Bob Mitchell: Old friends and neighbors revisited

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Bob Mitchell

Ever have anyone that you enjoyed being associated with suddenly pass out of sight, as far as eyeball contact is concerned?

That happened over several months for me, although their location was known for these former neighbors and persons of interest over a period of years. We were across-the-street neighbors for a period of years for Steve and Sue Crain while he was a member of the Missouri Water Patrol and she taught at the Cassville Elementary School.

They were good neighbors and were about the most cooperative to our newspaper career as we could find in town.

At Cassville schools

With her teaching expertise, Sue Crain never failed to cooperate when it came to news from her department. And, to our recollection, there were few if any complaints about her handling youngsters that came to our ears.

Unfortunately, there came a time when school politics took her out of the running for a promotion event, resulting in her retirement from the school district, after which she went to Berryville, Ark., to join their faculty.

Duty unlimited

Steve's duties with the state was varied, and not always associated with the water. He accepted many investigative assignments throughout Missouri, eventually working in a number of departments of law enforcement.

During his duties with the Water Patrol, there were a number of incidents on area streams and lakes that the Cassville Democrat was covering, and Steve had the charge as either the senior or lone officer on the scene.

Never during any of those incidents did he fail to cooperate. The only question ever voiced was during a drowning on Flat Creek, where he requested no photos of divers bringing a body to shore. This was in respect to family members who had gathered at the area.

Where are they now?

These days, the Crains are managing Indian Hills Resort on Table Rock Lake, which is located in the Indian Point area, southeast of Shell Knob.

While visiting with Steve recently, some history of that facility came to light, we conversed for some time about this.

Original builders

During the resort-building era on this part of Table Rock Lake, a former St. Louis couple, Curley and Clara Powers hit the area, desiring to get out of the city and settling down in this area. One of the first places they touched was the Cassville Democrat, wanting some information about various services. They had been subscribers before deciding to come here, having previously purchased their property.

The location was at the end of Route H, which goes east off of Highway 39.

The Powers were among the best customers for their Navajo Hills Resort the Cassville Democrat printing department claimed in those days. Their business experience had been far away from resort activity, but they knew exactly what they wanted and knew how their clients would be treated.

Health issues eventually caught up with both of them, and the facility went on the market, eventually selling to California interests.

The departure of the Powers from this area of Table Rock was, like many before them, a shock to the area residents whose original providers of resorts in this area could not have been any better for widespread interest here.

New name

With the new ownership came a number of improvements, along with a new name. Now known as Indian Point Resort, the operation is a year-round facility located just across Indian Creek from a marina of the same name.

Indian Point Resort is ideally located at the beginning of what some of us call the Big Water of Table Rock Lake.

Drought over

Anywhere from four to 7-1/2 inches of rain fell on either side of Cassville during the past several days, apparently ending any drought conditions that might have been present for the past several months.

Walnut trees

A gun manufacturer advertises one of the quality features of their rifle weapons as having only high quality Missouri walnut on their stocks and fore grips.

If you would pay attention and notice all the log trucks carrying walnut out of this country, you might imagine it won't be long until that feature won't be available.

The same would apply to the walnut hulling operations that are a prelude to some of the most sought-after kernels in the country. The crop that comes from a location north of us will be more expensive to purchase this year since they are $14 a 100 pounds out of the huller.

What will this do to the availability of chocolate chip cookies and walnuts?

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat.