: She was a singer, television actress, talk-show guest, and pitchwoman for Florida orange juice in the ’60s and ’70s.
Her wholesomeness as Miss Oklahoma 1958 and a Miss America runner-up countered the social upheaval of the times.
In 1974, she led a campaign to repeal a Dade County, Florida, ordinance prohibiting bias against gays. Her side lost, and it made Bryant a lightning rod for the gay rights movement.
Her battles with gays, and their response, including a boycott of orange juice, crippled her career as sponsors abandoned her.
The antagonism peaked in 1977 when a gay activist threw a pie in her face during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bryant’s quip, widely reported then, might be considered an anti-gay slur today.
Her last public appearance seems to have been at the centennial of her hometown, Barnsdall, Oklahoma, in 2005.
She is 74. Anita Bryant Ministries in Oklahoma City has not updated its website since 2008. — Oklahoma Historical Society, other sources.
Q: What did Mark Twain (1835-1910) say?
A: “Concerning the difference between man and the jackass, some observers hold that there isn’t any. But this wrongs the jackass.”
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