Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

On Competency Testing… Are You Ready?

There was an article in the newspaper the other day with a headline that read, “Aging MD’s Favor Early Competency Testing”. That piqued my interest right away. It seems that doctors are urging adult children to check on their aging parents to see if they are losing any of their faculties. If some loss is noticed, it is time to have parents tested. 

I shook my head at this, thinking that most of young people… thirteen to eighteen years of age, would swear that their parents had surely already lost most of their reasoning powers.

Just what would these competency tests be like? Remembering names? Placing the right name with the right face? Going into a room and forgetting what you came in for? If this is the case, you can take me away right now.

And if you failed a test, what are the options….. A class on face recognition 101? How about a hall pass that you write your mission down on so that you don’t waste time standing at the entrance to that room wondering why you are there.

I think a family will be fairly certain when an aging relative needs the help of a professional without the expense of psychological competency testing.

Until then, here is a clever take on the subject and its outcome:

It seems that two elderly couples were enjoying a friendly conversation, when one of the men asked the other, “Frank, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?”

“Fantastic,” Frank replied. “They taught us all the latest psychological techniques: visualization, association… it was great!”

“That’s terrific,” said the first man. “And what was the name of the clinic?”

Frank went blank. He thought and thought, but he couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, “What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?”

“A rose,” replied his friend.

“Yes, that’s it!” Frank turned to his wife and said, “Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?”

I wish good memories to all of you and your friends. Have a good summer.

Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 While having breakfast with Joe early the other morning, a commercial came on Channel 8. It was David, Chuck and Shane Ellen doing a Father’s Day commercial for Crane’s Store. I have seen some of these commercials on David’s Facebook page, but none on TV. David says that he has had some on before, so I guess I just missed them. Anyway, that was a nice surprise for me.
 Congratulations are in order for Jackie and Dion Isom. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding Anniversary.
 Debbie Miller “took the ball and ran with it” regarding the Relay for Life “Paint the County Purple” campaign to raise money for cancer in Callaway County. We wish to thank all of our patrons for contributing to the cause and Debbie for all her work decorating the restaurant in purple.
 While I’m talking about staff, I’ve had very good feed-back from customers about the good food Megan, Danielle, and JoAnn put out from the kitchen. Also we’ve had remarks about our friendly servers, Kami, A.J., and Fiona. A family from Nebraska said that the restaurant felt like a “home away from home.”
 Linda Schotte entertained her brother Jim and his wife, Alyce Zerr, in the party room for Jim’s birthday recently. Many happy wishes for many more birthdays, Jim.
 Sandy Hoover also entertained in the party room in June with a 4th birthday party for Ginny Eckert’s granddaughter, Allie. Mommy, Shane Ellen, took a break from work at the store to be there along with Kathy Zerr, Linda Alden, Linda Schotte, Shirley Eckert and yours truly.
 Bernice Lang’s Birthday Group had lunch in the party room on Thursday, June 11. We see this group annually, and we are always glad to serve them.
 Our friend, Bob Bradley, continues to improve having had therapy at home. He will soon go to Columbia for these sessions. We are all happy that Bob has made such good progress.
 The Old Auxvasse-Nine Mile Church held their annual June picnic at Veteran’s Park in Fulton on Sunday, June 7.
 The Old Auxvasse-Nine Mile Vacation Bible School will be held here at the Williamsburg Church July 6-11.
 Williamsburg Ladies’ Club’s annual picnic was held at Sue Anderson’s home on the evening of Wednesday, June 17.

Joe’s Corner



If you haven’t visited the museum, let me tell you what you will find behind the white wall to your right when you enter the door.

First, you enter the tobacco room where you will find tobacco cutters and spittoons from the 1890’s. Also, framed on the wall are tobacco tabs which were placed in each “chaw” to identify its maker. The women of the house saved these to exchange for prizes.

In the second room are coffee tins, large and small, that were found in the area country stores. A collection of spool cabinets is also in this room. On the opposite wall are nine land grants made out to different Crane men. The earliest is from John Quincy Adams, 1828. There are also grants from Franklin Pierce and John Tyler.

