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Thursday, August 25, 2016

  • She's 103 and a very lovely lady
    Thursday, August 25, 2016 4:00 AM
    Two firsts this week, a mother-daughter combination and someone over 100. In fact, our Momma will have just turned 103 as you read. They were our neighbors out on 300 South; our 100+ gals’ husband, did some landscaping for us and the music from their daughter entertained us for years. Always held this family in high esteem.
    My first question was how my gal met her husband. His family lived in Greencastle but often attended her Church of Brethren in Ladoga. He was, “Handsome, kind-spirited, a gentle man and extremely witty.” 
    The answer to the biggest changes: “Back in the other days,” we made our own fun. A neighbor girl and I rode horses in the pastures, into town. “We went to close affairs like neighborhood or church picnics; now folks take off to Las Vegas for fun.”
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  • Their love is as strong as Karen's mailbox
    Thursday, July 14, 2016 12:00 AM

    Ever lived in the country and ya’ just couldn’t keep a mailbox?  Well, I have, the last couple of times losing it to kids with their ball-batting fun. Problem solved, as my fella’ this week fixed us right up with a tough, steel mailbox that hubs put on a railroad tie.  That baby was still as strong as could be when we moved a couple of decades later.

    He and his employees did interesting work far beyond our mailbox: steel work on the Williamsport Library, Comfort Inn, M-16 Gun racks for the National Guard (20 guns/rack); Black Creek Bridge; secured the north wall at the Masonic Temple; the most unique being the circular stairways in the Elks building.  Not only a hard worker, he’s one smart fellow, too.  After all, he chose his interesting and adorable wife.

    She was born near Soltau, Germany (with a slight hint of that in her speech even today). Her mother had cousins in the Russellville area who had come over by sponsorship on a freighter a couple years earlier.  Tough voyage.  Although her father had been a tool and die maker in Germany, he and his family were sponsored by the (Leonard) Pyle Farm near Marshall to come to America to work.  Her father soon discovered he didn’t like farming.  Father Hans, mother, Sophie, brothers Hans and Wilfred and our little lady at age 9, almost 10 came on the passenger ship, Olympia arriving December 31, 1953.  Hans had been forced into the German army in 1939 until the end WWII.  Not what he wanted for his children, although his son joined the service in 1957.  My gal took the test, passed, and was ready to head out with her brother.   Her grade school years were in Marshall but she then went on to Rockville HS where she actually met our man. 

    He grew-up not far from where Riverton Parke HS is now, with two brothers and two sisters.  The home where he grew-up was designed by his father who also sawed all the wood from their property.  It was top of the line and they paid the carpenters $1/day.  This was in the early 30s.  They made a beautiful slabbed 12’ trestle table with four benches from one of their Oak trees, as well.  

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  • Marriage is forever
    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:18 PM

    Although I didn’t plan it, this is the third square dancing couple in four weeks.  These two had a quick courtship, two and a half months, with him gone to Guard Camp for three and a half of those few weeks.  Not long to decide it was true love, but must have been as that was five decades ago, and they seem just as crazy about each other now. 

    She saw him, thought he was cute and asked a friend to introduce them. Several supper trips to the Dog’n’Suds from R.R. Donnelley’s clinched that he wasn’t only cute, but fun, sweet and well, you get the picture!

    A 1965 CHS graduate, she was active in FHA and uses some of that knowledge even today to make a wonderful home and delectable food (cherry pie and Swedish tea rings her specialties).  He, a TR graduate the previous year was active in FFA, football and “joined choir because our director guaranteed an A!”  He loved singing, though, and in fact talked several of his pals into filling-in the male voices.  Active in 4-H he took everything – pigs, calves, crops.  

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  • It's a euchre kind of love
    Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:00 AM

    Met this week’s lady in Euchre Club eons ago when I subbed for them.  Rarely left without a prize.  I’m official now, but rarely won since.  That’s called Card Irony, I believe, or did I make that up?  Her sense of humor is so unique.   She’s fairly quiet, but she’ll slip in a comment that often takes the card ladies a few seconds to grasp, then we outdo each other laughing.  We guffaw a great deal on card nights and it often centers around this tiny, sweet gal.

    She and my Mr. this week actually have card club to thank for getting them together.  The girls used to go out extra to celebrate birthdays back in those days.  Out to eat for that purpose, there was no place to sit and Charlotte knew him from R.R. Donnelley’s and asked if he’d share his table.  Seriously, why mope alone when the card goof balls could entertain ya’?

