The Reilly Springs News
The C.A. Blann Jewelry Store in Reilly Springs, circa 1901. The store was located on the southeast corner of the
"crossroads" in Reilly Springs. Photo courtesy of A.L. Brown.
Daniel N.C. & Mary Anne McKay McDonald, came
to Reilly Springs as settlers in 1867.
The Reilly Springs News
October 3, 2012
The Reilly Springs Community is rejoicing in the nice autumn weather that we’ve received the past few days and looking forward to even more of it in the upcoming days. “Isn’t it amazing how pleasant the weather can be, with a slight dip in the temperatures,” exclaimed Vera Harrington, this week. “It’s so nice to get out early of the morning and enjoy the cool temperatures and the heavy dews on the grass, with a touch of fall haze or fog in the air!”
I visited with Vera this week and was saddened to hear that her sister, Marie Price Jones, had passed away, on the twentieth of last month. Sympathy is extended to both Vera and Bobby Price, on this loss!
Vera also reported that Mary and her girls are really enjoying living in Reilly Springs, with the girls certainly enjoying school in the SSISD. Mary has been busy painting and doing some re-modeling on her house. She even tackled a bathroom project that took her quite some time, but now has it finished.
“Sounds like we may be blessed with some more rain, this weekend,” advised Vera. “We’re still behind on rainfall, so we can always use it, but the grass has really greened-up and is lush in most of the hay meadows and pastures!”
Did you notice the Harvest Moon over the weekend? It is the first full moon following the autumnal equinox, and is sometimes also called The Wine Moon, The Blue Corn Moon, or the Singing Moon. The next full moon is to be what is named “The Hunter’s Moon,” and derives its name from the brightness that hunters can see wildlife by the light of the moon!
It was a beautiful wedding over the weekend that united Kory Koon and Katie Mead, despite a little bit of rain! Certainly they hadn’t planned on it raining, but the wedding went off without a hitch and Katie was a lovely bride!
The wedding allowed many members of my family to “get together” and included our cousin from College Station, Michael McDonald and his wife. It was great to see them and have the opportunity to visit with them. Michael would pass for the “twin” brother of Kris Koon, so naturally we had to get their picture together, to prove it to them!
Jan and David Lawrence, Abby and Cody Kirby, Kobie and Reagan, and Michael, Jandi, Landri, and Sam Lawrence were all in Hopkins County for the wedding on Saturday night. They reported some early morning temperatures already in the 40’s in the Texas Panhandle.
As soon as they returned home, Jan and David, and Michael and Jandi were headed to a dairy farmers meeting in Chicago, Illinois. They were to attend a baseball game at Wrigley Field, on Tuesday night!
Meanwhile, at the wedding, we got an awfully cute picture of Sam and Reagan dancing together, regardless of the wet conditions. “Wouldn’t it be nice to continue to have the heart of a child and never let the weather or anything upset you? They had a great time regardless that it was pouring down rain outside the tent!
Brodie Koon was able to attend the wedding, that was held in Sulphur Bluff and he seemed to be doing some better. Continue to remember Brodie and his health problems.
Reports are that the Reilly Springs Community received approximately 3 inches of rain, over the weekend, and it all fell nice and slow, and soaked into the ground!
Of course, for avid hunters, Saturday morning was the opening of bow season for deer hunters. Danny Lawrence and company, as well as the Koon boys, were all in the stands and looking for that trophy buck! “Kory just planned his wedding wrong!” bemoaned one of his brothers. “We’ve got to have a talk with him, because he’s messing up the hunting!”
Blake and Kendra Fisher were among the guests at the wedding on Saturday night and reported receiving 5 deer already from the opening morning.
And, Kendra is busy helping her family at Three Oaks Farm get the pumpkin patch ready to open this coming weekend.
Marilee Fisher had heard from J.R. and things were going great in Washington state, except for some unusual dust storms, that they were experiencing in that part of the country. J. R. had called and reported that there was a “bumper crop” of apples, this year, and Marilee and Ethel Winton had brought some home with them from their recent visit.
Marilee came home from Washington state, sick, but reported that she was feeling much, much better, and said that Bryant had accused her of eating too many green apples, while she was there!
Bryant was busy delivering goat milk to both Longview and Dallas, this week.
Sympathy is extended to the Bobbie Wilhite family on her unexpected passing, last week. Of course, Bobbie was the former Bobbie Williams, from Reilly Springs, and lived almost her entire life in this community, and attended Reilly Spring Schools. Bobbie will be sorely missed by her many friends and family members!
Several from this community have been attending the Lady Owls and Lady Eagles volleyball games and report having a great time supporting their teams and visiting with friends and neighbors.
Until next week, continue to enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, and ask for an extra measure of safety for our troops, who defend our freedoms. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County, and America!
Left to Right, Dan McDonald, Bertha McDonald Jenkins, Phil McDonald, and
Jim McDonald, about 1945, in Reilly Springs. They were the four children of
Luther N. and Alice Williams McDonald.