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Happy New Year from the Watsons!

By Mike Watson

It is mid-day, January 1st, 2022 A.D. as I sit at my desk, pecking away at my keyboard between a traditional morning meal for this special day, and the coming black eyed peas and cabbage that will come mid-afternoon, continuing the health-luck-wealth recipe for a Southerner's hoped-for good year to come.

Weather being what it seems to be today, hail in Adair County up to pea--and according to some reports, near golf ball sized pellets--the winds and rain continue. Waves of heavy rains, already flooding our streams to overflowing. Then, I re-discover an old news report...
The Louisville Daily Courier, 23 September 1868: From Amandaville, Cumberland County, dated 19 September 1868--"It has been raining nearly all the time during this month, and the creeks and Cumberland river have been up to high water marks for two weeks... An oil company at the mouth of Crocus creek, on the English farm, is now pumping and refining petroleum in large quantities. They are, also from the same well, making large quantities of salt of a superior quality. They are selling their refined oil at sixty cents per gallon, and their salt at sixty cents per bushel..."
Well, that sixty cents would make a good sum in modern currency. So, I'm just waiting on that oil rig to bring in another good producing field so we may all have a lucky, wealthy year. Health is a given, is it not?

This story was posted on 2022-01-01 17:02:59
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