Large corporations now own almost everything. Drug stores
have vanished along with small beer joints, the ice plant,
green stamps and the folksy hometown newspapers.
For a year or so my friend Karen and I have been thinking
that Roach should have a newsletter. Roach no longer has
a school, a gristmill, or three grocery stores, but Roach
has a Post Office, two cemeteries and a quick shop, and
that surely rates a newsletter. If you count the residents
in the cemeteries and the Roach suburbs, we're talking
big numbers here.
We have a new deadly strain of flu. We have a new war.
And we have the old flu and the old terrorism. Are you
scared yet? If not, here are the books for you.
Bio-Strike: Tom Clancy
No Blade of Grass: John Christopher
Into the Forest: Jean Hegland
The Last Day: Glenn Kleier
Blessed are the cracked,
for they shall let in light.
Rumors have it that a new subdivision is in the works
across the street from the former Orrin Park's garage
located on Old Hwy 54 (LakeRoad 54-86). In case transplants
don't know Orrin Parks, he is a former Hulett Cheverolet
Apparently our foreign correspondent, Jeanette Williams
of Roach, not to be confused with the Linn Creek Jeanette
Williams, is still sloshing around the coast of South
America. Some people when they retire do nothing but have
fun. Can you imagine!
Mary Irene Osborn Wickham and her new dog, Abbie, of Tucson,
Arizona send regards to the home folks.
Mary Irene Osborn Wickham and her
new dog, Abbie, of Tuscon, AZ send regards for the home
We need news. If you don't have news, we'll settle for
unsalacious (is that a word?) gossip. So send us your
news tips. Suggestions - we want those too. If you have
vintage pictures of Roach scenes or people, let us know
- we will arrange to make copies.
Copyright © 2003
New people moving to the lake often make the mistake
of thinking that the little town of Roach is named after
the American Cockroach. Let's make one thing perfectly
clear; Roach was named after the Honorable Sid Roach.
Like his father, Sid Roach was a lawyer.
He served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Western
District of the Indian Territory, and as county Prosecuting
Attorney for several years. He served two terms in the
Missouri House of Representative and later represented
the old 8th District of Missouri as its Congressman for
two terms. As a practicing lawyer, he at times helped
people for free; that alone makes him a legend.
Perhaps before turning up their noses, uninformed newcomers
should do a little research. We who have lived here forever
get a little testy when newcomers want to change the name
to something that appears to confer more status on their
life at the lake, such as Roche or Rochelle.
No apologies needed for the name Roach, thank you.
Roach Raves - The Roach Post
It is so wonderful to go to the Post Office and not have
to take a number and stand in line. As a transplant, I
know about this first hand. In St. Charles it was fight
the traffic, find a parking spot, then wait in line for
30 minutes. Here we get service with a smile and a bit
of news too. --Karen
I like being able to walk to the post office, but I miss
the loafer's benches out front. I also like having the
Quietside Quick Shop.
If you stop on a lucky day you may run into Freddie Osborn,
Peggy's dad, who might tell you at least a half dozen
interesting lies. --Glady
Roach Rants -- Condos on the
As you may have noticed, on your way home from Camdenton,
the bluff on the West end of the bridge is being systematically
destroyed to build more condos. The cedars and other trees
have been cut and burned to make way for the gravel crushing
operation. Welcome to the destruction of all the natural
beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks. Yes, we know that's
progress, and things change, but neither progress nor
change is always good.
If you need advice about your finances,
love life, kids, war or almost anything, contact Miss
Maddie. She is an expert in many fields. Under that lovely
blond hair is a brain that's sharper than a razor.
Just send your questions to: Miss Maddie
Miss Maddie: I pride myself on being open-minded,
but often I am accused of being too open-minded. What
are your thoughts?
Dear Sarah: "If you're too open-minded, your brains
will fall out."
Miss Maddie says, "Please visit the
Blue Moon Thrift Shop on Hwy 5N in the Ryland Shaw Shopping
Bosco says, "Buy something, too."
Does anyone know
who this is?
(Hint: She lived on the old George Haines place.)
Question of the month:
Does anyone remember Bowser Huff?
(1st correct answer wins a free candy bar from Quietside)