April 22, 2009 Edition

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Grandparents' corner

Tanner Grayson Lillard, one month, is the son of Travis and Holli Lillard of Pocahontas. He has a big sister, Brooke.

Grandparents are Charles L. Wilson of Highland and the late Velma Wilson and John and Debbie Lillard of Smithville.

He is the great-grandson of Taylor and Inez Lillard of Smithville, Jerroul and Bettye Boswell of LaPlace, La., and Charles Singleton of Oklahoma City.

Ice storm

I recently read a column about the January ice storm in the Baxter Bulletin. As I read the words, they were mirror images of the winter of 1957 at Possum Trot.

I don't recall the day of the week, but I do remember the overcast sky.

There was a slow drizzling rain falling about mid afternoon, the temperature was somewhere barely above freezing, an ordinary day that was to become extraordinary in just a few hours.

By the time the sun was peeping over the roof of my grandparents' house, just to the west of our home place, the temperature had dropped to below freezing and ice had began to form on the trees and power lines.

We walked out in the yard, the rain still falling slowly, to look at how strange it was for the sun to be showing through the one break in the clouds. The light reflected through the ever-growing ice, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The rain continued through the night and after bedtime we began to hear those terrible crashes. Large tree limbs gave way to the weight of the ice as they fell in an almost musical rhythm. continued...

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