I admire my morning glory-lined trellis

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 19, 2015

Peeping through my Venetian blind, I admired the morning glories, twinning up my trellis in their refined, delicate way.

Seen at David’s Catfish House were Wayne and Angie (Baker) Sasser.

Congratulations to Alan Cotton, a local florist, for his forty years in business. It’s “neat” that his last name is Cotton and that he does business on South Cotton Street. His wife’s maiden name is South, by the way.

Congratulations to Esker and Ann Thomasson for their 65th wedding anniversary.

Their daughter, Kathy Futrell, has been visiting them from Texas.

Seen at David’s Catfish House September 9 were Barbara (Watson) and Danny Posey, celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary.

With them was their eldest of three sons, Steve Posey.

Fifty Forward, the organization at First Baptist Church for the senior adults of the congregation, met for supper and fellowship September 10 at Hilltop Restaurant.

Gordon Vickers, director of senior adults, served as host, assisted by his wife, Trudy.

Attending were Kittye Wyatt, June Smith, Herb and Sue Carlisle, Vivian Hickey, Bea Miller, Dan and Virginia Frasher, Billy Beech, Hazel Griffin, Betty Bass, Morgan and Wilma Moore, Buddy and Betty Brunson, Bill Law, Joe Wingard, and Gillis and Laura Jones.

Seen out and about was Helen (Phillips), who has retired from 41 years of teaching second grade at Pleasant Home School. Add to those years her first year at Carolina for a total of 42 years.

She told me about her two children, Justin Brooks and Robbyn Taylor.

Justin is ITT director for five Covington County schools.

Robbyn is a professor at Troy.

Helen is the daughter of the late Dot Phillips, as fine a mother as God blessed.

Helen has two younger brothers, Allen, a CPA in Luverne, and Mike, a banker who divides his time between Troy and Atlanta.

Seen at Hilltop was Jo Florence, the ever-faithful.

Seen at the P.O. was one of the Ralls twins, the better looking one.

Miss Dora Covington invited some of us to a musical evening at Covington Hall this week past. We sang songs, composed by Stephen Collins Foster, the American writer of “Beautiful Dreamer” and other lovely pieces. In attendance were Colonel Covington, Miss Cora Covington, Miss Flora Covington, Mrs. Gotrocks of Greenville, Miss Priscilla Primme, Mr. Topper Proper, Clay Clyde Clump, and Miss Birdie Purdy.

Once again, I ask the citizens of Andalusia to join the Covington Historical Society and pay its annual dues of $25 to help preserve the history of our county, whether you attend meetings or not. Mail to CHS, P.O. 1582, Andalusia, Alabama 36420.

Congratulations to Linda Castleberry of Red Level, who identified the mysterian, Miss Mattie Waters, as a teacher of English in the early days of the Andalusia High School.

There is a snapshot of Miss Waters, among a group of people, watching the first airplane that landed in Andalusia.

The new mysterian is that member of the AHS Class of 1926, still living.

Recent birthdays include those of “The Star-spangled Banner,” our national anthem, penned by Francis Scott Key; James Fenimore Cooper, an American novelist; Constitution Day, the 1787 document dated September 17; and Samuel Johnson, the English author, best known for his dictionary, the man who said that a man who is tired of London is tired of life.

Cooper’s best-known novel is The Last of the Mohicans. What schoolboy can forget the fight to the death between a British soldier and an Indian on the high ledge above a waterfall?

In one verse of the national anthem can be found our national motto, “In God Is Our Trust.”

The Mayflower sailed September 16, 1620.

Now, gentle reader, allow me to join Buffalo Bob Smith in encouraging each of us to be in his place of worship this weekend, Lord willing.

Fare thee well.