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Betty’s Week

By Betty Shearer

    Received a letter from former Vallian, Kathryn Morgan, who now lives in Dayton, Ohio. She writes, “This may be of interest to some in Water Valley. After the many moves Stanley and I made, my Five Year Diary survived. I am having fun reading it and laughing out loud at some of the things I have in it. It is from 1942-46. I am 82 years old. There was no TV and it seemed we went to the “show,” as we called the movies, nearly every night and sometime in the afternoons and then again the same picture that night—just to have something to do.

  “There were lots of dances at the gym and in our homes. Louie Henry lived across the street from me on Central Street and we all loved to go to his house and listen to the 49 records he had and played on his phonograph—very popular place to kill time.

  “In September of 1942, the Eastern Star had what they called ‘A Beauty Review.’ I was in it, sponsored by The Night and Day Cafe. I don’t remember the review or the cafe, but Ann Brown won this.

  “In September of 1943 there was another ‘Review.” There were 35 girls entered. Jitney Jungle sponsored me in this one. Out of the 35, six of us were in a run off—Mae Evelyn Green, Jimmie Kathryn Woods, Ruth Brown, Estelle Rowe, Irene Hunt, and Dorothy Jane Bennett. Dorothy Jane won ‘Miss Water Valley.”

  “I was wondering if there were any pictures made that night—and if anyone had some of them. I have one of me made in my yard in my long evening dress before the review. Maybe Jane Henry Crow has seen some of them in her mother’s, Dorothy Jane Bennett Henry’s, things. It would be nice if someone in those 35 girls had a picture and you could put it in the paper. I would love to see that.

  “From an ‘I Love Water Valley’ girl,”

  Mrs. Morgan, thank you for sharing this with us. I’m sure lots of folks will enjoy seeing these names and events from the past.


  Don’t forget the upcoming Enid Lake clean-up on February 28. Area residents are urged to assist with this. On this date the Enid Lake Volunteers For Waste Management will also be giving away: first prize, 12 gauge 3-1/2” shotgun; second prize, 22 semi-automatic rifle; third prize, a trolling motor; and fourth prize, a $100 gift certificate. Raffle tickets are one dollar each and are available at the Herald Office, at other locations, and from volunteers. Proceeds from this raffle will help offset the cost of the clean up. The drawing will be the day of the clean-up and you do not have to be present to win. Come on by and pick up some tickets.


  Last Tuesday, while waiting for pages to be completed so that I could proof read them, I picked up our latest copy (Fall, 2008) of Mississippi LandMarks, publication of Mississippi State University. In it I found some really interesting articles, giving some facts that I found astounding—you might like to hear them also.

  From Grant Support Chicken Genome Work, I learned that after mice, the chicken is the most used biomedical research model for understanding developmental disease. It is the most cited nonmammalian vertebrae model for cancer biology, immunology, eye development, head and crania-facial defects, limb development, and abnormalities such as spina bifida. In addition to its biomedical utility, chickens are also the most eaten animal in the world. Bringing in more than $2.3 billions in revenue, chickens are by far the biggest single agricultural crop for Mississippi, more than twice as big as the next biggest, which is forestry.

  I grew up on a farm and would have guessed first soybeans, next corn, third cotton, fourth cattle—chickens would have been way down my list. However, at the Sunday dinner table, we were reminiscing about the meat we had in our growing up years—chicken for Sunday and then veggies rest of the week, with beef and pork only only in fall and winter—cold enough for killing same. In the summer months these meats would spoil—we had no home freezers and fridge space was very limited. I was okay, though, because I liked chicken then and still do—also enjoy almost every vegetable.

  There was lots more in this edition, but I just have space to mention one more and it really touched my heart.

    Most of you know that our last dog, Pepper, died of melanoma. This article on Overcoming Cancer (MSU Veterinarian Offers Pet Owners New Hope) is dear to my heart. Excerpts read: MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been a part of a nationwide explosion in the study of onocoloy in dogs and cats. –––

  Jimmie and I made a quick trip to Oxford to get a security tag removed from a jacket I’d gotten for Christmas—It’s a bit uncomfortable to wear garments with these things attached. While there we zipped through the final clearance items and found several great buys.

  Sunday I went to Mom’s for lunch and then came on home to attend our Super Bowl Party at Woodland Hills. We had a great time, with many watching the game and others of us visiting and enjoying a fun hymn sing. There was also lots of delicious food.

  Final item of the evening was giving Dillon Dickey a course in repairing an ingrown toenail. Don’t think he liked my treatment, but he was considering the alternative—surgical removal. My option might win yet. The young folks at Woodland Hills are so much fun—I just love all of them. They’re also smart and talented.


  We’re hosting one of the Y-Fest Prayer Meetings tonight and that will bring on more food. Then on Saturday night we’re having a Valentine Party, hosted by Becky York’s Mixed Nuts SS Class. This promises to be another great food experience.

    Told everyone that I think we’re setting a record for eating at church—three times in one week. Hope I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe.

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