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Posts published in “Day: December 13, 2012

A visit to the doctor brings good old memories

Some four or five weeks ago I had a relatively bad experience turn into some very fine memories from my childhood. I took an unfortunate tumble in the tub five weeks ago on a Sunday morning. I bloodied a couple of toes, and cut and otherwise did slight damage to my right knee.

Went to see my Doc and found there was no serious damage. He suggested I stay off my feet as much as possible and use a cane for a few days to assist the knee. “You may not really need the cane but it will help some and probably get you some undeserved sympathy,” Doc commented with a big smile. It did both.

I first thought of having to buy a cane, and then remembered I had a cane at home that once belonged to my Great-Grandpa Herman Springer. He was an Ohio farmer in the southeastern part of the state not many miles from the Ohio River. He lived there many years with my Great-Grandma Amelia. They both lived long lives and I can well remember some good times visiting them as a youngster. Grandpa died on my Mother’s birthday, Feb. 5, 1942, and Grandma died about three months later. I was then 12.

I remember visiting their farm when I was six or seven, taking walks with Grandpa and getting some good food from Grandma. When we visited Grandma always had something that was my favorite. How well I remember talking with them, watching their big smiles and frequently getting teased a little. At that point I was the only great-grandchild they had.

A couple years later they sold the farm and moved to an apartment in Wheeling, W.Va close to my great-uncle Ernie, their oldest son. Things were limited in the apartment but Grandpa and I still enjoyed one another. They had a fireplace that was always burning in colder weather. That fire was a frequent recipient of tobacco waste Grandpa always seemed to have in his mouth. He chewed “Mail Pouch” regularly.

They were great country-western fans and attended the Saturday Night Wheeling Jamboree at the Capitol Theatre frequently. There they became friends with some of the entertainers who later went on the Nashville, Tenn. “Grand Old Opera” and had some limited success in Hollywood as well.

One of those was Shugg (sp?) Fisher. He gave my Grandpa Herman one of his guitars back in the 30s. Grandpa learned to play a few tunes on it in his late 70s and 80s. he was good enough to entertain his Great-Grandson and the rest of the family but a professional player he wasn’t.

When Grandpa and Grandma passed in 1942 I became the owner of that guitar. I was just beginning to play the saxophone and tinkered a little with the guitar but never really used it. When I went to the service in 1952 my parents moved and the guitar disappeared.

Thoughts of that guitar and Grandpa playing it remain with me 70 years later. In addition to that cane mentioned above, and used for the first time since 1942 recently, I have an old tie stick-pin of his that I still cherish greatly. Those memories and more have taken a lot of sting out of my recent fall, which is also history. Grandpa Herman and Grandma Amelia remain in my memories to this day.

Such are the people, places and things that have touched my life in my home!

Merry Christmas

Me and the Mrs. Wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy next four years.

It might take that long to get all the household goods squared away or at least learn where everything is now. Frustrating when you try and find a kitchen item or wonder where she put it.

Pesky old fruit flies have already found a home. They gather around the items of fruit and the onion pile. Will have to put up one of those sticky strips near the kitchen sink light and leave it on at night. Those things sure did work in the other house with a fluorescent bulb.

Have to buy bananas on a regular basis for my monkey or at least that’s what I tell the cashier at the grocery checkout. Maybe a mini net would help keep the pesky gnats off the fruit.

Had to repaint the shutters again at the old place, she didn’t like the color of green selected by yours truly. The color was of what would sell, got two calls on it but the excessive chatter was not worth it so I give in and broke out the roller with a darker color green.

Painting and moving furniture is something women should not be allowed to do once moving begins or the first daub is daubed. Had to paint the hall bathroom three times before a certain yellow color could be achieved a while back.

For instance back in my banking career, it involved moving furniture, file cabinets and going to get the paper order. We had a dozen or more large legal file cabinets used in a department of the bank. There were some asbestos lined cabinets also, they’ll hurt you.

Bet we moved those files (full) many times over. Have moved them more than once in a single move as opinions differed among the movers as to where the files should go.

Reading on Facebook and all these people being blessed and giving thanks again. Felt like yours truly has been blessed along with all them blessed people.

Got some deer sausage links from Du, something you cain’t buy at the Kroger or Wal-Mart.

Got a sack of home grown tomatoes from my gardening guru in Highlands, Texas.

Had Thanksgiving with one of the twins, been almost 20 years.

Blessed out by the Mrs. on the color of shutters I painted over at the old house. Shoot fire, if I don’t get blessed out occasionally, I might feel like I’m doing something right.

Charlie Farrar can be reached via email at:

FM2100 to close at railroad Dec 18-21

CROSBY – The railroad is going to close Main Street here from Tuesday through Friday next week.

This week Dr. Keith Moore, Superintendant of Crosby ISD, received notice that Union Pacifiic Railroad will be working on their rail lines and will have to close FM 2100 both northbound and southbound beginning Tuesday, December 18 at 6:00 a.m. until Friday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Notice first reached ESD#5 (the ambulance service in Crosby) last week and that was communicated to the school district.

The Miller-Wilson and First Street crossings will remain open for this period.

Local business owners have reacted. Velma Ellison of Alliance Properties said, “This is very bad planning on behalf of Union Pacific. Not going to be fun.”

Gena McMillian of Best Teas & Candles on Kernohan St. said, “Tell everyone I’m going to be selling everything in the store at half off before Christmas instead of after. Hard to sell things when people have a hard time getting to you.”

The overpass construction is apparantly unrelated to the railroad repairs. Overpass construction is expected to last for another eight months.

The bridge at Old Beaumont Highway is being repaired until April 30, 2013. It should be open at 3:00 p.m. that Tuesday. In case you needed to know the name for that roadway officially, it is named BS90 U. East and West from Sheldon Road to FM 2100 is closed.

Crosby Children’s Festival unites community

CROSBY – The Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce outpaced even themselves with the 14th Annual Children’s Christmas Festival last Saturday, here.

Dr. Ryan Konarik launched the Jingle Bell Run at 8:00 a.m. and off on a dash for 5 kilometers went contestants.

At 10:00 a.m. the Family Shows of Houston carnival and a mainway of crafts, charities and concession stands filled the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Pavillion. The kids screamed with fun and the public turned out in droves to line the parade and fill the Fairgrounds.

The 14th Annual Christmas Parade went down Church Street to First, east on Runneburg and back south on Pecan to the Crosby Fair & Rodeo Fairgrounds. Winners of the parade entries were Little Country Church in New Caney for Best of Show, they had a float and a brilliant classic car escort. Best Business was Bud’s Storage with a trailride of excellent equestrians and a wagon pulled by horses that looked like ringers for Roy Roger’s Trigger. Best Organization went to Crosby Band that filled the air with excitement and sounds of Christmas. Eddie Foster proved beyond doubt that he could sing Country Western well and Word Photography provided that each child should have a picture and get to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas

At dusk the ceremonial tree lighting was filled with song and emotion.