( I cannot fine one winter pic from MO)
(North Central Missouri is beautiful rolling hills, pleasant on a summer's evening)
We had a rough introduction to the state of Missouri. I was stationed at Biloxi MS, at that time temps in the 80s. I received orders to north central Missouri, Kirksville. We towed a 42’ x 8’ house trailer with a 1955 Ford.
We reached Missouri on freezing roads and snow. We got stuck on a hill and met the first Missourians. ‘Good Samaritans’, they helped us get the outfit up an icy hill, using a truck chained bumper to bumper, the driver backed up the hill towing our whole outfit. All they would accept was thanks. From that moment on I loved Missourians.
We arrived in Kirksville in -13 degrees. Found a trailer park and tried to settle in. Our neighbors, the same as the pan handle guys, were all ‘help’.
(Passed this Amish farm with kids playing, a very happy bunch)
Being from the south we had wrapped our water pipes with paper to keep them from freezing. My neighbor smiled and introduced me to ‘heat tape’. I mentioned we parked the trailer in freezing weather. A month later I was at work and Sherry called, concerned, the trailer just moved! (I also learned of the frost thaw!) We re leveled our house.
Missouri taught me a lot. I had never heard of Osteopathy. A.T. Still University, Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., founded the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1892. It was the first institution of osteopathic education in the world.
The skies are BIG & CLEAR as in Texas. One Sunday night, driving home from church, Sherry and I witnessed a UFO. We both saw it. Very strange. It went from East to west and returned west to east across the entire view-able sky. The speed was in the thousands of miles an hour.
I reported it to AF StragicAirCommand headquarters and was told I did not see it. It was a machine malfunction. I said, “I am not talking about a scope sighting, but a clear eye sighting. I was informed, as a uniformed member, wisdom would say forget it since I was wrong. So being a low ranking guy, ‘They showed me!’ LOL
We spent several years in Missouri. For us, that was a long time in one place.
(Sherry's mama was with her when she birthed our sons in Mississippi and Missouri. Mama with Jack Jr. Holding Mark.)
Our second son Mark was born in Kirksville, Missouri.
This is the 1955 Ford that towed that 42x8 foot trailer you see in the background .