September 8, 2005

John Cook Completes Motorcycle Tour de Capitals

It took the Memphis motorcycle enthusiast approximately two years to travel by bike to 49 of the United States state capitals, lacking only a motorcycle boat to get to Hawaii.

Lance Armstrong has made the Tour de France famous. A bike tour of a different variety has gained a Memphis man some notoriety of his own.

Its not like John Cook needs his love of motorcycles to make him known in this community. John and his wife Maxine have owned and operated Cooks Mens Store, a well-known western apparel store for 40 years.

But those in the community that didnt encounter John in the store or via his various other community service projects such as Rotary, surely saw the man riding his motorcycle in the parades.

He wasnt showing off. John simply found the love of riding and is more than willing to take advantage of just about any excuse to fire up his ride and head down the road.

Cook blames his love of riding on the fact that he started so late in life. John was 40 years old before he owned his first ride.

I just finally got exposed to the sport then, he said. I had a pretty large group of friends who all had motorcycles at this time and they all kept coming by and trying to get me revved up.

So John finally took the plunge. But it was a relatively small leap, as he shelled out $50 bucks to buy a small size 50 motorcycle.

He rode that for a couple of weeks and was hooked. The industry reeled in their newest catch, as Cook began upgrading, moving up to a 100 c.c. engine, then on to a 125, a 175, a 350, a 550, a 1000, a 1100 and then his 1200 10th Anniversary American Gold Wing.

Its just like any other hobby, fishing, hunting, golfing Cook said. We all have our interests, and for me its definitely riding a motorcycle.

In 1974 he started touring on his 550 Honda, traveling with his brother Charles to Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado. They even traveled to the little known town of Sturgis, South Dakota where Cook joined with some 5,000 other motorcycle enthusiasts. Last year, the 63rd annual Sturgis rally drew nearly half a million bikers.

John enjoyed the sport so much he decided to share the fun with Maxine. Together the couple rode across the United States, Canada and even in Mexico.

The riding around all over our great country, thats simply the best, John said. We have seen some many different places thanks to riding, yet we are so thankful that we still live in the best part. Still, I love to ride.

Cook doesnt use the term love, loosely when he refers to riding his motorcycle. How else could one explain a man celebrating his 65th birthday by departing on a two-year quest to ride his bike to all of the state capitals in the United States?

The marathon began innocently enough back in 1998. On May 17, John departed from Memphis heading west. His first stop was Topeka, KS. He went on to Oklahoma City. Stop two on the 49 capital tour was made more memorable by his viewing of the bombed-out Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

While the site of the terrorist bombing dampened Cooks spirits some, he was reinvigorated by what he called the beautiful scenery on the road to Santa Fe, NM. Phoenix, AZ, was the next stop before John departed on one of the longest rides of his adventure, the 1,020 miles to Austin, TX.

That ride was hard on me, Cook said. It was kind of funny because it bugged me, until I finally told myself that it was a thousand miles, and I really didnt have to do it all in one day.

Between Texas and Louisianna, John experienced his first setback. He miscalculated on his fuel, and actually ran out of gasoline. Fortunately he was rescued by a passerby.

A nice young man stopped and brought me some gas, Cook said. We got to talking, and the fellow related what his father had told him, that anytime you go someplace new, you always learn something. Thats stuck with me on my trips.

Refueled, Cook pressed on to Baton Rouge and then turned north for the return trip, stopping in Little Rock, AR, before hitting Jefferson City, MO.

It was in his own state capital that Cook came across the book that became his guide on the quest. He was visiting with the folks in the souvenir shop, when one pointed out a book, The Capitals of the United States. John purchased a copy, which highlighted each states capital building. Now the book includes Johns own additions, as it has become somewhat of a scrapbook with photos taken by Cook at each of his stops.

On May 25, Johns 1500 Honda crossed the city limits of Memphis. In eight and a half days he had ridden 4,302 miles and visited nine state capitals on stage one of his tour.

After his visit to the southwest, John next mapped out the second leg of his journey, this time heading northeast.

