November 14, 2002

Current Conflict Reminds Local WWII Veteran Of His Service Time

While the war against terrorism in Afghanistan may no longer be the top story in the news, continued glimpses of the country have had a special meaning for one Scotland County man.

Video images of the caves the U.S. Special Forces have found in the mountains of the Middle East country sparked memories of similar caves that this soldier experienced more than 50 years before in the mountains of the Philippine Islands.

"I saw television coverage of these caves in Afghanistan where the terrorists have been hiding and fighting with our troops and it made me think back to similar caves we ran into during World War II," said Joe Neese, Jr. "I know what it was like back then so it makes me really think about our boys over there today and what they are going through for us."

At the same time, as the country was commemorating Veterans Day, Neese was proud to reflect on the military tradition dating back to his father, and now including his grandson.

Neese, a farmer who lives near Rutledge, served in the United States Army during WWII. He served two years with the 32nd Division, which was engaged in 654 days of combat during the Pacific Campaign.

His time in the army began at Camp Roberts in California. He was drafted into the service along with five others from Scotland County. He went to boot camp with Don Tague, Carson Parrish, John Shibley, Robert Gray and Fracis Swearingen. After graduating from boot camp March 20, 1944 Neese, Parrish and Gray went on to the Pacific while the other trio went to Europe.



Joe Neese, Jr. is a veteran of World War II, serving two years in the Philippines as well as in the occupational army of Japan.


After being shipped over seas Neese's service began in New Guinea. It was here that he lost touch with his two hometown friends as the men were assigned to different companies. Neese continued on to Leyte and Luzon in the Philippines. His travels also involved a transfer as he moved from L Company to become a member of the 128th Recon in Leyte.

It constituted a big change as he shifted to become a member of a 24-man unit responsible for some difficult tasks.

"We spent a lot of time behind enemy lines," Neese said. "We were responsible for checking enemy movements, directing artillery strikes as well as making maps."

As Platoon Sergeant, Neese said he quickly became friends with all the men in the small unit.

"We were all very close to each other," he said. "With the kind of work we did, there was a lot riding on the guys you were going in with so there definitely was a strong bond."

The bond wasn't the only strength that the men had to rely on.

"There were never more than eight men in a patrol so we had to carry a lot of fire power with us," Neese said. "The Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) and the Tommy Guns were the weapons of choice."

Every day of service was a challenge but Neese said the most difficult task by far was the taking of the Villa Verde Trail, which twisted its way 24 miles from the Lingayen Plain to the mile-high peaks of Luzon's Caraballo Mountains. It proved to be the chosen ground of the Japanese as they dug in to make their last stand in the Philippines.

During this epic battle, Neese and his men traveled all over the mountain gathering information against the enemy and establishing travel routes for U.S. troops. They enlisted the aid of the Igorots, a tribe of mountainmen who befriended the U.S. cause after being terrorized by the Japanese occupation force.

Neese said, while the Igorots were short, they were stocky and were well suited to the labor at hand, often hauling loads of more than 100 pounds on trails that were not fit for an ox cart. While they were often used to pack in essential supplies for the troops, their most precious cargo was often wounded U.S. soldiers who were taken from the front back to the U.S. camps for medical treatment.

It was one of these patient transfers that connected Neese back with Carson Parrish.

"We were preparing to move out on a Recon trip when I heard my name being called out from a line of stretchers being hauled into the camp by the Igorots," Neese said. "I went over and there was Carson Parrish, and it was the first time that I had seen my friend since we had shipped out."

Parrish was by far not the only U.S. soldier injured in the fight for command of the trail. The 32nd Division fought for 119 consecutive days taking control of the region on its way to the Cagayan Valley.

During the Villa Verde Trail fighting 1,985 U.S. soldiers were killed with more than 5,000 soldiers injured. Over that same period more than 28,000 Japanese casualties were recorded during horrific fighting in the Philippines.

The key to the victory on the Villa Verde Trail was when the 128th and the 32nd Recon Troop seized Imugan Village, opening the trail wide open all the way to the Cagayan Valley, basically ending the 100 plus day battle.

Just a few months later as MacArthur was accepting Japanese envoys on the Battleship U.S.S Missouri, the 128th was receiving the surrender of General Yamashita, the Japanese Philippines commander who had become known as the Tiger of Malaysia.

It was on the way to the peace talks that the 32nd Division lost commander Merle H. Howe, the second regimental commander to be killed in action.

Neese said the loss hit home for him as Howe was a well liked leader. After the war Neese corresponded with Howe's son who was seeking information about his father's service time.

He was happy to have been of service to the young man. Yet, Neese expressed gratitude that he was able to pass on his own story to his son and his grandson as well as others who were interested in reading this article.

Baby Delayna LouIda Schrock – A Heartwarming Miracle

Delayna LouIda Schrock of Memphis became one of the fewer than 200 infants nationwide each year to undergo a heart transplant. She is recovering well after her August 26th surgery in St. Louis.

Little Delayna LouIda Schrock has spent less than six hours of her young life in her hometown, but after a miraculous medical journey, her parents are hoping to be able to bring their daughter home for the first time next month.

Delayna was born at 10:51 a.m. on June 30th at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. At 7 lbs and 2 ounces and 20 inches in length the newborn looked healthy, but right away there were issues with raising her body temperature, a problem that led to her transfer to the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia.

“Initially we thought it was a bacterial infection that was causing the issue, so it was treated with antibiotics,” said her father William Schrock.

The prognosis changed rather rapidly as doctors diagnosed heart abnormalities. Delayna suffered from a genetic disorder that had produced an abnormally large heart.

“The way it was explained to us, her heart was nearly twice as big as it should have been, and all of the extra muscle was acting like scar tissue, which was compressing her heart and keeping it from pumping properly,” explained William.

After less than a week in Columbia, Delayna was on a helicopter being transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, part of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, BJC Healthcare group in St. Louis. Once there, she began a medication treatment in hopes of facilitating increased natural heart activity. But after two weeks the process was stopped, and her condition began to gradually deteriorate, and on July 25th she was placed on the heart transplant list, awaiting a possible donor.

A United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) report  stated that 33,610 organ transplants were performed in the US in 2016, and approximately 10% of those were heart transplants (3,191). A total of 292 organ transplants of any type were performed on children under the age of one, or less than 1% of all transplants.

“There were 130 heart transplants performed last year on patients under 1 year in age,” said Anne Paschke of UNOS. “On September 18th, there were 45 infants  waiting for a heart transplant.”

She indicated that St. Louis Children’s Hospital performed four of the state’s seven infant heart transplants in 2016

There is just one infant on Missouri’s heart transplant waiting list according to Paschke.

With the average wait time six months, the situation grew dire over the next several weeks as little Delayna’s health continued to worsen. Ultimately surgery was required to install a ECMO mechanical heart pump apparatus to manually pump blood through the six-week-old’s body.

Two additional surgeries were required to remove blood clots and less than two weeks into the pump process, further complications developed. The blood thinner required to allow the pumps to work was causing internal bleeding in little Delayna. She had nine blood transfusions in one day, but ultimately the pump had to be removed.

“At that point, basically everything medically that could be done for her, had been done,” said William. “It was up to her at that point whether she was going to make it or not.”

Based on her deteriorating condition, Delayna was removed from the transplant list.

Removed from her last medical lifeline, the little girl showed her own strength. Her chest remained opened from the previous surgeries, and this may have ultimately helped save the little one, as it likely helped relieve some of the pressure from the internal bleeding and fluid build ups that were compressing her heart and limiting its pumping ability.

A week after being taken off the transplant list, Delayna had grown strong enough for a second chance.

On her 7-week birthday, her parents William and Dianne announced the good news.

“There have been many ups and downs but she is strong and by the grace of God is doing well enough that we could relist her as a heart transplant recipient today after being off for a week,” they shared with friends on Facebook. “We would like to say thanks for the continued support and prayers we have received. This journey would be impossible without it.”

