Florence News 4-16-15


Juanita Baer of Bright, formerly of the Castaways Yacht Marina in Florence, got wonderful news from grandson Joe Baer. He was to board the Mississippi Queen on April 11th and be named Captain of the Mississippi Queen on April 18th. We are all proud of Joe. Let us know when you will be passing the Florence area, Joe. I know you will read this newspaper. Good luck.

The Shoe Factory reunion was good Saturday. The attendance was small and some suggested we change the date from April to a not so busy time. Our first one was in October, 2001. If anyone has a suggestion please let us know. Patty and Glenda really appreciate the delicious food and the money donations from the Vevay factory faithful few and Billy and Mary Lynne Jewell, Jimmy and Mary Simmons and Thelma Seel who always come from the Madison factory. We pay the rent and get supplies and door prizes with the donated money. We barely have enough some years but have been able to keep going. We have a couple that has offered to pay the building rent for next year and we thank them. We also thank all who helped by bringing great food and helping serve it and helped at the door signing in. Also, thanks to the Vevay newspaper for letting us advertise in this column. Watch for a possible date change.

The Red Hot Hatters will meet April 20th at 11:30 at the American Legion for a pitch-in lunch and meeting.

Happy birthday to LoriAnn Lozier, Tammy Shirley, Katlyn James and others.

Danny and Missy James had a birthday party for Katlyn’s second birthday Saturday. Family and friends all enjoyed the day.

Richard Adams is retiring as the Veterans Service Officer after 15 years.

Mike and Kathy James had a really neat Easter at their farm with family and friends attending. Natalie and Shawn, Danny and Missy and Luke and Katlyn, Chris, Laura and Anna, Tessa and Richard and Leona all enjoyed a wonderful day.

Ron and Jean Sandidge took Faye Lewis to West Lafayette Good Friday to visit Tim, Annette, Abby, Parker and Lexie Deno. On Saturday David, Olivia, Mia Faye and month-old Mallory Grace Sandidge of Indianapolis visited them for an Easter dinner. They had a wonderful time and a good trip. Ron, Jean and Faye returned to Vevay Monday. Faye’s company was Cathy DeBaun, Gertrude Voris, Mike and Joanna Sawalich, Evelyn Smith, Jean Sandidge and Glenda Sullivan.

Our prayer list includes Marie Gammons, James Brogan, Joe Johnson, Harold Sims, Bob Beverly, Tracy Seale, Gertrude Voris, Raymond Peters, Harold Cunningham, Brittany Goins, Tonya Moore, Darla McAlister, Steven Ward, Verle Truitt, Dean Henry, Ray Bear, Mary Lou Furnish, Dinks Davis, John Dunning, John L. Lock, Linda Jones, Cameryn Jones, and others.

While shopping in Madison a lovely sales lady remembered me as a friend of her mother Marie McClure Gammons. We worked at the shoe factory a long time ago. Marie is having some issues with her eyes. Keep her in your prayers.

I also went to the Madison Courier to take out an ad for the shoe factory reunion and the girl there (I think her name was Kathy Rowlett) said her mother Sue Beverly worked at the shoe factory. I remember Sue also from a long time ago. Sue’s husband Bob is in King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Keep them in your prayers.

Ray and Betty Jean King of Columbus visited Loretta Westrick Saturday and they all went to a funeral in Carrollton.

Patty and Glenda went to the spaghetti supper at Aberdeen for the school fundraiser. I was really good.

Margaret Lee Weidmann’s company was Kay O’Neal, Randy and Lorraine Brown and Floyd Wiltz. Margaret Lee visited Dutchie Scholl one afternoon.

Don’t forget the Home Extension Achievement Day April 21st at the Aberdeen Methodist Church.

Sympathy to the Bernie Burk family and the Margie Covington family.

We also got word that Bobby Stix has passed away. He was with the Shoe Factory. Florence Peters brought an article from the Cincinnati paper to the Shoe Factory Reunion telling all about the Stix family and U.S. Shoe Corporation. Sympathy to the family. Everyone really liked Bobby and was glad when he visited our factory either on business or pleasure. I think Bobby was 86. He will be missed.

Errol and Jill Judy celebrated Easter with family and friends. Those in attendance for the afternoon meal and Easter egg hunt were Crista and Phil Burbrink and children Isabel and Julia; Ragina, Wesley, and Avery Poling, Ashley Poling; Andrew Craig and sons Mason and Carson; Debby and Gerald Barnes, Levada Bladen, David and Rachel Schuler and granddaughter Aubrie; Ragen and Jason Bentz and son Kolten; Shonda and BJ Scroggins and her children Nathan and Kaylee. Errol visited with Kenny Lauderbaugh at Swiss Villa later in the afternoon and took him food for his supper.