On June 21, Cook departed from Memphis heading east. Springfield, IL was the first stop. Then it was on to Indianapolis, IN, followed by Columbus, OH. Cook made a pit stop in Brookville, PA, where he stayed at a friends home. He resumed the quest as he made it to Harrisburg before journeying into our nations capital, Washington, D.C.

That was definitely a challenge because of the road designs, Cook said. Its shaped like a wagon wheel with all kinds of one-way streets. But still I got to see all the national monuments and all of the history.

The history lesson continued as John made his way to Annapolis, MD, the site of the oldest state capital in the U.S., Dover, DE and Trenton, NJ, were two more stops as Cook said he found himself amazed that he was wandering among buildings with such history, like in Maryland, where George Washington had actually resigned his post as Commander and Chief of the Continental army back in 1783. He marveled at the four towers of marble and granite that comprised the Hartford, CT, capital building.

After hitting Providence, RI, and Boston, MA, John finally began to ride out of the urban sprawl of the east coast. He still couldnt avoid the crowds though, as his misfortunate timing placed him in Concord, New Hampshire at the same time as a big NASCAR race, making it impossible to find a hotel room.

John continued north and hit Augusta, ME, and then stopped at Montpelier Vermont.

This was the only one of the 49 state capitals that I didnt either walk around or ride around, Cook said. I couldnt, because the building is actually built into the side of a mountain.

From there the journey turned to Albany, NY, before John headed to Buffalo, NY, and got to see Niagara Falls. He continued through Canada on a straight line for Lansing, MI. He then turned back south and traveled through Chicago on the return to Memphis where he arrived July 3.

The East Coast was amazing with its history, its huge ports and giant ships, Cook said. The ocean and the mountains made it a very nice trip that I would have enjoyed much more without my mishap in Pennsylvania.

An accident in the Keystone state left Cook with broken ribs, making the last 3,000 miles of the ride a little uncomfortable.

Still he completed the 12-day trek, covering 3,967 miles and 15 more state capitals.

Leg three of the five-stage trip started August 2 when Cook again departed Memphis, this time heading north to Des Moines, IA. He learned a little about politics in the gold-domed capital building where an engraved sign reads Nothing is politically correct that is morally wrong.

The northern tour went on to Madison, WI, and St. Paul, MN. Bismark, ND, presented an enjoyable ride across the northern plains. Cook admired the capital building as he approached the city, noting it is the tallest of all state capitals, standing 19 stories tall.

Cook was able to admire the length of the Missouri River as he paralleled the massive body of water on his way to Pierre, SD. Of course, it was August, so John made a detour to Sturgis to check out the biker rally before heading on to Lincoln, NE.

Cook covered 2,402 miles on the five-day excursion and will tell you that the midwest ride is definitely his favorite.

Stage four was the most ambitious thus far. Cook took off April 19, 1999 and headed southeast for what would be more than 4,000 miles on his motorcycle.

Nashville, TN, was stop #1 followed by Atlanta, GA, and Montgomery, AL.

Cook got to view two state capitals in Tallahassee, as Florida not only has a new modern building but also maintains the original capital building, restored to its original condition.

A strong desire to see Key West sent Cook on a detour across Alligator Alley and down the states west coast to his farthest southern stop. He returned up the east coast and on to Savannah, GA and then Columbia, SC. Here Cook saw the brass markers that represented canon shells that had hit the building during the Civil War.

Raleigh, NC, and Richmond, VA, had Cook two more stops closer to his goal.

But the cyclist found his trip soured by a call from home. He received word that his mother had passed away. That cut short his visit with friends in Lynchburg, VA, as he jumped on his bike that evening and rode until he had to stop for sleep. He made it back through Charleston, WV and Frankfurt, KY, before getting back home May 26. He covered 4,158 miles in eight days.

But that proved to be nothing compared to the final leg of the quest. A week later, John and a friend, Jerry Speer, departed Memphis to hit the remaining spots in the northwest.

Cook questioned if he was not getting a little soft as the first day on the road the duo hit rain. It was not the only roadblock Mother Nature would provide.

