June 19, 2003

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

It's not very often that you can go fishing, break your favorite fishing pole and still go home with a smile. (Of course I could have made that sentence shorter by just saying it's not very often that you get to go fishing.) Friday night I managed to get to the pond with enough time to do a little angling. Actually I made an appointment on my calendar so I could go. Never thought it would get to the point that I had to schedule my fishing outing but it seems like if a person doesn't make the time to go, it never happens.

But then again, what do I care how I got there as long as I did? Of course when I pulled up to my favorite fishing hole I wasn't immediately pleased with the outlook. Apparently the grass carp are on vacation because the old moss was built up a good 15 feet from the bank out into the water. This was that thick carpet moss that would require a hacksaw or welder to break through. If that wasn't bad enough there was a second layer of the stuff floating just out beyond the main ring. So right off the bat I was really limited in my fishing options. I didn't need that suitcase of lures I normally carry around, as really my only option to try to tempt the fish was a weed-less plastic worm. Fortunately for me I had just such a rig.

At first I thought I could cast out beyond the second row of moss. That was until I realized I had forgotten to re-line my reel and that I had just a limited amount of line left on my fishing rig. So my options turned into one chance. All I could do was toss the worm out between the two floating carpets and hope for the best.

About two seconds after the worm plopped down in the water between the moss layers I witnessed my line take off toward the center of the pond. I set the hook and a nice three-pound bass immediately came to the surface and jumped. I had a fun fight for about 30 seconds then I got the bass turned to come to the shore. Well by the time I finally got him close enough to grab he had turned into a 50-pound ball of moss and vegetation. It was all I could do to drag that mess in without snapping my line. I needed a grappling hook and a mountain climbing rope so I could have dredged out a channel through the moss in order to land the fish.

I soon forgot all the work when my very next cast connected with fish number two. He was a little easier to secure since I had broken up the moss barrier a bit with the first bass. Well that routine went on for about two hours. Of course in that 120 minutes I would estimate that I spent probably 20 minutes catching the fish and the other 100 trying to muscle them to the shore to be released.

I did have one easy release as the bass made my job easier when he jumped up right at the edge of the moss and landed on top of the vegetation. I'd say the fish weighed two to three pounds yet he simply bounced off the moss as if it was a trampoline. The fish just skidded across the green carpet as I quickly reeled him in and released the lucky guy.

While I had cussed that nasty moss when I first pulled up, the vegetation and cover proved to be the key to my fishing. Those big old bass were lurking in the water between the two rows of structure and obviously were actively feeding. The key to the presentation was casting that plastic worm out on top of the second row of moss. Then as I retrieved it I used some heavy action to move and shake the moss to let the fish know there was something on top of the moss. As soon as I dropped the bait off the carpet into the water there were fish waiting to pounce on the food. A couple times the fish didn't even wait and they would swim up under the moss and slam into the cover trying to knock the moving object off into the water.

I had caught a dozen to 15 really nice bass anywhere from two to five pounds before my fun was prematurely ended. Apparently the stressful work of landing those bass with the added weight of the moss was more than my pole could take. As I got that final fish close to the bank I gave one last tug. It got the fish close enough for me to grab but it also snapped my pole in half.

I'm not sure if I was more disappointed about my pole breaking or my fishing ending prematurely. Looking back it will be much easier to replace my fishing pole than it will to supplant the time and effort it took to make the time to go. One thing's for sure I'll have a new fishing pole and I'll also have more of these little outings scheduled on my calendar throughout the summer.

Lonely Hummingbird

One little lonely hummingbird this week.  I felt so sorry for him, flying slow and looking for a blossom of anything. I immediately put one feeder back out. Have any of you began feeding anything as of now. I am still holding out for riddance of sparrows.  I am managing quite well with the owls I purchased.  I hung one on the front porch for a time, and I never see a sparrow now. They had literally taken up residence there. I also had a phoebe that stayed there some and during the summer of course, the Barn Swallows would eye the ledges.

I did have a wren build for the first time in the house in the west side of my front porch, and really enjoyed listening to them.  However, the trails not so much. If they stay on Wren Avenue it would be ok, but they manage to overtake some of my bluebird houses. A pest for sure. The Bluebird are timid and will give way to wrens very easily.

