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As Junior and I were riding to church on Sunday, I was reminded of how fortunate I have been to have such a special family and friends in my life. I really enjoyed seeing several of my kids on Saturday. I also enjoyed a birthday dinner with daughter, Jeanette Evans and Nicholas and Reagan Inman in Rogersville.
The Fourth of July parade in Fordland was a lot of fun to watch. Everyone always enjoys lining the street and visiting afterwards at the City Park. I thought I saw my cousin, James “Riley” Hale riding on the Veteran’s Float. Also, I saw that Virgil Hunt our friend from Marshfield was part of the float as well. Thank you to everyone who made the day so special in Fordland.
We were sorry to hear of the passing of Dorothy Sowers, mother of our dear friend, Anita Keeling. Anita has been really special to this community and has been known to pick gooseberries and have them at our local general store in the past. You used to see her behind the counter at Kindall Store from time to time as well.
It is hard to believe that this past week (July 9th), Kindall Store marked the anniversary that it has re-opened. You may remember that grand opening celebration that took place when grandkids Nicholas and Sarah Inman opened the store on July 9, 2009. It was a day to remember in Olga and I think back to how much that store has meant to this whole community. Hope you will stop by and see Charley Brindley, who purchased the business from Nicholas and Sarah. He is such a neat man and he is a great writer as well. Also, wanted to say “Happy Anniversary” to Nicholas and Sarah who celebrate 4 years of marriage of July 14.
Had a nice visit by phone with Shirley Smith former resident of this community. Shirley attends our church and I always enjoy seeing her. She has been a friend for many, many years. Her late father, Avery Copeland was a cousin to my stepdad, Philip Hargis. Avery was one of the kindest men that you could ever meet and he always visited his neighbors who were ill, even when he relocated to Springfield.
I understand that Carl and Betty Atwood of Olga were among the many who attended the annual Fourth of July picnic at the Inman residence on July 3rd. Our church always has a great picnic and I was sorry to miss it this year. Carl and Betty have been attending the picnic since it began in the yard of Kindall Store. Two of the church picnics were held there and many special memories were shared with friends and neighbors as we gathered there. I have heard that there were over 100 present and everyone had such a great time. I also understand that Nicholas’ croquet team was defeated by the Zwally’s. Many here will recall that years ago there used to be croquet games played in the yard across from Kindall Store. Good times were held there especially as the neighbors awaited ice cream to be delivered from Springfield.
This heat has been rough on us older folks. However, we complain when it is cold, raining too much, etc. I do not know if we are ever satisfied. Have a great week and hope to see you out this way in the near future. I think you would enjoy the evening volleyball games that take place at Kindall Store here in the heart of Olga, they look like a lot of fun!