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Bonnie Phipps said that she had Michael and Wendee Freeman children at her home Thursday and they played games until they went over to Roy and Linda Sue Freeman where they helped Michael celebrate his birthday except Madison and she went to another birthday party.
Evelyn Bryan came last Monday and we went to Ozark where we stopped by Donna and Landon Fleetwood’s then we went on up to St. John’s Hospital where we saw Joann Pond and visited with her before I went to see one of my doctors where Monica met us then we went and ate afterward and then Monica went home and Evelyn and I did some shopping before we headed back to Seymour and we stopped there at Shetler’s before coming on home.
Last Monday I received .6-1/2 of an inch, .2-1/2 last Tuesday and .1 of an inch on Wednesday.
Gregory and Pam Grant Hailey and Camron came by and visited with me Wednesday, they were on their vacation and they stayed with George and Violet Blakey while they were in Ava and the children love fishing in the pond.
I took some food over to the Cheryl Hopper family Wednesday and I met Marie Dickey over there and helped carry her food in.
George and Violet came by Thursday morning and picked up some eggs, later that afternoon I went down to Monica’s to go on a trip with her and Diana Coffelt Friday morning to Tahlequah, OK.
Monica and I got up Friday morning and ate breakfast and then we went over and picked Diana up then we stopped at a yard sale before we left Branson.
When we got to Fayetteville, AR, we stopped at the Greenhouse Grille and ate our dinner, then we drove strait to Tahlequah, OK where we ran into a down pour and before we got to the Best Western Hotel where we are going to stay some one had a wreck past the hotel so when we made it to the hotel the power was out so we couldn’t check in; the lightning had knocked the power off so we waited until the rain had almost quit and the traffic had thinned out and we went to Chili Restaurant for our supper and then we came back and checked in, the electric was back on.
Saturday we ate breakfast at the hotel and then we went to the Prairie Grove Battlefield and drove and drove through all the eleven stops and when we got there it showed the William Norton’s farm and the families that lived in the ridge on number ten came down and got in their cellar until the war was over, that was the women and children.
We visited the Hunter’s Home where George M Murrell lived with his first wife Minerva Ross until she passed away and then he married her younger sister Amanda Ross, in 1861 they moved to Virginia, I guess I got ahead of myself; first we visited the Prairie Grove Battlefield state Park and went into their visitor center and looked around in it before we went to the battlefield.
Then we went back to Tahlequah to the Cherokee Heritage Center and went through it and then tour the village and saw how they made baskets, flint snapping, pottery, bow making and their stickball stick, right behind the Heritage Center is the Pillar left from the First Cherokee National Seminary which was built in 1851 but the corner stone was laid in 1847 by Chief John Ross. This building burn down in 1887 on Easter day and then they rebuilt a new one Tahlequah in 1888.
Saturday evening we went back to the Cherokee Heritage Center where we attended the Legends of dusk and heard about some of the old stories that had been past down to the, it was very interesting, you see the Cherokee and other tribes were forced out of their land and they had to travel to Oklahoma to a new land and the Cherokee came across Missouri and through Springfield and then on down through Arkansas into Oklahoma. They called it the Trail of Tears because so many died on the way and there was lots of crying, all the other tribes came down and crossed Arkansas into Oklahoma.
Sunday morning when we headed home, we stopped at Mt. Zion General Baptist at Teresita, OK and attended church there. The Pastor there was Jimmy Bell, his father is the late Rev. Dee Bell, who preached here in Ava and Springfield; his grandmother was Maude Degase and her father was John Degase, there was lots of Jimmy’s relatives that went to that church. His wife’s name is Alpha and she was telling me about the Degase’s but if I go any further I might get them mixed up. Some will be here for the Degase reunion.
Let’s keep praying for our sick folks.
My prayer and sympathy goes out to the Cheryl Hopper family and all the others that have lost a loved one.
Let’s keep our leaders and the men and women in the service and their families and the ones in training in our prayers.