Back to Miss Ella:  By this time, she had been to Chicago several times, and had also started various other tours across the country.  She had also built the dream home she so desired to have to accommodate her height. She also spent a year touring with Barnum and Bailey Circus.  On these trips Ben did not go, only where he could take the train and visit shortly.  Ben and Annie were both getting tired of being gone away from home.  More on this later.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

Happy Red Hatters of Downing Host Gatherings

The Happy Red Hatters of Downing, MO met on Thursday, October 12, 2017, for lunch at the Hammermill in Downing. Hostesses were Virginia Mullinix and Rosalie Kinney.

Present were Margaret Mobley, Marilyn Blessing, Rosalie Kinney, Verna Weilbrenner, Barbara Blessing, Sheri Laws, Arlene Stice, Maudie Oliver, Betty Anderson, Anita Jackson, Glennis Ward, Louise Newland, Carolyn Schmitter, and Virginia Mullinix.

Rosalie read several short humorous stories.
The November 9, 2017 meeting will be held at The Hammermill with Lena Gallagher and Margaret Kinard as hostesses.

On September 7, 2017 the Happy Red Hatters met at the Downing Appreciation Day’s park for lunch.

Charlotte Speer served as our hostesses for lunch.

Those present were Arlene Stice, Maudie Oliver, Carol  Scurlock, Virginia Mullinix, Rosalie Kinney, Barbara Blessing, Carolyn Schmitter, Bette Herbert, Anita Jackson, Louise Newland, Lena Gallagher, Margaret Mobley, Betty Anderson, and Marilyn Blessing.

SC Genealogy Hears Program on Sons of Confederated Veterans

The Scotland County Genealogical Society held their monthly meeting Monday, October 9, 2017.  Terry Arnold, Vice-President, brought the meeting to order.  Eleven members, along with five guests, were present.

Under old business: Joann Aylward donated files of families she had done research on from Scotland County.

Under new business: June Kice made a motion to make a donation to the speaker and all were in favor. A work schedule for the Christmas Bazaar will be made in November.  Additionally, a book sale will be held sometime after the first of the year.

Neil Block of Missouri Graves’ Registrar of the Sons of Confederated Veterans, from Huntsville, MO, gave a program.  Mr. Block has spent thirty years doing research.

The first reunion of Confederate soldiers was held in Missouri in 1871 during Reconstruction.  Confederate veterans built Higginsville in 1889.  There were nine to ten thousand present at the reunion that year.

Confederate soldiers were recognized as Veterans of the United States in 1913.

Mr. Block has a great deal of information and is always looking for more.

The meeting adjourned for refreshments served by Ruth Tague.

Everyone is welcome to attend the genealogy meetings which are held the second Monday of the month at the genealogy building.

Early Reports From Australia Have Health Department Concerned About Upcoming Flu Season

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is looking far from the Midwest to see what this year’s flu season might bring. Each year, flu cases in the southern hemisphere, in places like Australia, are tracked to help predict what will be seen in the northern hemisphere a few months later. This helps scientists determine what to include in the flu vaccine for North America.

So far this year, Australia has reported cases that far exceed those in the last two flu seasons. This may be because the most common influenza virus reported there this year is influenza A; it tends to lead to higher case counts and larger outbreaks. If Missouri’s flu season mimics what Australia is already seeing, there could be deadly consequences.

Scotland County Health Department Director Margret Curry stated the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory reported more than 70,000 lab-positive influenza cases for the 2016-2017 flu season. This easily spread virus can prove especially dangerous for some patients: there were also 99 influenza-associated deaths reported over the same period.

“The best defense we have against flu is the influenza vaccine, or flu shot,” said DHSS director Dr. Randall Williams. “Having cared for patients for 30 years as a practicing physician, I saw that flu shots are critical for the greater good of our community. By protecting ourselves, we help protect our most vulnerable populations: newborn babies, pregnant women, the elderly and those whose health is already compromised. They are the most susceptible to serious flu illness and complications, including death. That’s why we recommend everyone six months or older gets a flu shot to help decrease exposure.”