In the last room are various items from the first Crane’s Store… top hats, bonnets, nail scales, veterinarian’s cabinet, and all sorts of vet tools hanging on the wall. There is also an old cash register with bills still on it. Mr. Sam Crane used to say, “Some paid by the month, some by the year, and some never paid at all.” (This was during the Depression Era.)

As you exit that area are some nail and screw cabinets that revolve for easy sales. Come in and see the variety a country store had in the 1890’s regarding merchandise.

Patrons of the Month

Last month Crane’s Museum was visited by a car-load of people from Illinois. On his way out one man told me how they had found out about us. It seems that a gentleman who writes a column about antiques for their local paper had written about us.

Of course I was interested in what he had to say and told the man to have his friend to send me a copy of the article. Within a week, I had the column in my hands. The author is Bob Swisher who travels the country making numerous antique stops and critiquing them in the local paper. Here is what he said about his trip to Missouri:

Antique Heaven is in Missouri

“It is my belief that the majority of antique sites in the U.S. do not have 100-year-old items in their shops. So you can imagine my surprise when I found two very unique shops in the same vicinity in Callaway County, Mo.

Near Fulton Mo, off Interstate 70, I found the Rock Garden Antique Barn. There was lots of early American primitive furniture, a one-of-a-kind wooden cigar store Indian and spool cabinets of all shapes and sizes. Everything was for sale.

As if I had not seen enough of the real stuff, just down the road a bit was another piece of antique heaven called Crane’s Museum and Shoppes in Williamsburg, Mo. A treat at this site is Marlene’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe. Now an antique museum is always frustrating to me because nothing is for sale, but considering the quality of this collection, I probably could not have afforded it anyway. This museum was an excellent viewing opportunity. It had more good Indian arrowheads than I have ever seen in one place.

To see these two places in one day that close together was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

We, at Crane’s Museum thank Mr. Swisher for his comments, and we thank all of those folks who have visited us because of this review. Bob Swisher is our patron of the month! For you, Bob, ice cream is on the house!!

CHARACTER of the Month

What traits does a person have to be endowed with to earn the title of character? I would think a sense of humor would top the list. Other attributes might be steadfastness, tenacity, and of course, being a little bit eccentric.

Since this month brings the celebration of the Fourth of July, I am reminded of one of my favorite founding fathers. When I think of Benjamin Franklin being a character, I have to extend my list of attributes to include wisdom and inventiveness. He helped to write both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. He had such winning ways that one of George Washington’s first appointments was to send Franklin to France as our ambassador.

But Ben, who discovered electricity and invented bifocals and the Franklin stove, had one idea that did not appeal to the other leaders of this young nation. He steadfastly wanted them to adopt the turkey as our national bird. He pointed out that turkeys were abundant in this country and were one of the main meats on the tables of the original colonists.

Franklin did not prevail and the bald eagle is our national symbol for which I am truly grateful. Too bad, Ben, but you can’t win them all! Have a happy and SAFE time as you celebrate the 4th with family and friends.


Unconventional Wisdom… Here are some things to think about as you get older. (Who-

 Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
 Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
 If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
 If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
 Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either; just leave me the heck alone.
 It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper that’s the time to do it.
 Don’t be irreplaceable; if you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
 No one is listening until you make a mistake.
 Always remember you’re unique, just like everyone else.
 It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
 It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
 Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.
 Good judgement comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
 There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
 Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when your mouth is moving.
 Never miss a good chance to shut up.
 Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

Just for Grins

 A catholic teenager goes to confession, and after confessing to an affair with a girl is told by the priest that he can’t be forgiven unless he reveals who the girl is. “I promised not to tell!” he says. “Was it Mary Patricia, the butcher’s daughter?” the priest asks. “No, and I said I wouldn’t tell.” “Was it Mary Francis, the baker’s daughter?” “No,” says the boy. ‘well, son,” says the priest, “I have no choice but to excommunicate you for six months.” Outside, the boy’s friends ask what happened. “Well,” he says, “I got six months, but three good leads.”
 Two old ladies are in a restaurant. One complains, “You know, the food here is just terrible.” The other shakes her head and adds, “and such small portions.”

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The Williamsburg Villager is provided by Crane’s Museum & Shoppes. Marlene Crane is our on location reporter and resident artist. Please submit any announcements to Marlene by the 20th of each month to insure publication.

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