April 8, 2004

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

While it may seem like an odd time to be discussing this, an unexpected surprise over the weekend had me curious about scoring deer antlers. Since Ive only harvested one trophy buck in my life, Im not yet familiar with how the experts score the horns. To be honest, my buck, while a nice 10-pointer, probably wouldnt score as well as Id like him too, so Ive never really had any incentive to learn about the points system.

Well, that all changed late Saturday afternoon while I was fishing of all things. No, Im not a poacher and no I didnt snag the worlds first underwater buck. As I was moving from one pond to the next I just happened to spy something catch the sun on top of one of the diversions in the bean field. I was driving my truck and it was pretty far away, but I was pretty sure I had spotted a shed.

Considering how far away I was, I became a bit excited by the idea of a rack large enough to be seen from that distance. I slammed the pickup into park and started out across the field. I figured it was some plastic or something else. As I got closer it was obvious that it was a deer antler, a rather large one at that. I could not believe my luck, but wait, it got better. As I crested the side of the diversion I noticed the second side of the rack lying just on the other side of the ridge, not more than five feet away.

I grabbed up the two sides of a massive nine-point buck. He had five perfect points on the left side but only four points on the right. It is a beautiful rack, without any real blemishes. The right side has not lost a point, nor does it show any sign of a break, its just missing that 10th point.

Obviously with sheds, its hard to appreciate any width or spread on the rack itself, but the mass on this set of horns is what makes it nice.

This was too good to be true. I knew my father-in-law had been spreading lime earlier in the week, maybe he had found them and set them aside. But why wouldnt he have just put them in the tractor and hauled them back to the house.

Then I wondered if maybe the dogs had dragged one of his racks out of the garden and taken off for a burial run. That didnt make much sense either. They have a bunch of nice racks and sheds that are used in landscaping in the garden and flowers around the house, but I didnt remember ever seeing these before. Besides, why would the dogs take them all this way and just leave them in the middle of the field?

Still I wasnt sure about my find. I figured Id play it safe and not rush into the house and show off my find. I asked if someone was playing a late April Fools joke on me, but if they were, no one confessed.

When I announced where I found the sheds, the stories started flowing about seeing this deer during the season. He had been in the sights of the master hunter, but had been spared because he was short just one point. Lets just say if he had walked in front of this apprentice hunter, Id have a much nicer deer hanging in my living room. For now, Ill just have to settle for the sheds.

While its not really my trophy, it still sparked my interest in the scoring system. Little did I know that Boone and Crockett actually has a scoring program on its website at www.boone-crockett.org. All you have to do is follow the directions, measure the rack and it will calculate your score and even give you a tally sheet to print out. While its obviously not official, it gives guys like me an idea of what they have.

I must admit I wasnt really up on the G-3s and G-4s and all the jargon, but the instructions are pretty clear. Before the deductions my rack scored roughly 155. Thats with plenty of guesswork as far as the spread and inside measures since these were sheds and not an intact rack.

Im obviously no expert, and dont really know what 150 points means. It takes a 160-class deer to earn a B&C award. Someone told me the deer I had mounted this year, a 10-pointer, was a 140-class deer. The only thing I can say, either Im not very good at scoring or maybe I have a 120-class deer on the wall, because right now Im looking for some super glue to stick these two sheds on that mount.

Suspect in Memphis Stabbing Remains at Large

Curtis Anthony Cousins, 34, is being sought on a class A felony assault charge following a stabbing incident Tuesday morning in Memphis.

Law enforcement are still searching for a man involved in a Tuesday morning stabbing in Memphis.

According to the Memphis Police Department, Curtis Anthony Cousins, 34, is being sought for questioning regarding an altercation Tuesday morning at a Dial Court residence that left a Memphis man hospitalized with multiple stab wounds.

Investigators indicated they were notified of the incident at 7:04 a.m. by the Scotland County Hospital, which was treating the victim in the emergency room.

Police determined the incident occurred at #5 Dial Court, stemming from an altercation between the two men. Court documents indicate that the victim allegedly confronted Cousins in the garage of the home, regarding his interactions with a family member. An altercation ensued during which the stabbing allegedly occurred.

Investigators determined that Cousins fled the scene in a black Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door car with Iowa license plates.

Scotland County Prosecuting Attorney Kimberly J. Nicoli has filed a class A felony assault in the first degree charge against Cousins.

Cousins is also wanted out of Washington County, Iowa on a warrant stemming from an earlier arrest for possession of controlled substances, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Cousins is known to have violent tendencies as well as to abuse drugs and alcohol. He is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information of his whereabouts, or with sightings of the vehicle, is asked to contact the Memphis Police Department at 660-465-2151.

Ministerial Alliance Considering Options to Replace Close Closet Building

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance met on March 14 at the Lutheran Church. Those in attendance were Mark Appold, Karen Biggs, Marie Ebeling, Dan Hite, Pamela Glasgow, Jack Sumption, and guest Paul Milliken.

