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COUNTRY ECHOES


| July/August 1969



De Loach Mill

Courtesy of Raymond Laizure. R.F.D,3,. Cadiz. Ohio 13907. This picture was taken 9 miles south of Cadiz. It is an 18 Hp. Garr-Scott engine and De Loach Mill. The fireman, Earl Dunlap is holding axe. He left for Arizona in 1925 and passed on a few years l

Raymond Laizure

BRANDON WISCONSIN R.R-2 ZIP-53919

As the years begin to build a sizeable total around our accumulative life people become more retrospective, it seems. The good old days--the good old days-- this becomes our cry of relief as we face this day. And then I begin to wonder at how good the good old days really were.

I have just finished reading Chet Huntley's new book, THE GENEROUS YEARS. He tells much of his childhood experiences as a boy growing to manhood on a Montana farm. It is really a story of survival with the elements as these pioneers came to claim free land and make homes for themselves in this formidable land. And lest you Montana dwellers think I am slandering your state, may I quickly add that Wisconsin can be formidable also, especially in January and February. As I write this column it is the first day of May and the furnace is running right now. The men have put the grain into the soil wearing sheep lined coats at times.

But through all the cold of our winters, each spring is something to anticipate with utter unbelief. After thirty two years of living in one place our garden is becoming a cheerful array of color all summer long. One learns, and one plans. 'Oh,' you say to yourself as you wipe your soiled hand over your itching nose. 'Oh! Those two blossom at the same time! They should be lovely planted together!' And then you decide which should be planted in front of the other to make a pretty picture from your kitchen window or a thing of joy for the passerby.

You gradually eliminate the mistakes you made in early ignorance as you planted this and that with this and that in more enthusiasm than good sense. Your patch of Bloodroot is spreading, the Jack In The Pulpit is becoming well established, The Dutchman's Breeches are really showing up for the first time and the Vinca Minor has finally made a blue and green carpet covering some choice tulip bulbs. AND they are keeping down the weeds as I had hoped they would. Hooray!

This is about the time I whisper a prayer of thanksgiving that bulbs multiply for now I can count twenty five or thirty blossoms on my Red Emporer tulips. I started out with three bulbs of R. E. And, at last, there are large patches of beautiful jonquils from what was one bulb of a kind in the beginning. Divide and multiply works here also.