They made it to Cheyenne, WY, but hit a huge windstorm that nearly blew them off course on the way to Boise, ID. It turned cold as they crossed the narrow mountain roads en route to Helena, MT.

They kept going north, crossing into Canada on the way to Alaska. They headed for Calgary, riding along the Columbia Ice Field.

They took a break at Pink Mountain and awoke from a nights sleep at a motel to 18 inches of snow. They were stalled for nearly three days by more than 20 inches of snow.

They made up for the layover with a hard day of riding.

When we pulled into the motel, I was cleaning bugs off my windshield and kept wondering why I was so tired, Then I looked at my watch and saw it was 10:30 p.m., but the sun was still up. Thats the first time Ive ever went to bed with the sun still up.

The two bikers finally made it to Juneau, AK, and then turned around and headed back to the good old USA.

It was kind of interesting as I was sitting there in Alaska to stop and think, just a month or so before that I had been all the way across the nation down in the Florida Keys, Cook said.

The next stop was Olympia, WA, before hitting Salem, OR, and Sacramento, CA. Carson City, NV, and Salt Lake City, UT, were stops 47 and 48 before the final destination of Denver, CO. was reached.

Twenty days later the two men returned home after covering more than 7,700 miles on their motorcycles.

I always get asked, which one is the prettiest, Cook said. Well, thats sort of like judging a queen contest, I mean you just cant pick one over another as they are all so amazing.

Regardless of all of his stops on the 59-day, 23,000 miles adventure, Cook never had any doubt what his favorite sight was.

I saw so many beautiful things on my trips, but none compares to getting that first look at home when you finally get back, he said.

With his obvious love for home, one might wonder why Cook undertook the massive trip.

It was a challenge- and I won, Cook said. As a kid, I always wished my horse could have wings so that I could ride every place. On the highway, I realized God had given me my Gold Wing very humbling.

Blessings to Celebrate 60th Anniversary

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Junior and Marilyn Blessing will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on August 28, 2016. Congratulatory cards may be sent to them at 13822 Blessing Drive, Downing, MO  63536.

Turnovers Topple SCR-I in 27-0 Loss at Marceline in Football Opener

Gage Dodge uses a stiffarm to get around the Marceline tackler en route to a big gain.

Gage Dodge uses a stiffarm to get around the Marceline tackler en route to a big gain.

Injuries and turnovers. Not the way Scotland County wanted to start the 2016 football season, especially opening at Marceline, which was coming off a Final Four appearance last season.

Four Scotland County turnovers and a rib injury to quarterback Aaron Buford early in the second period was too much to overcome as the Tigers dropped the season opener 27-0.

Despite a pair of early interceptions, the first of which led to the only score of the first half, SCR-I trailed just 6-0 at halftime. More importantly, SCR-I had the ball inside the 10 yard line twice, but came away without any points.

Scotland County’s defense set the tone early. Aaron Blessing stuffed Marceline’s first running play before Buford came up from his free safety position to drop Rylan Chrisman in the backfield for a five-yard loss that led to a three and out series for Marceline.

 

Aaron Blessing (55) upends Marceline's Brady Stallo (33) in the backfield on the first play of the game to set the defensive tone.

Aaron Blessing (55) upends Marceline’s Brady Stallo (33) in the backfield on the first play of the game to set the defensive tone.

After the punt, SCR-I moved the chains with the debut first down of the season coming in memorable fashion as tight end Will Fromm made a circus catch. The sophomore went high with one hand to tip the ball to himself. The ball actually went behind his back as he was sandwiched between a trio of Marceline tacklers. He spun away from the group, ripping the still loose ball out of the scrum. Now seated on his rear end, he extended fully to his toe tips to snag the ball out of mid air and record the reception.

Unfortunately the momentum was short lived as a long run by Buford was nullified by a holding penalty. Just three plays later linebacker Brady Stallo made an acrobatic catch of his own, snagging a pass attempt to Fromm out of the air at the 20 yard line and then running over a couple of tacklers on the way to a pick-six.

The interception came at the 7:00 minute mark of the first quarter. The point after kick was no good, leaving Marceline on top 6-0.

