I heard some folks saying that this was the best Van Buren Township Fire Department Fish Fry. They really liked the baked beans. Bush Beans and his dog will have to move over because the cookers at Carbon have them beat.
Harmony United Methodist Women met in Fellowship Hall at the church on Monday night. Vice President Rose Marie Pell took over for President Kenda Dierdorf who was absent. Carole Mathis fixed a lovely supper.
Carolyn Kumpf asked us to question whether the good ole days of the church were really the good ole days. She talked about some of the awful things that happened in the early days of Christianity. We all shared a remembrance of something from our early days at church. Will today sometime be the good ole days? Can we be sure to make them the good days?
The group is planning a Basket/Pie Auction in October. The date has not been set as yet. Money will go for missions. There was a good deal of discussion about the 150th Anniversary of the church that will be celebrated on Nov. 9. The Christmas Party was planned for Dec. 3. Barbara Pell shared some new grandma photos of the baby and Mayme Johnson showed us a photo of her new fiancÚ. They are planning a November wedding. Congrats to all.
Aunt Christine Clark and I visited family plots at the Center Point and Killion Cemeteries this past week. We drove down roads where our grand, great-grand, and great-great-grand parents had their homes. I wanted to document where ancestors had lived and later been buried. The Killion Cemetery is so remote that few members of our family even know where to find it. To get there, you have to turn between a field and a grove of trees, off a county road, and then wind around back in the woods. There is no signage. I have never heard it called anything but Killion Cemetery (originally Killion property) but Christine says the official title is Mount Carmel.
At the Killion Cemetery, there were the great grands, James and Carlotia Killion, and grandpa's brother Cecil, and great-great-great-grand, G.W. Mofford, (though it is spelling wrong on his tombstone). Later, we photographed houses that were still standing and places, where homes used to be located, along what was once called Owl Town Road.
In Center Point, Christine showed me where Itsy, Bitsy Mammaw (Navada Ann Hicks Jenkins) was buried next to her husband James Ezekial Preston Jenkins. His tombstone couldn't hold his whole name apparently. We saw that the great-great grands Hicks stone had been dumped over. Knowing one's roots is good.
Christine and I found time to eat lunch at a nice little restaurant at Clay City (Bob and Angie's). Salad bar and a sandwich refueled us for more adventures. The little gift shops on Main Street were just too tempting. We had to check it out.
Pat Wilkinson had been by earlier in the week to pick up items I had donated to the library so we decided to look around the library, too. It is really coming along great -- 5000 books have been donated.
We finished out the day with a stop at Sweet Awakenings ice cream shop for one dip of frozen sinfulness before heading home. It really wasn't a sad day at the cemeteries but more of a comforting one. Seeing where the stories, I had always heard, had taken place was nice.
Our family reunion at Harmony Park went very well. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the space until that little thunderstorm popped up on Sunday. The kids could run and play and still be in eyeshot of their parents at the shelter. The kids played with a couple of other families children that were enjoying the out-of-doors, too. I think one dad said his name was Luke Moody and had two cute kids with him. We didn't get a chance to talk to the couple, at the other shelter, but their grilled food filled the air with familiar summer smells. We had opted for crock pots.
With all the schedule conflicts, the family was glad that we could get together even if several could not make it. Those who attended were: John K., Christine, and John T. Clark, Anna Killion, Debbie, Travis, Emily, Tyler, and Taylor Akers, Seth and Shontana Head, Kate Trout, Albert and Bell Killion, Coleen, John, Evan, and Brooke Thompson, Tre Higgenbotham, Jim and Sandy Jenkins, John, Eva Kay, Mike, Karen, and Gail Roach. We have one planned for about the same time next year and definitely in the same place. Our compliments are sent to the Harmony Park folks. You do a good job.
Happy Birthday to and Fritz Maurer (Sept. 26th). Happy October Birthdays to Eva Latham (1st), Siddalee Clark (3rd), Adam Evinger & Nick Pell (5th), Jane Osborne (6th), and John Kenneth Clark (9th). Happy Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Dan Dierdorf (6th), and Mr. & Mrs. David Brinson (11th).
Remember the Cory Apple Festival this weekend.
Harmony United Methodist Calendar:
Sept. 28 -- Worship Service 9 a.m., Sunday School 10:45 a.m.
Sept. 30 -- Bowling Leagues at Brazilian Lanes
Oct. 1 -- Clay County Quilters 9 a.m. -- 3 p.m., Bible Study 9 a.m.