Floris News

By David Birdsall

Floris Co-op dinner for June 5 had seven attendees. We were especially grateful that Ben and Eileen Post from Ottumwa were present to help with these already-small numbers. But as usual, there was an abundance of good food and visiting. However, we decided that we should not try to meet any more during the summer months. So the next Floris Co-op dinner will be Wednesday Sept. 4 at noon, two days after Labor Day. Our thinking is: summer is so busy with vacations that it’s difficult to meet monthly. As for winter, we often had to cancel because of weather difficulties. Therefore we recommended we not plan to meet January and February from now on. We will use this column to remind of the change. Floris Co-op dinners will be scheduled for March through May and September through December henceforth, the first Wednesday of each of those seven months. And we will skip the five months of January, February, June, July and August.

Pastor Brad Hansen announced that the Vacation Bible School program following this week’s VBS will be Friday evening, June 14 at 7 p.m., and for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, Floris Baptist Church will have the special schedule of services. The usual 10 a.m., Sunday School, and 11 a.m., worship times will be followed by a fellowship dinner, and an afternoon service instead of the regular evening one. For the meal, the church will provide the meat, and others should bring other foods to share.

Our new pastor is still rejoicing with the firemen’s breakfast last Saturday that preceded the other activities of Floris Flag Day. It was his opportunity to get to meet many area people. All appreciated the firemen who helped serve the breakfast. It turned out to be a good moneymaker for our Fire and Rescue Department.

Area farmers are racing to get caught up with rain-delayed crop work. The same is true for gardeners such as we are. We can finally get after the weeds. The asparagus, rhubarb, radishes and early strawberries help make up for the trials. Soap Creek had some minor flooding two weeks ago, but some of the wettest ground is now in corn or soybeans. No doubt some bottom ground, which was already planted, will have reduced yields, however. What a wild start, agriculturally, to the year 2019 this has been! But did you notice that God provided an abundance of morel mushrooms for the taking?


By Carol Howard

The Moulton Chamber of Commerce has a big day planned for Saturday, June 15. The day starts off with a 5K walk/run and 1-mile fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Moulton-Udell School. Contact Ashley Brinegar 641-895-1114 with questions. Food will be available from noon to 6 p.m., at Two Cycles on Main Street – grilled hamburgers and brats for $8 with all the trimmings. At the lot across from Two Cycles a Corn Hole Tournament will be held. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. and play at 4 p.m. Contact Andie Lawson at 641-680-5731 with questions on the Corn Hole Tournament. Then at 6:30 p.m., the live and silent auctions will get started at Two Cycles. There are a large number of items to be auctioned. Contact Susan at 641-856-7751 with donations or questions about the auction. All proceeds from the day will go toward a new roof for the Chamber’s newly purchased Haunted House.

Tuesday, June 4 a crowd of over 100 was present as Moulton native, Richard Southern was presented the French Legion of Honor Award. It was presented by Consul General Guillaume Lacroix of France from the Chicago consulate office at a special service at the Homestead of Centerville on Saint Joseph’s Drive in Centerville. The French president must approve this prestigious award. It is given for outstanding merits of citizens that are models of French civic service.

Richard was in the first wave of soldiers to land on Omaha Beach, Normandy 75 years ago June 6. Richard was 20 years old and fresh out of Moulton High School. Richard was one of the first to enter the water. He said that all that saved him was that he went over the side instead of out the front of the ship. He carried 29 pounds of radio equipment in water from waist to chest high.

Consulate Lacroix kept repeating, “We and our children in France will never forget what America and this generation did for us!” Enfys McMurry, local historian and author gave an address describing the historical connection between what happened on that Omaha Beach at Normandy and Appanoose County, Iowa.

It was a very awe-inspiring ceremony with the presentation of the colors and the playing the French and American National Anthems. I am happy to report that Moulton was very well represented in support of Richard. When Enfys had previously asked him how he survived he said, “We had a job to do. I just put one foot in front of the other one and did my job!” Congratulations and thank you Richard and others. I pray that we as Americans also never forget what this generation did for our world and freedoms.

French Consul General Guillaume Lacroix will be returning in about six months to present the award to Robert McGuire who also resides at the Homestead in Centerville and was with the first wave.

Glen’s Aunt Maxine Howard-Brunnsman celebrated her 104th birthday on June 7. Maxine is the only Howard remaining of her generation. She was born near West Grove to Harlan and Olive Mae (Ryan) Howard. When she was about 7 or 8 they moved to Moulton where she lived until she graduated from Moulton High School. Maxine left high school and got a job in Des Moines. She met her husband there and spent most of her life in and around Des Moines and Winterset area. She now resides in Olathe, Kan., with her daughter and granddaughter.

Her family had a wide influence throughout the Moulton community. Even if you didn’t personally know Maxine I am sure you will recognize one of her siblings through their family or business relationships. Her sister Florence Howard-Kirby married Leslie Kirby and still has many descendants in the Moulton area. Sister Olaf Howard-Osborn has a grandson, Darrell Osborn still residing in Keosauqua. Brother Lavern everyone knew as the lawnmower guy. He sold Dixon mowers and repaired just about any small engine. Her brother Marvin (my father-in-law) sold used cars and had a shop on Moulton’s Main Street (where Success Bank is now). Brother Junior Howard had the fur and wool business and several of you know his daughter Wilma Howard-Stevenson. Brother Ermon (Olie) had a sawmill and did lots of local carpentry work. Ermon’s son Scotty also still lives in Moulton. Brother Lawrence left the area and lived at St Joseph, Mo.

