Area is still dry and needing rain

Saturday, September 29, 2007

We are still dry and needing rain here at Catalpa. The nice cool weather didn't last long, did it? However, we haven't been having the 100+ degree weather.

Catalpa has been hit hard again. We will miss Mr. Lyndell (Butch) Sowell and we are extending sympathy to his loved ones. Mr. Sowell died Friday night at the age of 91. The funeral was conducted Monday morning from the chapel of London Funeral Home. Ben Renegar and Edwin Carpenter officiated. Burial was in Talley Cemetery. I will write more when I get the obituary.

We will all be happy to have Bro. Carpenter next Lord's Day, the Lord willing, back with us after being off the month of September. Mrs. Carpenter is still not able to come with him.

We have enjoyed some preaching however, and we hope they will all keep the faith and keep working for the Lord and His church. We appreciate the following young men preaching and teaching the adult Bible class: Ken Lee, Jeff Pack, Wayne Hames, Larry Hastings and Jared Pack. They all did a great job.

This past Sunday, Jared Pack taught the Bible class and preached at the 11 a.m. worship hour. We appreciated his family from Walter Hill Church of Christ - his parents, Tim and Melonie, and his brother, Jordan - coming to hear him. Sunday afternoon the Merihil NHC was held as usual, but the evening service was not held as it was the visitation at London Funeral Home for Mr. Sowell. A large crowd attended visitation.

On Sept. 30, Robertson Fork Church of Christ invites everyone to homecoming services. Bible study at 10 a.m., preaching at 11 a.m. and lunch in the annex.

Ostella Church of Christ will have a gospel meeting Oct. 7, 8, and 9. The speaker will be Ben Renegar and song leader, Doug Martin. The Sunday evening service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday evenings will be at 7 p.m. Lunch will follow the 11 a.m. service.

The Archer School Reunion will be this Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Starlight Cafe in Cornersville. Lunch will be enjoyed at noon.

I have been asked by Cecil L. Endsley of Decatur, Ala., to write the following in my column.

Cecil L. Endsley is attempting to locate the John Endsley family Bible that was brought from Stokes County, N.C., to the Liberty Valley section of Bedford County in the winter of 1816/1817. James W. Endsley, 215 5th Ave. N., Lewisburg, was the last known person to possess this Bible and he died May 1985. Mrs. Willie Mae Cheek Endsley was his only named survivor, and she died in May 1994. If anyone has information concerning this Bible, please contact Cecil Endsley at 256-355-1162 or 1318 Alpine St. 5-L, Decatur, AL 35603-1512.

I hope Mr. Endsley will locate this family Bible. I appreciate him thinking my column might help him and I certainly hope so. I love to think I can help someone in these feeble attempts of writing the Catalpa News.

The Fair on the Square in Lynnville will be this Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be a great day and I hope it will be enjoyed by many people. We are trying to get things ready to set up on the square. Mr. Bobby Hollis Jr. has invited me to bring some of my canning over. Straight from the Tracks of Lynnville column in Friday's Tribune tells all about the Fair on the Square.

The Third Annual Bluegrass and Chicken Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 22 and it was a great success. A large crowd was in Lion's Club Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Many contests were enjoyed, but we will wait for the Lion's Club monthly newspaper the first of October and read all about it.

The Bluegrass groups kept the music going from noon to 3 p.m., and again from 5 - 9 p.m. The following groups were: The Barker Family, The Golden Hollow Bluegrass Band, Spur of the Moment Band, First Time Around and Bobby Shrumet and the Bluegrass Kids. All were great. A great crowd of folks enjoyed sitting under the nice large tent and listening to real good picking and singing Bluegrass music.

It won't be long until Octoberfest, Oct. 6, on the square in Lewisburg. The Lion's Club Sausage and Pancake Breakfast will start it off and it will be a big fun filled day. I will write more when I know more. But let's all mark our calendars for Oct. 6. After Octoberfest will be the great Goats, Music and More Festival in Rock Creek Park, Oct. 12 and 13. Read all about it in the local paper.

The Lincoln County first Sunday gospel singing will be hosted by Elora Church of Christ Oct. 7.

October 6 will be the Fourth Annual Sacred Harp Music Heritage and Fall Festival. Mid 1800s style gospel singing will be presented at the historic Presbyterian Church from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

I have just received the news of a dear friend and classmate, Margaret Gleghorn Ledford of Arizona. She and I went to Howell and Central High in Fayetteville all our school years. She was sweet and I loved her dearly.

Now for the recipes:

Spicy Potato Soup

1 lb. ground beef

4 cups peeled potatoes, cubed

1 small onion, chopped

3 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce

4 cups water

2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

In a large kettle, brown beef and drain. Add potatoes, onion and tomato sauce. Stir in water, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.

Six Cup Salad

1 cup pineapple tidbits

1 cup cottage cheese

1 cup coconut

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup fruit cocktail

1 cup sour cream

Mix all together. Good if made one day ahead.

Strawberry Banana Salad

1 small can crushed pineapple, undrained

3/4 cups sugar

1 (8 oz.) cream cheese

2 small pkgs. frozen sliced strawberries

2 bananas sliced

1 small container Cool Whip

Mix all ingredients well, pour into Pyrex dish and freeze. Cut into squares to serve. Can be frozen.

Breaded Tomatoes

1 quart canned tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped

3 or 4 slices white bread, cubed

1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Stir all together and pour into a greased square baking dish. Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes.

Mama used to fix this as she usually had home canned tomatoes and fresh butter. Since most of us didn't get corn to can or freeze, we will have to have canned corn from the store.

Cream Corn

1 stick margarine

1 1/2 tablespoons flour

1 small carton heavy cream

3 cans whole grain corn, drained

salt and pepper

Melt margarine. Add flour. When mixture starts to thicken, add cream. Gravy will form. Add corn. Put in 300 oven to warm. Add salt and pepper or heat on the top of stove.

Apple Dump Cake

2 cans apple pie filling

1 box yellow cake mix

1 1/2 sticks margarine, melted

1 cup pecans, chopped

Layer apple pie filling, cake mix, melted margarine and pecans. Bake at 325 for 45-50 minutes. Any type of fruit pie filling can be substituted.

A lady has asked me to write my Pool Room Slaw recipe.

2 medium heads cabbage

2 green sweet peppers

3 large onions

Put all through food processor then mix in a large saucepan 1 cup vinegar, 3 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon black pepper (I use white), 1 tablespoon canning salt. Bring to a boil and pour over vegetables. In a large pan bring to a boil and stir in a quart of prepared mustard. Mix well and let come to a boil. Pack in jars and seal.

Hot Water Cornbread (A lady asked for this)

1 quart boiling water

1 1/2 cups meal

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Bacon drippings to fry bread in.

Pour boiling water over meal mixture enough to mix well. Spoon desired size of mixture into hot grease, brown on both sides.