Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

The Williamsburg Villager Nov. 2015

Villager Inducted into Hall of Famous Missourians

To many of us “old timers” Ted Jones was a farm owner, a neighbor, a businessman who commuted many miles daily between here and his office in St. Louis, but mostly he was a friend.

We realized that he was an exemplar in his field early on. He was a man who envisioned the world of investment and what would happen if they had good, personal, financial advice. In 1948, Ted became the 18th financial advisor at Edward Jones. He created a branch office business model designed for his vision. From that beginning, Ted became the firm’s second managing partner from 1968 to 1980.

During that time, Ted set the standard of personal relationships in financial advice that started the firm on a growth pathway to become a Fortune 500 firm with offices across North America.

Ted also recognized the opportunity that an abandoned 225 mile railroad line between Clinton and St. Charles would be as a state park.

We recently celebrated 25 years of operation of the now extensive Katy Trail. We congratulate both Ted and his wife, Pat, for their devotion to conservation and to nature. They have given future generations of Missourians a great legacy.

Today the Katy Trail attracts nearly 400,000 hikers, cyclists and joggers annually. In 2008 the Katy Trail was inducted into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame by the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy. It is also a segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the American Discovery Trail and is a Millennium Legacy Trail.

Ted was a farmer himself. He enjoyed planting trees and watching them grow. Today, the farm where Pat and Ted lived is their 711 acre gift to Central Missouri as a state conservation area.

Ted was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Famous Missourians on Oct. 9, 2015 in

Jefferson City, Mo. Pat was present to unveil his bust and she also was a speaker along with

Todd Richardson, Speaker of the House, and Jim Weddle, Managing Partner of Edward Jones.

Our Williamsburg friend and villager now stands alongside famous Missourians in our State Capitol. We couldn’t be prouder!


Things Heard ‘Round the Potbellied Stove

 Bernice and Fred Lang are the proud great-grandparents of Julia Wright, born on Sept. 24, 2015.

Julia weighed 8lbs. and 12oz. and was 20 inches long. She is the Lang’s fourth great-grandchild. Bernice reports that Julia grew 2 ¾ in. and gained 12oz. between her date of birth and the second week of October. Her parents are Patrick and Jennifer Wright. Congratulations to all.

 The Williamsburg Ladies’ Club held their annual Bazaar on Oct. 21. This is the day that they hold their annual auction and pull the winning ticket for the beautiful quilt that we have displayed in the restaurant since Memorial Day. This year’s quilt was gorgeous and we congratulate the winner Jean Smith. If you were unable to attend the festivities this year, mark your calendar for the third Weds. In October in 2016.

 Ladies of the Village, Lynda Alden, Shirley Eckert, Jan Gray and Ginny Eckert, held their annual

Pre-Christmas sale at the Williamsburg Community Center on Oct. 16, and 17. Hope that many of you were able to come and avail yourselves of their many bargains.  Just a reminder of things to do in Williamsburg:

– Community Club – men and women – supper at 6:00p.m. every 4th Saturday, bring two dishes,

(meat dishes provided.) This is a good opportunity for a delicious supper and community fellowship.

– Ladies’ Club – ladies only – lunch at 12 noon – bring one dish.

– Quilting – ladies quilt on Monday at Community building from 9:00a.m. until 1:30p.m. Ladies quilt at church annex on Tuesday 8:00a.m. until 11:00a.m.

You will be most welcome at any of these events.

 The Williamsburg Elementary School held its annual carnival on Sat. Oct. 17. This is the main money-making event of the year for the school. It is sponsored by the school’s PTO. A king and Queen are crowned, there are games for kids, parents run a country store, and many more activities take place.

Once again, if you missed this event of fun and prizes, make a note to yourself to attend in 2016.

 Debbie Miller tells us that the Warrenton Community Church is sponsoring a Christmas Crafts

Bazaar at the Missouri University Extension Building on November 21, from 9:00a.m. until 3:00p.m.

Address: 107 West Walton Street, Warrenton, MO 63383

Lynda Alden will have some of her great Christmas treasures from her shop at Marlene’s Restaurant in Williamsburg. Marlene’s Restaurant will have Naked Bee Hand Lotions and samples of their wonderful cobblers there also. This sounds like a fun day for everyone.

