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Where did you come from? PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Where did you come from? ---I was born in 1922. My Mother didn’t hesitate at all to answer my question, “Where did you get me?” I asked.  “I got you from the gypsies,” she nonchalantly answered as she went on with her work.
When I was a child, adults were very careful about what they discussed in front of their children. Today it is much different.

 
Attending the family reunion from a different vantage point PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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We have been going to our family reunion, which meets every two years, for over eighteen years, but this one was quite different.
I am sorry to tell you our walking days are over, so when not using our walkers at the hotel we had to be in wheel chairs. Thanks to our “pushers” we had one day at the Brookfield Zoo, where we enjoyed watching the wide-eyed great-grandchildren enjoy the animals. Then on Sunday of the reunion we were back in wheel chairs and enjoyed the Cub-Cardinal game. There were 55 of the 109 who attended the reunion who went to the baseball game. The handicap seats are right behind home plate and the 1-0 ballgame pleased half of our bunch. It was a good game and a beautiful afternoon.

 
Bridge: a card game for the mind PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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There was a card game called Whist that was very popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, so popular that it was mentioned in Jules Verne’s, Edgar Allen Poe’s and Jane Austen’s novels and short stories. In the 1890’s that game was changed a little and called Bridge Whist. A little later it became the game of Contract Bridge, and thousands of bridge clubs sprung up all across the country and also through Europe.
Eighty years ago Christine’s Mother was in a bridge club with seven other farm ladies. They would take turns having their card game in their homes, except for our neighbor Archie Dunn. Archie would let his wife Bessie go to play bridge, but when it was Bessie’s turn to entertain the group, Archie would not allow card playing in his house. The ladies would all bring their mending when they came to the Dunn house. That is the time that they darned socks so there was plenty of that to be done.
Bridge in Beardstown became more interesting during the 1960’s with four or five bridge clubs and also a Duplicate Bridge Club with fourteen couples, a two table ladies duplicate bridge club and another with ten men. They had ten members because there were three doctors in the club and it was the time when the doctors made calls to homes or to the hospital at any time. When they answered a call there was someone to take their place, and there would still be enough to play.

 
Loss of limbs presents no handicap PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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We made friends with Jane, a lady who moved into this retirement home because Bloomington was her home town and also to be close enough to one of her sons. Having had lunch with her several times and having conversations with her at other times, I found she had a most unusual and interesting story. Actually it was a inspirational story about her son, Randy.

 
Fireworks on TV not the same as in person PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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This is an after-the-Fourth of July column. Friday, July 4th, Saturday, July 5th, Sunday, 6th wasn’t it nice to have a three-day holiday? It was the 238th birthday of our country and I noticed in an area paper that there were 32 towns here in central Illinois that were going to have fireworks on the Fourth. If that many had fireworks in one 50-mile radius just imagine the millions of dollars that were spent for the celebration in the towns all across the country.

 
A miscellaneous column of ‘Did you know?’ PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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This is another trivia column, kind of a miscellaneous,“Did You Know: type.”
*** For example, did you know that Gov. Bill Haslem of Tennessee is promoting a program to let any high school graduate go to college free. They will be able to go to a community college for two years, which reminds me of Mexico where a college education is free, but only for the brightest students.
*** In two years all new cars will have a TV screen in front of the driver that will picture what is in back of the car when backing up. Too many children have been killed by cars backing into them.  When our children were young I recall a grandfather did just that.  Our garage on the farm at that time was an unusual double garage, only it was a long building where two cars could park one in front of the other. I quickly put doors at the other end so that grandmother, Christine or I could have a clear view when pulling out of the garage.

 
Outpouring of help reaffirms faith in people PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Our friends, Jim and Joi Weakley Walker, former Beardstown High School graduates, live in Channahon. They have three children, Kellen, Collin and Cassi.
Joy quit teaching to open a bakery, and she became a real professional at baking and decorating cakes, many hundreds of them. The real reason for the bakery was so it would be a place she could be close to her oldest son, Kellen.
Kellen, a cross country runner while in college, started having seizures. During the past 20 years they have made over a dozen trips to Mayo Clinic for surgeries. Each surgery helped a little and eventually Kellen married a charming lady, Michelle (we remember being at the wedding), and they have two beautiful children, Kennedy, 4 and Landon, 2.

 
If I knew then what I know now...I’d be head of tourism PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Beardstown, it is a great town, but if I knew then, what I know now, it would really be great. That is, if I had moved in with the settlers around 1830, or even a few years later. AND, like I say if I knew what I know now, I would be the chairman of the committee to save the beautiful Indian Mounds that were in Beardstown when it was founded by Thomas Beard.
If the mounds were there today, Beardstown would be one of the most popular tourist locations in the state, business would be good for everyone, it would be different.
The territory where Beardstown now stands was once the home of a mysterious and unknown race who left the mounds as the only evidence of their existence. A guess is that the mounds were built as much as 10,000 years ago by the first Indians who lived here. The largest mound was located about four blocks down West Main Street, it was a sepulchral mound, conical in form, eighty feet in height, (that is about the height of an eight story building) and about 500 feet in diameter at the base. It is thought that the mounds were built with clay brought from the bluffs at Bluffs Springs as it was similar to the soil in that location. Much different than sandy Beardstown. However, if it was thousands of years ago, and after many floods, it is possible that Beardstown wasn’t always the island as it was at times of floods during the 1700’s and 1800’s.

 
75th Alumni reunion celebrated in peace and quiet of Houston Library PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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It was the 139th Annual Alumni Banquet, and it was very special for the class of 1939. I was one of 103 who graduated that year and as I told those attending the alumni, we were told by an older class, to go forth and multiply. That we did.
Right now we have the record of the most descendents. None of the 103 married a classmate so that gave us a head start as we soon had 304 children. Those 304 children gave us 902 grandchildren. From those grandchildren, we are proud of the 2,432 great-grandchildren and they are still coming. Christine and I have 10 now with four more expected before fall.

 
No exact date of Princess Theater closing PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Tell me more. When did the Princess Theater close? That was the question I received in a letter from Tom Lloyd, BHS class of 1963, who lives in a suburb of Washington D. C. He was referring to a recent column I had written about the history of the theater in Beardstown, and wondering if and when there will be another.
First, I will tell you about when I first met Tommy. It was the spring of 1954; he was about ten years old, and it was sign up day for Little League. My job was to register each of the boys.

 
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