Bob Mitchell: Fall equinox is almost upon us

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hopefully, everyone got through the Labor Day weekend without incident, and some of you might have witnessed evidence that fall is almost upon us.


Those signs will be welcome by some, and not by others. We're in September, and there is no getting around that. To quote Barry Electric's portion of the REA tabloid, "This year's autumnal equinox occurs at 10:99 p.m. CDT in just three short weeks on the 22nd of this month." The notation goes on to say "It is said that the wind and weather at the time of the equinoxes foretells the wind and weather during the following three months. If the autumn is warm, it is reputed that the winter will be long. If there's much autumn fog, there will be much winter snow. If the autumn is clear, the winter will be windy. If the storms of September be clear or warm, however, you can expect the winter storms to be relatively warm as well."

So, there you have something for which you can look forward to in the coming weeks.

There are other things that might attract you, which are already in the process, such as sumac beginning to provide their colors for the preliminary Flaming Fall Review. In case you failed to notice, leaves are beginning their fall to the ground. Not in the amounts that will require getting the rakes out of storage, but enough to watch.

From the Almanac

Our favorite reference for any time of the year is the Almanac, which sometimes hits conditions and ideas right on the nose. In other instances, it will be so far off you wonder where the publishers got their information.

For the late-season gardeners, fine planting days for fall potatoes, turnips (whose seed price seems to be high this year), onions, carrots, beets and other root plants on the best days just after the middle of the month.

For the fisher-persons in this area, there are only a few "good" days on the calendar during the month. The best days are Sept. 13-16 and 23-24. Then there are good days, Sept. 5, 6, 12 and 19.

Stormy weather

The month appears to be stormy for the most part throughout most of the region.

Specifically, there could be thunderstorms the first part of the month, beginning on the first Sunday. Mid-September calls for "violent squalls" around the middle of the month. Weather could be cooling and more pleasant in the central states, including Barry County.

Historical notes

* Food stamps authorized in 1959.

* U.S. Constitution approved and signed in 1787.

* First ice cream cone developed, in St. Louis, in 1903.

* First major league baseball double-header was in 1882.

* First night football game played 1802.


There was a rumor out that the U.S. Postal Service was going to raise rates for letters to 7 cents in 1955.

Those who started driving that year felt there might be a need for leaving their vehicle in the garage as gasoline was tentatively costing 25 cents a gallon.

Some folks were noticing that some baseball player had signed a contract for $50,000 a year to play ball. They were stating they would not be surprised if someday they'll be making more than the president.

Surprised individuals were noting that most of their kitchen appliances were electric and most thought they would never see the day when typewriters would become powered by electricity.

Tough times in those days were finding a few married women in the work place. Predictions were that it would not be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

Folks were being thankful they wouldn't live to see the day when the government takes half their income in taxes. They were wondering if they were electing the best people in government.

Admitting the fast food restaurants were convenient for a quick meal, people were seriously in doubt that they would ever catch on.

From the spike

Cassville football's growing attraction had one note from a senior citizen after attending the opening home game. This person, just short of being a centenarian, walked, somewhat carefully, from a Main Street parking space to Wildcat Stadium. The R-4 School District would accommodate those persons with handicap parking permits to be aware of closer spaces to the games.

As we have found in some instances, everyone suddenly becomes holders of the permits, which might impose a problem. Older fans can't compete with the early arrivals who enjoy the closer parking.

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

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