Then the difficult wait began.

According to the Pediatric Cardiology Journal, “Expressed as a rate, children awaiting heart transplantation experience the single highest waiting list mortality compared with all other age groups and all other solid organs in transplant medicine.”

Finally the phone rang around midnight on August 26th. A heart had become available.

“We don’t know where the heart came from,” said William. “It is all done anonymously through the transplant system. The only way to describe it is humbling.”

Delayna went into surgery prep at 8:45 a.m. Finally at approximately 7:30 p.m. she was out of surgery.

“It was around 11 p.m. that night when we finally got to see her for the first time,” said William.

The next family visit proved to be even more miraculous.

“It was simply amazing how fast she came back,” said William. “Less than 24 hours after surgery, she looked better than she ever had.”

Looks were not deceiving. Delayna was rapidly improving with the new heart. She remained in the ICU for just three weeks before being returned to regular floor status at the hospital.

“For the first time we can put clothes on her,” Dianne shared with her friends. “We have no idea when we’ll get to go home, but we are hoping to be out of the hospital by Thanksgiving.”

Apparently Delayna is in a bigger hurry to see home for the first time.

William said the family could possibly be leaving the hospital as soon as next week, albeit if only to stay together at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, which has been home to Diane and William since the first week of the ordeal.

“It will be the first step,” he said. “We’ll get to give Delayna her medicines and take care of her feeding tubes on our own.”

If all goes well there, it could mean the family could be back in Memphis as soon as the middle of October.

For the first three to six months, the Schrocks will have to keep their miracle baby fairly isolated from the public.

“We’ve been told to avoid large gatherings, even church, for several months because her immune system will not be capable of fighting off much of anything for a while,” said William.

But considering William and Diane have been home a grand total of four or five times since June 30th, and only for a few hours each trip, the family will gladly accept the restrictions.

“We have had tremendous support and I’m sure there will be plenty of people who will want to come and see her, so it will be hard at first to limit visitors,” said William.

William said the employees at his wholesale business in Memphis have been able to keep operations running in his stead.

Even with Medicaid picking up the majority of the anticipated millions of dollars in medical bills, the community has come together to help support the young couple and their two children. Donations are being accepted by the Potter’s House Mennonite Chapel of Downing. Contact Pastor Darrin Shank at 660-216-1870 if you would like to contribute. A GoFundMe account is being established for online contributions and the address will be announced when it becomes active.

Downing Board Working on Process to Remove Vacant Buildings

The Board of the City of Downing convened at 6 p.m. on September 11th with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Present were Aldermen Ray Bange, Gene Bruner, Bill Anderson, and Hannah Poe, City Clerk Carol Dryden, and Water/Waste Water Operator Larry Smith.

Copies of the agenda, minutes of the previous meeting, water/waste water report, deposits & disbursements and account balances were given to those present.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the bills was made by Gene Bruner and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

Visitors: Tracey Gooden from Hawkins/Harrison Insurance came to talk about the city’s renewal policy. She brought two different quotes to see if the board wanted to keep the policy as is or raise the value. Bill Anderson made a motion to keep it the same as last year, and it was seconded by Gene Bruner and carried unanimously.

John Hills and Jim Lyon were present from Mark Twain to discuss putting new equipment on the water tower for better service to the people of and around Downing. They will be drawing up a new contract for the city. A motion to approve them putting up the new equipment was made by Gene Bruner and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Ben Gray, attorney came to discuss the process of getting people to let the city tear down the unlivable houses, He had a lot of good information and the city will move forward on the project.

Water/Waste Water Report: Discussed getting some new meters. Larry is looking into the prices of buying in different quantities.

Street Maintenance: Larry had been working on the roads and getting more rock. We should be about done with the rock for this year.

Old Business: Ameren can’t fix the light we asked about as there is no transformer for it.

New Business.: I wanted to buy some totes to put old files for storage and Bill Anderson will donate those to me. We had a call in regard to a sidewalk, they wanted to know if there was an ordinance which says they have to maintain the sidewalk or can they remove it. There is no ordinance stating they have to have a sidewalk so it can be removed.