    My two guests danced together that night.  Although they were both single, they were leery.  He jokingly said that he put her in his follow-up file (first and only on that list) and called, but she just wasn’t comfortable.  Yet, she kept thinking about him, then called and invited him to the next birthday party.  He didn’t turn her down, and that date clenched it!

    They laughed that they had lived just seven miles apart growing up, but it took them 40 years to find each other.  Their picture (no looking) is from their 25th Anniversary cruise and they are so looking forward to their 30th soon.

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  • He sure is O-real great guy!
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:01 AM

    Absolutely fascinated with this man’s middle name.  In fact, it was the first discussion topic.  It’s certainly a name I’d never heard in my 48 years of genealogying.  Many people pronounce it like the bird, but it is indeed said exactly as spelled, Oreal (O – real).  His father’s middle name was the same, but before that it’s unknown where the name originated.

    I met this man years ago when I bummed a ride to the state fair, both of us judging, he in forestry, genealogy for me.  Liked him right off.  He’s also greatly admired by one of my buddy’s, Dave Fullenwider.  

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  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016 11:52 PM
    In today’s age, not many have the same birth story as my guest tallies.  Most of us were born in Culver or another hospital; but this week’s gal was born at home in Waveland at the foot of the south hill, with her doctor (Noblitt) and their neighbor, Mrs. Pickard to help.  Isn’t that neat?
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  • Thursday, June 02, 2016 2:04 AM

    Seriously, I’m not doing this on purpose, but this week’s couple just celebrated their 50th anniversary as well. Just my age folks, but I’ll continue to try to put young folks in and some from the North section but I mostly know South and C’ville folks. Their children gave them a nice reception at their church, New Hope Christian. “They did a great job!”

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  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:45 PM
    Have you ever walked in a home where feelings just perch into your mind? Well, when I visited this week’s couple, words such as cozy, unique, and perfect are adjectives describing their abode. To top that off, exceptionally delicious homemade brownies (need that recipe, please) greeted me.
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  • Thursday, May 19, 2016 1:00 AM
    When I get depressed, which thank goodness, isn’t often, all I have to do is look out my front window and check-out my neighbor’s yard.  It’s like a botanical garden and the colors just perk me up.  It reminds me of Mr. Rogers’ song, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood … won’t you be my neighbor?”  Certainly, I have a great neighbor, and she’s my guest this week.
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  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 11:58 PM
    If you listen to the weather and news on the local radio station early in the morning, you might hear today’s guest. She noted that she received a great deal of her training from Editor Scotty Cameron while working for a year at The Paper of Montgomery County. At the radio, she also does Live Remote where she goes to a local happening and promotes the event live.
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  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 1:34 AM
    How I met this week’s featured guests is easy! I received a phone call from my daughter, Suzie, saying, “Mom, get over here. You’ve got to see this beautiful house!” Certainly, it was worth the trip to view gorgeous Christmas decorations. I used to decorate at least three themed-trees, nothing compared to their 50 plus.
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  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:54 PM
    This week’s couple lives on 80 acres of property going back to his direct ancestor, Moses Denman, owner. In fact, he has Moses’ original large, heavy tombstone. Several years ago, all the members of the Denman family were moved to the Alamo cemetery with new stones put up, so versus destroying Moses’ original, beautiful stone, he has it to remind him of all the hard working ancestors living in the area and on his property before him.
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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11:53 PM

    Out of the Alamo Fire Department, my female guest became Indiana’s “Miss Flame,” and one of the first female State FFA Officers. He has trapped crabs in Oregon and cut timber in Alaska. Where and how these two met is just as much an interesting tale.

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  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016 11:53 PM
    Lots of laughs with this week’s couple at yep, you guessed it, Pizza Hut.  I got to know them about a decade ago when their son and two of our grandsons played basketball together.  Knew our male guest a bit before that as our daughter, Suzie, worked with him and really thinks the world of this man; plus, his wife’s reputation as an exceptional Special Education teacher is well-known.  I can truthfully say these two are beautiful, inside and out.
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  • Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:29 PM
    This week’s guest is like a granddaughter to me. We’ve been on a couple of short vacations together and I even introduced her as such. Just a couple of days ago, we had a mini-cheap day out, at Logansport. We ate lunch at Mr. Happy Burger’s and even got to meet 83-year-old, Mr. Happy who told us the story of how the restaurant came about, beginning with a $10,000 loan.
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