Williamsburg Villager

Williamsburg Villager

The Williamsburg Villager    July, 2013

Hanging Up The Keys

       To most of us freedom and independence come in the form of a car key. There’s nothing like stepping into your own car and going wherever you please. A lot of my friends have reached the age when someone is going to hold out a hand and ask them to turn over the keys.

         That happened to me a while back, and, to everyone’s surprise I did so docilely, without kicking and screaming, place them in Joe’s hands.

         Today, I’ll ‘fess up and tell you why I did so without a fuss:

         Fifty-four years ago, a friend introduced me to Joe. We hit it right off because we were both pretty much interested in the same things. The first date was fine so we made plans for the second one… except I had another engagement on that night… at the Jackson County Courthouse! You see, I hadn’t been driving very long when I had an accident that caused most folks, who lived north of the Missouri River in Kansas City, to be late for work. It seems I “gave it the gas” when approaching a left turn so I could beat the stop light at a very busy intersection. I hit a telephone pole, jumped the median, went through a construction sign and hit a car that was waiting for the light to change.

         By the time the police arrived, traffic was tied up in both directions as far as the eye could see.

         A neighbor of ours had witnessed the scene and somehow got in touch with my mother. She arrived in bathrobe and curlers just as a young policeman was trying to get me to roll down my window so he could speak to me. Finally, he tapped on the window and said, “If you will tell your mother to go home, we can take care of this.”

         Well, shortly thereafter, I had my day in court. The judge was handing out big fines for automotive transgressions that were far less outstanding than mine. You have to have cash with you to pay the fine. Of course, my mother had to come with me. After every two, three, and five-hundred dollar fine, she would say, “I didn’t bring enough money to keep you out of jail!”

         It didn’t make matters better when my name was called and the policeman carefully laid out six pictures of the damage I had caused. No one else had pictures.

         Finally, the judge looked down at me as I nervously faced my fate.

         “It looks to me as if you have here a clear case of too small a driver and too big a car!” (I was much smaller then.)

         Looking over his glasses at me, he pronounced the sentence. “Fifteen dollars fine and three nights in traffic school.”

         Sure enough, Joe spent our second date taking me to the courthouse and waiting for me.

         I didn’t have another accident for many years, but as many of my friends know, as I grew older, I raked up quite a few fender-benders. Twice, I backed out through our garage door, several times side mirrors had been taken off, and once I lost my bumper in the middle of 5th street in Fulton.

         It was time to “give up the keys”. I meekly laid them in Joe’s hands as he said, “Thanks, I just didn’t want to get that call.



(The Callaway Health Dept. asked us to pass on this important news for you.)

Callaway County Health Department Presents


Monday July 1st, 2013 Holts Summit Civic Center

Friday July 12th, 2013 Auxvasse Elementary School

Wednesday July 17th, 2013 Callaway County Health Department

3-7pm on clinic dates


TDAP vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) protects adolescents and adults. Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells, which can cause difficulty breathing, vomiting and disturbed sleep. This is very dangerous especially in children. This is spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

The Callaway County Health Department in conjunction with the MO Department of Health and Senior Services and Center for Disease Control are offering free TDAP immunizations to the community.

Please bring shot records (if available).

Who should receive the shot: Children (11 to 18) and Adults (19 and over) that have never received a TDAP, new grandparents or grandparents to be, health care providers, and caregivers are all encouraged to get this shot.

Pregnant women should get a dose of TDAP during every pregnancy.

For more information contact the Callaway County Health Dept. Address below:

Callaway County Health Department

4950 County Road 304

Fulton MO 65251


Information about possible reactions to the TDAP shot are on a printout sheet on the table in our foyer.


