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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • KAY HIVELY: At least they asked me back!

  • It has been pretty quiet around my house this week. I have been totally absorbed with the family book I am writing. I am glad to say that it is done and soon will be off to the printers.
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  • It has been pretty quiet around my house this week. I have been totally absorbed with the family book I am writing. I am glad to say that it is done and soon will be off to the printers.
    The rain last weekend was a very welcome visitor which unfortunately didn’t stay long enough. In our rain gauge, I think we got nearly two inches. That was just enough to last for a couple of days. I understand we are about seven inches below normal. So we keep praying for rain. Maybe if more comes, we can have a revival in the garden. We planted pumpkins this year and they are not doing well at all. Maybe a rain would help.
    It’s festival time in the Ozarks. Almost every town has some sort of celebration in the fall. It’s a wonderful time of year and celebrating the harvest is a long tradition in America. So, as communities large and small, put their best foot forward, we need to go out and support the people who makes the festivals possible. Our local craftsmen have a big showing at the festivals and this is a chance to support them. Their household, folk art and wonderful homemade food stuff will be front and center. I can’t wait to get to some of the fall harvest shows.
    Many towns are having a Civil War theme with their celebrations. That’s a pretty good idea because the Civil War was such an important part of our nation’s history and it’s still affecting us today.
    I understand the book on local mines and miners is off the press. Larry James did a lot of research on the book and the profits go to Shoal Creek Heritage Association to be used in their good works. I have read most of the books and was taken with the many little mines that were own by a local farmer or a family. Many of them worked the mine only certain times of the year. It was a way of boosting income when the family needed extra money.
    It will be a good read and a number of people will learn as I did. Maybe some will recognize a few names. Mining, both lead and zinc, certainly played a major role in the area. I suspect the book will be on sale at the normal places which are kind enough to offer some space: Jon’s Pharmacy, Mills Furniture, and Neosho Gifts, etc.
    I did have a chance to address the DAR in Aurora this week. For four or five years I have spoken to this group, telling some of the stories of Newton County. This year I gave an update on the hatchery, Newtonia, Herman Jaeger, and the little Carver Schoolhouse here in Neosho. I had a great time and I always love telling Newton County’s stories. I think the DAR enjoyed it too — at least they asked me back next year.
    Page 2 of 2 - Kay Hively writes a weekly column for the Daily News.

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