Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

A Friend of the Village… Passes

In January, 2015, at the age of 84 a friend of the Village went to receive his eternal reward. Jim Willams was more than simply a friend of the Village. He was, at once, pastor, farmer, parent, school supporter, host of our Teen Town and, yes, our conscience. 

When he arrived in town to take over his duties as pastor of our local Presbyterian Church, he had with him his wife, Selma and their young children, Cynthia and John. It was apparent from the start that he intended to be a part of this entire community, not only pastor of his Presbyterian flock. He raised cattle, like many villagers, but more than that, he made it his mission to know as many people in the Village and its surrounding neighbors as he could. He visited us in our homes. His children and our David played in our yard and swam in the pool. They played in the old barn that stood where JoAnn Hanselben’s house is now located. They joined our Fourth of July parties. They were our good neighbors.

Jim was interested in all children. He, Lois Morris, and I began a Teen Town that met once a month at the Williamsburg Community Center. It began as an idea that Lois’s son, Glen, came up with in his Sunday school class. News of a monthly, chaperoned dance spread quickly and soon, we had a good number of attendees. In October, Jim would arrange for a hayride preceding the regular dance. One October evening over 100 young people attended. All that dancing did not help the floor in the Community Center. We still need some repair on it; but when the Center was in need of a new roof the parents of those young people responded generously to our letter asking for help because of the good times their children had enjoyed there years ago.

Jim also helped with school trips with the students. On one of these trips to Six Flags, the bus he was on arrived before the others. There he was on the bus entertaining the 8th graders while the other buses arrived. I’m sure his booming voice helped that day.

Among the things he left with us was the addition to the Nine Mile Church. He started the ball rolling on an addition that has served us well all these years.

One of his most remarkable accomplishments was that he knew almost everyone in the Village by their first names; he knew where they lived, and how many kids they had. Even when he had been gone from here for several years, he would call and inquire about many of those people. He never forgot anyone.

Even though he is now departed many of us will never forget him either. Rest in peace old friend.

Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 Mr. and Mrs. Van Priest, owners of the Flying V Ranch had a tragedy in their family recently when Van’s father and step-mother were killed in the crash of their airplane over mountainous territory. The terrain made the recovery process very difficult. Our heart-felt condolences go to Van and his family on their loss.
 Marge Miller, good friend of Mr. and Mrs. Walt Mc Quie, told us that she is going east to be close to her daughter. Marge is a regular at Marlene’s and we will surely miss her.
 Also missed is Hank Graf who has been staying in the St. Louis area with his son, Steve. We hope to see Hank again soon.
 Barbara and Rylan Mann celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary at Marlene’s on Sunday, Feb. 15, with a BIG cake which was shared with everyone in the restaurant.
 Kameny (Kami) one of our weekend waitresses is moving to Auxvasse with her family. We will miss Kami, but we wish her well in her new surroundings and hope she will come back to see all her friends here.
 Dakota Plummer, son of Andrew Plummer, is the new face behind the counter at Crane’s Store. Welcome him into the Village. He has already told me that he really likes working at the store and visiting with the people.
 Rumor has it that Apple Wagon has been sold and that the new owner has taken over by now. We welcome her to the Village.
 David Crane has cool, new boots at the store. I’m told that they are just what fashion conscious young ladies are into today.
 Lynda Alden has some gorgeous costume jewelry in her shop now… she also has fashionable scarves. Take a stroll through.
 The Lenten season began on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with the Ash Wednesday service at the Nine Mile Church at 7:00pm.
 Linda Schotte, became a great-grandmother of John Michael, 8lbs., 6ozs., and 19½in. long. He is the son of Dennis and Heather Priest, and grandson of Bill and Karen Haarmann. Congratulations Linda on the new addition!

That’s all for now… accept our wishes of good health and happiness for you the rest of this year… from Megan, JoAnn, Danielle, Debbie, Fiona, Kami, A.J., Scott, Joe, and Marlene.

Museum Viewing in Late February

As I’ve told you before in this newsletter, some people want to know why I asked them to sign our guest book when they enter the museum. One reason is that signing in is a way to keep a daily count of individuals who come in. you know that Joe and I are dinosaurs and do not have an automatic counting device.

