I was blessed the other day in speaking with Ann Long Hoskins. I just love when someone tells me that they read my column, and they have a history with Kirksville or Poosey.
That was the way it was with Mrs. Hoskins. Her parents and grandparents were Poosey people. Her grandparents were Richard “Dick” Thomas and Maude Long and her parents were Jimmy and Jenny Kelly Long. While her parents lived on Poosey, her dad went off to WWII, leaving her mom with three children to raise. They were tenant farmers and with her dad gone, the farming was over and they had to move.
Luckily enough, her grandparents owned and operated the Happy Landing store, where part of the store was used as the living space for her grandparents. Anna and her family were able to occupy a small one-room building located across from the store. They would eat at the store but slept and played at the one-room house.
The thing that I found so interesting about the one-room house was that it also doubled as the polling place. So on election day, mother Jenny would round up her three girls, Helen, Jane and Anna, and move out for the day. Out would go the bed and chairs onto the lawn. When voting was done, it was time to move back in.
Times were hard and living was different. Anna said there was great joy in playing in the creek, catching crawdads and fish. The family went to hear preaching by Milt King, in a make-do tent on Saturday and Sunday nights. The church building, Kings Tabernacle, did not yet exist.
Anna remembers those days of frequent moves and then the return of her dad from the war. She remembers being baptized in Paint Lick Creek by the Rev. Milt King. She remembers her dad finally got a job at the Blue Grass Army Depot, and they ended up at Kingston. She especially remembers the one-room building that was home for over a year.
To my amazement, that little building is still around. If you take a look through the brush and thicket, glimpses can still be seen of the nearly collapsed little structure. It will be remembered as “the old voting house.”
The Roundhill Store is trying to make its own history by having a Rook tournament Friday starting at 4 p.m. No prizes will be awarded, only bragging rights. The winners will end up playing the winners, and the looser will play the loosers.
Rook playing has a long history at the Roundhill Store. I grew up watching Dad and some of the other farmers play Rook. It was a big past time and the thing to do after a busy, hard day.
The tournament should be a lot of fun. Chili and grilled cheese will be the meal of the day, and don’t forget the desserts.
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Ensuring children develop a habit brushing their teeth
“Are you sure you brushed your teeth?” the father asked his son. His son solemnly nodded. His father said, “Let me smell your breath.” The son obligingly opened his mouth. Finally, the father said, “I need to check and see if your toothbrush is wet.”
This type of exchange happens in many households as children often do not brush their teeth, even when told to do so. This nightly inquisition can occur less frequently if parents establish a habit in their children to brush their teeth.
Saturated fat consumption leads to abdominal fat
New research from Uppsala University shows that eating more saturated fat in the diet causes an increase in the amount of fat stored in the abdominal area in comparison with extra consumption of polyunsaturated fat.
County’s oldest consignment sale begins today
The Little Ones’ Consignment Sale, Madison County’s oldest semi-annual sale of its kind, is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today (Friday) and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the multi-ministry center behind United Methodist Church, West Main Street, Richmond. Marked items are half price on Saturday.
There’s more to do at the Village Trough
“I wish there was more to do here.”
Do you ever find yourself saying this sentence as you sit there bored out of your mind? Have you heard others ask it?
Well, there is something more to do now that Village Trough in Berea is staging shows with local and regional talent and preparing to open as a full dining and entertainment venue.
Let’s have a Mardi Gras party in Kentucky
It’s the time of year when the people in New Orleans celebrate a festival called Mardi Gras. Many states now do the same. Some call it “Fat Tuesday” which I have never understood till I went to New Orleans (five times) and saw all of the excitement for myself.
Beat the winter blues with meatballs
When it’s this cold outside it’s nice to warm up with some good comfort food.
I can think of few things more wonderful than the smell of simmering meatballs coming from the kitchen while I cuddle with my two young children, and a few good books, on a brisk winter day.
Taste test Thursday
The sun is shining, but the chill has returned, so I hope you made the most of the warm, sunny weather this weekend.
The spring greens are being as tentative as the warm temperatures, but there is talk of lettuce being harvested and a continued trickle of kale, pea shoots, miner’s lettuce and spinach. To make room for the spring harvests, winter squash and sweet potatoes have been marked down to $1/pound and pumpkins are only 50 cents/pound.
Buttercups in grazed pastures
One of the signs that spring has arrived is when the yellow flowers of buttercup begin to appear, but it’s during the winter months that the vegetative growth of buttercup takes place.
As a cool season weed, this plant often flourishes in overgrazed pasture fields with poor stands of desirable forages. In fact, many fields that have dense buttercup populations are fields heavily grazed by animals during the fall through the early spring months.
Make a difference this summer, volunteer at 4-H Camp
On June 30 more than 200 Madison County kids will load a bus headed for four days and three nights of fun at 4-H Summer Camp.
Campers will have a chance to hike, swim, dance and spend time learning about the environment, their friends and themselves.
And we need your help to make it possible!
A whole lot going on
Downtown Richmond Farmers Market opening
The new Downtown Richmond Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.
This market will set up in downtown Richmond on North First Street between Main and Irvine streets Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (weather permitting).
For more details, go to www.downtownrichmndfarmersmarket.com. There you will find an events calendar and how to sign up for workshops that will be conducted at the market.
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