Monday, May 25, 2009

A Visit to the Crow's Nest

Soperton Councilman Crow Moxley made an inspection tour of his camphouse on the Ogeechee River, accompanied by Kennon Peebles, Carvin Coleman, and Bill Ricks. Cleaning, mowing, and repairing is underway in preparation for many days of fishing during the redbreast season. Enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Treutlen County's Only Name on the Wall

At Rosemont Cemetery is the grave of Treutlen County's only Vietnam Veteran to die in the war.
Most internet references to him are slim: GMG3 Walter Lee Clements, Navy, Died March 13, 1967, Soperton, GA.

After receiving an e-mail from someone who found my blog by Googling, I was disappointed that there was so little recorded about Clements. The e-mailer had been looking through a Navy book, hoping to find a picture of his brother-in-law.

He wrote..."Not there. Instead Walter L. Clements name hits me, the first 'C' on the list, like a slap in the face. I know that name, but from where? It wasn't long for me to recall where I had seen it. On Panel 16e, line 72 of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. I'd seen it many times because directly above Walter's remembrance on line 71 is my brothers name..."

I'm adding the following to make Clements' internet records more complete. Also look for more on TREUTLEN E-NEWS
May 25, 2009.


First Obituary, published in the Soperton News.


The U. S. Navy Department has notified Mr. and Mrs. Everett Clements,Route 2, Soperton that their son, GMG3 Walte rLee Clements, 25, has died as a result of injuries received while on duty aboard the USS Harnett County. No further details were given in the telegram.

Mr. Clements was born in Treutlen County and lived all of his life here until joining the Navy in 1960. He attended the Treutlen schools. He was married to the late Mrs. Martha Sue Baggett Clements.

Surviving in addition to his parents are three sisters, Mrs.Helen Currie, Mrs.Evijo Herndon and Miss Margaret Clements of Soperton; two brothers, Carlton Clementsof Dublin and Stanley Clements of Soperton; grandparents, Mrs. J. E. Clements of Soperton; Mrs. George Brant of Stuart, Fla.; Frank Livingston of Soperton.

The body will be returned to Soperton for funeral services. Arrangements will be announced by Sammons Funeral Home.


Second Obituary, published in the Soperton News.


GMG3 Walter Lee Clements, 25, U. S. Navy, died on board the USS Harnett County, March 13.

A resident of Soperton before entering the service, he was a son of Everett Clements and Mrs. Beatrice Livingston Clements o fRoute 2,Soperton. He attended the Treutlen schools and was married to the late Mrs.Martha Sue Baggett Clements.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Mrs. Helen Currie of Soperton, Mrs. Evijo Herndon of Soperton and Miss Martha Clements of Soperton; two brothers,Carlton Clements of Dublin and Stanley Clements of Soperton; grandparents, Mrs. J. E. Clements of Soperton and Mrs.George Brant of Stuart, Fla.; Frank Livingston of Soperton.

Funeral services were conducted at three o'clock Sunday from Rosemont Primitive Baptist Church with Navy Chaplain A. M. Von Allmon and Elder William Hall officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Sammons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Military honors were provided by the U. S. Navy Recruiting Station from Macon.


Funeral info card, courtesy of Sammons Funeral Home:


Full Name: GMG3 Walter Lee Clements, Age: 26, Rt. 2
Residence, City: Soperton, County: Treutlen, State: Ga.
How Long Present Address: Life
Born: Treutlen Co., Reared---
History: Attended Treutlen Schools; Joined Navy in 1960.
Died as result of an accident while on duty on board the USS Harnett County, March 13
Date and Time of Death: March 13,1967
Place of Death, Institution---
City---, County---,, State---
Length of Stay---
Married: wid. To Whom: Martha Sue Baggett, When---
Survivors: Spouse---
Parents: Mr.& Mrs. Everett Clements, Soperton
Sisters: 3 sisters,Mrs.Helen Currie, Soperton; Mrs. Evijo Herndon, Soperton; Miss Martha Clements, Soperton.
Brothers: 2 brothers, Carlton Clements,Dublin; Stanley Clements, Soperton
Grandparents: Mrs.J.E. Clements, Soperton; Mrs George Brant, Stuart, Fla.; Frank Livingston
Funeral: Sunday 3 p.m. Rosemont Primitive Bapt. Church
Interment: Church Cemetery, Treutlen County
Ministers Navy Chaplain Lt.Cmdr. A. M. Von Almon, Elder William Hall
Active Pall Bearers: Servicemen
Military honors provided by Navy Recruiting Station, Macon
Take body home at 8 AM Sun. if casket can be opened. Leave in FH if unopened.
Place in church at 2 PM if casket can be opened. Family will view body when entering the church & not open casket after srvice.
If casket not open, place in church at 2:30 & family will go from home to church.
Birthdy: Dec. 28, 1941
Father's Name Everett Clements
His Birthplace---
Mother's Maiden Name: Beatrice Clements
Her Birthplace
Social Security Number---
Veteran--- What War---
Informant Everett Clements
Informant's Address Rt. 2, Soperton, Ga.
Attending Physician---
His Address---
Memo: Music family


No death certificate recorded by Treutlen County Probate Court

Saturday, May 23, 2009

1979 Mr. Soper's Portrait

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May 23, 1979
Clayton Stephens and Neva Williamson displayed a newly-found portrait of Benjamin Franklin Soperton, the prosperous railroad builder and contractor, for whom Soperton was named. Ms.Williamson's father, Carlos D. Hyman was the first railroad agent in Soperton.