Marceline came up with its second interception of the first period when Dylan Wheeler took advantage of a pair  of SCR-I receivers colliding to snag the uncontested pass at midfield for the turnover.

The SCR-I defense again was up to the task, forcing another three and out after a big tackle by Blessing and a nice play by Buford on third down to break up a pass.

Aaron Buford and Mason Kliethermes swarm Marceline's Dylan Wheeler in the backfield for a big loss.

Aaron Buford and Mason Kliethermes swarm Marceline’s Dylan Wheeler in the backfield for a big loss.

Despite starting at the nine yard line, SCR-I quickly crossed midfield with a first down run by Buford followed by a direct snap to Ryan Slaughter out of the Wildcat formation with the senior taking it 18 yards behind a nice block from Gage Dodge.

Buford broke  a nice run on fourth and three to keep the drive alive. But an intentional grounding penalty backed the Tigers up all the way to the 40 yard line. SCR-I got a big chunk of that back on a completion from Buford to Fromm before the senior signal caller again came up big on fourth down, breaking a 25-yard run that put the ball first and goal at the five. The play proved costly as Buford was helped off the field with a rib injury.

Marceline turned back three short run attempts before Buford tried to return. The gutsy attempt turned bad as he was unable to make the pitch to Slaughter and Marceline recovered the loose ball at the 13 yard line.

SCR-I got the ball right back when Mason Kliethermes forced a Marceline fumble on the next play and his brother Riley pounced on the loose ball at the 18 yard line.

Fromm took over for Buford at quarterback and connected with Ian See on a seven yard pass play. But Marceline got the yards back with a sack of Fromm. Slaughter took the next snap and hit Fromm for an eight yard completion, but SCR-I was stopped a yard short on fourth down.

Marceline quickly moved into scoring position on a 31-yard run by Chrisman. Marceline found the end zone on a 35-yard screen pass to Levi Terrell but the play was called back for an illegal block.

That proved key as SCR-I again made a big defensive stop behind plays from Blessing, Steven Terrill and Grant McRobert.

Defensive end Cameron Stone works to put pressure on Marceline quarterback Andrew Edgar.

Defensive end Cameron Stone works to put pressure on Marceline quarterback Andrew Edgar.

The Tigers kept changing up looks on offense, as Dodge took the first several snaps of the next possession, moving the chains with a run as well as an option play to Slaughter. The later nearly broke a reverse for a touchdown, but the big play was called back on a penalty and SCR-I was forced to punt as the first half came to a close.

SCR-I went three and out to start the third period. Marceline on the other hand just needed three plays to add to its lead as on third down, Andrew Edgar hit Wheeler with a short screen pass that turned into a 59-yard score. McRobert stuffed the two-point try to keep the deficit at 12-0 with 8:36 left in the third period.

The home team got the ball right back on the third turnover of the contest for SCR-I when the Tigers muffed a squib kick off.

The SCR-I defense held as the two teams traded punts on the next three possessions.

After Fromm connected on a 18-yard pass play to Brett Monroe the SCR-I drive stalled near midfield. SCR-I went for it on fourth and long and was turned away.

Marceline capitalized on the short field, as Edgar hit Wheeler for a 42-yard TD pass on the very first play. While it goes in the book as a three-yard gain, the Marceline quarterback then ran at least 40 yards, changing direction a number of times, and eluding the entire SCR-I defense after a bad snap to convert the two-point conversion that seemed to take the last of the wind out of SCR-I’s sails.

If that play didn’t, the second consecutive kickoff muff by the SCR-I special teams, gave Marceline the ball right back on another onside kick.

The two teams traded defensive stands before Marceline finally tacked on a touchdown run by Chrisman in the final minute to make the score 27-0.

The offensive stats were fairly even, with Scotland County actually holding the slight advantage with 10 first downs to just eight for Marceline, which only outgained the Tigers 268 to 218.

Buford completed six of 10 passes for 49 yards in the opening quarter. He also ran for 35 yards on five attempts. Fromm caught five passes for 46 yards. He threw for 25 yards on three of seven passing and rushed for 10 yards on six carries. Slaughter finished with 60 yards rushing and caught one pass. Dodge ran the ball seven times for 43 yards and had a pair of receptions.

