In last week's column I was inadvertently remiss in not giving credit where credit is due.

In last week's column I was inadvertently remiss in not giving credit where credit is due.
The big cross behind the Grecian Stage in Neosho's Big Spring Park was built by the late Clarence Bowler. His obituary says he built it in 1961. After several hours of browsing, I haven't yet found the newspaper article from that time to confirm the exact dates and details, but I'm still searching the archived microfilm at the library.
A friend sent me the obituary early last week and when I saw it it dawned on me that Mr. Bowler had told me that himself many years ago. I interviewed him about his life after he had finally more or less retired. I couldn't locate the article I wrote from back then, but the interview I remembered. I'll never forget the last thing he told me - and I don't remember if it was off the record at the time or not, so I hope he wouldn't mind - but he said, dead serious and with almost a pained expression on his face, “Never retire. Never retire.”
Mr. Bowler was an interesting man, and he did a lot for his community. The pre-Civil War log cabin at the Newton County Historical Park, where I was once director, was originally built by his great-grandfather and was completely restored and donated by Mr. Bowler. He was a mason and construction contractor by trade, and also later owned and operated a heating and air and plumbing company. I recall he said he had worked from the time he was just a child to well past usual retirement age, and really only called it quits after he seriously hurt himself. I certainly wouldn't think of purposely taking any credit away from him. I feel I did wrong his memory, though, even if by mistake, which I regret.
As to the cross I wrote about last week, there was, in fact, a big hollow cross built in 1930 in Big Spring Park for the Easter Sunrise Services, but whether or not it was only temporary, or just how long it was there, I don't know. I had thought it was the original cross, but I later found it was actually across from the stage, not behind it, like the current one is.
If and/or when I do find the article regarding the construction of the present cross I'll share the information here.
Meanwhile, my apologies to Mr. Bowler's legacy and his family - and I still hope the cross in Big Spring Park stays right where it is.

Wes Franklin writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.