2012-08-02 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

It’s a ‘foregone conclusion’

Email from Jane (Echols) Davis says she has seen her first hummingbird since the few she saw in May. Jane says, “They are the most fascinating creatures. Don’t stop writing about them.” Jane and her husband, James (Jap) Davis of Tiger football fame of the 1940s, live on St. George’s Island near Tallahassee, Fla., and have been subscribing to The News-Reporter for as long as I can remember. Jane included a quote from The Tallahassee Democrat Zing column which reads: “I counted more than 1000 hummers in my backyard this weekend. Then my wife pointed out that I was really counting mosquitoes.” Apparently they have a big mosquito problem there.

I’ve been seeing cicada shells hanging around in my yard. They are not the same kind that we had last year or the year before and there are not as many. Anybody else seen any?

No rain for a week. In an email from Tyrone early Tuesday morning, Sonny says, “Finally got rain this morning. First since July 21.”

Lyn Randall and Bill Cannon live on Tybee Island. Last week they made a trip north to Warner Robins to visit the Museum of Aviation there. They were especially interested in seeing the P-51 aviation display since Bill’s dad was a P-51 pilot during World War II. As they were visiting other exhibits in the museum, they came to the airplane of Wallace Hopkins, a native of Wilkes County. This was the plane that Wallace piloted during World War II and painted on the side was the name “Ferocious Frankie,” named for his wife Frankie. They also saw the late Holice McAvoy’s aircraft display of airplanes which he had carved from wood. Lyn and Bill were impressed with the quality of these carvings by Holice who was a Wilkes County native. There is also a display in the terminal at the International Airport in Atlanta of airplanes which Holice made through the years.

Will Price, Rick and Angelynn Price’s tenth grader at Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School, is a Cadet in the CSRA Sea Cadet program and has completed Boot Camp in the CSRA Battalion, U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps where he attends monthly drills in Augusta. Will attended the Boot Camp at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, for two weeks in July and participated in the graduation ceremony July 15. His family was present for the ceremony. By attending the Boot Camp and the monthly drills, Will has learned a lot about what it would be like to be in the Navy. … You can read more about Will and the program in a related article in this issue of The News-Reporter.

Gas prices continue to soar. Prices per gallon from west to east through Washington Tuesday morning were $3.41; $3.40; $3.37; and $3.49.

I’ve been rearranging furniture in my house and needed to bring my roll-top desk from upstairs to downstairs. My stairway is not the usual kind of stairway and presented a problem. Gene Sandifer has been running a handyman services classified advertisement in The News-Reporter for many years. The advertisement is listed as Cash etc. I called Gene and he came right away to take a look. He said he would need to get somebody to help him and he would get back to me. He came to take another look and found that by removing a few screws he could make the desk into two pieces. He then said he thought his wife, Florence, could help him move it. They did, and I am so happy to have the job done.

Hunters in the area may have saved a historic church from a major fire or possible destruction. They noticed a fire at County Line Baptist Church early Sunday morning, reported it, and members of the Rayle and Philomath Fire Departments were on the scene right away. The fire was believed to be centered in an electrical service box.

Something is going on in the building at the corner of South Court Street and Jefferson Street (across from the Rider House.) I hope to have the information about it by next week. Sounds interesting.

I had read in The Augusta Chronicle that healthcare personnel are expecting a surge of the old childhood nemesis whooping cough during the next year. It reminded me of something that the late Mr. Reid Nash used to say. In the 1940s, Mr. Reid, after teaching a Sunday School class of 12-year-old boys, would always sit at the end of the second pew on the west side of the First Baptist sanctuary for the morning worship service. We had 15 minutes between Sunday School and the worship service, and many children of the church quickly discovered that if we sat on Mr. Reid’s pew or the one in front of or behind him, we could be highly entertained in a way pleasing to our parents and not disturbing to anyone. He often quoted the wisdom of Miss Sally Brandy Buster Farneo (we never found out who she was) in a most interesting way. He also told us frequently about something being “a foregone conclusion and a self-evident fact.” And that’s why I thought of Mr. Reid when I read about the whooping cough comeback. In the 1930s, it was a foregone conclusion and self-evident fact that just about every child in the county would have whooping cough at some time during his/ her early childhood. Just as with measles, mumps, and chickenpox, there was no immunization against it. It was a dreadful time, and with three of us whooping and coughing at the same time, Mama had a hard time. … Some of those children who benefited from Mr. Reid’s wisdom were Mickey Standard, Frank and Barksdale Thomas, Julian and Charles May, Buzzy and David Randall, Don Taylor, Jane and Jo Rider, and others that I can’t remember right now. Another bit of Mr. Reid’s wisdom was “Lord, help the rich. The poor can beg.” It was a sad day when he died when we were teenagers. His funeral was at his home on East Robert Toombs Avenue (next door to what is now Wisteria Hall). Can you believe that I remember exactly what I wore to the funeral!

You need to call me or email me and tell me what you know so I don’t have to go back to my distant childhood to find something to write about and the editor won’t fire me. It’s sometimes hard to come up with 1000 words.

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