Positive Thoughts: The Board feels they are making some headway to improving the town.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Ray Bange and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Trash Truck Driver Hurt in Accident

A trash truck operator was injured in a one vehicle accident on private property in Scotland County at 2:20 p.m. on September 13th. The accident occurred off of Highway 15, four miles south of Memphis.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Robert L. Hall, 40, was hurt when the 2010 Mac Trash Truck he was driving struck a bump in the roadway, causing damage to the vehicle’s undercarriage and injuring the driver.

Hall suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the ambulance service and the Scotland County Sheriff’s office.

Red Cross to Host Two Local Blood Drives in October

Area residents will have a pair of opportunities in October to donate blood at American Red Cross blood drives.

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, October 3rd from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Memphis.

If you can’t make that date, a second drive will be held October 6th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital.

Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends: getting a good night’s sleep; eating a good breakfast or lunch; drinking extra water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate; avoiding caffeinated beverages; and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time. The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet. certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.

The need is constant. The gratification is instant. Give blood.

Ministerial Alliance Planning Coat Drive in October

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance (SCMA) met September 13 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Memphis. Those present were Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Dan Hite, Diane Koontz and Jack Sumption.

It was announced that a coat drive will be coming in October. The Fall Coat drive will begin Monday, October 2nd continuing until Friday, October 20th. Drop-off locations will be the Nutrition Sire, SCR-I Elementary and the Clothes Closet.  Clean, usable coats for all ages are needed.

It is hoped that there can be more pastoral presence at the food distribution days.

Wednesday, September 27th is “See you at the Pole Day”. Anyone interested in participating the prayer time can  meet at the SCR-I High School flag pole at 8 a.m. The SCR-I Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting the event. The group’s sponsors are Nathaniel Orr and Laura Ewing, assisted by Troy Barrett and Josiah Holloway.

Upcoming SCMA events include the Tiger Trail Fun Run on September 23, starting at 8:00 a.m.  The SCMA Thanksgiving Service is scheduled for November 19 at 7 p.m. at the SCR-I Elementary School gym. The Thanksgiving event will be organized more completely at the November SCMA meeting. For more information on any of these upcoming events, please contact Dan Hite or Jack Sumption.

Squire Childers Legacy Lives on at Annual Grist Mill Grinding

The Childers family members and friends serving on the mill crew took time after working at the grist mill to pose for a photo.

As Hurricane Irma swept into Florida on September 9, 2017, 72 family members, friends and neighbors gathered at the Childers home in Sandhill to again revive the legacy of Squire Childers. The old grist mill ran again, grinding corn into corn meal and wheat into graham flour, as it has done for many years

A crew of dedicated workers transferred the grain into the hopper and did the bagging while many others enjoyed watching the process. When the grinding was completed, Victor Childers, grandson of Squire Childers, asked the blessing on the meal, which Elaine Forrester and the crew from the Rutledge School Restoration group, had provided. After the wonderful meal the afternoon was spent visiting, catching up on family news and making new friends

Those arriving from out of state were Victor Childers and daughter, Jean Childers-Arnold, husband Richard Arnold and children; Theo and Eva Childers-Arnold of Indianapolis, IN and daughter Kathaine Childers-Martin and husband, Larry Martin of Jacksonville, FL; Marjorie Delaney and Gregory Delaney, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; John and Sue Guio, DeKaib, IL; Neil and Rhonda Hoover, Taylorville, IL; Ron and Rachel Hance, Auburn, WA;

Those from Missouri who were in attendence include Paul Slater, Bridgeton; Earl and Cindi Burgdorf, St Louis; Joe Matlick, O’Fallon; Johnny and Carol Matlick, Wentzville; Adam Childers-Arnold, Diane Johnson, Dennis Goodman, Kirksville; Jordan Pellerito, Joe Forrester, Al and Jeanne Diamond, Columbia; Mark Forrester, Scott and Beth Kasper, Kansas City; Pat Berthold, Cletus Berthotd, Wheatland, David Berthold, Camdenton; Jim Washeck, St Peters; Tanner Hawkins, T. Hawkins, Winfield; Steve McPherson, LaBelle; Gwen Laudwig, Greentop; Maurine Robinson, Arbela; Jim and Alisa Kigar, Eli and Elise, Bible Grove.

