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Stone High FFA member Arizona Parden finishes first in state in the 4-H/FFA Replacement Beef Heifer Development Contest. I am Arizona Parden, a junior at Stone High School in Wiggins, Mississippi. I live in the Big Level community of Stone County with my parents Dale and Jacki Parden. I have been a member of the Stone High FFA Club for the past three years. My FFA advisors are Mrs. Shelly Pulliam and Mr. Brad Morris. I have enjoyed being in our FFA club and have participated in several activities in the club. I have participated in the FFA tractor driving and maintenance contest for two years, and in 2009 I made it to the state level. I represented our club at the Mississippi Legislature breakfast in 2010. Most of all I have enjoyed my livestock project. I started in the cattle business when I was 6 years old, raising Holstein calves, that’s when I decided to go with the commercial breed. Mrs. Pulliam asked me if I would be interested in entering the 4-H and FFA replacement heifer contest. I asked her what I would have to do. She said pick three heifers from your calves, keep good records, bring calves to the contest and do an oral presentation to a panel of judges. I said, sure that sounds like fun. I don’t like talking in front of people, so I thought this might be a problem. But I guess it will help me get ready for my senior project presentation. I chose three Brangus heifers, a breed developed to take advantage of the superior traits of Brahman and Angus cattle. The contest lasted for one year, with results being announced at the state fair in October 2010. Detailed records on the three cattle were recorded weekly. I showed how I weaned the calves, and how much feed the calves ate for the year. What vaccination I used and why I used that vaccination. I had to tell about the bull that I chose to breed my heifers with. I had to budget all my spending and tell how much the calves where worth at the time of weaning and how much they were worth at the end of the contest. I sent a copy of my calendar, budget, and list of contacts to Dr. Dean Jousan’s office on July 28, 2010. We took the heifers on August 14, 2010 to Hinds Community College Bull Test Station in Raymond, Mississippi. The heifers where weighed, evaluated by ultra sound and visually evaluated. I presented a power point presentation on all the work that I had done on my heifers. The judges asked several questions about my project. I knew this project would be fun but talking in front of people was still my concern. Being prepared for the presentation and knowing what I was talking about made it much easier. This contest gives young cattle farmers a great learning experience. Learning how to keep good records is important to know what you have spent, and having good herd health helps through a hard winter.

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Tommy Delia 20 4 FFA Journal Arizon Parden 6 Pine Belt Observation What is the most valuable thing a person can possess? 8 The Garden Calendar: February 10 The Whipping Bowl 11 Farmer’s Advice

15 Ruth Remembers Part II

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At In The Field magazine, we want to bring you good news. Good news of family farms making it through the tough times, generation after generation. Also the new farm, start up farms in this day and age, taking a chance on a tradition that stems back to the beginning of time. We hope you enjoy our publication. When today’s media is filled with gloom and doom, we hope to spread a little sunshine by highlighting the farmers and ranchers who work to provide a safe, sustainable food source for everyone. In this issue you will read about Tommy Delia, long time nursery man, now working for Farm Depot. Part II of Ruth Remembers takes you on a journey of her life, growing up in Texas, and Ben Willoughby reports on the fishing conditions. A very special thank you to our advertisers. You allow us to continue to cover what is growing.

On October 10, 2010 I went to the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson to get the results of all my work I had done for a year on this project. When the winner was announced I found it a tad hard to believe. I was really shocked at the moment, but at the same time I was very excited. The payoff of all my hard work for a year was worth a 16-foot bumper-pull cattle trailer customized with my name, a bottle of ivomec eprinex pour on wormer medicine and a paid trip to Mississippi State University artificial insemination seminar. I averaged spending 10 hours a week over the past year on this project. Winning made all the work worthwhile.