Chaplain Paul Milliken of the Hospice of Northeast Missouri was present to discuss services provided by the Hospice. People with terminal conditions with a life expectancy of six months or less are candidates for the Hospice services.

The Good Friday Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on March 30th at 7 p.m.  All participants in the service are asked to be at the church in dark colored attire at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The. Clothes Closet suffered significant damage from the hail storm during this past summer. Insurance will pay for a new roof. It is in bad shape structurally and it was suggested that SCMA to consider the insurance pay out to become part of a building fund for a new building. There will be estimates on this issue in future meetings.

The Memphis Chapter of the FreeMasons intend to have a poker run this coming summer to raise funds for the Tiger Packs.  Tiger Packs are the weekend food provision for elementary children.  The group offered their kitchen to SCMA to host a fundraiser breakfast on the same day as the poker run. A decision was made not to have the breakfast due to lack of time and volunteers.

Next meeting of the alliance will be Wednesday April 11, at 1 p.m.

SC Genealogy Society Hosts March Meeting

The Scotland County Genealogy group held their monthly meeting Monday, March 12th with eight members present.  The secretary’s report was given and approved followed by the treasurer’s report given by June Kice,

Under Old Business, Marlene Cowell reported that their audit of books went great and thanked Ronda Davis.

Under New Business, Bob Hunolt donated a picture he had of the Oak Forrest School from 1890.  Additionally, a motion was made by June Kice to meet at 5:30 p.m. as a trial for the June meeting.  The motion was seconded by Marlene Cowell.  Twyla Fulk made a motion to purchase a book titled Ring the Fire Bell.  The book is about the hospital in Keokuk, Iowa before and during the Civil War.  Marlene and June seconded the motion.

A program was given by June Kice on Ring the Fire Bell.  The book was about the transport of wounded soldiers on the Mississippi to the hospital in Keokuk to be treated.  They would ring the fire bell when steamships were bringing wounded soldiers and the Ladies Aid Society for Veterans would meet them.

The meeting was adjourned following the program and refreshments were served by Connie Bratton.

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Genealogy Building.

Submitted by Connie Bratton, Secretary


Calvin and Ada Marie Hoover of Rutledge are the parents of a son, JaRon Ardell Hoover, born March 5, 2018 at 4:31 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. JaRon weighed 5 lbs 12.6 oz 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Robert and Rachel Hoover of Rutledge;; and Luke and Ada Mae Hoover of Rutledge.


Jonathan and Alison Woods of Floris, IA are the parents of a daughter, Nina Rosella Woods, born March 10, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Nina weighed 7 lbs 7.8 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Tony and Dolly Benge of Floris, IA; Robert and Holly Woods of Squaw Valley, CA; and Ron and Lovie Parker of Floris, IA. Great-grandparents are Arlie and Alana Woods of Reedley, CA; and Irene Chalberg of Floris, IA.

Tiger Fall to Knox County in Campus Bowl Tourney Finale

An impressive run through the preliminaries came up just a bit short for the Scotland County campus bowl team which had to settle for runner-up honors at a recent tournament.

The Tigers pounded Fayette 340-100 in the preliminary rounds. Stephen Terrill led the way answering 12 toss-up questions and Adam Slayton added five.

Harrisburg fared no better as SCR-I dispatched the Bulldogs 390-100. Terrill was top scorer with 13 correct answers while Jacob Kapfer added seven and Slayton and Andrew Ebeling each had four.

Scotland County secured a top seed with a 390-140 win over Paris to round out the opening round. Terrill again topped the scorebook answering 16 toss-up questions with Ebeling adding eight.

SCR-I made quick work of Salisbury in the semifinals, pounding the Panthers 290-110. Terrill answered 12 toss-ups in the win.

The Tigers jumped out to an 80-60 lead over Knox County after one period of play in the championship contest. The Eagles turned things around in the second period, outscoring SCR-I 150-50 and never looked back in posting the 360-220 win.

Terrill was the leading scorer for SCR-I with eight answers and Kapfer finished with four.


This week I had the opportunity to pick up a couple of historical items from a friend in Kahoka.  She wanted to transfer them to the Downing House from the Clark County Museum.  I have enjoyed the history of the Scotland County schools, and a Granger yearbook.

I am also interested in the history of Etna, our little town nearby.  There is not much left there anymore; memories of the church, school, Tom Horn, and the Etna Cemetery, which I might add is well kept and mowed by Eddie Knupp of Wyaconda. It is located north of Etna and is on a rolling hillside.

The school was located just north of the curve in Etna, on the gravel road going north. All that attended has so many memories of that school and classmates. The church site is kept nicely as well by Larry Mohr.  Some of us locals try to keep it neat and decorated.

As with many small towns, at one time, it was quite the busy place. In 1870, there three general stores, two doctors, one drug store, two blacksmith shops, a hotel, two shoe shops and of course, a saloon.  In 1871, the largest hotel in Scotland County, was opened in Etna.  Also, a furniture factory there.  A German by the name of Hettemdofer was owner and made furniture and caskets for all of northeast Missouri. Later, Etna was known as the Hoop Hole. In the fall, 10-15 men would locate there and shave hoops for barrels. The work generally lasted until spring.  The barrels were used for molasses, meat and vinegar.  The two shoe shops that I mentioned made practically all of the shoes for people in this part of the state.

