Jim O'Leary

Waverly Star

By Jim O'Leary

An e-mail newsletter for and about Waverly people, used with permission in the HLW Herald and on this web site.

July 21, 2003

They're raffling my car off now

About my new car in Waverly ­ that is, the new 2003 Chevy Cavalier LS that St. Mary's is raffling for the Fall Festival.

I wish they would quit hauling "my" car all over the state just so they can drive it in parades.
It isn't a convertible so the Waverly princesses can't perch on it and wave at the crowds anyway. What's the point?

There is going to be trouble if they get a scratch on it. What if some Shriner zooming around in his little car in one of these parades runs into it? What if the birds have a go at it? Why not keep it in the garage by St. Mary's rectory until I come up and claim it Sunday, Sept. 7?

It's my spanking new silver sports package 2003 Chevy Cavalier LS I'm talking about, and I am sick of strangers ogling it and pawing it and every Tom, Dick and Harry waving at it.

It's an upgraded LS edition,with air conditioner, CD player and other accessories. I don't want anybody messing with it.

I sent in my $100 like Lynda Jensen told me to, so as far as I am concerned, the raffle is over.

If you want to help pay for my car, send a $100 check payable to St. Mary's Car Raffle, P.O. Box 278, Waverly, MN 55390. Those with questions may call Mary at (763) 658-4319, extension 21.

Speaking of St. Mary's, Father Richard Wirth, retired, was just back filling in for a weekend June 28. He told the congregation that probably only those with gray hair would remember him because he had been stationed there back in the 70s.

He was wrong. He was one of the most popular priests there ever was in Waverly. Besides, there is very little gray hair in that congregation thanks to Sue Leaf at Lakeside Salon and Peg's Country Hair Hut out on County Road 8.

St. Mary's is getting a new pastor named Father Cloutier. I hope he knows he is coming to a place where the Sisters of St. Joseph beat him to it and that lots of his parishioners have Catholic high school backgrounds. I wonder if he's related to the Cloutiers who used to live around Waverly.

He isn't a Minnesota native, so probably not. He's coming to us after working as an associate pastor at St. Raphael's parish in Crystal. I wonder if he knows his new parish is 200 square miles and takes in four towns: Montrose, Waverly, Howard Lake and Cokato? I think he is being rewarded like the man in the Gospel of Luke (Ch. 19, v. 17):

"Well done, good and faithful servant. . . Because you have been faithful in little things, I will place you over four towns."

Good luck, Father. I hope you like Waverly and that you are made to feel totally welcome.

I wish St. Mary's had waited for a priest friend of mine who is being kicked out of another state right now. He had offended his parishioners by asking the VFW and the American Legion to quit firing their rifles at the graveside.

It wasn't for lack of patriotism; he couldn't stand the noise. He said that led to trouble not only with his bishop, but got him into a bar fight at the local Legion Club. He told me there was a vacancy in the diocese when the last bishop died and when he applied to the pope for the job, the pope told him he was overqualified.

He also shut off the furnace in the church one time when it was below zero in order to force his parishioners to cough up some money. He said tithing was for sissies. He was recently reported to the bishop for dancing the Polka with all the farmers' wives at a 50th wedding anniversary. He said the bishop was Irish and couldn't understand. I would highly recommend this priest to any congregation.

He is a very understanding confessor, especially when it comes to missing Mass for either hunting or fishing, something he has often done himself.

The end of Prohibition (chapter two)

From the 1933 Waverly Star

'The village council held a special meeting in the council room Monday night and granted a beer license to Jimmie Fitzpatrick who is opening a cafe in the O'Connell Building on Elm Street."

Ye Towne Gossip

"A number of ladies from town attended a surprise party for Mrs. Joe Althoff on the Althoff farm last Wednesday.

The following were present: Mrs. Martinson, Mrs. Ogle, Mrs. Graham, Mrs. Schram, Mrs. Kinkor, Mrs. Klich, Mrs. Rhody, Mrs. Ed Burke, Mrs. Joe Dignan and Mrs. Richardson. The afternoon was spent in playing cards after which a delicious lunch was served."

"Jimmie Fitzpatrick has rented the O'Connell Building on Elm Street and will open a restaurant and confectionery store. The place has been painted and papered and new booths have been installed. He expects to open for business at once."

"Mrs. Custer of Howard Lake was visiting at the home of her daughter,Mrs. Hoover, on Saturday."

"Paul Roban is harvesting his new crop of honey. Come and get it. It is about the best quality he has ever produced."

"The Soo Line is advertising a round trip from Buffalo to the World's Fair at Chicago for $8.95. We note that the fare from Frederick, Wis. is $8.70, or two bits from Buffalo to Frederick."

There were several ads in this issue:

Waverly community store

Get Your Thresh in Meats Here

Pork and Beans

2 large cans for 19 cents


Food Guild Vacuum Packed

1 lb. tin for 29 cents

Corn Flakes

Food Guild large pkg.

2 for 19 cents

A. S. Mellon, Prop

Waverly, Minnesota

Wright County Fair at

Howard Lake August 10, 11, 12

25 cents admission


Brown purse containing lower set of teeth. Five dollars reward. Inquire at Star office.

Getting through the depression

A friend of mine recently told me that after his parents lost their farm and moved into town, his mother made dresses for his sisters from flour sacks and he and his brothers gathered coal from along the railroad tracks.

He remembered seeing firemen on the locomotives pitch coal overboard from the tender of the moving train whenever they would see children alongside the tracks bearing coal scuttles.
Eventually, his father got a job driving a truck for $5 a day and his mother got a job as a secretary for $3 a day. He said his father later told him, "You know what? We were never richer than we were back then."

I don't think I have to tell you what he meant. They had a close family life. They played cards. They ate all their meals together, talked to one another all the time and had more fun back then than people have now with all their diversions. It didn't hurt that they said the Rosary together every night after supper either. Maybe those were the good old days.

Thought for the week

"The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself."

- This quotation is especially significant, because it came from Archibald MacLeish who was Director of the Ministry of Propaganda for England during World War II. I can't imagine Joseph Goebbels, who was Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda, saying such a thing.

President Lyndon Johnson, during the Vietnam War, famously said one time," I don't mind those protesters. It's them dissenters I can't stand."

Until next week, then, this is your dissenter from Texas,

Jim O'Leary

Corpus Christi

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