Those there from Memphis were Ruth Ann Carnes, Sterling and Elaine Forrester, Lucus Thompson, Scott and Angela Westhoff, Kim Nicoli, Marjorie Peterson, Betty Lodewegen, Leon and Marlena Trueblood, Mitch and Nancy McClamroch. Those from Rutledge were John and Beverly Cole, Leroy and Jane Huff, Bob Hunolt, Oren and Celina Erickson, Dale and Judy Good and Kristy, Martin Guinn, Reva Husted, Bob and Angela Neese and Opal Blaine.

Milton Creamery Continuing Tradition of Locally Made Award-Winning Cheeses

Milton Creamery’s Prairie Breeze cheese was an award winner at the 2017 American Cheese Society national competition in Denver, CO.

The Milton Creamery recently brought home two awards from the 2017 American Cheese Society Convention in Denver, CO where nearly 300 cheese producers from across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Columbia enter more than 2,000 cheeses for competition.

The company’s trademark Prairie Breeze added to its award pedigree, earning third place in the aged cheddar category at the ACS event. It had already brought home blue ribbons from the ACS in 2009 and 2011 and also was a top performer at the 2009 US Cheese Championship and the World Cheese Contest in 2010 in London.

Prairie Breeze is a well-aged white Cheddar style cheese, aged for a minimum of 9 months (the contest category called for cheeses aged 12-24 months). It is made with Vegetarian Rennet and no added color.

The local product is described as sweeter than the typical cheddar with lots of flavor, crumbly yet creamy with a little crunch from the Tyrosine crystals developed during the aging process.

But the Milton Creamery was not done there. The local producer also earned a third place award for its Quark entry.

Quark is a fresh, unripened cheese made with cow’s milk. It is described as having a smooth texture, making the mild and slightly tangy in flavor cheese a popular spread. It is often substituted for cottage cheese, or cream cheese or sour cream even.

The Milton Creamery was founded in 2006 by Rufus and Jane Musser. The family fostered a working arrangement with area Amish dairy farms, a partnership that has secured quality milk, the most important building block for fine cheeses.

Milton Creamery’s signature cheese was only in production for one year when it won the company’s first award, Prairie Breeze won a blue ribbon at the U.S. Cheese Championship, as the Best of Class in the open hard class.

The company’s popularity on the judge’s circuit has carried over to business, which is booming. The high demand has led to expansion at the Creamery, with the possibility of even more as space continues to be an issue as the Creamery considers expanding the award-winning Quark line along with the Old Style Cheddar and 4 Alarm Cheddar. With nearly 20 employees, the company continues to grow its workforce as well to meet the increased demands.

Milton Creamery also Ages and markets Flory’s Truckle, an award winning, aged clothbound cheddar cylinder, which was a 2016 first place finisher at the ACS.

The company also produces a number of special cheddar cheese varieties, including Garden Vegetable, Tomato Garlic, Chlli Pepper, 4 Alarm Cheddar and Black Pepper as well as a variety of colby cheeses, including smoked and old style. Another popular product produced by the Creamery are the cheese curds, which come in nine different varieties – curds with chives, smoked, cheddar, olive, dill, Cajun, onion and parsley, tomato garlic, chili pepper and pizza curds.

Customers can purchase cheese online at the Creamery’s website, miltoncreamery.com or can stop by the retail store at the facility, located just west of the Highway 15 and Highway 2 junction near Milton, IA.

Memphis High School Class of 1957 Holds 60-year Reunion 

The Class of 1957 of Memphis High School had their 60th class reunion luncheon at noon on September 16, 2017 at the Scotland County Fitness Center in Memphis, MO.

