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.

August 4, 2001

This tidbit is from the Waverly Star for July 3, 1952:

Waverly girls on sightseeing trip

Mrs. Harold Seifert and daughters, Betty and Kay, Elizabeth Murray, Mary Herbst, Millie Stifter, and Virginia Claessens spent Thursday visiting and sightseeing in New Ulm.

Kay took the girls sightseeing to many places of interest, namely, "Way of the Cross," Loretto Hospital, Holy Trinity Church and School, Herman Monument, Flandreau State Park, Ball Park, and Eibner's Restaurant, where they ate dinner.

Later in the afternoon, the girls went swimming in the municipal swimming pool in New Ulm. For supper, the girls were invited out to Mrs. Seifert's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Waibel. After enjoying a delicious meal, they started home.

Other news from 1952

There was a third birthday party for Edward Claessens on his birthday, Wednesday, June 25. He is the son of Paul and Laura Claessens.

Those present were Joan, Judy, and John Murray; and Tommy, Stanley, Jimmie, Kathie, and Colleen Walker.

Games were played and dainty refreshments were served including a delicious birthday cake. All there had a very fine time.

In the mailbox

This week, it was great to hear by email from Trish Baldwin Franklin, Dan Vaughan, Joan Ollig Rasmusson, Jim Smith, Mary Helen Kadlec Gerteisen, Joe Herda, Margaret Kutz, Dan Antil, and Berni Reardon.

Their encouragement makes this weekly column a very pleasant task.

For those of you without e-mail, my home address is:

Jim O'Leary
461 Claremore
Corpus Christi, Texas 78412
(361) 992-2618.

Deep in the heat of Texas

Yes, folks, here is a message from the heat of Texas where every critter either stings, bites, kicks, scratches, or drops dead right in front of you.

When a dog chases a cat, they both walk these days.

The following is not to discourage you winter visitors, you most welcome winter Texans, also known as snowbirds, who come down here with your money and your RVs and drive too slow for the rest of us.

You will always be welcome, whether you bring cash or credit card.

No, folks, this public service announcement is aimed at possible tourists who may have been fooled by the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce into believing that it's possible to go outside during the summer here.

It can also be taken as a travel advisory, a public health alert, or just common sense.

Hell in Texas

"And the devil said, 'I have all that is needed to make a good hell,' and thus he succeeded.

"'He began to put thorns on all the trees, and he mixed the sand with millions of fleas, he scattered tarantulas along all the roads, put thorns on the cacti and horns on the toads.

"He lengthened the horns of the Texas steers and put an addition on jack rabbits' ears.

"He put little devils in the bronco steed and poisoned the feet of the centipede.

"The rattlesnake bites you, the scorpion stings, the mosquito delights you by buzzing his wings.

"The sand burrs prevail, so do the ants, and those that sit down need half soles on their pants.

"The wild boar roams through the black chapparal, it's a hell of a place he has for a hell; the heat in the summer is 110, too hot for the devil and too hot for men.

"The red pepper grows by the bank of the brook, and the Mexicans use it in all that they cook.

Eat some of this and then you will shout, 'I've a hell on the inside as well as without.'"

­ Anonymous


In The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Nick Jimenez, one of the editors, issued his own thoughts on the matter of summertime in Texas.

In the Sunday paper for July 29, 2001, he says:

"The temperatures this week all across the state had the monotony that makes the TV weatherman's job easy ­ hot and dry with no relief in sight.

"There were century marks in Austin, Cotulla, Del Rio, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Kingsville, Laredo, and points beyond.

"All across Texas, every summer, an unrelenting sun beats down like penance for sin . . . We are into the kind of heat that makes people do crazy things, nutty stuff. The steamy temperature makes a body torpid.

"I got an email from a friend up north this week saying, 'How hot is it down there?' Damn his hide."

Mr. Jimenez ends with a prayer: "Even though it's so hot it cuts down on the political squabbling. Why, dear God, did you have to make it so hot in Texas in late July and August?"


Also in The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Sara Lee Fernandez tells us a lovely story of payback time for some parents who raised seven children, now ranging in age from 19 to 34.

Her headline read "When parents were away, kids remodel, paint, install new carpet."

"'It was a total surprise,' an emotional Reuben, the father, said. 'We didn't ever expect this.'"

They had lived in their one-story, wood-frame house for 34 years, raising all of their children there.

With their offspring going to college, they never got enough money ahead to remodel or paint or take a vacation.

When they finally took some time off to go on a vacation, all seven children and their spouses chipped in time and money to do all the renovations.

It was very lucky that one of the girls had married a carpenter and another one had married a painter.

There is a reason I tell this story. When some Wright County folk do head south next winter to become our welcome "snowbirds," I hope that some of their children will be inspired to surprise their parents with a nice new house.

And to the young ladies reading this ­ keep your eye out for a handyman.

Either a carpenter, plumber, electrician, or painter will do. Don't you think your parents deserve such a son-in-law?

Quotes of the week

Sister Mary Alita Lamm, CSJ, died this year at Bethany Convent in St. Paul, at the age of 88 years, with 64 of those years as a Sister of Saint Joseph.

She was quoted as saying, "I live my life for God, and I live it passionately."

After a lifetime of teaching, she was still going strong well into her 70s, working 16-hour days as a pastoral minister in Seattle, Wash. When she was 76, she was asked when she planned to retire.

Her quote is priceless: "I can't retire now. I'm past the age."

- From "Challenge," a publication of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

"Some people see more in a walk around the block than others see in a trip around the world." - Anonymous

"The world is charged with the grandeur of God."

- Gerard Manley Hopkins

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