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In Memorium: Connie Street October 27, 2010

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Connie Street died Monday night, October 25th, 2010. Connie was a journalist and amatuer historian who wrote several of this blog’s most popular posts:

There will be a memorial visitation at Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home 1931 Houser Street, Muscatine, IA 52761 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 30, 2010.

A Visit to Long Creek Cemetary August 8, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in History, Louisa County, People.
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Long Creek Cemetary

There are many small cemeteries scattered around Louisa County. Some of them are very old. Sunday afternoon my wife and I paid a visit to Long Creek Cemetery. It’s located off 105th St., about a mile east of X61. To get to it you have to drive a grass lane that skirts a cornfield.

It was interesting to walk among the stones and see who was buried there and when. Many of the stones dated back to the mid-1800’s when Louisa County and the city of Wapello were just getting organized. (Wapello was incorporated in 1858). Several of the stones appeared to have been home made, others were quite expensive.

A small fenced grave site held the remains of two children from the same family. They had died within a year of each other–a reminder of how frequently children died then. I didn’t do a detailed survey, but many of the other graves also held children.

Many of the family names, such as Williams and Odle, are still well known in Wapello and the surrounding area. Others have been long forgotten.

Here are some more pictures of Long Creek Cemetery

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Rethinking Watersheds to Reduce Flooding June 25, 2010

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Last night, I had my concept of watersheds and wetlands turned upside down.

Most of our infrastructure for handling rain water assumes that the problem is to get excess water from one place to another. Usually that means getting water off the streets or out of our fields, into a river, and on its way to the ocean. According to Jim Patchett, a hydrologist and natural landscape designer, there are better ways to handle rain water.

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Why Granny Paid $160 for a Pie June 18, 2010

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The kinds of things Shakespeare called “the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune” still happen.  When someone we know suffers them we try to help.

Last Sunday I attended a benefit supper for a family that has been swamped by medical bills. Everything was pretty standard until after dinner. That’s when the organizers added a small town twist: a desert auction.

Cakes, pies, brownies, and all manner of goodies were auctioned off to the highest bidder. If you wanted desert you had to bid on it.

And bid we did.

The pies generally brought the highest bids. I arrived too late for the epic battles that marked the start of the auction, but I did see the auctioneer work a Dutch Apple-Caramel pie up to $160 before the bidding ended.

Of course, living in a small town we have real auctioneers overseeing the proceedings. Ours was Emily Wears, a college student from Solon, IA. She was the grand champion auctioneer at last year’s state fair. It was great fun to watch her work as desert after desert added to the help for the family we were there to support.

Eagle Scout Stabbed By Berserk Mom June 6, 2010

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Timothy Hinkle became Louisa County’s newest Eagle on June 5th. The crazy woman sticking the pins in his chest is his mother, the Beautiful and Sometimes Silly One. She told investigators that the multitude of badges on his shirt had caused her to confuse him with a bulletin board.

More seriously, Timothy is the latest in a long line of Eagle Scouts from Louisa County that stretches back over nearly the entire 100 history of the Boy Scouts of America.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must master basic first aid and outdoor skills, complete at least 21 Merit Badges, take a leadership role within his troop, and complete an approved service project. He must also demonstrate his commitment to the values codified in the scout oath, law, and motto.

Only two percent of all scouts become Eagles. Tim is the fourth boy to receive his Eagle under the guidance of Scoutmaster John Dale of Troop 67 out of Morning Sun, Iowa. In the last ten years, Louisa County’s four troops have produced more than a dozen Eagles–an enviable record of accomplishment.

To read about Tim’s service project, click here.

Here is a more traditional picture of Tim with his proud parents, Chris and Carol Hinkle of Wapello.

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