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COUNTRY ECHOES


| May/June 1969



Florida Reunion

Courtesy of Denis McCormack, 180 John Anderson Drive, Ormond Beach, Florida 32074. Steam versus Gas at the Florida Reunion in February 1969.

Denis McCormack

BRANDON WISCONSIN R.R-2 ZIP-539/9

Looking ahead to May and June is always an exciting experience. Things are usually growing nicely by this time, the early flowers have cheered us as they came and went. Now it is tulips and lilacs and roses, iris, peonies, bridal wreath and so many other pretty blossoms. The oats fields should be green as they will be all summer, and early peas the greenest of all.

This past February we went to visit a sister in Florida and thought we could get a breath of summer ahead of time. But Florida had a rather cold winter. All of the snow in the north-land sent them cool temperatures it seems.

On our way down we saw an interesting old covered bridge in Indiana. Being of rather practical minds we questioned each other as to why they covered bridges in those days. When people used sleighs in the winter surely they needed snow on the bridge as well as the road. Perhaps some alert reader can give us the answer. Can you?

As we traveled down Highway 41 we saw a marker which interested me particularly. This was just before we got to Vincennes, Indiana, if my memory serves me well. It said, First Settlement of Shakers, and then said something about Shaker town. I think it was closer to Oaktown, Indiana. The miles go so fast on a trip it is hard to really localize anything. You see, my Uncle Ben was a Shaker.

In Kentucky we lost our road for just a short way and found ourselves in Sebree. There was saw the loveliest playhouse beside an elegant house which probably dates back to around 1900. I love well-built houses from that time. There are so sturdy, and yet so decorative. Again I so badly wanted a second look but we hurried on. We had bologna, wieners, and summer sausage in a cooler in the trunk of the car so we were trying to make Florida in two days.