Last week I mentioned Terry Berry running off to Washington to straighten out the politics of the country. It was also noted that Terry found some time to do a little early Christmas shopping. One item in particular caught her eye, the Hope Diamond.
That sorta happened and it sorta did not.
Terry did go to Washington. She did see the Hope Diamond. She did tell her husband she wanted one just like it. She may or may not have been doing a little Christmas shopping on the trip.
The problem was it was Terri Forsythe not Terry Berry who was in Washington. I'm not sure who is more relieved. Don Berry because he's not on the hook for the big rock or Bub Forsythe who apparently is now trying to find a suitable diamond.
I gleaned the information about "Terry" going to Washington from the local Rotary Club newsletter that was emailed to me. The editor of that fine publication was not more specific than that when identifying the Rotarian who made the trip. My sincere apologies to both ladies and their husbands for any unintentional embarrassment.
Somehow I suspect Sergeant-at-Arms, Matthew Mobley will discover a way to fine me a dollar for the mix-up and I'm not even a Rotarian.
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I stopped in at the Kennett National Bank open house last week. Somehow I thought this was all about celebrating the grand opening of its banking center.
The bank was also cooking up hotdogs for customers and visitors who wanted to grab a quick bite.
Fran Cooper, nee Dalton, was on hand and I suggested she might have been the one doing the cooking. Not a chance.
"This is an excuse for me to get out of the kitchen," Fran said. The way I've got it figured is Fran was coming to town and going to spend a few days with mom and dad. They were probably thinking she would treat them to a little home cooking.
So I guess this whole shebang last week was just so Fran didn't have to cook.
I did notice a lot of people working the ATM trying to get that free cash. I'm betting (no pun intended) Lady Luck Casino has a few slot machines that didn't get as much action last week as KNB's anytime teller machine.
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"J.R. Blakemore, of Dunklin County, has won considerable favor throughout the state and especially in the Southeast in his race for railroad and warehouse commissioner. There are, it is said about thirty candidates for this nomination in the state, and there is absolutely no prospect for any Southeast Missourian to get a place on the state ticket unless it is that of railroad and warehouse commissioner. With all of Southeast Missouri practically for one man, we believe that our section of the state could win that nomination. Mr. Blakemore hails from the great county of Dunklin, the banner democratic county of the Southeast, a county which has never been represented on the state, congressional or judicial ticket. He is a man of unquestioned honor, ability and integrity and would do his county, his section and his state credit, if honored with the office. We believe that at present he is the man upon whom the support of all the Southeast counties should be concentrated."
"After twenty-five years of faithful service to hundreds of patients in the south end of this county, Dr. Eli Back of Cardwell has retired as a practicing physician, and has promised himself one full year's rest before attempting any kind of work, planning at the close of that year to possibly practice in an office as specialist. He is being succeeded by Dr. A. A. Reeder, recently of Emmett, Ark....
"As a sympathetic physician who has wholeheartedly and sincerely practiced his profession, in all kinds of weather, day and night for the past 25 years, with little chance for any recreation or vacation, Dr. Back has had a wonderful practice, and we know it is with a great deal of regret that many of his old-time friends and patients accepted his announcement."
That first item came from the pages of the Friday, May 6, 1898 edition of the Dunklin Democrat and the announcement of the first Dr. Back from a position in Cardwell was found on the pages of the DD's Friday, Nov. 25, 1927 edition. Kudos to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian Vivian Helton for sharing those tidbits with us.
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Dr. Tom Miller showed up at the lunch table of the formerly-located-Downtown Quarterback Club one day last week. It's hunting season and as everyone knows the second closest thing to Dr. Tom's heart after his family is his love of hunting.
When asked, "What are you hunting this week?" Dr. Tom replied, "I think I'm going to give up hunting for a while."
We all had a good chuckle because everyone knows that if it moves and had fur or feathers on it Dr. Tom's going to try and kill it. Truth be told he couldn't even get the words out of his mouth without laughing.
And yes, he's already got Dr. Tom's already got his hunting plans made.
Bud Hunt is publisher of the
Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and
North Stoddard Countian.