Bob Mitchell: Winter time is coming!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

With November being a winter month, it leaves you to think there is going to be cold weather really reaching into this part of the country sometime during the remainder of the month.

According to the Almanac, this region will be blessed over the Thanksgiving period, which is just two weeks away, with some favorable weather conditions. Actually, what the Shelter Insurance publication has to say about this period is, “fair in the Mississippi Valley and westward, some wet snow north and rains in the south.” The week after Thanksgiving, things are predicted to change, turning much colder for several of the regions. There is also the possibility of unsettled weather after Thanksgiving in the central region and the Rocky Mountains.

There is fishing possible

For the cold-weather fishermen, who want to brave the cold and go deep for angling, there are some better days listed this month, they are the 9th, 16th and 17th. Then there are good days the 12th, 13th and 26th.

Making it out to Table Rock Lake this time of the year makes it more important to observe even more closely the safety procedures that those familiar with the reservoir usually practice. Cold water can change a person’s ability to survive an accident of any description.

Legion magazine says

According to the October edition of the American Legion magazine, there were a couple of funnies that might be interesting to everyone. Here they are:

Did you ever notice that when you put the two words “The” and “irs” together they spell “Theirs”?

A little girl asked her father, “Do all fairy tales begin with, ‘Once upon a time?’” He replied no, there are a whole series of fairy tales that begin with, “If elected I promise.”

Off the spike

I just noticed the postmark recently on a communication from Colorado Springs, which took a full five days to arrive. If there was no mistake in operation, Pony Express was that fast if there were no interruptions.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience came my way during an event when John Dalton, then attorney general of Missouri, who had been elected governor of the state. There were several named by Dalton as Honorary Colonials for the event, among several hundred others.

Included from Barry County were Fielding Sizer, John Hunt and Almon Maus of Monett and Lige Frost and myself from Cassville. Someone in that crew had the foresight to make reservations at one of the good eating establishments for the group for dinner the night before the ceremony. The large table we reserved had a couple of extra chairs.

Lo and behold, a couple of men were waiting to be seated and spotted our vacant chairs.

When asked if we minded if they joined us, we quickly replied in the affirmative, since we noticed they were Stan Musial and Joe Garagiola.

That was one of the most entertaining dinners that I remember, since they both shared their experience as St. Louis Cardinals and as broadcasters.

Old Wire Road

The Old Wire Road is “a changin.” Once noted for being the location of telegraph lines between Springfield and Ft. Smith, Ark., that’s during Civil War times, the Old Wire Road isn’t anything like it was at one time, just in case you might be looking for a pleasant drive one of these days. The road’s northern reaches runs along Flat Creek and Cassville’s Main Street, and is available off Highway 37 south of Washburn where it heads southwest through what might be rated as virgin territory that is being discovered more and more as years pass.

We’ve been through that country a couple of times recently, always in a pickup, since there are some creek branches to cross, and the road isn’t paved all of the way. However, at the time of our visits to the area, roads were well maintained.

The main purpose of our trips was to recall quail hunting at the farms of Donald Wilson and Dick Webb, which were highly productive several years ago.

One thing we noticed was that the area was beginning to bring some very attractive residences, supposedly inhabited by folks who wanted to get back in the hills for their living these days. They might have the correct idea.

If you’re interested, this part of the route ends at Highway 62 at the Garfield Post Office.

Bob Mitchell is the former editor and publisher of the Cassville Democrat. He is a 2017 inductee to both the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame and Missouri Southern State University’s Regional Media Hall of Fame.