 Christmas is just around the corner. Hank Graf and Thelma Henning, who were our Santa and

Mrs. Claus each year, are no longer able to do it. (Hank is unable to do it, and Thelma is deceased.) We are now in need of volunteers. If you have a Santa suit, think about us here at Marlene’s. Just let us know before December so that we can advertise that Santa will once again appear at the restaurant.


 We began this page with a birth announcement and we will end with one just given to me. Joyce Austin reports that her 15th great-grandchild arrived on Oct. 12. Levi James Logan weighed 7lbs. and 2oz. and was 20.5in. long. Levi’s proud parents are Jordan and Cray Logan. Grandparents are Cathy and Phillip Crisp. Congratulations to all.

Joe’s Corner

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An interesting part of the Country Store exhibit in the museum is the Veterinary Tool collection. Many people view these items without knowing what they were used for in the 1890’s. One of the most unusual is the Drenching Bit. It was put into the horse’s mouth so that the owner could pour medication through a funnel down its throat. Another interesting item is the Bull Blinder. It looks like a medieval bra. It was put around the bull’s head so that he would not see what was about to happen. The appearance of some of these instruments chills Marlene. If you come to see these items don’t miss the Vet medicine cabinet with the tin picture of the horse on it… it is also a rare article. Veterinary medicine has improved greatly since “the good old days”. If our four-legged friends could talk, they might say “Thank You” or at least “It’s about time”.


Patrons of the Month

This month I’ve selected the Corvette Club of St. Peter’s as our patron of the month. Their beautiful array of shining Corvette’s graced our parking area attracting comments from passers-by and luring many others into having lunch with us. This group was a delightful bunch enjoying October’s bright blue weather. They ate in the museum and seemed to enjoy Joe’s presentation on the museum and Williamsburg along with their lunch. We’ve had many other car clubs visit us, and we enjoy them all, but this group of cars were especially gorgeous!

Character’s….. We Got’ Em

Whom do you know who can fix a ballast for a light, roof your house, build a ramp, put in a new floor, appear at your door when you need medical assistance and … the list goes on and on. Of course, I’ll bet you didn’t have to think hard on this one. It’s John Krampe. We, at the restaurant can think of several occasions where John has helped us. As a first responder, he has appeared for us many times. Once, an elderly lady lost her footing getting off the bus. She fell over one of our traffic barriers and hit her head. John stayed with her, assessed the situation, and didn’t leave until he was sure she was alright. Just the other Sunday when the restaurant was crowded with people, a young man came in panting for breath. John was here in no time. As it turned out, the young biker had just consumed too many caffeine drinks. After a brief rest, he was OK to move on.

This gave me pause to think about people who spend their time helping others. They are all around us, if we just take the time to notice. Well, John, we just want you to know that your help does not go unnoticed, and we are grateful!

Happy Thanksgiving from our Crew

Megan, JoAnn, Danielle, A.J., Fiona, Cindy, Aren, Debbie, Scott, Joe and Marlene


Here are some articles to elicit at least a smile, if not a real guf-faw. Enjoy!

A new pastor was visiting homes of his parishioners.

At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a card and wrote “Revelation 3:20” on the back of it and stuck it in the door.

When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned.

Adding to it was this cryptic message, “Genesis 3:10.”

Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.”

Genesis 3:10 reads, “I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid, for I was naked.”

Ever Wonder…

 Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

 Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?

 Why don’t you ever see the headline ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

 Why is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word?

 Why is it that doctors call what they do ‘practice’?

 Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

 Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

 Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

 Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

 You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

 Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

There were three fathers to be in a hospital waiting room, waiting for their babies to be born.

The first nurse comes out and tells the first father, “Congratulations you’re the father of twins!”

He says, “Great! I am the manager for the Minnesota Twins.”

The second nurse comes out and tells the second father, “Congratulations you’re the father of triplets”! He says, “That’s cool! I work for 3M.”

The third father opens the window and jumps out.

The third nurse comes out, and asks, “Where’s the third father?” One of the other fathers said, “Oh he jumped out the window.” The nurse asks, “Why?” He replied, “He works for Seven Up!”

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