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What is the Most Valuable Thing a Person Can Possess? Brandon Smith has been in construction since he could walk. Danny was very proud of his son. Jeremy was growing into a Along with his brothers, Brandon owns and works with All fine young man. Square Construction. Brandon has been cutting plywood with One rainy afternoon, Jeremy was headed home not three miles a circular saw since before he started grade school. Brandon from Oak Grove Middle School when he lost control of his recently let his attention lapse while cutting a piece of plywood vehicle in the curves of Old Highway 24. Jeremy Edwards lost and the circulating saw cut into his finger. Ouch! Brandon said his life that afternoon and Danny Edwards lost his fine young that after getting over the shock of the squirting blood he real- son, never to see him on this earth again. ized that luckily he had NOT sawed his finger completely off. Good health is something we so often take for granted. A good Rushing to the hospital, his finger needed 10 stitches to repair friend of mine is Brother Dean Stewart, Senior Pastor of Good the damage made by the saw blade. Hope Baptist Church in Purvis. Dean Pat Sandifer works over at Lamar County has shared with me that the most valu“I pray GOD’s favor for Schools. Pat’s son Neil loved to hunt. A able thing a person can possess is GOD’s few years back, Neil was hunting just a myself and my family every favor. Dean said, “I have seen good few miles from their home when he called disappear in the blink of an eye, night. I pray GOD’s favor, THE health his dad to come get him. Neil was done and I have seen wealth disappear as if it MOST VALUABLE THING A hunting for the day. Between the time Neil was never there. But, GOD’s favor can had called his dad and the time Pat arrived and will be with you forever. It is the PERSON CAN POSSESS, from the house, Neil had fallen from his most valuable thing a person can poson you and yours.” tree stand and landed on his head. Pat sess.” ~ Brent Davis found Neil on the ground with all the Brandon Smith has GOD’s favor. Branproper safety gear and harnesses still on. don didn’t lose his finger. What happened? Nobody really knows. After many months Pat and Neil Sandifer have GOD’s favor. Neil is still alive and in the hospital Neil is still alive, but facing many challenges. they are able to see and visit each other when they want to. Needless to say, that hunting trip changed Neil’s (and Pat’s) Danny and Jeremy Edwards have GOD’s favor. Father and son life forever. will see each other again when they are reunited in Heaven. Jeremy Edwards had just turned 15 1/2 years old and had start- I pray GOD’s favor for myself and my family every night. I ed to drive on his own. His dad, Danny Edwards, was at that pray GOD’s favor, THE MOST VALUABLE THING A PERtime with Oak Grove Middle School as a school police officer. SON CAN POSSESS, on you and yours. 6


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Lori Ford and her Grandmother, Ruth Counts

Ms. Ruth Counts will soon be 95 years young. She was born in Texas in 1916 but has called Hattiesburg, Mississippi home since 1994. Ms. Ruth is the Grandmother of Lori Ford, one of the three partners that own and manage Movie Star Restaurant in Oak Grove. Movie Star Restaurant is well known for their mouth watering fried chicken and delicious peach cobbler. Both these tasty items are made from Ms. Ruth’s original recipe. Lori, nor Ms. Ruth, are willing to share those recipes. These are Ms. Ruth’s memoirs which InTheField Magazine is proud to run as a multi part series in consecutive issues of our magazine. We hope you enjoy these memoirs as much as we did when we first read them. Katherine L. Davis, Editor All the older kids worked in the field. I wasn’t old enough or big enough so by the middle of the morning, mama would bake a plain or mince meat cake and I would take that warm cake to the field workers for a snack. Mama always saw that we had enough good food to eat. Even when we went to the field and had to wait for daylight to start working, mama got up even earlier to build a fire in the old wood burning stove and would cook hot biscuits, bacon, eggs, ham, sausage, and fried potatoes. We always had potatoes and onions under the house and it was my job to crawl under the house and bring them out. In the fall of the year, Dad would go to Waco on the train and hire hands to come out and pick cotton. They would live in shacks on the place for several weeks. One time during the fall on a Saturday afternoon, Dad ordered five gallons of ice cream to be sent to the farm on a train from Waco. We ate all we could and gave the rest to the field workers. It was a treat for us as well as for them. That was the only time we got all the bought ice cream we could eat. Dad was real good to the hands and some of them would come back year after year. Dad would have a bunch of hands in the field, he would be busy hauling the cotton to the gin and he would put me out there to keep tally on the weights. I was young, probably about 12. I would have one chance to see how much each sack weighed, keep each of the hands weight separate, know how much to put on the wagon to make a bale and at the end of the week figure up how much he owed each hand. It was a big job for a 12 year old but everybody had a job to do and that is just the way it was. We always had a dog in the yard. I fondly remember our dog, Ole Dave. He must have been kin to a grey hound. He was black, had long legs and a long tail and he lived to be real old. Mama told us kids Ole Dave was going to live always and turn into something good to eat! The fleas were bad out in Texas and there were not any insecticides at the time. The fleas got on a sore on his tail and the maggots got in the sore and was about to eat it off. We doctored it, but didn’t seem to do any good. Ole Dave was about to die and I said “Mama, I thought you said Ole Dave was going to live always and turn into something good to eat.” And she said “Well honey, I guess he did! Those maggots are finding Ole Dave pretty good eating!” Yes, Ole Dave finally died. We also had a dog named Ole Ring. He was a big dog and looked like a dark brown collie. Each day I would have to drive the cows to the bottom and herd them while they ate. Ole Ring would help

