September 1, 2014

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Dinosaur tracks spotted by American geologist in North Chile Mountains PDF Print E-mail

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By Roy Roberts
“One fine day in 1956, I was riding a mule down the Canyon Chacarilla in Northern Chili. I was very tired, hungry and thirsty. We had been on a one-day trip up the canyon to get a first hand idea of the geologic structure and strata of the area that we would be mapping”.
That is what Bob Dingman wrote in his diary when he was an American Government Geologist who had been sent as an aide to Chile to work with the Chile Geologist. Bob Dingman and his wife, Genna are residents here at the Blair House Retirement Home, and he had given me a paper telling about his work.
He goes on telling that they were so interested in making notes of rock types, that it became too late to make it back to their base camp before dark and they had no desire to be riding their mules down those mountain trails in the dark of night. It was a difficult decision because they were not equipped to make a camp 13,000 feet above sea level. They had no tent, sleeping bags, and very little water for them and the mules. All they had to eat was some horse meat jerky, a few potatoes and some rock-hard bread. At 13,000 feet the potatoes never really got cooked, because water boils at 180 degrees at that altitude. It was not a good meal and with only their jacket and saddle blankets it was not a good night.

 
John Tyler’s purpose came late in life PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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John Tyler was a guest at our home many times when he was a child. He has given over $80,000 to charity in the last ten years. John Tyler is a third cousin of our children, but to go back farther, his great-great-grandfather was John Looman who came to America from Holland when he was three years old. He grew up in Beardstown and fought three years with General Grant and General Sherman in the Civil War, being wounded at the start of the Battle of Atlanta. His grandfather was Carl Looman, who ran an appliance store across the street from the State Bank at State and Second Street. Both of those men would be proud of John Tyler, and pleased with the talent that he has accomplished under the most adverse conditions.

 
Will the movies ever come back to town? PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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Karl Schewe was so good to Beardstown, and he donated much for his home town. After his donation to the Park District Community Center I approached him with another idea, saying it was a shame that people had to go out of town to see a movie. He agreed and had me go to a friend of his who was an architect in Canton.
That architect made a plan for a $300,000 theater/auditorium, speculating on getting the job if the building would be a reality.
The building would have been owned by the Park District and would be located about where the new Clinic is located now. There would be a large auditorium, much needed by the high school at that time. It could be used for band concerts, school drama and other events.

 
Traveling to presidential libraries PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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When we had our motor home, a used one that I purchased from Art Jones, we sure enjoyed traveling in it. While traveling we were fortunate to have visited a lot of the Presidential Libraries. Roosevelt’s up in Hyde Park, The Kennedy Library in New York, the Truman and Eisenhower Libraries in Kansas, the Carter Library in Georgia, The Nixon and Hoover Libraries in California, the Gerald Ford Library in Michigan and the Johnson and George Bush Sr. Libraries in Texas and the best of all of them, the Abe Lincoln Library in Springfield. At one of the libraries it was stated that the children’s questions were unbelievable. It stated that the children today aren’t taught enough about the past great presidents. In a test administered by the U.S. Department of Education, 52 percent of the students thought either Germany, Italy or Japan was an ALLY of the United States during WWII.

 
One last game with Mylo PDF Print E-mail

By Roy Roberts
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He told her, “We have had a good life and a nice family; the two kids will take care of you, like you have been taking care of me. You know we aren’t having a quality life now, and if you don’t care I would like to give up the dialysis.”
I think most of my readers know that I had a brother Dale and a sister Jane, but didn’t ever know I had an older brother, Mylo. He would be 100 years old if he was living, and he is on my mind right now. Mother and Dad had Mylo, and thought that was their family. About eight years later, in quick succession they had Roy, Dale and Jane.

 
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