The delicious meal was catered by Elaine Forrester and served by Elaine and other members of the Rutledge School Restoration Committee.

Those attending to enjoy the food, fellowship and reminiscing were class members: L-R-1st Row: Nelda (Rudy) Billups, Mary Lou (McGee) Myers, Sharon (McPherson) Miller, Sterling Forrester, Stanley Myers, and Dale Ruth.

L-R-2nd Row: Golda (Woods) Seybold, Marilyn (Newland) Blessing, Kay (Daggs) Eggleston, Luzonne Darr, Lucille Campbell, Charlotte (Huston) Rylander, Darlene (Anderson) Woods, and Richard Roberts.

L-R-3rd Row: Verna (Alexander) Weilbrenner, Richard Adams, Don McVay, Elwayne Harris, Charlotte (Tague) Payne, Wayne Martin, and Minor Tuck.

Others attending were David Miller, Elaine Forrester, Beverly Myers, Barb Ruth, Junior Blessing, Lowell Woods, Kathy Roberts, LaVern Weilbrenner, Joanne Adams, and Shirley Harris.

Wires Crossed

Have you ever been kind of confused in life? Maybe your ‘ying’ doesn’t jive with your ‘yang’? Well… after you read my letter to Mr. Chris Feeney, The Editor of this publication, you’re really going to be confused! Your proverbial ‘wires’ may be crossed!

Now… you’ve got to let your mind kind of drift back in time, along with my mind, to see what I mean. Drifting… Drifting… Drifting back to that time I took my mean, wayward, black with a white blaze on his face, gelding to a horse trainer/whisperer.

About two weeks later, I stopped by to see how my ill-natured horse, Diablo, was coming along.

“Well, how is he doing” Makin’ any progress? Horse Whisperer; “Actually, I’m just in the ‘melding’ process right now,” he said.

“Oh”

“Yep”, Horse Whisperer.

“Well, I just wondered if you got him broke of some of his bad habits.” I said.

Horse Whisperer: “Mister, you’re just not spiritual enough to understand. Ya see, nothing that this equine friend does, is really his fault!”

“Is that right?” I mumbled.

Horse Whisperer: “That’s right. This here hoss is kind of confused, that’s all. It’s like he’s getting too many mixed signals. What exactly do you expect Diablo to do, anyway?”

“It’s what I want him to quit doin’!” I barked. “I just want ‘ole Diablo there, to quit biting, kicking, spooking and throwing me! I also would prefer it if he would get past that stiff legged trot of his when we leave the barn and then run like a ’Custer Cavalry Charge’ when we go home, dragging me beneath thorn branches! That’s all.”

Horse Whisperer: “Mister, this poor, innocent animal is just confused. Them laid back ears of his is a cry for understanding! Why, Diablo has his wires crossed!”

That is when I whispered in the Horse Whisperer’s rather large attentive left ear, “If Diablo doesn’t quit his damn ornery, obstinate, stubborn ways, you might see him described as an ingredient in a can of Alpo dog food some day!”

It didn’t do any good. I still have good ‘ole Diablo*, living sumptuously on my pastures. (*The name is changed to protect the guilty.)

So, years later, I got to thinkin’ (I’ve got to hold my tongue just right when I do), what does having your wires crossed mean anyway? So I asked my Aunt Margaret.

My Aunt Margarett was a telephone switch board operator for many years. ‘Back in the day’ when long distance phone calls were actually connected by plugging in one line into another line on a switchboard. Occasionally a mistake would be made when the operator hooked up the wrong lines! This sometimes resulted in some mixed up conversations! When one party thought they were speaking to Aunt Mabel in Denver, but actually had a connection with O’Malley’s Pub in Boston! Yeah, there were some confusing conversations, that often would bring out the ‘Baptist’ in Aunt Mabel, and the ‘Irish’ temper would flare at O’Malley’s!