me keep them all together. That is another job that was a big job for such a young person but that is just the way it was. You had to carry your weight and grow up fast. One night when my older brother Ersa had come home with his wife Faith, we made ice cream out in the yard in the old hand crank freezer. We emptied the freezer can and left it in the yard. After we went to bed and was asleep, there was a big commotion in the yard. Some animals was jumping and growling. Mama woke Ersa and he looked out and hollered “Ring” and the commotion stopped. Ole Ring had been licking the freezer can and got his head stuck in the can and was about to smother! Back then people worked hard and didn’t have much entertainment. When we could we would go to church in the horse drawn wagon on Sunday. Most every Sunday we had company. Either someone from church would come home with us or kinfolks would come to visit. Uncle Dub, my Dad’s brother had 12 kids. When they came over, that was a bunch. One Christmas, we had 54 folks over for Christmas dinner. Mama baked a turkey that she had raised. That turkey weighed 34 pounds! Back then the men ate at the first table, then the women would have to wash the plates to set the same table again. Someone always minded the flies off the table with a towel. With the mules, cows, chickens, cats and dogs there were always lots of flies. Mama would manage to see the children got something to eat. One time it was so cold the lake in the front of our house froze over and we were able to skate on it. When the lake was drying up, there was lots of fish in it, so my brother Vantley took an ole buggy tire, put three foot of poultry wire around it and he would get in the center of it, hold the wire on each side and wade out in the water. When he would see or feel a fish, he would drop the wire and the fish would be trapped inside the round wire trap. He furnished the whole community with fish as there was no refrigeration and the fish had to be eaten immediately. While I was still real small Dad bought a car, an old Franklin. It didn’t have a radiator and I don’t remember riding in it very much, I do remember all of us pushing it a lot, though. I think we probably pushed it further than we rode in it. The car wasn’t around long and we went back to the horse drawn surrey. A surrey is just a two seated buggy. It was several years later before we got another car, a Model T. We had a big yard and it was kept clean to the edge of the field and to the lot fence. There were no lawns and every sprig of grass and every weed was hoed. The yard was swept with a broom every Saturday. One Saturday, my sister Naomi was told to pick up the shucks in the yard and she began to fuss. She said “When I get grown, I am going to get married, wear high heeled shoes, live in the city and I am NOT going to have a shuck in my yard!” She never reached her goal. It was about this time, we moved to the Joe Briley place. We went to school at Birome (Texas). The school only lasted seven months of the year and only went through the ninth grade. The kids had to pick cotton and pull bales in the fall of the year and get out of school in the spring to hoe the corn and chop the cotton. We carried our lunch, which was a boiled egg, and Naomi got up every morning in time to make us a sugar pie. When mama had them to spare, she would give us a half dozen eggs to sell to the other kids and then we would have the money for a great big apple or a candy bar. We kids walked to school but when it was muddy and rainy and cold, Dad would hitch up the team and come after us in the wagon. All the kids on the road we lived on would get to ride. We got our mail at the Birome Post Office. We would walk a mile and a half to get the mail. One time, Aunt Ila sent us a big box of clothes. It took Naomi and me both to carry it home. We had to cross a long bridge and were so tired we had to stop and rest on the bridge. We opened up the box and tried on all those clothes right there while resting on that bridge. It was on that bridge that Naomi and I did most of our dating with the boys. There wasn’t much to do for entertainment so at night we would sit on the planters, rakes or whatever Dad parked around the edge of the yard and we would sit with our dates and sing. Naomi had a very pretty soprano voice, and I followed along with an alto voice. We must have sung pretty good because there was always boys willing to listen to us sing! INTHEFIELD MAGAZINE