The church was also a large part of Etna. In 1866. The Methodist Church was built in Etna. The church was a large part of the community. One of the trustees was Louis Ruth, the great-grandfather of Duane.  The Ruth’s were owners of the farm that we live on now. It has been in our family many years. Louis Ruth was listed as a local preacher, also. Duane’s grandparents, Charles and Ida (Ruth) Ebeling were married in the Etna Church.

For those of you who are wondering, I am still watching the birds, and hope you are too.  Get those bluebird houses ready.  I cleaned all of mine out yesterday, and hope to see some hints of blues soon.  Until next time, good birdwatching.

My Great Frustration With People 

Urrggh!  People!  Ever feel frustrated with “them”?  And, why is that?  Because they are stupid, sinful, dopes, or just plain annoying?  Could be.  But, I wish to bend your justifiable (?) irritation toward a correcting possibility.

I experience incredible frustration with people.  I have for years…well, decades.  Yet, it’s not from a thread of criticism.  No.  Mine is due to the truth that everyone is more amazing than they believe.  However, too many live in a much lesser life than has been the plan all along.

Our prisons are full of wonderful individuals who possibly never got the reinforcement as to their deep and personal wonder. But it’s not just prisoners. Far too many are reporting to work today as boss or supervisor or employee with the feeling of drudgery; a feeling that they aren’t all that important.

My great frustration with people is not in blame nor is it in any form of criticism.  Mine is a matter against me…. I don’t know how to reverse their insecurities and senses of sheer inadequacies.  My great frustration is that these wonderful individuals have bought into a lie somewhere along the way that they don’t count.  The result is a lifestyle of just getting by.

My hope for people is that each can move past the past.  Those who have hurt you, injured you, neglected you?  So have you to others.  Our hopes are strong and embedded within the same dimension; believing that the resurrection power of God can lift us into a steady walk of happiness, productivity, and beautiful difference-making!

We are limited, never by another person, only by our broken ability to focus on the wonder of now.  Egotism is not our destiny so don’t go there.  Confidence is.  Jesus is our confidence.  Mine (and yours) alone without Him is destined to repeated misery warmed over.

So in our frustration, may we become a determined lot to build others; not tear down, lift others; not sink, and cheer others; not discourage.  We all need this… every… day.  Go. For. It.

Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry was one of the major figures of the American Revolution and is best known for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death,” delivered in a speech to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. In his speech to the Convention, Henry put forth a proposal that Virginia counties should raise militias to defend themselves, believing that war with Great Britain was imminent. Many of the delegates to the Convention were hesitant to approve any measures that might be viewed as hostile toward Great Britain, while still hoping for a peaceful reconciliation with the British. Word had not yet reached the colonies that King George had rejected the Continental Congress’ petition for redress of grievances. Henry’s impassioned speech and the support of Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson helped to pass the resolution by a few votes. Less than a month later, British troops and colonial militiamen clashed at Lexington and Concord, resulting in the first casualties of the Revolutionary War. Patrick Henry was a lawyer, orator, and statesman who dedicated most of his life to Virginia politics. He was an early critic of British authority and a leader in the movement of the American colonies toward independence. He served as a member of the House of Burgesses, as the first governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and was a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. Patrick Henry also played a crucial role in securing men and arms for George Washington’s Continental Army.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Hear it All

I was taken aback the other day during a morning turkey hunt. The rain had persisted all night and into the early morning hours. It wasn’t until about 8:30 that the sun broke through the clouds. It seemed every living thing had been waiting with anticipation for that hour. The rain had allowed the early risers to sleep in, but the sun sounded the alarm for all to get up. The sounds that morning were too numerous to describe. Each creature began its communication without waiting its turn. It sounded like one big cacophony without having any rhyme or reason. I didn’t notice that morning how each sound was different but how closely each sounded like the other. Sometimes the cadences were different, but the pitch was nearly identical. And I wondered how each hearer was able to distinguish between its kind and another kind and even how each could tell the differences of their own kind. And then I thought about God.

I wonder how many folks bowed their head to pray this morning. People from Maine to Montana; from New Mexico to North Carolina; and from Connecticut to California. And I wonder how many in other countries did the same – all speaking to God at the same time but in different languages. And I wonder how God sorts them all out. It really is amazing how God can not only hear all of us at the same time but  He does not miss one utterance of despair, one urgent cry for help, or one uplifted plea for direction. He is not only our God but He is your God. He is not only our God, He is my God.

Just as I don’t understand how nature works in perfect order and design, I also don’t understand how God can make perfect order out of every single prayer that goes up. But I must believe it by faith. The Bible says a sparrow doesn’t fall to the ground without Him noticing. When I remember that I have no problem knowing that even though millions of prayers are knocking on the doors of heaven, God will distinguish each of us as His special and unique child and will be equally excited to hear from us and to give us His very best.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries


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