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OA Lifestyle August 21 2003 The Cuba Free Press The Cuba High School Class of 1973 held its 30-year reunion on Friday, July 25, 2003 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Many class- mates and their spouses attended the even t, including from left to right: (the men) Kim McGinnis, Roger Vaughn, David Eickhoff, Greg O'Dell, Gary Killeen, John Pash, Steve Fugitt, Jerry Green, Terry Hinson, Nick Sanazaro, and Jerry (Gerard) Bast, (the women) Carla (Campbell) Metzler, Pam (Lawless) Ware, Judy (Jost) Lea, Dena (Ware) Guynn, Elizabeth (Blake) Bruner, Terri (Wagner) Plank, Rhonda (Weber) Crane, Diann (Simmons) Crump, Janet (Reiner) Bouse, Beverly (Foust) Miller, Saundra (Lashlee) Latner, Patty (Switzer) Garrison. Not all Who attended are pictured. CHS Class of 1973 enjoys 30-year reunion festivities On Friday, July 25, 2003, about 25 from the Cuba High School Class of 1973 met at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Cuba and enjoyed a good meal with a nice atmos- phere, while getting reacquainted. One day later, on Saturday, July 26, the reunion weekend's "main event" was held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, where appetizers and dinner were served for about 50 people, catered by Country Kitchen. The class is still complimenting how great the food was! CHS '73's very own Rhonda (Weber) Crane supplied luscious desserts from her restaurant, the Magpie Cafe, in St. Charles, Mo. After dinner, dancing, visit- ing, and picture-taking seemed to fill the evening. "Family Day" was held on Sunday after- noon, where a small group met at Maramec Spring Park for a picnic lunch, and showed off their children and grand- children before saying goodbye. Everyone appeared to have a good time throughout reunion weekend. Many class- mates are already asking when the next reunion will be. Huzzah Creek Notes By Jerry Wilson, Site Administrator Dillard Mill State Historic Site The corn is as high .... Yes, my corn is as high as an elephant's eye. While I haven't exactly measured it, as I stand next to it, it is eas- ily twice as tall as I am. This will make it some- thing over 12 feet tall. For several years we have tried to rtse a'hit'0rc' Earden in a sad;lhh to the left of the trail going to the mill. We spent several years working horse manure and other organic wastes into the sandy soil and we usually planted an old time verity of corn called Hickory King. This is an all-purpose white corn that was popular around the beginning of the twentieth century. It was eaten as roast- ing ears, made into hominy and ground into cornmeal. This is an heirloom seed and it took me a year or two to find a source for the seed. In the papers that came with the seed it remarked that the plants often grew in excess of ten feed tall and produced ears more than one foot long. The plants that we grew in the garden that first year did not get much over seven or so feet tall and produced rather stunted ears of corn. Still we did get enough corn to try again the next year and I at- tributed the diminutive size of our crop to the condition of the sandy soil and its lack of the ability to hold moisture. The next year I decided to plant the corn in hills as was K & J Discount Outlet 108 S. Lawrence Cuba, MO 573-885-0781 Cheating Spouse... Find out with a Hidden Camera Telephone Tap Car Tracking Devices tmc 7/311 8/7114121 at United Pentecostal Church Sat., Aug. 30 A TTNTION DIA BETIC5 10:00 a.m. 1300 East Grand, Cuba, MO Furniture, appliances, tools, crafts & decorations, glassware, Branson show tickets, food coupons to area restaurants, vouchers to other local busi- nesses, motel certificates. Lots o new and used items too numerous to mention. cfp 8/21 the custom in earlier days and not in rows like we do today. The corn came up and things looked promising when something started pull- ing up all the young plants. I had saved quite a lot of seeds from the previous year and so I quickly planted again. These seeds came up quickly and also began to be pulled up overnight. I had a n idea who the culprit was and when I staked out the patch in the early evening I was not surprised to see a seemingly unending line of raccoons headed toward the garden. These little bandits would pull up the plant and eat the still present corn kernel at- tached to the roots. What to do? In the old days I would have taken my trusty rifle and the family would have been eating 'high off the coon' until the supply ran out. As this was not an option I decided on bribery. Each eve- ning we would take some of the yellow corn we use in the mill and leave small piles of it in the area of the garden. This seemed to work well and the coons left our corn to grow in peace. As the summer progressed the corn grew but again did- n't achieve the grandiose pro- portions promised on the package. Then as the ears began to develop disaster struck, the squirrels discov- ered the corn and soon chewed every ear down into nothingness. Again in years past squir- rel stew would have settled ceived within a week or so last May? The middle one put four or so foot of water over the top of our garden. My just sprouting corn probably ended up somewhere down the Meramec River. What was worse the high water washed away three years work in improving the soil. We were again left with rocks and sand and no Hick- ory King seeds. Just to have something growing in it we planted some of the yellow corn we grind up in the mill but it made a miserable show- ing. This year I ordered a new package of Hickory King and planted some of it in the his- toric garden and planted the rest of it in my garden up by the house. I have grown sweet corn in this garden with good results for several years. Last year was an exception as I got some 'bad' seed that didn't germinate. Well the Hickory King did germinate this year and as I said earlier is now around twelve feet tall and is just put- ting on long ears of corn. The historic garden is producing mostly weeds and stunted six or seven foot plants. I haven't got to taste the Hickory King yet but will give you a report sometime in the near future. At least if I can keep the coons and squir- rels out of the patch next to the house I will have some seed for next year. That's all for now from the banks of the beautiful Huzzah Creek. that problem. We didn't even get our seed back that year. Luckily I had saved several ears from the previously years crop and I again at- tempted to 'make a crop' the next year. Do you remember the three four inch plus rains we re- iORAL DIABETIC sdr/ FORA30 Sell it fast in the CFP Classifieds! 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