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AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS, MISSISSIPPI DIVISION If you enjoy bass fishing but can only fish on weekends and holidays, if you enjoy the competition of tournament fishing but are not quite ready to lock horns with Kevin Van Dam or Cliff Pace, there is an organization tailor made for you and that is American Bass Anglers. This organization was started in Florida back in 1975 as a support group for our military and has shown remarkable growth in recent years. The Mississippi Chapter is American Bass Anglers District 129. The director is Mike Murphy. Mike grew up in the Clinton area and married a lady from McComb. They spent 35 years working in various locations for UPS, Memphis, Nashville and Austin, Texas to name a few. He retired last August. He was selected Director of the local chapter or division and got things rolling in September of 2010. Dues are $25.00 per year or $40.00 for two years. There are several weekend tournaments set for 2011. All will be held at Ross Barnett and will launch from Tommy’s Trading Post on Highway 11. The upcoming schedule is February 19 – 20, March 19 – 20, April 16, May 5, and June 18 – 19. The two day Division Championship will be held July 16 and 17, launching from Tommy’s Trading Post. Mike says that you do not have to pre-register for any tournament. You can just show up at Tommy’s the day of the event and have your hooks sharp. Fees for each tournament are $65.00 plus $5.00 big bass fee. The payouts are really good with most of the fees paid going back to the fishermen who place.


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SALT WATER REPORT: Chris Morse at Marsh Works in Hattiesburg reports that they have been really catching some fine trout at Bayou Caddy. They caught some trolling but mostly dropping anchor and bouncing jigs off the bottom. On his most recent trip they caught several five pounders, lots of three pounders and lots of two pounders. Contact Chris at Marsh Works (901-277-3777) for up to date salt water fishing reports and they also offer an excellent line of lures for specs, reds, founder and more. FRESH WATER REPORT: The lack of rain during the summer and into the fall and winter has caused our local lakes and ponds to be as low as I ever remember seeing them. Fishermen can use these conditions to their advantage. For one thing the fish are in a smaller area, plus with the low water levels the observant fisherman will take note of many things not visible when the water is at its normal level. Most fish, bass in particular, relate to some sort of structure such as bridge pilings, stumps, tree tops, logs and ditches. While the water level is low take a little time, keep your eyes open, ease around in your boat and take note of everything the low water conditions are letting you see. Unless your memory is super sharp it would be a good idea to take notes as to locations that when at normal water levels could possibly be a hot spot for a bass or two.

Until next time, be sure to keep your hooks sharp and wet…….

Ben Willoughby is a native of Liberty, Mississippi where he grew up on the family farm. Today Ben lives in the Oak Grove area of Hattiesburg, Mississippi with his wife, Tommie. They have two daughters and three grandsons. Ben writes for several outdoor publications and newspapers. He can be heard each weekday morning at 7:45 AM on ROCK 104 RADIO with his outdoor report. Ben is an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys looking for Indian artifacts.

