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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Paper boys learned life, business lessons
I often flash back to the days from the mid to late 1930s when I was a paper boy.
There were 10 or 12 of us who rolled out of bed at 5 a.m. every day, jumped on our bicycles and headed downtown to the Glyndon Hotel and picked up our papers for delivery.
Here’s why teachers aren’t paid enough
The following were included in last year’s exams and were answered by 16-year-old high school students. The answers are genuine, and we must remember that these youngsters will grow up to vote, marry and become parents. It’s a scary thought.
4-H exhibits are family affair for the Houstons
Five children from the same family were the first to bring their 4-H exhibits Wednesday to the Madison County Fairgrounds.
Band students ‛take over’ MCHS campus
The Madison Central High School campus has been “taken over” for two weeks by 170 students attending band camp.
Warning labels needed on energy drinks
The popularity of energy drinks has soared since they entered the marketplace, but at least one consumer group wants the FDA to order warnings on product labels.
Full Gospel ‛Back to School Bash’ is Aug. 2
I guess everyone is asking, “How much rain did we get?”
Thank the Lord for the rain
Hello readers, it’s a stormy Monday evening as I write this, and I’ve been thanking the Lord all day for the good rain – over an inch in the gauge now, and it looks like more before morning.
Rain has helped lawns, gardens
Hello from Baldwin.
How is everyone’s week going? I hope everyone is having a great one.
Can you believe such cool weather in mid July?
Refreshing. That’s the word one TV weatherman described the upcoming days when temperatures will be in the 70s with virtually no humidity and lots of sunshine. Can you believe that in the middle of July? We can live with that, can’t we? We may even get close to setting a record for morning lows later this week. This has certainly been the year for strange weather!
Union City Baptist VBS July 20-25
Union City Baptist Church will have vacation Bible school July 20-25, 6 to 9 p.m., with classes from age 3 through high school. The theme is “Agency D3 Needs You.” Contact Brenda Parke, or call the church at 623-2845 for more information.
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