Can you imagine all the change Maxine has seen throughout her 104 years? Changes in phones: going from none in the home- to party lines- to cellphones in your car. Cars: where no one had them- to every family having two or three. Education: being in a one-room classroom -to being done over the Internet with no need to be in a classroom. Men and women are in space and walking on the moon. Televisions: color and one in every room instead of black and white and a fuzzy screen with only one channel. Internet: with people working for companies from their homes. If you have questions for her she has a great memory and knows a lot of history about the Moulton area. She loves talking about her Grandpa Ryan’s farm (that would be on Hwy. 63 South) and his big house and barns. Way to go Aunt Maxine – let’s see about that 105 milestone (smile)!

Moulton Little League Yankees won the first round of their tournament play Thursday evening, June 6. They will be playing June 10 in their second game at 7:30 p.m. at Moravia against the number one team in the league.

Our sympathy is extended to the family of John Archer. John will be greatly missed not just by his family, but by his contribution to our local community and Legion. He and his family always put on a great community fish fry.

The Sports Association organization is now registering teams for their Annual 4th of July Co-Ed Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. If you would like to enter your team please contact Sarah Hansen 641-680-4882, Susie Houser 641-642-3679 or message them on Facebook. Last day to register will be July 1. Rules and other information to come. It is a 5-5 tournament and can bat up to 12 people. They have some great tournaments – sign up now!

Garrett Memorial Library is going to be hosting a Summer Reading Program this year in cooperation with the Moulton-Udell Elementary School. Join in for “A Universe of Stories.” Beginning July 15 there will be space related activities every Monday through Thursday from 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be books and activities about the planets, solar system, asteroid and constellations. Thursday there will be S.T.E.A.M. with Mrs. Padavich – space-themed art projects! July 29 will be a Birthday Party on the Moon. July 30 will be a visit from Blank Park Zoo. The space theme is honoring the 50th anniversary of the first moon mission in July 1979. How many of you remember where you were when they walked on the moon? Mark your July calendar for this great program and the special events.

The Moulton-Udell high school baseball team had a win on Thursday against Twin Cedars, 8-5. They have been working hard this season with their new coaching staff. The M-U softball pulled through this last week with wins against Mormon Trail 21-3 and 10-9. Both teams suffered some losses at Twin Cedars, Murray and Seymour.

The Junior High girls defeated Mormon Trail in a double header at home last week. The Junior High boys were defeated in their away game double header at Mormon Trail the same day. The JV and Junior High teams are building and going to be some fun years ahead to watch.

I have mentioned the last couple of weeks about the “Back to School Bash” planned for Aug. 20, well, here is more info. Our local Girl Scout Troop and leaders Auddie and Heidi worked Sunday afternoon at the library on collection boxes. They are putting collection boxes at Tami’s Hairstyling, Success Bank, Cool Jewel’s, T & L, Garrett Memorial Library, Moulton Locker, Farmers Mutual Telephone, Two Cycles, Buddies (at Lancaster) and Widmer’s Station for the collection of school supplies. Watch for the boxes. Also the school Facebook page already has the individual class listing of items needed. As a community let’s each work together to make this a bang up Back to School Bash!

Also don’t forget that the Chamber of Commerce is still collecting pop cans at T & L with all proceeds to go to the Haunted House project. Pretty easy to drop off a small sack at any time instead of waiting until the trunk of the car is full!

Lois Howard had some very welcome visitors from Kentucky this week. Grandson Nathan VanSickel, wife Jessica and children Harrison and Ivy spent some time with Grandma Lois. It was a quick trip as their purpose was the wedding of Nathan’s friend, Colby Gardner, in the Des Moines area on Friday. Harrison and Ivy did get to ride in the Gator, visit our bottle calves, sand pile and toys for short time Thursday morning.

As a final thought for the week — those of you traveling through Moulton from the Davis County and surrounding areas because of the Highway 63 detour, Linda at T & L has cold drinks, good sandwiches and soft serve ice cream. Don’t just drive through Moulton — stop and check it out! We have a great City Park and also benches on Main Street. You might even find someone willing to sit and visit with you if you spend a little time in our town instead of just driving through. Have kids? Then let them shoot baskets or swing while taking a short driving break at the park. Have a great week.

Community Calendar:

June 12: M-U Jr. High softball and baseball at home vs. Moravia, 10 a.m.

June 13: M-U V BB/SB at Seymour, 6 p.m.

June 14: M-U V BB at Ankeny Christian, 6 p.m.

June 14: M-U V SB vs. Diagonal at home, 8 p.m.

June 15: Moulton Chamber of Commerce “Raise the Roof” Fundraiser events starting at 8 a.m., 5 K and 1 mile fun run. Food will be available from noon to 6 p.m. at Two Cycles. Corn Hole starts at 4 p.m. Live and silent auctions at 6:30 p.m. at Two Cycles.

June 18: M-U V BB/SB at Lamoni 6 p.m.