Edgar completed four of eight passes for 121 yards and two TDs. Chrisman ran the ball 11 times for 106 yards and a TD while Wheeler had the two TD catches totaling 101 yards.

Blessing and McRobert each had 10 tackles to lead the SCR-I defense while Cameron Stone contributed eight stops.

SCR-I will travel to Fayette on Friday to take on the Falcons, a 26-6 loser to Carrollton in week one action.

Excelsior Springs Woman Dies From Drug Overdose

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An Excelsior Springs woman has died while visiting Scotland County and medical examiners have ruled the cause of death as a drug overdose.

According to Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis, Stephanie L. Howard, age 30, was pronounced deceased at 8:01 p.m. on Sunday, August 21st at a rural Scotland County farm.

An emergency 911 call was received at approximately 6 p.m. of a non-responsive female who had been found in a camper on Route H north of Arbela.

First responders and the Scotland County Ambulance Service responded to the scene and determined Howard was deceased. The coroner’s office was contacted and Dr. Davis made the official pronouncement of death.

Howard’s body was transported to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s office in Columbia where an autopsy was performed on Monday, August 22nd. Preliminary results indicated the cause of death was a drug overdose.

The coroner’s office was assisted by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Scotland County Ambulance service, first responders and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control. The criminal investigation is still ongoing.

 

Antique Fair to Offer ‘Memories of the Past’ August 24th-28th

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by Andrea Brassfield

“Memories of the Past” is the theme for the 2016 Scotland County Antique Fair which is being held August 24th thru August 28th on the Memphis Square and at the Scotland County Fairgrounds and Airport on Sunday, August 28th.

The Fair is offering a multitude of games, activities and entertainment including a display of Small Engine, Antique Toys, Quilts and Antique Tractors, a Baby Show, Antique Fair Tractor Pull, Car Show, Craft Booths and Sales, Street Dances, Kiddies’ Sanction Pedal Tractor Pull, the Country Showdown and Airplane Rides.

The Fair activities begin on Wednesday, August 24th with the Vespers Service at 6:00 p.m., followed by the SCR-1 Tiger Tailgate Party at 6:30 and at 7:30 p.m., the Country Showdown.

On Thursday, August 25th, the square will come to life as stands are set up, window displays will be available to view, food stands and Museums open and entries begin coming in. In the evening the crowning of the Antique Fair King and Queen will take place on the stage at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Baby Show, Crowning of Prince and Princess and the Bingo tent opens.  No Apology from Greentop, MO will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. and a $100.00 raffle drawing is schedule at 10:00 p.m.

Food stands and vendors will be available all day Friday, August 26th.  At 5:00 p.m., there will be a Washer Tournament (with limited teams) sponsored by Helena.  Window display results will be announced at 5:30.  At 6:00 p.m. the Bingo tent opens.  Tractor and Small Engine judging takes place at 7:00 and at 7:30 p.m., the Renegades from Oskaloosa, IA will take the stage.  Another $100.00 raffle drawing will be held at 10:00 p.m.

The Fireman’s Breakfast at the Memphis Fire Station will start the day’s activities on Saturday, August 27th.  The 9th annual 5K, 1.5 mile Fun Run/Walk sponsored by the Scotland County Hospital will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the east side of the square. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. with all food vendors and stands serving at the conclusion of the parade.  The Kiddies Sanction Pedal Tractor Pull starts will start at 11:30 a.m., also on the east side of the square.

Saturday’s afternoon events include the Car Show starting at 12:30, a Tractor Poker Run at 1:00 p.m. and Tractor Games (prizes by Farm Bureau) and Bingo tent opens at 3:00 p.m.

That evening, The Clarksville Station from Indianola, IA takes the music stage at 7:30 p.m. and the final raffle drawing for two $100.00 winners and the Quilt Raffle will take place at 10:00 p.m.