The other reason is that their home towns are so interesting. I delight in telling people that the museum has had visitors from all fifty states including Hawaii and Alaska… but it also has had visitors from six of the seven continents. (No penguins, yet!)

Some of the signers the last week in February included folks from Australia; Egreville, France, the island of Burmuda, Capetown, South Africa, Templeton, Calif., Nome, Alaska, Corpus Christi, Texas, West Hardford, Conn., and Kokomo, Ind.

We also had many folks from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska during that time. I don’t know who or what to thank for that kind of traffic, but I’m sure that I-70 has a lot to do with it. Whatever, we are grateful and happy to share the history of Williamsburg during the late 1890’s and early 1920’s.

Happy and safe travels to all no matter how near or how far.

Attention Citizens of the Kingdom

One of the oldest traditions in Callaway County is once again preparing its celebration of the Kingdom. The Kingdom Supper will be held this year on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

Two of several awards will be presented including the Distinguished Service Award and the Settlers’ Award. Since the Guest of Honor is always someone who left the Kingdom and has gained prestige and success outside its limits, the Settlers’ Award is given to someone who has moved into the Kingdom and made a significant contribution to it.

Dale LaRue says that tickets will be $15.00, the same as last year. That price includes a reception (5:00-6:00pm) at the Gladys Woods Kemper Art Center on the William Woods campus, dinner (7:00pm) at Tucker Dining Hall, and entertainment (8:00pm) to close the evening at Dulany Auditorium.

Tickets may be purchased at Crane’s Store in Williamsburg, Bank Star One in New Bloomfield, United Security Banks, Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Short Stop in Millersburg.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join with friends from all over the county and to be fed and entertained while celebrating its history.

Joe’s Corner


Do you collect Indian arrowheads? Do you like to look at arrowhead collections? Well, I got the urge recently to do another arrowhead picture. I have already done four such pictures that are on display at Crane’s Store. What are arrowhead pictures? The easy part of making an arrowhead picture is getting someone to draw what you want to depict on a black background. The tedious part comes next… picking out the size and color of the arrowheads you want to use, washing them, and then beginning the painstaking job of gluing them down to form your picture. I have completed seven already and now, I’m working on the eighth.

The four of the finished ones which can be seen at the store are: a profile of an Indian, a star, an Indian Chief’s headdress, and a buffalo.

There are three more finished ones that are on display in the museum. The one I am currently working on will also be in the museum. It is an American eagle. I’d like to thank Danny McCormack for drawing the outlines of the bear and the eagle for me.

The other two finished pictures in the museum are of BIG arrowheads. Come by and view the arrowhead collection. Included in this display are large, prehistoric rocks found on Thelma Henning’s property. These fossil rocks are proof that this part of the country was once underwater.


As I go down my list of mailings for the newsletter, I see that most folks on that list are seniors. This page is dedicated to you.
 Remember that most of the world’s best music is played on an old fiddle.
 One way to reach old age is to quit feeling responsible for the entire world.
 Someone once said that old age is when your memory is short, your experience long, your eyesight dim, and your safe-deposit box is full.
 The best way to live to old age is to tell a woman’s age in a low whisper.
 Old people should never eat health food. They need all the preservatives they can get.
(This one is for me, ‘cuz I’m older than any of you! M.C.)
 At 40 I lost my illusions, At 50 I lost my hair, At 60, my hope and teeth were gone And my feet were beyond repair. At 80 life has clipped my claws, I’m bent and bowed and cracked, But I can’t give up the ghost because My bad habits are intact.
 I can live with my arthritis, My dentures fit me fine, I can see with my bifocals, But I sure do miss my mind!
 This one is simply titled “I’m Fine”. There is nothing whatever the matter with me. I’m healthy, as healthy as I can be. I have arthritis in my back and knees and when I talk, I cough and wheeze. My pulse is weak, my blood is thin, but I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in. My teeth will eventually have to come out, and my diet, I hate to think about. I’m overweight and I can’t get thin… ‘Cuz my appetite is sure to win. I’m crafty and cranky and know where I’ve been, but I’m awfully well for the shape I’m in.
 And one to quit on… You are only young once, but you can always be immature!


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