Friday, July 10, 2015

June 1998 - Life in Oak Springs, the Homeplace

Life in Oak Springs, the Homeplace
June 1998

This series of posts on each Friday during 2015 continues the stories of “The Homeplace Saga” series of family saga, historical fiction families in the area of Oak Springs following the novel “Christmas at the Homeplace,” which ended as 1997 began. Here is a peek at ‘Life in Oak Springs,’ and the surrounding valley, in June of 1998.

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The Oak Springs Public Library was pleased to host a local author for a reading and book signing on Saturday, June 20. Judy Watson, Head Librarian, hosted the event that began with a reading from his new book by author, Raynor Crimmons. The title of the book was “Murder, He Figured.”  Prior to his reading of selections from the book, Crimmons shared with the group assembled that he had written the book based on his journal of an actual experience in 1989 on a client visit right here in Missouri. The town was Weatherford, a number of miles to the southeast of Oak Springs along a man-made lake there. Two murders actually occurred during his visit, and he was pleased to have been able to assist local law enforcement in solving the crimes. He added that, unfortunately, that was not the only such experience he has had, but those were other stories, for other times, and perhaps, other books.  

Inman Real Estate was advertising two three-bedroom homes and three two-bedroom condos for sale in their most recent advertising. They added that several financing options were available to qualified buyers.

Big Thunder Lodge was running ads in the Oak Springs Enterprise for the upcoming 4th of July Celebration there, highlighted by fireworks. They were featuring several multiple day options around the Saturday 4th of July holiday for their guests, along with the many amenities available during a stay there.

Heather Gates won a First Place Ribbon for her FFA Project on breeding Palomino Horses at the State FFA Convention, and was invited to take her project to nationals in Kansas City later in the summer.

Social Notes:

Christopher, Nicole, and young C.P. Ogden spent the Memorial Day weekend and the week following in Branson. Nicole said they went to Silver Dollar City and took pictures of young C.P. in the “jail” to start his memories, much like both Christopher’s and Nicole’s parents had done with them from a very young age, as well.

Peter, Sheila, and Jeremy Blevins went boating at the Lake of the Ozarks for the second week in June.

Karen and Lori Winslow along with Matt and Susan Winslow were seen dining with Raynor Crimmons at the Oak Springs Country Club on Saturday evening, June 20. They were said to be discussing and celebrating his first book signing, earlier in the day at the Public Library, for his first book, “Murder, He Figured.”

Cop Shop:

Local police reminded everyone in the community to follow the strict state and local laws and ordinances on the timing of sales of fireworks related to the 4th of July as well as the use and timing of fireworks during the holiday period. Proper usage was emphasized, as an average of 5 serious accidents had taken place each of the preceding three years. Be Safe, but Sane, they urged.

"May everyone have a homeplace, if only in your mind."
Dr. Bill  ;-)

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