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Generations of Growing Beautiful Flowers By Brent Davis Delia’s Magnolia State Nursery was in the same location in pot. He is also the go to guy for fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, South Hattiesburg for over 51 years. Today, if you want to speak garden equipment, garden tools and hardware. with Tommy Delia and benefit from his years of expertise, you Tommy says in February gardeners should begin to get their garwill have to visit Farm Depot in West Hattiesburg. “My Daddy, den spot ready. Till your garden area up and spread lime. Lime Joseph Delia, started Magnolia State Nursery and Delia’s Florist takes about 90 days to go active, so you need to put out your lime in 1947. We were located in South Hattiesburg by the Beverly early. If you haven’t already done so, put out your pre-emergent Drive-In,” shared Tommy Delia. “There was a whole family weed control in February. Stop the weeds before they start growof us involved in that business. We did everything, FTD florist, ing. Tommy also shares that the time to plant potatoes is mid landscaping, garden center, year round February. nursery. The business opened in 1947 and “You get a lot of odd question in this closed in 1998. We were in the same locabusiness,” Tommy said. “Folks will tion for 51 years.” bring in a leaf and ask what is wrong In 1947 the Delia family opened a branch with their plant. They will bring in an store in Cloverleaf Mall, mainly selling insect in a pill bottle and ask me how to flowers and gifts. The store was called kill it. I have had questions about how “Delia’s Flower World”. to get squirrels out of attics, armadillos “I worked from birth in the nursery busifrom under houses. At Farm Depot we ness”, said Tommy. “Before school, after have fungicides for the leaves, insecschool, on Saturdays. The nursery busiticides for the bugs in the pill bottles, ness was our life. I started working full repellants for the squirrels, and traps for time in the nursery business over 40 years the armadillos!” ago. Working with plants and flowers is Tommy Delia is considered by many all I know.” to have the premier bonsai garden Tommy is ordering garden supplies for this spring business in the Hattiesburg area. “A After the closing of Delia’s in 1998, Tommy was the floral manager for three bonsai is a plant that grows in a dish years at Albertson’s in the Cloverleaf Mall. “The day Albertson’s or pot, not in the ground. The plant is trimmed to resemble an decided to pull out of Mississippi I saw a help wanted ad in the old tree. I started growing bonsai plants over 40 years ago. We newspaper that said ‘nursery manager needed’. My wife told me had customer demands in the early 1970’s for the plants and the I had better call them because I needed a job. I called the phone plants appealed to me so I started growing bonsai plants as a side number and it was Southern Home Center in Downtown Hatbusiness back then.” Tommy shows and sells his bonsai plants tiesburg. They hired me right away!” Tommy said. “Farm Depot by appointment only. He has bonsai starter plants that start at purchased the Southern Home Center in November of 2002. We $5.00 and full grown plants that start at $20.00. Please call him at then moved to our present location in West Hattiesburg in 2003.” 601-583-4585 for an appointment. (Farm Depot is located at 42 Office Park Dr. behind Petro Automotive Group. Their phone number is 601-582-3545.) “I have really enjoyed working at Farm Depot these past eight Tommy said, “If you are gonna sell stuff you gotta know your years. I feel like I am at home here. I invite anyone with questions products.” Tommy oversees the nursery department at Farm Deabout their plants or their garden to come by and see me.”



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Recently Covington County 4-H member, Michael Buckley of Collins, Mississippi was elected as State 4-H Vice President. Michael was elected during a state wide election held at the 2010 State 4-H Club Congress. As the State 4-H Council Vice President Michael will represent Mississippi 4-H at State and District events, which he will help plan and conduct. In addition to his membership on the State 4-H Advisory Council, Michael will be a part of the state 4-H leadership team and will provide programmatic input for statewide 4-H programming for the more than 94,000 youth that participate annually in Mississippi 4-H activities. Michael has been a member of Covington County 4-H for eight years where he has held numerous county and district positions. In addition to his leadership project work Michael spends much of his time involved in other 4-H projects such as shooting sports and the livestock projects. Michael is an active livestock exhibitor where he has won numerous awards while exhibiting his Beefmaster cattle all across the nation. He was also a member of the 2010 State livestock judging team. In his shooting sports project work, Michael was named as an alternate for the 2010-2011 state 4-H rifle team. Michael serves as a teen volunteer leader assisting wherever needed during 4-H Events. Michael is extremely excited about his term as State Vice President and hopes to make a difference in the lives of all 4-H members across Mississippi this next year!

