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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It’s egg party time
I love this time of the year because eggs really do go down in price during the Easter season. I have some new recipes on how to fix eggs besides the coloring part.
Where’s the beef?
Today, the American consumer has more money to spend on the widest variety of foods than at any other time in our history.
Easter bunny's ‛eggbeater’ will fly eggs to Richmond
Who knew the Easter bunny could fly?
Skeptics can come to the Easter Eggstravaganza in Richmond’s Irvine-McDowell Park on Saturday to see for themselves. However, the bunny still doesn’t fly in bad weather. But on Monday, temperatures in the 60s with partly cloudy skies were predicted for Saturday.
We old folks have unique experiences
A friend sent this to me by e-mail, and I thought my readers would enjoy it.
Hope’s Wings volunteers need your help today
Help a local resident “get out of jail,” and in turn help men, women and children break the cycle of domestic violence in Madison and surrounding counties.
Bereans named Foster Parents of Year, Outstanding Adoptive Parent
Stephanie and Doug Gillum of Berea will be honored as Foster Parents of the Year tonight during an appreciation reception at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Puppet parade planned Saturday in Berea
The city of Berea will be celebrating Puppets in the Park on Saturday as part of the National Day of Puppetry.
Animal group seeks volunteers to assist with spay/neuter clinic
The Madison County Humane Society/Animal League for Life is reaching out to the community for help with its low-cost spay and neuter clinic.
The clinic, which operates at the HS/ALL adoption center at 128-C Big Hill Avenue, has spayed or neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats since it opened in July 2012, according to volunteer Lynn Grove.
State funding to help keep domestic violence shelter open
Money for Madison County domestic violence intervention in the recently passed $20 billion state budget will be used to keep the Hope’s Wings shelter open.
The budget bill now awaits the governor’s signature.
Pets of the Week
This week's cat is Jett, a neutered and front declawed 5-year-old male.
This week's dog is Ace, a 2-year-old male Chihuahua mix.
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