Carol (Morgan) Chappell, of Springfield says her rant
is people that drive and talk on cell phones. Insurance
companies deplore this practice, and I do too.
(Did you hear that Karen?)
We are very lucky to have Quietside Quick Shop. Where
else can you get Horny Goat Weed and gas at the same
Move over Viagra!
This was meant to be a monthly newsletter, but as Lula
Williams used to say, "The road to hell is paved
with good intentions." May escaped us, so this
newsletter has become a bi-monthlyish endeavor
Camden County is one of the wealthiest counties in the
state. So, why is Roach treated like chopped liver?
We could use a bike path, and maybe the county could
spare a little money to finish the Roach community building
that was started when I was a kid; the original foundation
is about a block down A Road. Also a trendy little eatery
would be nice -maybe a Hooter's, "Delightfully
Tacky, Yet Unrefined." Heck, I'd settle for a two-way
stop sign where AA merges with Old Hwy. 54. Car wrecks
abound on this curve.
Lost and Found
John Cumper lost his peacocks - they were first seen
near Lucille Carroll's; two beauties I might add. A
week or so later Pauline Russell was trying to find
who they belonged to, for the Department of Conservation
had had a complaint about them. Finally the peacocks
came home, but not until the big storm hit. They were
missing three weeks. If you ever see a peacock, just
call John Cumper. If they are a nuisance, you can drop
them off at my house until John can come and get them,
for they certainly improve the landscape.
Do you have news tips or suggestions? Vintage photos
of Roach scenes? Please let us know - we will arrange
to make copies.
Copyright © 2003
Monthly Topic: Roach and Roaches
A reader asked, "You seem defensive of the name
Roach, named after Sid Roach, so why do you use a cartoon
First, we wanted Mr. Roach, an honorable man, to have
due credit for the name of Roach. Second, we meant no
offense to roaches, a noble bug indeed. After all, they've
been here for over 250 million years, and we've only
been here a million years or so, give or take a few
thousand. Roaches are useful in medical research, and
behavioral studies suggest they are among the brighter
insects. From a capitalist point of view they have served
the economy well. In our local phone book there are
dozens of ads for extermination of these durable pests.
More information can be found on this interesting topic
in The Intellectual and Emotional World of the Cockroach,
by Howard E. Evans.
of bugs, recently I was pondering why we never had lice,
scabies or ringworm, when I was in school. Harry T.
Vaught (photo left), centenarian scholar of Camdenton,
said that nowadays teachers get their degrees in head
lice, and minors in scabies and ringworm. Can you imagine!!
Yet many of us in Roach grew up without running water
or electricity, but managed to never have lice, scabies
and seldom ringworm. Harry T. resides with his loyal
friend and housekeeper, Susie Vaught, in Camdenton.
This and That
Newspapers: We have been asked how we came up with the
name of Roach Rattler. It was very simple; we both rattle
a lot. Seriously, interesting newspapers often have
the most interesting names. When The National Endowment
for the Humanities funded its historical newspaper project,
one of the selections was The Daily Unterrified Democrat
that is still going strong, in Lynn, Missouri. Two
others chosen were The Anti-Masonic Republican
and The Semi-equal Eagle. Great names huh?
Regena Sparks, daughter of Peggy and Dwight Sparks,
and Doug Heritage, were married April l9th. We wish
the young couple all the best.
Maddie, an expert in her field, wants the new Heritage
couple to get off to a good start and had this to say,
"Gena should keep him in the dog house fairly often,
but throw him a bone once in awhile, to insure domestic
New Subs: The sub-division
we mentioned in the last Roach Rattler has a name. It's
CoCaMo, rather fitting isn't it? I think this name is
for Camden County Missouri. But wasn't there a song
by that name from way back?
Local Sports News: Our
local sports star, Thomas Green, competed recently in
the two mile race at the Track Conference Meet in Springfield.
He also participated in the 4 x 800 Relay. He medalled
in both events. Tom is a sophomore at Camdenton High
School, and we wish him well.
Our picture was finally identified! Actually it wasn't
fair to put in such an old photo, but we liked it. My
sister, Mary Irene Osborn Wickham, called from Tucson
and said she thought the picture was of Mrs. Brown who
once lived in Roach. This is correct. She lived on the
"Old Grandpa George Haines place," according
to the info on the back of the photo. Pauline Russell
also vaguely remembered Mrs. Brown.
April's Question of the Month
"Does anyone remember Bowser Huff"?
Not a soul knew who Bowser Huff was, so we still have
our offer of one candy bar from Quietside for whoever
can identify Bowser.