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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • ALBERTA ANDERS: Special program at historical society

  • If you are reading this Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, you are not too late to attend the regular meeting of the McDonald County Historical Society, to be held at 2 p.m. at the new court house in Pineville (on “W”), no charge to anyone.
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  • If you are reading this Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, you are not too late to attend the regular meeting of the McDonald County Historical Society, to be held at 2 p.m. at the new court house in Pineville (on "W"), no charge to anyone.
    A great opportunity to touch bases with all the informed lovers of history and hear a great presentation (free to all) as Ms. Clara Barton (portrayed by Sondra Torchia.) Ms. Clara will be telling us about her life during the Civil War and about her many accomplishments, other than just being the founder of the American Red Cross. You won't want to miss this! Doors will be open today at 1 p.m. if you want to come early and visit.
    I'm feeling McDonald County has been blessed this winter, what great weather we are enjoying. I am remembering a winter in March of 1989 when I still lived in my log house in the middle of 20 acres of woods between Split Log and New Bethel. Snow and ice covered the ground and a stormy winter night took out the electricity.
    Even though my transportation was a Chevy Blazer with four-wheel drive, the ice just under the snow made it a challenge to move off my hill toward civilization. It was an interesting seven days of quiet beauty and silence. I learned for the first time that you don't want to sleep on a waterbed if you don't have electricity to heat it. Every morning I would climb in my Blazer in an effort to show up for work at the Big Nickel Advertiser, test the terrain and decide I didn't want to take a chance of landing deep in the gully across the road. I would carry another load of firewood (fortunately for this I was well prepared) and head for the house.
    Those were interesting days as I watched my Australian Shepherd and Poodle attempt to walk across the ice — even birds had trouble walking to the bird feeder. Finally it occurred to me if I wore woolen socks over my shoes I could get to the feeder to fill it with cracked corn and sunflower seed. The saving grace was that I had a great fireplace and the telephone worked.
    The ultimate quiet, the beauty of the snow scenes, my memories are not bad ones. Food freezer left nothing to be desired, plenty of white clean snow to melt for water. It was an interesting week, no TV, no newspaper, just quiet with plenty of reading material. One week to step off the world and enjoy the solitude, the peace, the quiet. While it isn't something I would wish for, I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
    Do you have memories you would like to share? Memories you would like preserved for posterity? Do join us at the meeting today, and remember to mark your calendar for the grand opening of the McDonald County Historical Museum – on the square in Pineville, to be Memorial Day weekend. A pageant on May 25, horseshoe pitching tournament on Monday the 27th. Our veteran's recognition will be Sunday, May 26. If you are a veteran, or you know someone who is, please let us know.
    Page 2 of 2 - Have you bought your raffle ticket yet for Doug Hall's donated painting? Raylene Lamb, our President, just learned that one of Doug's paintings was auctioned off in Oklahoma and brought in more than $25,000. You won't want to miss out, Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. You can print off your raffle tickets at http://www.mcdonaldcohistory.org/raffle.html After completing your tickets, mail them to us (P. O. Box 572 Pineville, Mo 64856) and we will send you confirmation of receipt and you're entered. You need not be present to win. Or, come see us today, at the 'new' court house in Pineville, "W" Hwy (Sunday) 2:00 p.m. info@mcdonaldcohistory.org.
    Alberta Anders writes a weekly column for the Daily News.
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