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As the town of Ellisville continues to expand, local businesses are stepping up to meet those growing needs in the community. Bosun Joe’s Seafood Restaurant is one of those businesses that opened up a few months ago, but the business is not new to the area. The business was originally a Catfish One walk-up restaurant that operated three days a week, but owners Michael Welch and Dr. Joe Michael Robertson felt that the time was right to relocate their business to the historic Hotel Alice, bringing a full-scale seafood restaurant to the residents of Jones County. Upon entering Bosun Joe’s, customers are greeted by a homey atmosphere. From the beautiful hardwood floors to the nautical decorations and historical pictures of Ellisville, patrons can enjoy a delicious seafood meal in cozy confines. The warm, welcoming staff greets you as you walk in the door and is always there to make sure that your meal is just to your liking. Welch, who started as a cook for Catfish One in 2003, ensures that only the highest quality catfish and seafood are served up to customers. Bosun Joe’s receives all of its catfish from Mississippi Delta catfish farms. “It is important to us to bring only the best to our customers,” Welch said. “It might cost us a little more to get the Mississippi catfish, but it is definitely worth it. It’s important to us to know the beginning stages in the growth of the catfish until they end up on our plates.” All other seafood served at Bosun Joe’s comes from Mississippi and Alabama locations around the Gulf of Mexico. Diners can be assured that they will receive only the freshest and tastiest seafood, and all meals are made to order. So, if you like your catfish filets a little crispy, just ask and the talented cooks at Bosun Joe’s will make sure you get what you want. Every meal and specialty is hand breaded and made fresh daily and cooked in 100 percent peanut oil. There are no pre-prepared or pre-packaged meals here. Bosun Joe’s has a wide range of delectable offerings for diners, ranging from catfish, jumbo fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp, shrimp poboys, oysters, and much more. No meal would be complete without those signature Bosun Joe’s sides to go along with it. Bosun Joe’s is known for hand-breaded hushpuppies and fried dill pickles and mouthwatering turnip greens. At Bosun Joe’s, you’ll want to sample the soup of the day and the stuffed crab. Once you try any of these appetizing offerings, you’ll be hooked. Welch said that some of their new items have been big hits in the area and keep customers coming back for more. Bosun Joe’s offers homemade onion rings made fresh daily. One of their latest offerings is a seafood pasta salad that has been well received. “News about the seafood pasta salad has kind of spread by word of mouth, and a lot of people are coming in just to try it,” Welch said. To finish off the meal, Bosun Joe’s offers fried apple pie, ice cream, and apple pie a la mode. Any of these choices will be the perfect topping to a hearty, delicious meal served by an excellent staff in a warm

environment. Bosun Joe’s also offers various catering options for any occasion. Welch said that the Hotel Alice location offers several rooms that can be used for private parties, and they also offer various catering options for office or home locations. They have a portable trailer and equipment that are enabled to serve upwards to 1,500 people, Welch said. Welch said that it is important for Bosun Joe’s to give back to the community that has been so good to them. They are strong supporters of local schools and various organizations, but Welch feels that he has been given so much more than he can ever give back. “The community has been so good to us, and we have received such a positive response,” Welch said. “It has meant so much to us to get to know the local people and really become a part of their lives.” Welch said the part of his job that he enjoys most is “visiting with the customers.” When diners walk in, Welch and staff make a point to greet them and make them feel welcome. “We really want to establish a connection with our customers and the community,” Welch said. Diners have enjoyed the memories that Bosun Joe’s brings back to them. “A lot of our customers like to come in and reminisce about special times enjoyed at the old Bosun Joe’s on Highway 84,” Welch said. “We love to hear all the stories about first dates and special occasions or anniversaries spent at the old Bosun Joe’s.” Bosun Joe’s continues in the tradition originated with the original Bosun Joe’s Southern Fried Seafood restaurant opened in the 1970s in Laurel by its founder Papaw Joe Stringer, Mr. Catfish One. Jones County is lucky to have such a quality seafood restaurant that is devoted to serving only the best to its customers with a warm staff.