Others that week: GAMA convention, Beta Sigma Phi, Jim L. Gillis & Gerald Smith - recreation donation, Sports banquet, old country school buildings, Cheryl Burns & Jeff Durden - UGA Band, old cemetery, Warnock Wood reunion, FHA, Hawkins class honors athletes, Pinevista dedication- Stuart Stanley, Gillis Springs gym,Honor Students, Bob Sanford,cheerleaders,Roscoe Peacock.

1974 Four State Championships in Six Years

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May 22,1974
Jesse Owens gave an inspiring speech to the athletes and audience at the State Track and Field Finals at Jefferson. Owens is known for having broken three world records and tied one more, all in 45 minutes in 1935. He went to Berlin where he won four gold medals in the Olympics.
After their victory lap the Vikings track and field team posed for their photo. In six years the teams of Holliday and Berry had won the state title four times.

Others that week: Athletic Banquet, outstanding TES teachers, soil proclamation, TPS field day, tobacco barn.

Friday, May 15, 2009

1979 Fishing Rodeo

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May 16, 1979
There was record attendance at Dr. McNair's pond for the annual fishing rodeo. Many fish were caught by the youngster and many awards presented.

Others that week: UCWC Teenage Pageant,Rosemont Homecoming, Softball, 4-H Rabies Clinic, B&PW Officers, Christy Truett, TPS kids.

1974 Fishing Rodeo

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May 15, 1974
At the annual Sportsmen Club Fishing Rodeo at Dr. McNair's Pond in the ages of Up To Six, Tracy Green caught the largest fish, and Kim Meeks caught the most fish.

Others that week: TPS program, TPS field day winners, Soil and Water Proclamation, FHA Awards.

Friday, May 8, 2009

What Jesus said about Prayer - Public & Private


This blog is long, but useful. The Bible references have been organized in seven parts. All opinions or beliefs are mine:

Today I didn't attend a public observance of National Day of Prayer, although I have in the past. Instead I spent time trying to learn more about Jesus' attitude about prayer.
The gospels show plainly that Jesus lived a life of prayer. Although everything he did or said publicly was from prayer; He lived prayer.
Jesus condemned the attitudes and behavior of the religious leaders who were supposed to be for God, but most were the opposite. Beware of religious leaders in our time, as some of them are modern Scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites. There are others today who carry the label of Christian, but are so wrapped up with details of the Old Testament that their hearts are blinded from seeing the living Jesus.

Jesus' ministry was public, but his prayer was mostly private. He criticized those who gave public prayers for show.

Matthew 14:23
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Matthew 14:22-24 (in Context) Matthew 14 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:36
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
Matthew 26:35-37 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:39
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
Matthew 26:38-40 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:40-42 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:42
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:41-43 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:44
And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Matthew 26:43-45 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 26:53
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 26:52-54 (in Context) Matthew 26 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 1:35
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Mark 1:34-36 (in Context) Mark 1 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 6:46
And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.
Mark 6:45-47 (in Context) Mark 6 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 14:32
And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Mark 14:31-33 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 14:35
And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
Mark 14:34-36 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 14:38
Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.
Mark 14:37-39 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 14:39
And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words.
Mark 14:38-40 (in Context) Mark 14 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 5:16
And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Luke 5:15-17 (in Context) Luke 5 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 6:12
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
Luke 6:11-13 (in Context) Luke 6 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:41
And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
Luke 22:40-42 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:44
And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Luke 22:43-45 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:45
And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
Luke 22:44-46 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:46
And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
Luke 22:45-47 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus prayed with his disciples, sometimes at a distance and other times next to them.

Luke 9:18
And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?
Luke 9:17-19 (in Context) Luke 9 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 9:28
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
Luke 9:27-29 (in Context) Luke 9 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 9:29
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
Luke 9:28-30 (in Context) Luke 9 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 10:2
Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luke 10:1-3 (in Context) Luke 10 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 11:1
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Luke 11:1-3 (in Context) Luke 11 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Luke 21:35-37 (in Context) Luke 21 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:32
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Luke 22:31-33 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 22:40
And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
Luke 22:39-41 (in Context) Luke 22 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus taught love and prayer for enemies. Pray secretly. Don't use vain repetitions. In the Lord's Prayer example, Jesus first acknowledges the holiness of His Heavenly Father and that His Kingdom come and His will be done here on earth as in Heaven. Praying for that puts all other desires or requests subordinate to the Father's will. Jesus said for us to ask for today's daily bread, to ask for forgiveness of our debts as we forgive our debtors. He asked that we be delivered from evil and temptation. Close by another recognition of the Heavenly Father's sovereignty, ownership, power, glory.

