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It has been a busy week in our home as we have helped in baby-sitting grandchildren and great grandchildren. We enjoyed watching Reagan Inman (our great-granddaughter) while her parents, Nicholas and Sarah Inman packed and moved to their new home near Marshfield. We will all miss them here in the Olga community. However, they have purchased a beautiful farm that was once the historic Hubble Fruit Farm, where Edwin P. Hubble’s family raised fruit for many years. H. Lyman Mooney (longtime music teacher in Webster County) resided there for many years and built the home where Nicholas and Sarah will reside. Mr. Mooney was such a great man and a true gentleman.
It seems just like the other day that the kids were telling us that they were moving to Olga, where Nicholas spent many years of his childhood. I know that they have made many friends in the community and will enjoy keeping in contact with them for many years to come. I also know that they are proud of the legacy of re-opening Kindall Store in the community, re-establishing the social center of our small community. When Sarah went back to college and I didn’t want to work full-time at the store, it made perfect sense that they would sell the store to a neighbor who had roots in the Olga area, Charley Brindley. Charley has done such a great job of continuing the tradition of the store and it is in good hands. They still have many ties to this area and I know they will be spotted out this way on a regular basis.
I know they appreciated Carl Atwood, Jerry and Wanda Mitchell, John and Becky Ramsey, Bill Stacey, Jerry Diehl, Brian Cheek (Sarah’s brother who was home briefly from Hawaii), Jennifer Quinn and Aaron Stanifer for all of their help in moving this past week.
Our family attended the 14th anniversary celebration of the Webster County Opry at the Rogersville Area Senior Center on Friday night. It is hard to believe that it has been 14 years since the show originated with performers Temple Castleberry, Don R. Waters, C.J. Lovelace, Gordon Witty, Thurman Aldridge, Allen Odom, Nicholas as master of ceremonies and myself. It was great to see Charles Lee at the show the other night. Charles grew up near us and we have been friends for many years.
If you would like a tour of the Chateau Charmant, please call 241-2321 for more information. Also, ask them about the future Murder Mystery Dinner, which will be featured this spring at the castle here in Olga.
The streets of Fordland will be bustling with visitors soon for the annual Easter Parade and Easter Hunt on Saturday, April 23. Line up for the parade will be at 2:30 p.m. with the parade beginning at 3 p.m. The Egg Hunt will begin at 4 p.m. in the Fordland City Park. There will be over 8,000 eggs to hunt this year. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. Please call Pam Keeton at the Fountain Cafe if you are interested in participating in the parade at 767-1142 or 300-9452. There is no entry fee to be in the parade, which is always so much fun.
Sunday afternoon we attended the funeral of dear friend, Lois Fraker. Lois was such a great lady and a wonderful cook. We have been close to her family for many years and her service was a touching reminder of the wonderful lady that we called our friend. The United Methodist Church at Marshfield was filled to capacity and the music was so touching. Lois would have really enjoyed seeing so many friend and hearing the sweet sound of so many voices raised to the heavens. Nicholas, Sarah and I all agreed that it was the most fitting tribute to a lady who touched so many during her time here on earth.
Elsie Myers and Emma Henderson would like to remind you that the 6th annual cherry pie contest will take place on Friday, April 29 during the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival. The contest is open to anyone who wishes to participate, you do not have to live in Marshfield or Webster County. The pie contest and auction will take place during the annual Hubble Dinner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Pies can be dropped off at the church beginning at 1 p.m. Judging will take place at 4 p.m. You can learn more by contacting Elsie at 859-3258. You can also visit the festival website for a complete list of information concerning the festival at www.cherryblossomfest.com. Also, tickets for the state dinner that will be held at Blackberry Creek Retreat are going fast. The keynote speaker will be Merrill Eisenhower Atwater (great-grandson of President Dwight Eisenhower) and you can purchase them by calling 859-7287.
Hope to see you out this way in the near future.