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The other day I was walking down the sidewalk in downtown Plant City and a bug tried to fly up my nose. Of course it made me sneeze, and immediately the person walking in back of me said, “God Bless You.” I said, “Thank you,” and went in to the Chamber of Commerce. I thought, why do they say, “God Bless You,” when you sneeze? I asked Marion, Amy, Jane, Susan and Al at the Chamber if they knew, and they all said they had no idea. Later that day I ran into Dean Snyder and asked him if he knew. He said, “Yes Al, as a matter of fact I do know why they say ‘God Bless You’. When I was going to Harvard I wrote a thesis paper on this very subject. To sum it up, the Romans apparently routinely greeted sneezing with a salutation, most often, “May the Sun be with you!” The writers back then referred back to the legend of Prometheus, who made a clay model of a man, then brought him to life by applying a heavenly celestial-fire-filled reed in the clay man’s nostrils.” Wishes for good health appeared to have been born out of a number of epidemics beginning the Middle Ages. There was a legend that the habit of sneezing dates back before Christianity, even before the time of Jacob. Back then the shock of sneezing was fatal. Buford, the right hand man for Cyrus the Great, bargained with the Gods, exchanging the fatality a of sneeze for the promise that a prayer would be said every time one sneezed. Thus, from that we get today’s “God Bless You,” so says Dean. Why I spend time on the subject of sneezing I’ll never know, but one thing I did learn is that there are numerous superstitions about sneezing. When you sneeze you do it with your eyes closed, and your bodily functions completely are beyond your control. Have someone take your picture when you sneeze and you’ll see what I mean. Your face contorts, you might turn pink and the threatened explosion comes whether we are at home, attending a funeral or behind the wheel of our car. ‘Nuff of that, let’s move on to another subject. I have two questions. One, if man evolved from monkeys and apes why do we still have monkeys and apes? Two, what do you do if you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant? I’ll let you work on those. Have you ever heard of “Coon Dog Cemetery?” I have and I have been there. It’s located in northwest Alabama in a small, grassy meadow, deep in the rich, thick wilderness of Freedom Hills. The coon dog graveyard was established in 1937 on a popular hunting camp where coon hunters from miles around would gather



to plot their coon hunting trips, and compare coon hounds. The first coon hound buried there was old “Troop.” It was said he was “cold nosed,” meaning he could follow cold coon tracks until they grew fresh, and he never left the trail until he had treed the coon. The only dogs that are allowed to be buried there are coon dogs. Key Underwood who established the graveyard said, “there is no way we would contaminate this burial place with poodles and lap dogs.” The official name is now “Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard,” which has over the years become a popular tourist attraction and is the only cemetery of this kind in the world. More than 200 coon dogs have been laid to rest here, and all have met the three requirements for internment. 1 - The owner must claim their pet is an authentic coon dog. 2 - A witness must declare the deceased is a coon dog. 3 - A member of the local coon hunters’ organization must be allowed to view the coonhound and declare it as such. You can find the “Coon Dog Cemetery” 7 miles west of Tuscumbia on U.S. Highway 27. Turn left on Alabama Highway 247, travel about 12 miles. Turn right, and follow the signs. For more information contact the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau. Put this place on your next vacation, and watch the expression on your friends faces when you tell them where you went. Some people make profound statements, and I have collected a few of my favorites; • Will Rogers - We could certainly slow the aging process down if it had to work its way through Congress. • Billy Crystal - By the time a man is wise enough to watch his step, he’s too old to go anywhere. • Joe Namath - Until I was thirteen, I thought my name was SHUT UP! • Rodney Dangerfield - My luck is so bad that if I bought a cemetery, people would stop dying. • Lillian Carter - (mother of Jimmy Carter) Sometimes when I look at my children, I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.” • Victor Borge - Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year. Have you noticed how many people are using their cell phone while driving? Stranger things have happen on the interstate highways. When Lamar Maxwell of Lithia was with the Florida Highway Patrol he pulled over a car that was being driven by a chimpanzee on I-4 between Plant City and Lakeland. Recently I heard the story of a highway patrolman that pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway in California. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting! Realizing that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper lowed his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, “PULL OVER!” “NO” the blonde yelled back, “IT’S A SCARF!” Till next month I leave you with this to ponder. Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?