Flu activity often increases in October and November before peaking between December and February. By receiving a flu shot, the body’s immune response to the virus will improve to provide protection against the influenza viruses that are likely to be common this flu season. For more information or to find a flu shot location near you, visit health.mo.gov/flu or talk to your local health department, pharmacist or medical provider.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

Despite an obvious apprehension surrounding theaters, Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln will be the guests of honor for a special program to be held at the Memphis Theatre on Wednesday, March 24th at 7 p.m.

It won’t be the famous couple’s first trip to town.  Max and Donna Daniels have brought the historic figures back to life for spectators in Memphis on more than one occasion.  They lent their talents to the historic Bring John Home ceremonies for the burial of a Civil War veteran in May of 2005.

TEN YEARS AGO

The Scotland County Courthouse has withstood the test of time for 100 years.  Now the group hosting a centennial celebration for the facility is working to insure the historic landmark continues to keep time for future generations.

The Scotland County Community Betterment Group will host a special celebration on Monday, October 22 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the county seat.

20 YEARS AGO

Local, state and federal authorities are searching for a parole violator who walked away from the Scotland County Jail at approximately 8:45 p.m. October 18th.  The prisoner was entering the last week of his stay at the jail when he allegedly was assisted by at least one accomplice in escaping from the jail.

The prisoner was out of his cell as part of the department’s trustee program.  He had been held in the Scotland County Jail since September 23rd as part of a parole warrant for the Missouri Dept. of Corrections.  He had been part of the trustee program for more than three weeks, during which time he did painting at the courthouse and other work, and was considered a low-risk prisoner.

The sheriff’s department is being assisted in the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sheriff Drummond stated the case would mark the end of the trustee program at the Scotland County jail.

30 YEARS AGO

The Jolly Workers Club celebrated their 50th year at Carol Rogers, of rural Gorin, October 8, 1987.

The club was organized 50 years ago with Vivian Bertram at this same home.  Two charter members, Anna Belle Peterson and Cleo Curfman, were able to attend the meeting.  Vivian Bertram of Sun City, AZ is a charter member, but was unable to attend.  Other former members present were Frances Shacklett, Lois Humes and Susan Ammons.  One guest, Lucille Bundrem of Salem, Arkansas, was present.

40 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Don Wheaton and daughter, Jamie, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark Mustoe were hosts to the Rural Rough Riders card party and supper Saturday evening, October 15.  There were 31 present.

Winning high prizes were Florence Stevenson and John Pitzer, and low, Katheline Johnson and Marion Cowell,

The next card party will be November 5th with Katheline Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Otto Powers hosts for the evening.

50 YEARS AGO

Announcement is being made this week of the Grand Opening of the Junction Café, formerly the Highway Café, by Danny Knupp Monday, October 23rd.

Free donuts and coffee will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and registration can be made for a door prize.

60 YEARS AGO

Hatton and Harold Hustead of Hustead’s Garage have recently embarked on a new enterprise which has brought much interest to quite a number of local personages.

Murl Colton approached them several days ago, after his wife was released from the hospital, to make a walker for her.  It will be recalled Mrs. Colton broke her hip a few weeks ago.

After debating, deciphering, cussing and discussing, someone came up with the idea of using a thin-walled electric tubing for the walker.  The enterprise was finished last week, complete with casters and a fresh coat of aluminum paint, and it’s really a fine piece of work.

It’s the understanding of this writer that the Husteads plan to make another one or two, to be used by those who may need them in the future.

70 YEARS AGO

The Memphis High School band, under the supervision of Charles Warren, music instructor, participated in a massed band with sixteen other Missouri high schools at Columbia Saturday during the football game between the University of Missouri and Kansas State College.

Including the University of Missouri band, there were a total of 1,170 instruments in the massed bands all playing under the direction of the University of Missouri director.

Superintendent and Mrs. R. L. Terry, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Roberts and son, Tommy Roberts, attended the game.

Rutledge Renegades

Our sympathy to family and friends of Blanche Klocke.

Erma High was in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  She got home Sunday night.