Things Heard ‘Round the Pot-Bellied Stove

  • ·   While son David was away for a few days with his Cub Scout Boys and some of their fathers, Joe busied himself at the store rearranging the articles in a showcase that hadn’t had attention for a while. He always wants to have a surprise for David when he gets back.
  • ·   The boys from around here who went to the Scouts camp at Laurie, MO were: Jim Cruickshank’s grandson, Gavin, accompanied by his father, Brian; Brendan and Connor Meyerhoff and their father, Brad; and Mason and David Crane.
  • ·   The Williamsburg Community Club held its annual picnic at Linda Schotte’s home on Wednesday evening, June 19, at 6:00p.m. As usual, the serving table was laden with all kinds of homemade delectables. Everyone had a good time visiting and enjoying being out in the perfect evening weather. Thanks from all of us to those who worked so hard to get everything ready.
  • ·   The women of the Old Auxvasse-Nine Mile Presbyterian Church will hold their annual “Eat out Luncheon” at Marlene’s Restaurant on Tuesday, July 30. We will meet there at 11:30. All of the neighborhood women are invited. If you have attended before you know that this is a good “meet-and-eat” opportunity to enlarge your circle of friends. Come and bring a guest… Just let Barbara Mann or Marlene Crane know so we can prepare for the right number of folks. Hope to see you on July 30!
  • ·   CALLING ALL KIDS – the OANM Presbyterian Church will hold its annual vacation Bible School beginning Monday, July 8- Friday, July 12 at the Church from 8:30a.m. To 11:30a.m. Fun, refreshments and games will be woven in with Bible studies and accompanying crafts. The closing for Bible School will be on Sunday, July 14 at the Church. All parents, relatives and friends of the students are invited to attend. Sunday school starts at 10:00a.m. Church service is at 11:00a.m.
  • ·   Cookies, homemade or purchased, will still be accepted for Bible School. Just bring some along when you bring your child if you wish to contribute.
  • ·   There has been a lot of work going on at Jan Gray’s Gray Ghost Trail Inn. They will be opening soon. Watch for the date posted at Crane’s Store or Marlene’s Restaurant.
  • ·   The new girl you see working at the restaurant is Kameny Prothro, daughter of Shayna Arcala, Granddaughter of Sharon Steffan, and great-granddaughter of Ruth Hart. She is a smiling, friendly, eager worker. Welcome her with a smile of your own.
  • ·   When the rain finally ended, the air above the village was filled with parachutes. What a wonderful, peaceful sight it is as they waft slowly to the ground. We are so glad that Van and his crew are a part of our village.
  • ·   I have had several calls and visits from area men who have been on an Honor Flight. If you are one who has not contacted us to let us know, please do so. The next time we run an article we will do a small paragraph about each one and his/her time and place of service. Thanks.
  • ·   Villagers have talked about a recent article in the Fulton Sun about Mike and Frank of the popular TV show “American Pickers”. It seems that they will be coming to Callaway County in the middle of July. The article had a list of the types of things that they are looking for and a smaller list of things that they are not interested in. There was a phone number and an Email address to contact them if you are interested. Just bring the June 14 edition of the Fulton Sun upon your computer to find this article.
  • ·   The Village is abounding in beautiful babies. In July we will put up a picture board in the restaurant with pictures of some of them. If you have a baby or toddler you would like others to see, please put the picture or pictures with your names on the back on Marlene’s desk in the museum. Thanks!


Joe’s Corner


The picture displayed here are relics from World War I. Joe’s father, Sam, brought these Trench Art items home with him from France at the end of the war. Trench art was the name given to these shell casings of different calibers. They are brass, and the soldiers worked on them to fill in time while they waited in the trenches for the next battle to begin.

The shortest one was from Verdun, France. The casings came to Williamsburg when Sam Crane came home following the war. His father sent him here to sell out a mercantile store that had gone out of business. He made his home here, built Crane’s Store and only went back to Mineola to visit his family.



Goodbye, Grandpa A father put his 3 year old daughter to bed, read her a story, and listened to her prayers which she ended by saying, “God bless Daddy, God bless Mommy, God bless Grandma, and Goodbye, Grandpa.” The next day Grandpa died! A few months later the father put the girl to bed again. Her prayers went like this, “God bless Mommy, God bless Daddy, and Goodbye, Grandma.” The next day the grandmother died. “Holy cow,” thought the father, “this kid is in contact with the other side.” Several weeks later when the girl went to bed, he heard her say, “God bless Mommy, and Goodbye, Daddy.” He practically went into shock. He couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t eat, he was nervous all day. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be okay. He stayed at the office where he felt safe, drinking coffee and watching the clock. Finally midnight arrived and he went home feeling very much relieved. When he got home, he told his wife that he had just had the worst day of his life. She said, “You think you had a day… you’ll never believe what happened to me. Remember Jerry, the golf pro I’ve had for years? He dropped dead today right in the middle of my lesson.”


Well, that’s it for this month… I’ll end with just one more “getting older joke.”

You know you’re getting older when you finally find what you were looking for but you have forgotten why you wanted it! Good Health and Happiness are our wishes for all of you. From: Jo Ann, Megan, Debbie, Danielle, Jordan, Fiona, Kami, Scott, Joe, and Marlene. 


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