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Missouri was made a state a hundred years ago and our ancestors came from Tennessee and Kentucky and from the Eastern states, including Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois and one important asset Missouri had was the hills and rocks, with clear water as my grandfathers’ letters stated, with no malaria, as he had found in Illinois.

Fruit trees are blooming and we hope there won’t be a freeze, so we can have fruit to eat. We will have to trust that the deer population won’t come around as they have in the past to devour the fruit. Spring began March 20th so winter is now behind us.

Mearl and Beulah Satterfield and I shopped in West Plains last Monday.

Best wishes to Karen K. Davis who had knee surgery in Mountain Home last Wednesday.

The historical guest blog by Vince Anderson of the Mammoth “dinner on the ground”  article is a reminder of my fathers’ family who lived there and his stories of the picnics on Lick Creek and as well, the visit to Grandma Crawford’s house that we enjoyed as long as she lived.

There was something inviting about having “dinner on the ground” for Grandma’s brithday on July 3rd, near Lick Creek, under a shade tree. A special chair was provided for her to be comfortable for the occasion.

Maxine Smith had a bout with bronchitis and severe sinus infection the past few weeks. She is now feeling better after antibiotics helped.

Happy Birthday to Amy Galyardt on March 24th (belated). She and Dennis now reside in Mountain Home.

The families who lost loved ones have our sympathy. Among those were the Kim Ebrite family.

Lilly Ridge Church has the Sunday afternoon nursing home service April 1st.

Friendly Neighbors Extension Club has changed their monthly meeting to the first Thursday of the month, and April 1st will be the date.

Paralee Rea reported that Tyler Lewis won first place in the bull riding event at Springfield Fair Grounds. He is the son of Bub and Julie Lewis of Pineville, Arkansas.

Doris Treiber and I enjoyed the Christian Church men’s breakfast Saturday. Maxine Smith and Judy Breyne joined us there.

Lilly Ridge Church business meeting will be Sunday evening April 1st, after services. The offering for National Missions was a good amount last Sunday, a week ago.

Prayers are for Opal (Miller) Beasley in Baxter Regional Hospital. Also for Donald Rackley who is ill, and Ron Mahan, who is receiving therapy at Gainesville Nursing Home. Best Wishes are for all who are having health problems.

Dogwood and Redbud trees are beautiful adding to the hillsides of green trees and other blooming flowers.

Gainesville Eastern Star had an initiation Monday evening at their regular meeting night.

Just a thought, “If you see someone without a smile, give him yours.”

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