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Antiques and angst

Well, you just missed reading a Pulitzer Prize winning article. Unfortunately, it was eaten by my computer before it could be published.

In truth, I had completed my column for this week but, somehow, instead of being saved it was deleted never to be seen again. AAGH! I’m sure you know the feeling. You’ve slaved and pondered and sweated over each word you’ve written, until finally you’ve completed a true masterpiece—or a least it is in hindsight. It lurks now, floating somewhere in the murky depths of cyber-sphere where it will linger through eternity. It may not have been the masterpiece you see it as now, but as it will never be seen again by anyone so Masterpiece Unpublished it will remain.

I had written, with great nostalgia, about Valentines of the past, including my own experiences in elementary school and, the fact that I do have a small collection of Valentines that had been sent to my mother in the 1910s and ‘20s and even a few to earlier family member from the 1890s. The one thing I will still share is the way a number of them were delivered by mail. On the front would be a two-cent stamp (as in two pennies) and a scrawled name and Farmington, Mo. or even simply “City.” No street name or house address, no zip code, not even a hint as to location, such as just past the Standard Service Station on the corner. And they arrived safely in one of the two mail deliveries made six days a week! Can you believe it?!! It boggles the mind today when we even get emails returned.

That covers both the angst (losing the article) and the antiques (old Valentines and mail deliveries). But, oh my, I do wish I could have found it. Now I’ll have to put it in the “What Could Have Been” file, which has grown to gigantic proportions through the years. I hope they’re not all stacked up someplace in the great beyond just waiting for us to sort through them as lessons learned too late.

Time to retire…The congregation of the Farmington First Baptist Church was much saddened on Feb. 5 when their well-loved pastor, Rev. William Miller, announced his upcoming retirement. Rev. Miller has staunchly served First Baptist for the past almost 31 years, leading it successfully through a huge building program and increase in membership. While he will not be stepping down until May of this year, still the entire community will feel his loss, as he is well-respected and admired for his friendly, caring and warm manner. It is hoped that the Miller family will continue to reside in Farmington.

Well-deserved honor… Faye Morris was presented a letter of recognition and certificate for her 70 years of active membership in PEO on Jan. 24. A group of chapter HJ sisters joined to share in this recognition along with her daughter, Nancy Middleton and great-grandson, Landon…who asked to be included in the celebration. Our sincere congratulations to Mrs. Morris, who has also been active in many other organizations and community activities.

A bit of history….The St. Francois County Historical Society will have Ingrid Underwood as their guest speaker for this month’s meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Addressing a very timely topic, Ingrid will share her own experiences as a refugee from Germany during WWII. The meeting this month will be held in the small dining room at Memorial United Methodist Church beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome.

Passing of a former resident….Word was received here of the death of Folste “Flo” Horton, longtime resident of Farmington on Feb. 11, 2017 at the age of 96 years. She was born the daughter of late Eberhardt and Lillie (Blanton) Fischbeck and graduated from Farmington High School in May of 1938 and went on to college at Central Missouri State in Fayette, Missouri and graduated there in 1942. She later married James Horton and they continued to make their home in Farmington until moving to Peachtree City, Georgia in 1992. Flo will be remember for having worked for more than 20 years at Farmington High School as administrative secretary to the principal’s office.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date in Georgia.

Coming up….The St. Francois County Rotary Club will hold their 7th annual Mouse Race at Redfield’s Collision Center in Farmington on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Tickets this year are being limited to the first 250 people who make reservations that must be purchased in advance. Contact Jon Cozean or any Rotary Club member for information.

Mardi Gras Celebration…A Mardi Gras theme evening will be on tap at Twin Oaks Winery on Feb. 24. The event starts at 7 p.m. with food and fun.

It seems Mother Nature is again being a bit perverse and we’ll not be having school snow days, snowball fights or any of the other usual winter weather she normally dumps on our area during January or February. Which leaves us to wonder just what she has in store for this spring and summer! Don’t put your winter woolies away just yet…ya never know.

Janet Douglas

Janet Douglas

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