Ol Fred had been a faithful Christian and
was in the hospital, near death. The family called their
preacher to stand with them.
As the preacher stood next to the bed,
Ol Freds condition appeared to deteriorate
and he motioned frantically for something to write on.
The pastor lovingly handed him a pen
and a piece of paper, and Ol Fred used his last bit
of energy to scribble a note, then suddenly died.
The preacher thought it best not to
look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his
At the funeral, as he was finishing the
message, he realized that he was wearing the same jacket
that he was wearing when Ol Fred died. He said,
"You know, Ol Fred handed me a note just
beforehe died. I havent looked at it, but knowing
Fred, Im sure theres a word of inspiration
there for us all."
He opened the note, and read,
"Please step to your left -- youre standing on
my oxygen tube!"
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
SLEPT WITH A RATTLESNAKE.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams, of Oronogo,
slumbered peacefully night before last with a large
rattlesnake for a bed-fellow. They were all unconscious
of his snakeships presence or their rest would have
been more disturbed. When Mrs. Adams arose she busied
herself about other household duties for a few minutes
and then started to make up the bed in which she had
slept. As she turned down the straw tick which was on top
of the mattress, she found a large rattlesnake coiled
between them snoozing.
Her movement and screams disturbed the
reptile and it slid down the leg of the bedstead hissing
fiercely at Mrs. Adams. The plucky woman grabbed a broom
and proceeded to end its life with sundry whacks on
She was very indignant that the
"nasty thing" should have sought refuge in her
bed which fact added force to her blows.
News Release -The
Carthage Civil War Sesquicentennial Ad Hoc
Committee and the Battle of Carthage, Inc. have
teamed up to offer a variety of events to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil
War in Missouri.
The Battle of Carthage
Re-enactment will provide a weekend packed with
activities for tourists and re-enactors on
Friday, May 13, 2011 with the reenactment, fought
in the streets of Carthage, Missouri on Saturday,
May 14th. This is a unique venue for guests and
reenactors alike. Reenactors will march a little
over one mile from their encampment, down the
streets of town, fighting a variety of skirmishes
and concluding with a final battle in historic
"The goal was
authenticity," says Wendi Douglas,
Sesquicentennial Chair. "Battles in our area
were fought in town. We wanted viewers to be
aware of the challenges to the men that fought as
well as the destruction that was created in the
wake of this war. The downtown square was damaged
on several occasions and the original courthouse
was actually burned twice. The final battle in
1865 left the town in ruins." Sunday, May
15th concludes the weekend with a variety of
demonstrations and a church service. Other events
offered for the weekend include games of cricket,
Cavalry demonstrations as well as entertainment
and other community activities.
www.visit-carthage.com for a
complete list of events and updates.
For more details, contact the
CCVB at 417-359-8181
I figured out this last
week end why they charge so much for small
trees. Somebody has ta dig the dang things
outa the ground.
Even transplanting a fairly
young saplin involves movin a
lotta dirt. Now once ya get past the obvious
gettin dirty part of the job, it can be
somewhat enjoyable playin in the soil.
Course the nice thing about dirt is
that it washes off fairly easily.
Ive seen those
contraptions that look like a big ice cream
scoop that Im sure the folks who move
trees for a livin use. Fact I was
startin to wonder just where to locate
one after bout an hour of
Fortunately, diggin a
whole to put a tree in isnt near as
tedious, but it does make the price
theyre askin at the tree shop
look a lot more reasonable.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
ART NOTES from Hyde House
by Sally Armstrong,
Director of artCentral
artCentral presents a new
exhibition opening May 20th by a group of artists
from the Missouri Colored Pencil Society. The
Missouri Chapter is in the process of official
organization. As promised, I will begin this week
telling a bit about a few of the artists
scheduled to display their work in this next
exhibition. "Missouri Colored Pencil
Artists" is a group of artists in our state,
some local, some not, who are attempting to
establish the state chapter. One of the
requirements for a state chapter is to hold a
group of exhibitions, and we are happy to provide
the venue for this first one. Cheryl
Church-Saving is the local catalyst for the
groups existence. She is a fine artist with
the colored pencil herself, having exhibited at
artCentral several years ago in the Member
Gallery, and each year in the Membership Show.
She will be displaying several of her current
works, as will other artCentral members Michele
DeSutter, Monett, Dustin Miller, Diamond and Lora
Waring, Carthage. Additionally, an artist by the
name of Karen Deeds will be bringing a group of
pieces that demonstrate her mastery of the
colored pencil medium, as will Lynn Porter of
Waynesville who shows her work at a gallery in
Jefferson City. Karen has recently had one of her
works juried into the Colored Pencil Society
International Members show. Additionally, a
junior group made up of local students will be
displaying some of their best work. To date,
eight artists will be exhibiting in this show,
and we are very excited to bring their work to
you! Invitations are underway, and will be going
out May 11th, and in my next article I will bring
some biographical information on each of the
artists that I know about thus far. I await
additional information on each of these artists
and look forward to continuing on this theme next
week, so stay tuned!
Meantime, look for artCamp
fliers in the Public Library as well as our local
galleries, the Sassy Spoon, Chamber of Commerce
office, and our own front porch. It proves to be
a great lineup of classes for kids aged 8-14
again this summer, July 18-30th.
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