2016-06-23 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Calling all majorettes

Tara Townsend, a coordinator for the Tiger Marching Band, is looking for names and years of participation for majorettes and color guard members in years past. She and other members of the coordinating team are compiling a list to see how far back there had been majorettes and color guard members. I remember some that were there in my high school days and got some help with remembering others. The first one that I remember is Olive Wills who was the drum major in the 1940s. Statham Quinn was drum major in the 1930s. Others from my generation have included Jo Randall, Colleen Turner, Jackie Turner, Genie Thomas, Dottie Shook and many others. Tara says to send her your names and years of participation to taratownsend9@gmail.com. l

We got some good rain during the past week. We had somewhat of a storm Thursday night and I got 1.3 inches on Court Street. Norris Ware on Hill Street got 1.4, and Sonny Johnson at Tyrone did not get any. In fact, he says he hasn’t had a drop of rain since June 6. ... We’re thankful that we didn’t have the storm that hit other areas close-by with high winds and lots of damage. l

The parking space lines on The Square surely do look good. Before they were painted Tuesday it was hard to see where to park. Don’t miss the new flowerbeds on The Square, too. They are so pretty and add so much to The Square. Several other improvements have been made and will be appreciated for the Fourth of July celebration on Sunday, July 3. Browse The News-Reporter and see all the activities that will be happening all afternoon and into the night. Of course, the big attraction is the fireworks at about 9 p.m., but there are many other interesting things which will be taking place . . . It might be a good idea to search out the downtown area and pick out a place to park earlier in the week. I do know that part of Robert Toombs Avenue will be closed off. It promises to be a big day and I think that “those in the know” are expecting thousands of people. l

Are you old enough to remember when we had milk delivered to our doors or porches in quart jars made of glass? I remember asking Mama or Daddy about them and they just said, “The milkman brought them.” As a little girl, the only milkman I knew was Mr. Jones who was a friend of Daddy (and a lot of other people, too). In the summertime, Daddy always got us up real early to go on a “hike” or “rambling” spree before it got to be hot. One morning, we beat the milkman’s visit and we saw him deliver the quart of milk. It wasn’t Mr. Jones but a teenager or young man. I vaguely remember that in later years, Randall Denard helped Mr. Jones with the delivery and there was some kind of accident on the milk truck and Randall got a broken leg, or some kind of injury. (I know. I should have checked my facts, but I didn’t.) Somebody, enlighten me. I have one of those quart jars and a pint jar (for whipping cream), and expect some of you do too. l

With the arrival of the new fire truck for the Washington Fire Department, I have been remembering major fires that we have had in my lifetime. Oddly enough, the ones I remember best are ones in the 1930s and 1940s, and then into the 1950s. Of course, we all (those of us who are old enough) remember when the courthouse burned, prompting the addition of a new truck to the department. But in the 1930s, when I was just four years old, the building which was across the street from our house on Court Street caught fire and we watched it on Christmas Eve as Christmas trees and windows, and other things fell into the street and the building was gutted. And then there was the picture show (we didn’t call them “theaters.” They were picture shows.) I don’t remember if it was the “Strand” or “Joy.” Both were located at one time or another on the corner next to where the Chamber of Commerce is now. When one of them burned, the folks in my house were planning to see Puddin’ Head starring Judy Canova. At the other picture show, that burned, The Face Behind the Mask starring Peter LorrĂ© was to be shown. I had seen the previews of that and wouldn’t have gone to see it. It was too scary. ... The First United Methodist Church caught fire on a Sunday night in the 1950s after a Sunday evening service and it was scary for a while for the large crowd who came to watch, but the Washington Fire Department finally got it under control. … The only fire in the downtown area in which there was a fatality that I remember was the house next to the city playground on Liberty Street. That was in the late 1940s, and I think it, too, was on Christmas Eve. l

For about three weeks now, the sign at the Jameson Inn has been changed to Washngton Inn. So far, I haven’t found out any details about the change. l

Here’s an item that I ran across. It’s very old, so the figures may be way out of date. But I think you will get the message. It’s titled

I’m Tired

Yes, I’m tired. For several years I’ve been blaming it on middle age, iron poor blood, lack of vitamins, air pollution, water pollution, saccharin, obesity, and a dozen other maladies that make you wonder if life is really worth living.

But now I find, ‘Tain’t that.

The population of this country is 200 million. Eighty-four million are retired. That leaves 116 million to do the work. There are 75 million in school, which leaves 41 million to do the work. Of this total, there are 22 million employed by the government.

That leaves 19 million to do the work.

Four million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 15 million to do the work. Take from that total the 14,800,000 people who work for state and city government and that leaves 200,000 to do the work. There are 188,000 in hospitals, so that leaves 12,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 11,998 people in prisons. That leaves just two people to do the work. You and me. And you’re sitting there reading this. No wonder I’m tired. – Anonymous

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