Martin Guinn and Reva Hustead went to Kirksville.  They ate with Randy and Jenny Walker.

Martin and Reva went to Highland elementary school to Ivy Wagy’s concert.  Rich and LaCrisha Wagy, Travis, LaKaylee and friend Eliza, Randy and Jenny Walker, Penny Hustead, Will and Waid all attended.

Steve and Charlene Montgomery went to The Catfish Place on Friday, Oct. 13, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Keith and Ruth Ann Boyer (Burlington, IA), Patty (Colton) Howard (Zillah, WA), Brenda Miller and Cecil Boyer Jr. (Springhill, FL) came in Zimmerman’s on Saturday, Oct. 14th.  They were all going to the Gorin Alumni Banquet Saturday night.  Don Tague, Dale Tague, Oren and Celina Erickson, and Bob and Dorothy Hunolt also attended.

Waverly and Dixie Bunting from Virginia said they had bought a place outside Colony and will move here in the future.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Don Tague, Neta Phillips, Charlene Montgomery, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Martin Guinn, Reva Hustead, Ronnie and Bonnie Boyer, Paul Tague, Milt Clary, Oren and Celina Erickson, John Riddle, Frank from Kansas City, Thomas Kortkamp, Merle Myers, Bob Yokum, Katherine Hanson, Matthew and Carolyn Bunge and Henri.

Azen Jolly Timers 4-H Club Installs New Officers

The new officers for the Azen Jolly Timers 4-H club are (L to R) Baileigh Phillips, Kendal Anderson, Abby Doster, Karli Hamilton, Kwayde Hamilton and Bryn Aylward. Not pictured were Avery and Christopher Cowell.

The Azen Jolly Timers 4-H held a regular monthly meeting on October 8, 2017 at the United Methodist Church in Memphis, MO with 21 members in attendance.

The meeting was called to order by Brock Aylward, with the Pledges led by Laney Doster and Lilly Frederick. Roll was called by Kendal Anderson with “What is your favorite Halloween candy?” The September 2017 minutes were read. The secretary report was not read this meeting. The treasurer’s report was read by Baileigh Phillips, approved by Katie Miller, and seconded by Bryn Aylward.

During the meeting, the new officers for the 2017-18 year were installed by Christy Aylward during the Rainbow Ceremony. They included President: Baileigh Phillips, Vice-President: Abby Doster, Treasurer: Bryn Aylward, Secretary: Karli Hamilton, Reporter: Kwayde Hamilton, Song Leaders: Avery and Christopher Cowell, and Recreation Leader: Kendal Anderson. The club leaders this year will be Lisa Doster and Leslie Troutman.

Old Business: The new 4-H year started October 1, 2017. Members can start enrolling online now by going to www.4honline.com. Members are to pay their $20.00 dues to the club, and the club will pay the 4-H Council. Members were also encouraged to continue to invite new members to join our club (children ages 5-7 years old may join Clover Kids and ages 8-18 4-H members). The old business was approved by Katie Miller and seconded by Brenna Phillips.

New Business: Members were asked to volunteer to put up and take down flags on the Courthouse lawn Veteran’s Day, November 10, 2017. The Stott and Frederick Families volunteered to do both.

Upcoming Events: Recognition Event Night will be November 5, 2017 at the Elementary Gym. This is an event to recognize members with year-end pins, special awards, etc. It is also to recognize community members that have made a difference for Scotland County 4-H. This will be a carry-in. Information will be announced to members as to what our club is responsible for bringing at a later date.

Shooting Sports Fun Shoot will be October 14 at Little Fox River Sporting Club. This event is for Scotland County 4-H members and their families and any prospective members along with Memphis FFA trap team and their families. Attendees will be responsible for any costs associated with shooting (shells and targets).

Our club will be having a Hayride at Kiddoo Barn on October 29 starting at 4:30 pm. There is a wiener roast planned. Brad Doster and Jeff Frederick volunteered to coordinate the Haunted Hay Ride. Members are asked to bring a covered dish. The club will provide hotdogs and drinks. This will be our November meeting..

The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kendal Anderson and seconded by Katie Miller.