Matthew 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 5:43-45 (in Context) Matthew 5 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 6:5
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:4-6 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 6:6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:5-7 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:6-8 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)
Matthew 6:9
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6:8-10 (in Context) Matthew 6 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 9:38
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Matthew 9:37-38 (in Context) Matthew 9 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 23:14
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Matthew 23:13-15 (in Context) Matthew 23 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 11:25
And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
Mark 11:24-26 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 6:28
Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luke 6:27-29 (in Context) Luke 6 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 11:2
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Luke 11:1-3 (in Context) Luke 11 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 18:10
Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
Luke 18:9-11 (in Context) Luke 18 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 18:11
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
Luke 18:10-12 (in Context) Luke 18 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 19:46
Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Luke 19:45-47 (in Context) Luke 19 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 20:47
Which devour widows' houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.
Luke 20:46-47 (in Context) Luke 20 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 12:40
Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
Mark 12:39-41 (in Context) Mark 12 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 13:33
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
Mark 13:32-34 (in Context) Mark 13 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus prayed for us and encouraged our praying, but he does not condone praying outside Hisa Father's will.

Matthew 19:13
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.
Matthew 19:12-14 (in Context) Matthew 19 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Matthew 21:21-23 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 11:24
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 11:23-25 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)

John 14:16
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:15-17 (in Context) John 14 (Whole Chapter)

John 16:26
At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
John 16:25-27 (in Context) John 16 (Whole Chapter)

John 17:9
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
John 17:8-10 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter)

John 17:15
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
John 17:14-16 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter)

John 17:20
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
John 17:19-21 (in Context) John 17 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 21:13
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Matthew 21:12-14 (in Context) Matthew 21 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 11:17
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Mark 11:16-18 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 1:10
And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Luke 1:9-11 (in Context) Luke 1 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 1:13
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
Luke 1:12-14 (in Context) Luke 1 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 2:37
And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.
Luke 2:36-38 (in Context) Luke 2 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 3:21
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
Luke 3:20-22 (in Context) Luke 3 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 5:3
And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
Luke 5:2-4 (in Context) Luke 5 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 5:33
And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink?
Luke 5:32-34 (in Context) Luke 5 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 14:18
And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:17-19 (in Context) Luke 14 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 14:19
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Luke 14:18-20 (in Context) Luke 14 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 16:27
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
Luke 16:26-28 (in Context) Luke 16 (Whole Chapter)

Luke 18:1
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Luke 18:1-3 (in Context) Luke 18 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 17:21
Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:20-22 (in Context) Matthew 17 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 9:29
And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
Mark 9:28-30 (in Context) Mark 9 (Whole Chapter)

Matthew 24:20
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
Matthew 24:19-21 (in Context) Matthew 24 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 13:18
And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.
Mark 13:17-19 (in Context) Mark 13 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 5:18
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
Mark 5:17-19 (in Context) Mark 5 (Whole Chapter)

Mark 5:23
And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.
Mark 5:22-24 (in Context) Mark 5 (Whole Chapter)

John 4:31
In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
John 4:30-32 (in Context) John 4 (Whole Chapter)

I used Bible Gateway and searched the 4 gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) for the word "pray". The search also found "prayest" and "prayer".

I've come to believe that when religious issues become confusing to look to Jesus, who said
"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." John 14:6-7

Jesus said that we could ask for anything "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33

God bless you in all your searches. May you find "the truth and the life."

Bill Ricks

1979 Big Tires

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May 9, 1979
Jeanna and Glory Simons were dwarfed by two gigantic tires.

Others that week: Softball, Garden Club at Warnock Pond, Johnson Chapel Homecoming, Heart Fund, Lions broom sale, TV pics of band at Thomasville Rose Parade.

1974 TPS Field Day

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May 8, 1974
Field Day at TPS was exciting for young and older alike.

Others that week: Garden Club, baseball won a region tournament game for the first time in several years, house fire.

Signs from the Sign Man 04/25-05/08/09

Lawn Mower Delivery Service.

Happy Birthday Crow.

Sign Man Grass Cutting. Church Yards. Cemeteries.

Double-R-Signs. Treutlen E-News on-line now.

Crow Moxley Birthday Bash 04/30.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

1979 Gulf Station Comes Down

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May 2, 1979
Three youngsters watch the demolition of the old Gulf station in front of the new Flash Foods store near the railroad on Metter Road. Something missing? Yes, the fire and police station which hadn't been yet built.

Others that week: FFA, softball, artists, STAR's, Six Flags trip, Beta Sigma Phi, Mazie Augley departs for Jesup.

1974 - Gillis Mill at Smutt

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May 1, 1974
Photographer's self-portrait: Oh to be young with a thick head of dark hair! How time slips away. The scene is the old Gillis Mill on Tiger Creek in the Smutt area. (Smutt had the Post Office which was relocated to Soperton). Old maps show that there was a road that came in from the north. At the time of the photo, the mill remnants were just north of the loop road that went past Mabel Gillis's and Theo Gillis's. Now the split road has two components, Old Mill Road and Smutt Crossing.

Others that week: Lots of pictures of the Treutlen Relays, Game Wardens, Peterson Band, baseball team, house fire.