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The Oklahoma Free Press Hoodlums Turned into Heroes

how is it possible for a hoodlum to be a hero like that?” Jerry said.

Three brave heroes saved children trapped from burning church. By: Karen Eusebio

September 25, 1960

Three amazing east side “Greasers” became heroes yesterday afternoon. At 3 P.M., an abandoned church on top of Jay Mountain burst into flames and four children inside the church were trapped inside. Luckily, three young men were brave enough to rescue the children inside the church. The three heroes were John Cade a 16 year old boy known as “Johnny”, Dallas Winston a 17 year old, also known as “Dally”, and Ponyboy Curtis a 14 year old boy, also known as “Pony”. Jerry Wood, one of the teachers of the children, state that they were having a picnic up the mountain and the next thing they knew, the church was burning in flames. While they were waiting for the firemen they heard kids crying inside the church. According to Jerry, “there were 4 kids – John Meyer, 5 years old; Mark Grey, 7 years old; Britney Hinton, 7 years old and Marcia Trent, 8 years old”. None of the kids were hurt, thanks to John Cade, Ponyboy Curtis and Dallas Winston.

“The blonde-haired kid said that they were ‘Greasers’, like hoodlums. But

On the left-hand side is a picture of Ponyboy Curtis; Johnny Cade is the middle and Dallas Winston is the one on the right. One of the witnesses explained, “After we heard the children crying inside the church the blonde-haired kid ran into the burning church and went through an open window. The black-haired one followed him in. They were able to get all the kids out safely”. Dallas helped Ponyboy and Johnny get out of the burning church. According to the doctors, Ponyboy is alright and Dallas burned his arm pretty bad because he helped Johnny get out when he got caught on a piece of timber. Johnny is in critical condition. He was burned pretty badly and he might have a broken back. The police and firemen have not found out the cause of the fire, they said that it could possibly be because of a lit cigarette but nothing is certain. John Cade is being charged with manslaughter for killing a youth named Robert “Bob” Sheldon. Ponyboy Curtis and Johnny Cade are supposed to appear at juvenile court. The court is going to decide whether or not to put John and Ponyboy in a boy’s home. John lives


The Oklahoma Free Press with his parents and Ponyboy lives with his two older brothers, Darrel and Sodapop Curtis. Darrel has been Ponyboy’s and Sodapop’s guardian since their parents died. The parents of the kids are very thankful that their kids are safe because of John, Ponyboy and Dallas. Who knew that hoods could do something as big as that? Maybe being a hood or a “Greaser” doesn’t have anything to do with it. It is what’s inside the person that counts.

Palm Springs Weekend Starring Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Ty Hardin & Robert Conrad Film Facts: Title: Palm Springs Weekend Classification: PG Picture of the church on top of Jay Mountain after the firemen put the fire out.

Director: Norman Taurog Starring: Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Ty Hardin, Robert Conrad, Stefanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke, Andrew Duggan, Jack Weston, Carole Cook, Zeme North, Bill Mumy, Dorothy Green, Robert Gothie, Greg Benedict and Gary Kincaid.


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Steven Bremley Robert Sheldon It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert “Bob” Sheldon on Friday, September 20th at Seven Oaks Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 18 years. Bob was born on January 13, 1942 to Gerard and Jenna Sheldon and grew up here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was an only child. He is also a bright, hardworking student. He attended Sisler High School until grade 11 and moved to DMCI to finish grade 12. Bob spends most of his time with his friends, family and girlfriend, Sherri “Cherry” Valance. He knows a lot of things about cars, he’s a good fighter and his parents allow him to shirk responsibility for his own actions and have given in to him his whole life. Randy Adderson, Bob’s best friend, said that he’s such a nice kid and he’s someone who is there to listen to you and help you when you have a problem. Bob will be remembered for his reckless grin and great personality. He is also friendly, understanding and a person who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. Funeral services will be held at Seven Oaks Park, where he was killed, at 1:30 P.M. on September 24, 1960.

Peacefully on September 24th, Steven Bremley died in his sleep at the St. Marc’s hospital last night. It’s very sad that he left his loving family, wife and kids. Steven was born on April 24, 1930 to Anne and Scott Bremley. He was born in New York, New York City. He moved here in Oklahoma to finish college. Steven went to Prince University for 4 years. He has a wife, Clarissa Bremley, and five kids: Antonio, 5 years old; Steven Jr., 5 years old; Nikki and Vikki both 7 years old; and Kara, 8 years old. Steven was raced to pursue his dreams, which is to become an architect and to be able to help children who live in the streets. He will be remembered for his always ready smile, creativity and friendliness. Funeral services will be held at the St. Marc’s cemetery. There will be a viewing on September 26 at the St. Marc’s chapel. Donations will be given to the United Nations of Child Labour Association.


The Oklahoma Free Press Dear Karen, Everyone thinks I’m the happy one and kind of like a person who doesn’t care what is happening but I’m not like that. I try to show everyone that I can be sensitive. I can’t even talk to anyone about my problems because they might not take me seriously.My girlfriend leaving me to live with her grandmother in Florida because she’s pregnant. I am not the father of her child but I told her no matter what I will still marry her and take care of the child too. I just don’t know what to do.

-Sodapop Curtis Dear Sodapop, How are you sure that no one will listen to you? Have you ever tried talking to them about it? If not, maybe that’s what you should do. Try and talk to them because you’ll never know unless you actually try to. About your girlfriend problem, you have a point. You offered to take care of her child and you are also willing to marry her even though she might have cheated on you. But you must understand that she might want to go to Florida so that someone can help her take care of the child like her grandmother who actually experienced having a child. Her grandmother can help her raise that child properly. It’s good to talk to someone about your problems. It’s also good that you wrote to me but next

time you should try to talk to your friends about it. Feel free to write to me again and tell me if you did try to talk to your friends and if they listened. -Karen Dear Karen, I miss my brother so much. I kind of got into a fight with him. It’s not my fault he is so irresponsible. He should understand that I hit him because he was being reckless, irresponsible and disobedient. He just never learns. What am I supposed to do? I just wish he was here because I miss him so much. I promise that I will forgive him for being so stupid when he comes back. -Darrel Curtis


The Oklahoma Free Press Dear Darrel, It’s good that you admit that you miss your brother. Maybe, he ran away because he feels like you blame him for everything too much. Ponyboy is just a kid and he needs to learn how to be responsible. Sometimes it’s not a person’s fault if their stupid, maybe they have reason for acting like that. Tell you what, when Ponyboy comes back talk to him about it. Maybe it’s not just him who needs to say sorry, maybe you need to say sorry too. Talk to him and feel free to write back to me and tell me what happened. -Karen Dear Karen, I can’t stand anything anymore. My best friend got killed and now everyone is fighting. I miss my best friend, Bob, so much. I can’t believe he’s gone now; it’s wasn’t even his time to go yet. He was the most wonderful person I’ve known in my entire life. He’s the type of person who listens to me when I have a problem. Poor guy... now he won’t able to do all the things he wants to do. I wish he was here. -Randy Adderson Dear Randy, I know that it is hard but the good thing about losing someone is realizing that person gave you so many memories to

remember. Bob sounds like a great friend and I’m sorry he’s gone now. You just have to be strong. I know that you will be able to get through all of this. -Karen


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