Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

When Jane McClellan came back in March to be the honored guest of the Kingdom Supper she represented a long list of her family to be honored and associated with the supper. In this issue of the Villager I’d like to bring to the attention of the villagers how many Williamsburg folks have been honored by their peers by the Kingdom Supper.

With Jane, it started in 1916, when her great-great-grand-father, Dr. JM Tate was asked to serve as president of the supper. In 1952, a grandfather, Joseph W Grant was president. John Grant, her great uncle held that position in 1968, and in 2001, her mother, Susan Grant Krumm was president. That doesn’t end the list because in 1994, Carol Grant OTTO was the honored guest. All of these people have close ties to the Williamsburg Village.

The list of folks with connections to the ‘Burg goes on if you list the people who have served as the supper president over the years. All of these men were/are members of the Old Auxvasse–Nine Mile Presbyterian Church:

 Dr. J.M. Tate – 1916
 Phil M. Smith – 1936
 Joe Grant – 1952
 Robert B. Guthrie – 1960
 John Grant – 1968
 John Payne Harrison – 1972
 Gene Austin – 1988
 Gene Hamilton – 1991
 Joe Crane – 1994
 Dan Tucker, Jr. – 1998

As most small towns the villages are seeing their populations decrease as their young people move away, it should never be forgotten what their fathers and ancestors have meant to the history of Callaway County. Next year, when the Kingdom supper rolls around, try to attend. You will visit with your friends and neighbors, have great meal, and hear from an honored guest who has moved on to be recognized by his/her chosen field and you have cherished memories of growing up in Callaway County.

Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 We hope the flu season is pushed on to lie in wait to attack us next year. Very few villagers were lucky enough to escape it this year. Many of our friends and neighbors were hospitalized with it while others scoffed and wheezed their way through it for weeks.
 Ginny Eckert is the new church secretary for our local church. She replaces Bonnie Cruickshank who is moving on with her husband, Jim, after he leaves behind eleven good years in the service of the OANM church.
 A memorial service that was really memorable was held for Flo Smith on March 21, at the Nine Mile Church. It was filled with memories given by her children and grandchildren. It was a service with more smiles than tears as Flo was fondly remembered. It ended with the congregation singing “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” Flo’s theme song. I have had this song in my head ever since the service… That’s a good thing because that’s the way I remember Flo… Texas’s Yellow Rose.
 The Williamsburg 4 – H club held an Easter egg hunt at the Community Center on April 4. From the squeals of delight with each egg found, it must have been a huge success.
 We’ve had a lot of rain this April – – flooded driveways and streets – – North Callaway High School students even had a day off because their new road to the school was flooded. As I write this even more rain and hail are forecast over the next few days. I wish we could share some of this blessing with the state of California.
 We had another very nice dog “dropping” in the ‘Burg. He was a house dog because he wanted to jump in the car with you and would run through every open door. We are grateful that a very kind, dog-loving lady took him home so that he was not abandoned very long.
 Our neighbor, Kathy Zerr was hospitalized for aortic – valve replacement surgery recently. She now has a bovine valve, ask Ray, the dairy farmer about that? We wish her a full recovery and hope to see her out and about soon.
 Joyce Austin, welcomed her 12th great-grandchild, born March 5th, to Anthony and Jessica, her California grandchildren. Congrats to all.
That’s it for this edition. We wish all the Mothers of the Village a wonderful Mother’s Day. Good health and happiness to all!

Joe’s Corner


The picture you see at the top of this page is of me with Willie Lanier. He was at Crane’s Store a couple of weeks ago. This brought back memories of our years in Kansas City.

Willy was the 50th pick of the second round of the NFL draft in 1967. He played for the Chiefs from 1967 until 1977 when he retired. His number 63 was also retired.
Some of the highlights of his career while with the Chiefs are:

 Two times All – Star game (1968 – 1969)
 Six times Pro – Bowl selection (1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
 Two times All – AFL selection (1968 – 1969)
 Eight times All – Pro selection (1968, 1969, 1970,1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975)
 Super Bowl Champion (game IV)
 NFL 75th Anniversary All – Time Team
 NFL Man-of-the-Year Award (1972)
 Pro Bowl Co – MVP (1971)
 K.C. Chiefs retired (1977)
 #63 retired (1977)

Willie played during the Golden Years for the Chiefs and we were great fans of the team then.

We left Kansas City in 1970 so we missed the later years of his career. Some of his stats during that time were 27 interceptions, 2 sacks, and 2 defensive touchdowns. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Pro-football Hall of Fame.

Willie was a linebacker and a hero with Chiefs’ fans. It brought back many memories of Chiefs’ players like Lenny Dawson, quarterback and Hank Stramm, coach.

We have traded in our K.C. red-and-white for Cardinals red-and-white, but it was great to visit with Willie Lanier about those golden years of K.C. football.

Patrons of the Month

Our patrons of the month this time are all of our local customers who keep the restaurant doors open during the winter months. So… “hats off” to the many coffee drinkers who meet each morning to discuss the current news mingled with just a hint of gossip in the ‘Burg. Joining with the men on most mornings for breakfast are these ladies; Sandy, Linda, and Ginny. On Thursday mornings our regular Thursday group joins them by adding Joyce, Cathy, Bonnie, Lynda A., Shirley, and Jan. then on Sundays we are blessed to serve the church goers from Nine Mile, Mineola, and the surrounding territory: Sue, Mary, Harvey, Eunice, Jean S., Joyce, Cathy, Fred, Bernice, Janette, Bob, Don, Johnny B., Karen, and many more. I know that I have not mentioned all of you, but I do want all of you to know that you are very much appreciated!

CHARACTER of the Month

Jim Cruickshank is our character of the month. Since he is moving on to a totally new adventure, I want to thank him for taking on the Old Auxvasse-Nine Mile Church for the past eleven years. This was a real adventure for him. He was working as a nuclear engineer at the Callaway plant. He gave that up to lead our congregation. There are many things that I will miss about Jim. One is his ability to give a wonderful funeral eulogy for anyone whether he knew that person or not. There was always a note of humor connected to a fond memory. His sermons in general were memorable, that humor coming through no matter how serious the message. He took refreshments with the quilters almost every Tuesday morning. Needless to say we laughed a lot over our coffee and home-baked treats. Our House in Fulton, a place for those who have no place to stay, was one of Jim’s favorite endeavors, and we will carry on by supporting that in his absence. I could go on and on by saying how fortunate we feel that he wanted to take us on as our shepherd, but this is beginning to sound like a eulogy in itself. Jim will find new adventures along the way as he helps others. Just don’t forget us, Jim, keep in touch, and come back to see us sometimes.

Smile-A-While, Ramblings of a Retired Mind

 I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses. A young lady walks over to me and asks, “What brings you in today?” I looked at her, and said, “I’m interested in buying a refrigerator.” She didn’t quite know how to respond. Am I getting to be that age?
 I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can’t afford one, so I’m wearing my garage door opener.
 You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway.
 I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!
 I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it.
 I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and call it ‘Pumping Rust.’
 When people see a cat’s litter box they always say, ‘Oh, have you got a cat?’ Just once I want to say, ‘No, it’s for company!’
 Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. I think you should write, ‘An ambulance.’
 I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then it dawned on me. They were cramming for their finals. As for me, I’m just hoping God grades on the curve – I’ve got curves.
 Birds of a feather flock together and then potty on your car.
 The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.
 The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
 Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble. When you put the 2 words ‘The’ and ‘IRS’ together it spells ‘Theirs…’
 Aging: eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
 Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
 You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
 Ah! Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.
 Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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