2017-04-13 / The Office Cat

The Office Cat

That fire’s as good as out

No! Our Editor has not fired me from writing The Office Cat! If you will remember, Friday afternoon, March 31, (which is when I was writing the column for April 6,) we had several power outages one right after the other, causing me to have to begin again. When I finally finished writing after the outages, and filed the column, the wrong file was picked up with only the item about Cody Boatwright on it. So, this week’s column is a combination of some items from last week’s intended column and new ones intended for April 13 ... And by the way, Cody is the son of Mike and Tina Boatwright, and grandson of Nina and Charles Boatwright, all of Rayle.

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The arrival of hummingbirds is reported almost daily. New arrivals include Katharine Sanders near Tyrone, who had two to arrive on March 27. She had two (not a pair) who hung around in her yard until late December, then left, but has more lately. John and Linda Webster in Logan Woods spotted one March 28; and Sarah Davis on the Tignall Road had one visit on March 25. Somebody (didn’t give a name) on the Stoney Ridge Road spotted one on March 28. Buzzy Randall spotted one in his yard in Clinton, S.C. on April 3; and Mary Burt on Sheraton Drive, Washington, saw her first one on April 2. Remember that you have to put your feeders out to attract the beauties. l

Wednesday, April 5, was a very long day with many of us “glued” to the television and weather ­radios to keep up with tornado watches and warnings, high winds, and other weather-related conditions. Fortunately, we came through it much better than some of our neighboring counties and towns with minor damage reported. At this writing (Friday, April 7) the biggest problem is high winds. We did have some large hail in some of those storms that passed through and Jim and Jane Bundy lost a pecan tree when it was blown over and blocked Poplar Drive for a while. l

We all know by now that John Robert Moore II is not one of the Moore triplets, and I have given my apologies to all. I will have more about John Robert later this month. He was born and lived in the Raytown-Lundberg area and has a most interesting life ... As for the Moore triplets, Jimmy Moore called to straighten me out about them. They were born one minute apart on January 24, 1938, sons of Roma Gunn Moore and Robert Edward Moore on the Lundberg Road near Raytown. There is also a set of twins in the family and a sister. Their names are Jimmy, Jene, and Jerry, and they were delivered by Dr. C.E. Wills. l

I received several pieces of interesting mail this past week. Some are included in this week’s column. Others will be in next week. All are appreciated. The first one is from Edward H. Reynolds who lives in Griffin and is the son of Allie Stephens Reynolds, and grandson of Dr. Robert Grier Stephens who lived at Poplar Corner next to Simpson Park on Liberty Street. Edward writes: “Grandfather inherited Poplar Corner from his uncle, Dr. Robert Simpson, upon the latter’s death in 1939. Uncle Robert Simpson left the park property to the City of Washington in his will, and Grandfather saw to it that his bequest was carried out. The best times of my life were always spent in Washington in company with Grandfather and Grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Evans Stephens, at Poplar Corner. Here is a little tidbit from long ago: There was a fire in a warehouse very near the Depot probably in the late 1940s. It was where there used to be a painted warning that said, ‘Will not clear a man.’ My cousin, Marion Cheney, along with Lawrence Burton, and I ran down to watch our volunteer firemen put it out. My companions informed me when Rufus Rider arrived that the fire was as good as out. Chief Rider picked up a hose and had his team train their hoses on him ‘a la John Wayne’ as he (Rider) entered the conflagration with his hose fully functional. The flames began to recede, and in short order, the fire was not only contained, but out. The memory of that day has been indelibly impressed on me and was my first encounter with a real living, breathing hero!” Thanks for the interesting letter. l

Have you noticed that the space where the big oak tree in which Robert Toombs is said to have hidden to escape the Yankees in the war now has a rather large new oak tree? The original one died. l

I have been enjoying the Braves in their pre-season schedule. Don’t forget the first game in the new Sun Trust Park in Atlanta is Friday night, April 14. They’re not spectacular yet, but they are okay. ­Teheran (the Braves pitcher) struck out the first three batters he faced in the first game. l

Sonny in Tyrone reports 1.3 inches of rain; and Norris on Hill Street reports 2.0 l

I’ll have a real Wilkes County ghost story for you next week. l

With the hummingbirds showing up every day now, now is the time to use my little Hummingbird Charm thoughts:

When you see a hummingbird,

It is very lucky indeed,

Because it is known as a healer

If you’re ever in need.

Despite its small size,

It flies great distances

And even flies backwards too.

A reminder to have faith,

And enjoy all that you do. l

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