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Your Hometown Newspaper Bath County News-Outlook e OPINION Heaven Is A Lot Like Kentucky 'chores' back then, for worms that came out in I wonder how many DEADFALL TRIGGERS "Mrs. Robert Shanklin was out milking the cows when one of the Indians 'fired a gun. She had milked seven or eight cows and when the shooting commenced, she cleared a high fence in the yard with both buckets of milk without spilling a drop," Benjamin Guthrie, Draper Manuscripts, Volume 11CC page 219. The snow kept me in for the greater part of the weekend, dear reader, though I did manage to watch a great men's high school basketball game between Fleming and Bath County on Friday night. The game went right down to the wire with Fleming prevailing by a very narrow three points. I'm a Fleming native, but I have to say the Bath County boys didn't get too many breaks from the striped shirts Friday night. Both teams exhibit incredible athleticism Heaven Is ALo Uke Kenalelq By 6Mrles N~mox and passionate coaching. But, that's the way it crumbles when you go on the road. It's always been that way, even back in pioneer times. The early Kentucky pioneers, whose family members would later settle our areas, were "on the road" so to speak. The snow kept me largely off the road this weekend, but I did organize some of my historical notes and was amazed once again by the words of Benjamin Guthrie regarding Mrs. Shanklin's incredible leap over the split rail fence without dropping any milk. I milked a cow or two by hand in my early days along Fleming Creek in the small community of Martha Mills. We called such things "chores" back then. They didn't have little apps on an Iphone for AT Dulch's Used Cars 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT V-6, Auto, Power Windows/Locks, Cruise, Local Trade 125,000 miles 995 you younger folks. If we had a phone it was mounted to the kitchen wall and was part of a "party line" system of communication. My sister and I had vivid imaginations and we had different ways of entertaining ourselves. We caught lightning bugs at night every summer as very young children. Seems like my sister and I had lighting bug competitions, each armed with an empty pickle jar, or mayonnaise jar, which had holes poked through the lids for proper insect ventilation, whoe~}er caught the most lightning bugs attained measurable status for such a noteworthy feat; with our mother acting as impartial judge and teaching us to count in the process. As my father's youngest son, I was primarily a child of the woods. I caught crawdads, grasshoppers and red worms, and after a rain, the bigger, night-crawler search of mates were easy pickin's right there in the ancient and fertile Fleming Creek bottoms. Great fishing bait. I found arrowheads while tending to the garden and tobacco crop. I had to distract myself with something because the mind-numbing field work would wear down the hardiest of young souls, though I've often prayed for the return of those toils in later life and the privilege of experiencing such tribulations. For the first 12 years of my life I was convinced my name was "Get Wood." We used a wood stove in the winter, so there was always plenty of fun in the woods and not just for cutting firewood, but also cutting locust and cedar posts, which required hooking a log chain around the posts, dragging them along a trail to unhook later and then hand-load them on the wagon. And when ,I said "the wagon" I de mean, "the one and only" wagon. gazillions of times I "hooked up the wagon" or "unhooked the wagon", or had to "load and unload the wagon" or "get down off the wagon" or 'get up on the wagon" or grab a chock block pretty quick to "stop the wagon" One of my personal favorites will always be, "push the wagon." I knew every board and every bolt and every nail on that wagon. And now the wagon, the farm, my father; well, in one form or another, in one regard or another, they are all gone. If memory serves me correctly, I was pretty good "at getting gates too and have "fetched" a fair share of buckets of water from the well. There's a trick to moving the rope a certain way .to flip the bucket at the right angle to dip and completely submerge in the well water. My late father would take broken tobacco sticks, a hacksaw, his skinning knife arid an old file and after securing the broken stick in a vise, mounted on one end of the stripping room of the barn, he would cut, shave and file them into two-piece deadfall triggers. They were primitive and ingenious tools used to suspend a large stone with one end and a piece of bait on another end of the figure-four design. A raccoon or mink would crawl under the stone, grab the bait, which would trip the trigger and cause the stone to fall. Mr. Raccoon or Mr. Mink would be waiting on us in the morning. The same deadfall trigger designs were used by Native American and pioneer forefathers. As winter lingers on I can't help but think back to the winter's of my youth and how some of the experiences paralleled those of children hundreds, perhaps thousands ot years ago. I can't think back without knowing how incredibly lucky I was. 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