Bob Mitchell: Roaring River Falls at their best

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Despite the problems past rains have caused, one saving factor is the appearing of Roaring River’s Twin Falls, which are at their best flow in springtime. Going into the summer months, hopefully, the spring will continue to provide adequate flow to keep them “roaring.”

This trademark feature of our area is something that a city commissioner in Monett, the late and affable Albert McIntyre, once envied about Cassville very much. We had many discussions about differences between Monett and Cassville, and he was always reminded there was no way, even with his prominence with the city government to the north, could the Twin Falls at Roaring River State Park be transferred to anywhere near the Lawrence County line.

Talking with some recently about showing the Twin Falls regularly on area TV programs — which would be a valuable reminder of this area — hasn’t brought any results, but the possibility is still a top priority in some thinking.

Hats off to staff

Speaking of adequate water to make the Twin Falls roar, that same supply of water, a couple of times, did havoc in some areas of the park. However, quick and obviously huge efforts by the park staff has done an excellent job in getting the situation under control. Special praise is due the Conservation Commission, whose responsibility covers the stream, for getting the water cleared of most debris to put anglers back to streamside.

A couple of trips through the park recently gave many the opinion that the stream, flow, appearance and color is about as magnificent as can be remembered. That could be the result of the memories of those making this judgment not being what they once were.

Park appearance

The park’s overall appearance, resulting in the practice of natural appearance, could stand some weed elimination in a few areas, which could be on work schedules once flood projects are completed.

There was a project or two in the past that worked on the “natural appearance” in getting rid of weeds in some areas, especially those around picnic facilities that permitted access to the stream.

The addition of boulders in the area between Dry Hollow and the lower bridge, is resulting in deeper pockets that enhance fishing for those who choose to wade and fish, a good idea from some source.

Mid-June facts

Here we are right in the middle of the sixth month of the year and there have been a couple of miscues by this columnist recently. First was the failure to mention June 6 as the anniversary of the 1944 D-Day Invasion of Europe by Allied Forces that started the defeat of Germany in World War II.

Then, there was the overlooked fact last week that today, June 14 is Flag Day, another opportunity to display Old Glory in her sunshine best!

Along these lines, a recent outing in Branson, over the Memorial Day holiday, I observed that almost every marquee and sign that was available around the resort area had a tribute to those who had served in the Armed Forces.

One of the most popular displays in these facilities was the quote, “Freedom isn’t free!” which might serve as a good reminder on any holiday.

A reminder of past

A recent publication of Cassville First United Methodist Church had a reminder that once stood on the Trolinger property, now part of the church holdings, and the demise of the Norway Spruce that was just a small plant when some of us were just kids. Mrs. Trolinger’s daughter, Maud Wilson, had the tree planted back when she was the area’s leading piano and accordion instructor. In those days, she got a whopping 50 cents per lesson, which wasn’t that easy to come by in those days.

The tree served as a decoration for the Trolinger property and as it grew, was often used as a hiding place during a game of evening time chase in the neighborhood.

Few will remember the time that Maud’s husband, Troy, served a term as sheriff of Barry County. Having some problems during his tenure, it often fell on Maud to perform some of the duties of the office, which included driving their Jeep convertible on official duties, serving papers and other chores.

An original home

Accessed through a trap door in the floor of a back porch bedroom was a cellar that frequently was a play area by some of the neighborhood boys. Although it didn’t mean much at the time, being in the underground facility made it evident the foundation and part of the dwelling that stood at the time, was of log construction. Thinking about it these days, this home — which later gave way to church expansion — might well have been one of the oldest residences in Cassville.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat, and a 2017 inductee into Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.

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