This is where the phrase “getting your wires crossed” probably originated, according to Aunt Margaret anyway. And I think she is right about this. She usually is right about most things. It is a saying, that now applies to almost any situation, that is confounded by misunderstood meanings. Or, when one is bewildered, by observing that what a person or group says is contrary to their actions. Take for example, the blatant actions and behavior of Anarchists and radical Antifa rioters and looters at U.C. Berkeley, California. What happened to free speech? I mean, why do they have to maim people and destroy everything, just because ‘Milo’ somebody wants to give a speech on campus? They have their wires crossed!

Now, personally, I wouldn’t drive to Arbela to hear Milo, but I would support the right of the folks in Arbela, to have the right to hear what he has to say. And that goes for Maxine Waters, too. I mean, I personally would rather dig post holes in the hot, burning, blistering sun, than to listen to her hateful bellering drivel!

But, that’s just me. Now if you want to have Maxine come to speak to your quilting group… go for it! Or Jeremiah Wright for that matter.

The point is, how can the students of U.C. Berkeley (by the way, U.C. Berkeley is like the ”Mother Ship” to many in Scotland County) proclaim ‘love, not war’ while at the same time ‘screen’ the Antifa rioters?

I saw one video of a nice young lady, who had an opposing view, get sprayed in the face with pepper spray by a professor!

I get my own wires crossed (like when you get the jumper cables backward on the battery!) when I see innocent unborn babies being aborted and their body parts being sold by heartless Planned Parenthood shills!

I think both Hillary and Bernie really had their wires crossed, when they both gleefully explained, during debates, how in their confused view, it was great to abort late term babies because “they don’t have constitutional rights”! I think this tipped the scales against them.

And when protesters of a pipeline leave tons of filth and trash, while at the same time proclaiming “save the planet”! Bad connection.

I think politicians of every stripe have ‘crossed wires’ when they lie through their teeth about one thing, and then do another.

But that’s just my opinion. The thing about my crowd (which seems like 11 or 12 sometimes, but I know is much bigger) is, we may disagree with someone, but would “fight to the death” for their right to express their views.

And just one more, then I’ll quit. What the hell is the big deal, all of a sudden, about civil war statues and monuments, put up by Democrats for the most part? I mean, damn! We’ve achieved women’s suffrage, civil rights, work place standards, and much more while these statues have commemorated the most terrible conflict in our history! Why stir up the muck now? Their wires are crossed! That’s why!

I, for one, simply have to go back to a source that has stood the test of time, the Bible, to get my own connections straightened out.

Take for example Matthew 5:37: “But let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and your ‘no’ be ‘no’. For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

Paraphrased: “Say what you mean, and mean what you say!”

Davis M. Burrus

Aldridge Represents SCR-I at American Legion Boys States

WARRENSBURG, MO – Kyle Austin Aldridge participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 17-24 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Aldridge was selected based on his leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during his junior year at Scotland County R-I High School.

Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office. The program is designed to educate and train Missouri’s young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership and government. Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week.

Accomplishments, positions held, and awards earned by Aldridge at Missouri Boys State include: Citizen of Carver City;

Member of the Nationalist Party; Assistant City Clerk; City Clerk; Delegate to State Convention, Ward III and appeared on the ballot for House of Representatives. Aldridge attended Public Administration School while participating in Boys State.

Aldridge (son of Randall and Jenny Aldridge) was sponsored by American Legion Post 219 – Memphis. Sponsors afford the opportunity for students to participate in this nationally recognized program and are critical to its continued success. Organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in becoming a sponsor are encouraged to contact the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627.

The Boys State staff is comprised of educational, legal, professional, and civic leaders who volunteer their time each year. Missouri Boys State is a 501(c)(3) organization and is a Missouri American Legion program.

Students who are juniors during the 2017-18 academic year and are interested in participating should contact their High School Counselor and visit the Missouri Boys State website at www.moboysstate.org. The 2018 session will be held June 16-23. Informational presentations by a Boys State staff member are available to schools and organizations by contacting Bettie Rusher at the Missouri Boys State Headquarters at 1-877-342-5627 or email bettie.rusher@moboysstate.org.

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