The final day of the Antique Fair, Sunday, August 28th, will start at the Scotland County Fairgrounds at 10:00 a.m. with the Antique Tractor Pull.  A Fly In Dinner with free will donation to the Pheasant Project will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Memphis Airport.  Airplane rides will be given all day.

Antique Fair Marks Start of Fall Festivals Across Region in September

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by Andrea Brassfield

Fall is in the air and while the Scotland County Antique Fair will wrap up local festivities this weekend, other surrounding communities are working to host area fall festivals close by.

Labor Day weekend is the Nauvoo Grape Festival (September 2-4) and Festival on Wheels Car Show (September 3-4).  One of the oldest festivals in West Central Illinois, the Nauvoo Grape Festival has become a well-known attraction in the tri-state area.  Festivities at this annual event include live entertainment, great food, Nauvoo Pageant, car show, wine tastings, carnival rides, parade, buck skinners rendezvous, mud volleyball, 5K run, arts and crafts, flea market, archery and more.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.nauvoograpefestival.com.

The following weekend, September 9-11 is the Milton Fall Festival in Milton, IA.  This year’s theme is “Remembering 911”.

Organizers are asking for donations for this year’s raffle.  They are planning both a children and adult raffle and donations can consist of money, items, or gift certificates.  They are also looking for sponsors to help with any of the events that go on throughout the festival.

Nothing will be sold; all prizes will be raffled off.  They will also be putting an ad in the Tri-County Shopper to recognize the businesses and individuals who donated or sponsored this year.  Everything is tax deductible.

Events will include a mud bog, fireman’s challenge, parade, horse shoe tournament, raffle, bounce houses, horse pull, kiddie tractor pull, kids’ games, craft show and flea market, medivac helicopter, music and entertainment, ball tournament and a car, truck, tractor and motorcycle show.

For more information, contact Mary Small (319-677-6298), Regina Vanhemert (319-288-1013) or Chris Fields (641-208-7524).  Everyone is welcome to come join in and have some fun!

The same weekend in Missouri, Edina, will be hosting their annual Knox County Corn Festival on the Court House Lawn.

Festivities kick-off Friday evening with the Opening Prayer at 5:20 p.m. followed by a Fish Fry in the 4-H Pavilion at 5:30.  The musical A cappella group, Blend performs from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 10th, the Jerry Gudehus Memorial 5K Run/Walk starts at 8:00 a.m. followed by the parade at 10:00.  Judging for the Car Show will take place at Noon with awards at 2:00 p.m.

A Poker Run starts at 11:00 a.m. and entertainment featuring Paige McClamroch runs from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The afternoon activities include a Pedal Tractor Pull, Baby Show, and Cornhole Tournament.  Vocalists for the evening include Natalie Clark, Amber Morgret and Tara Schrage.

Sunday morning activities kick-off at 9:00 a.m. with a 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, church services from 11:00 a.m. – Noon and the Genesis House Meal at Noon.  A Power Wheels Derby begins at 1:30 p.m. and Grand Prize Drawings will take place at 3:00 p.m.

September 16-18 the fun moves to Kahoka, MO as they are holding their annual Clark County Mule Festival at the Clark County Fairgrounds.  Events for the weekend include a Fish Fry, Mule Polo, Trail Riding, Craft and Flea Market, and the Mule Show.

Proof of negative Coggins Test is required for all mules and horses at the Main Gate and current (30 day) health certificate for out-of-state horses and mules.

For more information, check out their website www.clarkcountymulefestival.com.

Also, on September 17th, Rutledge is hosting their annual Fall Festival.  The parade starts at 10:00 a.m., Kids’ Games at 11:00 followed by a Barbeque lunch and then musical entertainment.

Anyone wishing to be in the Rutledge Fall Festival Parade can contact 660-341-0680 or 660-216-0692.  Bikes, politicians, horses, and antique vehicles are all welcome!

For a complete list of festivals in the tri-state area, visit https://www.everfest.com/.

Discovering Pinta and The Nina

The Pinta and The Nina, replica ships to the original caravel used by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to discover new land in 1492.  The replica ships are docked in Hannibal where they can be toured until their departure on Monday, August 29th.

