October 7, 2014 – Houstonia, Sedalia and Marshall, Missouri
This morning I went to Houstonia to the cemetery to put flowers on Mom and Dad’s graves. I’m never here on Memorial Day, but I always go to the cemetery when I go to the Lord’s Acre Day Sale. I also put flowers on the baby’s grave, Grandpa Bell’s and Nadine’s graves. Nadine was Mom’s sister who died of a burst appendix when she was 13. My middle name comes from her although I spell it Nadean. For those who don’t know, the baby I’m referring to was my brother. He was born on October 11, 1940 and died on October 14th. He was always just referred to as “the baby” although he was named George Irvine – the Irvine being my Dad’s name.
I met Betty and her husband, Ken, in Sedalia at LaMarie’s for lunch. I gave them my stuff for the Lord’s Acre Day Sale just in case I don’t make it on Saturday. Sue is having surgery on Friday in Topeka. I’m going to take her to the hospital and stay with her as long as she needs me. Ken was intrigued by Joliffe’s leaking problem. Like me, he can’t figure out why it leaks on the opposite side of the coach from the slide and just putting in the slide keeps it from leaking. He said that if I had Joliffe where he could get to it, he’d figure it out. We spent the rest of the time visiting and catching up with what has been going on in our lives.
After lunch, I check out 3 RV parks in the Sedalia area. One of them, I just wouldn’t feel safe in. There is one on the south edge of Sedalia which would be good, but the owner wasn’t sure he was going to open next year. It was a well maintained park, and I wouldn’t mind staying there. The 3d park is at Marshall Junction which is about 15 miles north of Sedalia. It would be okay, but I’d prefer the other one.
Before I left Sedalia, I did a little sightseeing. There are a lot of old buildings left in town which haven’t had their facades updated. So, I had fun just walking around downtown looking at buildings.
In Marshall, I went to Ridge Park Cemetery to see the monument to the Dennis Brothers. One of them fought for the south and one for the north in the Civil War. What I missed was the grave of Jim the Wonder Dog. It was originally outside the cemetery but with an expansion of the cemetery, it is now inside the cemetery. After I found out about the grave, I didn’t have time to go back to the cemetery. Since I’ll be back in Marshall sometime I’ll go then.
I took pictures of Fitzgibbon Hospital which is where I was born. There is a new hospital on the southwest edge of town so the old hospital is abandoned now. I also took pictures of the Chevrolet dealership which is where Dad always bought his cars. The old County Jail has been repurposed. The front half is a community action headquarters. This part of the jail was the living quarters where the county sheriff and his family lived. Paula Piper, whose dad was the county sheriff when we were in high school, lived there all through high school. Her mom cooked for the prisoners who were housed in the back half. The back half is now the County Courthouse Annex. Somehow, that seems appropriate.
The last place I visited was Jim the Wonder Dog Memorial Garden. Jim was a Llewellyn Setter who possessed extraordinary talents. He refused to participate in the bird dog training sessions, but when he 1st went into the field, he immediately pointed and held the point until the quail was shot. He supposedly understood commands such as “find the woman in the blue dress”; “find the traveling salesman who sells plows”; “find the woman who has a new engagement ring”, etc. He understood commands in any language, not just English, and even understood Morse code. He could also foresee events in the future such as the sex of a baby, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, etc. He was tested by various experts and was declared to be genuine. Many tried to prove that his owner was signaling the dog, but the final verdict was that Jim was real.
By this time it was getting on for 5 p.m. It is about 1.5 hours back to Lake Jacomo and tonight is NCIS night, so I beat a hasty retreat back here and made it in time.