Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Aunt Mary sent a letter from Cousin Cathy....with some sad news.

Cathy is Uncle Marvin's daughter, my grandpa Alfred's little brother. letter dated May 5, 2019
On Wednesday I got Maxine (Axsom) Bradberry a vase and beautiful bouquet of flowers and , upon arriving at her assisted living residence, asked the receptionist, "is Miss Bradberry in the dining room or upstairs in her apartment?" I thought I would have lunch with her. The receptionist looked surprised: "Oh, I am so sorry - but Ms. Maxine passed away last week."....I am assuming Maxine was the eldest of all of us - at least on Daisy and Cora's branches. Her son, Bill, has been the one to take care of his family, including financial responsibilities, like selling Susan's house. First Jimmy Axsom, 70ish, died. he was living with Susan. Then Susan passed unexpectedly. Last year Madge passed on at age 94. and now his mom, who just turned 96 in February. Bill is retired, so he visits Sharon every week to make sure she is ok and has groceries. she never learned to drive. Roy and Barbara Rilling's grandson Patrick and his wife Roxanne just announced that they are expecting first baby in the fall. Debbie lives in St. Louis. Justin and wife Miriah are moving to Sacramento area this month. Cathy Ann (Aunt Vi's daughter) is a Great Grandma. Suede is 3 months old. (Tucson, AZ).

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Semi hits turning tractor; driver seriously hurt

Princeton Post Telegraph February 14 2019
Princeton man was thrown off tractor after southbound unit struck it while turning left
by Preston Cole
A Princeton man was seriously hurt when he was thrown off the tractor he was driving when it was struck by a tractor-trailer unit Friday morning (Feb. 8) north of Princeton.
According to an online report provided by the Missouri State Highway Patrol: GILBERT LAWSON, 44, of Princeton was driving a 2017 Case tractor south on U.S. 65, partially on the pavement and partially on the shoulder. Lawson began to make a left turn into a private drive at Smithfield Hog Production. Meanwhile, a southbound 2007 Peterbilt tractor-trailer unit, driven by Timothy Spickard, 44, of Trenton, was beginning to pass the tractor and hit it in the northbound lane of 65, throwing Lawson off it. The tractor came to rest on 65, on its wheels, facing northwest. The Peterbilt continued south, went off the east side of the road and overturned onto its side, facing south. Lawson was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment of his injuries, by the Mercer County Ambulance District. The Mercer County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Department of Conservation assisted the Highway Patrol at the scene of the wreck, four miles north of Princeton. The tractor was demolished. The Peterbilt was extensively damaged.
Gilbert Lawson is my late great great Aunt Dona's grandson.
KTTN facebook page: The Highway Patrol reports a Princeton man sustained serious injuries when he was ejected from the farm tractor he drove after being struck by a tractor-trailer hit Friday morning. An ambulance transported 44-year-old Gilbert Lawson to Wright Memorial Hospital of Trenton. Tractor trailer driver 44-year-old Timothy Spickard of Trenton was not reported as injured. The Patrol reports the farm tractor traveled south on Highway 65, partially on the shoulder and partially on the road when it began a left turn onto a private drive four miles north of Princeton. The southbound tractor-trailer allegedly attempted to pass the tractor before the truck struck the farm tractor in the northbound lane, and Lawson was ejected. The tractor came to rest on Highway 65 facing northwest and was totaled. The truck continued south, ran off the east side of the road, and overturned onto its driver’s side facing south with extensive damage. The Mercer County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Department of Conservation assisted at the scene of the crash.

Monday, January 14, 2019

MU writer, Mercer graduate Dailey gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Princeton Post Telegraph December 13 2018
Linda Geist Special to the Post-Telegraph
Kirksville: University of Missouri Extension writer Duane Dailey won the 2018 Agriculture Educator Lifetime Achievement Award at the Missouri Livestock Symposium on Nov. 30.
The award honors an educator making significant contributions to agriculture in northeastern Missouri, says Zac Erwin, MU Extension livestock specialist and symposium organizer.
For 57 years, Dailey "taught through the media." He writes science stories easily understood. He tells about MU research on forages, cattle, and economics. "All go together," Dailey says. "Cows eat grass and make money for 38,000 Missouri farmers."
In recent years, he told how to replace toxic K-31 tall fescue. He shares beef reproduction research in common words to help farmers boost profits and save time. He promotes fixed-time artificial insemination. AI led to the Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program.
For 30 years, he wrote economic outlooks from the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. He still covers MU economics.
Dailey grew up near Mercer, Mo. The farm boy left to earn a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism in 1957. Then he served two years in the U.S. Army before returning to MU to earn a master's degree in extension education. He stayed in the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of captain.
He retired 23 years ago after serving as an extension professor and news director in MU Ag Information. He says he "flunked retirement" to return as a MU writer.
An award-winning photographer, Dailey documented stories of more than 100 mule people. A 2014 exhibit, "Missouri Mules and Men," showed the life of the state animal and it's people. His black-and-white photos preserver history. He and the late Melvin Bradley made four books on mules.
For 15 years, Dailey was co-director of the Missouri Photo Workshop. Now he continues to teach professionals there. In 2007, the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame inducted Dailey as a member. He holds numerous honors from media and agricultural groups.
Named in his honor, the F. Duane Dailey MU Student Enrichment Fund helps agricultural journalism students. The fund, still growing, pays student travel.
Dailey lives in Columbia and has 2 grown daughters.
In acceptance, Dailey said the award was given too soon. He isn't done yet.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Diane Rilling Cook 3 hrs · This is what Christmas season is all about. My sister & brother-in-law started this ministry 14 years ago in memory of my niece Kylene.

Ky’s cookies deliver a bittersweet Christmas message
Beginning this weekend, volunteers will deliver homemade cookies to parents who have lost a child.
Author: Art Holliday
Published: 6:03 PM CST December 6, 2018
Updated: 6:37 PM CST December 6, 2018
FLORISSANT, Mo. — On a snowy Thursday morning, Deb Bronder and her husband Pat were busy inside Trinity Church in Florissant, preparing Christmas cookie bags.
There were thousands of homemade cookies of every size, shape and flavor from chocolate chip and oatmeal, to cookies shaped like Christmas trees and Santas.
“We put anywhere between two and two and a half dozen per plate,” said Deb Bronder.Beginning this weekend, volunteers will deliver homemade cookies to parents who have lost a child. Why cookies?
“Ky was our cookie maker,” said Deb. “She would make cookies almost once a week.”
Ky, short for Kylene, is the oldest of the Bronder’s three children. A 2004 horse accident killed her. Ky died after getting kicked in the chest.
“Ever since she was two years old, she just had a fascination with horses,” said Deb. "She did have a passion for horses. That's why she was working at the stables. She just loved being there."
“I remember a story from a young man who came to her funeral and he ended up having her name tattooed on his arm because he didn't want to forget the impact she had on him,” said Deb. “In the hallway at school, she would say ‘hi’ to him. As simple as that.”
Ky’s love of cookie baking inspired her parents. The first year, they delivered Ky’s Cookies to 35 families who lost a child. This year, well over 500 families will get cookies.
"The most significant part is being able to approach a parent, hand them a gift and say their child's name. That means more to a parent than anybody could know. It's a song to their heart."
Pat estimates he’s delivered tens of thousands of homemade cookies since 2004. He’s seen great appreciation for the kind gesture, as well inevitable tears.
“I know a lot of times they're tears of joy,” said Pat. “It's like I'm ready to tear up right now just talking about my daughter. It's not a bad thing.”
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