The Pinta and The Nina, replica ships to the original caravel used by Christopher Columbus on his voyage to discover new land in 1492. The replica ships are docked in Hannibal where they can be toured until their departure on Monday, August 29th.

“In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue…”.  Departing from Spain on August 3, 1492, after receiving financing from the King and Queen of Spain, Columbus commanded three ships, the Pinta, The Nina, and the Santa Maria.

Today, well over 500 years later, the Columbus Foundation, whose purpose is to educate the public on the type of ships that Columbus used to discover a new world, travels from port to port within the United States to display the only traveling replicas in existence.

On average, they travel ten months out of the year, visiting 30 to 40 locations around the U.S.  On Tuesday, August 23rd, at 3:00 p.m., they arrived in Hannibal, MO.  Docking at Center Landing, they will stay there until their departure early Monday morning, August 29th.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard self-guided tour.  Prices are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for senior citizens and $6.00 for students 5-16.  Children four and under are Free.  The ships will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and no reservations are necessary.

These ships are floating museums with exhibits on each ship highlighting the history of the Age of Discovery, navigation of the era, how the ships were built and a taste of what life was like over 500 years ago.

The Nina is an exact replica.  She is regarded as the most accurate reproduction ever constructed and was built by hand and without the use of power tools.  The Pinta, built in Brazil, was built 15 feet longer and eight feet wider than the original, so she can accommodate more people, and be used for dockside charters/events.  Historians consider the caravel the Space shuttle of the fifteenth century.

The Santa Maria was a different type of ship, known as a “Nao” and considerably larger than the Caravels, the Nina and Pinta.  The biggest operational difference between the two designs is the draft.  The Santa Maria would require 14 feet of water depth, where the Nina and Pinta only draft seven feet.  A Santa Maria replica would not be able to travel to many places where The Nina and Pinta visit.

For more information about the Columbus Foundation visit their website at http://www.thenina.com.

Foundation Funds New Band Chairs

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The Scotland County School Foundation, through a grant from the Shopko Foundation, has donated $650 to the Scotland County R-I Music program for the purchase of posture chairs for the junior high and senior high band. The purpose of posture chairs is for the band students to maintain the correct position for optimum breathing and instrumental technique.  The Scotland County Association of Music Parents (SCAMP) paid the balance of the chairs.  SCAMP supports the music program through various fundraising activities throughout the year, such as the sale of walking tacos at the Antique Fair, spaghetti suppers at basketball games, and Trivia Night in the spring. The Scotland County School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity.  Donations to the SCSF are tax-deductible for the donor.  If you are interested in learning more about the Scotland County School Foundation, you may contact Ellen Aylward, President at 660-216-9951 or Chris Kempke, Secretary, at the Scotland County Extension Office.

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Fishing Success

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Ken McVeigh formerly from Memphis has been fishing the Great Plains and Midwest Kayaking fishing series side by side since April of this year. These events have been various monthly online competitions that each month was the target of new Species.  April and May found Ken and his son, Sean McVeigh, back home to fish where his roots began as a kid. Ken and Sean put up some mind blowing stats on their trips to Memphis for the April Crappie challenge and then again with the Bass Tails May challenge. These two tournament series allowed the angler to travel anywhere in the Midwestern States to fish. Armed with a unique printed identifier, digital camera and a measuring board, fish were all caught, measured, photographed and released. Ken maintained a top 10 lead of the Midwest series with 7th place in the Crappie Challenge, 3rd place in the Bass Tails, and coming out well in the June multi species (1 catfish, 1 bass and 1 bluegill). He found himself going into the final live bass fishing event held at Lake Wanahoo  with a 2nd place lead overall. A rough day of fishing for all 46 anglers, Ken ended with a 6th place win overall …8 inches short from maintaining his 2nd place lead. He had only a 4 of 5 fish stringer that day. One of those 4 bass only being 7″ long. Only six anglers turned in a 5 of 5 limit.  A great finish to an incredible series.