The members enjoyed a carry-in dinner to finish up National 4-H week. Be sure to check out our page on facebook. Anyone interested in joining Azen Jolly Timers are welcome to come our next meeting and/or contact Lisa Doster/Leslie Troutman.

Submitted by AJT Reporter: Kwayde Hamilton

New Law Providing Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates

Per the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, adoptees born in 1941 or later will be able to request a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate beginning January 1, 2018. To expedite processing, the Bureau of Vital Records (BVR) is now accepting applications for adoptees to request a copy of their original birth certificate. In accordance with the law, the certificates will not be provided until January 2, 2018, but early submittal will allow BVR to research and process the request in advance.

Scotland County Health Department Administrator Margaret Curry stated the records will not be available locally.

Non-certified original birth certificates may only be obtained by the adoptee or the adoptee’s attorney, and may only be obtained from the BVR office in Jefferson City. To make a request, an adoptee or their attorney must complete the Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate and pay a non-refundable $15 fee. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The application must be notarized unless the adoptee brings it in person to the BVR office in Jefferson City.

Although BVR will begin accepting applications to expedite processing, it may take six weeks or longer to locate requested records. Non-certified copies of the original birth certificates issued by BVR cannot be used for establishing identity, and will be stamped “For genealogical purposes only—not to be used for establishing identity”.

In addition, no records will be released without first checking for receipt of a parental preference form. Another provision of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, the parental preference form allows birth parents to designate whether they want their information released. Birth parents may also establish a contact preference and complete a medical history form.

 The Application for Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate, Birth Parent Contact Preference and Medical History forms can be obtained at the BVR office in Jefferson City, requested via phone or found on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords. Completed forms and a non-refundable $15 fee must be sent to:

Bureau of Vital Records
ATTN: Adoptee Rights

930 Wildwood

Jefferson City, MO 65109

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OF PARTIALLY DISABLED PERSON

 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SCOTLAND COUNTY, MISSOURI

PROBATE DIVISION

Karl DeMarce, Judge

STATE OF MISSOURI

ss.

County of SCOTLAND

 

In the Estate of

T.J. ENGELBRECHT, a Partially Disabled Person.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF CONSERVATOR OF PARTIALLY DISABLED PERSON

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF T.J. ENGELBRECHT, A PARTIALLY DISABLED PERSON:

On the 11th day of October, 2017, the Honorable Patty Freburg, duly elected Public Administrator of Scotland County, Missouri, was appointed limited conservator of the estate of T.J. Engelbrecht, a person adjudicated partially disabled under the laws of Missouri, by the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri. The business address of the conservator is R.R. 2, Box 55, Memphis, Missouri 63555. All creditors of said disabled person are notified to file their claims in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. Date of first publication: October 19, 2017.

Anita Watkins, Circuit Clerk

Circuit Court of Scotland County, Missouri

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 5, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

The minutes from October 4, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 2-0 with Commissioner Wiggins abstaining.

Commissioner Wiggins reported that he attended the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission Wednesday.

Commissioner Clatt moved to enter executive session at 8:35 a.m. pursuant to RSMo §610.021(1).  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins and carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to exit executive session at 8:45 a.m.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins and carried 3-0.

The Commission audited and signed checks.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, presented a monthly settlement of funds.

Batina Dodge, County Clerk, presented budget reports.

Martin Meyer and Skip Wilson, engineers for PSBA, presented plans of rehabilitation to the county road and bridge facility for review by the Commission.  No action was taken.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

Seeing no further business, Presiding Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:05 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner: Duane Ebeling; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Presiding Commissioner Ebeling. Motion carried 3-0.

Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes from October 5, 2017; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 3-0.

The Commission signed court orders 23-2017 through 45-2017.

Commissioner Wiggins reported that he attended the solid waste and TAC meetings at NEMO Regional Planning Tuesday.

The Commission approved the quarterly assessment reimbursement request to the State Tax Commission as presented by Nancy McClamroch, Deputy County Clerk.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

The Commission reviewed the Railroad and Utility Tax Book prepared by Batina Dodge, County Clerk.

Seeing no further business, Commissioner Ebeling adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, October 12, 2017.

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