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Brenda Valentine is a free lance columnist that has been appearing in other editions of InTheField Magazine. We are proud to welcome her as a contributing writer to the Mississippi edition of InTheField Magazine. Few, if any, conservation stories are as remarkably successful as that of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Hunt-able populations of wild turkeys can now be found over most of North America. Due to this widespread availability there has been a virtual explosion of turkey hunting fans and fanatics. Once it was thought that only those gifted few with a trained ear and a talent for mimicry calling could hope to be a successful or accomplished turkey hunter. To that way of thinking I say, hog wash. As with any kind of hunting, there are a variety of methods, any of which can put a gobbler in the cooking pot. A couple decades of springs devoted to outsmarting my fine feathered friend has convinced me it is all up to the bird. It’s the gobbler that decides whether he will waltz in twirling and showing off his full courting regalia or if he’ll cower away snubbing your most desperate pleading on every call in your hunting vest. A wild turkey has a mind of his own that can and does change often. This is the reason that not any one tactic will produce success every time. The hunter that keeps an open mind, a flexible attitude, and a large bag of tricks will always be the hunter with the most filled turkey tags. I’d rather be a mediocre caller with a variety of tunes than an expert with only one song. There are days that all gobblers will turn a deaf ear to the most seductive yelps of a box call yet be utterly suicidal for any random scratching on a slate. I’ve seen a snuff can tube call inspire five gobblers to race headlong into a load of Winchester No.5’s, while a gold-trimmed custom wing bone yelper sent them running for cover. The reaction of a wild strutter on any given day is usually determined by a trial and error check. This is one reason why I carry an arsenal of hunting tricks and tools in my turkey vest. My new signature “Sweet Talker” friction call does double duty since it has a glass striking surface on one side and a slate on the other. With the red cedar “Sweet Strike” peg it is possible to sound like multiple hens without having to carry multiple pot calls. I also depend on a well tuned box call for windy days or other situations when there is a need for a louder yelp. Add to this a tin full of assorted diaphragms and a locator call, such as those that mimic a crow, hawk or woodpecker, and I feel confident and prepared for even the most stubborn old gobbler. There is a direct link between comfort and success since being comfortable means you are more apt to hunt longer and it is easier remain still. Here’s my list; Redhead Turkey Lounger vest. This vest has a patented integrated stadium style seat that supports my back for the most comfortable seat in the woods, plus it keeps my bottom dry when sitting on wet ground. I outfit my shotgun with the best recoil pad available and an extendable monopod shooting stick. Winchester Extended Range Turkey Ammunition is tops for reaching out and seriously touching the bald noggin of what was almost our National Bird. Having survived a round of tick fever a few years ago, I’m extra cautious about using a good tick spray on my hunting clothes, plus tick gators on my pants legs. The RedHead Leafy suit has a fine mesh liner that prevents ticks from gaining access and the Mossy Oak camo patterns helps me melt in to any habitat. There you have it! Be confident, hunt comfortable, and kill more turkeys. 28


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Tommy’s Tips for February: Tommy says in February gardeners should begin to get their garden spot ready. Till your garden area up and spread lime. Lime takes about 90 days to go active, so you need to put out your lime early. If you haven’t already done so, put out your pre-emergent weed control in February. Stop the weeds before they start growing. Tommy also shares that the time to plant potatoes is mid February. Tommy Delia has been working in the nursery business for over 55 years and is considered to be one of the premier garden experts in the state. I NT HE FIELDMM AGAZINE HE FIELD AGAZINE INT

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Good Luck to all the local 4-H show participants this month

On Hwy 49 one mile South of Interstate 59 on the right

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6467 Hwy 49 • Hattiesburg, MS 39401 32 INTHEFIELD MAGAZINE February 2011

In The Field Magazine - South Mississippi  

South Mississippi's In The Field Magazine - February 2011