Downing House Museum Complex News

The Museum Complex has had a very busy summer. We have been fortunate to have some great volunteers who have worked this summer providing tours and updating and cleaning the buildings and displays. Volunteers who have given their time are: June Kice, Gwendolyn Lohmann, AnnaLynn Kirkpatrick, Lynnette Dyer, Melissa Miller, Natalie Miller, Holly Harris, Marie Ebeling, Sandra Ebeling, Janet Hamilton, Elaine Forrester, Diana Koontz, Ruth Ann Carnes, Julie Clapp, Rhonda McBee, and the US Bank employees. We are still gathering aluminum cans to raise funds for the upkeep of our grounds. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to drop those off at the museum and to Elaine Forrester for gathering cans from several local businesses and community friends. Angel Arnold has kindly offered to take the cans with Iowa markings to the recycle center in Bloomfield, Iowa.

A summer thunderstorm brought down some very large tree branches, so the old maple on the front lawn of the Downing House received a much needed trim. Joel Kapfer donated the use of his power lift for Robert Waddell to clean and trim all of the trees in the front lawn. We have also began to refurbish the Rose Garden. It is a work in progress, but we hope to plant new roses in the near future. The local Boy Scout group worked at putting new sand into the brick sidewalk in the garden to maintain it.

The front of the Museum Complex is now illuminated with new outside lighting. Lamp posts and LED lights light the front of the Downing House and the Boyer House. This was made possible by memorial gifts given in memory of Florine Forrester.

The Carriage House is being furnished and is beginning to take shape. We have several tools, blacksmith items, and farm items displayed. New blinds have been hung in the Memphis Depot to help prevent sun damage to items that are found inside on the west side of the historic building.

The Museum Complex will be open on Friday and Saturday during the Scotland County Antique Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will not be charging admission, but will ask for free will donations from patrons. We will be displaying several antique quilts in the Downing House music room and parlor on the first floor of the museum. The gift shop will be open with our coverlets, rugs, and museum memorabilia available to purchase. We are once again hosting the Lawn Party. Lunch will be served by the Rutledge School Restoration Society. Serving will begin as soon as the parade concludes. The menu includes pulled pork, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salads and desserts. The Heritage Band will be playing on the lawn for entertainment.

If you haven’t been to the museum complex lately, please come by for lunch and tour our wonderful facility, see our new carriage house and view our beautiful quilts. We have some wonderful local history to share.

Birding Season

Birding season is quieting down, although I am still enjoying my baby blues and the busy hummingbirds. Most of my sugar consumption goes to hummingbirds. They are hungry.

If you are planning to set up a nice bird feeding station, now would be a good time to measure it off and kill the grass, plant shrubs and get it mulched before winter.  Pick out the feeders that you want to get placed and get ready for an exciting winter of bird feeding.

It is a well known fact that I live in the area that Tom Horn was born and lived for a time.  As I have written, he left home when he was 13 and never looked back. By the time he had been gone from home for a year,  he was on Beaver Head Creek, in the heart of Indian country and could speak Mexican fairly well.  His feelings were so different and his life was so different from the way it was when he left home that it seemed to Tom that he had been on the stage line all his life.

During some of his travels, he was hired as a scout and interpreter.  He would be drawing $100 a month. He and the guy he worked with even had the occasion to speak to interpret for Geronimo. He also worked helping return Indians to the reservations, helping them get blankets, rations, and other needed items.

Horn’s next job was in 1879 helping furnish beef to the Indians for $150 for one month.  The Indians he was dealing with were the Chiricahua. San Carlos was near the Gila River and so was Camp Thomas where Horn did some of his dealings. At this time of turmoil, was the beginning of the Indian War. He continued to translate and guide officers through this Indian war.  Early on in 1881, the Indians and Mexicans were always in turmoil. Horn was very intelligent and knew how to deal with both Mexicans and Indians. More to come later.

Continue mixing up your sugar water 1/4 c. sugar to one cup water, keep it fresh, and no need to fill the feeder completely up. No need to add red coloring, and no need to boil. I would not recommend using anything but granulated sugar, organic raw sugar will not sweeten the same and will also spoil faster.  Until next time, good bird watching.

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