I lost a couple of good friends this week. John Sullivan was a well-know figure in the area and was known for his good humor and jokes. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a good man and a good blackberry picker.
Also, Warren George passed away last week. Warren was a resident of Neosho for many years as head of the local soil conservation office. I spent many hours working with Warren and truly appreciated his passion for all types of conservation — especially the soil. He never liked to hear people say “dirt,” because he saw the earth as soil, and felt it, along with water, was the source of all life.
Several have asked about my spider bite. I was very lucky as it turned out to be only about the size of a quarter and no surgery was required. I want to thank the emergency room doctor at Freeman-Neosho and the folks at the Wound Care center in Joplin. They were very helpful and very friendly and kind. The folks at the wound center made me feel like I had known them all my life. Under the circumstance, it was a pleasure to be cared for by them.
Almost every week, I get a call or a comment from someone on the street about what I write in the newspaper. They often want to know more about something (the rest of the story) or ask about someone or have some other question or comment. And sometimes, I we shocked by all the comments and calls. Such was the case with an article I wrote about Sam Luney. So many people recalled him and had stories to tell.
Bob Gibson said he used to ride with his father on his milk route out Stark City way and often saw Sam’s “squirrel cage.” He said it was probably 10 or 12 feet square and was very tall and taped at the top. Luney lived in the cage which was in a tree most of the year. Rhonda Marion remembers Sam used to stand on Coler Street selling his bows and arrows. He used to take a squirrel out of his pocket and show it to Rhonda and her girlfriends when they walked by on their way to school.
Charlie Goade said that most of the kids were afraid of Sam. Their parents often said to stay away from him.
Anyway, I’m glad I gave some folks a chance to relive some memories.
We had a good time last week at the hatchery. Artist Jeff Jones was there to sign the books since he did the painting that is on the cover. As far as sales went, we had a record day and Russell and I worked the next morning and we sold nine more copies. I don’t know what we did that afternoon. Thanks everyone for your support.
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